Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cucumber curry/Vellarikai Poriyal

     I  was having cucumber lying in my fridge unused for some time.Since i use to prepare cucumber sambar  now and then wanted to try some thing new.So when i was searching for a different recipe i came across this recipe and thought of trying with no further delay.When everything was done waiting for my hubby to give his feedback and was bit scared.But his expression was Smiley face and the main thing he liked was the crunchiness of the cucumber.So thought of sharing the recipe with you guys,as we normally prepare only salad with this.But this is totally new.

Ingredients :
Cucumber 1 no(chopped) 
Onion 1 no
Tomato 1 big sized
Ginger garlic paste1/2 tsp
Dhania powder 3/4th tsp
Red chillie powder1/2 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste                      

Seasoning :
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a wig
Oil 1 tbsp

Method :

1. In a wok do the seasoning and add the onion and fry till transparent.

2 Then add the tomato and cook till it turns mushy.

3. Now add all the dry powders and saute till the oil oozes out.

4. Now add the chopped cucumber and fry until the cucumber is half tender and mixes well with the gravy .

5.Serve with hot rice,dolloped with ghee.

Notes :

1. If interested can cook till the cucumber becomes too soft,but we liked half crunchy.
2. Can adjust the tangy and spice taste.
3. Can even paste the onion and tomato and make as a gravy.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cauliflower Masal Dosa/Gobi Masal Dosa

Being not a very good fan of cauliflower and after hearing how much pesticides they're putting of the cultivation,stopped having completely.But still when ever i see any of the cauliflower recipes i feel like trying and when my aunt told me about this masal dosa and guaranteed about the taste then i started to think Free Thinking Smileys about using cauliflower.When is was talking to my mom then she was giving me confidence that i do the proper cleaning like soaking in warm and then prepare nothing will be harmful.After her words i started using  cauliflower for the very first time and it turned out really great.And was really super excited Smiley faceabout the end result,doesn't sound silly .Ok ok i don't want to bore you guys by telling my own story.Now lets go to the recipe.

Ingredients :
Cauliflower 1 1/2 cup(finely chopped)
Carrot 1/2 cup (-do-)
Peas 1/2 cup
Onion 1 big sized
Tomato 1 big sized
Coriander leaves 2 tbsp(finely chopped)
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt Req
Water Req

To Powder :
Roasted gram 1 1/2 tbsp
Dhania 3/4th tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Red chillies 3-4 nos

Seasoning :
Oil 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves Req

Method :
1. Put the cauliflower in lukewarm water with salt and bit turmeric powder and set aside for few min's.

2. Finely chop all the veggies and boil in the cooker upto 1 whistle and set aside.

3. Now powder the items given under to powder column.

4. In a wok pour the oil and do the seasoning and add the onion.Fry till onion becomes transparent

5. Now add the tomato and fry till they become mushy.

6. Throw in the main ingredients cauliflower along with other veggies and give a quick stir for few min's.

7. Its time to add the grounded powder and mix well.

8. Now add water and allow it to boil for around 20min's or till the raw smell goes.

9. Prepare normal dosa and once its cooked, keep the masal in the centre(like normal masal dosa) and cook.

Cauliflower masal was yummy to have with curd rice too.

Notes :

1. Powdering portion is important so please don't replace with dry powders.

2. Cooking for a long time is important to remove the raw smell,so cook accordingly.

3. Adjust the spice level according to taste.

4. My dosa didn't turn out too brown as batter becoming sour in this climate is very very difficult.

5. If required can even add coriander leaves.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Garlic Rasam

Garlic Rasam is a healthy rasam and can be also had as a soup.When i was not feeling wellSmiley face because of the climate here i terribly wanted a rasam but not the usual paruppu rasam.So when i was searching for poondu rasam i found this recipe here and with no delay prepared it and tasted heavenly.So thought of sharing the recipe of garlic rasam.

Ingredients :

Tomato 1 no(big sized)
Tamarind pulp 1 3/4 tsp
Garlic 8 pods
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)1 tbsp
Salt req
Turmeric powder1/8 tsp

To Powder :

Cumin seeds 1/2+1/8 tsp
Peppercorns 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds 1/2+1/8 tsp
Red chillie 1-2 nos

Seasoning :

Ghee 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves Few

Method :

 1. Chop the tomato and in a vessel saute it till they turn mushy.

2. Now add tamarind pulp,turmeric powder,salt,coriander leaves and around 2.5 cups of water and allow it to boil well.
3. Grind the items given in the powder column coarsely,crush the garlic using pestle and mortar and set aside.Once the tomato boils nicely add the crossly ground powder,3/4 th of crushed garlic and wait till foam starts forming on the top.
4. Now in the ghee do the seasoning of mustard seeds,curry leaves and 1/4th of reserved garlic and add to the rasam and close with the lid.Serve with hot rice and appalam.

Notes :
1. Add the tamarind pulp according to your tangy preference.
2. I added extra chillie powder as mine was bit let spicy.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ice Cream Sandwich

 Does this sounds different,even i also felt the same when i read this in a additional book which came with aval/anandha vikatan i dont remember Smiley face  .This was the first time I'm hearing about this and i thought that it's some thing long process but when i read the content its was like too simple that even the kids can do it.Since i was having bread and ice cream in hand within few minutes finished it and was awesome to have it chilled.I think this is an easy to make the kids to have bread apart from preparing other sandwiches.

Ingredients :

Bread slices 2 nos
Ice cream(any flavour) 1tbsp
Chopped nuts 2 1/2 tsp

Method :

1. Chop the nuts finely and set aside.

2.  Apply the ice cream on one side of the bread slice.

3. Now add the chopped nuts and close with the other bread slice and keep in fridge for around 2-3 hrs.

Serve it chilled with the nuts and tastes yummy.

Notes :

1. Not a big fan of chocolate,i added only 1/2 tbsp of the ice cream and was very mild.We can increase the ice cream according to our taste but 1 tbsp is a must.
2. Add the nuts according to your preference and i added almonds and cashew.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Chilli Parrota

         I Wish all my friends "HAPPY NEW YEAR".

            It's been a very long time since  i have posted any recipes in my blog.As everyone is aware that  i've travelled and since its for a  short term i'm not able to carry any of my cookery things.Since i have only the basic things,from now on wards you will be noticing that,i will be using only the same props again and again.So i would request my followers and friends not to mind using the same props.One more thing is not even little sun light can enter my kitchen apart from that all the time its raining, raining,raining and raining or else too cloudy Smiley face.So i find it very very difficult to take the photos once the cooking is over.Hence some how I'm trying to take the photos without sun light as no other option is left to me since very rarely it will be sunny.
Ok i don't want to bore you guys any more.Coming to the recipe when i saw frozen parotas in my pantry thought of preparing chilli parota and took the recipe from Rak's Kitchen and made little changes to suit our tastes.So here goes the recipe.

Ingredients :

Frozen parota 5 nos
Onion(big) 1 1/2
Capsicum 2 nos
Carrot(finely chopped)1 no
Garlic 4 pods
Ginger(grated)1/2 tsp
Red chillie powder 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder 1/2 tsp
Kitchen king masala 1/2 tsp
Tomato ketchup 2tsp
Coriander leaves(chopped) 2tbsp
Oil 3-4 tbsp
Salt req

Method :

1. Cook the parota's as per the instructions given on the wrapper.

2. In a wok pour oil and add the onion,garlic and ginger and saute well till onions becomes transparent.

3. Then add the finely chopped carrot and fry for few min's.

4.  Then comes the important ingredients capsicum.Add to other ingredients in the wok and saute till all are cooked well.

5.Now add all the dry powders and the tomato ketchup and fry till the raw smell goes.

6.Its time now to add the main ingredient of this recipe,parotas.Add the parotas and saute well so that all the ingredients mix well with the and the parotas absorb all the spices well.

7. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and give a quick stir and serve hot with any kind raita.