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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ragi Nippattu/Kezhvaragu Thattai/Fingermillet Nippattu

Are you surprised to read the name of this post?? yep i prepared these thattais yesterday evening with ragi/fingermillet flour along with other usual flours..This time i was quite happy to see my diwali savouries are prepared with wholegrains.One among my recent trial with ragi flour is this thattais.I was quite skeptical to add ragi flour while preparing the thattai dough,however this is the first time am using ragi flour in thattais. Since its my first trial,i prepared a small batch of thattais to check whether they turn crispy or not, for my surprise they turned out excellent. Immediately i prepared my second batch dough for making more thattais.I loved the addition of ragi flour in this thattais since they didnt change the taste or the crispiness of the thattais, however the colour of this thattais will be dark in colour. I am soo excited to share one of my new culinary invention, these crispy ragi thattais to you all.

Ragi Nippattu/Kezhvaragu Thattai/Fingermillet Nippattu

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kaju Makhana Masala/Cashew, Lotus Seeds Masala

Most of our dinner goes for salads,soups and chapathis or rotis, obviously whenever i make our Indian flat breads, the most challenging part is to find out a prefect side dish to have along with. My family can have rotis every day with one condition, yes they need variety of side dishes to have with their rotis. Obviously whenever i prepare rotis, the first thing i'll plan to make is the side dish to serve with, apart from our South Indian chutneys,everyone at home love paneer based side dishes to enjoy with rotis. However making a side dish often with paneer is not that much simple. If you live in abroad making paneer at home or getting a packet of paneer from store is not that much easy if you have other household stuffs to manage. So I'll try to play with different ingredients available in pantry when its comes to North Indian style of side dishes, one among my recent trial is this Kaju makhana masala. I googled a couple of makhana side dishes however i opted for this kaju makhana combination after going through many sites.

Kaju makhana masala, cashew lotus seeds curry

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Danyachi Usal/Maharashtrian Peanut Curry

After going through my yesterday's post, you might have guessed that today's post might be an another North Indian side dish, yes you are rite. Today's post comes from Maharashtra, this dish is very simple to make, a fasting food of this region. No onions,tomatoes or garlic is used in this curry,obviously a quick dish to make. Actually while i was going through one of the Tarla Dalal's cook book called 'cooking under 10minutes' i noticed this simple peanut curry. Peanuts are my favourite, i never think twice to make dishes with peanuts as i like it very much. When i went through this dish, the simplicity of this dish attracted me immediately and the best part of this dish is there is no chopping, so no tears while chopping onions. A simple grounded paste with coconut,green chillies and ginger is much needed to bring the flavor to this easy breezy dish.

Danyachi Usal, Maharashtrian Peanut Curry

Friday, October 17, 2014

Achari Paneer

Paneer, this popular Indian cheese is one among the varieties of cheese we love very much at home.Obviously my fridge will definitely have paneer cubes and i love to add it in most of my dishes. After mozzarella, paneer is the most wanted cheese in my cooking. Most of the North Indian side dishes are prepared very much with this cheese often hence you can find many varieties of lip smacking gravies or side dishes in this cuisine. Our most favourite paneer dishes we never fail to order whenever we go to Indian restaurants are Paneer tawa masala, Paneer Makhanwala, Paneer peas masala and the list just goes on. Its been a while i want to make some achari paneer and this paneer with pickling masala was in my to do list since ages, finally i made this fingerlicking pickling paneer at home few days back to have with rotis for our dinner.

Achari Paneer, Paneer with pickling spices