Friday, January 27, 2012

Sambar for Dosas and Idlis

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Sambar is a popular accompaniment to the most famous breakfast of Tamilnadu a southern state from India.The famous breakfast being dosas and idlis.If you love lentils and spices you will love this, add it along with some idlis or dosas,it gets even better.Idli,dosa and sambar are all a good balance of protein, carb,fat and are ideal for breakfast.
Pressure Cook and Mash the dal
1/2 cup toor dal
3 cups water
1 tsp turmeric powder

Dry Roast individually and powder finely together
10 red chillies
6 tsp coconut
5 tsp coriander seeds
4 tsp chana dal
6 black pepper corns

Sautee well and Wet Paste
1 Onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 tbsp oil
Soak and Extract Water
Cherry size tamarind
About 1 cup water

1 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
1/2 tsp hing
Few curry leaves
Chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Heat 3tsp oil in a pan add the wet paste,stir cook for a few minutes then add the tamarind extract,salt and cover cook for a few minutes add the spice powder,mix to blend well,add 2 cups of plain water and bring it to a boil.Add the cooked dal and more water if needed and stir to blend well.Cook for a few more minutes.In a small pan add 2 tbsp oil and do the seasoning by adding the mustard and cumin seeds when they splutter add the rest and add to the sambar.Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Broccoli with Garlic Sauce

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Broccoli and garlic are a family favorite in my household as are ethnic foods.One of my most favorite being Broccoli with Garlic sauce.Very easy to make with a prep and cooking time of about 10 mins.Perfect and flavorful meal for any season but even more so during the chilly winter months.

1 broccoli crown washed and cut
10 dry red peppers freshly finely powdered
3 tsp light brown sugar
2-3 tsp light soy sauce
1 large garlic clove grated
1 tsp corn starch
1/8 tsp grated ginger
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
3 tbsp oil
Salt as per taste

In a small bowl add all the ingredients except oil and broccoli,stir the contents to blend well.In a deep pan heat oil add broccoli and stir for a min or till it turns to a bright green color.Add the contents in the bowl and stir to blend well.When the sauce thickens transfer into the serving bowl and enjoy hot.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Carrot Habanero Poriyal

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Habanero peppers are a kind of peppers that are very hot and have a unique flavor.  I have used these peppers in lentils, soups and curries earlier and I happen to like its flavor. Just be careful when you cut them as they can be very hot.  Here is a stir fry where the sweetness of the carrots complement the heat from the peppers very well.


10 Carrots peeled and grated
2 Habanero peppers ( chopped finely ) - mine not that hot
1 Sprig Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard and Cumin seeds
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp Shredded Coconut
2 Garlic cloves grated/few dashes of garlic powder
1-2 tbsp oil
Salt as per taste


Heat oil in a pan add mustard and cumin seeds when they splutter add curry leaves then add peppers, carrots, turmeric, salt and stir to blend well.  Cover cook till the carrots are done cooking.  Add coconut and stir to blend well.  .

Note:  I had to add 2 habaneros to get the desired heat and flavor.Add less or more as per your preference and the heat of the peppers.  I have also noticed that if the peppers are picked fresh they are very hot. Peppers that have been in the super market for a long time are not that hot and those peppers can be used with the seeds. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chicken Stir Fry

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With just three main ingredients this stir fry comes together as a quick one pot meal.Simple healthy ingredients go into this easy to make delicious stir fry.It can be had by itself or as a great beautiful accompaniment to a meal.I enjoy making and eating this satisfying tasty potent vitamins packed guilt free stir fry.

2 cups cubed skinless boneless chicken
1 cup cubed cooked peeled sweet potato yam
10 stalks of chopped lacinato kale
1 1/2-2 tbsp Sadaf Curry powder
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp oil
Salt as per taste

Heat oil in a pan add chicken,salt stir and cover cook till the chicken is cooked.Add turmeric powder,curry powder and the cubed yam,add more salt if needed and stir to blend well.Add the chopped kale and stir cook till the kale gets wilted.Enjoy this stir fry steaming hot.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pineapple Kesari

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Wishing All a Very Happy New Year

1/2 cup Farina
1/2-3/4 cup Sugar(+/- per taste)
3/4 cup crushed sweet pineapple
1/4 cup Oil/Ghee
1 3/4 cups water
7 Green Cardamoms(crush the seeds)
Cashews a Fistful

In a wide open vessel roast the farina for about 3 mins on medium heat making sure not to burn them.Meanwhile bring water to a boil and add it to the farina and stir cook to make sure there are no lumps.When the farina is cooked add crushed pineapple,oil and stir to blend well.Add sugar,crushed cardamom seeds and continue mixing to blend well.Roast cashews in 1 tbsp oil and add the cashews to the kesari.
Note:Yellow food coloring can be added if preferred to get the sweet to look yellow.

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