Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa Recipe - Kerala Special

 
Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa Recipe - Kerala Special
Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa Recipe - Kerala Special

Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa, a Kerala special halwa made with rice flour, coconut milk and jaggery. This process takes about 30-40 mins, but its all worth. These halwa will melt in mouth as they are very soft and flavored with ghee, which makes it more rich.
One of my malayali friend mom would serve this halwa on the day of Christmas and I was looking for this recipe for past 2 years. I have referred "Kerala Essential Cookbook". The original recipe calls for 1 kg rice flour, but I have reduced the quantities according to our requirement. With the below mentioned quantity, you would get around 20-25 halwa squares. 
I have reduced jaggery quantity to 1 and 1/2 cup. The color of halwa depends upon the type of jaggery used. It is similar to Black Halwa / Karutha Halva. You can replace jaggery with sugar.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Prawn Pepper Celery Masala - South Indian Style


Prawn Pepper Celery Masala - South Indian Style
Prawn Pepper Celery Masala - South Indian Style

Prawn Pepper Celery Masala Recipe, a very spicy and delicious prawn celery masala flavored with pepper, cumin and coriander powder. This is a dry preparation which can be enjoyed with roti or rice. You can use this masala for roti wraps. 
This recipe has got an unique flavor due to the usage of celery. Whenever we visit Canton Restaurant, we never forget to order their special recipe Prawn Pepper Celery. I wanted to try the same at home but with an Indian twist of Masala
As this is dry preparation, we are not adding water while cooking. The prawns gets cooked in its own moisture. If you want it watery, then add 1 cup water and cook till the raw smell of masala goes off.  Celery helps to lower cholesterol level and also known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. To know more about the health benefits of celery, do check this space.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Homemade Tandoori Masala Powder Recipe - Blend of Mixed Indian Spices


Homemade Tandoori Masala Powder Recipe
Homemade Tandoori Masala Powder Recipe

How to make Tandoori Masala at home with step-by-step pictures, an aromatic mixture of Indian Spices used to prepare Tandoori and Tikka recipes.
Garam Masala and Tandoori Masala are somewhat same except for few extra ingredients added in tandoori powder. I have referred TiffinBox site and according to the original recipe, you can use Kashmir red chilies and paprika to get the dark red color. You can also add artificial food color to get dark red color.
I don't have garlic powder, so roasted 2-3 garlic flakes and ground along with other ingredients. This masala powder is a mixture of all the spices so it is spicy and also flavorful. While using this for marination, just make sure to adjust the spice level as we have already used red chilies to prepare masala.