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May 1, 2015

433: Kesari Seviyan /Sweet Vermicelli

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Sweet vermicelli cooked to perfection with raisins and almonds, a great and quick dessert to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or chai.  It is so simple to make and it tastes awesome. It tastes even better when topped with khoa.  I made this dish in less fat and less sugar, if you want more taste, you can add more sugar and ghee.

Ingredients:
Vermicelli ( Thin ones)            1 cup
Water                                   1 cup
Sugar                                    ½ cup
Crushed Green Cardamoms       4 no.
Ghee                                     1 tbsp+1 tsp.
Fried Raisins & Cashews           for Garnishing
Kesar color                             a pinch

Method:
  • In a pan put one teaspoon ghee and fry the vermicelli till light brown.  Constantly stir it to ensure even browning. Keep aside.

  • In the same pan add one tsp of ghee and fry the cashew nuts and raisins. Keep aside.
  • Take a frying pan, add water and bring into boil.
  • Now add the fried vermicelli and cook till soft.


  • Now add sugar,crushed cardamons and color in it. Mix it well.
  • Cook till it thickens in low flame.
  • Add remaining ghee and stir thoroughly and make sure and water is completely absorbed.
  • Garnish with fried cashew nuts, and raisins.
  • Transfer it to a glass bowl.
  • Serve hot chilled with tea or as snacks.


Note: 
  • For Health reasons, I made this dish in less fat and less sugar.  You can add khoya  or milkmaid for more creamy tasty. If you want more taste, you can add more sugar and ghee.
  • Instead of water, you can add whole milk also.


Sweet, Vermicelli, Kesari



Apr 27, 2015

432: Jeera Sathuamuthu/ Cummin Rasam

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Cumin seed is known as Jeera in Hindi and Seeragam(seer+Agam) in Tamil. Agam means human body; Seer means making it healthy .That’s why cumin seed is used in most of the Indian dishes on a daily basis. Cumin seed is very good for digestion and stomach ache. And also it boosts metabolism, , improves memories, removes cold,and cures indigestion. It also helps removing Vata dosha from the body

According to Ayurveda jeera exhibits the following medicinal properties.

((Shubhrajeeram katu graahi paachanam deepanam laghu
Garbhashayashuddhikaram ruksham balyam sugandhikam
Tiktham vamikshayaadhmanam vaatam kushtam visham jwaram


Here is a refreshing rasam for all, try out something new.

Ingredients

Tamarind                                 Lemon size
Chopped tomatoes                     1 no.
Grated ginger                             1 tbsp.
Curry leaves                                few
Turmeric Powder                         ¼ tsp.
Asafetida powder                         ½ tsp.
Chopped coriander leaves             for decoration.
Salt                                             to taste

For Sathuamuthu/Rasam Powder

Cumin Seeds                                  1 tbsp.
Curry leaves                                    few
Red chilies                                       2 no.
Tovar dhal                                       1 tsp.

For Tempering
                               
Ghee                                            1 tsp
Crushed pepper & cumin seed         1 tsp.
Hing                                              a pinch

Method:

  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of hot water, squeeze out the juice and discard the pulp. Keep aside. 
  • Using a blender make a coarse powder of Cumin seeds, curry leaves, red chilies and toor dal and keep it aside. 
  • In a sauce pan / eeya sombhu add tamarind pulp,chopped tomato, salt, grated ginger, turmeric powder, asafetida and blended jeera rasam powder bring it to boil until the raw smell of tamarind disappears.
  • Add 1/2-3/4 cup of water, when it begins to boil, switch of the stove.
  • Temper will all seasonings in ghee. Garnish with fresh coriander, leaves.
  • Rasam can be served with rice or as a soup.


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Apr 21, 2015

431: Broken Wheat Uppuma/ Dalia Uppuma

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Cracked Wheat Uppuma or Dalia Uppuma is a very healthy and nutritious way to start your day. Wheat is a nutritious food containing Protein, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Iron and very less amount of fat. Normally I make this Uppuma  on Ekadasi days. You may also add other veggies of your choice to make it more colorful and tasty. This is very good breakfast for Diabetics


Ingredients

Roasted Cracked Wheat                        ½ cup
Cooked Garbanzo beans                        ¼ cup
Grated Ginger                                       1 Tbsp.
Curry leaves                                          few
For Seasoning
 Coconut oil / Ghee                                 1 Tbsp.
Mustard seeds                                       ½ Tsp.
Urdh dhal                                               ¼ Tsp.
Chenna dhal                                            ¼ Tsp.
Red chilies                                               3 no.
Green chilies                                            1 no.

Ingredients 

  • Wash the broken wheat in running water and drain and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add all above seasonings, ginger and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  • Add 1 cup of water and salt in it and bring to boil.
  • Simmer the flame, add the wheat slowly& cooked Garbanzo beans(Kabuli chenna), stirring continuously to prevent it from forming lumps.
  • Cover and cook on low flame, stirring in between, till all the water has evaporated and it become soft.
  • Now low fat healthy breakfast is ready to serve.
  • Serve hot with pickle, Sambhar and Chutney.
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