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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Roasted murmura chivda in microwave

I had made roasted poha chivda in microwave. I wanted to try roasted murmura chivda in microwave. I googled & came across this you tube recipe.



Ingredients :  6 cups murmura, 3 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp peanuts, 2 tbsp roasted chana dal, 20-25 curry leaves, 8-18 byadgi mirchis broken into 4-5 pieces each, 1/2 tsp haldi, 1/2 tsp hing, 1tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp jeera, red chilli powder ( optional ) , salt to taste.


Method : Take oil in microwaveable vessel .Add mustard seeds to the oil.Microwave on high for two minutes. This will pop up the mustard seeds. Put off microwave.Take the same vessel .Add jeera, haldi, hing, peanuts, byadgi mirchi pieces, curry leaves , peanuts & roasted chana dal to the oil-mustard mix. Mix all.Microwave on high for 1 minute. Give all ingredients a nice stir. And again microwave on high for 1 minute. Repeat 2  more time ...microwaving on high for one minute each. Add murmura to vessel.Mix nicely so that the whole murmura gets coated with haldi hing,& other ingredients. Add salt.Add red chilli powder. Mix. Roast murmura mix for 1 minute by microwaving on high for one minute. Mix again the contents. Microwave on high for one more minute. Put off microwave. 

After five minutes, take out the vessel.Take some murmura in a bowl & enjoy ! Rest of the murmura mix can be stored in air tight container.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kairi Rajma

I have made rajma earlier with recipe from here. It is the season of raw mangoes called kairis.And tomatoes are flying towards the sky....their prices ,I mean. I thought, why not use kairi, instead  of tomatoes while making rajma ?




Ingredients : 1/2 cup rajma beans soaked overnight, 2-3 cubes ( 1/2 inch cubes ) of   kairi washed , cut & skinned, the kairi peels so skinned, 1 tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp jeera, 1 bay leaf, 1-2 green chillies, 1/2 inch ginger cleaned , salt to taste.

Method : Discard the water in which rajma has been soaked.This is to prevent flatulence.Pressure cook rajma with  1 cup water up to  two to three whistles.Then lower flame & cook for 12-15 minutes. he rajma beans must have cracked .If not pressure cook for more time. They must mash up if we press the beans with our fingers.I had not added salt as I felt , that rajma may not split if salt is used. Though ,Sangeeta Khanna pressure cooks rajma with salt always.Keep aside.



Finely chop ginger & green chillies. I run them in the dry grinder attachment. Green chillies & ginger get nicely minced. Take them out into a plate.Mince the raw mango peels in the dry grinder attachment. Keep aside in a plate .The raw mango pieces can be pressure cooked & then the pulp can be used. I pressure cooked & made use of the pulp.Kaii can be grated after peeling or even without peeling & added to the kadhai.

Take oil in a kadhai.Heat up the oil.Add jeera. After they splutter, add the ginger mirchi mince mixture. Then add the bay leaf. Mix nicely so that oil coats all the ingredients. Add the mango peels mince & the raw mango pulp or the grated unpeeled raw mango .Mix nicely.Add salt. Mix nicely.Add the cooked rajma.I pressure cooked this rajma for 3 whistles as my rice was to be pressure cooked .So kept this rajma at  bottom & rice on top & pressure cooked for 3-4 whistles.  Then put off gas. Let it cool Serve with rotis or rice.The rajma was good ...it had not become like pulp considering that it was pressure cooked again.The pictures say that !


Alternatively, add the pressure cooked rajma to the kairi-green chillies-ginger-jeera bay leaf -salt mix. .Bring all to a boil.Let it simmer for five minutes.Put off gas.Serve with rotis and or rice.


I loved the khatta taste of the rajma. And my daughter ate it without complaining ...which says a lot !


If kairi is very sour, then add lesser pieces.Maybe even 1 piece would do. The kairi, I used had become semi ripe.So used 3-4 cubes. And it also depends on your individual taste.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Adai

My husband is very fond of adai.I hardly make them as I feel , they are way too heavy to digest & may cause flatulence. Since, he insisted that once, we must have breakfast of adai,I gave in & made adai.

This recipe uses more of tur dal & less of other dals.In some recipes, chana dal is used generously & other dals are used in lesser quantities.In another recipe, both toor dal & chana dal are used in equal quantities & other dals are used sparingly.In fact, you could have you own measurements for dals.There are other combinations as well.



I asked about adai recipe from one of my mother's friend & she gave me her adai recipe. This is her recipe.

My husband is off onions.So I have skipped adding finely chopped onions to the batter just before making adai on tawa.You can add it. In fact, even methi , palak leaves can be chopped finely & added. Carrots, dudhi, etc can be grated & added as well just before making adais on tawa.

Ingredients : 1 cup rice, 1/2 cup tur dal, 1 tbsp split urad dal, 1 tbsp split mung dal, 1 tbsp chana dal,5-6 byadgi mirchis, 3-4 tbsp oil for greasing tawas , 1/4 tsp hing, salt to taste, a few curry leaves finely chopped after washing.

Method : Soak rice dal mixture along with byadgi mirchis for at least two hours. After soaking period is over, drain the water. Grind it all into a coarse textured batter inn mixer ( not wet grinder as wet grinder would make it very fine batter ). Keep adding water little by little as it is ground in the mixer. I kept it to ferment for 1 hour .Then ,I kept it in refrigerator.I made them the next morning after adding salt.

Add chopped & washed curry leaves to batter. Mix nicely. Take anon stick tawa & pour a ladle full of batter on the tawa. & spread it like adosa. Cook by covering with a lid. After 1-2 minutes, remove lid.The adia would have cooked on bottom side. Add 1 tsp oil on dosa.. Flip it up & cook on the other side.After a minute, take it off the tawa.Repeat making more adis with  the remaining batter.



Serve adi with coconut chutni though my husband reminds me time & again, that adai is best eaten with avial.

Tips : De skinned mung dal & de skinned urad dal can be used. In fact, they are used in place of split urad dal & split mung dal.The colour of adai may turn out golden brown  in that case.In the case photographed above, browny gold !

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mango halwa

I wanted to try a dish which had mangoes in it.I came across this mango halwa.And the best part is that it was a microwave recipe.

I made it & it turned out a bit sour .Well, because, the mangoes were little kachha or raw.



Ingredients : 2 mangoes ( I used aapus or alphanso or happus mangoes ) , 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp ghee, 1/2 tsp ghee ( for a greased plate dish for spreading the halwa) , 1/4 tsp cardamom powder ( optional ).

Method : Take out the mango pulp from mangoes. Discard the seed as also the skin afters squeezing all the mango pulp sticking to the seed as also the skin.

Add 1/ 4 cup sugar to the mango pulp & puree to an even paste in the mixer. Take this even paste in a microwaveable vessel .Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove the vessel & stir the pulp sugar mixture. Microwave on high for five more minutes.

Add ghee to the sugar pulp mix .Mix nicely.Microwave on high for five minutes.Remove & stir in the ghee sugary pulp mix .Add cardamom powder & microwave for another 4-5 minutes. Remove.The pulp would have become like a gel.If it is still not like gel, If it is not, microwave for some more time like 4-5 minutes after stirring.Spread the pulp on the  greased plate.Let it cool for half an hour or more.Cut into desired shapes & serve.

My father said , the halwa was a bit sour.

Any sweeter variety of mangoes can be used.Even kesar, dussehari, etc.,