Monday, August 27, 2012

Semiya/Vermicelli Kesari


Ingredients:

Semiya/Vermicelli-2 cups
Sugar-1.25 cups
Milk-1 cup
Water-1 cup
Elaichi-1 tsp
Ghee-2 tbsp
Saffron-A pinch
Red color- A pinch(optional)
Raisins,Almond flakes and Cashewnuts-Garnish to taste


Procedure:

1.Pour a little bit of ghee and roast the vermicelli/semiya in a pot till it turns golden yellow and the raw smell is gone.Keep aside.
2.Add a drop of ghee and roast raisins,cashewnuts and almond flakes along with some fresh crushed elaichi or elaichi powder till golden brown and keep aside.
3. Now Add milk and water and let it boil. Add a little bit of color powder and the roasted semiya and mix till solid.
4.Add 1 1/4 cups pf sugar and keep stirring till it reaches a halwa consistency.
5.Switch off. Garnish with Saffron and the nuts and serve hot.

Tomato Vermicelli

INGREDIENTS:

Onions- 1 medium
Tomato- 2 medium
Cloves,bayleaf,cinnamon stick
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder,danya powder,chilli powder,cumin powder,garam masala
Tomato paste or tamarind paste(if the tomatoes arent tart enough)
Mustard seeds,split urad dhal and chana dal for seasoning.
Cilantro for garnish.Mint leaves/curry leaves optional
Vermicelli- 1.5 cups


PROCEDURE:
  1. Fry the semiya/sevai separately till a little brown and set aside.
  2. In a pan with oil, add mustard seeds,urad dal,chana dal,curry leaves.
  3. Add onions sliced and some green chillies and saute.Add ginger garlic paste.
  4. Add all the spice powders and add tomato either by grinding in mixie or in a chopper.
  5. Let boil till it thickens.
  6. Add the semolina and fry well. Add 2-2.5 cups of boiling water to the pan and mix well.
  7. Garnish with cashewnuts,cilantro.Adding ghee ofcourse brings good taste.

Tip 1: Always use only boiling water when cooking vermicelli or the vermicelli will be one big mass.
Tip 2: Always use less than 1 : 1.5-1.75 ratio because Vermicelli needs less water to cook than rava(sooji).
Tip 3: you can add tomate paste or tamarind paste if the tomatoes arent tart enough.Best when served hot right from the stove.
Tip 4: You can use the same recipe for iddiyappam. Sorry guys I dont know the english name for both. If someone knows ,please add in the comments section.


Rava pongal

INGREDIENTS:

Rava - 1 cup
Moong dal (pasi paruppu) - 1/2 cup
Water- 2.5 cups
Milk - 1/2 cup substituitional if not you can add water instead of milk.
Cashew nuts - 10
Pepper corns -1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Green chillies-2 or 3 nos, sliced
Ginger - (minced)
Ghee - as needed
Oil - 1/4 cup or more if lumps are more
Curry leaves - a few

PROCEDURE:

1.Pressure cook the dal and make it watery so it is easy to cook.
2.Roast the rava in a tsp of ghee and set aside.
3.In the same pan, add the remaining ghee and oil and season with pepper corns and cumin seeds.
4.Then add the cashews, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and fry until cashews turn golden brown.
5.Add two and half cups of the water.
6.Add salt and let the mixture boil. Then add the roasted rava and stir in medium heat until the rava is well cooked and reaches a semi solid consistency.
8.Now add the cooked dal, mix and cover in low heat for 5 mins.
9.Add some ghee on the top and mix well.
Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar.

Kuzhi paniyaram

INGREDIENTS:

Sour idly batter

Season:

Onions-1/2 medium chopped fine
Red chillies-3
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Split urad dal-1/4 tsp
Channa dal-1/8 tsp
Asafoetida
Curry leaves

PROCEDURE:

1. Make sure the idly batter is sour.
2.In a small pan,fry onions,tadka and mix this with the idly batter.
3.Pour in kuzhi paniyaram pans.
4.Serve with coconut chutney or idly podi.

Vegetable Semiya Biriyani

INGREDIENTS:

Onions-1/2 medium sliced well
Carrots,peas,bell peppers
Tomato-1 medium cut roughly
Ginger garlic paste-1/2 tbsp
True or Bambino brand Vermicilli-2 cups
Green chillies- 2 split
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder, Chilli powder, Coriander powder, Saunf or Fenugreek powder, Garam masala Powder
Frozen Mixed Vegetables-1/4 packet
Water-4 cups

PROCEDURE:
1.In a pan with little oil, saute the vermicelli until the raw smell is gone and keep aside.
2.Now add oil, add cumin seeds,onions, green chillies, ginger & garlic, vegetables and mix well till cooked well. Now add all the masala powders and then pour water in 1:2 ratio and bring to a boil.
3. Add the vermicelli and cook covered until done.
4.Garnish with mint leaves and cilantro leaves.
5.Serve with chutney.

Chilli Paratha

INGREDIENTS:

Frozen Plain Paratha-4
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Red Onion- 1 medium sliced
Green chillies-3 slit.
Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
Curry leaves-Few
Green bell pepper-1/2 cubed
Cilantro-A handful chopped well
Soy Sauce-1 tsp
Ketchup or Tomato puree -4 tbsp
Hot Chilli Sauce(Sriracha Sauce) or red chilli flakes- As desired for spice level
Lemon juice- A splash

PROCEDURE:

1. Toast the parathas and cut them into small bite size pieces using a knife(I prefer Pizza cutter for ease and uniformity)
2.In a big wok or vessel, add oil, cumin seeds, curry leaves. Once it splutters, add the onions,ginger garlic paste, bell peppers, green chillies and saute well.
3. Add a splash of soy sauce, add ketchup, sriracha sauce and mix well till it comes to a boil.
4. Add the cut paratha pieces and mix well with cilantro, lemon juice.
5. Serve hot with Raitha.

You can add more cut garlic for extra taste.

Soft Yummy Rava Idlies


INGREDIENTS:
Rava-2 cups
Baking Soda-1/4 tsp
Buttermilk-1-2 cups

Tadka:
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Urad dal-1/4 tsp
Chana Dal-1/8 tsp
Green Chillies-2 chopped finely
Cashew Nuts-1/2 tsp
Ginger-A small bit
Salt-1/2 tsp

Garnish:
Carrot-4 baby ones,grated
Cilantro-Chopped
Peas-optional

PROCEDURE:

1.In a little bit of oil,season mustard seeds,urad dal, chana dal, cashewnuts, green chillies and ginger.
2.Now add rava and saute till raw smell is gone and switch off stove. Allow this mixture to cool.
3.Add Baking soda, salt& buttermilk to this mixture until it reaches the consistency of idly batter.
4.Grease idly plates with a little oil, put a little bit of carrot,peas and cilantro. Now pour batter over this and cook until done.
5.Serve with any kind of coconut chutney. Rava idlies are good at room temperature too.

Makes about 20 or more idlies in total depending on the idly plate size.

Idly Podi

INGREDIENTS:

Red chillies-2 cups
Urad dal-1 cup
Chana dal-1/2 cup
Asafoetida-Lots
Curry leaves
Pepper corns-optional

PROCEDURE:

1.In a very little oil,add red chillies,pepper corns (optional),fry the channa dal,then add urad dal till golden brown and salt (preferrably rock salt) and then add curry leaves and keep aside to cool down.
2.Grind dry in mixie.

Cauliflower Peas Kurma

INGREDIENTS:

Cloves,cinnamon sticks
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Green chillies- 4 sliced
Onions -1 medium sliced
Green peas
Cauliflower
Turmeric powder
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Chilli powder
Danya powder
Garma masala
Coconut flakes dessicated- 3 tbsp
Milk
Sour cream - 1 tbsp

PROCEDURE:

  1. In a pan add oil. Add cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  2. After it splatter add cumin seeds. The add sliced onions and saute. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till golden brown.
  3. Now add green peas,cauliflower and fry.Add all spices and salt.
  4. Now add milk and sour cream. Add coconut flakes. Keep stirring till it boils.
  5. After it boils well,add cilantro for garnishing.

Tip: Very good with paratha.

Tamil Nadu Style Vegetable Kurma





This is a very hotel style tamil recipe.
 
INGREDIENTS:
 
Coconut-3 tbsp
Gaza gaza- 1 tbsp
cumin seeds-1 tsp
Green chillies-5 or 6 according to your spice level
Onions-1 medium sliced
Tamarind paste or tomato- ur choice
Potatoes-1 big cut into chunks
cauilflower-1/2 a flower
peas-1/4 cup
Cloves,cinnamon- To taste
Turmeric powder,little bit chilli powder,danya powder- To taste
Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
Cilantro for seasoning
Saunf optional- 1 tsp

PROCEDURE
:
 
  1. Lightly fry coconut,gaza gaza and cumin and saunf and grind with 2 green chillies to a fine paste
  2. In a pan add oil,cloves and cinnamon. After it pops add onions and 2 slit green chillies and all the veggies and ginger garlic paste and saute.
  3. Then add all the spice powders and then the coconut paste.Let boil till it bubbles.
  4. Keep it for 3-4 whistles and its done.
  5. Garnish with cilantro
 
Tip 1: You can add cashews and pottu kadalai for nice texture.
Tip 2: You can also add butter beans. I love it.

More Kolambu-Tamil Nadu Style


INGREDIENTS:

Soak:

1.Cumin seeds-1 tbsp
2.Toor dhal-1 tbsp
3.Channa dal- 1 tbsp
4.Ginger-a chunk
Other:
1.Buttermilk
2.Grated Coconut flakes
3.Red chillies-1 or 2
4.Coconut oil
5.Mustard seeds
6.Vegetable of your choice-Okra,white pumpkin,lauki or pakodas
7.Curry leaves and cilantro leaves
8.Turmeric powder,coriander seeds powder,chilli powder
9.Asafoetida
10.Onions-Thinly sliced is optional(hotels use them but traditionally not)
11.Green chillies-4 or 5

PROCEDURE:

1.Grind coconut flakes and green chillies and the soaked ingredients to a smooth paste
2.In a pan with oil(I mix normal oil with coconut oil),add red chillies, mustard seeds,curry leaves,onions(optional),asafoetida,vegetables and fry well.
3.Once done,add the ground coconut-chilly paste we ground before.
4.Let it come to a boil. Add buttermilk and allow to boil a little bit. Do NOT overcook the kolambu,then the coconut taste is gone. All you need to check for is the ends of the pot/pan,the kolambu should come to a boil and bubbles should move to the center. Switch off immediately.
5.Pour coconut oil after cooking for extra flavor and garnish with very little cilantro leaves.

Note:I am not able to exactly give measurement of buttermilk and coconut since I always eyeball.Its equal parts.

Easy Kadappa Recipe


This is a famous Thanjavur dish and they serve it in any celebrations or weddings and reminds me of home. Here is a very simple recipe that you will surely enjoy.

INGREDIENTS:

Moong dal-1 cup
Potatoes-1 or 2 big
Baby Carrot- 3 nos cut into small pieces
Green Chillies- 2 or 3 according to spice level
Onion-1 small, diced
Tomato-1 small, cubed
Bay leaf-1 nos
Cloves-5 nos
Ginger-1/4 inch grated or smashed
Garlic-7 nos diced

Saunf/Fennel seeds powder-1 tsp
Cinnamon-1 small stick
Coconut-1/4 cup
Cilantro-For garnish


PROCEDURE:


1.In a small pan, add oil, all spices, onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies,tomatoes and saute till done.
2.In a pressure cooker, add the moong dal after washing it well, 2.5 cups of water,coconut & the cooked vegetables from the pan and keep for 3 or 4 whistles.
3.Open cooker and see if the curry is too thick, add water and dilute. Let boil. Add cilantro for garnish.
4.Serve with Idiyappam,Appam,Idlies,Dosas or even chapathis.

Note:

If you wish, you can substitute coconut milk instead of grated coconut to thin the gravy out. Make sure you do not add too much coconut milk, then it may taste like Sodhi.

Thakkali Kurma(Tomato Kurma)

This dish literally takes not more than 15 minutes to make and you can eat with idlies/dosas/chapathis.

INGREDIENTS:

Tomatoes-4 nos
Onions-1 small sliced
Turmeric powder-1/8 tsp
Sambar Powder-1 tbsp
Garam masala-1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp or more as per your taste
Curry leaves &  Cilantro-For garnish
Cumin seeds

To grind into a paste:
1.Coconut-1 tbsp
2.Sombu/Saunf/Fennel seeds-1/2 tbsp

PROCEDURE:
  1. In a pan, add oil,cumin seeds,onions,curry leaves,ginger garlic paste and saute till well done.Now add the tomatoes, masala powders and some water and allow to boil well and make sure the tomatoes are cooked well.
  2. After the onion/tomato mixture has cooked well, add the ground paste and allow to come to a boil.
  3. Turn off the stove and add cilantro.
  4. Serve hot with idlies/dosas/chapathis. Yummo!

Paruppu urandai Kolambu

INGREDIENTS for KOLAMBU:

Onion-1 small, finely chopped
Tomatoes-4 small,peel skin by boiling in hot water and grind to a smooth paste
Garlic pods- 4 or 5 roughly chopped
Tamarind pulp- size of a golf ball,soaked in hot water and take the extract.
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder-2 tbsp
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Curry leaves-A few
Sesame oil-1/8 cup
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Asafoetida-2 puffs

INGREDIENTS for PARUPPU URANDAI(LENTIL BALLS):

Toor dal-1/2 cup
Channa dal-1/2 cup
Saunf(Fennel seeds)-1.5 to 2 tbsp
Onion-1/2 small,finely chopped
Red chillies-4

PROCEDURE for PARUPPU URANDAI(LENTIL BALLS):

  1. Soak toor dal and channa dal for 1 -2 hours.
  2. Remove water and grind toor dal,saunf,channa dal and red chillies to a fine paste.
  3. In a pan with a drop of oil,saute onions till golden brown.
  4. Now add the ground dal paste and fry till raw smell.
  5. Let cool and make balls from the paste.


PROCEDURE for KOLAMBU:


  1. In a pan with sesame oil,add mustard seeds,curry leaves,asafoetida and let splutter. Now add the onions,garlic and saute till golden brown.
  2. Add the tomato paste that you have ground. Add all the spices.Mix well/
  3. Now add the tamarind pulp extract.Allow to boil till the mixture reduces to half and oil separates.
  4. Reduce the flame of the stove to minimum and add the paruppu urandai(Lenthil balls) and close the lid and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off stove.
  5. Serve hot with rice,idlies,dosas.
You can replace the lentil balls with pearl onions or baby brinjals or fish.

Mirchi Ka Salan

INGREDIENTS:

Green Capsicum/ Puebleno peppers-2 nos, cut into slivers
Onions- 1 small, chopped
Tomatoes- 1 small, chopped
Ginger garlic paste -1 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Masala Powder Ingredients:

1.Red Chillies-3
2.Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp
3.Cumin seeds-1 tsp
4.Fennel seeds-1 tsp
5.Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
6.Cloves-2 nos
7.Coconut powder- 1/2 cup
8.Roasted unsalted peanuts-1/2 cup
9.Sesame seeds- 1.5 tbsp
10.Tamarind paste- 1 tbsp
11.Jaggery-1 tbsp

PROCEDURE:

1.Dry Roast masala ingredients 1 through 9 and grind to fine powder.
2.In some oil, fry the capsicum till the skin is cooked and soft.
3.Now grind the peanuts with tamarind and keep aside.
4.In a pot, pour some oil and add the chopped onions and ginger garlic paste till golden brown.
5.Now add the masala ingredients, turmeric powder,salt and mix well.Add the roasted capsicum or peppers.
6.Add the ground peanut mixture and jaggery and pour water till you get a gravy consistency.
7.Allow to boil till thick.
8.Garnish with Cilantro.
9. Serve hot with chapathis,parathas,dosas and any kind of biriyani.

Vegetable Pulao

INGREDIENTS:
Cloves,Cinnamon stick,bay leaf- for flavor
Onions-1/2 medium sliced
green chillies-2 to 3 sliced
ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp to as much desired
Carrot peas(frozen)-1/4 cup
capsicum optional
Mint leaves,Coriander leaves- chopped to garnish
Cashews,raisins(optional)
Rice-1.5 cups
PROCEDURE:

  1. In a pan with little oil,add cloves,cinnamon sticks,bay leaf
  2. Once they pop,add sliced onions,green chillies and ginger garlic paste
  3. Add frozen carrot,peas(or just peas) and saute well
  4. Add some cumin powder and garam masala powder.
  5. Add the washed rice and fry till dry.
  6. Add 1: 2 ratio water with 1/2 a cup extra for the veggies
  7. Once cooked add cashews,raisins sauteed in ghee and add chopped cilantro and mint leaves

Tip:
You can add little milk for flavor. If you add too much it will come out of the cooker and you will end up cleaning.

Bisi bela Baath


The interesting story to this recipe is that I never liked Bisibellahbaath when I was in India until I had it here. Although I wouldnt want to eat it regularly,I absolutely had times when I craved for it a lot. Then I got a variety of recipes from friends and online and finally tried it at home as a combination and thankfully I loved it and it was all done.Stories apart here is the recipe I tried:

INGREDIENTS:

Dry Roast and Grind:

Pepper corns-1 tsp
Red chillies-4 or 5 or desired
Coriander seeds- A palmful
Channa dal- 1 tsp
Methi seeds- 1/4 tsp
Gaza gaza-1/4 tsp
Elaichi,Cloves-2 ,max 3
Cinnamon stick
Jeera-1 tsp
Asafoetida- Few puffs
Flaked Coconut-1 1/2 tbsp- add coconut in the last minute and make sure not to over roast them

Cooker:

Toor dal-3/4 cup
Rice-1 cup
Tomato -1 big
Vegetables of your desire

Saute Ingredients:
Green chillies-1 sliced optional
Onions-1/2 sliced thin,pearl onions are a good option too
Curry Leaves
Jaggery-1 tsp for extra taste.
Tamarind paste-1 tbsp or more according to the tartness you like.
PROCEDURE:
 
  1. Boil the Toor dal with rice and vegetables and the saute ingredients in a pressure cooker.Add a little bit more water to allow the vegetables to cook.
  2. Once the cooker is done. Take a separate kadai, add ghee/oil with cashew nuts and then add the pressure cooker contents,some jaggery and the dry powder that is being roasted and ground and mix well. Add tamarind paste to the mixture.(I personally liked this because I am not adding tamarind water and making the rice too mushy).
  3. Garnish with a lot of cilantro. Eat HOT!!

Ven Pongal(savory)




INGREDIENTS:

Moong dal-1/2 cup
Long grain rice or Ponni rice-1 cup
Cumin seeds-1 tbsp
Green chillies-2 chopped
Ginger-Grated or finely chopped (a small piece)
Pepper corns-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida-Few puffs
Curry leaves-Few to garnish
Cashew nuts-Fried in ghee for garnish(optional)

PROCEDURE:

1.Pressure cook Moongdal with rice in 3 cups of water.
2.Saute cumin seeds, pepper corns, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves with asafoetida and add cashews in ghee with a little oil till golden brown.
3.Mix with the cooked rice and dal and add milk to loosen the stiffness.

Sweet Pongal



INGREDIENTS:

Jaggery-A handful
Moong dal-1/2 cup
Long grain rice or Ponni rice-1 cup
Elaichi/Cardamom-5-6 pods crushed
Coconut Milk powder-2 tbsp
Almond flakes, Cashew nuts, Raisins- According to taste
Saffron strands- A pinch
Milk- A few splashes

PROCEDURE:

1.Melt jaggery in water.
2.Pressure cook Moong dal with rice with 3 cups of water
3. Once the jaggery syrup turns into a string. Add the rice with moong dal and mix well. Add coconut milk powder and milk to make it to a thick consistency.
4. Saute all nuts and raisins in ghee and mix with above.
5.Garnish with a few strands of Saffron.

Carrot Rice


I experimented with this rice since I was out of groceries and to my surprise,it came out quite well.It literally takes 5 minutes to make.

INGREDIENTS:

Rice-1.5 cups cooked
Carrots- A handful,grated
Onion-1 small sliced thin
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Ginger- A small piece grated along with the carrots
Green chillies-2 or 3 sliced
Pepper powder-1 tsp
Curry leaves-A few
Cashew nuts- Few for garnish
Cilantro-For garnish

PROCEDURE:

1.In a pan with some oil, add cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chillies,cashew nuts and onions and saute well till golden brown.
2.Add the grated carrots and ginger and saute till raw smell goes away. Add pepper powder and salt and add the cooked rice and mix well and fry for a minute or two.
3.Switch off the stove and garnish with cilantro.

Optional: You can try peanuts instead of cashewnuts. You can also add green peas if you need some color. Turmeric Powder is not needed since the carrots give a nice color to the rice.

Ghee rice

A simple and very elegant rice dish that goes well with Kurma,Sodhi,Kadappa,Channa or Rajma.

INGREDIENTS:

Basmati rice-1 cup
Coconut milk-Canned-1 cup
Water-1.5 cups
Onion-1 small, sliced thin
Green chillies(Serreno peppers)-2 slit
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste-1 tbsp
Mint leaves-optional.
Cilantro-For garnish.
Raisins and cashewnuts- For garnish,optional.
Ghee-Ofcourse ,since this is called ghee rice-2 tbsp.
Cloves-4 nos
Bay leaf-1 no
Cinnamon stick-1 small

PROCEDURE:

  1. In a pan,add oil with ghee, add cloves,bay leaf,cinnamon stick,cumin seeds,ginger-garlic paste and let splatter.
  2. Add onions,green chillies and saute the rice along with this mixture.
  3. Add some salt and extra garam masala(if you like more spice flavors).
  4. Move this mixture to a rice cooker and add the coconut milk and water. I add some saffron for extra fragrance.
  5. After rice is cooked well,add mint leaves and cilantro leaves for garnish.
  6. Saute some cashews,raisins(optional,if you like some sweetness,generally we dont use it at home) in ghee and add to the rice and mix well.
  7. Serve hot with the curries mentioned above.
Note: Some people add peas but to me this changes the dish and makes it look like pulao.So I like to leave some dishes original and simple.





Mutter Paneer Biriyani

INGREDIENTS for PANEER MARINADE:

Paneer-1 whole box,cut into small cubes
Yogurt-2 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilli powder-1 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste-1 tbsp
Coriander seed powder-1/2 tbsp
Cumin seed powder-1 tsp
Saunf(Fennel seed) powder-1 tsp
Garam Masala-1 tsp

Mix all the above ingredients and soak for 1/2-1 hour.

INGREDIENTS FOR BIRIYANI:

Basmati Rice-3 cups
Onions-1 big,sliced thin
Tomato puree-1 tbsp
Dried Fenugreek powder-1 tbsp
Yogurt/Sour cream-2 tbsp
Red chilli powder-1 tbsp
Green chillies-3 slit
Turmeric Powder-1 tsp
Coriander seed powder-1 tbsp
Fennel seed powder-1 tsp
Cumin seed powder-1 tsp
Frozen peas-1 cup
Ginger Garlic paste-1.5 tbsp
Biriyani powder(you can substitute by using cloves,bay leaf,cinnamon stick,cardamom pods,aniseed)
Cilantro-1/2 a bunch for garnish
Saffron strands-A pinch for flavor.
Ghee-2 tbsp
Water-6.5 cups

PROCEDURE:

  1. In a pan of oil,add the paneer and fry till the masala is brown. Remove and keep aside.
  2. In the same pan,add the onions and caramelize them. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Now add some ghee,add the frozen peas,ginger garlic paste,tomato puree and mix well. Now add the yogurt,dried fenugreek leaf powder,all the spices and allow to come to a boil.
  4. Add the rice and mix well and saute till the gravy mixes well with the rice.
  5. Add the caramelized onions and mix well.
  6. Cook in rice cooker.Pour water.
  7. After the rice is cooked. Mix with the paneer and cilantro.

Adai

INGREDIENTS:

Grind to paste:
Toor dal-1/2 cup
Channa dal-1/2 cup
Urad dal- a little less than 1/2 cup
Rice- 1 cup
Red chillies-6-8
Fennel Seeds-1 tbsp
Green chillies- 1 or 2 depending on size and spice

Season:
Onion-1 small or 1/2 medium-chopped
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Asafoetida-few puffs
Curry leaves-chopped

Garnish:
Mint leaves,Cilantro-chopped fine

PROCEDURE:

1. Soak all the grinding ingredients for about 2 hrs and grind fine.
2.After grinding to a paste,season and mix well and garnish with fresh cilantro and mint leaves .
3.Once the dosa pan is hot,pour and cook on both sides.
4.Serve with sugar,pickle,idly podi or coconut chutney.You can also add a dollop of butter for extra taste.

Optional:
1.You can add equal proportion of moong dal if you prefer your adai to be smoothe. I dont use it though.

Tomato Pickle


INGREDIENTS:

Tomatoes-6 big cubed
Red chillies-8-10 or as needed
Danya seeds-A handful
Methi seeds-1/2 tsp
Tamarind paste-1 gooseberry size ball
Mustard seeds-2 tsp
Curry leaves- A bunch
Asafoetida- A few puffs
Garlic-5,6 pods cut into slices
Sesame oil

PROCEDURE:

  1. In a heavy,deep pan with little sesame oil, add the cubed tomatoes. Let it boil and become mushy.Usually takes about 20-30 minutes. Do not add water.Switch off stove and let cool.
  2. In another small pan, dry roast the red chillies,methi seeds, danya seeds and grind to a fine powder
  3. In the same small pan, add a little oil and sliced garlic and saute till golden brown.
  4. Now add very little water(if needed),tamarind paste and grind the tomatoes to a fine paste.
  5. Add more sesame oil, garlic and the spice powder and tomato paste. Add salt.
  6. Allow to reduce until oil separates. Now season with mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Serve with Idly, Dosa, Chapathis or rice.
OPTION:

  1. Use the same recipe for green tomatoes.
  2. Add a little jaggery if you wish.

Puli kachal recipe

INGREDIENTS:

Tamarind Pulp- Qty equal to a golf ball, soaked in hot water and juice extracted

Temper:

Sesame Oil-1/8 cup
Asafoetida- 1 puff
Curry leaves- A handful
Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
Urad dal-1tsp
Peanuts-2 tbsp
Red chillies-4 or more according to spice level

Grind to Powder:

Coriander seeds- 2 tbsp appr( A palm full)
Pepper corns-1/2 tsp
Red chillies-5 or more depending on your spice level
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-Few(optional)

PROCEDURE:


1. Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice.
2.In a pan with no or little oil, add ingredients under Grind to powder and saute till the raw smell goes.Make sure you dont burn them. Cool and grind to fine powder.
3.Now in a deep pot,add the sesame oil, add the ingredients under Temper section and after they splatter add the tamarind extract.
4.Allow the mixture to come to a boil and become thick.
5.At this stage add the ground powder and allow to boil till thick and done.
6.Allow to cool.
7.Mix with rice and eat or serve with hot idlies/dosas.





Nivi's Marinara Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

Penne/Rotini Pasta-1/2 pack
Garlic-1 or 2 cloves, smashed or minced finely
Basil leaves-Few or you can use dry basil leaves powder too
Italian Seasoning Powder-1/4 tsp
Marinara Sauce-2 cups
Olive oil or butter-1/4/tsp
Red chilli flakes- As per your taste
Shredded mexican cheese-1/4 cup
Vegetables of your choice- sliced.

PROCEDURE:

1.Boil pasta with olive oil and salt until done and drain. Save a little of the cooked pasta water for later.
2. In another pan, add olive oil or butter, garlic,vegetables of your choice and saute.
3.Now add the boiled pasta and cheese and the powders and mix well with the marinara sauce. 4.Add little of the pasta water if the sauce is too thick.
5. Serve hot in a bowl.


Corn Bread Casserole

INGREDIENTS:

Whole Kernel Corn(drained of juice)-1 can
Creamed corn(undrained)-1 can
Butter(soft or melted)-1 stick
Egg-1
Shredded Cheese-1 cup
Sour cream-1 cup
Jiffy corn bread mix-1 bix

PROCEDURE:

1,Mix all ingredients in a large bowl
2.Place mixture in a greased dish and cook for 60 minutes at 350 degree Fahrenheit.
3.Serve with any kind of chili.

Saag Mushroom


INGREDIENTS:

Baby Spinach-1 bundle or 1 box
Onion-1/2 of a medium ,grated
Serrano Chilli-1 or 2
Ginger-1/2 inch
Garlic-2-4 pods
Button Mushroom-6 to 8 nos cut
Tomato puree-1 tbsp
Half and Half or whipping cream-3 tbsp optional
Sour cream-1 tbsp
Honey-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder, Chilli powder, Garam Masala,Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds-2 tsp
PROCEDURE:
1.In a chopper, grate onion,green chillies, ginger and garlic.Meanwhile boil spinach and grind coarsely.
2.In a pan, add oil of your choice,cumin seeds and let splatter. Now add the grated mixture and then add mushrooms. Let it fry until done. Now add tomato puree,honey, all the spice powders, salt and mix well with sour cream and optional cream or half and half.
3. Add the spinach puree and let boil until the water evaporates.
4.Serve hot with chapathis or naan.

Options:
You can substitute Mushrooms with Boiled Potatoes for Saag Aloo or tofu for Saag Tofu or Chicken for Saag Chicken or even chickpeas for Saag Channa.

Kadhi Pakori Recipe


The first time I've had this in my life is at my dear friend's place here in Denver and I absolutely love it ever since. I was craving for the taste for a long time and finally decided to stop thinking about it too hard and just make it.

The taste resembles more kolambu but not quite.

Here goes the recipe.

KADHI

INGREDIENTS:

Yogurt-2 cups
Sour cream-1/2 cup
Buttermilk-1 cup
Besan/Chickpea Flour-1 cup
Red chilli powder-1 tbsp
Danya Powder-1 tbsp
Asafoetida powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-As needed
Turmeric Powder-1 tbsp or until the mixture turns yellow

TAMPERING:

Mustard seeds
Cumin seeds
Ginger-1/4 inch grated finely
Green chillies-1 finely chopped
Cilantro- For garnishing
Curry leaves-For garnishing

PROCEDURE:
1.Mix all the ingredients well to not form any lumps into a smooth paste until it reaches a buttermilk consistency.
2.Switch on the stove, tamper with the ingredients above and pour the kadhi mixture and stir now and then until its thick and no lumps are formed. Switch off stove.

PAKORI:

INGREDIENTS:

Besan Flour-2 cups
Onion-1/2 small finely chopped
Red chilli powder-1 tbsp
Danya Powder-1 tsp
Salt-As needed

PROCEDURE:

1.Mix into a very thick batter and pour into a pot of hot oil and fry till done.
2.Add in kadhi mixture and let it soak.
3.Eat hot with rice or rotis. Enjoy and lick away!!

Kadai Vegetables

INGREDIENTS:

Baby Carrots-5 nos cut into small pieces
Green bell pepper-1 small,cubed into small pieces
Mushroom-1/2 cup,cubed into small pieces
Cauliflower-1/2 cup
Green beans- 1/2 cup,cut into small pieces
Frozen green peas-1/4 cup
Onion- 1/2 big, grated in a chopper
Onion-1 small,chopped roughly
Green chillies-3 or 4 depending on the spice
Tomato paste-1 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
Sour cream-3 tbsp
Kasoori Methi-1 tsp
Turmeric powder,cumin seeds powder,chilli powder,fennel seeds powder,dry coriander seeds powder,Garam masala-According to taste

PROCEDURE:
  1. Boil all the vegetables in water separately except green bell pepper and mushrooms.
  2. Soak 1/2 the onion in the hot water to remove the strong raw smell.
  3. Remove the onion from the hot water and chop into fine paste with green chillies in a chopper.
  4. In a separate pan,add oil,add the onions,green peppers and mushroom and allow to cook.
  5. Now add the onion/green chilli paste and allow to cook well.
  6. Add the tomato paste.
  7. Add some sour cream and all masala powders and kasoori methi and mix well.
  8. Now add the boiled vegetables and add some left over hot water.
  9. Allow the water to evaporate and become a dry sabzi.Turn off stove.
  10. Garnish with cilantro.Serve hot with chapathis/naan/rice.


Panneer Smothered Burritos


INGREDIENTS:

Ready made Tortillas-6 nos uncooked or cooked
Green bell peppers-1/2
Panneer- cubed into very small pieces
Taco seasoning Mix
Onions-1/2 medium
Cilantro-For garnish
Salsa-1/2 a bottle
Enchilada Sauce-Green or Red of your choice
Lemon Juice-A splash for taste
Grated Cheese- For Garnish
Sour cream/Guacamole for side.

PROCEDURE:
  1. Make the ready made tortillas.
  2. In a pan, Add some oil, onions, green bell peppers and saute till done.
  3. Add some Salt and Taco seasoning mix
  4. Now add the panneer and saute till cooked.Garnish with cilantro and a splash of lemon juice.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  6. Take a baking pan and grease it with baking spray.
  7. Now pack the tortillas with the cooked mixture
  8. Cover with enchilada sauce.
  9. Garnish with cheese.
  10. Now bake in oven for 5 mins or until the cheese on top melts.
  11. Serve hot with some Sour cream.

Pepper Mushroom


For people who love mushrooms in anyway,here is one you will really enjoy if made right.

INGREDIENTS:

Onion- 1 Medium or big sliced..
Mushroom- 1 box bought in King Soopers
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Garlic- 2 cloves minced fine(people who dont like it,can skip)
Curry leaves adds good taste- 1 bunch
Turmeric powder, Chilli powder, Danya powder, Garam Masala,Pepper powder, Salt
Cilantro to garnish

PROCEDURE:

1. In a pan,heat oil and add sliced onions and minced garlic till golden brown and curry leaves.Add ginger garlic paste.
2.Add Sliced mushrooms along with onions and add turmeric powder, danya powder, chilli powder and fry well. Do not add salt till end to avoid mushrooms giving out water too much.
3. After sauteeing for a 10-15 mins and the mushrooms looks well done, add pepper powder,garam masala powder,salt and sautee for 5 more minutes.
4.Add cilantro for garnish and switch off. Simple but yumm.

Mughalai Potatoes

INGREDIENTS:

Baby potatoes- 1 packet
Onions-1.5 big onions,sliced thinly
Green chillies- 3-4 slit
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Yogurt- Enough to make a light gravy
Turmeric powder,danya powder,cumin powder, chilli powder and garam masala for taste
Cilantro for garnish

PROCEDURE:

1. Boil the potatoes lightly for one whistle in pressure cooker
2. Peel the skin and deep fry them and set aside
3. In a pan with oil,add the sliced onions,green chillies,ginger garlic paste and saute well.
4. Once done add the curry powders and mix the fried potatoes.
5. Switch off the stove and add yogurt and mix well for the consistency of gravy you would like.
6. Garnish with cilantro. You can also fry cashewnuts if you want.

Serve hot with chapathis, parathas or rice.


Dum Aloo


INGREDIENTS:

Baby Potatoes- 1 bag
Onion-1 large
Tomato-2large
Tomato Puree- 2 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Yogurt-1 cup
Green chilli-1
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Honey- 1 tsp
Kasoori Methi- 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder, Coriander seeds powder, Red chilli powder, Saunf powder, Garam masala- To taste.


PROCEDURE:
  1. Wash the baby potatoes. Make some slits with a knife.
  2. Pressure cook baby potatoes for one whistle. Peel potatoes and fry them until done.
  3. Blanch onions and tomatoes in hot water. Allow to cool and grind to a smooth paste with some chopped green chillies.
  4. In a separate pan, add oil and a pinch of chilli powder and salt and shallow fry the potatoes.
  5. Then add cumin seeds, the ground onion, green chillies, ginger garlic paste until raw smell is gone.
  6. Now add tomato puree to this mixture. Mix well.
  7. Add all the spices and kasoori methi.Now add the yogurt and mix well.
  8. Add the potatoes and toss with the masala.
  9. Garnish with cilantro and half and half and servehot with naan, chapathis, rotis or some rice.
OPTIONS:
  1. You can add some sour cream instead of yogurt. If adding yogurt, creamy yogurt is better.

Potato Radish Fry


INGREDIENTS:

Baby Red Radish-10 sliced thin
Baby potatoes-6
Onion-1 medium chopped
Curry leaves
Cumin seeds,Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp each
Asafoetida powder-few puffs
Turmeric powder,Coriander seeds powder,Chilli powder
Cilantro-For garnish

PROCEDURE:

1,Pressure cook baby potatoes for one whistle and peel.
2,In a pan, season cumin seeds, mustard seeds,asafoetida,curry leaves.
3,Add onions and radish and saute well.
4,Add salt,all the masala powders and then add potatoes.
5,Do not add water ever.
6,Fry till crisp and garnish with cilantro.

Baby Eggplant/Drumstick masala

INGREDIENTS:

Baby Eggplant-6 nos,slit into four
Onion-1 small chopped
Tomato-1 small chopped
Garlic-2 pods chopped
Coconut-A handful
Saunf-1 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Urad dal split-1 tsp
Chilli powder,Turmeric Powder,Danya powder- To taste
Curry Leaves,Cilantro-For garnish

PROCEDURE:
  1. In a pan ,add oil, mustard seeds,urad dal and curry leaves and let splutter.
  2. Add the chopped onions,tomato and garlic and allow to cook.
  3. Add the baby eggplant and keep frying until well done by closing lid.
  4. Add the masala.
  5. Grind coconut with saunf to a smooth paste.
  6. After the baby eggplant is well cooked, Add the coconut-saunf mixture.
  7. Once the masala is cooked,turn off stove and add cilantro for garnish.
  8. Serve with rice or chapathis.
Note:
You can substitute eggplant for drumstick. You will have to cook drum stick separately in water.

Yellow Pumpkin Poriyal


INGREDIENTS:

Yellow Pumpkin-1 slice,peeled of skin and chopped into bite size cubes
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Urad dal-1 tsp
Curry leaves-Few
Red chillies-4 or 5
Turmeric powder-1 pinch
Asafoetida-2 puffs
Salt
Shredded coconut-1 tbsp

PROCEDURE:
  1. In a pan with a little bit of oil,add red chillies,mustard seeds,urad dal,asafoetida,curry leaves and let splutter.
  2. Now add the cut pumpkin,add salt and turmeric powder and sprinkle little bit of water.Cover with lid and allow to cook until soft.
  3. Add shredded coconut.
  4. Serve with rice or chapathis.


Green Peas Masala

INGREDIENTS:

Frozen Green Peas-1 small packet
Onion-1 medium,chopped finely
Tomatoes-2 small chopped finely
Garlic-1 nos,chopped finely(optional)
Coconut-2 tbsp
Green chillies-3 slit
Cumin seeds and curry leaves for tempering.
Red chilli powder,Coriander powder,turmeric powder,Garam masala

PROCEDURE:
  1. In a pan with little oil,temper cumin seeds,curry leaves.
  2. Add the onions,garlic and sautee till golden. Add tomatoes and cook till done.
  3. Now add the green peas and all the masala powders and pour little water to allow the peas to cook well.
  4. Add cilantro,coconut powder and turn off stove after the peas are well cooked.
  5. Serve with chapathis,dosas or even rice as a side dish.

Aviyal

This is a very famous Kerala dish but made in Tamil Nadu as well quite often.

INGREDIENTS:
  1. Carrots-1 big,cubed
  2. Plantain-1 big,peeled and cubed
  3. Drum stick-1 cubed
  4. Cauliflower-Some pieces
  5. Green beans-3 cubed
  6. Butter beans or Soy beans- A handful
  7. Cayote squash-1 small,cubed
  8. Pumpkin-A few pieces,cubed
  9. Yam or Potatoes-1 small, cubed
  10. Raw Mango(if available)-1 side,cut into smaller pieces.
  11. Coconut oil
  12. Red chilli powder,Coriander seeds powder,Turmeric powder-1 tsp each
GRIND TO PASTE:
  1. Coconut powder-1/2 cup
  2. Yogurt or sour cream- 1 cup
  3. Green chillies-3 serrano 
  4. Cumin seeds-1 tsp

PROCEDURE:
  1. In a pot filled with water,add some turmeric powder and all the vegetables and allow to cook till tender but not mushy.Drain and keep aside.
  2. In a bigger pan,add coconut oil,add the vegetables,salt and masala powders and mix. 
  3. Now add the ground paste.
  4. Add the yogurt, mix once and switch off stove. Garnish with cilantro.
  5. Serve with chapathis,rice,dosas,anything you like.
Note: You dont have to necessarily add all the vegetables.A few from the list is good enough.Raw mango gives a good twist for sure.

Cabbage Masala

This style of cabbage is only done by grandma and I have not tried this style of cabbage at anyone else's home so far and I should say I am really proud of sharing this post. This recipe is almost similar to how we make mutton kheema back at home except that its the vegetarian version but has tonnes of flavor in it and its not the usual sad cabbage poriyal or kootu type.I made a big pan of cabbage yesterday and V finished it all within a couple of hours mostly by himself.It was a big hit at home.

INGREDIENTS:

Cabbage-1 small, chopped
Onion-1 small, chopped finely
Tomato-1 small, chopped finely
Ginger Garlic paste-1 tbsp(I use fresh for more flavor)
Green chilli-1, slit vertically or you can grind it with the ginger garlic paste.
Red chilli powder-1 tbsp or more per your spice level
Coriander seed powder-1 tsp
Garam Masala-1 tsp or more per your desire
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Saunf seeds-1 tbsp
Curry leaves-5 or 6

PROCEDURE:
  1. In a pan with oil, (You will need to use a little more oil than usual for more taste and flavor)add the saunf seeds,curry leaves.
  2. After they splutter, add the onion,ginger-garlic and green chillies and saute till golden brown.Now add the tomatoes.You can add a tsp of tomato puree if you want for extra tartness.
  3. Now add the spice powders and mix well.
  4. Add the cabbage and saute till well mixed.
  5. Add adequate water to allow the cabbage cook well.
  6. Allow the water to completely evaporate and keep stirring now and then to ensure that you dont burn the cabbage.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and turn off stove.
  8. Serve with hot chapathis(yum) or rice.
You can try the same recipe with Brussel Sprouts too. It came out pretty decent.



Wheat or Godumai Dosa

INGREDIENTS:
Wheat-1 cup
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Yogurt-1 cup
Salt

PROCEDURE:
1. Mix Wheat flour with rice flour and yogurt and water until it reaches a normal dosa batter consistency and pour on dosa pan.
2.Serve hot with onion chutney or tomato chutney.

Berry Trifle

INGREDIENTS:

Strawberries-cut into small chunks-1 pack
Blueberries-1 pack
Blackberries-optional
Oranges-peeled-optional
Pound cake-1 packet ready-made
Whipped cream-Fat free 1 box in frozen section
Vanilla pudding or white chocolate pudding mix-1 pack
Orange juice-2 or 3 tbsp

PROCEDURE:

1.Make the vanilla or white chocolate pudding as per instructions in the box.
2.Fold the pudding with the whipped cream in a separate bowl.
3.Cut the pound cake into small cubes.
4.Take a big trifle bowl(if you have one) or take small individual plastic transparent cups and arrange pound cake cubes,fruits,drizzle the orange juice and the pudding-whipped cream mix in layers. The last layer should be fruits.
5.Cover tight with a food wrap and refrigerate for at least a night and serve cold.

Optional:
1.You can use any flavor of pudding mix you want.
2.You can change the white pound cake to chocolate brownies or chocolate cake.
3.You can add nuts or oats.
4.You can use any flavored jello instead of pudding.
5.I do not prefer apples and bananas as they tend to brown after a while.

Semiya(Vermicelli noodles) Payasam/Kheer

INGREDIENTS:
Vermicelli-1 cup
Milk-1/2 a gallon(Whole milk is better)
Condensed Milk-1/2 can
Sugar-1-1.5 cups depending on the sweetness you want

GARNISH:
Crushed/Ground Cardamom powder-1 tsp
Cashewnuts,Almond Flakes- As per desire
Raisins-As per desire
Saffron-A pinch

PROCEDURE:

1.In a pot,add some ghee and fry the vermicelli till the raw smell is gone and keep aside.
2.Add the milk,condensed milk and bring to a boil. Now add the vermicelli and keep stirring till it reduces to half.
3.Switch off and add saffron.
4.Garnish with nuts,raisins and cardamom powder fried in ghee and add to the kheer.
5.Serve hot or cold.

Croissant or bread Halwa(Pudding)

INGREDIENTS:

Stale Croissants or Bread without the crust-cut into small pieces.
Milk-Enough to soak the bread in the pan.
Cashew nuts, pistachio-nuts, almonds- A handful together
Elaichi-2
Sugar-1/2 cup or as desired to taste.
Ghee-1tbsp or as desired.
Cashew nuts-As desired.
Raisins-5 or 6.
Saffron- A pinch.

PROCEDURE:
  1. In a blender/mixie,dry grind cashewnuts,almonds.elaichi/cardamom and pistachionuts into a fine powder.
  2. In a spoon of ghee,fry croissants and the ground mixture till golden brown.
  3. Add milk and stir till soft.
  4. Add sugar to your taste and mix.
  5. Garnish with cashewnuts and raisins fried in ghee.Add some saffron for flavor.
  6. Serve warm.
Tips:
You can also add crushed pineapple or banana with the pudding for a different flavor.

Easy Breezy Pudding Pie


INGREDIENTS:

Readymade Pillsbury Pie Crust-1
Instant Pudding mix-2 boxes(Vanilla or White Chocolate pudding)
Berries of your choice-Strawberries,Blueberries,raspberries
Powdered sugar/whip cream -For garnish(optional)

PROCEDURE:
1.Make the instant pudding mix as per instructions in the box.
2.Layer the pudding mix on the pie crust.
3.Refrigerate for 4 hrs or more.
4.Layer again with fruits of your choice.
5.Garnish with powdered sugar or whip cream before serving.Enjoy!

Coconut chutney-Tamil nadu style


INGREDIENTS:

Coconut flakes- 1.5 cups
Roasted chana dal( Pottu kadalai)- 0.75 cups
Green chillies-3-5
Coriander stems/leaves- to disguise the yukky brown color of dry coconut
Asafoetida- 3 puffs
tamarind paste

Ingredients for seasoning(thadka):

Mustard seeds-1 tsp
chana dal-1 tsp
split urad dal- 1 1/2 tsp
curry leaves- A bunch

PROCEDURE:
  1. Grind the ingredients into a smooth paste in a mixie or blender. Add the ingredients that have been tampered in oil and mix to the paste.
  2. Serve with hot idlies or dosas.
 

Tip: You can soak some almonds for sometime and grind along with the chutney for some extra texture and health.

You can also add a little bit of sesame oil after grinding for extra taste.

Peerkankai(Ridgegourd) Chutney


We had this chutney with rice in one of our neighbours house. It was amazing. I got the recipe from them. From then on,Vignesh absolutely hogs on this whenever I make it. Its excellent with dosas and hot rice with sesame oil.Pretty easy too.

INGREDIENTS:
 
Peerkankai/Ridge Gourd-Peeled
Garlic cloves-2 or 3
Red chillies- 5-6
Channa dal-1 tsp
Mint leaves- A handful
Tomato-1 medium optinal
Tamarind-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida

PROCEDURE:

1.In a pan of little oil,add the peerkankai peel,red chillies and saute well till it almost loses its rawness.
2.Add asafoetida,garlic cloves,channa dal,mint leaves, tomato and saute them too along with the peerkankai peels.Make sure that the peerkankai peel is completely done or the taste is not that good.
3.Once its done ,switch off the stove and add salt and tamarind paste to the pan and let it cool.
4. Use mixie and dry grind the above with little or no water as possible. There will not be a need to add water if you add tomatoes.The chutney should be thick/solid and not watery.Its more like a thovaiyal and is meant to be thick.
5.Garnish with a few curry leaves and pour little sesame oil on top and eat with either plain hot rice or dosas.

Red Capsicum Chutney

INGREDIENTS:

Red Capsicum-1
Tomato-1 big
Green chillies-2
Garlic- 4 pods
Tamarind paste- 1/4 tsp
Urad dal and Channa dal-equal proportion- Appr 1 tsp each
Salt-To taste

Temper:

Mustard seeds,split urad dal,channa dal,asafoetida,curry leaves in oil

PROCEDURE:

1.Fry Red capsicum,garlic,tomatoes,green chillies and dals in a pan with little oil.
2.Grind with tamarind,salt.
3.Add tempering to the ground mixture and serve with hot idlies/dosas.

Peanut Chutney

INGREDIENTS:

Peanuts-Unsalted Roasted, 1 cup
Red chillies-2 or more according to your spice level
Tamarind paste-1/2 tsp
Onion-1/4 of a medium or 2 cloves of Garlic
Salt-According to taste
Asafoetida-Few puffs
Curry leaves-For garnish

PROCEDURE:
1.Grind all ingredients in a mixie or blender until smoothe.Add curry leaves after washing for garnish. No need to add seasoning for this one.
2.Serve with idlies,dosas,pongal,upma,lemon rice or pulihora.

Eggplant Gojju/chutney

This is one of the dishes that everyone likes in our family.In particular, my Father-in-law is a big fan of this dish. Its really awesome with hot and soft idlies and also goes well with crispy dosas too. The jaggery gives a twist to this dish.

INGREDIENTS:

Baby eggplant-5 nos or Big Eggplant-1 no cubed
Onion-1 small,chopped fine
Tomato-2 small,chopped fine
Green chillies-3 slit
Garlic(optional)-1 pod,chopped fine or smashed well
Tamarind paste-1 blob
Jaggery-1 small bit
Sambar powder-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Asafoetida-1 puff
Curry leaves,Mustard seeds,split urad dal-For tempering
Cilantro-For garnish.

Procedure:

  1. In a pressure cooker,add some oil, fry onions,tomatoes,eggplant,green chillies and then add some water enough to immerse the entire mixture.
  2. Keep the whistle for 2-3 whistles depending on your pressure cooker.
  3. After the pressure has subsided. Open the cooker.Add the tamarind paste and some jaggery and let boil.
  4. Now in a separate pan,add oil,mustard seeds,urad dal,curry leaves,asafoetida.Add the turmeric powder,sambar powder and salt and mix it with the ingredients in the pressure cooker.Allow to come to a boil.This gojju/chutney is supposed to be a little thick. You can add water accordingly.Do not make it too watery.
  5. Serve hot with idlies or dosas.

Red Pearl Onion Chutney

This chutney is definitely worth a try. Its a bit of work to peel the pearl onions and saute the chutney till raw smell is gone but I can guarantee that you will not regret the effort taken.

INGREDIENTS:

Red Pearl Onions- 2 bags, peeled
Red Chillies-5 or 6. You can add more if you want more spicier
Jaggery or Brown Sugar-1 tsp
Tamarind paste-1 tsp
Salt-According to taste

Temper:

Mustard Seeds-1/2 tsp
Split Urad dal-1/2 tsp
Channa dal-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-3 or 4 leaves
Sesame Oil-2 tbsp
Asafoetida-1 puff


PROCEDURE:

1.In a mixie, finely grind to paste the raw pearl onions, red chillies and tamarind paste and salt.
2.In a pan with sesame oil, temper with mustard seeds,curry leaves,split urad dal,channa dal and asafoetida.
3.Now add the ground paste from step 1 and saute till the raw smell goes away.Now add salt and jaggery.
4.Turn off stove.
5.Serve with hot idlies and dosas and lick the plate clean.

Note: You will notice that the chutney will reduce half in quantity after stirring for a while. The water will evaporate.




Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes/Muffins


INGREDIENTS:

All Purpose Flour-2 cups
Instant Oats-1/2 cup
Baking Soda-1/2 tsp
Baking powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp
Sugar-1 cup
Bananas-4 ripe big
Semi-sweet Chocolate chip-3/4 cups or 1 cup(optional)
Oil-1/2 cup
Vanilla Essence-1/2 tsp

PROCEDURE:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take a 12 count muffin pan and place the cup-cake sheets.
2.Mash the bananas with hand and pour in the mixer bowl. Add sugar and Oil and beat till mixed.
3.Add the rest of the dry ingredients one by one and beat well until mixed.
4.Add the chocolate chips and mix with spatula.
5.Take a laddle and pour into each cup to about 3/4th.
6.Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

I got this recipe from http://www.egglesscooking.com/2010/08/09/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/#comments and changed it a little bit to my taste. I am glad it turned out way beyond my expectations.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread


I got this recipe from our friend,Meike and have been using this for the last 4 yrs almost.

INGREDIENTS:

Butter-1/2 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Eggs-2
Vanilla-1 tsp
Ripe bananas-3
Milk-1/4 cup
Flour-1 1/2 cups
Baking powder-1 1/2 tsp
Baking soda-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp
chocolate chips-1/2 cup

PROCEDURE:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.Grease loaf pan with baking spray.
2.Combine butter,sugar,eggs,vanilla essence in a large bowl.
3.In a separate bowl, mash bananas with milk.
4.Beat on low speed to blend into other ingredients.
5.Add baking powder,baking soda,salt,flour with the above mixture and beat till moist.
6.Use a spatula to stir in chocolate chips. Do not use blender for mixing chocolate chips.
7.Pour into the greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Wait for 10 minutes to cool and then remove from the loaf pan.

Easy Tres Leches Cake


INGREDIENTS:

Betty Crockers Yellow Cake mix- 1 box
Cool whip Fat free-1 box
Evaporated Milk- 1 can
Condensed Milk-1 can
Whole Milk-1 cup

PROCEDURE:

1.Bake the cake as per instructions on the back of the box in a 13x9 inch pan.
2.Let it cool completely.
3.Mix evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk together.
4.Pour over the cake after it has cooled and refrigerate over night.
5.Smother coolwhip on the cake right before serving and keep the cake refrigerated for best results.
6.Garnish with fresh fruits like Berries,Pineapple, Kiwi and you can also garnish with some almond flakes.

Vegan Mango Cupcakes

I followed the recipe from the following link:


The only change I did was add 1/2 tsp of baking soda, reduce the sugar to 1/2 a cup & cut down the cardamom powder by just adding a pinch. The cupcakes were so moist and yum.

Mexican Wedding Cookies or Indian Butter Cookies


INGREDIENTS:

Butter- 1 cup
Sugar-1/2 cup
Powdered Sugar-1/2 cup
Flour-2 cups
Vanilla essence-2 tsp
Pecan chips-3/4 cup

Powdered sugar- For rolling the cookies.


PROCEDURE:


  1. Whisk butter and sugar together.
  2. Add vanilla essence.
  3. Now add the flour and make into a thick cookie dough.
  4. Add the pecan chips and knead well.
  5. Refrigerate for 1.5 hours
  6. Heat oven for 350 F. 
  7. Make small round balls and place in a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  9. Allow cookies to cool down and roll in powdered sugar. Enjoy!!
Note:

You can substitute with chopped almonds or remove the nuts.
You can add 1/4 tsp of salt if you like to add salt to your cookies.

Vegetable Cutlet


INGREDIENTS:

Carrots,Beetroot,Cabbage,peas-grated
Potato-Boiled and smashed
Turmeric powder,Danya powder,garam masala,chilli powder,chat masala,saunf powder,cumin powder
Ginger garlic paste
cilantro,mint leaves-chopped fine
onion- little bit grated
Rice flour,corn flour or besan flour
bread crumbs

PROCEDURE:

  1. Grate all the veggies and green chillies in a chopper
  2. Add potatoes and all the powders and mix well
  3. Add grated onions,cilantro,mint leaves,salt,rice flour and besan flour or corn flour to get a solid consistency
  4. Roll in bread crumbs and shallow fry till dark

Sorry no exact proportion. Depends on how much veggies you have in hand.

Bruschetta

INGREDIENTS

Olive Oil
Basil Leaves-cut fine
Tomatoes-cubed
Balsamic Vinegar
Mozzarella Slices
French bread or Baguette-sliced
Salt and pepper-Add to taste

PROCEDURE:

1. In a separate bowl,mix olive oil,balsamic vinegar,cubed tomatoes,salt and pepper.
2.Arrange the mozzarella slices on the sliced bread and put the above mixture and serve.

OPTIONAL:
You can add minced garlic and/or diced onions.
You can toast the bread but I prefer not toasting the bread,as it gets hard after a while.

Sundal(Garbanzo beans salad)


INGREDIENTS:

Boiled/Garbanzo beans-1 cup
Red chillies-3
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Coconut flakes-2 tbsp
Asafoetida-Few puffs
Curry leaves
Salt-As needed

PROCEDURE:
 
1.In a pan of little vegetable or canola or sunflower oil, add mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves, salt,asafoetida.
2.Mix the boiled channa after switching off the stove. Add the coconut flakes and mix.Garnish with a some cilantro.

Quick Mysore Bondas


INGREDIENTS:

Maida-1 cup
Rava-1 tbsp
Rice Flour-1/4 cup
Baking soda-1/8cup or 1/2 tsp
Onions-1/2 small chopped
Buttermilk-As needed
Green chillies-1 or 2 according to taste
Black pepper corns-1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Cilantro-Little, chopped
Asafoetida-2 puffs
Salt-According to taste

PROCEDURE:

1.Mix rava,maida,baking soda,rice flour,cumin,pepper corns,salt and asafoetida with buttermilk until it reaches a thick consistency and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
2.When ready to fry in oil,add vegetables and fry till done.
3.Serve with coconut chutney or ketchup.

Thai Pizza


This is an awesome pizza and is really quick and easy too.

INGREDIENTS:
Naan bread from Target- 1 packet
Peanut Sauce-Enough to smother the entire pizza
Tofu- Cut into tiny pieces
Spring Onions or Green Onions- 2 bulbs
Roasted Red Peppers-2 pieces from the can

PROCEDURE:

1,Take the Naan bread, smother the entire bread with peanut sauce.
2,Garnish the pizza with the tofu, roasted red peppers & spring onions.(Now the pizza is all colorful with white,red and green)
3,Bake in oven for 350 F for 8-10 minutes until done.

Note:
You can also substitute Panneer instead of tofu.
If you want you can garnish with cilantro but I think the green onions are good enough.

Egg Puffs

INGREDIENTS:

Eggs-7 hard boiled and peeled.
Puff pastry sheet-1 box
Onions-1 big sliced
Tomato Puree-1 tbsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Cilantro- Few leaves chopped for garnish
Chilli powder,Coriander seed powder,Garam Masala powder-Fennel seed powder
Ginger Garlic Paste-1 tsp
Salt per taste
Egg wash-1 egg

PROCEDURE:

1.Boil eggs,peel and cut them into half.
2.In a pan, add oil,cumin seeds,onions,ginger garlic paste and fry till brown.
3.Add tomato puree, all the masala powders, little water and allow to cook.
4.Add cilantro for garnish.
5.Now cut the puff pastry sheet into 14 pieces.
6.Roll out each piece into thinner and longer pieces.
7.Add the onion mixture,place the egg facing down and pull the corners and cover into a flower/box.Using a brush, apply the egg wash on the pastry sheet for a nice glossy and brown texture.
8.Bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes.

Apologize for no pictures. Will upload them when I make it again.

Rava Dosai

INGREDIENTS:

Rava-1 cup
Maida/Wheat-1/4 cup
Rice Flour-1/2 cup
Onions-1/2 of a medium,Chopped
Green chillies-2 chopped
Ginger-1/4 inch-chopped
Pepper-1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida-few puffs
Salt-As per taste
Curry leaves-Optional
Buttermillk or Yogurt-1 cup.

PROCEDURE:
 
1. Mix Rava, maida/wheat and rice flour with salt and buttermilk/yogurt and some water until its really watery enough to pour into a thin dosa.
2.In a separate pan, saute onions, green chillies,ginger with cumin seeds,pepper corns, asafoetida and curry leaves and mix with the batter.
3.Pour in dosa pan and serve hot with chutney or Sambar.

Thayir Semiya or Yogurt/Curd Vermicelli


Ingredients:
Vermicelli-1 cup
Curd/Yogurt- However thick or thin of consistency you want.
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Green chillies-2 small, sliced
Ginger-small bit, minced finely
Curry leaves-few
Asafoetida-Few puffs
Fruits-Grapes optional
Cilantro-For garnish

Procedure:
1.Dry roast vermicelli until raw smell is gone. Now boil it in water and drain.
2. In a dry pan,add oil, mustard seeds, green chillies, ginger, asafoetida,curry leaves and allow to splatter. Now add the vermicelli and mix well.
3. Allow to cool and add curd/yogurt and garnish with cilantro and fruits.
4.Serve with pickle.

Aapam

INGREDIENTS:

Ponni rice-1 cup
Long grain rice-1 cup
Fennel seeds-1/2 tbsp
Urad dal-2 tbsp
Coconut-3 tbsp
Salt to taste

PROCEDURE:

  1. Soak the above ingredients except coconut in water for 4-5 hours.
  2. Grind till smoothe.
  3. Pour in aapam pan and cook till done.
  4. Serve hot with sweetened coconut milk(coconut milk, cardamom powder and sweet) or coconut chutney.