Sunday, September 14, 2014

Atukula Upma or Methi Poha

Whenever I am  in a hurry to go out or want to have a light meal, I make this simple dish. Atukula Upma with fresh or dry menthi kura (fenugreek leaves). We can have it for breakfast or as a snack.








What you need:
Atukulu or flattened rice or rice flakes (thick)-2 cups
Fresh fenugreek leaves-1/2 a cup or 1 tablespoon dry methi
peanuts-1 tablespoon
Urad dal-1/2 teaspoon
Gram dal-1/2 teaspoon
Chopped green chilli-1
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsn
Cumin seeds-1/4 tsn
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Hing-a pinch (optional)
Dry chilli-2 broken
Salt-to taste
Oil-2 tablespoons


                                                                           

Preparation:
  1. Wash the rice flakes with water, drain the water and keep them aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or pan and add the crushed dry chilli, peanuts, urad dal, gram dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing. Fry them for a minute on a low flame.
  3. Now add the green chilli, fenugreek leaves and turmeric powder. Fry it for 1-2 minutes and add the rice flakes.
  4. Add salt and mix it well. Fry it for two more minutes and turn off the stove.
     Transfer it onto a serving plate and serve it with curd. :)

Note: You can replace the peanuts with sesame seeds or cashew nuts. 




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Green Apple Jam

An apple a day keeps the doctor away :) I bought green apples from the supermarket because I was attracted by their color. Sometimes green apples taste a bit sour and are inedible. I thought of making a jam with those apples.
I have previously posted my recipe for oven-made peach jam: http://dailymeals.blogspot.in/2007/10/peach-jam-biscuits.htm
Today is the seven year Anniversary of my blog :)
Now let me show you how I made the green apple jam :)

                                  

What you need:
Peeled and cubed green apples-2 cups
Sugar-1 1/2 cup
Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon
water- 1/4 cup
Cinnamon stick-1/2 an inch (optional)


Preparation:
  1. Place the apple cubes in a microwave safe bowl and add 1/4 a cup of water.. Cook them in the oven for three minutes and then switch it off. Mix it well and add sugar to it. Cook the contents for three more minutes.
  2. Now switch it off, mix it and give a two-minute break. Cook it again for three minutes in the oven and give another break. Mix it and add the cinnamon stick.
  3. Cook again for three minutes. It took me 15-16 minutes to thicken the jam.
  4. Take the bowl out and let it cool. Take out the cinnamon stick and add the lemon juice. Mix the jam properly and store it in a glass jar. 
  5. Refrigerate the jam and use whenever you need it. Serve it to children with bread, chapathi or even dosa. Enjoy the homemade, healthy and yummy Green Apple Jam :)

Note: You can add one tablespoon of ghee or oil to prevent the jam from sticking to the bowl while cooking. And you can also blend the apple cubes and then cook the pulp with sugar.