Pidi Ularthiyathu

Pidi Ularthiyathu

A simple comfort food from Kerala……

Pidi Ularthiyathu
Recipe source: Ria

1 cup rice flour
1 ½ cups boiling water
¼ tsp salt
1 small onion chopped
Few shallots chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 sprigs curry leaves
½ -1 tsp red chili flakes
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil

Put rice flour and salt in a large bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water and mix. Add rest of the water as required to make smooth dough. You might need a little more or less water based on your rice flour.
Keep covered for few minutes. Knead lightly a few times. Now pinch a little dough and roll to make small balls.
Steam the rice flour for 10 mins.
Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan and add oil.
Add mustard seeds. When it splutters add onion, shallots, garlic and curry leaves and saute till the onion become almost brown.
Add chili flakes, little salt and stir.
Add rice balls and mix well. Keep covered for few minutes.
Serve hot.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Cake

Oatmeal Chocolate Cake

Oatmeal Chocolate Cake
Recipe source: adapted from Tiffany

1 cup quick cooking oats
1 ½ cup boiling water
Or 1 ½ cups of cooked leftover oatmeal

1 cup whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

½ cup sugar
½ cup canola oil
¼ cup yogurt
1 egg

Put oats in a bowl and pour boiling water and keep aside for 10 mins.
Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and keep aside in another bowl.
Whisk sugar, oil and yogurt in a large bowl. Mix well but its ok if sugar has not dissolved.
Add egg and whisk.
Add oats and mix well.
Add flour and mix well to combine.
Pour into a greased sheet pan or any baking pan.
Sprinkle chocolate chips if you wish.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree for 25-30 mins.
Let the cake cool completely before slicing.

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Eggless Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Eggless Chocolate Brownie Cookie

Eggless Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Recipe Source: Lucy check out her website for more delicious easy desserts

1 ½ cups plus 2 tbsp flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1/3 cup sugar (I used brown)
¼ cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 -4 tbsp milk
½ cup chocolate chips or less

Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and sugar with a spoon.
Pour in oil, vanilla and milk and mix to combine.
Use your hands to bring to a dough.
Mix in chocolate chips and make small balls. OR
Make small balls, flatten it slightly and press few chocolate chips on top. This way I used hardly ¼ cup chips.
Place on parchment paper lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree Celsius for 10-15 mins.
If you take out in 10 mins, the cookie will look underdone, but its perfect as a brownie cookie. 12-15 mins will make crispy outside and soft inside. Perfect again!
Bake as you prefer. Let it cool for few mins and serve.

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Gobi Aloo Methi (Cauliflower, Potatoes with Fenugreek leaves)

Aloo Gobi Methi

Gobi Aloo Methi (Cauliflower, Potatoes with Fenugreek leaves)

2 cups cauliflower florets
1 medium potato cut into 2” sticks
½ – ¾ cup fresh fenugreek leaves cleaned and chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
1 tsp chopped ginger
2 pinch asafetida
1tsp chili powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp oil

Heat oil and add ginger and asafetida.
Add onion and saute till translucent.
Add chili powder and turmeric powder and stir.
Add chopped tomato and some salt. Stir till the tomatoes become mushy.
Add cauliflower, potatoes, salt and ½ cup water.
Cook covered on medium flame till vegetables are almost cooked and mixture is dry.
Add fenugreek leaves and mix well.
Cook covered for few more minutes.
Mix well and stir fry on high heat for few minutes.
Serve hot.

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Eggless Dates Cake

Eggless Dates Cake

Eggless Dates Cake
Recipe source:Radhika

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
¾ cup sugar
½ cup oil
2 cups water
1 cup chopped dates
½ cup walnuts
½ tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla essence

In a medium pan add sugar, water, oil, dates and cinnamon powder and heat the mixture.
Let it come to boil and then simmer for 15 mins.
Take off fire and cool completely.
Add vanilla essence.
Sieve flour and baking soda.
Add little at a time to the cooled mixture and mix well.
Add nuts and mix well.
Pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 160 degree Celsius for approx. 30 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted at the center of the cake.
Cool in the pan for 10 mins. Invert and let it cool completely.
Slice and serve.

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Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani

¾ cup whole black urad dal
¼ cup red kidney beans (optional)
1 medium onion chopped fine
2 large tomato chopped fine or pulsed in blender
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 -3 green chilies slit
1 tsp cumin seeds
1tsp chili powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp garam masala
2 cardamom
1 piece cinnamon
1-2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
3-4 tbsp cream (optional)

Wash and soak urad dal and kidney beans in water overnight.
Pressure cook with 2 cups of water for 3-4 whistles or until very soft.
Heat oil and add cumin, cardamom and cinnamon.
When cumin splutters, add onion and saute till almost brown.
Add ginger garlic paste and green chilies and saute till raw smell goes.
Add tomatoes and saute till oil clears or mixture becomes very dry. This will take sometime.
Add chili powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
Add cooked dal and mix well. Add approx. 1 cup hot water and simmer at least for 25-20 mins. Dal will thicken as it cooks. Sprinkle garam masala and mix.
Add cream if using and mix well. Take off fire.
Garnish with coriander leaves and ginger slivers.
Serve hot.

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Date and Apricot Loaf

Apricot & Date Loaf 1

Date and Apricot Loaf

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp soft butter
¼ – ½ cup sugar
¾ cup orange juice
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup dried apricots cut into small pieces
½ cup dates cut into small pieces
½ cup walnut pieces (optional)

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Cream sugar, butter and egg in a bowl.
Stir in orange juice and vanilla.
Add flour and stir until just combined.
Fold in apricot, dates and nuts.
Pour into a greased baking pan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree Celsius for approx. 40 mins.
Cool in pan for 10 mins, invert to wire rack and cool completely.
Slice and serve.

Dahi Aloo (Potatoes in yogurt gravy)

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Dahi Aloo (Potatoes in yogurt gravy)

2 medium potatoes boiled
1 cup yogurt
½ cup water
2 tsp chickpea flour (besan)
½ tsp ginger grated
1/8 tsp Asafetida
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 ½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp fennel seeds
1-2 dry red whole chilis
Few curry leaves
2-3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp oil

Cut boiled potatoes into small pieces.
Whisk yogurt, water and chickpea flour well and keep aside.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds.
When it splutters, add cumin, whole chili, and fennel seeds.
Add ginger, asafetida, turmeric powder, coriander powder and chili powder, curry leaves and stir.
Add potatoes and mix well.
Take the pan off fire and add yogurt mixture and mix well.
Put the pan back on fire and let it simmer. Add more water if required.
Stir in coriander leaves and take off fire.
Serve with chapathis.

Dahi Aloo

Medovik (Honey Cake)

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One of the best cakes!! It is not complicated to make at all.
Melt few ingredients… make a dough… roll the dough… bake the dough circles…and assemble…simple!!

Medovik (Honey Cake)
Recipe source: Inessa

3 ½ cups flour + extra for rolling
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp vinegar
2 eggs
2 tbsp honey

2 cups whipping cream
¾ – 1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Place baking soda and vinegar in separate small bowls.
In a sauce pan add eggs, sugar and honey. Whisk to mix and add butter.
Place the pan on low heat and stir slowly. (Don’t worry….eggs will not cook!)
Butter and sugar will melt and the mixture will become liquidy.
Take the pan off heat.
Mix baking soda and vinegar and add to the mixture and mix well.
Add ½ cup flour at a time and mix well using a wooden spoon. Use hands towards end to form dough.
The dough will be extremely sticky and soft at first but will harden slightly as it cools.
Flour the work surface and place the dough on it. Divide into 7 equal parts.
Now preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.
Take parchment paper and cut 10 inch sheets. You will need 7 sheets, one for each layer.
Sprinkle flour on a parchment sheet and place the ball of dough. Sprinkle more flour on top and roll to a thin circle.

Honey Cake 1

Use one 8” or 9” plate or bowl and press it down on the dough to mark a perfect circle.
Place the parchment sheet on a baking tray and bake for 5-7 mins until lightly golden in colour.
Roll the other dough and bake as you go.

Honey Cake 2

Cool the baked layer for few minutes and peel the parchment paper. Break the scraps on the circle to form perfect rounds.
Keep the scraps aside. When cool, grind to a coarse powder and keep aside.
Whisk the cream and sugar until mixed well and form soft peaks.

Honey Cake 3

Assemble the cake:
Place one layer on a cake plate.
Spread 4-5 tablespoon of cream evenly over the layer. Place another cake layer and repeat until all seven are complete.
Cover the entire cake top and side with the remaining cream.
Sprinkle the powdered crumbs on top and sides to cover.
Refrigerate the cake overnight.

Place in room temperature 1 hr before you plan to serve.
Slice and serve melt in mouth honey cake.

Honey Cake 4

Frozen Yogurt with Passion fruit syrup

Frozen Passionfruit greek yogurt
Frozen Yogurt with Passion fruit syrup

Passion fruit syrup (see notes)

There is no recipe as such. A delight for passion fruit lovers.
Hang yogurt in muslin cloth for few hours.
Mix yogurt and few tablespoons of passion fruit syrup well and place in refrigerator till frozen.
Scoop or cut into slice and serve with few spoons of syrup on top.

Take equal quantity of passion fruit pulp (with or without seeds) and sugar and simmer till the mixture is reduced and becomes thick. Cool and store in a glass bottle in refrigerator.
When you have access to large quantities of passion fruit (like when you travel to India during holidays and pluck fresh fruits from trees), take out the pulp from passion fruit and freeze them in a bowl. Transfer to ziploack bags and store till its time to pack them in a freezer bag and carry with you.