Mango Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • Mango – 1
  • Cucumber – 1
  • Coconut scrapped -3tblsp
  • Red chilly – 2
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Butter milk – 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves
  • Salt for taste

PREPARATION:

  1. Remove the skin of the mango cut into big slices. Peel the skin of cucumber cut into small bits. Fry red chillies in a little oil grind it with coconut into a smooth paste.
  2. Pour enough water in a vessel add mango, after it is cooked grind to a smooth paste,and pour in the same vessel .Now boil this mango stalk with cucumber bits, while boiling add the coconut paste boil again before removing from fire add the butter milk and salt.
  3. Add the seasonings (Mustard,fenugreek seeds,Curry leaves fried in a little oil) at last.You can also decorate with fresh cream on top.
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RICE BALL DUMPLING ( Kozhukattai )

This is one of the famous festival recipes mainly prepared during the month of Muharram, Islamic New Year.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Riceflour-1 cup      muharam-kozhukattai
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Dessicated coconut-1/2 cup
  • Warm water
  • Coconut oil-1 tsp

PREPARATION:

  1. Mix rice flour,sugar coconut(can also use fresh  scrapped coconut) with warm water firmly until it forms a dough consistency.
  2. Now make small balls or any shape of your choice by applying some oil in your hands.And place in a steamer plate coated with some coconut oil ,this does not allows it to stick together.
  3. Let it steam for 4 minutes.Take it out and cool for a minute.Now its ready to serve.

If you don’t have rice flour you can prepare in your home by soaking raw rice for 15 minutes. Then dry it by placing it in a towel,not under direct sunlight. Grind it coarsely.Now you have the homemade rice flour  ready in your hands.

The best food for all according to all health organizations,is steamed food.Any type of steamed food must be taken in our daily meal,for a good healthy and tasteful life.

Another variation from this recipe which i want to share with you is the milk kozhukattai.You can make the steamed balls and keep aside.

Now boil milk or coconut milk with added sugar and raisins.While boiling put the rice balls and simmer for 10 minutes .Delicious snack is ready to serve.This is one of  keralas and chettinads famous morning breakfast recipe.Traditionally done in coconut milk, still its taste can be remembered in our taste buds whenever we hear its name pall kozhukattai…

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VEGETABLE SHORBA (VEG SOUP)

INGREDIENTS:

  • Potato, Onion, Carrot-2 in no’svegetable-soup
  • Beans-10 in no’s
  • Shredded Cabbage-100 gm
  • Tomato puree-1cup
  • Water-7cups
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • Milk-1/2 cup (optional)
  • Spring onion-a few
  • Sweet corn-3 tbls

PREPARATION:

  1. Cook all the vegetables along with water in a pressure cooker(for 2 to 3 whistles)(except sweet corn you can at last boil) till it gets soft.
  2. Remove and cool .Blend the cooked vegetables in a mixer and strain the stock.
  3. Add the vegetable stock in a pan along with tomato puree and boil well till raw smell goes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper .Add the milk and close the lid. Allow the soup to boil in low flame for a min. Add chopped coriander leaves. You can also garnish with sprouted beans, grated cheese or with toasted bread. Serve it hot. THIS IS WORTH A SUMPTUOUS MEAL. You will never feel hungry. This shourba(soup)is mainly taken for persons dieting and even for diabetic patients, who always feel hungry .This is a good meal for them……can also add boiled lentils,shredded chicken,and even mashed dals and enrich the soup with great flavors,have it hot in winter seasons.

I’m sending this hot sumptuous veg soup for monthly mingle in Harini’s announcement post

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BEETROOT SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

  • Beetroot-2 med sized
  • Carrot-1
  • Capsicum-1
  • Onion small -1
  • Pepper powder-1/4 tbls
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION:

Scrape the skin from the beetroot,carrot and grate nicely.
Cut capsicum and onion into small pieces.
Boil all these vegetables in 4 cups of water,till it becomes soft.
To this add salt and pepper.If you want as in drinking consistency you can grind this,or else leave as such.You can also season with a stock cube for extra flavor.
Serve hot with grated paneer or cheese on top.This is the best healthy soup,with full richness of vitamins and iron.

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CARROT SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

  • Carrot-4
  • Yogurt-1cup
  • Green chilli-1
  • A few springs of coriander leaves
  • Asafoetida powder – 2 pinch.
  • Jeera powder-1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt-for taste

PREPARATION:

Grind carrot in a mixer along with 1/2 cup of water and strain it.
To this carrot juice mix the beated yogurt and green chili and grind it once again, to a smooth batter. Now add the two masala powders, salt and chopped coriander.
Mix well until all the ingredients blend together. And serve it
Vegetables like carrot are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, we can gain this more only when it is eaten raw rather than cooked. So start the day with a healthy fresh vegetable carrot soup and get refreshing energy throughout the day.

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