Showing posts with label Seasonal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seasonal. Show all posts

Monday, August 1, 2016

Jackfruit Halwa

Jackfruit is season is still on and is available plenty in the market. We can prepare many many dishes with jackfruits, raw or rip. Jackfruit payasam, curries, kadubu/idli, muluka/sweet fried fritters and dry curry, cake dose or guli appa and happala/Papad.
Here I have prepared Jackfruit Halva and is so yummy.

I have used jackfruits, some dry nuts, corn flakes and chenna/Hurikadale/pottu kadale/ putani and jaggery. Adding chenna and corn flakes helps the halva to turn thick and it adds a good taste too.
You can keep this halva for a long time.
Let us see some benefits eating Jackfuits. 
Jackfruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber and protein. It has no chalories.
It contain some amount of Viamin A. It rich in B complex vitamins and Vitamin C. It has a good source of antioxidants and helps to get good immunity. Fresh fruits are good source of minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron. Potassium in jackfruit helps to maintain the sodium level in our body. It helps to reduce high blood pressure. Jackfuit is a rich source of of dietery fiber that helps to improve the digestion and prevent constipation.
Lets see the recipe now.

Ingredients :

Jackfruits : 25 to 30 fruits.
Jaggery : 1/2 Kg.
Corn flakes : 1 Cup (optional). (Any brand)
Chenna/Hurikadale/Putani/Pottu kadale : 1 Cup
Nuts : 1 Small cup (any amount)
Milk Powder : 2 Tablespoons (Optional)
Ghee : 3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Cut jackfruits into small and add it to jaggery. (It helps the jaggery to melt soon). (10minutes).
2. Grind jackfruits and jaggery without using water and remove it from the mixi jar.

3. Cut dry fruits into small pieces. (I used walnuts, cashews and almonds).
4. Dry grind cornflakes and chenna and keep it aside.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and put ground jackfruit mixture.
6. Stir continueously on low flame. Add cornflakes and chenna dry powder.

7. Stiriing should be done continuously. Jackfruit turns into thick paste.
8. It starts to leave the pan. Add milk powder and mix it well.

9. Stir for another 5 to 10 minutes. Add the ghee at this stage and mix it well again.

10. Spread little ghee on a plate or tray. Pour the jackfruit halva mixture on the tray.
11. Even/level it nicely by adding a teaspoon of ghee on the top and spread it with spatula.
12. Leave it for cooling. It should be cooled completely. Then cut into your desired shape.

13. It takes a longer time to harden. So better leave it for at least 5 to 6 hours and then cut into small pieces.
14. Store it in a steel box or container.

Note :

It takes longer time to get the thickness for halva. One should do it on a low flame. Or it is burnt and will not be tasty.
Use of milk powder is optional. Use of dry fruits also optional. More or Less.
Cutting the jackfruit into small pieces helps grinding them quickly.
Adding jaggery to jackfruits and allow them to melt helps grind it easily.
You can also boil jaggery and filter it. ( I used fresh savayava jaggery and did not clean it).
You should use proper amount of jaggery so that it helps to get the hardness in halva.
No need to use lots of ghee because ghee comes out of halva and so much ghee in halva does not taste good.
Do not hurry to try to do it on high flame, it may turn chewy.
Use of sugar instead of jaggery is optional. (2 Cups of sugar). Useing jaggery is a healthy option.
Time : 1 hour 
30 to 40 Pieces can be made. (According to the size).
You can try this Halva with Ripe Nendra baale Hannu.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mango Gojju/Curry

Mango season is still on and you see varieties of mangoes in the market every where. Mangoes are well known for their Title."King of the fruits". It suits them very much too. Each variety of mango has its own taste and aroma. We in Udupi prepare curry with mango fruits. There are different ways and types. I just thought of sharing a recipe with you all. I have prepared this Mango gojju/curry and it is fanatastic and goes well with all the main dishes.
I have used, ripe mangoes, some spices which is freshly roasted, fresh coconut.
Always make use of the seasonal fruit. That is good for health too. We all should make use of it.

Let us see some benefits of eating mangoes in our diet. ( Though you all know about it, recollect the benefits of eating mangoes).
Mango is delicious seasonal fruit, the tree is believed to be originated in sub Himalayan plains of Indian subcontinent. Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and anti oxidant compounds. Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin, E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B 6. Vitamin A are essential for vision and required for maintaining healthy mucos and skin. Eating natural fresh fruits is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Eating food that is rich in Vitamin C helps the body to develop resistance against infections. Mangoes are rich in Copper and Potassium. Potassium helps to control the heart rate and blood pressure. Copper helps to produce the red blood cells which is essential for our body.
Lets see the recipe now:

Things needed :

To Cook 
Mangoes : 2 to 3 (any small variety).
Jaggery : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : Required
Spice to add :
Fenugrik Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Urid Dal : 1 Teaspoons
Red chilly : 5 to 6
Ingh/Asafoetida : a pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 leaves
Coconut : grated : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.
Oil : 1/2 Teaspoon
For seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal: 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : a little
Curry Leaves : 6 - 8
Ghee/Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon

Method :

1, Wash and remove the skin of mango fruit and give a slight scars around the whole mango and keep it aside. (with the help of the knife edge just prick the fruit around).
2. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and methi/fenugrik seeds. Fry for a second.
4. Add urid dal and fry nicely till they turn slightly golden brown.

5. Add red chilly and fry. Now add curry leaves and ingh. Put off the fire.
6. Add grated coconut and mix it well. Grind this mixture once it is bit cool.

7. Keep a bigger pan on the fire. Add remaining oil. Add mustard seeds and urid dal.
8. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and ingh.
9. Add mangoes and slowly mix it well.
10. Add jaggery, salt and littel turmeric powder. slowly mix it and cook on low flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
11. Stir inbetween so that it does not get burnt.
12. Add ground coconut and spice mixture and mix it nicely. Add little water if required.

13. Let it cook on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Mix it again and put off the fire.
14. Shift the Mango gojju/curry to a serving dish and add a spoon of ghee/coconut oil

Note : 

Use ripe mangoes to get the best taste. Adding more/less jaggery is optional. Use of coconut oil is optional. Adding more/less chilly is optional. Use of coconut is optional. You can just dry grind the spices and add it. Pricking the fruit around helps the spice to absorb.
Time : 20 Minutes.

Serves : 3 to 4.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Quick .Mango Pickle

Who does not like pickle? It is such a spicy yummy side dish goes well with every thing. Do you agree for my statement ? A spoon of pickle adds to the taste of food we eat is not so?

This particular mango I got from My brother in law's daughter Sandya. She got it from somebody who stays near by and the person owns a pickle mango tree. The mango I got was quite big and it was just fresh. I was lucky to taste the pickle, which she just finished preparing when we entered her home. Wow I tasted that and it was just spicy and yummy. 
The first thing when I got back is, started preparing pickle. 
One should remember that when you want to prepare pickle please keep this in mind.
Always prepare pickle with fresh mangoes as soon as you buy them.
The mango should be green, hard and the variety to prepare pickle. (All varieties of mangoes can not be used for pickle).  
It should be sour type, and should be plucked from the tree. (Not the fallen ones).
Use a glass jar to store them.
Let us see the recipe now. As I said this is a quick way of preparing pickle. No need to be put it into salt and wait. No need to sun dry. 

Things needed :

Green and Fresh Mango : 1 ( Big size )
Salt : 2 Tablespoons
Mustard Seeds : 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon
Red chilly Powder : 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Ingh : A  little
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon

Method : 

1. Wash and clean the mango. Wipe it nicely and dry under a fan for few minutes. (Moisture should not be there)
2. Greate mango along with the skin.

3. Dry grind mustard seeds till powder and keep it aside.
4. Take a dry bowl. Clean it with fresh towel or kitchen tissue.
5.  Put grated mango, salt, turmeric powder and chilly powder.
6. Mix all the ingredients along with grated mango.

7. Add dry ground mustard seeds and mix it again.

8. Keep a pan on the fire and add oil. Heat and put mustard seeds and ingh.

9. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add this to mango pickle and mix it well.
10. Mix it again and store it in a glass jar once it cools. Better keep it in a fridge.

Note :

Use of green savoury mango taste best. Adding rock salt is optional. Adding roasted methi powder is also optional. Adding more oil and Gingly Oil is optional. This pickle taste better after 2 days. It can stay for at least 2 to 3 months in the fridge. 
Time : 15 minutes
You can have 1 Small bottle of pickle. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Watermelon & Muskmelon Juice

Hot Hot Hot it is still hot. You need to take care to keep you cool. Drinking water, juices and Buttermilk and Tender coconut helps you to take care. Eating fruits and preparing fruit juices and having them is a good relief in summer.

Lets just make some simple juices at home which is always a a healthy habit. One needs to look at the cleanliness when you consume them outside. Or you might land on trouble of infections or food poisoning.
Here are some simple juices from fruits which are available plenty in summer. Watermelon and Muskmelon (Karbooja and Kallangadi) fruits are loaded with water and it helps you keep our body cool. It is simple and healthy.
Lets see some benefits of having Muskmelon in our diet. 
It is one of the ideal summer fruit since it contain high in water, minerals and vitamins. It helps to take care of health disorders and cools our body. Muskmelon provides relief from acidity. It is good for digestion and stomach problems. It contain good amount of water and dietary fibers and helps people to get relief from constipation. They are rich in potassium and helps to regulate the blood pressure. It strengthens the eye sight since they contain Vitamin A and beta carotene and reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Eating Muskmelon helps to control diabetes and regulate the blood sugar level in the body. They are cholesterol free and boost immunity. They are rich in Vitamin C and helps to prevent ulcer. Not only all the above said benefits, they do help in many more ways. They are good for quitting smoking, for women menstrual cramps, cures sleeping disorders and prevents heart diseases.
Lets see the recipes now : They are simple and quick and helps to quench your thirst and keep you cool.
I have prepared 3 varieties of Juices from WaterMelon, Muskmelon/Cantaloupe fruits.
1. Watermelon Juice 
2. Muskmelon Juice 
3. Muskmelon & Watermelon Juice.

1. WaterMelon Juice

Things Needed : 
Watermelon pieces : 1 Bowl
Honey : 2  to 3 Tablespoons

Method :
1. Cut watermelon pieces into small and add honey.

2. Grind it nicely in the mixi jar. (Do not add any water) till they turn watery completely.

3, Shift the Juice to serving glass and serve.

Note :
I have not added any water, sugar or Ice. Adding these ingredients are optional.
Time : 10  Minutes
Serves : 2

2. Muskmelon/Cantaloupe Juice.

Things Needed :
Muskmelon : 1 Bowl
Water :  1 Glasses
Boiled and cooled milk : 1 to 1  1/2 cup
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons

Method :
1. Cut muskmelon pieces into small pieces

2. Put it in a mixi jar. Add 1/2 cup of milk and grind.
3. Add jaggery and churn it for 1 minute.

4. Remove from the mixi jar to a bowl. Add required water and remained milk.

5. Mix it well and serve

Note :
Adding more milk, sugar instead of jaggery and adding ice while serving is optional.
Time : 10 minutes
Serves : 2

3. Muskmelon & Watermelon Juice

Things Needed : 
Muskmelon pieces : 1 Big bowl. (1/2 of one small Muskmelon).
Watermelon pieces : 1 Small bowl.( 1/4 part of small watermelon).
Honey : 2 Tablespoons

Method :
1. Cut muskmelon pieces and grind it with little water.
2. Add watermelon pieces and grind it together.  Add jaggery

3. Add Honey and Shift the juice to a big bowl.

4. Add honey and mix it well and serve Muskmelon & Watermelon Juice.

Note : 
Adding sugar instead of honey, adding milk instead of water and adding ice cubes while serving the juice is purely optional.
Time : 15 minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3.

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