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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spinach rice




Ingredients.
Basmathi rice cooked 3/4th-1 cup
Salt & pepper to taste
Blanched & chopped spinach-1/2 bunch
Green chilles chopped-1
Onion chopped-1/4
Spring onions chopped-1/4 bunch
Chopped Garlic-4
Jeera-1/2tsp
Butter-1tbsp
Method.
Heat butter in a pan,temper it with jeera.Add onion,garlic,green chilles & chopped spinach.Season it to your taste.Mix rice and fry till everything is blended well.Garnish it with spring onions.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Corriander Chutney

Ingredients
Corriander leaves-1/2 bunch
Salt to taste
turmeric powder-a pinch
Hing-a pinch
Ginger-1/4''
Red chilles-4
Uraddhal-1tsp
Channadhal-1/2tsp
Jeera-1/4tsp
Tamarind-little(optional)
oil-1tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan fry all the above ingredients one by one.cool it and grind it to a smooth paste.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Idly


Idly is a very common tiffin in any South Indian house. As the Idly rice prices have shot up and in fact we were not getting in stores. I have tried making it with long grain rice. Not bad it was a success!!!!
Ingredients
Long grain rice-7 cups
(any brand i bought Blue Ribbon from Costco)
Whole urad dhal-1 & 1/4cups
Salt-to taste
Method
Soak the rice with boiling water in a wide vessel for 3hrs.Don't close it with a lid,otherwise your rice will be cooked.Soak urad dhal separately with normal tap water.Grind both separately.Add salt mix both batters together,ferment it for at least 8hrs.Next day beat the batter nicely,grease your Idly plates.Pour a ladle of batter and steam it.Serve it with chutney or Idly podi.
Variation
Long grain rice-4cups
Urad dhal-1cup
salt to taste
Method
Fry the rice in a pan till it changes colour to milk white.Switch off stove pour water and soak it for 3hrs.Soak uraddhal separately.Grind it separately,add salt mix it for fermentation.Then make Idlys.When I visited my Cousin in Minneapolis I learned it from her.As it is a snowy place she makes Idlys this way.

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This is the best room I like in my house guess where? MY KITCHEN!!!!!!!!.






Turnip Leaf Sambar Recipe / Sambar With Turnip Leaf Recipe

images of Turnip Leaf Sambar Recipe / Sambar With Turnip Leaf Recipe
Turnip leaf sambar
Ingredients
Red masoor dal-1 cup
( Or Toor Dal)
Turnip leaf chopped-1 bunch
Onion-1/2
Garlic crushed-3
Tomato-1
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Sambar powder-1 &1/2 tsp
(if you don't have add chilly & dhania powder to your taste)
Hing-1/4tsp
Tamarind paste-1tsp
For Tempering
Oil-2tsp
Mustard-1/4tsp
Methi/fenugreek seeds-little
Uraddal-1/4tsp
Channa dal-1/4tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds-1/4tsp
Curry leaf
Method
Pressure cook red masoor dhal,turnip leaf & turmeric powder.
Mash it well add salt and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add onion,garlic,tomato,sambar powder & hing.fry it well till raw smell has disappeared.
Add the cooked dhal,tamarind paste.give a nice boil.
Garnish with curry leaves & enjoy with hot plain rice.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Kabuli Channa Sundal

Ingredients
Kabuli Channa-2cups
(soak it overnight)
Salt to taste
Onion-1
Green chillies-3
Curry leaves-little
Ginger-1/2''
Coconut grated-2tsp
(optional)
Tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard-1/4tsp
Urad dhal-1/4tsp
Hing-1/2tsp
Method
Pressure cook channa with salt .Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add onion,green chillies,curry leaves & ginger.Add the channa and fry it for 2 min.Garnish with grated coconut.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cranberry Kara kuzhambu/Kulambu
















Ingredients
Fresh Cranberry-1/2 cup
Chopped onion-1
Chopped roma tomato-1
Curry & coriander leaves-little
Garlic chopped-8
Tamarind paste-2tsp
(dilute it with water)
Coconut -4tsp
(ground to a smooth paste)
Salt to taste
Chille powder-1&1/2 tsp or to your taste
Dhania powder-1tsp
Oil-1tbsp
For tempering
I used home made Vadavam-little
If you don't have add Mustard,Methi,Jeera & Urad dhal-little
Method.
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add onion,tomato ,garlic & curry leaves.Fry till golden brown now add the dry masala & cranberry.Fry a bit,pour the diluted tamarind juice,cook till oil separates.Add coconut paste give a boil and remove.Garnish & best served with rice.
Tips
As cranberry has a sour taste try to reduce the tamarind content.Coconut can be increased.Coconut ground with Fennel seeds also gives a good taste.




Watercress & Split green peas Masiyal




Ingredients.
Watercress-1 bunch
(cut the roots off)
Split green peas-1 cup
salt-to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Oil-2tsp
Tempering
Mustard-1/2tsp
Jeera-1/2tsp
Roast & dry grind.
Uraddal-3tsp
Whole pepper-8
Red chilles-3
Grated coconut-1tbsp
(you can add if you want more)
Hing-1/2tsp
Method.
Pressure cook dal,watercress,salt & turmeric powder till done.Mash it well.Pour 1tsp of oil and dry roast all the ingredients.Cool and powder it.Mix it well with the dal give just one boil.temper it .your tasty dhal is ready.






















Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Asparagus Poriyal




Ingredients
Asparagus chopped-1bunch
Onion chopped-1/4
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1 pinch
Mustard-1/4tsp
Jeera-1/4tsp
Urad dal-little
Chilly flakes-1tsp
Oil-1/4tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard,jeera urad dal & chilly flakes.
Add onion and chopped asparagus,fry a bit,add salt & turmeric powder sprinkle very little water.
Cover it with a lid,cook till done.




Rajma Gravy Recipe

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Ingredients.
Rajma-1 cup
(soaked for overnight)
Salt-to taste
Oil-2tsp
Onion-1/2
Tomato-2
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Corriander leaves
Chille powder-1/2tsp
Any garam masala-1/4tsp
(i usually use Kitchen king MDH brand)
Kastoori methi-1handfull
Jeera-1tsp
Cinnamon stick-1/4"
Cardamom-1
Amchur powder-1/4tsp or lime juice
Method
In a pressure cooker pour oil,temper it with jeera,cardamom,& cinnamon.Add chopped onion,tomato,ginger & garlic.Fry till the tomatoes are mashed well.Now add all the dry masalas & rajma.Cook it till done.Garnish it with corriander leaves.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Moong & Turnip leaf dhal







These Turnips are from my friends garden wow!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe we can grow these type of vegetables in a desert like Arizona.I have tried a Dhal using the leaves of the turnips.It was good.Why don't you try here is the recipe.

Ingredients.
Turnip leaves-1 bunch(chopped)
Whole moong dhal-1 cup
Salt-to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Onion-1/4th
Tomato-1
Garlic-2
For tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard-1/4tsp
Jeera-1tsp
Uraddal-1/4tsp
Channadal-1/4tsp
Hing-1/4tsp
Red chilles-4nos
Method
Soak the dal overnight.In a pressure cooker add the above ingredients except tempering, till done.Mash it well.Temper it serve it with rice or chapathies.
Tips
These leaves are rich in Vit.A,If you are concerned about rheumatoid arthritis, turnip greens are a good food to add to your shopping list.




Sunday, March 22, 2009

Chicken Biriyani

Ingredients
For Marination
Chicken-1 &1/2 pound
Curd-2tbs
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Chilly powder-1tsp
My Biriyani masala-3tsp
Ginger/Garlic paste-2tsp
For Rice
Basmati rice-41/2 cups
Salt to taste
Ghee-1tsp
(whole garam masala)-little
For Gravy
Onion-1/2
Tomato-2
Ginger/garlic paste-2tsp
Mint & Coriander leaves-1/2 cup
Green chillies-6
Whole garam masala-little
(pepper,cardamom,cloves,bay leaf,cinnamon,jeera & shajeera)
Oil-11/2 tbs
Ghee-3tsp
For Garnish
Lime juice 3tsp mixed with little yellow food colour
(colour is optional)
Fried onions-1/4 cup
Mint & Coriander leaves-1/2 cup
Method
Marinate the chicken with all above ingredients for 1hr. in the fridge.
Pour oil in a heavy bottom pan,add the whole garam masala,add onions & fry till golden brown,then add all the other ingredients one by one of the gravy.
Fry till oil separates,now add the marinated chicken ,cook it till done.
Cook rice till 3/4th done,put it on top of the gravy ,garnish it with mint ,fried onion & lime juice,close it with a tight lid.
Keep it in medium heat for 10 minutes.
Your Biriyani is ready.Mix & serve it with raita.

Friday, March 13, 2009

My Garden












One new arrival to my garden!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love gardening.Some times its impossible in an apartment.But i have tried my best to have a small home garden inside my patio.Iam so thrilled to see my first Rose!!!!