Monday, November 29, 2010

Shrikhand



"Shrikhand" is a sweet/dessert made from strained yogurt.Using Greek Yogurt to make this sweet becomes very easy and quick.

Ingredients:
Greek Yogurt (Fage )- 4 cups
Sour cream- 2 tbsp
Sugar-1/4 cup
Cardamom- 4-5
Saffron- 5-6 strands
Milk- 1 tsp
Nutmeg powder- a pinch

Method:
Take 4 cups of greek yogurt and sour cream.Add sugar.Mix well with the hand mixer.Add saffron to the warm milk,cool it and add  to the yogurt.Add cardamom powder,nutmeg powder.Mix well with the hand mixer for  about 2 minutes.It becomes fluffy.Shrikhand is ready.Garnish with pistachios,charolis,badam...Chill before serving.
You can eat Shrikhand  for dessert or you can have it with Poori's/Chapatis.

If you are using home made yogurt then you will have to tie the yogurt in a muslin/thin cotton cloth to drain off the water.Its usually kept overnight.Then mix strained yogurt,sugar,cardamom,saffron,nutmeg powder in a bowl.Refrigerate and serve.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spinach Chutney



Ingredients:
Spinach(washed and cut)- a bunch
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Channa dal- 2tsp
Sesame seeds- 1tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Green chillies-3-4
Tamarind juice/Lemon juice- 2tbsp
Salt to taste
Sugar -1/2 tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Red chilli- 1-2
Curry leaves-3-4
Hing- a pinch

Method:
Dry roast urad dal,Channa dal.sesame seeds,cumin and fenugreek.Roast green chillies also with a drop of oil for a minute.Fry the cut and  washed spinach for a minute or two.Let it cool.
Grind all the above ingredients with tamarind juice/Lemon juice,salt,sugar adding very little water.Add seasoning and mix well.
This chutney tastes good with rice/chapati/parathas.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Benne Murukku


'Benne Murukku' is a crispy snack which melts when you pop into your mouth.You can make this fried snack for 'Diwali'.Its easy to make and not much time consuming.

Ingredients:
Rice flour- 2 cups
Urad dal flour- 1/2 cup
Maida- 1 tbsp
Butter(unsalted)-2 1/2 tbsp
Hing- a pinch
Jeera- 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds- 1tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


Method:
Bring the butter to room temperature and mix well with rice flour,urad dal flour,jeera,sesame seeds,hing,salt in a bowl.Add water and make a soft dough.Put the dough in a Murukku/Chakkali  press.You will get broken chakkali's (as this contains butter ).Fry in oil until golden brown.Drain on a paper napkin.Enjoy eating crispy murukkus.
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