Mahi's Kitchen

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Raitha with Mint Powder / Dry Mint -Cucumber -Onion Raitha

Tasty and aromatic raitha to go with Biriyani & Parathas... I added some dry mint leaves to the raitha and it turned out delicious. As I grow mint in my patio I don't buy them from stores. But once DH went to shopping and came home with a big bunch of mint leaves. I didn't wanna waste them so tried drying it up and preserved it. Got the idea from one of my North Indian friend here and tasted this raitha first at her place. :)  

Here are some pictures of the mint leaves I preserved..
Clean the mint, wash it well. Remove the leaves from the stalk.
Arrange them on a large baking tray and keep the tray on the kitchen counter. No need to dry them in sunlight. It dries up nicely in 4-5 days. Transfer the dried mint leaves carefully to a zip-lock bag and keep it. I keep it in the fridge, I dried up these mint leaves in last year July, still they are good! :) 
Chopped onion -1 tablespoon
Chopped cucumber-1 (small)
Dried mint leaves/Mint powder- 1teaspoon [Crush the leaves between your palms. its that easy!:)]
Mix all the above in a bowl and serve immediately as a side dish for Biriyani / Paratha. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spinach & Egg Stir-fry / ஸ்பினாச்-முட்டை பொரியல்

Spinach - 1 bunch (Cleaned, washed and chopped)
Sliced onions-2tablespoons
Green chilly-2
Red chilly-1
Garlic-2 cloves
Cumin seeds-1/2teaspoon
Sugar- a pinch

Gather all the ingredinets.
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Then add in the red chilly-onion-green chilly-chopped garlic and sauté for a while.

Add in the chopped spinach, sprinkle some water and sugar.
Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium low heat. Spinach gets cooked very fast, so don't over cook it. 
Add  enough salt and then the egg.
Mix it well and continue cooking for 2 more minutes on low heat. 
Quick and tasty stir-fry is ready. It goes well with all the rice dishes and roti.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Quick and Easy Onion Curry / வெங்காய வதக்கல்

Onion -1 (big)
Chilly powder-/2 teaspoon (adjust to taste)
Cumin seeds-1/2teaspoon

Chop the onion finely.
Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Then add the chopped onions.
Add enough salt and sauté the onion on medium flame.
Once the onion is browned slightly, add the chilly powder and give a quick stir.
And its all done..transfer it to the serving bowl and enjoy!
It goes well with roti/paratha or hot steaming white rice with a teaspoon of sesame oil. 

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Brinjal Stir fry / Katharikkai Poriyal

Small purple Brinjals-6 
Onion - 1
Few curry leaves
Green chilly-1
Grated Coconut-1tablespoon
Sambar powder -2teaspoons
Turmeric powder-1/4teaspoon
Mustard seeds-1/2teaspoon
Channa dal & Urad dal - a teaspoon each

Slice the onion ,  green chilly and tomato.
1. Slice the brinjals and immerse them in water till use.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, let them crackle. Add the channa dal & urad dal, fry until they turn golden in color. Then add the sliced onion-green chilly and tomato along with curry leaves.
3. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes, then add the sliced brinjals. Add the turmeric, sambar powders and required salt. 

4. Add 1/4 cup of water and cook till the brinjals become tender. Carefully stir it once in a while without breaking the brinjals, add additional water if needed.
5. Add the grated coconut and sugar. Give it a quick mix and remove it from the stove.
6. Delicious brinjal stir fry is ready.
Tastes great with rice. You can have it as a side dish or mix it with rice. 
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wheat Rava Pongal /கோதுமை ரவை பொங்கல்

This is venpongal recipe..instead of rice, I have used wheat rava/ cracked wheat/ godumai ravai.
Wheat Rava-3/4cup
Moong dal -1/4cup
Cashew nuts - few
Few curry leaves
Pepper corns-8(adjust to taste)
Cumin seeds-1teaspoon
Green chilly -1
Ghee-2 tablespoons
1. Dry roast the moong dal until it emanates a nice aroma.
2. Combine tha roasted dal and wheat rava in a small pressure cooker.
3. Add  3 cups of water and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.
5. Heat a table spoon of ghee in a small pan, add the cashews and fry them golden brown. Then add crushed pepper corns and cumin seeds, slit green chilly.  Fry them for 30 seconds. 
6. Add the tempering to the pongal and mix it well. 
Add another tablespoon of ghee on the pongal and serve hot. 
Enjoy healthy wheat pongal with your choice of chutney - sambar or Gotsu. We had it with brinjal-potato gotsu.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kalkandu Pongal / Sugar Candy pongal

Raw rice -1/2cup
Moong dal - 2 tablespoons
Kalkandu/Sugar candy - 1/4cup
Sugar -1/4 cup 
(Adding sugar is optional, you can make it only with kalkandu, in that case add 1/2 cup of sugar candy or adjust to your taste.)
Cashews and raisins - handful 
Ghee - 3 tablespoons

1.Wash and soak the rice for half an hour.
Dry roast the moong dal until it emanates a nice aroma. 
Combine the rice and roasted dal in a pressure cooker. Add 2 cups of water and cook for 3 whistles.
Open the cooker after the pressure has gone, add the milk and mash the pongal. 

2 & 3. Add the kalkandu and sugar, and put the cooker back on the stove. 
4. Keep the heat low and stir the pongal adding 2 tablespoons of ghee in 2 intervals.

5. Fry the cashews and raisins in the remaining tablespoon of ghee.

6. Add the roasted cashew-raisin and powdered elaichi to the pongal and mix everything nicely.
Kalkandu Pongal / Sugar Candy Pongal is ready. Enjoy warm or cold. 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pongal Vaazthukkal / Happy Makar Sankranthi

Wish You All a Very Happy Pongal / Makar Sankranthi! 

Am very grateful to all the support you are giving to my little blog dear friends. Its been 5 long years I have started blogging. Yup.. the first post was published on 13th of January 2010. Today I look back the journey I have been through in this blogosphere..its just amazing! Learnt a lot and got many friends and well-wishers. Thanks a ton to all of you! :)

My days and nights are busy with my sweet little daughter 'Laya'...planning to update this blog on a regular basis hereafter, if she permits! ;) :) 

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