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Friday, July 01, 2016

Seem Pal Recipe | Therattipal |Palkova | Colostrum Milk Sweet Recipe

Colostrum Milk recipe

Cow's Milk recipe

Staying in home country means you get to taste all the traditional good, vegetables, fruits and some authentic dishes, this includes moms food.Am so glad i tasted my moms food after 4 years and it was really good feeling, enjoyed it a lot. In my India stay we had Milk man used bring cows milk for us every day. I once happen to ask him if I can get "seempal" to my surprise he told me you have asked me in the right time the cow is going to deliver calf soon and I will get the milk in 2 days , After two days he bought me 1/2 liter of  milk , when I received the milk I was little worried and asked the milkman if the calf had the milk, he said the milk produced by cows are more than the calf's consume so we have to express the milk anyway , this is the extra milk after the calf's tummy is filled. This made me smile and I was ok, I know every mother wants her kid to be fed first likewise applicable for gomatha ( cow) too isn't it. So now coming to the recipe today it is very very nutritious and yummy to taste.

Theratti paal

My Mom always used to tell me how she used to enjoy having seempal in her childhood days. I also happen get some from our Milkman who was kind enough to give me the seempal for free every time.. I say every time bcoz I was so lucky to get seempal for 4-5 times and I fortunately photographed it to blog. Seempal can't be found every were infact before moving to India I searched everywhere in the US but missed to ask at cattle farm may be they might have, I found dehydrated colostrum milk pd in walmart but it was goat's milk so didn't get it. I am so lucky to have tasted the cow's seempal , trust me it is so delicious by itself , some flavors and sugar added to it makes it more delicious.

Seem pal or kadambu pal is a very nutritious cow's milk after the cow gives birth to the calf . The first milk is yellow in color and the first 3-5 days milk after delivering is normally called as seem pal.
There are so many other names for this milk in telugu it is called junnu pal, Posu in Kannada, Doodh Bali in Marwadi ( My mom told me the name), Kharvas in Marathi, and in english it is called Colostrum Milk. You can visit your local cow's Milk vendor ( Mattu pannai in Tamil)  and ask for the colostrum milk or seempal if available.This is so authentic sweet tastes divine and so yummy you will fall in love with this sweet. I made this seempal for couple of times in India, once I made with 4 rd day milk and the second time I made it with 3 rd day milk. Both tasted yummy but the color was different, the  3 rd day milk was yellow and 4 th day had faded yellow. Ok any day milk it will taste yummy am sure. Make sure you  use 2 nd to 5 th day milk .

How to make palkova

Mother's Milk

Seem Pal

                                             Category  Preparation time Cook Time   
          5 mins
    10 -15 mins     
  Seem pal / Colostrum Milk - 1/2 ltr
  Sugar-  2 tbsp or more as desired
  Cardamom pd - 1/4 tsp

  • In a vessel strain the milk and keep it to boil in low medium heat.
  • Keep stiring the milk with spatula.
  • After few minutes you can see the milk curdling and the milk protein starts coagulating.
  • Keep on stiring till all the milk coagulates and water separates.
  •  Cook till all the water evaporates and absorbed by the curdled milk.
  • After all the water evaporates, add sugar and cardamon to it and mix it well.
  • Cook till well blend and then turn of the meet.
Seempal recipe
 Note : I like the semi dry version of seem pal so I evaporated all the water after curdling , if you like a little watery and super soft seempal you don't have to cook till all the water is evaporated.

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There different ways  seempal is made this is the easiest version, you can also steam this seempal to make another sweet called ginnu or junnu, I will be posting that soon. Hope you like this recipe, Do leave your valuable comments :)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Easy Fruit Cream Recipe| Party Recipe Ideas

Fruit Cream

Hi my dear fellow readers am so sorry for not being active here for months.I was in a long vacation and couldn't blog frequently.. But here I am with another quick recipe for you guys.. I was in my India trip , really enjoyed staying with our family .. We spent some quality time with our family and my daughter just loved playing with her grand parents. I have so many good news to share for my readers which I was unable to share at that moment... So here is one among them Desi Fiesta reached 1+ Million views recently and so happy.Thanks to each and everyone for visiting my space and making this happen. 

Rainbow cake

I know you all will be very eager to know what I did in India these many months.. You know even though I was out of blogging , My every time thought was about my blog.. It was really difficult to Blog in India for me as I was so occupied with other works, but you know what is the best part living India?? It is prop collection , One year was really less for me to collect props in India and I successfully got them without any damage was the best part.. If you are in Fb page then you would have know I had done 2  cooking shows ( just a try) , both for very popular channels in chennai. I will share the experience of shooting in my upcoming post...I also Have created a new fb page to improve my photography skills and share my hobby photographs there . I named it " Manu's Shutter Up" Do Visit this link and hit a like if you like my photographs..

Ok for today's recipe I got a very quick and easy to make dessert which is perfect for a party. If you are planning to give a party at your home and don't want to spend much time in making desserts for the guest and also don't want to serve them store bought sweets this is the perfect recipe you are searching for. When I came to US 4 years back , couple of friends invited us for lunch and we had fruit cream there and I just loved it a lot and when I asked the friend how she made she said its just whipped cream with some chopped fruits inside.. I was actually shocked how simple recipes make so delicious desserts, I tried this recipe couple of times and I still love it a lot every time I make them. Fruit cream is getting very popular in parties as it is quick delicious and nutritious, all put together . Now this is very simple recipe I have shared , I have another version of fruit cream too which I will share in my future posts. So here we go ..

Birthday Party Recipes

Easy Desserts

Fruit Cream

                                                        Category  Preparation time    
           15 mins

  Fresh Cream Or Heavy Whipping Cream - 1 Cup
Whipped Cream with Fruits  Icing sugar - 3 tbsp
  Apple - 1/2 ( chopped)
  Green Grapes- 5-6 nos
  Strawberry - 3 nos ( chopped)
  Oranges - 2 wedge ( Pith removed)
  Plum - 1/2  ( chopped)
  Pomegranate - 3 tbsp
  Cashews - 2 nos ( chopped)
  Walnuts - 2 nos ( chopped)
  Vanilla essence - Few drops

  •  To start with take the chilled fresh cream or heavy whipping cream in a bowl and with the help of a hand blender beat it till it attains thick consistency.
  • Add the icing sugar to the whipped cream and then using a hand blender again blend it.
  • Chill this whipped cream in fridge till you are done with chopping of the fruits.
  • Chop all the fruits and mix them in the whipped cream slowly.
  • Add Nuts, few drops of vanilla essence and mix them too. 
  • Serve it immediately or chill it till served.
  • Use any fruit of your choice like pineapple, mango, kiwi, banana or any berries you like.
  • These can be made ahead of a day and stays good in fridge for a day or two.But I recommend after adding fruits to it serve it immediately.

fruits Recipes

Pomogranate Photography

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Great Ways To Save Money On Your Food Orders

Are you spending a bomb on each meal? Does the average amount spent on your food every month, including groceries, unplanned lunches or dinners touching the sky? Are you spending more on your grocery shopping than your gas bill each month? Blaming it on the global warming or bad crop yields or the rising rate of inflation?

Spending lavish money on your food is only acceptable once in a fortnight but not every day or worse, every meal. It is a sheer waste of money without you realizing how much harm you’re doing to yourself in the name of fun and indulgence.

Below are some proven ways that can help you save money on food orders.

Use Coupons and Discounts

You have planned your lunch or dinner with your team or family at your favorite restaurant. Why not use the online coupons or discount promo codes available on the food from the same restaurant? There is a plethora of coupons and deals websites online that are full of exciting offers, coupons and sale codes on everything. This will help you get saving on your food. Check out the box8 buy one get one deals to get the idea of how much one can save while ordering online.

Cut wastage and food bills

Every time you see a sale on some product, you buy it in bulk, even though you don’t need it, just because you think that you are saving something on this deal.You don’t need those extra quantities of dal or chips as you already have a decent stock at home. Buy only what you need. Not in surplus. It would either get wasted or be thrown away. Avoid that.

Put pen to paper 

If you are not comfortable enough using your to-do list smart application, or any other money tracking app, then don’t use it. Stick to what you’re comfortable in doing. Write a list of groceries, food staples that you need on the good old pen and paper, on a daily basis. Make a list of things that you would like to shop, but ensure to check your store cupboard, freezer or more to check if you have
enough quantity of this food. If possible work out a daily or weekly meal plan.

Use your leftovers

The clever way to save on food and reduce food waste is to use your previous night’s leftovers in a more creative way. Use it as a “ready-meal” or next day’s breakfast. There is so much to do with leftovers - all you got to do is put in some creativity and turn them into an interesting meal. If you have the patience, you could even look up some of the recipes that can help you whip up something delicious from the leftovers. Hope after reading this, you would commit yourself to reducing food waste. Tell us how these tips have helped you to save money while also leading a healthy lifestyle!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bread Rabri Recipe | Karva Chauth Recipe ~ Guest Post for Indus Ladies

Instant Rabri

Karva chauth is a one day fasting festival when a married women fast till moonrise for their respective husbands for their safety and long life. We as rajasthani also do flow a similar fast on Teej which is called Karwa chauth in Punjab, Uttar pradesh, Himachal pradesh and Haryana.The festival falls on Karthick month on a full moon day. Karva which is a earthen pot or kalash with water in it and chauth means fourth day of the karthik month.In this festival women puts on the 16 singaar - Bhindi, jewels, Sindhoor,henna/ Mehandi, Red saree preferabbly or some also wear wedding dress etc.. Women does not do any house on this day and prepares for the puja which happen in the evening while the moon rise. Before the fast starts or the sun rise Mother in law sents sargi or Pre dawn meal for daughter in law before starting the fast. Few hours before the fast begins every married women from the family go to the terrace and start preparing for the puja and listen to the karva chauth vrat katha or story behind Karva chauth. Then after some time finally when the moon peeps women looks in to the sieve to see the rising moon and then her husaband in to the seive. There are many sweets and savouries made for offering like halwa,mathri, sweet mathri, rabri etc . As they follow fasting for whole day they don't spend much time in kitchen and so one such instant recipe idea to make on this day is Bread rabri which so quick and can be prepared in minutes. 

When Magee asked me for a guest post I was all set to make this rabri as it is perfect for the festival. It is Instant Rabri and taste just like any rabri. People who don't have plain flour for the fast can also use whole wheat bread. Do visit the Indus Ladies Page for the recipe Click here.  This is also going to be a part of the Indus Ladies Karva Chauth Guide. 

Karva Chauth Recipes

Sweets Recipes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Day 7 ~ Pesarrattu Upma with Palli/ Peanut chutney |Indian states

Andhra recipes

When comes to Indian states I love south Indian food more as mom used to make north india every time and we rarely had south India it is a clear logic the one cuisine made at home was less popular and liked. Though love my native food too I have some extra liking for south food staying south India. Back in US my neighbors where from andhra and one day she knocked my door to ask if had any peanuts at home yes just like we do in India I was so happy that she came to me . Yes we do lot of sharing in India we don't have ora mor or jaavan or culture to make curd we drop by our neighbor instead of going to a store miles away , buying a curd cup and they are readily sharing. In India you don't have to have a gps just drive and ask the pedestrians for the route they will just guide you anywhere and everywhere which is one thing i like about my home country a lot. Though I can see this lessening in number am still happy few do the sharing part. So my neighbor was in so much rush and she desperately wanted peanuts as she went out of stock. Now I just gave unopened packet and she ran to make something I don't know wat I was like hmm she might be in some hurry . Then again when I met her she said thank you for those peanuts , I asked what was she making so delicately  she replied pesarratu only then I knew about this andhra moong dal dosa. she said her husband won't have pesarratu with out peanut chutney and she didn't want to disappoint him, I thought that was so sweet. I have made pesarattu after knowing about it many times and now it is time to blog.

This protein packed dosa with generally served with a combination. It is perfect breakfast and served with upma and peanut chutney. Now moving on to the recipe.

Andhra dosa and chutney

Pesarattu Upma with Palli Chutney

                                      Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                          Indian States
           30 mins
      20 mins


  For Pesarattu
  Green Moong dal- 2 cups 
  Raw Rice - a handful
  Green chillies - 2 no ( chopped)
  Ginger - 1/2" inch
  Asafoetida- a pinch
  Salt to taste
  For Upma
  Rava / semolina - 1/2 cup
  Onion- 1 no ( chopped)
  Tomato - 1 no (chopped)
  Green chillies - 2 no ( slit )
  Urad dal - 1 tsp
  Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  Oil - 1 tsp
  Salt to taste 
   For Palli Chutney 
  Roasted Groundnut/ Verkadalai - 1/4 cup
  Whole red chillies - 2 nos
  Garlic Cloves - 2 nos
  Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  Channa Dal - 2 tsp
  Tamarind - 1 small marble size
  Salt to taste
  For Tempering
  Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  Curry leaves - 1 sprig 

  For Pesarrattu 
  •  Soak green gram dal  and rice in water for 2-3 hours.
  •  Drain the water , add green chillies, ginger and grind them in a mixer to a dosa batter consistency adding little water at time.
  •  Add salt to the batter and keep it ready.
  For chutney 
  • Heat a pan add 1 tsp oil , put urad dal and channa dal .
  • Saute them till light brown, then add the groundnut, garlic, tamarind, Salt as needed and saute them for few seconds.
  • Transfer this to a mixer jar add little water and grind them to fine paste.
  • For tempering heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds after they splutter add urad dal and saute till light brown . Then add curry leaves .
  • Transfer the tempering on to the chutney.
  For Upma 
  • Dry roast the rava and keep it a side.
  • In  pan heat oil add mustard seeds, after it pops add urad dal, curry leaves , then onion.
  • Saute the onion till translucent then add green chillies and saute.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook them till they are mushy.
  • Add water about 2 cups and allow them to boil.
  • After it boils add the rava by constantly string else there might be lump formation so stir constantly while you are pouring the rava in the boiling water mixture.
  • Stir them well and cool them for little while till the upma comes together.
  • Drizzle some ghee if needed.
  To proceed
  • Make the dosas when they are done place the upma in the center and fold them like a triangle just like you do for masala dosa.
  • Serve them with peanut chuney and enjoy.

andhra cuisine recipes

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Day 6 ~ Channar Payesh - Bengali Thali | How to Make Paneer Kheer

Indian sweets Recipe

Indian Thali recipes

I love to try all cuisines from India they are so diverse but so reminds of home country when you live in abroad especially. I prepared this thali 1 years back for the mega marathon and I can't believe am revealing it now. So coming the thali It is a elaborate "Bangla Ranna "  Ranna means feast or Thali  Ofcourse it is my version of Ranna bcoz typical bangla ranna includes all the non veg delicacies in the platter. When I think of bengal it is the paneer sweets which reminds me I used to enjoy in my childhood. we had a bengali neighbor and she used to baby sit me most of the time in fact she was the one who named my pet name " manu" .. Ha ha now all of you know only my mom and now my h calls me with my pet name. Now coming to the ranna the menu was - Cholar dal, Matar kachori with aloo channa sabzi, Doi Dharosh ( Bindi in curd gravy) , Bohari ( mint flavored chaas) and my fav channar payesh for dessert.

I Love to cook elaborate meal for my blog and as you will be knowing I have prepared lots of thali and some where missed out in my previous marathon bcoz my lappy crashed and I lost all my data in it but thank god I have this habit of sharing in fb before I post my stuffs here and saved a single pic from each of my left out thali. So I had to redo a recipe from thali again. I had planned to redo the whole thali but unfortunately cudn't do it so posting my fav bengali dessert from this thali. Channar payesh is similar to what we know as rasmalai it looks the same but as you know every region has its own name for similar dishes. This has similar method as we do for rasmalai but a little tweak in the recipe. Now moving to the recipe..

Indian state Recipes

Bengali  Recipes

Channar Payesh

                                      Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                          Indian States
           25 mins
      20 mins

  For making chenna
  Milk - 1/2 ltr
  Lemon juice - 2 tbsp or Vinegar - 1 tbsp
  For sugar syrup 
  Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
  Water - 4 cups
   For Payesh
  Milk - 1/2 ltr
  Condensed Milk -  1 cup
  Saffron - few strands 

  For Rasgullas / Channar
  •  Boil milk  after it boils turn off the flame and add lemon juice or vinegar immediately and stir it till the paneer separates from the whey.
  • Keep a muslin cloth on a strainer and pour the prepared paneer and separate it from the whey water.
  • Bring the corners of the muslin cloth together and gently press to remove the excess water from it.
  • Once the water is drained completely from the paneer , Transfer the paneer on a plate and knead the paneer well with your palm till it form a smooth dough.
  • Divide the paneer to equal sized balls and keep it ready.
  • In a sauce pan put sugar and water, after the sugar dissolve and the syrup starts boiling drop the paneer balls in to it.
  • Cover the sauce pan and cook the paneer balls in syrup for 15 mins and then turn of the flame.
  • Let them stand in the covered sauce pan for 10 more mins.
  • Let them cool completely.
  • Till them you can make the payesh base . Boil the milk in a sauce pan in sim flame till 4  cups of milk evaporates and become 3 cups. 
  • Add the condensed Milk and boil the milk well for 10 more mins.
  • Remove the rasgullas from the syrup ( press them well and remove the excess syrup)  and drop them in the boiling milk. 
  • Add the saffron strands and boil the paneer balls or the rasgullas in the payesh for 10 mins.
  • The milk should leave out little malai to make it more rich.
  • Turn of the flame cool them completely and then chill them refrigerate .
  • After it chills garnish with nuts if needed and enjoy them chilled.
  • It tastes Best when it is consumed chilled.

Bebgali sweets recipes

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Day 5 ~Vazhaikkai Bajji with Tomato chutney |How to Make Bajji |Tea kadai Recipes | Combo Dishes

How to make Bajji Bonda

Vazhaikkai Bajji and Tomato Chutney .. Hmmm this combo takes me back to my childhood when I  used to enjoy the tea kadai stall Bhaji's, butter biscuits, thenmittai, inji marapa, Pore biscuits, rose milk candy, Pan pasad ahhh and it goes on and on . I love to watch the tea master making hot chai and the best part is when he cools down the chai from one container to other so fast and with no spilling they amaze me any time I see them doing this. I am literally looking around for a tea stall to take gud picture of that. It is the madness to photograph keeps me going and feel so stress free. Ok coming to the vazhaikkai bajji , this was my fav . I used to love seeing the bhaji maker in the tea stall making this bhaji in jiffy and serving them hot on a newspaper , yes you read it right newspapers are used as oil blotting paper in India of course we love recycling and it is cost effective so people have small stores use news papers. The bhaji is serve with spicy tomato chutney oh wow it is the best way you can enjoy a rainy day.

I love crispy coated vazhaikkai Bajji with spicy tomato chutney , this combo made for each other. For 5th Buffet on table I decided to make this tea time combo dish and here I am . Hope you enjoy as well.

Raw banana Bajii recipe

Buffet on table

Vazhakkai Bajji With Tomato Chutney

                                      Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                          Tea Time snacks 
           15 mins
      15 mins


  Vazhaikkai / Raw Banana - 1 No
  Besan / chickpea flour - 1/2 cup
  Rice Flour - 1/4 cup
  Cooking Soda - a pinch 
  Red chilli pd - 1/2 tsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Asafoetida - a pinch 
  Salt to taste
  Oil for frying
  Tomato Chutney
  Tomato - 2 nos
  Garlic clove - 4 nos
  Urad dal / Black gram dal -  3 tsp
  Channa dal / Bengal gram dal - 2 tsp
  Whole red chillies - 2 nos
  Oil - 2 tsp
  Salt to taste

  • Peel the skin of the raw banana using a knife and then cut them to even size slices. Put the cut slices in water so that they don't turn black.
  • In a bowl mix besan, rice flour, asafoetida, red chilli pd, turmeric pd , salt and mix them well.
  • Add water to it little by little to make a semi liquid consistency without any lumps.
  • The consistency of the batter should not be thick nor runny. When raw banana slices are dipped in to the batter it should make a coat on them
  • Now heat oil in a kadai, after it is hot enough take the raw banana slice dip it the batter and slice it in the hot oil.
  • Do this for the rest of the banana slices and fry them till golden brown from both sides.
  • Transfer them to a kitchen towel or tissue to remove the excess oil.
  • For tomato chutney , in a pan heat oil add urad dal, channa dal and saute them till golden brown. 
  • Add Whole red chilli, Garlic cloves and saute them.
  • Add the Chopped tomatoes and saute them till mushy.
  • Turn off the heat and cool the mixture.
  • Add salt as needed and grind the mixture to a paste.
  • For tempering heat the pan with oil add mustard seeds, after they pop add urad dal and saute them till light brown. 
  • Add the tempering on the chutney and serve the bajjis with this tangy chutney.

 Tea kadai snacks

Combo dishes

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