Rice and Moong Dal Idli 

Rice and Moong Dal Idli 

Idli is the one of the most popular & healthier breakfast recipes in India. Originated in South India, it is a world famous versatile recipe with which one could experiment a lot by adding different types of vegetables or fruits even. Each one of them tastes deliciously different. I am gonna share one such variant today.  Rice and green moong dal idli is rich in protein , is great to taste and will be loved by one and all. 

Lets get started. 

Makes 16 idlis. 

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup Rice 

1/2 cup green moong dal ( green gram) 

1/2 cup grated carrots 

1 tbsp coconut 

1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)

Salt to taste

1 tsp baking soda 

1 tbsp curd

Method:

  • Soak the rice, moong dal & fenugreek seeds using required water for 6-7 hours.
  • Drain and blend to a smooth paste using little water.
  • Add grated carrots, coconut, turmeric and salt to the paste and mix well using a spatula till everything is incorporated.
  • In another bowl, Mix the curd and baking soda. Keep it aside for five minutes.
  • Add the curd-baking soda mixture to the batter and mix well. 
  • Add little water if required.
  • Pour a spoonful of batter in the greased idli plates and steam in a steamer for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool, demould and serve hot with chutney or sambhar. 

    Sabudana Vada 

    Sabudana Vada 

    Sabudana vada is a popular recipe in Maharashtra prepared especially during fasts. The crunch of peanuts with versatile sago & potatoes with the spicy chillies makes one scrumptious finger licking experience. It’s flavourful and quite easy to make. A delicious evening tea time snack. 

    Lets get started on the recipe. 

    Difficultly level -Easy

    Course – Snacks & Starters

    Makes : 12 Vadas.  

    Ingredients :

    1/2 cup Sabudana (Sago) 

    1 cup boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes 

    1/4 cup coarsely crushed roasted peanuts 

    2 tsp finely chopped green chillies 

    2 tsp finely coriander leaves

    1 tsp grated ginger

    1/2 tsp jeera powder

    2 tsp rice flour 

    A pinch of Asafoetida (optional)

    Sugar (optional)

    Salt to taste 

    Oil for deep frying 

    Preparation:

    • Clean and soak the sago in 1/3 cup water for about 5-6 hours.
    • After 5 hours, the sago will be soft and fluffy. 
    • Add all the remaining ingredients to it and mix well. 
    • Divide the mixture into small portions & Make tikkis/vadas of equal size.
    • Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the vadas until they are golden brown in colour.
    • Drain excess oil in an absorbent paper and enjoy it hot with green chutney.

    Tip – You can add grated cheese or paneer too, if you want to make it more creamy & cheesy. 

      Sugar Free Sweet Potato Halwa (Mahashivaratri special)

      Sugar Free Sweet Potato Halwa (Mahashivaratri special)

      First of all, Happy Mahashivaratri to all of you. May the blessing of Lord Shiva be with you always. 
      One can find sweet potatoes in abundance with all the vegetable vendors during Mahashivaratri. It is offered to the Lord as Prasadam in any form. Baked, roasted or made like this. As I have a huge sweet tooth, I prefer it sweetened. 

      This halwa is easy to make, healthy and tastes great too. It can be prepared using sugar or jaggery. Whichever you prefer. I prefer jaggery as it is healthier. The procedure with sugar is the same. Just sugar in place of jaggery. Also, I have used very less ghee. You can add a couple of spoons more if you prefer. 

      So, Lets get started with the recipe. 

      Ingredients :

      2 medium sized sweet potatoes boiled and mashed

      2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

      1/2 cup finely grated jaggery 

      2 tbsp freshly grated coconut 

      1/4 cup milk 

      A pinch of cardamom powder 

      Few roasted Cashew nuts 

      Procedure :


      • Mix boiled and mashed potatoes, finely grated jaggery, cardamom powder and coconut together. Mix it well. 
      • Heat ghee in a pan. 
      • Add this mixture to it and cook on low flame for a minute. The jaggery will start melting. 
      • Add milk and keep stirring till all the jaggery melts and you get the perfect halwa consistency or till the ghee is separated from the mixture. 
      • Garnish it with roasted cashews and serve it hot. 

        (This blogpost is a part of monthly link up party at Our Growing Edge  This event endeavours to connect food bloggers and inspires us to try new things. This month is hosted by Amanda at My Everyday Homemade)



        Mixed Sprouts Masala

        Mixed Sprouts Masala

        How difficult it is to make people especially kids eat and appreciate healthy foods?. Yes! Very difficult. ‘If its healthy it will taste bad’ is the inside joke in my family. 

        Sprouts! Full of health and nutrition. Packed with all the vital nutrients, it’s an wholesome food. Though I prefer sprouts in salads, the kids in my family make all sorts of faces to eat it. But add it in a spicy gravy, and people end up licking their fingers. 

        This curry is fantastic side dish to chapatis, rotis and even rice. I had used green & black chickpeas, whole green gram,(green moong) and a few kidney beans too. You can use any available legume at your house. It takes around three days for sprouts to appear in chickpeas. As green moong sprouts faster, I soaked them only for one day. 

        How to make chickpeas sprouts: 

        Wash and clean the chickpeas two or three times and soak in water. Make sure you use a big wide bowl. After 12 hours , discard the water and cover the bowl with a wet cloth. Leave it undisturbed for a day. Check it from time to time but do not disturb the peas. By the third day tiny/medium sized sprouts will appear. Same procedure for green gram. Only it doesn’t take this long. Usually It sprouts within 24 hours..

        Now let’s get started with the Curry recipe:

        Ingredients:

        Two cups mixed sprouts 

        One potato boiled and roughly chopped 

        2 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped 

        3-4 cubes of paneer (optional)

        1 medium sized onion finely chopped 

        1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

        2 tbsp tomato pur√©e 

        1 tsp turmeric powder

        2 tsp red chilli powder 

        1 tsp coriander powder 

        1 tsp jeera (cumin) seeds

        1-2 Red Chillis

        1 tsp mustard seeds 

        1 tsp lemon juice (optional)

        Oil for tempering 

        Salt to taste 

        Procedure : 

        • Boil the sprouts and potatoes until they are tender and soft. 
        • In a pan,heat a little oil. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chillis and allow them to crackle. 
        • Add ginger garlic paste and saut√© for a minute. 
        • Add onions and cook them till they turn translucent. 
        • Add all the dry spice powders(turmeric, coriander & chilli)and mix it well.
        • Add tomatoes and tomato pur√©e and cook for 2 minutes. 
        • Add potatoes,sprouts and salt. Mix it well and cook for 4-5 minutes. 
        • Add water if you want it in a gravy consistency. 
        • Add paneer (cottage cheese) and lemon juice and tenderly mix it all together.
        • Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice. 
        Vampire Academy Series Review

        Vampire Academy Series Review

        Vampires are back in my world. I was done with vampires long back since too many bad experiences with them. My friend after swearing up and down that Richelle Mead’s vampiric world is almost believably real and couldn’t be put down, suggested me to read this series saying, my experience with vampires will drastically change after this series. 

        Lets get started on how or whether it changed. 

        Vampire Academy series


        Author : Richelle Mead

        Total books: Six (Vampire Academy,Frostbite,Shadow Kiss,Blood PromiseSpirit Bound,Last Sacrifice)

        Genre : Young Adult, Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal 

        Series rating : 3.5/5

        Review:

        The first book starts with the lead character Rose Hathaway and her best friend Princess Lissa Dragomir coming to St.Vladimir’s Academy, an educational institution for the nocturnals, after being on the run. It’s a place where the good vampires Moroi learn magic and half vampires Dhampirs are trained to be guardians to protect the moroi from Strigoi, the evil vampires . This book introduces us to the key characters, with loose twists and predictable action thrown in at the end. It is more of a base for the remaining books. 

        From book 2 the plot thickens and from there it’s one hell of a roller coaster of action and emotions. Almost all the books ends in a cliffhanger which makes us anticipate the next one eagerly. Thankfully the series is complete otherwise would have lost my mind waiting for it. Mead’s writing is fast paced which suits the action packed storyline very well. 

        The thing I liked about Mead’s lead protagonist Dhampir Rose is she isn’t whiny , sad or annoyingly selfless. She is snarky, sassy, sarcastic, slightly selfish and kicks some major ass. That made being inside her head that much more interesting. Her wit & humour was refreshing and enjoyable. Though Rose is the lead, the supporting characters have their own stories as well which adds to the intrigue. This is gonna make reading the spin off Bloodlines that much more interesting.

        On the whole Vampire Academy series is a story about love, loyalty, friendship, betrayal with a kick ass heroine & interesting secondary characters in a well etched out action packed plot. A must read for those who crave adventure and thrill with a side package of romance. A Thumbs Up!  

        (PS – It is so difficult to write a book review without revealing any spoilers! *wipes brow*) 

        Raw Banana Tikkis

        Raw Banana Tikkis

        Raw bananas are the most underused and an underrated vegetable ever.  They are used widely only for chips. Which is shame because as an healthier substitute to potatoes, so much could be done with them. It’s twice nutritious than potatoes but just as tasty. 

        But As a South Indian, raw bananas are a regular in our kitchen. Be it in Aviyal, Poriyal, Bhajiyas,Chips or Podimas, the versatile raw bananas are widely used in the South Indian cuisine. 

        This is my grandmom’s recipe,  I tried it for the first time and it came out mouth-wateringly good. 

        So, Let’s get started with the recipe, shall we? 

        Ingredients:

        Two Raw bananas boiled and grated

        4-5 green chillies medium chopped

        5-6 curry leaves roughly chopped

        A few coriander leaves roughly chopped (optional)

        2 tsp ginger finely chopped

        2 tsp red chilli powder

        2 tsp coriander powder

        1 tsp turmeric powder

        A pinch of Asafoetida 

        Salt to taste

        Oil for deep frying

        Method:

        Boil the raw bananas without removing it’s skin. Let it cool for a few minutes. Grate the bananas after peeling its skin. Add the chopped green chillies, curry leaves and ginger.

        Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, salt and asafoetida and mix well thoroughly without adding any water.  

        Give it a form of tikkis/cutlets.

        Heat oil in a Kadhai and Put the tikkis one by one till it turns golden brown. 

        Your raw bananas tikkis are ready to be served. 

        Devour the hot and spicy tikkis with the chutney of your choice. 

        (#Tip I haven’t used bread crumbs for rolling like the way it’s usually done in tikkis because raw bananas are quite dry so it wont soak much oil. You can roll it in bread crumbs if you want)

        Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Magic Dims but the Legacy Continues

        Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Magic Dims but the Legacy Continues


        Pages : 330

        Author : J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

        Genre : Fantasy 

        My Rating : 2.5/5

        To begin with, I am so glad that the first book I’ll be reviewing is a book of the single most celebrated series of my era. Hogwarts is a huge part of our childhood. So It was natural that I had huge expectations from the eighth instalment of my favourite series. Even when I was hearing lots of negative reviews and complaints about it, my excitement for it couldn’t be deterred. 

        I received the book only recently and I started reading it the instant I laid my hands on it and finished it in three hours straight. (What? I am an hardcore Potterhead, okay) 

        I know by now pretty much every Potterhead in the world must’ve read the book but just in case this review contains some spoilers. 

        Even though I knew that the book was written in script format, it felt odd and different reading it. But after a few pages I surprisingly got used to it. Mainly because of rowling’s fantastic & descriptive writing in the last seven books. The familiar scenes and settings of the wizarding world were easy for me to imagine. (Thank you Rowling) 

        The book starts where the last one left off. Nineteen years later after the Great battle of Hogwarts. We meet the next generation of Hogwarts. Though the title reads ‘Harry Potter’ and the Cursed Child, it is centered around Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius.  

        Though the focus was on the new generation, we do meet the Golden Trio. I liked that Hermoine is the Minister of Magic. A muggle born holding the highest office, ahh how the wizarding world has changed in the last 20 years! 

        Albus and Scorpius meeting in the Hogwarts Express for the first time and going on to become the best of friends is remiscient to how Harry and Ron met. But that’s where the similarities end. Albus and Scorpius hold their own ground, have their own individual personalities. Thank you Merlin! I personally would have hated if Albus is shown as the Next Harry or Scorpius the Junior Malfoy. Where Harry Potter was hero worshipped and celebrated, Albus Potter is laughed and mocked at. Where Draco Malfoy was proud and popular, Scorpius is anything but. 

         In fact, the book largely focuses on Scorpius and Albus’s troubled relationship with their fathers. Albus and Harry’s more so. Harry, though having had a lot of father figures to look upto while growing up (Dumbledore, Lupin, Sirius, Hagrid, Arthur Weasley!) is shown as a confused and a clueless father. But only to Albus. James and lily are ‘supposedly’ the happier children though nothing much about them is mentioned. They are completely left out from the book.If you didn’t know any better, one would think Albus is an only child.  Would have been nice if they had thrown some light into Albus’s relationship with his siblings. Or Harry’s relationship with them. 

        The Harry in this book sometimes seemed incompatible with the Harry in the previous seven books. I can’t imagine Harry ever saying something like “I sometimes wish you are not my son” or “The thing that scares me the most is being a dad to you” to his son. Or use his Ministry connections and threaten the deputy headmistress and his former professor Minerva Mcgonagall into agreeing to his demands. 

        I also didn’t like how they had dealt with the character of Ron. He is more of a joke in this book than the key important character that we are accustomed with. 

        Though they seemed to have messed up the old characters, the new ones seemed well placed to me though sometimes poorly written. Never thought I would say this but I actually liked a Malfoy more than a Potter. Scorpius Malfoy was delightful. His friendship with Albus is one of the highlights of the book. Though I wish we had more of Rose Granger Weasley. She is only shown bossing and reprimanding Albus. The new character Delphi though intriguing seems under explored. 

        The tried and tested theme of time turners and alternative realities is explored some more taking the readers for a thrilling ride. The book even with its loose ends and loopholes, was a fast paced and an engaging read. Like the previous potter books, it couldn’t be put down. 

        The Cursed child twists, turns and takes us down the memory lane in a literal way.  It has something for everyone. Though one can’t help wanting more. 

        Read it to go back to Hogwarts , read it for a quick paced fun and thrill but without expecting any great character development or detailed well written plots and subplots. Like Dumbledore, I too agree perfection is elusive and unreachable.  

        There is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human to breathe. ~ Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child