LOTUS STEM SALAD


Lotus stem an aquatic plant,has many essential

vitamins and minerals.

It helps to prevent viral infections,and boosts

the Immunity system .

Considered to be a great source of VitaminC,

aids in the production of red blood cells .

This root vegetable can be made with curries,

mainly fish.Here’s the link to the fish curry.

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/kashmiri-fish-nlotus-stem-curry/?preview=true

Stir fries made with tiny prawns,or maldive

fish is a favourite and a frequent dish in Asian

cuisines .

Today’s recipe is a salad with fried lotus stems .

Now to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3-4 stems lotus stems ( peeled and sliced thin)

2 onions sliced thin

2 green chillies sliced

2 tomatoes sliced thin

Pepper and salt to taste

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

To marinade the stems

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt

Oil for frying

METHOD

First marinade the stems for few minutes.

•Fry till golden brown and set aside .

•Mix the rest of the ingredients in another

bowl,and add the fried lotus stems .

Mix well,serve .

A good side dish with rice!

PALAK CORN ‘N’ EGG


This is an amazing dish with rotis or as stuffing

for puff pastries,or buns .

Corn contains valuable vitamins and minerals

necessary for your overall health.

Corn is one food, which can be added to many

preparations and many cuisines.It will be a

long list if,I have to name each dish with corn,

and baby corn ,so I will move on to the recipe

right away 😀.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup corn pellets/ baby corn

2 cups spinach( Palak)

2 green chillies

5-6 garlic cloves

1 tsp cumin seed

2 tbsp almonds/cashew ( powdered coarse)

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 onion chopped

1 piece cinnamon

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp amchur powder/ 1 tbsp curd /1 tsp lime

juice.

Salt to taste

1-2 eggs

2 tbsp fresh cream ( optional)

2 tbsp butter/ghee

METHOD

• Grind the washed palak leaves,with green

chillies,cumin seed,garlic to a coarse paste.

•Heat butter/ghee in a kadai,and add the onions

•Add cinnamon,and let the onions brown

lightly .

•Next add the corn pellets,and sauté for 2-3

minutes.

•Add the eggs, and mix

• Next add the ground palak mixture,and the

remaining ingredients .

•Cook for few minutes ,on a low flame till corn

is well blended with the Palak mixture.

•Remove from fire .

•Add fresh cream and serve .

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 .

SPICED PINEAPPLE RAITA


This is a recipe to be served as a side dish for

pulao,biriyani or rice .

This is a perfect sweet and sour dish with a

blend of curd and pineapple .

Today’s recipe is a little different in my way,so

do try this combination and post in your

comments .

INGREDIENTS

1/2 of a pineapple cored, peeled and cut into

slices

Few cashew nuts

1 piece cinnamon

Curry leaves

1 small green chilli cut

1 tbsp butter / ghee

1 tsp chilli powder

1-2 cups curd

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp mustard powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Salt to taste

METHOD

•Heat butter in a pan,add cinnamon, cashew

and fry lightly .

•Add the pineapple and the rest of the spices

except mustard powder .

•Sauté for 5 minutes and remove from fire .

•Allow to cool slightly .

•Whisk curd and mix into the cooked pineapple

•Garnish with coriander leaves.

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.

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.

BAKED CHEESY CAPSICUM


This is an excellent recipe with red capsicum/

peppers.Good to be served as starters.

The bright red colour attracts you ,even if you

are not a vegetable lover.

Considering the health benefits, and the rich

nutrients it contains ,I try adding into salads ,

chutneys ,rice ……..Red capsicum when

compared to the green has more benefits

and taste,so do try red capsicum often .( do I

sound like a brand ambassador for red

capsicum?🤣)

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Red capsicum cut into 2 ,and stalks cut off .

150 -200 gm grated paneer ( cottage cheese)

1-2 tsp red chilli paste*

1 finely chopped green chilli

Few parsley/ coriander leaves /spring onions /

leeks / thinly chopped Palak( spinach)

3-4 tbsp panko / coarse breadcrumbs

Enough grated cheese to top the peppers

A little oil and salt mixed to apply inside the

peppers before stuffing

METHOD

•Mix grated paneer with chilli paste,green

chilli,parsley and mix well .

•Add panko and mix lightly

•Stuff the peppers with the paneer filling

•Sprinkle grated cheese on it

•Arrange on a baking tray,and bake in a 200C

oven for 12-15 minutes .

Place the tray in another tray filled with

little water before baking .( water bath).


*The key ingredient to the taste is the chilli

paste, so choose a good one

The paste I made was a lemongrass chilli paste

A tic -tac -toe recipe but turned out super.

So now to share

INGREDIENTS

2 stalks lemon grass

10-12 red chillies soaked

3 green chillies

3 lime leaves

A small piece ginger

10 cloves garlic

2 -3 tbsp jaggery / country sugar

1 piece raw turmeric

Salt

2 tsp oil

METHOD

Grind all together except oil ,and heat for 5

minutes ,and use .Refrigerate and use when

needed.

I used in baking too ( post to be shared)

BITTERGOURD DELIGHT


Bitter gourd can never be a delight for all ,but if

cooked with care,it can be transformed into a

delicious dish. I have posted recipes of bitter

gourd salad with tips to minimise the bitterness

Check out https://calinskitchen.com/2014/10/10/bitter-gourd-salad/

Considering the health benefits , it is best to

have this vegetable in your home menu !

To today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

3-4 bittergourd cut fine and seeds removed

2 onion chopped

1 green chilli chopped

4-5 cloves garlic

Grind to a coarse paste

4-5 seedless dates

1 tbsp vinegar

5-7 dry red chillies

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

2 tbsp tomato sauce / ketchup

2 tbsp jaggery

1/4 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

METHOD

•After the washing and bitterness removal process ( check link above )

•Heat oil ,add onions and garlic and sauté till it turns colour.

•Add the gourd with turmeric and salt,and cook till soft.

•Add the ground paste ,jaggery and tomato ketchup and cook till well combined

STEAMED BOTTLE GOURD DHOKLA KORMA


It’s like the vegan meat korma,a little extra

effort and you will not regret your time in the

making .Can be served with rotis or any rice .

You could fry these dumplings and add to the

curry.

The curry/ korma may be made to your choice

too.

Let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

250 gm bottle gourd peeled and grated

1/4 cup besan flour ( chick pea flour)

1/2 cup wheat flour ( this amount may vary

when you mix )

1 tsp.amchur powder (dry mango powder)/

lime juice

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp ginger paste

2 finely chopped green chillies

Salt to taste

METHOD

Squeeze out excess water ,and mix in with the

rest of the ingredients . Divide into portions

and make into medium sized rolls.

Steam for 10 minutes . Remove and allow to

cool . Cut into bite sized pieces .


KORMA

INGREDIENTS

1 onion chopped

2 green chilies

2 tomatoes

1/2 tsp methi

6-7 cloves garlic

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/4 coconut +few cashews ground to a paste.

1-2 tbsp ghee / oil

Coriander leaves

METHOD

•Grind the bold listed ingredients coarse.

•Heat ghee and sauté onion till translucent.

•Add garam masala,turmeric,salt.

•Add the ground tomato paste,and cook on a

slow fire till oil separates ( 10 minutes)

•Add water required with cashew- coconut

paste.

•Let it come to boil ,simmer for few minutes .

•Remove from fire,and sprinkle coriander

leaves.

ROASTED GARLIC ,BRINJAL IN CURD


Simple and elegant dish!Tastes amazing,and a

finger-licking dish.

The flavour of roasted garlic and the blend,of

curd,may look simple,but the taste is exquisite!

A fit to any cuisine !

Let’s get into the recipe …

INGREDIENTS

3-4 brinjal sliced thin and marinaded in 1 tsp

chilli powder and salt.

2-3 green chillies cut thin

5-6 peeled whole garlic

1 tsp chilli flakes

Chives cut

1 cup beaten curd

Salt to taste

3-4 tbsp for grilling

METHOD

Heat oil in a shallow pan.

Add the sliced brinjal and whole garlic and fry

on both sides till golden brown.Remove from

fire and set aside .

Add the beaten curd to a bowl , with the rest of

the ingredients except chilli flakes.

Sprinkle the chilli flakes and serve !

LADIES FINGER IN CURD


In fact I don’t know to title some dishes

according to authenticity, it’s just what comes

to my mind,I write so please do excuse .

Ladies finger,bhindi,vendakka,okra is one

vegetable you should compulsorily include

during summers.This one has the creamy,spicy

curd taste.Good to serve with rice and curry .

Peanuts or channa dal can be added or even

cooked plain.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

250 gm ladies finger washed and cut

1 tomato

1 onion chopped

2-3 cloves garlic

2 green chillies +2tbsp coconut coarsely ground

1/2 cup slightly beaten curd

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp sugar

For tempering

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp channa dal

Curry leaves

Pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

Heat oil, and add the ingredients for tempering.

Add onions,garlic,tomatoes with salt and

turmeric and sauté for few minutes.

Next add the cut vegetable with the chilli

powder , cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the ground paste , sugar and curd and

cook for further 5 minutes .

Remove from fire .

KOVAKKAI FRY (IVY GOURD)


Ivy gourd ,kovakkai ,coccinea is a vegetable

which resembles a tiny watermelon. It contains

many health benefits. Good for diabetic,heart,

pressure related problems …,and many more to

find .

This vegetable can be sliced fine ,and made into

a salad, cooked with coconut milk , cooked with

tomatoes and chilli flakes and well suited for

rice or rotis.

Well,today’s recipe is a fry , with sambhar

masala. The easiest and tastiest .

To the recipe….

INGREDIENTS

250 gm kovakkai ( washed and cut into strips)

2 tblsp sambhar masala powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

salt to taste

Oil/ ghee

1 tblsp lime juice / 1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp besan flour ( gram dal flour)

METHOD

First cook the vegetable with turmeric salt and

water( 1/2 cup water).Once the water is starting

to dry up , add the sambhar masala,besan flour

and oil .

Cook till the masala is well blended with the

vegetable.

Remove from fire . Serve with rice or rotis!

BOTTLE GOURD +NUTS PAKODA


Pakoda or pakora whatever the variety may be

it’s good for side dishes with variety rice,and

good to be served with tea .

I have posted recipes and variations of this

dish.

https://calinskitchen.com/2016/02/22/crunchy-pakodas-or-pakoras/

Click on the link for the recipe .

Today’s recipe is with grated bottlegourd

(.Sorakkai), sunflower seeds,and pumpkin

seeds.

Tip to fry : First fry till 3/4th done. Remove

from fire and fry again to a golden color .

This way the crisp texture will last longer.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup grated bottle gourd

1 onion chopped

1 -2 green chillies chopped

1-2 cloves garlic crushed

3 tblsp. Sunflower seeds

3 tblsp pumpkin seeds

1 tsp chillie powder

3/4 cup gram flour

2 tblsp rice flour

1 tblsp all purpose flour/ wheat flour

1-2 tblsp melted ghee

Salt to taste

1 tsp saunf

A pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

As the bottlegourd contains water , do not add

water .

Just mix in all the ingredients together.

If you can hold the dough with the tips of your

fingers , do not add water.

Heat oil in a pan, and drop little portions

pinching with the tips of your fingers (shapes

will be rustic).

Do not roll like for cutlets .Fry till 3/4th done .

Remove from oil . After frying all ,refry till

golden brown.

BRINJAL CAVIAR (GOTSU)


This South Indian dish is well suited with

rice .The fleshy eggplant or Aubergine is the

best for these type of dishes.

The brinjal is roasted/steamed and mixed with

tamarind and spices in the authentic recipe

My version of this dish was, to add mango for

the tangy taste, and it turned to be much more

tastier than the original recipe .

The best type of rices to match this would be

plain steamed rice ,cummin seed rice ,coconut

rice or any pulaos.

Now to the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

1 big brinjal ( Aubergine,Egg plant,)

1 raw mango ( peeled and chopped)

1-2 tsp cummin seed powder

1 tsp chilli flakes.

1 tsp oil ( olive oil,sesame oil)

Salt to taste

For tempering

1 tblsp ghee / sesame oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1-2 dry chillies

Small piece of ginger chopped

Few curry leaves

A tsp of jaggery powder (add after tempering)

Coriander leaves to garnish.

A pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

Steam/roast the brinjal, and mango together

with salt and a tsp of oil .

Remove after it is cooked and scoop out the

pulp if you don’t like the skin .( I blended with

skin on with the mango ).Blend with the mango

and temper with the ingredients listed for

tempering .Add cummin seed powder and chilli

flakes.Remove from fire .

If you prefer , you could add finely chopped

onions ,green chillies and a little coconut to

garnish.

So do try this recipe and post in your valued

likes and comments!

BOILED POTATO SALAD


This is an easy salad,and will be a favourite of

potato lovers.A simple tasty dish .You can omit

the red chilli flakes, if you are serving kids.Just a

little sprinkle of pepper would be fine.

I’m going to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

5-6 boiled and peeled potatoes ( lightly mashed)

1/2 cup grated coconut

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 green chillies finely

grated carrot

1-2 tblsp of red chilli flakes

Chopped coriander leaves

Lemon juice to taste

Salt to taste

METHOD

Just mix all the ingredients,and it’s ready to serve!