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Gutti Vankaya/ stuffed brinjal curry

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I just love this stuffed brinjal curry. Goes well with hot rice. Simple ingredients  makes this dish very easy and tasty. Here is the original recipe with picture. We need:


Brinjal 6
Peanut powder 1/2 cup
Onion paste 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste 2sps
Haldi pinch
Chilli powder 3sps
Salt to taste
Oil 1/4 cup
Cilantro chopped 1/2 cup


Method:


Slit brinjals and keep them in water.
Mix peanut powder, salt, chili powder, onion paste,haldi,salt and ginger garlic paste.
Mix the stuffing well.
Heat pan and add oil.
Now stuff the mixture in brinjal and drop each one in oil.
Continue the process with all the brinjals.
Add the left over stuffing into the pan and close with lid.
Cook on low to medium flame only till done.
Garnish with chopped cilantro

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Dum Aloo( repeat)

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This is one of the Aloo/ Potato recipe which  try to cook atleast once a month. Goes well with poori, roti or any pulao. Here goes the recipe. You can check my original recipe and picture here. We need:

Baby Potato's 8 Onion 1 large Yogurt 3sps Gingar garlic paste 1sp Cilantro 1/4 cup Cashew nuts 10 Cloves 2 Cardamom 1 Hing/ asafetida pinch Garam masala powder 1/2 sp Bay leaf 1 Cinnamon stick 1inch Coriander seeds 1/2 sp Cumin seeds 1/2 sp Haldi / Turmeric 1/ 4sp
Red chili powder 1sp Sesame seeds 1sp Fennel seeds 1sp salt to taste Oil 1/4 cup

 Method:


Boil baby potato's with skin. Keep them aside to cool. In a pan heat 3 sps oil and add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and fennel seeds. Fry for few minutes and add chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Cook till onions turn golden brown. Now add cashew, haldi and chili powder. Mix well and keep aside to cool. Now grind this onion mixture into smooth paste adding yogurt. Remove skin of potato…

Tomato rice

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Hello Friends, Firstly Happy Chirstmas to all the bloggers and all my friends. This week's theme for the BM 23 is Special Theme - Revisiting the old with new picture. So for the 1st day its Tomato rice. Check for the original recipe here. We need:

Tomatoes 2 large
Rice 2 cups
Mustard seeds 1/2 sp
Cumin seeds 1/2 sp
Chana dal 1 sp
Curry leaves 6
Red chillies 2
Green chillies 2
Chilli powder 1sp
Haldi 1/4 sp
Salt to taste
Cilantro chopped 1/2 cup
Ginger Garlic paste 1sp
Oil 1/4 cup


Method:


Cook rice and keep aside.
Heat large pan and add oil.
Now add mustard, cumin,chana dal,curry leaves and red chillies.
Saute and add green chillies and chopped tomatoes.
Now add ginger garlic paste, haldi, salt and chilli powder.
Cook till tomatoes are soften and are easily mashedup when you press them with spatula.
Now add cooked rice and mix well.
Look for taste and add salt if required.
Now add cilantro and mix well.
Serve hot as it is or with yogurt(curd)

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Carrot Dal

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We need:


Carrot pieces  1cup
Moong dal 1cup
Curry leaves 5
Green chili, ginger and garlic paste 1sp
Garlic cloves 3
Cumin 1/2 sp
Mustard seeds 1/4 sp
Udad dal 1sp
Chana dal 1sp
Red chili 1
Haldi 1/4 sp
Salt to taste
Chili powder 1/2sp
Garam masala powder 1/4 sp
Cilantro chopped 2sp
Oil 3sps


Method:


In presser cooker add 1sp oil, chopped carrot and moong dal.
Add haldi and presser cook till done.
In another pan add rest of the oil, mustard seeds, cumin, red chili, udad dal, chana dal and curry leaves.
Saute for few seconds and add ginger, garlic and green chili paste.
Saute till raw smell dissappears.
Mash  dal and carrot with spatula and add it to the pan.
If you want ypu can directly add the dal and carrot mixture without mashing
Mix well and add salt to taste, garam masala and chili powder.
Cook for 5 minutes on medium flame and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serve hot with rice, roti  or naan.


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Carrot Pancake

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We need:


Pancake mix
Egg 1
Milk 1/4 cup
Grated carrot 1/4 cup
Oil/ butter


Method:


Add milk and egg to pancake mix and beat well, so that no lumps are formed.
Now add thinly grated carrots.
Mix well.
Heat pan and spray little oil or butter.
Pour little quantily of pancake mixture on the  greased pan.
Cook on low flame for a minute and flip over.
Cook for another minute and remove.
Continue is process till the mixure is done.
Do not store the remaining mixture as it becomes brown in color after sometime and doesn't taste good if you use it again.
Serve hot with maple syrup and garnish with grated  carrot.

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Carrot cupcakes

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For this weeks BM I choose to cook with Carrots. My kids love carrots. So I try to cook as many varieties as I can with Carrots. Today's recipe is simple and yummy carrot cupcakes. Hers goes the recipe............

We need:

Cake mix 1 pkt
Eggs 3
Oil 1/2
Water 1cup
Grated Carrot 1cup


Method:

Add eggs, water and oil to cake mix and blend well.
Add thinly grated carrots to the cake mix and fold well.(do not blend)
Add 3/4 of the cupcake moulds.
Bake on 350 degrees F for 25minutes.
To check if the cake is completely baked, take a knife or toothpick and drop it in the middle of the cupcake. If the knife comes out clean that means its completely done.
If not bake for another 5 to 10minutes.
Thats it simple and yummy cake is ready to serve.


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Puff Pastry

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We need:


Puff pastry sheets 2
Cherries 1/4 cup chopped
Strawberry jam 4sps


Method:


Puff pastry sheets are available in the frozen section of  any grossery store.
Let pastry sheets come down  to room temperature.
Cut each sheet to 3/3 inch sheet like a square.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread  little jam in the middle  of the sheet and few cherry pieces on the top.
Fold the pastries as shown below.
Place each pastry on the greases baking tray and bake them for about 20minutes.
Remove from oven and let them cool.
Serve as a snack or as a dessert.

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Fruit and Nut cake

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We need:


Yellow cake mix
Eggs 3
Water 1 cup
Oil 1/2 cup
Cashew nuts  10 chopped
Tooty fruity / cherries 1/4 cup


Method:


Just follow the instructions as on Cake mix by adding 3 eggs, oil and water.
Mix well with blender or hand mixer.
Add little all purpose flour to cherries and chopped cashews.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix these in cake mix and fold well.
Grease the cooking tray and transfer the mix into it.
Bake for 30minutes.
Just to see if the cake is fully bakes poke a knife or toothpick into the cake.
If the knife comes out clean, then the cake is ready.
Let it cool to serve.

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Moon Biscuits

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December is the month to celebrate Chirstmas and New year. People usually bake cookies, cakes etc.... I remember one of friend's mom used to make these Moon biscuits at home. She used to get those biscuits after the Chirstmas holidays to school. Everyone used to be eagerly wait for her. Here is the recipe for the lovely  moon biscuits. We need:

Maida / All purpose flour 1cup
Powdered sugar 1/2 cup
Unsalted butter 1/ 2cup


Method:

Melt butter and add sugar powder and maida.
Mix well to make a dough.
Grease the tray or place and spread the dough pressing with ur hand to approximately 1/2 inch thick.
Take a small glass and cut the biscuits into half moon shape. Place each piece on a greases baking tray.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake the biscuits for 15 to 17 minutes.
Remove and let them cool.
Store in air tight container.

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Rasmalai

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We need:


Whole Milk 1/2 Gallon
Sugar 2 cups
Saffron 2 pinches
Almonds 1 sp chopped
Cashews 1sp chopped
veniger or lemon juice 3 sps



Method:



Heat large pan and add milk.
Bring it to boil  and add  lemon juice.
U have to break the milk.
When u see all the water on the top switch off the stove and let it cool.
Once its cooled take a muslin cloth or  any normal cloth.
Drain all the water and sqeeze the cloth tight so that all the water drains out.
Now transfer it to different bowl and add sugar.
Just with ur potato masher mash it so that sugar is completely mixed.
Put this mixture in fridge for about 1 hour.
Take out from fridge and make small patties of it.
If u r unable to make patties it means that there is still water in the mixture which u need to drain off.
Boil 1 cup of milk along with saffron.
Now add the patties in milk and cook for 5 minutes.
Now in a serving bowl place the rasmalai patties and pour the milk on top.
Garnish with chopped almonds, cashews and pista.
Let it cool …

Karanji

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Karanji is a deep fried dumpling with a filling of grated coconut sweetened with sugar and flavoured with powdered cardamom seeds. It is also known as Kanavale. It is one of the popular sweets prepared for Diwali celebrations.
We need:


Maida / All purpose flour 1 cup
Sooji 1/4 cup
Oil 2sp
Salt pinch
Powdered sugar 1cup
Cashew and Raisins 1/4 cup
Grated coconut 1cup
Elachi powder 1/2 sp
Poppy seeds 2 sps
Oil for deep frying


Method:


Add sooji, salt and oil to all purpose flore and mix well.
Now add warm water to make a stiff dough.
Knead well and keep aside for 30mins.
To make filling dry roast poppy seeds.
Now add grated coconut, poppy seeds, elachi powder, broken cashew, raisins to powdered sugar and mix well.
Now take little dough to make a small size poori.
Apply little milk or water to the edges of poori.
Now fill a spoon full of the coconut filling.
Now close the poori gently to make a dumpling.
Make all the dumplings and keep aside.
Meanwhile heat oil for deep frying.
Drop 2 to 3 …

Ariselu / Athirasam

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Hello friends. Back with another edition of Blogging Marathon. For the first week I choose to cook Traditional Dishes. Made Ariselu for this year's Kartika Pournami. Could not make the perfect ariselu but the taste was very good. Will update the perfect pic when i make them again. Here goes the recipe
We need:

Rice 2 cups
Jaggery 1 cups
Ghee 4sps
Oil for deep frying
Elachi powder 1/4 sp


Method:


Soak rice over night and drain the water.
Let the rice dry for 30minutes.
Now make a fine powder wiht the rice.
Meanwhile heat pan and add grated jaggery and 1/4 cup water.
Add elachi powder.
The syrup has to be 1 string consistancy.
Remove form heat and add rice flour little at a time and mix well.
Finally add ghee and mix well.
Heat oil for deep frying.
Take a plastic apply little oil or ghee to the plastic sheet.
Take  small size dough made with rice flour and jaggery.
Press with ur fingers firmly to make a round pattie.
Do not make too thin.
Deep fry in oil till golden brown.
I couldno…