Milagu Kuzhambu

 

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When ever we catch cold, Milagu Kuzhambu and Milagu rasam are instant home remedies my mom makes. Not only during cold, Milagu Kuzhambu also helps in digestion. After having heavy outside food, I generally prefer Milagu Kuzhambu the next day. Milagu Kuzhambu, paruppu thogayal and sutta appalam – what a combination!!! (Since I have an electric stove, I microwave the appalam for 20 sec). Milagu Kuzhambu can be stored in the fridge for a week.

Milagu Kuzhambu 

Preparation time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 15 mins

Recipe Category: Rice Accompaniment

Ingredients:

Tamarind – 1 (small lemon size)

Jaggery – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Asafoetida  (hing) – a generous pinch

For Kuzhambu paste:

Pepper corns (Milagu) – 2 tsp

Sesame seeds – 1/4 tsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Channa dal – 1/2 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp

Garlic – 4 pods

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Sesame Oil – 1/4 tsp

To temper:

Sesame oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp

Method:

  • Soak tamrind in warm water
  • Add 1/4 tsp oil to a pan. Add the ingredients under ‘For Kuzhambu Paste’ and sauté over low flame to a golden brown color. Turn off the stove and add curry leaves, and allow them to cool

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  • Blend them along with the tamarind into a paste, adding little water
  • Add 2 tbsp of oil to the pan, add the ingredients under ‘To temper’ and let them splutter
  • Transfer the ground paste, salt, and add water (I prefer my Milagu Kuzhambu in thick consistency, so added around 1/2 cup of water). Cook on medium flame till it starts boiling. Once it boils, add the jaggery just before switching off

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.My Notes:

  • If you are not using garlic, then you can dry roast the ingredients for Kuzhambu
  • Insead of grinding, you can add curry leaves directly but i prefer this way so that it cannot be omitted while eating :-)
  • If you are keeping them for more days, add extra sesame oil

Oven roasted Cheppan Kizhangu (Colocasia)

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Ever since childhood days Cheppan kizhangu fry is one of my favorite side dishes. With a crispy outer layer and soft inner layer, Cheppan kizhangu fry is so addictive. When my mom came to visit us, I asked her to prepare this. While she was cooking i was standing behind her and told her to add less oil.  Generally I am the one who tells her to add more oil and make a crispy fry, but oven cooking has influenced me a lot. That day she casually asked if we can bake this. Then I was wondering why had I not tried baking Cheppan kizhangu. Next time when I bought this, I baked it, and was happy with the result. From that day onwards, I started baking for two reasons – less oil, and I need not spend much time in the kitchen

Baked Cheppan Kizhangu fry:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time :  30 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side Dish

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Ingredients:

Cheppan Kizhangu (Arbi/Taro Root/Colocasia)– 4 (I used big Arbi)

Chili powder/ Sambar powder – 1/4 tsp (I used sambar powder, Adjust according to your spice level)

Hing – a generous pinch

Salt – as needed

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/8 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Chickpea flour/ Gram / Besan flour – 2 tsp

Rice flour – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Cooking Spray (I used PAM olive oil spray)

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Method:

  • Wash and cook Arbi. I steamed them for 10 minutes. Cook till they are fork tender. Cool them, peel and cut into pieces (Generally it is cut into circles, but since the arbi I used was big I cut them into cubes)
  • In a bowl, add Arbi, sambar powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder. Coriander powder, rice flour, gram flour olive and salt. Combine well and refrigrate them for 10 minutes
  • Preheat the oven 400 degree fahrenhait
  • Take a baking tray and place aluminum foil. Grease with a cooking spray and spread the marinated Arbi mixture
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning the Arbi slices after about 10 minutes

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My Notes:

  • Adjust baking time according to the texture you need for the Arbi

 

Wheat Oats Banana Bread (Eggless)

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Ever since I saw my friend Malar’s Oats cookie with banana, I wanted to try that combination in baking. While thinking what to do, I remembered my liking for banana bread in Starbucks, and decided to try banana bread with oats and wheat. I browsed for recipes, and liked this recipe. With few modifications, I prepared this bread and it turned out good! This bread is also yeast-free.. Sending this bread to Fiesta Friday #25

Wheat Oats Banana Bread

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 50 to 60 mins

Recipe Category: Snack/Breakfast

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup + 1/2 cup

Powdered Oats – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp

Baking soda – 3/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Walnut – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Mashed banana – 1 cup (I used 3 banana)

Honey – 1/3 Cup

Coconut/ olive /cooking oil/butter/unsweetened applesauce – 1/3 cup (I used coconut oil)

Vanilla – 1 tsp

Milk ( Skim/Coconut/Almond/Cashew) – 3/4 cup (I used Skim Milk)

Butter/ Oil/Cooking Spray – To grease

 

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray/butter
  • In large bowl, combine mashed banana, coconut oil, honey, milk and vanilla and mix well
  • In separate medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and cardamom
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, add the chopped walnuts and mix until just combined.

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  • Pour into prepared loaf pan. I sprinkled some oats, and baked for 50 – 60  minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached

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Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram

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When I was thinking what to prepare for breakfast next day, I saw a fresh pack of whole moong bean in the kitchen. Usually I do pesaruttu with whole moong bean for breakfast. Thought of doing something else this time, and my Tamilian roots thought about paniyaram. Previously I did Adai paniyaram with lentils and rice, this time wanted to skip rice.

Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking Time : 4 hours | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Breakfast

Ingredients:

Whole Green Moong bean/Mung Bean –  1 cup

Toor dal – 1/4 cup

Channa dal – 2 tbsp

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Green Chilli – 1

Ginger – 1/4 tsp

Hing – a generous pinch

Oil – 2 tbsp

salt as needed

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Method:

  • Soak the three lentils together for about 4 hours (I soaked in warm water)
  • Drain the water, and Grind into a coarse paste, along with green chillies, cumin seeds and ginger, by adding water
  • Mix with onion, hing and salt. If required add some more water for the batter

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  • Heat the paniyaram pan. Add a little oil to each hole. Spoon the batter into the pan

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  • After one side is cooked well, turn the paniyaram and cook the other side. Serve with any chutney

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My Notes:

  • Instead of oil you can even use cooking spray
  • If you do not have kuzhi paniyaram pan, you can deep fry them in oil or make dosage
  • You can add any veggies of your choice
  • Instead of green mong bean, yellow moong dal can also be used

 

 

 

Carrot Almond Payasam

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As a kid, I was a picky eater when it came to vegetables. Don’t know why, but I always hated carrots and beetroots. But I used to eat sweets like halwa and Payasam, made with carrot or beetroot. Anything that comes in a sweet/dessert form – its a big Yesss from me. I gradually started liking carrot and beetroot in veggie form as well.  Whenever I see beetroot and carrot in fridge, I always have this urge to prepare sweets. Hubby makes sure I am not doing any sweet with those veggies :-(  Though I have prepared this dessert earlier, today being the first day of the tamil month Aadi (Aadi Friday in some places), thought of making this healthy and special payasam for the auspicious day.

Carrot Almond Payasam:

Preparation Time : 5 min | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Dessert

Ingredients:

Carrot – 4 medium peeled and cut into big chunks

Almonds – 1/3 cup (I used whole, but if you don’t like the skin, blanch, remove skin and then use it)

Milk  –  3 cup

Condensed milk – 3 tbsp

Sugar -1/3 cup

Cardamom – 2 pods

Almonds – few for garnish

Saffron – few strand (soak them in a tbsp. of milk)

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Method:

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  • In a pressure cooker, add carrots, almonds, cardamom and 1 cup of milk, cook for 2-3 whistles and switch off. When it cone to room temperature blend then into fine puree

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  • In a sauce pan, add carrot puree and remaining milk, let them boil. When it starts boiling, add condensed milk, sugar and soaked saffron. Boil for 5- 10 minutes or till  they became thick. Garnish with some sliced almonds if desired. Serve hot or cold

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My Notes:

  • A saucepan can also be used instead of the pressure cooker. In a saucepan, take the chopped carrots, almonds (whole or blanched). Pour milk and cover. Boil till carrots are fork tender. Turn off the heat and let it cool
  • Instead of grinding carrots, you can grate them and add. In that case skip cooking carrots with almonds, directly add carrot to the cooked and ground Almonds
  • If you are vegan, use thin coconut milk to cook carrot and almonds and thick coconut milk at the end
  • Instead of milk can cook carrot and almonds with water and can add milk while cooking Payasam
  • Same procedure can be followed for any kheer – Walnut, Cashew, Pistachio etc

 

Baked Plantain Chips

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After trying Microwave potato chips, I always wanted to try some baked chips. I felt like having Banana chips, and instead of deep frying, baked it :)  Crispy and healthy snack. I prepared it in two batches, one with just salt and one with salt and chilli powder.

Baked Plantain Chips

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time :  15 – 20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Snack

Ingredients:

Plantain – 1, peeled and thinly sliced

Chili powder – 1/8 tsp (Adjust according to your spice level)

Salt – as needed

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Cooking Spray (I used PAM olive oil spray)

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit
  • In a bowl, combine plantain, olive oil, chilli powder and salt
  • Take a baking tray and place parchment paper. Grease with a cooking spray and spread the plantains
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the plantain slices after about 8 minutes

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Beans Paruppu Usili

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Paruppu Usili is one of the traditional dishes prepared in our home. Though its a side dish, I like to mix it with rice. In our custom, without paruppu usili, a wedding meal is incomplete. Usili goes well with any rice accompaniment, but my personal choice is Usili with Venngaya Vetha kuzhambu, Milagu Kuzhambu, Enna kathirika Kuzhambu and Moor kuzhambu. Two types of lentils are typically used for preparing this.

Beans Paruppu Usili:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking time : 1 hour | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

Beans – 2 cups, chopped

Salt – as needed

Toor Dal – 1/4 cup

Chana Dal – 1/4 cup

Dried Red Chillies – 2 (Adjust according to your spice level)

Hing – a generous pinch

To temper:

Coconut Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp

Chana Dal -1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – a spring

Turmeric powder – a generous pinch

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Method:

  • Soak toor dal and chana dal for atleast 1 hour (I soaked them in warm water)
  • Wash and boil the the Beans and keep aside
  • Drain water from the soaked dal and grind them along with red chillies, 1 tbsp of water, salt (for Dal) and hing, to a coarse mixture.
  • Boil water in idli pan, grease the Idli plate and spread the coarse mixture on the  plate and steam it for 6-7 minutes (like steaming idlies) and switch off

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  • Take the steamed dal and keep in a plate, and once they come to room temperature, crumble them with your hands (Can also pulse once in mixie) and set aside.
  • Add oil to the pan, and once the oil is hot, add the items listed under ‘to temper’ and let them splutter. Add the crumbled Dal and saute till they are golden brown

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  • Add the cooked  beans and mix well. Add required salt (For beans). Cook for  2-3 mins until the dal crumble combines well with the Beans

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My Notes:

  • Traditionally paruppu usili is done with cluster beans, but i have used green beans.
  • Usili can also be prepared with bell pepper (Capsium), broccoli, vazhaipoo, cabbage etc
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