Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Avocado - Nuts Desert

Avokado Nuts desert is a mild sweet desert, you can say its like an ice cream, soft, smooth and healthy desert which help us to gain many healthy benefits.
I have used Avocado, little honey and loads of Almonds and cashews. 

I remember Usha Bopayya who used to treat us with Avocado along with yummy breakfast whenever we stayed with her in Mysore. (Avocados are from her own Estate). It was the first time I had tasted this yummy fruit in Usha |Bopayya's house. She is such a nice kind lovable human being and she treats us like her own kids. 
These particular Avocado is brought from Usha Suresh Cukkemane. Suresh and Usha are our family friends and we are like family members. (All friends circle from Dubai). I was very curious to prepare this desert. I have added dates and figs, honey and cashews, brought from Goa by Yadu Rajiv ( RishiKanth Somayaji's friend), Almond flakes  are from Krishnaveni Beedarhalli. (Vidya's sister).
Let us see some benefits of Avocado.
Avocado is filled with nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Avocado helps us to have healthy eyes, protect our skin. It is good for maintaining blood sugar levels. It has a good source of antioxidant properties. It helps in blood circulation and to build stronger bones. It helps in easy digestion and prevents the bad breath. It also helps in K vitamin deficiency related bleeding disorder. It takes care of our heart health and liver care. Avocado has a high fatty acid content but it is very low in cholesterol. They are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are good source of monounsaturated fatty acids. They are low in sugar content. Avocado is rich source of energy. They contain minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. The minerals in avocado are Vitamin C, B6, B 12, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin K and Vitamin E. They are good source of dietary fiber. Avocado is rich in potassium and it balances the potassium and sodium level in our body, which is very important for overall health.
You can use Avocado to prepare dips or for sandwiches, milk shake, smoothie and other dishes.
Let us see the recipe now.

Things needed :

Avocado : 2
Figs : 5 to 6
Dates : 5 to 6 or little more
Honey : 1 Tablespoon
Cashew Nuts : 2 Tablespoons. (Cut into small pieces).
Almond flakes : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Method :
1. Wash and clean Avocado fruits and remove the outer layer slowly.

2. Place the fruits on a bowl.
3. Cut cashews, dates and figs into small pieces.
4. Smash Avocado fruits with the help of a tablespoon and let it turn as soft paste.
5. Add a tablespoon of honey and mix it well.

6. Add cut figs and dates and mix it nicely.
7. Add cut cashews on the top and mix it.

9. Shift the desired quantity to serving cups and spread almond flakes generously.

10. Avocado Nuts Desert is ready to serve.

Note : 

Do not add any water for this desert. I have used honey for the sweetness. Instead of honey you can use sugar/jaggery /Palm jaggery or even jaggery. You can powder cashews and almonds in a mixi and then used it. Roasting of almonds and blag grapes.
Using Avocado instead of butter is a healthy option.
Time : 10 Minutes
Serves  : 4 to 5. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chiroti Rava Pani Poori & Spicy Chutney

Pani Poori name it self brings water in your mouth. I normally prepare Pani Poori at home. I do not know some how I don't feel like to eat that Pani Poori selling out side. Though it is there way of earning money to live, it is not at all comfortable for me to go and eat outside.

I have tried these pooris with chiroti rava (thin variety of semolina), very very small quantity of maida and salt. I have prepared the pani and the spicy chutney to have with this pooris. Potatoes are also used for filling.
Let us see some benefits of eating Pudina /Mint leaves in our diet.
Mint leaves have the best medicinal values. It is one of the superb herb which is used for many health issues. Mint helps in easy digestion. It is good remedy for nausea, depression and headache. It is used for treating ashtma and memory loss. Mint is known for refreshing breath. It is one of the oldest herb which in practice we use mint as home remedy for many sickness.
Let us see the recipe now :
There are two steps. First we prepare small pooris and then proceed to spicy and sweet chutney.
Small Pooris:
1. Poori preparation :

Things Needed :

Chiroti Rava : 2 Cups
Wheat flour : 1 Tablespoon
Cooking Soda : A pinch (1/2 of 1/4 teaspoon)
Salt : As required
Oil : 1 Cup

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and put chiroti rava, wheat flour, salt and cooking soda.
2. Mix all the ingredients well. Add water and prepare thick dough.
3. Add a teaspoon of oil to the dough and kneed it well.

4. Divide the dough into small portions.
5. Take a small portion and roll it flat as chapati. Roll it as thin as you can.
6. Take a small bottle cap /or small bowl (circle shape) and press it and let it be small pooris.
7. Remove these small circles and arrange them on the tray or plate.

8. Keep a small pan on the fire and heat. Put oil. Let it get hot.
9. Fry pooris on medium and low flame. Frying pooris on low flame helps the poori to be crispy.

10. Fry poori on both sides and remove from the pan and put it on a kitchen tissue.

11.. At time you can fry 2 to 3 pooris.
12. Repeat the same with remaining dough. Serve Poori with pani and potato inside a small whole.

2. Sweet and Spicy Chutney.
Things Needed :
Dates : 6 to 8
Mint leaves : 1 Bundle (Small bundle will do)
Coriander leaves : 1 Bundle (Small bundle will do)
Black salt : As required
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Pepper pods : 2 to 3
Green chilly : 1 to 2 ( According to taste)
Tamarind : 1/2 of one small marble.
Method : 
1. Wash mint leaves, coriander leaves and green chilly.
2. Remove the seeds from dates and cut it into small pieces.
3. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chilly, jeera, pepper and dates with required water.

4. Add only little water. The chutney should be thick. Add black salt and churn for a minute.
5. Remove it from the mixi jar to a bowl.
6. Green spicy and sweet chutney is ready to serve.
7. Add required water and mix it well. It should be like normal water consistency.
Potato Filling :

Wash and remove the outer layer of potatoes and cut into small pieces till it is cooked soft.
Put off the fire once it is cooked. Let it get cool.
Put boiled potatoes to a plate and smash it nicely. Add garam masala powder and chat masala powder.

Add required black salt and mix it well.  Filling is ready to serve.

Pani poori serving :
Take a poori make a hole in the middle and fill some potato mixture and fill it with spicy water and serve immediately.

Note :

No need to add any oil or ghee while preparing the dough. Kneed the dough well. It helps the poori to be fluffy.
You can add spice and sweet mixture together and grind it nicely. It helps us to separate the dishes.
Adding water to chutney should be careful. It should be like normal water consistency. Just after filling potatoes and spicy water.  It should be eaten immediately or it might sag.
Potato should be boiled nicely. Adding spice /any masala is optional. I have added chat masala and garam masala.

Total Time : 45 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dil Leaves Ragi Rotti

Ragi, one of the healthy millet which is used more and more in these days. Ragi/Finger Millet is used for preparing so many dishes. I have tried Ragi Rotti using dil leaves and carrots. It is very tasty and yummy. Leaves and carrots with ragi helps you for easy digestion and keeps you full for a long time.
I have used dil dil/Sabbasssige/ sabsige. leaves, ragi, ,carrots chilly and other simple spices here.

Let us see the benefits of " Ragi " in our diet.
Ragi as I said earlier, is gluten free. It is filled with health benefits and nutritional values. Ragi is rich in protein and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, Iron and potassium. Consumption of ragi is good for improving red blood cells. Finger Millet has antioxidants properties. Ragi is good for people who wants to lower their weight. It is digested slowly and eating ragi/finger millet helps you to keep away from feeling hungry for a longer time. Ragi is rich in calcium and helps to strengthen our bones. It is excellent source of calcium supply to growing children and elderly. Ragi is good for people who are suffering from diabetes. Finger millet is good for lowering the cholesterol levels in our body. Ragi is good for people suffering from anaemia. It is one of the healthy comfortable food that our body help us and bring it to the mood of relaxing.
No Onion or No garlic is used in this Dil Leaves Ragi Rotti.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed : 

Ragi/Finger Millet flour : 2 Cups
Dil /Sabbassige soppu : 1 Medium size bundle
Carrots.(Used Delhi Carrots) : 2
Curry Leaves : 1 Handful
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Green chilly : 1
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 6 to 8
Ginger : A small piece
Salt : As required
Hot boiling water : 2 Cups
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash and cut green chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves. Crush pepper pods and jeera.
2. Wash and cut dil leaves. Wash and grate carrots. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it.
3. Take a big bowl. Put Ragi /Finger Millet flour, Salt, ground ginger, green chilly, curry leaves, grated ginger and coriander leaves . Add cut dil leaves and grated carrots. Add crushed pepper pods and jeera.

4. Add boiling water and cover the bowl with a plate. (For 2 to 3 minutes.)
5. Grate coconut and put it on hot ragi flour. Mix it slowly. Mix it nicely.

6. Add water ( if required) and mix the dough. ( Let the dough be bit soft ). Mix it nicely and prepare dough.

7. Keep a pan on the fire. Heat. Sprinkle oil and clean it with a kitchen tissue paper.
8. Let the flame be very low. Take a handful of ragi rotti dough. Spread it on the tava with the help of your fingers.  (Thickness according to your wish).

9. Add a teaspoon (or little less), of cooking oil and sprinkle on the rotti. Cook on medium and low flame. Turn the other side and cook on both sides.

10. Hot Dil Leaves Ragi Rotti is ready to serve.

11. Remove it from the pan and serve hot Dil leaves Ragi rotti with your choice of side dish. Top up with little ghee /butter on hot Dil leaves Ragi Rotti.

12. Repeat the same with remaining dough.

Note :

The dough should be bit soft. Bit thicker than idli dough. Adding more/less chilly is optional. Adding any type of carrots optional. Adding pepper pods and jeera is optional. Adding cut onions and garlic is optional. (Taste differ). Cut onions into thin pieces if adding. Use of more oil adds to the taste but not good for health. You can also grind curry leaves, coriander leaves, green chilly, jeera and pepper pods and then mix it with other ingredients. Dil leaves Ragi Rotti should be done on low and medium flame. (Adjust the flame in between).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jackfruit Cake (Eggless)

Jack fruit season is almost coming to an end. I tried jack fruit cake last year and the colour was dull but cake was just Excellent and Yummy. with jack fruit flavour.

Using natural fruits are always best and healthy too.
I have used jack fruit, little cinnamon, maida, sugar and other ingredients.\
Let us see the recipe Now:

Things Needed :

Jack Fruits : 1 Bowl (At least 10)
Maida /All Purpose flour) : 2 Cups
Baking Powder : 1 Teaspoon
Baking Soda : 1/4 Teaspoon
Cinnamon : A very small piece
Sugar : 3/4 Cup
Cooking oil :  3/4 th Cup
Curd : 2 Tablespoons
Milk : 1/2 Cup

Method : 

1. Sieve maida, baking powder and baking soda together and keep it aside.

2. Apply little oil to the baking tray and dust it with a teaspoon of maida. (Spread around the tray).
3. Powder sugar in a mixi jar and add oil and churn it for a while. Let the sugar dissolve slightly.

4. Add curd and churn it for 2 minutes. Add milk and cinnamon piece. Grind it for 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and churn for a minute.

5. Add jack fruit pieces and grind it nicely for 2 minutes. Let it all the ingredients mix it well.

6. Now remove the dough from the mixi jar.
7.Add sieved maida/all purpose flour and mix it slowly.

8. Pre-heat the oven for 5 minutes.
9. Pour the cake batter to maida dusted tray and slightly tap it. Let the dough spread it well.
10. Put it in the oven at bake it for 30 minutes.( 180 degree  c )  It raises up and bakes it well on both side.

11. Check it with a knife edge by a knife or spoon. Prick the knife to know that cake is baked well.

12. Put off the switch and keep the cake tray on the top of the oven. Let the cake cool for a while.

13. Cut them in to small pieces and serve it with a cup of coffee or tea.

14. We had this cake with our class kids. It tasted well.

Note :

Do not use water to grind. Adding more sugar is optional. The jack fruit added the taste to yummy jack fruit flavour. Adding butter / ghee instead of cooking oil is optional. Cake will be more tasty with butter or ghee.
Time : 30 Minutes to bake and preparation 10 minutes or little more.
Serves :   20 to 25 Pieces (According to the size.

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