Who doesn’t love dal? Ahem. Well. Many. Yes, you heard it right. Especially men doesn’t prefer dal. Not all. But majority I know of. Especially in my part of the world. But me, I love dals. I love to make it different ways. With different dals. A bowl of warm dal instantly relaxes me. How about you? Read on how to make this Creamy Mixed Dal Tadka.
Mixed Dal Tadka - A creamy blend of Masoor, Moong and Tuvar Dal
Do you love dal? Do you make same recipe or try new ones? Read this version of creamy dal and bookmark it for a change in your meals.
In a pressure cooker take washed Moong, Tuvar and Masoor dal.
Add turmeric and salt to the dal along with 2 cups of water.
Pressure cook it till one whistle. Lower the flame and let it cook for 5 minutes. Let the steam release on its own.
To prepare the tadka, heat oil in a pan.
Splutter mustard and cumin seeds.
Add broken dry red chilly.
Add finely chopped shallots.
Add finely chopped ginger and garlic.
Finally add red chilly powder and mix well. Take it off the flame and pour on the dal.
Adjust the dal consistency as you like.
Serve hot with rice or phulkas.
This dal can get very creamy and mushy. Adjust the consistency of the dal as per your liking.
Make the tadka with ghee for that burst of flavors.
Add chopped coriander leaves as garnish.
Hello There. This is not a recipe post. So if you have come looking for recipe there is none. This is my feelings on how a mother’s love is reflected in her food. On why Maa ke haath ka Khaana is so famous that no matter how far you go you always love coming back to Maa ke haath ka Khaana.
This is again an emotional post for me due to all the feelings that come flooding back. If you are a regular in my blog or follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will know that I recently lost my mother. I have still not recovered from her loss. Food is one of my respite as it connects me with her.
Anyways, moving on to today’s post, have you given a thought as to why “Maa ke haath ka khaana” is so famous and comforting? Literally translates to “Mom made food” every human being would relate to this thought or feeling. Every mom not only puts in efforts, time and her knowledge in the food she prepares for the family but also puts in lots of love. That love is the crucial factor that adds taste to the food. You don’t believe me? You know how we first eat with our eyes and then with our mouth. Likewise the goodness of the food only contributes to our good health if it is made with love and served with love. Have you heard someone loving outside food every day of his/her life? No one can replace mom but sometimes there are other people who take these roles. And automatically the food plays important role again in such relationships.
Some of the ways mother’s love is reflected in food are:
- Extra spoon of homemade ghee or butter – When those parathas are loaded with the goodness of homemade ghee or butter you know that your mom is building up your strength to face this world.
- Extra Curry on the dining table – When the whole family is having one curry and you notice another curry lands up on the table and it happens to be your favourite one.
- Mixing the Idli batter with hand – Don’t frown. It is said that mixing the Idli batter with hand helps it to ferment better and make soft fluffy Idlis. The heat and the love passed on from mom’s hand into the batter makes the batter ideal for perfect Idlis.
- Learning new recipes – How magically she includes your not—so-favourite-veggies in yummy recipes to please your palate as well as making you eat healthy.
- Whip up something even though tired to the bone – Her each muscle might be tired and aching but still she manages to prepare delicious dinner in minutes.
- A simple dish as dal chawal does the trick – The world cuisine will fail to feel you satisfied but a dal-chawal makes you and your tummy happy.
- Professional Cake versus her kheer/ payasam – All the professional and beautifully decorated cakes is one thing. But payasam/kheer/ladoo made by her the best gift in the world.
- Spoons can never replace the magic from mom’s hand- Remember those small balls of rice that mom made while serving us. It was not only a mix of rice and curry but warmth and love mixed with each ball.
Do comment if you have some other reflections on your interpretation of ‘Maa ke haath ka khaana’. Would love to hear from you. Happy Mother’s day to all of you. Enjoy ‘Maa ke haath ka khaana’.
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Hey There. How have you been ? Here is the story behind today’s post “Banana Flavored Syrup”. So recently it so happened that I was to make pancakes for my little one’s tiffin. And I was out of stock of any sort of syrup or chocolate sauce. I said “Oh well, then let me make stuffed pancakes by adding my home made papaya jam as stuffing.” See mother’s are so handy and flexible to cook up a storm in minutes. But still I was not satisfied and wanted to give some kind of syrup of jam as sides. I again gave two minutes thought and came up with the idea to make a simple syrup. But the twist I introduced was to add some ripe chopped banana. I brought the whole thing to jammy consistency and it was just wow.
So when I added the pic in my Insta Story (btw if you are not already following me there you are missing on much), it got so many comments and questions. So decided lemme share this super simple recipe. Do try this Banana Flavored Syrup and let me know how it turned out for you.
BANANA FLAVOURED SYRUP
This is a very simple recipe. Kids would love it since its sugary and has bananas. Though personally I don't prefer it much due to the amount of sugar involved. But it is far better than store bought one, correct? At least we know what goes in.
In a pan take sugar and water.
Add cardamom powder or vanilla essence.
Keep stirring till it comes to 1 string consistency. Basically 1 string means if you lift up your spatula it should form a string.
Add finely sliced banana pieces and mix.
When the bananas have softened slightly mash the bananas.
If you want jam consistency then keep stirring a little more. Else switch off the flame.
Serve with pancakes or rotis.
Upma is a staple breakfast in India. The reason this breakfast is so loved is because it doesn’t need soaking, fermentation process and that it can be made with any leftover items. Add your choice of veggies and a power packed breakfast is ready. Usually when a packet of bread is bought there is always leftover. Use those leftover slices to make this quick, healthy and delicious Sprouts Bread Upma. This is also a perfect tiffin recipe. Now that the kids schools are about to re-open keep your tiffin recipes ready.
I have added cooked green gram or moong dal to add to the protein quotient. Do try it and let me know if it is a hit in your dining table.
Leftover bread slices – 4
Ghee – 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds – ¼ tsp
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Red chilli Powder – ½ tsp
Tomato – 1 big ripe
Tomato ketchup – 2 tblspn
Cooked moong dal – 2 tblspn
Chopped Coriander leaves – 2 tblspn
Onion – 1 medium
Oil – 2 tblspn
Curry leaves – 1 stem
Salt to taste
- Take leftover bread slices.
- In a pan toast the bread slices with ghee.
- Then cube the bread slices.
- In a kadai, heat oil.
- Once oil is hot splutter mustard seeds.
- Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
- Drop in curry leaves.
- Put in chopped tomato.
- Cover and cook till the tomatoes have wilted or turned soft.
- Now mix in turmeric and chilly powder.
- Stir in ketchup.
- Add the cooked moong dal.
- Season with salt.
- Now mix in cubed bread pieces.
- Cover and cook for another minute. Let the water evaporate.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Your Sprouts Bread upma is ready.
- Use butter to toast the bread if desired.
- You also skip toasting the bread but toasting it gives it a crunch and added flavour.
- You can add sprouted moong as it is too without cooking for bring up the health quotient.
- Be careful about salt since bread and ketchup already contains salt.
So this post was due last week itself. The reason(s) it got delayed are many. But the main reason was that this post is emotionally related to me. So few months back, my mother, before getting admitted to hospital had requested me to make this powder. Since she was mostly on bed rest, this powder would help dad to make rasam quickly (in my absence). In my house we don’t buy any ready made powders. You will find only khada masalas (raw spices). When required the masalas are mixed and matched based on the dish to be prepared. Even the red chilly powder and coriander powder is home made. Once in a year dad buys dry red chillies and coriander seeds, sun dry them and powder it. So, every time a rasam or sambhar or meat curry is made the masalas are freshly roasted and grounded.
But by the time I got to make this masala, she was already in hospital. At that time she was dreading the hospital food and I used to pack rasam from home. Hence, I was finding it difficult to pen down this post without getting emotional.
Anyways, coming to this post I know many bloggers who make their own masalas at home and store it. It is a good habit as we know what all goes into the masalas and can be trusted more than store bought one. However, for working moms this might be a challenge. So the idea is to find some time on one weekend in a month to prepare small batches of all the masalas you need. I am sure the home made masalas will stay longer and fresh than store bought ones.
I also recall my days from Hyderabad when my roomie who is a Kannadiga made rasam a little different than I knew of. She used to cook and add a little amount of tur dal to the rasam. I had till then never seen these practice anywhere. Do you add cooked pulses to your rasam?
Moving on to today’s recipe.
Tur Dal/ Sambhar Dal/Split pigeon peas – 1/4 cup
Coriander Seeds – 1 cup
Cumin/ Jeera – 2 tblspn
Black Pepper corn – 2 tblspn
Dry Red chillies – 4 -6
Fenugreek seeds/ Methi – 1/2 tblspn
- In a pan dry roast the dal till light golden colour.
- Remove in a plate.
- In the same pan dry roast red chilly and coriander seeds until they have popped and nice aroma is released.
- Remove to the plate.
- Dry roast cumin, black peppercorn and fenugreek seeds till they have popped and nice aroma is released.
- Transfer them to the plate and let it cool down.
- Once cooled powder all the ingredients and store in an air tight jar.
1.While making rasam you need to additionally add kayam/ hing.
2. You can add black pepper powder once the rasam comes to a boil for that extra zing.
Hello There, you food lovers. I love being connected to various food lovers, chefs, home cooks and food bloggers across the world. This journey has given me a chance to know lots of wonderful people, new techniques, tips and methods. One such awesome blogger is Ria and I love her blog. This recipe is from her blog. I have made my twists and it is a keeper recipe. But yes if you are against deep frying then this recipe is not for you. Still I would insist you try it at least once.
Chicken- 1/2 kg
Onions – 4-5 medium
Tomatoes – 2 big
Ginger- Garlic Paste – 2 tblspn
Red Chilly Powder – 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tblspn
Garam Masala – 1 tblspn
Curry Leaves – 2 stems
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying + 2 tblspn
Water as required
- In a pressure cooker take cleaned chicken pieces, ginger-garlic paste,onions, tomato, chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt.
- Pressure cook for 1 whistle.
- Heat oil for deep frying. Splutter mustard seeds and lots of curry leaves. Take the chicken pieces along with the onions and tomato and deep fry till golden brown.
- Put these pieces back to the pressure cooker and mix well.
- Add water and adjust salt if you want a thick gravy.
- Let the masala coat the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes by mixing well. Make sure not to break the pieces.
Serve hot with phulkas or rice.
So how is your summer ? Its pretty hot and humid at my part of the world. Although the house is quiet breezy but it is humid. Resulting in tiredness, headaches, irritation and mood swings. To keep up with the summer it is quiet important to hydrate ourselves.
Anyways, today’s recipe is super simple. In fact why do I even need to blog about it? Because its better to document the number of ways you can keep yourself hydrated by using just what you find in your fridge. Let’s stop being dependent on shops and other means as much possible and carry our own bottle.
So I do pack my tiffin to office and these days the bag is heavier due to buttermilks and juices that I carry. Of course we get juice in canteen but I prefer to make my own, thus having control of what I use and the flavourings.
Today’s post is a simple post on a drink that my little one and myself enjoyed recently. If you have been following me on Instagram you would know that that we made this juice on a particularly hot sunny weekend. Off to the quick and easy recipe.
Oranges – 2
Carrot – 2
Sugar – 3 tblspn (Optional)
Honey – 4 tblspn
Ginger – Less than half an inch
- Take real sweet oranges. Take the pulp out into the juicer.
- Peel and cut carrot. Add these into the juicer.
- Add ginger piece.
- Add sugar/honey.
- Blend it all up and strain.
- Serve it with ice cubes if you like.
Some facts about oranges and carrots:
- Of course we know oranges are excellent source of Vitamin C. They are good if you are on a weight loss diet.
- Carrots are rich source of powerful antioxidants. I know eating carrot just as it is is difficult. Hence juicing it up is a great option.
- Carrots not only help in maintaining a healthy skin but also is excellant for eyes.
Hey There. How is the weather treating you? Well here things are little runny (nose), hoarse (voice) and tired (weakness). The weather is playing games with bright sunny hot humid weather during the whole day and cold and breezy in night. We reach office all sweaty and then a blast of cold AC air meets you.
While the weather can wear you out its important to keep your energy levels high. For that you need to multitask and keep yourself updated with little tricks and tips to make your life easier. If you have been following me on Instagram or FB you may know that I share tips around a topic or ingredient. So I thought why not share them here too. So here it goes. Today we’ll talk about how to make a curry thick or basically what can be added to make a thick curry.
- Cream – The most common and rich option to thicken up your gravy is Cream. If you are watching your weight then better to avoid this option. Many popular recipes are made using cream like malai paneer, butter chicken, dal makhni,etc.
- Cashew Paste – Next in line common option used in dishes is paste of Cashew. Soaked cashews in hot water makes a smooth paste that makes the curry thick beautifully. Click here for one such egg curry.
- Corn Flour – Corn flour is usually used to thicken the soups.
- Maida/ Flour – Pasta sauces are thick due to flour and milk. Maida acts a great thickener. Of course it is unhealthy to use it often hence you can replace Maida with wheat flour. Click here for Pasta in white sauce recipe.
- Curd – World famous ‘Moru Curry‘ and ‘Kadhi’ is made with curd. Thick whisked curd is perfect to add dimension to any curry. Click here to know how to make thick curd at home.
- Coconut milk – Who hasn’t heard about Stew ? There are veg and non-veg versions of stew. Coconut milk is the thickener used in stew. Third, second and first extract of a good grated coconut is added to curries not only to thicken it but also to provide a sweet flavour. Click for a vegetable stew recipe.
- Besan/ Gram flour – ‘Kadhi’ is made using curd and besan. Besan known for its binding properties is great as a thickener.
- Makhana/ Lotus/ Seeds paste – One of the healthiest seeds is Lotus Seeds also known as Makhane. Soak these in warm water and then blend it to a smooth paste. Use it as you like. While grinding your masalas include sunflower, melon, flax seeds, etc. These not only will bring up the nutrition quotient but also thicken up your gravy.
- Potato – Potato is a natural thickener. Add some boiled slightly mashed potatoes to your curry and the starch in the potato will do the work for you. Click here for recipe.
- Dal – Do you know why dal is added to sambhar? Yes. To thicken it.
- Oats – Powder quick cooking oats and use it. Or, add directly to your dishes. After boiling it will thicken.
- Onion-Tomato mix – The most easiest way. If you are making chole or kadala then after cooking your onion-tomato mix, take it in a blender along with some cooked chole. Blend it to smooth paste. Cook it along with other masala and chole.
Hope you liked this post. Do try these methods and let me know how it turned out for you. Also if you know of any other method drop me a comment.
Till next time, see ya
Note: All the images except curd is taken from Google search images.
Hi There. So did you try my homemade curd recipe? How did it go? If not perfected then please keep trying. It is a recipe that you can definetely win. Do share me pics of your success.
What I love and almost don’t like about Kerala recipes is the usage of coconut. Almost in all recipes coconut is used. But some recipes do need coconut to add the flavour in. But I tend to add a little lesser coconut than what mostly people in this part of the world uses.
This recipe is calls for raw banana (the thick small variety) and green gram. You need not soak green gram. It can be instantly used.
Raw banana – 2
Green Gram – 1 cup
Grated fresh coconut – 1/2 cup
Shallots/ Small onion – 3-4
Garlic – 2 cloves
Green chilly – 3
Curry leaves – 2 stem
Cumin – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Mustard – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
- Peel and dice the banana into medium cubes.
- In a pan take green gram and water (just above the level of green gram) and bring it to a boil. Let it boil till it cooks. Add water if needed. The cook on green gram should be just cooked. Do not over cook.
- In a blender take coconut, green chilly, garlic, shallots, cumin, turmeric and salt and blend it coarsely. It need not be fine paste. Instead all the ingredients should be coarsely blended.
- In a thick bottomed pan, add some oil.
- Splutter mustard seeds.
- Add curry leaves.
- Add the chopped banana.
- On high flame saute the chopped banana for 30 secs.
- Add 2-3 tblspn of water. Lower the flame and close and cook. Make sure to stir it in every minute so it does not burn or catch at the bottom of the pan.
- Once the banana is partially cooked add the green gram along with water.
- Add the blended coconut mix in.
- Adjust the salt and mix properly.
- Close and cook for another minute.
- Mash it lightly if you like.
- Remove and serve hot with rice and rasam.
You can also blend curry leaves with the coconut mix. It will give a different flavour.
Keep checking my Instagram posts to see what I am upto. Till next time see ya.
Hello There. First of all a big thank you to all for staying with me through all these months while I went awol. In my previous posts I mentioned that my absence from food blogging is not intentional and I am trying to keep up. But circumstances lead me to take a break from blogging for some time. Though I was not so away from Facebook or even Instagram.
First up, the reason, of why I was away for a while. I do not know how do I even type it because it is so hard for me. Since the last post, my work had increased and so was my personal responsibilities and committments. But this year in February I got the worst shock when my mother passed away. Many of you have known my journey through social media and provided me strength. Much thanks. I shall be forever grateful for your kind words and encouragement.
Coming back to blogging was not the hardest decision. Cooking is integral to me. It is essence of my living. My foundation in cooking was laid by my parents and my mother had a very big role in it. As I gained knowledge in food I could also help her out in her medically prescribed food options (less salt, soups, etc.) and that gave me more insight. So blogging it was. I had to share my knowledge. I have to share what my mother taught me.
The choice of post was simple. Though I went through the pictures for almost 45 minutes deciding which one to choose for a comeback. But as soon as I saw the curd I said “Yeah that’s it”. We always make curd at home. It was one of the initial recipes my mom taught me or let me do. She would heat up the milk and keep it. Then the mixing part was done by me.
When I posted pics and videos of the thick curd I make at home people asked me how do I manage. Honestly, it is not so difficult. The questions were regarding the milk I used, regarding the temperature of the milk, etc.
Let’s go straight to the recipe:
Starter curd – 1 tblspn
Lukewarm milk – 2 cups
- Take a tblspn of the curd that you already have (from the shop or homemade) in the container where you want to set the curd in.This is your starter curd.
- Whisk it to smooth. (you can use a whisk or a fork)
- Heat the milk to lukewarm. Now if I want to give an example it would be the ideal temperature of water that you would bathe a baby.
- Pour this milk to the whisked starter curd.
- Mix it with the whisk or fork.
- Close it and keep it undisturbed for 8 hours. (Depends on the location you are in. After 6 hours if the top has thickened then your curd is ready)
- I have made curd with packet milk (cream milk and skim milk) and cow’s milk. Came out well.
- Make sure you remove the cream layers from the milk that you pour so you get consistent thick curd.
- You can add curry leaves while setting the curd if you have a problem with curd smell.
- Once the curd is set you can keep it in fridge if you do not want it to become sour. If you need sour moru curry or pachadi then keep it out for few more hours.
Hope this information is good enough for you to start making curd at home. My aim is for everyone to try enjoying and making good food at home and rely less on outside packaged food. Do share me your pictures of curd in my Instagram handle (yeleenathomasfoodie). Spread the love and share this post to everyone you love. Till next time, stay fit.
Hello. Some recipes are for forever. I am not a great fan of pizzas and burgers but if you serve me choru (rice), omelette and chammanthi with thayir (curd) then I am happy. No matter how far we reach, no matter where we go, no matter what we do, its home that we long for. Isn’t it ?
This recipe is a very common recipe in every Malayalee household. It does not need any cooking and is very quick to make. Earlier days there was no blender. People used traditional stone grinder to grind ingredients into a paste. And that added up to the taste. Even now people who build houses ensure that a separate section is dedicated to traditional stone grinders.
Do try this recipe and let me know if you liked it. You can also find this recipe at Archana’s kitchen here.
Freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
Shallots – 3 (very important. Shallots give a unique taste. If you don’t have only then replace with half an onion)
Tamarind- gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in very little water (around 2-3 tblspn)
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
Dry Red chilli – 1
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tblspn (adjust to the spiciness you need)
Cury Leaves – 10
Salt to taste
- Blend everything in the blender coarsely. Don’t discard the tamarind water and use it to blend it.
- Spoon everything out and roll it into a ball.
Serve it with love.
Hey There. So today’s let’s start with a self analysis. What kind of eater you are ? Following are some of the categories I could list out-
The fussy eater – I don’t want this, I don’t like that, I am in no mood to eat this
The orthodox eater – This is not exactly how my mother makes it, This is not the combination
The cautious eater – How many calories would that have, It looks gross would it be tasty
The simple eater – Eats what he is served without much questions
The experimental eater – Loves to try different dishes, cuisines and variations to dishes
So what kind of eater are you? Well I am a mix of simple and experimental eater. Except the allergy food and “not allowed to eat due to health reasons” food I like to eat or at least try every dish.
Today’s recipe is using an ingredient that a few years age I was unaware of. Chow – chow or chayote is a little sweet in nature when cooked. It has lots of water content. I usually make thoran of chow-chow. Go check out its nutritional value in Wiki.
This recipe is a no onion no garlic recipe.
Chow Chow – 2 medium (Peeled and chopped into thin pieces)
Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds – 2 tsp
Dry Red chilli – 2
Oil – 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
- In a pan dry roast coriander seeds, fennel and dry red chillies.
- Once cooled blend it to a coarse powder.
- In a pan heat oil.
- Saute chow-chow for a minute on high flame.
- Lower the flame and add the ground powder.
- Add salt and mix well.
- Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Once the chow-chow is soft and cooked remove from flame and serve with roti or rice.