Monday, January 31, 2011

CHAYOTE CHAPATHI/ROTI





INGREDIENTS


Chayote squash--------------1
Green chilly-------------------1
Wheat flour--------------------2 cups or as needed
Butter or ghee or olive oil---1 tbsp
Salt to taste


METHOD
  • Peel off the skin of chayote and remove the seed inside.Cut chayote in to pieces.
  • Now grind chayote and green chilly to a smooth paste.Add little water if needed.
  • Add a pinch of salt to it and keep it aside.


  1. Now take wheat flour in a bowl and instead of adding water for kneading the dough use the above ground chayote paste.
  2. Now apply ghee or oil in palm and knead it good like the usual chapathi dough.
  3. Make small dumplings and roll it using a rolling pin.Then cook both sides in a hot griddle.(Do the same way you make usual chapathi)
  4. Serve hot and enjoy this healthy roti.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

MACARONI AND CHEESE







INGREDIENTS


Macaroni-----------------------1 cup
Sharp cheddar cheese-------1/4 cup(grate or cut in to small chunks)
Milk------------------------------1/4 cup
Garlic powder-----------------a pinch
Onion powder-----------------a pinch
Italian seasoning--------------a pinch
Salt -------------------------------to taste


METHOD

  1. Cook macaroni in boiling water with a pinch of salt in it.
  2. Once cooked,drain off the water and pour cool water to it and then again drain off the water.
  3. Keep this macaroni aside.
  4. Now in a medium heat pan add milk and cheese.Mix it continuously till the cheese melts.
  5. Add a pinch of salt to it if needed and then add cooked macaroni to it.Mix it good till cheese is fully incorporated with the macaroni.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate or bowl and add a pinch of garlic powder,onion powder,Italian seasoning etc on top.This is optional and is up to individual taste.Also,you can add extra grated cheese on top if you prefer. 
  7. Serve hot.


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Saturday, January 29, 2011

CHICKEN PASANDA




Chicken pasanda goes excellent with Naan,chapati or even with rice.You can make it with or without gravy to your taste. I like this dish with thick rich gravy.If you don't prefer more gravy you can reduce the amount of cashew,onion and tomato paste to half.


INGREDIENTS


Chicken--------------------0.45 lb(boneless preferably)
Onion-----------------------2 cups,chopped finely
Tomato---------------------2 medium size
Cashews--------------------1/8 cup
Ginger garlic paste------1 1/2 tbsp
Green chilly----------------1 large,slit length wise
Cinnamon------------------1 cm piece
Cardamom-----------------2
Cloves---------------------- 2
Saunf------------------------a pinch
Red chilly powder--------1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-------1 tsp
Garam masala powder--1/4 tsp
Oil----------------------------1 tbsp or as needed
Salt to taste
Cilantro/coriander leaves to garnish
Mint leaves to garnish



For marination
Yogurt/curd----------------1/2 cup
Red chilly powder---------2 tsp
Coriander powder---------1 tbsp
Turmeric powder----------1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder----1/2 tsp
Lemon/lime juice-----------1 tbsp
Salt as needed



METHOD
  1. Marinate chicken with all the marinating ingredients and keep in refrigerator for overnight.
  2. Now in a medium heat pan add oil and saute onions till slightly brown and let it cool.(You can also fry the onions or use the store bought fried onions if you prefer.Traditionally,fried onions are used for this preparation).
  3. Now grind this onion to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  4. Next,grind tomato to a paste and keep it aside.
  5. Then grind,dry roasted cashews to a smooth paste with little water in it.Keep this aside.
  6. Now medium heat the above pan and add a tsp of oil and saute cinnamon, cardamom,cloves and saunf till a nice aroma comes.
  7. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes.
  8. Next add red chilly powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.
  9. Then add tomato paste,onion paste and cashew paste to it. 
  10. Then add chicken to it.Check the seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  11. Cover and cook chicken till done. Option:You can also half pressure cook chicken first and then add the cooked chicken to the gravy and slow cook it.
  12. Once chicken is fully done,cook uncovered and make it to the consistency of your choice.


chopped onion,tomato paste,ginger garlic paste


Onion paste


Cashew paste

Step 6 to 7


Step 8 to 9




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Friday, January 28, 2011

EGG BHURJI /SCRAMBLED EGGS





For last few days I am having severe cold and so my hubby dear prepared this simple scrambled eggs as side dish of kanji for our dinner.He usually prepares this whenever I am sick. He will usually add almost all veggies(grated carrot,zucchini/cucumber,bell pepper,potato etc) in the refrigerator to it.This time he did with only onion and tomato.


INGREDIENTS


Egg------------------------3
Onion----------------------1/2 cup,chopped finely
Tomato--------------------1/2 of medium sized,chopped finely
Green chilly--------------1,chopped finely
Turmeric powder-------1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds--------------a pinch
Mustard seeds-----------1/8 tsp
Curry leaves--------------1 or 2,chopped
Olive oil--------------------2 tsp
Salt as needed


METHOD

  1. In a medium heat pan add oil and splutter mustard seeds,cumin seeds and curry leaves.Then saute onion,tomatoes and green chilly one by one till soft.
  2. Then add turmeric powder and beaten eggs.Add needed salt and keep mixing it till egg is cooked and scrambled.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

BANANA FLOWER AND CELERY STIR FRY (Vaazhapoo celery poriyal)



In my family,the favorite side dish for rice is banana flower poriyal.If it is made,it will be more like having this poriyal with rice as dish :)
This time, I thought of combining celery with banana flower and it came out super delicious.If you had not tried this combo,please try this.It is a perfect combo.


INGREDIENTS

Banana blossom/flower--------- 1 large
Celery leaves and stalk---------1 1/2 cup,chopped
Grated coconut-----------------1 1/2 cup
Green chilly---------------------2 large,slit length wise
Small onion---------------------1/4 cup, chopped
Oil------------------------------2 tbsp
Turmeric powder---------------1 tsp
Mustard seeds------------------1/2 tsp
Curry leaves--------------------1 sprig
Dried red chilly-----------------1
Salt to taste

METHOD
  1. Remove the outer 6 bracts and the small yellow flowers inside.Now, chop the inner soft and tender bract finely.
  2. Wash it thoroughly and add a tbsp of oil,salt and turmeric powder and mix it good.Keep it aside.
  3. Now in a bowl take grated coconut,green chilly and small onion.Crush it together with hand.Keep it aside.
  4. Now in a medium heat pan add a tbsp of oil and splutter mustard seeds,dried red chilly and curry leaves.
  5. Next add chopped celery and 1/2 cup crushed coconut to it and saute till the sharp aroma of celery goes.
  6. Then add chopped banana flower and the remaining crushed coconut to it.Add needed salt and mix it good.Cover and cook in medium low flame.Do not add water.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy this delicious and very healthy side dish.


Step 5

Step 6





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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

EGGPLANT FRY /BRINJAL FRY





INGREDIENTS


Eggplant/brinjal-------------2 large, cut thinly round wise
Turmeric powder----------1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder---------1 tsp
Olive oil ---------------------2 tbsp
Salt as needed


METHOD

  1. In a bowl mix turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt together.
  2. Then add thinly cut eggplant/brinjal to it and coat it evenly.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the eggplant slices in both sides.
  4. Transfer to a plate and drain off excess oil using tissue paper and enjoy this as a side dish with rice.
Options: You can use any oil of your choice.



I am sending this to the events
 Dish Name Starts with E
Spoonful of Love's Egg plant Event and also linking Cooking with Siri's Event



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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SPAGHETTI SALAD





INGREDIENTS


Spaghetti----------------------4 oz
Boiled egg---------------------1
Spinach leaves---------------10 or as needed
Celery leaves and stalk----1/4 cup,chopped
Goat cheese-------------------1 tbsp (optional)
Orange-------------------------1small,chopped
Pickled olive with garlic---3, cut in to half
Dates----------------------------4 large,chopped
Black pepper powder ------a pinch
Butter---------------------------1/4 tsp
Salt as needed


METHOD

  1. Cook spaghetti in boiling water with a pinch of salt and butter in it.
  2. Drain the water from cooked spaghetti and keep it aside.
  3. Now mix goat cheese or any cheese of your choice with the cooked spaghetti.You can also use the store bought spaghetti tomato sauce instead of cheese.
  4. Now arrange fresh and clean spinach leaves in a plate or bowl as the salad bed.Then place the spaghetti in the center.
  5. Now add all the other ingredients.You can use any fruits or veggie of your choice.
  6. Last, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Enjoy this healthy and filling salad.
I am sending this salad  to the Only Salads event guest hosted by Prathiba of The chef and her kitchen,started by Pari of Foodelicious 


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Monday, January 24, 2011

CORN CHAAT



A simple chaat to munch during movie time.


INGREDIENTS


Sweet corn-------------------4 (2 +2)
Onion-------------------------2 tbsp,chopped
Tomato-----------------------2 tbsp,chopped,seed removed
Rice puffs/murmura--------1/4 cup
Black pepper powder------a pinch
Chaat masala powder------ a pinch
Butter--------------------------1/4 tsp
Salt------------------------------a pinch


METHOD



  1. I made chaat  in two ways . In the first one,I mixed chopped onion,tomato,corn kennels,pepper powder,a pinch of salt and murmura together.Options: You can also add sev,papdi etc to give more crunch.
  2. In the second, I mixed melted butter with corn kennels and then added a pinch of black pepper powder,chaat masala and salt.Kids will like this.










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Sunday, January 23, 2011

KAPPA VEVICHATHU (Cooked tapioca/cassava stir fry)





This is a traditional Kerala recipe.Kappa vevichathu(cooked tapioca stir fry) with Kerala fish curry has got a unique taste and is one of the staple food other than rice for a Malayalee.


INGREDIENTS


Tapioca/cassava--------------------1 large
Onion----------------------------------1/2 cup,sliced
Garlic----------------------------------3, large cloves,crushed
Green chilly--------------------------1 large, slit length wise
Coconut oil or any oil--------------1 tsp
Mustard seeds----------------------1/4 tsp
Dried red chilly----------------------1
Curry leaves-------------------------1 sprig
Turmeric powder--------------------1 tsp
Salt as needed


METHOD

  1. Remove the skin of tapioca and cut in to large pieces.Wash thoroughly.
  2. Pressure cook tapioca with needed water,salt and a tsp of turmeric powder.
  3. Now drain and  transfer the cooked tapioca in a bowl and remove the middle fiber and cut in to small pieces or mash it with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Keep it aside.
  4. Then, in  a medium heat pan add a tsp of oil and splutter mustard seeds,dried red chilly and curry leaves.
  5. Next add crushed garlic,sliced onion and green chilly to it.Saute till the raw smell goes.
  6. Now add the mashed tapioca to it and mix it good.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with  fish curry.

Step 4,5


Step 6






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Saturday, January 22, 2011

FISH FRY (quick and easy fish fry)





This is simple,easy and yummy fish fry. I usually prepare this fish fry whenever I am in a hurry.
You can use any fish such as salmon,tilapia,cat fish etc.I used tilapia in this post.
Then I used olive oil for frying fish as it gave a different and much better taste.You can use any oil of your choice.


INGREDIENTS


Fish----------------------------2,cut in to pieces
Turmeric powder-----------1 tsp
Red chilly powder----------2 tsp or to taste
Olive oil-----------------------2 tbsp
Onion--------------------------1/4 cup,sliced (optional)
Salt as needed


METHOD

  1. In a bowl add turmeric powder, red chilly powder and little salt. Mix it good and then add clean and cut fish pieces to it and evenly coat the fish.Check the seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  2. Mean while, in a medium heat  non stick frying pan,add olive oil and place the fish pieces.Fry both sides of fish till brown.Turn and fry the side(skin) also.Option: you can also deep fry if you prefer.
  3. While the fish is frying,fry the sliced onions in its side.Use this fried onions for garnish.
Step 3






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