Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pepper Kuzhambu | Milagu Kuzhambu



Pepper Kuzhambu is a tasty dish and it can be prepared with less ingredients in a less time. We all know pepper has many health benefits. Pepper will increase the body heat so this dish is very good in cold weather. Cooking this gravy in Gingelley (Sesame) oil increase the flavor.






Onion                     1 Medium

Garlic                     6-7 cloves

Pepper                  2  + 1/2 tbsp

Tamarind             lemon size

Curry Leaves       Handful

Fenugreek Seeds 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Sesame Oil           3 tbsp

Mustard Seeds      1/4 tsp

Salt to taste


Soak tamarind in water for 10 minutes and extract the juice. Crush the 2 tbsp whole pepper and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan , add mustard seeds ,fenugreek seeds ,1/2 whole pepper and curry leaves. Once splutter add garlic and saute for 2 -3 minutes.

Now add onion and cook till it translucent. Add tamarind extract ,turmeric powder,salt to taste and allow it to boil.

Once the tamarind raw smell goes, add crushed pepper and let it boil for 5 minutes in a medium flame.

Serve hot with steamed rice.

Sending this recipe to  Winter Foods event @ Sizzling Tastebuds.







Friday, January 25, 2013

Aval Laddu / Poha Laddu



Getting ready for my baby shower function .So i thought of doing sweets on my own to give guests.

So planned to do simple sweets , immediately Aval Laddu and Besan Laddu came into my mind.

 Aval Laddu its very simple and easy sweet recipe.




Aval / Thick Poha                  2 cups

Pottukadalai                          1 cup

Ground Nut                          1/4 cup

Sugar                                   1/2 cup

Cardamom                         4 -5 Nos

Cashew                              1/4 cup

Raisin                                 1/4 cup

Ghee                                  1/4 cup



Dry roast the Aval / Poha , Groundnut and  keep it aside.

Roast the cashew and raisins in ghee.No need to roast the Pottukadalai.

Except Ghee blend every thing in a blender as coarse powder.

Heat Ghee in a pan, add the powder little by little and make a ball.

Tasty Aval laddo is ready to serve.

Sending to Dish it out – Sugar and Butter and Vardhini’s page
 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Soya Chunks Cutlet



Soya chunks (Meal maker) have protein content equal to meat and contains no fat. So it is good replacement for meat whose want to reduce their cholesterol  level. We can make many dishes using Soya chunks.Today i'm going to share a good evening snack using Soya chunks.

I preferred shallow fry rather than deep fry.





Soya chunks                    1 cup

Boiled Potato                  1 No

Onion                              1 No

Chilli Powder                  1/2 tbsp

Garam Masala              1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds Powder     1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder           1/4 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste        1 tsp

Egg white                      1 No

Bread crumbs              1/4 cup

Salt to taste


Pressure cook the soya chunks for  a whistle . After cool down squeeze the water and blend it in blender.

Heat oil in pan, add mashed potato and minced soya chunks mix well.

Add chilli powder , garam masala ,cumin seeds powder , Ginger garlic paste and salt mix every thing well and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Cool down the mixture and divide into equal size balls.

Make the balls into desire shape ,take one and dip in egg white and roll in bread crumbs.

Repeat it for other portions also.

Heat Dosa pan or Tawa , add 1 tsp of oil and then add shaped patties .

Cook well in both sides.

Serve hot with Tomato ketchup or Coriander chutney.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rava Idli









Rava                  1 cup

Curd                  1/2 cup

Baking Soda      1 tsp

Salt to taste


To Temper
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Channa Dal      1 tbsp

Urad Dal           1 tbsp

Curry leaves      2 -3

Cashew             3 - 4



Heat oil in  pan fry cashews and keep aside.

In a same pan, add item under To temper , once splutter add rava and roast for 4 -5 minutes.

Cool down and transfer to mixing bowl. Add curd,cashew ,salt and baking soda and mix well.

Pour the batter to idly moulds and cook for 10- 15 minutes.

Serve hot with chutney or Sambar.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lemon Aval



This is another recipe from Rak's Kitchen. Her Blog is one of my inspiration to create a blog. So i'm happy post a recipe from Rak's Kitchen for Tried and Tasted event. Its a easy breakfast/dinner recipe.




Aval / Thick Poha                  1 cup

Lemon juice                           1 Small

Turmeric powder                  1/4 tsp

Channa Dal                           1 tsp

Mustard seeds                      1 tsp

Red chilli                               2-3 Nos

Curry leaves                          4 -5 Nos

Salt to taste    

Wash and soak Poha in a warm water. The water is enough to immerse the poha , add lemon juice ,turmeric powder and salt to this and mix well . Keep it until all the water get absorbed by Aval.


Heat oil in a pan , add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once splutter add channal dal ,red chillis and cook for 2-3 minutes.Now add Aval ,mix well and cook it in low flame.

Serve hot with the Pickle.

Sending this recipe to Tried and Tasted Event hosted by Nivedhanam and Mission - Breakfast hosted by Nivedhanam  CookCookandCook  and Thoushaltcook

Mission breakfast

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bottle Gourd Curry | Sorakai Curry








Bottle Gourd                   1 No

Ground Nut / Peanut        1/4 cup (Roasted)

Red chili                          2 Nos

Mustard seeds                1/4 tsp

Curry leaves                  3-4 Nos


Cook the bottle gourd with water till it becomes soft.

In a blender powdered the groundnut and red chili.

Mix the groundnut powder with cooked bottle gourd.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once splutter add it the bottle gourd mixture and mix well.

Simple and tasty curry is ready. Serve hot with rice.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Butter less Vanilla Pound cake



I wanted to try a vanilla cake without butter, because my hubby in strict weight loss diet. Replaced the butter with olive oil and it came out well . Its so moist and and soft.
               


All purpose flour            11/4 cup

Egg                               2 Nos

Olive oil                        1/4 cup

Sugar                           3/4 cup

Milk                            1/4 cup

Vanilla extract             1 tbsp

Baking powder          1/2 tbsp

Walnuts                     1/4 cup (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Beat the egg well. Add sugar and beat well until it dissolves.

Now add oil , milk and beat well.

In a bowl sieve all purpose flour and baking powder.

Gradually add egg mixture to the flour and mix well. Finally add vanilla extract and mix well.

Grease the loaf pan with oil / butter and pour the mixture to the pan. Fold in the nuts in the mixture

Bake it for 50 - 55 minutes or till the tooth pick come out as clean.(Mine is done in 55 minutes).



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Methi leaves Pulao


I was in a hurry to go my DR appointment today. So i thought to do simple lunch and in my fridge i had a methi leaves too.So methi leaves pulao came into my mind.It is simple one pot meal and doesn't required much ingredients.




Basmati Rice          11/2 cup

Methi leaves           1 bunch

Frozen Green peas 1/2 cup

Green chilli             4-5 Nos

Onion                   1 No medium

Tomato                1 small

Ginger Garlic paste 2 tbsp

Cinnamon            2 nos

Clove                  2 Nos

Cardamom         1 No


Wash and Soak Basmati rice in water for 20 minutes.

Take the leaves out from the stem , wash and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cinnamon ,clove and cardamom. Once splutters add ginger garlic paste and cook until raw smell goes.

Now add onion , green chilli and till it translucent.

Now add tomato, methi leaves,green peas,salt and required amount of water. Once water boils add rice and close the cooker. Cook for 3 hisses.

Once pressure went serve hot with raita.

Sending this to cooks Joy- New "U" 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chow Chow / Chayote Kootu




It is a simple recipe and its one of my favorite kootu. I always love to have kootu because its easy to cook and it doesn't required much ingredients. One more reason I always used to cook kootu in pressure cooker. So simple no ?




Chow Chow                    1 No

Onion                              1 No

Tomato                           1 No

Channa Dal / Tuvar dal  1/4 cup

Green chilli                   2 -3 nos

Sambar powder             1 1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

To Temper
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Fennel seeds              1 tsp

Curry leaves             3 -4 No


Peel the skin from chow chow , remove the seeds and chop in to cube size.

Soak the dal in water for 15 minutes.

In a pressure cooker take all the ingredient except Item under To temper and cook it for 4 -5 hisses.

Once pressure went , heat oil in a pan add fennel seeds and curry leaves.

Once splutter add it to kootu and let it cook for 2 -3 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or roti.






Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Prawn / Shrimp Briyani - Pressure cooker



I always thought to make Briyani using Prawn but hesitate to do so. Because i thought the prawn smell will ruin the Briyani taste. This recipe doesn't have any prawn smell and tastes very good. The Prawn absorbs the spice masala and also cooked well. Tried this for first time and come out very well.




Prawns / Shrimp            11/2 lb

Basmati rice                   11/2 cup

Onion                             1 medium

Tomato                           1 Nos

Green chilli                   3 - 4 Nos

Chilli Powder               2 1/2 tbsp + 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder          1 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste      2 tbsp 

Lemon Juice                1 tsp

Mint leaves                a handful

Salt to taste


To Temper
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Bay leaves                  2 -3

Cinnamon                  2 Nos

clove                         4 Nos

Cardamom               2 Nos

Fennel seeds          1 tsp (Crushed)


Wash and Soak basmati rice in water for 20 minutes.

Clean prawn and marinate it with 1/4 tsp chilli powder,turmeric powder,lemon juice and salt. keep it for 15 - 20 minutes before cooking.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker , add the item under To temper , once splutter add ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell goes.

Add onions and cook till it translucent.Add the marinated Prawn and some mint leaves and cook it color turns to white.

Now add tomato,chilli powder,green chilli and cook till the spices coated well with prawns.

Add 2 cups of water,requires salt and allow it to boil. Once boiled add soaked basmati rice and close the cooker.

Cook it in medium flame for 3 hisses. Open the cooker once all the pressure went and serve hot with raita.






Monday, January 14, 2013

Rava Kichadi








Rava                        1 cup

Onion                      1 medium

Tomato                    1 No

Green chilli               3-4 Nos

Carrot                    1 no

Beans                    1/2 cup

Ginger chopped     2 tsp

Garlic crushed       3 -4 Pods

Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp

Water                   3 cups

Salt to taste


To  Temper
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Mustard Seeds         1 tsp

Clove                      2 Nos

Cardamon               1 No

Cinnamon               2 nos

Curry Leaves


Dry roast the rava until nice aroma comes and keep aside.


Heat oil in a pan,add items under To temper .Once spices splutter , add chopped ginger and crushed garlic.

Fry till it get cooked. Add onion and cook till they translucent.

Now add carrot ,beans,turmeric powder,Green chilli and some salt. Cook till the vegetables half cooked.

Now add 3 cups of water and required amount of salt,allow it to boil.

Once water started boils, turn the heat to low flame. Add rava slowly and stir continuously.

Cover it and cook until the rava gets cooked.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with chutney or sambar.

Sending this to Mission - Breakfast, Cookcookandcook and thoushaltcook

Mission breakfast


Friday, January 11, 2013

Soya Chunks Curry | Meal maker Curry



Soya chunks has lot of health benefits it is rich in protein.





Soya chunks/Nuggets             1 cup

Onion                                    1 Medium

Tomato                                 1 No

Ginger Garlic paste                2 tbsp

Chilli powder                        1 tsp

Sambar powder                    2 tbsp

Garam Masala                      1/4 tsp

Coconut paste                      2 tbsp

Fennel seeds                        1 tsp

Curry Leaves                       5-6 Nos


Soak the soya chunks in hot water for  5 -10 minutes.Squeeze the excess water and pat dry.

Heat oil in a pan, add fennel seeds and curry leaves.Once splutter add ginger garlic paste and cook for few minutes.

Add Onion and cook till translucent. Add soya chunks,chilli powder,salt and cook till soya becomes soft.

Add sambar powder, a cup of water and allow it to boil.

Add coconut paste and cook for 3-5 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or Roti.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Samosa



Samosa is my ever time favorite snacks from my childhood. It is in my to do list from long back.Today i had a opportunity to do this. I'm very happy to post this.




Whole wheat flour                      1 cup

For stuffing
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Onion                                        2 medium

Chilli powder                             1/2 tsp

Coriander powder                    1 tsp

Garam masala                          1 tsp

Cumin powder                        1 tsp

Salt to taste.



Make a stiff dough using the whole wheat flour and keep aside for 15 minutes.


Heat oil in a pan, add onion and cook till it translucent.

Add all the spices and cook till spices get cooked.

Divide the dough into equal size balls.Take one roll as like roti and cut it half.

Place stuffing at the corner and fold it as like triangular shape.Repeat it for others


Heat oil in pan for deep frying. Place the samosas in oil few at a time.

After it floating on top turn it to other side and cook till it become golden brown.

Take out from the oil and serve hot with Tea or coffee.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Seeraga Kuzhambu



Its my MIL's recipe. Its a simple and easy recipe. Cumin is good for digestive system. As the name implies in Tamil (சீர் +அகம் = சீரகம்) it regulates the digestive system when we include it in our diet regularly.






Onion                          1 medium

Tomato                       1 No

Tamarind                    1 lemon size

Turmeric powder       1/4 tsp

Sambar Powder         2-3 tbsp

Cumin                        1 tbsp

Garlic                        7-8 pods

Mustard seeds           1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds        1/4 tsp

Curry Leaves            5-6 Nos

salt to taste


Soak the tamarind in water for 15 minutes and extract the juice.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds ,Fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.Once splutter add garlic and fry for few minutes.

Add onion and cook till it translucent and add tomato,salt and turmeric powder.

Add sambar powder,Tamarind extract and some water(According to gravy thickness.) Mix well and let it boil.

Mean while try roast the cumin seeds till you get the nice aroma and grind it.

Add the cumin powder at the end , cook for 2 -3 minutes and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with rice.

Note:
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Use of sesame oil will enhance the taste.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ragi Semiya Puttu



Ragi Semiya Puttu is a quick and healthy recipe which can be prepared using instant Ragi semiya. It can be a good breakfast or evening tiffin .

I used Anil Ragi semiya.





Ragi Semiya              1 pct

Sugar                        2 -3 Tbsp (as per taste)

Grated coconut          1/4 cup

Cardamom Powder   a pinch


Unpack the Ragi semiya packet in a bowl. Add enough water and soak it for 3 minutes.

After 3 minutes drain the water and steam cook the ragi semiya for 10 - 15 minutes.

Take cooked ragi semiya , add sugar,grated coconut and cardamom powder.

Mix well and serve.

Sending this to new "U" Event @ Zesty Palette




Monday, January 7, 2013

Beetroot Kootu



Before marriage i never know we can make kootu and Thogayal other than poriyal using beetroot.
Its my MIL recipe,she used to cook Dal and vegetables separately for kootu. But due to my laziness and to save some time i always use a pressure cooker to make a kootu. Because of that my MIL thinks it doesn't taste like as traditional. But me and husband didn't feel any difference in the taste. So who lazy like me and want to some time you can use pressure cooker to do this recipe.




Beetroot                1 Nos (cubed)

Onion                   1 Medium

Tomato                1 No

Green Chilli          4 No

Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp

Sambar powder /Chilli Powder   1 tbsp

Fennel seeds          1 tsp

Curry Leaves         5 -6 Nos

Salt to taste


Take all ingredients except fennel seeds in a pressure cooker.  Cook for 4-5 hisses.

Once the steam goes, heat oil in a pan add fennel seeds and curry leaves.

Once splutter, add this tempering into the cooked beetroot and let it boil for 5 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Roti or rice.



Note:
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If you feel beetroot will taste more sweet add more green chillis or chilli powder according to your spice
level.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Capsicum Peanut Curry




Capsicum                     1 No

Onion                           1 No

Tomato                         1 No

Chilli powder               1 tbsp

Coriander Powder       2 tbsp

Turmeric Powder         1/4 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste       1 tbsp

cumin seeds                1 tsp

Peanut                         1/4 cup

Salt to taste



Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds. Once splutter add ginger garlic paste and cook until raw smell goes.

Add onion and cook till translucent. Add chopped capsicum ,some salt and turmeric powder, cover and cook for until capsicum off cooked.

Now add chilli powder,coriander powder and salt.Cook till the spices cook well.

Meanwhile grind the peanut into fine paste. Once the spices get cooked add Peanut paste and cook till raw smell goes.

If you want the curry to be watery, add some water at this time and cook well.

Serve hot with Roti or rice.





Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vegetable Pulav




Due to the vacation trip I'm not able to blog for past few days.

After a long trip i'm so tried, so i want to cook a simple lunch. Suddenly Vegetable Pulav come into my mind. When u don't have time and want to cook comfort food this one is a perfect choice. It is simple lunch box idea too.





Basmati Rice                2 cup

Onion                           1 No

Tomato                        1 No

Mixed Vegetables    of your choice

Green chilli                 4 Nos

Ginger Garlic paste    2 tbsp

To temper
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 Cinnamon               2 Nos

Clove                       2 Nos

Bay leaves              2 Nos

Cardamom             2 Nos


Soak the rice for 20 minutes before cooking.


Heat oil in a pressure cooker,add items under to temper. Once spices are splutter add ginger garlic paste and cook for few minutes.


Add onion and cook till it translucent. Now add mixed vegetables,tomato,green chilli and cook for few more minutes.

Now add 4 cups of water and let it boil. Once boiled add rice and close the pressure cooker.

Cook for 3 hisses and open the cooker when the pressure gone.


Hot steaming vegetable pulav is ready to serve.




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