Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Sponge Dosa | Lunchbox ideas

Kids definitely look for varieties in their lunch boxes. So I keep trying newer ideas in our day-to-day traditional dishes. I found this different recipe for dosa in a cook book first and later in many blogs. I wanted to try this for a long time and somehow didn't find an opportunity. Last week I tried this and it was fabulous. The dosa was very soft and spongy and stayed the same way after packing it for llunch box too. Just pack this with attractive side dishes. I packed with groundnut chutney


Ingredients:

Idly rice(parboiled rice) - 2 cups
Rice flakes/aval/poha - 1/4 cup
Sour butter milk - 3 – 4 cups
Cooking soda - 1/4 tsp
Oil & salt - As needed


Method:

  • Soak washed rice and aval  together in buttermilk overnight.
  • Morning,drain the excess buttermilk if any and grind to a smooth batter like our idly dosa batter(bit watery than that)
  • Mix salt(I added 2 tsp) and cooking soda and mix well.
  • Heat the tawa (I used a nonstick one) and pour a ladle full of batter and drizzle oil and don’t spread the batter,cook covered in medium flame for a minute.
  • Now super soft spongy dosa is ready to enjoy!



Notes:

If there are no holes formed in the dosa, Check the consistency of the batter, too thick batter or even too thin batter wont give you porous dosa. Try adding more cooking soda and mix well and try again.


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tomato Rice | Easy lunchbox recipes

For the third week in this Blogging Marathon, I have chosen to blog about lunch box dishes for kids. I have heard from many mothers that packing lunch boxes for children is a very big challenge. Kids these days love variety and they want to feel surprised when they open their lunch boxes.


The biggest challenge in packing lunch boxes is that the recipe should be something the kid likes. And the next one is that it should be easy to make during the morning rush hour. In this post I have posted photos of how I packed tomato rice for the lunch box. Generally kids hate tomatoes. I have seen this in a lot of kids. But they enjoy the taste. So I grind tomatoes and onions to make this rice. 

I packed the tomato rice with gobi manchurian, papads and curd. I also added a boiled egg to make the lunch more interesting. The other option would be to pack this rice with lots of fryums and fried potatoes.


The recipe of gobi manchurian is given here.

Ingredients:

Jeera rice - 2 cups (200 grams)
Tomato - 150 grams
Onions - 100 grams
Ginger - 5 grams
Garlic - 5 grams
Green chillies - 2 nos (small)
Salt - to taste
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - few



Method:

  • Wash the rice and keep aside.
  • Grind the onions, tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, garlic into a coarse paste.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the oil. Add the ground paste and fry until the water is completely evaporated and the ground mixture becomes a thick paste.
  • Add the washed rice and throw in all the powders including salt.
  • Fry for another one or two minutes.
  • Add the required amount of water (1:2 ratio).
  • Mix well. Check for salt. Close the pressure cooker.
  • Cook for one pressure. Then bring doen the heat to minimum. Cook for another minute and switch off the stove.
  • Open the pressure cooker as soon as the pressure is released and transfer the contents to a wide mouthed bowl.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.




Notes:


  • The tomato rice will be more flavorful if made with basmati rice.
  • To make it more attractive to kids, garnish it with fried cashewnuts.




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Paal Arisi Kanji | Dessert

Paal Arisi Kanji - This is one dessert which I make very often. This is very easy to make. This recipe comes in hand when we have unannounced guests at home.

I say this to be an easy recipe because all the ingredients - milk, cooked rice and sugar are always available at home. This tastes little different to pal payasam since the rice is not cooked in milk. And with little less sugar this recipe would be a very good appetizer.


Ingredients:

Milk - 1 litre
Cooked rice - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Saffron - few strands
Ghee - 1 tbsp



Method:

  • In a wide mouthed vessel, boil the milk.
  • Once the milk starts boiling, lower the flame and add the cooked rice and sugar.
  • Stir well and boil the milk for another 10 minutes. 
  • Keep stirring so that the milk doesn't burn at the bottom of the vessel.
  • After 10-12 minutes, add the cardamom powder, ghee and saffron strands.
  • Mix well, switch off stove.


Dhideer payasam ready!!




Notes:

  • This sweet can also be garnished with cashew nuts, raisins and other nuts.



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