22 September 2017


For Day 4 of Navaratri made Thayir Aval, Pachai pattani sundal and Paneer Kalakand for Neivedaym.

Thayir Aval / Curd Poha made from beaten rice flakes.
Poha / Aval - 1 cup
Curd / Yogurt - 1 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
Green chilli - 1 tsp, chopped
Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Hing / Asafoetida - pinch

How to make:
Wash and soak poha for 10 mins and drian water completely and transfer to a bowl.
Heat oil in a pan crackle mustard seeds, add urad dal, channa dal and saute well. Add green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, hing mix well and switch off the heat.
Add the tadka to the poha pour milk and mix well. Before serving add curd mix them well and add fresh coriander and serve.

Pachai pattani sundal / dried green peas sundal is one of my favorites during navaratri season. I liked it crisp and not mushy, adding some roasted spice powder to this enhances the flavor.
Dried Green peas - 1 cup
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Salt as reqd
Asafoetida - pinch
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 1 tsp

For the spice mix:
Fresh Coconut - 1/4 cup, grated
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
Pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilly - 8 nos
How to make:
Soak green peas overnight and pressure cook with a tsp of salt for 2 whistles, once heat is down remove the water and set aside.
Mean while, dry roast all ingredients required for the spice mix cool them and grind to smooth powder.
Heat oil in a pan crackle mustard seeds, add urad dal, curry leaves, hing and saute well add the cooked green peas, salt, add a tbsp of the spice mix and mix them well.

Paneer Kalakand is one of the easiest sweet which can be made in less than 10 minutes. Paneer can be made at home and used too in making this sweet, If crunch of time store bought paneer can be used, its has to be thawed and used.

Paneer / cottage cheese - 1 cup, crumbled
Milk powder - 2 tbsp
Powdered sugar - 3/4 cup

Nuts - 3 tbsp (almonds, cashews, pistas - chopped)

How to make:
Combine all the ingredients in a thick pan and cook on medium heat for about 15 mins, keep stirring it.
Once it starts to roll like a ball, add nuts and transfer to a greased plate.
Cool it and cut into desired shapes.

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