Carrot Halwa/Gajar ka halwa

This is a sweet cum desert as it is served with vanilla ice cream as a desert or served as a sweet. This is easy and tastiest sweet and healthy too. Kids love this as it is nutritious as carrot is good for their eyes. Here i will show you how to make easy and quick carrot halwa.

Recipe card for Carrot/Gajar ke Halwa

Prep time 20 mins, serves 5

Ingredients

3 cups grated carrot or 750 grms carrot

1 cup sugar

3 cups full cream milk

1 tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp chopped cashew nuts
2 tsp chopped Almond
3 tsp raisins or sultanas
3 tsp Ghee/clarified butter
Method:
  1. In a pan put Ghee and fry the dry fruits like Cashew nuts,Almond and raisins and remove those dry fruits to a plate. Now in the same pan add grated carrot and saute for 3-4 mins then add Full cream milk and boil it.
  2. Once the milk becomes half add sugar to it and mix properly and bring to boil.
  3. Once it becomes thick, add cardamom powder and fried dry fruits. easy and simple carrot halwa is ready to serve.

Step by step procedure

  1. In a pan put Ghee/clarified butter
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2.  Add dry fruits like Cashew nuts,Almond and raisins and fry it and take it out to a plate.

3. Now in the same pan add grated carrot and saute for 3-4 mins.

4. Add full cream milk to this.

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5. Once the milk becomes half add sugar to it and mix properly and bring to boil.

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6. Once it becomes thick, add cardamom powder and fried dry fruits. easy and simple carrot halwa is ready to serve.

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Black Forest cake

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Recipe card for Black forest cake

Prep time 1 hour Serves 10

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour/Maida/All purpose flour

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon bicarb soda/Baking Soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

1 tinned cherries, including juice

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Cream

3 cups  thickened cream

3 tbsp Sugar powder

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree centigrade and also grease the butter and dust the flour to a cake tray.
  2. In a large bowl or a stand mixer combine flour/maida, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb soda/Baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla essence. Beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared cake tins.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool tins on wire racks for 10 minutes. Loosen edges and remove cakes to racks to cool completely.
  4. Strain the cherries and keep juice aside and cut the cherries into small pieces and keep it aside.
  5. Now for making cream Combine whipping cream and sugar powder in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer/stand mixer at high speed until it becomes thick.
  6. Now cut the top of the cake horizontally and crumble it and make a powder and cut the remaining cake horizontally twice so that you have 3 same size cakes with you.
  7. Place one cake layer on cake plate and put some cherry syrup on it and apply cream and spread cherries put one more cake and do the same for this layer and put one more cake and apply cream on it now take a pipeing bag and decorate the cake with your choice of designs and put cherries and for the sides apply cream and fix the crumbled cake mixture.

Simple Cucumber raita/Curd side dish

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Recipe card of cucumber raita

Prep time: 5 mins Serves – 2

Ingredients

1 cup curd
1 lebanese cucumber finely chopped(or any cucumber)
1 tsp Pepper powder
1 tsp chaat masala
Salt to taste
Method
  1. In a mixing bowl add cucumber,salt,pepper powder,chaatmasala and mix well.
  2. Add curd to this mixture and mix it properly.
Cucumber raita is ready to serve with pulav or any rice item.
Step by step procedure
  1. In a mixing bowl add cucumber,salt,pepper powder,chaatmasala and mix well.

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2. Add curd to this mixture and mix it properly.

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Cucumber raita is ready to serve with pulav or any rice item.

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Vegetable Pulav/Flouvered rice

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This is one of the healthy rice items as it has loads of vegetables and green leaves like mint leaves and coriander hence its good for kids lunch box. Its colourful too.. hence kids get attracted and lunch box will be emptied in no time… Try this flavourful rice today…

 

Recipe card for vegetable pulav

Prep time 20 mins Serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice

1 small bunch Mint leaves
10-15 coriander leaves
1 finely chopped carrot
10 french beans finely chopped
1 finely chopped potato
3 spoons finely chopped cabbage
3 tsp Sweet corn
3 tsp green peas
1 tomato finely chopped
2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp Urad dal
1 tsp ginger paste
5-6 pepper corns
3 tbsp grated coconut
1 tsp Garam masala
Salt to taste
1 tsp lemon juice
2 1/2 cups water for 1 cup rice
2tsp oil and 1tsp ghee/clarified butter.
Method:
  1. In a mixer jar put cleaned and washed mint and coriander leaves, 1 tsp cumin seeds, peppercorns,ginger paste,grated coconut,garam masala and grind it to a smooth paste.
  2. In a pressure cooker put oil and ghee and add mustard,cumin seeds, urad and chana dal once it splutters, add Vegetables and saute for 2 mins and then add grinded paste and mix well add washed rice, salt and lime juice,water and mix well and let it boil.
  3. Now close the lid and let it whistle 3 times and turnoff the gas and wait until it cools down once the pressure is reduced open the cooker lid and mix it carefully. Vegetable pulav is ready to serve with raita.

Step by step procedure

  1. In a mixer jar put cleaned and washed mint and coriander leaves, 1 tsp cumin seeds, peppercorns,ginger paste,grated coconut,garam masala and grind it to a smooth paste.

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2.  In a pressure cooker put oil and ghee and add mustard,cumin seeds, urad and chana dal let it splutter.

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3. Add Vegetables and saute for 2 mins

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4. Then add grinded paste and mix well.

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5. Add washed rice, salt and lime juice and mix well.

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6. Add water and let it boil.

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6. Now close the lid and let it whistle 3 times and turnoff the gas and wait until it cools down once the pressure is reduced open the cooker lid and mix it carefully.

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Vegetable pulav is ready to serve with raita.

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Brinjal (eggplant)Curry/badhnekai ennagai

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This is a famous dish in north karnataka (In India) as it is must for Jowar(Sorghum) roti. You can serve this with Chapati,Rotis,pulkas,parotas,bread,rice as this goes well with all most everything except pooris.

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Recipe card for Brinjal curry/badhnekai ennagai

Prep time 20 mins Serves 4

Ingredients:

6 small brinjal/pickle or purple brinjal

3 tbsp Grated fresh coconut

5 tbsp roasted peanuts/Groundnut

1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Mustard seeds
5-6 Curry leaves
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp Sambar powder
2 tsp Tamarind Juice
little jaggery
Salt to taste
1 onion sliced
1 tsp ginger paste
2 strings Coriander/cilantro leaves
2 tsp oil
1 tsp asafoetida
  1. In a mixer (blender) jar put groundnuts/peanuts,coconut,onion,ginger paste,chilli powder,sambar powder, jaggery,salt, coriander leaves and grind it add little water and grind it to a smooth paste.
  2. Slit the brinjal in 4 parts leaving gap at the end so that brinjal will not cut into slices let the brinjal stays whole.
  3. In a pressure cooker put oil, mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and once these splutters add brinjal and saute for a minute and add grinded paste and tamarind juice and add little water if required and close the lid and let it whistle once then turn off the gas and let the pressure cools down then open the lid and mix it properly its ready to serve.
Step by step procedure
  1. In a mixer (blender) jar put groundnuts/peanuts,coconut,onion,ginger paste,chilli powder,sambar powder, jaggery,salt, coriander leaves and grind it add little water and grind it to a smooth paste.
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2. Slit the brinjal in 4 parts leaving gap at the end so that brinjal will not cut into slices let the brinjal stays whole.

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3. In a pressure cooker put oil, mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and let these splutters.

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4. Add brinjal and saute for a minute

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5. Add grinded paste and stir for sometime.

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6. Add tamarind juice and add little water if required

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7. And close the lid and let it whistle once then turn off the gas and let the pressure cools down then open the lid.

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And mix it properly its ready to serve with Jowar roti or Chapathi,Pulka,Rice, Dosa anything…. Even it goes well with Bread.

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Spicy puffed rice/mandakki oggarane/marmara masala

This recipe is super quick and tastes very good .. kids will love this as it’s a puffed rice masala .. This is Karnataka’s famous dish called mandakki oggarane or puri husli. This simple dish is famous in north Karnataka as they serve this with mirchi bajji (chillies dipped in chickpea flour batter with spices in it and deep fried in oil ). You can have this as breakfast,dinner or as a evening snacks.Let’s start making this

Spicy puffed rice/mandakki oggarane
Spicy puffed rice/mandakki oggarane

Recipe card for Mandakki oggarane/spicy puffed rice/ puri husli

Prep time 15 mins serves 2
Ingredients 
4 cups puffed rice / Marmara, mandakki, puri.
1 big onion chopped
2-3 dry red chillies/you can add green chillies.
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
1 tsp Urad dal
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp peanuts
1 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
2 tsp oil
pinch of asafoetida/hing
Salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
4-5 curry leaves
1 tsp chopped coriander
2 tsp grated fresh coconut
1 tsp lime juice.
Method:
  1. Soak the puffed rice in water for some time, Meanwhile we will start with the seasoning. Switch on the stove and put a pan on it and add oil,mustard,cumin, chana dal,urad dal once it splutters add peanuts,redchilli,gingerpaste, asafoetida once peanuts gets fried add onions,curry leaves and fry till onion becomes translucent  add turmeric, salt and mix it .
  2. Now squeeze puffed rice and remove excess water from it by pressing it and add it to the above mix it and stir for a minute and add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and turn off the gas and add lemon juice and sugar and mix it nicely. The puffed rice masala is ready to serve.

Step by step procedure with photos

  1. Soak the puffed rice in water for some time
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2. Switch on the stove and put a pan on it and add oil,mustard,cumin, chana dal,urad dal.
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3. once it splutters add peanuts,redchilli,gingerpaste, asafoetida.
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4. once peanuts gets fried add onions,curry leaves and fry.
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5. Once onion becomes translucent  add turmeric, salt and mix it .
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6. Now squeeze puffed rice and remove excess water from it by pressing it.
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7. Add it to the mixture and stir for a minute.
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8. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and turn off the gas and add lemon juice and sugar and mix it nicely.
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Mint/Pudina Chutney

This chutney can be had with dosa, chapatis, idli, snacks like tikkas, cutlet , pakoras or simply you can have it as side dish for lunch or dinner.

Mint Chutney
Mint Chutney

Recipe card for mint chutney

Prep time 5 mins, serves  4
Ingredients
1 cup roasted peanuts r groundnut
1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
10 -15 mint leaves
5 -6 coriander leaves (optional)
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds/ jeera
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 dry red chillies
3-4 curry leaves
Pinch of asefotida
Salt for taste
1 tsp oil

Method

  1. In a mixy jar put peanuts, coconut, mint and coriander leaves, 1 tsp jeera, red chilli powder, ginger paste, salt , sesame seeds, lemon juice ,add little water and grind it and make a paste and pour it to bowl.
  2. In a small pan heat oil add mustard, remaining jeera, asefatoda, chana dal, urad dal , curry leaves and break the dry red chillies and add and mix it and put this seasoning to the mixture that we prepared our chutney is ready to serve.
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