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Tasty Thursdays: Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe

Vegetable pasta salad

Vegetable pasta salad is a great dish which can be taken as a starter before meals or even as a substitute for whole meal or as snacks in between meals. It is a multi-purpose recipe containing many nutrients based on the ingredients you add.

I like this very much for my evening times. I take it as a light snacks in a very limited quantity at evening times to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. No tea or coffee is required with it. And it is very healthy too.

Preparation tips:-

  • Cut 3 or 4 varieties of green vegetables like bell pepper, tomato, carrot, beans, peas, cucumber, broccoli,green onions, legumes – all cut into small thin pieces; and saute them using refined oil or cheese and spices including salt according to your tastes.
  • Boil water and add macaroni and / or noodle pieces (broken into small pieces) and cook them for 5 minutes in it.
  • Add the cooked macaroni / noodles into the sauted vegetable mix and mix them well on heat for one minute or lesser time.
  • Now, your vegetable pasta is ready for serve. You can add some vinegar and tomato sauce also if you like before serving.

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A healthy breakfast known as “pesarattu”

A good flavoured, tasty breakfast is all that you would like at the start of a new delightful day to keep yourself in good mood throughout the day.

And here is a spicy and healthy breakfast that can make your day.

It is known as “pesarattu” in Southern India, prepared from green grams (mung bean). It may be also referred to as ‘mung bean dosa’.

pesarattu
Pesarattu served with chutney and dilute curry

It is available in most of the South Indian hotels at early morning and at evening times also as snacks. You can prepare it at home very easily.

  • Soak moong bean for 12 hours in water. (you may soak it in the evening and prepare it next morning).
  • Wash the mung and put it into your grinding jar of the mixie.
  • Add salt, green chillies and ginger according to your likes to spice up the recipe.
  • Then, grind it adding water until it becomes soft paste.
  • Now, heat the pan (take the flat surfaced pan preferably non-stick pan).
  • Add one spoon oil to the heated pan and spread the mung bean paste on it with a ladle to make a round shaped recipe as in the above image.
  • Fry the recipe till it becomes brownish in colour and turn it to the other side and again fry for some seconds. You may sprinkle some more oil around it to prevent from burning. The other side should not become brownish. It will remain green.
  • Now, your “pesarattu” (mung bean dosa) is ready for eating.
  • Serve it hot and along with some chutney or any side dish as per your tastes. Some people eat it with honey or sugar also.
  • In the restaurants, it is served along with another dish known as upma. It is treated as best combination for breakfast by many people. But, I prefer simple pesarattu without  combing it with upma and even I do not need any chutney,etc. along with it.

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A South Indian sweet food for divine offerings

This is the period of ‘pongal’ or  ‘sankranti’  in our Hindu religious customs. A full month of worships and prayers remembering the great saintess “Andal” or Goda devi’s devotion and attachment towards God and her contribution towards the spiritual attainment knowledge.

We worship Lord Sri Krishna reciting the hymns created by her for 30 days during this period (16th December to 14th Jan.) and offer a divine food known as Pongal to the god all these days. On some specific days, we have to prepare sweet pongal as the offering along with normal plain pongal.

So, on 31st December, we prepared the sweet pongal recipe as the offering. I wanted to share this dish with you which is sweet, delicate and often topped with a lot of ghee by frying cashew nuts and raisins in that ghee. It will taste so sweet and delicious and full of proteins and energy that you may like to have it often.

chakkara pongali
chakkara pongal or sweet pongal

chakkara pongal recipe preparation

Anybody can prepare this recipe very easily.

The ingredients required are – rice, jaggery (brown sugar), some milk, ghee, broken cashew nuts, raisins, cardamom powder.

Cook the rice in a cooker and add jaggery, milk and some water to it and cook again for some time without lid so as to mix the jaggery entirely into it making it soft. Then, heat the ghee in a small pan and fry the broken cashewnuts and raisins in it and mix it into that cooked preparation along with the cardamom powder. Your chakkara pongal or sweet pongal recipe is now ready for serve.

Some people add a little bit of split green gram (moong dal) while cooking rice for taste. But the green gram is normally added only for preparing plain pongal adding salt which is not sweet and it is to be topped with black pepper powder and cumin seeds only.

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Tasty Gujarati Dhokla recipe

On this Christmas eve, we had a special recipe known as “Dhokla” which is a very popular Gujarati recipe and is available at the Bikanerwala sweet shops and restaurants.

This recipe is a mixture of both sweet and savoury tastes and so can be liked by all people equally. Very delicious in flavour and tastes.

Dhokla
Dhokla recipe

How to prepare Dhokla recipe:

  • Take 2 cups of chickpea flour (known as besan) and one cup yogurt and mix it well into paste with warm water
  • Add salt also while mixing the batter and a bit of baking soda for fermenting.
  • Then leave it to ferment for 5 to 6 hours or you may keep the batter ready before going to bed at night and prepare the dish next morning.
  • Take a steam cooker and place the batter on a plate or bowl to be put into the cooker on an elevated stand. Now cook the recipe in the steam for 10 minutes and turn off the flame or knob.
  • Allow it cool and then cut into pieces.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan and fry some mustard seeds and / or cumin seeds and add the pieces into it and mix well for a minute. You may add some chilli-ginger paste,coriander powder, turmeric powder and a little bit of sugar also while mixing in the heated pan. This will spice up it.
  • Then serve the pieces in small plates garnished with coriander leaves and if you like some coconut scrape also.
  • Some people serve it with tomato chutney and coriander leaves chutney as side dishes.

I hope all of you will taste this and experience the delicious taste of it. This post is in response to this week’s tasty thursdays post at this link

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A spicy, delicious food known as “aloo paratha”

This is one of the famous Indian food dish available in almost all restaurants and is a continental cuisine. Known as ‘aloo paratha’, this is widely eaten for breakfast and even in place of meals. Aloo paratha is a filled in recipe with cooked potatoes filled inside the oil baked wheat rotis.

aloo paratha
Aloo paratha

Preparation tips:

  • Cook the potatoes in a cooker and remove the skins after cooling.
  • Spice up the potato mash by frying minced pieces of onions, a little bit ginger, green chilly, pepper powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder in a pan with a little bit of oil and mix the potato mash into it. Add some coriander leaves and minced green onion leaves or garlic leaves to make it superb.
  • Now, prepare the wheat flour dough and make small balls of it to be rolled on a wooden or steel board to flatten and spread the balls into rotis of big size. You need to make larger balls than normally used in preparing ordinary rotis.
  • Now, put the mixture of potato mash in the center of the flattened roti and fold it all sides and again roll it with the roller stick to flatten into a round shape. Take care that the potato mixture does not pop up while rolling it.
  • Heat a plain, flat pan and bake the filled paratha on it spreading a little oil on the pan. Bake both sides applying oil again. It needs only a little bit of oil to bake it.
  • The baked paratha will be brownish or lightly reddish on both sides as shown in the image.
  • Prepare as many parathas as required in this way and serve them hot with sauce or jam. You can eat without any sauce or jam also as it is already spiced up.

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Tasty Thursdays – A popular nutritious and energetic drink known as “Lassi”

Lassi is a nutrient rich, healthy drink made from fermented milk or yogurt, native to India. Punjab is considered as the original birthplace for this great drink

But, Varanasi is famous for Lassi. Whoever visits Varanasi will definitely taste the famous Lassi of Varanasi lanes. I have enjoyed this great drink during my stay of 2 complete decades in Northern India.

We, Accountants of Cement Corporation, used to attend Board meetings of the company along with Auditors in Varanasi 5 star hotels. Each trip used to be for 3 days and daily, we used to go into the narrow lanes of Godowlia, a famous center in Varanasi, to enjoy the lassi.

pudina lassi
Pudina lassi

You can make many varieties of lassi. Sweet lassi is made adding sugar or honey. Salt lassi is made by adding salt (either normal salt or black salt). Different tastes of spices are added to prepare spicy lassi like pepper, cardamom, mint leaves, cumin seeds ( green or black), etc. The lassi featured in above image is made of mint leaves also known as pudina.

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Tasty Thursdays – A special South Indian dish known as ‘challa pulusu’ | ‘majjiga pulusu’ or “kadhi” in Hindi

This is a very rare recipe mostly home to Andhra Pradesh. It is a kind of soup prepared with sour yogurt and chickpea flour adding vegetables. A different version without vegetables prepared by Punjabis, Rajasthanis and Hindi people is known as  kadhi.

The vegetables added are mostly bottle gourd, tomato, lady’s finger (bhindi), brinjal, spinach, etc. These are popular vegetables added to majjiga pulusu recipe.

majjiga pulusu
majjiga pulusu

It is very easy to prepare this “majjiga pulusu” or “kadhi”.

Take any vegetable from above list and cut into large pieces. You can add 2, 3 varieties of vegetables also for delicious taste. Mostly people add tomato with one more vegetable, but not with spinach.

Then cook these pieces along with some green chillies in a diluted tamarind juice till they cook soft.

Meanwhile prepare the yogurt, chickpea flour mix. For this, you need to use sour yogurt diluted by adding water. Mix one tablespoon of chickpea flour into the yogurt for serving to 4 people.

Then, grind some mustard seeds adding little bit of water to make a thick paste.

Add this paste into the yogurt mix.

Now, add the cooked vegetables into this yogurt mix. Add salt, turmeric powder for good colour and some coriander leaves.

Then, cook this mixture again for some minutes (5 minutes or so) on medium flame till it boils and begins to rise above before spilling out. Now, remove it from flame.

Top it with some mustard seeds and asafoetida powder fried in a little bit of oil.

Now, your majjiga pulusu recipe is ready for serve.

You can eat it with rice or with rotis or you may swallow it with a spoon in a bowl without any main dish.

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Tasty Thursdays – “Puri” An Indian food that can be served either as meal or breakfast

“Puri” (both u and i spelled short) is a very important item of food both in Northern India and Southern India. It is consumed either for a full meal or as a breakfast (tiffin) item as per needs and circumstances. If served as meals, some side dishes like potato, onion mixed curry or any other soft curry is served along with it. For breakfast, you can serve with soft curry or chutney.

Puri is available at all hotels, restaurants and at any eatery on the roadsides of all places. It is much popular and comparatively cheap also so as to be afforded easily by any common man.

Puri with potato curry
Puri with potato curry

It is very easy to prepare puri:

Mix wheat flour with water and knead into a solid, soft dough. You may add some salt and pepper powder for taste while mixing. After kneading for 5 minutes, make small balls of it. Then flatten the balls into round shapes using the roti maker or wooden/ steel board and rolling rod known as chakla-belan.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan or bowl. Then put the flattened / rolled items into the oil and deep fry them one at a time. The puri will swell into round ball shapes when fried both sides evenly without burning. It will take a fraction of minute to fry each puri like this.

Now, serve these puris with the curry or chutney or both.

Some people like the puris without curry and chutney. They eat them with sugar. Or, you can eat them as it is without any side dish if you add more pepper powder and sufficient salt. So, your work will be much more simple.

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Tasty Thursdays – A Sweet preparation known as “Appam”

Appam recipe is a sweet recipe good for eating at any time, provided you are not diabetic.

It is more delicious and of value for growing children and young people as it provides instant energy to your body. Keep a piece or two in the lunch box and eat at any time whenever you feel tired and exhausted and you will experience immediate relief and fresh energy to immediately indulge afresh in your activities.

I am posting this recipe in the tasty thursdays blogging event for this week. You can view all posts for this week’s tasty thursdays recipes at this link.

Appam Recipe
Appam Recipe

I placed the small plate containing 4 ‘appams’ on a larger plate for enabling taking a clear photo.

Step by step preparation tips for Appam recipe.

  • For preparing 50 medium size appams, you need half kg of rice flour and 250 grams of wheat flour and 250 to 300 grams of Gur (jaggery).
  • Take 200 ml water in a bowl and put the shaved jaggery into it so as it make it dissolve completely in the water.
  • Take a cooking pan or container and add this  sweet jaggery water and place it on flame. Allow it to cook on very low flame with continuous stirring, so as it cook it into a soft paste.
  • It may take some 10 minutes to perfectly cook on low flame. You may need to add more fresh water, while cooking, according to requirements.
  • The quantum of water can depend on quality of flour, heat and time taken for cooking.
  • But, be careful while adding water so that it will not be too hard or too soft when cooked.
  • The paste so cooked should enable you to make soft balls and then spread it flat by using your palms or a rod rolled on a leaf or on an even flat surface on the rear side of a steel, wooden or plastic plate. While rolling into round flat shapes, you need to apply a little bit of oil on the palms or the surface used for that purpose.
  • You can heat oil in a deep frying pan after the paste has been cooked and the balls are being prepared.
  • When the oil heats and tiny bubbles appear in the heating oil, you can drop the flattened balls into the oil and fry them both sides to a golden colour.
  • You can flatten the balls as and when you are frying if you can do it fast. Or first keep all the balls flattened into round shapes and then start deep frying.
  • Turn the pieces both sides carefully and quickly so that they do not get split. Otherwise, the oil will become useless as the jaggery may get mixed into it if not fried properly. You will learn it by experience very quickly and can become an expert. So, do not worry if your first attempt is not fruitful.
  • You can serve them hot or cold and keep them in your fridge for some days and enjoy the recipe as and when you like to consume them.
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Tasty Thursdays – A Healthy liquid recipe known as “Rasam” or “Charu”

Rasam is one of the most popular recipes that are consumed in Southern India, more so in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. It is known as Charu in Andhra regions which is spelt as ‘chaaru’.

I wanted to introduce this great recipe to all of you, as it is most beneficial for your digestion process. It aids in digesting the food more properly and perfectly and ensures free motions without any constipation problems.

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chaaru is boiling and ready
chaaru is boiling and ready

Rasam or Charu recipe

It is very easy to prepare it within 10 minutes.

  • Take 1 litre water in a bowl.
  • Add 50 grams of tamarind into it.
  • Add one spoon salt, one-third-spoon of turmeric powder, some curry leaves. If curry leaves are not available, you can add coriander leaves after boiling of Rasam at the end.
  • Add 2 spoonfuls of coriander powder and 2 spoonfuls of rasam powder available in market.
  • Now, light the stove and heat the rasam water with all its ingredients in it.
  • When the preparation reaches boiling point, let it boil for two more minutes and remove from the flame.
  • Now you can top the preparation with a fry of mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing (asafoetida).

Now, your recipe is ready for serve.

You can prepare the rasam powder in home also. For this purpose, you need to dry fry some red chillies, 10 grains of black pepper, some coriander seeds, a little bit of tur dal (yellow pigeon peas) and chickpeas and grind them in the mixer.