Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Spiced Phool Makhana | Lotus Seed Snacks | Roasted Fox Nut

My school going daughter has recently developed a great craving for snacks. Everyday after coming from the school, she asks for some snacks thats crunchy. I rarely entertain store bought snacks at home and also, she loves homemade food. So, I always keep a stock of 2-3 varieties of homemade snacks for her. One among those is Spiced Phool Makhana. These crunchy balls are very addictive and they are a good source of protein and Vitamin B too!
Puffed Phool Makhana is available in most of the Indian grocery stores here. With this, one can easily prepare this delicious snack anytime. So, here is the recipe of Spiced Phool Makhana or Lotus Seed Snacks..


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 - 10
Difficulty level: Medium

Ingredients:
  • Phool Makhana (Lotus seeds) - 100 gm
  • Cooking oil - 4 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp or to taste
  • Chaat masala - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar powder (optional) - 1 1/2 tsp


Method:
  • Take a wide bottom pan, add Lotus seeds and toast them on low or medium flame for 8 - 10 minutes or till they turn crispy. 
  • Heat oil in the same pan; Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and turn off the flame. Take care not to burn the spice powders. To this, add salt, sugar powder and chat masala powder. Mix it well.
  • Add the roasted Lotus seeds / Phool makhana to the seasoning and toss it nicely to ensure even coating of spices. 
  • Serve this delicious snack along with a cuppa Tea!


Tips:
  • Chat masala can be replaced with amchur powder. 
  • Use your hands for easy and even mixing.
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Pineapple Saasive | Pineapple chunks in yogurt based gravy

Rainy season has started in various parts of India now. In my native, its the time to enjoy different seasonal fruits like mangoes, jackfruit, pineapple and so on. They are good to eat just like that. Also, varieties of sweets, jams and side dishes can be prepared using them. I have shared some of those recipes already. Please click on the recipe names below to check them.
Coming back to today's recipe, we all know that pineapple can be used to prepare Jam, Pastry, Kesari (Shira), etc. sweet dishes. I am sharing with you all the recipe of a delicious yogurt based gravy using pineapple. Its one of the authentic Havyaka recipe and we call it as Pineapple Saasive. Try this sweet gravy with hot rice and let me know how you liked it!


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 - 5
Difficulty level: Medium

Ingredients:
  • Pineapple chunks - 1 1/4 cup
  • Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Till seeds - 1 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
  • Dry red chilli or fresh green chilli - 1 small piece
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp or to taste
  • Jaggery / sugar - 4 tbsp or to taste
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt / Curd - 1/2 cup
For Seasoning: Oil (preferably coconut oil) - 1 tsp, Mustard seeds - 1 tsp


Method:
  • Combine pineapple chunks along with salt, jaggery / sugar and water in a vessel and bring to boil. Turn off the flame after it is boiled for 5 minutes and allow to cool. 
  • Separate the liquid from the cooked pineapple chunks and keep aside.
  • Grind the cooled pineapple chunks along with grated coconut, till seeds, mustard seeds, chilli piece and turmeric powder into fine paste. Use the liquid you saved before, while grinding. 
  • Add half a cup of curd to the ground mixture. Check the taste and add salt or jaggery if needed.
  • If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little water. But don't make it too watery. 
  • Heat oil in a small wok. Add mustard seeds and when it crackles, add this seasoning to the Saasive. 
  • Serve this Saasive as a side dish with rice. 
 
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