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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Berry smoothie

Delicious and delectable smoothie prepared with nutritious packed berries like blueberries and strawberries, along with Greek yogurt, is a best thing to drink on a hot summer.

Berry smoothie

Ingredients:

Serves 2 or 3

      • 1/2 cup – Blueberry
      • 1/2 cup – Strawberry(chopped)
      • 3/4 cup – Greek yogurt (plain)
      • 1/2 cup – Ice cubes
      • Sugar or honey to taste

Berry smoothie

Preparation method:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until it is thin, frothy and creamy. If it is too thick, add water to create a pourable consistency.
  2. Add sugar or honey to taste, if using. Berry smoothie is ready and serve immediately.

Berry smoothie

Berry smoothie

Notes:

  • You may replace Greek yogurt with our regular yogurt.
  • Sugar or honey is completely optional.
  • Do not keep the smoothie for long time, just prepare and drink it immediately.

Berry smoothie

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Poondu kuzhambu with coconut / Garlic kuzhambu

Poondu / garlic kuzhambu is prepared with sambar onion, garlic and ground coconut masala. All you need is a hot rice and appalam to go along with it. As we all know garlic / poondu has numerous health benefits and so it is good to add garlic in any form to our regular diet.

poondu kuzhambu

Ingredients:

Serves 3 to 4

      • 15 nos – Garlic / poondu
      • 10 nos – Sambar onion / small onion (chopped finely)
      • 1/4 tsp – Turmeric powder
      • 1 no – Tamarind (gooseberry size)
      • Salt to taste

For grinding:

      • 4 tbsp – Coconut grated
      • 1 1/2 tsp – Coriander seeds
      • 2 or 3 nos – Dry red chillies
      • Few fresh curry leaves
      • 1 tsp – Oil

For seasonings:

      • 1 tbsp – Sesame oil
      • 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp – Split black gram / ulunthu
      • 2 pinches – Fenugreek seeds / vendhayam / methi seeds
      • Few fresh curry leaves

poondu kuzhambu

Preparation method:

  1. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water and squeeze out the pulp, set it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add coriander seeds and dry red chillies, saute for few seconds. Followed by grated coconut and curry leaves, saute it nicely. Switch off the stove and allow them to cool completely. Grind it to fine paste and set it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, season with items given in the list for seasoning. Add chopped sambar onion along with little salt, saute until they are golden brown in color.
  4. Now add peeled garlic and saute for 5 to 10 seconds. Then add ground coconut masala and turmeric powder, saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add tamarind juice along with 3/4 to 1 cup water, bring it to boil and cook until raw smell of tamarind goes away and gravy reaches desired consistency. Switch off the stove and serve with hot rice and appalam.

poondu kuzhambu

poondu kuzhambu

Notes:

  • You may increase or decrease number of dry red chillies as per your taste. Because dry red chillies are the only ingredient that add spice to this curry.

poondu kuzhambu

 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Homemade Veggie pizza

Making delicious veggie pizza at home! sounds awesome. I prepared pizza at home with Onion, green pepper and tomato as topping, which was delicious and heavenly. Pizza crust was absolutely perfect and topping too was yummy, gave myself a pat on my back. Coming to the recipe, i have already posted homemade pizza dough recipe in my previous post and used that dough to make 3 yummy small pizzas.

Homemade veggie pizza

Ingredients:

Yields 3 small pizza or serve 4 to 5

For toppings:

      • 1/2 cup – Tomato chopped
      • 1/2 cup – Onion chopped
      • 1 cup – Green capsicum / green pepper chopped
      • Mozzarella cheese as needed (approximately 1 1/2 cup grated)
      • Salt and pepper powder as needed

Homemade veggie pizza

Preparation method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F / 200 C, grease the baking pan or pizza pan with olive oil and then dust it with all purpose flour. Keep it ready.
  2. Take prepared pizza dough and knead it nicely. Divide the dough into three small sized balls ( i made three small sized pizzas from this dough). you can use the whole dough to make a large pizza or even make two medium pizzas.
  3. Using rolling pin, flatten the pizza dough into disk of 1/4 inch thickness. Transfer rolled dough to the dusted pizza pan, press with hands and just create a border all the way around the pizza as shown in the picture. Poke the dough with fork and brush with olive oil all over pizza dough.
  4. Spoon enough tomato sauce or pizza sauce( about 2 to 3 tbsp) and top it with chopped onion, capsicum and tomato, if you wish you can sprinkle little Italian seasonings on top. Finally sprinkle mozzarella cheese as needed.
  5. Preheat oven for 400 F or 200 C, place prepared pizza in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. Now turn the oven  to broiler mode and broil it for just 2 minutes for a more crispy and nice top. Now repeat the same process for second and third pizza. Enjoy the hot hot pizza with your family.

Homemade veggie pizza

Homemade veggie pizza

Notes:

  • Before you put your pizza in the oven, spray the pan with a bit of olive oil, for a crisper end result. It also prevents it from sticking to the pan.
  • For a more nice crisp top, broil the top of your pizza . Remember, keep an eye on it! Keep it in the broiler for about two minutes. This process will make a nice golden top.
  • Always keep an eye on your pizza, so it doesn't burn.
  • You may always choose desired toppings on the pizza.
  • If the dough becomes very sticky add some more flour and also if the dough is not soft and a bit dry, then add some warm water.
  • You may either make thick or thin crust as per your wish. I prepared slightly thick crust for first most pizza and remaining with thin crust. I preferred thin crust rather than thick crust.
  • You may use Ragu pizza sauce as i did or else you may prepare your own tomato sauce (recipe here)

Homemade veggie pizza

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Homemade pizza dough / Perfect pizza crust

I don’t think anyone say no to Pizza. That too making Pizza fresh at home using home made Pizza dough. I tried to prepare pizza dough at home and it came out perfectly. The pizza crust I have ever made was tasting much better than a restaurant. Several similar dishes are prepared from ingredients commonly used in pizza preparation, such as calzone, plain buns as well as stuffed buns and much more.

Homemade pizza dough

Ingredients:

Serves 4 to 5 / 3 small pizzas

      • 2 cup – All purpose flour
      • 3/4 cup – Warm water ( or as needed)
      • 1 tsp – Active dry yeast
      • 1 tbsp – Sugar
      • 1 tsp – Salt
      • 1 tbsp – Olive oil (additional oil for greasing)

Homemade pizza dough

Preparation method:

  1. Take a large mixing bowl, combine the active yeast, sugar and warm water. Stir it around and let sit for 5 to10 minutes until the yeast is foamy and dissolved. This is called proofing the yeast. If the yeast doesn't dissolve, your yeast is dead. Start again with active yeast.
  2. Add all purpose flour, olive oil and salt, mix well until it comes together to form a dough. Knead until smooth and dough is no longer sticky for about 2 minutes. Grease dough ball with a tsp of olive oil and cover with a damp towel / plate.
  3. Let it sit in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down to release the air and knead the dough for 2 minutes. Now dough is ready to make pizza.

Homemade pizza dough

Homemade pizza dough

Notes:

  • Don't use hot water for proofing the yeast or you will kill your yeast. It should be like lukewarm milk.
  • If you are using instant yeast no need to proof it, add it along with water and just mix it. But if you are using active dry yeast then you need to proof it and then add.
  • If you are using the dough right away, then go ahead. If not then cover the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate it until use.
  • Depending on your type of yeast, your dough will have doubled in size in about 1 to 2 hours. I use Fleischmann’s active dry yeast ( 8 gram packet) and my dough took 1 hour and 15 minutes to double.
  • I kept my dough in oven with light ON it. It worked perfectly well for me.
  • You may add 1 or 2 tbsp extra water for making dough, if you think it is not enough.

Homemade pizza dough

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Grilled pineapple

Tasty and delicious, this brown sugar and cinnamon glazed grilled pineapple can be eaten as a side dish or served as dessert with some ice cream on the side. If you want to try something quick and easy to make for dessert this summer, try this grilled pineapple.

Grilled pineapple

Ingredients:

Serves 2 to 3

      • 1/2 ripe - Pineapple, cut into half inch slices
      • 1/4 cup – Brown sugar
      • 1 tsp – Cinnamon powder

Grilled pineapple

Preparation method:

  1. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a large ziplock bag. Add the pineapple slices, close the bag tightly, and shake it so that the cinnamon and brown sugar coats the pineapple slices.
  2. Place the pineapple in the refrigerator for at least 10 to15 minutes. Pre heat your grill, lightly coat the grill with cooking spray or butter.
  3. Place the pineapple slices on the grill and turn them every few minutes until it is tender and grilled, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.

Grilled pineapple

Grilled pineapple

Notes:

  • Cut pineapples into half inch slices, not too thin.
  • Choose ripe pineapple for this recipe for yummy grilled pineapple.
  • You can increase or decrease the quantity of brown sugar as per your taste.

Grilled pineapple

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