Kerala Vegetable Stew

Today I give you a recipe from my homeland, a Stew. There are lots of types of stews, both vegetarian and non vegetarian. Our today’s recipe is vegetarian ☺. This is one of my favorite. This is so simple, easy yet full of flavor of coconut milk.

I used canned coconut milk here. But I say if you can,use fresh coconut milk, you can get more flavorful stew😊.

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Ingredients

Potato – 1 big or 2 medium sized

Carrot – 1 big

Onion – 1/2 cup chopped

Ginger – 1/2 tbsn chopped finely

Green chilli – 2 or 3 slit lengthwise

Thick Coconut milk – 1 cup

Salt – as required

Curry leaves – few

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Method

  • Boil or pressure cook potatoes and carrots till cooked. Not mushy. (If pressure cook just till 2 whistles)
  • Peel the skin and chop it to small cubes.
  • In a pot, add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • When it starts to boil, add chopped onions, ginger and green chillies.
  • When the onions turns transparent, add cubed potato and carrot.
  • Add salt and slightly mash one or two potatoes. This gives little thickness to the stew.
  • When it thoroughly boils and raw smell of onions are no more, simmer the flame and add coconut milk.
  • Stir well. Do not let it boil severely after adding coconut milk. Just 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add Curry leaves and drizzle coconut oil.
  • Switch off the flame and cover the pot with lid. This helps to lock the flavor of coconut oil and curry leaves in stew.
  • Serve warm with Appam, idli or dosa.
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Vegetable stew with Appam

 

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Kara Paniyaram/ Savoury non fried dumplings

Today’s recipe is an easy, quick snack or breakfast or dinner as we do. The only thing you have to have is Idli / Dosa batter. If you have the batter already, you can make this in jiffy.

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Ingredients

Idli / Dosa batter – 5 cups or as needed

Carrots – 1 big size or 2 medium grated finely

Onions – 1/2 cup finely chopped

Dry Red chillies – 2 broken

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Channa dal – 1/2 tsp

Salt – as needed

Oil – 1 tsp to saute veggie and as needed to make paniyaram

Method

  • Heat oil in a pan. Crackle mustard seeds and add channa dal.
  • When it turns golden add onions and broken red chilies.
  • Saute till onion turn translucent.
  • Add grated carrots and stir for few minutes. Add required salt and switch off.
  • Add this mixture to the batter. Mix thouroughly.
  • Now heat a Paniyaram pan. Add a tsp of oil in each hole.
  • When its hot, drop a big spoon of batter to each hole.
  • When one side is cooked ,flip other side using knife of skewer.
  • Cook until both sides turn golden.
  • Serve with your favorite chutney or Sambar.

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Notes

  1. Instead of dry red chilli, you can add chopped green chillies.
  2. You can add chopped Curry leaves and coriander leaves.

Aloo / Potato poori

Kids are hard to please when it comes to feed. They don’t eat vegetables as such. It has to be disguised in the form of dish they like. So Mom’s like me have to think about incorporating vegetables in toddlers food in any possible way.

This dish came out of that thinking 😎😇. When I give my kids normal poori( deep fried Indian bread) and potato masala, they finish  only the poori. The masala will be abandoned in their plate😥. So I incorporated potato in the dough itself to make poori😉. They loved it. It’s a total win. Hope you also try this.

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Ingredients 

Potato – 2  big ( I used golden variety)

Whole  wheat flour – 1 1/2 to 2 cups ( see notes)

Rava  / Semolina – 2 tsp

Turmeric  powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilli  powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

White  sesame seeds – 1/2 tsp

Salt –  as required

Water – as required

Oil – to deep  fry

Method 

  • Pressure  cook or microwave potatoes till cooked.
  • Peel the skin off. Mash it to smooth.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, sesame seeds and salt. Mix it.
  • Add flour and semolina mixture little by little till you form smooth but firm dough.
  • Sprinkle little water to knead.
  • Divide the dough  into small balls.
  • Roll the balls to 1/4 inch thick flat bread using rolling pin.
  • Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, deep fry the rolled Puri in medium flame.
  • Slightly  immerse the Puri in oil using laddle. This helps the Puri to puff up.
  • When  one side is done ,turn the Puri using laddle.
  • When done remove it to paper towel.
  • Repeat  with other rolled puris too.
  • Serve as such or with your favorite gravy.
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Aloo / Potato poori

Notes

  1. The whole wheat flour used depends on the moisture of the potatoes.
  2. Adjust the spice powders as required.

 

 

Vermicelli/ Semiya upma

This is a simple, easy yet yummy breakfast. You can always have your choice of veggies to make it more healthier.

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Ingredients

Roasted Vermicelli – 1 cup

Onions – 1/4 cup thinly sliced

Carrot – 1 grated

Green peas – 2 tbsn ( fresh or frozen)

Dry red chilli – 2

Curry leaves – few

Channa dal – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – as required

Oil – 1 tsp

Ghee – 1 tsp

Method

  • Heat oil in a pan. Crackle mustard seeds and add channa dal.
  • When it turns golden, add onions, dry red chilli and curry leaves.
  • Saute’ till onions turns translucent.
  • Add carrot and peas. Add turmeric powder and give a nice stir.
  • Cover and cook for few minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water. Add salt.
  • Let water start boiling. Slowly add roasted Vermicelli along stirring.
  • Stir vermicelli thoroughly.
  • Cover and cook in medium flame till water evaporates or vermicelli is cooked.
  • Add ghee and switch off. Give a stir.
  • Serve warm.

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Notes

  1. If you don’t have roasted Vermicelli, just roast normal vermicelli in ghee or oil till golden before adding.
  2. You can add veggies like corn, beans etc.

 

 

 

 

Thin crust Bread pizza on Stove top

Craving for Pizza? Can’t wait too long? Try this quick thin crust Bread pizza. This can be ready within minutes with handful of ingredients readily available. You can top it with your desired toppings.My version have no Italian seasonings. If you have you can add it to enhance flavor.

You can have this as breakfast or as evening snack.Kids will love it and ask for more.

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Ingredients

Whole wheat bread – 1

Mixed veg Topping – 1/2 cup ( I used chopped onions, tomatoes, spinach, capsicum,corn kernel)

Tomato Sauce – 2 tbsn or As required

Grated mozeralla  Cheese – As desired

Chilli flakes – To add when serve

Method

  • Roll whole wheat bread to thin using rolling pin.
  • Heat tawa or pan. Toast bread for one minute each side.
  • Remove it to a plate. Apply tomato sauce, top it with veggies. Top it with required amount of cheese.
  • Place it on the pan again. Cover it with a lid and cook in medium flame till cheese melts.
  • Serve warm with chilli flakes on it.

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Notes

  1. You can use any veggies you like.Chop the veggies finely.
  2. You can use pizza sauce in the place of tomato sauce.
  3. You can add Italian seasonings.
  4. You can use any variety of bread.

No bake peanut butter dry fruits Cheerios bar

I always wanted to try to make some easy healthy bars. So when I saw no bake version of making Cheerios bar I didn’t wait to try. I added my touch it. Hope you like this version of Cheerios bar.

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Ingredients

Cheerios – 2 cups

Peanut butter – 1/2 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Dry fruits – a handful ( I used pistachios and raisens)

Butter – 1 tbsn

Salt – a pinch

Vanilla essence – 2 or 3 drops

Method

  • In a bowl add Cheerios and dry fruits. Keep aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl add peanut butter, honey, butter, vanilla essence and a pinch of salt.
  • Microwave till peanut butter melts.( Mine took 1 minute)
  • Mix thoroughly and add to Cheerios mixture.
  • Mix till all Cheerios are coated.
  • In 2 inch deep dish, spread a aluminum foil and spread the peanut butter covered Cheerios in it.
  • Press it tightly. Keep refrigerated till it sets.
  • Cut into small squares and serve.

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Recipe slightly adapted from Here

Notes

  1. You can add dry fruits of your choice. Or you can avoid it too.

 

Eggless whole wheat banana dates pancake

Happy new year friends 😊☺🎂. Start your new year with healthy and yummy breakfast. How about adding dates in yummy pancake to make it more yummier.

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Ingredients

Whole wheat flour – 2 cups

Brown sugar / jaggery – 3/4 cup

Banana – 1 big

Dates – 5 deseeded

Milk – 1/2 cup

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 tsp

Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

Salt – a pinch

Water – as required

Butter – to smear

Method

  • In a bowl mash banana. Add jaggery / brown sugar. Mix well.
  • Blend dates along with milk. Add it to banana mixture.
  • Add nutmeg powder, vanilla essence, oil and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add flour little by little along required water to make batter consistency.
  • Heat a pan. Smear butter. Pour a laddle of batter and spread a little.
  • When one side is done, flip it over to other side.
  • When done serve along with favorite syrup.

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Wish everyone a happy and healthy new year 😊🎂🌌💕