Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Veggie Noodles

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Ingredients
1 small packet ramen/maggi noodles
1 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup mixed veggies
3 cloves garlic chopped
2-3 green chilles chopped
1/4 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp chilli flavor that comes with the noodles
1/2 tsp sriracha sauce(optional)
1/4 cup coriander leaves chopped
1-1 1/2 tbsp oil
Salt

Method
Bring water to boil and add the noodles cook till almost done,drain the water and add cold water,drain the water and set aside.Heat oil in a pan add chillies,onions,salt and cook till the onions turn traslucent,then add ginger,garlic,mixed veggies and stir cook for a few mins.Then add curry powder,chilli flavor,sriracha sauce and stir cook for a few more mins.Now add the well drained noodles and stir cook till the contents are nicely mixed.Add coriander leaves and stir well.Enjoy!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Blueberry Smoothie

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Blend half cup blueberries,vanilla flavoured yogurt,a slice of an apple, half cup of water in a blender.Enjoy with some crushed ice.

Spicy Okra Curry/Vendakka Kara Kulambu

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Ingredients
1 cup onion finely chopped
3/4th cup plum tomato finely chopped
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
8 okras cut in 2 inch length(wash and completely pat dry before cutting)
Cherry size tamarind(soak in water and extract water)
2 tsp hot cayenne powder(adjust to the sourness of tamarind)
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
2-3 tbsp oil
5-6 Curry leaves
Cilantro leaves for garnish
Salt as per taste

Method
Cook okra till half done in a pan with 2 tsp of oil and set aside.Heat the rest of the oil in a deep pan and add mustard and cumin seeds,when it splutters add curry leaves,onion,garlic and salt.Cook till onions are nicely cooked and the raw smell goes,add tomatoes and cook for a few mins.Then add okras and give a nice stir.Add hot cayenne powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder,tamarind extract,1 3/4 cups of water.Give a nice stir and cover cook for about 5 mins,then open the lid and cook for another 7-8 mins till the curry gets to a nice consistency and the okra is nicely cooked.Enjoy!

Note: Pat dry the okras nicely before cutting them to avoid the sliminess.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Beetroot Curry with Egg

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Ingredients
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 large chopped beetroot
1 potato chopped
2 boiled eggs
1 tsp hot cayenne powder
1 tsp fresh coriander seeds powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Salt
2 tbsp oil
Curry leaves
Cilantro leaves

Grind to a paste -1
10 dry red chillies
1 tsp chopped ginger
5 cloves garlic chopped

Grind to paste -2
3/4th cup dessicated coconut
4 tsp poppy seeds(powder them first in a coffee grinder)
Water

Method
Heat oil in a pressure pan and add cumin seeds,curry leaves,ground paste,stir then add onions,salt and stir cook till onions are niely cooked,add potatoes,beetroot,coriander leaves and cook for a few mins then add tomatoes,cayenne powder,turmeric,coriander powder and cover cook for few more mins.Add the ground paste 2,add 2 cups water and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles- depending on your cooker.When the pressure is off,stir well,add fresh lemon juice(or serve lemon wedges with the curry) and add the boiled eggs(optional)or serve it separately and enjoy with rice or chapati.Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bottle Gourd Pachadi/Sorakkaya Pachadi

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Wash and peel bottle gourd and chop it in small cubes-deseed depending on the gourd.Cover cook them adding a little salt and water in a pan and set aside to cool.Heat oil in a pan add chana dal,mustard and cumin seeds,when it splutters add curry leaves,onions,salt and cook till the onions turn translucent.Mix the gourd and onions and when cool add yogurt and give a nice stir.Add chopped coriander leaves if preferred.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bulgur Wheat Upma with Veggies

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Ingredients
1 cup Bulgur Wheat
1 cup Mixed Veggies
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds
4-5 hot green chilles/dry red chillies
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Salt
1 tbsp oil

Method
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds,chillies,curry leaves,onions and salt.When onions turn translucent add mixed veggies and stir cook till the veggies are half cooked.Add bulgur wheat,2 cups water,coriander leaves,stir and cover cook for 10 mins till the bulgur wheat is cooked.Enjoy!

Meriyal Pulusu/Milagu Kulambu - 2

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Ingredients

1/4 cup finely chopped onion
Cherry size tamarind(soak and extract water)
Salt
Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
1-2 tbsp Oil

Dry roast,Cool and Grind

1 tsp black pepper corns
1 tsp toor dal
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp chana dal
8 hot dry red chillies(adjust to the tanginess of the tamarind)

Method
Heat oil in a kadai or deep pan,add mustard and cumin seeds when it splutters add curry leaves, onions and salt. When the onions are cooked well add the tamarind water, and the ground spice powder. Add 11/4 cups water and stir cook till it reaches a semi thick consistency. This can be made very quickly and is excellent to have during cold weather.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Coconut Rice

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Ingredients
2 1/2 cups Cooked Rice
2 cups Fresh Shredded Coconut
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chana dal
4 - 5 red chillies roughly crushed
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
Salt
Curry Leaves

Method
Cook rice and drain the water nicely using a pasta strainer and spread it in a bowl.Heat oil in a pan add chana dal,mustard,cumin seeds then add curry leaves,dry chillies,shredded coconut,salt.Pour the seasonings on the rice and give it a nice stir.Enjoy with any spicy side dish.

Note: You could use dessicated coconut instead of fresh coconut,some health stores carry very fresh and flavorful dessicated coconut.
You could also add fried papad/appalam and crush and stir them onto the rice before serving.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Urundai kuzambu

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Ingredients
3/4th large onion finely chopped
1 medium tomato finely chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
Salt
2 tbsp oil
cherry size tamarind(soak and extract water from it)
Curry leaves
Chopped cilantro leaves for garnishing

Spices
2 1/2 tsp hot cayenne powder
1 tsp fresh coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Wet Grind(Grind the below with enough water to a paste to make lentil balls)
3/4th cup chana dal(soak for 3-4 hrs)
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 clove garlic
4 tsp dessicated coconut
Salt

Method
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds when it splutters add onions,curry leaves and salt.When the onions are well cooked add tomatoes,garlic,turmeric and cook till a gravy forms.Add the tamarind extract water,cayenne powder,coriander powder,1 1/2 cups water and cover cook for a few mins.Scoop about 12 small lentil balls of the wet grind and add it to the curry.Cover cook for 10 mins or till the lentil balls are nicely cooked.Garnish with coriander leaves.Enjoy with rice or dosa.




Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sweet Rice Noodles

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Ingredients
2 1/2 cups cooked cut rice noodles
2-3 tbsp Sugar
1/2 cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
Coconut/Plain Milk
Cardamom powder as per taste

Method
Bring water to a nice boil and add the hot water to the rice noodles and set aside for a few mins.Drain the water nicely and cut the noodles with cooking scissors.Add sugar to the cut noodles.Give it a nice stir,to this add shredded sweetened coconut,cardamom powder and mix it well.You could add some coconut or plain milk to it if preferred.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Raw Banana Fry - 1

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Have you noticed raw unripened green bananas(not plantains) tucked under the ripe bananas in the produce section.I tried once frying them and since then have made different versions of stir fries with them.Just make sure you find the most unripened ones.Plantains can also be fried similarly,you can blanch them before frying.

Mix 1/2 tbsp chilli powder,1/2 tbsp coriander powder,1/2 tsp turmeric powder,salt and set aside.Heat 3 tbsp oil in a skillet on low flame and add the spice powders give it a nice stir and add the cut raw bananas(2), grated 5 garlic cloves.Increase the flame sprinkle a little water and flip cook them on both sides.Enjoy as a side dish, goes very well with rice dishes or dal/sambar.

If you have machine milled red chilli and coriander powder which most of the indian households have,you can use them instead.Increase the chilli and coriander powder proportionately for more spice.

Peerkangai Paruppu Kuzhambu

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Ingredients
1 cup cooked Chana dal
1 cup peeled and chopped ridge gourd
1 medium onion
5-6 chopped hot green chillies(adjust as per heat preferred)
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 tsp fresh ginger garlic paste
Few fresh curry leaves
Few chopped coriander leaves
Salt as per taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard cumin seeds each
1-2 tbsp oil

Method
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds, when mustard splutters add chillies, onions, curry leaves, ginger garlic paste and salt. When onions are cooked well add tomatoes stir cook for few minutes then add the vegetable,stir cook for few more mins and add the cooked chana dal, water, salt if more required and finish cooking to blend the flavors well, garnish with coriander leaves.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Scrambled Egg

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Ingredients
1 medium onion chopped
3/4 tsp hot cayenne powder
1/2 tsp Sadaf curry powder
2 Eggs
1-11/2 tbsp oil
Salt

Heat oil in a skillet and add onions,salt.When onions are nicely cooked add cayenne powder and stir cook for a minute or two.Add eggs and stir cook till nicely done.Add curry powder and stir cook for a min.Enjoy with chapati,rice or bread.

Dal

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Ingredients

Pressure cook
1/2 cup yellow moong dal
3 cups water
1 tomato chopped

Tempering
1 medium onion finely chopped
3 hot chillies chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1/4-1/2 tsp ginger chopped
1/2 tsp fresh fennel seeds powder
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
Curry leaves
Cilantro leaves chopped
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Salt

Method
Pressure cook dal with water,turmeric and tomatoes in a pressure pan.In a skillet heat oil add cumin seeds,chillies,curry leaves,onions and salt.When the onions are nicely cooked add ginger,garlic,fennel seeds powder and cook for a minute.Add this to the cooked dal and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.



Friday, November 12, 2010

Bulgur wheat pongal

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In an electric cooker pan add 1 cup bulgur wheat,a little more than 1/4 cup yellow moong dal,3 1/4 cups water(adjust as per preference) and cook the contents.Halfway into the cooking process add the seasonings and stir well and cook till done.This pongal goes very well with hot chutney.
Seasonings
2 tbsp oil 
1 tsp crushed ginger,
1 tsp black pepper corns(crushed if preferred)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida
Salt
Curry leaves


Pistachio Halwa

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Ingredients
1 cup Pistachio
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
Cardamom powder
Saffron

Method
Soak pistachios in warm water for 1 hr.Grind it in a blender by adding a little water to make a paste(not too thick or thin).Heat oil in a kadai/deep pan and add the paste and stir cook for 5 mins on low flame.Add sugar and stir cook(keep stirring) for another 5 mins.After adding the sugar it will turn to a nice dark olive green color.Add cardamom powder and saffron and give it a nice stir.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Yogurt Vermicelli

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Ingredients
1 cup mtr vermicelli
1 1/2 - 2 cups non fat yogurt / buttermilk
Coriander leaves - chopped
Grapes
Salt

Bring water to a boil then add vermicelli and when cooked drain the water (just as you would cook pasta).  Add cold water to the vermicelli immediately so it will not stick.  Drain the water after a minute or two.  Now add yogurt, salt to the vermicelli and give it a nice mix.  Add grapes, chopped coriander leaves and mix it well.  If you wish you could temper by heating 1 tsp oil and adding 1 tsp chana dal, 1/2 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each, when it splutters add 6-7 curry leaves, a pinch of asafoetida(optional).

Note :If you want a more creamy taste you can use 2%/Whole milk Yogurt/Sour cream



Monday, November 8, 2010

Chicken Curry

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Ingredients
2 cups cubed chicken with or without bones
1 medium red onion chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
1tsp chopped ginger
4 cloves chopped garlic
1/4 cup coconut milk(optional)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil

Spices
1 tsp Sadaf hot cayenne powder
1 1/2 tsp fresh coriander powder
1/2 tsp fennel powder
1/4-1/2 tsp Sadaf garam masala powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
2 sticks cinnamon
4 cloves

Method
Heat oil in a pressure pan and add cumin seeds,cinnamon,cloves,curry leaves,onions,salt and saute till the onions are cooked well,add tomatoes,turmeric,cayenne pwdr,1 tsp coriander pwdr,black pepper pwdr,fennel powder,stir and cook for a few mins,add chicken give it a good stir and add 1 cup water and pressure cook for a few whistles.Switch off and when the pressure goes off,open and add coconut milk,1/2 tsp coriander powder,garam masala pwdr,coriander leaves.Stir and cook for a few mins and enjoy with rice,roti,idli or dosa.



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cabbage Fry

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Ingredients
2 1/2 cups chopped cabbage
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
3 medium hot green chillies finely chopped/pulsed
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 red chilli for tempering-optional
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
1-2 tsp oil

Method
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds when it splutters add the red chilli,curry leaves, onions,salt, chillies and cook till the onions are nicely cooked.Keep the flame on high.Add cabbage give it a nice stir and cover cook for just a minute or two.The cabbage here gets cooked very fast.Add the coconut and give it a nice stir.Makes a great side dish.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Soyyam

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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Cooked n Mashed Green Moong Dal(should not be watery)
1/2 cup Sweetened Coconut
3/4 cup shredded Jaggery
1 - 1 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
1 cup All purpose flour
Salt
Oil for frying

Method
Heat a pan and add jaggery to the moong dal in it and keep stirring till the jaggery gets melted,then add the sweetened coconut,cardamom powder and keep stirring till you get a nice thick consistency.Allow it to cool a bit.In the meantime in another vessel add water to the all purpose flour and make a batter that is not too thick nor watery.You can use a blender to mix the flour so there will not be any lumps.Make small lime size balls out of the moong dal mix,dip the individual ball in the batter and deep fry them in hot oil.Enjoy it hot.This is one of my fav diwali sweets

Note: Using a laddle to pour the moong ball with the batter helps.I knew my jaggery did not have any stones in it because I have used it before.If you are not sure make a syrup to avoid stones,strain and then add it to the dal.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Murukkus with Urad Dal

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HAPPY DIWALI WISHES TO ALL



Make a dough by mixing 2 cups Rice flour, 1/2 cup Urad Dal flour, Salt, 1 1/2 tsp ajwain seeds (powder it in a coffee grinder) , 2 tbsp oil by adding water a little by little. Heat a good amount of oil in a deep pan. Fill in the press with the dough and press it in a circular motion so the mix falls in the oil in strings. Flip cook on both the sides.When the bubbles in the oil subside take the murukkus out of the oil and place it on a tissue.When cooled store it in a airtight container.


Dosa with Hot chutney

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Dosas
Soak 4 cups Idli rice(Nirav brand) and 1 cup Urad dal for 6 hrs and grind them nicely with salt.Let it ferment overnight.Mix nicely the batter.

Hot Chutney
Dry roast 1 tbsp of chana dal and set aside.Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet and roast about 15 hot red chillies first then add 1/4 onion roughly chopped,3 cloves of garlic and saute till onions are nicely cooked.Grind the chana dal,onions,red chillies,tamarind cherry size(adjust to the heat of the chillies),salt,1/4 cup shredded coconut to a nice paste by adding some water.

Heat a flat pan and make dosas or crepes with the batter.Pour some oil and cover cook for a few seconds.Open the lid flip the dosa cook for a few seconds,flip again and apply the hot chutney nicely all over the dosa.Cover it in half and enjoy with your favourite chutney or sambar.

Onion n Peas Rice

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Ingredients
3 cups cooked Basmati rice
1 cup chopped onions(lengthwise)
1 cup fresh/frozen green peas
3 cloves chopped garlic
2 tsp fresh black pepper powder(grind 2 tsp whole pepper corns in a coffee grinder)
1/2 tsp of mustard and cumin seeds
2 Eggs(optional)
Salt to taste
1/2 tbsp oil

Method
Heat oil in a deep pan add mustard and cumin seeds,when it splutters add onions,salt,garlic and stir cook till the onions are nicely done.Add the green peas and cook for few seconds,add pepper powder stir and add the rice.Add scrambled egg if preferred.Mix nicely and serve hot with any kind of yogurt raita.




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Coconut stuffed Paratha

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Make a dough by mixing 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour,1/4 cup sugar,water, a little salt and 2-3 tbsps oil.Cover and set it aside for half an hour.Take a ball of the dough,press it in dry flour roll out a bit then stuff a good amount of sweetened coconut,bring all the ends together and make a ball again press both sides with dry flour and roll out like parathas.Flip cook on both sides in a pan.When it cools a bit cut into 4 equal parts.

Murukkus with Besan Flour

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Make a dough by mixing 2 cups rice flour, 1 cup besan(gram flour), 1/2 tsp cayenne powder, Salt, drained ajwain water, 3 tbsp oil.  Heat a generous amount of oil in a deep pan, fill the cookie press with the dough and press it going in circles so the mix falls into oil.  Flip and cook on both sides.  When the bubbles in the oil subside that means the murrukus are cooked well.  Cool them and then store it in an airtight container.  I used an electric cookie press, murukkus turned out pretty good and were easy to make.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cedros Ave

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In addition to all the other attractions that San Diego has to offer there is Cedros Ave in Solana Beach. Solana Beach is about 15 mins north of San Diego.It is a two and a half mile stretch of boutiques,shops,spa,gardens.You can easily spend 2-3 hrs strolling through the Avenue.Every Sunday they have farmers market from 1 to 5 where you can find local vendors selling their products.There is Leaping Lotus that is very cute it has 105 small stores inside it.There are some nice cafe's in the Avenue and the vicinity.The Beach is walkable distance from the Avenue.













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