Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tutti Fruity

Ingredients 
• Raw papaya
• Sugar 2 cups
• Color of your choice
• Essence - vanilla

English Version


Konkani Version




DIY Tutti Fruity 
Prep
Wash papaya, peel the skin, remove seeds and chop finely.

Blanch the papaya pieces:

Boil water and add papaya pieces to boiling water and let it boil for 3-4 minutes. 
Turn off the gas and cover and keep papaya pieces in water for another 5 minutes. 
Drain the water.

Cook blanched papaya pieces in sugar syrup:
Take sugar in a pan and add water and cook on medium flame until sugar dissolves in water completely.
Add papaya pieces in sugar syrup now and cook until sugar syrup have one thread consistency. 
And they will become soft and transparent. 
Turn off the gas let it cool down and add 1 tsp of vanilla essence in syrup coated papaya pieces. 

Coloring Tutti Fruity:
Equally divide the papaya pieces into how many colors you have. 
Add color in each bowl and sugar coated papaya pieces along with sugar syrup in each bowl. 
Now keep these papaya pieces soaked in color and sugar syrup aside for 12-15 hours so that they get sweet and colored properly.
After 12-15 hours take out the pieces form sugar syrup and place them on a wire rack or net placed on top of the plate.
Extra sugar syrup will get drained out and keep the papaya pieces until the stickiness dries up completely. 
Store the tutti fruity in any container in the refrigerator. Use it when needed.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to Chop, store and cook drumstick/Moringa Sangyo

Fresh moringa (drumstick) pods and leaves are an excellent sources of vitamin-C. The greens as well as pods also contain good amounts of many vital B-complex vitamins such as folates, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin. Moringa pods can be used in curry, vegetables, rice, zhunka and so many dishes. It is healthy and yummy.

Konkani Version





English Version



Chopping and storing drumstick pods
Wash drumstick pods.
Wipe them dry with paper napkin or kitchen towel. 
Cut both the ends and discard it. 
Cut the size you desire. 
Pass the knife 95 percent through drumstick and then break with hand so partial skin is removed. 
Do not remove the whole skin as pods will not stay intact after cooking. 
Store it in a airtight container or zip lock bag. 
They will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 weeks and in the freezer for 4-5 months.

Cooking Tip
Boil water 
Add drumstick pods
When they are almost cooked, add salt. 
If you add salt before they are cooked then they will break. 
If you add salt towards end of the cooking process they will remain intact.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Banana flower sabzi Kelyache bonachi baji

Ingredients
  • Chopped Banana Flower
  • Chana Dal 1/ 4 cup
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • pinch of hing
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp tamrind paste or 1
  • Kokum
  • 1 tsp Jaggery or sugar (optional)
  • salt
Konkani Version




English Version


Method
  • Clean an chop banana flower.
  • Add turmeric and salt to water.
  • Keep chopped banana flower soaked in water for 5-6 hours to remove stickiness.
  • Soak Chana dal or black chana or moong dal for 4-5 hours.
  • After 5-6 hours squeeze water and collect chopped banana flower in a plate.
  • Take 1 tsp oil (coconut oil goes well with banana flower sabzi)
  • Add mustard seeds once they splutter add cumin seeds, Red chilies and pinch of hing.
  • Drain water from soaked chana dal and add.
  • Add chopped banana flower.
  • Add rest of the spices, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric, kokum and jaggery.
  • Add water enough to cover the vegetable and spices.
  • Cook on low medium heat.
  • When there is little bit of water left, add grated coconut and mix it.
  • Cook until all the water dries up.
  • You can serve this with rice or roti.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How to clean and chop banan flower/ Kelful/kelyache bon

Banana flower is very healthy and tasty but cleaning part can be challenging. This video will make your cleaning banana flower job very easy. 

Konkani Version






English Version




  • Remove big petals and collect florets. As you are collecting florets hold bunch in one hand and lightly brush on top of the florets with your other hand and fingers to open up flowers. This will make second part of cleaning florets quicker.
  • As you remove petals, flowers will be tender and color of outer petals will also change.
  • Keep tender florets separately as cleaning will be easier.
  • Once all the florets are removed, keep the inside tender portion by chopping both the ends.
  • Take each florets and remove stigma which has black head and small plastic like petal in front (discard this) and save the floret.
  • Take water in a pot and add salt and turmeric power. You can also take buttermilk.
  • Chop florets finely like you cut long beans.
  • Chop tender part into fine pieces.
  • As soon as you chop put it in water as this will avoid discoloration as banana flower discolors very easily.
  • Cover the area you are using to clean and chop banana flower with newspaper that will make your cleaning part easy as floor will get stained.
  • Soak chopped banana flower in water for 4-5 hours to prevent stickiness and discoloring.
  • You can use this to make curries, vegetables, etc.
  • FIanl part is cleaning hand and chopping board.
  • Rub your hands and chopping board with lemon and wash after 5 minutes. All stains will be gone.



Monday, October 24, 2016

Broken Wheat Pulao Gavacho fado pulao

Broken Wheat/Dalia is rich in fiber and paneer provides proteins. Vegetables will give you required nutrients. This is a complete meal. 


Konkani Version






English Version




Ingredients 

  • 1/4 Cup Broken Wheat/Dalia
  • ¼ cup Paneer cubes or grated paneer
  • 1 tsp Ghee/Butter
  • 1 tsp Cumin seed/jeera
  • ¼ cup vegetables of your choice like carrots, peas, corn etc.
  • Salt



Method: 
  • Heat ghee in a pan
  • Add cumin seeds, when they splutter add broken wheat/Dalia
  • Stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add paneer cubes, vegetables. Stir fry for another 2 minutes
  • Add salt and about 3 cups of water.
  • Cook on medium heat.
  • You can garnish with lemon, cilantro, butter, cheese.
  • Serve healthy pulao to your child.