Horse Gram or Kollu Paruppu Chutney and Rasam

Horse gram or kollu paruppu is a healthy bean and good source of protein and iron. It has lots of health benefits such as reducing cholesterol,helps in weight reduction and remedy for cold and cough.

Ingredients

  • Kollu or horse gram dhal – 1 cup
  • Onion -1 cup (chopped)
  • Tomato -1
  • Cuming seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Pepper – 1tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tbsp
  • Red chilli Powder-1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1tbsp
  • Tamarind extract – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds -1 tbsp
  • Hing- a pinch
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Garlic – 4 pods
  • Oil – 1tbsp
  • Salt – as needed

Method

  1. Clean and remove stones from horse gram. Wash it and pressure cook the horse gram with 3 cups of water for 4 whistle.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds,pepper seeds, chopped onion, curry leaves, tomatoes,garlic and fry it for few mins in a medium flame.
  3. Add the cooked horse gram with cooked water,red chilli powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder,salt and 1cup of water and bring to boil for 10 mins at medium flame.Then turnoff.
  4. Drain the water from the kollu dal and keep aside.
  5. Heat oil in a another pan,add mustard seeds and hing .After it splutters,add the kollu water and tamarind water.When it starts boiling ,turn off the stove.Now kollu rasam is ready to serve.
  6. Leave the kollu dal to cool little bit and grind it well.(Adjust the salt level)
  7. Now kollu chutney is ready to serve.
  8. Serve the kollu chutney and kollu rasam with hot rice.

Cauliflower and Peas Gravy

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower -1 medium sized (Cut into small florets)
  • Green Peas – 1 cup(fresh)
  • Onions – 1
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tbsp
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tbsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tbsp
  • Coriander powder – 1tbsp
  • Curry leaves- few
  • Curd – 2 tbsp
  • Gram Flour – 1/4 Cup
  • Coriander leaves – few
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 1tbsp

Method

  1. Wash and clean the cauliflower florets in hot water with a pinch of turmeric powder for about 10 mins. Drain the water and keep aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix curd,gram flour and 1/4cup of water into a paste & keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds,hing & curry leaves.After splutter add chopped onion and saute it until they turn transparent.
  4. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry it for few mins.Add tomato and fry it until they become soft.
  5. Now add the peas and chopped cauliflower and fry it.
  6. Add red chilli powder,garam masala powder,turmeric powder, coriander powder and 1 cup water & mix it well.
  7. Cook the vegetables for 15 mins & add the curd gram flour mix to the gravy and mix well in a low flame.
  8. Now add sufficient water to this mixture and bring it to boil for few mins.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chapathi and rice.

Irish Soda Bread Recipes

Irish soda bread recipes are amongst the most traditional of Irish recipes. However, there are hundreds of variations on the theme. The original traditional recipe came from Ulster and was a mainstay of the traditional Ulster breakfast. I don’t know how this first recipe will match up with what some people consider as a soda bread recipe, but as it’s from one of the great names in Irish cooking, Monica Sheridan, it’s certainly authentic and traditional.

Where we know the origins of the different recipes, these origins have been acknowledged.

Irish soda bread recipes are very easy to make and are also a great way of introducing children to baking.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour (preferably stone ground)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the center and add most of the buttermilk.
  • Working out from the center, use your hands to make a dough.
  • Add more milk if necessary.
  • The dough should be soft but not too sticky.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured board and pat lightly into a round.
  • Flatten slightly to about 2 inches thick and place on a baking sheet.
  • Cut a deep cross and bake in a preheated 450 degrees F oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • After the 15 to 20 minutes is up reduce the heat to 400 degrees F and bake for a further 20-25 minutes.
  • You will know when the bread is cooked if it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

If you want to make an even richer soda bread add 1 oz. fine oatmeal, 1 egg, and 1 oz. butter to the mixture.
Irish soda bread recipes from Monica Sheridan -1

  • 1 tb Butter
  • 1 ts Baking soda
  • 4 c White flour
  • 1 c Buttermilk or sweet milk
  • 1 ts Salt
  1. Rub the butter into the flour. Add the salt and soda, mix all
  2. well together by running the dry ingredients through your fingers.
  3. Add the buttermilk (or sweet milk) and stir into a soft dough with a wooden spoon.
  4. With your floured hands, knead the dough lightly into a ball andturn out onto a lightly floured baking sheet.
  5. Flatten the dough into a circle 1 1/2 inches thick with the palm of your hand.
  6. Make a cross in the center with a floured knife.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

More Irish Soda Bread

  1. 4 cups Stone Ground 1 1/2 ts SaltWhole wheat flour 1 1/2 ts Baking soda2 c White flour 2 c Buttermilk or sweet milkMix the whole wheat flour thoroughly with the white flour, salt, and soda.
  2. Make a well in the center and gradually mix in the liquid. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. You may need less, or more liquid – it depends on theabsorbent quality of the flour. The dough should be soft but managable.
  4. Knead the dough into a ball in the mixing bowl with your floured hands.
  5. Put on a lightly floured baking sheet and with the palm of your hand flatten out in a circle 1 1/2 inches thick.
  6. With a knife dipped in flour, make a cross through the center of the bread so that it will easily break into quarters when it is baked.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake a further 15 minutes.
  8. If the crust seems too hard, wrap the baked bread in a damp tea cloth.
  9. Leave the loaf standing upright until it is cool.
  10. The bread should not be cut until it has set – about 6 hours after it comes out of the oven.

Irish Coffee Recipes

One of the most famous Irish drink recipes there are and the most requested on cold winter evenings are for Irish coffee.

A Bit of History of the Irish Coffee

Joe Sheridan at the Foynes Airbase in 1942, created the first Irish Coffee after a flight was recalled due to winter storms. He knew most Americans preferred coffee, so Joe treated them to a trick the Irish had used for a long time to ‘warm themselves up’.

A lot of Irish will add a shot of whiskey to their tea, but with Americans preferring coffee, he added it to their coffee with some sugar and cream. Needless to say, it was a hit!

Irish Coffee Comes to America

Later, in about 1952, Irish Coffee shows up in the San Francisco’s Buena Vista Bar. It is a bit of a debate whether Joe Sheridan himself introduced it to Americans at the bar, or if Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle encouraged the bar to start serving it. Either way, we are glad it made its way across the Atlantic!
So, on to the original recipe!

Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee

Fill a footed Irish Coffee Mug 3/4 of the way with coffee. Add 3 sugar cubes or 1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar and one shot Irish Whiskey.(All real Irish whiskey is good, but Jamesons and Bushmills is consistently on the lists of ‘best Irish Whiskey’!)

Stir to dissolve the sugar. Now top off the mug with aged cream(old cream, new cream wont float) pouring it over an upside down spoon so the cream doesn’t disturb the coffee. If you still have trouble with your cream sinking, you can try lightly whisking it until it is a bit frothy, NOT stiff(that is a new twist on Irish Coffee).

Slightly Different Recipe

For a slightly different taste, follow the above recipe replacing the granulated sugar with brown sugar.
What Some Call Irish Coffee, But It’s Not
Another recipe that some really enjoy and consider it to be amongst Irish Coffee recipes is to put an ounce or two of Baileys Irish Cream in their coffee. This isn’t Irish Coffee, even though Baileys Irish Cream is made with great Irish Whiskey and wonderful rich cream that can only be gotten in Ireland. So, sorry to disappoint you, but you’re not drinking or making an original Irish coffee if you are adding Baileys to it.…

Get Your Bite Right Before Chowing Down

I came across an article in a magazine that said a person with no teeth in their mouth, will have a shortened life. I wondered how that was when my grandmother, who never had teeth, wound up living to age 89. How did she live that long with no teeth? I mean, as far back as I could remember she had no teeth. If that’s the case how did she make it another twenty-five years?

Apparently, it was because of the dentures. The dentures prolonged her life, but they also helped to deteriorate her jawbone. See, according to this article, with no teeth in place, the jawbone starts to atrophy. This is why missing teeth need to be addressed as soon as possible. Even missing one tooth will cause your teeth to start shifting. This shift will, literally, begin deterioration in your jawbone. It isn’t something that happens right away. It’s a slow, subtle process – but it happens, and the problem is, that it always happens.

So if you want to be able to chow down on whatever you want to chow down on, you need to make sure that your teeth are up to code. The pressure of your bite is what helps grind down your food into mush. see, most people in America today do not properly chew their food. Because they swallow their food almost intact, their body isn’t able to digest it properly. When food isn’t properly digested, the nutrients are extracted from the food. This means you can eat a lot of food, and be malnourished. It happens every day in the United States.

If you aren’t able to chew properly due to missing teeth, then cosmetic dentistry gives you several options to choose from. The option I want to talk about today are implants. Dental implants are the best option when it comes to replacing a tooth. If you live in Pittsburgh, or near Pittsburgh, then you are going to want to call 412-620-6076, or search the phrase, best dental implants in Pittsburgh, to find out more about the packages they have available.

I love to eat, and I can’t imagine not being able to enjoy my favorite meals, If you love food as much as I do, and are experiencing issues with your teeth, call your local cosmetic dentist today. Get it fixed, be happy, and get back to chowing down.…