"Various parts of the neem tree have been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India. Neem oil and the bark and leaf extracts have been therapeutically used as folk medicine to control leprosy, intestinal helminthiasis, respiratory disorders, constipation and also as a general health promoter. Its use for the treatment of rheumatism, chronic syphilitic sores and indolent ulcer has also been evident. Neem oil finds use to control various skin infections. Bark, leaf, root, flower and fruit together cure blood morbidity, biliary afflictions, itching, skin ulcers, burning sensations and pthysis says D.P. Agrawal. Also, biologically neem is used as Anti-inflammatory; Antiarthritic; Antipyretic; Hypoglycaemic; Antigastric ulcer; Spermicidal; Antifungal; Antibacterial; Diuretic; Antimalarial; Antitumour; Immunomodulatory etc."
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Paneer is cottage cheese and paratha is stuffed bread. Spiced paneer is stuffed in the bread to make delicious paneer paratha. Paneer is rich in protein. Making paneer at home is very easy.
Making homemade paneer: Just boil half gallon milk. When it reaches the boiling point, reduce the heat and add two tablespoons lemon juice. Stir and the whey will separate from paneer. Turn off the heat and drain the water using a cloth and hang it or keep pressed for an hour until all the water is drained out. Fresh homemade paneer is ready. I have used this paneer to prepare a healthy paratha. Here is the recipe.
Fresh homemade crumbled paneer - 1 cup
Red chilli powder - half teaspoon
Cumin powder - quarter teaspoon
Dhania powder - quarter teaspoon
Garam masala or Tandoori masala - half teaspoon (optional)
Red onion - 1 medium - finely chopped (use a chopper or a food processor)
Salt - as required
For the Dough:
Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Salt - quarter teaspoon
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Water as required
Mix all the ingredients mentioned under the 'Filling', using a food processor or a mini chopper. Finely chopped green chillis can be substitued for red chilli powder. finely grated ginger and finely chopped coriander leaves can be add to the filling. Mix well and keep it aside.
Take the whole wheat flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and oil. Mix using the finger tips. Pour half a cup or three fourth cup water or as required and knead to a chapathi dough consistency.
Make fairly small balls out of the dough.
Roll the ball to three to four inches diameter and place a spoon full of the filling in the center.
Draw up the edges together to seal the filling.
Now dredge in the flour and again roll carefully to 5 inches diameter.
Heat a tawa. Keep in medium heat.
Place the rolled paratha in the tawa and drizzle oil on the sides and corners.
Gently press the paratha and flip the paratha after a minute.
Apply ghee on the sides if desired.
Fry till both sides turn golden brown.
Repeat until all the dough is used.
Serve it immediately with sour cream or plain yogurt/curd.
This is a very filling paratha as paneer is rich in protein. Just one or maximum two will do for dinner.
This is my entry to Paneer - a delicacy event hosted by Vandana rajesh of Cooking up something nice. Thanks Vandana and waiting for the paneer roundup.
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"Kaapinna...Seattle's best french roast coffee dhaan... besh besh....romba nallarukku...."
Jul 7, 2008
"maambazhamaa maambazham, malgova maambazham, selathu maambazham, thithikkum maambazham.....".In my hometown, we get rains during summer and we call it mango showers (rains). We used to have one mango a day for the most of our summer vacation. Whenever we visit our relatives in other cities during summer, my dad will proudly share a few malgova mangoes with them. In fact, our relatives would wait to relish the sweet salem mangoes. Once I came to the US, I rarely visit India when it is summer there. There is a big 'Bangana balli' mango tree in my Inlaw's place in Chennai. We loved eating those sweet mangoes last summer when we were in India.
WBB-Summer Feast hosted by Sia of Monsoon spice
Eating with the seasons hosted by Maninas of Food matters
MM: Mango mania hosted by Meeta of What's for lunch honey?
Sweetseries - Cool desserts hosted by me.
Summer Splash! hosted by Aartee of From the kitchen.
This is also my entry to "Recipes for the rest of us" event hosted by Ramki of One page cookbooks.
Thank you so much bloggers, for hosting the various events.
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Announcing Sweet series - Cool desserts and Roundup of Sweet series - Puran poli, sweet chapathi, roti
or any combination of the above.
Please read the following rules before sending your entries.
1. Cook anything sweet that come under the category of this month - 'Cool desserts' and post the recipe with picture on your blog.
2. Multiple entries welcome. Your entries can be from your archives. All you need to do is edit that post and add a link to this announcement. But it will be really fun to create a new dish!
3. If you are sending from your archives, create a new post and add a link to your entries and this announcement. You do not have to rewrite the recipe. This is just to bring to the notice of your visitors, so they can send in their entries. - This is optional.
4. Feel free to use the logo.
5. The sweet needs to be vegetarian (no egg no meat). Only for the 'ice cream' in the above listed desserts, egg is allowed.
6. Please send an e-mail to sweetseries at paajaka dot com with the following info on or before July 31,2008.
* Subject Line: cool desserts
* Blogger name:
* Blog name:
* Dish Name:
* URL to the post:
* A picture of the dish (250 pixel width).
Also, specify under which aforesaid desserts, your entry comes. (for example: Fruit juice)
7. Non bloggers can e-mail me the recipe and the picture and I will include it in the round up.
8. The roundup of sweet series - cool desserts will be posted within one week after deadline.
NOTE: The theme might be named 'cool desserts'. The entries can be hot/cold. Few payasams will taste good only when it warm or at room temperature.
Thank you and looking forward to all your enthusiastic participation once again. Here goes the roundup for puran polis.
I have always sent my entries to the various events and this is the first time I am hosting an event and posting a roundup and I want to say that I am extremely happy hosting. I have 38 sweet entries for puran poli sweet chapathi/roti roundup. Thank you so much to you all for the beautiful, colorful entries that you have sent me for this event. A few bloggers have sent 1+ or even 2+ entries. Many thanks to each and everyone for your enthusiastic participation.
The puran poli theme has really made you all so creative and also for few bloggers, this event has inspired them to attempt the traditional, authentic puran polis. In this roundup, there are traditional puran polis, sweet parathas, sugary rotis and much more. Without any delay, dear sweet lovers, I present to you the sweet series roundup - 1 for Puran poli and sweet chapathi/roti roundup. Thank you.
I have sorted in the order I received. Please click on the image for recipe.
Puran Poli Obbatti Boli from Dhivya of Easy Cooking
Puran Poli from Skribles of Food with a pinch of love
Saanjori from Meera of Enjoy Indian Food
Greengram dal and jaggery filling puran poli from EC of Simple Indian Food
Coconut and jaggery filling obattu from EC of Simple Indian Food
Groundnut puran poli from EC of Simple Indian Food
Gajar poli from Sheetal of My kitchen
Puran poli from Sheetal of My kitchen
Paratha with Ricotta-Black Raspberry preserve and Walnuts from Asha of Aroma
Hoornada Holige from Lively of It's a beautiful life
Sindhi Lola from Mythreyee of Paajaka recipes
Kallebele thenginkai obbattu from Mythreyee of Paajaka recipes
Sweet coconut paratha from Sowmya of Creative saga
Kobri obattu from Vanamala of Nalapaka
Roti kesari poli from Foodyguru(Srimathi) of Few minute wonders
Sugar Phulka from Medhaa of Cook with love
Puran poli from Vandana of Cooking up something nice
Sweet potato puran poli from Priya of Live to cook
Coconut paratha from K of khichdi
Dates almond paratha from Aditi of Kitchen stories
Puran Poli from Radhika of Tickling Palates
Saatori from Meera of Enjoy Indian food
Coconut pancakes from JZ of Tasty treats
Bobbatlu from Sireesha of Mom's recipies
Puran poli from Trupti of Trupti's food corner
Ratalyachi Ghari (Sweet Potato Roti) from Trupti of Trupti's food corner
Gur Poli from Trupti of Trupti's food corner
Sojjappalu from Asha of Foodie's hope
Sweet potato and coconut paratha from Kalva of Curry in kadai
Puran poli from Jai and Bee of Jugalbandhi
Poli from Shankari of Stream of consciousness
Puran poli from Kamala of Mom's recipes - Nandhu's corner
Apple puran poli from Madhuram of Eggless cooking
Puran Poli from Sailaja Prakash of Aroma from my kitchen
Sajjappalu from Rekha of Plantain leaf Andhra recipes
Wheat sweet pancake from Archy of Archy's recipe book
Sweet roti from Cham of Spice club
Sesame sweet roti from Usha of Veg inspirations
Thank you so much to all the bloggers for sending the entries and for making this roundup a grand success. Expecting your support for the upcoming sweet series events too. Thank you.