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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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 Oats Cornmeal Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Gluten free eggless oats cornmeal lemon crinkle cookies.
Delicious lemon flavoured crispy outside and fudgy inside cookies made with cornmeal or makke ka atta, oats and lemon.

I have made it with gluten free flour but you can use whole wheat flour or refined flour or any flour of your choice. I didn’t want to use colour so used cornmeal. Cornmeal will give a beautiful light yellow colour to your cookies. But if you are using whole wheat flour or refined flour then you have to use little yellow food colour or you can keep your cookies simply white. Taste will be equally delicious.
I always try to bake with gluten free flour because some of my readers are suffering with gluten intolerance. But everyone can enjoy it. These cookies are hot favourite among my family and friends.
You may like some more gluten free cookies on this blog.

1. Oats almond cranberry cornmeal cookies

2. Fennel oats millet cookies

3. Pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies

4. Rose flavoured shortbread cookies

5. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

And one more crinkle cookies.

Finger millet or ragi chocolate crinkle cookies

Monday again and this week 208 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Meethebandhan suggested by Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at The Mad Scientists Kitchen. Archana have a vast collection of healthy and delicious recipes. I have already bookmarked her honey cake. Do visit her space for amazing recipes from different cuisine. I am sure you will love her recipes.

You can use butter or ghee/clarified butter, whatever you want. I have tried both. If you like the flavour of ghee or clarified butter, then make it with ghee. I love the taste of ghee cookies. Cornmeal will give a beautiful light yellow colour to your cookies.

Recipe

Oats powder – 1 cup

Cornmeal or makke ka atta – 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Butter or ghee/clarified butter – 1/4 cup

Curd – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar for coating

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. In a bowl sift oats powder, cornmeal or makke ka atta, baking powder and baking soda.

4. In a large bowl cream ghee or butter, and powdered sugar. Whisk well.

5. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and curd. Mix well.

6. Now add the dry ingredients. Mix and make a smooth dough. Dough will be sticky. Keep the dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

7. Spread powdered sugar on a plate.

8. Take out the dough and make small balls.

9. Roll the balls in the powdered sugar. Press gently. Powdered sugar should be coated well all over the cookies.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 10 – 12 minutes. For fudgy inside cookies don’t over bake.
If you want crisp cookies bake for 1 – 2 minutes more.

11. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Enjoy the divine taste. You can store the cookies in a airtight container.

Notes
1. Whole wheat or refined flour or any flour can be used instead of cornmeal and oats.
2. Don’t skip to refrigerat the dough.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Sandesh

Hazelnut chocolate Sandesh or sondesh.
Sandesh with the flavour and taste of hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Stuffed with grated chocolate and dipped in melted chocolate with coffee. Taste is super yummy.

Sandesh is a sweet of Bengal made of chhena/paneer or cottage cheese. Homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese is best to make sandesh. You can make paneer with vinegar, lemon juice or curd. If you want to make paneer with lemon juice or vinegar for sweet dish then you have to rinse the paneer well under running water to remove the smell of lemon or vinegar. So I always make paneer for sweet dish with curd. And for savoury dishes you can make with lemon juice or vinegar.

For sandesh paneer should be mashed well with sugar to make smooth. Then cooked on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. It shouldn’t be overcooked. If overcooked mixture will become crumbly. You can add any flavour of your choice.

Earlier shared some sandesh recipes with different flavours.

1. Carrot sandesh

2. Sugar free date sandesh

3. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

4. Coconut and date palm jaggery sandesh

5. Chocolate sandesh

6. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

7. Paan sandesh

8. Sandesh

9. Mango steamed sandesh

10. Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta

11. Watermelon sandesh

12. Cake sandesh

13. Chocolate coconut sandesh

14. Kesar pista sandesh

15. Mango sandesh

16. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

17. Orange steamed sandesh

18. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

This time made the sandesh with a completely different flavour. Yes its a fusion recipe. Because Monday again and we bloghop members sharing some Indian dessert with continental ingredients. At first I have decided to skip this week because I am not at home now. So planning to participate again after reaching home. But my daughter said you have hazelnut so why not try hazelnut sandesh. Loved the idea. I have used hazelnut and chocolate in smoothie. And loved the taste so here is a sandesh with hazelnut and chocolate.

205 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MithaiMeTwist suggestd by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook. Visit her space for different types of authentic and innovative recipes. I always love her Odia dessert recipes . Tried one and bookmarked some to try.

Hazelnut chocolate sandesh is stuffed with grated dark chocolate and dipped in melted chocolate with coffee. Sounds delicious isn’t it 😊
So try this hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavoured sandesh and enjoy the heavenly taste. Picture courtesy my daughter Suchismita.

Recipe

Milk – 3 & 1/2 cup

Curd – 4 – 6 tablespoon

Hazelnut – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 4 tablespoon

Vanilla essence 1/4 teaspoon

Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon, heaped

Instant coffee powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Almond – 4 – 5, dry roasted and slivered

Method

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat.

3. Add 4 tablespoon whisked curd and stir. Add 1 – 2 tablespoon curd more or as require to curdle the milk completely. Its depends on the sourness of the curd. I have used fresh curd which is not sour at all so I had to add 6 tablespoon. First add 4 tablespoon, stir and add more if require.

4. You can make the paneer with vinegar or lemon juice but then you have to rinse the paneer well under running water to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon. I always use curd to make paneer for sweet dishes and vinegar and lemon juice for savoury dishes.

5. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese. Hang the cheesecloth for 1 – 2 hours to drain out all the water.
Get the detailed method to make paneer or cottage cheese here.

7. Dry roast the hazelnut till fragrant. Don’t make brown. When it starts to change it’s colour remove from heat and place on a plate.

8. When roasted hazelnut cool down grind it into a fine powder.

9. Take out the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash the paneer with your fingers and heel of your palm to make smooth. You can use your food processor to make the paneer smooth.

10. Add powder sugar and mixed.
Knead the paneer well to make smooth.

11. Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan. Add powdered sugar mixed smooth paneer and ground roasted hazelnut.

12. Cook on low heat and stir continuously. Add vanilla essence and mix.

13. Don’t increase the heat cook on low flame.
Cook till the paneer leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Don’t overcook. Mixture may be grainy if overcook.

14. Remove from heat and mash with your palm or back of a spoon when warm.

15. Knead the paneer mixture again to make smooth.

16. Make small balls. I have made 6 balls.

17. Flatten the ball and place 1/4 teaspoon grated chocolate in the middle.

18. Bring together all the edges, close and make a ball again.

19. Press the ball gently with your palm. Don’t make flat just press gently to give shape.

20. Make a small dent in the middle with your finger. Make all the balls or sandesh this way.

21. Keep the sandesh in refrigerator.

22. Melt remaining grated chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Microwave on high power for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again for 30 seconds.

23. Add coffee powder and give a good stir.

24. Dip half of the sandesh in melted chocolate or coat half portion of the sandesh with a spoon.

25. Place some dry roasted and slivered almond in the middle. You can garnish the sandesh with slivered pistachio. I don’t have pistachio so place a green colour sunflower seed to add some colour.

26. Chill the sandesh in refrigerator for 30 minutes or more before serving.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.
Sandesh can be stored in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.

Note
You can use any nut of your choice instead of hazelnut.

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Spanish Moulded Rice

Spanish moulded rice.
One pot and comfort meal. You don’t need much time to cook this delicious rice dish. No fuss, easy and quick to make. You need only some vegetables and spices with rice to make it.

Lightly flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and pepper corns.
Not only delicious this moulded rice looks beautiful.
I have shared some more one pot meal recipe here. Click the name to get recipes.

Beetroot rice

Mexican green rice

Carrot rice or pulao

Mexican rice

Mint rice

Egg pulao or egg biryani

This post is going to be a part of the 135th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #CookfromaCookBook.

So here is a recipe from Nita Mehta’s cookbook. Carrot, beans and tomato made this rice dish healthy and yummy. Peas are not in the recipe but I have added little frozen peas because I love peas in rice dishes. You can omit it if you want.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Fresh beans – 7 – 8, cut into small diagonal pieces

Carrot – 1, cut into tiny cubes

Capsicum – 1, cut into tiny pieces

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped

Green peas – 1/4 cup, optional

Curd – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 4 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Garlic – 6 – 7 flakes

Whole red chilli – 2 – 3

Powder together

Cinnamon or dalchini – 2 stick

Cloves or laung – 3 – 4

Pepper corns or kali mirch – 3 – 4

Garnishing

Firm tomato – 1, cut into slices

A few lettuce leaves dipped in ice cold water for 30 minutes or more

Method

Boil rice in plenty of water till just tender. Don’t over cook. Strain and keep aside.

Wash beans and carrot. Put in a pressure cooker with 3-4 tablespoon water. I have used frozen peas but if you are using fresh peas add with beans and carrot in pressure cooker. Peas are not in the book.

Keep the pressure cooker on fire. As soon as the hissing sound starts, remove from fire. Do not let the whistle come. Keep aside.

Powder cinnamon, cloves and pepper together on the chakla belan or rolling pin. I have used my mortal pastel.

Crush garlic and whole red chilli together on the chakla belan or rolling pin.

Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Cook till light brown.

Add garlic chilli paste. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add curd, tomato and capsicum.
Cook on low heat for 1 minute.

Add the powdered whole spices,steamed carrot, beans and boiled rice.
Add salt and garam masala. Stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes.

Wash ( rinse) a jelly or a cake mould. Do not wipe it. Grease it with oil. I have used a oven proof glass bowl.

Arrange tomato slices on the sides of the greased mould. Pack with the ready rice. Cover with a foil.

At serving time bake in a preheated oven at 190° for 10 minutes.
Unmould on a plate lined with lettuce leaves or decorate the plate with fresh coriander or cilantro with stalks and lemon twist. I have used coriander leaves.
Enjoy…..

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