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ROTI N CHOLE

All time favourite chole with roti
ROTI N CHOLE
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INGREDIENTS
Chick peas- 1/2 cup
Potatoes-2 (boiled and mashed)
Onion-2 medium sized
Tomato-4 medium sized
Jeera-1 tsp
Oil-2 tbsp
Garlic-3-4 flakes
Ginger-small piece
Salt-as per taste
Red chilli powder- as per taste
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Coriander-Handful (chopped)
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
PROCEDURE
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Soak channa over night and pressure cook until 4-5 whistles.Heat oil in a pan and fry mustard seeds, jeera and add turmeric powder.Grind tomatoes,onions,garlic,ginger and green chilli into a fine paste. Now add this puree to the pan and fry till the raw smell subsides.Cook till oil floats on top.Now add mashed potatoes and boiled channa.Now add salt, red chilli powder and garam masala.Add water if required.Once you get the required consistency then add coriander. Transfer the contents into a serving bowl and garnish with raw onions and coriander.
Now go ahead and prepare Roti.
Click here for Roti procedure.
While serving just sprinkle lemon juice and serve with onion rings.
Sending this to Mymoonahs' Iftar moments Hijri Event 1431

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SPICY POHA MIXTURE

Easy to prepare and kids friendly delight.
SPICY POHA MIXTURE
INGREDIENTS

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Poha/Rice flakes - 1/2 kg
Ground nuts- 5 tbsps
Cashew nuts- 5 tbsps
Roasted Bengal gram- 2 tbsps
Raisins- handful
Curry leaves- handful(tear)
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-as per taste
Red chilli powder-as per taste
Sugar- pinch
Oil-for deep frying
PROCEDURE-
Heat oil in a cooking vessel and then fry ground nuts, cashew nuts and roasted Bengal gram. Remove and keep it aside.Now fry Rice flakes for 1-2 secs and immediately transfer them onto a absorbent paper.Also fry curry leaves.Finally add turmeric powder, salt, red chilli powder and sugar.Off the flame and add fried rice flakes,ground nuts,cashew nuts, roasted bengal gram and raisins.Mix all the ingredients well and spread this mixture on absorbent paper and remove excess oil if any.Serve or else store it in air tight container.

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RAVA DOSA

South Indian Crepe and my favourite crispy and golden Rava dosa.
RAVA DOSA
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INGREDIENTS
Rice flour-1 cup
Maida-1 cup
Suji/Semolina-1 cup
Cumin seeds- 1-2 tsps
Green chillies- 3-4 chopped finely
Salt-as per taste
Curry leaves- 2 stems (tear)
Grated carrot- 2 tsps
Water-as required
Oil/Ghee-as required
STEP BY STEP PHOTOS

PROCEDURE
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Combine rice flour, maida and suji in a bowl and add water as required and consistency should be like Dosa batter.Allow it to stand for 30 mins.Now add cumin seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, grated carrot and salt.Add water if required and batter should be of pouring consistency.Pre heat iron tawa for 1 min on high and then add ladle full of dosa batter starting from one point in a circular motion.See that it is even and avoid lumps esp in the middle.Driizle oil/ghee along the edges and allow it to turn golden brown and crisp.Remove and serve hot with Tomato Chutney/Peanut chutney/Ginger chutney or with Peanut powder and Sambar.

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REPOST~SPICY SOYACHUNKS PULAO

Sending my Spicy Soya chunks Pulao to My Legume Love Affair (MLLA) # 25 hosted by Siri of Siri's corner and Susan~The Well Seasoned Cook
You can find the recipe HERE















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GARDEN FRESH PIZZA

I love garden fresh pizza i.e, pizza loaded with veggies.After pestering my mom for almost 1 and 1/2 weeks,she prepared this yummy pizza for my sake yesterday.Thank you so much Mom. It is finger licking good..
Here comes my mom made version.
GARDEN FRESH PIZZA
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INGREDIENTS-
Readymade Pizza base-1(12 inches)
FOR TOPPINGS-
Capsicum-1(sliced)
Tomato-1(sliced)
Onion-1(sliced)
Pizza sauce-for applying
Oregano-1-2 tbsps
Chilli flakes-1 tbsp
Salt-as required
Mozzarella cheese-as required
Butter-as required
Carom seeds-1/2 tsp(optional)
PROCEDURE-
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Apply butter to pizza base,followed by pizza sauce/tomato sauce as per requirement.In a bowl,add salt,carom seeds. sliced onions,tomatoes and capsicum.Mix them.Assemble this mixture on pizza base.Sprinkle oregano and chilli flakes.Finally top it with generous amounts of Mozzarella cheese.Now bake in pre heated oven around 200 degrees for 15-20 mins or until the crust is slightly brown and cheese is slightly golden and melts.
NOTE-Modify your ingredients as per your taste and let your imagination go wild while choosing your toppings.
Forgot to charge my dad's camera.So took these pics using my Samsung corby mobile.Will try to change them as soon as possible

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COCONUT RICE

Easy to prepare and tasty version.
COCONUT RICE
Coconut rice
INGREDIENTS
Cooked rice-2 cups
Grated coconut-1 cup
Oil-5 tbsps
Ghee-2 tbsps
Cashews-handful
Groundnuts-3 tbsps
Salt-to taste
FOR SEASONING-
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Chana dal-1 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 stems
Green chillies-5-8(halved)
Dry red chilli - 2 broken
PROCEDURE-
Coconut rice
Heat oil+ ghee in a cooking vessel and fry mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, ground nuts, cashew nuts,curry leaves, dry red chillies and green chillies.Now add grated coconut and saute for 2-3 mins(until slightly brown).Add salt.Finally add cooked rice and mix all the ingredients well.Adjust salt if required and then serve.

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CURRIED CAULIFLOWER WRAPS

Simple and easy to prepare Curried Cauliflower wraps.
CAULIFLOWER CURRY(FOR FILLING)
Cauliflower curry
INGREDIENTS
Cauliflower-2 cups
(florets washed and soaked in hot salt water and then drained)
Onion-1 chopped
Tomato-1 sliced
Potato- 1 cubed
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Garlic pods- 4-5 (crushed)
Dry red chillies - 5 broken
Turmeric powder -1/4 th tsp
Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -2 stems
Coriander-handful(chopped)
Oil-4 tsps
Water-1/2 cup
Salt-as required
Sugar-Pinch
Wheat flour- 3 tbsps(Mix it along with water and consistency should be like dosa batter)
PROCEDURE-
Heat oil in a pan and fry mustard seeds, garlic pods, curry leaves and dry red chilli.Now add turmeric powder and red chilli powder.Mix.Fry onions until translucent.Saute blanched florets ,tomatoes,potato cubes for 5 mins.Now add water and cover it with a lid and cook until soft(say 20-25 mins).Add salt,sugar and wheat flour + water.Mix all the ingredients well. Finally add coriander and cook for 2 more mins.Serve
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INGREDIENTS
Roti/Chapathi
Onions-2 chopped finely
Tomato sauce-1-2 tbsps(for 1 wrap)
Chaat masala-1 tsp
PROCEDURE-
Place roti on a plate and add above prepared cauliflower curry @ one end.Top it with onions and tomato sauce.Sprinkle chaat masala.Roll it in the form a wrap and serve.

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SPICY SOYACHUNKS PULAO

My sister's idea again...and her idea turns out to be a mildly spiced filling meal.Very nice and innovative way to use left over rice
SPICY SOYA CHUNKS RICE
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INGREDIENTS
Cooked Rice-3cups
Tomato-2 sliced
Sweet corn n green peas- 1/2 cup
Onions-1 cup (Chopped)
Green chillies-7-8(halved)
Soyachunks/Mealmaker -1/2 cup
Garam masala-1 tsp
Salt-as required
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste -1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts-handful
Jeera-1 tsp
Oil-3 tbsps
Coriander-handful chopped
Sugar-pinch
PROCEDURE-
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Heat oil in a kadhai and fry ginger garlic paste, mustard seeds, jeera, green chillies and onions until translucent. Saute tomatoes, sweet corn and green peas. Then add red chilli powder,salt and garam masala.Meanwhile boil soya chunks and squeeze out excess of water.Add soya chunks and cook for 5 mins.Now add cooked rice and mix all the ingredients well.Cover it with lid and cook for 5 mins.Garnish with coriander.Remove from flame and transfer the contents into a serving bowl and serve.
Sending this to My Legume Love Affair -MLLA 25 hosted by Siri and Susan

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CHOCO BIKIS

Very simple and easy to prepare kids favourite Choco Bikis.Thanks to my sister Madhu for giving me this wonderful idea and when i prepared it for her.She was very happy and finished them within no time.
CHOCO BIKIS
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INGREDIENTS
Dark chocolate- 200 gms
Cashew cookies-8-9
Fresh cream-2 tbsps (optional)
Powdered sugar-as required
Muesli- for garnishing
Cashews
PROCEDURE-
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Melt dark chocolate and add fresh cream and powdered sugar to it.Mix all the ingredients well. Now take one cookie and dip it in this chocolate mixture,so that it forms a layer over it. Repeat the same procedure for rest of the cookies and place them on a plate greased with butter. Garnish them with muesli, nuts ,roasted sesame seeds or with honey coated corn flakes(crush them).
Note-You can use any variant of biscuits.Right from Good day cashew cookies to Mc.Vitties Digestives.Instead of Dark chocolate you can use cadbury's dairy milk(2-3 bars depending on the requirement)

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ANDHRA CUISINE

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The rich heritage and culture of Andhra pradesh are reflected in the culinary skills of its people. The mere mention of Andhra and Hyderabadi cuisine brings before the mind's eye of wholesome meal accompanied by hot tasty pickles or biryani accompanied by an appetising aroma.Coastal Andhra,Rayalaseema and Telangana-the 3 regions of Andhra have distinctive style of cooking. Chillies and soices are used in abundance but this need not deter food lovers from indulging themselves in a feast.Moghlai influence in the Deccan made Moghlai cooking popular.
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MOGHLAI
While Hyderabad is known for its wholesome biryani and a wide range of Non vegetarian as well as vegetarian fare,the coastal region of the state offers a wide choice as far as veg cooking and pickles are concerned.The chillies grown in the region are highly potent and give special flavour to the pickles.Not only meat and fowl that Moghlai deals with,we have Bagara baingan,Dalcha, Khaddu ka kheer,Mirchi ka salan etc.
HOT STUFF
Avakai is really hot and tangy Mango pickle and there is hardly any house hold in the region without preparing Avakai in the summer.A deadly combination fo sour mangoes with harsh chili powder and pungent mustard in oil gives it a heady taste.Gongura chutney is another speciality of Andhra region.In the coastal Andhra region ,Korivi karam (literally flaming chilli) is a rage.Ripe red chillies and tamarind are used to make this chutney .Abundant availability of fish,prawns and crabs has resulted in a wide range of varieties.
Another Andhra rice speciality is Pulihora in which Tamarind pulp,red and green chillies and condiments are used to give it a special taste.
In Rayalaseema regions Jowar is used in making Jowari rotis called Jonna rottelu and it is accompanied best when served with vegetarian or non-vegetarian side dishes.Ragi is also used to make a sticky mass called Ragi sangati,it is highly nutritious and ideal food for all ages.
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SWEET INDULGENCE
Sweets and kheer are not everyday affairs but form part of the meal on special occasions in any part of the state.We have Hyderabadi delicacies like Sheer khorma, double ka meetha and Khubani ka meeta.In other parts of Andhra we have a milky delicacy called Parvannam(kheer).
SPICY POWDERS
Andhras also make spicy powders like Kandhi podi,Kobbari karam,Nalla karam,Karivepaku karam etc and these spicy powders are eaten with steamingly hot rice topped with ghee to keep the taste budes intact.
The cuisine of Andhra Pradesh is is a gourmet's delight truly.
Click on the below links and check out those delicacies from Andhra Food Bloggers-
Sailus food
Talimpu
Aathidhyam
Indian cuisine
Info courtesy-Andhra pradesh tourism catalogue
Photo courtesy-From Various Websites using Google Images.Thank you very much dear authors,if you want me to link back or if you do not wish to see your pics here,then please let me know.I will do the needful.

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CRISPY BAJJIS

This is really very simple,easy to prepare and irresistable snack item.Perfect evening time snack and goes hand in hand with hot coffee/tea.
CRISP BAJJIS
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INGREDIENTS
Left over Idli Batter - 2 cups
Rice flour-5 tbsps
Onions-2 chopped
Green chillies- 2-3 chopped
curry leaves- handful (tear)
coriander-handful (chopped)
Jeera -1 tsp
salt-as required
Oil-for deep frying.
PROCEDURE-
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Combine all the ingredients in a bowl,add very little water if required.Meanwhile heat oil in a kadhai and it should be piping hot.Take small proportions of above prepared mixture and drop them in the oil to form small fritters.Deep fry until golden brown.Remove excess of oil using absorbent paper and then serve.Serve them with tomato sauce or tomato chutney or else with hot cup of coffee.
Note~Instead of idli batter you can use Dosa batter and replace rice flour with 1/2 cup of Maida and the remaining procedure is same.

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KALAKHAND~MILK BURFI

Lose yourself in mmm mouth watering kalakhand recipe straight from my mom's kitchen.
KALAKHAND~MILK BURFI
INGREDIENTS
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Milk-2 ltrs
Powdered sugar-1/2 cup to 3/4 th cup
Condensed milk-3 tbsps(optional)
Ghee-1/4 th cup or else reduce it to 3 tbsps
Nuts(chopped pistachios,almonds,cashews n anjeer)-handful
Citric acid-1/2 tsp in 1/2 cup of water
PROCEDURE-
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Boil 1 ltr of milk in a vessel till it reduces to half.As it comes to boil add citric acid solution.It curdles,off the flame and sieve this mixture using a muslin cloth and squeeze out excess water. Press it against hard weight.Leave it aside.This is called Chenna.Now boil the remaining 1 ltr of milk in another vessel.Boil until it is reduced to half.Add the above prepared chenna and stir this mixture continuously.Allow it to thicken.Now add powdered sugar,chopped nuts and ghee.Mix all the ingredients well and then finally add condensed milk and mix.Transfer the contents on a plate greased with ghee.Spread it.Garnish with nuts and allow it to cool.Cut them into desired shapes.
NOTE-If you are using both sugar n condensed milk then use 1/2 cup of sugar and 3-4 tbsps of condensed milk.If you are using only sugar then you can use it as per your taste say 3/4 th cup to 1 cup.If you are using only condensed milk then u can use 200gms tin as it is.Adjust sweet as per your requirement.

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BUTTERED ALOO PARATHA

I m pestering my mom for the past few days for Aloo paratha...As soon as i got up today she prepared it for my sake and i m completely taken by its taste.
BUTTERED ALOO PARATHA
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INGREDIENTS
For Dough-
Wheat flour- 3 cups
Salt-As required
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Water
Oil-2 tsps
Hot milk-1/2 cup
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For Stuffing-
Boiled and mashed potatoes- 4-5
Onions-2 chopped
Green chilli paste-2-3 tbsps
Coriander-handful chopped
salt-as required
Garam masala-1 tsp
Oil- 2 tbsps
Butter-as required
PROCEDURE-
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Heat oil in a frying pan and fry onions until translucent and add green chilli paste.Add mashed potato mixture and fry for few mins.Then add all the remaining ingredients,mix well and cook for 2-3 mins.Now keep this mixture aside.Allow it to cool.Now make this stuffing into small proportions(balls)
Meanwhile we will prepare dough.
Add all the above said ingredients except milk into a bowl.Mix all these ingredients well.Now add milk and the immediately cover it with a lid for 5 mins. Slowly add water and hand mix the flour in circular/rotating motion.Add 2 spoons of oil to the flour and grease your hands with oil and knead the dough.You need to knead for little longer time say 5-10 mins for soft rotis.Leave it for 30 mins. Divide the dough into small proportions (balls),flatten the surface of each ball,dust it with flour and with the help of rolling pin make them into circular discs (Roti).Apply oil to your palms while flattening the ball.Now put the above prepared potato ball over it and seal it from all sides.Flatten the surface of each ball with the help of your finger into thick flat parathas.Heat tawa, drizzle it with melted butter and now fry the prepared rotis by flipping until golden brown by adding melted butter on the sides.Fry for little longer time for crisp parathas.Your paratha is ready and you can serve it with Tomato sauce or curd.

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CORN VEGGIE SALAD

Colourful,tasty n healthy bowl.
CORN VEGGIE SALAD
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INGREDIENTS
American sweet corn - 1 cup
Mello Premium table spread - 1 tbsp
Onion-1 finely chopped
Tomato-1 sliced
Green chillies- 2-3 chopped
Coriander-handful chopped
Salt-as per taste
Red chilli powder -as per taste
Garam masala -2 tsps
Sugar-pinch
PROCEDURE
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Boil American sweet corn by adding salt.Transfer it into a bowl and add Mello Premium table spread or else you can use butter.Allow it to melt.Now add the remaining ingredients and mix well.Adjust salt if required and serve.

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Cucumbers and little identified approaches to prevent type 2 diabetes


Do you think you're cool as a cucumber?

Not merely is the cucumber known for it’s power to cool-down the body, it has also been proven to help with jaundice, diarrhea, epilepsy, sore throat, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and swelling of extremities.


Often you should attempt to deseed the cucumber as the body can have a problem digesting the seeds. You can deseed them yourself easily by cutting them in two and ultizing a spoon to remove the seeds or if you want to eliminate this task it is possible to buy cucumbers that are already seeded.

Fresh cucumbers are easy to add to salads and for an easy salad just toss diced cucumbers with sliced red onions, red tomatoes and your favorite all-natural, low-fat balsamic vinaigrette. This can be a fast way to make a refreshing salad that reaps the benefits of cucumber.


Anti-diabetic Benefits of Cucumber:

Beta cells contained in the pancreas produce the hormone insulin.Cucumber is found to possess a hormone needed by the beta cells in the insulin production. Moreover, the Glycemic Index of cucumbers is found to be zero.


Why Cucumbers have not a glycemic index listed? Does this imply they do not raise blood sugar?

Not at all. It only denotes that under the "rules" for the concept of the glycemic index, it is too difficult to get an accurate number. It is because you'll need to eat a very big amount of the food to get 50 grams of carbohydrate at the same time in order to be tested. Usually, the lower the quantity of carbohydrate in a vegetable and the more fiber it has, the less the increase in blood glucose will be.

The carbohydrates are primarily responsible of the raise of the glucose level.But the carbohydrates within the cucumber are easily digestible in a diabetes patient’s stomach.


Suggestions for Preparing Cucumbers:

Unwaxed cucumbers don't need to be peeled but should be washed before cutting. Cucumbers may be sliced, diced or cut into sticks.


A Few Quick Serving Ideas:

- Use half-inch thick cucumber slices as petite serving "dishes" for chopped vegetable salads.

- Mix diced cucumbers with sugar snap peas and mint leaves and toss with rice wine vinaigrette.

- For refreshing cold gazpacho soup that takes five minutes or less to make, simply purée cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and onions, then add salt and pepper to taste.

- Add diced cucumber to tuna fish or chicken salad recipes.


Cool Cucumber Salad Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

- 3 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch slices

- 1 carrot, peeled and shredded

- 1/2 red onion, sliced paper-thin

- 1/3 cup minced cilantro

DRESSING

- 1/2 cup rice vinegar

- 2 tsp. honey

- 2 tsp. Reduced-sodium soy sauce

- 1 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

- Pinch dried red pepper flakes


Preparation per 8 servings:


Preparation time: 25 minutes


Marinating time: 1 hour


1. Combine the cucumbers, carrots, red onion, and cilantro in a large bowl.


2. Combine the dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over cucumbers, cover, and refrigerate for one hour. Salad might be eaten with a fork.

Nutritional Values per Serving Size: 1/2 cup



About the writer:


Suzanne Ault publishes articles for the recipes for diabetes blog, her personal hobby blog centered on cooking ideas to prevent diabetic issues.


My Complete Bio: http://www.diabeticdietrecipes.org/about


My Photo: http://www.diabeticdietrecipes.org/suzanne.jpg




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