January 17, 2017

Vazhakai Jamun / Raw Banana Jamun

Bored of preparing curries or stir fries using Raw Banana / Vazhakai ? Then, try these yummy jamuns prepared using raw banana which is also called vazhakai in Tamil.

Vazhakai Jamun is a yummy twist to our popular sweet dish Gulab jamun. The raw banana is boiled and mashed without any lumps is mixed up with maida, rava milk powder etc to get a soft dough. The dough is further prepared into small balls, deep fried into batches and soaked in a sugar syrup to get a delicious sweet. This is one of the perfect way to make our kids to eat veggie.

Ingredients :

1 Raw Banana / Vazhakai
1/2 Cup Milk Powder 
4 Tbsp Maida 
1 Tbsp Rava 
1/2 Tsp Ghee 
Oil for Frying 

For Syrup :

1 Cup Sugar 
1 Cup Water 
3 Elachi Crushed 

Method :

For Sugar Syrup :

Add sugar and water in a thick bottomed pan and bring it to boil.

Then add crushed elachi and simmer the flame for 5 mins.

Once done, remove from the flame and keep aside.

For Jamun :

Pressure cook the raw banana and mash it completely without any lumps.

Add milk powder to the mashed banana followed by maida, rava and ghee.

Mix and knead well to get a soft dough. Keep aside.

Grease both the palms with ghee and make small balls out of the prepared dough.

Deep fry them in batches in a low flame.

Drop the fried jamuns in a sugar syrup and keep aside to get soaked.

Serve hot or cold.

Serving Options :

Serve hot or cold with Ice-cream.

January 3, 2017

Paal Pongal with LAL HIT Integration ! #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

                                                   New Year Wishes to all my friends !

Hope you all had a rocking New year with a great fun and enthusiasm. I am sure that everyone must be tired of parties and get togethers. Once all the fun comes to an end, the biggest challenge comes in cleaning the house to get ready for the next traditional festival which falls on the mid month of January. It's nothing but our Pongal which is also popularly known as Thai pongal in Tamilnadu. Pongal is a four day fun filled thanks giving festival which is celebrated in order to thank the sun and farm animals that helped the farmers to get food.

The first Pongal ritual which we follow every year to welcome prosperity and good health is cleaning and discarding the old things from house. The cleaning process starts from a week before the festival and the useless things are thrown into fire on a Bhogi day in order to please Lord Indra so that he blesses with plenty of harvest. 

I am very much excited to share my experience in this post which will be really useful during festive days. I am sure that most of the ladies would agree that maintaining the house needs more patience than cleaning. And one of the common problem in everyone's house is Cockroaches which is the major cause of all types of diseases like Food poisoning, Typoid, Cholera, Diarrhea, Dysentry and many stomach related diseases. They carry germs and bacteria from drains and contaminate food and utensils behind the back, resulting into diseases. To get rid of such pests, I strongly recommend an effective product called "LAL HIT" which also has Deep Reach Nozzle to destroy the hidden cockroaches. #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

The most toughest part is cleaning the unreachable places like inside the sink, under the cylinder, under the fridge etc where the cockroaches hide safely. But the Deep Reach Nozzle in LAL HIT helps us to reach the hard places with less tension. Importantly, this product is mess free and absolutely safe. #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

This product is user friendly and very simple to use. Have a look on detailed description of it's usage.

Personally, I find it very useful for all types of crawling insects, specially cockroaches. I can assure that this product is really effective which clears all the hidden insects. Instead of using it only during festive season, I would recommend to use this product along with monthly kitchen cleaning and later you may apply in key areas weekly to get an excellent result. The addition of LAL HIT in a monthly grocery list is worth a buy. #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

So don't let insects to disrupts your healthy and hygienic lifestyle. The regular usage of this product is a wonderful solution to lead a healthy life style. 

And coming to Pongal celebration, the next day of Bhogi is Surya pongal which is considered as the main festival day as it is dedicated to Sun god. The word Ponga means boil, so the milk is boiled in a traditional pot and then rice is added. The traditions vary according to everyone's family culture. We usually prepare two varieties of pongal including sweet and salt. The joy of enjoying a tasty pongal along with a full banana leaf meal is immeasurable. The day ends with a anxiety of next day's grand feast. 

The third day is celebrated as Maatu pongal which is specially dedicated to the cattle. In certain places, cattle race and bull fights are conducted as tradition. Then comes the grand non vegetarian feast including fish, chicken, mutton, egg etc. During childhood days, we all cousins wait only for this particular day. ( No doubt I am a foodie ;) ). 

Last but not the least is a Kanum pongal day where people usually go for a day outing with family and friends. Sharing one of my family's favourite creamy pongal prepared using raw rice, milk and sugar along with this useful post. Very simple yet tastes divine.

Ingredients :

1/4 Cup Semi brown rice
2 Tbsp Ghee
5 Cashews
5 Raisins
5 Badam, chopped

Method :

Wash rice and soak it for half an hour.

Drain the water and add it to a thick bottomed pan along with milk.

Let it boil in a simmer flame.

Cook till the rice gets cooked and turns soft.

Meanwhile, heat ghee in a small pan and add cashews followed by elachi, raisins and badam.

Fry and add it to the pongal.

Mix well and serve hot.

Hope this article is useful and helped you in knowing the danger around us and also gives the solution to reduce the efforts of cleaning to marking the beginning of hygienic lifestyle. #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

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                               Have a Fantastic year ahead ! Happy New Year !