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RICE PUTTU/KERALA STYLE

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Kerala ,South India
Diet: Vegetarian

Rice puttu is common breakfast eaten in South Indian States not only in Kerala but also in Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka. It is made in steamed cylinders of ground rice layered with coconut scrapings. Puttu is served hot with sweet dish such as palm sugars and and bananas or with curries such as dal,chickpeas and non vegetarian curries.

Traditionally it was made in bamboo logs which gives a lovely aroma.

I made it from store bought rice flour.We need a special vessel called puttu kudam which is the puttu maker.This comes in two parts .The top cylindrical part is for steaming puttu.If we don’t have puttu kudam it can be steamed in idli pot. I have bought the upper steamer which can be kept on top of cooker or pressure pan.

Ingredients:

  • Rice flour….1 cup
  • Coconut scrapings….1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Salt as needed.

Method:

  • Take cup of puttu flour in a mixing bowl
  • Add salt .Mix well.
  • Now sprinkle water as needed.To get a soft puttu the amount of rice flour to water ratio is important. When you hold between palms it should form lumps. When you press it should break or crumble.Break all lumps.
  • I keep in cooker so kept water in it and covered the pan.
  • Now first place the perforated disc in the cylinder.
  • Add 2 to 3 tbs of coconut scrapings in the vessel.
  • Then add puttu flour till it reaches half of the cylinder.
  • Then add 2 or 3 TBS of grated coconut then putting flour.
  • Finally finish it with coconut scrapings and cover with lids.
  • Place the cylinder portion on top of the pressure pan.
  • Water should boil
  • Steam puttu till you see the steam releases through the top vent in the cover.
  • The time taken depends on the flour.
  • Remove the cylindrical part from the pan and cook for 3 to 4 mts
  • Then using a skewer which comes with the puttu steamer and remove the steamed puttu.

Serve puttu with black kadalai curry, potato stew, banana ,moong dhal and papadam.

Choice is yours.

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KERALA STYLE CHICKPEAS CURRY

I have already shared with you Channa curry for bhatura. This is a side dish for poori,roti,chappathi and this is different. Just like other receipes in Kerala we add Coconut for this recipe.

Ingredients

Chickpeas……..1 cup

Onions…..2

Tomatoes….2

Pepper powder….1/2 tsp

Coconut scrapings… ..1/2 cup for a extracting milk.

Ginger garlic paste….1 tsp

Cornflour…2 tsp

Lemon juice…1 lemon

Coriander leaves.

Coconut scrapings…..1 tbs(optional)

Garam masala powder….1 tsp or vegetable masala

Turmeric powder ….1/2 tsp

Cook chickpeas till it becomes soft.

Method

In a kadai .put oil in it. add 1 piece cinnamon. (Optional)

Now add onion fry a little and then add tomatoes

Now add pepper powder ginger garlic paste,garam masala or vegetable masala saute it after adding salt.

Add channa dhal then add coconut milk and corn flour mixed in water and allow. It to boil. Check for salt.

Cook and when done add lime juice and chopped coriander leaves.

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COOKING TIPS

  1. While preparing dough for poori mix 1tsp gram flour with it. The color of poori will be good
  2. While preparing kesari add milk.
  3. To de skin garlic put in hot water then in cold water.Drain the water. Easy to remove the skin
  4. While breaking coconut wet it before.
  5. If dosa dough is watery add rawa also grind coconut and add to it.
  6. To check whether we have added salt to curry, check the bubbles if it is added it will boil in the centre,if not it will have bubbles in the corner.
  7. Can add little oil to the idli batter it will be soft for longer period
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LIFE HACKS

We have tricks for making day to day routine easier.I am going to share few.

  1. To remove odour from fridge can dip a piece of cotton in any essence and keep it in the fridge.
  2. When we use new nylon threads soak in soap water for some time and then use it
  3. Can keep few pieces of mosquito mats under a paper where we keep clothes. This puts off small insects
  4. To de skin garlic soak it water for few seconds and then remove it will be easy.
  5. Excess fried papads can be stored in ziplock covers and store it in fridge.it will be crispier.
  6. To retain the freshness of ginger garlic paste pour little oil and store it.
  7. When we use fried onions to decorate Briyani add a dash of sugar it will turn red quickly.
  8. To ripen fruits faster store them in paper bags
  9. When we cook cauliflower add little milk to retain its whiteness.
  10. When we store paneer in fridge store in a blotting paper it will be fresher.
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KERALA STYLE BANANA FLOWER THORAN/VAZHAPOO PORIAL/BANANA FLOWER STIR FRY

Banana flower is known as annans heart.This is used as a vegetable..It is large which grows from the end of the bunch of bananas. It has outstanding medical properties.It is also known as banana blossom. It is packed with essential minerals such as phosphorus,calcium,potassium,copper, magnesium and iron.It is a rich source of Vitamins like A,C,E and also fiber and iron.It is packed with dietary fibre.

It has got antioxidant properties.It is good for diabetic patients.

It can be added to salads,stir friesand herbal tea.

Ingredients

Banana flower …..1

Green gram dhal…..1 cup

Mustard seeds…..1 tsp

Shallots….few or big onion 1 chopped

Turmeric…..1/2 tsp

Green chillies…3

Salt as needed

Curry leaves…few

Cumin seeds…1/2 tsp

Garlic.. 3 to 4 cloves

Oil…..as required

Method.

Boil green gram.It should not be mushy. Keep aside.

Just pulse coconut scrapings,g.chillies, garlic clovesand cumin seeds.

In a kadai add oil. I have used coconut oil.

Add mustard seeds when it splutters add curry leaves and chopped onion.

Fry and then add chopped banana flower add little salt.Dont add water.Fry for few minutes.

Now add grinded masala and turmeric and mix well.keep in centre and cover with a lid in a medium flame.

When it is almost cooked add boiled green gram and mix well.Again cook for3 mts in low flame.

It shd be dry.

Serve with rice as a side dish.

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SAMBAR SADAM

I have given many lunch box recipes.

One such tasty recipe is sambar sadam. This recipe is a South Indian style .

I have cooked rice and dhal seperately then added veggies .This is a good combination of rice,lentil and vegetables which is a healthy one.

For sambar rice I have used a powder which I have made at home. Another option is to use sambar powder.

Ingredients for the powder.

Coriander seeds…..1 TSP
Chana dhal……….1 TSP
Urad dhal……..1/2 TSP
Pepper corns ….few

Cumin seeds 1/2 TSP
Red chillies….1

Fenugreek seeds….1/4 tsp

Fry these ingredients and powder it.

Another option is to add 2 TBS coconut scrapings and grind into paste.

I have fried coconut scrapings and added to the rice.Since I had this powder without coconut.

Ingredients

Ghee…….2 or 3 TBS
Mustard seed……1/4 TSP
Urad dhal…..1/2 TSP
Rice….1 cup

Toor dhal….1/4 cup

Redchillies…1

Shallots……few

Tomato ….1

Potato….1

Drumstick…few pieces/Peas/Brinjal/Beans(any veggies of your choice)

Carrot……1

Tamarind…..small gooseberry size

Curry leaves….few

Coriander leaves chopped 1 TBS

Turmeric powder…..1/2 tsp

Method

Cook rice and dhal seperately.

In a kadai.Add ghee.

Now add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal and red chilly.

Now add curry leaves,shallots, tomato fry a little then add drumstick and carrot.Add salt.

Fry then add turmeric Powder and then the powder which has been made.

Then add tamarind extract and allow the veggies to get cooked.

Now add cooked dhal and rice to it. If you want you can add fried coconut scrapings.

It will get thickened after sometime so while adding water be careful.

When rice,dhal, tamarind extract and vegetables blends well remove from fire and finally add chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with papad,salad or Cathal.

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BROKEN WHEAT UPMA

Another easy breakfast recipe.Briken wheat upma is very healthy and in this recipe have added vegetable s to increase it’s nutritive value.

Ingredients

Broken wheat…….1 cup

Onion…..1

Green chillies…..2

Peas…….3 tbs

Carrot chopped…..2 tbs

Oil

Mustard seeds…1/4 tsp

Urad dhal…….1/2 tsp

Curry leaves a few

Method

Put 1 tbs oil and fry broken wheat and keep side.

Some like to add without frying.

Now in a kadai put oil add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then onion,curry leaves and green chillies.

Add veggies then add 21/2 cups of water salt and allow it to boil.

Now add broken wheat and cook till done.

Serve with chutney.

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BLACK CHICKPEAS CURRY/KERALA STYLE

Black chickpeas curry very common in Kerala.This is a side dish for appam,poori and even puttu.

Soak chickpeas for about 8 hrs.

Ingredients:

Black chickpeas………1 cup

Coconut scrapings…1/2 cup

Shallots……..10 nos

Tomato….. 1

Green chillies…..2

Coriander powder….1 tbs

Turmeric powder…1/4 tsp

Chilli powder…..1/2 tsp

Coriander leaves

Curry leaves…..few

Ginger ……finely grated 1/2 tsp

Garlic finely chopped….1/2 tsp

Salt as needed

Oil
Cook chickpeas separate ly in pressure pan.

Grind coconut scrapings into smooth paste.

Method

In a kadai add little oil.

Add seasonings and then add garlic and ginger then shallots chopped

Then add green chillies curry leaves and tomatoes.

Now add dry spice powders to it

Add cooked chickpeas,salt little water so that the masala blends with the channa then finally add coconut paste and cook for few mts.

When everything blends well remove from fire add chopped Coriander leaves leaves.

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Easy recipe healthy recipes. Neivedyam traditional cooking

Easy kozhukattai

An easy snack or breakfast .This can be made very easily if you have rice flour at home.

  • Ingredients:
  • Rice flour……..1 cup
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil
  • Red chillies….few
  • Curry leaves few.
  • Urad dhal…..1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds..1/4 tsp
  • Coconut grated….1/4 cup

Method

  • Take a bowl and put rice flour into it.
  • In a kadai add little oil when it gets heated add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then add broken red chillies and then curry leaves when it gets fried add to the rice flour and keep aside.
  • Add coconut scrapings.
  • Now boil two cups of water with salt and 1 tsp oil.
  • Add it to flour.
  • Now mix well with a laddle without any lumps.
  • Make balls out of it.
  • Now keep it in a steamer and cook till it gets done.

If this is not for neivedyam you can add chopped onions and fry with red chillies and then add to the flour.This has a different taste.If for breakfast can have with coconut chutney.

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RAWA PAYASAM

Easy payasam recipe.can make this within few minutes.

Rawa…….1/2 cup

  • Cashews few
  • Raisins few
  • Water…1 1/2 cup
  • Milk….1 litre
  • Sugar.. 2 cups
  • Ghee…2 tbs
  • Yellow food colour

METHOD

  • In a tawa add ghee and fry rawa.
  • Add water, milk and sugar and boil.
  • When it gets cooked add sugar,cardomom powder,color and nuts.
  • Serve hot or cold.