Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ellu Urudai / Sesame Ladoos ( Fireless cooking)

                    Ellu urundai is a simple recipe usually made during Ganesh chaturthi and Krishna jeyanthi in TamilNadu. These ellu urundai are made for poorna kozhukattai in chathuthi celebrations.

                   This sesame seeds are excellent sources of copper, manganese and good sources of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B12, etc. The sesame oil / gingelly oil is proved to be more advantageous than Olive oil. Oil Pulling using this sesame oil is one of the beauty treatment , helps in whitening of teeth and has many other health benefits too.

                This ellu urundai recipe is a very simple one as there is no making of jaggery syrup. No fire is needed for making these ladoos.

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 15 mins


1 cup Black Till Seeds ( White Till Seeds can also be used)
3/4 cup Jaggery
1 pinch Cardamom Powder ( optional)
1 tsp Ghee (optional)


Start with dry roasting of the till seeds, until the till seeds splutter (you can get a good aroma too). Set it aside for it to cool down. Then grind this to a course powder using a mixer.

Now add the jaggery along with the coursely ground till seeds mixture. Just inch the mixer such that the till sedds and the jaggery are blended well.

Transfer the mixture to a plate and make sesame ladoos just by hand tightening the mixture. If in case you are not able to make the ladoos, just add ghee to the mixture and make the balls.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sweet Corn Veg Soup

               Yep! its too cool over here in Bangalore. The climate all over the world has gone down many degrees this year it seems. To enjoy this climate soups will always be a good choice. Starting your dinner with warm and hot soup is always replenishing.

               Here comes the first soup recipe in my blog Sweet Corn Soup. Sweet Corn will be in a favorite list of many, especially kids. My daughter loved this soup and so finally my day was completed.

              This is the simplest sweet corn recipe as i have not added corn flour and soy sauce. yet it was yum-mm....

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 15 mins


3/4 cup Sweet Corn kernels
1 tbsp Onion finely chopped
1 cup Cooked vegetables (Carrot , beans, cabbage)
1 tbsp Spring Onion
2 cups Water ( For cooking veggies and blending corn)
1 tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Sugar
as per taste  Pepper powder  
as per taste  Salt


     First boil or steam the sweet corn. Then scrap the corn kernels ( using knife).
Divide the corn kernels as 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup. Blend the 1/2 cup of corn kernels with water until smooth. 
Keep the 1/4 cup of corn kernels aside.

Now heat the ghee in a pan, then add the chopped onion and saute for say 1 minute. Now add the cooked vegetables along with the water and remaining corn kernels, let this cook for 2 minutes. Then add the blended corn paste. Let the soup boil, by now add salt,pepper and sugar.
Adding of corn flour paste or milk is optional. Usually adding milk gives an additional taste to the soup. 

Finally garnish with spring onion. A healthy and comforting soup is ready to be served hot.