Egg less Besan/ Chickpea flour savoury toast

If you are looking for a change in your normal French toast, try this egg less savoury version of toast. Tastes good along with your favourite  sauce.

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Ingredients

Bread slice – 1

Besan/ Chickpea flour – 2 tbsn

Rice flour – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Red chilli powder- 1/4 tsp

Salt – as required

Asafoetida – a pinch

Coriander leaves – finely chopped as required

Butter/ Cooking spray – as needed

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients except bread slice in a bowl to a paste with a little water.
  • Apply the paste on both sides of the bread.
  • Heat pan and smear butter or cooking spray.
  • Toast bread both sides till cooked.
  • Serve warm with favourite sauce.

 

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Puttu/ Steamed rice cake

Being a Keralite, I haven’t posted many dishes which are Kerala based. So here comes the typical Kerala breakfast, Puttu. It is a steamed dish, so obviously healthy. It is usually made in rice flour but it do have variations. All over Kerala, it is had with different side dishes like Kadala curry, Pappadam , Banana etc.

Here I used   rice flour. We use a special mould to make this.

The mould look like  This

 

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Ingredients

Rice flour – 1 cup

Salt – As required

Grated Coconut – 1 tbsn for each puttu

Warm Water – As required

Method

  • Take rice flour and salt in a bowl.
  • Add warm water little by little till the flour looks crumbled.
  • Heat a pressure cooker with 1/4th of water. Close it with the lid.
  • In the puttu maker add the grated coconut, then the crumbled flour.
  • Keep it on the cooker valve where pressure releases.
  • Cook for 5minutes till you see the vapour release through the holes of puttu maker.
  • Demould it to the plate.
  • Serve warm with your preferred sides.

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Notes

  1. To know the flour is ready, when you hold tight in your hand ,it will hold and when you crumble it crumbles again.
  2. You get the whole puttu maker like  This.

Palak panner/ Cottage cheese in spinach gravy

This is a gravy with whole goodness of spinach along yummy panner. This goes well with some hot rotis/ paratha.

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Ingredients

Panner/Cottage cheese – 1/2 cup cubed

Palak/ Spinach – 1/2 cup packed

Onions – 1/4 cup chopped finely

Green chilli – 2

Garlic – 1 or 2 pods

Jeera – few

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Salt – as required

Oil – 1 tsp

Method

  • Blanche spinach leaves. Add spinach leaves in boiling water for five minutes. Drain it and keep aside.
  • When it cools down grind along with green chilli and garlic.
  • Put the cubed panner in warm water till use.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add jeera.
  • When it crackles add chopped onion and sauté till translucent.
  • Add the ground spinach paste with required water, and garam masala.
  • Let it boil till raw smell goes. Add panner cubes and required salt.
  • Mix well. Let it cook for few minutes. Switch off.
  • Serve warm.

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Notes

  1. Adjust green chilli as per spice required.
  2. This gravy is little thick,so adjust water accordingly.

Papaya halwa

As Diwali is around the corner , everyone will be in a spree to making sweets and savouries. I here give you a sweet recipe to add in your list.😊

To my friends who doesn’t know about Diwali, it is a festival of lights. There is different stories why Diwali is being celebrated. But the basic moral is , it is to celebrate the winning of good over evil. While the ladies in each home were busy making sweets and savouries, kids will be busy in firing crackers. Everyone will be sharing wishes and sweets .

Now coming to the recipe, this is a different halwa from the usual one. Only with handful of ingredients you get delicious halwa.Yes, this is papaya halwa. When I had papaya which was not so sweet, I came with the idea of making halwa with it. Totally loved it. Hope you will give this a try this festive season.

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Ingredients

Papaya puree – 4 cup

Sugar – 1 cup

Cashews – few

Raisens – few

Ghee / Clarified butter- 2 tbsn

Method

  • In a heavy bottomed pan heat a tbsn of ghee , fry cashews and raisens till golden. Keep aside.
  • In the same pan add papaya puree. Let it cook in medium flame till it becomes to half in quantity. Stir occasionally.
  • When it becomes half, add sugar and cook till it gets thickens and leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Then add remaining ghee and fried cashews and raisens.
  • Switch off. Serve warm or cold.

 

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I just loved the colour. Don’t you?

Notes

  1. When you cook papaya puree, it will splatter a lot. So be careful when you stir. Try to use long laddle.
  2. Adjust sugar as required.

Pavaika puli curry/Bitter gourd in tamarind curry

Bitter gourds are one of the most nutritious veggie. But is hated by most of the people at same time because of its bitterness.

This is one easy and yummy recipe to include the bitter gourd in your diet. When you have this curry, you don’t even know how much you eat. This is a thick curry to have along with some hot rice.

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Ingredients

Pavaika/ Bitter gourd – 1 medium sized

Shallots – 6

Tomato – 1 medium sized chopped

Tamarind – half lemon sized

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Jaggery – a small piece

Salt – as required

Mustard seeds – few

Methi seeds – 4 or 5

Curry leaves – few

Oil – 1 tsp

Method

  • Cut the bitter gourd to half and deseed. Cut it to thin pieces.
  • Soak tamarind in half cup water and extract tamarind pulp.
  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds along methi seeds.
  • Add shallots and curry leaves.
  • When shallots turns golden add tomato.
  • Sauté it for a minute. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder.
  • Sauté till tomatoes become mushy.
  • Add chopped bitter gourd. Cook covered for few minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • When it’s almost done add tamarind extract, jaggery and salt.
  • Allow it boil till raw smell goes and thickens.
  • Serve warm with rice.

 

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Home made Ginger garlic paste

In my initial days of cooking I used store bought ginger garlic paste. But I don’t get that aroma in dishes I have used. Then I made it fresh when I needed. I can definitely see the change in taste and aroma. So I decided to make it in large quantities for handy.

When I made first I just added ginger and garlic. But the very next day,it changed its colour and I didn’t get the aroma. So when I tried next time I added a few rock salt as we used to add rock salt along tamarind to store. This time it worked. Even after weeks it didn’t change colour and aroma.

I can assure you will not buy store one after trying this.😊

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Ingredients

Ginger – 1/2 cup roughly chopped

Garlic pods – 3/4 cup peeled

Rock salt – 1 or 2 tsp

Method

  • Take all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Do not add water.
  • Store refrigerated in  airtight container.

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Notes

  1. Use dry spoon to take the paste.
  2. This will come for weeks if stored and used properly.

Orange nutella mug cake( egg less, butter less)

We all learn from our mistakes, it’s applicable in every cases. I have made chocolate mug cake using eggs, but without eggs haven’t tried. I once tried strawberry mug cake, but it was super duper flop😞.

This time I again tried orange mug cake🍊. I went along my intuition. It doesn’t disappoint this time. It is dense, fudgy , full of orange flavour cake which satisfies your crave just in minutes. The orange juice itself gives nice moisture to it. Hope you like it.

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Ingredients

Whole wheat flour – 4 tbsn

Orange juice – 4 tbsn

Sugar – 2 tbsn

Nutella – 1 or 2 spoons as required

Olive oil – 3 tbsn

Baking powder – 1/4 tsp

Orange zest – 1 tsp grated

Method

  • In a bowl add whole wheat flour, baking powder and sugar.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Add oil, mix well.
  • Add orange juice and orange zest.
  • Mix without any lumps.
  • Transfer it to butter greased microwave safe mug.
  • Add 1 or 2 spoons of nutella.
  • Microwave for 1 minute.
  • Serve warm or cold.

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Notes

  1. Each microwave is different, so use according to your microwave watts.
  2. The sweetness is mild, if you want more sweet then add 1 tbsn extra sugar.
  3. Use freshly pressed juice for better taste.