March 26, 2015

Sweet Ragi Dosa (Sweet Finger Millet Crepes)

Blogging Marathon# 50: Week 4/ Day 2
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes
Dish: Sweet Ragi Dosa from Suganya's recipe here.
For the final day of 'Bookmarked recipes -- Ragi', I made these sweet ragi dosa from Suganya's blog. I made these few years ago and have been wanting to make them again for a while. It took me all this while to make these yummy dosas again.
Sweet Ragi Dosa (Sweet Finger Millet Crepes)
Ragi flour has a nutty, earthy taste and the combination of ragi and jaggery is a definite hit. These sweet dosas are flavored with a hint of ground cardamom making these taste more like a dessert. They tasted like crepes to me and I almost felt like drizzling chocolate syrup on top, but controlled myself and drizzled some ghee, sprinkled some chopped walnuts on top instead.

March 25, 2015

Ragi Paniyaram (Ragi Ponganalu)

Blogging Marathon# 50: Week 4/ Day 2
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes
Dish: Ragi Paniyaram (Ragi Ponganalu) from Priya's recipe here.
For Day 2 of this week's 'Bookmarked recipes', I found this delicious Ragi Paniyaram recipe on Priya's blog. These paniyaram or ponganalu are made with a combination of ragi flour, leftover idli batter and seasoned with onions, green chilies and cilantro. They taste just like tiny bite size uthappams.
I hardly ever make idlis not because I don't like them, but because making them seems to be such a hassle. I always forget to soak dal and even when I do, the batter refuses to ferment in our very cold, chilly house in winter. No matter what I do (leave the oven door open, keep the batter in a warm oven etc etc), it takes almost forever to ferment. That demotivates me from making idlis.
Ragi Paniyaram (Ragi Ponganalu)
But the other day, my husband out of nowhere said it's been a while we had idlis. So, I took the leap and made the batter. As expected it took almost 2 days for the batter to ferment and after enjoying the idlis and uthappams, I used the leftover batter to make these ragi paniyarams. Adding ragi flour makes these paniyarams taste earthy and delicious.

March 24, 2015

Ragi Adai (Finger Millet & Lentil Dosa)

Blogging Marathon# 50: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes
Dish: Ragi Adai from Valli's recipe here
We are starting the final week of this month's Blogging marathon. Next month is going to be a month long mega marathon with 'Baking' as the theme, so the marathon group is currently busy firing up the ovens and making tons of baked goodies.
My theme for this week is 'Bookmarked Recipes' and I decided to keep it simple this time around. With thousands of bookmarked recipes, it is practically impossible to make just 3, so I picked an ingredient and found 3 recipes from my bookmarks and that made thing simple and less stressful.
Ragi Adai (Finger Millet & Lentil Dosa)
Ragi flour is my ingredient and the first dish I made are these Ragi adai from Valli's blog. Adai are almost instant dosas made with a mixture of different lentils. Here ragi flour is used along with lentils and rice.

March 20, 2015

Tomato Pulihora

Happy Ugadhi/ Gudi Padhwa to all of you who are celebrating the New Year.
Our Ugadhi is today, a day earlier than in India and I was planning for an elaborate festival with my sister's family, but unfortunately it started snowing and the weather dampened all my plans. So it was just our family and I made Ugadhi pachadi, pulihora and godhuma rawa-carrot kesari.
I think South Indians have a knack of making pulihoras or tangy, spicy rice with just about anything. I have tried adding veggies to it like these broccoli, gooseberry, cranberry and gongura. Today's pulihora is on similar lines but with tomato.
Tomato Pulihora
My mom gave me the idea for this tomato pulihora after she ate it at one of our relative's house. In this recipe rice is cooked in tomato infused water and then seasoned with the usual pulihora tempering with lots of peanuts, ginger and green chilies.

March 19, 2015

Pasta with Curried Vegetable Sauce

Blogging Marathon# 50: Week 3/ Day 3
Theme: Different Pasta Sauces
Dish: Pasta with Curried Vegetable Sauce
Final day of this week's 'Pasta Sauces'  is an Indian-Italian fusion dish. I was wondering what to make for the 3rd day and then saw this recipe in Tarla Dalal's newsletter in my inbox, so curried vegetable sauce was served for dinner that day.
Pasta with Curried Vegetable Sauce
I think curry powder works well in a lot of dishes, so it's not out of place in this pasta sauce. Also adding lot of veggies makes it colorful and filling too. I used peppers, broccoli and corn along with tomato puree in this dish. A splash of cream or half-n-half is added to make the pasta just a little bit creamy.

March 18, 2015

Ugadhi Special Recipes

Make these festival special dishes for Diwali/ Deepavali.

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Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce

Blogging Marathon# 50: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Different Pasta Sauces
Dish: Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce
I consider myself at least 5 years behind technology especially social media. The only one that I use is Facebook and that is mainly for the blog and sometimes to share pics of the family. I have no clue where to play and how to play on Facebook. So there you have it -- now you know there is no point in sending me that Farmville request because you got it -- I don't know how to play -- Thank you. But if I compare myself with my husband, I am at least 10 years ahead because he has no Facebook account and he thinks I'm snooping around and violating someone's privacy by reading their status update, hehehe :-)
I digress, coming back to the case in point. I recently started using Instagram, even though I've had the account for almost 2~3 years now. What I'm stumped is the hashtags used in Instagram. Most of the time I'm #totallystuck #havenoclue #howtousehashtags. Any tips, tricks and inputs into expanding my #hashtagknowledge would be highly #appreciated :-) Please leave them in the #comments section below. Thank you.
Red Pepper & Almonds Pasta Sauce

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