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Monday, March 29, 2010

Bread Bajji

Bread Bajji

Bread Bajji is just like our regular bajjis we make with vegetables like onion, potato, raw banana and eggplant. Enjoy these bajji's with tomato sauce.


For this Bajji you need

4 slices of  bread
1 1/2 cup of besan flour
1/2 cup of rice flour
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1/2 tsp. of baking soda
A pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Preparation

Toss the bread slightly and cut them diagonally.

Mix all the flour and the powder with water.(the batter should be slightly thick and not too watery).

Dip the bread slices in the batter and deep fry them.

Bread bajji's are ready to serve.

Serve them hot with tomato sauce.

I am sending this to Divya's event Sunday snacks - Healthy snacks and to Leftover-Delicacies event by Daisy Blue.

Awards

Happy to recieve an award for EFM Theme -  Parathas and Gravies / Curries Series event by Srilekha

Thanks to Maduri for passing these lovely awards.




Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saffron rice with paneer and peas

Saffron rice with paneer and peas

Saffron rice , a rich tasty dish that goes well with any vegetables as side dishes.


For this rice you need

1 cup of Basmati rice
1/2 tsp. of saffron threads.
1/2 cup of peas
1/2 cup of paneer (chopped and slightly tossed in ghee)
1 onion
2 nos. of cardamom and cloves.
Few nos. of cashews (Roasted in ghee)
Salt to taste
3 tsp. of ghee
Oil 

Preparation

Wash and soak the rice for 10mins.

Chop the onions.

In the cooker, heat oil and ghee,add the cardamoms and cloves. Saute for a min.

Add the chopped onions, saute them till they turn translucent.

Now add the saffron and the peas. 

Finally add the rice, with 2 cups of water along with salt. Allow it for 2 whistles.

Mix the cashews and paneer with this cooked rice.

Saffron rice is ready to serve...


Friday, March 26, 2010

Channa Rolls

Channa Rolls

A tasty and healthy tea- time snack.These are delicious rolls made of channa and vegetables. 


For this roll you need

2 cups of Channa
1 big sized onion
2 nos. of carrots
1 capsicum
Small bunch of fresh coriander and mint leaves
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1/2 tsp. of garam masala powder
5 tsp. of Corn flour
Salt
Oil for frying

Preparation

Soak the channa in water overnight or for 8 hrs.Grind them coarsely and keep it aside.

Wash and grate the carrots.

Chop the onions , mint leaves, coriander leaves and capsicum finely.

Now in a vessel add the powders, chopped ingredients ,grinded channa along with salt and mix them well without water.

Make shapes out of them .

Mix corn flour with water.

Heat oil in a kadhai, dip these rolls in the corn flour  

Deep fry them in medium flame till they turn golden brown and drain them in a paper towel, to remove excess oil.

Tasty channa rolls are ready to be served.......


Serve them hot with tomato sauce...


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Moong Dal Pakoda's

Moong Dal Pakoda's

A healthy tea - time snack. Adding ginger and coriander seeds gives this snack a wonderful taste.


For this pakoda you need

1 cup of Moong dal
2 onions
2 green chillies
A small piece of ginger
2 tsp. of coriander seeds
A sprig of curry leaves
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Preparation

Soak moong dal in water for an hour.

Grind the moong dal along with ginger ,corinader seeds and salt . The mixture should be little coarse.

Chop the onions and green chillies.

Mix the chopped ingredients and curry leaves with the grinded paste.

Heat oil in a pan and take a handful of the batter and drop them little by little using the tips of  your hand. 

Deep fry them until golden brown and drain them in a paper towel.

Moong Dal Pakoda's are ready to be served............


Serve  with a cup of hot tea and enjoy ........... :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Channa Bhatura

Channa Bhatura

Channa Bhatura is an ultimate comfort food and also one of the most popular breakfast in North India.


For Bhatura you need

2 cups of All purpose flour / Maida
1/2 tsp. of baking soda
2 tsp. of semolina/ rava
3 tbsp. of yoghurt
Salt to taste
2 tsp. of ghee.
Oil for frying.

Preparation
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients well using sufficient water.

Finally add the ghee and knead it well, until it forms into a soft dough.

Cover  with a wet cloth  and keep aside for 3-4 hrs.

Take a lemon sized ball from the dough , dust it in flour and roll them into a flat and round shaped one.

Heat oil in pan and deep fry them.

Bhathura's are ready to be served....

For Channa  Masala you need

2 cups of chick peas (kabuli channa).

1 big sized onion
2 tomatoes
1tsp. of ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
1/2 tsp. of garam masala powder
salt to taste
Coriander and 1 tsp. of lime juice for garnishing

For Seasoning

1 tsp. of aniseed
2 cloves and 1" cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
Oil
Preparation

Soak the chick peas in water overnight or for 6 hrs.

In a cooker, cook the channa with a pinch of salt. Allow it for 3 - 4 whistles. Drain the excess water and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add all the seasoning ingredients.

Add chopped onions and saute them well until they turn translucent, add the ginger- garlic paste.

Then add the chopped tomatoes and saute them well, until all are well cooked.

Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder , salt and stir them slowly on medium flame.

Now add the drained chick peas with a glass of water and bring it to boil until the gravy thickens.

At the final stage , add the coriander and lemon juice, stir it well.

Channa Masala is ready to be served with Bhatura.............


Delicious Channa Bhathura is ready ...........

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Aloo Gobi in Tomato Gravy

Aloo Gobi in Tomato Gravy.

This is a combination of gobi and Aloo in tomato gravy. A different tasty side dish for Chapathi's.


For this Gravy you need

1 cup of Gobi florets.
1 big sized potato
1 onion
2 green chillies - split lengthwise
4 big sized ripened tomatoes
1 tsp. of ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp. of cashew powder
1 tsp. of garam masala powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
Fresh coriander leaves (for garnishing)
Salt to taste
Oil

Preparation

Wash and blanch the tomatoes, puree them and keep it aside.

Heat water , along with turmeric powder and the cauliflower florets,once the florets gets half-cooked,drain the water and keep them aside.

Peel the potatoes, dice them. Pressure cook them in 2 whistles.

Heat oil in a pan, add the ginger garlic- paste and saute them well.

Add the green chillies and saute for a min.

Add the chopped onions and fry them until they turn translucent.

Add the ginger garlic paste and saute them until the raw smell extracts from it,now add the cashew powder.

Add the tomato puree, salt, garam masala powder and chilli powder. Cook until the raw smell  extracts and the gravy gets slightly thick.

Now add the cauliflower and potatoes and mix them gently.

Cover and cook for 5 min. in low flame.

Finally garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Aloo Gobi in tomato gravy is ready to be served........


Serve it hot with Chapathi's and enjoy :).......


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sprouted Moong Dal Salad

Sprouted Moong dal Salad

Salad is an healthy appetizer,eating salad a day is a simple way to live a healthier lifestyle.



For this salad you need

1 cup of sprouted moong dal.
1/2 cup of roasted peanuts.
1 tomato
1 onion
1 cucumber
1 tsp. of Lemon Juice extract 
Salt to taste.


Preparation.

Cook the sprouted moong dal.(Don't overcook them to get smashed).
Chop the onion, tomato and cucumber.
Now take a wide vessel, add all the ingredients and mix them well. 

Sprouted moong dal salad is ready to serve.




Serve the salad with a cup of black tea......

I am sending this entry to Healthy Inspirations Event- Salad conducted by Usha

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

TOMATO KURMA

Tomato Kurma

This is a delicious Kurma with tomatoes , this goes very well with hot Idli's


For this Kurma you need

4 nos. of ripened tomatoes(big sized)
2 nos. of green chillies (split lengthwise)
2 onions
1 tsp. of ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
Few coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste
Oil

For Seasoning

1 Bay leaf
1'' cinnamon stick
2 cardamoms

For Grinding

4 tsp. of grated coconut
2 tsp. of roasted channa dal / pottukadalai
1 tsp. of aniseed
5 nos. of cashew

Grind them to a smooth paste with little water.

Preparation.

Wash and chop the tomatoes.

Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients. 

Add the green chillies and saute for a min.

Add the chopped onions and fry them until they turn translucent.

Add the ginger- garlic paste.Saute them well

Add the chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, coriander powder , chilli powder. Mix them gently.

When the tomatoes gets cooked well, add the grinded paste along with salt and sufficient water.Allow it to boil for 5 min. in  a low flame.

Turn off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

Tasty tomato kurma is ready to be served.....



Serve it with hot Idli's / Dosa's and enjoy :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

APPLE CARROT SOUP

Apple with Carrot Soup

This is a sweet comforting soup with the combination of apple and carrot.

For this soup you need

1 Apple
1 carrot
2  garlic cloves
1 onion 
1 cup of vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil/ Butter
Preparation

Peel the skin and chop the apple and carrot. Keep it aside

Chop the onions.

Heat oil/butter in a pan, add the garlic and saute for a min.

Add the chopped  onions and saute them till they turn translucent.

Now add the chopped apple and carrot. Saute for 2 mins.

Now in the cooker , add the mixture along with the vegetable stock and allow it for 2 whistles.

When the pressure is down, allow it to cool and blend them in a food processor.

Transfer the puree to the pan , add salt and stir it gently in a medium flame, when the soup comes to boil, turn off the flame.

While serving add pepper.

Delicious Apple with carrot soup is ready to served....,..


Serve it hot and enjoy :)..............

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Puffed Rice Upma

Puffed Rice Upma

This is an easy and tasty Upma. 


For this recipe you need

2 cups of puffed rice
1 Onion
1 Capsicum
2 nos. of Green chillies
1 carrot
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
Few nos. of coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste
1 tsp.  of Oil

For seasoning

1/4 tsp. of mustard
A Sprig of curry leaves
Preparation

Clean and wash the puffed rice . Squeeze them well and keep it aside.

Chop the onions, capsicum and split the green chillies lengthwise.

Peel and grate the carrot.

Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seed, When they stop spluttering, add the green chillies and saute for a min.

Add the onions and saute them, until they turn translucent.

Add the capsicum , fry for a min,  then add the carrot along with turmeric powder and salt and saute them until they are cooked .

Add the washed puffed rice and mix them gently.

Remove from flame and garnish them with coriander leaves.

Puffed Rice upma is ready to be served.........


Serve it hot and enjoy :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tomato - Green Chilli Thokku

Tomato - Green Chilli Thokku

This a spicy thokku that goes well with Idli's/ Dosa/s, but I love to have with curd rice.


For this thokku you need

5 nos of ripened big sized tomatoes
8 green chillies.
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. of chilli powder
2 tbsp. of tamarind extract
3 tbsp. of oil
Salt to taste

For Seasoning

1 tsp. of mustard
A pinch of asafoetida.
Preparation

Wash and chop the tomatoes.

Chop the green chillies.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seed, when they stop spluttering, add asafoetida.

Add the green chillies and saute for a min.

Now add the chopped tomatoes along with  chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.

Finally add the tamarind extract to it and mix them gently.

Allow it to boil in a low flame, until the mixture thickens and the oil gets seperated.

Turn off the heat and allow it to cool.

Tomato - Green chilli thokku is ready to be served........


Serve it with Idli's / Dosa's  and enjoy :)

Store in a clean air tight jar in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ALOO JEERA

ALOO JEERA

A Quick and easy fry with jeera and selected spices. This goes well with rice and chapathi.


For this fry you need

2 big sized Potatoes
1 tsp. of Jeera
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
Few Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Oil

Preparation

Peel the skin from the potatoes and cut into medium size cubes.

Pressure cook them with sufficient water. Allow it for 2 whistles.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the jeera, when they stop spluttering , add the coriander leaves and saute for a min.

Add the boiled potatoes, along with turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder along with salt. Mix them gently. 

Cook them for a couple of mins. in a low flame.

Aloo Jeera is ready to be tasted.........



Serve it hot with rice/ Chapathi and enjoy :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

VEGETABLE BIRYANI

VEGETABLE BIRYANI

A rich aromatic rice with spices and vegetables.


For this rice you need

2 cups of rice.
2 onions 
Few nos. of coriander and mint leaves
10 nos. of paneer
2 green chillies
2 carrots 
1 potato  
1 cup of peas
1 cup of cauliflower florets
5 nos. of beans.
1 capsicum
1 tomato
1 cup of coconut milk
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
1  tsp. of garam masala powder
Salt to taste

For seasoning
1 tsp. of Aniseed
Few nos. of cinnamon and cloves
1-2 bay leaves.
1 star anise
2 cardamoms
Few nos. of cashews
Oil and ghee as needed


Preparation

Clean and chop the vegetables . Peel off the skin from the potato and chop them as big cubes

Chop the beans and carrot - lengthwise.

Chop the capsicum, split the green chillies lengthwise.

Fry the paneer in ghee/ oil until golden brown and keep it aside.

Fry few chopped onions for garnishing.

In the cooker, heat oil and ghee,add all the seasoning ingredients.

Add the coriander and mint leaves, saute them. Add the green chillies , fry them for a min.

Add the chopped onions, saute them well. when the onions turn translucent add the
 Ginger - garlic paste.

Add the chopped vegetables along with tomatoes and saute them well. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder , coriander powder, garam masala powder and mix them well on medium flame until the raw flavor extracts from it.

Add the roasted paneer.

Finally add the rice with 3 cups of water and 1 cup of coconut milk along with salt. Allow it for 2 whistles.

When the pressure is down, garnish with fried onions

Vegetable Biryani  is ready to be be served..........



Serve this spicy vegetable biryani with with onion raita and enjoy :)


Sunday, March 7, 2010

COCONUT RICE | THENGAI SADAM

COCONUT RICE | THENGAI SADAM
Coconut rice , a traditional recipe which can be prepared in few mins and also with very few ingredients.My mom used to prepare variety of rices, for lunch but I don't get the time to prepare all of them.Here comes a simple coconut rice.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010