Friday, October 27, 2006

Methi Dhal


Tender Methi leaves cleaned and washed : 1 cup
Green gram dhal : 1 cup soaked in warm water for 30 mins
Garlic pods : 4 numbers
Red chillies (dry) : 6 nos
Cooking Oil : 2 Tbsps


Take a deep thick bottomed pan and pour the oil in it and keep on slow fire. Add the slightly crushed garlic pods and red chillies and fry till garlic turns golden brown. Now add the washed and soaked dhal and stir well. Cook for ten minutes and then add the chopped methi leaves and stir again and add salt to taste. Sprinkle water and cover and cook till done and dry. Serve hot as side dish with rice.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Drumstick Leaves Dosa

Tender drumstick leaves -1 bunch
Chana dhal : 250 gms
Grated (fresh) coconut : 1 Tablespoon
Green Chillies : 3 or 4 Chopped fine
Fresh Ginger : 1/2 inch chopped fine
Salt to taste


Grind the above ingredients other than the leaves to a rough paste in the Mixie without adding water.
Scoop out from the mixie and add the tender leaves and mix with a laddle.

Keep a Tava on stove and when heated, spread the dosas ( diameter 3"). Add cooking oil around the edge of the dosa. Turn and fry the other side also. Serve hot with lunch or dinner as a side dish.

Drumstick leaves are rich in iron and also supposed to be an aphrodisiac!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Onion Gojju


Onions - 2 (Medium size)
Red dry Chillies : 5 or 6 (Roasted in oil)
Lime size Tamarind ( Cleaned and washed in drinking water)

Method: Fine Chop onions into small pieces

Crush roated chillies and salt in a wooden bowl with a wooden pound.
Add the onions to this and crush lightly. Add thick tamarind pulp to this and
mix well.Add water to get a thick consistency of "Gojju".
Makes a fine quick side dish.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Stomach upset- simple medicine from your kitchen

Just dry roast methi seeds (1/2 tsp) till it splutters. Pound it coarsely and add to half a glass of
buttermilk/curd with a pinch of salt. Drink this and you will get immediate relief from the stomach ache due to indigestion.

Ofcourse if pain is severe/persists see a Doctor

Calories Free Chutney(no coconut)

Ridge Gourd peel Chutney /Tomato Chutney


Peel of ridge gourd (without the ‘ridgy’ portion) of 1/2 kg ridgegourd(Tamil: Peerkankai,Kannada:Peerakkai).
Dry Red chillies ; 3 or 4
Green chillies : 2
Urad dhal : 1 ½ Tbs Methi seeds : 8 or 10
Hing : a pinch garlic: 2/3 pods fresh coriander leaves : a few sprigs
Tamarind : a little (small gooseberry size)

Pour 1 Tbs oil in a pan and add urad dhal , red chillies and methi seeds and roast for a while. Now add the peel, and rest of the ingredients with salt and roast dry till the peel gets cooked- changes to dull green colour.

Remove from fire and cool. Grind in mixie without adding any water to as smooth a chutney as possible.

Serve with hot rice and ghee or use as chutney for dosa

Replace the peel with ripe tomatoes cut into pieces and cook without adding water to a pulp and grind to smooth paste in a mixie. Mmmmm....this goes well with hot rice or dosas..

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Savoury Pooris

Maida Flour 1/2 lb
Cumin Seeds 1 Tsp
Pepper 1 tsp coarsely ground
coriander seend 1 Tbsp
Green chillies 5
Cloves or garlic 1
Salt to taste

Sieve the flour and salt together and cumin seeds and pepper. Grind garlic coriander and chillies and add to the floor. Rub little ghee intot he flour adding warm water gradually. Knead into stiff dough and make samll balls fo the dough and roll out into puris and fry in hot ghee or oirl. Do not roll and keep. Make two puris at a stretch.

Chow Chow Curry

Beans 1/2 kg
Caauliflower 1 large
Potatoes 4-5
Carrots 3-4
Red chillies 3
Coconut 1 small
Cinnamon 2-3
Cloves 2-3
Tamarind size of a marble
Pepper Corns 4-5
COriander 1 tsp seeds
Curry Leaves 10-12
Onions 2

Grate the coconut and fry it to a brown colour.Fry the chillies cinammon, cloves pepper and coriander seeds and curry leaves in a teaspoon of oil.Grind them to a smooth paste with coconut and tamarind.Cut up the vegetables and cook them in salted water. Slice and fry the onions to a golden brown colour.Mix the masala paste witht he vegetables and fried onions. Cook till the curry is quite thick. Serve hot with Chappatthis or puris.

Alooo ki roti

Wheat Flour 2lb
Potatoes 1lb
Onions 2
Green chillies 4
Coriander leaves 1 bunch
Ginger a small piece.
coriander seeds 1 teaspoon roasted and ground
Back Pepper 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground
Salt to taste

Chop onion green chillies, coriander leaves and garlic finely boil potatoes peel and chop them.
Heat a little ghee in a panand fry the onions till brown and add all the remaining ingerdients into this incluiding the potatoes and remove from the fire, cool and mash coarsely with a fork. Knead the flour with little wate ran a pinch of salt as for plain rotis. Make 8 equal portions of the potato stuffing. Roll out puris making 8 equal portions of the dough also. Place the stuffing in the centre of the puri. Hold bringing the edges to the center and then flatten the chapatthis and fry on a Tava.

Tomato Rice

Pulav Rice 2 Cups
Onions 2
Ghee 2-3 teaspoons
Tomato Juice 2 cups
Cooked green peas
Salt to taste

Heat ghee in a panand fry the sliced onions, add rice and fry to a light brown colour. Pour in the tomato juice and the rest of the ingredients adding a little water if the juice is not sufficient to cook the rice. Cover it with a ld and cook in the pressure cooker. Add cooked green peas after mixing well after removing from the cooker. Serve with curds and pickle.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Mysore Idlis

Vermacelli 1 1/2 lbs
Sooji (Semolin) 1/2 lbs
Curds 2 Cups
Ginger Piece 1 pod
Mustard 1 tbsp
Black Gram Dhal 1 1/2 Tbsp
Curry Leaves One twig
Corianger Leaves 1Tbsp Chopped
Hingu 1 pinch
Ghee 2 Tbsp or more
Cashewnuts 1 Cup
Salt to taste

Chop the green chillies finely and the cashewnuts coarsely. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the bengal gram Dhal, mustard, chopped ginger, coprianderand curry leaves finely chopped,green chillies, cashewnuts and lastly fry vermacelli to light brown, add samolin and fry fopr a mixture. Remove from the fire and allow to cool. Mix the curd and enough water tomake a thick batter, adding hingu (asafoetida) and salt to taste. Leave to soak for 2 hours or more covered with a piece of cloth. Fill the idli katoris with this batter and steam in a idli steamer until done (7-10 minutes) Serve with coconut chutney and sambar.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Masala Brinjal Curry

Brinjals - 6 small
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Garlic 1 pod
Black Gram dhal - 2tbsp
Grated coconut 1/4 coconut
Ghee 3tbsp


Fry the above ingredients except coconut milk in a small quantity of ghee and grind to a fine paste. Remove the stalks from the brinjal and slit the quarters not cutting right through. Heat some ghee in a pan and pour in the coconut milk, water and salt. Put the brinjal in and cook until all the gravy is absorbed. Remove from the fire and fill in the masala, fry the brinjals carefully in ghee or oil and serve immediately.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Quick Dahi Vada

4 Cloves
Bread 1 lb

Gram Flour 1 lb
1 Small Onion
Curds 4 Tbsp.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) 2 Tbsp.
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 Tbsp.
1 Bunch coriander leaves
1 Ginger

Oil to fry

Cut the bread into square pieces of medium size, say 1/4 inch thick. Roast the cumin seeds and cloves on a tava. Grind this finely into a powder and keep aside.Cut the onions, green chillies, ginger and coriander leaves and grind them into a smooth paste. Keep Dahi ready with salt. Mix all of the above adding water and make a thick mixture as you would make for pakoras.

Heat Ghee in a Kadai, dip the pieces of bread carefully in the mixture one at a time and fry in oil. Put all these pieces in the seasoned curd when cool, sprinkle powdered masala and chilli powder. Fry mustard seeds in ghee when they crackle pour the vadais.and you vadais are ready.

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