Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vegetable Kurma


Potato,cubed - 1/2cup
Cauliflower florets - 1/2cup
Green peas - 1/2cup
Green beans - 1/4cup
1 big onion ,chopped
1/4tsp cumin seeds
2tsp ginger-garlic paste
3 cloves
2 cardmom
1 big piece of cinnamon.
3 green chillies
1/4tsp turmeric powder
2tsp coriander powder
1/4cup chopped coriander leaves
1tbsp Vegetable oil 

For grinding 
Grated coconut - 3tbsp
Cashews - 10
Poppy seeds -1tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2tsp


Soak cashews and poppy seeds in water for 10minutes.
Heat oil in a pan.Splutter cumin seeds.Add whole spices and curry leaves, saute well.Add onion,ginger-garlic paste and green chillies.Saute it well till onion turns light brown.Add turmeric and coriander powder and mix well.Put all the veggies and saute for 2-3 minutes.Add enough water and salt to this.Cover and cook it.Mean while grind coconut,soaked cashews and poppy seeds and fennel seeds.Add this to the cooked veggies.Add more water if required.Cook it for another 5 minutes.Garnish with coriander leaves.This kurma goes well with chapati , poori ,appam etc.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pal Payasam - My 150th post!


Unakkalari /payasam rice - 1/2cup
Whole milk - 1L
Water - 2cups
Sugar - 3/4cup
Cardmom -2
Payasam rice/Unakkalari

Mix together milk and water .Boil it in a thick bottomed vessel on medium heat till the milk reduces to half.Wash the rice and add to the boiling milk .Stir it continuously till rice is done.Add sugar and crushed cardmom to this.Cook  for 10 more minutes.Switch off stove.Serve hot or chilled.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Koonthal/Squid Roast


Koonthal/kanava/Squid - 1/2kg
Onion -1,big
Tomato - 1,medium
Ginger,chopped - 1tsp
Garlic,chopped - 1tsp
Green chillies - 2
Kashmiri chilli powder - 1tsp+ 2tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4tsp
Turmeric  powder - 1/4tsp
Garam masala - 1/4tsp
Curry leaves


Wash,clean and cut the squid into rings.
Marinate this with 1tsp kashmiri chilli powder,turmeric powder and salt.Keep aside for 1/2an hour.Cook the squid with enough water ,till its done.
In pan add oil.Add sliced onion,ginger,garlic and green chillies.Saute well till the onion become light brown.Add chopped tomato and cook it till it become soft.Add curry leaves and all masala powders , saute it for 2-3 minutes.Add cooked squid ,mix well and roast it for 7-10 minutes on medium flame.Add more oil if there is a need.Serve hot with rice or roti.

Friday, November 5, 2010


 Wishing you all a very happy Diwali :)

For Crust
All purpose flour/maida- 1cup
Rava - 1tbsp
Oil -2tbsp
Warm water- as required
For Filling
Milk powder - 1cup
Whipping cream -1/2cup
Dessicated coconut - 1/2cup
Almonds,sliced - 1/4cup
Sugar - 2tbsp
Cardmom powder - 1/2tsp
For Garnishing
Sugar - 1/2cup
Water - 1/4cup
Sliced almonds &pistachios - as reqd

In a bowl mix together maida,rava and oil.Add enough water to make a smooth dough.cover and keep it aside.
Heat a pan ,add whipping cream and milk powder.Cook on medium heat until the mixture starts leaving the sides.Switch off the heat and add coconut,almonds,sugar and cardmom powder.Mix well.Keep aside.

Mix 2tbsp of water with 1tbsp of maida to make a paste.set aside.

Making the Gujias
Knead the dough and divide into 20 equal sized balls.Roll each ball into about 4-inch diameter.
Dip your finger in the flour paste and spread it around the rim of the rolled dough,but just on the half the circle.
Put the filling in the center and fold it into a semi circle.Press the edges together with your fingers.Make sure the edges are completely sealed.Deep fry them in hot oil.

Boil the sugar and water on medium heat until the syrup is one thread consistency
Dip the gijias into the syrup and coat well.Place the gujias on a wire rack.Garnish the gujias with sliced almonds and pistachios while they are still moist with syrup.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Green Peas Masala


Dried green peas -1cup
Onion - 1,big
Tomato - 1.medium
Ginger-garlic paste - 2tsp
Green chillies - 2
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2tsp
Coriander powder - 2tsp
Meat masala powder - 1/2tsp(i used Eastern meat masala)
Garam masala powder - 1/2tsp
Thin coconut milk - 3/4cup
Thick coconut milk - 1/2cup
Curry leaves - handful
Mustard seeds - 1/2tsp


Soak green peas in water overnight.Pressure cook it by adding salt and enough water.
Heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard.Saute curry leaves,finely chopped onion and green chillies.
Add ginger-garlic paste and saute well till the onion become light brown color.Add sliced tomato and cook it till it become mushy.Add all spice powders and saute well for 2-3 minutes on low flames.You can can add 2-3 tbsp of water in this stage.Add well cooked green peas and mix it.Pour thin coconut milk and boil it for 5 minutes.Reduce the flame and add thick coconut milk.Cook for 2-3 minutes.Adjust the salt.Serve with chapthi,appam,idiyappam etc.

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