Thursday, March 16, 2017

Crispy chickpeas in airfryer

One of my recent innovations is airfried channa. One day, I was about to make some sundal (chickpea salad) out of the soaked channa and suddenly got an idea and tried a bowl of this. Though its crispy , it wouldn't be hard like the store bought uppu kadalai.

Chickpeas (channa / kondai kadalai) - 1 cup
olive oil / or any cooking oil - 1 tbsp
rice flour - 1 tbsp (optional)
pink Himalayan salt / salt - to taste (1 tsp)
turmeric powder - 1 tsp
red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
curry masala powder - 1/2 tsp

Rinse and soak the white channa for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Drain the water.
Mix all other items given (salt, turmeric powder, rice flour, chili powder, oil, curry powder) using a spoon.
Preheat the airfryer to 400 F for 5 minutes (I do this while mixing the ingredients). Set the timer to  15 minutes.
My airfryer can handle 1 cup (presoaked quantity) of channa. So do it in batches, if needed.
Start the frying process. Airfry it for 5 minutes in maximum heat. Then reduce it to 375 and toss it and repeat for another 5 minutes. Take out , toss and repeat till it gets crispy.
Always keep watching after 10 minutes as it gets brown and hard if not tossed in between.

Take out. Spread over a broad plate and let cool. Then store it in airtight container.
Airfried channa is ready to snack on!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Snow day lunch

Snow days are expected eagerly by school kids and office goers, and we all know the reason...yes ! That's like another state holiday and people I know welcome it , track it.... get prepared for it ..... do a lot of snack shopping for it ,  get a lot of selfies in snow and totally enjoy it .....if there is power, water and heat and TV snow days become fun for all :)  Snow shoveling is another story and I don't wanna talk about it :)
Yesterday was a snow day for us . So I did some grocery shopping on the previous day just like all those who buy bread and milk just before snow :) 
 I made kingfish curry and fry along with rice and spinach while he was working. He saw me clicking pictures of that and to add fun, he posted that picture in his whatsapp and his friends too started sharing their platters and we enjoyed every moment of it :) Some had already finished lunch and couldn't get their pics here.  His friend Rahul had corn and peas salad, Cletus had crispy dosa, Sunish had traditional fish curry .... all look totally yummy ! Kudos all ! 
Here are a few platters for us all to enjoy !
Crispy Dosai and Sambar from Cletus ...looks yummy !

Fish curry from Sunish I wonder how they brought this beautiful terracota pot here . looks delicious!

Here is our fish curry wih fish fry and spinach :)
 I guess next time we should plan ahead and get pics from all of our friends like a roundup :)
Have a beautiful day you all !

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Lunch

This is the meal I prepared today for our lunch, while hubby is working in laptop.  Love the way it turned out colorful and very glad to see him exclaiming on seeing this.
Menu : White rice, paruppu kulambu, beans poriyal, jackfruit seed fry, beetroot raitha, appalam along with lemon pickle.

Amma's Kitchen

Ammas Kitchen is a restaurant in Iselin, NJ. We  came to know of this through one of his friends in office. So we decided to have dinner there on a weekend and we were surprised to see JJ's photos there. Almost all the items in the menu seems reasonably priced (one dollar idli, vadai and looked yummy.
This is a typical SouthIndian / Tamil cuisine place. Amma's kitchen is situated inside the 'The Mall' in oak tree road. It seems like they have branches in 2 more locations in NJ.
I tried egg kothu parotta  and hubby got freshly made veechu parotta. Both were delicious and were of the same price (say $7), but still I feel that egg kothu parotta is worth the price as veechu parotta was very thin like a wafer and won't be enough for an adult  (so he had to buy two of them :) ).
I am sure it is worth a visit and will definitely satisfy the foodies of SouthIndia.
Here are some pics to enjoy !
Amma's Kitchen in NJ

My favorite egg kothu parotta

Hubby's choice ....freshly made veechu parotta.

Once in a while....

On a Netflix marathon Saturday, a pizza lunch from Dominos....Our favorite pineapple jalapeno pizza with chicken wings :) .

I found this mango habanero sauce as more appetizing than any other sauce we usually buy.

Vazhaikkai Poriyal (Plantain stir fry)

This vazhaikai poriyal was a staple in our house as we had some (lot) of banana trees in our backyard. I have seen amma running there to pic...