Thursday, March 30, 2017

Homemade Nalangu Maavu | Herbal Bath Powder | How To Make Homemade Herbal Bath Powder

Herbal Bath Powder is very easy to make at home and doesnt have any side effects to our skin.All  ingredients needed for herbal bath powder  are easily available in Ayurvedha shop or Nattu Marundhu Kadai .

I always love to make my own herbal bath powder,when i visited to india last year i prepared it for myself and my daughter.

This powder can be used as substitute for soap.

It delays aging of skin.

It can be also use for facepack.

Regular use of this powder makes your skin so soft,smooth and silky.

Needless to say it can be also used for toddlers.

Ingredients

Channa Dal(Kadala Paruppu) - 1kg
Green gram(Pachai Payaru) -1 kg
Wild Turmeric(Kasturi Manjal ) -200 gm
Multani Metti -250 gm
Dried Orange Peel Powder - 200 gm
Dried Neem Powder  - 200 gm
Dried Tulsi Powder -200 gm
Dried Rose Petal Powder - 200 gm
Khus(Vetti Ver ) Powder - 250 gm
Javvadu Powder - 12 gm (optional) (But i recomment to add)
Spiked Ginger (Poolankizhangu /White Turmeric) powder - 100 gm

Method

*Dry channa dal and green gram in the sun for 2 -3 days.

*Then it ground in the mill to a fine powder.

*Once it cooled mix the other ingredients ,store it in airtight container.

HOW TO USE

*Take a required quantity ,mix with little water to make a paste.Use this paste instead of soap.

*Regular use of this powder you will notice that your skin will be silky,soft,and glowing.

*For Normal Skin mix the powder with water / curd /honey.

*For Oil skin add honey to mix and use

MY NOTES

*Always use dry spoon for longlife.

*You can also use  instead of channa dal and green gram use gram flour and  green gram flour.It also available Ayurvedha shop.

*Wild Turmeric reduces facial hair growth.Also this turmeric doent leave a yellow colour in face.

*Vettiver is a aromatic grass  which has contain cooling properties,reduces acne,sores.

*Neem leaves and Tulsi leaves  are anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties ,cures many skin problems.

*You can also use Aavarampoo,Melon seeds,

*You can also use this powder as dry scrub by simply scrubbing the skin and washing it off with water.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

OPOS Kumbakonam Kadappa | Side Dish For Idli & Dosa | OPOS Recipe

First time i have confident to prepare kumbakonam kadappa by myself.It came out flavourful and tasty.It goes well with idli,dosa.
Already i shared the recipe in my tamil blog.You can also check it here
Now let us see the recipe in OPOS method.

Preparation Time : 1/2 an hour(For soaking) +5 mins
Cooking Time : < 10 mins
Serves -3

Ingredients:
Yellow Moongdal -1/4 cup (Soaked it for 1/2 hr and drained the water)
Potatoes -4 small (Peeled and Chopped into big Chunks)
Onion -1 (Sliced thinly)
Slit Green chillies -2
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Salt -To taste
Chopped Coriander leaves -1 tbsp
Coconut oil - 1tbsp
Water -1 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves -few
Bay leaves -1
Cloves -1
Star anise -1 petal(dont use full flower)

To Grind
Grated Coocnut -1/4 cup
Green chilli -1
Fennel seeds -1 tsp
Garlic pods -2

Method

*Grind the ingredients given under "To Grind " to a thick and smooth paste.Dont grind it to a watery paste.

*In PC First add 2 tsp oil+ 1 Cup water+Curry leaves+Bay leaves +Cloves+Star anise.

*Followed by Sliced onion (spread it) + green chillies+Soaked Moong dal+Chopped Potatoes 


*Finally add the coconut paste and salt.

*Cook it on medium flame for 5 whistle.Release the pressure Slightly mashed with back of the ladle.

*Heat the remaining 1 tsp oil add the mustard seeds once it splutter  poured it kadappa.

*Finally add the coriander leaves and lemon juice.

*Serve it Idli/Dosa.Am say its the best combo !!

MY NOTES
*Dont grind the coconut masala into a watery paste becoz kadappa will be burnt.

*Always add the coconut paste in top of the ingredients.

*If you dont have a time /forget to soak the dal add more water while cooking and give more whistle to cook.

*If the kadappa is thin then boil it for further more mins.

*Kadappa is in white colour if you wish add turmeric powder.Instead of lemon juice you can add 1 chopped tomato.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

OPOS Mango Thokku | Manga Thokku

 Today's Recipe is Mango Thokku in OPOS .Its making your cooking easy and tasty.No need of sautening in this method.All you need is PC only also it needs little water only.

Preparation time : 5mins
Cooking Time :4 mins
Serves : 4

Ingredients:
Grated Mango -2 cups
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Salt -To taste
Hing -1/4 tsp
Jaggery -1 tsp
Roasted Fenugreek powder -1/4 tsp
Premade Tadka - 1 tsp (Optional)
Gingelly Oil - 1/3 Cup

Method

*In PC add 2 tbsp water + 1 tbsp Gingelly Oil . Heat the remaining Gingelly oil and let it cool down.
 *Next layer with grated mango.just spread it them.
 *Followed by Hing,Salt,Turmeric powder,Red chilly powder,Jaggery (Just add them,dont mix it)
 *Close the cooker and cook it on high flame for 2 Hisses.Release the Pressure.

*Add the Roasted fenugreek powder and cooled remaining oil ,Tadka(Optional,i forget to add).Just mix it.

*Now the thokku is ready to serve.

*Once it cooled store it in airtight container .

MY NOTES

*You can replace with tomato but cook it for 4 - 5 whistles

Sunday, March 26, 2017

OPOS Dum Masala Tea | OPOS Recipe


 OPOS - One Pot One Shot ,Its healthiest,Tastiest,Fastest way to cook the food.Now-a-days i changed to opos method to cook.Simply says i almost forget my normal cooking method.

Before you start
1.you need 2 L pressure cooker.
2.Add 1/4 cup water ,close the lid and put the weight ,heat it in high flame
3.You will get whistle at 1 or 2 mins.
4.Pls dont need to change anything in first attempt.

In case if u dont have 2L PC standardised time will be vary  according to size of the PC.

Here i use my 5L PC.Will share the all recipe one by one.

Here is the link for the opos group

Preparation Time : 2 mins
Cooking Time :2 mins
Serves - 1 Person

Ingredients

Unboiled Milk -1 cup
Tea Powder - 2 tsp (I used 1 tbspn for strong tea)
Cardamom -1
Cinnamon Stick -1/2 "
Clove -1
Whole pepper corns -2
Dry Ginger powder -1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp

Method

*In a pressure pan add the all ingredients.Close the lid ,put the weight and cook at high flame for 1 whistle.
 *After 1 whistle,switch off the flame.Give a rest time for 5 mins.
*Then open the lid,Filter the tea and mix with sugar.Serve hot !!

MY NOTES

*Dont add fresh ginger its not recommended.

Friday, March 24, 2017

DIY Homemade Murukku Mix | Diwali recipes

Last year i went to india for vacation ,i asked my aunty to prepare murukku mix for me.Her preparation in murukku was always white in colour hence i asked.Kindly she prepared and packed the flour and gave to me.Immediately i asked for recipe and noted it.

Ingredients:
Raw Rice - 1 kg ( 5 cups)
Split yellow moongdal -200 gm ( 1 cup)
Whole white urad dal -100 gm(1/2 cup )
Roasted raw rice - hand fistful

Method:

*Wash the 1 kg raw rice,drain the water completely.Spread it in a clean cloth and let it dry in sunlight for a day.

*In seperate cloth spread the moongdal and urad dal .Dry it too in a sunlight.

*Roasted rice is nothing but take handful of rawrice and dry roast it kadai in medium flame without change the colour.let it cool.

*Once it dried the all ingredients,mix it well grind it in a mill to a fine powder.

*Then spread it in paper to cool and stored it in a airtight container.

MY NOTES:

*In case if you dont have a sunlight in your place dry the raw rice in room temperature,grind it in mixie little by little to fine powder.And dry roast it kadai and again sieve it.

*Also dry roast the moongdal,urad dal seperately grind it to a fine powder and sieve it.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Vetrilai Poondu Sadham / Betel Leaf Garlic Rice | Lunch Box Recipes

 Betel leaves are sauted and cooked in spice mix.Betel leaf finds it place in all auspicious occasions.Recipe adapted from here.

Preparation time
: 15 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients :

For Rice:
Raw Rice - 1 Cup
Water -1 1/2 Cups
Betel leaves -2 (Remove the stalk and finely chopped)
Garlic cloves - 1/4 cup
Fennel Seeds -1/2tsp
Cinnamon stick -1/2 "piece
Curry leaves -1 sprig
Salt -To taste
Gingelly oil - 1 Tbsp

For Spice Mix:


Black Pepper -1 tsp
Black Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies-2
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Dry ginger powder -1/2 tsp

Method:


*Wash the rice well and soak it for 30 mins.Then drain the water ,cook it with 1 1/2 cups water.Once done spread it in a plate and allow it to cool.


 *Dry roast the Red chillies,Black sesame seeds and black pepper one by one.once it cool powder it along with turmeric powder and ginger powder.

*In a Non stick pan heat the gingelly oil ,add the fennel seeds,cinnamon stick,curry leaves one by one.Then add the garlic cloves.
 *Cook the garlic till it become soft.

*Now add the Cooked rice,Spice powder,salt and chopped betel leaves.Gently mix it well.

*Sprinkle a tbsp water,cover it with lid and cook it for 5 mins.
 *Take care not to burn it.Then take the lid and mix well.

*Switch off the flame and serve it with papad / fryums
MY NOTE:

*For perfect taste use gingelly oil and fresh spice mix.

 *Betel leaf should not be too young and too matured.