SOUTH INDIAN VADA CURRY


‘Awesome’ no more words to express the taste of this dish!

Super combination with iddli and dosa .

This is made with channa dal ( kadala paruppu) ground paste, fried / steamed and added

to the curry .

I made this by making one big flattened vada ( less oil, less time),and added to the curry .

It’s your choice to fry, or steam .

So ..let’s get to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup channa dal soaked for 2 hours.

1 big onion chopped

2 tomatoes

2 green chillies chopped

1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste

3-4 dry chillies

1 tsp. Saunf ( perumjeeragam)

Curry leaves

1 tblsp chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

3 tblsp grated coconut / 1/4 coconut chips

3-4 cashewnuts

Mint leaves

1 inch piece cinnamon + 1/2 tsp saunf ( tempering)

Oil

METHOD

First grind the lentil, dry chilies, and saunf, little salt to a coarse paste .

Heat a tblsp of oil and flatten the paste into one big dosa.( see photo above).Once

browned turn over . Cook till brown on both sides and set aside.

Heat 2 tblsp.oil ,add a little saunf ,cinnamon, curry leaves and onions and sauté till

translucent.

Add ginger garlic paste,green chilli, tomatoes , salt .

Cook till tomatoes are soft . Add the masala powders and stir ,till everything well

corporates.

Add about 3-4 cups water ( the dal will absorb water so you have to add more)

Once it comes to a boil , crumble the dal dosa into pieces, and add to the curry.

Grind coconut and cashewnuts to a paste , and add to the boiling curry. Add the mint

leaves and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Cover for few minutes , and serve hot.

My suggestions : Minced meat can be added to the dal and made the same way .

Send in your suggestions and comments!

SRI LANKAN ‘AMBULTHIYAL’


This is an authentic dish of Sri Lanka. This dish descended from people with lesser

privileges in olden times , before the birth of the refrigerator .The need to preserve fish

for  quite some time led to the discovery of this recipe .

The fish used in this recipe should be like tuna preferably with less bones , fillets will be

best suited.

The key ingredient is kokum/ garcinia Cambogia/kodumpuli.

Like Sri lankans Keralites  too,use this ingredient widely in their preparations.

As, this ingredient aids in fatburn many people add this in many drinks and dishes now.

This a blackish curry made with few ingredients and no oil.

Rice , milk rice, or coconut rice with this curry and pol sambol ( coconut sambol) is a

good treat and good combination.

Before you make the curry ,add a handful of kokum / Goraka to half a cup water Boil for few minutes till soft to grind . Grind to a paste and use . This could be stored in the refrigerator and used when needed.

To my version of the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

500 gm fish cubes ( medium)

2-3 tblsp of kokum paste

1 tblsp. Pepper powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

3/4 -1 tsp chillie powder

1 tsp fenugreek or methi seeds

2-3 pieces of cinnamon

1 piece rampe/pandan leaf

Lots of curry leaf sprigs to cover the bottom of the pot

7- 8 cloves of garlic

3-4 green chillies cut

1 tsp sugar

Salt to taste

1 onion cut into rings ( to be added finally )

METHOD

Wash the fish and apply kokum paste ,pepper powder,turmeric,chilli powder  with salt .

(Check for sourness you prefer and gradually add paste)

Spread the curry leaf sprigs and cinnamon at the base of the clay pot ( some use banana

leaf too). This is done to prevent the ingredients from burning.

Arrange the marinaded fish pieces without clumping, and cook covered with the rest of

the ingredients for 5 minutes.

Next add a little water and cook for a few minutes . In between just shake the pot and

cook on a very slow fire for 10 minutes.Add onion rings and remove from fire and keep

it covered.Serve hot.

This dish is semi dry so don’t use lot of water.

Try this dish from the Lankan cuisine and post in your comments.

FRIED FISH MANGO CURRY


This is a fusion of Malabar fish curry made my way ,with mango and coconut milk.

Good with rice,stringhoppers,hoppers and rotis.

Do try, and send in your comments and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

500 gm mackeral or any fish

2 onions chopped fine

3-4 green chillies slit

2-3 strips of ginger cut fine.

1 tblsp.red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp.whole peppercorns

1 cup thick coconut milk

2-3 cups second extract coconut milk

Salt to taste

1 tomato

1/2 cup light tamarind water or  1-2 pieces of kokum

1/4 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp sugar

Oil

For fried fish marinade

1 tsp.chilli powder

a pinch of turmeric

Salt.

METHOD

Mix in the masalas listed for fried fish and fry  till brown.

Heat a little of the leftover fried oil,add mustard, fenugreek seeds and onions and cook

till onion is translucent.

Add ginger, green chillies, mango,chilli powder,turmeric, chopped tomato and salt and

saute dry till masalas are well blended.

Add tamarind and second extract of coconut milk and cook till mango is soft.

Add garam masala

.Next add the fried fish and thick coconut milk and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Remove from fire and add coriander leaves.

FISH FILLET CURRY


This is my tic- tac -toe curry which turned to be very tasty.For those of you who don’t like

the crunch of onions and other ingredients in the curry this is a good to try recipe.

Smooth,silky texture good to serve with chappathis .rice,iddlis,dosas.stringhoppers…..

So..let’s get into the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

500-1 kg fish fillet

For grinding

2 big onions chopped

3 tomatoes

1/2 cup grated coconut

4-5 pips of garlic

2-3 tblsp curd or yoghurt

1 tblsp mustard oil +1 tblsp coconut oil

few curry leaves

few kasuri methi ( dried fenugreek leaves)

1 tblsp chilli powder

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste.

1 tblsp.lime or lemon juice

few mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds, for tempering

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METHOD

Grind the ingredients listed for grinding to a paste and set aside.

Heat oil ,add ingredients for tempering with the curry leaves .Next add the chilli

powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and then the ground paste,and cook for 10

minutes till the oil separates and you get a nice color.

Add required amount of water (this gravy should be thick not watery).After a boil add

the fish fillet and the rest of the ingredients and simmer for another 10 minutes.

FISH STEW CURRY


This curry can be made with seer ,tuna and salmon fish or whatever type suitable

to grill or fry.

I made the curry by only grilling the fish .It was pretty rich and awesome ,with

the inclusion of moringa leaves.Good with  rice,stringhoppers,hoppers,….or

any bread of your choice.

Let me share this recipe with you now.

INGREDIENTS

To grill the fish

1 kg fish slices

1 tblsp chillie powder

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp.turmeric powder

salt to taste.

coconut oil

Mix the masalas and salt together and marinade for some time.Grill the fish in coconut

oil (do not use oil like for frying ,a little to seal the fish will be enough) till brown.Remove

and set aside.Do not discard the leftover oil after grilling.

For the curry

INGREDIENTS

1 kg fish slices

2-3 onions chopped

3-4 green chillies chopped

1 tblsp.ginger garlic paste

3 -4 big tomatoes chopped

1 tsp.turmeric

1 tblsp.chillie powder

1 tsp.garam masala powder

2 tsp sugar or jaggery

enough coconut milk

curry leaves

Moringa leaves

2 tblsp ghee or butter

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METHOD

Heat the ghee and add onions and saute till brown .Next add the ginger-garlic

paste,tomatoes green chillie,turmeric and salt and cook till tomatoes are very soft and

well blended.

Add chilli powder and garam masala powder ,sugar and cook for another 3 minutes.Add

a little water (1/4 cup water) and cook till thick.Add coconut milk (2-3 cups) enough for

the quantity of gravy you require .

Add the grilled fish after a boil and cook on a slow flame .Add the moringa leaves and the

leftover oil .(about a tblsp only)and simmer for a few minutes and serve.

You can add dried methi or fresh leaves too if you dont have moringa leaves.

 

 

 

 

BUTTER BEANS ‘N’ EGG KORMA


Butter Beans has added taste when you add to korma or curry.It could be

boiled/steamed and added to salads .Boiled and tempered beans  could be

consumed as a snack.Added into grilled sandwiches ,stuffed parathas,samosas,or cutlets

can be good treat.Today i will be sharing a recipe for a korma which can be served with

rice,rotis,hoppers,stringhoppers .

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

5-6 hard boiled eggs (vegans can add potato or cauliflower..)

1 cup butter beans

1 onion chopped

2 tomatoes

4-5 pips garlic

3-4 green chillies

1 inch piece ginger

1/2 cup grated coconut

2 tblsp white poppy seeds (khus khus)

1 tsp fennel seeds

a few cashewnuts

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)

whole spices (1 piece cinnammon,2 cardamons,4 cloves)

1/2 fennel seeds

small piece sea moss

1 tsp kasuri methi leaves (dried fenugreek leaves)

1/4 cup beaten curd

2 tblsp.ghee /butter/oil

salt to taste.

METHOD 

Grind the bold listed and set aside (you can opt to roast it before grinding too)

Heat ghee in a pan and add the whole spices ,fennel seeds,sea moss and the onions and

saute till onions turn pink.

Add the chopped tomatoes and beans with turmeric and salt and cook till tomato is soft

and well blended.

Next add the ground mixture and  saute for another minute.Add 1 cup water and allow

to boil.(check if the beans are tender,or you can pre- boil too).You can add more water

to suit your requirement.

Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.Add curd and methi leaves .

Remove from fire.

 

 

 

 

RICH MUTTON CURRY


This is a rich mutton curry,with coconut 

and nuts paste.Can be served with any rice

or any rotis, stringhoppers and hoppers.

I love to make this recipe in the pressure 

cooker as I like the meat to be really very 

tender.Solet’s move on to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 kg lamb/mutton

1 tblsp.ginger garlic paste

2 onions chopped

3-4 green chillies chopped

1 big tomato

2 potatoes peeled and cut into fours(add when adding coconut paste)

1/4 cup curd

1 tblsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp methi seeds,or fenugreek

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 coconut grated

10 almonds

10 cashewnuts

1 tblsp peanuts.

1 cup light tamarind water.(add when adding paste.)

3-4 tblsp ghee +oil 

For tempering

Onions,mustard,saunf,curry leaves

METHOD

First mix in all the ingredients (except the 

bold listed) with 1 tblsp oil,and pressure 

cook for 5 whistles.

Whilst this is cooking saute the bold listed in 1 tblsp ghee till coconut is light brown.

Grind to a paste.Once the meat is done,add the paste with the tamarind water.

Temper with mustard,onions,and saunf and curry leaves.

Pour on to the gravy ,cover with vent on again and cook on medium flame for another 10 minutes.

PANEER ‘N’ EGG GINGER MASALA


This dish is good to be served with pulaos ,fried rice,and rotis.No garlic is used in this dish.

Onion and ginger are ground together and sautéed till brown,and then the spices are added to

it.The same mixture can be used to make meat and seafood dishes.Even potatoes can be

made this way….Let’s move onto the protein packed recipe now….

INGREDIENTS

200 gm paneer

2-3 onions quartered

1 capsicum or 2-3 green chillies

5-6 boiled eggs

10 dried red chillies

3-4 tblsp. pieces of ginger

Thick tamarind water or 1/2 cup,or kokum water

1/4 tsp.pepper powder

Salt to taste.

1 tblsp rice flour ( you can use cashew paste or almond paste if you don’t like rice flour)

1 piece cinnamon

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp.cummin powder.

2 tblsp vinegar

2-3 tblsp ghee or oil

1 tsp sugar

METHOD

First grind the chillies ,and the onions and ginger to a paste.

Heat oil and add the ground paste with salt,sugar and sauté till brown.

Add paneer and the rest of the ingredients one by one and cook till thick

Tip:If you like to add tomatoes you could add purée of 2 tomatoes

You could first roast the onions brown and then grind too,without directly grinding

Fried paneer can be added to this curry

1-2 tsp oyster sauce/fish sauce.

FRIED FISH CURRY


This curry is a very rich,spicy,and awesome curry to have with rice,chappathis,rotis,hoppers

stringhoppers or anything which needs a curry accompaniment.You can use any fish you like,

but I like to use the small category with less bones.This dish is also categorised under stew fish

curry.Anyway let’s move on to the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

500-1 kg.fish

2 onions chopped finely

1 cup tamarind water (thick)

2 tomatoes coarsely ground

6-7 pips of garlic

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tblsp chilli powder

2-2.5 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 coconut ground to a fine paste.

Few curry leaves

Dried methi leaves / coriander leaves

1 tsp.mustard seeds

2 tsp fenugreek seeds

Salt to taste.

Oil to fry the fish

To marinade the fish

1 tblsp chilli powder

A pinch of turmeric powder

2 tsp salt.

METHOD

Marinade the fish ,and set aside for a few minutes and deep fry till golden brown and set

aside.

Heat 2 tblsp oil (from the leftover oil,which gives the added flavour).Add the mustard

seeds ,curry leaves,fenugreek seeds and the chopped onions.Let the onion brown a little,then

add the tomatoes with salt and turmeric .Add the chilli powder,coriander and cummin

powder and sauté till you see the tomatoes soft and oil separates.Next add the coconut

paste ,green chilliesand sauté further for 2-3 minutes .Add the tamarind water and required

amount of water,and allow to come to a boil .Add the fried fish and simmer for further 10

minutes.Sprinkle methi/coriander leaves.

MUTTON ROGAN JOSH 


Mutton rogan josh considered to be a dish from the Kashmiri cuisine and originating from 

Persia is an aromatic and rich dish .Get’s along well with chappathis,parathas,rotis,and any 

lightly flavoured pulaos,or plain rice.For the rich color Kashmiri chillies or powder has to be

Compulsorily used.I like to prepare this dish with Mutton chops ,or the meat first slightly 

roasted to seal the juices .The meat lightly fried in ghee and tossed in to the curry , gives 

excellent flavour .This recipe has slight changes compared to the traditional recipe.The same 

recipe can be tried with chicken or any other meat too.Anyway ,let me share this recipe with 

you .Do try and send me your comments and suggestions.

INGREDIENTS 

500 gm lamb /mutton

7-8 Kashmiri chillies soaked in hot water

1 tblsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp.mace powder

1/4 tsp ginger powder

A pinch of asafoetida 

2 bay leaves

A piece of cinnamon

3 green cardamons

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

2 onions finely minced

2 tomatoes chopped fine

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder

1 cup curd

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/4 cup ghee/ oil

Salt to taste

Spices to grind
1 tblsp.coriander seeds 

1 tblsp white khus khus seeds (poppy)

1/2 tsp.peppercorns

2 tsp.cummin seeds

2-3 cloves

1 black cardamom

1/4 cup coconut

10-12 almonds

METHOD 

First roast the spices listed for grinding ,and grind to a paste with the soaked Kashmiri chillies.

Mix this paste,ginger garlic paste,and the remaining spice powders,curd and marinade the 

mutton for some time.(minimum 10 minutes).Heat oil in a pressure cooker,add the whole spice

and onions and sauté till brown.Next add the tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are soft.

Add in the mutton marinade and cook till you see  the oil separate.Next add 1 cup hot water 

Cover cook for 5-6 whistles.Allow the steam to release on it’s own.Serve hot.