Monday, September 21, 2015

Beetroot Poori

#BeetrootPoori : #Poori is one of the breakfast items liked by all. I have made it more nutritious by adding beetroot. It gives a nice color and also essential nutrients.
Now over to the preparation.
Approximately 12 to 15 pooris can be made.

beetroot poori

Ingredients for dough :
1 1/2 cupWhole wheat flour
1/2 cupMaida
1/2 TspGhee
1 TspOil
1/4 cupBeetroot chopped
1/2 TspSalt

Oil to fry poori.
Chappathy press to make poori

Method :
Pressure cook beetroot with 1/4 cup of water for one whistle.
Release the steam immediately by keeping the cooker under running water.
Allow to come to room temperature.
Grind into a smooth paste adding the cooked water in a blender.

Take all other ingredients in a basin and rub with fingers to mix ghee with the flour.
Now add beetroot paste and knead into a dough.
If necessary add little water to get a smooth dough.

Add 1 tsp of oil and knead well to get a smooth and thick dough.
The dough would become more elastic and smooth.
Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. Make perfect balls with palms.

Heat oil in a kadai on a stove over high flame.

Put few drops of oil and apply well over both top and bottom plates of chappathy maker/chappathy press.
This is done to avoid dough sticking to the plate.

Keep one ball on oiled bottom plate of the chappathy maker. 
Close and give equal pressure over the dough by pressing the handle over the top plate to make poori.

Now keep the burner at medium flame.
The oil should be fuming and smoky to get fluffy poori.

Slowly glide the poori along the side of the kadai inside the smoking oil.
It expands like a balloon. Slowly turn the other side and fry well.
Drain oil and transfer onto a plate lined with kitchen paper.
In the same way fry pooris one by one.
Increase or decrease the flame to maintain the temperature of the oil.

Serve hot poori with poori masala or potato kuruma or tomato bhindi curry.
Here served with karamani curry [ cowpea curry ].
Can also be enjoyed with milk.
Poori also goes well with sugar or jaggary.

beetroot poori beetroot poori

Other poori recipes to try [ click once on the image to take you to the post ]

Spinach Poori
spinach poori
Red greens Poori
red greens poori
Poori masala [ poori kizhangu ]
poori kizhangu

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Idly- Varieties

#Idly [ #Idli ] is an ideal food for everyone from small children to toothless old people as it is steam cooked and easily digestible. Idli is the most nutritious and complete food in the world.

Idli is a nutrient power house. It has carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Enzymes, Amino acids and Fiber. A normal idli contains 40 calories and has no saturated fat and no cholesterol. If you take a single idli you will be getting 2 gm of protein, 2 gm  dietary fiber and 8 gm of carbohydrate.

Idli is the traditional dish of Tamil Nadu, India. The main ingredients are Boiled rice [ Idli rice ], black gram and a small amount of fenugreek. The rice and black gram with fenugreek are soaked separately for 2 to 3 hours and ground into a batter using a wet grinder. Then the batter is mixed together adding enough salt and allowed to ferment for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Then steam cooked to get nice fluffy and soft idlis.

The Hot idlis are served with variety of #Chutney s and #Sambar.

idlis can also be prepared from rawa, broken wheat and millet.

Three important things to be remembered to make soft idlis. They are
  • Ratio of rice to urad dhal
  • the method of grinding 
  • fermentation
Here links to idli recipes are listed.
  • Click once on the picture to go to the post

Idli Varieties
Idli maavu [ Idli Batter ]
Idli maavu [ Idli Batter ]
Idli making [ How to cook Idli ]
Idli making [ How to cook Idli ]
Kancheepuram Idli
Kancheepuram Idli
Cholam Idli [ Sorghum Idli ]
Cholam Idli [ Sorghum Idli ]
Kambu Idli [ Pearl millet Idli ]
Kambu Idli [ Pearl millet Idli ]
rawa Idli
rawa Idli
Rawa buckwheat Idli
Rawa buckwheat Idli
Broken wheat Idli
Broken wheat Idli
Kuthiraivaali Idli [ Barnyard millet idli ]
Kuthiraivaali Idli -Barnyard millet idli 
Idli upma [ idli stir fry ]
Idli upma [ idli stir fry ]
Podi Idli
Podi Idli

For accompaniments
Chutney Varieties
Sambar Varieties

For spicy N flavorful powders [ Podi ]

Idli Milagai Podi

Idli Milagai Podi with Flax seeds

For other breakfast/dinner recipes
Tiffin Recipes