Sunday, 10 February 2019

Vegetable & Fruit Salad with Curd Dressing

Curd dressing is easy to prepare and it makes a whole lot of difference to the taste of the salad. Here's a recipe of vegetable and fruit salad blended in curd dressing.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
Yellow pepper – cut into small cubes, 2 tablespoons
Red pepper – cut into small cubes, 2 tablespoons
Gherkin – half; cut into small cubes
Carrot – half; cut into small cubes
Pomegranate seeds – ¼ cup
Apple – half; cut into small pieces

For curd dressing:
Hung curds – ½ cup
Salt – to taste
Honey – 2 teaspoons
Pepper – freshly ground, ½ teaspoon
Method: Whisk the curds, salt, honey and pepper together to form a smooth paste. Add in the cut vegetables and fruits. Mix well. Allow the salad to stand for 15 minutes. Serve chilled. 

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Rice Crispy (தட்டை)

Rice crispy or Thattai (தட்டை) is one of the popular savories made in Tamil Nadu. Traditionally, it is deep fried in oil and served as an evening snack. I attempted making thattai with very little oil using the air fryer with satisfactory results. Air fryer recipes are my attempts at making low fat snacks and desserts, and this is one among them.

Ingredients:
Rice flour – 85 ml measure
Roasted Bengal gram or fried gram (உடைத்த கடலை) – 2 tablespoons
Baking soda – ½ teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Asafetida – ⅛ teaspoon
Butter – 1 teaspoon
Oil – 1 teaspoon
Jeera or cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon 
Method: Powder roasted Bengal gram finely using a dry grinder. Transfer to a bowl. Add rice flour, baking soda, salt, cumin seeds and asafetida. Mix very well. Kneed in butter and add water as needed to make firm dough. Dive the dough into 8 equal parts and shape them into balls. Smear oil on the balls and flatten them into thin circles. Bake in the air fryer at 180ºC for 10 minutes. Turn over once in between. Cool the crispies to room temperature and store in an airtight container.

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Monday, 21 January 2019

Apple Roll

Air fryer is very useful for baking and making some unusual desserts. It is really satisfying to make snacks and desserts with very little fat. Today let me share the secret of how to make yummy apple rolls using spring roll sheets.

Ingredients:
Apple – medium sized, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
Sugar – 2 tablespoons
Butter – ½ teaspoon
Spring roll sheets – 2 no
Nutmeg powder – a generous pinch
Powdered sugar – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – ½ teaspoon

Method: Cook apple pieces with 2 tablespoonfuls of water over low flame. Once cooked and the water is fully absorbed, add sugar and nutmeg powder.Mash the contents well. Switch off the stove. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Ready-to-use frozen spring roll sheets are available in most departmental stores. Defrost the spring roll sheets by keeping them at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then gently separate two sheets from the lot and return the remaining sheets to the freezer compartment covered in food grade plastic wrapper.


Place half the filling on one sheet and make a roll as shown in the picture. Repeat the same process with the remaining filling using the second sheet. Apply butter on the surface of the rolls. Place the rolls in the baking tray and air fry at 200º C for 10 minutes. Remove from the tray and sprinkle powdered sugar over the rolls. Serve the dessert rolls warm.   

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Pongal Greetings!

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