Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sweet Corn and Potatoes with Tomato gravy

Last month I was having conversation with my friend , I generally asked her whats the menu today, she told me that she did this Healthy and tasty dish , corn and potato with tomatoes. Since then I was just curious about doing.
Last week I bought all the ingredients required for this recipe but somehow it got delayed. Finally I have done that with a little variation today. Sweet corn was very fresh and the dish was delicious as usual.

Ingredients :
• 1 ½ cup boiled sweet corn
• 1 cup boiled potatoes chopped
• 3 medium tomatoes chopped
• 2 medium onions chopped
• 1 ½ tsp red chilli powder
• 1 tsp coriander powder
• 3 cloves
• 1 small cinnamon
• 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
• Salt to taste
• 2 tbsp oil
• 5 tbsp of water
• 1 tsp corn flour

Sweet corn and Potatoes with Tomato Gravy

How to prepare :

1. Blend onions and tomatoes into a fine paste separately .
2. Pressure cook sweet corn and potatoes till you get exactly 2 whistles.
3. Heat oil in pan, add cloves ,cinnamon fry for a 1min. Then add ginger garlic
paste fry till the raw smell is gone and it is somewhat brown in color.
4. Next Add onion paste and fry for 3mins
5. Next add tomato paste and cook for 5mins stirring In between so that it wont get
6. Add , 1 small glass of water to the mixture and add coriander powder ,chilli
powder and salt and allow it to cook for few minutes so that all the spices are
mixed properly
7. Add boiled potatoes and corn to the gravy and cook for 5 mins. You can add water
to the mixture if the consistency of the gravy is thick.
8. After 5-10 mins add 1 tsp of corn flour diluted in little water to the mixture
and stirring continuously for a minute.
9. Sweet corn with aloo in tomato gravy is ready and have it with rotis or any
Indian bread.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tomato chutney / Tomato pickle / Tomato pachadi

Ingredients :

• 5 medium tomatoes chopped roughly
• 2 medium onions chopped
• 2 tbsp oil
• Salt to taste
• 4-5 green chillies ( add more or else acc to taste)
• 3-4 flakes of tamarind
• 3 tbsp Sesame seeds
• 1 tbsp coriander seeds
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1tsp urad dal
• 1 tsp mustard seed
• 3 dry red chillies
• Pinch of hing

Tomato chutney

How to prepare :

1. Heat oil in a pan, roast sesame seeds say 2-3 min.keep aside.
2. Next roast coriander seeds in the same skillet for 2-3 min stirring
continuously,keep it aside.
3. Heat oil in the same pan, and fry green chillies till white bubbles are formed, be
careful since they happen to splutter right on ur face.
4. keep the chillies aside and in the same oil add chopped tomatoes and cook them
for 5mins
5. First grind sesame seeds + coriander seeds.Next goes cooked tomatoes,salt,green
chillies,onions,tamarind, make a fine paste.
6. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan ,add mustard seeds, when they splutter add red
chillies, urad dal fry till it is golden brown ,finally pinch of hing.
7. Tomato chutney is ready to be taken with either chapathis or rice.
8. Chopped onions to the side make it even more tastier

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Palak Chutney / Palak Pachadi / Spinach pickle

Mom used to make this pickle quite often and we all used to love the dish. Goes best with rice, with finely chopped onions in between makes it even more tastier.

Ingredients :
1. 3 bunches of palak cleaned with water and finely chopped
2. Marble size tamarind
3. 1 small onion
4. 3-4 green chillies / add more or less according to taste
5. Salt to taste
6. 3 tbsp oil
7. 5-8 dry red chillies
8. 1 tsp dhaniya powder
9. 1 tsp cumin seeds
10. ½ tsp turmeric

For tempering / Popu / thaalinpu ( so many names)

1. 1tsp mustard seeds
2. Pinch asofotida
3. 1 tsp Urad dal

Palak chutney

How to Prepare :

1. Cook chopped palak in a 1 tbsp of oil till water gets evaporated.
2. Now add red chillies in the another skillet / kadai fry for 25 sec
3. In a mixer add cooked palak, tamarind( you cane also add pulp),red chillies,
dhaniya powder,cumin seeds,salt and turmeric into a fine paste.
4. For tempering , Heat 1 tbsp of oil in kadai ,add mustard seeds when they start
spluttering add urad dal fry till golden brown and in the last add hing /
asofotida. Add to the pachhadi / chutney .

Note : red chillies can be added more or less according your taste.
Tamarind is directly or made can extract pulp and used .

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chilli Gobi / Spicy Cauliflower curry

Chilli Gobi / Spicy Cauliflower curry : Name itself is very tempting. The other day I have gone through chilli paneer recipe which made me do this spicy chilli cauliflower curry. Cauliflower is very tasty vegetable which can be taken either dry or with gravy.Chilli gobi is a dry dish with lots of chillies and sauces and very easy to make. It goes best with rice. I have done my own variations to this recipe.

Ingredients :
1. 1 medium size cauliflower / 3cups of florets
2. 2 medium size potatoes boiled and cut into cubes
3. 3 tbsp oil
4. Salt to taste
5. ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
6. 1/2tsp cumin seeds
7. 1tsp urad dal
8. Pinch hing / asofotida
9. 2tsp chilli powder
10. 1tsp chilli sauce
11. 1tsp soya sauce
12. 2tbsp corn flour
13. 2 green chillies
14. 1 tsp coriander powder
15. 2 tsp gram flour / besan
16. Pinch of azinomoto
17. ½ tsp turmeric
18. 2 green chillies
19. 2 tsp curry leaves
20. 1 bunch coriander leaves

Chilli Gobi

Chilli Gobi

Method :
1. Cook the florets in warm water for 10mins with little salt.
2. Take a bowl,add 2 tbsp of corn flour and salt.
3. Mix the florets to the above mixture properly
4. Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds , when they start spluttering add urad
dal ,curry leaves,finely chopped green chillies followed by hing
5. Add florets and boiled potaoes to the mixture and fry it for 5min .
6. Sprinkle some water keep the lid and allow to cook.(too much of water should not
be used,since cauliflower cooks very quickly)
7. When the cauliflower is tender remove the lid.
8. Stir fry the mixture for every 2-3mins till the cauliflower golden brown
9. Now add chilli powder,salt,daniya powder ,besan ,azinomoto,soya sauce,chilli
sauce turmeric and fry the mixture for 5 min continuosly.
10. Now add finely chopped coriander leaves, serve hot with rice

Note : If you don’t want too much spiciness you can reduce the chilli quantity.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Aloo and Palak Sabji / Potato and Palak curry

It was a lovely evening and I had to prepare something for dinner tonight. I thought of doing something, which is different and tasty. As usual K is the” bali ka bakra” lol. Jokes a part, I started doing some good cooking lately. My dear K happen to like them at gun point haha.

I had some fresh palak and baby potatoes and decided to combine these two. Though this is not my idea entirely, I read this recipe from other blog, made little changes and it was very tasty.

Ingredients :
1. 3 bunches of fresh palak
2. 250gms baby potatoes
3. 3 tbsp oil
4. Salt to taste
5. ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
6. 2 cloves
7. 1 small piece cinnamon
8. 2 green chillies

Aloo and Palak Sabji
Potato and Palak curry

Procedure :
1. Boil the potatoes and make holes with a fork into them
2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in pan .Add cleaned and chopped palak to it.
3. Cook for about 4-5mins allow it to cool
4. Make a paste of 2 green chillies + cooked palak +salt and keep it aside
5. Heat remaining 2tbsp of oil in a wok ,when hot add cloves cinnamon. Fry for 1min
6. Next add ginger garlic paste till raw smell is gone.
7. Add palak paste to the mixture and cook for 5 mins.
8. Add 1 cup of milk and add boiled potatoes to it and cook for 10mins
9. Serve hot with rotis

Note : I used only little spices you can add more spices to make it more spicer.
Milk was readily available so I used it, instead cream can also be used.
Salt has to be carefully used since palak already has some amount of salt in it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cabbage curry with coconut and Peas

My mother used to make very simple curry with cabbage which was very tasty though.My mother inlaws recipes are mouth watering and very delicious. Cabbage with coconut and peas combination is very yummy and it is one of the recipes which I have learnt from her. So lets see the procedure.

Ingridients :

1. 250gm cabbage finely chopped
2. 1 cup fresh grated cocunt
3. 1 cup peas
4. 1 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves
5. 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
6. Salt to taste
7. ½ tsp tumeric
8. 2 tbsp oil
9. 1 tsp mustard seeds
10. 1tsp cumin seeds
11. 1 tsp chana dal
12. 1 tsp moong dal
13. Pinch of hing / asofotida

Cabbage with Coconut and Peas curry
Cabbage curry with cocnut and peas
Procedure :
1. Clean chopped cabbage and drain the water.
2. To the cabbage add salt, ½tsp turmeric,finely chopped green chillies and peas
3. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pressure cook it with little
water ,sufficient enough to cook,till you get 2 whistles.

*(You can also cook directly in a skillet but trust me this takes very little time but we need to make cure not to get more than 2 whistles when you pressure cook it.)

4. Heat oil in a skillet, wait till it is quite hot, add mustard seeds,dals and in the last asofotida
5. stir it till mustard seed splutter and dals are golden brown
6. Now add the cooked cabbage mixture from the pressure cooker .Stir for 5 min
7. Now add grated cabbage mix it properly f0r 2-3 mins.
8. Finally garnish with coriander leaves.Serve hot with rice