Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Mixed Vegetable Palya/Mishra Tarakari Palya

This Tarakari Palya is a very favourite dish among our family and friends.In our house we prepare this for all occasions including festivals.The speciality of this dish is the aroma of vegetables cooked with minimal spices.you can use any seasonal fresh vegetables along with choice of beans like field beans/vaal beans(avarekalu),Black eye beans(alasande) and Chickpeas to name a few.

Ingredients:
Carrots-2
Potatoes-2
Pigeon peas(Togarikayi)-1cup(I have used frozen)
Brinjal-3
Beans -15-20
Knolkhol-1
Bottleguard-1/2 (chopped)
Curryleaves-1 sprig
Onion-1
Tomatoes-2
Freshly grated coconut-1/2cup
Sarina Pudi/Sambhar pudi-1Tbsp or to taste
Mustard-1tsp
Oil-1Tbsp
Coriander for Garnish
Salt to taste

Method:

1.Wash and chop all the vegetables to bite size pieces,finely chop the onion and tomatoes and keep aside.
2.In a Pressure cooker heat oil, add mustard seeds when it began to splutter, add onion and curryleaves fry until onions become translucent then add tomatoes,cook until it softens.
3.Now add all the chopped vegetables,sarinapudi,grated coconut and salt to taste.
4.Add 1/2cup of water, close the lid and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
5.Garnish with coriander
6.Serve hot with Chappatis,poori  and other breads,it goes well with Akki rotti or as a side dish for dosa,idli and rice.

Note:
1.You can use as many varieties of veggies you like ridgegourd, snakegourd or any kinds of beans as you like.
2.If you don't want to use beans then use  1/2cup of soaked channadal,add it when tempering after mustard splutters.
3.If you want gravy, grind one onion,fresh coconut, one tomato and sarina pudi into smooth paste and add to the tempered veggies will makes a excellent vegetable gravy.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Red Beans Quesadilla


Preparation Time:10 minutes| Cooking Time:5 minutes |Makes:4 or 6 Wedges

Category:Snack |Cuisine :Mexican 

Ingredients:
Red kidney beans-200g (1/2Can)if using home boiled beans means 1/2cup
Spring onions-2 sticks,finely chopped
Fresh Coriander-2tbsp
Cheddarcheese-1/2cup,grated
Red chilli flakes-1/2 tsp(if preparing for small kids,use black pepper powder instead)
Oregano (dried herb)-1/2tsp
Garlic clove-2
Salt to taste
Flour tortilla's-4

Method:
!.Toast all the tortilla's lightly on a tava and keep aside.
2.In a bowl  add red beans mash it roughly and add all the other ingredients mix well and keep it aside.
3.Heat a tava place the tortilla and evenly spread the handful of mixture on the tortilla and cover the another tortilla on top and press gently,make sure that the flame is low because tortilla's will burn quickly.
4.Cook on both sides until cheese melts,cut them diagonally into 4 or 6 triangular wedges.Serve warm with sour cream or any dip of your choice.

Note:
1.You can use any variety of boiled beans and seasoning of your choice .
2.You can prepare this with chappatis too.
3.Good for kids lunch box.
4.Don't overload the stuffing on tortilla's makes it soggy,don't put more
than a Tbsp.
5.If you are cheese lover you can add more cheese if you wish.
6.Look for more Mexican Recipes and Veggie Quesadilla
7.It can be cooked in the oven too,In a preheated oven at 180'c,place the sandwiched tortilla's on a baking sheet and bake for 2-3minutes until cheese melts.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Methi Malai Paneer



Methi or Fenugreek is a flavourful leafy veg which goes well with any veggies.
Methi Malai Paneer is a popular Punjabi dish which is very common in restaurants menu's but I love dhabha style which is more richer,rustic and full of flavours a with desi ghee or butter...yumm.This is my take on this classic dish.

Ingredients:
Methi/Fenugreek leaves-1 small bunch
Paneer-200gms
Fresh cream-4 Tbsp
Jeera/ Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Turmeric-pinch
Oil/Butter-1Tbsp( I have used oil)+ extra oil for frying paneer
Salt to taste
Sugar-2tsp
Garam masala-1/2tsp

For Grinding:
Onion-1 medium
Green chillies-3-4(according to your taste)
Jeera-1tsp
Garlic-4 cloves
Ginger-1"piece
Cashewnuts powder-1Tbsp

Method:
1.Take quarter cup of cashew nuts and grind them into a fine powder,store it in air tight container.You can use this for thickening gravies.I am using only 1Tbsp of powder for this recipe.
2. Grind all the ingredients into fine paste adding little water at a time.
3.Clean methi by removing only the leaves and discard the stalk,Wash the methi leaves in water,drain and chop them roughly.
4.Heat tsp of  Oil in a pan,add jeera,when it begans to splutter,add turmeric and  chopped methi leaves fry until the rawness of the methi vanishes.
5.Meanwhile cut paneer into bite size pieces  and fry them  lightly with little oil  and keep it aside.
6.Add grinded paste to fried methi fry for 2-3minutes then add 1/2cup of water,salt to taste and sugar close the lid and cook for 5minutes.
7.Now add paneer pieces and garam masala, let it cook for 2 more minutes.
8.Reduce the flame and add cream simmer for minute and take out of the flame.
9.Methi Malai Paneer is ready to serve.you can serve hot with any kind of Indian breads.
Note:
1.For healthier option you can use milk instead of fresh cream.
2.If you are not a fan of paneer and for healthier option you can 
add fried potatoes or mushroom.
3.If you don't have fresh methi,instead use kasuri methi.
4. Basically It is a mild curry,if you are spice lover you can add more chillies for 
grinding or chillipowder while frying methi.
5.Don't over cook,this will hardens the paneer.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Green Apple Chitranna


The winter is in full swing with unbearable cold,one good thing we can look forward in winter is winter crops.Among number of  winter crops apples top the list with its amazing nutritious properties as a saying eating apple a day keeps the doctor away.We have tasted apples in desserts,pudding and pastries but not much in savoury dishes apart from chutneys.Here is my take on popular rice dish chitranna which got a little twist with the addition of grated sour apple instead of lemon or lime juice.This gives a rice new fresh taste  and easy way to add the fruit to your daily intake.Hope you like it. 

Ingredients:
2-Green Apples sour variety(grated)
2cups-Cooked rice
2 tbsp-vegetable or sunflower oil+ oil extra oil for mixing
1/2 tsp- cumin seeds
1/2 tsp- mustard seeds
1/2 tsp- turmeric
4- green chillies finely chopped
12 to 15 fresh curry leavesA
1 tbsp- channa dal/bengal gram
1tbsp-urad dal/blackgram
1/4 cup- roasted peanuts
1/4cup-fresh coconut,grated
1 salt to taste
Fresh coriander chopped



Method:
1.Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat,add mustard and cumin and allow them to splutter

2.Now add both dals,make sure to keep an eye on the flame other wise it will burn the tempering,after the dals become lightly brown add green chillies,red chillies,curry leaves and turmeric and salt, saute for 1 minute,mix well
3.And grated apple with little water(1Tbsp),cook for 3-4 minutes and take out of the flame and keep aside to cool for 5 -10 minutes.



For mixing:
Take a wide bowl and add all the rice,break the lumps very gently with wooden spatula(clean hand is better),now add the cooled tempering,chopped coriander,and 1 or 2tbsp of oil,roasted peanuts,grated fresh coconut on top of the rice.mix gently with wooden spatula ,making sure not to break the rice.If you find salt is less you can add and mix it along with other ingredients.

Before serving garnish with fresh coriander,fresh grated coconut and fried peanuts and enjoy with pickles and curd rice.

Note:
1.If the apple is not sour you can use lemon or lime juice while mixing the rice.
2.You can store the leftover gojju in fridge for 2-3days in refrigirator.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Tomato Dosa/Dose


Ingredients:
Rice-2cups
Tomatoes-2-3(roughly chopped
Fresh coconut-1Tbsp
Green chillies-2
Cumin/jeera-1tsp
Oil for preparing dosa as required
Salt to taste 

Method:
1.Wash and soak rice for -4hours,Grind rice along with coconut,tomatoes,green chillies and jeera into fine paste adding little water.
2.Add water to make it thin as buttermilk consistency.
3.Add salt to taste.mix well, no need to ferment.Prepare dosa's like neer dosa.
4.Heat tawa,take a ladle full of batter and spinkle evenly,sprinkle little oil over dosa.
5.No need to cook both sides of dosa.Fold twice and serve with coconut chutney or any vegetable side dish.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Instant Tomato Pickle



Ingredient:

Tomatoes/Cherry tomatoes-1/4 kg(I have used cherry tomatoes here)
Mustard-1tsp
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Hing/asafoetida-1/2tsp
Oil-3tbsp
Chilli powder-1Tbsp
Methi powder-2tsp
Salt-2tsp
Sugar-1/2tsp

For powder
Methi-1/4 cup

Method:
1.Dry roast the methi seeds on a low medium flame until light brown and aroma comes.
leave it to cool,In a mixie grind coarsly into powder.Store it in a air tight jar for future use.
2.Wash and cut cherry tomatoes into halves,cut on a plate so that the juice is not wasted.
3.Heat oil in a pan,add mustard and wait until they crackle then add curry leaves and hing,fry for second then after add tomatoes fry for a minute and add salt sugar,chillipowder and methi powder.cook for 2-3 minutes,switch off the flame.Leave it to cool.Store in a air tight jar.
4.Serve as accompainment with sambhar and rice or yoghurt rice.

Note:
1.You can use any variety of tomatoes,if big varieties cut then into bite size pieces.
2.I have mentioned 1/4 cup of methi because you can't use less than this quantitiy
in a mixer jar to grind.and will be difficulty to grind.
3.Use only 2 tsp of methi powder for this recipe as mentioned above if you are preparing in large quantity increase the amount.store rest of the powder in air tight container.
4.This can be last upto week in a refrigirator.make sure you use a clean dry spoon every time 
you serve.