Monday, May 24, 2010

Bitter Melon Sambar

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3/4 cup cooked toor dal
1 medium onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 bitter melon peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
4 hot thai chillis chopped
11/2 tbsp sambar powder
curry leaves
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves 
Salt as per taste
1 cup tamarind extract water
1/2 tsp hing
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp roasted powdered fenugreek

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard cumin seeds,hing and curry leaves.Add onion and salt when onions turn translucent add thai chillies.Stir for a few minutes add bitter melon and add tomatoes add sambar powder, turmeric powder and the juice extracted from the tamarind check for salt and add if needed.Cook for 5 minutes with the pan covered.Add the cooked dal and boil for few minutes add the fenugreek powder and let boil for 2 minutes.Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with plain rice.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lima Beans Kurma

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Lima bean(frozen or fresh) 1/2 cup
Dessicated Coconut  1/2 cup
Onion 1 small
Tomato 1 medium
Green Chillies 5-6 depending on heat preferred
Ginger 1 inch
Garlic 3-4 cloves
Fennel 1tsp
Cloves 3
Cinnamon 1 small piece
Cardamom 1 if preferred
Salt as per taste
Olive oil 4 tsps


Heat a skillet and on low heat roast onion,chillies,fennel,ginger,garlic,coconut,tomatoes in 2 tsp oil.Cool and make a paste of all of them.Heat 2 tsp oil and fry curry leaves,cinnamon,cloves and cardamom then add lima beans and then the paste.Pour water for consistency preferred.Boil for 5 minutes and enjoy with rice or roti.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kala Chana Fry

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2 tsps olive oil
1 small cup Kala chana soaked overnight
4 shallots chopped finely
1 tomato finely chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp urad dal
1tsp mustard seeds
Salt as per taste
2 slit green chillies
3 tsps chilli powder
2 tsps coriander powder


Wash and soak kala chana overnight. Add 2 tsp salt to water and boil the kala chana. Heat oil in a skillet and add urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fresh curry leaves. Add shallots, garlic, salt and cook till shallots are golden brown.Add finely chopped tomatoes, chilli and coriander powder, sprinkle some water and cook till tomatoes are well done. Add kala chana and cover pan and cook over medium heat. Garnish with coriander leaves and slit green chillies. Enjoy with rice, roti, by itself
or with even toasted bread.

Sending this post to Nithu Bala's Chickpeas Event

Greens with Potatoes

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Greens and Potatoes

2tsps olive oil
1 bunch fresh spinach/any other green preferred
1 piece fresh ginger crushed
4 cloves garlic,crushed
1 onion,nicely chopped
1tsp cumin seeds
3 dried red chilles
salt, to taste
1 bag small whole potatoes
2 tomatoes nicely chopped


Wash the Spinach well and chop into small pieces.Wash and pierce potatoes with fork.Boil potatoes in 1 1/2 cups of water.Add 2tsp of salt to the water.When the potatoes are half cooked drain the water.Heat oil in a skillet and fry the potatoes until brown aon all sides.Remove and put aside.Fry ginger,garlic,onion,dried chillies,cumin,green chillies and salt until the onion is brown.Add tomatoes till nicely cooked.Add the potatoes and stir well.Cover the pan and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally till the potatoes are tender.Add spinach and stir well.Cook with the skillet uncovered till spinach is tender.Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon.Enjoy with rice or roti.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


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1 cup Whole Green Moong Dal
1/4 cup Rice
3 garlic pods
1-2 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 tsp whole black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onions
Few dry chilles - optional
Shredded coconut - optional
Small piece ginger - optional
2  chillies chopped - optional


Soak the dal, rice, garlic black pepper, cumin, ginger overnight. Grind it in the morning with salt, shredded coconut,red chillies,ginger -optional, to dosa batter consistency. Let it stay for 1/2 hour. Meanwhile sautee onions, chillies and when ready to make the dosas mix it with the batter. Heat a well seasoned / nonstick skillet, pour a ladle of the batter and make dosas or crepes, adding oil. Flip cook on both sides and enjoy hot.

Swiss Chard Stir Fry

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1 Bunch Swiss Chard
4-5 Garlic Pods
1/4 cup onion chopped
2 tsps Oil
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds - optional
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds - optional


Wash the Chard well.  Nicely chop them along with the stems.  Heat oil in a skillet
and add red chillies and onions,garlic with salt. When the onions turn translucent add the chopped greens. Stir fry the greens on till half done. Enjoy!

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