Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thirattuppaal(Milk Cake)

Hi everybody,
Happy Diwali to all of you.
This Diwali I made paalkova with thirattuppaal. If you get a chance to get seem paal (cow'sfirst milk after a calf is born), it will be rich in taste and quality. I used normal whole milk for this recipe.

You will need:
Whole Milk - 1.75 litres
Sugar / Jaggery - 1 1/2 cups (I used jaggery for this recipe)
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp or less

In a heavy bottomed pan, pour the milk and let it come to a boil, stirring ocassionally.
Now add 1 tbsp of  lemon juice and keep stirring, You will see that the milk has started to curdle.
If the milk didn't curdle, then add  little more of the lemon juice. First the milk will look like the
photo 1 below, then when it has fully curdled, it will look like in photo 2 below.

Then , seive it in a siever and remove the curds and whey.

Now add the jaggery or sugar and the cardamom powder and keep stirring, till it loses all the water content.

When it is done, grease a tray with ghee and transfer the contents to the tray. Once it cools down, you can cut into pieces and wrap them up in plastic sheets like we do for halwa.

Paalkova is ready to eat. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Healthy Pasta Salad

Hi all, 
I am back with a new recipe after a long time . This is a very simple and easy recipe.

You will need : 

Penne Pasta - 1 cup
Hard Boiled Eggs - 2
Rajma (Kidney Beans) - 1/2 cup cooked with a little salt
Carrot - 2 , julienne cuts
Green Beans - 10 to 12 julienne cuts
Green Pepper (Capsicum) - 1 small - cut into thin slices

First boil 4 to 5 quarts of  water in a large pot and add a tsp of salt and a tsp of olive oil to it. Take it off the stove , put the pasta in it and stir. It is done, when it is cooked to bite consistency, not too 
soft. That is it. It is done. Drain it in a colander and show it under running tap water, so that it does not stick together. 

Heat a pan, and pour 1 tbsp of olive oil (you can use your cooking oil too), add the onions, saute for a minute. Then add all the vegetables, salt and pepper powder and saute them until they are 1/2 cooked and crisp. 

Now add the cooked pasta to this, and toss . Cut the peeled , hard boiled egg and cut into slices and add this to the pasta mix. Switch off and serve with a little ketchup if you like. 

You can send this to school for lunch, even adults can take it to office as lunch. It is also a healthy and yummy evening snack or dinner .