Showing posts with label Kitchen Basics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kitchen Basics. Show all posts

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ghee | How To Make Ghee?

Ghee, which can also be called as clarified butter has originated from India & ghee is also used widely in Indian cooking & pooja. Cow's ghee is believed sacred & it is used in pooja, in making prasadam/neivedyam, cooking & also for medicinal use's. The other ghee is made of buffalo milk & it is used for cooking. Ghee might sound & seem like calories, but it also promotes health benefits. Consuming a little amount of ghee per day will help in food digestion & promotes multiple health benefits.
I started making ghee at home for past few months & I'm happy of using a healthy home made ghee rather than a store bought one. A store bought ghee is never a pure ghee & it has added vegetable oil's in it. After I read about that, I decided to make some ghee at home & was happy that it was successful. This is not a traditional Indian style ghee. In USA even though if you are using a full fat milk, it is hard to get butter out of it. So for ghee enthusiasts in USA, this is how you can make ghee at home & enjoy all the goodness of it. 
Ingredients
1Litre heavy whipping cream 
1Tsp methi seeds {fenugreek seeds}
Tools Needed
Big bowl 
Electric whisk / Whisk 
2 Strainers
A wide non-stick pan 
Spatula
Directions
- Take whipping cream in a big bowl. 
- Whip the heavy cream using a electric whisk. 
- As seen in 3rd pic whip cream to stiff peaks. It might take a little time.
- Keep whipping until use see the cuddled cream separating. 
- Strain the buttermilk as shown above. 
{If you are using cheese cloth then you can squeeze the extra water from the butter right away.}
- Make balls of butter by squeezing extra water.
{You can store butter as it is or can go ahead make ghee}
- Heat a non-stick pan on low heat. Add butter & methi seeds to it.
- Allow butter to melt completely & keep cooking for few more minutes to little dark golden in color. You can see milk solids separating from butter.
- Ghee should be golden in color & you can feel the nice aroma of perfectly done ghee. Switch off heat when the ghee looks golden.
- Allow it to cool completely before you strain.
- Strain ghee in to a clean jar. 
*** The fried milk solids are called "Goku" in telugu. They taste very good & delicious. You can have as it is or mix with any of your favorite rice dish. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Chutney Podi | Chutney Powder

For this week theme on BM I'm presenting " South Indian Meal Dishes-Karnataka Cuisine". Enjoy the dishes & don't miss the update. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 42.

Chutney Podi/ Chutney Powder is a karnataka style spice powder, which perfectly goes with breakfast dishes & rice. This powder is packed with flavors from dal's, tamarind, red chili's, coconut & also sweetness from jaggery. 
followed a online recipe while making it, but changed the measurements & few ingredients as needed. One of those ingredient is red chili's. The recipe was asking for both Guntur & Byadagi chili's. I replaced them with mexican red chili's, which I have in hand.
This is my first time making this powder & it was heavenly good. The coarse grinding left this powder with crunchiness in every bite. 
Give this powder a try...
Adapted from-Big Apple Curry
Prep Time-5mins | Cook Time-15mins | Serves-4people
Ingredients 
1/4Cup urad dal 
1/4Cup chana dal 
2Tbs toor dal 
1/4Cup grated dry coconut
13Red chili's
1/4Cup curry leaves 
1Tbs grated jaggery
1Tsp size ball of tamarind
1/2Tsp + 1/2Tsp oil
Salt to taste
Directions
- Heat pan with 1/2tsp oil. To that add urad dal & fry it till
- Keep stirring the dal. Fry till it changes to light brown color. Remove on to a plate. 
- Repeat the same with chana dal & toor dal too. 
- Now to same pan add grated coconut & fry it for few seconds or till they are little crisp. Remove it on to a plate. 
- Add 1/2tsp oil to pan. To that add red chili's, tamarind & curry leaves. 
- Fry them till curry leaves are crisp & red chili's are puffed up. Switch off heat & remove them on to a plate. 
- Allow all the fried ingredients to cool down before grinding. 
- Now grind all the fried ingredients along with jaggery & salt. 
- Grind it to coarse powder. Adjust salt if needed.
***Serve this powder with a dollop of ghee. Goes well with rice, idli, dosa & also you can serve as you wish***
Note
- You can replace jaggery with sugar or if you want to you can totally remove them from recipe.
- I used non-stick pan to fry dal's & used very little of oil.
- Store powder in a air tight container & refrigerate it. 
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Methi Powder | Menthi Podi | How to Make Methi Powder


Methi Powder / Menthi podi is a very essential kitchen basic & at home it is one of ingredients I use on a daily basis. This powder comes handy & can be added to pickle's, rasam, dal & some chutney's that go well with it. 
Methi Powder is made of slightly fried Methi seeds or Menthulu, which are later grind to a smooth powder. Quantity of adding this powder changes from one recipe to other. This powder is bitter to taste & when mixed with other dishes it totally adds a unique flavor, while the bitter taste just disappears. 
Apart from cooking, this powder has numerous health benefits to it. You can use it as a face & hair mask & results are amazingly good. 


Ingredients
1/4Cup methi seeds {Menthulu}
Directions
- Heat a pan with methi seeds. 
- Dry roast them for few minutes or until they change their color to little dark brown.
- Switch off heat & allow them to cool completely. 
- Grind them to a smooth powder. 
- Store it in a air tight container & it stays good for 1month. 




Monday, March 24, 2014

Vangi Bath Powder

Vangi bath Powder
Prep Time-10mins | Cooking Time-10mins
Ingredients 
8Red chili's 
3Tsp coriander seeds
1Tsp cumin
1Tbs urad dal
1Tbs channa dal
2Tbs coconut flakes 
2Marati moggu
2Inch cinnamon stick
3Cloves 
1Tbs seasame seeds
1/2Tsp turmeric powder
1Tsp oil
Few curry leaves
Pinch of hing
Directions
- Heat pan with oil. To that add all the above ingredients other than coconut & turmeric. 
- Roast them to a light brown color. Switch off heat. At this stage you smells the roasted aroma of spices. 
- Add coconut & turmeric to pan.
- Once the ingredients are cool grind them to a smooth powder. 
- Store it in a air tight container & refrigerate it. 
- Stays fresh for couple weeks. 

Vangi bath Powder

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Moong Dal Sprouts | How to make Moong Dal Sprouts ?

How to Sprout

How to sprout??? Yah.. When you are thinking & trying to be healthy, sprouted beans are involved in it. Other day I was randomly checking the calorie facts of mung bean & to my surprise 1Cup of sprout beans are just 31 calories. I was jumping in joy..of-course in my head & went a head making a snack bowl for the eve.
Bean & lentils take at least 2days of time to sprout. Plan ahead if you want to snack on them. Coming to sprouting, I remember my mom making them in a cheese cloth & I have seen many tutorials with different methods. so here is how I have done.

Ingredients
1/2Cup moong beans / mung beans
Directions:
1. Soak Moong beans for 16hrs. I checked the beans after 8hrs and I could see some beans haven't puffed yet. I went ahead & soaked them for next 8hrs.
How to Sprout


2. Drain the water & give them a good wash.
How to Sprout


3. Now comes the sprouting part. If the bowl is small then transfer beans in to a wide bowl & close it with a lid in a way you allow a little air in to it.
How to Sprout

4. They sprouted a little after 8hrs.
How to Sprout

5. After another 8hrs they are fully sprouted & ready to snack on.
How to Sprout


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sambar Powder | Sambhar Podi

Sambar Powder

Sambar powder is one of the basic spice powders where every south indian household has it in their kitchen racks. This powder recipe has different variations from region to region. I got this recipe from my mom & she makes a fresh powder of this recipe every time she makes sambar. She prefers using fresh powder to stored one because of it's flavor. She uses the same recipe when making it in bulk too.

Sambar Powder
Cook Time-10mins | Prep Time-5mins | Yields-5Tbs of powder
Ingredients 
2Tbs chana dal / senaga pappu 
2Tbs urad dal / minapappu 
2Tsp cumin
1Tsp methi
5Tbs coriander seeds
6Red chili's 
2Tbs black pepper
2Strands of curry leaves 
1Tsp hing / Asafetida
2Tbs grated dry coconut 
1Tsp oil
Directions 
- Heat pan with 1/2tsp oil & to that add chana dal & urad dal. Fry them till they change light to a little darker shade.
- Transfer them on to plate & allow them to cool. 
- Now add another 1/tsp oil to pan & rest of the ingredients other then coconut . 
- Fry them to till they are changed to a little darker shade & switch off heat & allow it to cool.
- Once they are cool enough grind them to a smooth powder along with coconut.
- Store it in a air tight container for freshness. 
Similar recipes you might like:

Sambar Powder

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ginger Garlic Paste



Ginger Garlic Paste

Ginger Garlic paste is a essential & one of the paste's that has to be available in a kitchen. It makes easy for all the gravy curries, rices dishes & for all those dishes which need a little kick to them. 

Prep Time-10mins | Yields-8servings 
Ingredients
1/2Cup chopped ginger 
3/4Cup chopped garlic 
1Tsp lemon juice 
1/2Tsp turmeric powder 
Directions
- Blend all the ingredients to a smooth paste. 
- Transfer the paste to a air tight container & store it in a refrigerator. 
- It stays good for one week. 
Note:
- You can freeze this in paste for a longer stay. 
- Never add any water to get the smooth consistency. It decreases the self life. 

Ginger Garlic Paste
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Endu Kobbari Karam | Spicy Dry Coconut Powder


Endu Kobbari Karam

Kobbari podi or kobbari karam is a spice powder that can be enjoyed as it is along with or can also be used as a curry powder to flavor up a dish.

Endu Kobbari Karam
Prep Time-10mins | Cook time-5Mins | Yields-4Servings
Ingredients
1Cup grated dry coconut
5Red chili's 
4Garlic cloves 
1Tsp cumin
Salt 
Directions
- Heat a pan & dry roast red chili's, garlic & cumin. roast till red chili's & cumin are fried to little darker shade.
- Switch off heat & allow them to cool before grinding. 
- Grind coconut, salt & the roasted ingredients coarsely.
- Adjust salt if needed & transfer it to a air tight container.
Note: 
- Store it in a air tight container for freshness. 
- This stays good for 2 weeks. Make in small batches.
- Don't use fresh grated coconut. 

Endu Kobbari Karam

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Rasam Powder | Charu Podi | Saaru Podi


Rasam Powder
Rasam powder or charu podi is a main ingredient in making Rasam. This powder makes rasam flavorful & aromatic. It's believed that spices used will help improve digestion. There are different recipes for a rasam powder & I'm sharing the rasam powder recipe I borrowed from my mom. 


Rasam Powder
Cook Time-10mins | Prop Time-10mins | Yields - 7Servings 
Ingredients 

1/2Cup toor dal / kandi pappu
3Tbs coriander seeds / dhaniyalu
1Tsp cumin
1Tsp black pepper
1/2Tsp methi
4Red chili's 
Directions
- Heat a pan & add toor dal to it. Dry roast them till toor dal changes it color to darkish yellow. 
- Transfer dal on to a plate & allow it cool. Mean while heat the same pan with rest of the spices. 
- Dry roast them till they change to light brownish color. Switch off heat & transfer spices to the dal plate. 
- Allow them to cool completely before grinding. 
- Grind them to a coarse powder.
Note:
- Store powder in a air tight container 
- Make it in small batches to have a flavorful rasam.


Rasam Powder

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Almond Milk - Homemade

Almond Milk is healthy alternative for regular cow's milk. It consists of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, proteins & less calories compared to regular milk. It is also know as a heart healthy drink & can also help in lowering your bad cholesterol.In general a cup of almonds have 500 & odd calories & when we prepare milk from them the whole calories are divided the cups of water you have added.


Almond Milk


Ingredients
1Cup almonds
1Tsp vanilla extract 
Pinch of salt
6Cups water
2Dates (Soaked overnight)


Almond Milk
Soak almonds for 6hrs to 8hrs in sufficient water. 

Almond Milk
After 8hrs in a blender add almonds, water, salt & vanilla extract.Now blend them till the almonds milk can be seen as above. All the water in blender changes to whitish color. This means your almond milk is ready. 

Almond Milk
Now filter the milk using a mesh filter & a cheese cloth.

Almond Milk
Squeeze out all the milk from almonds. 

Almond Milk
Store it in a air tight container & refrigerate it. 
Enjoy it as you like.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Tamarind Pulp

Tamarind is one of the main ingredients in south indian dishes. From rasam to chutney & curries we use it to bring a tingly tangy taste to the dish. I sharing a pulp that can be made a head of time & can also be stored for 3 months at-least. I have learned this from my mom & it made my life much easier. 
This year has been a very rough ride to me. I had to visit india for around 4months & was arranging all the essentials things for my husband to cook. I made this tamarind pulp of 2 boxes & freezed one, while refrigerated the other. It's still good till date. 



Ingredients
1 Cup Tamarind
2 Cups water
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- Take tamarind in a bowl & deseed it if any.
- Next clean it with runny water to remove sand stuck to it.
- Next in a vessel take tamarind & water. Bring it to boil.
- Cook till the tamarind becomes soft for around 10mins on low heat. 



- Switch off heat & allow it to cool. 
- Once it is cool blend it to a smooth paste. 
- Transfer the pulp to a air tight container & refrigerate it. 
- It will last for at-least 2 months. 
- Freeze it if your vacationing or if you have made excess of it.

Use it as wanted.