Saturday, 19 May 2012

Soyanuggets & kaju masala

A soya chunks masala  tastes more or less like a mutton curry.It has got that chewy texture and is excellent substitute for meat. Great ingredient to play with specially for vegetarians. My mom used to make this soya chunks masala curry... . I love to have this recipe with parathas & rice. If the curry rests for an hour or more, the taste will even better with all the flavors settling in. Good amount of onion and oil is used for this recipe to get good results. friends.....Here goes the recipe... 


Soya chunks - 100 grams
Large Onion sliced 2 nos
Ginger / garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Red Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Tomato - 2 nos (blend the tomatoes & make a puree)
Coriander leaves chopped
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Broken Kaju/ cashews- 1tblsp
Salt for taste

Boil the soya chunks in hot water for 1 min, Drain water. Squeeze all the soya chunks .Heat 1-2 tblsp Oil in a pan.Put the soya chunks to hot oil & stir continuously for 1-2 min till it turns to brownish colour. Keep the soya chunks aside.
 Heat oil in a Pan, add onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger/garlic paste and saute for 2 min. Add chilly powder & tomatoe Puree and saute for 2-3 min till oil separates from masala. Add garam masala powder and stir it.
 Now add soya chunks, broken cashews , salt and Mix well. Stir for another 5-7 min. cook till its done. Turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves . Serve with roti, chappati or rice .

Note: Soya is considered to be one of the holy crops along with wheat, barley, millet and rice. However, an excessive intake of soya can actually lead to health issues too. Excessive intake can redce the body's ability to take in minerals. In women, soya contributes to the development of hormones associated with cancers of the prostate and breast. In men, it reduces fertility and in children it affects mental development. Go easy on the soya intake. A moderate consumption is just about right.

Avoid Soya if you have

Thyroid disorders
Dampness in the form of excess mucus, yeast sensitivity, tumours and cysts
Digestive problems like loose stool, irritable or bloated bowel.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Cabbage Dosa


1 cup Grated cabbage
1 Chopped onion
1tsp Chopped coriander leaves
1 cup besan/ gram flour
1tblsp rice flour
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 green chilli chopped
½ tsp red chilli powder
2tblsp Oil for shallow frying the dosa


Take cabbage & onion in a bowl. Add salt to it. Keep it for 10-15 mins. Then add all the above ingredients to the cabbage onion mix.  Mix it properly .

 Heat a tawa. Put 1-2 tsp oil. Pour 1 big spoonful of the batter in the center of a heated frying pan. Spread it in a round shape with the help of  your fingers.

When the base turns to golden brown colour turn the side & cook well. Serve with with sauce/  green chutney..

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Onion & cabbage Pakoda:

2 large onions sliced
Cabbage grated – 1cup
gram flour  1 ½ cups
1tblsp rice flour
1/4 tsp turmeric powder,
1 tsp red chilli powder
Garlic/ ginger crushed- 1tblsp
1-2 green chillies- chopped
2 tsp ajwain
Salt to taste,
Oil for frying


Take a bowl. Put the onion slices & cabbages.Add  salt  and leave it for 10-15 mins. till the onion & cabbage leaves some water.
Then add gramflour  & rice flour to the the veggies and mix properly .
Add haldi, green chilles, red chilli powder, crushed ginger & garlic ,ajwain and if required little water to the besan and make a batter that is of dropping consistency by sticky.
Heat oil in a kadhai .Take 1 tbsp of hot oil from the kadhai and add to the batter and mix well.
Then drop small bhajis in the oil and fry stirring till they turned to golden brown in colour and crisp. Serve Hot with garlic chutney or tomato ketchup.

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Finger sandwich

Tomato sandwiches are the most delicious, easiest finger foods to make. All you need is sliced white bread tomtoes. To enhance the flavor, I also spread a thin layer of mayo & cream cheese spread and garlic. So friends lets start the recipe....

8  bread thin slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
2 -3 tomatoes 
2 tblsp  cream cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise/ 2 teaspoons mustard sauce (optional)
1 tablespoons garlic , finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
Mint leaves fine paste- 1 tblsp...
Red chilli flakes- 1 tsp
Chopped green bell paper- 1tblsp
1 medium size onion- sliced/ chopped
Grated cheese/ Tomato sauce for garnishing

MIX cream cheese, mayo , garlic, black pepper and mint leaves paste well in a small bowl. Set aside.Cut the tomatoes into thin slices .

Trim crusts from sandwiches.

Layer the sandwich with tomato slices onto the cream cheese.

 Add  green pepper &  onion. Sprinkle with salt & chilli flakes.

 Close the sandwich with a second piece of bread spread .

 Cut the sandwich in quarters just before serving & garnish with grated cheese & tomato sauce.

Other sandwich ideas:

(U can also make the sandwiches  with crushed pineapple with finely chopped walnuts / CUCUMBER/ hardboiled eggs/  finely chopped crab, shrimp or lobster don’t forget to add  1 tablespoon lemon juice in it/ thin-sliced smoked salmon/ finely chopped cooked chicken)


Chandrakanti is a traditional odiya dish, deep-fried  made from Moong dal and coconut. It is prepared in every household during festive occasions. Lovely sweet, very interesting recipe....

1 cup yellow moong dal
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
3/4th cup  sugar
2 tsp sliced almond/ pistachios (optional) 
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
ghee- 1 tsp

Soak the moong dal in water for 2-3 hours, drain, clean it and blend in a mixer into a paste(the paste should not b that much fine).

Take a deep Pan, add 1 cup of water and bring to boil. Add the sugar, let it boil for 2-3 min. Then add grated coconut, cardamom powder, sliced almonds(Optional) , and  pinch salt and mix well.  stir it continuously for 5-10 min.

 Then add the moong dal paste, mix well for another 5 min  till the mixture becomes thick. 

Note: Keep stirring the moong daal continuously else it may form lumps

Take a tray.. grease the tray with ghee .

Spread the cooked  mixture and press it evenly all over  and keep aside for 25-30mins to cool.

With a greased knife cut it into equal size cubes or squares or to whatever shape you like.

Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep fry the pieces till golden brown.

Serve them warm or cool as you like it.

here are some snaps of round shape chandrakanti

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Sabudana thalipeeth

Sabudana Thalipeeth is a maharashtrian recipe. Sabudana Thalipeeth or Sago Potato Pancake is one of the easy recipe to make and it taste very good. It is popular during fasting time, Not only during fasting but you can make these for breakfast or  evening snacks ...Maharashtrian Fasting food is loaded with lots of calories, in fact you can really have treat during a fast :p.... Enjoy this another delicious recipe! !!! I made this today morning for 1st time & thalipeeth's came out really nice. So thought of sharing with u all..:)
So here goes the recipe..

1 cup Sabudana / sago seeds
1 potato boiled and grated
green chillies and cumin seeds paste - 1tsp
Crushed groundnut/ peanut powder  - 1/2 cup 
Salt to taste
Sugar - pinch
Ghee or Butter
Chopped coriander leaves- a handful

Wash and soak sabudana (sago) in water for atleast 2 hrs.
Drain the excess water and keep aside.
 Mix green chiilies and cumin seeds paste.
 Mix soaked sabudana, grated potato , coriander leaves, salt, sugar, peanut powder together 

and make a dough.  Sprinkle water if required and knead it to the dough. 

Make small round balls of the dough.

Take any plastic sheet, sprinkle few drops of water on plastic sheet, Flatten them using your hands on plastic sheets. 

Coat some oil/ water on  your palms so that it doesn't stick. 

Heat pan on a medium high, add some oil and place thalipeeth , 

When you hear the crackling sound, flip it on the other side 

and let it cook till it gets nice golden color from both the sides.

Serve hot with yogurt, pickle, chutney or sauce....

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