CAULIFLOWER,CARROT,POTATO MASALA


This is another version of potato masala which could be served with poori,chappathi,and

masala dosai.Poori and potato masala is a delight in the South Indian platter.This is served at

breakfast,dinner ,and also at tea.The puffed up steaming poori and this masala aroma ,surely

kindles up your taste buds.This is a one pot dish,easy and quick. (Pressure cooker is best)

For the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

3-4 potatoes peeled and cubed (drop in water to avoid browning)

1 cup cauliflower florets

1 big carrot cut into cubes

2 onions chopped

2-3 green chillies chopped

1 inch piece ginger chopped

1/2 tsp.mustard

2 red chillies

1 small piece cinnamon

1 tomato

2-3 cloves

Curry leaves

1/4 tsp asafoetida (optional)

2 tblsp ghee / oil

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp peppercorns

Curry leaves/mint leaves

1 tblsp.gram dal flour/or wheat flour(atta) mixed in quarter cup of water.

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Heat oil in a pressure pan.Add mustard,curry leaves,asafoetida ,cinnamon,cloves,and onions.

When the onions are translucent add the ginger and green chillies with turmeric,and tomato.

Sauté for 2 minutes.Next add the vegetables and the peppercorns and cook for another 5

minutes .Add 1 cup water.Cover and cook for 2-3 whistles.

Allow steam to escape on its own.

Mix in the gram flour mixture,and cook on a slow flame till thick (not very thick).Serve hot.

If you want a rich taste ,add a tsp.or more of ghee on top while serving.

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CAPSICUM ‘N’ RAW PAPAYA CHUTNEY


Papaya and capsicum is another healthy chutney you have to try.I have posted the benefits

and recipes of capsicum in my previous posts.Now it’s with the combination of raw papaya.

Raw papaya is good to burn fat,controls bowel movements.It is a good remedy for indigestion

heart burn,stomach ulcers,gastric problems,controls proper flow of blood and maintains

blood pressure.So,considered good for heart patients too.You can slice the raw papaya and

cook with dal,make pickles,jam,juices,salads,mallum or poriyal with coconut.

Today I’m going to bring you the recipe for raw papaya and capsicum chutney.You can

combine with other veggies like,chow chow,carrot,green tomato,red tomato,coriander leaves

ginger,garlic,raw mango……..You could start your culinary expertise,and inventions to get into

some more combinations …..Do share your suggestions and comments.

To the recipe..

INGREDIENTS

2 green capsicum

1 cup peeled and chopped raw papaya

3-4 garlic with peel on

7-8 red chillies

2 tblsp.coriander seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

2 tblsp channa dal (kadala parippu)

Few curry leaves(optional)

Salt to taste

Small piece of tamarind

1 tblsp oil.

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan and roast the bold listed ,till the dal turns light brown.

In the same oil,sauté the capsicum and raw papaya for 5-10 minutes.

Grind all together to a paste.Serve with Iddli,dosai ,rice,or rotis.

Note:If you like you could temper.

CARAMELISED APPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE


This is an amazing dessert you should definitely try !The soft caramelised apples,is really

divine.

You can serve with ice-cream,or cream.It was excellent served plain.To serve with ice-

cream or cream is your choice.

You can use any type of apples for this recipe.I have used the Granny Smith apples ..

So ..let’s dive in to the recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

2 apples cored,peeled , sliced or quartered

1 tsp cinnamon powder

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tblsp butter

1 cup castor sugar / brown sugar

2 egg whites

2 egg yolks

1/4 cup milk mixed with 1 tsp vinegar,or yoghurt

1/2 tsp grated lemon zest

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 heaped cup flour (120 gm)

1/2 tsp.baking powder

METHOD

Caramelise the (3/4 cup) sugar by heating without water,in the pan you are going to make the

cake.

Heat on a low flame till it is of a nice golden color and sugar dissolved.Add butter and mix

carefully.Switch off the flame ,and arrange the apple slices with the cinnamon and lemon zest

sprinkled on top.

Now cook again till the apples are partially soft on a low flame.Remove from fire and set

aside.

For the cake

Beat the egg whites stiff and add 1 cup sugar gradually and beat.Alternatively add the egg

yolks and beat well till creamy.Add essence

Fold in the flour with the baking powder.

Pour over stewed apples and bake in a moderate oven for 30-35 minutes

You can add raisins and nuts in the cake if you like.Well…I added raisins.

Tip – Stem ginger or dried ginger chips can be added with raisins

Orange peel and ginger can be added to the cake

A mix of dried fruits and nuts .

Do try this recipe and send in your comments….

QUICKEST CURRIED PRAWN PASTA


This pasta has less ingredients ,and less time in making too.Not the usual pasta ingredients…

Good for lunch boxes ,and quick fix food.

I’m moving on to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

200-250 gm cooked pasta ( reserve 1/4 cup of the drained water)

10 red chillies

1 tblsp. ginger -garlic paste

1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp.kashmiri chilli powder(for the color)

100 gm prawns

1 big leeks/ spring onions chopped

1/4 cup cauliflower chopped fine or cabbage

1 green chilli chopped

2 tblsp.butter

1 tblsp red wine vinegar/ plain vinegar

Salt to taste

METHOD

Grind the bold listed coarsely and set aside.

Heat the butter,and add the prawns and sauté till it changes color

Next add the chilli paste and cook for further 2-3 minutes

Add the chopped leeks,cauliflower,and the chillies and mix well.

Add cooked pasta and the water ( drained water)

Add the wine vinegar ,mix well and remove from fire.

Garnish with parsley or coriander leaves if you like.

GINGER ‘N’ RADISH CHUTNEY


Both these root vegetables are nature’s gift to us.Ginger has been used in early times till date in all forms of traditional medicines.It is a good remedy for nausea,common cold,coughs,joint pains (taken internally or applied externally ).Ginger is considered good for diabetics,mixed with radish and taken as a juice helps to regulate sugar levels.Please do find more about its benefits and enjoy the benefits.

An outline on the benefits of radish -It is good for kidney stones,skin,intestinal worms,rebuilding tissues ,heart diseases .Radish can also relieve congestion,and prevent respiratory problems.This is only an outline,so please do search about it benefits.

Now for the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

1 big radish cut into small pieces

2 tblsp peeled ginger strips.

1 piece Kokum(kodumpuli or Goraka) or tamarind

2-3 dates

1/4 tsp.pepper

1-2 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste.

2 tsp oil

1/4 cup roasted gram / peanuts

METHOD

Heat oil and sauté the radish pieces till you see the edges turning brown.Add the kokum

and sauté for 1 minute.Add all to blender and grind to a thick chutney.

Serve with Iddli,dosai,rice or any roti .

CLICK on for radish and carrot chutney RACATO CHUTNEY

CARAMEL ‘N’CHOCOLATE NO BAKE CHEESECAKE


Caramel and chocolate is a ‘wow’ combination in desserts.Whether it is a cake,pudding,

or ice-cream or any sweet,this combination is to drool for.Hope you all agree with me …

Anyway,let me get into the recipe now .The crust is the basic digestive biscuit crust.You can

opt for mixed nuts crust,or any biscuits of your choice.This cheesecake is caramel

based ,made with brown sugar.The topping is a gelatine based chocolate.

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

1 cup digestive biscuits

25 gm butter

2 tblsp.sugar (brown or white)

Mix all the ingredients in a processor,and press on a spring form pan or pie dish evenly.Cover

and put into the fridge till you prepare the filling.

Option -You can bake this crust for 15 minutes,if you like.

For the filling

200gm cream cheese or cottage cheese (room temperature)

100 gm brown sugar

1 sachet gelatine (4 tsps)

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup thick warm milk

1/2 tsp vanilla/ caramel essence

1 cup cream ( lightly whipped)

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites

Method

Soak the gelatine in 1/4 cup water .Allow it to bloom.

Beat egg yolks and the sugar,and milk and cook on a low flame till slightly thick.

Melt the gelatine over a cup of boiling water,and pour the gelatine into the egg yolk

mixture,and heat till gelatine melts on a low flame.

Beat the cream cheese till it’s creamy .

Mix in the whipped cream,and the egg yolk mixture.

Beat egg whites stiff and to cream cheese mixture.

Pour into prepared crust and chill in fridge till set

For the topping

100 gm dark /milk chocolate

2 tsp gelatine

1/4 cup hot water

1/4 cup cream

Heat cream and chocolate in a Bain Marie (double boiler).

Mix gelatine in hot water till no granules are seen.

Mix into the chocolate mix,and mix well.

When well blended pour over set cheese cake and chill.

Decorate with nuts or chocolate.

Note: Always cover the cheesecake pan bottom with a cling film or foil to avoid liquid seeping out.

ORANGE N HORSE GRAM RASAM


Rainy days,monsoon times call for comfort foods like hot steaming rasam with rice ….I

thought to share with you all today an awesome orange rasam recipe loaded with

Vitamin C.

I used the tropical Kamala orange,you can use any orange.This is a combination with

horsegram which is good for fat loss,and a good source of energy.Horsegram rasam is

considered to be a good remedy for cough and colds too.It is also a good relief for those

with arthritis….and many more benefits if you search.So let’s move on to this simple and

easy recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Extract of one orange

1 tblsp.peppercorns

2 tblsp.horsegram or Kollu

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 tsp.coriander seeds

8-9 pips of garlic

1 -2 dry chillies

1/2 a tomato

1/4 tsp.asafoetida

Curry leaves

1/4 tsp.turmeric

light tamarind water 2-3 cups

salt to taste.

1/4 tsp.mustard

1/4 tsp.methi

2 red chillies

2 tsp.oil

METHOD

Grind the bold listed coarsely and set aside.

Heat oil ,add asafoetida,curry leaves,mustard,chillies,and methi and sauté for a minute.

Next add the ground mixture and sauté for a further two minutes.Add 1/2 cup water and

boil for 5-10 minutes.Next Add tamarind water and allow to reach a boil.Add salt to

taste.Add orange juice and remove from fire.Serve hot with plain or steamed rice.

HORSE GRAM LIME RASAM- click on for lime and horsegram rasam

SQUID MASALA


This masala can be served with any type of rice and rotis.The masala is prepared and ground

first,and then the squid is added.This is a spicy dish with a sway,towards chettinadu cuisine.

Let’s get into the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

500 gm squid(cleaned )

For the masala

2-3 big onions cut into quarters

5-6 pips garlic (with peel on)

7-10 red chillies

1+1/2 tblsp coriander seeds

2 tsp.cummin seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp.peppercorns

1 tsp.saunf

1/4 cup coconut

1 tblsp.white poppy seeds(khus khus)

1 inch piece cinnamon

2 cardamons

3 cloves

1 mace

2 tomatoes cut

Curry leaves

2-3 tblsp gingelly oil

1/4 cup tamarind water

1 tsp.sugar or jaggery

METHOD

Heat half of the oil.First add the onions and sauté till brown.Next add the rest of the

ingredients,except for the bold listed and roast till you see the fenugreek or the methi in it

turns golden brown and not burnt ( otherwise it will be bitter).Saute the tomatoes slightly in

the same pan and add to mixture and grind to a paste.

Heat the remaining oil ,add curry leaves and the masala and cook till it is thick.(If it turns

watery you could add a tblsp.of rice flour).Once it starts to thicken ,add tamarind water and

the cleaned squid and cook till thick and squid is done.Add sugar or jaggery and remove from

fire.

Garnish with curry leaves.

MANGO PULAO


I have posted before the traditional mango rice.This mango rice has a different

flavour,and is prepared with fine cubed raw mango.

Dwelling on the health benefits of this sour treat is,that it helps in weight loss,builds up

energy,prevents sunstroke ,treats blood disorders (rich in vitaminC),constipation ,liver

disordersand many more.Diabetics can take it with yoghurt to control sugar levels.

Constipation can be treated with raw mango with salt,pepper and honey.It is also a body

Coolant,and a good summer treat.Moving on to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

1 big raw mango chopped

4-5 green chillies

2 tblsp white khus khus(poppy seeds)

3 tblsp coconut

1 tsp saunf

Curry leaves/ mint leaves

1 inch piece ginger chopped

Cashews ( optional)

250 gm basmati rice / any pulao rice soaked for 10 minutes

Small piece of cinnamon,

2 cloves

Salt to taste.

Ghee or oil 3 tblsp

METHOD

Grind to a paste the bold listed ingredients

Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel.Add ginger,whole spices,and the cut mango and sauté

for a minute.Next add the soaked and drained rice and cook for another minute.Add the

ground paste,and mix well.Add warm water 1 inch above rice level.Add salt to

taste.Cover and cook on a very slow flame for 10- 15 minutes or till done.Garnish with

fried cashewnuts if you like.

Serve with any curry ,raita,mint chutney.

MANGO RICE-click for mango rice

EGG PITTU/PORIYAL


This is scrambled egg with coconut ,a good side dish for rice ,and rotis.Good for savoury

pancakes too.

To the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

5-6 eggs beaten

1/2 tsp turmeric

3-4 green chillies chopped fine

2 pips garlic chopped fine

Pepper and salt to taste

1/2 -3/4 cup coconut.

1 tblsp.butter

Few curry leaves

METHOD

Heat butter,add garlic ,green chillies and the beaten egg with turmeric and salt andscramble.

Don’t add coconut when the egg is watery.Allow it to scramble and then add coconut .Add

pepper and remove from fire.