Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spinach Dal

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Ingredients

1 onion chopped
5 cloves garlic
2 - 3 serrano chilli - (+/- as per heat)
Tamarind blueberry size
1 1/2 cup Spinach chopped
1 1/2 cup cooked toor dal
1/2 tsp mustard and cumin seeds
Asafoetida
Oil and Ghee

Method
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan add chopped onion, salt, chopped garlic, serrano chillies, when they are cooked well add tamarind extract juice and sautee.  Add chopped spinach and stir cook for a few mins.  Add cooked toor dal , water if needed and stircook to blend well. If preffered add the contents to a blender and gently puree. Heat 1.5 tbsp oil/ghee in a pan add 1/2 tsp mustard, cumin seeds each when they splutter add few dashes of asafoetida and add it to the greens. Add some lemon juice if preferred (optional), as per taste and stir well.

Note: Vadagam - 0.5tsp can be used in place of the seeds if available for seasoning and added before blending.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cauliflower Pepper Fry

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Ingredients
1 large onion chopped finely
2 tomatoes chopped finely
1 cooked potato cut lengthwise
1 cauliflower cut into small florets
1/2 tbsp grated ginger
1/2 tbsp grated garlic
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 big cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Curry leaves
Cilantro leaves chopped
3-4 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Spice powders(+ or - as per taste)
1 tbsp black pepper powder
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Method
Cut the cauliflower into small florets mix with some salt sprinkle some water and steam it till half cooked.Heat oil in a pan add the whole spices,cumin seeds,curry leaves,onions and salt.When the onions get well carmelized add the potatoes and stir cook for a few mins then add the chopped tomatoes,spice powders add some water not too much and cover cook till the potatoes and the tomatoes blend well.Add the steamed cauliflower stir to blend well add chopped cilantro,few pinches of your fav garam masala and finish cooking the cauliflower.Enjoy hot with rotis and chopped onions and lemon wedges.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Potato and Peas Curry

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Ingredients
1 onion chopped
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 potato cut in cubes
2 tsp hot chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tbsp each of ginger and garlic chopped
1/2-3/4th cup frozen peas(cook in microwave for 1.5mins)
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
4-5 cloves
1 bay leaf
Curry leaves
Cilantro leaves chopped
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp Oil

Method

Heat oil in a pressure pan and add some cumin seeds then add cinnamon,cloves,bay leaf,curry leaves,fennel seeds,ginger, garlic,onions and salt.When onions are carmelized add potatoes,tomatoes and stir cook for 2-3 mins add the chilli,turmeric,coriander powder add 1 cup water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles depending on the pressure pan.When the pressure cools off mash a few potatoes add the microwave green peas and cook for few mins.Add chopped cilantro leaves and serve with some lemon wedges and yogurt,onions and rotis.

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spinach Pepper Stir Fry

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Whenever I make this I don't need to make any other dishes other than some cooked rice and some papad.It goes well mixed with hot rice and is perfect and easy to make for those busy days.

Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan add 1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each when they splutter add 1/2tbsp chopped garlic(add more if preferred) then add chopped spinach,salt.When the water is well absorbed add 3tsp of crushed black pepper.Stircook for a few mins to blend the flavors well.Enjoy hot with plain rice and ghee with papad.

Note:I used 1 pack Frozen chopped spinach it works best for this stir fry.Since the leaves are chopped and frozen immediately they maintain their nutritional content much better.Chopped onions can be sauteed in the beginning and shredded coconut in the end as garnish as per taste if preferred.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Egg Curry On Rice

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I had previously made something similar to this with just egg whites this time around I included the yolks.Egg is a good source of protein but moderation is the key.This egg curry goes well with rotis,plain rice or some simple rice preparation.

Ingredients
3 eggs
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 tomatoes - puree it in the blender
1 green chilli finely chopped
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tbsp chopped ginger
4 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp oil

Dry Spices
2-3 tsp cayenne powder
2-3 tsp pepper powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Method
Heat oil in a pan and add cloves,cinnamon and fennel seeds then add the finely chopped onions and salt.Half way through add garlic and ginger and stir cook till the onions carmelize well.Add the tomato puree and cook for another few minutes.Add the dry spices one by one stirring after each addition add half cup of water and cook till a nice gravy forms.Check for salt.Now break the eggs onto the gravy and don't stir,cover and cook till the eggs are cooked.Half way through you can gently flip the yolk for it to be well cooked.Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve it on rice.Enjoy!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Moong Lentil Snack

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These sweet moong dal snacks can be served in a party or can be had as a snack whenever desired.Easy to make and also has a lot of protein.Can be refrigerated and stays good for a while.

Ingredients
1 cup cooked green moong dal
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 tbsp cardamom powder
1-1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Method
Mash the moong dal add brown sugar,cardamom powder,coconut and mix to blend well.Scoop out some of the mix and make small spheres and roll it in sweetened coconut.Refregirate and have it as a snack.

Note:If the mix is watery heat it in a bowl with some oil/butter and keep stirring till you get a firm consistency.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spelt Flour Dosas

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  • Spelt flour is quite similar to wheat flour with some slight differences in nutritional values.I made some quick dosas with the flour.Goes well with spicy chutney and curries.What is spelt flour?How is spelt flour different from wheat flour?The answer to this can be found here.
    Mix spelt flour,water,salt and sauteed chopped onions to a semi thick batter consistency,adding few pinches of baking soda if preferred.Heat a flat non stick pan(really helps)pour a scoop of the batter spread it in a circle to make dosas/crepes.Add oil and flip cook on both sides.Enjoy hot with hot chutney.

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