Friday, February 18, 2011

Aloo Methi Sambar

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Methi was a green that I never enjoyed as a child,but I was always fascinated by the way it looked and how fresh it was.Nowadays like a lot of other vegetables and greens,I enjoy the flavor of this green and can't have enough of it.Methi like other greens comes with a lot of vitamins and minerals.Adding potatoes with the skin adds more flavor and vitamins to this sambar.

Ingredients
2 cups nicely cooked and mashed toor dal
1 onion chopped 
1 tomato chopped 
1 potato boiled and cut in big cubes with the skin on(don't add too much potatoes)
1/2 cup chopped methi leaves
2 hot thai chillies slit lenghtwise
1 cup tamarind extract
2 tsp sambar powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing pwdr
1/4 tsp toasted fenugreek seed-powdered
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
Curry leaves

Method
Heat oil in a pan add mustard and cumin seeds, when it splutters add the thai chillies, curry leaves then add onions, salt and cook till onions are well cooked add finely chopped tomatoes when the tomatoes are mashed add turmeric,sambar powder, tamarind water, plain water and cook for a few mins.  Add the fenugreek powder, methi leaves and bring it to a boil.  Enjoy the unique flavor of methi, potato in the dal.

Note For better taste make ahead of time for the flavors to blend in.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

String Beans Fry

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Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan add 1 tsp urad dal, mustard and cumin seeds when the mustard seeds splutters add chopped slightly steamed chopped string beans, salt and stir to blend well.  Add some water and cover cook till the beans are cooked to your desired consistency.  Add some shredded coconut and stir to blend well.  Enjoy!





Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sandwich Toast

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I can't even remember how old this sanwich maker is.My mom used it for ages and now I use it quite often.This sandwich maker brings back a lot of childhood memories.It was so much fun seeing and helping my mom flip the maker on both sides and to open and see how much the bread got roasted.Even today I love using this sandwich maker so much.

I used a wholegrain nut bread for this,On a slice of bread I added one cheese slice added chopped mushrooms some wing sauce spread it nicely,added store bought meatless patty added some more wing sauce, another slice of cheese and topped it with a slice of bread.Put it in the sandwich maker adding a little oil to the inserts, close the lid and cook on both sides till nicely browned.Enjoy with a nice drink.







Friday, February 11, 2011

Sauteed Mixed Veggies n Peanut Dressing with Brown Rice and a Break

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Chop mixed veggies like broccoli,bellpeppers,eggplant,spring onions,cauliflower,onions,bok choy,carrots,zucchini.Add some peanuts and saute them in hot oil with some salt and stir till the veggies are cooked.Add some thai peanut dressing and stir to blend well.Enjoy with brown rice.Garnish with some cilantro leaves or your fav herb.Enjoy!

Friends,I am leaving to India today and will be back by first week of March.I had some drafts that I have scheduled for next week,I should be able to get on the net next week after that I will be on a break.I am going to miss you all.See you in March.Bye Bye!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Rice

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Today I am sharing a very simple rice dish,that can be made quickly.All you need is some cooked rice,  mixed veggies and some basic ingredients and you can make this lovely fragrant mixed rice in a jiffy.
Ingredients
3 cups cooked basmati rice
1 cup mixed veggies
1 onion
1 juicy tomato
2 tsp ginger chopped
2 tsp garlic chopped
2 cinammon sticks
2 cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
2-3 hot green chillies cut lengthwise
1/4 tsp turmeric
Sal as per taste
2-3 tbsp oil
Fried cashews
Mint leaves chopped
Cilantro leaves chopped
Curry leaves

Method
Heat oil in a pan add cinnamon,cloves,fennel seeds,curry leaves,green chillies one by one and give a nice stir add onions,salt and cook till onions are nicely roasted,add ginger,garlic,mixed veggies and stir cook for a few mins till the veggies are half cooked,add finely chopped tomatoes,turmeric powder and cook till the tomatoes are nicely mashed and the veggies cooked add mint,cilantro leaves and stir cook.Add the cooked rice,fried cashews and stir to blend well.Enjoy hot with some raita.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Habanero Sambar

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The first time I saw habanero chillies was at a U pick farm.You can find more information on this here... Loved the flavor though since then I use them moderately in my cooking,it has a very unique flavor almost that of butter.

Ingredients
2 cups nicely cooked and mashed toor dal
1 onion chopped finely lenghthwise
1 tomato chopped roughly
1/4 habanero chilly chopped(deseeded)
1 cup tamarind extract(adjust to the heat)
1 1/2 cup water
1 tbsp sambar powder(optional)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida pwdr
1/4 tsp roasted fenugreek seeds- powdered
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
Curry leaves

Method
Heat oil in a pan add mustard,cumin seeds when it splutters add curry leaves,hing,chilly,onions,salt and turmeric powder.When onions are cooked add tomatoes and tamarind extract.Add sambar powder(optional).Boil covered for 5 minutes then add the nicely cooked dal and water.Add the fenugreek seeds powder.Boil for 2 minutes.Enjoy.

Note:These chillies are very hot so handle with care.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Apple Spinach Smoothie

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Smoothies are a great way to start the day.You can get the days worth of serving all at once.Once you make them it is advisable to drink it immediately to reap the benefits of vitamins and nutrients.

Blend one chopped fuji apple or any sweet apple with a handful of baby spinach,milk and 2 tbsps of walnuts in a mixer/blender to a smoothie consistency.Drink immediately.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pudina/Mint Rasam

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Ingredients
Cherry size tamarind-extract water
2 cups water
1 tomato chopped and cooked in the microwave
1 green chilli cut lengthwise
5 mint leaves chopped
10 curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tbsp oil/Ghee
Salt to taste

Roast(except cumin seeds) and grind to paste
2 tsp toor dal
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 garlic cloves
5 curry leaves
2 red chillies

Method
Heat oil in a pan add mustard and cumin seeds when it splutters add curry leaves add the ground paste then the nicely cooked tomatoes then add tamarind extract,plain water,asafoetida,turmeric powder,mint leaves stir well and bring to a boil.When a nice fuzz forms on the top switch the heat off making sure not to over boil.Add chopped cilantro leaves and stems.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rasam

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Ingredients
Cherry size tamarind-extract water
2 cups water
1 tomato chopped and cooked in the microwave
1 green chilli cut lengthwise
10 curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tbsp oil/Ghee
Salt to taste

Roast(except cumin seeds) and grind to paste
2 tsp toor dal
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 garlic cloves
5 curry leaves
2 red chillies

Method
Heat oil in a pan add mustard and cumin seeds when it splutters add curry leaves add the ground paste then the nicely cooked tomatoes then add tamarind extract,plain water,asafoetida,turmeric powder stir well and bring to a boil.When a nice fuzz forms on the top switch the heat off making sure not to over boil.Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves .

Friday, February 4, 2011

Savory Toasts

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Been a while since I made some toasts,so I made some savory toasts for breakfast.Had some milkshake to go with.Makes a great breakfast option to start the day.
Ingredients
2 eggs
2 slices oat walnut bread with sunflower,poppy seeds and sesame seeds
4 green chillies chopped
2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup shredded mexican cheese
1/4 cup spring onions chopped
Salt
2 tbsp oil

Method
In a bowl beat eggs,milk,salt,cheese well to blend.Add onions and chillies and mix well.Dip the bread slices in the batter and fry cook it in a skillet adding oil.Enjoy with a nice drink and your fav hot sauce or ketchup. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mint Tamarind Curry

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This is one of my mom's fav.She used to make this to go with thick coconut chutney and appalam/papad.Addition of mint along with the goodness of garlic gives a nice flavor to this tangy tamarind curry.
Ingredients
1 medium small onion chopped
1 whole garlic all cloves peeled
10 mint leaves chopped
5 Curry leaves
1/2 cup tamarind water-adjust to the heat of the chillis
3/4 cup water
2 tsp cayenne powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp sesame powder-optional
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt as per taste
3 tbsp sesame oil

Method
Heat oil in a pan add mustard and cumin seeds when it splutters add curry leaves and garlic cloves and stir well to slightly roast.Add onions,salt and cook till onion turn translucent.Add cayenne powder,coriander powder,(use milled coriander chilli powder if you have)turmeric powder,sesame powder,tamarind water,plain water and cook well till the curry thickens.Add the chopped mint leaves and stir cook to blend the flavors well.Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dried Manathakali Pulusu/Dried Blacknightshade Pulusu

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Manathakali is a fruit that grows in a plant that is quite popular in Southern India.Most of theme them can be found in the herb garden.The leaves of this plant are very popular and are used as greens.I made pulusu with the fruits that have been sun dried.My mom sent a lot of them from India.I use them quite often since it can be made quickly and also has a great flavor.I haven't seen these in the Indian groceries but they can get them if requested.More information on this fruit can be found here.
Ingredients
2 tsp dried manathakali
1/4 cup finely chopped onions-optional
1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
Tamarind grape size-extract water-adjust to the heat
2 tsp hot cayenne powder
2 tsp coriander powder
2 tbsp thick coconut Milk
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Chopped cilantro leaves
Curry leaves
Salt
3 tbsp sesame oil

Method
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin seeds when it splutters add manathakali stir well and quickly add onions and cook till onions are translucent.Add tomatoes and stir cook for few more mins till the tomatoes are nicely mashed.Add cayenne,coriander,salt and turmeric powder.Stir to blend well then add tamarind extract,plain water and let cook for few minutes.Add coconut milk,chopped cilantro leaves and cook till the pulusu thickens a bit.Enjoy hot with rice.
Note-Cayenne and coriander powder can be substituted with machine milled chilli,coriander powder.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lettuce Dal

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This is a very simple and comforting dal.Addition of lettuce gives a nice crunch and a slight tanginess to the dal.Goes well with rice or roti.

Ingredients
Pressure cook
1/4 cup yellow moong dal
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 1/2 cups water
Note:Don't overcook the dal else will be too mushy

3/4 cup chopped onions
1 juicy tomato chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 tsp fennel powder
2-3 green chillies chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped lettuce
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp oil
Salt
Curry leaves
Chopped cilantro leaves

Method
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds,curry leaves,chillies,ginger,garlic,onions,salt and cook well till onions are well cooked.Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till gravy forms add fennel powder, chopped lettuce stir cook for a few minutes add the cooked dal,chopped cilantro leaves and some water and cook for 3-4 mins.Enjoy hot with a dollop of ghee.

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