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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CAULIFLOWER COCONUT MASALA


Here is a healthy and tasty Cauliflower Masala with the aroma of coconut and mild spices...

INGREDIENTS


  • CAULIFLOWER PIECES - 3 CUPS
  • CAPSICUM -1
  • ONION-1
  • TOMATO -2
  • GARLIC -FEW PODS
  • SAUNF -1/4 TEASPOON
  • CUMIN SEEDS -1/2 TEASPOON
  • CLOVES-4
  • ELAICHI-2
  • CINNAMON-1 BIT
  • CHILLI POWDER-1 TEASPOON
  • TURMERIC POWDER - 1/4 TEASPOON
  • OIL FOR FRYING -2 TABLESPOONS
  • GRATED COCONUT -1/2 CUP
  • COCONUT MILK -1/2 CUP
  • SALT TO TASTE 
  • CORIANDER LEAVES FOR GARNISHING






METHOD



  • Chop onions ,tomatoes and capsicum into small bits.
  • Soak the cauliflower bits in hot,salted water and wash well after 30 mins.
  • Heat 3 teaspoons of oil in a pan.
  • Fry the spices,garlic ,onions and tomatoes till they are mushy.
  • Add the coconut and grind to a coarse paste.Keep aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil and saute the capsicum bits.
  • Now add the cauliflower and saute for a minute.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Add the chilli powder and turmeric powder.
  • Saute well.Add the ground masala.
  • Add enough water and let it simmer.
  • Cover the pan and cook till the cauliflower is done and the raw masala smell is gone.
  • Add the coconut milk and simmer for 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat and serve with any roti or rice of your choice.
  • This dish is a great accompaniment to dosas and idlis too.

Monday, February 15, 2016

GHEE RICE




Here is a simple meal in a dish....the all time favorite Ghee Rice

INGREDIENTS


  • BASMATI RICE -1 CUP
  • GREEN PEAS-1/2 CUP
  • ONION -1
  • GREEN CHILLY-1 to 2
  • CUMIN SEEDS -1/2 TEASPOON
  • GHEE-4 TABLESPOONS
  • CASHEW NUTS -1 TABLESPOON
  • RAISINS-1 TEASPOON
  • SALT TO TASTE
METHOD

  • Wash and clean the rice.
  • Soak  for 10 minutes.
  • Drain .
  • Cook with enough water till well cooked.Drain the cooked rice.
  • Boil the green peas with a little salt and sugar.Drain.
  • Heat the ghee in a pan.
  • Fry the cumin seeds,cashew nuts,slit green chillies and chopped onions.
  • Add the green peas and saute along with salt to taste.
  • Now add the cooked  rice to the sauteed mixture.
  • Stir gently and cook covered on low heat for a few minutes.
  • Serve with any curry of your choice or just raitha or potato wafers.
  • This is a great lunchbox dish too...



Thursday, February 11, 2016

TOMATO BHATH







Here is a quick and easy meal in a dish that is an all time favorite for the young and old alike...

Just a handful on tomatoes and onions help you dish out this tasty dish in a matter of minutes...

INGREDIENTS


  • RICE -1 CUP
  • MOONG DHAL-1 TABLESPOON
  • TOMATO JUICE -1 CUP
  • CHOPPED ONION-1
  • CHOPPED TOMATO -1
  • RED CHILLY POWDER -1 TEASPOON
  • TURMERIC POWDER -1/4 TEASPOON
  • GARAM MASALA POWDER-1/2 TEASPOON
  • CUMIN SEEDS-1 TEASPOON
  • CORIANDER LEAVES -LITTLE
  • OIL-2 TABLE SPOONS
  • SALT TO TASTE
METHOD

  • Clean,wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes.
  • In the mean while,heat the oil in a pressure pan.
  • Fry the cumin seeds,onions and tomato pieces.
  • Add the moong dhal.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • Add the powders and salt.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Now add the soaked and drained rice.
  • Cover the pressure pan with its lid and let it pressure cook for  4 -5  whistles.
  • Switch off .
  • Open when the pressure subsides.
  • Fluff up with a fork and garnish it with coriander leaves.
  • Serve with any raitha or just papads or potato wafers.