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Ladies Finger Pepper Saute

>> July 28, 2010

Just another simple ladies finger recipe that goes with rice. Cooking ladies finger may be slightly tricky 'coz water is not added for the dry dish, hence oil is the only alternative. The amount of oil can be kept less by lightly stirring the vegetable two to three times and covered cooking.


Egg & Potato

>> July 26, 2010

the recipe

Egg – 4
Potato – 2
Onion – 1 big or 2 medium
Garlic – 12 cloves
Ginger – 3 cm piece
Green chilly – 1
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Tomato - 2
Coconut, grated – ½ cup (grind it to a smooth paste)
Salt – to taste
Oil – 2 tbsp

spice powders

Turmeric – ½ tsp
Chilly – ¾ tsp
Coriander – ¾ tsp – 1 tsp
Pepper – ½ tsp
Garam Masala – 1 tsp

the method

Boil the egg and potato. Heat oil in a pan and add the sliced onions. When it starts to brown add finely chopped garlic, green chilly and ginger. Add curry leaves. Stir for a minute and add the spice powders. Stir till the powders are roasted (add ¼ cup water if it starts to burn). Add the chopped tomatoes, salt and stir till it turns soft. Add the coconut paste and boil it. More water may be added if the gravy is too thick. Add the peeled and cut potatoes and eggs. Boil it for two - three minutes. Done.


Vegetable Kurma (Korma)

>> July 21, 2010

Kurma in Tamilnadu, korma in North India...that is my understanding. It is a spicy vegetarian dish that tastes good with rice as well as chapati. This is another dish which i have been relishing since childhood with most of the vegetables in the recipe coming from our garden. You have that option of growing and plucking fresh vegetables when you live in a hill station. Now those experiences are just memories to cherish especially the climate factor...

the recipe

carrots - 2
potato - 1
beans - 15 -20
peas, cooked (green or dried) - 1/4 cup
tomato - 2
cauliflower, medium sized or small - 1

turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
coriander powder - 3/4 - 1 tsp
garam masala - 3/4 - 1 tsp (depending on your spice requirement)

for the masala to be ground

onion - 2
garlic - 8
ginger - 1 inch
green chilly - 1
oil - 1 or 2 tbsp
salt - to taste

Coconut, grated - 1/4 part
Poppy seeds (optional) - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp soaked in 3-5 tbsp water for abt 15 mins

the method

Saute the onion in oil. When it starts to brown add garlic, ginger and chilly and saute till it is soft. Add chilly powder and saute for few seconds. Grind it to a smooth paste.

Cook the peas separately. Cook the carrot, potato and beans till half done and then add tomatoes, the ground paste, turmeric, salt and coriander powder. When the vegetables are three fourths done add the cauliflower, peas, pepper powder and garam masala.

In another pan lightly roast the grater coconut without losing its color (takes abt 2 minutes). Grind the coconut with the soaked poppy seeds. (For more aroma soak a pinch or two of cumin and fennel seeds).

When the vegetables are almost done add the coconut and poppy seed paste and bring it to boil. Done.


Mashed Tapioca (Kappa Puzhukku)

>> July 20, 2010

You may call this a rustic delicacy, yet found on way side eateries in Kochi city, hotels now applaud tapioca dishes with even a tapioca biryani in the menu.

Though this tapioca recipe used to be prepared at home, once in a while, i learnt that the name was puzhukku when i was in the college hostel when one of my friend brought this from her home after the weekend holidays. Then i learnt that there was a chakka puzhukku and also that puzhukku can be made from a variety of tubers that taste good especially during the karkidagam season. I prepared the tapioca puzhukku just out of coincidence with the season. And the name may sound a little like a continental or English cuisine., ..........if there can be mashed potatoes why not a mashed tapioca...

the recipe

Tapioca – 1 kg

ingredients for the puzhukku masala

cumin – ¾ tsp
garlic – 5 cloves
green chilly – 4
coconut – ½ part
salt – ½ tsp
onion – ½

for the tempering

mustard – ½ tsp
curry leaves – 2 sprigs
onion – ½
turmeric – ½ - ¾ tsp
oil – 1 or 2 tbsp

the method

Cut the tapioca into medium sized chunks and boil in salt water. When cooked drain the water. Cut it into small wedges or thin pieces.

Grind the ingredients for the puzhukku masala into a coarse to smooth consistency.

In a broad pan (uruli is better), heat oil and add mustard. When the mustard crackles add onion and curry leaves. When the onion starts to brown, add turmeric and sauté for few seconds. Add the puzhukku masala. Add quarter cup water and bring it to a boil so that the raw aroma of the masala is gone. Add the tapioca and mix well. Slightly mash with a spoon or fork. Serve with pickle or uppum molaku.


Beef and Tapioca Mash

>> July 18, 2010

the recipe

Tapioca – 1 kg

ingredients for the puzhukku masala

cumin – ¾ tsp
garlic – 5 cloves
green chilly – 4
coconut – ½ part
salt – ½ tsp
onion – ½ of 1

 for the tempering

mustard – ½ tsp
curry leaves – 2 sprigs
onion – ½
turmeric – ½ - ¾ tsp
oil – 1 or 2 tbsp

the method

Cut the tapioca into medium sized chunks and boil in salt water. When cooked drain the water. Cut it into small wedges or thin pieces. Grind the ingredients for the puzhukku masala into a coarse to smooth consistency. In a broad pan (uruli is better), heat oil and add mustard. When the mustard crackles add onion and curry leaves. When the onion starts to brown, add turmeric and sauté for few seconds. Add the puzhukku masala. Add quarter cup water and bring it to a boil so that the raw aroma of the masala is gone. Add the tapioca and mix well. Slightly mash with a spoon or fork. Keep it aside.

Beef gravy to be mixed with the mash

Beef (boiled with chilly, ginger and pepper) – 250 -350 gms
Onion, finely chopped -1
Garlic, finely chopped – 5 cloves
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Chilly powder – ¾ -1 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp

Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped garlic. Stir for few seconds and add the finely chopped onion. Let it partially brown. Add the turmeric, chilly powder and garam masala. Stir for about a minute and then add the boiled beef with one cup of its stock. Simmer for 10 minutes. Keep the pan with the tapioca mash in low flame and pour the beef gravy over it. Mix it thoroughly and stir till all the gravy is absorbed by the mash. Serve luke warm.


Paneer Thattu Vadai

Thattu vadai is a snack from Tamilnadu. I tried to bring out a cheesy version to use a little amount of paneer (cottage cheese) that was left in the refrigerator. This is almost a left over special bcoz the paneer was added to the idiyappam / sevai dough that was left over from the morning’s breakfast. The dough had turned dry by evening so added some oil to make it smooth.

the recipe

rice flour – ½ cup
boiling hot water – ½ cup
asafoetida – ¼ tsp
chilli powder – ¼ tsp
salt – ¼ tsp
cottage cheese (paneer), grated – 3 tbsp
dal - few grains
oil – to fry

the method

Mix rice flour with asafoetida, chilli, dal and salt. Add the boiling hot water and stir it to form lumps. Leave it to cool. Sprinkle the cottage cheese and knead the rice flour mixture into a stiff dough. Make gooseberry sized portions of the dough. Grease the palm with oil and gently flatten the dough to make round shaped thattu vadais. Fry it in oil. Savour!!

The recipe is contesting in the event Letz Relishh – Paneer hosted by Jay


Oats & Banana Pancake

>> July 17, 2010

It is a simple breakfast recipe with loads of fibre. Pancakes are prepared for breakfast whenever i wake up late 'coz it is quick to prepare and no other accompaniments / curries are needed. The addition of eggs makes the pancake slightly rich in calories. It can be adjusted according to one's requirement or the eggs can be completely avoided. I like to try variations of basic recipes and hence i have added oats and banana and spiced it up with cinnamon.

the recipe

whole wheat flour - 3/4 cup
oats - 1/2 cup
banana - 2 (i have used the green long ones)
egg - 2
milk - 3/4 cup
sugar - 3 tbsp
salt - 1/2 tsp
cinnamon - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp (cardamom powder is a good alternative)
oil / butter - to grease
baking powder (optional) - 1/4 tsp
water - 1/4 - 1/2 cup

the method

Take a bowl and whisk the eggs. Add salt and sugar. Whisk again. Add 1/4 cup milk and mix well. Add the wheat flour 1 tbsp at a time and continue mixing. Add 1/4 cup milk when the mixture starts to solidify and add the flour. When the wheat flour, milk and flour is completely added check consistency. Add water as required (the final batter should be in a pouring consistency yet not watery ). Add the oats. In another bowl mash the bananas. Add it to the flour mixture. Add cinnamon /cardamon powder. The amount of sugar in the recipe gives a moderate sweetness. It can be adjusted according to taste.

Heat a gridle. Grease it with oil or 1/4 tsp butter. Pour about 4 tbsp batter. Flatten it gently. Turn it when it is lightly browned on one side as shown in picture. Cook the other side same way. Serve it plain or drizzle some honey.


Simple Pasta - homemade

>> July 14, 2010

for the pasta dough

Whole wheat flour – ½ cup
Flour – ½ cup
Water – ¼ - ½ cup
Oil – 1 tsp + 1 tsp

Tomato pesto

Tomato – 1 small
Onion – ½ or 1
Garlic – 3-5 cloves
Paprika or chilly powder – ¼ tsp
Pepper powder – ¼ tsp
Parmesan or mozzarella cheese – 2-3 tbsp
Olive oil / vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
Salt – ¼ tsp or less

The method

Make a stiff dough with wheat flour, flour, water (after adding ¼ cup water to the flour add water as required) and 1 tsp oil. Divide the dough into 4-5 portions and roll it with a rolling pin. Dust the dough adequately while rolling to prevent the pasta from sticking while cutting them into thin ribbons. After rolling one portion of the dough cut it vertically into thin ribbons as shown in picture (the pasta will double its size while boiling). Repeat with the remaining dough and place the pasta ribbons in a flat surface or plate.

To boil the pasta

Boil water in a pan with ¼ tsp salt and 1tsp oil. Add the pasta and cook till the pasta rise to the top of the water. This will happen in 1.5 -2.5 minutes. Skim the pasta immediately and spread it in a flat plate.

It is said that pasta should be cooked in a continuous process (boiling + mixing with the sauce). Keep the mixture for Pesto ready by the time pasta is cooked. It may be ground to a paste just before boiling the pasta.

To prepare Pesto…

…grind the onion, garlic, tomato and cheese to a smooth paste without adding water.

In a pan add the oil and the ground paste. Add salt (salt is needed only for the sauce since pasta is cooked in salted water). Add the paprika / chilly. Let the water evaporate completely.Sprinkle pepper powder. Add the cooked pasta and toss for about 30 seconds. It is done!!

(overcooking makes the pasta mushy)

i'll tell a secret....i prepared the pasta with leftover chapati dough which was kept in the refrigerator for about 8 hours!


Tender Coconut Pudding

>> July 11, 2010

the recipe

Tender Coconut water – 1 cup
Tender Coconut kernel (soft kernels) – ¼ - ½ cup
Condensed milk (sweetened) – 200 ml
Gelatin – 2 tsp or China Grass - 5-10 gms

the method

Pour the tender coconut water into a bowl. Scoop the kernel and cut it into small pieces (the soft kernel can be chopped using a spoon). Add the soft kernel and condensed milk into the tender coconut water. Stir well.

In a double boiler, dissolve gelatine / china grass in medium heat with 6-8 tbsp water (gelatine loses its properties in high temperature). Let it cool to a luke warm temperature. Mix into the tender coconut mixture. Chill in a refrigerator till the pudding is set. Scoop it!!

the recipe goes to Food Palette Series White event


Pork Vindalho (Vindaloo)

Pork Vindalho is a much liked dish in Anglo-Indian homes. Tangy, yet delicate its worth trying!!

the recipe

Pork – 1 kg

Mustard & Red Chilly paste

Dry Red Chillies (whole – Kashmiri chillies are better) – 25 – 30 or 3 tablespoon kashmiri chilly powder
Mustard – 2 tsp
Cumin – ½ tsp
Pepper corns – 1 tsp
Cardamom – 3
Cinnamon – 2 cm piece
Cloves - 5
Garlic – 12 – 15 cloves
Ginger – 3 cm piece
Shallots (small onion) – 12 – 15
Vinegar – 4 tbsp
Tomato - 1

Oil – 1 tbsp
Onion – 1
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Salt – 1 ½ tsp
Sugar – ½ tsp

the method

In a mixer grinder finely powder the red chillies, mustard, cumin, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Add ginger, garlic, shallots, vinegar and tomato to the powdered mixture and grind to a fine past by adding required amount of water.

Cut the pork into flat 4 x 6 cm pieces or any preferred shape. Marinate the pork with Mustard & Red Chilly paste and salt for at least an hour.

In a pan, add oil. Stir in the onion till translucent and add the turmeric. Add the marinated pork. Cook till done. Add sugar just before turning off heat (Alternatively, the meat can be cooked in a pressure cooker). Serve with rice or bread.


Instant Papaya Jam

the recipe

Papaya, ripe and diced - 1 cup
Butter / Ghee - 1 tsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Nutmeg - 1 grating

the method

Cut the papaya pieces into small cubes and wash 2-3 times. Blend it into a smooth paste. In a non-stick pan pour the papaya puree and stir continuously till the water completely evaporates and it starts sticking to the pan. At this point add ghee and sugar. When the sugar has melted thoroughly grate the nutmeg just once.


Snake Gourd Koottu / Curry

A regular curry at home...i have inherited this recipe from my mom...i had a snake gourd plant at home few months back....hope to plant them again and photograph the creeper :-)

the recipe

Dal - 1/4 cup
Snake Gourd - 400 - 600 gms
Tomato - 1 or 2
Turmeric - 3/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp

spice and coconut mixture

Coconut - 1/4 parts
Cumin - 1 tsp
Garlic - 6 cloves
Green chilly - 2
Onion - 1/2 or 5 shallots

for the tempering

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds (optional) - 10
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Onion - half of one

the method

Cook the dal partially. Cut the snakegourd into small cubes and add it to the dal. When half done add tomato, chilly powder and turmeric powder. Grind the incredients for the spice and coconut mixture into a coarse to smooth paste consistency. Add to the snakegourd. Add salt. Cook till done and turn off heat.

In another pan heat oil, add mustard and let it crackle. Add chopped onion, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. When brown add to the snake gourd. Serve with rice and pappad.


Ladies Finger Creamy Curry

>> July 08, 2010

When I was a kid i have heard that eating ladies finger would increase your acumen for mathematics......after a research on the web it seems to be true....

the recipe

Ladies Finger – 200 gms
Onion – 1
Garlic (optional) – 3 cloves
Chilly powder – ¼ tsp
Pepper powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Garam Masala - ¼ tsp
Salt – ½ tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Milk – ½ cup

the method

Cut the ladies finger into slivers (2 inch long slant pieces). Pour oil in a pan and add chopped onion and garlic. Stir for a minute and add the ladies finger and salt. Stir for two minutes. Add turmeric, chilly powder, pepper powder and garam masala. Cover and cook till ladies finger is soft. Add milk. Bring it to a boil. Serve with rice or chapati.

the recipe contests in Show me Your Curry


Pumpkin and potato saute

the recipe

Pumpkin -200 gms
Potato – 150 gms
Tomato - 1
Onion – 1
Green Chilly – 1
Chilly powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Salt – ¾ tsp

the method
Add oil to a pan. Add onion and stir till it starts to brown. Add green chilly, turmeric, chilly powder and pepper powder. Add chopped tomatoes. Stir till the tomatoes are soft. Add potato cubes and cook for 7 minutes. Add the pumpkin cubes and salt. Cook till potato and pumpkin is cooked. Serve with rice or chapati.


Soya chunk curry

the recipe
Soya chunks – ½ cup
Onion – 2
Garlic – 5 cloves
Ginger – 2 cm piece
Tomato – 2
Chilly powder – ½ tsp
Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Garam Masala - ½ tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
the method

Soak the soya chunks in 3 cup salted water for 20 minutes. Squeeze out the water from the chunks and wash it again.

Heat the oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onion. When it starts to brown add finely chopped or pounded garlic and ginger. Stir for two minutes. Add turmeric, chilly powder, pepper powder and garam masala. Stir for a minute and add finely chopped tomatoes. Stir. Add half cup water and ½ tsp salt for the gravy. Bring it to a boil. Add the prepared soya chunks (you may halve it if needed). Let it simmer for 10 minutes and absorb the spices. Serve with chapatti, string hoppers or rice.


Spinach & Potato Sandwich

>> July 05, 2010

I am new to food blogging. Whenever i come across vegetables, am thinking of new recipes that i can come out with. Today i was trimming the spinach and realised there was no snacks to go with the evening tea and there were few bread slics left from the breakfast loaf. Sandwich was the idea that stumbled upon me.

the recipe

Spinach – 20 leaves
Potato – 1 medium
Onion – 1 small
Garlic – 1 clove
Salt – ¼ tsp
Pepper – ¼ tsp
Flour – 1 tbsp
Milk – ½ cup
Oil – 2 tbsp
Bread – 8 slices

the method

Cut the potato into tiny cubes as seen in the picture. Boil it for 7 minutes. Drain. Add the oil and fry the potato adding a pinch of salt. Remove from oil. To the same oil add the finely chopped onion, garlic and spinach leaves together. Stir until the water content of the leaves have completely evaporated. Add the flour and stir without forming lumps. Stir for one minute. Add the milk and stir well till the mixture starts boiling and forms a creamy consistency. Add the fried potatoes, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Trim the crust (sides) of the bread. Spread the hot spinach and potato mixture and close it with bread. Cut it diagonally. The sandwich is very soft and melts away.


Stewed Apple in Oats

>> July 04, 2010

I like to have oats 'coz they are easy to cook and are full of fibre. The same taste makes it boring and therefore tried to add apples and a little bit of spice.
the recipe
Oats - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup + 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Apple - 1
Cinnamon powder - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Cook oats with salt and 1 cup water. Make a sugar solution with 1/2 cup water and 1 tbsp sugar in a sauce pan. Cube the apple into small pieces and place it in the sugar solution (retains the colour of the apple). Cook the apple for 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon powder, mix well and cook for one more minute. Now add the stewed apple into the cooked oats. Add 3 tbsp sugar. Mix well. Add milk and let it boil for 5 minutes. Serve hot.


Crab Roast

>> July 03, 2010

Kochi is known for its backwaters, sea, the vivid forms of fishing and the variety of fish. Crabs are actually exotic even if it is simply boiled with a dash of salt. Crab Roast is a recipe i have been following from my mom's preparation which is in turn influenced by one of her aunt. Therefore the recipe has been passing on to generation and i would like to share it.

Crab - 500 gms
Ginger - 4 cm piece
Garlic - 10 cloves
Curry leaf - 1 sprig
Green Chilly - 1 small
Small onion - 10 to 15
Turmeric - 3/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 3/4 tsp
Cocum - 1 piece
Oil - 2 tbsp
Water - 3/4 cup
Salt - 1 to 1/4 tsp

Clean the crab and cut it into four pieces. Break the legs of the crab to let the spice in.

Add oil to a pan and add the chopped small onions. When lightly brown add chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. Stir it until light brown and then add turmeric, chilly powder and pepper. Stir well till the raw smell is gone. Add the crab pieces and salt. Stir for a minute and then add water. Add 1 tsp salt and cocum. Cook for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Adjust salt. Serve with rice.


Prawn: Green Curry

Prawn can be cooked in various forms: fry, curry, added as an taste enhancer to vegetables, fried rice or as a main ingredient in prawn pulao. Prawn green curry is influenced by Goan cooking. Instead of adding just a cocum or tomato, three types of sour ingredients are added to bring out a distinct taste to the curry.

the recipe

prawns - 300 gms
ginger - 2 cm piece
onion - 1
cocum - 1 small piece
tomato - 1/2
salt - 1/4 + 3/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

ingredients for green paste

coriander - 3 plants
chillies - 3
tamarind - 1/2 tsp
ginger - 3 cm piece
garlic - 8 cloves
grated coconut - 1/2

Grind the ingredients for the green paste into a smooth and thick paste. Set aside. Marinate the prawns with 1/4 tsp salt for about 10 minutes.
In a pan, add oil and onions. Chop the 2 cm piece ginger and add to the onion. Stir till the onion starts to turn brown. Add the prawns and stir for about a minute. Add the green paste and add 1/4 cup water so that the gravy is thick. Add 3/4 tsp salt. Bring it to a boil and cook for two minutes. Serve after ten minutes with rice, chapati or naan.

the recipe goes to Food Palette Green


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