Showing posts from September, 2009

How to extract coconut milk?

Coconut milk form one of the main ingredient for many of the Kerala dishes. Coconut milk is not the water that is found inside when it is broken, but it is the extract of the fluid that is obtained by grinding the white pulp. Coconut milk is served as a side dish for Appam and Idiyappam as a side dish. It is also used to make curries and Biriyani to give an enhanced taste. Ingredients: Whole matured coconut - 2 no Warm water - 6 cups Method: Break the coconut into two. Cut the white flesh into small pieces using a knife. Grind the pieces . Add 1 1/2 cups of water and grind for about 3 to 4 mins. It will be better if a juicer extractor is used to grind them if not it have to strained using a strainer. Keep it seperately. Put the extracted pulp again into the grinder and add 2 cups of water and grind it again. Strain the milk again. Grind the remaining pulp again in the blender adding another 2 cups of water and strain it again. Keep all the 3 milk extracts separately. Do no

Recipe for Travel - Methi Paratha

Ingredients: Wheat flour - 3 cups Carrot  - 1 grated Onion - 1finely chopped Peas - 1/4 cup Beans 4 nos finely chopped Cabbage leaves - 1/2 cup thin strips Methi (fenugreek) greens cleaned and finely chopped- 1 cup Green Chillies - 4 finely chopped Turmeric powder - 1/4 tbsp Sesame seeds - 1 tsp Asafodeita powder Sour curds - 1 tbsp Salt to taste Ghee - 1 tbsp Method:           Add all the vegetables and mix them well. Add all these ingredients to 2 tbsps of ghee and flour to it and knead it to a dough. Make parathas and roast it on a tawa both sides till golden brown. Rub ghee on both the sides.           Serve it with green coconut chutney or mint chutney. If this paratha is to be taken for travel or train journey, better not smear it with ghee.

Crispy Lady's finger (A great travel recipe)

Ingredients: Lady's finger - 1 kg Amchur powder - 1/2 tspn (optional) Corn flour - 1/4 kg Bengal gram flour - 2 tbsp Salt - to taste Chilly powder - to taste Turmeric powder - 1 pinch Method:      Wash and clean the lady's finger. Remove the stem from top and cut in two vertically. Spread them on a flat plate.     Make a mixture of gram flour, corn flour, and  turmeric powder. Sprinkle this powder mixture generously over the lady's finger and mix them well. Let it set for 15 to 20 mins.      Heat oil in a shallow bottom pan. When hot, reduce the flame and fry the lady's finger. When golden brown remove from flame. Spread on tissue paper to remove excess oil.      Add salt, amchur powder and chilly powder to the fried lady's finger.     This is a very healthy snack, that can be taken during travel. This wont go bad for atleast a week to 10 days.