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Showing posts with label easy recipe. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Black rice and Seafood salad

Salads are becoming a regular feature during lunch these days. I am absolutely smitten with 'one bowl' meals and what better than a gorgeous salad to fill up one of these. But with my husband and kid preferring some 'real khana' and my schedule more packed than usual, i have to throw together whatever I can lay my hands. As a result, sometimes the salad turns out to be just plain 'meh' and at other times it is just 'wow'.

Black rice is one of my usual suspects as it is packed with nutrients and delicious to boost. However I have to say that it is an acquired taste. While the nuttiness works really well for desserts, one takes a little time to get used to the savory dishes. Another ingredient that works really well with black rice is seafood. Think shrimps, octopus or even squid. However since I only had shrimps in stock, I made the salad using shrimps and a really amazing gourmet sauce. It turned out really well and hence it is eligible to make it to the blog. 

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins ( I had cooked black rice in stock else add another 15 mins of cooking time )

Ingredients -

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked black rice ( firm to touch )
  • 1/2 cup shrimps
  • 1 red onion (finely sliced)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger juliennes
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 2 tsp Sprig Mango Jalapeno Gourmet sauce (or as required)

Preparation - Toss shrimp with a bit of olive oil on a hot skillet till it turns pink.

Prepare a dressing with the thinly sliced red onions, SPRIG Mango Jalapeno gourmet sauce, ginger juliennes, lime juice and a dash of olive oil.

Take the cooked rice and the shrimps in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the dressing and season with sea salt . Toss everything together.

Serve at room temperature.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fried Forbidden Rice ( Easy Chinese Fried Rice recipe with Black Rice )

Fried rice with black rice ! I could almost imagine a pair of slit eyes fixed on me in a stern stare even as the 'Fu Manchu' mustache quivered ever so slightly in anger. I barely suppressed a laugh as I imagined the receding hairline that lay hidden beneath the Imperial crown. Would he have lunged at me and snatched away my delectable meal ? Or would he have ordered the royal guards to behead me ? After all, I was relishing the 'Forbidden rice' which was exclusively meant for the Chinese emperor.

No, I am not referring to a certain Timur/ Taimur who is once again hogging the limelight after all these years. Nor do I have anything against his infant namesake who might end up being the butt of all kinds of 'lame' jokes. For those who missed the humor, the original Taimur was actually lame as suggests his nickname 'Timur-e-Lang'. The guy is rumored to have perished while trying to get past the great wall so it must have been someone from the Ming dynasty who forbid the peasant class from consuming  black rice. But anyways, the point is that this strikingly beautiful hued rice was once the exclusive forte of the royals. And for a good reason !

Those who have been following my blog religiously must be quite aware that I have been smitten with it for sometime. And though this one is yet another of my experiments with the nutty flavored rice which turns a deep purple once cooked, it made me fall in love with it once again. For the umpteenth time .

Quick, easy-to-prepare and heavenly in taste, this one is a must-try. Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients -

  • 2 cups cooked black rice
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar ( or rice vinegar )
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (heaped) brown sugar
  • 3-4 finely chopped garlic cloves 
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot pieces 
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped spring onions 
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Take the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chili powder, 2 pinch salt and 3 tsp water in a cup. Mix well.

Cooking - Heat a skillet. Add the sesame oil.

Once oil is hot, thrown in the garlic and let it release it's aroma.

Add the vegetable and saute on high for 2 mins.

Add the sauce and cook for a minute.

Stir in the cooked black rice. Stir fry on high for 2-3 mins.

Adjust salt.

Remove from the flame and serve hot with some fried tofu.

Check Out more Black Rice Recipes. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Root Vegetables Roast ( A Vegan Side for Christmas Dinner )

As I opened today's newspapers, a disturbing piece of news caught my attention. Farmers in UP are being forced to plough their potato produce into the fields, dump them on the roadsides or even abandon them outside the cold storage facility for lack of buyers. Before you dismiss this as yet another side-effect of the much debated 'demonetization' policy of the Modi government, I need to remind you that the story has been much the same every time there is a bumper harvest. India still needs to figure out how to store it's surplus produce and facilitate an effective distribution channel to ease the hunger problems of the poor. Especially potatoes, which are increasingly seen as one of the most cost effective solutions for solving world hunger.

While grains have long been the mainstay of the population in most countries, the yield of these are currently stagnating after reaching a peak thanks to the green revolution. And in turn, that is causing the prices to spike to levels that have been unheard of. In comparison, spuds or potatoes have never received enough attention and they continue to be farmed in an inefficient manner in most parts of the world. Apart from being a good source of nutrients, potatoes take less effort and time to cultivate which is why the scientists have been focused on developing varieties they can survive and thrive in the most trying climatic conditions. No wonder we have countries like India, China, Peru and Malawi cultivating the potato in huge numbers. In fact, one of the shining example of the tuber being effectively utilized to solve nutritional deficiency comes from Uganda. A GM version of the sweet potato is being used to deliver the daily Vitamin A requirements of their children in order to prevent child stunting. It is high time we adopt and popularize this wonderful vegetable !

On my part, I am very fond of tubers, especially the ones available during the winter months like the sweet potato and yams. Combining them with root vegetables and doing a quick roast is an easy way to include more of it in your diet. Since they are quite popularly used in the pot roast prepared during Christmas, I decided to do my own vegan take on it. Here is the recipe which turned out to be just yummy -

Preparation Time - 45 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed  sweet potato
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed carrot
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed beetroot
  • 1 cup cubed pumpkin/squash (retain skin)
  • 3-4 garlic heads
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • a drizzle of honey
  • sprinkling of dried rosemary
  • sprinkling of dried oregano
  • a dash of rock/sea salt
  • a dash of freshly ground pepper
  • rind from one orange ( optional )

Preparation - Separate the beets from the rest of the vegetables as we don't want the pink juices to stain everything. Chop the garlic heads into halves along the length.

Mix the oil, honey and seasonings in a cup.

Cooking - Heat an oven to 200 C . Spread the vegetables over a tray taking care to use a separate one for the beets.

Place in the oven for 6-7 mins or till they begin to look a little tender .

Remove from oven. Add the dressing, toss to coat the vegetables evenly and put it back into the oven at 200 C.

After about 20 mins, throw the orange rind ( roughly torn ) over the vegetables in the first tray.

Wait for 5-6 mins and then remove the first tray containing the vegetables . Let the beets roast for another another 10-15 mins.

Remove and mix together.

Serve as a side with your Christmas meal.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Thai Raw Papaya Salad

"But everyone is posting those great cakes and cookies these days. Who will relish a salad when such tempting food is staring them in the face ?", hubby voiced his concerns.

"Huh ! I have always been a rebel. Love to buck the trend", pat came the reply with my mind on autopilot mode even as I  photo-shopped the clicks. Zap. My mind is jolted out it's state of inertia. Newton's first law is at play with my husband being the external force. "Did you just say 'Great' ? What is it with you guys ? Do they really have to use the word 'great' in every situation? Or did your entire clan execute a collective 'Shift + Delete' on words like awesome, gorgeous, divine, delirious, delectable, etc."

He gives me a blank look. I roll my eyes before letting off some steam .

"How was the movie ?" . "Great".

"How is the butter chicken ? I slaved the entire evening over it.". "Great".

"How is my new dress ? ". "Great"

" I think I have lost some weight. Can you make out any difference ? ". A cursory look followed by the inevitable. "Great".

Hubby shifts to damage control mode. Physics makes way for statistics as he talks about trending keywords, blog views and stuff like that. "Don't crib if your blog post fails to garner the desired hits !", is his final statement as he rests his case.

"Well then...maybe I have to give them something else to look at ! How about I pose in that size 8 dress that I bought last week ? Of course I will be holding the salad in one hand ! Maybe that can give them some goals ! Or resolutions for next year ", I reply quite cheekily. Now it's his turn to roll his eyes .

No guesses on who won the debate ! But at the end of the day, this salad is a sure shot winner. And not to forget, your ultimate weapon in the battle of the bulge. Full of fiber and free from any fattening dressings, it is easy to prepare and delicious enough to eat a whole bowlful just before heading out for a party. ( Don't forget to thank me if those luscious desserts and sinful meats start to look a whole lot less appealing !! )

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 2 cups raw papaya ( juliennes )
  • 1 medium sized tomato ( thinly sliced )
  • 2 tsp soy sauce ( or fish sauce if you are not vegetarian )
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 garlic flakes 
  • 2 tsp minced coriander roots 
  • 1 red chili ( de-seeded and cut into thin strips )
  • 1 small red onion ( or spring onion )
  • a pinch of salt
  • roasted and lightly crushed peanuts 

Preparation - Dunk the raw papaya and tomato slices in cold water and refrigerate for 30 mins.

Take the brown sugar, garlic, coriander roots, lime juice and soy sauce in a small cup. Muddle together.

Strain the vegetables and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the seasoning along with the chili, onion and peanuts. Add salt. Toss everything together.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Flaxseed and Curry Leaves Powder ( Podi )

"How do I include flax seeds in my own / husband's diet ?" .

This is probably one of the most frequent questions that I have encountered as a blogger. For those who are still unaware of the existence of these tiny dark brown seeds that boast of everything from better digestion to clear skin, lower cholesterol to weight loss and of course the much touted cancer fighting properties. In addition, they help in better regulation of the hormone levels in the fairer sex. No wonder all those who are aware of these benefits keep thinking of new ways to include them in the everyday diet.

While the simplest way to have them is to roast them, season as per taste and just chow down a spoonful, I have seen people coming up with interesting recipes just to include some flaxseed the diet. While some powder and add them to curries, others add them to pancakes and cookies. While all these methods are really good, I personally prefer being more quantitative in my approach. Most people are unaware that overdosing on flax seeds can cause gastrointestinal side effects like bloating, stomachache and even nausea.

This simple powder or podi (as they call it in Andhra) promises approximately 1 teaspoon of flaxseed goodness when two spoonfuls are consumed everyday. Have it as a dry chutney with dosa/upma/idli or even add to hot white rice along with some ghee.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Ingredients -

  • 4 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp split black lentil
  • 2 tbsp split Bengal gram
  • 4 dry red Byadgi Chillis
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2/3 cup curry leaves
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Heat a cast iron pan.

Add dry red chillis and cumin seeds. Keep flame on medium high.

Once the cumin starts to pop, add the lentils. Roast till the give off a fragrance and show some browning.

Next add the flax seeds. Once they start popping, let them pop for 1-2 mins.

Finally add the curry leaves and lower the flame. Lower the flame and roast till they wilt and turn crisp.

Remove pan from flame and let it cool down completely.

Transfer to a grinder jar, add salt and buzz for a minute. The texture will be somewhat grainy.

Store in an airtight container.

Come about two teaspoons of this powder everyday for including the health benefit of 1 teaspoon of flax seeds in your diet.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Baigana Alu Posto ( Eggplant cooked with Poppy seeds )

The last few days have been tough on me. As if a seasonal flu coupled with throat infection wasn't bad enough, the balmy weather in Blore has been making things worse. The kid does not want to be cooped up inside the house, meals/groceries are getting delayed thanks to rains and traffic snarls, and I am constantly feeling drowsy thanks to a combination of factors.  Even the latest Harry Potter book is not temptation enough for me to keep my eyes open. A few pages ( or rather dialogues coz this book is written for a stage play ) down and I am dozing off blissfully.

So, the meals have been reduced to the very basic dal-chawal or dal-roti with one dry curry. Any cribs from the boys are strictly being ignored. The pickle is accessible to all and hubby dear can just about manage an omelette for himself.

Kid has been busy with figuring out the intricacies of the capital and small alphabets. The gaps in between are taken up by story telling sessions where he just lets his fantasy take flight. To sum it up, my folks are managing rather well by themselves .

But the pace at which I had been working on my blog has slowed down significantly. Last 3-4 weeks, I was editing my old posts, redoing the pics of some of the recipes and rarely finding the time to post new ones. But this week I havn't really managed to get anything done. Except for this very basic recipe which is just an adaptation of our 'Janhi Alu posto'.

This recipe came to exist when I purchased a batch of the green aubergines (long ones) as I could not find any decent veggies at the neighbouring shop. I discovered that they are quite bland and even somewhat bitter in taste. Since I had to somehow use them, I cooked them with potato and poppy seeds paste. It improved their taste by a large extent and I was able to use up the entire batch over 2-3 meals.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup sliced aubergine ( I cut them into a half moon shape )
  • 1 medium sized potato ( chopped into small pieces )
  • 1 small onion ( chopped into medium sized bits )
  • 2 garlic flakes (crushed)
  • 1-2 dry red chili
  • 1/5 tsp pancha phutana
  • 2-3 pinch turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp mustard oil

For the paste -

  • 1-2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 garlic flakes 
  • 1 green chili ( only if you want it to be spicy. I skipped )

Preparation - Dry grind the poppy seeds in the small jar /chutney jar of your mixer. Then add garlic, green chili and a little bit of water. Grind into a somewhat coarse paste. Keep aside.

Cooking - Heat the oil in a wok. Add broken red chili and pancha phutana. Once it gets spluttering, add the crushed garlic and allow it to turn golden brown.

The onion goes in next. Fry to a translucent.

Add the aubergine and potatoes. Cook on a medium - low flame till 70 percent done.

Now add the poppy seeds paste along with 1/3 cup water, salt and turmeric. Cook covered on low flame till all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from flame. Drizzle with a dash of mustard oil for better flavour.

Serve hot with white rice and dal.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cauliflower-Moong Dal Stir Fry

The flavour combination of moong dal and coconut is quite popular in Odisha . There are quite a few vegetables like cabbage, jackfruit, green papaya and even leafy greens which are prepared with the addition of these two ingredients. It is usually consumed during the 'no onion no garlic' days when the menu is kept light and predominantly 'Sattvik'.

However last week, I tried cooking cauliflower with roasted moong dal and coconut as I had run out of vegetables and more importantly, the inclination to cook a hearty lunch. A tiny cauliflower and some grated coconut was all I could salvage from the fridge. So, I tried a stir fry that I usually do with cabbage. It turned out to be quite delicious and I packed the same for husband's lunchbox along with some rotis. He quite liked it since it was very light, just enough moist and yet tasty. Even my four year old put it as 'not spicy' and finished his portion. Hence adding this recipe to the 'Lunchbox collection' on my blog.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 20 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 cup moong dal
  • 3 tsp freshly grated coconut
  • 1 tsp ginger juliennes
  • 1/5 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/5 tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 dry red chilis 
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp oil

Preparation - Wash and dry the cauliflower florets.

Cooking - Heat the oil in a wok. Add broken red chili and mustard seeds.

Once they get spluttering, add the curry leaves and ginger juliennes. Fry for 30 seconds.

Now, add the cauliflower florets and sautee on a low to medium flame.

Dry roast the moong dal till fragrant. Wash and cook with 1 cup water is a pressure cooker for 1-2 whistles. The dal should be just cooked and not very mushy.

Add cooked dal to the cauliflower florets when it is about 90 percent done.

Cover and cook for another 2-3 mins or till the excess water evaporates. ( this is the point where you can decide whether to keep it a bit firm or make it mushy. I end up cooking it a bit more so that my kid does not crib about having to chew too much, )

Remove lid and add the grated coconut. Mix in and switch off the flame.

Serve it along with rotis.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Bajre Ki Khichdi ( Pearl millets Khichdi )

When I first heard of it, I was very much surprised that Bajra or pearl millet is also consumed as a Khichdi (Indian version of Risotto). Most of us assume that it is synonymous with rotis. But when I learnt of this Khichdi from my neighbour, I just had to try it out.

Her version includes a bit of rice in the khichdi along with the bajra and the split green moong dal, oodles of desi ghee and absolutely no tempering. And it is supposed to be eaten with a sweet and sour tomato chutney. However, I was a bit skeptical about omitting the tempering bit and hence I used my usual cumin-red chili-hing tempering with the khichdi. And it turned out to be quite nice and soothing, something that is a pleasure to dig in during the balmy winter months.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 30 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1/2 cup bajra
  • 1/2 cup green moong
  • a handful of rice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dry red chili
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 2 pinch hing
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of turmeric

Preparation - Wash the bajra and the green moong under running water. Spread on a plate. Put it under a fan to dry the surface. 

Once dried, give it a quick buzz in the mixer to break the grains. The texture should be that of a coarse mixture. 

Transfer to a mixing bowl . Add 2 cups water and give it a soak for 2 hours.

Cooking - Transfer the soaked grains to the cooker. Wash the rice and add to the cooker along with salt and turmeric.

Close lid and cook for 5-6 whistles on a low to medium flame. 

Keep aside till steam escapes.

Heat the ghee in a tempering pan. Add cumin seeds, broken red chili and hing. Once it starts spluttering, pour it into the cooker and give a good stir.

Bajre ki Khichdi is ready for serving. ( Do not forget to drizzle with desi ghee for that extra zing )

Note - Serve it with a simple tomato chutney .

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Beetroot and Carrot Smoothie

Smoothies can be a great way of losing weight given that one picks up the right ingredients. And all those bovine sympathizers, rest assured that even the vegan ones are quite delicious. This is one such example. Read on for the recipe -

Preparation time - 5 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed beetroot
  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed carrot
  • 1 tsp basil seeds (sabza)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 pinch cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Preparation - Take the beetroot and carrot cubes in a blender along with the powdered cinnamon, honey and 1/3 rd of the orange juice. Blend into a smooth puree.

Pour it into a glass. Dilute with more orange juice to get desired consistency.

Sprinkle the basil seeds on top. Serve immediately or chilled for 10-15 mins.

DO not store overnight.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tamatar aur Dhaniya ka Shorba

It is quite chilly these days and I am constantly in search of something warm to sip on. After endless cups of tea, masala chai, green tea and coffee, I realize that I still need something more and in greater quantity. And the first thing that comes to my mind is a humongous bowl of steaming soup. Whether homemade or straight from a packet, I love my soup when I am on a diet or whenever the mercury takes a drop. And that kind of translates into every other day as it is 'de rigueur' given the fashionably thin folks of Bangalore and the balmy weather of this city.

This is my current favorite and I keep making it at home or ordering it at restaurants. As is the custom at my home (however silly it may sound), it must be done to death before I move on to the next 'Big' thing.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 20 mins

Ingredients -

  • 5-6 medium sized tomatoes
  • 4-5 tbsp chopped coriander stems
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chili
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 9-10 peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped cilantro
  • freshly ground pepper for garnishing
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Chop the tomatoes into small pieces.

Thoroughly clean the coriander stems to remove any sand or mud .

Cooking - Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Add the red chili, bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon. Saute for 20 seconds before throwing in the coriander stems. Fry for a minute before adding the tomato pieces.

Add 3-4 cups water and salt to taste. Close lid and cook for 3-4 whistles.

Allow steam to escape before opening the lid. Take a hand blender and puree the tomatoes.

Pass through a strainer.

Transfer to a saucepan and place on the flame. Add the sugar and adjust salt if needed. Bring to a boil.

Pour into bowls and garnish with cilantro and freshly ground pepper .

Serve immediately.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tinday aur Channa dal ki subzi

This one obviously draws inspiration from the kakharu-buta dali tarkari or dalma that is so popular in Odisha. In fact mixing gourds with lentils is common practice and we end up with quite a few combinations that go really well with roti/paratha or even puri !! The cooking process is similar for all recipes and it is a good way of squeezing in some veggies along with all that protein that comes from the lentils.

Read on for this recipe -

Preparation Time - 20 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup channa dal
  • 2-3 medium sized apple gourd (tinday)
  • 1-2 dry red chili
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/5 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Wash and soak the channa dal for 2-3 hour so that it gets cooked easily.

Peel and chop the tinday into medium sized pieces. The onion needs to be chopped into small pieces.

Cooking - Wash the channa dal and boil in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Keep aside.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the pancha-phutana, red chillis, cinnamon and bay leaf. Follow with the chopped onion pieces.

Fry till the onions turn translucent. Add the chopped tinda along with a little salt and cook for 5-6 mins till half done.

Add the channa dal, bring to a boil and let it simmer for a few mins or till the vegetable is completely cooked through.

Remove from flame and serve hot with rotis/parathas .

Monday, May 26, 2014

Andhra Tomato Chutney ( Another Version )

A few weeks back, I had posted the recipe of Andhra tomato chutney that is usually served with dosas and uttapams. This time I am back with another version that is usually paired with rice. Easy to prepare and using less oil, it makes for a flavorful side dish. A big "Thanks" to my very sweet neighbor for sharing the recipe with me. (Somehow the color looks much more darker in actual but the pics give it a orange brown hue).

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients -

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 5-6 shallots
  • 2-3 garlic flakes
  • 2 green chillis
  • 2 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder ( optional )
  • a small piece of tamarind
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Chop the tomato into big chunks.

Cooking - Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the urad dal, cumin and coriander seeds. Fry till fragrant. Remove and transfer to a plate. Allow to cool a bit before transferring to a mixer jar with the tamarind and salt. Grind into a powder.

Meanwhile add the remaining oil to the wok. Add green chillis followed by the tomato chunks. Fry till tomatoes start to soften a bit. Remove and allow to cool a bit.

Add to the mixer jar and buzz to get a smooth paste.

Finally add the garlic and shallots and buzz for 1-2 seconds. ( small chunks of the shallots and garlic should remain )

Serve with rice.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cabbage Poriyal

'Poriyal' or vegetables lightly stir fried with a generous amount of freshly grated coconut is one of my favorites. I call it the south indian version of the oriya 'bhajja'. It is light and healthy. And takes minimum amount of time and effort. While one can make it with various vegetables (especially gourd), Cabbage poriyal is the diah that one encounters most frequently at the South indian restaurants serving thali meals. It is also called 'Thoran' in Kerala.

Last time I made this recipe without using onions ( it was a Monday ) and it turned out pretty well. Read on for the recipe:

Preparation Time - 10-15 mins

Ingredients - 1 small cabbage (shredded into small pieces), 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut, 2 green chillis, 1 sprig of curry leaves, 4 tbs split urad/channa dal, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/4 tsp asafoetida, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 3 tsp oil, salt to taste.

Cooking - Heat the oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add channa dal/urad dal and fry for 2 minutes till they turn a few shades darker.

Make slits in the green chillis and add them to the wok. Follow with the curry leaves.
Finally add the asafoetida and then the cabbage. Mix in.

Sprinkle salt and turmeric. Mix and cover with lid for 3 minutes.

Remove lid and stir lightly at regular intervals till done.

Enjoy with piping hot rice and sambhar.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cheese Veggie Strips

Kids love all kinds of fried stuff. Though they are high on calories, i do give in at times and make something for my little one. This time i used some veggies and cheese along with a little seasoning to make these easy snacks. The strips can be made and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days .

Preparation Time - 20-25 minutes

Ingredients - 1 medium sized boiled and peeled potato, 2 tbs finely chopped carrots, 2 tbs finely chopped beans, 2 tbs sweet corn, 1/2 cup grated cheese, 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp finely chopped garlic, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder or 1 tsp chilli sauce , salt to taste, 2 tsp finely chopped coriander.

For the outer layer - 1 cup freshly made bread crumbs, 1 tbs cornflour, little cornflour for dusting, salt to taste, oil for shallow frying.

Preparation - Take all the ingredients ( except those for the outer layer ) into a mixing bowl. Mix well and shape into long flat strips.

Take the 1 tbs cornflour and mix it with 3-4 tbs of water. Add a little salt and form a thin batter.

Take the breadcrumbs in a flat plate. ( To make fresh bread crumbs, take 2 slices of bread, cut off the sides and transfer to a food processor. Buzz for 1 second. Fresh breadcrumbs are ready. )

Cooking - Heat the oil in a wok.

Take each strip, dust it with a little cornflour, dip in the thin batter and roll in the breadcrumbs.

Dip in the hot oil and fry till light brown on both sides.

Serve with chilli & tomato sauce.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cheesy Baked Omlette

This is one of my lazy recipes.

Preparation time - 10 mins

Ingredients - 2 eggs, 1/2 cup grated plain cheese, 1 jalapeno, 3-4 garlic flakes, cracked pepper, pinch of dried oregano, pinch of dried rosemary, salt to taste, 1-2 tsp olive oil.

Cooking - Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Take a small round baking tray. Add the olive oil and rub on sides and bottom.

Break the two eggs into the baking dish. Sprinkle cheese, chopped jalapenos, crushed/chopped garlic and the remaining spices.

Put in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes. ( remove earlier if you want yolks to be a little runny/soft)

Remove from baking tray and eat with toasted bread.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bhendi (Dahi) kanji (Bhindi kadhi)

A super light and easy to prepare dish for those days when one is feeling lazy or the stomach cries out for some rest. This one does not compromise on taste though !! Best when prepared with day old curd, the original recipe (my Mom's) does not call for the use of a thickening agent like besan. Rather it is something I added to give some texture and more taste to the gravy.

It goes very well with plain white rice and maybe some papad to go with it !!  I prefer to have it with rotis too though few folks do not like the kadhi-roti combination. Read on for the recipe -

Preparation time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup Chopped okra/bhindi 
  • 100 ml curd
  • 1 1/2 tsp besan/gramflour
  • 1-2 dry red chilli 
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 2 pinch asafoetida/hing ( 2 pinch )
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 2 pinch turmeric 
  • 3 tsp oil

Preparation: Mix the curd with the besan in a bowl. Add about 3 cups of water and salt to taste. Mix well.

Cooking: Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the okra along with salt and turmeric. Fry till the okra is just cooked and still a little crunchy.

Lower the flame and sprinkle a few drops of water to cool the wok. Now add the besan-curd mixture slowly and stir continuously for 3-4 minutes. Increase the flame amd bring to a boil.

Heat the remaining oil in another pan. Add broken red chilli, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds followed by the crushed garlic flakes.

Once the seeds start to splutter, add the asafoetida and curry leaves and remove from flame.

Pour the tempering mixture over the contents of the wok. Switch off the flame and cover with a lid to retain the aroma.

Serve hot/cold with white rice.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Palak mattar ( yellow peas in spinach gravy )

Preparation time - 15-20 mins

Ingredients - 1/2 cup yellow peas, 1 cup chopped spinach ( palak, use only the tender leaves with stems chopped off ), 1 large sized onion, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1 green chilli, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/3 tsp chilli powder, 1/3 tsp garam masala (optional), 2 tsp oil, pinch of turmeric, salt to taste.

Preparation: Bring water to boil in a pan. Add spinach to it for 3 mins. Drain off and fill with cold water.
Drain and squeeze out excess water from spinach. Also kown as blanching, this step retains the green color of spinach.
Chop the onions into small pieces.
Soak the yellow peas overnight. Wash and cook in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles. Allow the cooker to cool down and drain off the excess water.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter. Add 3/4th of the chopped onions and saute them for 2 mins. Put in the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone ( 2-3 mins ). Add the chilli powder, turmeric, half of the garam masala and blanched spinach. Cook for 3 mins.
Allow to cool down. Transfer to a grinder along with a green chilli and 3-4 tbs of water/vegetable stock. Make a smooth paste.
Heat the remaining oil in a wok. Add the rest of the chopped onion and fry till translucent. Add the spinach paste and boiled peas. Cook for 5 mins. Sprinkle the garam masala and remove from stove.
Serve as a side dish with rice/rotis.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Soya Bhurji

Preparation time: 15 mins

Ingredients: Soya chunks ( 1 cup ), onion ( 1 medium ), garlic pods ( 5-6 nos ), tomato puree ( 2-3 tsp ), cloves ( 2-3 nos ), green chilli ( 1 no ), chilli powder ( 1/3 tsp, optional ), garam masala ( 1/5 tsp ), salt to taste, turmeric ( a pinch ), oil ( 1-2 tbs ), chopped coriander for garnish.

Preparation: Wash and cook the soya chunks in a pressure cooker. Allow 1 whistle and then remove the cooker from the stove.
Once it cools down, squeeze all the water from the soya chunks. Repeat twice with fresh water.
Chop the soya chunks in a mixer for 3-4 mins into a rough mixture. DO NOT overdo it else the soya will turn into a smooth paste.
Roughly chop the onions and green chillis into small pieces. Crush the garlic pods into a paste using a mortar and pestle.

Cooking: Heat the oil in a pan. When it starts smoking, add the green chilli and cloves. Fry for 30 secs.
Add the onions and fry till it just starts turning golden. Add tomato puree and cook for 2-3 mins.
Add the soya along with salt, turmeric, chilli powder and garam masala. Cook the soya like an egg bhurji, spreading the
 mixture around the pan instead of heaping it in one place. Once the soya starts turning a little brown, it is done.
Garnish and serve hot with rice/chappati. Else use as an filling for paratha/sandwich.

Note: One can also use chopped tomatoes instead of puree.
This is an excellent and nutritious recipe for children. Reduce the amount of chilli and garam masala if preparing for children.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Leftovers series: Tomato Rice


Preparation Time: 5-10 mins

Ingredients: Cooked rice ( 1 cup), chopped tomato ( 1 medium ), green chilli ( 1-2 nos ), onion ( 1 large ), curry leaves ( 1 sprig ) , chana dal ( 2 tbs ), urad dal ( 2 tbs ), mustard seeds ( 1/2 tsp ), asafoetida ( 1/5 tsp), broken cashew pieces, salt , oil ( 2 tsp ), chopped coriander for garnish ( optional ).

Preparation: Chop the onion and tomato into small pieces.
Fry the cashew, urad dal and chana dal with very little oil and keep aside.

Cooking: Heat oil in a wok. When it starts smoking, add mustard seeds followed by the broken green chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida. Stir for 10-15 secs.
Add the chopped onions. Stir fry for 2 mins. Add the tomatoes along with some salt. cook till the tomatoes soften.
Add the rice and stir fry for a few minutes. Sprinkle more salt on top ( if required )and add the fried dal & cashews.Serve hot.

Note: If the rice is kept in the fridge, microwave on high for 1 minute. Else add to boiling water and drain off after 1-2 mins.
The fried dals and cashews are added at a later stage to retain their crunchiness.

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