Monday, September 17, 2018

Tomato Sweet Pachadi

Thakkali /Tomato Sweet Pachadi is an authentic dish which is served in Tamil Brahmin weddings . this dish  served either in Kalyana sappadu (marriage feast), or in poojais like Samarathanai, Sumangali prarthanai. Me and My family have sweet tooth. So we enjoy everything that is sweet. On Festival days I prepare Mango pachadi, Fruit Pachadi, This time I prepared Sweet Tomato pachadi. outcome of this  sweet and tangy taste of this Pachadi' simply can keep this pachadi for a week.

 Tomatoes - 8
 Sugar- 11/2cups
Ghee - 2tbsp
Cashews - 2 tbsp   
Raisins - 2tbsp
Dates - 2 to 3 seedless dates chopped finely
1.Wash and chop the tomato into small pieces.
2. In the heavy bottom pan one tablespoon of ghee and Fry the dates, cashew nuts, raisins separately and Remove and keep them aside.
3. In the same pan add sugar and water. No need to wait for the sugar to dissolve completely. Just add the water and slightly mix and leave it. Then in a same pan  add the chopped tomato to the sugar and stir well.
4.Do not add any water, after adding tomatoes, as the tomatoes will leave out water while cooking.
5.To get the perfect consistency the tomatoes need to be cooked for some time. Keep this in a medium low flame and stir continuously.

 6. Once all the water content evaporates and  the tomatoes will get the glossy texture and  while the consistency becomes thick add 1 tsp of ghee and mix well.
 7. Now you can add the fried cashews, raisins and the dates and mix them for 2 minutes.
8.Yummy tomato sweet pachadi is ready to be served.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Eggless Pistachio, Saffron and Cardamom Cake

Eggless Pistachio, Saffron and Cardamom Cake
For My son in law's birthday  I was looking for an easy to bake and yet a fancy cake recipe.  While browsing recipe ideas for the same, I noticed that Saffron  pistachio cake is quite famous. It looked exotic and elegant. This Moist and delicious cake infused with saffron ,cardamom flavor with a chopped pistachio. The richness of the Pistachios coupled with the delicate saffron just melts in your mouth. The cake turns out moist, flavourful and delicious. It is very festive in appearance It is rich in taste and flavour.
Flour (Maida) - 1 cup
Powdered Sugar - 2 tbsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
 Condensed Milk - 200g
 Butter - 100g
Pistachio Powder - 50 g
Milk- 1/2 cup
 Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Saffron & Cardamom - 1/2 tsp each
For Icing:
Whipped Cream (chilled) - 2 cups
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp

1.Preheat the oven at 180deg C.Grease a bakingpan.
2.In a bowl sieve maida, 2 tbsp sugar, baking soda, baking powder and keep aside.
3.Take a large bowl, add butter, condensed milk, Pistachio powder,cardamom, vanilla extract and  saffron milk mix together and whisk for 2 minutes to form a smooth batter.
4.Using a spatula, fold dry ingredients to the whisked batter and mix well. Mix till well combined.
5.Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.
6.After 20 minutes, poke a toothpick into the centre of the cake and remove instantly. If the toothpick comes out clean, it means the cake is cooked completely.
Remove the cake from the oven and keep on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes.
Make theFrosting:
1.  Using both a chilled bowl and chilled beaters, beat the cream until frothy.
 2. Add the icing sugar and vanilla gradually while beating.
  3.Whip until light and a thick enough consistency to spread as an icing.
  4.Decorate with Pistachio Powder and pinch of saffron

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Chakka Dosa/Jackfruit Dosa

Chakka dosa/ JackfruitDosa
Plenty of jackfruit is available in Mumbai. In my everyone Like jackfruit very much. From jack fruit i made chakka varatti. chakka payasam, chakka curry.  For evening snack I wish to prepare chakka dosa.It is similar like vella dosa. in that we adding jackfruit pulp. This dosa is different than the regular ones in that its thick and sweet and does not really need a side dish./chutney. Jackfruit flavour ,cardomon  and dallop of ghee makes this dosa  heavenly delicious.

Rice- 1 cup
Ripe Jackfruit, chopped- 1 cup
Jaggery- 1/2 cup
Cardamom pods- 1/4 tsp
Grated Coconut- 1/2 cup
Salt- A pinch
Ghee-as needed
1.Wash and soak the rice for 1-2 hours.
2.Chop jackfruit into small pieces. Also chop jaggery in to small pieces.
 3.Mix all the ingredients well (rice, jack fruit pieces, jaggery, salt, grated coconut).
4.Add some water and blend well in the mixer until it forms a fine paste At this point taste the batter to check for its sweetness. If desired add jaggery more and grind it further.
5.he batter can be used immediately for preparing dosa.
6. Now transfer this paste to a bowl and heat a tawa on a medium flame. When hot pour a ladle full of batter and spread it slightly
7.Once the lower part of the dosa turns golden- brown, flip it.
8.Wait till it gets golden- brown spots on the second side. Once done transfer it to a plate.
9.Serve it immediately with generous drizzle of ghee.
*these dosas are generally thick and soft and they need to be cooked on a gentle heat. The dosa will burn on a high heat as it has jaggery in it.