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Bittergourd Pakoda / Pagarkai Pakoda / Pavakkai Pakoda

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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.

Cinnamon Tea

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I like to have tea without milk, recently have tried out cinnamon tea and found good difference in our health. A very, simple and easy to prepare but with loads of health benefits. As most of us knew that cinnamon is good for Diabetics and honey with warm water cuts bad cholesterol and helps in relieving acidity. I got to infuse both these ingredients together as tea which should be taken early morning in empty stomach and 30 mins after dinner before going to bed.

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A perfect tea for diabetic people and diet-friendly people. Give a try…

Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon Tea

Ingredients:

  • Tea powder – ¼ tsp
  • Honey – 5 tsp
  • Cinnamon – ½ inch stick – 1 piece

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Preparation:

  • Heat water in a vessel, bring it to boil.
  • Add cinnamon stick, cover and allow to boil for another min.
  • Remove the vessel from flame, sprinkle tea powder, cover and let it rest for another 2 mins.
  • In a glass, take 2 ½ tsp of honey, strain the tea and stir it well with a spoon (honey should get dissolved in the tea).

Serve hot.

Dry Fruits Cake (EGGLESS, SUGARLESS and BUTTERLESS)

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As of Christmas, thought of trying out some Diet CakeEGGLESS, SUGARLESS and BUTTERLESS. This resulted me in trying out this Dry Fruits Cake with no egg, no sugar and no butter.

I was much thoughtful about the result when I started baking the cake, but the outcome was fabulous. The cake was yummy and delicious and best recipe for diet conscious people and diabetic’s people. Let us move on to the recipe…

As of 100th Fiesta Friday, I am taking this Diet recipes for the Fiesta Friday 100th hosted by Angie @ the novicegarderner. #JoinOliveOilRevolution

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Milk – ¾ cup
  • Olive oil – ¾ cup (you can also substitute sunflower oil)
  • Dates Pulp – 1 cup
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Baking powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
  • Dry fruits (apricot, prunes, raisins, sultanas, fig) – ¼ cup

Preparation:

  • For Dates pulp: Soak 20 – 25 no’s of seedless dates in warm water for 15 mins. Grind the dates by adding the soaked water little by little to a fine paste. Keep it aside.
  • Chop the dry fruits (apricot, raisins, sultanas, prunes and fig) to medium pieces and roll them out in a tbsp of all-purpose flour and keep it aside.
  • Sieve all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder, all together in a bowl.
  • In a bowl, take olive oil, dates pulp and beat it well (no lumps should be formed).
  • Pour in the milk and beat it well.
  • Add in the flour mixture little by little, beat them well (no lumps should be formed).
  • Add in the dry fruits and fold them well with the cake mixture.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree C. Grease the tray.
  • Pour the cake mixture to the tray and level it with a spoon.
  • Bake for 10 mins at 180 degree C and insert a tooth pick in the center of the cake, transfer it to a plate, when the tooth pick comes out clean.

Note: You can substitute olive oil with sunflower oil.