Friday, March 28, 2014

VEGETABLE MASALA SANDWICH for PPCS (FOOD REMAKE)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
PARTY TIME FOLKS. Copying or imitating is easy and legal :-), I am here with a simplest snack of any time of the day. SANDWICH. I think Sandwich is the only food which has most of the variations of filling. You can fill any thing in between those square slices, have it just like that or toast it, roast it... Tastes awesome.


Today I am here with the healthy sandwich. Its VEGETABLE MASALA SANDWICH   which I have copied from my this month's partner Manjula Kanted of http://www.desifiesta.com/
Though I knew it before but was lazy to try it, Thanks to Manjula and Jagruti for giving me this opportunity to try this yummy sandwich. Its easy for those whose kids don't like vegetables.
The filling is a veg masala which we make for Pav bhaji. Make the bhaji thick and fill it in between white, brown or any bread slices.
We had it toasted in a toaster, my hubby had it plane only with butter,
It was really tasty and filling.




I am a good follower and a real copy cat ;-), followed her recipe exactly to the point. Visit her page for detailed recipe.







Keep Smiling,

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WAR WITH RAW ~ ASH GOURD SALAD FOR ENFF

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
 Hi All,
Are you thinking I have gone RAW? ;-), But when I think of Nutritious food, only raw food comes in my mind. Its natural and its directly prepared by God. Am I right?
Today I am introducing you our king of raw food, King of Vegetables; ASH GOURD. Don't get confused with Aishwarya Rai Bachhan. I am talking about Natural beautiful vegetable.
Enough of jokes now.
I never knew the benefits about this veggie, I always saw this was used during poojas at home especially on house warming day. And I really thought that only Brahmins(or who comes for doing puja)  should eat it. That is how it was, after puja they used to take it home.
Only after I joined SSY course, I realized the importance of its benefits. From then, it has become a part of my menu in some or the other way. I wait to use this in my preparation
I make juice with it, I make salad with it, I add it in sambhar, I make ash gourd fry.... The list goes on.
But,
Taking it in the morning in the form of  juice  by adding the equal quantity of water to it is the best for many healthy reasons. Season it with very little salt and pepper(optional). (This and beetroot juice are too potent to be taken alone and need to be diluted with equal quantity of water)

I have a 2 page notes on its benefits which I took it during my course.
I tried to find out the benefits of this from net, because its the evidence to prove my love for this veggie.




Coming to today's recipe,
Its simple, easy and healthy and NUTRITIOUS. So what are you waiting for?
Ingredients:
Ash gourd - 1 cup, cleaned, peeled, de seeded
Cucumber - 1 small, cleaned and peeled
Fresh yogurt or curds - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - 1 tsp or chopped 

For temepering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
a dash of hing
Curry leaves few
Urad dal - 1 tsp(optional)
Red dry chilly - 1 cut into small pieces




Method:
  • Take one cup ash gourd. Either grate it or churn it in a mixer just for half a minute. I prefer the latter one.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Cut the cucumber in to small cubes.
  • Take yogurt in a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to it. Mix well. Add the ash gourd and cucumber. Mix well and refrigerate for some time(if you have)
  • Till that,
  • heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add urad dal and allow to change the color.
  • Add curry leaves, hind and red dry chilly.
  • Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
  • Add it to the ready salad.
  • Serve cold with chapati or rice.

  • The other day I had it with khara pongal :-)
WILL COME WITH DIFFERENT NUTRITIOUS FOOD IN THE NEXT POST FOR THIS EVENT. (THIS TIME NOT RAW FOR SURE)







Keep Smiling,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

JAGGERY MUSTARD INSTANT MANGO PICKLE ~MAHARASHTRA SPECIAL FOR ICC, FEBRUARY

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you all? I am happy to be again in Indian Cooking Challenge this month. And I am happy to take this challenge because I need to use mangoes and that too are from our trees. Its always a very happy feeling to use the vegetables, fruits grown from our backyard. Now a days, I use raw mangoes in everything. In rice, chutney, curry, upma, thalipeeth... list goes on.

And now Srivalli"s challenge. 
She has followed Varada's recipe which is really just perfect for this season. Its sweet, its sour, its tangy and it has the fresh taste of fresh mustard seeds... Ohh! I really loved it. Thanks to Valli and Varada. The color of the dish itself drives you crazy!!

Visit VALLI'S PAGE TO SEE HER VERSION INSTANT MANGO PICKLE


Ingredients:
Raw mango - 1/4 kg
Part I~
Mustard seeds(small and red ones) - 1/2 cup
Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
Haldi- 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 cup(color should be strong)
Jaggery - 3/4 cup(original recipe has 1cup)
Salt - 1/2 cup
water - 1/2 cup or less, (add little first)












For tempering
Oil -1/2 cup(I have used ground nut oil)
Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
Haldi -1/2 tbsp
HIng -1/2 tsp



Method:
Wash and peel the mangoes.
Deseed and cut into small cubes(smaller the better)
or
grate it into a pulp.(I liked the cubes)
Heat oil in a kadai.
Add the mustard seeds, allow to splutter.
Add haldi and hing.
Remove from the fire and allow it to cool fully.

Mix all the ingredients under part one and turn into fine paste.
Add this to the mango cubes. Mix well.
Pour the tempered oil.
Mix well, adjust the seasoning.
Enjoy this super duper pickle for breakfast, lunch, dinner.... or in between as a snack with bread or biscuit or chips...




Keep Smiling,

Monday, March 10, 2014

SWEET N SPICY RED MASALA POHA FOR PPCS

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I have posted my recipes in PPCS  in a particular manner. I started with soup, pickle, chutney, side dish, main dish, rice and dessert. Actually I had planned to post some healthy cookies I made last month. Unfortunately, I lost the photos from my camera. And now I don't have time to bake again and click, I thought of bringing some snack to  Potluck Party, Cyber Style party. Hope you all do not mind and enjoy it.
And even Juice is pending in the menu. I will bring it in coming months.
Poha is very common in breakfast menu in South India and Maharashtra. I am not sure about other parts of India. Poha is prepared in different ways at different places and is enjoyed as an evening snack too. Its a quick snack for unexpected guests. Its filling also.
Here, I am  giving a simple but different recipe which is normally prepared by local Brahmins here in our North Karnataka. They call it as Gojjavalakki. They crush the poha.
Mine is little altered as they do not add onion but I love it in poha. Thats why I can't call it gojjavalakki and hence named it as Masala Poha.
Don't go for the color in my photo as my camera is a very normal one, and sometimes I can not get the proper color. But this poha turns out red as I am using red chilli powder, jaggery and tamarind paste.
You can check my MIX VEG POHA which is very common way of making in our side.


Coming to today's recipe:

It serves 2

Ingredients:
Thick poha(Thick flattened rice) - 1 1/4 cup
Water to soak the poha
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1  big, finely chopped
Green chilli - 1 small finely chopped
Curry leaves - few, finely chopped
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Bisi bele bath powder or Rasam powder - 2 tsp
Jaggery - 2 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
Fresh coconut - grated (2 tbsp)

Marination:
{to add to Soaked Poha(this gives extra taste to your poha as the poha absorbs salt and sugar taste)}
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Puthani powdered - 1 tbsp(optional)
Fresh coriander - 2 tbsp finely chopped

to Garnish(optional)
Fresh coriander - 1 tbsp, finely chopped,
Fresh coconut - grated, 1 tbsp


Method:
First soak the poha in little water. I just put it in a colander and sprinkle the water and keep it like that for 5 minutes.
When done, Add all the ingredients under marination and mix well.
Keep it aside.

Heat oil in a wide thick kadai.
Add mustard seeds and wait them to splutter.
Add the urad dal and wait till changes to golden color
Add the cumin seeds, curry leaves and onion and green chilli
Fry till onion turns pink.
Go on adding all other ingredients one by one, just stirring each time you add one.
Mix well and cook for 3 minutes. Or cover and cook for 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn it.
Add the marinated poha and mix really well.
Adjust the seasoning.
Garnish with fresh coriander and Coconut. Serve hot.


Linking it to 
Potluck party, Cyber style! - Fun and the Challeng... 




Keep Smiling,

Friday, February 28, 2014

CRISPY POTATO HEARTS FOR PPCS (FOOD REMAKE)


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you dearies? Hope all is well at your end. 
Started my post like a letter :-), This month I got the perfect recipe from our group., February is the month of Love... and I got to make these lovely potato hearts.



A very simple, easy, quick but the yummiest snack for everyone.
I am not giving the details of the recipe here. Please visit Mon's PAGE to get the recipe.


My kids loved this chat and already ordered me to make again this Sunday :-)





Sending this to Jagruti's 




Keep Smiling,

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