Saturday, April 04, 2009

Happy Srirama Navami!

Pala Kova And Kalakand

To make Pala Kova and kalakand:

Boil I liter fresh full cream milk in a heavy bottomed vessel or deep nonstick pan on a medium flame…Keep stirring…

Once the milk gets thicker, lower the flame…
The milk starts changing in colour and turns light brown and gets more thicker…

Keep stirring…

Now the milk gets more thicker…If you want to make pala kova, at this point, add 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ghee and a pinch of cardamom powder to it…Heat it on a low flame until the sugar dissolves with continuous stirring. Once it gets thicker, turn off the stove. Alllow it to cool and make it into small thick circles…Palakova is ready now…

Transfer it into a cup…From one liter milk after boiling almost two hours with continuous stirring, you will get this cup of fresh kova…



What you need:

Kova-1 cup
Sugar-1/2 cup
Cardamom powder-a pinch

How to make:

Take one teaspoon of ghee into a microwave safe bowl and add the kova and sugar to it. Heat it for two minutes and turn off the oven. Mix it well and add the cardamom powder and heat it for 1-2 minutes until it turns light brown in colour…Now transfer it onto a greased plate. Once it cools down, serve it…

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Sanagapappu Kura (Chana Dal Curry)

It’s one of our favourite curries. Whenever we visit my mother’s place, my mother makes this for us atleast once before we came back.

What you need:

Pachi sanaga pappu or gram dal or chana dal-1 cup
Onions-2 large sized
Ginger garlic paste-1 teaspoon
Coreander leaves-a few
Green chillies-4
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Salt-1 tablespoon
Chilli powder-1/4 teaspoon
Fresh grated coconut powder-2 tablespoons (Optional)
Garam masala powder-1 teaspoon
Oil-2 tablespoons

For seasoning: 1 teaspoon of mustard, 1 red chilli (optional), cumin seeds and 1 teaspoon urad dal…

How to make:

Rinse and soak the gram dal for half an hour. Chop the onions and green chillies into thin slices. Heat the oil in a pan and add the seasoning ingredients. Fry them for a few seconds and add the chopped onions and green chillies. Fry them until they turn light brown in colour and add ginger garlic paste. Drain out the water from the dal and add it to the pan. Stir well and add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Add two cups of water to it and cook it for 8-10 minutes on a medium flame. Cook until the dal becomes a bit soft and make sure that it is not over cooked. Now add the grated coconut powder and garam masala powder to it and lower the flame. Cook it for 2-3 minutes on a low flame. Add the chopped coriander and turn off the stove. Serve it with hot rice or poories…

Note: Add only a little bit of chilli powder since we are already adding green chillies.