Monday, 20 April 2015

Instant Ragi Dosa - How To Make Ragi Dosa with Ragi Flour

Instant Ragi Dosa - Ragi dosa made with ragi flour as the main ingredient without the need of grinding batter beforehand. You can make the ragi dosa just with ragi flour, salt and water which is good for diabetic people. Optionally, you can add regular idli dosa batter if you have in stock for a better taste. For crispier dosa, rice flour can be added. Tempering few items mentioned in the ingredients list and adding to the instant ragi batter will also enhance the flavor and taste. With all these items combined, instant ragi dosa tastes best. I have already posted Kambu adai/Bajra adai/Fingermillet adai here.

Ragi Dosa

No need to doubt about the taste. My hubby who is a picky eater demanded more ragi dosai than usual:) My kid also had it without any complaint.
Ragi Flour Dosa 

Ragi is called Kezhvaragu/Keppai/Aariyam in Tamil. Ragi flour is called Kezhvaragu maavu in Tamil. It is commonly known as Finger Millet.

Ragi in different languages:

Tamil - Kezhvaragu/Keppai/Aariyam
Hindi - Madua/Marua, Mandua, Maruwa/Maduwa, Mandwa, Ragi
Kannada - Ragi
Telugu - Ragi/Tamidalu
Malayalam - Muthary/Kuvaraku/Kurumbullu/Panjipul/Ragi

Now let us see how to make ragi dosa. I am sure that it is one of the best ragi dosa recipes.

Instant Ragi Dosa - How To Make Ragi Dosa with Ragi Flour:

Ingredients:

Ragi Flour - 3/4 cup(150 ml)
Salt - To taste
Water - As required

Optional:
Idli Dosa Batter - 2 tbsp(I have added)
Rice Flour - 1/4 cup(I have added)
Buttermilk or Curd - To taste(I did not add)

To Temper:
Oil -  tsp
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 tsp
Big onion - 1 finely chopped(big size)
Green Chilli - 1 finely chopped
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - As required


Instant Ragi Dosa 

Instructions:

1. Mix Ragi flour, Rice flour, Idli Dosa Batter and salt in a mixing bowl. Add water little by little and make a thin batter like Rava Dosa Batter. It should be in easy flowing consistency but not too watery. Cover it with a lid and keep it aside.

2. Now, let us get ready with the tempered items. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add urad dal and let it turn golden brown in color. Add cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute it till the cumin seeds crackle. Add finely chopped big onion slices and green chillies now. Saute till they become translucent. Switch off the stove.

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3. Mix the tempered items with the prepared Ragi Dosa Batter. Add finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well. As I have added rice flour and idli dosa batter, the color of the batter is not so dark.

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4. Heat tawa and coat the surface with oil. Once the tawa is hot, mix the Ragi Dosa Batter well and pour a ladle of batter over the tawa as we do for rava dosa. Drizzle a tsp of oil over and around ragi dosai. Start from outer side, pour in circular motion and fill in the holes at last. Cook both sides well till the edges become crispy. If you do not use rice flour, it is not easy to get crispy Ragi dosa.

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Instant Ragi Dosa with Ragi flour is ready to eat. Serve with any chutney. Coconut chutney, onion tomato coconut chutney, onion chutney and tomato chutney are the best.

Ragi Dosa Recipe


Notes:

1. Use rice flour to get crispy ragi dosai.
2. Use idli dosa batter for a better taste.
3. You can make thick ragi dosa like Ragi Uthapam  but the taste will not be so good.
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Get ready for the incredible smart experience with Asus Zenfone 2

ASUS India cover

Asus Zenfone 2 is the world's first smartphone with 4 GB RAM which is going to be launched on April 23, 2015 in Flipkart. I feel that this new Asus Zenfone 2 could redefine my smartphone experience definitely. I would like to try it as I am expecting it to be priced lower when considering the features that it offers and hence worth the wait.

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Loafers for all occassions

Loafers have become a part of style quotient in this modern era. Your wardrobe must have usual clothes, jewellery, make up and cosmetic items. But do you have loafers? If you are new to loafers, it is time to know about it and to own a pair of loafers now.

Loafer Meaning - Loafers are slip-on, lace less shoes. They generally have low cut around the sides of foot. Ankle is exposed in loafers and the shoes do not wrap around the ankle snugly. Hence they are considered as low shoes. Loafers mostly have a very low heel or flat. They have separate sole unlike moccasins.

Difference between Moccasins and Loafers: Loafer has a Moccassin construction.  Moccasin is usually a shoe or slipper, made of deerskin or any soft leather. It does not have a separate sole whereas loafers have separate sole. Soles and sides are made of one piece of soft leather, having the sole turned up on all sides and stitched together at the top in a simple gathered system, sometimes with additional panel of leather. The sole part is very soft and quite flexible. Nowadays, most of the Moccasins have the upper part adorned with beading or embroidery. But most of the loafers do not come with such beading, embroidery or any other kind of additional ornamentation on the upper part.

Generally loafers can be worn for formal, casual and informal occasions. You can wear loafer with socks or stockings as you wish. If you are going to wear a skirt, you can wear loafers without socks. Also for casual occasions, you can wear loafers fashionably without socks. Loafers go well with formal and informal pants, jeans, shorts and skirts.

Loafers come in a range of materials and hence the price varies. Obviously leather loafers come with high price tags. But you can expect high quality. Although, there are a lot of styles available in loafers, moccasins, penny and tassel loafers are quite popular in India. We have already discussed about moccasins. Tassel Loafers have tassels on the instep, looks attractive, trendy, perfect fashion statement. Penny Loafers have single strap that runs across the instep, containing a slit in the center. Use with stockings to look classy.

It is good to have at least one pair of loafers. If you are going to use loafers only for party, choose tassel loafers and look stylish.
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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Paper Boat Drinks - Product Review

Paper Boat drinks are widely available nowadays even in my place. When I got their products for review, I went for a vacation to my native. I clicked the pictures and enjoyed the paper boat drinks too along with my kid and sister. I did not have time to post them here as I was busy with the travel. It has been in drafts for quite a long time. Now, it is time to publish this post.



One fine afternoon, my calling bell started ringing. My kid ran to the door to check who was there. One courier person from professional couriers had come to deliver couriers. He was very curious to know what was inside the pack. I came to know that he was kind of doubtful when he told that it looked like some liquids packed inside:) It was good that the parcel had the brand name 'Paper boat' mentioned outside. I explained him about it and told him that drinks had been sent for review. I am sure he might not have completely understood. But I wanted to make sure that there was nothing bad inside:)

Products I got for review:

1. 2 packs of Ginger Lemon Tea
2. 2 packs of Tulsi Tea

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Mooli Paratha Recipe | Radish Paratha | How to make Mooli Ka Paratha

Mooli Paratha/Radish paratha - Delicious and healthy paratha Punjabi Paratha recipe. Radish is called as Mullangi in Tamil. Mooli Ka Paratha can be prepared in 2 ways.

Option 1) Preparing like regular Aloo Paratha - Prepare the dough, roll into small circles, stuff the radish mixture, close the ball, roll it again to the size of paratha.

Option 2) Mix grated radish and other spices, leave it for 20 minutes, Mix with wheat flour and water, form a smooth pliable dough, leave it for sometime(optional), prepare like normal paratha



I prefer the second option as it is quite simple, easy, no mess, with no extra time and ensures that radish is well spread across paratha. When we go with the first option, we need to be extra careful as the radish stuff leaves juice and make the paratha a messy and watery one. So, we need to squeeze the radish mixture before stuffing into the paratha. Of course, we can use the squeezed juice to make paratha. But we need to wait till that time before making the dough. So, my recommendation is to go for the second option which is quite easy.

Mooli Paratha

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Importance of Wearing Sunglasses in Summer

Scorching Summer has arrived finally and everyone is suffering a lot. It is time to buy sunscreen with right SPF, some pure cotton dresses, scarfs, umbrellas, caps and sunglasses to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays. Many people are not giving sufficient importance to their vision. Our precious eyes also need care and protection especially in this summer. Most of the people see the sunglasses just as another fashion accessory and they do not realize that it is more than that.

Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays:




Awareness about skin protection is very good among teens. Both men and women do not forget to wear sunscreen before stepping out in the sun as they know the danger of UV rays on skin. But there is no awareness about the effects of UV rays on eyes. UV rays can cause many eye problems including cataracts and AMD(Age-related Macular Degeneration). Buy a good sun glass to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays.

Buy branded sunglasses:

Many people buy sun glass from roadside shops. If you want a sun glass to protect your eyes from sun, there is no meaning in buying those roadside glasses which have no brand information on them. They are not at all genuine and they can affect your eyes negatively.

Always try to buy branded sunglasses even for your kids. There are lot of elite sunglasses available online. Explore the options and make sure that you buy a genuine sun glass.

Look out for UVA/UVB labeling:

Check the label of sunglasses for the UV protection. The good quality from genuine brands will have the UVA/UVB labeling. Avoid buying sunglasses which have no information about it in their labels.

Last but not least, sunglasses are not only meant for adults. It is must for kids too. There are some quality yet beautiful sunglasses available in online shopping sites. Gift your loved ones with cool sunglasses.
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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Green Chili Stew | Green Chile Recipe | Hatch green chile recipes | Easy Green Chili recipe

Green Chile Stew Recipe is the one which I had recently tried and I was completely doubtful whether this easy green chile recipe would come out tasty before preparing. My hubby does not like very hot dishes even the ones which have capsicum. So, I was quite doubtful while cooking too. But I wanted to utilize the Hatch Green Chiles(Bajji Milagai - in Tamil or and Bhavnagiri Green Chillies) which were sitting inside refrigerator for more than 5 days. I bought it for making Mirchi Bajji(Milagai Bajji). But I was unable to do it. I went through several recipes with Green chili but I was not satisfied with the results. I want an easy green chile gravy kind of thing for mooli paratha and sweet corn pulao. So, I stopped searching and started with my own recipe:)
Hatch Green Chile Recipe

I had this green chili stew with sweet corn pulao and mooli paratha(recipe will come soon). It was so yummy seriously. My hubby gave a 5-star rating which was unbelievable for me.

Green Chili stew recipe

Ingredients - Green Chili Stew | Green Chile Recipe | Hatch green chile recipes | Easy Green Chili recipe:


Green Chile(Small Bajji Milagai) - 6
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Tamarind - 2 peanuts size
Coriander powder(Dhaniya powder) - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Jaggery powder - To taste(2 or 3 tsp)
Salt - To taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Water - As required
Coriander Leaves - To garnish


To saute and grind:

Oil - 1 tsp
Big onion - 2 medium size roughly chopped
Tomato - 2 medium size roughly chopped
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Green Chile Recipes 

Green Chili Stew | Green Chile Recipe | Hatch green chile recipes | Easy Green Chili recipe - Instructions:


Cut the hatch green chile horizontally into two and then vertically which yields 4 slices from each green chili. Remove seeds from all green chiles except one. It is you who has to decide how many green chiles you want to keep with seeds. This is purely based on your preference and how hot you want the dish to be.

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Add 2 tbsp of oil to tamarind and soak it for sometime and extract the juice from it.

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Heat a tsp of oil, add cumin seeds. Let them crackle. Add roughly chopped onion slices and saute till they turn transparent.

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Add tomato slices and saute till they turn mushy.

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Cool down this mixture and grind it in a mixer to a paste. Add little water if required.

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Heat another tsp of oil in the same pan. Add the cumin seeds and curry leaves.

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Add the ground onion and tomato paste. Add tamarind extract, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, jaggery powder and mix well. Add little water if required. Allow it to boil for 2 minutes in medium flame.

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Add the hatch green chili slices now and boil it for at least 5 minutes in low flame or till it reaches the gravy consistency. Check for salt and adjust if required. Switch off the stove. The taste of the green chillies should be completely absorbed by the gravy. Transfer into serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Serve hot with roti, pulao, fried rice or parathas.

Easy Green Chili Recipe

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