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Eggless Plum Cake

Eggless Plum Cake

How can a Christmas season go without baking a plum cake!!! During December, in Fortkochi, the place where I live now, everywhere it smells sweet plum cake!!! I love the smell and how I used to eat it so much in my childhood days. Now…

Masala oats and raw jackfruit365 (JF365) powder porridge

Masala oats and raw jackfruit365 (JF365) powder porridge

Jackfruit 365 powder is gained wide popularity among people with diabetes. This powder, if consumed a tablespoon daily with meals can help to control the level of sugar in blood. A plus point is that it does not have any side effects, so I too thought why not give it a try. It is almost a month I started having this powder along with food and the benefits are visible. I have my blood sugar level in control now. A lot many methods to include JF365 in food preparation are available in internet, like add a tablespoon of JF365 in dosa mix, idli mix, rice, while making chapati etc. I being the only diabetic in my house, it is not convenient to make the preparation separately for me. So, when thought of including oats in my diet, the idea of mixing masala oats (I don’t like milk and oats porridge without sugar!!!) with JF365 struck my mind. As a sample I prepared the porridge with 2 tablespoons of masala oats and a tablespoon of JF365 powder with one glass of water and that was a perfect one bowl meal for my dinner. So here I am listing out the ingredients and method of preparation of this simple and healthy porridge…. Try this out and let me through comments know how a convenient recipe it is…

Masala Oats and Jackfruit 365 powder porridge

This porridge with 2 tablespoons of instant masala oats and a tablespoon of JF365 powder with one glass of water helps you to regulate the blood sugar level without any side effects. This porridge can be prepared in 10 minutes and serve it warm.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Course Soup
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoon Masala oats (instant)
  • 1 tablespoon Jackfruit 365 powder (available in Indian supermarkets and online)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Mix masala oats and jackfruit 365 powder in a bowl
  • Add water and mix well
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes so that the oats will get soaked properly and gets cooked fast
  • Pour the mix into a saucepan and boil for 5 to 7 minutes
  • Keep stirring to avoid sticking and burning at the sides and bottom of the pan
  • Serve warm and enjoy

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Keyword Jackfruit365, Oats, porridge

Aloo paratha

Aloo paratha

Aloo paratha is a tasty and filling north Indian breakfast. This paratha does not require any gravy curries as it is stuffed with spiced potato mix. Usually pickle, curd or mint chutney are the preferred sides for this Indian stuffed flatbread breakfast. My version of…

Kerala style kadala curry

Kerala style kadala curry

Kerala style kadala curry is a common breakfast side dish of Kerala. It has the creaminess of coconut and tanginess of tomatoes which is a perfect combination with main dishes such as puttu, appam, idiyappam and pathiri. The method of preparation is very simple as…

Curd rice

Curd rice

Curd rice is my daughter’s favorite dish. We started having curd rice for lunch when in Chennai. Most of the days we used to have this ‘thayir saadam’ with papad and pickle from canteen.

Wash rice thoroughly and add water to it and pressure cooker for 5 whistles

Add chopped ginger, green chillies and milk to the cooked rice

Mix well and keep it for boiling till the milk is absorbed in rice and gets a squishy texture

Meanwhile take curd in a bowl and add salt to it

Whisk till smooth

Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds

Then add dry red chillies and curry leaves to it. Once they turn crispy add asafoetida

Pour the tadka into the rice and milk mixture and mix till all ingredients are well incorporated

Next add the prepared curd and mix again

Serve with pickle and dal podi

Curd rice

Curd rice

Curd rice is a popular south Indian dish which made with rice, milk and curd; tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves with a pinch of asafoetida.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups raw rice
  • 2 nos green chillies (chopped)
  • A small piece ginger( chopped)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 nos dried red chillies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida/hing
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash rice thoroughly and add water to it
  • Pressure cook for 5 whistles
  • Add chopped ginger, green chillies and milk to the cooked rice
  • Mix well and keep it for boiling till the milk is absorbed in rice and gets a squishy texture
  • Meanwhile take curd in a bowl and add salt to it
  • Whisk till smooth
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds
  • Then add dry red chillies and curry leaves to it. Once they turn crispy add asafoetida.
  • Pour the tadka into the rice and milk mixture and mix till all ingredients are well incorporated
  • Next add the prepared curd and mix again
  • Serve with pickle and dal podi
Keyword Curd, rice, saadam, thayir
Dal chutney powder

Dal chutney powder

Chana dal and urad dal are the main ingredients of this chutney powder. With a few ingredients and little time anyone can whip up this chutney podi/ chutney powder in 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container and use when needed. This is a best…

Chilli fried papad

Chilli fried papad

Chilly fried papad is a best accompaniment with plain rice, variety rice, puttu and upma. This can be fried in large quantities and stored in airtight jars for upto two weeks. Take the whole papads and cut into strips using scissors, two at a time…

Green Peas Kurma

Green Peas Kurma

Green peas kurma is the most popular accompaniment for many breakfast dishes like puttu, chapati, poori, porotta etc. Whenever I see frozen peas in supermarkets I buy and the first dish I prepare with it is peas kurma. All members of my family like it and it is easy to prepare. This tasty side dish is good for breakfast and dinner. It is mildly spiced frozen peas cooked in a smoothly ground mixture coconut, tomato and onions topped with whole spices fried in ghee. The method of preparation of this yummy green peas kurma with step by step images are presented here

First soak cashews in water for 10 minutes

Roughly chop onions and tomatoes separately

Heat oil in a pan

Splutter fennel seeds/saunf

Add roughly chopped onions into the pan and sauté for a minute

Add ginger garlic paste and sauté till raw smell goes

Add in turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder

Mix well and add roughly chopped tomatoes

Add salt and sauté

Grind to paste grated coconut, onion tomato masala and soaked cashews

Heat ghee in a pan and splutter whole spices

Add the frozen peas and sauté for a minute

Add the ground paste to the peas

Add a cup of water and let it boil till the peas gets cooked

Green peas kurma is ready now

Green peas kurma

This tasty side dish for breakfast or dinner is mildly spiced frozen peas kurma cooked in a smooth ground mixture coconut, tomato and onions topped with whole spices fried in ghee.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 200 grams frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 10 nos cashews (soak in water for 10 minutes)
  • ¼ cup grated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 3 pods cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 piece cinnamon
  • 3 cloves

Instructions
 

  • Soak cashews in water for 10 minutes
  • Roughly chop onions and tomatoes separately
  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Splutter fennel seeds/saunf
  • Add roughly chopped onions into the pan and sauté for a minute
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté till raw smell goes
  • Add in turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder
  • Mix well
  • Add roughly chopped tomatoes
  • Add salt and sauté
  • Grind to paste grated coconut, onion tomato masala and soaked cashews
  • Heat ghee in a pan and splutter the whole spices
  • Add the frozen peas and sauté for a minute
  • Add the ground paste to the peas
  • Add a cup of water and let it boil till the peas gets cooked
  • Green peas kurma is ready now
Keyword frozen peas, green peas, Kurma, side dish

Kappa Puzhukku/ Mashed Tapioca with Ground Coconut and Spices

Kappa Puzhukku/ Mashed Tapioca with Ground Coconut and Spices

Selecting good tapioca???? Only experts can do that!!! If you are lucky, you get good type of tapiocas get cooked to soft. But some kind of tapioca will not become soft even after cooking for a long time.  I buy from market, clean, chop and…