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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Vegetable Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe


Kuzhi Paniyaram is basically a popular South Indian breakfast dish. It is generally made using the left over Idly Dosa batter in a cast iron paniyaram pan. To be very frank i have been having this dish since my childhood and we call it Appe in Maharashtra. I always thought this was a Maharashtrian dish as we made it quite often . My mom never made them using left over idly batter ,  she always made the batter for Paniyaram from scratch and it had chana dal along with rice and urad dal.

The rice and dal are soaked separately overnight and then ground . The batter is then allowed to ferment at least for 5-6 hours. To make the dish more wholesome, i add vegetables to this fermented Paniyaram batter. A very healthy and delicious snacks loved by one and all.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1/2 cup skinned and split Black gram ( Dhuli Urad Dal )
  • 1/2 cup Bengal gram ( Chana Dal )
  • 1/2 inch piece of Ginger
  • 2 green Chilies
  • 1 tsp Jeera ( Cumin)
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Carrot finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp of finely chopped fresh Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp of Oil
Method:
  1. Wash and rinse the rice. Mix the Urad dal and Chana dal ,wash and rinse them also. Soak the rice and dals in enough water separately overnight. 


   2.  Next day, do not rinse the rice or dal, just drain it and reserve the water in which it was soaked. We will be using the same water while grinding . Now grind the rice separately using a grinder. Add water little by little and grind to a thick batter. Similarly , grind the dals together in a grinder. Add ginger, cumin seeds and green chilies to the soaked dal while grinding. In a big vessel combine both the ground rice and dal batter along with salt with your hand or spoon. Cover and allow to ferment for at least 4-5 hours. 

  
 3. You can make Paniyaram out of this fermented batter , but adding veggies make it more healthier. You may add sweet corn , green peas, finely chopped carrots and coriander to the batter. If you want , you may also saute the veggies first in little oil and then add them to the fermented batter. Mix the veggies to the batter nicely with a spoon.



  4. Add 1-2 drops of oil in each well of the paniyaram pan and heat it over medium flame. Fill 3/4 of each mould with the batter ( as it will rise little while cooking). Cover the pan and let the Paniyaram cook on low to medium flame for 2-3 minutes or until the lower side is golden brown, flip each of paniyaram with the help of a wooden stick.Cook for 1-2 minutes on this side without a lid. I have used very little oil , as my paniyaram pan is non stick. If using the traditional iron casts, you may need at least 1/4 tsp of oil in each mould. 




  5. Remove the Paniyaram and keep in a bowl. Serve hot with chutney of your choice and enjoy this healthy treats with your loved ones !


  Hope you would like to give this recipe a try. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back. 
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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Strawberry Raita Recipe


If you are looking for a quick yet classy yogurt dish, then you should try out this Strawberry Raita recipe. A delicious ,cool and refreshing yogurt dip that can be made in a jiffy. Sweet and tangy in tasty , Strawberry raita perfectly balances the spiciness of curries and Biryanis of Indian meal. Can be served as a side dish with any main course or with any paratha or rice dish of your choice. I relish it as it is as a mid time snacks :)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup thick Curd ( i have used fresh homemade curd)
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries diced
  • 1-2 tbsp of finely chopped fresh Coriander
  • 2-3 tsp of Sugar or as per need
  • 1 tsp roasted Cumin powder ( Jeera powder)
  • Salt to taste
Method:
  1. Wash the Strawberries thoroughly in running water. Pat dry, hull( process of removing the top green part of Strawberry is called hulling) and make thin slices of 1 strawberry and chop the remaining  into small chunks. We will be using the slices for garnishing.



  2. Take thick curd in a mixing bowl. Whisk it until smooth with a spoon or a whisker. Add Sugar , Salt and roasted Cumin powder and mix well.



  3. Now add the chopped Strawberry chunks into the whisked and seasoned curd followed by the finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Do a taste test and add salt or sugar accordingly. Within few minutes, the Strawberry will impart nice baby pink color to the Raita, making it all the more appealing. 



  4. Garnish the Raita with reserved Strawberry slices and refrigerate until serving time. Serve this delicious raita as a side dish with any main course or with Paratha or rice dish and enjoy with your loved ones !


   Hope you all would give this flavorful raita a try and give me your valuable feedback through comments :)

Tips:
  • Whisk the yogurt or curd very well.
  • The curd used should not be too sour.
  • You may add freshly ground black pepper powder or finely chopped green chilies also to this raita to give it a spicy kick.
  • You may replace the salt with black salt in the raita.

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Monday, 21 March 2016

Eggless Butterless Carrot Muffins


Before i start, let me thank all of you for your wonderful wishes on my first blog anniversary. Here's a small treat for all of you - Carrot Muffins ! These Carrot muffins are eggless , butterless and to make it a healthier affair , i have replaced the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and added chopped almonds to them. I had replaced eggs with flax seeds in my Moist Carrot Cake Recipe , this time i used curd as an egg replacer. 

The muffins turned out soft and moist and taste was awesome. The recipe is quick , easy to follow and requires minimal ingredients that are easily available in a kitchen pantry. So lets quickly have a look at the ingredients and method.

                           
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup curd
  • 3/4 cup grated Carrots
  • 3/4 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Oil ( i have used Sunflower)
  • 3 tbsp chopped Almonds
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
Method:
  1. Wash, peel and grate the carrot and keep aside. Grease or line the muffin tray . Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes. 

 2. Sift whole wheat flour , baking soda , baking powder and salt together. 


  3.   In a bowl take curd and add sugar to it. Whisk until the sugar dissolves. To it add oil and mix well.



4.  Next add the sifted dry ingredients little by little too the wet ingredients and gently fold. Add grated Carrot to this batter and mix lightly. Do not over beat.


 5. Mix the chopped Almonds with some dry flour and add it to the batter. In the end add the Vanilla extract. Give it a quick stir.



  6.  Fill in the muffin liners to 3/4 max. Tap the muffin tray gently 2-3 times to remove the trapped air bubbles. 


 7. Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until the tester toothpick comes out clean . If tooth pick is sticky , bake for another 2-3 minutes. Once done , carefully remove the muffins and allow them to cool on the wire rack.



  8. Enjoy the soft and moist Carrot cupcakes with your loved ones !


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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Happy 1st Anniversary to my Blog !


Hurray !! Annapurna has turned 1 today.  It was this day , one year ago ( i remember it was Gudi Padwa, an auspicious day in Hindu Calendar and a New Year day to us Maharashtrians ) when i started my journey as a blogger. A Microbiologist by profession , had never thought i will blog some day. No doubt cooking is, and was my passion since childhood and i had grown up seeing my mom (Mrs. Mangala Pagar) cook variety of authentic dishes . She remains to be my true inspiration in cooking.

Before summarizing my beautiful journey of 1 year in blogging, i would like to thank my buddies Gulshan , Seema and Kajal whom i owe my blog. I would not have been here today, writing this post if these girlies would not have noticed my potential and motivated me to step out of my comfort zone and pen my recipes and cooking experiences. Really blessed to have such kind hearts around me :)

1 year back , my journey began with very little confidence, a more of fear and hesitation. But with all your support and  motivation , i took baby steps and tried to overcome my fear and today i feel that blogging has become a part of my life. I am enjoying it thoroughly . As a blogger , i not only have a platform to share with you my experiences , but i also get to learn and experiment many new dishes and try different cuisines . It is not only the recipe i share here, but also i am able to pen the priceless memories associated  with that particular dish. In this one year, i feel i have overcome my fear of baking and now i enjoy baking breads and cakes for my Son.

I also owe my blog to all my wonderful readers , to my fellow bloggers and to my friends for having faith in me, for continuously inspiring me, for reading my long posts , for appreciating my work through likes , motivating me by trying my recipes and giving me valuable feedbacks through comments. I am also blessed with a very supportive and encouraging family, who gave me the liberty to experiment my trial recipes on them and who always stood behind me as strong pillars . There are many more of you , whom i am not be able to mention here  in this small post, who have helped me to be where i am today . My heartfelt thanks to all of you !

Today Annapurna records , 162 recipes posts and 94131 page views to its blog with all your love and support.  Hoping to see all of you and many more to be in my journey ahead :)




Friday, 18 March 2016

Raw Mango Chutney / Kairichi Dal


Kairi in Marathi means Raw Mango and this chutney is prepared using soaked Chana dal , hence the name. This raw Mango Chutney is also called Ambe dal or vatli dal and is very popular spring delicacy from Maharashtra.

Kairichi dal is also associated with the Chaitra Gauri Haldi Kunku - a social gathering for women in Maharashtra . Chaitra is the first month of Hindu Calendar and Gudhi Padwa the first day of the year for Maharashtrians. On the third day ie Tritiya of Chaitra month , Goddess Parvati also known as Gauri is worshiped by married women and they invite other married women and girls for Haldi Kunku and felicitate them with Haldi Kumkum, a blouse piece and Coconut. Kairichi Dal and Kairi Panha are fixed menu for this Haldi Kumkum event.

Kairichi Dal is a very quick yet delicious preparation. A onion garlic free recipe which can be had as it is or as an accompaniment with the Dal chawal, chapati and subji. It can also served with Upma.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Chana Dal
  • 1/4 cup grated Kairi / Raw Mango
  • 1/4 cup fresh scrapped Coconut
  • 1-2 green Chilies
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Hing / Asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp Haldi / Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
Method:
  1. Soak the Chana Dal for at least 4 hours. Drain the dal completely and grind it coarsely .

   2. In a bowl , to this coarsely ground Chana dal , add grated raw mango. My raw mango was not that sour so i added 1/4 cup. If it is sour 3 tbsp should be good enough.


  3. Add fresh scrapped Coconut, finely chopped Coriander leaves, crushed green chilly , Salt, Sugar and Hing and mix it properly.



  4. Heat up 1 tbsp Oil a small kadhai and add mustard seeds to it. Once the seeds crackle , put off the flame and add Turmeric powder. Let this tempering cool down at room temperature and pour this over the raw mango , dal preparation. Mix and check for seasoning , and adjust accordingly. 



  5. Serve this tangy tasty raw mango chutney and enjoy this spring delicacy !


  I hope you would not miss to give this chutney a try, this spring. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Colorful Mathri / Holi Special


Holi is just around the corner and one can feel the excitement in the air. All Indians around the globe wait eagerly to celebrate this festival of  colors. A time to have fun with family and friends and relishing special food made for the occasion. 

This Holi apart from the traditional Thandai and Layered Gujiya , i made this colorful mathri to add more colors to the festivity. Have used fresh vegetable juices to color them and made into spindle shape to make the mathris more appealing. This crispy , flaky and flavorful mathris are simply irresistible and a visual treat too. These can be made ahead of time and stay good for about a week in airtight container. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp of Nigella seeds / Kalonji
  • 3 tbsp hot Ghee / Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 small Beetroot
  • 7-10 leaves of Spinach
  • 3-4 tbsp Spinach / Palak leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying
Method:
  1. Wash , peel and cut Beetroot into chunks and grind with little water in a grinder. Strain the juice. Similarly wash and crush the spinach leaves in a grinder with little water , strain the juice. keep both the juices aside. Now in a bowl sieve the flour. Add Nigella seeds and Salt to it mix well.


  2. Heat 3 tbsp ghee or oil and add it to the dough. Mix well to get a crumbled mass. Divide the flour roughly into three parts.


  3. Add the beetroot juice to one part of the flour and knead into a soft yet firm dough. You may add water as per need . Similarly add Spinach juice to the second part of the flour and knead it into a dough. Mix Turmeric powder to the remaining third part of the flour and knead it into a soft dough using required amount of water.




  4. Pinch out lemon size dough and make equal balls of dough of each color. Keep the dough covered while working. Now roll out the small dough ball into a puri ( disk shape). Using a knife give vertical slits to the puri, as shown in the pic, taking care not to separate it apart.


  5. Now holding at two corners, slowly roll the puri to give it a spindle shape as shown in the pic. Make all the Mathris in the similar fashion.


  6. If you do not have the patience to give the mathris this shape, you can simply roll the dough into a large thin chapati on the kitchen platform and cut into desired shapes using a knife.



  7. Heat Oil in a deep frying pan and deep fry the mathris on a medium flame until crisp. Fry all the mathris in small batches from both sides. Remove using a slotted ladle and place on a plate lined with absorbent paper. Allow them to cool and transfer into air tight container.


 8. Serve the colorful mahtri with chutney or sauce of your choice and enjoy the festival of colors with your loved ones ! I have served it with Khajur Imly Chutney and Coriander Chutney.


  Hope you would give these colorful mathris a try this festive season. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back. Wishing a very colorful and joyful Holi to all those who celebrate !!


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