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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vegetable Dal Fry


Vegetable Dal Fry

A Delicious healthy fry with vegetables and channa dal. This goes very well with chapathi/Rice :-)

For this fry you need

2 carrots
5 beans
1/2 cup of peas
1 cup of channa dal
1 onion
1 tsp. of mustard and urad dhal
1/2 tsp. of aniseed
2 red chillies
A sprig of curry leaves
Salt
Oil

For grinding

Soak the channa dal for an hour.Grind this soaked dal with aniseed and red chillies to a thick paste and keep it aside.


Preparation

Wash and chop the vegetables and onion.

In a bowl, mix all the chopped vegetables with the grinded paste and salt.

Make small balls out of this batter and steam cook them.

Allow these steam cooked balls to cool and split them gently.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard and urad dhal.

Add the curry leaves and chopped onions ,saute it well.

Finally add the steamed vegetables and saute for 5 mins.

Delicious vegetable Dal fry is ready to serve...




Serve it hot with Chapathi/Sambar rice.......


Monday, June 21, 2010

Crispy Cabbage Onion Fritters/Pakoda's


Crispy Cabbage Onion Fritters/ Pakoda's.

A quick and an easy tea time snack.


For this Pakoda you need

4 medium sized onions
1 cup of chopped cabbage
2 green chillies
A sprig of curry leaves
1 tbsp. of besan flour
1/2 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of rice flour
1/2 tsp. of corn flour
A pinch of asafoetida
Salt
Oil for frying
Preparation

Chop the onions.

In a bowl , mix all the ingredients with the chopped onions and cabbage by sprinkling very little water (sufficient to make the flours stick to the onions and cabbage). Mix them well until they have a crumble texture.

Heat oil in a pan, using your hands take a small portion from the batter , drop them in oil. (Sprinkle the batter while you drop in oil, so that all ur onions and cabbages  gets separated while frying ).

Deep fry them until they turn golden brown. Drain them in kitchen towel to remove the excess oil.

Crispy pakoda's are ready to serve...


Serve it with Hot Tea...

Sending this entry and Mutter Paneer recipe to Healing Foods - Onion hosted by priya started by Siri and also sending the Mutter Paneer recipe to the Think Spice-Think Garam Masala Event by Sara Started by Sunitha

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Corn Peas Pulao with (Almond - Cashew) Powder

Corn Peas Pulao(Almond-Cashew Powder)


This is an easy pulav with corn and peas. I added Almond - cashew powder to this pulao ,and this gave a richer taste to this rice. 
Usually  raita's are served as side dish for any pulav's but we had with crispy onion cabbage pakoda's and it was great..
I am too lazy to prepare  coconut milk and hence I went along with milk.(You can add coconut milk).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Crispy Okra's


Crispy Okra's

These are crispy fries that goes very well with any dal rice.

For these fries you need

20- 25 nos. of Okra
1 tbsp. of besan flour
1 tsp. of rice flour
1/2 tsp. of cumin powder
A pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp. of yoghurt
1/2 tsp. of chilli powder
A sprig of curry leaves.
Salt
Oil for frying
Preparation

Wash and chop the Okra's.

In a bowl , mix all the ingredients with the chopped Okra's .

Heat oil in a pan, using your hands take a small portion from the batter and  drop them in oil.

Deep fry them until they turn golden brown. Drain them in kitchen towel to remove the excess oil.

Crispy Okra's are ready to serve...



Serve it hot with any dal rice........

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mint (Pudina) Thuvaiyal


Mint (Pudina) Thuvaiyal

A simple delicious chutney with mint leaves and red chillies. I simply love to have this chutney with curd rice :-)

For this chutney you need

1 Bunch of fresh mint leaves
4 red chillies
2 tbsp. of urad dhal
2 tbsp. of coconut
A pinch of asafoetida
Salt
Preparation

Wash and clean the mint leaves.

Heat oil in a pan, add the urad dhal along with asafoetida and fry them till it turns slightly brown. Keep it aside.

Now saute the red chillies. 

Finally saute the mint leaves for 2 mins.

In a blender, smoothly grind the mint leaves, red chilli and coconut with salt adding  little water.

At last add the urad dhal and grind them coarsely.

Tasty flavorful mint chutney is ready to serve...


Serve it with Hot Idli's / Dosa's/ Curd rice..

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cauliflower/Gobi Fritters


Cauliflower(Gobi) fritters

This is a wonderful snack with cauliflower . Adding yoghurt and lemon makes it tasty and tangy :-).



For this fritters you need

First we will start with the ingredients required for marinating

1 small sized cauliflower
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
2 tsp. of lemon juice
2 tsp. of yoghurt
A pinch of colouring powder
A pinch of baking powder
Salt

Before frying you need to add this 

1 tsp. of rice flour
1 tsp. of corn flour
2 tsp. of All purpose flour.

Other ingredients

A sprig of curry leaves
Oil for frying


Preparation

Wash and clean the cauliflower florets.

In a vessel , along with the florets, mix all the ingredients required for marinating.Keep it aside for 2 hrs.

At the time frying, add the flour along with the curry leaves and mix them well.

Heat oil in a pan, deep fry them until they turn crispy.Drain them in kitchen town to remove excess oil.

Tasty  Gobi fritters are ready to serve....


Serve it hot.......

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Carrot Tomato With Oats soup


Carrot - Tomato With Oats Soup

This is a tasty and healthy soup with tomatoes and carrots, adding oats gives a thick base to this soup :-)

For this soup you need

2 nos. of carrots
2 tsp. of oats
2 tomatoes
2 nos. of garlic
1 onion
Butter/olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Preparation

Heat butter in a pan, add garlic saute for a min.

Add the onions, saute them well .

Now add the carrots , saute them for 5 mins.

Add the tomatoes along with the oats and fry them for another 3 mins.

Now add one cup of water and  allow it for 3 whistles.

When the pressure is down, grind them in a blender and filter it.Add salt to it

Healthy tasty soup is ready to serve...


Serve it hot with pepper......

Sending this entry to CWS -Pepper event hosted by Padma started by Priya and to Healing Foods - Onion hosted by priya started by Siri.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Instant Tomato Chutney


Instant Tomato Chutney

Simple delicious chutney, with very less ingredients and the best side dish with Hot Idli's / Chapathi's.


For this chutney you need

5 nos. of medium sized tomatoes
1 tsp. of sambar powder
1 tsp. of tamarind extract
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
salt
oil

Preparation

Wash and chop the tomatoes.

In a blender , along with the tomatoes add the sambar powder, tamarind extract, turmeric powder and salt, grind them well.

Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, when they stop spluterring, add the green chillies, saute for a min,add the curry leaves.

Add the puree , cover and cook until the chutney thickens.

Tomato chutney is ready to serve...


Serve it with hot Idli's/Chapathi's....


I am sending Saudi champagne to the Sizzling Summer contest by Spicy Tasty





Thursday, June 3, 2010

Kashmiri Chapathi

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Kashmiri Chapathi

Chapathi with spices, sounds healthy and tasty. I found this recipe from my cook book and would love to share with you all.
Give a slight change from ur usual chapathi's and give a try!!!!

For this chapathi you need

1 cup of wheat flour
1/2 tsp. of aniseed
1/2 tsp. of cumin seeds
1/4 tsp. of ajwain (carawy)seeds
10 nos. of pepper.
Milk
Ghee/oil
Salt


Preparation

In a pan, fry all the seeds slightly and grind them.

In a bowl , mix this grinded powder with wheat flour adding milk and water.Knead it well until it forms into a soft dough.

Cover and keep it aside for 30 mins.

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

Heat the tawa, place the rolled chapathi and apply ghee on its sides.

When both sides are cooked , remove from the tawa

Spicy chapathi is ready to serve......


Serve it hot with Tomato Green Chilli thokku....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Simple Sambar

Simple Tasty Sambar 

I really love the event by Priti- "His Cooking"

U know who is my inspiration in cooking , its my dear HUBBY -  I admire and enjoy is cooking a lot.......
Thursday's and Friday's are weekends in Saudi.. So that's the time my daughter and myself start preparing the menu...
He is a chef in biryani and vatha Kuzhambu. He also prepares some easy and simple recipes like this sambar, vegetable stir fries, and so on..

Here comes the sambar from my Hubby's hands.

For this sambar you need

2 onions
2 green chillies
3 tomatoes
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
Salt 
Oil

For seasoning

1 tsp. of cumin seeds
1 tsp. of mustard and urad dhal
A sprig of curry leaves.


Preparation

Wash and chop the onions, green chillies and tomatoes.

Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients.

Add the chopped the green chillies, saute for a min.

Add the chopped onions , saute till they turn translucent

Now add the chopped tomatoes along with the turmeric powder, chilli powder. Mix them well. 

When they tomatoes are half cooked , add 1 1/2 cups of water along with salt and  allow it to boil. ( adjust the water according to your consistency).

Simple sambar is ready to serve...


Serve it hot with crispy  Dosa's/ Hot Idli's.

Sending this entry to Priti's - His cooking