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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Spicy Rice Kichadi

One pot meal and a comfort food, perfect for those lazy days. Kichadi is prepared using rice or semolina or even cracked wheat mixed with lentils and a variety of spices and vegetables. You can also add roasted peanuts or cashew nuts for a little crunch. This recipe can easily be doubled when you have company over. With just a few ingredients from your pantry and easy to cook vegetables, this kichadi will be perfect for lunch boxes too. Hope you will enjoy the dish just like i did. And here goes the recipe, 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Rice
1/4 cup Toor dal
! 1/2 cups Water
1/4 cup Peas
1/4 cup Carrot (chopped)
1/2 Onion (finely chopped)
2-3 Green Chili (Finely chopped)
1 1/2 tsp Garlic (minced)
1 1/2 tsp Ginger (minced)
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Chili powder
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Black peppercorns
1/2" Cinnamon stick
1 Clove
1 pinch Asafoetida
1 tbsp Oil
Salt
 How to:
  • Wash the rice and toor dal together, pour the water and soak for 20 mins.

  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil, add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, clove, peppercorns, asafoetida and turmeric powder.
  • Add the onions, saute for a min. Then add the ginger, garlic and green chilies and saute for a couple of mins.
  • Add the carrots, peas along with chili powder and salt.
  • Now add the soaked rice and dal along with the water, check salt and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Switch off, fluff the rice gently and garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve warm with potato fry or chips.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rose Milk Popsicle

Popsicle is made by freezing any flavored liquid around a stick. With summer around the corner, this aromatic and exotic rose flavored popsicle will be perfect to cool you down. Rose milk is one of my childhood favorite and i can't have enough of it. You can find rose milk in a few Indian restaurants menu here in the US. Freezing the rose milk in the molds is a fun way to eat with your family. Hope you will have fun making'em and slurping'em. Here goes the recipe,
Ingredients:

2 cups 2% Milk 
4 tbsp Rose syrup
1 tsp Rose water
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
2 tbsp Sugar or to taste
How to:
  • Heat the milk and let it boil for 3-5 mins. Keep stirring to avoid the skin formation.
  • Switch off and immediately add the cardamom powder, sugar syrup and sugar to taste. 
  •  Add the rose water and let it come to room temperature.
  • Now pour the rose milk into Popsicle molds and freeze them for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • To loosen and remove the popsicle out, slowly run warm water on the outside of the mold.
  • Serve and enjoy it on a hot day.
Tips:

  • If you like milky popsicle, boil the milk for few more mins until it thickens up before adding the syrup.
  • You can also add finely chopped nuts or cooked vermicelli for more texture.

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