Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mashed Moong dal & Thoor dal / Pachaipayaru & Paruppu Kadaisal

Thor dal/ Thuvaram paruppu -1/8 cup
Moong dal/ Pachai payaru - 1/8cup
Garlic - 4cloves
Onion, chopped-4tablespoons
Tomato, chopped -1
Green chilly, chopped - 2  
Few curry leaves and cilantro
Coriander seeds - 1teaspoon
Cumin seeds -1 teaspoon
Sambar powder -1/2teaspoon 
Turmeric powder - 1/8teaspoon
Sugar - 1/4teaspoon

In a small pressure cooker, heat oil. 
Add the coriander and cumin seeds, let them splutter.
Now add the chopped onion, green chilly, garlic and curry leaves.
Saute for a minute, and add the chopped tomato. Give it a quick stir. 
Add the sambar powder, turmeric powder and the thor dal - moong dal.
 Add about 11/4cup of water with enough salt and sugar (if adding).
 Close the pressure cooker and cook for 5 whistles in medium flame. Open the cooker once the pressure subsides.
Add the chopped coriander leaves, and mash the dal nicely with a masher.
 Protein rich and flavorful dal is ready to serve. It tastes best with piping hot rice with some ghee.
You can accompany the rice and dal with any spicy stir-fried vegetable or Papad - mor milagi (curd chilly) or even with pickle. 
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Ladies finger Stir-fry / Vendaikkai Fry

Vendaikkai/ Ladies finger - 15 or 20
Sliced onion - 3 tablespoons 
Ginger  - a small piece
Garlic - 4 cloves
Green chilly -1
Few curry leaves
Chilli powder - 1teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1teaspoon

Wash, pat dry and trim the edges of the ladies finger/vendaikkai. 
Cut them into small pieces. 
Heat oil in a pan, add the sliced garlic, green chilly and ginger pieces. 
Then add the ladies finger pieces and keep sautéing. 
Vendaikkai/ Ladies finger cooks once its 3/4th cooked (will take about 5-6 minutes in medium heat..keep an eye, toss it occasionally), add the sliced onion, curry leaves and spice powders along with salt.
 Keep frying until the raw smell of the spices and onion are gone.
 Quick and delicious vendaikkai fry is ready to serve.
Goes well with rice varieties, can pair it with roti too. 
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