Thursday, June 28, 2012

Podalanga Poriyal

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Split yellow moong dal is cooked and stir fried with this thin long vegetable also known as snake gourd or potlakaya.This vegetable offers a good amount of flavor that I love incorporating into my cooking.I usually make this stir fry using to go as an accompaniment to a hot spicy curry to be served with rice.It also goes well with yogurt and rice.
Ingredients - Serves 2
1/2 cup yellow split moong dal
2 cups scaped,chopped deseeded gourd
Fistful of fresh grated coconut
Roughly chopped onion a bit
Turmeric powder a few pinches
1-2 tbsp Oil
Salt as per taste

1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp urad dal
Few red dry peppers
1-2 hot green chilli pepper-chopped

Cook the dal with some salt and turmeric powder till it is well done,but not mushy.Cook or steam the gourd seperately.In a pan heat oil and add the seasonings then add onions and a little salt,when the onion turns translucent,add the cooked gourd and the cooked dal.Stir to blend well,sprinkle the grated coconut and stir again to blend well.Enjoy with some rice and curry or yogurt.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Carrot Halwa

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Carrot Halwa,where the sweet vegetable is gently cooked in milk and sugar is a very popular sweet in Indian cuisine.Easy to prepare this sweet goes as a perfect complement to a savory snack.Also makes for a delicious dessert to end a spicy meal.Add your favorite nut/nuts in the end to give a nice crunch to the sweet.

Ingredients - Serves 3
5 cups shredded carrots
2 cups whole milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
7-8 whole green cardamoms

Heat oil in a wide open pan and add the carrots and saute them for about 5 mins on medium low flame.Add 2 cups milk and the powdered cardamom seeds.Cook till all the milk is absorbed.Add sugar and stir cook on low flame till oil slightly begins to seperate.At this point you can add 2-3 tbsp of ghee or more oil if preferred and continue to stir till well blended.Enjoy hot or cold.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Veggies with Brown Rice

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A super easy and simple meal to put together with the seasons freshest produce.The sweet,tangy and creamy yogurt adds a nice refreshing taste to the meal.Black beans and brown rice add a good balance of protein and carbohydrates with the flavors of the herb seasonings and the heat from the sauce.

Ingredients - Serves 1

1 small crown broccoli-Grilled/Sauteed
1 small crown cauliflower-Grilled/Sauteed
2 med zucchini-Grilled/Sauteed
1/2 cup cooked short grain brown rice
1/4-1/2 cup cooked black beans
Italian Seasoning-Dry- as per taste
Full Fat Creamy Yogurt/Sour Cream as per taste
Tabasco Hot Sauce as per taste
Rosemary and Thyme a few-optional
Salt and Oil

In a pan heat oil and add grilled veggies and the italian seasoning then gently fold in the cooked black beans add salt if needed.Fill the bottom of the serving bowl with cooked brown rice and top it with the veggies and black bean mixture.Add chopped rosemary and thyme to the yogurt/sour cream and pour it on the top.Add tabasco hot sauce and enjoy hot with a chilled drink.

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