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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Jack Fruit Guli Appa / Jack Fruit Paddu

Jack fruit season is almost over, you need to wait for one more year for the jack fruit season. May be the last Jack fruit I am using it here to prepare Jack fruit Guli Appa/ Paddu/ Paniyaram. 
We use rice to prepare this Jack fruit Dosa, Kadubu and Guli Appa. Here I have used Rava/semolina instead of Raw Rice and prepared this yummy Jack Fruit Guli Appa


I have used Jack Fruits, joni Bella (organic jaggery which is bit liquid form), medium size rava and little coconut.

Let us see the benefits of Eating Jack fruits in our diet. 
It is always better to have fruits and vegetables during their seasons. They are filled with vitamins and minerals during the seasons they are naturally grown. 
Jack Fruits are filled with Vitamin C and potassium. They are energetic and provide energy to our body. 
There is a proverb in Kannada language. ಹಸಿವಾದಾಗ ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣು ತಿನ್ನು ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ತುಂಬಿದಾಗ ಮಾವಿನ ಹಣ್ಣು. It means when you are hungry that we should eat Jack Fruits and when we are full, we should eat Mango. Jack fruits fill the stomach and is good for getting your energy back. And when you are full One should eat mango that helps the food to digest..
Jack fruit prevents Anaemia and take care of good eye sight. It is good for building muscles. It is said it helps to cure mental stress and skin diseases.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed : 

Jack Fruits : 10 to 15 
Rava /Rave/Semolina : 2 Cups
Coconut : 1 Cup (small cup)
Jaggery : 3/4 Cup
Salt : A little
Oil /Ghee : 3 to 4 Tbs

Method :

1. Cut Jack Fruits into small pieces.


2. Grind cut jack fruits with coconut. Do not add any water while grinding.


3. Mix it with 2 cups of rava, little salt and 3/4 cup of jaggery. I added Organic liquid jaggery. (You can add powdered jaggery if you do not get organic jaggery). Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.


4. Keep a guli appa pan on the fire and heat. Put little oil to each mould/Guli. (Down portion of the pan). Add little oil on the top. Cover and cook on low flame.


5. Turn the other side and cook for a minute.


6. Take out ready Jack Fruit Guli Appa to a serving bowl. Prepare the rest of the Guli appa the same way.


7. Serve Jack fruit Guli Appa with ghee on top.


Note : 
Use of Raw rice instead of rava is optional. Use of organic jaggery is optional. Adding more or less jaggery is optional.
Time : 3o to 35 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Almond /Badam Halva

Almond Halva /Badam Halva is one of the delicious sweet treat and I love to have it at any time of the  day. I am not a big fan of sweets but I always prefer to have this Badam Halva.

It is very easy and quick to prepare it. The taste is amazing when you do prepare at home.
The ingredients I used are almonds, sugar, boiled milk, ghee and Kesar/Saffron.
Posting this sweet dish for to note our son Rishikanth Got married to Kavitha Last week and We wish the newly wedded couple to all the best and lead Happy Life.
I also request all my friends to Wish  Rishi - Kavitha for their bright future.

Lets see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

Almonds : 1 Cup
Sugar : 1 Cup or little less
Milk : 1/2 Cup
Ghee : 2 to 3 Tbs
Milk Powder : 2 Tbs


Method :

1. Soak almonds in hot water and remove its husk.
2. Grind almonds with milk to paste consistency.


3. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to a big pan and keep the pan on the fire.


4.Put ground almond - milk mixture and milk powder.


5. Add a tbs of ghee and stir it slowly.


6. Let the flame be on slow flame.


7. Stir continuously it it starts to leave the pan.


8. Add a tbs of ghee and put off the fire.

9. Mix it nicely and put it in a serving dish.

10. Serve as You Wish.

Time : 15 to 20 minutes.
Serves : As you like it.

Note :

Adding more sugar to halva is optional. Adding more ghee is optional. Take out the halva once it starts to leave the pan. Then add a tbs of ghee. Grind it till paste to get good taste. Adding milk powder is optional.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Jackfruit Kesari

Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit and is better to use them in their season to get its health benefits.
Jackfruit Kesari baath/Sheera is a sweet dish prepared using Jackfruits which I got from my sister.
It is an easy dish and yummy to have it


I have used jackfruits, jaggery (Joni bella), cardamom pods, ghee and saffron.
Jackfruits are loaded with healthy properties. In olden days people and animals used to visit the vast forest and look for jackfruit trees to fill their stomach. No wonder there is a proverb saying Eat jackfruit in an empty stomach and eat mango fruits after food. Eating jackfruits fills your stomach and you will have no worries of any indigestion. And eating mango fruit helps to digest the food you had. People have shown the way to live a healthy life by saying proverbs which are good steps to our healthy life.
Jackfruit trees not only provide fruits as food, the roots of the tree holds water which pour down during the rainy season. It is so sad that the forest is cut down and made bare land for the greedy man. The rain has reduced due to cut down of trees and deforestation  and rain  water is simply runs through the land and gets into seas.
Jackfruits are good source of potassium and have low cholesterol levels.
Let us see The Recipe Now :

Things needed :

Jackfruits : 10 to 15
Rava/Semolina : Medium size : 1 1/2 Cup
Jaggery : 3/4 Cup
Ghee 3/4 Cup
Cardamom Pods : 5 to 6
Boiling Water : 3 Cups
Cashew Nuts and Raisins : 1 Handful
saffron flakes : 5 to 6


Method :


1. Put 2 to 3 Tbs of ghee in a big frying pan and keep it on the fire. Let it melt.
2. Add cashews and raisins and fry. Powder cardamom and keep it aside.

3. Add rava and fry till the raw smell disappear. Cut jackfruits in to small pieces.



4. Add jackfruits and fry for a minute. Add  boiling water and mix it slowly. Let it cook on low flame.



5. Once it is thicken add jaggery and stir continuously and slowly.




6. Add saffron flakes and remained ghee. Mix it well and cook on low flame. Add cardamom powder.


7. Shift the ready Jackfruit Kesari to a serving dish and serve.

Note: 

Cut jackfruit into small pieces. Rava/Semolina should be fried nicely till the raw smell disappear to get good Kesari texture. Adding more ghee is optional. Adding food colour instead of saffron is optional. I have added Joni Jaggery. (Liquid jaggery). You can use store bought jaggery , then powder it and use it. Powdering jaggery helps the jaggery to melt easily and quickly.
Time : 30 to 35 Minutes. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Oats & Finger Millet Laddu 2

Oats and Finger Millet Laddu is a sweet dish and is one of the healthy laddu that helps you to keep strong and energetic for the whole day. You can have this as Laddu/Unde whenever you feel hungry OR crave for some sweets or to skip some carbs.


I do try and varieties of laddu/laadu/unde and though it looks same it has different ingredients and is mostly available at your home store.
Here in this laddu I have used Oats with its husk and Ragi flour. Dates and jaggery , handful of raisins and cashews.

Let us see some benefits of eating Dates in our diet.

Dates helps in boost energy and increasing iron in our body. They help in digestion. They are rich in fiber and contain various nutrients. They are loaded with antioxidants. They have good amount of anti inflammatory properties. Dates help in balancing blood sugar level. They help in reducing blood pressure. They are said to good brain booster. They contain minerals like, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They do have vitamins like, folate,  thiamin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Oats : 500 Grams
Ragi/Finger Millet : 3 Cups
Ghee : 1 Small Cup
Dates : 20 to 30 or 250 grams or little more
Raisins and Cashews : 1 Handful
Jaggery : 250 Grams : 1 Cup (Powdered).


Method :

1. Dry roast Oats and keep it aside.

2. Dry roast ragi flour till the raw flavour disappear.

3. Dry grind Oats and keep it aside.

4. Remove the seeds from dates and cut or smash it nicely.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and put 1/2 cup of water. Add jaggery and let it melt nicely.


6. Sieve jaggery mixture and Put cleaned jaggery to a pan.

7. Boil liquid jaggery till it get one string consistency.
8. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Add powdered Oats and Ragi/finger millet flour to it.


9. Mix it nicely and take out from the fire. Add ghee


10. Add cut dates and mix it nicely and handful of cashews and raisins. Mix it thoroughly.


11. Dry Grind this mixture including dates, cashews and raisins. ( Do not grind for a long time. Just churn twice or thrice).
12. Put the ground mixture to a big bowl. Mix it nicely and prepare laddus.

13. Serve or munch when ever you crave for some sweets.

14. Store in a glass jar or  air tight boxes.

Note :

No coconut is used in this Oats and finger millet Laddu recipe. Adding cardamom is optional.
If the mixture turns dry, please do add some melted ghee or drops of hot milk. It helps to prepare laddu easily. Ghee used laddu shelf life is more and the taste does not change.
If laddu turns more moisture stir the laddu mixture little more.
Time : 40 Minutes
Serves : 50 Laddu can be made.
Use of more jaggery is optional.
Use of less/more ghee is optional.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Palak - Gongura Dal

Palak /Spinach leaves are healthy leaves and filled with iron and other minerals and vitamins.
Leaves are to be  in your diet to keep you healthy. Here I have prepared Palak - Gongura Dal.
Gongura dal is prepared using Gongura Chutney.


Gongura chutney is used instead of tomatoes/lemon/tamarind. Palak dal turned as yummy and spicy.
Dal should be consumed with hot rice and a spoonful of ghee.

Let us see some benefits of eating ghee in our diet.

Ghee helps to rejuvenates the body from inside out. It nourishes and protect the brain health.
Ghee is rich in Vitamins and Minerals. It contain Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K 2 and Good cholesterol. Ghee is good for cough ( ghee mix with ginger powder helps to cure cough) It improves our eye sight and good for constipation. Gee helps to  boost our immunity system and it has anti inflammatory properties.
Ghee is an excellent source of good fats and ghee helps to remove the toxins in our body. It helps to improve metabolism of our body.
The Palak leaves are from our pot, home grown and its organic.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Palak /Spinach leaves : 1 Bundle
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
To Add :
Gongura Chutney : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : As required
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
To Season :
Cooking Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera / Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 2
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Clean and wash Palak leaves.


2 Cut them into small.

3. Wash toor dal and cook with palak leaves. (Pressure cook).


4. Keep the cooked palak, toor dal on the fire.


5. Add Salt, little turmeric powder and mix it. Let it boil for 2 minutes.
6. Add a tablespoon of Gongura Chutney and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.


7. Shift Palak - Gongura Dal to a serving dish.


8. Prepare seasoning with mustard seeds, jeera, ingh, green chilly and curry leaves.


9. Add the seasoning to Palak - Gongura dal and it is ready to serve. Add a tablespoon of ghee.


10. We had Palak - Gongura dal for lunch.

Note :

Adding moong dal instead of toor dal is optional.
Adding onion and garlic is optional.
Gongura Chutney adds taste and savoury to dal.
Use of ghee is adds to the taste.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.
 Gongura Chutney Recipe : Link
https://adige.somayajiskitchen.com/2015/07/gogura-kenaf-leaves-chutney.html


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