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Friday, December 13, 2013

Cardamom Black Tea/Sulaimani



This tea can keep you warm during winter evenings  along with its cardamom flavor and is a big hit in my house during winters.My relatives (bachelors) who visit us mostly on Friday evenings usually prefer, no.. rather I would say, 'demand' this tea on winter evenings.


Ingredients
Water                  2 cups
Tea powder         1/2 tsp
Cardamom          2-3 nos.
Cardamom powder    1/4 tsp
Sugar                  as needed


Method 
-Heat water in a saucepan.
-When it reaches a rolling boil add the Cardamom pod and the tea powder.Let it boil for 10 to 15 seconds.
-Add the cardamom powder and switch off the flame.
-Meanwhile add sugar in a mug.
-Now strain the tea into the mug and stir well.
-Pour into cups or glasses and serve hot.


*Do not brew for a long time after adding tea powder as it might give a bitter taste.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Beans Stir Fry

Ingredients
Beans           250 g(finely chopped)*
Shallots         8 nos.(chopped)
Green Chilly   2-3 (slit)
Coconut grated     1/2 cup
Cumin seeds        1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder   1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds      1/4  tsp 
Salt                  as needed
Oil                    11/2 tbsp
 

Method Of Cooking
-Course grind the coconut along with the cumin seeds and keep this aside.
-Heat a wok and add oil.When the oil turns hot add the mustard seeds.
-When the mustard seeds start to splutter add the chopped shallots along with the beans and green chillies.
-Add 2 tsp of water,turmeric powder and salt .Saute well and cover it with a lid for 2-3 minutes.
-Open the lid and when you see the water has dried up add the ground coconut mixture and mix well.
-Cook till done(in a cooked crunchy form),off the flame and serve.
 

*Snap off and discard both ends of the beans along with the its strings(if any) and then chop.
*Do not over cook the beans.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mango Lassi

Ingredients
Mango pieces           1 cup
Yogurt                      11/4 cup
Cold water               1/2 cup
Sugar                     as needed
Procedure
-Peel and chop the mango into cubes.
-Now add all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
-Pour into a tall glass, garnish with 2-3 mango pieces and serve.
*The yogurt should not be sour and should be thick.
*The mango should be sweet.You can also use mango pulp instead.
*Adjust the consistency by adding or reducing the amount of water.
*Add sugar according to the sweetness of the mango.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Rava Upma / Semolina Upma

Upma is a healthy breakfast very popular in the southern part.This is one breakfast which can be made in a jiffy.But for the 'poor lazy me' I can't prepare this often as half of my beautiful family members don't like upma...whenever it's upma for breakfast they search shelves for biscuits.But recently I found my younger one Azi eating it with a little sugar (like my hubby,who otherwise doesn't have a sweet tooth)..and he said he liked it.Alhamdulillah it was a great thing for me..because to feed him means....
 Usually I prepare this on Fridays,because being a holiday,everyone gets up a little late and will be having a heavy meal for lunch(after the prayers) that is a biriyani or ghee rice,so those who don't have a breakfast that day there's no problem..Now coming to the recipe...

Ingredients
Rava/Sooji/Semolina      11/2 cup
Water                            3 cups(boiling)
Onion                            1 medium (finely chopped)
Carrot grated                 3 tbsp
Coriander leaves            3 tbsp
Green chillies                 2-3 slit lengthwise
Ginger chopped             2 tsp
Mustard seeds              1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds                 1/2 tsp
Urad dal/Split black gram     1 tsp
Dry red chilli             1
Salt                            as needed
Oil                             2 tbsp
Ghee                          1 tbsp

Method Of Cooking
-Heat a pan.Add oil and ghee.
-Simultaneously on another stove keep water for boiling. 
-Now add the mustard seeds to the oil and when it starts to splutter add the cumin seeds and the urad dal.
-After 2-3 seconds add the dry red chilly and the chopped onion.
-Saute for a minute and add the green chilly and the chopped ginger.
-Now add the grated carrot and the coriander leaves.Saute for a minute.
-Add in the Semolina and saute for 2-3 minutes on medium flame (be careful not to burn).Also add the salt and mix properly.
-Now add the boiling water and give a quick stir(so that the semolina and salt gets mixed properly without forming any lumps).
-Mix well stirring till the water gets absorbed completely and the upma gets cooked,cover it with a lid for 4-5 minutes on low flame.
-Now switch off the flame,fluff up the upma and serve.
*Adding carrot and coriander leaves is optional.Instead of coriander leaves you may add curry leaves and veggies of your choice..beans,green peas etc..or make it just plain without any veggies.


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