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Cauliflower is a very popular vegetable that is used as a substitute for rice or pizza base. Apart from being a substitute, it is popularl...

Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a very popular vegetable that is used as a substitute for rice or pizza base. Apart from being a substitute, it is popularly used in various side dishes and even in  pastas all around the world. A common recipe that my family enjoys is the roasted cauliflower which is very easy to prepare. It can be served as an appetizer, snack or side dish with any kind of food. Here is how I prepare it.


Gadgets:

Cutting Board
Knife
Baking Tray


Ingredients:

Cauliflower - 1 
Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Asafoetida Powder - 1/4 tsp
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp


Preparation:

1. Turn the broil setting in the oven.

2. Cut the cauliflower into heads and slice each flower add some oil and spread onto a baking sheet.

3. Add turmeric, chili, asafoetida powder and salt. 

4. Mix and spread and broil for 20 minutes until the edges turn golden brown and crispy. 

5. Serve as a finger food with any dip of your choice or as a side dish. 


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For the last few years as a way of offering to our guru I have been lighting maa vilakku / lamp made with some flour or various ingredients...

Dates Vilakku For Guru Poornima

For the last few years as a way of offering to our guru I have been lighting maa vilakku / lamp made with some flour or various ingredients. Though the general version is made using some grain and jaggery, this guru poornima I wanted to offer a vilakku/deepam made with dates to light lamp in. Guru is a person who shows as the light at the end of the tunnel, so I offered my lamp to all my gurus who have done that for me.Here is the way I made the date lamp.


Gadgets:

Cutting Board
Knife
Measuring Spoon

Ingredients:

For making two lamps:

Seedless dates - 12
Ghee - enough to fill the dates lamp plus 1 tsp
Cotton Wick - 4



Preparation:

1. Take 6 dates and cut slice and cut the slices into small bits.

2. Spreading a little ghee in your hand collect the bits and make a tight ball. This is make the dates to mush together.

3. Insert your thumb into the ball and slowly shape the dates into a lamp.

4. Once the lamp is formed add some ghee, solidified ghee works well.

5. Place in a silver or brass plate and light the lamp.

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Vazhakkai is very healthy and an easy vegetable to cook with. It tastes delicious with the mango mor kozhambu. The spice from the pepper pa...

Raw Banana Pepper Curry/ Vazhakkai Molagu Poriyal Using Ipot

Vazhakkai is very healthy and an easy vegetable to cook with. It tastes delicious with the mango mor kozhambu. The spice from the pepper pairs very well with the mango mor kozhambu that has a mild sweet taste. This recipes shows how to cook raw banana curry directly in the Ipot. Here is how I prepared it.


Gadgets:

Ipot
Measuring Spoons and Cups
Cutting Board
Knife
Peeler
Colander
Dosai Spatula


Ingredients:

Raw Banana - 3 to 4
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds = 1/2 tsp
Udad Dal - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chili - 2
Curry Leasves - a few
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Dry Cooconut - 2 tbsp
Cilantro - 1/2 cup


Preparation:

1. Cut the edges of the raw banana and peel the thick skin. Cut into small cubes. Wash and soak in butter milk if you are going to use for later else go to step 2.

2. Set the Ipot to Saute mode on high. When it heats up. Add oil followed by mustard seeds. Let the mustard seeds pop.

3. Add udad dal and dry chillis. Allow the udad dal to turn golden brown and then add black pepper, curry leaves and mix well.

4. Add raw banana cunds and give it a good mix before adding asafoetida, salt and water. Give it a good mix. cover the Ipot set it to steam mode for 2 minutes.

5. Do quick release and then give it a mix. Add dry coconut and cilantro give it a good mix and serve them hot. If you are going to serve later, close the Ipot and keep it on keep warm setting.


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