Monday, 20 March 2017

Coconut Thogayal Recipe | Easy Thogayal | No Cook Thogayal | Thengai Thuvayal Recipe


Coconut thogayal or the thuvayal as we call is one dish that is always found consistently and predominantly in our family's menu. We usually serve it with idli, dosa, kanji, vadai, bhaji, lemon rice and puliyodharai. This is a two in one recipe, you can make thogayal and chutney with the same base, just follow the same method, then dilute it with extra water and season it to make coconut chutney. I have included a short video to show you how easy it is to make this thogayal recipe. Best part is we don't have to cook and it can be made in a jiffy. 

coconut thogayal

INGREDIENTS

Makes side-dish for 3 people
Total Preparation Time - 10 minutes
  1. Coconut pieces - 1 cup
  2. Green chillies - 2 (add 3 - 4 green chillies if you want it spicy) 
  3. Garlic pods - 1 or 2
  4. Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  5. Roasted chana dal - 3 teaspoons (optional)
  6. Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
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PREPARATION METHOD

  • Chop coconut into smaller pieces. (If you are gonna grate use half of a small coconut)
  • Add all the ingredients to a blender, add some water and grind until it turns out to be a smooth paste. 
  • Taste and add salt if needed.
  • Serve!!

TIP 1: Roasted gram makes the dish tastier. Sometimes when you don't have enough coconut, you can add extra roasted gram to increase the quantity also. 

TIP 2: Use fresh coconut and see that it is not very old one. 

coconut thogayal

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Easy Kulfi Recipe | Matka Kulfis | Kulfi Using Khoya | Kulfi In Clay Pots

Kulfi!! The very word would excite all of us right? I've been an ardent fan of this frozen dessert. Preparing kulfis isn't as hard as you think, all you need is patience. To get it done the easy way we will be adding khova here. Instead of waiting for hours for the milk to reduce into a very creamy texture we are taking a shorter route by adding the creamy khova. This does not lessen the taste anyway and infact you will get a very tasty and creamy melt in mouth textured kulfi even without adding cream :) Doesn't that sound good?Nothing can beat our Indian kulfis don't you agree? ;) 



kulfi easykulfi pots

INGREDIENTS

Makes 10-15 kulfis depending on the size of the pots
  1. Milk - 2 liters (plus 1/4 cup) {use full cream milk for better taste}
  2. Sweetened Condensed milk - 2 tins 
  3. Sweetless khova - 500 grams (Khoya/mawa)
  4. Sugar - 250 grams
  5. Cardamom powder - 2 teaspoons
  6. Almonds and pistachio nuts - a handful (optional)
  7. Saffron - A pinch optional 
  8. Aluminium foil - To cover the pots 


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PREPARATION METHOD

  • Preparing the mud pots or matkas - Wash the small pots and soak them then fill it completely with water and leave as such overnight. Morning wash it again and leave it until it dries up. You can use them then. 
  • Chop nuts and keep aside. 
  • Place  saucepan on flame and pour the milk.Place on flame (low flame) 
  • Keep stirring occasionally and collect or scrape the cream or malai formed on sides of the pan and put it back into the milk.  Add sugar half way through and keep stirring. Boil until milk is almost 3/4th its original volume. Might not take much time but stay beside the saucepan to avoid burning. 
  • Then add khova and 1/4 cup milk into a blender and blend well until smooth. 
  • Add this khova mixture to milk and stir well until the mixture blends well. 
  • Add condensed milk and stir again. 
  • Add saffron, chopped nuts and cardamom powder. Stir well and remove from flame. By this time the milk would be very creamy. 
  • Keep aside until it reaches room temperature.
  • Now take the pots and pour the kulfi mix into them until full. Top it up with roasted nuts if you wish or just leave it plain. Cover the pot with a piece of aluminium foil and place them inside the freezer. Leave undisturbed overnight. Sometimes it might take a little longer to set well if the freezer temperature is not right or if the mud pots are too thick. In that case let it freeze for another day. Try checking the freezer settings and make sure it is as low as possible. Remove once it has set well. 
  • It will be so rich and creamy and will melt in your mouth :) 

TIP 1: The same recipe cannot be used to set popsicles, this kulfi will be very creamy and might break if not set properly. 

TIP 2: Make sure you wash and soak the mud pots before use else it will absorb the water content from kulfi. And also there are chances for the pot to break. 

TIP 3: Kulfis like I said might take a day or two to set depending on the freezer setting and the pot. So be patient it will definitely get set. 


kulfi easy recipe