Oats Kara Paniyaram | ஓட்ஸ் கார பணியாரம்


Making delicious breakfast with all good nutrients is really a daunting task. ஓட்ஸ்  கார பணியாரம் is highly protein and fibre rich tiffin recipe that can be a perfect for breakfast. Even can pack for kids lunch box too. This has got lentil and oats combined with spicy chilli that doesn't require any more accompaniments. Try this tasty healthy paniyaram for a change. In case if you don't have paniyaram making pan, prepare adai / dosa using tava or flat pan.
Check here for more delicious OATS Recipe Ideas.


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Cook & Win Contest @ Ezcookbook



Here we are celebrating our 2nd blog anniversary. We would like to thank all our readers and friends for supporting us. To share our happiness with you all here we are bringing a contest. Participate and stand a chance to win exciting gift worth of US$50.  All you need to do is ----scroll below and be a lucky charm to win the stylish cookware.


Terms & condition to participate:                              
  • Pick any recipe regardless of catergories from ezcookbook  and here with  Recipe Index .
  • Try the recipe in your kitchen and picture it in an appealing way.
  • Like us on Facebook.
  • Email us the picture of the recipe at contest@ezcookbook.net with the subject "Cook & Win Contest".
  • We will post the photo of your recipe in our FB page tagging you.
  • Ask your friends and family to like our FB-page. They can help you to win the contest.
  • They can vote by clicking “Like” on your photo, which will be in a special "Cook &Win Contest" Photo Album. 
  • The recipe photo with more "Likes" will stand a chance to win multipurpose cookware worth of USD50.
  •  Any one who resides in India, USA or Singapore can take part.
  •  Only one recipe per participant is allowed.
  • The winner will be announced 1st week of March 2014.

All the best!!!


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Strawberry Mojito - A Refreshing Mocktail




Authentic Mojito is refreshing cocktail mainly consists of five ingredients: rum, sugar, lime, soda and mint. Being a non-alcoholic, I converted it into "Mocktail" and added strawberry flavour in it. Its really easy and quick to make and gives you a zing of refreshing treat of strawberry, lime and mint. Check out the recipe to know how to make Strawberry Mojito Mocktail.


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Gobi 65 | Crispy Golden Fried Cauliflower


Gobi 65, is a perfect evening snack to relish with garam chai. Both my Hus and daughter simply finishes the whole batch of gobi 65 before I could taste for myself. This time I made a clear rule - do not touch the plate before I photograph it and offcourse tasting too. I admit this is really a hit at my home. Even whenever we go for restaurant we either order gobi manchurian or gobi 65.
Now try the restaurant style gobi 65 at home easily with the below procedure. Happy weekend!!

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Chocolate Ganache ~ How to make Chocolate Ganache

A rich and exotic mixture of cream and chocolate.



Ganache is a rich and exotic mixture of cream & chocolate which has taken a very special place in the pastry kitchen. When barely warm and liquid, ganache can be poured over a cake or torte for a smooth and shiny glaze. If cooled to room temperature it becomes a spreadable filling and frosting. Refrigerated ganache can be whipped for fillings and frostings or formed into chocolate truffles

It is easy to make but very tricky to handle its consistency for different uses. Scroll down below and read carefully how to get desired consistency of ganache for your dessert requirement.



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Vegetarian Bean Enchiladas

Corn Tortillas filled with beans & covered with cheese cream
 


Enchiladas belongs to authentic Mexican Cuisine. Authentic recipe called for a special chili pepper enchilada sauce to cover tortilla wraps. But it is so versatile that you can fill your tortilla with any filling i.e. beef, meat, chicken, veggies or beans. Same way you can cover them up with any sauce you like cheese cream, tomato, or chili paper. Try this recipe and bring a Mexican a taste to your dining table today.


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Nawabi Biryani


A simplified version of nawabi biryani which provoked me to try  immediatedly. The flavour of mint has perfectly infused  and the taste enhancer coconut milk gave an exotic punch in biryani.
The spicy blend of chilli, ginger, garlic and garam masala boost the tastebuds. I can rate it as a simple delightful one pot meal for a weekend . Serve with achaar and/ or gravy.

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Eggless Basic Vanilla Sponge Cake

Eggless Sponge cake Perfect for base of any layered Cake or Pudding 



Basic Vanilla Sponge cake is basic cake which can be used for making any layered cake or Puddings. This Eggless Recipe is perfect as it gives exactly same texture, moisture and is fluffy, spongy same as with eggs.  It didn't crumble so perfect to slice and make layered cake. Try this easy recipe to make Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake.

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Fresh Turmeric Root - Recipes and Benefits

Fresh Turmeric Root is a very healthy which belongs to the family of ginger. It has a strong and stainy bright orange colour and distinct peppery flavour. Fresh turmeric and dried turmeric powder differ in their taste.


 
There is a another type of turmeric which is in white colour and so called "White Turmeric". It is a seasonal root and available only in monsoon or winter. It tastes little sour like raw mango and so called as Amba Haldi (Amba=Mango & Haldi=Turmeric) or Mango Ginger/Maa Ingee.
Many people either don't know how to use Fresh turmeric root in their kitchen or they refrain to use them because of its colour. Here I have mentioned few recipes and use of Fresh turmeric and some tips to avoid yellow mess.
Health Benefits:
Turmeric is considered as a Indian gold in Medicinal herbs as it carries many health benefits. such as : (Information Source here)
  • Activities of Fresh Turmeric includes antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, antioxidant, Appetizer, digestive.
  • Turmeric is known to be used medicinally for ulcers, parasitic infections, various skin disorders, strains, bruises, inflammation of the joints, cold and flu symptoms, preserving food and as a digestion aid.
  • It protects skin from atmospheric pollution, wrinkles and bacteria.
  • It imparts resistance against allergies of throat, nose and trachio bronchial passage. Turmeric Powder is commonly used in skincare preparations and treats pimples, acne and black heads.
Recipes:
  1. Fresh Turmeric Pickle :

Ingredients :
Fresh Yellow Turmeric : 2 tbsp. Thin Roundels
Fresh White Turmeric : 2 tbsp. Thin Roundels
Fresh Young Ginger : 2 tbsp. Thin Roundels
Salt as per taste
Lemon juice - 1/4 cup

Method:
  • Wash and scrap off the skin on turmeric and ginger. slice them in roundels. (You can also grate them using thick grater for variation).
  • Add salt and lemon juice in it. Mix well and store it in glass jar. keep it in refrigerator. (To make it extra spicy add chopped chilis or jalapenos along with ginger and turmeric).
  •  It will be ready to serve in next meal around 5-6 hrs. Best to serve next day. You can store up to 1 week in refrigerator. This pickle can be served with any meal, i.e. rice-dal, roti - subji etc.


       2.  Turmeric Milk :

Ingredients :
Fresh Milk - 1 cup
Fresh Turmeric - 1/2 tsp thinly grated or Turmeric Powder - 1/2 to 1 tsp
Honey/sugar to taste 
Freshly Pound Black Pepper 

Method:
  • Bring the milk to boil in a sauce pan. Add  fresh turmeric or powder . Allow to boil for 2 -3 minutes. Turn off the flame, cover with lid and allow to rest for couple of minutes. This will bring out the essential turmeric flavour. 
  • Strain the milk from turmeric, stir in honey and pepper powder.
  • Serve hot or warm twice in a day. Hot Fresh turmeric milk is considered to be best home remedy for cold and flu symptoms.



Other Uses and Tips:
  • Add grated turmeric while boiling the dal for making sambhar or any kind of Indian Dal recipes which calls for turmeric powder. Substitute 1tsp grated turmeric = 1 tsp turmeric dried powder.
  • Add grated or roundels of fresh turmeric while cooking/boiling rice. It will give a nice yellow colour to rice.
  • Many of the Thai recipes calls for fresh turmeric like curries, soup or stir fried dishes. Chinese use freshly grated turmeric in their hot soup. We Indian delighted to make spicy condiment.

Note:

  • The colour of the fresh turmeric is much worse than the dried turmeric powder. It has a strong bright yellow orange color which can easily stain (dye) hands, cloths and even plastic/melamine tableware.Take extra care while chopping fresh turmeric and use of gloves, apron and glass cooking ware is highly recommended.
  • The skin of fresh turmeric is more peppery so recommended to peel it more readily than the ginger skin. 

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Poornam Boorelu | Sugunta | Suzhiyan ~ Festival Delight



Sugunta, whether you call it as suzhiyam or suzhiyan or poornam boorelu or sugeelu -  its the same deep-fried sweet recipe made out of channa daal and jaggery filling with a thin coating of urad batter. Yes its a fried food that holds a special place in all major Indian festival like Ugadi(new year), varalakshmi vratam, diwali, makar sankaranti/pongal. I got to learn this recipe from my Ammama, who teaches me most of the traditional recipes in a precise way. Though I'm not fond of sugunta as my amma won't make it, but love to relish it during sankranti festival which comes from my Ammama's kitchen. Here's how to make this festive delight and indulge youself in festive mode. Happy Makar Sankranti !!!


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Til (Sesame) Chiki/ Brittle | Til Gud Ke Ladoo ~ Makarsankranti Special

Sesame Balls / Brittles made with Jaggery Syrup


Til Chiki or Til ke Ladoo or Tilkut is very nutritious snack as sesame and jaggery are very good source of iron and protein. Whenever you have craving to eat sweets grab this healthy chiki/ladoo and satisfy your bud without any guilty of eating sinful sweets.
Til Ke Ladoo/chiki attain great importance during auspicious festival of Makarsankranti. Its made in almost every household during this festival in Gujarat/Maharashtra region of India. People distribute "Till Ke Laddu" with their friends, neighbour and kids to exchange festive greetings! This festival also called as "kite flying day" in this region!!!

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Makar Sankranti Recipes | Pongal Recipes 2014


                              Happy Makar Sankranti 2014 !!!

        
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Urulakizhangu Roast | Spicy Potato Roast


One of the easy and a well known south Indian recipe tried by all  is Potato fry. Its not only easy to make and also the most delicious potato roast as no one say no to it. We so far some how missed to post this tasty accompaniment earlier in this space. 
Today sharing the same and some tips on how to make crispy potato fry. Adding a tbsp of fried gram powder at the end of cooking gives crispy fry. Also adding crushed garlic at the final stage eliminates gastric issues. My Amma use to say roast the potato along with its skin to get cripsy potato, try this tip if u like.

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Broken Wheat Rava Idli | Godhuma Rava Idli - Instant Idli Recipe


Broken wheat rava also known as samba godhumai rava in tamil  is a healthy choice of food ingredients especially with diabetes and diet seekers. Generally if something is made of a healthy ingredient doesn't attract people but this wheat rava idli will definitely make your breakfast or dinner a sumptuous one. Serve it with sambar or chutney of your choice and love the taste. 

                                               Hot Hot Idlies direct from stove top !!!

 

Preparation &Cooking Time: 30 minutes

YIELD : 12-14 idlis

Ingredients:

Roasted Broken Wheat Rava/ Samba Godhumai Rava - 1 1/2 cup
Sour curd /  Yogurt - 1/2 cup + more for taste
Carrot - 1/2, grated
Onion - 1 medium finely chopped
Green chilli - 2 (grind it to paste) or chop finely
Bicarbonate of  Soda - 1/4 tsp
Water as required
Salt  as required
Oil - 1 tbsp

To Season:
Mustard - 1tsp
Urad daal - 1tsp
Curry Leaves - 5 finely chopped

Method:

  1. Dry roast the broken wheat rava until you feel a good aroma if you use non roasted rava. 
  2. Heat oil in another pan and season with mustard, urad daal, curry leaves.
  3. Add the seasoning, grated carrots, green chilli paste, salt to the broken wheat rava and mix well.
  4. Add bicarbonate of soda, yogurt and required water to make a batter similar like idli batter. Set aside for 15 minutes to raise. After set time check the batter consistency, if it is too thick add generous amount of water to loosen.
  5. Grease the Idli moulds with little oil. Fill the moulds with the Idli batter to 3/4th level. Steam it in the Idli cooker for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  6. Piping hot broken wheat idlis are ready. Serve hot with sambar, coconut chutney or chutney of your choice.

Note:

  • For low calorie version use low-fat buttermilk instead of yogurt. Follow the same procedure to try semiya Idli, rava idli, oats idli.

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