Monday, January 31, 2011

Methi/Fenugreek Dhal

A simple,comforting yet a tasty dhal.I love fresh fenugreek leaves which you get in winter.This is a easy to make when you have already cooked toor dhal.Also a great way to sneak up some greens.

Ingredients :
1.Toor Dhal : 1/2 cup
2.Turmeric : 1/2tsp
3.Hing : a pinch
4.Oil : 1/2tsp
5.Fenugreek Leaves : 1 cup
6.Tomato : 1 medium
7.Cinnamon : 1' inch
8.Cloves : 2
9.Cardamom : 1
10.Bay leaves : 1
11.Oil/Ghee : 1tbsp
12.Jeera : 1tsp
13.Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
14.Coriander Powder : 1tsp
15.Amchur Powder : 1tsp
16.Salt : to taste

1.Cook the toor dhal with 1 1/2 cup of water,turmeric,hing and oil in pressure cooker.
2.In a kadai,heat oil and put Jeera.When it sizzle,throw in whole garam masala and fry 30 secs.
3.Add in the fenugreek leaves and fry.Then add the tomatoes and fry until soft.
4.Add the chilly,coriander,amchur powder and mix well.
5.Add cooked dhal with salt and mix well.If its too thick add 1/4 cup of water to dilute.

Serve with Peas Pulav and enjoy!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Coconut Rice with Fenugreek Leaves.

Coconut Rice is staple in south indian home.Be it a lunch box or a special occasion,coconut rice comes in handy and easy to put together.Last week i was prepping for making coconut rice and i saw a bunch of fenugreek leaves sitting in my fridge.So decided to pair these two made a tasty rice.It came out really good my hubby who was not so fond of greens didnt have a clue and ate all up. Try this and you will be hooked.I have tried with mango rice and it came really good.

Ingredients :
1.Rice : 2 cup(cooked)
2.Coconut : 1 cup Grated(Fresh or Frozen)
3.fenugreek Leaves : 1/2 bunch(Pluck leaves wash and cut)
4.Jeera : 2tsp
5.mustard Seeds :1tsp
6.Ginger : 1tsp grated
7.Green chilli : 1 slit lenghtwise
8. Pepper Powder : 1/2tsp
9.Red Chilli : 1
10.Ghee/Oil : 1tbsp
11.Coriander Leaves : a few(for garnish)
12.Curry Leaves : a few
13.Salt : as taste

In a kadai,heat oil/ghee,add the mustard seeds,Jeera Seeds.
When it crackle,lower the heat and add the red chilli,ginger,green chill,curry leaves and asafoetida.Fry for 30 secs.
Add the fenugreek leaves and fry till it wilts.
Add the grated coconut and fry till it gives a nice aroma and add the pepper powder.
Add the rice, salt and mix well.
Adjust the salt and pepper and enjoy!!

Keep the ingredients ready when you start heating the kadai.
Best paired with roasted potatoes and chips.
I served with potatoes and dal.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Adai and Avial

Happy Pongal/Sankranthi to my Fellow Blogger and Friends.

Adai and Avial is a famous south indian breakfast.It is served with avial which is a coconut based curry.It is a power packet breakfast with lots of protein.Adai is a combination of rice and dal ground together with added spices and do like a dosa.This doesnt need any fermentation hence can be made quickle.Serve up with avail which is,coconut based curry with lots of veggie and it a perfect meal.I like to add in our dinner once a week.
Adai is also can served with butter and jaggery which is a lovely combo.

1.Raw Rice : 1/2 cup
2.Mix of Dal : 1 Cup(Toor Dal.Moong Dal,Channa Dal,Urad Dal)
3.Red Chilli : 2
4.Curry Leaves : 5 to 10
5.Jeera : 1tsp
6.Ginger : 1tsp Grated
7.Coconut : 1tbsp(optional)
8.Salt : as per taste

1.Wash the rice and dal,till the water runs clean seperately.
2.Soak in water upto 5 to 6 hours.
3.An hour before grinding add the red chilli and soak again.
4.Grind the dal,then rice with ginger.The batter would be little thick than dosa batter
5.Add the curry leaves,jeera,coconut and salt.Mix well
6.Heat a Dosa tava and pour a ladle of batter and spread. wont spread as much but it will spread.
8.Pour a little oil on the sides and flip it.
9.cook on the other side and enjoy.

Serve with Avial .

Note : U can use brown rice instead of white rice.I have tried that it works just fine.


1.Veggies : 1 cup(Carrot,potato,peas,beans)
2.Turmeric : 1/2tsp
3.Salt as need
4.Thick Curd : 1/2 cup
5.Coriander Leaves : a few(Garnish)

Grind to paste :
1.Coconut : 1/4 cup
2.Jeera/Cumin : 1tsp
3.Green Chilli : 2

For Tampering :
Mustard Seeds : 1tsp
Cumin Seeds : 1tsp
Curry Leaves : 5
Coconut Oil : 2tsp

1.Cook the veggies with little salt,turmeric and water.
2.Grind the coconut,jeera and green chilli.
3.Add the ground paste and mix well.
4.Mix the curd well and add to the mixture.
5.Simmer the mixture till the heat through.
6.Add the salt and mix well.
6.Heat the oil and do the tampering and mix with Avial.

If you find the avial watery,mix 1tbsp of corn flour with water and add and boil.

I served this with tomato chutney which blogged here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Navaratna Kurma

I made this kurma couple of time and its a hit.Whenever i make stuffed paratha i sometimes make this instead of panneer based curries.This is quite easy with lots of vegetables and taste great with rice or roti.I found this recipe from Mahima's blog which i changed to suit my palatte.

I didnt add any fruits and made on to spicy side.I added few raisins when garnishing.

Ingredients :
1.Vegetables : 1 cups(Carrot,Beans,Peas,Corn,Capsicum)
2.Tomato : 1(finely Chopped)
3.Green Chilli : 1
4.Cumin : 1/2tsp
5.Cinnamon : 1'inch
6.Cloves : 2
7.Cardamom : 1
8.Bay Leaves : 1
9.Spice Powders : 1/2tsp(Red Chilly,Coriander,Garam Masala,Turmeric)
10.Milk : 1/2 cup
11.Yogurt : 2tbsp
12.Honey : 1tbsp
13.Kasuri Methi & Coriander Leaves : For Garnish
14.Raisins : a handful for garnish.
15.Salt : to taste
16.Oil : 1tbsp

Almonds : 10(soak in hot water and peel the skin)
Grind them with smooth paste.

In a pan,heat oil add jeera,cloves,cinnamon,cardamon bay leaves.Fry for 30 sec.
Add the tomatoes,green chilli and vegetables.Stir for a min.
Add the spice powder and saute for a min.
Add 1/4 cup of water and closed the pan and simmer for 5mins.
Lower the heat and add the ground paste and milk.
Add the yogurt and honey and cook for 5 mins.
Garnish with raisins,kasuri methi and Coriander leaves.
Enjoy with roti,paratha or rice.

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

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Celebrating New Year with Rasmalai!!

Happy New Year to all my Fellow Bloggers and Friends.

We celebrated the New Year by making Rasmalai.Me and My husband made this Rasmalai by following Manjula's Kitchen Recipe.It came out really good.The only change i made is adding powdered nuts and saffron to malai.

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year 2011.

Have Fun and Enjoy!!