Stovetop Popcorn

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I have been making homemade popcorn for a long time. I make it on Fridays as evening snack. We enjoy it with a cup of tea. I added 2 tbsps of olive oil in the recipe below. You can add an extra tbsp of oil for a more crisp popcorn. Use a big pan with lid to cook the popcorn kernels.

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Ingredients:

  • Olive oil – 2 tbsps to 3 tbsps
  • Popcorn kernels – 1/3 cup
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Method:

    • Heat oil and two popcorn kernels in a big pan with the lid on.

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    • When the popcorn kernel pops, add the remaining popcorn and salt. The lid has to be on.

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    • Turn off the heat. Remove the pan from the stove and swirl it around 3 times with the lid on.
    • After 30 seconds, put the pan back on the stove and turn on the heat ( medium heat). The pan should be covered.
    • The popcorn kernels will begin to pop. Shake the pan in between as the popcorn pops for even cooking.
    • When the popping noise subsides, turn off the heat and transfer the popcorn to a big bowl immediately.

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Lemon Rice

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I make lemon rice pretty often when I am stuck thinking about what to cook. Lemon rice and potatoes are the perfect combination. We go on picnics to the park and lemon rice is always part of the menu. We make tamarind rice,lemon rice and curd rice with potatoes and egg . We finish up with watermelons. This recipe of Tamil Nadu style lemon rice is my mom’s. Hope you enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

  • Uncooked Raw rice – 1 + 1/4 cup
  • Oil – for sauteing
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – 2 tbsps, finely minced
  • Curry leaves – 8 leaves
  • Serrano pepper – 2, cut lengthwise
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1/4 cup, juice from 2 big lemons
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro – for garnishing

Method:

    • Cook rice and let it cool down.
    • Heat oil in a wok.
    • Add mustard seeds and wait till it splutters.
    • Add channa dal, ginger, curry leaves and serrano pepper.
    • Saute until the channa dal turns golden brown.
    • Add turmeric powder and lemon juice. Let it cook for 30 seconds.
    • Turn off the heat. Add salt and cilantro; mix well.

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    • Add the cooled rice and mix gently until well combined.

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  • Serve with side dish of your choice.

Trip to Gramen Farm

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We did not find time to visit the farmers market in Tomball. So we searched for farms nearby where we can get eggs and decided to go to Gramen farm. They are located at 20158 Bauer Hockley Rd Tomball, TX77377. They had raw cows milk for $16 a gallon . Half a dozen eggs for $5.45 and raw unfiltered wild flower honey for $14.99. They  also had a variety of cheeses, cream, chocolate milk, beef and few local made products. We bought eggs and honey. I made muttai dosai/ egg dosa with the eggs.

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Muttai Dosai/ Egg Dosa

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Ingredients:

  • Dosa batter – batter to make 3 dosa’s. (Click here for dosa batter recipe)
  • Egg – 2
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper powder – to taste

Method:

    • Beat eggs in a bowl. Season it with salt and pepper. Set it aside.

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    • Heat a dosa griddle.
    • Grease it with oil.
    • Pour dosa batter using a kuzhi karandi onto the griddle.
    • Move your hand in a circle spreading the batter using the karandi.

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    • Spoon the egg mixture on the dosa and spread it.

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    • When the edges of the dosa begins to turn golden brown, flip the dosa and let the other side cook.

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  • Remove the dosa onto a plate and serve it with a side dish of your choice.

 

 

Apple Pie Day

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May 13 is Apple Pie Day.  We are celebrating it with homemade apple pie. Two apple pies are cooling on my counter right now. One for us and the other for my husband’s office Apple pie day celebration. Here is the link to my apple pie recipe. Give it a try and you will fall in love with the pie.
I used Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, Red Delicious, Ambrosia and Jonagold apples.

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I have used a pie bird in one of the pies. It is supposed to vent steam and  prevent the crust from turning soggy.

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I also brushed the top of the pie with beaten egg before baking them.

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Pan Seared Mint Chicken

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My husband and myself made this dish for my husband’s office St.Patricks’s Day potluck.  We used two cast iron pans and pan seared them. I gave it a trial run before I decided to pan sear the chicken. I marinated the chicken and made pan seared mint chicken, deep fried mint chicken and made kebabs.  We did a taste test and the winner was pan seared chicken, followed by kebabs and deep fried chicken.  I kind of overcooked the kebabs. But I am sure that it will taste wonderful on the grill. Please do not deep fry them. They absorb a lot of oil and taste bad when it cools down.

The marinade might taste spicy. But after you cook them, they taste just right. You have to over salt the marinade, because the chicken has to absorb the salt.

Will update this post with photos after we try it on the grill. Would like an update from you, if you beat me to the grill. :)

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast – 950 grams, cut up into bite size chunks
  • For marinade:
    • Plain curd/yogurt – 1 cup+ 1/4 cup
    • Salt – to taste, over salt it
    • Serrano pepper – 1 , chopped
    • Garlic – 4 cloves
    • Ginger – 1 inch, chopped
    • Coriander powder – 2 tsps
    • Mint leaves – 3/4 cup, tightly packed
    • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – for sauteing

Method:

    •  Wash and drain the chicken pieces.

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    • Grind all the ingredients in the marinade list together without using water to a fine mix.

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    • Add the marinade to the chicken and mix well. Cove and let it rest overnight or for 6 hours in the refrigerator.

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    • Heat oil in a cast iron skillet.
    • Add few drops of water on the pan, it must sizzle.
    • Add the chicken pieces to the pan and let it cook halfway.

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    • Flip the chicken over and let the other side cook.

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  • The chicken will give out water as it cooks. The chicken will begin to sear only after the water evaporates.
  • Flip the chicken over and make sure that both the sides have a good sear. Flip the chicken again if it has not seared.
  • Remove the chicken pieces onto a paper towel. Enjoy!

Note:

We wanted the chicken to be green so we washed the pan after cooking each batch of chicken.