Thursday, August 16, 2012

Khatta dhokla made with rice dhokla flour

khatta dhokla
dhokla with chutney
Rice dhokla flour:
We can make dhokla flour in advance by dry grinding 3:1 ratio rice and urud dal. 
1. Wash the rice and urud dal and spread it on a cloth to dry - in a sunny spot outside or on the kitchen counter. 
2. Dry roast the grains, let it cool and grind it coarsely. 
3. Store it in an airtight container. 
  cups            dokla flour
1"                    ginger   
                    green chillies
1 tsp                oil / ghee 
1/2 cup            yogurt / curd / dahi
1 pinch            aesofoetida
1/2 tsp             coarsely ground black pepper / red chilli flakes
cups            warm water
1/4 tsp             fruit salt / uno salt
salt to taste
To temper:
1/2 tsp               mustard seed  
1/2 tsp               urud dal
                       dry red chilli
tbs                  oil
few                    curry leaves
2. Add the warm water, salt and yogurt to the dhokla flour, mix it nicely with the hand and leave it overnight / 6-8 hrs to ferment.
3. Grind the chilli and ginger into a paste, mix it to the batter along with aesofoetida. Check for salt.
4.  Add uno salt to the dhokla batter, it's consistency should be like cake batter,  add a few drops of water over it (it will bubble).
4. Grease a round metal pan / thali with ghee or oil, pour the batter into it.
5Sprinkle the black pepper or the green chilli flakes over it. Keep the pan in an iddly or dhokla cooker and steam it for 10-15 mins or till the middle part of the dhokla gets firm. Take the dhokla out of the pan.
6. Heat oil in a tadka pan, add the mustard seeds and urud dal. When the mustard splutters add the red chillies and curry leaves and fry till it gets crispy.
7. Pour the seasoning over the dhokla and cut it diagonally. Enjoy eating it with green chutney. 
Green Chutney
2 tsp           oil
               red chilli
clove       garlic
cup         shredded coconut 
2 handful   mint/ coriander leaves
 1. Heat  oil in a pan, add the red chillies, garlic and fry till it gets crispy.
2. Add 1 cup of shredded coconut and fry for few minutes, now add  the  mint or coriander leaves and fry till the leaves starts to wilt. 
3. Add salt and  lemon juice, grind it in a blender and serve with the dhokla.
Tips for taste:
1. We can fry the dhokla pieces in the seasoning for a crispy snack.
2. Use a pan with a lid to steam dhoklas instead of cookers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Eraal Kheema / Minced spicy Shrimp

   Shrimp is a close relative of prawn. The larger ones are commonly referred as prawns and smaller ones as shrimps. It's called jhinaga, eral, chemmeen, konch in other indian languages. This eral kheema pairs well with any bread, plain rice or pulao.
shrimp/ prawn kheema
Eraal kheema / spicy minced shrimp 
1 lb/ 1/2 kg   shrimp / prawn
1                  onion or 20 - 25 small onions/ shallots/sambar vengayam        
 4 - 6            green chillies
1/4  tsp         sombu / fennel seed
2 clove         garlic
1 tsp             red chilli powder
1 tsp             garam masala
few sprigs     coriander / cilantro leaves
2 tsp             channa flour / kadalai maavu or corn starch   
2 tbs             oil 
salt to taste 
1. Mince onion, garlic and green chilli and keep it aside,   
2. Clean the shrimp/prawn and cut into small pieces, mix the chopped shrimp with channa flour and garam masala.
3. Heat the oil in a pan, add the fennel seed and fry for few minutes add onion and green chilli.
4. When the onion becomes soft and brown, add garlic and fry. 
5. Add the red chilli powder and salt.  
6. Reduce the heat and add the shrimp/ iraal mix, stir fry and cook till the shrimp is well cooked and the raw smell no longer remains.

Vegetable Choux

Choux is a light pastry dough made with butter, flour, eggs and water. Choux (pronounced - shoo) is baked first at high temperature and finished at low temperature. Instead of leavening agents like the baking soda, yeast or baking powder it's leavened by steam it creates from it's high moisture content and it's initial high cooking temperature. I took this recipe from 5 fruits and vegetables a day - cook book and modified it. 
Spicy vegetable choux

Choux Pastry:
1 1/4 cup            water
4 ounce              butter
5 ounce              all purpose  flour
4                        eggs
4 ounce              cheddar cheese
1 tsp                   chilli powder
salt to taste
For the filling:
1/4 cup                 carrots, finely diced 
1/4 cup                 green peas
1/2 cup                 potatoes, finely diced
1/4 cup                 bell pepper, finely chopped 
1                          onion, medium - chopped
2 tbs                     oil
1                          tomato- small, chopped
2 sprigs                coriander leaves, finely chopped
1                          garlic clove, crushed  
1 tsp                     chilli powder 
salt to taste   

1. Combine all the ingredients together in a skillet, cover it with lid and cook in med/ low till the vegetables are soft.
2. Preheat oven into 400* f. 
3.  To make choux pastry, heat water in a large saucepan. Add the butter to it.
4. Remove from heat when the butter melts, add all the flour to it and stir it well till the dough becomes smooth, allow it to cool slightly.
5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and continue beating till the weather looks glossy. Stir in chilli powder, salt and cheese. 
6. Grease 6 oven proof dishes and pipe or spoon the pastry into the dishes.
7. Divide the vegetables between the six dishes, add spoonful of cheese over the vegetables
8. Bake it in the oven for about 25 - 35 minutes or until the choux pastry is puffy and golden.
9. Serve hot.

Melt the butter...

spicy choux
cook the flour ...

spicy choux
Add egg one at a time..

spicy vegetable choux
Spoon or pipe the flour into a dish..

vegetable spicy choux
vegetable choux..

ready to bake :)


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Porulvilanga Urundai / Mystery Balls

       This is one of the sweets you cannot find in a regular sweet stall in Tamilnadu- India. My grandma used to make this sweet whenever she visited us. It has this funny name, porul + vilanga + urundai, which is translated as, unknown round thing (!?!)    
sweet rice balls
Porulvilanga Urundai
As I said before, this blog is for my daughter and my nieces. I want them to learn about some of the traditional food and sweet i know. My older sister was one of the li'l helpers, who helped my grandma then, i got this recipe from her. It's a simple recipe made with powdered rice and vellam / jaggery / sugar syrup.  
porul vilanga urundai
rice, jaggery and spices...
1 cup       uncooked rice
3/4 cup    water
3/4 cup  *jaggery / vellam     
1/2"         dried ginger
1 pinch    salt
2             cardamom  
2 tbs        dried coconut pieces
* made with unrefined cane sugar juice or with the sap of date palm tree.
1. Heat a pan and dry roast the rice till it becomes puffed and light brown in color, let it cool for some time. 
2. Grind the rice, dried ginger and cardamom in a blender / grinder to a fine powder. 
3. Sift the rice flour with a sieve to separate any remaining coarse rice, grind it again to a fine flour. Reserve 2 tbs flour for dusting.
4. In a separate saucepan heat the water and add the jaggery and salt, stir it till the jaggery gets dissolved. Remove from heat and strain it to remove any impurities in it.
5. Pour the liquid in the pan again and boil it for 5 more mins, to get a thick sugar syrup, remove from heat.
6. Make a mound of the flour on a flat work surface.
7. Create a hollow/ well in the middle of the mound and add spoonfuls of sugar syrup into it and stir the mixture with a fork.  
8. Make small balls with the wet flour. Roll the balls real quick as it tends to become dry and hard very soon. Coat the balls with the reserved flour. 
9. Allow it to cool and store it in an airtight container. This sweet has longer shelf life.
porulangai urundai
dry roast the rice....
porulanga urundai
sift the flour and reserve some for dusting...
porulvilanga  urundai
boil the sugar syrup....
porul vilangai urundai
mound the flour...
sweet rice flour balls.
add the sugar syrup to the flour..
porul vilangai urundai
stir the mixture with a fork
porulanga urundai
hardened sweet balls ready