2013/12/31

KONDAIKADALAI SADAM / BLACK CHICKPEAS RICE

A repost again for Vegan Thursday



INGREDIENTS :

Rice- 1 cup
Coriander and curry leaves.
Salt to taste
Chopped Onion-1(Medium)
Coconut milk-2 cup
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red channa dal - 1 cup
Bay leaves-2
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp

METHOD OF PREPARATION:

1) Soak chickpeas overnight.Heat 3 tbsps of ghee in a pressure cooker.Add onion,Fry then till onion becomes transparent.
2) Add bayleaves,curry ,coriander leaves and finely chopped tomato.Fry till tomato is cooked well and skinny.
3) Then add ginger - garlic paste.Fry them till the raw smell goes.
4) Add soaked chickpeas,chilli powder,coriander powder and garam masala power. 
5) Add rice to it with coconut milk and a 1/2 cup of water.Add salt to taste.Cook for 3 whistles.Turn off the flame.Allow the steam to leave , garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with raitha or any spicy vegetable kurma.

Linking it with Vegan thursday event by priya akka



and Viji's SYS - January 2014




2013/12/28

ARISI MUPARUPPU SADAM


A yummy tasty traditional kongu recipe with a slight variation .

INGREDIENTS : 

Rice - -1 cup
Toor Dal ,Moong dal ,Masoor dal -- 1/2 cup
Mustard , Jeera ,Channa dal-- 1 tsp each
Onion - 1
Green Chillies - -3
Curry leaves and Corinader leaves
Ginger - a small piece

Tomato - 1 mediumSalt to taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Pressure cook dal and rice with 2.5 cups of water for 3 whistles with a spoon of oil and turmeric powder .Once done , allow the steam to leave and check whether they are cooked well .2) Meanwhile , heat oil in a pan . Once hot , add mustard and jeera . When it splutters , add chillies and channa dal with few curry leaves.

3) Once channa dal is roasted , add chopped onion and finely chopped ginger .Saute till tender .


4) Add finely chopped tomato with little salt , saute till skinny.


5) Finally,add this to the rice and mix well .Garnish with coriander leaves.


Serve hot with Raitha / any stir fried veggie .


Linking it with Potluck party by Jagruti . For this party , my partner Manjula prepared Arisi paruppu sadam .Since i already have the recipe in my space , i tried out the recipe with all the dals .

2013/12/26

INJI RASAM / GINGER RASAM




This rasam or soup will be the best remedy for severe cold and cough .

INGREDIENTS :

Tomato - 1 big ripen
Ginger - a small lemon piece
Garlic cloves - 4
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Pepper and Jeera powder - 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Red chillies - 2
Curry , Coriander and Mint leaves - few
Mustard and Methi seeds -  1 tsp
Asafoetida

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Well crush the ripen tomato with little water and keep aside.
2) Heat oil in a pan . Once hot , addd mustard and methi seeds with red chillies .
3) When it splutters , add crushed garlic and ginger .
4) Then , add tomato to it with little water and all the spices.
5) Cook in slow flame , covered with a lid .
6) When it starts boiling , stir it continuously for 2 minutes in slow flame.
7) Before removing from the flame, add herbs and asafoetida.
8) Finally , add salt to it and mix it well .

Serve hot with Rice . Linking it with Tamizhar samayal Tuesday event.



2013/12/18

AMERICAN SNOW MAN COOKIES AND OLD FASHIONED SUGAR COOKIES


Thank you Priya Ranjit for these yummy selection of cookies for this month's Christmas Challenge .My kids really enjoyed them ....


AMERICAN SNOWMAN COOKIES :



INGREDIENTS :

Butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar-1/4 cup 
Water - 1/2 tsp
Almond extract/milk - 1/4 tsp
Maida - 2 cups
Food colours


METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1.In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until thin and fluffy. 
2.Beat in water and almond extract. 
3.Next beat in the flour and mix well. 
4.Take 1/3 cup each in two small bowls. Add red food coloring to one and green to the otherand keep them aside.
5.Shape remaining dough into balls. Place one smaller ball above one larger ball on ungreased baking sheets and flatten slightly.
6.For each snowman, shape colored dough into a hat and place above head. For scarf, shape twist 2 coloured ropes together, leaving one end untwisted. Place scarf around snowman's neck. Place a pinch of these coloured dough for eyes.
7.Bake at 180deg.c for 20 minutes or until set. Cool them out .

Recipe Link - http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Snowmen-Butter-Cookies



OLD FASHIONED SUGAR COOKIES :

INGREDIENTS :

*Butter-1/2 cup
Sugar-3/4 cup
Eggs - 2
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Maida /Plain flour - 1.5 cups
Baking powder - 1.5 tsp
Salt -1/4 tsp


METHOD OF PREPARATON :


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs well with vanilla extract.
  2. In an another bowl, combine and mix well the flour, baking powder and salt. 
  3. Mix flour into butter mixture . Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours. 
  4. Roll out dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters or a knife. Brush with milk and sprinkle with colored sugar/cherries/tutti fruity
  5. Bake on a pan at 200 deg.c for 15 minutes.Cool completely after done.
Recipe source :http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/old-fashioned-sugar-cookies-recipe2/index.html

Linking it with Home Bakers Challenge



2013/12/16

CAPSICUM PICKLE


INGREDIENTS :
Capsicum - 250 gms

Mustard - 1 tsp

Methi seeds - 1 tsp

Chilli powder - 2 tsps

Gingelly oil

Salt


METHOD OF PREPARATION : 


1) Heat a ladle of oil in a pan .

2) Saute chopped capsicum till tender.

3) Add the chilli powder , powdered dry roasted mustard and methi seeds. Mix it well and add salt .

4) Cook in slow flame till the oil separates . Allow it to cool down and store it in an air tight container .


Pickle is ready to serve . Store it in refrigerator .


2013/12/12

KOVAIKKAI VERKADALAI PORIYAL


A REPOST FROM MY EARLIER POSTS.

INGREDIENTS :

Kovaikkai - 200 gms
Peanuts - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves -5
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste 
Besan flour - 1 tsp

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Clean and chop the veggie and leave it in a vessel .
2) To it ,add chilli powder , turmeric powder , salt and besan flour .
3) Mix it up well for few minutes.
4) Heat oil in a pan . Once hot , add the veggie and fry till done in slow flame.
5) Meanwhile ,roast peanuts and garlic separately and crush it out .
6) Before , removing kovaikkai from the flame , add crushed peanuts to it and stir it up well.
7) Serve hot with curd rice/ lemon rice.


2013/12/10

PUDINA SADAM / MINT RICE



INGREDIENTS:


Rice - 1 cup
Mint - 1 small bunch
Coriander leaves - 1 small bunch
Green Chillies - 3 or Green capsicum - 1 
Salt to taste
Cloves- 2
Cinnamon - 2
Star anasi - 1
Onion - 1 big
Garlic cloves - 3
Ginger - 1 small piece
Tomato - 1 finely sliced
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaves - 1


For Masala :


Grind mint,coriander leaves,green chillies,ginger and garlic with very little water.


METHOD OF PREPARATION :


1) Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker.Once hot,add cloves,cinnamon,bay leaves,anasi and chopped onion.Saute till onion becomes tender.Followed by finely sliced tomato and saute till skinny.Meanwhile,soak rice in water for 10-20 minutes.
2) Add grinded masala with little salt.
3)Then add rice and with 2 cups of water .Cook for 3 whistles.
4) Turn off the flame.Once the steam leaves,stir them well .

Serve hot with raitha.

Linking it with









2013/12/05

GONGURA DAL FOR VEGAN THURSDAY



INGREDIENTS :

Toor dal -1 cup 
Gongura leaves-3 cups 
Red chillies - 3
Turmeric powder -1 tsp
Salt to taste
Fenugreek/Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp  
Jeera - 1 tsp
A pinch of asafoetida
Sambar powder - 1 tsp 
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Garlic cloves - few

METHOD OF PREPARATION :


  1. Pressure cook the dal with turmeric powder and a spoon of oil for 5-6 whistles till the dal is cooked well.
  2. Meanwhile ,heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds,jeera and fenugreek seeds.
  3. When they splutter, add asafoetida and red chillies.Saute for few seconds.Then add chopped onion and saute till tender.
  4. Then , add well washed gongura leaves . Cover with a lid for a minute in a slow flame .The leaves will be cooked well.
  5. Add dal and salt with little water .Mix well.
  6. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.


Serve hot with hot rice.Linking it with Vegan Thursday 




2013/12/03

SUNDAL PODI


INGREDIENTS :

Roasted Channa dal / Pottukadalai / Porikadalai - 50 gms
Asafoetida - 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Red Chillies - 50 gms
Curry leaves - 1 handful

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1. Dry roast all the said ingredients one by one .
2. Allow them to cool down.
3.Blend them to a fine powder and store it in an air tight container.

It can be served with any type of sundal / masala papad / stir fry .

2013/12/02

CARROT PANEER PULAO


INGREDIENTS :

Basmati rice - 1 1/2 cup
Finely sliced onion - 1 1/2 cup
Paneer - 100 gms
Grated carrot - 1 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Cloves -2 
Cinnamon sticks -2 
Biriyani leaves - 2
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Green Chillies - 3
Few mint and coriander leaves

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Wash and soak rice in water for 10 minutes.
2) Heat ghee in a pan . Saute whole spices for a minute , followed by adding finely sliced onion till tender.
3) Add ginger-garlic paste , split chillies and grated carrot till half cooked .
4) Meanwhile , cook rice in rice cooker with 1 1/2 cups of water .
5) Once carrot is done , add it with the rice and cook till done.
6) Make paneer cubes and mix with a tsp of turmeric powder, garam masala powder and little salt . Fry paneer cubes for few minutes in a kadai and finally mix it with the rice .
7) Mix carrot mixture and paneer well with the rice. Garnish it with mint and coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Raitha .

Linking it with SYS - series event by Viji.