Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mango lassi

Mangoes are in season now and being a diehard mango fan I end up buying  box of mangoes whenever I see them. Usually mangoes goes straight into my  tummy and doesn’t get a chance to be experimented , but this time mangoes I picked up were  a bit fibrous and the vein like part was getting stuck in teeth, so it  wasn’t that good for eating so I decided to make lassi with it. I love mango lassi’s, the only drink I order from Indian restaurants. I know that the restaurant ones are not made from fresh  mangoes. It's made with mango pulp that comes out from  a tin and has tons of sugar in it, but still I order it as it's hard to resist the tempation of a mango drink ! But if you would like to make a healthy version I would suggest making your own lassi when mangoes are in season and enjoy this drink without the guilt.

Ingredients (Serves 4-5 )
Mangoes – 4 ( peeled and chopped)
Yogurt – 1 ¼ cup
Milk – 3/4 cup
Sugar -  4-5 tbs or according to your taste or sweetness of the mango
Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp

Blend everything together together in a blender and chill

Notes – I made mango puree first and sieved it to get rid of the insoluble fiber in the pulp and then blended the puree with rest of the ingredients.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kerala parippu curry/ Kerala sadya parippu / Kerala dal curry

Wishing everyone a happy Vishu! I am glad that this year Vishu is falling on  a bank holiday weekend, so after ages we will get to celebrate Vishu the same day. We have a kerala sadya potluck  planned and I am looking forward to eat a scrumptious sadya tomorrow. 
 Today I am sharing a simple Kerala parippu curry/dal curry which is served as a part of Kerala sadya. It’s so easy to make and you can whip it up in less than 30 minutes.

Moong dal/cherupayar parippu – ¾ cup
To grind
Grated coconut – ¾ cup
Shallots /cheriya ulli – 3
Cumin seeds/ Jeerakam – ½ tsp
Green chillies – 4
For tadka/ thalikkal
Coconut oil /ghee
Mustard seeds – 1 ½ tsp
Shallots/ cheriya ulli – 2
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Whole red chilli – 3

  • Soak the dal for ½ an hour
  • Pressure cook the dal for 2 -3 whistles
  •  Grind the grated coconut with ingredients mentioned above adding little water.
  •  Add the paste to the dal and bring to boil
  •   Finally in a small pan add oil/ghee sputter mustard seeds, add the finely chopped shallots.
  •   Fry it for some time until slightly brown.
  •   Finally add split whole red chilli and curry leaves and fry until red chillies get little dark    
  • Add the tadka to the parippu/dal