Monday, 30 July 2018

Metkoot


A Maharashtrian kitchen is incomplete without Metkoot .
This tasty , aromatic yellow powder never fails to revive many nostalgic memories and has a motherly touch to it .
You are not feeling well have metkoot with hot rice and a dollop of ghee on it .
Your stomach is upset have metkoot with hot rice and a dollop of ghee on it .
You are travelling , pack a tiffin of metkoot with hot rice and a dollop of ghee on it .
You want to eat something simple yet tasty have metkoot with hot rice and a dollop of ghee on it .
In short in a Maharashtrian kitchen metkoot has an indispensable position .
Now you must be wondering what this metkoot is and how it is made ....
Believe me you will be surprised when you see how simple it is to make .


Ingredients : 

2 cups - chana daal
1 cup - urad daal
1/2 cup -  rice
1/4 cup - whole moong
1/4 cup - whole wheat
1/4 cup - mustard seeds
2 tsp  - coriander seeds
2 tsp - cumin seeds
2 tsp - hing ( asefoetida )
7/8 - dry red chillies
1 tsp - turmeric powder
1 inch - dry ginger ( soonth )
1/2 inch - cinnamon stick
6 - cardamoms
1/2 - nutmeg






Method : 

Dry roast chanadal , urad dal , rcie , moong , wheat  separately till they give out nice aroma .

In the same way dry roast jeera , mustard, coriander  too .

Now let everything cool down just a bit .

Grind all roasted as well as remainging ingredients together to a very fine powder .

When cool store in a air tight bottle .

Whenever you feel like having a treat just take hot steaming rice in a plate , add some salt to taste , a dollop of ghee and metkoot powder on top .

Mix everything properly and relish it with pickle or papad .  

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Oats n Ragi Idli


We all know that idli is the staple breakfast of most of the South Indian Kithens . Soft steaming hot idlis never fail to satisfy your hunger and the taste buds too .
I usually try making different types of idlis as the variety appeals the eye and pallete .
Oats and Ragi ( nachani ) both being very nutritious make an ideal combo for the first and most important meal the day .
So why not try using them in our favourite idlis ?


Ingredients : 

1 cup - oats
1 cup - nachani flour
1/4 cup - rice flour
1/4 cup - rawa
2 tbsp - curds
salt






Method :

Mix all the above ingredients with just enogh water to make thick batter .

Keep the batter aside for 2 to 3 hours .

If keeping the batter overnight you can omit adding curds .

Grease the idli mould and add spoonful of batter in each idli mould .

Keep the idli maker in cooker and cook without pressure for 15/20 minutes.

After 20 minutes take the idli maker out and sprinkle little water on the idlis .

Then remove them with the help of a spoon .

Serve hot with green chutney or any other chutney of your choice.


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Mango Shake

Summer comes and brings with it the king of fruit - mango . Although mango comes in many varieties Alphanso ( hapus ) rules the roost .
But the real taste of alphanso can be enjoyed only till the rainy season starts .
Once it rains the other varieties start replacing alphanso in the market .
Though these varieties can never take the place of alphanso but still they too have their own taste .
A true mango lover will relish this varieties till the last of the mango fruit appears in the market .
For me along with Hapus , Payari , Kesar , Dasheri , Langada , Neelam , Chousa , Totapuri , Rajapuri , Batali are equally tempting varieties .
I usually like to have alphanso as it is , that is only in form of real fruit . But all other above mentioned varieties can be relished in various forms like pickle , murabba , squash , jam and yes last but not the least juices and shakes .
So here is one of the simplest yet most satiating shake to begin your day in a healthy and happy way .


Ingredients :

2 ripe mangoes - ( I used rajapuri variety )
1 cup milk
few mint leaves
sugar only if needed




Method : 

Peel the mangoes and cut into cubes .

In the juicer add cubes , milk , few mint leaves and make the shake .

Garnish this yellow beauty with fresh green mint leaves .



Thursday, 28 June 2018

Gawar Bhaji ( Cluster Beans Stir Fry )

A very simple yet perfect preparation for tiffin on a busy day .....

Ingredients :

1/2 kg  - Gawar (Cluster beans)
1/2 tsp - mustard seeds
1/4 tsp - hing (asefoetida)
1/4 tsp - .turmeric powder
2 - green chillies ( cut into 4 pieces)
1/2 tsp - sugar
1 tbsp - oil.
salt as per taste




Method :

Wash the beans and remove the end parts of the beans.

Cut them and keep aside.

In a non stick pan heat oil and add mustard seeds and cut green chillies.

When mustard splutters add hing and turmeric powder.

Now add the cut Gawar beans , salt and sugar and cook with a lid till done.

Serve with rice or rotis.

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