Pure Vegetarian food from Chitra's Kitchen....

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Moong Lentil (Dhal) hot drink

Hello All,,,,Its been long time I have not updated my blog,,,,I really don't know the exact reason...i was bit busy ....no time to try new kind of dishes....so here I am back with one simple and delicious drink..


This is a very good drink in all seasons and any time of the day.....I learned it from my mom-in-law...When we were not having lunch or dinner(while going to temples) she use to prepare this drink,,so that we wont get hungry and also this drink keeps your body cool......

And also this drink is very very simple to make but its a very healthy and tasty drink....

Ingredients:
(to make 3 glass drink)
Yellow split Moong lentil(dhal) 1cup(small)
Milk 2glass
water 1 cup (add only if required)+extra for cooking the lentil
Jaggarey (grated)1/2 cup(small) or as per taste

Method:

Cook the the moon lentil b y adding water in a thick bottom pan till it is very smooth.

Then add the milk and water(add water only if required)bring it to boil.



Keep and eye on this and stir in between.Now add the jaggarey and mix well.Once every thing got mixed turn of the heat ....


The hot Drink is ready to serve....serve hot..any time..





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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Riped Banana Sweet and spicy Fletters/ Nedra Bale Hannina Podi

This Banana Podi is a famous snack in South Karnataka.. especially when we were in Mangalore we use to love this podi and mom use to prepare regularly.for this podi they use different kind of banana...which is big in size with different taste. This kind of banana is very nice to make raw banana chips......

So Last weekend We bought that kind of banana because my hubby also likes it very much and the recipe is very simple and easy to make.......But it tastes very very yummy...


Ingredients:
Bengal Gram flour(gram flour/split Chickpeas flour 2 cup)
Big Banana Riped 2 (Manglore banana or Nendra banana)
Caraway seed 1tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
lemon juice 2tsp
Baking soda 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder 2tsp
oil for deep frying
salt to taste
water to make batter



Preparation:

Cut the Banana in to 3 equal parts,take of the skin and make medium size slice and keep aside.


In a mixing bowl add all other ingredients(except oil) and mix well, and make batter by adding water(it should be more thick than dosa batter).


Heat the oil in frying pan and dip the banana slice in batter and fry them both sides properly and take out,put it on tissue. Once the extra oil is absorbed ,poodi is ready to serve.....



Serve hot with chutney or and kind of dips or.....just with Tea...





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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

My Visit to Real Food Festival



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Finally I visited the Real food Festival...wow It was really nice worth visiting..The Real Food Festival is a feast of everything that is great about real food festival.

There were more than 300 Britain’s best food producers exhibiting their products. The exhibition was filled up with lots of stalls..... home made products like chutney,chocolates,honey,cup cakes,ice creams,pastries,pies and pickels,organic products like fresh vegetables,fruits,chocolates(made of organic products)olive oil,tea,coffee and it goes on,,,,,There was sheep show in the exhibition.One more interesting part was demonstration of cookery show from different clebrety chefs and there was even a chance to have a close encounter with the baffellows and chickens.

There was lots of stalls for fresh meat and other non-veg items.As we are pure vegetarin's...food was bit difficult for us.....but we enjoyed a lot with ice creams, cookies,chocolates, fresh fruits,cake pastries and lots kind of home made dips and chutney.....

I am very amaized to see so many thing in a single place...I am running out of words here....but only I can say is that , the experience I had was very good and It was a rare kind of opportunity for me and I felt it was worth visiting place for all.

Totally we all enjoyed a lot and looking forwards for such visit again again...

and here are some memories covered in picture,,,,,,

Entrance.....The Earls court...



Press office....


With Victoria P....

Organic Olive oil stall..




The Sheep show was really very nice....My kid and my hubby enjoyed more by watching this.....

Wow The yummy cup cakes.......It was very beautiful......


Organic bread and cake mixes........




Organic fresh vegetables and fruits....


This was one Indian food stall which I found with all Indian curry and spices.....








This another stall in which we liked the bread especially the cranberry and nuts flavor...


The cookery show

Chaines spice and food stall....











Even though there were many organic and home made chocolate stall , this is one Chocolate stall which I liked very much....

When I was taking picture of his stall he asked me that am I from press or from any other magazine.....He was curious and when I told him that I have my food blog where I will be uploading these pictures ,He was happy and explained about all the verity of chocolate(all were organic) which was there and even he offered me, caramel, strawberry and mint flavored chocolates......which was very yummy,,,,,,,and also he took my  Blog ID saying that i will surely check your Blog.......So kind of him.....


With Box full of chocolates.....

and this is the last stall we visited which was of all kind of fruit and nuts bar...My hubby liked it very much....


Stuffs we liked and bought.....







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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Hureeee.....I am the Winner for the first time

Hello All..I am so very Happy today.......In the morning when I saw my mail box...there was a surprise waiting for me.......and once i opened that mail I started flying.......Yes I was the one lucky winner of Read Food Festival couple ticket give away hosted by Nayna of ...
Smply Food

Last week When she told me about this food festival,,,I simply participated with dream to get the tickets,,so that i can Visit this festial....and finally my dream came true and i am the one lucky winner of those tickets...this is very much new for and I am so exited to visit..I thank her from the botom of my heart for the tickets,because this is a very nice and rare opportunity for me to visit such a nice event.When I told my hubby he also was happy for me and exited to visit the event.

If you want more information about this food festival Click here

So hope to enjoy the event and Will be back soon with lots of amazing experience to share with you all of this event.....




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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Chole Bhatura/Bhature

Chole bhature is one of our fav north Indian dish.....when ever we go out and eat in Indian Hotel almost all the time we eat this chole Bhature...

So this time I thought of preparing this at my kitchen..I dont know the exact method as this is one of the most popular dish in Punjab(India)...I have prepared as i know.It was not as good as we eat in the Hotel but it was tasty......but still I am searching for the original recipe.....


Ingredients:

Bhature
2 cups All purpose flour (Maida)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup Yogurt (use more if required)
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Salt to taste and sugar 1tsp
Oil for deep frying+ extra for rolling the puri

Choley

1 small can Garbanzo beans (Kabul chana)
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2 tbsp Oil
1tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp mustered
1/2 tsp Chilly Powder
2 Medium-sized finely chopped onion
1 Big tomato
Salt to taste
Lemon juice 1tsp and sugar 1/2 tsp
Chole masala powder 3-4 tsp(I have used MDH can also use home made chole masala powder)

To make paste:
2TBSP Garbanzo beans (Kabul chana soaked)
1/2 or 1 small tomato finely chopped
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder and
In a blender add all the above ingredients and make smooth paste.

How to make:

Bhatura:

Take all the ingredients of Bhature and mix well(except yogurt and oil). To this add the yogurt and make a soft dough like chappati dough(If required add a little water) and keep aside for 1-2 hours.

Once the dough is ready make 15 to 16 equal sized balls,and roll each of them like puri but this needs to be kept thicker and bigger than puri(or can make small size also).


Heat the oil and deep fry like puri till both sides are golden brown.Bhatura is ready.



Chole:

Heat the oil add cumin and mustered after 30 second add ginger garlic paste saute for a min then add chopped onion fry for a min

then add chopped tomato once the tomato is tender add the paste(tomato and chana paste) and Chole masala powder.


mix well add water if required.




Now finally add the Chana ,salt,sugar,lemon juice,chilly powder...





And mix well..adjusted the thickness(add more water if required)..Bring it to boil and turn of the heat..


Transfer the chole in to serving bowl.Garnish with thinly sliced long pieces of onion and a piece of lemon and green chilly.





Serve hot with bhatura.






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