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Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

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Rajgira is nothing but Amaranth seeds / முலக்கீரை விதை, usually payasam/kheer is prepared with this in North India for Navratri. Commonly it is prepared during Vrat time, as its highly nutritious and very rich in protein.

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Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

Very first time tried this Rajgira Kheer using products from Ekgaon, an online platform that connects farmers all over India. I have been using Ekgaon products for few months long and the products are high quality and I am very happy with the result. Give a try to both the recipe and the products from Ekgaon…

Making of Rajgira Kheer / Amaranth seeds payasam recipe –

Rajgira kheer / Payasam is a perfect dish during the time of vrat or Navratri, because of the health benefits in the Amaranth seeds / Rajgira. Also, I have substituted sugar with Dates Palm Sugar / Panangarkandu in tamil, which helps in relieving cold and sore throat. Give a try…

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Ingredients:

  • Rajgira / Amaranth seeds / Mulakeerai vithai – 1 cup
  • Palm Dates Sugar / Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Milk – ½ litre
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Badam / Almonds – 10 nos
  • Saffron strands / Kungumapoo – few strands

Preparation:

  • Take the rajgira / amaranth seeds in a strainer and rinse it well in running water.
  • Drain the water completely, transfer it to pressure cooker, for 1 cup of rajgira, pour 1 ½ cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles in medium flame.
  • Meanwhile boil the milk in a pan, crush the cardamom, add cardamom once the milk is boiled and cook in low flame, until the milk reduces to half the quantity.
  • Remove the lid from the pressure cooker, once the pressure is completely released.
  • Pour the pressure-cooked rajgira to the boiling milk, mix it well and cook for few mins.
  • Once it starts thickening, thinly slice the cashew nuts and almonds, add it to the kheer, mix it well and cook for a min.
  • Add the Palm dates sugar / panangarkandu to the kheer, mix it well, cook for a min or until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Sprinkle the saffron strands, remove it from fire.

Serve hot or chillied. You serve it along with poori for breakfast or serve it as dessert in meals.

 

 

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Kosambari Recipe / Carrot Kosambari / Cucumber Kosambari / Vegetarian Salad – Sprig Gourmet Product Review

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Kosambari is a healthy vegetarian salad, prepared by soaking split green gram or split gram in water, then combining them with vegetables, green chillies and salt. Kosambari is a famous Karnataka salad recipe originated from Udupi, which is most commonly prepared during festivals.

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Been in Bangalore for almost few years, I have tasted this from my neighbor aunty who commonly prepares kosambari during all festivals at their home. Navratri’s are not without kosambari at their home. Following her, I have prepared two kosambari – Carrot kosambari and Cucumber kosambari.

Kosambari is also known as Koshambari, which is a healthy vegetarian salad recipe that is very easy and simple to prepare in mintues. Got products from Sprig Online Gourmet for review and Just for a twist I have substituted Six Pepper Medley powder from Sprig Gourmet instead of Green Chillies and Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt from Sprig Gourmet instead of salt.

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Lavender is my one and only favorite, the very first time tried out the flavor in food along with sea salt, absolutely delicious and more fragrant –  also a special for Navratri offering. Six Pepper Medley also had a wonderful fragnant, because of the cute little grinder over the bottle which gives out the freshly grounded powder. Give a try to this recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber – ½ no
  • Carrot – 1 no (medium size)
  • Split green gram / Paasi payaru / Mung dal – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 2 stalks
  • Green chillies or Pepper Powder (Six Pepper Medley from sprig) – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing / Perungayam – ¼ tsp
  • Grated Coconut – ¾ cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt (Rosemary Lavender seasalt from sprig) – ½ tsp

Making of Kosambari / Carrot Kosambari Video recipe / Cucumber Kosambari Video recipe –

Preparation:

  • Soak the split green gram / mung dal / paasipayaru in water for almost 2 hours.
  • Drain the water completely and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the cucumber into pieces.
  • Peel and finely grate the carrot into pieces.
  • If you are using green chillies, finely chop them into pieces.
  • Clean and finely chop the coriander stalks to pieces.
  • Take a 2 bowls, add half the quantity of soaked split green gram to each bowls.
  • Add cucumber, half the quantity of coriander leaves, lemon juice, grated coconut, lime juice, pepper powder or green chillies and a pinch of asafetida to a bowl. Mix it well.
  • In another bowl, add grated carrot, leftover quantity of coriander leaves, lemon juice, grated coconut, lime juice, pepper powder or green chillies and a pinch of asafetida and mix well.
  • In a small vessel or tadka, heat oil, add mustard seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Pour half the quantity to each of the bowls. Mix it well.
  • Add required quantity of salt, only before you serve.
  • Serve it.

Note: Add salt to the kosambari only before serving, else it would release water and become soggy.

 

Butter Beans Kulambu / How to make Butter beans curry / Butter beans recipe

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Butter Beans are known as Lima beans or sieve beans, because of the color and buttery texture they are called as Butter beans. They are important sources of dietary fiber, protein and minerals. Because of the dietary fiber, they scrape cholesterol, and helps in heart health. Also, they improve the digestions, increases energy level and prevents diabetes.

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Butter Beans Kulambu / Lima Beans curry

Already I have shared a Butter Beans poriyal / Lima Beans curry and now it’s curry using butter beans. Butter beans curry or poriyal is usually liked by kids, because of its buttery texture. But when you pair them with steamed rice, increase little of the spice level with coconut masala, it tastes yum. Let me share the recipe…

Taking it to Fiesta Friday #189 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Ingredients:

  • Butter Beans / Lima Beans – 2 handful
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp + ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Coconut pieces – 3 tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – ¾ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions. Keep it aside.
  • Take coconut pieces and a tbsp of cumin seeds, grind it to a fine paste by adding little water and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped onions, cook until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the ground coconut masala followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder, cook for few mins or until the raw smell of the masala goes off.
  • Add the lima beans / butter beans followed by salt, pour a cup of water, bring to boil, cover and cook for 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure releases, transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot with steamed rice and pappad or appalam.