Thursday, 22 January 2015

Fresh Turmeric & Ginger Pickle / Manjal Inji Oorugai

Fresh Turmeric & Ginger Pickle / Manjal Inji Oorugai
Fresh Turmeric & Ginger Pickle / Manjal Inji Oorugai

Fresh Turmeric & Ginger Pickle / Kachche Haldi ka Achaar, a very easy and tasty pickle variety made from raw turmeric and ginger. Use either mustard oil or gingelly oil to prepare this pickle. Heat oil and bring it to room temperature as this will remove raw smell. Lemon juice acts as a preservative and if the pickle is soaked in more oil than it can be consumed for more than 6 months. Keep the pickle jar in sunlight for 2 days or even more to improve its shelf life.
You can avoid ginger and prepare this pickle with just raw turmeric. During pongal season, we get lots of fresh turmeric in market. Instead of using it to prepare curries, this time I tried making pickle and it is so delicious. I have referred Nisha Madhulika ji's site for the recipe and reduced the quantity.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Eggless Amla, Coconut & Jaggery Cake / Nellikai Vellam Cake (Vegan Cake Recipe)

 
Eggless Amla, Coconut & Jaggery Cake / Nellikai Vellam Cake (Vegan Cake Recipe)
Eggless Amla, Coconut & Jaggery Cake / Nellikai Vellam Cake (Vegan Cake Recipe)

Amla, Coconut & Jaggery Cake, an egg-less, soft, spongy, vegan and healthy cake made from indian gooseberry, coconut, palm jaggery and cold water. Yes, we are not using egg, curd, milk or any other dairy product as binding agent here. I have been always using either curd or milk for egg-less cakes, but this time thought to make a vegan cake as I always get queries on how to prepare vegan cake. 
I did refer my citrus fruit cakes like Lemon Sponge Cake & Mosambi Cake for the measurement and cdkitchen.com for replacing curd / milk. You can replace wheat flour with all purpose flour / maida or half the ratio of wheat and ragi flour.
I have used palm jaggery as sweetener, you can replace it with normal jaggery / honey / demerera sugar or powdered sugar. The palm jaggery makes it taste more like chocolate cake, so no one would easily guess that amla is used. Those who are finding it hard to feed your kids or family members with amla, then you must surely try this cake.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Masala Sugarcane & Mint Popsicle / Karambu Kuchi Ice

 
Masala Sugarcane & Mint Popsicle / Karambu Kuchi Ice
Masala Sugarcane & Mint Popsicle / Karambu Kuchi Ice


Masala Sugarcane & Mint Pop Sticks, this is one healthy and flavorful Popsicle recipe with no sugar added other than the natural sugar present in Sugarcane.
Extracting juice from sugarcane is a tedious job, yet worthy to try. Once the outer skin of sugarcane is scraped off, chopping them into small pieces is very easy. I have used mixer jar to blend the pieces and extract the juice. Add water while blending, which will make your work easier. I got around 3-4 cups of sugarcane juice along with the water added. Those who doesn't have jaljeera powder, can skip this ingredient. Either serve this as juice or freeze it and have as Popsicle.