Monday, January 26, 2015

Idiyappam Recipe | Idiyappam Thengai Paal Recipe

Idiyappam Recipe
Idiyappam & Thengai Paal recipe with step by step pictures, steamed soft delicate Idiyappam dunked in sweetened coconut milk is my favorite dish. Its been long time I had Idiyappam with Thengai Paal, and last week for our weekend breakfast I prepared it and had it to my heart. Idiyappam is a popular South Indian Breakfast recipe, a steamed rice noodles that is prepared using rice flour. You can use homemade rice flour or store bought rice flour or Idiyappam flour for making Idiyappam. Idiyappam is served with vegetable stew or sweetened Coconut milk/Thengai Paal or any spicy Non-veg Curry.

I never had Idiyappam with stew or spicy gravy, Thengai paal or Sweetened Coconut Milk is my favorite combo. Here we rarely get good tender fresh coconut, so Whenever we get such fresh coconut I used to make Puttu and this time its Thengai Paal. Myself and my kids enjoyed it a lot and made Vella Sevai/Idiyappam in jaggery sauce for V. I have already shared Idiyappam recipe but with different method. This Idiyappam recipe is easy to make and anyone can make soft Idiyappam using this recipe. This is how My Mom & Grand Mom makes Idiyappam at home. You can make it in a jiffy, only thing is the dough should be at right consistency. Here, I have given tips to make soft Idiyappam with any kind of rice flour. I have tried with store bought rice flour, Pathiri Podi and Idiyappam flour too. You can use whichever is available to you.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Homemade Vegetable Stock Recipe | Basic Vegetable Stock or Broth Recipe | How To Make Veg Broth for Soup!

Homemade Vegetable Stock
Homemade Vegetable Stock or Broth Recipe with Step wise pictures. From this weekend I am going to share Kitchen Basics/DIY/How To's post on Saturdays. Just framed a theme by myself to be active on weekends. Lets see how it goes :)  So for this Saturday, I am sharing Homemade Vegetable Stock under Kitchen Basics Theme. I usually prefer Homemade stock for soups and I never bought from stores. But for me making stock is a big task, though it is a simple process somehow I am lazy to do it. When I decided to share Kitchen Basics, the first thing came to my mind was Vegetable Stock. So that I can make try my bookmarked recipes.
I mostly prefer light and clear soup and milk based or cheesy creamy soups are not my kind. For most of the soup recipes you need stock or Broth. Stock or Broth is nothing but a water simmered with lots of vegetable or meat for an hour or more. Instead of adding plain water to soup adding broth gives good taste, flavor and healthy too. Basic Stock can also be flavored with some herbs and spices.
I am sharing the basic vegetable stock recipe without much herbs and spices. Here I used 5-6 vegetables but you can use any available vegetables and spices.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thinai Idli Recipe | Foxtail Millet Idli Recipe | Millet Idli Recipe - Healthy Indian Breakfast Recipe!

Thinai Idli
Thinai Idli Recipe / Foxtail Millet Idli recipe with step by step pictures. Idli is one my favorite and comfort meal. I can have idlis for all 3 meals and my kids too love idlis. Most of our weekends breakfast will be Idli & Dosa. Idli is not only delicious, comfort meal it is also considered as one of the best healthy meal that is perfect for a wholesome breakfast. Idli itself a healthy treat and if it is prepared with whole grains or Millets then it is considered as the best meal and a simple way to include Millets/Whole grains in our diet. After trying idlis, with Brown Rice, Ragi Idli, Barley Idli and now comes Thinai Idli / Fox Tail Millet idli. I tried this Thinai Idlis way long back. I simply followed my regular idli Batter recipe, by replacing 1 cup of rice with 1 cup of foxtail millet. Millet idlis turned out soft and yummy with light pale color due to the millet.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paneer Kolhapuri Recipe | Easy Paneer Recipe | No Onion No Garlic Curry Recipe

Paneer Kolhapuri
Paneer Kolhapuri recipe with step by step pictures. Paneer Kolhapuri is an another easiest Paneer recipe that can be made in jiffy without onions and garlic. Yes.,this recipe does not require onions and garlic. Paneer Kolhapuri is a rich, spiced and creamy tomato based curry. I have tasted Vegetable Kohlapuri in restaurants and this was the first time I am I tried and tasted Paneer Kolhapuri. I was using Tofu in place of Paneer for long time but now-a-days my kids able to differentiate the taste between Tofu curry & Paneer Curry. They like Tofu but still ask me to cook Paneer. So for my kids and to feed my blog this time tried a different recipe with Paneer.

Kolhapuri Masala, an unique blend of spices that is freshly roasted and ground gives a nice flavor and taste to the curry. This curry pairs well with Jeera Pulao, Rotis, Naan & Pooris also. I referred Nisha Madhulika Ji's recipe video for this recipe and slightly tweaked it to our taste.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Whole Wheat Coconut Cookies | Eggless Wheat Coconut Cookies | Eggless Whole Wheat Cookies Recipe

Eggless Wheat Coconut Cookies
We completely stopped buying breads, cookies, crackers from store and rarely fresh breads from bakery. But my kids love breads and cookies a lot, they love bread in any form, simple toast to sandwich, upma anything. Breads are there most favorite food but because of the preservative ingredient we do not buy breads, cookies. So once in 10 days or 2 weeks once I bake it at home. Anything that is homemade is always fresh, good and free from preservatives. And that too our favorite cookies/cake or bread with some healthy ingredients means that is most welcome right? This Whole Wheat Coconut Cookies is one such recipe, delicious and melt in mouth flavorful cookies using whole wheat flour without eggs and less sugar when compared to other cookies. I bookmarked this recipe from Hari Chandana's blog, have tried this Wheat Coconut Cookies couple of times and now it is our family's favorite cookies. This wheat cookies does not involve more fancy ingredients, no egg and just the basic ingredients. It can be made without coconut also for a plain vanilla flavored cookies. This is sure a keeper recipe, do try this cookies for your kids. These are best to serve along with hot chai or coffee for tea time snack.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cauliflower 65 Recipe | Gobi 65 | Crispy & Spicy Fried Cauliflower

Gobi 65 Recipe
Cauliflower 65 or crispy & Spicy fried cauliflower is a tempting and addictive snack and guess it is almost everyone's favorite from kids to aged person. There are tons of recipes for this cauliflower. I too have already posted Restaurant style Gobi 65, in which the cauliflower florets are dipped in a batter and then deep fried till crisp. But this recipe is super quick, so easy and doesn't require any batter. My MIL make gobi 65 this way but with Instant 65 Masala Mix. And once I saw Chef Dhamu's recipe on tv channel and recreated myself. Only thing there's no batter and everything is mixed like we do for Pakoda and deep fried immediately. This recipe sure gives you perfect crispy and yummy fried cauliflower.

This cauliflower 65 makes a perfect tea time snack with some hot beverages. Not only as a snack, this cauliflower 65 makes a great side dish with Tomato Biryani, Fried Rice, Rasam & Rice, Curd rice.
I wanted to post this recipe since long time and finally few weeks back prepared mainly to click some pictures for blog.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bengali Chum Chum Recipe | Chom Chom Sweet Recipe | Malai Chum Chum Recipe ~ Spicy Treats' 4th Blog Anniversary!

Bengali Chum Chum Recipe
Happy Pongal wishes to all my friends, readers and visitors and all who celebrate this special occasion. Pongal is a Harvest Festival and Thanks Giving day In India, that we thank God, Sun & Cattle for the years' Harvest. And its Thanks giving day for Spicy Treats too..yes., Spicy Treats turns 4 today. I am thankful to all who supported me all this 4 years, My family, My friends, My Blogger friends, readers and each and every visitor of my blog. Without your support and encouragement I would have not reach this level. Thanking from my bottom of heart and a small treat from my side with a Delicious Bengali Sweet, Chum Chum Recipe / Malai Chum Chum Recipe.

Chum Chum/Chom Chom is a popular Bengali Sweet that is similar to Rasgulla Preparation except the shape and serving method. Chum Chum are oval shaped sweet, rolled in coconut flakes.