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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tofu Popcorn

Popcorn is a favourite snack for movie freaks. Tell me how many of you had not taken a popcorn bucket while going inside the movie hall?? The trend is going on for olden days. No I am not telling any story, this is the fact! Though many things had changed around -- Bioscope has changed to cinema hall and followed by multiplexes, Budget of the movies has increased from some thousands to lacs to crores, technologies have improved from still photography to 2 D to 3D and so on, however people still go with a cone of popcorn and munch while they are connected with cinematic emotions. Wait wait wait - Popcorn has also got a makeover with its flavour(with cheese, tomato, butter, etc), packaging and price!!
 Coming back to today's recipe...

It is also a popcorn which is made from tofu, so we can call it Tofu popcorn. As we all know, tofu is really healthy and good for diabetic individuals. Tofu popcorn is an easy to prepare recipe and you can give it to your kids (avoid chilli powder). Normally tofu has slightly bitter taste, but if you prepare this popcorns you can hardly feel the bitter taste. 



Tofu Popcorn

Ingredients

Tofu - 200 gm
Chat Masala - 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste

For Batter

Gram Flour - 2 to 3 cups
Red Chilli Powder - 11/2 teaspoon
Baking Soda - a pinch
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste 
Black Salt - 1 teaspoon
Refined oil

Procedure

Unpack the tofu and dip in warm salted water for 15 minutes. Take out and make small pieces nearly about 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Now marinate these pieces with salt and chat masala. 

Now take Gram flour or besan in a bowl and add baking soda, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder. Add water to prepare a thick batter. Heat oil in a pan and add a little hot oil in the batter and mix it. Now coat the tofu pieces in batter and deep fry them. Sprinkle black salt from top. 



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Lemon Rice

 Lemon rice is an authentic South Indian recipe. It is a great one pot meal which saves you when you are running short of time. Situation: 1. You got up late and you have a meeting on first half
Situation: 2. You are late from office not in a mood to have out side food. Situation: 3. You have a bowl of leftover rice, don't know what to do. Situation: 4. Feeling lazy. 
I believe you got enough reasons when lemon rice can rescue you. You need very few ingredients to make a quick-fix lemon rice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 



Lemon Rice

Ingredients

Cooked/Leftover Rice - 2 cups
Lemon Juice - 1 tablespoon
Black Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad Dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Split Gram Dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1 teaspoon
Curry Leaves - 8 to 10
Dry Red Chilli - 1 or 2
Peanuts -2 tablespoon
Green Chilli - 1 teaspoon, chopped
Salt to taste
Refined Oil 

Procedure

Fry the peanuts in oil till they turn brown in colour and keep them aside. Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves, dry red chilli, mustard seeds, urad dal, split gram dal. Once they start crackling add chopped green chilli and turmeric powder. Now add cooked rice and mix them well. Next goes fried peanuts and salt as per taste. Finally add lemon juice and give a good stir and turn off the gas. Lemon rice is ready to serve.