Thalipeeth & My Kenstar Food Processor


On a typical weekday it's a very difficult routine. That too with a toddler in her terrible two's who keeps on falling ill since she went to the day care. The day never ends for me. But still I have to manage for good.

I always wanted to cook something easy after coming back home. My hubby gifted me a food processor for my birthday. That is the best gift I ever got for my kitchen. I am totally in love with my food processor. It not only cuts and chops, but does so much more. From kneading atta ( flour) to making juice to whipping cream to churning buttermilk. I even made butter this weekend using my food processor.


Since the day this food processor came home, I can save a little bit of time and energy.
Last week I thought of trying thalipeeth. I thought that this might take such a long time. But my food processor made things very easy for me. Thanks to my hubby dear.

Thalipeeth is a combination of flours put and served in a thali meaning plate and peeth meaning flour. This is a typical Maharashtrian dish. I have used only 2 types of flours. But you can even add rice flour, ragi flour or any other type of flour and make a proper batter along with other added veges.


 Ingredients:

6 tablespoon besan / gram flour
6 tablespoon atta / wheat flour
2 tomatoes
2 onions
1 bunch fresh coriander leaves
1 tsp chilly powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp cumin powder
2-3 tablespoon grated coconut (Optional)
Oil for frying
1/2 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Procedure:
In the food processor, chop the tomatoes and onions fine.
Wash the coriander leaves and chop them fine.


To the same add both the flour's.
Add salt to this and the rest of the ingredients.

Add 1/2- 1 cup water and make a thick batter, after replacing the chopper to atta blade.




Once this is done, heat the tawa / griddle. Spread 1 tablespoon oil and let it heat for sometime. On this, put 1 big spoonful of batter.
Spread this uniformly using your finger tips.


Keep it covered for 10 Min's on low flame.
After 10 Min's, turn to other side and let it cook for another 5-10 Min's.

Serve hot with chutney of your choice.
We had it plain.

Note: I did not receive any compensation from Kenstar for reviewing this food processor.


This recipe goes to "Healthy Snack Event"

Rawa Fried Mushrooms

During this rainy season in Goa, we get fresh mushrooms from the forest. Those are the tastiest mushrooms I have ever had. People living in the forest's work at my home and farmhouse, get those mushrooms for us. Sometimes we buy them from the local market.

My mom prepare's a variety of dishes with those mushrooms. My dad being a pure vegetarian loves those mushrooms. He would not dare to eat the button mushrooms available in packets. He just does not like these button mushrooms. But he loves those original forest mushroom's.

On one of my phone calls to Goa, I heard that they cooked those mushrooms from the forest. My mouth started watering. I immediately got a packet of mushrooms and prepared mushroom fry. I just love this dish.




Ingredients:
10 -12 button mushrooms
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon chilly powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 cup rawa /sooji / semolina
1 cup rice flour
1 tablespoon oil




Procedure:

Wash the mushrooms.
Cut them into 2 pieces. If the mushroom if big, then make 4 pieces.
Marinate by applying salt,turmeric and chilly powder for 15 Min's.

For frying:
Mix the rice flour, rawa, pinch of salt, 1/4 tsp each of turmeric powder and chilly powder. Put this on a big plate.

Dip the marinated mushrooms in this rawa. Ensure that it is fully covered with rawa.

Heat the frying pan and spread 1 tablespoon oil. Add more if required.
Place the mushrooms on the pan and fry on low flame.
After 10 minutes turn them to the other side.
Fry them for 20 minutes.
You know they are done when they turn brown.

Note: Always fry mushrooms on low flame and do not cover it while frying.

Serve it as a starter or as a side dish with rice.


This recipe goes to What's On Your Kebab Platter?, an event organised by Khushi of A Girl's Diary.

Fried Prawns

Fried Prawns is the dish which makes my mouth water. Even now while I am blogging about this dish, it's making my mouth water. This is very simple to cook and taste is awesome.


The prawns needs to be cleaned properly. Maybe sometime in future I will write a blog post on how to clean the prawns. The prawns that I make in my kitchen turns very tasty and juicy. Care should be taken not to over-cook them. Else they will turn out rubbery.

The bad smell of the prawns goes off if they are cleaned and marinated properly with turmeric powder and salt. I just love the smell of fish / prawns frying in my kitchen.


Ingredients:

10-20 Prawns
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon chilly powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 cup rawa / semolina
1 cup rice flour
1 tablespoon oil



Procedure:

De-shell the prawns and wash properly.
Marinate them by applying salt, turmeric powder and chilly powder for 30 Min's.

For frying:
Mix the rice flour, rawa, pinch of salt, 1/4 tsp each of turmeric powder and chilly powder. Put this on a big plate.

Dip the prawns in this rawa. Ensure that it is fully covered with rawa.

Heat the frying pan and spread 1 tablespoon oil. Add more if required.
Place the prawns on the pan and fry on low flame.
After 10 minutes turn them to the other side.
Fry them for 20 minutes.
You know they are done when they turn brown.

Note: Always fry prawns on low flame and do not cover it while frying.


This recipe goes to What's On Your Kebab Platter?, an event organised by Khushi of A Girl's Diary.



June Whip-Up Challenge turned out lucky

Yes, this was one of the event I participated in and to my surprise I won the giveaway. I am extremely happy as this is the first time that I won a giveaway.

Event Name : Whip-Up Something New - June Challenge
Click here to see the beautiful round-up of the event.

Since I celebrated my birthday in the month of June, this event also gifted me something beautiful :)
The winner was selected through random.org, and it turned out lucky for me.
Below is the beautiful prize that I got. Thanks Gnoe.



The entry that I sent for the event was Baked Baby Potatoes.

Mushroom Masala

Mushroom Masala is something that I cooked almost 2 week's back. I was not finding enough time to post this recipe. My office and personal life kept me too much engaged. Today somehow I thought of posting this.

This is one of the best dish that can be found in my kitchen. I should say that this dish taste's better when prepared with coconut ( the traditional Goan way). Since I was running out of time, I took this easy way.


Button Mushrooms should be consumed fresh. Do not store them in fridge for more then a day. There is a trick to know if the button mushroom is not fresh. If the button mushroom opens into an umbrella type of mushroom, then it's not fresh. If it remains like a button, it is fresh. Please keep this in mind while purchasing button mushrooms.

Ingredients:
10-12 button mushrooms
2 onions
1 tomato
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cardamon powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp chilly powder
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
Salt to taste


Procedure:
Clean and cut the mushrooms horizontally.
Chop onions and tomatoes.

In a fry pan, fry the onions till pinkish.
Then add tomatoes and fry till tomatoes turn mushy.
Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 Min's.
Add all the masala's and fry for 2-3 Min's.
Add the mushrooms, Stir properly.
Add little water and close the lid of the utensil.
After 10 Min's you will notice that the mushrooms are cooked.
Serve with chapatis or rice.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

This goes to "Dish it out with Mushrooms and Onions" event hosted by Vardhini and Kalyani.


Also goes to Iftar Moments Hijri 1432 event announced at Taste of Pearl City.

Also this goes to Whip-Up Something New - July Challenge hosted on Joyfully Retired.

Ultimate Upma

Upma is what I cooked today for breakfast. Almost the entire week we had chapatis for breakfast and were bored of the same. Thought of doing upma / uppit. Also found grated coconut in my fridge and was happy as I don't have to grate coconut early in the morning.

Kicked off the day with upma. Simple, easy to cook and less time consuming. My hubby liked this upma. My baby also had a little. I am sure most of the people prepare upma/uppit in every house-hold. For those who doesn't know, they have reached the right place for the recipe.

I made this upma as simple as possible. One can add, chopped tomato and green peas. Since I wanted to be a bit fast, I preferred not to use these.




Ingredients:
1 cup rawa / semolina
2 1/2 cups water
1 green chilly
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
10 curry leaves
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoon grated coconut
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2 tablespoon Desi ghee
1 tsp urad dal / black gram dal
Pinch of sugar
Salt to taste


Procedure:
Fry the rawa in 1 tsp ghee til it turns brown and keep aside.
In a kadai, put oil. When it heats, add mustard seeds. When they flutter, add urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves and fry for sometime.
Now add chopped onion and fry till it turns pinkish.
To this add the finely chopped green chilly and stir. Add turmeric powder and mix properly.
Now add the rawa and mix well.
To this add water and let it get boiled. Cook till all water gets absorbed.
Add 2 tablespoon ghee to this and a pinch of sugar. Add grated coconut and mix well.
Add salt to taste and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Repost : Instant Cookies Treat

I am reposting this dish as I want to participate in the ongoing "Only" event organised by Pari. She has a giveaway too. I suggest all my readers to participate in this event and make it a huge success.



Ingredients:

2 tablespoon All purpose flour/maida
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tsp ghee/butter
2 tablespoon curds/yogurt
2 tsp cooking oil

Procedure:

Mix the all purpose flour, corn flour,baking powder and cocoa powder.
Mix in sugar.
Mix ghee,curds and oil and mould well.
Grease the microwave tray by applying ghee.
Make small round shapes of the cookies and place them on the plate.
Microwave for 90 seconds.
Take then out of microwave and cool them on a wired rack.
After cooling, the crispy instant cookies are ready to be served.

This was my 2nd experiment with cookies and it turned out to be a real success.
Found this recipe in one of the blog's.

As mentioned earlier this goes to "Only Baked" event organised by Pari and Harini-Jaya.



One of my blogger friend Marla has invited me to participate in the "Get Grillin" with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans event on her blog. So this entry goes there too.


Repost for an event : Sweet Corn Masala





Ingredients:
1 cup fresh sweet corn
1 onion
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
1 tomato
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tablespoon chilly powder
1 tablespoon garam masala
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste

Procedure:
Boil the sweet corn for 10 Min's.
Chop the onions straight.
Chop tomatoes into small pieces.

In a pan, fry the onions.
When onions turn pinkish add ginger-garlic paste.
Add the tomatoes and fry them for some time.
Now add turmeric powder, chilly powder and garam masala.
Add 1/2 cup water and let it boil for 2 Min's.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Add salt to taste.

Serve it with chapatis or phulkas.

Sending this to "WWC : Corn for Dinner" event hosted by Reva and Sangeeta.


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