Normally we would fry the medhu vadas as soon as grinding the dal. Here's an easy way to store and fry at a later time. Soak dal and grind the batter, add all seasonings and veggies. Fry them over medium high flame until slightly cooked on the outer.Â Immediately remove and cool completely. When done refridgerate in air-tight box or ziplock bags for few days. Re-fry themÂ againÂ until goldenÂ whenever necessary. Ground Urud dal batter without garnishes and veggies can be refridgerated upto a day.
Curry leaf, is one magical herb with distinctive flavour which brings out the great aroma of most Soutn India curries. They are available in abundance in India but a treasuredÂ groumet produce for people living in other countries. Preserving and storing them is a big question among many most of us. After trying a few attempts in my kitchen, came to a conclusion that freezing would be best solution to preserve this green gold.
Curry leaves can be preserved in the following ways.
Khoya / Mawa, is a dairy product used as a base for making many sweets and gravies. Milk is boiled and reduced to semi- solid state, which looks like a thick sticky mass. Based on the consitency, khoya can be classified into 3 types.
1. Firm Khoya / Bhatti – Milk boiled and reduced to a thick paste and later molded to make it firm, used for burfis.
2. Soft Khoya / Chikna – Milk boiled annd reduced to a sticky paste, used for halwas.
Paneer is the most common form of mild soft Indian cheese. Making your own at home is ridiculously easy and fun. Though, lookwise mine might not be a perfect match to those firm store bought paneer, but tastewise, was far better and fresh. Moreover the satisfaction that you gain after making something from scratch turning pretty good….. Priceless!!! Here's a glimpse of my modest attempt.
Seeds are packed with nutrients, sprouted seeds are even better. Sprouts grown at home are the freshest food you’ll ever eat, hi… so why not give it a try. All it needs is little air, water, warmth, space and light. I use a white handkerchief, you can use a wet cheese cloth or any thin white cotton cloth. Some seeds take 4 to 5 days to sprout here in USA. To start with, I’ve tried with whole Moong dal (Whole Green Gram). Let me share a picture of this gram, when the outer covering removed and split, its called split green gram or split mung/ split moong dal, whole mung/moong dal looks dark green. Now lets go to the sprouting procedure
Ghee (Clarified Butter) is a semi-liquid form of Butter that has the milk solids and water removed by following a special heating and straining process. Stays fresh up to 6 months and dos not need refrigeration. Takes about an hour (approx) for the entire process.
Idli is a traditional breakfast item very common in Southern India. It is prepared by steaming the batter made with rice and ulundu.