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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Carrot Milk Shake

 Carrots are served either raw in salads or it is served cooked in many forms like simple stir-fry to juices shakes,cakes, halwas etc.They have plenty of health benefits,specially they are good for improving eye sight.
    Here's  a recipe for a tasty Carrot milk shake:

  Ingredients
1.Carrots            220gms
2.Milk                 1/2 L
3.Sugar               5-6 tbsp (as per taste)
4.Vanilla Ice cream       as needed
5.Fried cashew nuts       ("   "   )

 Preparing Method
-Peel the skin of the Carrot and roughly cut into pieces.
-Now steam or boil these till soft and allow it to cool.
-Meanwhile freeze the milk for sometime.
-Coarsely grind the fried nuts and keep aside.
-Now in a blender add the cooked Carrot pieces,milk and sugar.Blend till smooth.
-Pour this into the serving glass.
-Serve each glass of this Carrot shake with a scoop of ice-cream topped with the fried nuts.

*Fry the nuts in a frying pan with 1/4 tsp ghee.
*You can pressure cook the carrots also.To check whether the carrots are done you can penetrate a fork.The fork should easily penetrate through the  carrots.
*If you are boiling the carrots,strain the water and then use.
 
  



  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Harees/Aleesa

Harees is a traditional Middle Eastern recipe.This is prepared during the month  of Ramadan in most of the Arab houses & distributed to nearby houses.This is also a very famous dish in parts of North Kerala at the muslim weddings & parties.
      This is a whipped wheat-meat recipe. I have got an easy recipe on this which I thought of sharing. For this recipe only the time taken for soaking wheat and the cooking time taken is long.Preparation time taken is very little;we just have to add all the ingredients into the pressure cooker and cook.
      So here I go with the recipe...

Ingredients
Peeled wheat       2 cups (soak this overnight)
water                  7 cups
Chicken                3-4 medium pieces
Onion                 1/2 of 1 medium(chop roughly)
Garlic                         2 cloves    ( "        "   )
Cinnamon                 1" piece
Cardamom                2 pieces
Ghee                        6 tsp
Salt                          3/4 tsp (according to taste)
For Garnishing
Ghee                3 tsp
Onion               1 (thinly sliced )
Cashew nuts     few
Raisins             few(optional)

 Method
-Wash and soak the wheat overnight (cover it with a lid)
-Next day,strain the water from the soaked wheat.
-Now in a pressure cooker add the wheat,water (7 cups),chicken pieces,onion,garlic,cinnamon,cardamom,ghee and salt.
-Mix well.
-Close the lid with the weight /whistle on.
-First keep this on medium flame for 5 minutes then reduce the flame to the lowest on the small burner and cook for 1 hour 40 minutes
-After the given time, off the flame,wait for 10 minutes till the steam goes completely , then open the lid.
-Slowly mix everything using a ladle and then mash it using back of the ladle till smooth and creamy.
-Now heat a pan,add ghee and fry the onions and cashew nuts.Off the flame
-keeping little aside add the rest to the Harees /Aleesa/Alsa 
-While serving you can add the remaining ghee-onion-cashew mix on top and spread it using the back of the spoon 
*Use good quality wheat.(I used 'Harees')
*When you open the lid after it is cooked sometimes you might find the wheat at the bottom and the water,chicken and other spices on the top but once you stir all will combine well
*Be careful to first stir slowly and then only mash.
*As the cooking time is long ,you will not have to take much effort in mashing , everything gets blended easily.
*You can use mutton pieces also instead of chicken.
*In the Kannur part it is served with sugar. 

  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Avocado Creamy Milk Shake

 Ingredients
1.Avocado/Butter fruit    1 small or 1/2 of 1 big
2.Milk                   500 ml
3.Sugar                5-6 tbsp (as per taste)
4.Pista ice-cream   1 tsp
  Method
-Cut the Avocado into half, remove the seed and scoop the pulp.
-Freeze the milk for sometime.
-Now add all the ingredients (1 to 4 ) into a blender and blend till smooth and creamy.
-Pour into glasses and serve chilled.
  Sending this to Know Your Diary-Milk by Shama's Easy 2 cook Recipes & Jagrutis


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sweet Potato-Coconut Balls

Sweet Potatoes are rich in Vit.A,C,Manganese and many more vitamins and minerals.They are also one of the fibre-rich vegetables.
  Here's a simple,healthy and sweet recipe,Sweet Potato-Coconut Balls.
Ingredients
1.Sweet Potato         300 gms
2.Grated coconut     6 tbsp
3.Sugar                   3 tbsp 
Method
-Wash the sweet potatoes and cook them by boiling or pressure cook them till soft.Drain the excess water and when cooled peel off the skin and mash them well.
-Now add the grated coconut and sugar to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
-Make small balls out of this.Refrigerate for some time and serve.
*Be careful not to overcook the potatoes.
*You can have this with Lime-Mint Tea.
                                  

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sweet Bread Fry/French Toast

 Here's a simple & easy evening snack specially for kids.
Ingredients
Bread(medium size)        7-8 slices
Eggs                               2
Milk                                1/2 cup
Sugar                             3-4 tbsp
Vanilla essence               1/4 tsp
Ghee                              to grease the pan
Method
-Cut each bread slice into triangular shape.
-In a bowl add the eggs and sugar.Beat till the sugar dissolves.Now add the essence and milk.Mix well.
-Heat a frying pan,add a little ghee & spread it evenly on the bottom.
-Now dip each bread slice into the egg-milk mix,soak both sides and the edges and fry till both sides are done.


*Don't make the bread slices too soggy in the egg- mixture that you are unable to place them on the pan & while cooking too it becomes difficult to flip.
  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lime-Mint Tea

You can have this tea after having a heavy meal like a biriyani or even when you want to fresh up with a cup of tea.

Ingredients
Water               2 cups 
Tea powder       1/2 tsp
Lime                 1/2 of one
Mint leaves       5-6
Sugar               3 tsp (according to taste)
 Method
-Boil water in a saucepan.
-When the water starts boiling add tea powder and the mint leaves.Let it boil for 1 or 2 minutes.
-Off the flame,squeeze in the lime juice and strain into the tea pot.
-Add sugar and serve hot into cups.
*You can use tea-bags instead of tea powder.
*Change the amount of sugar and lime as per your taste.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cabbage-Carrot Stir fry/Thoran


Ingredients
Cabbage            2 cups (shredded)
Carrot                1 medium (chopped)
Onion                1 small (chopped)
Green chilly       2-3 slit
Grated coconut   1/4 cup
Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
Salt                      to taste
Mustard seed       1 tsp
Oil                       1 tbsp
Method
-Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds
-Now add the cabbage,carrot,onion,green chilli,salt and turmeric powder.Stir and mix well.(can add 2 tbsp water if needed)

-Cover it with a lid and cook.
-When it is cooked add the grated coconut and mix well.

-Off the flame and serve with plain rice.



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Macaroni Payasam


 Hi friends...May the year 2013 bring love,peace,prosperity, good health and all good things in every ones life...
   Took a short break from blogging because we had gone to India (November end) and came back only a few days back.Thought to post from there too but.. being with family specially with my sisters and other relatives after a long, I was too busy...
    Coming to the recipe ,let me welcome the year 2013 with something sweet,a payasam.The main ingredient of this payasam is macaroni.

 Ingredients
1.Macaroni               200 gms (small size)
   Water                    3 cups
   Sugar                    1 1/2 tbsp 
2.Jaggery                 350 gms 
   Water                     1/2 cup
3. Ghee                 1 tbsp
4.Coconut milk        (use 1 big coconut to extract milk
                                three times)
  1st thick milk     1 cup
  2nd thin milk     2 cups
  3rd extraction    1 1/2 cup
5.Cardamom        4
   Sugar                1/2 tsp
(Powder this together and keep aside)

6.Ghee               2 tsp
   Cashew nuts     8-10 pieces
   Raisins              few(optional)

 Method of cooking
-Heat a vessel with 3 cups of water.When the water boils add macaroni and boil for 2 minutes,add 1 1/2 tbsp sugar.Cover it with a lid and off the flame.Keep this covered for 10 minutes.After 10 minutes strain the water and keep the macaroni aside.
-Add 1/2 cup water to jaggery,heat and melt it on medium flame.Stir well till the jaggery melts completely,strain this and keep aside.
-Heat ghee in a non-stick pan and add the macaroni along with the third coconut milk.Stir for sometime and add the jaggery syrup.
-Cook this for some time till everything mixes well. Now add the 2nd coconut milk and cook till this gets a little thick consistency stirring in between.
-Now add the cardamom powder and the 1st thick coconut milk, stir and off the flame.
-Heat ghee in a pan and fry the nuts and raisins.Add this to the payasam. 
-Serve after sometime.    

   
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