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Broccoli Potato Paratha

Broccoli Potato Paratha

Broccoli Potato Paratha is one such delicious, easy and simple paratha that can be made in minutes and packed in lunch box for kids. It goes out well with pickle, curd or raita or tomato ketchup. A healthy, easy, simple and delicious breakfast idea for kids.

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Broccoli Potato Paratha – Breakfast Recipes

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli – 1 head
  • Boiled potato – 300 gms
  • Cumin powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Wheat flour – 3 cups
  • Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Making of Broccoli Potato Paratha –

 

Preparation:

  • Separate the florets of broccoli, coarsely grind it in a mixier.
  • Take wheat flour, salt in a bowl, make a well in the centre, pour water and knead it to dough.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of oil and knead the dough for few mins and let it rest for 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile, heat a kadai, add the ground broccoli, saute for 2 mins.
  • Add cumin power, salt and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add the boiled potatoes, mash it well and mix it to the broccoli. Remove from fire and wait until it comes to room temperature.
  • Dust the flour in the working space, take a small portion of the dough, roll it (thick) and place a tsp of broccoli potato mixture in the centre.
  • Roll it all together to a ball, again dust the working space and gently roll the dough.
  • Meanwhile heat a tawa, drizzle little oil, gently transfer the rolled dough to the tawa.
  • Cook on both sides, by swapping them in regular intervals and drizzling little oil along the sides of the paratha.
  • Remove it from fire.

Serve hot with pickle, curd or raita or any dips.

Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

Pakoda is a deep fried snack which is most popular street food all over Tamil Nadu. My hubby loves pakoda to the core, when we were abroad we use to get pakoda from VelayudhaNadar Shop, sivakasi and would hold it almost for 2 to 3 weeks. Not only in while abroad but also whenever we go to our hometown, we never miss to get this pakoda. Not only my hubby even my dad, grandpa and the whole family till my son loves to have Milk rice and pakoda for dinner. I would say that this one of the staple dinner among all sivakasi and virudhunagar people.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #160 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Thought of trying it the pakoda with bittergourd and something different than the usual recipe, besan/gram flour is used in pakoda and I have substituted corn meal/maize flour instead of besan/gram flour.

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Bittergourd pakoda was slightly bitter in taste, but as it was crispy and crunchy my kids (9 year and 5 year) loved it to the core. This can be served in various forms as tea-time snack, side dish for lunch, side dish for dinner along with rice. I would say try this combination – Steamed rice (mashing consistency), boiled milk with a tsp of sugar (optional) and this pakoda would taste heavenly for dinner. Give a try…

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Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

Ingredients:

  • Bitter gourd – 2 nos
  • Onions – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – 2 strands
  • Corn meal / Maize flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – 2 ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Perungayam / Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Wash and thinly slice the bitter gourd to pieces. Thinly slice the onions (lengthwise), keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add corn meal, rice flour, chilli powder, salt and sprinkle ¼ cup of water, mix it well.
  • Add the sliced bitter gourd and mix it well, so that the flour should get coated well bittergourd.
  • Let it rest for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, now add the thinly sliced onions and curry leaves to the bittergourd and mix it well.
  • Once the oil is hot, take a small portion of the bittergourd mixture and add it to the oil, swap and fry on the both sides until they turn brown in color or crispy.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Continue the same process with all the bittergourd.

Serve hot.

Note: Bring it room temperature and store it in an air-tight container, stays fresh for almost a week.

Happy Maha Shivaratri

Happy Maha Shivaratri

” Wish you all a Happy Maha Shivaratri” from MADRAASI

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated once in a year in late winter and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”. It is observed by remembering shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing yoga and mediatating. The ardent devotees stay awake all night and visit Shiva temple.

In Tamil nadu, people gather in temple at the night of Maha Shivratri and do meditation or chant or write “Om Namashivaya” the whole night. Also in few places there would be music concert, stage dramas or dance depicting the life of Lord Shiva throughout the whole night.

Here are few recipes for Maha Shivatri – Thandai, Tapioca Pearls Kheer, Badam Halwa , Makhane Ki Kheer (Fox nuts kheer).