Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Almond Chikki

Almond Chikki ( Piece ) is tasty its nice to munch any time of the day.
Things needed..
Almonds :!1 cup
Sugar : 1/3 of the cup
Ghee 1 Tea sp

Method :
Dry grind almonds ( As it is.) like rava) and keep it aside. Apply ghee to the plate and keep it aside.
Now take a pan and put sugar..stir until it melts..( No need to add water) when it turns brown add powdered almond and stir. Stir and mix the mixture thoroughly. Add a spoon of ghee and stir and remove it from the pan to the plate ..and flatten the mixture in a roller. Cut it into pieces and leave it for 3 to 4 minutes..Almond Chikkies are ready to serve.

20 pieces can be made. ( small Pieces)

Note : Must do it in a slow fire that it won't be burnt...

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Awalakki/Aval/ Poha/ Flattened rice is one of the healthy grain and we can prepare varieties of dishes using Awalakki. This is one of the traditional dish and easy to prepare too.
 Thick Awalakki is used to prepare this dish and it is cleaned and soaked in water for some time. With that we add some spices and spices. Then it is seasoned.
Lets see the recipe now.

Things Needed :

Awalakki : 1cup
Salt : to taste
Turmeric Powder : a pinch
Jaggery : 2 table spoons
Water : 1/2 cup
Coconut : 1/2 cup
Red chilly : 3 to 4
Mustard Seeds : 1 spoon
Oil : 2 Table spoon
Urd Daal : 1 Spoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8 leaves
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 sticks
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Wash and soak awalakki with 1/2 Cup of water. Add salt, turmeric powder and jaggery. Mix it well and keep it aside.

2. Grate coconut and dry grind. Add 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds and red chilly with coconut to dry grind.

3. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil.
4. Add mustard seeds, urid dal .(each 1/2 spoon).

5. Let it splutter. Add curry leaves and put soaked awalakki to it.

6. Mix it well and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add water if required.
7. Add ground coconut - mustard- red chilly mixture and mix it well. Add a teaspoon of ghee.

8. Let it cook on low flame. Wait till all the moisture disappear and avalakki turns soft and cooked.
9. Add cut coriander leaves and shift awalakki to a serving bowl.
10. Serve with  a cup of curd.

Note : 

Thick awalakki should be used. Use of water according to the quantity. Avalakki should be soft and cooked well to get the good taste. 
Adding chilly is optional. Adding ghee adds to the taste. Adding ground nuts is optional. Fry them in the oil along with mustard seeds.
Time : 30 minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.

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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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