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Friday, December 11, 2015

Quinoa Upma

Quinoa is one of the most nutritious food,rich in protiens and fiber. It is good to include in regular meal .Quinoa  upma also taste similar to rava umpa. Adding vegetables like carrot to it makes breakfast much more healthier. I have tired it for first time , decided to make it regularly.


Ingredients:
Quinoa -2cups
Water -4cups
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Green chilli -1
Onions -1
Carrot-1(optional)
Chopped ginger-1tsp
Salt -as required
Tomato -1
Curry leaves- 4-5

Method:
Wash and soak quinoa in water for 15-20mins.



In a pan add 2tsp of oil.when oil is heated add mustard  seeds,and curry leaves.
Add ginger and green chilli .then add onions and fry then till they turn translucent.
 

Add carrots and tomatos.At this time in a separate vessel add water and bring it to boil.
When tomatos turn mushy add boiling water to it and add salt.strain quinoa and add To the mixture.
 

Close the lid and let quinoa cook for 10mins  until all the water evaporates.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Putnala Podi Recipe

Here is the recipe of most quick , tasty and popular Andhra dish.This is a great savior when you are hungry and have no time to cook.

INGREDIENTS

Chana dal -1 cup
Red chili -2
Garlic cloves -3
Jeera -2 tsp
Dry coconut powder- 1tsp
Salt - as required.

METHOD:

Roast chanaa dal on low flame .
On the same pan roast chili garlic and jeera for few minutes .You can sense nice aroma of the spices.
Remove from pan and let  the mixture cool.



First grind chili,garlic ,jeera and coconut together. Then add roasted chana dal ,salt and grind to a fine powder.That all, enjoy with hot rice , dosas or with idly.

Store it in a good air tight container .Will be good for atleast 2-3months.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Chitti Kaja Recipe (Small Kaja)

Kajas are the most popular sweets made in Kakinada a city in Andhra Pradesh. Though I am  not much found of eating sweets ,one of the video on internet inspired me of making them.Started of making the original long Kaja's but some how ended up with chitti kajas.The process takes long time, but the final taste is worth making.

INGREDIENTS

All purpose flour /Maida - 2-3 cups
Baking Powder -1/8th tsp
Butter -1/2 cup
Sugar -1 cup
Water- 2 cups
Cardamom powder -1tsp

METHOD

Melt the butter and add it to the flour.

Add water and kneed the dough well for atleast 5 minutes . Cover the dough with wet cloth and let it rest for 1 hour.



Mean while prepare the sugar syrup. Add the sugar into thick bottomed vessel ,add water and bring it to boil. Once the sugar starts boiling reduce to low the flame to let it cook for 15 minutes. String consistency is not required.

After 1 hour , divide the dough into four parts and start rolling on a rolling board as thin as possible
 



As shown in the picture fold the dough.While folding dust with little flour at every folding and at the end seal it with water.
Cut them as shown and press a little with your thumb so that folding are together.
 

 Fry them on a medium flame until they are turned into brown color.When frying stir for some time.

Put them into the sugar syrup.Make sure that the sugar syrup is luke warm  and the kajas are ready .






Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mirchi Bajji

Mirchi bajji with a cup of  tea would be a perfect snack on a rainy day.Try this out and enjoy your evening

INGREDIENTS:
Gram flour/ besan -1cup
Rice flour- 3tsp
Baking Powder -1/4 tsp
Salt - as required
Chili powder -1/tsp
Water -As required
Long mirchi -3
Chopped onions and coriander leaves -(optional)

Method:
Cut the mirchi's into half and remove the seeds. In a bowl add gram flour ,salt, baking powder ,chili powder and mix well.

Add water slowly and mix well such that there are no lumps.



Dip the mirchi's in batter such that it is coated well with batter and fry them in oil at medium flame.Remove when they are turned brown color.

You can also  stuff them with chopped onions and coriander leaves .



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Gobi Matar




There are many recipes of gobi matar, my version of this curry is adding paste of sesame seeds , onions and tomato paste which are fried before making into paste. This gravy adds little sweet taste to the curry.
Ingredients


Gobi /Cauliflower -1
Peas -1cup
Onion -1 
Tomato -2 medium
Salt -as required
Turmeric -1/2 tsp
Red Chili  powder -1/2 tsp
Sesame Seeds -3 tsp
Jeera -1tsp
Ginger Garlic paste -1tsp
Curd -2 tsp
Cumin coriander powder -1/2tsp
Garam Masala -1tsp




Method :

Fry Sesame seeds in low flame for 2mins and remove from pan.Now in the same pan and  1tsp of oil and add onions .Fry them till they turn slight brown.




 Add chopped tomato's and 1 red chili ,let it cook till the tomato's turn little mushy.
Turn off the flame lit the mixture cool down,then add to grinding jar .Also add cashews  and water as required,


 In the pan add some more oil and add ginger garlic paste. Saute for 1min then add the gravy into the pan.Let it boil for 15 mins. Add red chili powder ,cumin coriander powder, Salt ,Garam masala and mix well.





Add gobi and frozen peas and add some water.Cook curry until gobi is cooked well and at the end add curd and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mysore Bajji / Mysore Bonda

This is my all time favorite breakfast since my childhood. Though unhealthy once in a while you can make this simple and tasty recipe. I have tried it for first time never thought  i would get such a perfect shape and color. One they make on street side bandi's double fry the bondas to get color . Even home made one got the same color and taste without double frying  .


INGREDIENTS
Maida /all purpose flour -1 cup
Baking powder -1 tsp or Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Butter milk -1 glass
Chopped green chills -few
Chopped ginger -few
Chopped coconut pieces -few (optional)
Jeera -1/2tsp
Salt- as required.
Oil -for deep fry

METHOD.


To the flour add pinch of salt and baking soda.
 

Add enough butter milk and mix well to form medium consistency




Add ginger ,green chills ,jeera and coconut pieces 


 

Take a portion of batter and put it into the oil and fry them on medium flame . Don't worry about the shape they will turn round automatically. Remove when they turn brown.Serve hot with coconut chutney.



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2 Minute Eggless Chocolate Mug Cake

Sometimes few regular ingredients make wonder recipes, one such are mug cakes.If your craving to eat something sweet but short on time then, Mug Cakes are must try recipes.Although tried for first time they came out very well, soon gonna try other flavors too :D.



INGREDIENTS

All purpose flour or Maida , Sugar ,Cocoa Powder -2 tsp
Oil -1/4 tsp
Salt -pinch
Baking Powder -1/2 tsp
Milk -4tsps
Nuts and chocolate chips -Few (optional)

METHOD

-Mix all purpose flour ,Cocoa powder , baking powder and salt.
 




-Add oil and and milk mix well without lumps. Add few chocolate chips. Keep in microwave for 2 minutes. For first time check for every 30 sec using tooth pick ,batter should not stick to tooth pick.

 


-Garnish with nuts and chocolate chips.Serve hot :)



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DIY Flower Vase with Pista Shells

Thinking how to reuse old bottles? Did you ever use Pista shells after eating Pista's ? You would definitely love this idea.




Things You Need
Old Glass Bottle or Jar
5 Pista Shells
Nail Polish
Glue

METHOD:

Take any glass bottle and with glue, stick the pista shells in a flower shape and let it dry

Apply nail polish of any color and let it dry. I have also applied glitter nail polish on the top of normal one.

Fill the bottle with color papers or color stones and keep the flowers or it can be also used as pen stand.