Hot Pepper Soup (Miri - Jeera Amti)  

Saturday, October 30, 2010

As I caught cold, I was asking for a remedy from my mom and she gave me the recipe for Pepper soup (Milagu Rasam). Its a quick fix and a natural remedy for cold.





Ingredients:

1. Black Pepper - 1 tsp
2. Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
3. Curry leaves - 5
4. Tamarind - 1 small pulp
5. Red chilli - 1
6. Garlic - 1 pod, crushed
7. Salt


Direction:

1. In a pan, fry black pepper, cumin seeds and curry leaves for a couple of minutes without oil.

2. Let it cool and grind it to a coarse powder.

3. Boil 3 cups of water and add the powder, salt, red chilli, garlic, tamarind pulp(directly) and let it boil for 2 minutes.

This soup can be served alone or with rice. Both works great.

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Mutter Paneer (Paneer Peas Masala)  

Friday, October 22, 2010

I prepared mutter paneer from one of my recipe books. My main motto was to take a nice picture because we had a sunny afternoon, and it inspired me to get out of the couch and cook. But when I finished cooking, it started to become dark unusually. I was so disappointed, but tried to take pictures with available natural light. I got a couple of good ones, I hope.





Ingredients:


Green Peas (fresh or frozen) - 1 cup
Paneer (cottage cheese - Indian style) - 250 g
Red onion - 1 (chopped finely)
Tomato - 2 (chopped finely)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Cashew nut paste - 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt





Direction:


1. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and place paneer cubes in a single layer on it. Fry till it turns into golden brown color and set aside.

2. Heat oil and ghee in the pan, add onion and fry till it turns golden brown color.

3. Add ginger garlic paste, tomato, chilli powder, daniya powder, turmeric powder salt and fry till the raw flavor has left.

4. Add peas and simmer for 5 minutes or until it becomes soft.

5. Add paneer cubes, cashew nut paste and stir for a couple of minutes.

6. Finally add garam masala powder and cumin powder along with 1/2 cup of water and stir for 2 minutes on medium heat. Keep an eye on the consistency of the gravy. Adjust it by adding water or heating for some more time.

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Pattani Sundal ( Green Peas Stir-Fry)  

Very known, and well favored stir-fry for all ages and suitable for one of the Navrathri eves.





Ingredients:

1. Green peas - 1 cup
2. Channa daal, Urad daal - 1/2 tsp
3. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
4. Green chillies - 2
5. Coconut (shredded) - 3 tsp
6. Oil - 1 tsp
7. Asafoetida - a pinch
8. Curry leaves - 1 strand
9. Cilantro - 2 tsp
10. Salt


Direction:

1. Soak beans for 8 hrs and cook in pressure cooker with salt for 3 whistles.

2. Grind green chillies and shredded coconut in a mixer grinder into a coarse powder.

3. Heat oil in a pan, and do tadka with mustard seeds, asafoetida powder, channa daal, urad daal, curry leaves and add the tadka to the beans.

4. Garnish the beans with the coarse powder of chillies and coconut and also with chopped cilantro.

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Foto Feast  

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

There are some times, I want to just experiment with my camera, some lonely moments with food items. But not much importance on the recipe or the kind of food itself. So I thought of allotting a page for such experiments, the Foto Feast.

In this part of Foto Feast, I made Vermicelli Payasam with instant mix for Navrathri Pooja. The pictures may not be those of my bests, but still I'm learning.





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Sweet Sundal (Sweet Black Eyed Beans)  

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another bean stir-fry for one of the Navrathri Eve. This sweet one is a little different from the usual beans and also a quick-fix. Kids would love this sweet stir-fry.




Ingredients:

1. Black-eyed Beans - 1 cup
2. Jaggery - 1 cup
3. Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
4. Salt - a pinch


Direction:

1. Soak the beans overnight and cook in pressure cooker with a pinch of salt for 3 whistles.

2. In half a cup of water, dissove the jaggery and bring it into a paste like consistency by heating it for a couple of minutes.

3. Add the drained beans to the jaggery paste and garnish with cardamom powder.


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Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Channa Daal Stir-Fry)  

Monday, October 11, 2010

Channa Daal Stir-Fry is suitable for devoting to Lord Vinayaka. Its a very healthy and quick-fix snack too.





Ingredients
:


1. Channa daal - 1 cup
2. Oil - 2 tsp
3. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
4. Curry leaves - 5
5. Urad daal - 1/4 tsp
6. Red chillies - 3
7. Asafoetida - a pinch
8. Salt
9. Cilantro - 2 tsp, chopped
10. Grated coconut - 3 tsp


Direction:

1. Cook channa daal in a pressure cooker with salt for 3 whistles.

2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad daal, red chillies, and asafoetida.

3. Add the drained channa daal to the tadka and garnish with cilantro and grated coconut.


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Kondai kadalai Sundal (Garbanzo Beans Stir-fry)  

Friday, October 8, 2010

After a long break, I really wanted to post something in my blog. As now is the time for Navarathri special, I decided to post recipes for the prasadams for all nine auspicious days.




Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1. Garbanzo beans - 1 cup
2. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
3. Split urad daal - 1/2 tsp
4. Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
5. Channa daal - 1 tsp
6. Dried Shredded Coconut - 1/4 cup
7. Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
8. Red Chillies - 5
9. Curry leaves - 1 strand
10. Oil - 1 tsp
11. Salt




Direction:

1. Soak beans overnight and cook it in a pressure cooker along with salt for 3 whistles.

2. In a pan, heat oil and add channa daal, daniya seeds, 3 red chillies and coconut. Fry for a minute and grind it to a coarse powder.

3. Heat oil again in the pan, add urad daal, mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida powder and fry. Add this tadka to the cooked beans along with the coarsly ground powder and stir nicely.



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