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Light Quick Sambar / Rasam

This is something that I did to be a mixture of Rasam / Sambar which is not too heavy on the tummy and good for digestion which can be accompanied by any Veggi sabi or fry.  I had Asparagus fry to go with it along with Rice.

Required to pressure cook :
Toor Dhal : 4 tbsp
Tomato  : 1 big or 2 medium
Onion : 1/4th or skip
Tamarind : 1 inch piece or very little
A lot of water

Tempering :
Mustard Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Urad Dhal
Asafotida / Hing
Dry red chilles : 2 Nos.
Curry Leaves
Coriander Leaves

Pressure cook those items listed above just like you might cook dhal for making sambar. Once its cooled down, do the tempering by adding ingredients one by one and add it to the cooked dhal.

Serve with Rice. It will have taste of rasam but will have dhal in it too and quick to make.

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Butter Cookies / Benne Biscuit

Benne Biscuite  as known in Karnataka which is a popular snack from the bakery. I never attempted to even guess what the ingredients in this would be way back when I  was in India. Lately was quite longing for something sweet but not too sweet and home made, I chose to make Benne Biscuit, Benne as in Butter in Kannada, however for preparing this I didnt use butter but oil.
Benne Biscuit / Butter Cookies

Ingredients :
  • Maida : 2 cups (All purpose flour)
  • Powdered Sugar : 1 and qtr cup (or a little more as per your taste)
  • Cooking Oil : 3/4th cup (or a table spoon more)
  • Baking powder : 1/4th tsp
  • Salt : 2 pinches

Methods of preparation : 
  1. Mix Maida, Powered Sugar, Baking powder and Salt in a bowl well.
  2. Add oil little by little to the above and mix.
  3. The consistancy should be more of coarse mix and not like chappati dough.
  4. Check with a small amount of mixture if it holds together, if so then you are good to go.
  5. Make small rounds and place on a greased tray.
  6. Preheat the oven and bake the above at 375°F or 175°c.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 min, check if the lower side has darkened just a little and you see some cracks on the top.
  8. Allow it to cool and enjoy.

Note : Use oil sparingly, just enough for the flour to bind, excess oil in dough would harden the cookies.
          Atleast 12 to 15 min baking time is required, else the dough in the center would not be baked.
          Place the tray in the center of the oven.
          If you dont have confectioners' sugar or icing sugar then just grind the usual sugar in a mixer.
Also Known as : Venne Biscuit, Butter biscuit
Variations : Indian Bakeries use vanaspati / dalda instead of oil
                  You can use unsalted, colourless butter instead of oil.
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Creamy Veg Soup

Various vegetables are cooked together and All purpose starch is added to make it thick and spiced with pepper and salt. Its a great dish for toddlers and kids
Creamy Veg Soup

Ingredients :
  • Potato : 1 No
  • Zuccini : 1/4 or 4 to 5 slizes
  • Broccoli : 4 to 5 florets
  • Cauliflower : 4-5 florets
  • Carrots : 1 No
  • All purpose flour : 1 tsp
  • Olive oil : 1 tsp
  • Bread : 2 slices 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Method of preparation :
  • Pressure cook all the vegetables with enough water till it gets soft. 
  • Stain the water and blend the veggies to a fine paste in a blender / juicer. (preserve the water).
  • Heat oil in a sauce pan and add all purpose flour and fry for less than a minute.
  • Add the blended veggie paste and strained water, slat and get it to boil.
  • Add additional water if its too thick. Add pepper at-last,remove from flame and serve with bread crumbs. 
  • Optionally season with dried/fresh spring onions while serving. 
  • To make the bread crumbs : Put the bread into the toaster in high and once done, cut into cubes. 

Note : You can add any combination of vegetables, make sure to add potato to get the thickness.
Also Known as : Vegetable Soup, Mix Veg Soup, Potato vegetable soup, Healthy Vegetable soup, Veg soup for kids
Variations : You can make bread crumbs by frying in oil also.
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Veggi Lasagne with white sauce

Lasagne is a one pot meal and a comfort food with lots of vegetables in it. It takes around 1 hour to make this dish.
Vegetable Lasagne
 Ingredients :
  • Pasta sheets : 8 Nos.
  • Olive Oil : 4 tbsp
  • Carrots : 2 Nos. very finely chopped
  • Broccoli: 10 florets chopped
  • Zuccini : 1 No chopped
  • Onion : 1 No. large chopped
  • Bell pepper : 2 Nos. (capsicum) chopped
  • Spinach : 200 gms (2 cups) forzen / fresh
  • Garlic: 4 cloves minced
  • All purpose flour : 3 tbsp
  • Milk : 3 cups 
  • Parmensan Cheese  : 1 cup
  • Ricotta Cheese - 1 cup shredded
  • Mozzarella Cheese - 1 cup shredded
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper pwdr : 1/2 tsp
Method of preparation :
  • Preheat over to 350 degree .
  • Boil water in a large vessel and add salt and lasagne and cook for approx 12 min (or as per pack instruction)
  • Drain water, run cold water and keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and add onions and fry for a min then add rest of the vegetables, salt and saute for 6 to 7 min and keep aside. (veggies)
  • Take all purpose flour in a deep pan and whisk in milk slowly till the lumps are removed and bring it to boil in medium flame make sure to keep stirring else it would turn brown. Add more milk if you need.
  • Once the above mixture thickens add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and bring it to boil.
  • Add 1 cup of spinach and stir well. Keep aside. (white sauce)
  • Now take a greased backing try and spread in the following:
  1. Spinach spread white sauce, Lasagne sheets 
  2. Veggies and white sauce, Lasagne sheets
  3. White sauce veggies and shredded Ricotta cheese, Lasagne sheets
  4. Top with spinach, mozzarella cheese and some Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake this in a preheated oven at 350 degrees covered with Aluminum foil for 20 min 
  • Remove Aluminium foil and bake for 20 min or until the cheese turns brown. 
  • Cut it into required size and serve. 
Note : Do not put 2 pasta sheets one above the other. The white sauce should be thick enough.
Also Known as : Lasania, Lasagna, Lasaniya, Pasta sheets veggi, Lasagne vegetable noodles
Variations : You can add some chilli flakes on top if you want it spicy like our Indian way.
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