Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Varutharacha sambar recipe, Sambar with coconut

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Sambar recipe prepared with fresh ground spices like coriander seeds, red chilli, methi seeds, coconut. The ingredients are roasted and ground and added to the sambar for a flavourful sambar. I am a big fan of varutharacha sambar (sambar with fresh ground spices). I actually am not a fan of everyday sambar I make and eat only if both rice and sambar are hot. Otherwise I settle for paruppu podi or some other podi and curd rice. But love this varutharacha sambar because first thing I love the procedure, process of making this sambar. Like coffee, I love to prepare sambar and want to cook the most flavourful sambar. Like some restaurants like Annalakshmi serves. Like the one in kalyana veedu (marriage menu). So when ever I have few veggies leftover, I make this mixed vegetable sambar with fresh ground masala. At times, save little veggies just to make sambar with fresh masala. Off late, I make this tiffin sambar with coconut and hooked to it. For sometime now, I want to prepare sambar with coconut for lunch and I tried. Since this one is for rice and I am not comfortable with the consistency of sambar prepared using pressure cooker, I adapted the recipe only a bit and changed to suit it for lunch. It was amazing and totally loved it. This is one of the highly recommended recipes in Rak’s Kitchen. So do try it out and thank me later!
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Semiya upma recipe, how to make semiya upma

Semiya upma
Semiya upma or vermicelli upma is an easy south Indian breakfast or dinner prepared when every we need to keep it simple. I make this so often but never thought to blog it because of it's simplicity. But for beginners,need a recipe right. The semiya has to be cooked cooked without getting mashed and mushy. So read on to know how to make a semiya upma perfectly.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Dates poli recipe, poli recipes

Dates poli recipe
Sweet poli made with maida (all purpose flour) or semolina outer layer and a sweet stuffing made in lot of variations like coconut, toor dal, chana dal, potato, etc. I have posted sweet potato poli last year. This year thought of posting some thing different too with dates as pooranam (pooran) / stuffing. We usually not make any poli during pongal time, but many people prepare poli during pongal festival. Do try this delicious poli with Khajur/ pericham pazham as main ingredient for stuffing.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mint pulao recipe, how to make mint pulao

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Mint pulao is a flavourful, perfect for lunch box or in you plate. When you buy a bunch of mint leaves and want to finish it quick, this is the best you can make other than mint chutney, mint thogayal or green chutney. Last week I got these to try this mint pulao as a reader friend asked to post mint pulao recipe. I haven’t tried mint pulao before as such, that means I always mixed mint and coriander for my baby corn pulao or small potato biryani. So wanted to try mint pulao. Green herbs should always be balanced well with a tangy ingredient for good taste and flavour. Otherwise you will get a raw smell. So in this I have used lemon juice. It turned out good and Aj too had this.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Potato croquettes recipe, vegetarian potato croquettes

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Potato croquettes recipe, perfect looking potato croquettes that are vegetarian friendly. Potato, corn, cheese as main ingredients, these are great snack for kids, perfect party starters too. I saw these cheese oozing croquettes in Tasty, but it was not a vegetarian one. But I loved the recipe and Aj too saw it and got way too much tempted by it. I saved it for trying and since Aj’s holiday is gonna end, he asked me to do this for him. He was also helping me in preparing these veggie croquettes. I used maida for coating and corn for vegetarian option. I made these in cylindrical shapes, but you can make in your comfortable favorite shape.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Pineapple kesari recipe, how to make pineapple kesari

pineapple-kesari
Pineapple kesari is a popular sweet made in South India, especially in marriages and functions. With just rava/ semolina/ sooji and pineapple, sugar and ghee as main ingredients, this sweet is ready in minutes. Very easy to prepare but the taste and flavour is mind blowing. I am a great fan of pineapple kesari. Actually speaking, I am big fan of fruits that are flavorful like this, pineapple, guava, raspberry, strawberry. I have made pineapple kesari only very few times. First few times I did the mistake of adding artificial flavour. I love pineapple essence but still when I made this once with just pineapple, it turned out to be more natural and flavourful. Hope you all had a great start this year 2017. Let me start this year's post with a sweet note 😇 This post is being searched by many in my blog, so thought to post it. I followed similar way as fruit kesari recipe.
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Pineapple kesari recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Sweet
Prep Time: 30 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins   Serves: 6

Click here for cup measurements

Ingredients

Semolina/ Rava – 1 cup

Pineapple – 1 & 1/2 cups

Sugar – 2 cups

Water – 2 & 1/2 cups

Ghee – 1/4 – 1/2 cup

Salt – A pinch

Cashew nuts - 10

Yellow food colour - 2 drops


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Top posts of 2016 from Raks kitchen

Just 2 days for New year 2017 and thought I should post this round up list. These are all the posts what you have liked in Raks Kitchen this year. Yes, top 10 posts from Raks kitchen this year 2016. This year was really wonderful with all the videos I shot and posted. So happy about the response you all have given for the quick videos. I know there is a lot of scope to improve from technical aspect, will sure work on it in future to give you more quality videos. Looking forward for the New Year 2017!
The recipes have been listed in order with respect to the pageviews. I have given the top Social media posts too, scroll down to have a look. Raks kitchen in Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Twitter
  
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How to make cold coffee, easy cold coffee without ice cream

Cold-coffee-recipe
Cold coffee is an easy drink, treat for coffee lovers with easy ingredients available at home. Am not a big fan of coffee, except for cold coffee. I am big fan of cold coffee. As a hot drink, I don’t like to have coffee, I will taste but. I love coffee flavor. It smells so heavenly, so I love to prepare coffee. I love all coffee flavored desserts like coffee flavored cake, candy, toffee (coffee bite), or any drink.
I am big fan of my mom’s and MIL’s coffee flavor. Even while they make the coffee, it smells so sweet. I would say till date, my mom’s and MIL’s coffee tastes best and haven’t tasted anything better than that so far. To be more specific, I loved coffee more after marriage as I started giving importance to learn how to prepare it. As Vj is used to take coffee every morning, I always wanted to recreate my MIL’s coffee.
Initially when I moved here to Singapore, I would almost forget to make decoction and make it only after attending Aj. Slowly I started loving the process of making coffee, like an art. Every time I make coffee, I would taste it to see if it is like my MIL’s coffee. I used to ask Vj. I have come a long way in making coffee, still I would love to prepare it with fresh cow’s milk or at least aavin milk and see how it turns out.

Check out my filter coffee post (with video) to see how to prepare fresh coffee (decoction)


Cold coffee recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Continental  |  Recipe Category: Drink
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 0 mins   Serves: 2

Click here for cup measurements

Ingredients

Coffee (decoction)* – 1 tbsp

Milk, chilled – 1 & 1/2 cups

Sugar, powdered – 2-3 tbsp or as per taste

Ice cubes** – 4

Chocolate sauce – 1 tbsp

Fresh whip cream – 2 tbsp (optional)


* I used fresh decoction, you can prepare with 2 tsp instant coffee powder + 1 tbsp hot water.
**I used coffee ice cubes for strong taste.

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