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Royal Falooda / Falooda recipe / How to make falooda from scratch at home

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Falooda is one among the most popular street food all over India. Falooda has many flavors, I have already shared two falooda recipes – Sapotta / Chickoo Chocolate Falooda and Basic Falooda.

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Royal Falooda / Falooda recipe / How to make falooda from scratch at home

As of Ramzan, I have prepared this Royal Falooda right from the scratch which describes the making of rose jelly, rose milk, cooking falooda vermicelli and layering. Just like that I forgot to click pictures, so do check out my video for the texture and consistency. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Vermicelli (Thin vermicelli) – 25 strands
  • Sabja seeds / Sharbhat seeds – 3 tbsp
  • Sugar – 5 tbsp
  • Agar-Agar / China grass – 5 gm
  • Rose essence – 3 tbsp
  • Milk – ½ litre
  • Pistachios – 10 nos
  • Vanilla Ice cream – 4 scoops

Making of Royal Falooda / Falooda –

Preparation:

  • Soak sabja seeds in a cup of water for 20 mins or until it turns light grey in color.
  • Soak pistachios in water for 30 mins, drain the water, peel of the skin, chop it to fine pieces and keep it aside.
  • Boil the milk, pour a tbsp of rose essence followed by 3 tbsp of sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolves and the milk reduces to ¾ th of the quantity.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the agar-agar/china grass, mix it well until it dissolves in water, pour a tbsp of rose essence, cook for 3 mins.
  • Remove from fire, pour it to a bowl, let it rest for 30 mins so that it gets sets and reaches room temperature. Later refrigerate it for 20 to 30 mins.
  • Remove it from the bowl and finely chop them into pieces, keep it aside.
  • Boil 3 cups of water in a heavy bottom vessel, add the vermicelli and cook until it turns transparent and soft.
  • Drain the water and rinse it in tap or cold water, keep it aside.
  • Take a tall glass, add a tbsp of boiled vermicelli, followed by a tbsp soaked sabja seeds, followed by a tbsp of finely chopped rose jelly.
  • Pour in the rose milk, until it ¾ th of the glass, add few pieces of finely chopped pistachios and top it with a scoop of icecream.
  • Sprinkle few pieces of pistachios, rose jelly and dried rose petals.

Serve immediately.

 

Crunchy Munchy Roasted Gram – Quick and Easy Munch / Snack

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I hope the name looks funny – “Crunchy Munchy Roasted Gram”, since this snack was prepared by my hubby, during his bachelor days 😝, most commonly during the lazy times or with no pocket money, this would be their hunger food for sudden cravings with little job, easily available and less expensive ingredients. Recently when he was chatting about his good olden days in Bangalore more than 15 years ago, this resulted in the discussion of this recipe 😊.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #176 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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Crunchy Munchy Roasted Gram – Tea time snack

A quick and easy snack with little work more delicious for the evening or best preferred for the rainy days are boon to most of us. Also, this fills your stomach like anything – roasted gram used here has lots of health benefits for women, onions used here gives the crunchiness and easy digestion. Give a try to this snack for your tea time with a cup of tea or coffee.

Not only me even my kids liked it. Give a try and enjoy your evenings, so now onwards do not worry about your cravings. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Roasted gram / Pottukadalai / Porikadalai – 1 cup
  • Onions – ¾ cup
  • Coriander leaves – 3 stalks
  • Sesame oil – ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice – 3 drops
  • Chilli powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions.
  • Rinse and finely chop the coriander leaves including the stalks and keep aside.
  • Take roasted gram, finely chopped onions, finely chopped coriander leaves along with lemon juice, chilli powder, sesame oil and salt in a bowl.
  • Mix it well and let it rest for 5 mins.

Serve with coffee or tea.

Note: You can also add finely chopped cucumber, tomato with this.

Kuska / Plain Briyani – How to make Kuska in pressure cooker

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Kuska or Plain Briyani is prepared by cooking long grain/basmathi or jeera rice with all the flavored spices and ingredients used for briyani. This briyani is very special and commonly known as poor man’s Briyani, since it costs very less because no vegetables and no meats are used in the making. Kuska / Plain Briyani is popular in and around Madurai and Virudhunagar. My hubby used say, that he used to have it in all this college functions, but this is the first time I am gave a try at home. I have followed a slight variation in the making, so do check out for perfect color in kuska – CLICK HERE.

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Kuska / Plain Briyani / How to make kuska at home

Kuska / Plain Briyani is mildly spiced, mildly flavored then Briyani, so kids like this a lot. This goes out well with any raita but I prefer onion raita, any curries may be veg or non-veg and a deep fry. I have accompanied it with chicken curry, onion-tomato raita and chicken 65.  Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #176 hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener.

Ingredients:

  • Basmathi / Long-grain / Jeeraga Samba / Jeera rice – 2 ½ cup (1 cup = 160ml)
  • Onions – 2 no’s (medium size)
  • Tomato – 1 no (medium size)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 ½ tbsp or Ginger (1”inch stick) – 1 no and Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Cinnamon (1 “inch stick) – 1 no
  • Cloves – 4 no’s
  • Star Anise – 2 no’s
  • Stone flower / Kalpasi – 3 no’s
  • Cardamom – 2 no’s
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Fennel seeds / Sombu – 2 tsp
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Mint + Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp

Making of Kuska rice / Kuska Briyani / Plain Briyani –

Preparation:

  • Peel and thinly slice the onions and keep it aside.
  • Finely chop the tomatoes and keep it aside. Slit the green chillies and keep it aside.
  • Rinse and finely chop the mint + coriander leaves and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee/clarified butter and oil in a pressure cooker, add the bay leaf, followed by flavored spices and wait until they crackle.
  • Add onions, green chillies and ginger-garlic paste, cook until the onions turn transparent.
  • Add the mint and coriander leaves, cook until they turn dark green in color.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn soft.
  • Pour the curd/yogurt, cook until the oil starts floating on the top.
  • Pour the coconut milk and bring it to boil.
  • Meanwhile clean the rice and add the rice followed by water to the pressure-cooker, add required amount of salt.
  • Pressure-cook for 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure releases.

Gently give a stir and serve hot.