Ginger Chutney Or Allam Pachadi

Ginger chutney or allam pachadi.
A very aromatic and lip-smacking chutney. Ginger, tamarind, coconut, peanut, jaggery and chilli made this chutney tongue tickling.

This chutney is from Andhra cuisine. Allam means ginger. In authentic recipe coconut and peanut not usually used. But I love the nutty taste of dry roasted peanut and the sweetness and flavour of fresh coconut in chutney. So I have used both. You can use 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds with chana dal, udad dal and cumin if you like the flavour. I didn’t.

You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog.
1. Mango sesame chutney

2. Raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

3. Waterchestnut or singhara chutney

4. Onion tomato chutney or dip

5. Mango raisin chutney

6. Peanut chutney or dip

Sending this post to Facebook group Recipe Swap Challenge Initiated by Jolly
And Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog.
This month my partner is Sandhya Ramakrishnan who blog at My Cooking Journey.
I love this ginger chutney on her blog. I have made little changes according to my taste.

Chutney is very easy to make. You can skip tempering at the end because chutney is also delicious without tempering. I have used coconut and peanut according to my taste. You can omit these if you want or if you don’t have these. I have used readymade tamarind paste but if you don’t have paste, soak 1 tablespoon tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water and strain the pulp when cool.

Recipe

Ginger – 1/4 cup, peeled and chopped in small pieces

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1 tablespoon

Used dal or split black gram – 1 teaspoon

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped in small pieces, optional

Peanut – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2 or to taste

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Tamarind paste – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 4 tablespoon

For tempering

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Dry roast the peanut. Let it cool down, peel and keep aside.

2. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan.
Add chana dal, udad dal, dry red chilli, cumin seeds and methi or fenugreek seeds.

3. Fry until lentils become brown.
Add ginger pieces, coconut pieces and dry roasted and peeled peanut.

4. Mix and immediatly switch off the heat. Don’t fry the ginger too much, overcooking may be make the ginger bitter.

5. Let the mixture cool down completely.

6. Grind the mixture with tamarind paste, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, jaggery and water. Don’t add too much water. Chutney should be thick consistency.

7. Take out the chutney in a bowl. Taste and adjust salt, jaggery and tamarind if required.

8. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan.Add 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds or rai and curry leaves. You can also add 1 dry red chilli. My chutney is already hot with 2 red chilli in the ground mixture so I didn’t.

8. When the seeds starts to splutter add the tempering in the chutney.
Serve with idli, dosa or serve as dip with any snack.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance. If you want mildly spicy chutney, use only one red chilli.

2. Lemon juice or dry mango powder can be used instead of tamarind.

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Paruppu Payasam.

Paruppu Payasam.
A vegan pudding or kheer with moong dal or yellow lentil. Coconut milk, roasted moong dal, fried cashew nuts and raisins, jaggery and cardamom made this payasam or kheer divine. This payasam is an Onam special recipe. Usually made for prasad or offering to deities in the temples of South India. It also made for special occasions.
And this pudding is sweetend with jaggery so its a healthy option to satisfy your sweet craving.

According to Wikipedia Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Its capital and largest city is Chennai (formerly known as Madras).

The cuisine of Tamil Nadu deserves special mention because of the rich taste of the culinary items. Many items of Tamil Nadu cuisine are accredited internationally and are unique in their own ways.
A typical Tamil Nadu meal consists of steamed rice, lentils, grains and vegetables. This food is taken almost by every household member. But in special occasions there are special menu that are prepared with great care and concern.
To read more about Tamil Nadu cuisine click here.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know that I am a member of Facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge. And every month we share a recipe from different Indian States. This month sharing this recipe from Tamil Nadu cuisine.
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.

This month my partner is very talented blogger Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at The Mad Scientist Kitchen.
Visit her space for different types of healthy and delicious recipes. Recently she posted a very interesting and mouthwatering recipe of Caramel apple and plum mini pizza.
Archana gave me ghee and cardamom as secret ingredients and I gave her pepper and cumin. Archana made a delicious rice dish with these ingredients. Check out the recipe here.

This moong dal payasam or paruppu payasam is very easy to make and taste heavenly. You can keep it in refrigerator and enjoy chilled. No sugar used so you can say it is a healthy option for dessert.

Recipe

Moong dal or yellow lentil – 1/2 cup

Jaggery – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Ghee – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Grated fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, optional

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 2 cup + 1/4 cup

Method

1. Dry roast the moong dal or yellow lentil till aromatic.

2. Wash well and pressure cook with 1 cup water for 4 – 5 whistle or after 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.
Open the pressure cooker and mash the dal with a spoon or spatula. Add 1/2 cup water and mix well.

4. In a pan boil 1/4 cup water and jaggery till the jaggery dissolved completely. Strain the mixture if any impurity and keep aside.

5. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts in it till light brown. Remove from ghee.

6. In the same ghee add raisins. When the raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee.

7. In the same pan add the boiled dal, jaggery syrup and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and let it boil. Keep stirring.
When the mixture becomes thick, reduce the heat.

8. Add coconut milk and cook on simmer for 4 – 5 minutes. Don’t increase the heat. Cook on low heat to avoid curdling coconut milk.

9. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom.

10. Now add cardamom powder and fried cashews and raisins. Mix well and remove from heat.

11. Garnish with fried cashews and raisins.
Serve warm or room temperature or keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes

1.You can use any milk instead of coconut milk.
2. Dried sliced and fried coconut can be used instead of grated fresh coconut. Or you can use both.

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Dal Rasam Or Paruppu Rasam

Dal rasam or paruppu rasam.
Rasam with pigeon pea or arhar/toor dal. An easy simple yet lip smacking and no onion garlic recipe.
Slightly tangy hot and delicious Indian soup.
You can reduce the amount of chilli if you don’t like it spicy. Serve it with steamed rice or enjoy as soup. I love it as a hot comforting soup in winter days. But today I have served it with steamed rice, eggplant or brinjal and parwal or pointed gourd fry and mix vegetable. Simple and pure vegetarian lunch.

According to Wikipedia rasam, chaaru, saaru or kabir is a South Indian dish, traditionally prepared using kokum or tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings. Steamed lentils can be added along with any preferred vegetables.

Sending this post to 214 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Rasam Raga theme suggested by a dear friend and very talented bloggger Priya Iyer who blogs at The world through my eyes.
Do visit her blog for some wonderful recipes and travel storie. She has a vast collection of authentic and innovative recipes. I specially loved her chutney recipes. Priya recently shared an unique chutney recipe Ivy gourd chutney.
I have bookmarked it to try. This week Priya suggested that everyone try to make rasam with some variation. We don’t have to follow authentic recipe.

So here is a rasam recipe in a very easy way. You don’t need rasam powder to make it. And taste is lip smacking. I didn’t use rasam powder and instead of rasam powder I have used black pepper powder, cumin, coriander powder and methi or fenugreek seeds. But if you want to use rasam powder omit these powder spices and methi or fenugreek seeds. You can also use lemon juice instead of tamarind paste.

Recipe

Tuar dal – 1/4cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Tomato – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1, chopped, optional

Dry red chilli – 1-2

Curry leaves – 10-12

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Rai or mustard seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds or methi – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin Powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 1 tablespoon

Tamarind or imli paste – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon

Water – 3 &1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the lentil and pressure cook with 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and salt. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

2. Whisk the dal or lentil well. Add tamarind paste jaggery powder and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds.
Add dry red chilli, curry leaves and hing or asafoetida.

4/ Now add the chopped tomatoes. Add green chilli if using. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.

5. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder and coriander leaves. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.

6. Add boiled dal and mix well. Add 2 cup water and mix. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes.

7. You can add more water if required.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add more tamarind paste if you like the tangy taste.

8. Serve hot with steamed rice or enjoy as soup.

Notes
1. If you like your rasam hot add more green chilli or skip green chilli to make it mildly spicy.
2. Minced or finely chopped garlic can be used in tempering.
3. You can use lemon juice instead of tamarind paste. If you don’t like the sourness use only one teaspoon tamarind paste.

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Fruity Salad With Dried Basil

Fruity salad with dried basil.
Sharing one of my favourite and simple yet tasty and flavourful salad.
A healthy, easy to make and delicious salad.
Serve this salad with lunch or dinner or enjoy a bowl full only salad. You can add any of your favourite fruit in it. I have used apple, pear, pomegranate, sweet corn and tomato. I have also added dry roasted almond and fresh coconut to add some crunch.
You may like some more salad recipes on this blog.

1. Corn salad

2. Fruity salad with parsley

3. Peas chickpeas low calorie salad

4. Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

5. Watermelon salsa

Sending this salad to this week’s Foodiemonday bloghop. I am late today. My kitchen is under renovation. So I have decided to skip this week. But my lovely friend Preethi Prasad suggested me to try something. In evening when the carpenters stopped their work for today I have made this simple yet healthy and delicious salad with whatever I had in my pantry. And very happy with the taste and flavour. Thanks Preethi.

This week 212 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is salad stories suggested by our bloghop member and very talented blogger Narmadha. Narmadha blog at Nams Corner. Check out her space for different kinds of recipes. I especially love her dessert recipes. You can also get non-veg recipes on her blog.

I have used apple, pomegranate, pear, cucumber, coconut and tomato. You can use any fruit of your choice. Finely chopped onion can be used in the salad. Sometimes I also add little garlic powder but today I have made it without onion garlic. You can also use mint leaves or cilantro/coriander leaves in the salad if you want.

Recipe

Apple – 1 small, cubed

Pomegranate arils – 1/2 cup

Pear – 1 small, cubed

Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Almonds – 2 tablespoon, dry roasted

Sweet corn kernels – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cucumber – 1 small, peeled and cubed

Tomato – 1, cubed

Pink or black salt or rock salt – to taste

Freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Dried basil – 1 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Slice the dry roasted almonds.

2. In a glass bowl combine all the fruits, tomato, cucumber and sweet corn.

3. Add black, pink or rock salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried basil, vinegar and lemon juice.

4. Add dry ginger powder if using. You can also use ginger julienne or grated ginger if you like the flavour of ginger.

5. Mix well. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if required.

6. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes
1. You can use any herbs of your choice instead of basil.
2. Finely chopped or sliced onion can be used in the salad.

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Lal Saag Or Red Spinach Stir Fry

Lal saag or red spinach stir fry with garlic.
A very easy to make and tasty stir fry. You need only four ingredients with red spinach to make this stir fry.
After a simple and light Chicken curry, here is an easy to cook yet delicious red spinach or laal saag.
If you like the taste of garlic then its perfect for you. You can serve it as a side dish with rice or any bread. I have served it with steamed rice and easy microwave chicken. I will share the chicken recipe soon.

Amaranthus dubius, the red spinach, Chinese spinach, spleen amaranth, hon-toi-moi, yin choy, or hsien tsai is a plant species. It belongs to the economically important family Amaranthaceae. This plant is native to Asia, Europe and Africa, with origin most likely in the Indian subcontinent.
Source – Wikipedia

All of us are aware of green spinach and its benefits, but red spinach also contains numerous health benefits.
Let us look at the top 14 red spinach benefits of this wonderful gift of nature

Benefits of Red Spinach

1. Digestion
2. Kidney function
3. Anemia
4. Dysentery
5. Strengthen Hair Roots
6. Improves eyesight
7. Less blood
8. Food
9. Venomous bite
10. Grey Hair
11. Immune Support
12. Lose weight
13. Cancer
14. Fever

To read more about health benefits of red spinach in detail click here.

This week 211 #Foodiemonday blog hop theme is #NaturallyColorful suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. I always amazed by her baked recipes, specially different kinds of bread. She has a vast collection of baked recipes.

I have made this red spinach for my fussy eater daughter. She loved the taste. And happily clicked the picture.
I made it without any spices except very little cumin. You can use one more chopped green chilli if you want it spicy. Or skip chilli if you are making it for kids. Recipe is very simple and don’take much time to cook.
Picture credit my daughter Suchismita Roy. Have a look on her blog for some beautiful pictures. Hope you will also like her write up.

Recipe

Red spinach – 250 gram

Garlic cloves – 8 – 10

Salt to taste

Green chilli – 1, finely chopped, optional

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse the red spinach. Drain the water. Chop and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic cloves.
Fry the garlic cloves till brown.

3. Add chopped spinach, chopped green chilli, salt and cumin powder. Mix well.

4. Spinach will leave water. Cover and cook on low flame till spinach becomes soft and dried up. You can add little water if required.

5. Serve hot with steamed rice or Roti/Indian flatbread.

Note
You can add one more chopped green chilli with spinach if you want it spicy. Or skip chilli if you are making it for kids.

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Gluten Free Apple Jaggery cake / Vegan Cake

Apple jaggery cake with gluten free flour. An easy to make, healthy, delicious, gluten free and vegan cake. A cake with all the nutritious ingredients. Delicious dairy free, sugar free and butter free cake.

Cake is super soft and moist. Mixed taste of apple and jaggery made the cake divine.

I have used rice flour, soyabean flour and oats powder in the cake. You can use any flour of your choice like whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida, cornmeal, buckwheat flour etc. You can also use brown sugar or normal white sugar instead of jaggery. Any fruit can be used instead of apple.

Sending this post to Facebook group Recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly and Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is Jolly who blog at Jolly homemade recipes.
Do visit her space for many delicious recipes she shared We know each other since I started my blogging journey. Jolly is not only a talented blogger, she is a very good person and friend, always ready to help others. I have bookmarked this jaggery cake recipe just after posted. Never used vanilla essence with jaggery, sounds interesting. And really loved the mixed flavour.
If you want to make it with whole wheat flour then follow this recipe.

Apple is absolutely optional. You can use any fruit instead of apple or simply skip it. But I recommend to add one apple to enhance the taste and flavour. You can use any dry fruits instead of tutti fruity. I have used bundt pan, you can use square or round any cake pan. Even you can make loaf cake with this batter. Choice is yours. Vegan people can use almond milk, soy milk or any other vegan milk. But coconut milk taste better. You can also use dairy milk.

Recipe

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Oats – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery – 3/4 cup tightly packed, grated or powder

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup, slightly warm

Olive oil or any vegetable oil – 1/2 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Tutti fruity – 1/2 cup

Apple – 1

Cashew nuts – few, optional

Method

1. Grease a cake pan and dust with little soyabean flour or any flour you are using.

2. Preheat the oven at 180°.

3. Grind the oats into fine powder.

4. Peel and grate the apple.

5. Mix 1 tablespoon soyabean flour with tutti fruity and keep aside.

6. In a bowl mix rice flour, soyabean flour, oats powder, baking powder and soda. Mix well with a whisk. You can sieve the dry ingredients but I don’t like to discard the fibres of the flours. So I have just mixed well with a whisk, you can use your food processor.

7. In a large bowl whisk grated or powdered jaggery, slightly warm milk and vinegar. Whisk well till jaggery completely melted. See notes for more options for milk.

8. Add vanilla essence and grated apple. Mix well.

9. Now add the dry ingredients gradually.

10. Mix till everything blend well. Make a lump free smooth batter.

11. Fold in flour mixed tutti fruity.
Pour the batter into greased or lined and flour dusted cake pan.

12. Tap the pan gently on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles.

 

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13. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
Every oven takes different time so insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check.

14. Let the cake cool down before slicing. Enjoy slightly warm or cool cake, taste yummy in both ways.
Happy baking 😊

Notes
1. Whole wheat flour, refined flour or any flour can be used instead of these gluten free flour.
2. You can use cinnamon powder, cardamom powder or any other flavour instead of vanilla.
3. If you don’t have Bundt pan then you can use square, round, loaf or any cake pan. Even you can make cup cakes with this batter.

4. Dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk or any other dairy free milk can be used instead of coconut milk.

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Watermelon Punch

Watermelon punch.
Here is a chilled and refreshing drink to beat the heat. A delicious drink with all the goodness of watermelon, orange and lemon. You don’t need any sweetener because watermelon and orange have enough sweetness.

Juicy and sweet watermelon not only low calorie, refreshing and delicious but its also rich in vitamins and many healthy plant compounds.
Here are the top 9 health benefits of eating watermelon. Helps You Hydrate. Contains Nutrients and Beneficial Plant Compounds. Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer. May Improve Heart Health. May Lower Inflammation and Oxidative Stress. May Help Prevent Macular Degeneration. May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness.
Watermelon is a surprisingly healthy fruit. It has a high water content and also delivers many other important nutrients, including lycopene and vitamin C.
These nutrients mean that watermelon isn’t only a tasty low-calorie treat — it’s also very good for your health.

Source

You may like some more watermelon recipes on this blog.

1. Watermelon salsa

2. Watermelon rasgulla

3. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie

4. Watermelon sandesh

5. Watermelon muffins

6. Virgin watermelon mojito

7. Mocktail with watermelon

8. Litchi watermelon date peach Tulsi and almond smoothie

9. Watermelon cooler with tulsi and Aloe Vera

This fruit punch is very easy to make. Just combine all the juice and add some ice cubes, lemon slices and watermelon scoop. Enjoy the chilled, refreshing and delicious drink.

Recipe

Watermelon – 4 cup, cubed and seedless

Orange juice – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Ice cube as require

Watermelon scoop and lemon slices to garnish

Method

1. Blend the watermelon cubes in blender or use your juicer to make juice.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer.

3. Mix orange juice and lemon juice.

4. In a glass place some ice cubes, lemon slices and watermelon scoop.

5. Pour the watermelon orange and lemon juice over it.
Serve immediately.

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