SWEET POTATO FRIES


Sweet potato has numerous health benefits.

Sweet potatoes help to improve insulin

resistance,and it is found that people who

consume lot of sweet potato have a less risk of

diabetes due to its fibre content.

This is just an outline of the health benefits.

If more healthy tips are preferred,you could

search the Internet.

Now to the recipe today.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet potatoes ( the quantity is your requirement) peeled or unpeeled and cut into strips.

1-2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Cornstarch ( a little to coat lightly)

Oil for frying

METHOD

•Boil the sweet potatoes with vinegar and salt.

•After it reaches a good bubbling boil,strain

and allow to cool lightly.(Spread it on a kitchen

towel )

•Add cornflour to a bowl and mix the sweet

potatoes lightly with your fingers.

•Fry till golden brown and crisp .

Tip : Fry 3/4th,and remove from oil .After

you have fried all the chips,refry to retain

crispness

This tip applies to all fried food .If you need

the crunchiness to last for some time you

could try this method .

FALAFEL STUFFED MUSHROOM


This was a lovely dish ,and everyone loved it .

Those who do not love mushroom will love this

dish .Can be served as a starter.

I had some soaked chickpeas in the fridge for

sprouting ,and used this to make the falafel

mixture .

Grilled this in a clay pot,with care,and as I

wanted the chickpeas filling to be browned too.

I added a little egg on the top , before turning

the mushroom to cook on the other side.

Before adding the stuffed mushrooms,into the

clay pot ,I added a little butter with pepper

powder and curry leaves .That spread a lovely

and appetising aroma .Remember not to slow

cook mushrooms as the mushrooms will

become soggy .Medium heat is good .

So,now let’s get into the recipe .

INGREDIENTS

Button mushrooms washed and stalks removed

1/2 cup chickpeas or channa

2 green chillies

A handful of coriander leaves

1 small onion chopped fine ( optional)

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp cumin seed powder

Salt to taste.

1 egg lightly beaten

Butter

1 tsp pepper powder ( coarse)

Few curry leaves

METHOD

•Cut the removed stalks fine and set aside .

•Grind the chickpeas,green chillies,coriander

leaves,garlic to a paste.

•Mix in with the chopped stalks with salt to

taste .

•Stuff each mushroom with the chickpeas mix.

•Heat a flat bottomed clay pot or a non stick

pan

•Add butter,curry leaves,pepper powder and a

pinch of salt .

•Immediately lay the mushrooms on the hot

butter.

•Cover and cook for about 7 minutes.(medium

flame )

•Pour the beaten egg on the top of each,cover

and cook for a 1 minute.

•Flip over to the other side and cook till golden

brown.

•Add butter to the sides of the mushroom only

if needed.

•Remove from fire and allow the mushrooms to

be in the clay pot ( if using)for 5 minutes .

•Then remove from the pot carefully and

serve .

TAMARIND,GINGER CAPSICUM CHUTNEY


When you see the South Indian breakfast

platter,you will see many colourful chutneys

served in a row .This is one recipe like that ,but

my innovated recipe.I love the red capsicum

and when I get it ,I use it for chutneys like this

too .Considering many health benefits in this

vegetable it’s best to use your culinary skills to

entice your family to consume this often.

So here’s to a chutney recipe with red capsicum

ginger and tamarind.

INGREDIENTS

1 big red capsicum cut ( seeds removed)

3 tbsp chopped ginger

Gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in hot water

3-4 dates or raisins

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp jaggery powder

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp sesame oil

Pinch of asafoetida

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil add ginger and sauté till brown.

Remove from pan and set aside

Now grind all the ingredients together (except

the mustard seeds,curry leaves,asafoetida

and jaggery ) with the tamarind .

Now add the mustard and curry leaves into the

same pan you fried the ginger.

Add the paste and asafoetida and cook for few

minutes .You can add water depending on the

required consistency .

PRAWN ‘N’PANEER STUFFED PEPPERS


Stuffed capsicum or peppers is a wonderful

and colourful starter to be served .

There are countless recipes to these categories

of stuffed vegetables.

Today I tried my version of prawn and paneer.

Simple and elegant !

Do try this recipe and post in your comments!

INGREDIENTS

4-5 capsicum cut into half ( horizontal or vertical)

1 onion chopped

100-200 gm prawns cut into small pieces

1 big garlic clove chopped fine

1 green chilli chopped ( optional)

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp chilli powder / pepper powder

Salt to taste

1 -2 eggs beaten lightly

Paneer pieces

A little butter to smear the inside of the

capsicum

METHOD

•Scoop out the inside of the capsicum(not

seeds).

•Smear the inside of the capsicum with butter

and salt.

•Heat butter in a pan,and add flour and spice to

it and cook till light brown.

•Add the prawns,garlic,and onions and mix

well .

•Add a little water enough for a sauce,and

remove from fire.

•Stuff each capsicum with filling .

•Add beaten eggs ( just pour a little below the

level)

•Place a cube of paneer on each. ( you could use

grated cheese too)

•Bake in a preheated oven (200C for 10-15

minutes)

•For variations ,you could try any minced meat

or roasted meat or seafood .

LADIES FINGER CRISPIES


These are amazing to be served hot,as a side

dish with rice, especially with a vegan meal .

Ladies finger has to be cut into strips dipped in

batter and fried crisp.

If you are in a hurried mode , you could add

the ingredients listed for batter directly into the

cut vegetable and sprinkle a little water,and fry

I did the same hurried mode method 😀.

Those who do not like this vegetable will love it

this way,so do try this and post your comments.

INGREDIENTS

200 gm ladies finger cut into strips

1/2 cup gram flour

1 tbsp rice flour

1 tsp flour

1 tsp amchur powder

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste

METHOD

Wash and cut the vegetable into strips.

Mix the ingredients in a bowl with salt .

Mix into the cut vegetable till well coated .

Sprinkle a little water if needed .

Fry in oil (shallow / deep ) till crisp.

GREEN GRILLED GHEE CHICKEN


This is a grilled chicken with ground greens

and a dollop of cheese !

Marinated and grilled in the oven .Addition

of ghee gave an awesome outcome of crunch

and taste .

Enjoyed every bit of it!

Now to share the recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm chicken

For the marinade

1 inch piece ginger

6-7 garlic cloves

4 green chillies

A handful of coriander leaves

A handful of mint leaves

1/2 cup cheese ( creamy )

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Salt to taste

1 tsp olive oil/ ghee

2 tbsp of ghee to pour over before grilling

METHOD

Grind the greens,green chillies,ginger,garlic to

a paste ( not very fine ).

Add in the rest of the ingredients, and set aside

for minimum 30 minutes.

Arrange chicken pieces on a grill tray,pour ghee

on top and grill for 40 minute in an oven .

Flip over and grill for another 10 -15 minutes

Serve !

SQUID FRY


Squid in seafood is good source of protein and

good cholesterol . Deep frying increases the bad

cholesterol levels,like fried calamari . When

cooked or baked the effects are vice-versa.So do

your check before cooking . Once in a way

having dishes like this is no sin,but considering

healthattacks it’s best to give prominence to

what you put on the table .

This recipe is boiled and stir fried with less oil.

An excellent side dish for any meal !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

500 gm cleaned and cut squid

2 onions sliced

2-3 tomatoes

1/4 of a coconut

A little tamarind soaked in water ( size of

gooseberry) or kokum or vinegar

1 tbsp chilli powder

3/4 tbsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

2 tbsp coconut oil + a little butter or ghee

1 tsp rice flour ( to thicken )

1 tsp chilli powder (for cooking in pressure )

METHOD

•First cook the squid with 1 tsp chilli powder

and salt in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles.

•Allow the steam to release on it’s own.

•Heat oil in a kadai add curry leaves and

onions and sauté till light brown.

•Grind the tomato,tamarind and coconut

together,and add to the onions .

•Add in the rest of the spices and cook till oil

starts to separate .

•Add the cooked and strained squid ( reserve a

cup of the liquid ) and mix well.

•Next add the reserved stock with rice flour

and cook till thick mixing at intervals .

•Finally add a tsp of ghee or butter and remove

from fire .

Garnish with kasuri methi or curry leaves

•Serve!

SWEET ‘N’ SOUR BABY CORN


Fried rice served,is never complete without a

sweet’n’sour dish !

Today it’s a baby corn, pineapple dish . I always

love the sweet and sour with pineapple ,if not

with orange juice ! I do not use soy sauce or aji-

no -moto in any recipe ,instead add fish sauce

or oyster sauce in minute quantities.

If you love soya sauce,then I have given the

option for it in my recipe .

The baby corn is first dipped in batter ,fried,

and added to the prepared hot sauce .

Moving to the recipe now

For the batter

Ingredients

1 egg

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp red chilli powder

salt

Oil for frying

Method

Separate the egg white from yolk,and beat

the egg white stiff.

Add baking powder to flour , and mix in the

rest of the ingredients .

If needed add 1 tbsp water.

Dip and fry to a golden brown colour.

INGREDIENTS

200 gm baby corn mixed with chilli powder

and salt

1 big onion chopped

2 -3 green chillies slit thin

1 tomato chopped

1 tsp ginger garlic paste ( coarse)

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp coarse pepper powder

1/2 cup tomato ketchup

1 tsp soy sauce/ fish sauce/ oyster sauce

1 tbsp oil

1/2 cup pineapple pieces chopped

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp cornflour mixed in 1 cup water

METHOD

•Heat oil, add onion tomato , ginger-garlic

paste.

•Next add the rest of the ingredients except the

cornflour mixture and cook on high flame ,for

10 minutes.

•Next add cornflour mixture .

•The mixture will thicken.

•Cook for 4-5 minutes . Remove from

fire.

•Add the fried corn ,mix and serve .

•Garnish with spring onion leaves

Note : The sauce should not be too thick .The

consistency should be ‘pouring’.

This is the basic sauce for sweet and sour .

You can use prawns,fish,chicken …or any of

your favourites battered and fried .

2 RECIPES WITH AMARANTH LEAVES


These recipes are with Amaranth leaves also

known as ‘ Arai keerai ‘ in Tamil.

I have tried this with other greens , but this

particular green gives an unique flavour with

rice .

Carrot with amaranth was a try today, and

served with fish curry it was finger -licking .

Amaranth with potato, with egg , with peanuts

are some of the combinations you could try .

Do try and post your comments!

To the recipes , first to the rice recipe

KEERAI RICE

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups cooked rice

1 cup greens chopped fine

2-3 cloves garlic crushed with peel

Ghee or oil

1/2 tsp mustard

2-3 dry chillies

2 tsp spice powder *

1/2 tsp turmeric

A pinch of asafoetida

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil add mustard seeds, dry chillies ,garlic

and asafoetida .

Next add the greens ,turmeric and sauté till the

greens are 3/4th cooked .

Add rice and mix well

Lastly add the spice powder ,mix well for a

minute and remove from fire .

Keep covered for few minutes and serve with

raita, papads and potato masala .

Good vegan meal !


Now to the spice powder recipe .You could use this for any variety rice , and has to be added at the end only

2 tbsp gram dal ( kadala parippu)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

Few curry leaves

1 tsp coriander seeds

Dry roast for few minutes ( Do not allow the

fenugreek seeds to brown) , and powder .


KEERAI – CARROT PORIYAL

INGREDIENTS

1 cup keerai chopped

3 carrots chopped

1 onion

2 crushed cloves garlic

1 green chilli chopped

1-2 tsp red chilli flakes

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 small tomato

1 red capsicum ( optional)

Powder 1 tsp cummin seeds and 1/4 coconut

together coarsely

1/2 lemon juice

1 tbsp coconut oil

METHOD

Heat oil ,add onions garlic and sauté till

translucent .

Add tomato with turmeric and salt and cook for

2-3 minutes

Next add carrot, greens , chilli flakes and cook

on a low flame covered till carrots are cooked .

Next add coconut mixture and mix . Remove

from fire after a minute,and add lemon juice.

APPLE CURRY


Boiled apple has numerous health benefits.

Keeping this in mind thought to make a curry

with the fruit.

We make fruit curries like mango curry,

ambarella ( Asian fruit)or June plum curries .

All these curries are suggested healthy , and in

addition to this you could try making apple

curry .

Pointing to a few health benefits of boiled apple

•Boosts immunity against cold and flu

•Lowers acidity,reduces inflammation

•Good for diabetic patients ……

So,do try this recipe and post in your comments

and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

3-4 apples ( cored and cut into 4 )

6-8 cloves garlic

Small strip of rampe( pandan leaf)/lemon grass

1/2 tsp mustard

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1-2 dry chillies

Few curry leaves

1/2 tsp peppercorns

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

2 tsp coriander powder

1 piece cinnamon

1/4 tsp garam masala powder

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup tamarind water / 2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp coconut oil / any oil you use

salt to taste

Few curry leaves

METHOD

•Heat oil ,add cinnamon,rampe,mustard,

fenugreek, dry chillies

•Next add the Kashmiri chilli powder and salt .

•Immediately add the cut apples and garlic and

sauté for 5 minutes.

•Next add the rest of the spice powders,and

mix.

•Add tamarind water,sugar and cook till apples

are soft .

•Add coconut milk and cook further on a low

flame for few minutes .

•Curry should be thick

•Can be served with rice .