Coconut is one of those ingredients which add richness and taste to the dish. The only thing which stops one from using it in food is the difficulty in scraping the coconut easily. If you too are one of those who loves adding coconut to your dishes, but find scrapping coconut a tiresome work then we have the perfect solution for you. All you need to do is get a Coconut Grater from Flipkart.
In this blog post we bring you some fantastic recipes made with coconut. They are very easy to make and lovely in taste. So here are the recipes.
We will start with something sweet – the much admired Angoori Petha
You will need
White Pumpkin – 2 Kgs
Sugar – 3 Cups
Slaked Lime – ¼ tsp
Coconut - 1 cup (grated)
Yellow Food Color – Few Drops
First you need to peel and deseed the pumpkin. Once peeled use melon scoop to scoop out balls from pumpkin. Now prick each pumpkin ball with a fork at close intervals. The next step is to rub slaked lime on pumpkin balls and keep them aside for at least 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, wash the pumpkin balls thoroughly, drain it and keep them aside. Take a heavy bottomed pan, add sugar and yellow food coloring along with 2 cups of water to it. Now boil the solution. Once boiled, you need to skimp off any impurities floating on the surface using a slotted spoon. Now add pumpkin balls to this solution and cook on high flame for 10 – 15 minutes. Once this is done remove the pan from the fire and let it cool completely. Drain the petha balls from the sugar syrup and roll it on the grated coconut. Let it cool completely and then enjoy!
This recipe makes approximately 40 pethas.
Next we bring you the interesting Baked Brinjal recipe
Chana Dal – 100 gms
Urad Dal – 100 gms
Dry Kashmiri Red Chillies – 8 to 10 (Whole)
Coriander Seeds – 50 gms
Cinnamon – 2 to 3 sticks
Coconut – 50 gms (Grated)
Oil – 1 tsp
And of course Baigan or Eggplants – 500 gms
For the Filling
First heat the oil in a Kadhai. Add Chana dal to it and sauté until it turns golden brown. Now you need to add Urad dal, Kashmiri Red Chillies, Coriander Seeds, Cinnamon and Coconut – mix them well and sauté for at least 3 minutes. Once this is done, blend all these ingredients in a mixer into a coarse powder. Keep this aside. Now you need to slit the brinjals into four pieces from the bottom. When you do this, just take care not to slit the brinjals into separate pieces. After slitting, add salt to the filling mixture and then fill the mixture into the brinjals and tie them with a thread, so that the filling does not spill out. Now place the brinjals into a baking dish and do not forget to pour 2-3 tsp of oil covering all the brinjals. Place them in the microwave oven and cook for at least 8-10 minutes. Once the cooking is done, carefully remove the threads from the brinjals and add the chopped coriander on the top.
Your Baked Brinjal is ready… Serve hot.
The third recipe which you can make with coconut is Boondi Basant. We are sure you will love this dish.
Boondi – 200 gms (Salted / Unsalted)
Onions – 2 (Sliced)
Garlic – 4 cloves
Tomatoes – 2 (finely chopped)
Coconut – ½ cup (Grated)
Ginger – ½” Piece
Cinnamon – 2 small pieces
Cloves – 4
Bayleaf – 1
Peppercorns – 4
Cardamons – 4
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Sugar – ½ tsp
Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Cashew Nuts – 10 to 15 (fried)
Ghee/ Butter – 3 tbsp
Start with heating 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan. To this add sliced onions and fry them until they turn brown in color. Once the onions turn brown in color, add grated coconut to the pan and fry until it turns pink in color. Keep the flame low when you are doing this. Once done keep this aside. Now you need to grind the onion, coconut, ginger and garlic cloves into a fine paste. Move on to heat the remaining Ghee. Add the bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon sticks, pepper corns and elaichi to the ghee and sauté it until you get a nice aroma out of it. Once you get the aroma, add tomatoes to the pan and sauté till the ghee oozes out. Now add chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and sugar to the pan. Once this is mixed, you can add the ground paste along with one cup of water. Let it cook for at least 5 minutes. Once cooked, you can add boondis and garnish the dish with coriander and fried cashew nuts.
Your Boondi Basant is ready. Serve hot!
We are sure you will try one of these dishes at home. And yes, do not forget to shop smart by using coupons and discount codes from DiscountMantra – the best online coupons and offers store in India.