Sunday, September 7, 2008

Vegetable Kurma

Ingredients :

Vegetables :
Green beans

To grind :

Onion - 1
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Garlic pods - 5-6
Green chillies - 8

For frying :
Patta - 1/2 inch
Cinnamon - 2-3
Elachi - 2
Cut Onions - 2
Cut Tomato - 1
Turmeric powder
Oil for frying
water - 100 ml
Coconut Milk - 25ml
Coriander leaves - for garnishing

Preparation method :

1. Fry the wet ingredients in little oil and grind in a mixer.

2. Add oil in a pan and fry patta, cinnamon, elachi, onion and tomato.

3. Add the ground masala and fry till a nice aroma is felt.

4. Add the cut vegetables and fry

5. Add turmeric powder ,salt & water and allow to cook.

6. When the vegetables are well cooked add the coconut milk

7. When the kurma comes to a boil, add coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis, dosa or idly.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fish Fry

Ingredients :

Fish - 4 tilapia slices
Red chillie powder - 4tsp
Turmeric powder
Tamarind Paste/lemon juice - 1tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1tsp
Oil - for frying

Preparation Method :

1. Mix the ingredients except oil in a large dish

2. Smear the wet mixture on both sides of the fish.

3. Leave in the refrigerator for an hour

4. On an oiled pan, fry the fish slices one by one till they are cooked and turn golden brown.

5. Yummy fish fry is ready!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tomato Rice

Ingredients :

Oil for frying
Mustard seeds
Chana dal
Urad dal
Green chillies - to taste
Curry leaves - a few
Tomato puree from 5-6 tomatoes (I prefer using the round tomatoes)
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder
Coriander leaves

Preparation method :
  1. Add oil in a kadai and add all the ingredients in the same order as above till the tomato puree except the coriander leaves.

  2. Boil this till it becomes thick and gets a consistency of thokku.

  3. Now mix this with rice and adjust salt.

  4. Add coriander leaves and serve.

Curd rice

Ingredients :

oil for frying
Mustard seeds
Chana dal
Urad dal
Green chillies - as per taste
Full red chillies -2-3
Ginger - cut into smaller pieces
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Green grapes
Cashewnuts -broken into pieces
Cooked rice
Thick curd - 1 cup
Whole milk - 100 ml
Coriander leaves

Preparation method :
  1. Add oil in a kadai and add the ingredients till asafoetida in the same order as given above.

  2. Now add this fried mixture to the rice.

  3. Add salt, green grapes, cashewnuts and raisins.

  4. adjust the salt and add the whole milk.

  5. Add the chopped coriander leaves and serve.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Obbattu (Poli)

Ingredients :

Chana dal/cocnut gratings -1/2 kg
Jaggery -1/2 kg
Allpurpose flour (Maida) - 1/2 kg
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Oil - 100 ml
Salt - As reqd

Preparation method :

1)If you are using chana dal then wash and boil this with 1/2 tsp of salt and water till it is very soft. If you are using grated coconut then skip this step and proceed to step no 3.

2)When it is slightly cold, strain it using a strainer.

3)Add jaggery and cardamom powder and grind to a fine paste. If it is sticky, put it on a low fire and dry up completely.

4)Knead maida with 1/2 tsp of salt and water. It should be soft

5)Add oil and knead it till oil is absorbed and make equal balls of above sweet mixture and kneaded maida.

6)Roll maida balls into small pooris.

7)Fill it with the sweet ball.

8)Make it into a ball and roll to a poli.

9)Heat oil in a pan and fry it dry turning both sides.

10)Serve this melted with pure ghee.

Ennai Kathirikkai

Ingredients :

Small Round Brinjals - 6 Nos (Slit each of them to four pieces with the stalk holding them together)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cloves - 4 nos
Cinnamon - 1" Stick (crushed)
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsps
Onion(medium) - 2 nos(finely sliced)
Chilly powder - 1 1/2 tbsp
Coriander powder - 2 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - As reqd
Tamarind extract - 3 tbsp
Cashew paste - 2 tbsp
Coconut paste - 2 tbsp
For seasoning:-

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2 - 3 nos
Curry leaves - A few

Preparation method :

1)Heat oil in a pan and add cloves and cinnamon and stir.

2)Add ginger garlic paste and fry well.

3)Add onion and saute until brown.

4)Lower the flame and add chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.

5)Mix well with onion and ginger garlic paste.

6)Add brinjals, tamarind extract and water.

7)Mix all ingredients well.

8)Cover and cook, till the brinjals are done.

9)When brinjals are cooked well, add cashew and coconut paste and mix well.

10)Set it to cook for about 5 mins, stirring occasionally.

11)Season with mustard seeds, curry leaves and dry chillies.


Ingredients :

Raw banana - 1 no
Carrot - 1 no
Drumstick- 1 no
Potato - 1/2 cup
Cucumber - 1/2 cup
Beans - 3 nos
Green chillies - 3 nos
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tbsp
Curry leaves - A few
Water - 1/4 cup
Thick curd- 1 cup
Mustard seed - for seasoning
For grinding:-
Grated coconut - 1 1/2 cups
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1/2 sprig

Preparation method :

1. Half cook the vegetables in water with turmeric powder and salt.
2. Add the ground paste to the cooked vegetables and stir for a minute.
3. Once they blend along, add curd and mis well. Boil for a minute (do not over boil) till the curd
gets along with the water.
4. Season the above reparation with oil(coconut oil is preferred), mustard seeds and curry
5. This dish goes well with adai, rice etc..

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Masala Bread

Ingredients :

Onions - 2, chopped
Tomato - 1, cut
Capsicum - 1, chopped
Green chillies - 4
Salt for taste
Brown/white bread

Preparation method :

  1. Add oil in a kadai/pan and fry onions till they turn slight brown.
  2. Add cut tomato, green chillies & capsicum and fry well.
  3. Add salt and turmeric powder and little water.
  4. Cook for 1-2 min (do not over cook).
  5. Spread this masala on the bread and cover with another slice of bread.
  6. Leave it for an hour and when ready to eat, heat it in a microwave for 30 seconds.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Mutter Paneer

Ingredients :

  1. Fried paneer
  2. Boiled Peas - 100 gms
  3. Onion - 2 nos
  4. Ginger garlic paste - 1tsp
  5. Tomato - 1 no
  6. Garam masala - 1tsp
  7. Cloves - 2 nos
  8. Cashews - 3-4 nos
  9. Grated coconut - 6-7Tbsp
  10. Chilli powder
  11. Turmeric powder
  12. Salt
  13. Oil for frying

Preparation method :

  1. Grind the onions and keep aside.

  2. Grind the tomatoes seperately with 3 cashews and coconut and keep aside.

  3. Add oil in a kadai or pan and add the onion paste and the ginger garlic paste. Fry till the onion paste turns golden brown.Add the tomato, cashew and coconut paste now and fry a little.

  4. Add cloves, boiled peas, chillie powder, garam masala, turmeric powder & salt and fry.

  5. Once the water content in the mixture evaporates, add the fried paneer and water.

  6. Cook for 7-8 minutes and Mutter paneer is ready.

Pal Payasam

Ingredients :
  1. Milk - 2 cups
  2. Semiya
  3. Sugar - as reqd
  4. Ghee - 3 Tsp
  5. Cashews - 5-6 nos
  6. Raisins - 5-6 nos
  7. Saffron - a pinch
Preparation method :
  1. Add a teaspoon full of ghee to a kadai and fry the semiya (do not deep fry)
  2. Keep this aside and add the rest of the ghee and fry the cashews and raisins. Keep aside.
  3. Pour the milk in a pan and once it comes to a boil add sugar.
  4. Mix the sweetened milk and add a pinch of saffron.
  5. Once the saffron turns the milk light yellow in colour, add the semiya, cashews and raisins.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes and turn off the heat.
  7. Serve hot or cold.

Curd/Thayir Vada

Ingredients :
  1. Whole Black gram – 200 gm
  2. Pepper - 20 nos
  3. Asafoetida – A pinch
  4. Grated coconut – 1 cup
  5. Green chillies – 5 – 6 nos(finely chopped)
  6. Dried red chillies - few
  7. coriander leaves
  8. curry leaves
  9. Salt – As reqd
  10. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  11. Oil for deep frying vadas
Preparation method :

1) Wash the black gram well and soak it in water for about 1½ hrs.

2) Grind it to a thick paste.

3) Add salt, pepper and asafoetida and mix well.

4) Heat oil in a pan or a kadai.

5) Make vadas with a small hole in the middle and fry until golden brown.

6) Once the vadas are made, drop them in plain cold water for a minute.

7 ) Meanwhile, grind together grated coconut, green chillies and curry leaves into a thick fine paste.

8) Mix together the above paste with the curd along with salt.

9) Add seasoned mustard seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves into it and mix well.

10) Remove the vadas from the plain water and drop them in the curd mixture.

13) Garnish with coriander leaves.

I would like to send this to Innovative-in-laws "Garnish the dish" event.

Friday, January 18, 2008


Ingredients :

  1. Whole Milk - 4-5 cups
  2. Lemon juice - 1tsp
  3. Sugar - 1 ¼ cup
  4. A pinch of saffron
  5. crushed cardamom seeds - ¼ tsp
  6. blanched almonds - 3-4 tsp
  7. crushed pistachios - 2 tbsp
Preparation method :

1. Boil 2 cups of whole milk to half the quantity and add lemon juice.

2. Mix it well and when it starts curdling, strain the granules using a muslin cloth and keep aside for an hour.

3. After an hour, crush the contents of muslin cloth, knead into a dough and make small balls as done in gulab jamoons.

4. Add the rest of the milk to a hot pan and boil till it gets into half its quantity.

5. Add the sugar and saffron to it. mix well.

6. Now add the milk balls into it and slowly keep stirring,making sure the balls do not break.

7. Once the milk thickens well, switch off the heat and decorate with almonds and pistachios.

8. Chill in refrigerator and serve.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mango rice

Ingredients :
  1. Rice - 2 cups(cooked adding salt while being cooked)
  2. Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
  3. Grated mango (raw) - ¾ cup
  4. Ghee - 2 tbsp
  5. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Dried red chilly – 2-3 nos
  7. Green chillies(finely cut) - 3 nos
  8. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  9. Salt - 1 tsp
  10. Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  11. Cashewnuts - 12 nos(cut in small pieces)
  12. chana dal - 1 tsp
  13. urad dal - 1tsp

Preparation method :
1)Heat ghee in a large pan over medium heat.

2)Add mustard seeds, 2 red dried chillies broken into halves.

3)Add green chillies,chana dal and urad dal. Stir for few seconds.

4)Add curry leaves, a pinch of salt and a pinch of turmeric powder.

6)Add grated mango, coconut, fried cashews and raisins and cook till it becomes a thick paste.

7)Add rice to this thokku. Switch on the gas to low flame and slightly stir for another 3 minutes to mix all the ingredients well.

P S: This "thokku" can be frozen and used for next 1 month.


Ingredients :
  1. Roasted rice flour – 2 cups
  2. Boiled water - 1 1/2 cups or more
  3. Salt - As reqd
  4. Grated coconut - 1 cup
  5. Jaggery – ½ cup or as reqd
  6. Cardamom - 2 nos

Preparation method :
1)Boil about 2 cups of water in a vessel along with the reqd salt.

2)Mix together the roasted rice flour and the boiled water.

3)Knead them well to form a dough.

4)Add coconut, jaggery and cardamom in a mixer and blend well.

5)Coat your hand with extra flour to prevent sticking and Make 10 small balls off the above dough and flatten them.

6)Place a small quantity of the coconut mix in the middle of the flattened balls.

7)Seal the edges so as to form the shape of a ball.

8)Repeat the procedure for the remaining balls.

9)Steam these balls for 10 mins.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Ingredients :
  1. Idli Batter - As reqd
  2. Onion - 1 no
  3. Carrot - 1 no
  4. Coriander leaves - As reqd
  5. Green Chillies - 2-3 nos
  6. Oil - As reqd
Preparation method :
1)Cut onion and coriander leaves into small pieces and grate carrot.

2)Mix them well together.

3)Pour 1 tbsp of oil on a tava.

4)Pour 2 ladle of idli batter or idli mavu and spread a little ( do not spread it very thinly as in case of dosas).

5)Sprinkle chopped onion, carrot and coriander leaves.

6)Flip the side to cook the other side too.

7)When both the sides are cooked, remove from the tava and place it on a serving plate.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Carrot Halwa

Ingredients :
  1. Carrots - 1 lb
  2. Milk - 1 cup
  3. Sugar - 1 cup
  4. Ghee - 3 tsp
  5. Cashew nuts - for garnishing
  6. Raisins - for garnishing
Preparation Method :
1)Peel the carrots and grate them.
2)Soak the grated carrots in the milk and pressure cook.
3)Heat sugar and ghee in a non stick pan.
4)Add the pressure cooked carrots and milk. Stir well.
5)Keep the lid closed when the milk and ghee boil together.
6)When the halwa begins to thicken, remove from flame.
7)Garnish with cashews and raisins roasted in ghee.