Monday, May 23, 2011

South Indian Dal

I make this dal very often which is easy and quick.It goes well with anything like some hot rice and spicy potato fry or chappati with dry subzi.Its easy to make and goes also well with coconut rice.When i am not in the mood for cooking or i need to do something quick this is the one i make.If you have boiled toor dhal in hand its easy to make.

Ingredients :
1.Toor Dhal : 1/2 cup
2.Tomato : 1(medium)
3.Ginger : 1'inch chopped
4.Green chilli : 2 slit longwise
5.Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
6.Coriander Powder : 1tsp
7.Salt : to taste
8.Coriander Leaves : 1tbsp

For Tempering :
1.Ghee/Oil : 1tbsp
2.Mustard Seeds : 1tsp
3.Cumin Seeds : 2tsp
4.Curry Leaves : 4 to 5
5.Hing : a pinch

Pressure cook the Toor Dhal till its soft and keep aside.
In a Kadai,heat oil and do the tempering one by one.
When the curry leaves starts to sizzle,add ginger and green chilli then give a quick stir.
Add finely chopped tomato and little salt.
When tomato is soft and oil start to leave,add red chilli powder and coriander powder.
Fry for 2 mins and add cooked dal and salt to taste.
Add some water if its too thick and bring to boil.
Boil for 2 mins and trun of the heat and garnish with corinader leaves.

Serve with hot rice or chappati.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mango Delight Smoothie

In my side of the world Sun has already started to burning up.We are getting different kind of smoothies and juice to get going.This is the time of year where we can most flavorful fruit among fruits.I love the flavor,smell and everything.We just love it.

I made this mixed fruit with mango and gave a delicious taste.I also added dates instead of sugar and almond for extra kick.
Its easy and quick and enjoy!!

Ingredients :
1.Mango : 1/2 cup(chopped)
2.Apple : 1 small(chopped)
3.Banana : 1/2
4.Almonds : 4 to 5
5.Dates : 4
6.Orange Juice : 1 cup
7.Ice cubes : 1 cup

Blend everything smoothly and enjoy!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dal Makhani For Maitri(Friendship Chain)

Everyone who is in blogging would sure know about Maitri,a friendship chain, where a blogger sends a mystery ingredients to another blogger where she cooks and blogs about it.Priya and Reshmi started this friendship chain which was inspired from Arusuvai.If you need any information head over to Priya and Reshmi blog to find and join there so its fun,cook and blog which we all love.

So here is my post about my mystery ingredients.I was matched with Rajee who sent me a wonderful ramkin,card and mystery ingredient.I got them one fine evening and was so happy to see everything with her kind words.I guessed it right away its Black Urad dhal and i knew i had to make Dal Makhani.

Dal Makhani is a famous Punjabi dish which is a mixture of lentils cooked and high in protein.In Restaurants  they add loads of cream and butter to give richness to this dish.

Ingredients :
1.Black Urad Dal : 3/4 cup
2.Rajma/Kidney Beans : 1/4 cup
3.Channa Dal : 2 tbsp
4.Ginger : 1' inch
5.Green Chilli : 1 slit lenthwise.
6.Bay Leaves : 2
7.Cardamom : 1
8.Cloves : 3
9.Tomato : 2 medium
10.Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
11.Coriander Powder : 1tsp
12.Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
13.Milk : 1/2 cup
14.Coriander Leaves : to Garnish
15.Dried Kasuri Methi : to Garnish
16.Butter : 1/2 tbsp
17.Oil : 1tbsp
18.Jeera/Cumin : 1tsp

1.Wash and Soak the lentils for 6 hours or overnight.
2.Next day,wash the lentils well and add 4 cups of water,ginger,green chilli and pressure cook the dal till mushy.
3.Puree the tomato and keep aside.
4.In a kadai,heat oil and butter,add Jeera,Cardamom,Cloves,Bay Leaves.
5.When it leaves nice aroma,add tomato and mix well.
6.Close the lid till the raw smell goes and oil oozes out.Add in the Powder.
7.Fry for 2 mins and add the mashed lentil,close the lid simmer it for 15 mins.
8.Fry in between to avoid sticking to bottom.
9.Add the milk and dried kasuri methi in lower flame.
10.Cook for 5 mins and switch hot.

Serve hot with Chappati and Enjoy!!