July 29, 2008

Green Gram Dal


This Gravy is one of my all time favourites. I came across this recipe on a cookery show & I was tempted to try it out . It turned out to be very delicious & ever since it has become a regular dish at our home. What I really like about this dish is that it is very simple to make & Green Gram gives a very different flavour to the gravy. You could even use sprouted green gram as a healthier option.
Tastes good with Rotis or Pooris or even Rice.

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:
  1. 2 cups Green Gram/Moong Beans - soaked for 15 mins
  2. 1 big onion - finely chopped
  3. 2 tomatoes - chopped
  4. 2 bell peppers/capsicum - chopped into large chunks
  5. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  6. 1 green chilli - slit length wise
  7. 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  8. 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  9. 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste (optional)
  10. Oil
  11. Salt as per taste

Method:

  • Pressure cook Green Gram
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add cumin seeds
  • Once the seeds splutter, add ginger-garlic paste, green chilli & saute for 30 secs
  • Add onions & saute till it turns transparent
  • Add tomatoes & saute for another 2 mins
  • Add bell peppers alongwith Chilli powder & Garam Masala, Fry till oil separates
  • Add cooked green gram & salt, Mix well
  • Cook on low flame for 5 - 8 mins

Serve HOT with Rotis/Pooris/Rice .. Enjoi !!!

July 24, 2008

Instant Mango Pickle

Pickles form an integral part of Indian meals. I remember my grandmother used to make pickles out of mangoes, hogplums, Amla, Lemon, Mixed vegetables. This Instant Pickle is one of my favourites. Its got a distinct taste & is quite different from the regular ones. You could try this for a change.

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:
  1. Raw Mango - 1
  2. Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
  3. Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp
  4. Salt - As per taste
  5. Mustard - 1/4 tsp
  6. Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
  7. Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  8. Oil - Groundnut

Method:

  • Slice mango into small cubes
  • Mix together salt, chilli powder & mango cubes
  • Heat oil & temper with mustard seeds, asafoetida, fenugreek seeds & turmeric
  • Add the seasoning to the mango mixture & mix well
  • Adjust salt & chilli powder as per taste
  • Store in air-tight jars. Can be stored for about 4 days

July 14, 2008

Coriander Pulao


I always thought coriander was only used for garnishing & used in chutneys. I had never thought that one could use coriander as a main ingredient until I saw Rekha's Coriander Rice. The dish looked so yummy that I was tempted to try it instantly & I made Coriander Pulao for lunch. It turned out to be super delicious. My mother loved it too. The amazing aroma of coriander pierces your nose making you crave for it
Thanks Rekha for sharing the recipe. I have made slight changes to suit my taste.
Here it is:
Preparation Time: 30 Mins
Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup Basmati Rice - Washed & saoked in water for 15 mins
  2. 1 onion - 1/2 onion for grinding & chop the remaing half & keep aside
  3. 1 large punch of cilantro/coriander leaves
  4. Curry leaves
  5. 2 green chillies - low/medium spiced
  6. A small piece of ginger
  7. 2 garlic pods
  8. Cinnamon - 1 stick
  9. Cardamom - 2
  10. khus-Khus - 1 tsp
  11. 4 -5 peppercorns
  12. 1 clove
  13. Cumin seeds
  14. Bay leaves - 2-3
  15. Salt as per taste
  16. Oil
  17. Cashewnuts for garnishing
  18. 2 tsp lime juice

Method:

  • Grind together Green chillies, Half onion, Khus-Khus, Cinnamon stick, Clove, Ginger, Garlic Pods, Curry leaves, large bunch of coriander leaves, peppercorns, cardomon into a smooth paste by adding little water
  • Take a pressure cooker, add oil
  • Add cumin seeds, once it splutters, add bay leaves
  • Add chopped onions
  • Saute till onion turns transparent
  • Now add the ground paste & saute till oil separates & the raw smell of the paste disappears
  • Add Basmati rice & saute for 1 min
  • Add 1 1/4 cups of water NOTE: This does not need too much water since there are no other vegetables added.
  • Add salt as per taste
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker & let it cook
  • Open the lid once the pressure is released.
  • Add 2 tsp lime juice & mix well
  • Garnish with Cashewnuts & coriander leaves

Serve HOT with onion raita .. Enjoi !!!!

July 10, 2008

Vegetable Platter is a Month Old :)

Hey Folks, Vegetable Platter turns One Month today :) :) I know, its quite a small reason, nevertheless Iam Excited .. :)
I want to Thank all you guys for supporting & encouraging me in this endaevour.
All your comments & suggestions were very encouraging. This blog would have not shaped so well, but for you guys :)
A BiiiiiG HuG & ThAnKs to all you people for making this a success.
Any Suggestions on how to make this blog better are more than welcome.

Thanks Again .. You Guys ROCK !!

July 7, 2008

Maddur Vada


I have for you today, a very popular snack from karnataka, Maddur Vada.
Maddur Vada derives its name from the city of Maddur which lies between Bangalore & Mysore.
If you happen to travel by bus or train to Mysore via Bangalore, then you just cannot ignore Maddur Vada. It is a perfect tea-time snack, goes really well with a hot cup of filter coffee. In Bangalore, MTR serves the best Maddur vadas ever.
Its really easy to make it at home too.
Here's the authentic Maddur Vada Recipe
Preparation Time: 25 - 30 mins
Ingredients:
  1. Rice flour - 1 cup
  2. Very fine Semolina - 1/4 cup
  3. All purpose flour - 1/4 cup
  4. 2 onions - very finely chopped
  5. A handful of peanuts - unsalted & unroasted & broken coarsely in a mixer
  6. Curry leaves
  7. White seasame - 2 tbsp
  8. Green Chillies - 5-6 finely chopped
  9. Salt as per taste
  10. Oil for frying
  11. A pinch of soda Bi-Carb
  12. Cilantro - finely chopped

Method:

  • Mix all the above ingredients in a large bowl
  • Add 2 tbsp of cooking oil to the bowl
  • Mix all the ingredients well.
  • DO NOT add water as water released by onions is sufficient
  • Make a pliable dough
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a deep frying pan
  • Make medium sized balls of the dough
  • Flatten them into discs of 3 - 4 mm thickness with your hand
  • Fry on medium flame. Fry 4 -5 discs together at a time
  • Turn the vada from time to time so that it does not become brown too soon
  • When it turns brownish, spread them on tissue paper so that it absorbs excess oil

Serve HOT with chutney & steaming HOT Filter Coffee .. Enjoi !!!!

Rushina from A Perfect Bite is hosting the Pakora Contest

Off goes my Maddur Vada to Rushina's place.

Thanks Rushina for hosting :)



Awards & Another MEME

Rekha of Rekha's Kitchen has tagged me with another MEME.
Here it goes:

What was I doing ten years ago?
I was in Grade 10

what are five things on my to do list for to day
Prepare Breakfast & Lunch
Go to the Gym
Clean up my Room
Work on the Blog & check out other blogs
Go for the evening Walk

places I have lived at
Bangalore
Hospet
Mumbai
San Jose

Jobs I have had
A brief stint as a Relationship Manager
Now a Happy Housewife

what are five snacks I enjoy
Vegetable Noodles
Pakodas
Spinach Corn Sandwich
Idli Sambar
Onion Rava Dosa

what things would I do if I were a billionaire
Too many to pen down

I would like to tag Sharmila of Kichu Khon

Easy Crafts & RamyaBala have showered me with a Friendship Award .. Thank You sooo much EC & Ramya :)

I would like to pass it on to:

Congrats !!!

July 3, 2008

MEME & Awards

Ramyabala of RamyaCooks has tagged me for MEME .
This came in as a surprise .. thanx Ramya .. Hugs to you :)
Here it is:

1) LAST MOVIE U SAW IN A THEATER?
Sarkar Raj

2) WHAT BOOK ARE U READING?
Remember me? by Spohie Kinsella

3) FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Monopoly

(4) FAVORITE MAGAZINE?
Femina, Reader'

5) FAVORITE SMELLS?
Freshly Brewed Coffee, 1st rainfall

6) FAVORITE SOUNDS?
Bells in the temple

7) WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
Not being Loved

8) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN U WAKE?
I wish I had another 5 mins to sleep

9) FAVORITE FAST FOOD PLACE?
karnataka Bhel House, Chaat Cafe , Bhel puri wala next to my college

10) FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?
Disha - A combination of mine & my hubby's name

11) FINISH THIS STATEMENT—’IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I’D’
Invest wisely, Donate some, Do lots of shopping & buy my dream house

12)DO YOU DRIVE FAST?
No, I always fear my vehicle will go out of control

13) DO U SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Nope

14)STORMS–COOL OR SCARY?
Scary

15) WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
I only drive a 2 wheeler .. haven't learnt to drive a car as yet

16) FAVORITE DRINK?
Mango Lassi

17) FINISH THIS STATEMENT-IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD…
I still have a lot of time .. Iam quite lazy .. i want to learn salsa sometime ...

18) DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI?
No

19) IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY OTHER COLOR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE?
My hair has a brown tinge .. i would love to color it jet black

20) NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS U HAVE LIVED IN?
Bangalore
Hospet
Mumbai
San Jose &
back to Bangalore :)

21) FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Cricket, Tennis , Soccer

22) ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
I started blogging only a few days ago. Discovered ramya's blog .. must say she has got some amazing recipes .. Never expected this award .. Iam excited about it .. Thanks Ramya

23) WHATS UNDER YOUR BED?
Nothing

24) WOULD U LIKE TO BE BORN AS YOURSELF AGAIN??
YES YES YES

25) MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
NIGHT OWL .. I wish I were a morning person

26) OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP?
Over easy

27) FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX?
SPA

28) FAVORITE PIE?
I don't like them

29) FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Chocolate, Strawberry , Vannila

30) OF ALL THE PEOPLE U HAVE TAGGED, WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?
I seriously have no clue

I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Iam Tagging Priya of Priya-Kitchen & Priti of IndianKhana .. Hope you guys enjoy too:)


Priti of IndianKhana & Sripriya of Srikar'sKitchen has awarded me the Nice Matters Award .. Thanks soo much Priti & Sripriya
I would like to pass this award to:

Congrats !!!!!

July 1, 2008

Onion & Bell Peppers in Tangy Tomato Gravy


If yours is the kind of household that likes eating rotis/phulkas everyday, making different kinds of side dishes each day must be a tiresome task.Here's a quick gravy that tastes good with rotis/phulkas. It does not require too many vegetables either & is rather easy to make. This gravy is made quite often at my home. It is more of a South Indian kind of gravy & is made using Rasam Powder which makes it quite different from the usual ones .. It tastes awesome ...

Preparation Time: 20 Mins

Ingredients:
  1. 2 onions - cut lengthwise
  2. 3 tomatoes - chopped finely
  3. 2 bell peppers/capsicum - cut lengthwise
  4. 2 green chillies - slit lengthwise
  5. 2 tbsp - Rasam powder - Store Bought or Home-Made
  6. A small lump of jaggery
  7. Salt as per taste
  8. Mustard seeds
  9. Curry leaves
  10. 2 tsp Oil
  11. 1 tsp Channa Dal
  12. 1 tsp Urad Dal
Method:
  • Heat Oil in a wok, add mustard seeds
  • Once it splutters, add green chillies & curry leaves . Later add Channa Dal & Urad Dal
  • Once they start changing color, Add onions & saute till they turn pink.
  • Add tomatoes & Rasam Powder & saute for a couple of minutes
  • Add Bell peppers & saute completely cooked. Bell Peppers must retain their crunch.
  • Add a small lump of jaggery & salt as per taste
  • Add enough water to get the right consistency
  • Cook on low flame for 5 mins
Mix well & Serve HOT with Rotis/Rice .. Enjoi !!!!

NOTE:
  • You can omit Bell Peppers, if you wish to.
  • You can add Red Chilli Powder instead of Rasam Powder, But Rasam Powder gives this a distinct taste.