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Nandu Rasam / Spicy Crab Soup

Nandu Rasam / Spicy Crab Soup

Nandu Rasam / Spicy Crab Soup is one among the delicious non-vegetarian soup. This can be consumed both as soup and rasam, when Nandu Rasam is served with steamed hot rice it is rasam and when it is served as such in a bowl, it is soup. Nandu Rasam / Spicy Crab soup is most preferably prepared during winter season and perfect when you have sore throat, cold or nose blockage.

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Nandu Rasam, Spicy Crab Soup

Nandu Rasam / Spicy Crab Soup

Nandu Rasam (நண்டு ரசம்)/ Spicy Crab soup (நண்டு சூப்)which is very thin in texture, but with delicious taste and wonderful aroma. Mostly crab legs are used in this recipe along with a crab. Also break the crab legs and add it to the soup/rasam, so that the flavor gets well to the rasam/soup. Very simple and easy to prepare, give a try and share your feedback.

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Nandu Rasam, Spicy Crab Soup

Nandu Rasam / Spicy Crab Soup

Ingredients:

  • Crab / நண்டு– 1 no
  • Crab Legs / நண்டு கால்கள்– 7 nos
  • Coriander stalks / கொத்தமல்லி– 5 nos
  • Curry leaves / கறிவேப்பிலை– a sprig
  • Cumin seeds / சீரகம்– 1 ¼ tsp
  • Black pepper / மிளகு– 1 ¼ tsp
  • Small Onions / Pearl Onions / சின்ன வெங்காயம்– 20 nos
  • Tomato / தக்காளி– 3 nos
  • Fenugreek seeds / வெந்தயம் – ¼ tsp
  • Red chillies / மிளகாய் வத்தல்– 2 nos
  • Garlic / பூண்டு– 5 cloves
  • Lemon juice / எலுமிச்சை சாறு– 1 ½ tsp
  • Coconut oil / தேங்காய் எண்ணெய்– 1 tbsp
  • Salt / உப்பு– 1 tsp

Making of Nandu Rasam / Spicy Crab Soup –

 

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the half of the quantity of small onions.
  • Squeeze the tomatoes in water and keep it aside.
  • Coarsely crush a tsp of cumin seeds, a tsp of black pepper, garlic cloves, leftover whole onions and half the quantity of coriander stalks.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom vessel, add in the leftover ¼ tsp of cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and wait until they crackle.
  • Tear the red chillies into pieces, add it to the vessel and cook for 5 seconds.
  • Add in the crushed ingredients all together to the vessel.
  • Add the crab and crab legs, sprinkle ½ tsp of salt and cook for 5 mins.
  • Pour in the tamarind extract, add salt, mix it well.
  • Cover and cook in medium flame for 15 mins or until the crab is cooked well.
  • Sprinkle coriander leaves, remove it from fire.

Serve hot as such or with steamed rice.

Turmeric Milk (Manjal Panangarkandu Paal) / Haldi dhoodh – Indian Winter recipes

Turmeric Milk (Manjal Panangarkandu Paal) / Haldi dhoodh – Indian Winter recipes

Turmeric Milk (Manjal Panangarkandu Paal) is prepared during winters in most of the Indian families. Turmeric milk is known as Panagarkandu Paal (பணங்கற்கண்டு பால்) or Manjal Milakku Paal (Turmeric Pepper Milk) in Tamil and known as Haldi Dhoodh in Hindi. In Tamil nadu, we use to prepare this milk with fresh turmeric, dates palm jaggery (panangarkandu), black pepper. Turmeric Milk (Manjal Panangarkandu Paal), is good for sore throat and cold. It helps in weight loss and also helps in better sleeping during nights.

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Turmeric Milk (Manjal Panangarkandu Paal)

Turmeric Milk (Panangarkandu Paal) / Haldi Doodh / Indian winter recipes

Turmeric Milk (Manjal Panagarkandu Paal)

Turmeric Milk (Panagarkandu Paal) can also prepared with turmeric powder instead of fresh turmeric roots and Jaggery instead of Dates Palm Sugar. A very simple but healthy drink that can be prepared in minutes, with perfection even by beginners. Give a try and share your feedback.

Turmeric milk (Panangarkandu Paal), Haldi doodh, fresh turmeric recipes

Turmeric Milk (Panangarkandu Paal) / Haldi Doodh / Indian winter recipes

Ingredients:

  • Turmeric Roots / மஞ்சள் – 30 to 50 gm
  • Milk / பால் – 1 litre
  • Dates Palm Jaggery / பணங்கறகண்டு – ½ cup
  • Black pepper / மிளகு – 2 tsp

Making of Turmeric Milk / Panangarkandu Paal / Haldi Doodh –

 

Preparation:

  • Peel and chop the turmeric roots.
  • Crush the turmeric roots using mortar and pestle.
  • Add black pepper to turmeric and coarsely crush it.
  • Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan, add in the coarsely crushed turmeric roots and black pepper.
  • Bring it to boil, add in the dates palm jaggery to it.
  • Mix it well, let it boil for few mins in low flame or until the milk thickens.
  • Remove it from fire, strain the milk, and transfer it to vessel.

Serve hot or warm.

Note: Make sure to serve hot or warm, otherwise it never works and the taste of black pepper would make the milk more spicy and uncomfortable to drink. You can adjust the quantity of black pepper and dates palm jaggery as you required.

 

 

Dry Fruits Chicken Gravy / Winter Chicken Gravy / Rich Chicken Gravy recipe

Dry Fruits Chicken Gravy / Winter Chicken Gravy / Rich Chicken Gravy recipe

Dry Fruits Chicken Gravy is a most delicious, creamy, rich chicken gravy that is perfect to prepare during winters. Dry Fruits Chicken Gravy is mildly sweet, spicy and little tangy loaded with dry fruits and creamy texture.  Dry Fruits Chicken goes out well with any Indian flat breads, best for lunch and ok for lunch.

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Dry Fruits Chicken Gravy, Chicke gravy recipe, chicken gravy for chapathi, dry fruits recipe

Dry Fruits Chicken Gravy / Winter Chicken Gravy / Winter Recipes

When I have too much of dry fruits and longed to prepare a chicken gravy for dinner, thought why not to prepare with dry fruits and here results this dish – Dry Fruits Chicken Gravy. Give a try and share your feedback with us…

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Ingredients:

  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Butter – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Onion – 1 no (medium size)
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Almonds / Badam – 5 nos
  • Raisins (yellow + Black) – 10 nos
  • Dates – 5 nos
  • Prunes – 5 nos
  • Black Pepper powder (I have used six medley pepper) – 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 ½ tsp

Preparation:

  • Soak 7 cashew nuts and almonds in warm water for 20 mins, peel the skin of almond / badam and grind it to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Take 7 nos of raisins, 4 dates, 4 prunes in a bowl, soak in water for 10 min and grind it to a fine paste.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic pieces, keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp butter in a heavy bottom vessel or Kadai, add onions, garlic and cook until they start turning golden brown in color.
  • Add chicken pieces, sprinkle black pepper along with salt, cook for 2 mins.
  • Pour in the ground raisins mixture, cook for a min.
  • Now pour a cup of water and cook until the chicken is soft and tender.
  • Pour in the ground cashew nut mixture, cook for few mins or until the gravy thickens.
  • Heat the leftover butter, chop the leftover cashew nuts, raisins, dates, prunes into pieces and add it, cook for few mins.
  • Pour it to the gravy and remove it from fire.

Serve hot.