Home Made Sambhar Powder

Home made Sambhar is the best as all the spices are roasted to perfection.

I prefer using mung dal or tuvar( split pigeon peas) instead of chana dal as its lighter on the stomach and digestion.

Well it’s a matter of choice and taste!

Also I use more dal in the powder so that the Sambhar is thicker.

It’s always better to spread the ingredients in several plates and keep it under direct sunlight.

This way the spices remain crisp.

Ingredients:

Red chillies.

1.5 cups.

3/4+3/4 – Guntur and Bedgi chillies.(for the spice and colour)

Pepper corns-1 table spoon

Tuvar dal -3/4 cup

Urad dal-1/4 cup

Coriander seeds-1 cup

Jeera/cumin-1/2 cup

Fenugreek/Methi seeds-3 table spoons

Asafoetida/Hing-1 table spoon

Turmeric/Haldi- 1 table spoon

Mustard-1/2 table spoon

Coconut oil-1 spoon.

Method:

1.Just rub some oil to your palms and move your hands amongst the crisp sun dry chillies so that they are coated lightly with oil.

Now in a heavy bottomed pan roast the red chillies on medium flame until they turn crisp.

2.Now one by one roast the coriander,cumin, Methi and pepper corns until you get a nice aroma.

3.Take care to see that they are roasted uniformly on medium flame and don’t get burnt.

4.Finally roast the dal followed by urad dal.

Allow tocool and dry grind them to not so smooth or coarse texture.

5.Mix in the turmeric and asafoetida powder and store in an air tight container.

Cook sambhar with love and Enjoy home made Sambhar with family…

Pulikoddel Masala

This is a traditional Konkani cuisine made from spices which are roasted along with sesame, dals and coconut.

Puli meaning sour and Koddel in Amchi means gravy based curry.

This curry is usually made during festivals and traditional functions.

The aroma of the masalas just fills the home. Most of the ingredients are roasted individually in ghee or oil and then powdered coarsely or ground adding water little by little.(that is if you are cooking it by preparing the fresh masala)

Then the masala is added to the cooked ash Gourd along with tamarind pulp and jaggery and after a proper boil it’s seasoned like the usual Konkani curries .

To make the cooking process easier I thought it best to roast all the ingredients and prepare the pulikoddel masala.

Here is the recipe for the Masala.

Ingredients:

Chana dal-9 spoons

Urad dal-9 spoons

Rice-3 spoons

Red chillies-Around 24.(12+12ie Bedgi and Guntur chillies)

GratedCoconut-6 table spoons

Sesame seeds-9 spoons( you could ad 6 white sesame and 3 spoons of black sesame)

Curry leaves–2 sprigs

Asafoetida-1 small spoon

Coriander seeds-9 spoons

Fenugreek/Methi seeds-3/4 spoon.

1 to 2 spoons of oil(preferably coconut oil)to dry roast the ingredients one by one until it lets out an aroma.

1.Now roast all the above ingredients except asafoetida, using very little oil until they let out a pleasant aroma.

2.Cool the roasted masala and dry grind them to a slightly coarse masala.

Store in air tight container.

Mango Ice cream

 

 

Ingredients:

Mango-2 small(skinned and Pulped)

Cream -200 ml

Condensed milk-2 table spoons.

Full cream milk.1.5 cups.

Method:

1.Boil milk and add condensed milk and cook until it thickens.

2.Allow to cool.

3.Now in a blender mix all the ingredients and pour it in a container.

4.Cover it with foil and then the lid.

5.Freeze for 2-3 hours and then repeat the blending process once again and freeze for another 5-6 hours.

6.Mango Ice cream is now ready to be scooped and served.

 

Apple & Cinnamon Ice Cream

Lovely combination of Apple and Cinnamon which leaves you wanting for more …Enjoy it as is or on a sizzling brownie.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups milk.

1 Apple skinned , steamed and made to paste.

Custard powder- 1 tablespoon

Cream-1 pack (200 ml)

Sugar-1/ 2cup

Cinnamon powder-2 pinches.(just for the flavour)

method:

In a heavy bottomed pan add sugar and slightly caramelise it and as it gets caramelised, add milk and cook till it thickens.Allow it to cool.

In a mixer blend the steamed apple with custard powder, cream and 1/4 cup milk.keep it aside.

Once the milk cools blend all the ingredients in a blender and freeze it for 3 to 4 hours.

Now blend the partially set ice cream again in the blender and add the cinnamon powder and mix well and freeze again to set for another 5-6 hours and enjoy the ice cream which is yummy and soft.

Black Berry Ice Cream

Black Berry Ice cream

Ingredients:

1 Cup Heavy cream

4 table spoons Condensed milk

1 .5 cups Milk

8-10 Black Berries

Method:

Take a pan and boil the milk and add condensed milk and cook until it thickens.

Now allow it to cool.

In a blender blend the above mixture and cream.

Add the berries and just blend for 2 seconds.

Freeze the above mixture in a container and cover it with a foil and then the lid.

When it’s partially frozen remove it from the freezer and blend it once again.

Freeze for another 6-7 hours and now the ice cream is ready to be scooped and served with fresh berries.

Black Berry Kulfi

Ingredients:

Almonds and nuts-1/2 cup powdered

Cream 2 table spoons

Milk full cream-1 cup

Condensed milk-4 tablespoon

Method:

In a pan boil milk and slowly add the condensed milk , nuts as keep stirring until it thickens.

Allow it to cool and the. Add cream and slowly mix it.

You may crush a few berries and add it to the container having the kulfi mixture.

Now using a fork or knife stir the crushed black berry mixture giving a ripple effect.

Freeze it for about 6-7 hours and kulfi is ready to be served.