Apr 30, 2009

Chole... spicy chick peas curry

Poori and chole .....wowwwwwwwwww... we love it. I love chick peas.. the way they look... cute I should say. I have had it with so many taste variations that I am not quite sure of the number. My mom makes it different, my mil makes a diff version and in my childhood I have had many tasty bowls of this spicy gravy at many many aunts place. Its a very often made menu in all get-togethers for the vegetarian crowd. They are loaded with protien, fiber and calcium too... so, a healthy food source.

Serves... 2 ppl 
Serve option... With chapathis or pooris

This is what u'll need....

Chick peas soaked overnight 1 cup
Onion 1 med
Tomato 1 med
Gg paste 1 tbspn
Whole garam masala
Chilli powder 1 tspn
Coriander powder 1 tspn
Cumin powder 1 tspn
Coriander leaves for garnish
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbspn

Here is the stir....
  • Boil chick peas with salt and keep it aside
  • Heat oil in a pan and add whole garam masala
  • Toss in chopped onions and salt and fry till onion turns translucent
  • Add gg paste and fry till it is cooked
  • Toss in chopped tomatoes, chilli, cumin, coriander powder and cook covered for 10-12 mins
  • Mash a handful of chickpeas and add to the masala along with some water
  • Add the remaining chick peas and boil the mixture till everything blends together
  • Cook for more time if you want the curry to be thicker in consistency
  • Finally garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves

Apr 17, 2009

Everyday Rasam

Rasam is an everyday inclusion of a wholesome midday meal. It keeps the appetite very light helping to combat the oilyness or heaviness of the previous course. There are many many versions of rasam. I have had many different kinds at many places. The taste can always be adjusted to fit to the style of any family. 

Serves... 2 ppl 
Goes good with... Hot rice

This is what u'll need....

Tomato - 1 big
Tamarind - size of a lemon
Garlic 5 cloves
Pepper 2 tbspn
Cumin 2 tbspn
Oil 1 tspn
Mustard 1/2 tspn
Fenugreek/methi/vendayam 1/2 tspn
Sugar 1/2 tspn (optional)
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish
Water 4-5 cups

Here is the stir....
  • Chop tomatoes and place it in a microwave safe bowl
  • Pour water and add tamarind to the bowl. Microwave for 5 mins 
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and fenugreek seeds to it
  • Once they splutter add the tomato mixture, crushed garlic cloves(with skin on), crushed pepper, cumin powder, salt,  sugar and water. Stir everything together
  • Top with chopped coriander leaves and heat the mixture till it just comes to a boil. It will start to become frothy when its almost done. Turn off and transfer to a different bowl to stop boiling the mixture

Apr 12, 2009

Onion Samosa

Onion samosas are famous in south India i believe. These tiny little fellows are crispy to bite in and yummy to satisfy your taste buds. My mom used to make this for us a lot. No wonder they were all gone before even served. We used to go to her every 2 mins and ask 'Mummy is the next set ready'. This one takes some time but it is worth waiting too. The funny part is that you can never be done with just a couple of them... the formula is to just keep eating and not count :)

Serves...  3 ppl 
Serve option... Hot

This is what u'll need....

Maida / All purpose flour 1/2 cup
Wheat 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tspn
Onion 1 medium
Green chillies 4
Aval/Beaten rice 2-3 tbspn
Red chilli powder 1 tspn
Chaat masala 1 tspn
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Mix the ingredients for covering and knead into a firm but pliable dough. Cover the dough with a moist kitchen towel and let it sit for around 30 mins
  • Meanwhile you can get the filling ready. Thinly slice onions and chop green chillies. Put them into a bowl and add salt, chilli powder and chaat powder
  • In a separate bowl keep some water mixed with a tspn of maida
  • Make small balls of dough and roll it out very thinly
  • Heat a tawa and cook the chapathis 5 secs on each side
  • Cut them into strips that are around 2 inch wide and 4 inch long. Make all the strips ready
  • Before started to put the filling, add aval and give a good toss
  • Form a cone with each strip and put a spoonful of filling. Close it and seal with the maida water mixture. Prepare all the samosas and keep them ready
  • Deep fry these samosasmon medium high till are crisp and golden brown
  • Serve hot and see them vanishing them from the plate

Apr 7, 2009

Fish curry

Fish curry with a hint of coconut and spice is divine. Here is a recipe from my mil's kitchen that is sure to win your heart too. 

This is what u'll need....

Fish 2 fillets - I use tilapia
Salt to taste
Sambar powder 1.5 tbspn
Tomato 1 medium
Onion 1/2 of small
Tamarind paste 1 tspn
Shredded coconut 5 tbspn
Cumin 1 tspn
Green chillies 3
Oil 4 tbspn

Here is the stir....
  • Clean and cut each fillet into 4-5 pieces
  • Grind coconut, cumin to a fine paste and add onion it . Grind it for half a minute and then add tomato. Grind again for half a minute. Keep this masala aside
  • To a pan add fish, salt, sambar powder, oil, above masala paste, slit green chillies and tamarind paste. Mix everything well and remove the fish to a separate bowl. We will add it later
  • Cook the mixture in the pan for about 15-20 minutes in medium flame. Oil will start to separate
  • Add the fish and cook for another 10 mins or till fish is cooked

Apr 6, 2009

Rava dosai

Crispy paper like dosa with chutney are just mouth watering recipes for anyone. Whenever I try it at a restaurant i am never happy with just one. I never knew it could be made restaurant-style tasty and crispy at home until my mil showed me how to. She stayed with me when my little one was born and at that time she used to make me all yummies. 

This is what u'll need....

Sooji/rava 1/2 cup
Rice flour 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Onion 1 med
Green chillies 4

Here is the stir....
  • Mix sooji and rice flour with water and soak for around 2 hours
  • When ready, finely chop onions and green chillies and add to batter. Add enough water to make the batter very watery. It should infact look like running water when you pour 
  • In a hot pan sprinkle the batter so that it covers the pan like a dosa 
  • Apply little oil and turn it carefully
  • Crispy, yummy dosas are ready to eat

Sweet dosai

When i run out of dosa batter and am not in a mood for chapathis or pasta or anything else we sure opt for this sweet dosa. It tastes yummy and takes no time to prepare. Keep the pan to get hot and meanwhile you mix everything for the batter. Thats not long enough right

This is what u'll need....

Maida 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Broken cashews 4 tbspn
Cardamom pods 3 
Water to make batter 

Here is the stir....
  • Mix maida, sugar, cashews and powdered cardamom along with water to make batter of dosa batter consistency. Adjust sugar to your taste
  • Make dosas out of it and serve hot with lemon pickle. Believe me it tastes great with that combination


This is again a recipe that I follow from manjula aunty's kitchen. She makes things so simple that even lazy bugs like me cant resist to try making them. Here is a recipe that I tried and has been a success every time

This is what u'll need....

Yeast 1/2 tspn
Water 1 tspn
Maida 1/2 cup
Gram flour 1 tspn
Sugar 1/2 tspn
Oil 1/2 tspn
Lukewarm water - little less than 1/2 cup

For syrup->
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Lemon juice 1 tbspn 
Cardamom 2

Here is the stir....
  • Make the syrup by mixing all ingredients and brining to a boil
  • Mix all the ingredients together and keep it aside for about an hour
  • When batter is ready fill it in a bottle with nozzle
  • Pour this into hot oil in rounds to make the shape of a jalebi
  • Deep fry till golden brown. Remove and put in the syrup when warm and take it out when well coated.

Apr 2, 2009

Gulab jamun .. with milk powder

A dessert that everybody loves. I guess its most opted for festivals and occasions. I had some milk powder in stock and wanted to make something out of it. Was going through the internet when I saw this. I guess it is manjula aunty's recipe that I followed. It was a big hit and at home, we started liking this version more than the gulab jamuns made with store bought mix. Kudos to you aunty and here is the recipe.

This is what u'll need....

Milk powder 1 cup
Maida 1/4 cup
Milk 1/4 cup
Butter 3 tspn
Baking soda - a pinch

For syrup ->
Sugar 1 1/4 cup
Water 1 cup
Cardamom 1-2

Here is the stir....
  • Mix all the ingredients except oil to make the jamuns and knead it into a soft dough
  • Pour water, sugar and crushed cardamom in a pan and boil till it forms a syrup. Remove from heat and keep aside
  • Make small balls out of the dough and deep fry them in oil till they turn a golden or slightly darker brown. 
  • Toss these balls into the syrup when warm so that they can soak up the sweetness. Serve it warm or cold as you would like it

Chicken Biryani.. my mom style

Biryani is always a feast. Even if you dont want to have more you will sure end up doing the same. Heres a recipe that I use to make spicy chicken biryani the way my mom makes it for us. I love the aroma that fills in the kitchen when the biryani is still cooking in the rice cooker. It just makes you more hungry though. Chicken biryani with raitha and chicken fry is the best for a sunday lunch.

This is what u'll need....

Chicken 1.5 lbs
Gg paste 1.5 tbspn
Green chillies 4
Whole garam masala
Onion 1 big
Tomato 1 big
Sambar powder 1 tbspn
Salt to taste
Fried cashews for garnish
Basmati rice 1.5 cups

Here is the stir....
  • Soak basmati rice for about 30 mins. Fry them in a pan with little oil for abut 3-4 mins
  • Clean and cut chicken into big pieces
  • Heat oil in a pan and add whole garam masala
  • Finely slice onions and toss in to fry till translucent
  • Chop tomatoes and add to the pan. Add salt and fry for 3-4 mins
  • Add the cut chicken pieces and stir for 2 mins
  • Put gg paste and slit green chillies into pan. Cook for 5-7 mins
  • To a rice cooker add rice, chicken and water (1 rice:2 water) and cook till done
  • Top it with fried cashews and serve hot with raitha

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