Skip to main content

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Rava kitchidi

Breakfast lovers would want to try new variety every other day of a week. Atleast i would want to try new dish for each of the seven days in a week. While exploring the options, i got reminded of my childhood favorite snack, rava kitchidi which my mom makes frequently. Kitchidi almost the same ingredients of vegetable biriyani but in less propotion. Let's take a look at the ingredients we need to prepare the kitchidi.


Ingredients:

1 cup rava/semolina
1 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
3 slit green chilies
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
5 mint leaves
1 tsp snauf, optional
1 tsp corriander leaves
2 cloves
1-inch cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
2 cardamons
2 tbsp oil or ghee

Steps:

1. Rava (semolina) needs to be dry roasted before making kitchidi. This gives a nice flavour as well as the rava doesn't get mashed in the process.



2. In a pan, add a cup of rava and roast it in medium flame. When the rava turns to light brown, switch off the flame and transfer the contents of the pan to a plate and let it cool. If the rava is kept in the hot pan even after putting out the flame, rava gets burnt easily and hence needs to be removed from the pan.



3. Use the same pan to heat oil or ghee as per your preference. Add cardamom, cloves, snauf, cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaves and saute for a minute until nice aroma comes. I'm going to use fresh bay leaf along with coriander and mint leaves. Hence in this picture, you will not see bay leaf.


4. Add chillies, onions, ginger garlic paste to the pan. Saute for about 6 minutes.


5. Add tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes get mushy.


6. Add chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves to the pan and mix well.


7. Add 3 cups of water to the pan and salt to taste. Let it be in high flame until the water start bubbling.




8. The 3 cups of water added in previous step would have now reduced by 2.5 cups. At this point, add the roasted rava/semolina to the boiling pan slowly. This step should be done carefully to avoid forming lumps. While you add the rava, keep stirring constantly and quickly so that there are no lumps.



9. It might look like there is more water than required. But we are going to cook the rava in steam now.


10. Close the pan with a lid and switch off the flame.


11. Open the pan after about 10 minutes. Now, you will see the excess water is absorbed by rava and it gets cooked well.


12. Give it a good mix from the sides to the bottom of the pan.


13. Add some ghee or few drops of oil as desired and mix it well in high flame for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the flame.


14. Rava kitchidi is ready to serve. I'm gonna have it for dinner along with coconut chutney!



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Chocolate dipped strawberries

I once tried to make chocolate flavoured cake. You know what i mean ? Well it's not a chocolate cake, but i wanted to add little bit of melted chocolate to the batter and I used a microwave safe bowl to melt the chocolate. Uff! the chocolate did not melt evenly instead, the bowl started to burn. Never in my world, i know that the microwave needs to be set in the lowest power mode and the chocolate needs to be melted by keeping it in the microwave and check every 30 seconds. Over the period of daily cooking and learning, i thought double boiler method would be the best way to melt chocolates and of course without burning anything! Double boiler method helps not to burn the vessel in which we melt the chocolate. It is basically a sauce pan filled with one fourth of water and boil it. Once the water starts boiling, place the chocolate containing vessel inside the sauce pan (make sure, the vessel does not slide and get water into it, that is why we choose to fill one fourth of the sa

Chettinad Nattu kozhi varuval / chettinad chicken curry

Varuval means frying in "Tamil", and the word Chettinad comes from southern parts of TamilNadu. Chettinad recipes use extreme amount of spices and are rich in taste and aromatic too! There are wide variety of dishes available like chetinad karakuzhambu (tamrind gravy), ennai kathirikai (spicy brinjal gravy cooked in tamarind paste), chettinad fish fry, chettinad nattu kozhi varuval (country chicken fry) etc., In our today's episode of food blogging, we are gonna see the detailed steps of preparing the spice powder, marinating chicken, and making the varuval. An alert for those who do not prefer spicy food - this dish is quite spicy, at the same time it's tasty that you cannot resist yourself from having it. Try it out and share your valuabe opinion. Ingredients: 400 gms of chicken pieces 3 tsp cooking oil 10-11 shallots, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste 2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped 2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp of blac

Rava Laddu

Krishna Jayanthi or Janmashtami is celebrated all over India and by Indians all across the world. On this day, several delicacies were home cooked and served to Lord Krishna. Even if you do not have all the time to prepare the special sweets and savories by yourself, you can still worship Lord Krishna by offering butter, curd and a handful of flattened rice(poha); Lord Krishna happily blesses us with all the wellness and goodness in this life. I made rava(semolina) laddu, poha sweet pongal, kai murruku/chakli(besan flour fritters) for this year's Krishna Jayanthi and got the blessings of Krishna :) I'm so very happy to share the rava laddu recipe with you all. Ingredients: 1 cup rava/sooji/semolina 1/4 cup grated coconut 1 tsp powdered cardamom 3/4 cup of sugar 4-5 tbsp warm milk 10 cashews 10 raisins 4 tbsp ghee How to make Rava Laddu: 1. In a sauce pan, add a tbsp of ghee and roast the cashews till they turn light brown. Transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Cauliflower fry without oil

Cauliflower pakoda is a crispy evening tea time snack. It is also one of those popular street foods in chennai. Also in bakery shops, they sell cauliflower pakodas freshly made every evening in front of our eyes. On a lazy day, we shall buy these pakodas and have it as a side dish for our lunch/dinner. I am sharing a recipe of cauliflower pakoda without deep fry in oil, using an oven. Ingredients: 250 gms of cauliflower florets 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 1 tbsp corn flour 1/2 tsp all purpose flower/maida 1/2 tbsp rice flour 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves/cilantro (optional) 2 tbsp oil 1 tsp ginger garlic paste 1 tsp black pepper powder (optional) Steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 2. Cut the cauliflower florets in medium pieces, not too small (they get burnt) and not too big (would not be crispy). 3. In a plate, mix together all the ingredients mentioned above. Sprinkle some water and mix well. I

Banana walnut cake in microwave

Banana walnut cake is quite good as the banana fruit gets along well with the walnut. I have tried banana nut cake using the conventional oven as it is how any cake is baked. Today, I'm gonna share with you the recipe for baking banana walnut cake using a microwave. It just takes 5 minutes in the microwave to bake the cake. No need to wait for 30-40 minutes for baking the cake. This can be made as an evening snack for your kids after school. I'm sure they would love to have it.Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids that helps in brain development. Ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour /maida 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 cup walnuts 1 ripe banana 1 tsp nutmeg powder (optional) 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature 2 eggs, at room temperature 1/2 cup vegetable oil How to make banana walnut cake in microwave: 1. In a bowl, sift together a cup of all purpose flour, salt and baking soda. Dry ingredients are ready. 2. In another bo

Moong dhal payasam

Payasam or kheer is a dessert variety and you would simply love this payasam as it involves minimal steps and can be made in say 20 minutes. Do try this recipe at your home and it is a bachelor's recipe as it calls for less number of ingredients and hardly few steps from the start to finish. Here are few other sweet recipes if you wanna try at your kitchen.  Kaaju katli Coconut Burfi Bombay halwa Rava Laddu Paalkova Baklava Upside Down Apple Sundae Casatta Ice Cream Chocolate dipped Strawberries Carrot Halwa Kashi halwa Steamed caramel Custard Ingredients: 100 gms of split moong dhal 200 ml of water 75 gms of jaggery 1 tbsp ghee a pinch of cardamom powder (optional) handful of chopped nuts (cashew or pistachios) How to make moong dhal payasam: 1. Take moong dhal onto a pressure pan. Wash it twice or thrice till the water runs clear. Add 200 ml of water and pressure cook for about 5 whistles. Once cooked, let the pressure release by itself. The dhal cooks nicely with 5 whistles. Bes

Jeera Roti

Roti a.k.a chapati is a staple food for most the people from Northern parts of India. It is made out of wheat flour and sometimes maida or all purpose flour. In recent times, the trend is to use multiple grains grounded together for making roti due to beneficial factors of the various grains. Here I have detailed the steps on making a Jeera/Cumin roti. Let's see the ingredients list needed, Ingredients: 1 cup wheat flour 1 cup maida/all purpose flour 1/4 butter 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup water 1 tsp cumin/jeera seeds 1/4 cup warm milk Steps: 1. Sieve together wheat flour, maida and salt. 2. Add butter to the flour and mix well. 3. Meanwhile, boil 1/2 cup water and add cumin seeds to it. 4. Pour the boiling water onto the flour, add warm milk and let it stand for 5 minutes. Do not mix at this point in time. 5. After 5 minutes, mix the flour dough very well. Knead them well for 7-8 minutes. Cover it with a wet cloth and set it aside for at least 15 minutes. Now the d

Egg Drop Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms have way too many health benefits that one cannot deny it. I do love mushrooms as a kid and still is one of my favorites when considering any continental dishes or simple stir fry veggies with broccoli or purple cabbage. These are all lovely combos you should try for a stir fry. In today's episode of my home cooking, you would see how to make a mushroom egg drop soup using chicken stock and optionally some chicken pieces. If you are a vegan, then opt for vegetable stock and add some extra veggies to add that twist to the soup(obviously skip chicken). Ingredients: 100 gms of chicken, boneless 6-7 button mushrooms 1 large onion, chopped 1 tsp pepper powder 1 egg salt to taste 2 tsp soy sacue 1 tbsp corn starch 2 cups of water 1 tbsp chopped green onions 1 carrot (optional) 2 tsp chopped ginger How to make egg drop soup | how to make mushroom egg drop soup | how to make chicken mushroom soup | how to make simple soup Pressure cook cleaned chicken pieces with 2 cups of water

Palkova / Thirattupaal/ Sweet Khoya

Homemade sweets are always special as you have control over the sweetness ( well, i agree you cannot compromise on the sugar added to a sweet recipe) however we can assure brown sugar or jaggery could be substituted wherever possible and free of food colors and any other preservatives. In today's recipe, i'm going to share about a simple two-ingredient recipe which uses cow's milk - its palkova aka thirattupaal (sweet khoya). The process is quite cumbersome, however with a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, you can skip stirring quite often and sit back and watch while it gets simmered without being burnt. Choose the right vessel for this dish and you would be rest assured a hassle free recipe. Let's get into recipe and the steps. You can use full cream milk or buffalo's milk instead of cow's milk. Cow's milk gives the best of taste you can ever get! Happy ready and hope you try out this recipe at your home and share your valuable feedback. Ingredients

Almond Burfi / Badam Halwa

Badam means almond in Tamil, and the sweet "Badam Halwa" tastes so good, that you cannot resist yourself from eating it non-stoppingly. I'm not joking, that's what happened in my family yesterday. The moment i had made the almond burfis ( i cut them into pieces after letting it sit for overnight on a greased plate and hence the name "burfi"), the husband man started eating it one by one and it's all gone now. I made about 25 pieces and all i got now is only 3 pieces left in that box. I'm sure, you would love to have this burfi, inspite of the fact that it takes a lot of your patience to prepare the recipe. Let's quickly take a look at the step by step pictures and detailed procedure. Ingredients: 1 cup almonds 1 cup milk 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup clarified butter/ghee A pinch of yellow food color, optional 3 cups of hot water How to make almond burfi/badam halwa: 1. In a bowl, soak the almonds in hot water 💦