Sunday, February 27, 2011

Easy Poondu kuzhambu/ Simple Garlic Gravy

Back home, mom makes poondu kuzhambu in a different way.She used to make fresh masala, and no tomatoes. Am so lazy to do all those things..hence, I feel this version is easy and comfortable.There is no compromise in the taste,this kuzhambu is a perfect match for idli and dosa too!


Garlic -25 cloves
Small Onion/shallots-12
Green chilli-1
Chilli powder-1teaspoon
MTR Madras Sambar powder-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/4teaspoon
Tamarind juice-1/4cup
Coconut paste-3tablespoons
Mustard seeds-1/2teaspoon
Few curry leaves
Salt-to taste

Peel the onions and garlic, chop them into thin slices. Chop the green chillies and tomato.
Heat oil in a pan, make the tempering with mustard seeds. Then add the chopped garlic,onion,green chilli and sauté them for 2-3 minutes, add the tomatoes and cook them for a while.
Add the tamarind juice,chilli powder,turmeric powder and salt.

Once the raw smell of the tamarind has gone, and the gravy started boiling, add the coconut paste and enough water.
Add the sambar powder after 5 minutes.
After adding the sambar powder, cook the gravy on low flame till the oil oozes out.
Poondu kuzhambu is ready to serve. This goes well with rice-idli-dosa.
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Green Beans Casserole

Cooked Cut Green Beans-4cups
Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup-1 can
French fried onions-1 cup
Salt-to taste
Capsicum-1(preferably yellow/red/(or) orange)
Chopped Walnuts -11/2 tablespoon

Chop the capsicum into small pieces.
Mix the soup and milk in a wide bowl.
Add cooked beans,pepper,salt,3/4 cup of fried onions,3/4th of the capsicum pieces and mix everything together.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Pour the mixture in a baking dish/casserole and bake for 35minutes.
Take the casserole from the oven,give it a nice stir,top it with remaining fried onions-capsicum pieces and walnut.
Bake again for 10 more minutes.
Green beans casserole is ready to serve.
For Step-by-step photos click Here.

You can use canned beans,which makes the work more simpler. Since it is already cooked,strain the beans,rinse it and mix with the soup+milk.
If using frozen/fresh beans, cook the beans with enough salt & water in a microwave or stove top,strain the excess water and proceed.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Malai Kofta

For Kofta
Boiled Potatoes(medium size)-2
Frozen Peas-1/4cup
Green Chilli-2
Chopped Cilantro-1tablespoon
Chilli Powder-1/2teaspoon
Coriander Powder-1teaspoon
Cumin Powder-1teaspoon
Broken Cashews-1tablespoon
Corn Flour-1/4cup
Oil to Deep fry.

For Gravy
Green chilly-1
Tomatoes -2
Ginger-garlic paste-1tablespoon
Chilli Powder-11/2teaspoon
Coriander Powder-11/2teaspoon
Cumin Powder-1teaspoon
Turmeric Powder-1/4teaspoon
Half &Half Milk -1/2cup
Cumin Seeds-1teaspoon

Grate the carrots. Cook them with little water. Drain the excess water,pat dry the veggies.
In a bowl, combine the Mashed potatoes,add the veggies,paneer,cashews,g.chilli,cilantro,all masala powders and salt.

In a bowl, combine the Mashed potatoes,add the veggies,paneer,cashews,g.chilli,cilantro,all masala powders and salt.

Mix everything well and make lemon size balls. Roll the balls in corn flour..

Heat oil in medium heat..deep fry the kofta's.

Repeat the process,fry all the kofta's and keep it aside.

Chop the onions -chilli-tomatoes. Heat oil, fry the onions,cashews.Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute or two. Then add tomatoes,green chillies,masala powders and turmeric powder.

Add a cup of water and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the cilantro and let the mixture cool completely. Transfer it into a mixie jar and grind it to a fine paste.

Heat oil in a kadai,make the tempering with cumin seeds. Add the ground gravy mixture and bring it to boil. Cook for few minutes and reduce the flame to low,add the half &half milk.

Cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes and switch off the stove. Add the kofta's to the gravy just before serving,garnish with Cilantro and garam masala.

Rich and creamy Malai Kofta is ready to serve. Its a party friendly dish, Goes well with Roti/Naan/Pulao/Jeera-rice.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Onion Pakoda

If you don't concerned about your diet, then this deep fried pakoda's are perfect for a quick evening snack. :) It takes very little time to prepare and tastes heavenly.

Green chilli-1 (or)2
Cashew -5 (broken into small pieces)
Besan/kadalai mavu-little less than 3/4cup
Riceflour- little more than 1/4cup
Oil-to deep fry

Slice the onions -green chillies into thin lengthy pieces.
Mix the flours and salt. Combine all the other ingredients,mix everything together.
Meanwhile heat oil to deep fry. Add couple of spoons of hot oil with the pakoda mixture,mix well. Then sprinkle very little water to make it into a pliable dough.
Take small quantity of the pakoda mixture and deep fry till golden brown.
Serve hot with a cup of tea.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gopi Paratha

For roti
Aata-2 cups
Water - 1 cup

Grated Gopi-1cup
Cumin Seeds-1/2teaspoon
Ginger-garlic paste-1spoon
Chopped Curry leaves -1string
Chilli Powder-1/2teaspoon
Turmeric Powder-1/4teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder-1/2teaspoon
Chopped Cilantro-1tablespoon

Make the dough for roti and keep it covered for at-least 30minutes.

Heat oil in a kadai,splutter the cumin seeds,add ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves. Sauté for a few minutes.
Once the raw smell has gone,add the grated cauliflower-chilli powder-turmeric powder and salt. Cover the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes.Finally add the garam masala powder,cilantro and switch off the flame.

Make lemon size balls after the gopi mixture has cooled down. Make the same size balls with the aata.
Flatten the roti's little and stuff them with the gopi.
Dust the flour and roll it as round discs.
Cook the parathas on hot griddle. Sprinkle some oil and cook on both sides.
Gopi paratha is ready. Enjoy it with curd or pickle.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Radish Poriyal/Mullangi Poriyal

Here I get small bunches of radishes which are really cute.The white radishes are gigantic in size, I am little scary to buy those! :) Sometimes the radish greens will be so fresh and I will cook them with dhal..this time the greens were not so good,hence I made the poriyal only with the veggie. My hubby instantly fell in love with this beautiful pink colour dish! ;)

Radish Bunch-1
Green chilly-1
Red chilly-1
Coconut powder-3/4tablespoon
Mustard seeds-1/2teaspoon
Channa dhal-1teaspoon
Urad dhal-1teaspoon\
Few curry leaves
Wash and trim the edges of Radishes,and chop them finely.Chop the onion,g.chilly.
Heat oil in a kadai,make the tempering with mustard seeds,urad dhal,channa dhal and curry leaves. Then add the onion,g.chilly,red chilly and fry till the onions become transparent.
Add in the chopped veggie,sprinkle little water,enough salt,cover the pan and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add coconut powder, give it a quick mix,cook the poriyal on low heat till it becomes dry.
Radish poriyal is ready! Its a perfect accomplishment for plain rice with any kuzhambu/dhal/rasam.

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