Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Corn Flour Laddus [Corn Flour Sweet Balls]



Corn flour laddus are nutritious and very tasty. Dry roasted corn flour will be mixed with sugar powder and hot ghee to make delicious laddus. Adding crushed cardamom makes this dessert authentic Indian laddu.

What made me to try this recipe ?

My son always ask me to prepare wheat flour laddu which is his favorite and he says "Godhi Addu" !!. I am kind of bored of preparing same again and again. So I tried this corn flour laddus n It came out very well. Of course my journey will not be completed if I don't share the recipe with my blog readers.:-)
Here we go with the recipe....

makes only 5-6 small sized laddus


Ingredients:

1/2  cup Organic Corn Flour ( I used 24 Mantra,  this yellowish color corn flour is not having very fine texture like other corn flour which we get in market)
1/4 cup sugar
 1/8 to 1/4 cup hot ghee 
2 cardamom pods
5-6 Almonds , chopped into halves

How To Prepare ?

  • Grind the sugar and cardamom into a fine powder and keep it aside.

  • In a large thick bottomed pan dry roast corn flour in a low/medium flame. You should stop roasting when you get a nice aroma.Another way of checking is, it will start becoming light brown at the bottom. It took around 5 minutes for me.Transfer the roasted mixture to a large mixing bowl.

  • Now heat 1 tsp of ghee in the same pan and roast chopped almonds. Transfer roasted almonds into a small bowl.
  • Heat the ghee in the same pan or some other vessel and keep it ready. 
  • Now add ground sugar cardamom powder into the same mixing bowl. Add warm ghee little by little and mix the mixture well using spatula. You should get the mixture into a right consistency where you can make laddus out of it. [ Adding more ghee spoils the recipe, never add more ghee.Add ghee little by little, mix well and check whether you have reached the right consistency.

  • Once you get the right consistency , Start preparing laddus when the mixture is warm. You have to be little quicker here as you have to finish off everything before the mixture becomes cold. Garnish each laddu with roasted Almonds on top.[If required grease your palms with little ghee].Look at the pic below, mixture looks dry, but still you can make laddus.



Notes:
  • Instead of almond you can choose your favorite dry fruit like cashews, raisins, pistachio etc.
  • Exact quantity of the ghee required for the recipe depends on the corn flour we use. Add ghee little by little and mix.If you are able to make laddus(roundels) you can stop adding ghee.
  • Little grainy texture of the flour really makes these laddus yummy.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Matvadi Gorikayi Palya ( Cluster Beans and Bengal Gram Dry Curry)

Matvadi Gorikai palya is a dry curry prepared using cluster beans and bengal gram( channa dal). This is very tasty and healthy too.I got introduced to this dish from my friend  and heard that this a traditional dish of Mysore Karnataka. 
 In this recipe, Chopped cluster beans will be mixed with coconut n bengal gram based spice paste and it is steamed in the first stage. Later, steamed veggie will be cooked for some more time with typical south Indian seasoning in a iron wok. Serve this nutritious cluster beans dry curry along with hot rice, spoonful of ghee,Rasam and papad for your weekend lunch.

Special Thanks to Archana Prasannagiri for introducing this traditional dish to me. Thanks to Smitha Kalluraya , Food Blogger for sharing the smart idea of steaming the veggie instead of using lot of oil.


Serves 2

Ingredients:
 1 cup heap - cluster beans washed and chopped finely
 Salt to taste 

For Grinding:
 1/4 cup Chana dal / Bengal gram 
1/4 to 1/2  cup grated Coconut 
small piece of ginger
1-3 Green Chilies ( increase if you like more spicy)
1-2 dry red chilly 

For Seasoning:
 2-4 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal 
1-2 dry red chilly broken
10-15 Curry leaves 
a pinch of asafoetida 
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

How To Prepare ?
  • Wash and soak bengal gram for 3-4 hours. After 4 hours , Drain it and keep it aside.

  • Grind drained bengal gram along with coconut,ginger,red chilly and green chilly in to a coarse paste. [Do not add any water].  
  • Now transfer ground paste, chopped cluster beans and little salt  into a mixing bowl. Mix well.

        
  • Steam the spiced veggie in a steamer or cooker. Steam it for about 20 -25 minutes and Switch off.Let it cool down little bit.
          
  • In a iron wok take oil and start the seasoning. Add mustard seeds,urad dal.Once mustard seeds splutter add turmeric powder,asafoetida,curry leaves and broken red chilly.Saute everything together for 30 seconds. Now add steamed spiced cluster beans. Keeping the flame in low, stir in between and mix well. Check the salt and adjust at this stage.Continue the process for another 10-12 mins so that raw smell goes off and curry blends with the seasoning nicely. 


  •  Serve hot matvadi palya along with ghee, hot rice and udupi rasam. Goes well with chapati too.


 Alternative/ Tips:

  • Before grinding , drain the water completely.Do not add water while grinding and it should be coarse paste.
  • I have tried with french beans too, it comes out very tasty.
  • Instead of green chilly red chilly combo , you can use any one ...either green chilly or dried red chilly .. its your choice . 
  • You can use little more bengal gram if you like.


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Bread Crumbs From Edges Of Bread

Food is God , Do not waste Food......
Here is a way where you can avoid wasting edges of bread by making them bread crumbs !!. These instant bread crumbs can be used while making all varieties of cutlets. Refrigerate the homemade bread crumbs and consume within 2-3 days.

                                 

Here we go with the steps..

Ingredients:
edges of 8-10 bread slices

How To Prepare ?

  • Dry Roast the edges of the bread slices using tawa/pan till it becomes crisp.
  • Let it cool down completely.
  • Grind it into coarse powder ... your job is done :-)
Notes/Alternative

  • Dry roast (toast) one slice of bread. Add it to the roasted edges while grinding. This makes your crumbs more tasty.
  • You can use 1/2 tsp of butter /ghee for roasting.


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