Homemade mango kulfi

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Summer brings mangoes and of course the heat😮.  There is nothing better than to have mango in a cold form like in kulfi!!! Yum and so easy to make

Had some overripe mangoes , so I decided to make kulfi. The ingredients are mostly available at home so that you can just make it in no time  easily.
So here goes. .

Milk 1 lt
Sugar 1/4 cup – can increase to 1/2 cup
           Depending on sweetness of mangoes

Condensed milk(milkmaid/amul mithai mate) -1 tin
Mango puree( remove skin and puree the pulp)- 2 cups
Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Method;
Take a heavy bottomed pan or nonstick pan and mix all the ingredients other than the mango puree
Heat on the stove, and stir frequently , till it thickens a bit

Remove from stove, cool well.
Mix in the mango puree once cooled
d and pour into kulfi moulds or small steel glasses or cups and freeze till set. I used even popsicle makers to set it in addition to the kulfi moulds

when set, wash the kulfi moulds with normal water frim outside to loosen the it and the frozen kulfi can be poured out on a plate , cut and served

when adding the mango puree, u can optionally add cashew and badam pieces for some crunch

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Healthy tasty energy bars!!!

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Feeling very excited as I tried something that I wanted to make for a long time and it turned out nicely:-)

Energy bars/cereal bars/granola bars are quite easy to make. They make a nice satisfying snack for a midmeal hungry moment.

The good thing about it is that u can use pretty much any thing in it and it will turn out well.

Last time I tried this I ended up with meusli and no bars. They did not bind together as I wanted but still the meusli was tasty:-)

Options are plenty. Oats, cereal, raisins, nuts like badam, walnut, cashew, cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chocolate chips etc

My recipe this time was as follows:ingredients:
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup rice crispies/murmura/pori
1 tin milkmaid
A handful of cranberries
A handful of sunflower seeds
A handful of flax seeds
A pinch of cinnamon powder
2 drops of vanilla essence

In a kadai it heavy bottomed pan
Dry roast the oats for a few mins till warm and remove the oats into a bowl.
add the milkmaid in the hot pan
Once it gets heated, add the remaining ingredients including the oats and mix quickly

Pour onto a greased plate and bake for 10 min at 230degrees Celsius
Remove from oven and cool.
When still warm, cut into bars and store in an airtight container when cool

U can use nuts and raisins instead of the cranberries

This is without using extra sugar and hence pretty healthy too

Do try it out and tell me if u have some other interesting variation:-)

Vazhapoo podi/ Banana flower powder

Hi:-)

In south India, the flower from the banana tree is used to make poriyal and kootu though paruppu usili is the most common dish it is used in.

The process of cleaning and cutting the flower is a process in itself. The flower is very high in fibre and is extremely good for the health. It has many medicinal properties.

Am assuming u all know how to cut the flower. In case anyone wants to know that pls leave a comment and I will send u a note:-)

The vazhapoo is cut and soaked in  diluted buttermilk to prevent oxidation and blackening.
For one fairly large vazhapoo we would get approx 2 cups of flower when chopped.
Am mentioning ingredients for this quantity

Ingredients to grind:

1/4 cup toor dal
1/4 cup Chana dal
5 to 6 red chillies(or as per taste)
1 tsp dhania/coriander seeds
1/2 tsp hing
2tsp oil
A handful Of curry leaves
1/4 cup coconut grated
Salt to taste
A very small piece of tamarind

For seasoning:
Mustard, urad dal, curry leaves

Method:

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* wash the chopped flower and cook it with a pinch of turmeric and a pinch of salt
Add little water only so u are not left with any or much of water once cooked
* take a kadai/pan and Add 1 tsp of oil and the dals for sauteing. Then when a little browned, add remaining Ingredients and roast till golden brown
* cool this and grind to a coarse powder
*in the same kadai, add a tsp of oil, add mustard and when it splutters add the urad dal and curry leaves
* add cooked vazhapoo with any extra water. Don’t drainage water as all the essence and nutrition is in the juice too
* add salt to taste and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
* once all extra water is evaporated, add the coarse powder and mix
* saute till dry on low flame
* vazhapoo podi is ready

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* can be mixed with hot rice and ghee

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* good lunch Box item too with some raita and some fries like  vadam, appalam or chips
* store in a dry container in the fridge if left over. Has a shelf life of two or three days

This is a great way to get kids to eat vazhapoo too:-)

Home made whole wheat pizza base with tandoori topping

Been wanting to try pizza from the scratch for quite a while now. Had collected many recipes for this. But finally I followed Tarla Dalals recipe

Was doubtful whether a whole wheat one would be rejected by my kids, but decided I wanted to try it anyways. You can use Maida if u want or use half and half of Maida and wheat flour to start with, but I used wheat flour

For the base:
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsps yeast (instant) or 1 tsp fresh yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Warm water
2 tsp olive oil/any oil of choice

For the topping and marinade:
Capsicum- all cut in a comfortable size
Tomato
Onion
Paneer cubes
Kasuri methi- 1 tsp
Curd- 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Chilli powder- 2 tsp Or as per taste
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Salt
Tomato sauce- 1/4 cup

For a vegan version don’t use mozzarella cheese on the top else can be used if u want it

Method:

Before we start on the dough, let us marinate the paneer etc
Take curd in a fairly large bowl, put the spices in it and mix. Add the paneer, cut vegetables and mix well and keep aside

Take a large bowl and put the flour in it
Add salt and mix dry
In a small bowl take 2tbsps warm water, add the yeast and 1 tsp sugar
For active yeast, we can use it directly, but I prefer to follow this method like dry yeast!!
Once it is frothy, pour it in the flour and mix and knead well for about 5-7 min
The dough should be spongy and springy. Then add the oil and knead again
Cover with a wet muslin cloth( any thin clean cloth is good) and keep aside.
It will rise(prove) to double the volume in about half an hour
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In the meanwhile, heat a kadai/pan
Add a tsp of oil. Add the marinated vegetables and saute for about 10 mins till the mixture does not have any excess water. Remove from stove and cool
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By now the dough would have risen. Punch the dough and divide it into two halves. Roll the dough like a thick roti
Place the base in a greased baking pan
Spread some tomato ketchup/ sauce on it. Spread the topping. Top with cheese if u r using cheese. Bake at 230 degrees C for about 15 min or till the top or crust is browned to ur liking
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Yummy tandoori pizza is ready to serve:-)
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It was as yummy as it looks. Made this a month ago and been meaning to post it. Do try it out😀

Caramel popcorn!!! ;-)

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Wanted to try making caramel popcorn at home. I know some of u might think what’s the big deal in that!! But well I tried it today. I wouldn’t say that it turned out like the caramel popcorn we get in Inox or in Sathyam theatres here in Chennai;-) but my daughters and husband finished whatever I made and loved it. Sone lessons learned for the next time though!!

I googled out a recipe and got started with the simplest one

Ingredients:
Corn – ask for the one which is used to make popcorn- 1. 5 cups
Sugar- 3 cups sugar
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Butter- 3 tbsp
Vanilla essence 1 tsp optional
Soda- 1/2 tsp
Cooking oil 3-4 tsp

Pour the oil in a heavy bottomed vessel like a cooker pan and pour the corn.
Pop it covered and pour out the popped corn on a wide large plate/ bowl

To prepare the caramel syrup:
Take a heavy bottomed vessel and pour the sugar, butter, essence, salt and pour half a cup of water and boil

It will bubble and boil and froth up

When it reaches this stage, pour the soda bi carbonate powder (honestly I dont know why we r using this but the recipe called for it so I used it this time. Next time I am planning to see if if hardens into a coating even without that)

It froths up and we have to quickly pour this caramel syrup over the popcorn and mix it quickly. For those of u who have made pori urundai for karthikai,  it is similar;-)

And lo we have yummy caramel popcorn ready:-)

Do let me know if there is some other way of making it. Would love to try it out:-)

Corn cheese balls

Hi there:-)
Back with another kids favourite🙂 not that adults don’t love it

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There may be many versions of this finger food and snack that kids positively love!!
Here in Chennai, this is a popular item  in a restaurant called Cream Centre
My recipe is an adaptation from Tarla Dalals recipe

Very easy recipe. Each time my teeth sank into this when we visited Cream Centre, I would think I should try making it at home. So here it is!!

Ingredients:
1 tsp butter
Maida flour: 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp
Milk: 1 cup( boiled and cooled)
Corn kernels: steamed
Cheese: 3 cubes processed cheese
Salt, pepper and green chilli to taste
Coriander : cleaned and chopped
Rusk powder or bread crumbs
Oil to fry

Method:

.Take a heavy bottom kadai and add the butter
. Add the half cup Maida to the melted butter and saute
. Once the colour changes a little,  add the milk and stir quickly to get a white sauce with no lumps
. Important thing is, u go on stirring till the mixture gets really thick and leaves the sides of the vessel
. Pour this into a bowl and let it cool
. Grate the cheese over this
. Add chopped coriander and green chilli(max a small one)
. Add salt, pepper, cooked corn and mix well
. Please ensure there is no water added with the cooked corn
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. Now roll this into small balls and keep aside

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. Make a paste neither too runny nor too thick with the 3 tbsps Maida and some water

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. Dip each ball into this paste for a light coating and roll over Rusk powder or bread crumbs

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. Deep fry these balls till golden brown

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. Drain on an absorbent tissue and serve hot with sauce or mint chutney

It makes a delicious sunday evening snack or a cocktail snack
Do try it out and let me know if you have any variations to it:-D

Easy Baked stuffed bread roll

Something easy to make when u have some bread at home and want something exciting and crunchy but at the same time not fattening and totally fried!!

You can use any vegetables of your choice with potato as the binding factor
Bread can be any bread white or whole wheat as per ur taste

I used the following ingredients

Stuffing: 1 onion – cut
4 Potatoes- boiled and mashed
1 Carrot- grated
3 tbsp Peas
1 Capsicum- cut

Slices of bread- each slice makes one roll

Ghee or butter to brush on the roll

Salt and spices- chilli powder 1/2 tsp, amchur 1/2 tsp, garam masala powder-1/2 tsp

Method:

Heat a kadai and add a tsp of ghee for tasks
Add jeera and then the onion and capsicum
Then add the grated carrots and finally the mashed potatoes
Add the salt and spices and garnish with coriander and keep aside to cool

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Take a slice if fresh bread. Roll it flat with the rolling pin
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Take a spoon of the stuffing and place in the middle of the bread slice
Make it into a roll and press closed
Repeat for all the slices of bread
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Brush ghee or butter on the roll
Preheat oven or microwave oven to 250 degrees centigrade
Place the prepared rolls on a greased plate and bake for 10 mins
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Take out crisp roll and serve hot with green chutney(pudina and coriander)
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Serve hot!! This is an awesome snack for a party too:-)

Do try it out and mail me for any clarifications:-)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Ps sorry this for sent a few times while I was editing. Pls ignore. Thanks:-)

Tip; if the bread is not fresh, then steam for 2 mins and use