Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dal Tadka

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My husband's boss loves all kinds of Indian food. But he has a special liking towards Dal Tadka. So the last time he came home for dinner I had prepared it & he loved it!! You can have dal with rice or with chapathi's or you can gobble it up just like that... All taste equally good..
Here's how it's done..










Ingredients

  • 7-8 Garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 Tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 2 Onions chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 & half cup of boiled toor dal
  • Half cup of water
  • 1 Tsp chilly powder
  • 1-2 Pinch turmeric powder
  • Half tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 Green chilly (slit into half)
  • 1 Tsp oil
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method
  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Add zeera , one green chilly slit into half, chopped garlic & chopped onions & fry till the onions are a little brown.
  • Add tomatoes & fry for some time.
  • Now add chilly powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder & salt & stir for 2 minutes till all the masalas properly blend together.
  • Add dal & water & mix well. Allow it to cook till it comes to a boil. Ensure that the consistency is not very watery.
  • Lastly garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Dal tadka is now ready to eat!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The South Indian Sambar

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I wanted to make this post last week back on “Father’s day” & dedicate it to my dad, but as I was caught up in some urgent work was unable to do so.

My dad has a lot of liking towards any kind of food. Being a non cook I didn’t know what was his most favorite. He had a long list of the things which fall into his list of favorite foods. I selected this one since it comes under the favorite listing of my husband & my brother as well.

The “South Indian Sambar” is the most famous & loved ones among the South Indian Cuisines. The addition of the varied spices gives it a spicy flavor & aroma which makes it impossible to resist & have a helping!! Sambar are eaten with dosa's, idly's & rice. There are different ways in which its made due to the varied use of the spices & addition of different vegetables.This is how I make it….


Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Beetroot cut into square cubes ( or any other vegetables like raddish, carrot, potato, brinjal, beans, capsicum)
  • 1 Medium sized onions
  • 1 Medium sized Tomato
  • 1 & half cup of boiled toor dal(Yellow lentils)
  • 1 & half - 2 Cups of water
  • Salt as per taste

For the Masala :

  • Half Cup of Coriander Seeds(Around 40 seeds)
  • 1 Tsp zeera seeds(Cumin Seeds)
  • 8-10 Methi seeds(Fenugreek Seeds)
  • 1/4 Tsp of hing(Asofetida)
  • 1/4 Tsp of turmeric powder
  • 7-8 Fried red chilly
  • 1 1/2 Tsp tamrind extract
  • 1 Tsp oil

For Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp mustard seeds
  • Few curry leaves
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 Tsp oil
Method
  • Fry Coriander, zeera, methi, hing, turmeric powder with little oil till the mixture is slightly brownish.
  • Add the above mixture along with fried red chilly & tamrind & grind to a thin paste & keep it aside.
  • Cook the vegetables with water in a big vessel till all the vegetables are a bit soft.
  • Now add all the masala & the boiled toor dal to the boiled vegetables & cook till it starts to boil.
  • Ensure that the sambar is not very watery.
  • Now garnish the sambar with the fried mustard seeds & curry leaves.
  • Finally add chopped coriander leaves & cook for only 2 minutes.
  • Sambar is ready to savor now....



Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mango Curry

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The next dish I prepared with the mangoes is called as "Ambe Upkari" in Konkani. This is also an authentic Konkani festivity cuisine. We usually get a smaller variety of mango called as "Sakare Gutli", which is used in the preparation of "Ambe Upkari". Since I had a lot of mangoes with me, I decided to try it out & the result was quite suprisingly good.
Here's how you prepare it..







Ingredients
  • 3 Mangoes ( You can use 4-5)
  • Half Cup of Maida ( All purpose Flour)
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Cup Sugar/Jaggery
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 Tsp salt

For seasoning

  • 1 Tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 Dried red Chillies

Method
  • Peel of the mango, add green chilly to it & boil it in water till it cooks well for about 6 minutes with the lid closed.
  • Dilute the maida with little water & add it to the mangoes along with sugar & salt & keep stirring.
  • Keep stirring for another 5 minutes till it is finally cooked.
  • Lastly heat oil in a pan & add mustard seeds. Once it starts popping add the dried red chilly.
  • Now garnish the mango curry with the fried mustard seeds & red chilly.

Serve hot or cold as desired. Both taste equally great... Enjoy!!!

Tips

If the mangoes are very sweet add some tamarind while cooking, since it gives the dish a tangy flavor.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mango & Pineapple Dessert

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Last Weekend, my husband's boss gave us 2 boxes of Alphonso mangoes. But we are only the two of us & I had 12 mangoes. So I decided to prepare as many variety of mango recipes as possible, so that we can enjoy the fruit to the maximum.The first thing & easiest that I prepared was the fruit custard with mangoes. But still we had many more mangoes left. So, the next day, I recollected a dish which you see in most of the Mangalorian festivities. Its called "Ambe Avnas Sasam" in Konkani language & has always been one of my favorites. Its quite simple & the only skill that you need while preparing is the "cutting skill",yes pineapple cutting is the only difficult part seperating you from this wonderful dessert.


Foody Facts

"Mango", the king of fruits

There are a lot of health benefits to this delicious fruit. Few of them are listed below-
  • Eating mangoes is said to be beneficial in curing night blindness.
  • Since the fruit is rich in iron content, people with anemia & expecting mothers are advised to eat this fruit.
  • It is said to improve complexion & stimulate appetite.
  • The fruit is beneficial in liver disorders & is also valuable to combat acidity & poor digestion.

Pineapple
  • Pineapple is very good remedy for people suffering from morning sickness, nausea or motion sickness.
  • It is found to be helpful in cases of goiter, Bronchitis, high blood pressure, Arthritis, Constipation & removal of intestinal worms & helps to keep the kidneys & intestines clean.
  • Since they are rich in manganese, they promote the healthy growth of bones & tisses.
  • Being rich in Vitamin C, maintains the oral health & helps in the prevention of gum diseases & formation of plaque.
Ingredients
  • 2 Mangoes
  • 2 Cup of pineapples
  • 1 Cup of grapes
  • 1.5 Cup of grated coconut
  • 1/2 Tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1 Fried red chilly
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • Half Cup of water


Method
  • Cut mango & pineapple into small square blocks.
  • Cut the grapes into two halves & keep all the fruits in a seperate bowl, add a little sugar, mix well & refrigerate.
  • Grind the coconut, red chilly & mustard into a coarse paste.
  • Add the coconut paste to the fruits, add salt & remaining sugar with water & mix well.
  • This yummy dessert is ready to gobble now.
Tips

Add the coconut mixture to the fruits only while serving.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Methi Pulao

Foody Facts

This is one of my favorite recipes. My mother in law had taught me to make this. The leaves & seeds are the edible part of the Methi or Fenugreek plant which has both nutritional & medicinal value. Few of the medicinal benefits of this miracle plant is as below.








  • Helps to maintain blood sugar levels, controls cholesterol & regulates blood glucose.
  • It is said to give great relief, if methi leaves are boiled in water & consumed for people suffering from throat pain, chest & stomach disorders. It is also believed to be effective in curing asthama, cough, gas, indigestion & also to reduce premature hair fall.
  • If consumed with food is known to reduce body fats.
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups rice ( Soak for 1 hour)
  • 2 Cups methi leaves
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 Onions chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • 2.5 Tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp garam masala
  • 2 Tsp oil
  • Salt as per taste
Method
  • Fry rice with little oil for 7 minutes & keep it aside in a microwave vessel.
  • Fry onions in oil till light brown.
  • Now add tomatoes & cook for 5 minutes.
  • To this add methi leaves & fry.
  • Add chilli powder, turmeric powder & garam masala powder & add salt.
  • Now add the masala to the rice & add 4 cups of water & mix well. Cook in microwave for 10 minutes without closing the lid of the container. After 10 minutes, close the lid & cook again.
  • Serve hot with salad.