Taro Chilli Roast

A no onion garlic recipe which was tasty and full of flavour.

Ingredients:

Taro – 1 cup sliced into 1 cm roundels.

Oil or ghee – 1.5 table spoons

Tamarind paste – 1 t spoon

Water – 2 cups

Tomato – 1 diced

Mustard-1/4 spoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig.

Chilli powder – 1 t spoon

Asafoetida – 2-3 pinches

Turmeric – less than 1/4 spoon

Cumin Powder – 1 t spoon.

Coriander leaves – 1 table spoon fine chopped.

Salt as per taste.

Method:

In a small vessel heat some water and add in the peeled and sliced taro slices and simmer for 4 minutes.

Put off the flame and in a colander strain it and hold it under a open tap for 30 seconds.

This step is done to remove the slimy texture.

Now heat another cup of water and boil the taro for two more minutes.

Add salt and the tamarind paste and keep aside.

In a pan heat the ghee and add in mustard and curry leaves and as it sputters toss in the diced tomatoes and sauté for a minute.

Now add salt, turmeric, asafoetida, cumin powder and chilli powder and sauté for about two minutes.

Finally add the cooked taro slices and lightly mix them.

Sauté on low flame for another two minutes and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Cassava Root/Tapioca Cutlets.

Ingredients:

Cassava root – 4 to 5 Inch piece

(Peel them and then steam them)

Fresh green peas – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Onion sliced – 1 big one

Roasted rava -1 table spoon

Corn flour – 1 table spoon

Green chilli- 2 sliced finely

Amchur powder – less than 1/4 spoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 spoon

Saunf powder -1/2 spoon.

Bread crumbs or suji rava – 1 cup (to roll the cutlets before you tawa fry the cutlets.)

Method:

In a pan heat 2 table spoons of oil and then add the onions, green chilli and amchur powder.

Mix well and then add the fresh peas and salt and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes until the peas are cooked. mash them slightly and mix well.

Now add the mashed Casava root,corn flour, Suji rawa, sauf powder and mix well so that they form a lump.

If it’s sticky add a little oil and a table spoon of bread crumbs.

Now make small balls and flatten them between you palms and roll them on the plate of bread crumbs.

(You may use suji, bread crumbs or even toast crumbs to roll the cutlets.)

Now smear a little oil on a pan and roast the cutlets on both the side turning them gently.

Enjoy with sauce or chutney of your choice.

Cassava Root/Tapioca Root Parathas

Cassava root or Tapioca root has low nutritional value and is full of carbohydrates. It’s mostly used as a thickening agent in curries, puddings and soups.

Those who are allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten can consume it.

I normally steam the peeled root and enjoy it with fresh butter or cream with a little salt and coarsely ground pepper. At times make some dry stir fry after partially steaming them.

Today I tried my hand at preparing some parathas out of the steamed root.Cassava in itself is a binding agent and can be kneaded into a soft dough once the steamed cassava root comes to room temperature.

In order to increase nutrition I have added a tablespoon of ghee and some wheat flour while kneading the root.

The result was super soft parathas. Sure to include this in our diet.

Ingredients:

Cassava / Tapioca Root – 1 cup

Wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Ghee – 1 tablespoon

Warm Water – 1/2 cup

Salt as per taste

Method:

In a deep bowl mash the steamed Tapioca root.

Add salt, wheat flour and by sprinkling a little water knead it lightly into a soft dough.

Add ghee and knead again till it becomes a soft dough.

Keep it covered and allow it to rest.

After about 15 to 20 minutes divide the dough into uniform sized balls.

Roll them with a rolling pin into parathas

Heat the iron roti tawa/pan and roast them on both sides until done.

You may smear some ghee if you wish.

Enjoy these soft parathas with accomplishment of your choice.

Raw Jackfruit Kebabs

When the jackfruits are in season I try to make fruitful use of the raw as well the ripened fruit. This fibrous fruit is a delicacy and the nutritional value of the fruit is also a reason for me to experiment with this fruit.

I had planned to make a deep fried podi/ pakora from it but the jackfruit turned to be slightly ripe inside. So the outcome were these delicious kebabs.

Ingredients:

Jackfruit pieces -10 medium sized bits

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Bread crumbs – 1/2 cup

Chilli powder – 1.5 spoons

Garlic crushed – 3-4 cloves

Besan/ Chicpea flour – 2 table spoons

Cornflour – 1 table spoon.

Lemon juice – 1 t spoon

Salt as per taste.

Oil – 4 table spoons.

Method:

In a cooker steam the jackfruit bits adding a little salt for about fifteen minutes.

Once it cools using light finger movements mash them and transfer them to a big bowl.

In the same pan take a table spoon of oil and on medium flame sauté the chopped onions.

As they turn pink add crushed garlic and sauté for another two to three minutes.

Add chilli powder,besan, cornflour and lime juice and sauté for for another two minutes.

Put off the flame and add in the bread crumbs and mix well.

Smear some oil on your hands and shape the mixture into oblong shaped kebabs.

Heat a pan preferably an iron one and apply a few drops of oil and on a low flame roast or pan fry the kebabs occasionally flipping them slowly so that they are roasted evenly.

Enjoy them as is or with coriander or mint chutney and tomato chilli sauce.

Watermelon Dosa

Water melon dosa is one such dosa which has a lovely pinkish colour but also very yummy and fluffy. I loved the taste. It tastes delicious with freshly churned homemade butter and pickle or chutney powder. It’s only cooked on one side and the pores on the dosa makes it more fluffy and soft.

Ingredients:

White Idli Rice – 1 cup

Split Black gram dal(urad dal) – 1 handful.

Fenugreek seeds – 1 spoon

Water melon – 1/2 cup

Method:Sugar – 4 table spoons

Wash the dal and rice in an utensil

Soak it for a minimum three to four hours

Soak methi/fenugreek seeds in a small bowl in about three tablespoons of water.

After about four hours grind the dal and rice to a smooth consistency batter adding about half cup of water. Then add the methi seeds and grind all of it for about thirty seconds

Transfer the batter to a big utensil as the batter will rise during the fermentation process which takes about eight to ten hours

Now sprinkle salt as per taste aver the batter and cover the utensil with a lid and allow the batter to ferment.

After eight to ten hours mix the batter well.

Take half cup of fresh watermelon juice to which half cup sugar is added and mix the batter well.

Now the batter is ready for preparing the dosa.

Heat a dosa pan and add a ladle of the batter and spread it a little. Just sprinkle some oil and reduce the heat. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook. It takes about two to three minutes to cook.

Now slowly loosen the sides with a turner and transfer the dosa to a plate.

Enjoy soft fluffy dosa with butter and chutney powder.

Pink Ruby Chocolate Mousse

Had some Ruby chocolates lying around for quite sometime. Finally today I decided to make something from them. Never liked the tangy berry like flavour in a chocolate. Tried making this mouse which came out perfect though would have loved if the colour could have been a little darker. The taste was very good and so was the texture.

Ingredients:

Milk powder -5 table spoons

Hot water 1.5 cups

Cream 2 table spoons

1 spoon sugar

Ruby chocolates grated 2 table spoons

vanilla essence 2 to 3 drops

China grass 2 inch piece or gelatine 1 spoon

strawberries 2 thinly sliced

grated pink ruby chocolate for garnishing

Method:

In half a cup of hot water dissolve the China grass bits or gelatine.

In another glass of hot water dissolve the milk powder and then add the water to which the gelatine is added and heat it.

Now add the grated pink ruby bits to this and mix well

Now add the sugar and mix well. As the mixture thickens and becomes viscous put off the flame.

Add the vanilla essence and finally the milk cream and transfer them to the glass bowls or cups and allow to set.

When it comes to room temperature keep it in the refrigerator for about three hours.

You may Un mould them on a serving dish or use as is.

Garnish with the grated pink chocolate bits and also slices of strawberries.

Enjoy them cold.

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