Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Black Plum (Jamun /Nawab) Juice



Today I have prepared a little write up about the gorgeous purple Jambul berry.In fact while chewing on a Jambul you will precept acidic flavours. Every single berry has a surprise of its own, some are pick sweet, some are as mentioned more sour then anything else. That has to do a lots with the plucking time of the fruits and even the tree growing site and nutritional value of the soil. I love sour fruits so the berries taste is fitting to my character and taste buds, but sometimes I have to admit it is toooo sour. The seeds of jamun are dried and ground to a powder, strained and consumed in small quantities with water every day to regulate blood sugar levels. The leaves of jamun are said to be natural antibiotic in nature. The seeds are left to dry in the sun first and then are pulverized in the Ayurvedic medicine to treat diabetes. Apparently even other parts of the tree such as leaves and barks are used in the traditional medicine. Kids by the way love it, not only because of the taste but mostly because the purpleness colors the tongue blue
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Prep time
Cooking time
Serves
10 mins
        10 mins
2 persons

Recipe type:  Beverages
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients
  • Black Jamun -10 no’s
  • Lime juice -1tsp
  • Sugar -2 tsp
  • Salt –pinch
  • Mint leaves –few sprigs(optional)
  • Water -2 cups
Method
1. Wash the black jamuns and deseed them.

2. Add black jamun, lime juice, sugar and salt in a mixie and blend it well. Add water and again blend in the mixie for few seconds.

3. Pour the juice in the glass. Garnish with mint leaves. Add ice cubes and serve chill.


Notes
Jamun seed powder is also used to help in clearing skin blemishes left by acne and blackheads.  

Monday, 26 June 2017

Raw Mango (Mangai) Sambar


Raw mango sambar is my favorite one which goes well with rice and I love to have it with dosa too. In this recipe, I have added the tempering ingredients at last as it'll enhance the taste of the sambar.I normally don’t like sour taste in sambar and so I remove the raw mango after the sambar is fully cooked.
Sambar is a South Indian curry recipe which is made with lentils and vegetables. If you leave the mango in the sambar longer its taste will spread evenly through the sambar it gives you a very strong sour taste. 

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Prep time
Cooking time
Serves
10 mins
20  mins
5 persons

Recipe type:  Lunch varieties
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients
  • Raw mango -1 no
  • Small onions -10 no’s
  • Tomatoes -2 no’s
  • Tamarind -1 tbsp.
  • Toor dal -1/4 cup
  • Sambar powder -2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1 tsp
  • Salt –to taste
  • Cilantro -3 tbsp.
  • Oil- 1 tap
Seasonings
  • Oil -1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  • Urad dal-1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • Methi seeds -1/4 tsp
  • Hing -pinch
  • Curry leaves –few sprigs


Method
1. Pre-boil the toor dal with little turmeric powder, oil & salt in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes and set aside.

2. Allow the cooker to cool and mash the dal into fine paste. Heat oil in a pan; add urad dal and fenugreek seeds. Add onion and sauté for a couple of mins. 

3. Now add turmeric and add dal paste and fry for 2 min.Now add mango pieces, salt, and sufficient water, tamarind juice and allow it to boil.

4. Add half cup of water, sambar powder and salt. Cook for 3 to 4 mins. Now, add tamarind extract and cook till raw flavor goes.

5. Heat oil in a pan and add all the tempering ingredients. Allow it to splutter. Transfer it to the sambar. Now add chopped coriander to it and switch off the flame. Now the tasty sambar is ready. Take it off the heat n serve with hot rice.



Serving suggestions
This sambar is good for rice with papad.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Jowar (Sorghum) Dosa



Jowar is one of the healthiest grains which we should include in our diet. But with some tips which I learnt from my mom, now I can make very decent jowar dosa even though I have not not mastered still in making it.You can make this with only jowar flour and avoid using wheat flour, still it comes nice. But addition of little wheat flour in it even the beginners can prepare it without any difficulty. Jowar is not widely used compared to other cereals such as wheat and corn. So it is good to include it once a while in diet.



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Soaking time
Cooking time
Serves
8 hrs.
        5  mins
Depends on each individual

Recipe type:  Dosa varieties
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients
  • Jowar /Sorghum -2 cups
  • Parboiled rice -1 cup
  • Urad dal  -3/4 cup
  • Salt –to taste

Method
1. Soak Jowar for 8 hrs. , rice and dal separately for 3 hrs.

2. Now Grind the dal to a fine thick paste followed by rice to half ground level and then add Cholam.If necessary add some more water for mixing all the batter.

3. Do the fermentation for 8 hours. Heat the tawa and pour one ladle full of batter to a thick circular shape. 

4. Cook a per the normal dosa, wait till it reaches the crispy level.Remove the dosa, when it is golden on both sides.

Serving suggestions
Serve hot with tomato kulambu or ginger chutney.

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