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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.

Quinoa -2cups
Water -4cups
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Green chilli -1
Onions -1
Chopped ginger-1tsp
Salt -as required
Tomato -1
Curry leaves- 4-5

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.


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


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.


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


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

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)

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.

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.