Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CHAKKARA MANGA - TRADITIONAL MALABAR RECIPE WITH RIPE MANGOES

Here am with the traditional malabar recipe with ripe mangoes. Enjoying those sweet ripe small mangoes is a wonderful feeling. I got some small ripe mangoes from Kerala. So i thought of making some traditional dishes with that rather than having them. That fresh fragrance makes me drool and reminds me of my childhood days.  Here is the recipe for  chakkara manga (mango simmered in jaggery syrup). All you need is some ripe mangoes and jaggery / sharkara / chakkra. Enjoy.



CHAKKARA MANGA MALABAR DISH WITH MANGO

CHAKKARA MANGA TRADITIONAL MALABAR RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

Ripe small mangoes                        - 3 nos
Jaggery / sharkara / chakkara          - 1 small cube , as per sweetness
Salt to taste

PREPARATION








  • Here i used small ripe mangoes (nadan maanga). I prefer small ripe mangoes for this recipe.
  • Make slits in mangoes and let it boil in 1 cup of water. The quantity of water depends upon the size of mangoes.
  • Once it starts boiling, add salt to taste. Boil  until mangoes are half done.
  • Meanwhile, melt jaggery in a separate bowl. Add this melted jaggery to this half cooked mangoes and simmer them for 15 - 20 minutes until mangoes are completely cooked in this sweet syrup. You will get a slight thick jaggery syrup once done.
  • Let it cool completely and enjoy the tangy sweet mangoes.

Monday, February 27, 2017

PANEER TIKKA MASALA RECIPE - STOVE TOP COOKING

PANEER TIKKA MASALA

Paneer tikka masala is an Indian dish where marinated paneer is grilled in oven or stove top and then cooked in a spicy creamy gravy which pairs super delicious with Butter nan. Paneer tikka masala is my favorite paneer recipes. If I put my hands on paneer, I will never go for any other paneer recipes except this paneer tikka masala. This vegetarian dish calls for simple ingredients and is very easy to prepare. Traditionally, the marinated paneer is grilled in an oven for the preparation of paneer tikka. But here am sharing a stove top grilled paneer tikka so that everyone can give this recipe a try. Marinate the paneer at least for 2 hours for the best result. You can add more cream as per your preference, I just added few teaspoons of cream only. I have also tried yet another paneer tikka masala with broiled paneer in which I skip using onion in the sauce and that makes the dish creamy orange-red color. Anyway, hope I can share that recipe soon. 

paneer tikka masala recipe paneer recipes grilled recipe

Paneer recipes/paneer dishes can be made in a number of ways. Either a curry version or dry version or just combined with some veggies and like so. Some popular recipes with paneer are paneer makhani, mutter paneer recipe, paneer butter masala, paneer tikka, shahi paneer recipe, palak paneer, chilli paneer recipe etc. It is very simple to make paneer at home. All you need are milk, vinegar or lemon juice, salt. Just 3 ingredient recipe. You can also go for store-bought paneer for making these delicious indian dishes. So let's move on to the recipe showing how to make paneer tikka masala.   


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Here is my recipe showing how to make paneer tikka masala on stove top/paneer tikka masala/paneer recipes / indian vegetarian side dishes/tikka / stove top recipes/stove top cooking/paneer recipes.
paneer recipes grilled paneer tikka stove top veg grilled






INGREDIENTS

For paneer tikka marination

Paneer                           - 100g
Curd / yogurt                 - 2 tsp
Red chili powder           - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder  - half tsp
Ginger garlic paste        - 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder        - quarter tsp
Vinegar                          - 1 tsp
Salt
Red food color if required, I skipped that


For the gravy


Onion              - 1, small, finely chopped
Ginger and garlic chopped     - 1 tbsp
Tomato puree           - 1 ripe tomato, make puree by grinding
Garam masala powder     - half tsp
Kashmir chili powder       - 1 tsp
Milk                                  - quarter cup
Cream                               - 2 tbsp
Butter                                - 2 tbsp + 2 tsp
Kasuri methi                    - 1 tsp
Sugar                               - half tsp
Salt
Chopped cilantro/coriander leaves

PREPARATION

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  • Grind together all those ingredients given under 'for marination' without adding water to a smooth paste. Marinate the paneer cubes with this marinade and keep refrigerated for 2 hours. (if you are using store bought frozen paneer, then soak it in salt water for few minutes to make them soft).
  • Heat a tawa, melt 2 tsp of butter and toss the marinated paneer until both sides are golden. Set aside.
  • Now heat 2 tablespoon of butter in a kadai / wok. Add ginger and garlic chopped. Saute until the raw smell disappears.
  • To this, add chopped onion and saute until golden.
  • Now add the chili powder and garam masala. Mix well
  • Meanwhile, grind the chopped tomato to a fine puree without adding water. When the onion is done, add the tomato puree to it. Cook well until mushy.
  • When done, add milk and cream mixture (combine well milk and cream in a bowl). Mix well.
  • Add sugar and check for salt.
  • Finally, add the paneer tikka to this sauce and simmer for 8 minutes until well incorporated. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

TIPS FOR PERFECT PAZHAM PORI / EASY BANANA FRITTERS RECIPE

KERALA SNACKS

Banana fritters / pazham pori / yethakkappam is the traditional malabar snack which is easily available in roadside food stalls of Kerala or in restaurants as an evening snack. Pazhampori / yethakkappam with a nice cup of tea makes me feel nostalgic. That reminds me of those rainy days, school days, tea stalls / thattukada, my sweet home and of course my mom. It was a pleasant feel to enjoy those raindrops along with something hot to eat. We will be thinking that why restaurant or tea stall style banana fritters or pazham pori is more tasty with crispy coating outside with soft inside?. The answer is very simple. 

pazham pori restaurant style ethakkappam banana fritters

kerala snack teastall pazhampori thattukada pazhampori

For making perfect restaurant style pazhampori or thattukada style pazhampori, few things are to noted. Though the recipe for banana fritters is too simple and quick, the ingredients must be of right quantity or else results in the hard pazhampori . Firstly, you have to use ripe banana (do not use overripe banana). Secondly, you have to blend all those ingredients in a blender instead of mixing with hand. Thirdly, The batter must be smooth and thick. That is, the batter should not be watery but must be thick like idli batter. Fourthly, The oil must be hot enough, that is while you drop in the battered plantain to the hot oil it must puff up immediately. But once hot, make the flame medium-low to avoid burnt fritters. 
For making pazham pori or yethakkappam, nenthrapazham or yethakka is used. You can make Wheat flour banana fritters for a healthy version. Here i used maida or all purpose flour for making this delicious sweet dish. Some use egg while making the batter to make a soft banana fry. But in reality, the egg is not at all needed for making soft crispy banana fritters. So here is the recipe for making perfect banana fritters or pazhampori / eggless banana fritters recipe / South Indian cuisine / ethakkappam /Kerala snacks/plantain recipes / traditional malabar snacks / fried banana recipe /recipe for banana fritters /banana recipes.
Recipe for wheat for pazham pori / ethakkappam / banana fritters - Click here

tasty perfect banana fritters restaurant style evening snack malabar recipe



INGREDIENTS (can make 6 banana fritters with this batter)

Plantain /nenthrapazham   - 1 , (yethakka), ripe
All purpose flour/maida   - 1 cup
Sugar       - one-third of that cup (can add more or less)
Salt                                      - to taste
Cardamom                           - 2 nos
Rice powder                         - one-fourth of that cup (quarter cup)
Turmeric powder                  - half tsp (for yellowish color)
Water                                     - half a cup or more 
Baking soda/cooking soda  - quarter tsp
Oil for deep frying

PREPARATION

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  • Take the blender. Add a quarter cup of water and then add all purpose flour, sugar, salt, cardamom, rice powder, turmeric powder and again quarter cup of water. Grind it to a smooth batter. (adding water before the dry ingredients avoid sticking the flour in the blender.)
  • Add more water if required for smooth grinding but do not add too much water while grinding. We need a thick smooth batter consistency. Grinding these ingredients in blender helps to get a soft and puffed banana fritters. 
  • When done, pour it into a big bowl. Now add baking soda and mix well with a spoon.
  • Take a deep bottomed wide pan or wok. Heat oil for deep frying and make the flame medium.
  • Now cut each plantain / nenthrapazham / yethakka into 4 or 5 long slices. OR you can half the plantain and then make small slices so that u can make more fritters.
  • The oil must be medium hot while dropping the battered banana. 
  • Take a banana slice/plantain slice, dip completely in the thick batter and drop into the hot oil. It will puff up immediately if the oil is at the right temperature. Lower the flame if the oil is more hot. Flip over after few minutes. Fry on both sides.
  • Drain it to a paper towel.
  • Serve hot along with black tea. 
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BATURA - EASY BHATURA RECIPE / INDIAN VEGETARIAN RECIPES


Batura / bature is a puri shaped fluffy deep fried leavened bread which belongs to punjabi cuisine. It is often pairs with chick pea curry or chana masala or any curry recipes and so it is popularly known as chole bhature. Chole bhature is one of the popular punjabi dishes (indian food). Basically batoora is larger in size than puri. But it is shaped into various shapes and sizes as per our preference. There are different varieties of bhature available like paneer bhature, aloo bhature . The main difference between puri and batura is fermentation. Batura needs fermentation that means,  the dough is made to rise a little by using any leavening agent such as yogurt or butter milk. But puri can be made instantly after proper kneading. Batura tastes slight tangy in taste when compared to puri. Batura is made mostly with all purpose flour as it reacts better with yeast for fermentation. But puri can be made with wheat flour, maida, semolina, maize and like so.  

batura batoora recipe for breakfast bhature recipe

As this punjabi classic bread is always accompanied with chola, it is popularly known as chola batura. As this is an easy version for making batura, this can be grouped under easy breakfast ideas. But i prefer having this spongy deep fried bread for my dinner than for breakfast food. As a mom of school going kid, i always prefer simple breakfast ideas like steam cake, dosa like so. 

batoora with chickpea curry chole batura indian breakfast recipe

So lets move on to the recipe. Please drop your valuable suggestions and feedback below in the comment box. Hope you all liked this recipe. Here is the recipe showing how to make bhatura recipe / indian cuisine recipes / chchole bhature / bhatura recipe /easy batura recipe / delicious breakfast recipes / chickpeas curry.

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INGREDIENTS

All purpose flour / maida                -  3 cup
Suagr                                                - 2 tbsp
Salt                                                   - to taste
Baking soda                                      - half tsp
Oil                                                     - 2 tbsp 
Curd / yogurt                                   - quarter cup
Milk                                                 - 1 cup
Oil for deep frying




PREPARATION












  • Take all purpose flour in a bowl and add sugar, salt and baking soda to it. Mix well.
  • Then add, two tablespoon of oil and mix well with your hands until well combined.
  • Now mix together milk and curd in a bowl. 
  • Add in to the flour mixture and knead it well for 5 minutes. Set aside covered for 30 minutes.
  • When done, make balls and roll into a big chapati. With a knife cut into four equal pieces as shown in the pic. (you can also make small puri instead by cutting with a round cookie cutter or make small lemon sized balls out of dough and flatten it to a small puri).
  • Heat oil in a kadai / wok for deep frying. Once hot, drop it into the hot oil. Just press slightly with a spatula on the top in a circular motion to puff up(see the pic). When it is puffed up, flip over and cook the other side.
  • Drain it to a paper towel and serve along with potato curry or chana masala.