Monday, June 22, 2015

Chola Kanji - Sorghum Porridge

#CholaKanji  #SorghumPorridge : #Sorghum is a #millet and grouped under major millet varieties. It is widely grown millet in India next to Pearl millet where the rainfall is very very less.
Here let me present a very simple but a healthy and tasty porridge using broken sorghum.

Chola Kanji [ Sorghum porridge ]

தேவையான பொருட்கள் :
1/4 cupSorghum broken [ sorghum rawa ]
1/2 cupMilk
1/2 cupCurd beaten
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/8 TspOmam 
1/8 TspAsafoetida 
1/4 TspMustard seeds 
1/4 TspCurry leaves
1/2 TspOil 

Method :
Take water in a vessel and heat on a stove over medium flame.
When air bubbles form at the bottom of the vessel add washed broken sorghum and stir with a ladle.
Keep the flame at SIM.
Keep stirring continuously, otherwise sorghum rawa might get stuck to the bottom.
Allow the sorghum to cook well.
Slowly it turns thicker and at one stage reaches kanji - porridge consistency.
It may take approximately 10 to 12 minutes to cook well.
Add salt and mix well.
Turn off the stove.

Add milk and top it with Omam seeds.
Enjoy omam flavoured sorghum kanji with milk !!

This kanji can also be relished after adding beaten curd.
Allow the prepared kanji to come to room tempeature.
Then add beaten curd and mix well.
Adjust salt and add tempered mustard seeds, asafoetida & curry eaves.
Chopped small onions can also be added to the kanji.
Enjoy with any pickle or thuvaiyal.
Chola kanji with milk Chola kanji with curd

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Nellikkai-Peerkangkai-Chutney

#NellikkaiPeerkangkaiChutney  #AmlaRidgegourdChutney : #RidgeGourd is called #Peerkangkai in Tamil. The peels of peerkangkai or the whole vegetable is used in the preparation of #Chutney [ #Thuvaiyal ]. A good chutney [ thuvaiyal ] should have correct balance of chilly, sour and salt. Commonly tamarind or lemon juice is used for sour taste. Instead I have used #Nellikkai [ #IndianGooseberry ], commonly known as #Amla. The taste of #Nellikkai is sweet, sour, bitter and astringent [ துவர்ப்பு ].
#Nellikkai is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and extensively used in our traditional ayurvedic system of medicine for its medicinal property. Not only the fruit, its bark and leaves are also used in ayurvedic medicinal preparations. It is also an excellent antioxidant.
I have included Nellikkai for its sour taste and also to reap all the goodness of the fruit.
Now we will see the preparation.

Nellikkai Peerkangkai Chutney

Ingredients :
1/2 cupPeerkangkai skin [ ridgegourd peels ]
1/2 cupPeerkangkai [ ridgegourd ] slices
3 - 4 TspCoconut scraping
1 1/2 TspBlack gram
1/4 TspCoriander seeds
2 or 3Red chilly
small pieceasafoetida
1 or 2 TspGinger julians [ optional ]
2 or 3Nellikkai [ Amla - Indian Gooseberry ]
1/2 TspSalt
2 TspOil
Method :
Wash nellikkai well and steam cook for 10 minute.
Then remove the seeds and slice into equal thickness pieces.

Wash the Peerkangkai well and remove the skin.
{ Use the skin to make thuvaiyal and the vegetable to make sambar or koottu. }

Keep a kadai on a stove with a tsp of oil.
After oil becomes hot add red chilly, black gram, asafoetida and fry well till the dhal turns into golden brown. Then transfer into a bowl.
In the same kadai saute steamed nellikkai pieces for 2 minutes.
Transfer into the same bowl.

Now add a tsp of oil.
Add the ginger julians, peerkangkai slices and peerkangai peels and saute well.
Close with a lid. Allow to cook well for 3 to 5 minutes keeping the flame at SIM.
Once it is cooked let all the sauteed and fried ingredients to come to room temperature.
Now transfer all sauteed and fried ingredients along with grated coconut and salt into a mixer/blender jar.
Grind them into a smooth paste.
If needed add some water and grind.
Transfer the #chutney into a serving bowl.

This chutney [ #thuvaiyal ] goes well with Pongal and also with white rice.
Mix thuvaiyal with white rice along with a tsp of gingelly oil and eat with sambar as side dish.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thinai-Appam-Kerala-Style

#ThinaiAppam [Kerala Style ]  #FoxtailAppam [ Kerala Style ] : #Thinai is known as #FoxtailMillet in English. It is gluten free and non acidic forming food just like any other millet. It is rich in protein, iron and other minerals. Thinai is sweeter in taste compared to all other millet.
A few days back tried Thinai Neer Dosai and the taste was too good. That experiment gave me courage and enthusiasm to try Appam of Kerala style with Thinai.
Crispy tasty appam and also soft appams can be made using Thinai - Foxtail millet.
Now over to the recipe.
Approximately 15 - 20 appams can be prepared.

Thinai Appam Kerala style

Ingredients :
1 1/2 cupThinai [ Foxtail Millet ]
1/2 cupCoconut scrapings
1 TspSalt
1 1/2 TspSugar
Oil to make Appam
Method :
Take thinai [ foxtail millet ] in a vessel and wash two or three times.
Add enough water and soak for 2 hours.

After 2 hours wash the grinder.
Put soaked thinai and coconut scrapings into the grinder.
Grind into a smooth batter adding required amount of water.
The batter should be watery to get thin appam.
Add salt & sugar and mix well.

Keep the batter in a warm place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight to ferment.
After fermentation the batter is ready to make appam.
Heat an appa chatty [ appam making pan ] on a stove over medium head.
Grease the appa chatty with oil.
Pour a big ladle full of batter at the centre.
With the help of a dry cloth lift the appa chatty from the stove and hold in your hands.
 Now rotate it to spread the batter over the appa chatty.

Keep on the stove and apply little oil. 
Close with a lid and cook until the edge becomes crispy and golden color.
The appam doesn't have to be flipped to cook other side.
With the help of a knife edge or spoon loosen the rim of the appam.
Transfer the pan shaped appam into a plate.

Again grease the appa chatty and make next appam.
If you want crispy appam wait till the appam turns golden all over.
If you want soft appam remove as soon as the rim of the dosai turns golden color.

To make it more nutritious add fenugreek leaf [ or any other green leaf ] after spreading the batter and before closing the appa chatty with the lid.
Thinai Appam Kerala style
Thinai Appam Kerala style Thinai Appam Kerala style added fenugreek leaf

If you don't have an appa chatty [ appam making pan ] then appam can be made on a dosai tawa.
Grease the tawa and spread batter over the tawa after tawa becomes hot.
Sprinkle oil over and along the edge of the appam.
Close with a lid.
Transfer on to a plate once its done.
Crispy thinai appam can be relished as it is. I like the taste!!
Thinai appam can be enjoyed with sambar or any chutney of your choice.

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Neer Dosai Varagarisi Neer Dosai Thinai Neer Dosai

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Idiyappam - Sweet-Idiyappam-with-sugar

#SweetIdiyappamWithSugar : If steam cooked plain idiyappam is ready then it is very easy to prepare a variety of mixed idiyappam. Generally lemon idiyappam, pulikachal idiyappam are made along with sweet idiyappam with either sugar or jaggery.
My daughter during her school days used to take lemon idiyappam or pulikachal idiyappam and sweet idiyappam in a double decker tiffin box. We have to be very careful while packing sweet idiyappam in the tiffin box for lunch as it might become soggy as time passes.
Now we will see the method of preparing sweet idiyappam and
Also the procedure to pack in a lunch box.

sweet idiyappam with sugar

Ingredients :
1 cupPlain Idiyappam
1/4 cupFresh coconut scrapings
1/2 TspCardamom powder
2 or 3 TbspSugar [ adjust ]
a pinchsalt
a dropGhee [ optional ]

Method :
Prepare Idiyappam following the method given in my previous post.
Keep all the given ingredients ready.
Just 10 minutes before serving, take idiyappam in a wide mouthed vessel or a plate.
Add coconut scrapings, ghee and cardamom powder.
Mix well gently by hand without giving too much pressure.
Finally add sugar and mix well.
Relish immediately. Otherwise it might become soggy as time passes.
sweet idiyappam with sugar
For lunch box :
Mix idiyappam, coconut scrapings, ghee and cardamom powder.
Pack the mix in a lunch box.
Pack sugar in a separate box or in a cover.
Just before lunch add sugar to the idiyappam and mix well.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Thinai-Neer-Dosai

#ThinaiNeerDosai  #FoxtailMilletNeerDosai : #Thinai is known as #FoxtailMillet in English. It is gluten free and non acidic forming food just like any other millet. It is rich in protein, iron and other minerals. Thinai is sweeter in taste compared to all other millet.
I tried Varagarisi Neer dosai a few days back. In the same way, this time I made neer dosai with Thinai. But added little sugar to the batter that gave a unique taste to the dosai.
Now over to the preparation.
Approximately 10 - 15 dosais can be prepared.

thinai neer dosai [ foxtail neer dosai ]

Ingredients :
1 cupThinai [ Foxtail Millet ]
1/3 cupCoconut scrapings
3/4 TspSalt
1 TspSugar
Gingelly Oil [ till/sesame oil ] to make dosai.

Method :
Take thinai [ foxtail millet ] in a vessel and wash two or three times.
Add enough water and soak for 2 hours.

After 2 hours wash the grinder.
Put soaked thinai and coconut scrapings into the grinder.
Grind into a smooth batter adding required amount of water.
The batter should be watery to get paper thin dosai.
Add salt & sugar and mix well.

Heat a tawa on a stove over a medium flame.
Grease the tawa with oil and allow to get hot.
When tawa becomes hot make dosai by pouring batter from rim of the tawa to its center.

Sprinkle oil over the dosai.
Allow it to cook until the rim becomes slightly golden color.
No need to flip the dosai to cook the top side.
Gently spread the oil using dosa ladle that we had sprinkled earlier over the top of the dosai.
Otherwise the dosai would become dry and develop cracks.
Transfer on to a serving plate.
In the same way make dosai one by one.
Arrange over a serving plate.
Serve hot with any spicy chutney of your choice or kurma.

thinai neer dosai [ foxtail neer dosai ]

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pesarattu-with-sprouted-Moth-beans

#PesarattuWithSproutedMothBeans : #Pesarattu is a protein rich food since lentil has been used in its preparation. I made it even more protein rich by using sprouted moth beans and also included amaranth flour and buckwheat flour. If you have sprouted lentil at home then it takes around 20 minutes to prepare tasty pesarattu.
Now let me present the method of making pesarattu with sprouted #mothbeans.
3 to 4 can be prepared.

Pesarattu with moth beans sprouts

Ingredients :
1/2 cupMoth beans sprouted
1 TbspAmaranth flour
1 TspBuckwheat flour
1 TspRice flour
1/2 TspSalt
1/2 TspCumin seeds
1 Onion, chop nicely
3 TbspCoriander leaves chopped
8 - 10Curry leaves
Oil to make pesarattu
A small piece of ginger [ optional ]
Method :
Take moth beans sprouts, cumin seeds, curry leaves and salt in mixer.
Grind coarsely adding required amount of water.
Transfer into a vessel and add all the given flours.
Mix well adding water.
The batter should be slightly thicker than dosai batter.

Heat a tawa on a stove over a medium flame.
Grease the tawa with oil and spread the batter evenly.
Sprinkle onino and coriander leaves over the pesarattu.
Add a dash of oil over the pesarattu.
Close with a lid.
Flip it once its rim turns golden color.
Transfer on to a plate after both sides have been cooked well.
Again repeat the same method to make pesarattu till the batter got over.

Serve hot with Coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

Pesarattu with moth beans sprouts
Pesarattu with moth beans sprouts Pesarattu with moth beans sprouts

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