Monday, October 13, 2014

Fifth Blog Anniversary & Makkan Peda

Today, Nithu's Kitchen completes 5 years! You can read the milestones of Nithu's Kitchen for the last four years  here.

Important Milestones for the Period of 13th Oct, 2013 - 13th Oct, 2014 :

Nithu's Kitchen Worked With :

Nithu's Kitchen had the opportunity to work with MagicKart(a online shop that sells cookware, bakeware and other Kitchen appliances. ( 

Stories(Tamil) Published in Magazines :

Recipes Published in Magazines :

To celebrate the occasion, I have a very famous sweet from North Arcot. This sweet is called Arcot Sweet or Makkan Peda. This is prepared with sweetless khoa & Maida.

Ingredients :

For Peda :

1. Sugarless Khoa – 1 Cup
2. Maida (All Purpose Flour) - 1/2 Cup
3. Cooking Soda – A Pinch
4. Yogurt - 3/4 Cup
5. Ghee - 1 tbs
6. Grated Mixed Nuts - 1/4 Cup
7. Oil - Needed for Frying

For Sugar Syrup :

1. Sugar –  2 Cups
2. Water - 2 Cups

Add sugar and water in a deep pan. Bring to boil. Switch off the stove, when the syrup is sticky and thick. 

Procedure :

1. In a large bowl, combine khoa, maida and cooking soda.

2. Add yogurt and ghee. Knead to a soft and non sticky dough. Let the dough sit for atleast an hour.

3. Now, make small balls. Make a small hole in the centre of the dough ball, stuff with nuts and then again roll it in to smooth ball. Gently flatten.

4. Follow the same procedure until you finish the dough. 

5. Heat oil in a pan.

6. Fry Pedas on medium heat till they become dark brown in colour.

7. Drain oil and then gently drop in the warm sugar syrup.

8. Let the pedas be soaked in syrup for atleast 8 hours or over night.

9. Remove makkan peda from syrup and then serve garnished with nuts.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Garlic Chutney Powder / Garlic Idly Podi / Poondu Podi

Garlic Chutney Powder/ Poondu Idly Podi is the best side dish for Idly or Dosa. The preparation is very quick and simple. This chutney podi can be stored in an air-tight container. You can prepare Garlic Podi Idly Fry using this podi. 

Garlic is packed with many health benefits. Regular intake of garlic helps in preventing cancer. Garlic reduces blood pressure and blood cholestrol.

Preparation Time : 5 Minutes
Cooking Time : 10 Minutes
Yield : 100 gms (Approximately)

Ingredients :

1. Garlic Cloves - 10 (with skin)
2. Red Chillies - 25 Nos
3. Salt - 3/4 tsp or Adjust to your taste
4. Oil - 1 tsp

Preparation :

1. Heat oil in a frying pan or kadai. Fry red chillies on medium heat. Let them cool.

2. Grind red chillies and salt together to a coarse powder.

3. Add garlic cloves. Just run the mixie only once. 

4. Transfer to an air-tight container.

5. Serve with hot idly or dosa. (Mix some oil before serving).

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Arachuvitta Parangi Pinju (Baby Pumpkin) Kuzhambu and MagicKart Review

Yesterday, I stumbled up a site while I was searching for a online shop that sells cookware, bakeware and other Kitchen appliances.

In all the categories they have a wide range of popular brands like Prestige, Pigeon, Futura, etc.  If you browse through Cookware, I promise you will love the Kadai and pressure cooker collections.

The reason why I am talking about the kadai and pressure cooker here is, the recipe I am sharing here today needs Kadai and pressure cooker for cooking. 

For this recipe, we need coconut. I used coconut scrapper to scrap the coconut, which made scraping much easier. You can find the coconut scrapper in their Kitchen category. MagicKart have couple of brands Anjali and Avani Coconut Scrapper. Apart from this, I loved their chopping board. They sell Anjali, Avani, JVL Classicware and Prime Chopping boards. Chopping boards with cutter makes vegetable and fruit cutting easy and fun. 

Now to the recipe,

Ingredients :

1. Baby Pumpkin - 1
2. Thoor Dhal - 1/4 Cup
3. Channa Dhal - 1/4 Cup
4. Tamarind - juice from a gooseberry sized ball
5. Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
6. Curry Leaf - A few
7. Salt - Needed qty
8. Mustard - 1 tsp
9. Oil - 2 tsp

For Masala :

1. Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
2. Red Chilly - 2 or adjust to your taste
3. Coconut - 1 tbs
4. Coriander seeds - 1 tsp 
5. Oil - 1 tsp

Heat oil in a pan and  roast all the above ingredients till golden brown. Make a coarse powder and keep aside. 

Procedure :

1. Wash the baby pumpkin and cut them in to cubes.

2. Cook dhal, mash and keep aside.

3. In a pan, add oil. Splutter mustard. Add chopped vegetable and curry leaves. Saute for a few minutes.

4. Add tamarind juice, salt and sambar powder. Cover the pan with lid and let the contents boil for until the raw smell of the sambar powder is gone.

5. Now, add dhal. Allow the contents to boil for another few minutes.

6. Finally, add the ground spice powder. Mix thoroughly.  A small piece of jaggery can be added to enhance the taste.

7. Switch of the stove when the contents get thickened.

8. Transfer the contents to a casserole. It keeps food hot So that we can avoid re-heating the food thus saving gas and time. In MagicKart Dining Section, they have a wide collection range of casserole and dinner sets. The designs and colours in the dinner set are so beautiful. Even they do have a microwave cook and serve dinner sets in diferent colours which are really eye catching.

9. Enjoy with hot rice.

In the Appliances, they have Mixer grinders (Oster, Pigeon, Preeti, Sowbaghya) and Rice Cooker (Oster, Pigeon and Preeti). Both these appliances are very useful and essential things in any kitchen. They make cooking enjoyable.

The other thing I loved most is their Bakeware. They have lot of bakeware accessories collections like bakery brush, icing tools, etc. The another thing which attracted me most is their flower shaped / heart shaped muffin pans.

Don't forget to check their Storage category. There you will find lunch boxes, canister, bottles, thermos and storage set. The storage sets are really compact and very useful to storage all spices.  See for the sale and new arrivals as well.

Simply, MagicKart is a one stop place for all our kitchen needs. They have everything that you could think of about a Kitchen!

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