Saturday, April 16, 2011

Paneer Puff

Blogger marathon # 4 By Srivalli, Day 6, Favorite recipes of all kids, Puff- Paneer Puff.
             Paneer recipes go well with all the kids. My daughter loves paneer always, I used to prepare paneer in many ways like paneer 65, fry and butter masala etc. One day she asked me to make puffs but she said she don’t want veg puff.
             Then I got an idea to make paneer puff, this is my own masala, which really was a great success. I used capsicum instead of green chilli, because kids like capsicum taste. I taught of adding peas to it. But I was not having peas at home so I dint add it. If u like to add peas, then it will be more tastier. I think this is an Easy recipe for people who get frequent guests at home. This takes around 30min with the preparation and baking together. So here goes our paneer recipe. 
Ingredients
Puff pastry sheet 2 no (cut in square size) will get 4 squares
Butter for greasing
Baking sheet 1no
Masala
Paneer Cubes 1 cup
Onion (chopped finely) ¼ cup
Capsicum (chopped finely) 2tbsp
Tomato chopped ¼ cup
Garam masala powder ½ tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder ½ - 1 tsp (according to taste)
Pepper/ jeera /sombu powder 1tsp
Butter 1tsp
Oil as required
Salt to taste
Lemon juice 1 tsp (optional)
Egg white for final brushing 1no or Milk for brushing on the top of the pastry before baking.
Method
Add butter/ oil in pan. Add onion and capsicum fry well till the colour change to pink. Add tomato and fry well till the oil leaves then add the red chilli powder and other mentioned spices, fry well. When onion masala leaves oil, Add paneer. Mix well and crumble the paneer well using the ladle. Add salt. If u like at last add 1 tsp lemon juice. Switch off the flame. Allow to cool.
Pre heat the oven to 190 C .Take the square puff pastry. Keep it in the greased baking sheet, fill one half of  pastry sheet with little masala .close it from one corners to the opposite side diagonally  like shown in the pic and brush the top with little egg white. Make little opening on the top (as shown).  Make other three puff pastry in the same way. Arrange it in the baking tray. Keep in the oven for around 15 -20 min.Paneer puff is ready to serve with the hot tea, enjoy…

Check out my Blogging Marathoners doing BM#4 hosted by Srivalli
Diabetes Diet/Management: PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes: Suma, Priya Suresh, me
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P , Usha
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Monika,
Seven Days of Cakes:  Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals: Archana  
Seven days of Condiment: Kamalika, Srivalli

Friday, April 15, 2011

Vatteppam/ Vattayappam/ IndianCooking Challenge for March

This is my first post for Indian cooking challenge by Sri Valli, and im very happy to participate in this challenge. I had a very nice experience while preparing it. While the People started posting surrutai poli , it was really interesting that so many people posting the same recipe in the same day , then I mailed Sri valli that I want to join the challenge, then she made me a part of ICC group.  When I came to know  the next post  for the month of March is Vatteappam I felt really happy, because this is very new to me and experiment  also for me. The original recipe owner is  Shn - Mish Mash. I prepared vettapam as idli also. It turned out good, I dint have much struggle when I was preparing this steamed cake.All the Kerala recipes are good especially sweets, love them,
                     Main part in preparing this is yeast and fermentation process, I used active yeast, I felt a yeasty smell while  cooking and eating. So next time when I do it I shall add ¼ tsp of active dry yeast.
                      I had nice experience and fun preparing a new recipe, waiting for the April challenge. Here is the steamed sweet cake recipe…
Ingredients
For grinding
Raw-rice (soaked Overnite)1 cup
Grated coconut1 cup
Cooked rice 2 tbsp
Water as required for grinding
Yeast
Instant dry yeast  ½ tsp
For Making Rice porridge
Coarse ground paste  2 tbsp
Water ½ to 1 cup
For Flavour
sugar ½ cup ( to taste)
Cardamom powder  1tbsp
Cashew nuts 1 tbsp
Raisins few     
Ghee for frying cashew nuts
Method
 Grind the soaked rice in an mixer or grinder, by adding water,Like we do in grinding idli batter. When it half ground just take the required quantity for making rice porridge, in the original recipe it was written as Thari kurukku, keep aside. Now add grated coconut .  Now add the cooked rice and grind well again. Switch of the grinder.
Now take a small bowl add ½ tsp of active yeast in 1/3 cup of water with little sugar. Keep aside.
Making of rice porridge.Take  a pan and add the 2tbsp of coarse ground rice and required amount of water . Boil well and keep stirring in low-medium flame till it is fully cooked and reaches the consistency of a thick paste and Switch off the stove and keep aside to cool.
When rice porridge is cool, add 4 tbsp of the porridge to the ground rice batter in grinder and run it for to blend it thoroughly with the batter. Now , add yeast mixture and blend well again.
Pour the entire batter to a steel bowl. And keep for fermenting  in a warm place for about 5 -8 hours or overnight.   When batter is fully fermented, add the given amount of sugar and mix .Now again let it ferment for another 1 ½ to 2 hours. (I kept it around 2 ½ hours)
Heat ghee in a small pan and roast cashew nuts till golden brown and add raisins too. Before steaming, add powdered cardamom, ghee roasted nuts and raisins to the batter. Mix thoroughly. 
I made Vettapam in three ways, I used idli plates and two stainless steel cups , one big and one small.
For steaming, heat some water in a Idli cooker; Grease the cups with some ghee or oil. Pour the batter and fill half of the bowl. When the cooker starts to steam, place a plate with holes in the cooker and on top of it, gently drop the bowl with batter and close the cooker ,let it steam cook for about 20 -30 minutes in medium heat.
After about 20 minutes, remove the bowl from the cooker . check whether the vettapam is cooked nicely by inserting a knife inside or fork and if it comes out clean then vettapam is cooked nicely. I used the idli plates which has holes, so used a steaming cloth. I steamed sweet idlis like a normal idlis.
Remove the cup from the cooker and keep it cool. Now run a knife by the side of the pan and gently separate the steamed cake/vatteppam/Vattayappam from the Bowl .  Shift the steamed sweet cake in a plate and cut into squares , and serve with tea/coffee.

Check out my Blogging Marathoners doing BM#4 hosted by Srivalli
Diabetes Diet/Management: PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes: Suma, Priya Suresh, me
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P , Usha
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Monika,
Seven Days of Cakes:  Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals: Archana  
Seven days of Condiment: Kamalika, Srivalli

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ribbon Pakoda / Nada pakoda

Blogger marathon #4 , Day 4....Happy tamil new year...Putthandu Nal Vazhthukkal. 
Ribbon pakodas is a un resistible snack. Instead of  buying it outside from sweet stalls, why can't we  make it at home ourself.This pakodas is favorite for kids too…my mom used to prepare this often when I was with them in Chennai. My daughter used to have this when she comes back from school. And ribbon pakodas can be one of the side dishes also for the meals. I used to have it with rasam sadam, sambar sadam also.even u can try it out with the  meals . After coming and staying here alone I got a special interest in making such savories and store it. Here is my favorite snack for u all…..naruk morruk snack.....


Ingredients
Besan flour / Kadalai Mavvu  1 cup
Butter 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Red chili powder 2tsp
Asafetida ½ tsp
Water to make a soft dough
Oil for deep frying
Method
Take a wide mouth bowl, Mix besan, salt , red chili powder,asafortida with butter. Crumble it nicely with the fingers. Then add water little by little and prepare a soft dough. 
Heat oil in a pan, when oil is heat enough, put little dough in the press . Make ribbons in hot oil. When the hiss sound stops, strain well and remove the ribbons from the oil. This is a very good snack which can be served any time….with tea or we can have it just like that also….

Check out my Blogging Marathoners doing BM#4 hosted by Srivalli
Diabetes Diet/Management: PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes: Suma, Priya Suresh, me
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P , Usha
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Monika,
Seven Days of Cakes:  Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals: Archana  
Seven days of Condiment: Kamalika, Srivalli

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Potato Bonda/Aloo Bonda/Urulai Kizhangu Bonda

Blogger Marathon # 4, Day 3, Potato Bonda, Kids love potatoes in many forms, like French fries, bondas, samosas….it goes on…for snacks one day I prepared this aloo bonda and it vanished off so quick, at last I dint get a piece to eat. There  is no age bar for bondas, it is everyone’s favorite. Once I had Bonda’s  in  Saravana Bhavan, Chennai, i found that they add colour, cooking soda for the batter. As im giving it to kid i avoided it , if u like to add add it . I got the perfect colour and taste when I prepared here with out colour and soda…..
Ingredients

Potatoes 2no (Big)
Seasoning
Mustard seeds 1tsp
Channa dhal (Bengal gram dhal)1 ½ Tbsp
Green chilli 1no (finely minced)
Ginger 2tsp (chopped finely)
Curry leaves 2tsp (chopped)
Coriander leaves chopped handful
Turmericpowder ½ tsp
Salt to taste
For Batter
Bengal gram flour/ Gram flour  1 cup
Rice flour 1 cup
Maida 1 tbsp
Corn flour 1 ½ tsp
Red chilli powder ½ tsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Salt  to taste
Method
Boil potato, peel the skin off and mash well with green chilli and ginger, mix salt. Keep a heavy bottom pan, Add oil and splutter mustard seeds and add chana dhal, sauté till chana dhal change its colour add turmeric powder ,curry leaf and potatoes, mix well. Finally mix coriander leaves. Cool it. Nicely mix well with hands, make small even size balls.
Prepare batter for making bondas with the  given ingredients , Batter should be like bajji batter .Heat oil for deep frying. Dip Potato balls in the batter , coat well and deep fry it in hot oil till golden brown, strain oil well and serve hot with coconut chutney. Kids will love it with tomato sauce. 
Note :if u want to add Onion , add it when u season with Channa dhal.

Check out my Blogging Marathoners doing BM#4 hosted by Srivalli
Diabetes Diet/Management: PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes: Suma, Priya Suresh, me
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P , Usha
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Monika,
Seven Days of Cakes:  Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals: Archana  
Seven days of Condiment: Kamalika, Srivalli

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pepper Crakers / Pepper chips

2nd Day of Blogger Marathon by Sri Valli...Here is my Daughters 2nd favorite snack....Pepper Crackers..I wanted to try this crackers long back when i was in chennai..... Yesterday I got time to do this. It is very simple and only the kneading and spreading part will be tedious. But we will enjoy that also.  We can store this crackers for  a week and enjoy with tea. Yesterday I made this both the ways, baking and deep frying. Both were success and my daughter loved it, even me too. I had a very good time with her making this, while kneading we played hand ball and while shaping , she shaped few crackers and said she did everything…..fun….:)
Ingredients
Maida 1 cup
Butter 3 tbsp
Baking powder 1 tsp
Pepper powder 2 ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Method
Sieve the maida with baking powder and salt. Add pepper powder and butter mix well with the fingers. Then add water little by little and knead the dough well. Keep aside for 5 min.

Then divide the dough in to 4 parts and spread the dough like chapatis  and cut it in square or diamond shape.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C . arrange the square or diamond pieces in the greased baking sheet and bake for 15min or till golden brown. Cool it. Serve with tea.
I even deep fried the diamond or square cuts , it was crispy and crunchy. Kids will love that also…..

Check out my Blogging Marathoners doing BM#4 hosted by Srivalli
Diabetes Diet/Management: PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes: Suma, Priya Suresh, me
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P 
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Monika,
Seven Days of Cakes:  Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals: Archana  
Seven days of Condiment: Kamalika, Srivalli

Monday, April 11, 2011

Aloo Samosa / Potato Samosa

Today blogger marathon #4 by Srivalli 1st day and i am posting my daughters favorite snacks specials for this 7 days of marathon and here is the first one, Potato samosa… this stuffing she like the most she eat it as it also. This masala does not contain more of red chilli powder and the peas blend with potato makes kids to love it. When I keep this masala as a filling for samosa it becomes easy for me to make her love it and she has more than 2 samosas with tomato sauce. One of my experience, when I sit in one place and started to make samosa she will be beside me and ask for filling and even she is interested to make the folding also. It becomes easy for me to make her engage in making samosa’s. Even while frying she will put the samosa inside oil.
Ingredients
Ready made samosa strips 10 no
Filling
Boiled Potato (big) 2no (smash it well or crumble with fingers)
Green peas ¼ cup
Onion (chopped finley) ½ cup
Jeera ¼ tsp
Oil for seasoning
Vegetable masala 2tsp
Red chilli powder ½ tsp
Garam masala ½ tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Coriander leaves few
Salt to taste
Method
Filling
Heat oil in pan and add jeera. Splutter for ½ minute,add onion and fry well till brown then  add the fresh green peas. Add salt and other given masala. When the oil leaves the whole mass. Add potatoes, mix thoroughly well. Fry for 2 min in oil, add coriander leaves and mix. Keep aside to cool.
Take one strip of samosa strip, Make a triangular pocket in one end and stick the pocket with the maida paste. Keep little masala inside .Fold and roll the strip like we rool ribbon in triangular shape. At the end apply maida paste to the last end and stick well and prepare samosas in the same manner and keep ready. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying and when oil comes to the perfect heat for frying add 2 - 3 samosas at a time for frying. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Check out my Blogging Marathoners doing BM#4 hosted by Srivalli

Diabetes Diet/Management: PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes: Suma, Priya Suresh, Divya
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P 
Seven Days of Indian Bread: Monika, 
Seven Days of Cakes:  Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals: Archana  
Seven days of Condiment: Kamalika, Srivalli
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