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Mullu Muruku

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Muruku is a crispy and crunchy snack which is very popular all over India. Mullu means thorn. These muruku are in a shape of mullu / thorn so that's why then name mullu muruku. These delicious snacks are made specially during Diwali and Krishna Astami. My kids love these snack in any shape they are made. I have added besan along with rice flour in this recipe. Where as udad flour or sago flour are also added for few variations of Muruku.

This recipe goes to Week 4 day 2 of Blogging Marathon 105 under the theme " Diwali Savories and Sweets".






Ingredients:


Rice flour 3 cups
Besan / Gram flour 1 cup
Carom seeds 1 tsp
Sesame seeds 1 tbsp
Chili powder 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Butter / Ghee 4 tbsp
Oil for deep frying


Preparation:


In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients and mix well.
Add warm water to make a semi stiff dough.
Heat oil for deep frying.
Add  mullu muruku plate in the muruku maker and fill it with the dough.
Once the oil is hot, turn the flame to low and  gently press the muruk…

Kajjikayalu - Version 2

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Kajjikayalu are a very popular snack from Andhra Pradesh. These are prepared in other parts of India too with different kind of filling. They are called Karanji / Gujiya. I have posted a  different variation to this recipe few years ago. Today's recipe is similar to that but with addition of roasted peanut and sesame powder. These are crunchy, sweet and delicious snacks which can be made in any occasion. I have prepared these simple yet yummy snacks for this Diwali. 

This recipe goes to Week 4, Day 1 of  Blogging Marathon 105 under the theme " Diwali Savories and Sweets".



Ingredients:


Maida / All purpose flour  1 cup
Wheat flour 1/4 cup
Sugar 1 tbsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Oil  2 tbsp


For the filling:


Sooji / Semolina 1 cup
Roasted and powdered peanuts 1/2 cup
Roasted and powdered sesame seeds 1/2 cup
Sugar 1 1/4 cup
Dry coconut powder 3/4 cup
Chopped cashews 1/2 cup
Raisins 1/2 cup
Butter / ghee 1 tbsp



Preparation:


In a large pan heat butter or ghee.
Add cashews and raisins, saute till cashew nuts t…

Methi Malai Matar

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Methi Malai Matar is a simple yet delicious side dish which goes very well with any Indian bread or fried rice. Fresh cream gives this dish a nice rich and creamy taste and look. Very less spices used as this dish is on a slight sweeter side. Am sure your kids and family will love it. This dish goes to day 3 week 2 of BM 105 under the theme " Easy side dishes for rice / roti". Check out the ingredients and procedure.




Ingredients:


Methi / Fenugreek leaves 2 cups
Boiled green peas 1 cup
Butter 1 tbsp
Garam masala 1 1/2 tsp
Cumin 1 tsp
Kasuri methi 1/2 tbsp



Ingredients for gravy:


Large onion chopped
Large tomato chopped
Fresh cream / heavy cream 1 cup
Green chili 2
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 tbsp
Cashew nuts 10
Sugar 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp




Preparation:


Heat  1 tbsp oil in a pan, add chopped onions and cashews. 
Once onions turn light pink in color add chopped tomatoes, green chili, ginger garlic paste.
Cook till raw smell disappears, add sugar and salt to taste.
Cook till tomatoes turn soft. 
Swi…

Beerakaya Kura

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Ridge gourd / Beerakaya / Turai / Luffa is  a tropical and sub tropical vines in the cucumber family. In Andhra we add lots of chana dal to this vegetable along with some spices to make a spicy masala curry. It can also be used to make chutney with lots of chilies and sesame seeds. As this veggie is on slight sweeter side to make it a spicy curry or chutney lots of green chilies are added. 
Today I will be making a simple gravy curry which can go well with plain steamed rice or rotis. For week 2 day 2 of BM 105 here comes Andhra  Style Beerakaya Kura.




Ingredients:


Beerakaya / ridge gourd peeled and chopped 2 cups
Onion chopped 1/2 cup
Green chili 2
Garlic cloves 6 chopped
Curry leaves 4
Chana dal 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Red chili 1
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chili powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tbsp
Chopped cilantro 1 tbsp


Preparation:


In a presser cooker heat oil and add mustard seeds.
Once the mustard seeds crackle add cumin seeds, chana dal, red chili, curry leaves.
Saute for …

Sorakaya Pappu Kura

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Sorakaya or bottle gourd or Calabash is harvested  young to be consumed as vegetable. It can be cooked with dal / lentils or cooked as it is with some spices. Lauki as it is called in Northern part of India is also used to make kheer, dessert made of milk and sugar.

Today I will be preparing a simple curry made with bottle gourd and dal along with some spices. Its goes very well with steamed rice or roti. This recipe goes for day 1, week 2 of BM 105 under the theme " Everyday easy dish for Rice / Roti". 




Ingredients:


Toor dal 1 cup
Bottle gourd peeled and chopped 1 cup
Onion sliced 1/4 cup
Green chili 2
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro 1 tbsp


For Tempering:


Udad dal 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Red chili 1
Curry leaves 4
Oil 1 tbsp


Preparation:


Wash toor dal thoroughly, add 2 cups water along with turmeric and green chili in a presser cooker.
Cover and cook for 3 whistles on medium flame.
Meanwhile in a pan add 1 tbsp and add mustard se…

Round Up for 26 Indian Sweets & Snacks

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What an amazing month long  marathon it was, I enjoyed  this theme as much as I enjoyed the last Mega Marathon which we had in April ( 26 delicious Biryani / Khichdi / Pulao recipes)  Actually my family specially my kids loved and enjoy this theme more than anyone. They love fried snacks and it was easy for me to choose and make the dishes according to their taste.  All the recipes are very simple and easy to make except 2 or 3, so give it a try. Thanks to Valli who comes up with such a wonderful themes for us every month. She cooked 72 dishes for her 2 blogs, where as rest of us cooked  26. Hats off to her. 





Below you can check out all the sweets and snacks which I posted this month. 

                                                            Week 1 : Indian Sweets 

Day 1  Madata Khaja



Day 2 Qubani Ka Meetha




Day 3 Bellam Pakam Garelu


Day 4 Bandar Halwa


Day 5 Khajur Barfi



Day 6 Jalebi



Week 2 - Rajasthani Dishes
Day 7 Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada



Day 8 Papad Ki churi

West Bengal - Veg Chop / Bhejetebil Chop

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Veg chop or Vegetable chop also known as Bhejetebil Chop is a popular street food from Kolkata, West Bengal. Main ingredient being beetroot, potato and carrots are also added to a nice binding to the chops.  Freshly ground masala give nice aroma and kick to the dish. Addition of crushed peanuts also give nice taste and nutty taste to the chops. The vegetables can be either cooked and mashed or the carrots and beets can be grated raw and added to mashed potatoes. Either ways they taste awesome. These chops can be made ahead of time and freeze  them for later use. Once ready to fry them just thaw them in microwave or leave them at room temperature for 30 mins and then fry them. Believe me your family would love these chops.

Finally we have come to the last day of Mega Marathon 104..... I cant believe its almost a month we started this theme " Sweets and Snacks". It was so much fun learning and cooking new dishes, specially the last week. Seeing and reading so many variation to …