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Appam (Kerala recipe)

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Ingredients
Fine Rice flour--1 1/2 cups
Yeast- 1/2 tsp dry yeast
Coconut milk- 2-21/2 cups.
salt-2 pinches
Sugar-2 tbsp
Cooked rice-2 tbsp
Grated Coconut -2 tbsp
Method of preparation
1. Take  2 tbsp Luke warm water,add sugar and dry yeast.Keep aside for 5 minutes .When it becomes frothy,add this to a blender along with rice flour,salt and 2 tbsp sugar.Add enough coconut milk and blend well.Add cooked rice and coconut into this and grind in to a fine batter.Consistency should be thinner than dosa batter,not too watery.Keep aside for 5-6 hours or until it gets fermented.

Now,heat *Appam griddle.Keep it in simmer and add 1 big ladleful of batter.Swirl it and cook appam closing the lid.After swirling the griddle ,keep it on medium flame.
Serve Appam with egg roast/Chicken Mappas/Veg Stew.

ENJOY!
* Appam griddle--for those who are not familiar with this,pls check it out here.

Chicken Cafreal

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Chicken cafreal is a Goan recipe. This dish is greenish brown in color.Here I have not followed the exact recipe,innovated to get more taste.Please try out and comment.
Ingredients
Chicken -1 full chicken cut into medium sized pieces.
Onion- 2big cut into rings
Salt and sugar.
Oil- 1 tbsp for grilling
Marinade
Garlic-ginger paste-1 tbsp
Coriander-1/2 bunch
Tamarind paste-or Vinegar-2 tbsp
Green Chillies-4 no
Pepper corns- 1 tbsp
Coriander powder- 1 tbsp (Optional-not in the original recipe)
Garam Masala-1 -2 tsp
Method of preparation

1. Make a cafreal marinade and marinate the chicken for 4 hours.
for the marinade
 Grind all the ingredients under marinade.
This will give you a green color paste.Use chicken stock if needed.Coat the chicken with marinade and salt.Keep refrigerated for 4 hours.
Grilling
In the original recipe,they cook the chicken by pouring hot oil on to it,periodically.But I used just 1 tbsp oil in a grill pan.First add chicken to the oil .After 5 minutes add onion rings and turn the piec…

Vegetable hakka noodles

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Hakka noodles is my favorite food.Recipe is solely my innovation.Please try this and enjoy,it's so simple and extremely delicious.
I use a grill pan for assorting veggies and noodles so that I get a fried texture even with very less oil.
I have used dark soy sauce hence the color.
Ingredients
Noodles-3 packs
Veggies-Carrots,Peas,Bell peppers,Sprouts and spring onion
Oil-1 -2 tsp
Soy sauce-1-2 tsp
Worcester sauce-1 tsp
Vinegar- 2 tsp
Salt- 1 tsp
Green chilles-2 nos
Garlic-2 cloves
Ginger -Cut longitudinally
Red chillies(dry)-1 no
Method of preparation
Cook noodles according to packet instructions.
Heat oil in a grill pan and saute crushed garlic and dry red chilly.
Saute veggies in this  oil.
Add ginger and green chillies.
Now add the noodles along with 1 cup water in which it was cooked.
When everything get cooked and dried,add the sauces and allow it to fry for 3-4 minutes.
Garnish with spring onions.
ENJOY!






Hummus

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This recipe gave me the real authentic taste of arabic Hummus.Serve this along with Khubbus or any flat bread for a very healthy protein rich breakfast.
Hummus is a healthy Middle eastern dip or spread made from cooked Chick peas(Garbanzo beans),Tahini,Garlic&Lime.
Though its very common in Middle east,I am trying to share the recipe with the people around other parts of the Globe.
As an appetizer and dip, hummus is scooped with flat bread  (such as pita ).

Ingredients
1. Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas - 100g soaked all night
(Easily available as canned,but please avoid using canned Garbanzo beans)
2. Tahini  paste - 4tbsp
(Tahini is white sesame seeds available as canned paste.Instead,you can soak white sesame seeds over night and grind it to a paste along with olive oil)
3.Garlic paste- 2 tbsp
4.Lime juice - 2tsp
5.Salt   - to taste
6.Olive oil - 4 tbsp
7.(Cherry tomatoes , Olives for garnishing )
Method Of Preparation
Boil the chick peas adding salt and water until they are very soft. Drain and …

Spiced Finger Chips with Garlic Mayo

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Another easy recipe from deepsrecipes-
But not a low fat recipe,this time.But this is a grilled version of the french fries,so,there is an excuse.
Break all the rules and binge.
This is extremely tasty,starter item.French fries are anybody's  favorite, especially kids.
Ingredients
Potato-2 nos
Chilly powder(Paprika )-1 tbsp or more according to your taste.
Salt-to taste
Plain flour-1 tbsp
Garlic powder-1 tsp
Oil-1 tbsp
Method of preparation
1.Cut the potatoes into  longitudinal strips.Boil water with salt and cook the potato strips for 3-4 minutes.
Remove from water and pat dry.
2.Mix all the dry ingredients with this potatoes and grill in 1 tbsp oil.
3.Serve hot with Garlic Mayo.

*Garlic mayo can be prepared by adding garlic powder into mayonnaise.
*You can use  frozen french fries to cheat the first step in this recipe.

BUON APPETITO!

Happy Diwali To All Indians

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"Wish you all a very happy and safe Diwali....
 May the spirit of Diwali prevail in your life...always ."



Diwali special recipes

1.Basan Laddo

2.Healthy Special Laddoo

3.Kesari Recipe

4.Wheat Laddoo

5.Ari Unda/Rice Balls


Sweet Rice Balls

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These are a healthy snack/Laddoo using brown rice and Jaggery.This is a tasty and healthy evening snack from the ancient recipe collections of south Indian state Kerala.

Wishing all Indians a very HAPPY DIWALI...!
It's again a festive season in our country INDIA.Diwali is the festival of lights.Every Indian around the world,celebrate this day,by  decorating their houses with lamps/diyas. Special sweets are also made on this auspicious day.
 This recipe is simple ,hardly takes 10-15  minutes to prepare.
Ingredients for Brown rice balls/Laddoos
Par Boiled rice-2 cups
Jaggery-1/2 cups grated
Coconut grated-3/4 cup
Cardamom powder-1 tsp
Method Of Preparation
Dry roast the rice until it crackles and turns golden completely.Refer the picture below for the exact texture.

Once you get the rice roasted,grind it well in a blender/grinder. Once the rice is powdered well add coconut,jaggery and cardamom and blend again well.
Make balls/ laddos using this mix.Add more coconut so that the mix is…

Pepper Gobi

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Pepper Gobi is a grilled fry made from cauliflower in pepper and soy sauce.
Very delicious and healthy.Cauliflower has got great nutritional value as it contains high amount of folate, vitamin C and dietary fiber.
 Ingredients
Cauliflower florets-Big pieces
Garlic chopped-2-3 cloves
Ginger-garlic paste-2tsp
Onion-1 big no
Corn flower-2 tbsp
Pepper-1 tbsp
Soy sauce-1 -2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Parsley leaves-
Method Of Preparation
1.Clean the florets under running water.Then dip them for 6-8 minutes in boiling water after adding salt and 1/2 tsp vinegar to the water.Drain.

2. Marinate with ginger garlic paste,salt,pepper,soy sauce and cornflower  with out adding water.

3.Grill it on a grill pan after adding very little oil.
When it's almost done,add onion and garlic chopped ;more pepper and soy sauce if you prefer.

ENJOY healthy pepper Gobi with  Fried rice.


Spicy Chicken Curry

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How about some spicy Chicken Curry with Ghee rice?


Fall has given way to winter.It's early winter this year.Pleasant climate almost all over the world...though there is worry and concern for the natural traumatic events in many parts of the world,life has to go on...
Culinary world is one of those places where you are serene;here people are not prejudice in any ways nor there is thoughts of devastation...
So for the next few minutes let's bask in some real cooking..
This time of the year is perfect for something spicy---This spicy Chicken curry is well known to many,but deepsrecipes is trying to simplify the method.
Recipe for spicy chicken curry---Ingredients
Chicken-200 g
Onion-2 big
Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
Freshly powdered Garam masala-2tsp
Coconut oil/cooking oil-2 tbsp
Mint leaves-4-6 tbsp
Coriander leaves-2tbsp
Yoghurt-1 tbsp
Meat Masala powder-1 tbsp
Coriander powder-2 tbsp
Chilly powder-1 tbsp(or less)
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Green chilly -slit into half-1 no
Coconut mi…

Crepe Recipe

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Here  is a small variation from the usual Crepe  recipe.Crepes are really a quick and easy breakfast item.
Here crepe batter has been enriched using whole meal  and wheat flour.Those who have bored of having brown bread every day can try this,tastes different from the usual pan cakes too.The authentic taste and aroma of sage gives this dish a completely different finish.Try this at home and please leave the comments.
Ingredients
Whole meal-1 cup
(Instead make crumbs from brown bread and add to the wheat flour,as I have done.)
Wheat flour -1 cup
Dried Sage-1-2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Olive oil-Optional
Water-
Method Of Preparation
Make a thin batter with all the ingredients except olive oil.
Now heat a non stick pan and make small thin crepes.Drizzle olive oil over the crepes,if you prefer.Every one would love the aroma and taste that sage provides to the crepes.
Serve hot.
ENJOY with any side dish you prefer or with maple syrup.



Best Innovative person award-kids recipes event

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A BIG Thank you to all my dear blogger friends who have shared their entries to the last month's event on deepsrecipes--

Frankly speaking all the 'kids recipes' that have been linked to my page were unique.But I have decided to give awards to 4 entries(In the beginning, I thought to choose only 2 entries for the award,then found 4 of them,so irresistible ),which I felt incredibly healthy and delicious .

Cook's joy's Bruschetta ,Nivedhanam's almond cranberry bread and Ezcookbook's Green peas sundal are 3 different varieties of healthy kids recipes.Ami's halloween bento is  apt for the season.
Congratulations.

I would really like to share this award with all my blogger friends, who have been encouraging me by participating in my first event, but since I have to choose just 4, I'm passing this prestigious award

to

Cooksjoy
Nivedhanams
FoodsSrilanka
Ezcookbook

Others please don't feel bad since I was enjoying the very sight of all your recipes.Thanks a…

Radish Kofta

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Kofta is a Middle eastern and South Asian delicacy using ground meat(also called Meat balls.)
This recipe is Radish Koftas;a vegetarian version of Kofta.
Dry Koftas are served as appetizers ;but you can easily make a delicious curry,with  tomato or cream based gravy  served with koftas.
My suggestion for the gravy which really goes well with kofta is here.
Substitute Paneer in the above recipe with these Koftas and you will get a delicious ,rich party item.
Ingredients
Radish-2 nos
Potato -2 nos
Corn flour-2 tsp
Salt ad pepper-
Oil-2 tbsp for shallow frying
Coriander powder-1 tbsp
Cinnamon Powder-1tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste-1tsp
Coriander leaves/mint leaves chopped
Method Of Preparation
Grate radish and you will get about 2 cups of the vegetable.
Boil potatoes and remove skin.
Heat a non stick pan and dry fry grated radish to remove excess water from the vegetable;radish contains lot of water in it.

Now add boiled and mashed potatoes and all other ingredients.Mix well…

How to make coffee

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Silly question..right? But to get the real rich aroma from that delicious cup of coffee is a bit difficult to many.
So  all coffee lovers out there,this recipe is for you.This is a method to make Instant Coffee with out using a coffee maker or filter ;You can use any instant coffee powder.
“Come on, don't you ever stop and smell the coffee?” 
Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful
For 1 cup of coffee you need 2 tsp coffee powder or less as per your taste.
A bit of hard work is needed.
First add a spoonful of hot water and the required amount of sugar to the coffee powder and blend well with a spoon for 5-10 minutes or until the coffee turns thick and frothy as in the picture.
Now it's quite simple.Boil milk and add the required quantity of coffee decoction into the milk.Serve hot.
If you shake/whisk the milk to a really frothy consistency,coffee turns even better.

ENJOY your free time with a cup of smooth,silky,coffee.. ....
(Recipe courtesy  showmethecurry.com)


Vegetable curry

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Here'z a vegetable curry using yam and pumpkin. This nutritious,mildly spicy,tangy curry can be served with rice.
Ingredients
Yam- 100 g
Pumpkin-100 g
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida -1/2 tsp
salt-to taste
Shallots-6-8 nos
Garlic -2 pods
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilly powder-2tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Coconut grated-1/2 cup
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
coriander leaves chopped
Tamarind -soaked 2 tbsp
Method Of Preparation
Add 2 tsp oil to a sauce pan.Splutter mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds and saute shallots.
Add the vegetables after cutting them in to cubes.Add turmeric,chilly ,asafoetida,salt and coriander powder and cook well in tamarind water.
Add the garlic pods .
Coarsely grind coconut and cumin seeds.
Once the veggies  cooked well,add the coconut mixture,coriander leaves and saute well.
Finally add some coconut oil on top and close the lid to lock the flavors.
This is a really yummy side dish for rice.
ENJOY!





Beef Fry

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This recipe is very Indian,delicious and flavorful.
Lean Beef is said to be very healthy; high in iron,protein and B-complex vitamins.
This recipe uses very less oil.Beef supplies abundant amount of key nutrients needed for us especially children.
Kerala beef ularth  is a must try dish when ever you get a chance.This is the same recipe;I had acquired from an expert cook and family friend.
Well,those who don't eat beef,please ignore this post.
INGREDIENTS
Beef-250 g
Whole Garam masala-powdered
Ginger-garlic paste-1tbsp
Onion-1 no
Shallots -8-10 nos
Curry leaves-
Chilly powder-1-2 tbsp(as per your taste)
Salt-
Turmeric-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-2tbsp
Meat Masala powder-1 tbsp
Coconut -grated/pieces if available
Mix all the ingredients with the beef (mixing with the hands is the best for this)
Now in a pressure cooker,pour in 2 tsp oil(preferably coconut oil)and add the mix.
Add 1/4 cup water if needed,but normally water is not needed at all.
Cook until well done.(8-10 whistles)
Now in…

Potato salad with pineapple recipe

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Ingredients
Potato-1 big boiled and cut into chunks
Fresh Pineapple pieces-4 tbsp
Cucumber-1 cut into small pieces
Peanuts-
Salt and pepper-
Mayo-2 tbsp
Milk-2 tsp
Method Of preparation
Mix all the veggies and drizzle some salt and pepper.
Beat Mayonnaise and add in the veggies.
Add some milk to adjust the thickness if needed.
Serve topped with pea nuts ,to add the extra crunchiness.
Very healthy and elegant salad is ready in minutes.
Serve this in parties too .

ENJOY..


Prawns and mango curry recipe

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Prawns are the tastiest sea food according to me.Easy to cook,hardly needs 3-4 minutes cooking time.Though toasted prawns are really divine,today,sharing a yummy curry with Prawns which can be served with chapati/rice.
For a simple prawns Manchurian recipe check out here.
Ingredients
Prawns-500g
Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1tsp
Raw Mango-1 no
Shallots-8-10 nos
Coriander leaves-
Curry leaves-
Garlic -1 clove
Salt and pepper
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Dry red Chilly-4 nos
Coconut oil-2tsp
Grated coconut-1 cup
salt-to taste
Kokum-2 nos soaked in water-(discard the water after soaking)-OPTIONAL
Method of preparation
1.Marinate Prawns with salt,pepper and garlic paste.
2.In a sauce pan ,heat 1 tsp oil and add mustard and fenugreek seeds.When it starts to splutter,add dry red chilies,shallots,1 garlic clove,salt,pepper,curry leaves and turmeric powder.
After 2 minutes add in the coconut and fry it for a while.
Now grind it to a fine paste and this is the masala paste …

One pot meal recipe

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This is an Indian Pulao with soya chunks.Really easy to make and with less oil too.For those who crave for biriyani,this one is for you: You can have this less oil pulao with out guilt.Replace rice withPearl Barley for a healthier treat.
Mixing shallow fried soya chunks make this rich in protein. Soya chunks are so yummy,so,I prefer it as a side dish along with this the pulao rather than mixing it into the rice..

Here are the stuffs you need for making this wonderful dish.
1.Basmati rice/Pearl Barley-1cup
2.Mixed vegetables of your choice-(Potato,carrot,Beet root,beans,cauliflower,peas)-1cup
3.Yoghurt-2tbsp
4.Oil-1tsp
5.Ghee-1tsp
6.Coriander leaves,Mint leaves-
7.Fried Onion-(Optional.But it adds the flavor)-2 tbsp
(Croutons- 1/2 cups-optional)
8.Sugar-a pinch
9.Onion-1small chopped
10.Ginger garlic and green chillly paste-1-2 tsp
11.Salt ,pepper-
12.Soya chunks-1/2 cup
(Chilli garlic sause-1tbsp)
13.Biriyani Masala/Garam masala
14.Fried raisins and cashew nuts
Method of preparation
So…

Spicy Sausage Spaghetti

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This Italian recipe demands sweet Italian sausage.But I have used chicken franks that is widely available.
Again,this is my personal recipe and I must confess,a personal favorite too.
A secret ingredient that I have added to bring THE REAL taste is hmm...Is the Bolognese spice mix.....did I really say that...!
Serve this spicy spaghetti with Garlic bread.
Ingredients
Italian Spaghetti-100g
Olive oil-
Dry Red chilly flakes-2 tsp
Garlic chopped-2cloves
Onion-1 medium,chopped
Chicken/beef sausage-100g
Oregano-1tsp
Bolognese spice mix-1tbsp
Tomato Puree-1/4 cup
Salt and pepper-
Parsely chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese-1tsp
Cooking Method
Cook spaghetti in salt water along with a pinch of Oregano.It should be done al dente.
Drain and keep aside.
Marinate sausages with salt,pepper and a pinch of oregano.Saute this in olive oil until crispy.


Now in a sauce pan,pour in olive oil,add crushed dry red chilies and garlic.After a minute saute in onion  and add the cooked pasta.
Mix well.Now add the t…

Garlic cheese bread

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Garlic bread is a favorite to almost all of us.Serve this along with Italian pasta/spaghetti and a healthy dinner is ready in minutes.
You can serve this with Spaghetti Bolognese.
Here I have made cheese garlic bread.Avoid cheese and it is still very tasty.Since we are using Olive oil,we can cut some calories there too.
Ingredients
Baguette (long thin Bread loaf )-1 no
Olive oil-tbsp
Garlic-2-3 cloves
Parsley-chopped 2 tbsp
Salt and pepper-to taste
 Mozzarella cheese-
Method of preparation
1.Cut Baguette  into 2 halves.Now slit each half longitudinally.
2.Make a Garlic Paste
Blend garlic cloves,a pinch of salt and parsley with 1 tbsp olive oil.
Make a fine paste.You can store this paste refrigerated  and can be used in many other recipes.
3.Apply this paste on the bread and toast it in an oven at maximum temperature.You can toast  on stove top too.
When it turns light brown ,add plenty of cheese(salt and pepper if you prefer) and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve hot with Sp…

Kids Pizza

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This Kids Pizza is just a trial from deepsrecipes which turned out to be tasty .Topping can be anything you like,but here we are using egg omelet strips,bell peppers and lot of Mozzarella cheese.
This can be sent as a school snack too.If you want the normal Pizza recipe pleaseclick here.
Ingredients
For the Pizza dough
All purpose flour-1-1/2 cups
Whole meal-1/2 cup
Dry yeast -5g
sugar -2tsp
salt-to taste
Add 2 tbsp warm water to the yeast and 2 tsp sugar.Keep aside for 5 minutes.
Make a smooth dough with flour,yeast and salt by adding water carefully.
Keep aside for 30 minutes. Now after 30 minutes beat the dough with the back of your hand .Make big balls out of this and keep aside for 10 more minutes.Now these balls will become double in size. Ingredients for the Topping. Pizza sauce- Omelette cut into strips- Bell pepper -Chopped/if your kid is not a big fan of Bell peppers,you can even puree to make it go along with Mozzarella. Mozarella cheese Pepper and Oregano Method Of Preparation Take one ball f…

Kerala Fish Curry

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Fish- Any white fish-200g
Shallots-10-15nos
(Or you can use 1 chopped onion)
Ginger -Garlic paste-1tsp
Chilly powder-1tbsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Salt-to taste
Kokum-4-5nos
(You can use white vinegar instead)
Curry leaves-
Coconut oil-2tsp
Method Of preparation
In a sauce pan(If you have clay pot,like the one in the picture above,it's the best for this dish) pour
 1-1/2 cups of water.
Add all ingredients except Fish and coconut oil.
When it starts boiling,add the fish.
Let it cook for 3-5 minutes until the fish is tender and the sauce starts to thicken.
Pour the oil and add some more curry leaves.
Best curry with white rice/Tapioca.
This is a special,traditional delicacy from Kerala.

Battered Fish Recipe

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Fish -
All purpose flour-2tbsp
Eno Fruit Salt-1/2 tsp (You can also use baking powder )
Fennel powder-1-2 tsp
Paprika-1tbsp
Garlic paste-1/2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Oil-2tbsp(for shallow frying)
Mix all ingredients with warm water to get a thick batter.Dip fish pieces and shallow fry..

You can also serve this with finger chips or mashed potatoes.








Fish in Banana Leaf

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Kerala is the southern most state of India.This small place is a good tourist destination for those who love nature and serenity.Another attraction in Kerala is the food.Anyone who visits Kerala should try this fish fry.Fish in banana leaf (called "Meen Pollichathu" in the regional language,Malayalam) is a special delicacy available in House boats of Kerala.

Come,feel a bit of the God's own country,KERALA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axHn7KDxM8U&feature=related

Any Kerala style fish fry is delicious ,but this recipe is the king of all.

This fish fry is healthy since this is cooked, wrapped in banana leaf thus making it less oily.You can use aluminium foil to wrap the fish and instead of frying,bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
INGREDIENTS
Any big fish-Pearl spot fish/King fish-2 nos (here I have used King fish)
Onion-1 small
Shallots-1 cup
Garlic-4 cloves
Curry leaves-use liberally
Chilly powder-2 tbsp(add less if you don't want spicy…

Indian Pudding Recipe

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Bengal gram has low glycemic index and can be included under weight loss diet. In that aspect,this recipe is a fresh option for those under weight loss regime.I am so happy to share this wonderful dessert from India.
INGREDIENTS Split Bengal gram(skinless)- 1 cup Jaggery-200 g Milk(low fat)- 1/2 cup Coconut milk(thin)-3 cups Thick coconut milk-1/2 cup Cumin powder-2 tsp For Garnish Cashew nuts Raisins Ghee-1tsp Method Of Preparation 1.Wash and soak split bengal gram seeds for 30 minutes.
Cook it(split bengal gram(also called Chana dal in Hindi)) until its almost mushy.Use a pressure cooker for this. 2.Now in a non stick pan,add the cooked bengal gram along with melted jaggery and stir until the mixture cooks well in jaggery and starts coming out from the pan.
Once it's ready,the texture will be like the one in the picture below. Now add in 1 cup of low fat milk and mix well. When the mixture turns almost dry,pour in 3 cups of thin coconut milk. Add in 2 tsp cumin powder. Cook until …