Brinjal Sambar/Lentil Stew

This is definitely a veggie delight. You can add any vegetable for making Sambar and you can also add two or three vegetables. Lets look into the simple way of making it.  Total time – 20 mins.

Ingredients :

Toor Dhall – 1/4 cup

Garlic – 4 to 5 pods

Asafoetida – a pinch

Castor oil – 1 tsp

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds –  1/2 tsp

Methi/Fenugreek powder – a pinch

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Sambar powder – 1 tsp

Tamarind pulp – Little

Onion – 1 (cut into slices)

Tomato – 1 (chop)

Brinjal – 4 to 5 (Cut length-wise)

Curry leaves little

Cilantro little

Ghee – 1 to 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Method:  Pressure cook toor dhall along with castor oil, turmeric, asafoetida powder, garlic.  While it cooks, take a pan.  Add ghee, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, methi powder, curry leaves.  Fry for a min. Add onion. Add salt.  Saute for few minutes.  Add tomato.  Saute again, add brinjal. Add coriander powder, sambar powder.  Add tamarind pulp.  Saute well.  Now mash up the cooked dhall. Add vegetable mix into the dhall and pressure cook again just for a single whistle.  Once its done. Garnish with cilantro finally.  Tasty and yummy sambar ready.

Flaky parota recipe/ South Indian paratha

Paratha is a flaky layered flat bread made all over India!! A richer variation of the same is parota made with all purpose flour!!whenever we went to a restaurant 9 out of 10 times I would order this rich parota because it’s versatile and could be paired with both vegetarian and non vegetarian gravies!!The art of making parota should be mastered I would say!! Whenever I see a roadside cook make it I would stare as if it were the first time! The way they knead it, throw it up in the air ,clank clank clank sound of the tawa as the parota cooks ,appetizing aroma that would make you gulp some for sure!!
I ve experimented a lot of recipes to get a near to perfection of this yummy dish and voila finally got an easy yet awesome way of making it closest to the restaurant perfection ! Fear not you need not knead it for hours or circus the dough up in the air !This recipe was passed down by my mother in law and it’s a no fail way of making parota !! Gear up you are just hours away from tasting the king of all flat breads!!

Cooking time :4 hours(2 hours resting )

Ingredients(makes 8 medium sized servings )

All purpose flour(maida)-2 cups

warm water-1 cup

milk-3 tablespoons

oil- 3 tablespoons

salt to taste

sugar -1tsp

Method

Mix everything together into a loose,airy dough.It should be sticky and soft!

Cover with a damp muslin cloth and let it rest in a warm place for at least 2 hours

Make a runny paste with some flour and oil .Divide the dough into equal sized balls .Do not knead the rested dough as the incorporated air bubbles might escape!

Spread the balls using a rolling pin and stretch using hands! Shape really doesn’t matter so stretch as thin as u can!

Cut thin strips and pull them all together !Curl it into a spiral and set aside!repeat the same with the rest!

Apply some oil over the swirls and cover with a damp cloth .Let it rest for half an hour!

Pat the rested dough using fingers into thick rotis!

Cook them on a very hot tawa!apply oil as u turn them,once they turn golden brown cook on medium heat for few minutes

Stack few cooked parotta while hot and crush them with your hands!This brings out the layers in the parotas

Serve hot with chicken Salna or vegetable kuruma!!

Pictorial

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sticky consistency of the dough

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spread oil on the kneaded dough

 

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Divide into equal portions

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Roll out into thin chapathis

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Make a runny paste with oil and maida and spread our evenly on the rolled dough

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Stretch the corners using fingers

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Cut into thin strips

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Make swirls and cover with damp cloth(rest for 30-60 min)

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Fry on a very hot tawa and smash vigorously between your palms

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Serve hottttt!!!

 

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All about a beautiful face

Well, a beautiful skin and we all definitely would love to have it.  There are so many tips that can add more beauty. Well lets look into it!  Lets keep it simple and homemade and stay away from synthetics.

  • Have a well-balanced food habits.  Drink plenty of water.  Keep well hydrated.  Drink orange juice on a daily basis.  Do not throw the leftovers after you squeeze out the juice from the orange.  Use the pulp. Rub it over your face.  Allow it to dry. Wash it later.
  • Once in a week, you can have juice with all the berries that is available to you.  I use blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Add little flaxseed.  Make it into a smoothie and have it on a regular basis once in a week.  This is purely antioxidant and will make your skin glow.
  • Take 4 to 5 almonds.  Soak it in milk for an hour. Use the same milk to make a paste out it. Apply evenly over the face and neck area. Leave it to dry completely. Wash it after you feel it has completely dried. While washing try to scrub your face with it, especially in the nose area to clear the pores.  Wash it completely and pat dry your face with a soft towel. You would have a completely fresh look.
  • Take ripe papaya.  Mash it into paste.  You can add rose water and milk and mix it with papaya. You can either use just the fruit or the mixture.  Either way, it would definitely give you the glow.  Apply evenly over the face and neck and wash it after it has dried up.
  • Take 1 to 2 tsp of green gram flour (payatham mavu).  Add little turmeric (I prefer Kasthuri Manjal).  Add rose water.  Make it into a paste.  Apply evenly over the face and neck.  Wash it after it has completely dried up. This acts as a bleach and gives you instant whitening of the skin.
  • Take 1 tsp of green gram flour.  Mix it along with curd and turmeric powder.  Make it into a paste.  Apply evenly over face and neck areas.  Allow it to dry and wash it later.
  • Take a tsp of lemon juice, a tsp of cucumber juice, mix it with turmeric. Make it into paste and apply evenly over the face and neck.  Allow it to dry and wash it later.
  • Take a tsp of Multani Mitti or Fuller’s earth.  Mix it with turmeric, sandal wood powder, rose water. Make it into paste.  Apply evenly over face and neck areas.  Allow it to dry.  Wash it later.
  • Massage your face once in a week with vitamin E oil.
  • Never leave your make up on before you go to sleep.  Wash it off completely.  Washing the face twice a day definitely helps.