Thursday, October 28, 2010

Black Eyed Peas and Potatoes Curry (T&T ChefINYou)

I tried this Potato and Black Eyed Peas curry from DK's blog which came out really good.Really new and tasty one which is quite easy and pairs really well with roti.

Ingredients :
1.Potato : 1 Big
2.Black Eyed Peas : 1 cup(Soak for 6 hours)
3.Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
4.Garam Masala Powder : 1tsp
5.Bay leaves : 1
6.Cumin : 1tsp
7.Curry Leaves : a few
8.Tomato : 1 medium pureed
9.Ginger : 1" grated
10.Salt : as per taste

Grind to paste :
1.Mint : a handful
2.Coriander Leaves : a handful
3.Green chilli : 2
4.Coconut : 2tbsp(optional)

In a pan,add a tsp of oil and add cumin.When it crackles add bay leaves,ginger and curry leaves.
Add Potaotes,black eyed peas and fry for a mins.
Add tomato puree with 1 cup of water and bring to boil.
Close the lid and cook till peas is tender.
Add the ground paste and cook again for 5 mins.

Serve hot with chappati.

Sending to Tried & Tasted - Chef In You hosted by Priya started by Lakshmi.

Along with this sending,
Pav Bhaji
Gulab Jamun
Hara Bhara Paratha

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vegetable Briyani with Cucumber Mint Raita

Have you been to Divine Taste.Her photos will amaze you.Her way of capturing the food and nature,its amazing.I find this briyani in her site which i tried and came out really good. The cucumber mint raita really pairs up with briyani.A perfect one pot i would say.Do check her site for wonderful recipes.Enjoy!!

Though the ingredients looks like a long list when you put together beforehand its easy.

Vegetable Briyani.

Ingredients :
1.Basmati Rice : 1 cup(Wash and soak in water for 30 mins)
2.Vegetables : 2 cup(Cauliflower,Potato,Carrot,Peas,Beans)
3.Mint : a handful
4.Yogurt : 2tbsp
5.Oil :2tbsp
6.Water : 2 cups

  Spices :
   1.Cinnamon : 1" inch
   2.Cloves : 4
   3.Bay Leaves : 2
   4.Green Cardamon : 2
   5.Black Cardamon : 1
   6.Star Anise : 1
   7.Red Chilli Powder : 1/4tsp
   8.Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp
   9.Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  10.Hing : a pinch
  11.Salt : as per taste

  Grind Together to Paste :
  1.Tomatoe : 1 medium
  2.Corinader leaves : 1/4 cup
  3.Green Chilli : 2
  4.Ginger : 1/4tsp

1.In a pan,heat oil/ghee,add in the whole spices and when they puff up add the powders(turmeric,chilli,hing)
2.Add the ground paste and fry till the oil seperates.
3.Add the vegetables and chopped mint leaves.
4.Add the yogurt and fry well.
5.Add the drained basmati rice with water and salt.
6.Switch this mixture to rice cooker and cook and fluff well.

Cucumber Mint Raita :

Ingredients :
Cucumber : 1
Mint : 1tbsp
Ginger : a pinch
Green Chilli : 1
Black Salt : 1/4tsp
Cumin Powder : 1/2tsp
Yogurt : 1cup
Salt : as needed

Grind mint,green chilli and ginger.Add little yogurt tp turn the blade.
Mix along with yogurt.
Stir in salt,black salt,cumin powder with chopped cucumber.

Enjoy with Flavorful and colorful Briyani.

Can add Soya and paneer.

Sending to Bookmarked Recipes - Tuesday hosted by Priya and Aipi.

Also sending to Complete My Thali-Rice hosted by Priya and started by Jagruti.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Mint Thambli(Mint in Coconut Gravy)

I have a addiction to yogurt.I can have anything with yogurt.I love it.Thambli is all time fav.My mom make different type and she dont worry about me eating.I can finish my rice with just thambli.Mint thambli is one of the type.Mint and pepper is paired with coconut and yogurt.With steaming hot rice its yummy and tasty.

Ingredients :
1.Mint : 1 cup(loosely packed)
2.Pepper : 1tsp
3.Coconut : 1/4 cup
4.Yogurt : 1 cup
5.Salt : as per taste

For Tempering :
1.Mustard Seeds : 1tsp
2.Cumin Seeds : 1tsp
3.Hing : a pinch
4.Red Chilli : 1
5.Curry Leaves : a few

How to Make :
1.In a pan add a tsp of oil, fry the mint and pepper till the mint leaves shrinks.
2.Cool down and grind with coconut.Add tbsp of yogurt to make it run and to a smooth paste.
3.Mix with remaining yogurt and add salt.
4.Temper with mustard,cumin,hing,chiili and curry leaves.

Enjoy with hot rice.

Perpare this 1 hour before lunch and the spicy pepper will sure tickles your tongue.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ghatti Paramana(Rice with Jaggery)

Ghatti Paramana (Rice is cooked in milk and simmered in Jaggery with Ghee).Sorry to post this recipe late.I prepared this sweet for our Navarathri.My family in india makes this sweet and offer to god through out all the days.Its quick and easy and great for kids.

Ingredients :
Rice : 1/4 cup
Milk : 1 cup
Jaggery : 3/4 cup
Ghee : 3tbsp
Cashews : 2tbsp

How To Make :
Wash the rice well and add 1 cup of milk and pressure cook to 4 whistles.
Mean while in a bowl,add jaggery and little water and dilute.Strain the Jaggery.
Roast the cashews in a tsp of ghee.
When the pressure is down,take the rice and mash well.
In a heavy pan,add rice and jaggery and mix well in medium heat.Keep stirring.
When the mixture gets thick,add little by little ghee and it starts to leave the bottom.
Remove and garnish with roasted cashews.


Sending to CFK - Festive Foods hosted by Suma and started by Sharmi.

Also to Only - Festive Foods hosted by Preeti and started by Pari.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pav Bhaji from Chef In You(T&T)

This month tried and tasted is hosted by Priya and she chosen DK's Chef in you.I think most of us familiar with her blog.Her beautiful photos and also her way of explaining the recipe will make you want to try at that time.

I decided to try this Indian Pav and Bhaji from her blog and it came out really good.Its was soo good and yummy.We all loved it.

All purpose flour : 3 cups
Active dry Yeast : 1 packet
Sugar : 2tbsp
Salt :3/4 tsp
Warm Water :1/4 cup 
Milk :1-1/4 cup 
Butter :3 tbsp

Mix sugar,water and yeast and keep aside for 10mins to froth.
Mix warm milk and butter.
When the yeast is active,add milk+butter mixture with salt.Mix well.
Add flour to this little by little and mix well.
Bring it to a single and soft dough.
In a floured surface,knead the dough for 10mins.
Place the dough in bowl and keep in warm place till it doubles up.
When it doubles,punch down the dough and roll into a square.
Cut into 10 pieces and roll them and place in a baking sheet.
Pop into oven and leave for 1 hour or it doubles again.
Preheat the oven to 350F and bake for 20 mins or until the tops browns.

Enjoy with butter and jam or Bhaji.

Potato : 1(Boiled)
Mixed Boiled Vegetables : 1 cup(Carrot,Cauliflower,Peas,Beans)
Capsicum : 1/2 cup
Tomato : 2 medium
Fennel Seeds :1tsp
Cumin Seeds : 1tsp
Green Chilli : 1
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Red chilli Powder :1/2tsp
Ginger : 1 inch (Grated)
Pav Bhaji Masala Powder : 1tbsp
Salt : as per taste
Coriander Leaves & Lemon : For Garnish
Butter : 1tbsp

Boil the Veggies in Microwave.Chop the tomatoes.
In a pan,add butter and add cumin seeds.
When crackle,add fennel seeds and tomotoes.Cook until soft.
Add capsicum,ginger,green chilli and cook.
Add all the spices,veggies and potato and mash well.
Cook for 5-10mins till the raw smells goes off and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with butter Pav and lemon.Enjoy.

Sending this to Bookmarked Recipe - Every Tuesday hosted by priya and aipi.

Sending to Tried and Tasted -Chef In You hosted by Priya started by Lakshmi

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tofu ChickPeas Curry

Most of the the weekdays our dinner would be some type of stuffed paratha.Whenever i do paratha i try to make a curry/subzi that come quick and easy.This one comes into that kind.

Ingredients :
Tofu : 1/2 cup
Chickpeas : 1/2 cup(Soak them in water for 6 to 7 hours and pressure cooked)
Tomato : 2 medium
(Cut into half and microwave for 5 mins and cool it grind it into fine paste)
Cashews : 10
(soak in water for 30 mins and grind into smooth paste)
Chilli Powder : 2tsp
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Garam Masala : 2tsp
Sugar/honey : 2tsp
Salt : as per taste
Kasurimethi : a pinch
Coriander Leaves : for Garnish

Since Tofu is blant, i like to marinate in spices and shallow fry.
Take the tofu and drain the water by closing them in paper towel and putting some weight.
Cut into small cubes and add chilli powder,chat masala and a tsp of oil
Mix well and leave for 15 mins.Fry in a pan with a tsp of oil.

In a kadai,heat a 2tsp of oil and add jeera.
When it crackles,add tomato puree and chilli powder with coriander powder.
Cover and cook till the oil leaves the sides.
Add the cashew paste,kasuri methi,sugar,salt.
Add tofu and chick peas bring to boil.
If the mixture is thick add little water.
Add the coriander leaves and enjoy with roti.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sweet Potato Vatta Kuzhambu

The first time when i laid my eyes on this recipe from Mahima's blog i knew i had to give a try.My MIL makes a yummy and tasty vatta kuzhambu with dried vattal.I never came close to that.When i saw this in her blog with sweet potato i gave a shot and did came out really good.With a steaming hot rice and a tad of ghee you are good to go.It came out really good and tasty.

You can find the recipe here.
The only change i did was omitting onion.

Sending this to Bookmarked Recipe - Every Tuesday

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mushroom Fried Rice

I love making one pot meal.Its easy and also quick so that i can run behind my 2 year old.I love mushroom and this is something quick and easy when you have no time to make.

Ingredients :
Basmati Rice : 1 cups(Wash and Soak the rice for 20 mins)
Mushroom : 1 1/2 cup(Chopped)
Cabbage : 1/2 cup
Peas : 1/2 cup
Mushroom Soy Sauce : 1tbsp or Soy Sauce : 1tbsp
Green Chilli Sauce :1 tbsp
Tomato Sauce : 1tbsp
Salt : as per taste
Pepper : as per your spice level.

How to Make :
1.In a pan,add a tsp of oil and add the drained rice and fry a little.
2.When you get a nice aroma, tranfer the rice to rice cooker with 2 cups of water and cook.
3.When its cool,transfer this to a plate to cool.
4.In a same pan,add 2tbsp of olive oil and add cabbage and fry well.
5.Add the mushroom and peas and fry.
6.Mushroom tends to ooze water so fry till all the water is absorbed.
7.Add all the sauce and give a fry for a minute.
8.Add salt and pepper and add the rice.
9.Mix rice well and enjoy with tomato ketchup.

Notes :
1.Frying the Basmati rice is totally optional.I like to do so the grains are seperated.Leftover rice works great too.
2.I dont use onions,that the reason i used cabbage.You can replace cabbage with onion.