Aug 31, 2011

Tangy Lemon Pickle

Recipe by Mrs.Sandhya.G.Shenoy


For 20 medium sized lemons
Short red chillies - 100 gms
Mustard seeds - 50 gms
Turmeric - 1/2 inch piece
Hing - 1/2 inch
Crystal salt - 200 gms
Methi seeds - 1 tbsp
Gingely oil - 50 gms


Seperatly dry Roast the chillies , mustard seeds , crystal salt , methi seeds without oil . Then
fry turmeric piece and hing with little oil.
Put the dry roasted ingredients and fried
turmeric in a mixer and grind into fine powder.
Clean the lemons with clean
cloth and fry these whole lemons with 1tbsp oil (not gingelly oil).
Cut those lemons into 4 or 8 pieces an mix it with the prepared powder.
Later boil the gingelly oil. Let it cool.
After cooling the oil put it to the above mixture and mix it evenly. Put the mixture into an air-tight jar.
After one month pickle is ready to eat.

Aug 29, 2011

Baby Corn - Capsicum Masala

Ingredients :

Baby corns - 15 ( Cut into 1 inch pieces )
Capsicums - 2 ( Cut into small squares )
Tomatoes - 3
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Dried Fenugreek Leaves / Kasuri Methi - 1/2 tsp
Cashewnuts - 10
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - To taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

For Onion paste :

Onion - 1 ( big ) peeled and roughly chopped
Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1 tsp
Ginger - Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1 ( 1 inch )
Green Cardamoms - 2
Cloves - 2 
Oil - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare Onion paste :

Heat oil in a pan. Add cinnamon stick, cloves and green cardamoms. Cook for a minute on medium flame.
Add cumin seeds. After it crackles and turns golden red, add roughly chopped onions and fry till they turn transparent. Add ginger-garlic paste and stir till the raw smell disappears.Transfer the content to mixer. Let it cool slightly.  Then grind into paste.

Method to prepare the curry :

In a pan or kadai, heat oil. Add ground onion paste . Saute on a medium flame till the paste turns light golden brown in colour and becomes a dry mass.
Add garam masala powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Stir for 30 seconds. Add tomato puree and stir evenly for about 3 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cup of water, lime juice, sugar and salt to taste. Bring the gravy to boil for 5 minutes on medium flame.
Add baby corn pieces. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add capsicum pieces and cook again for 7 minutes without covering so that the vegetables are cooked but retain their crunchiness. Add cashewnut paste, kasuri methi and salt if required. Cook untill the gravy becomes little thick. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with roti / chapati / phulkas or white rice 

Aug 22, 2011

Colocasia leaves in gravy ( Alvati )


Ingredients :

Colocasia leaves - 10 to 15
Colocasia leaf stems - 7 to 8
Grated coconut - 2 cups
Fried red chillies - 5 to 6
Ginger - A small piece ( chopped into small pieces )
Green chillies - 4 to 5 ( chopped into small pieces )
Tamarind - A little
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil -  1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 strip

Method :

Wash the colocasia leaves and chop into small pieces. Cut the colocasia leaf stems into small pieces. Pressure cook both till 3 whistles. Then, add green chillies, ginger and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.
Grind grated coconut + fried red chillies + tamarind into a smooth masala. Mix it with cooked leaves and stem pieces. Cook it for 5 minutes.
In a seasoning laddle, put oil. When it is heated, add mustard seeds. After it gets crackled, add curry leaves. Add the seasoning to cooked gravy.
Serve hot with chapatis.

This recipe has been submitted for ' Christmas Delicacy ' Event by Julie .

Aug 21, 2011

Keerla Neeli Sukke

Ingredients :

Tender bamboo shoots only - 1 to 2
Jackfruit seeds - 10 to 15
Grated coconut - 2 cups
Fried red chillies - 6 to 7
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Tamarind - A little
Mustard seeds - 1/2 rsp
Curry leaves - 1 strip
Oil - 2 tsps
Salt - To taste
Jaggery - 1 small piece
Water - 2 cups

Method :

Chop only tender bamboo shoots into small pieces.  Chop jackfruit seeds into small pieces. Cook tender bamboo shoots into small pieces for 10 minutes by adding 1 cup water. Pressure cook jackfruit seed pieces by adding 1 cup water till 3 to 4 whistles.
Fry urad dal by adding a tsp oil.
Grind grated coconut + fried red chillies + tamarind into a coarse paste. Then add fried urad dal to it and grind again into a medium smooth paste ( masala ).
In a deep bottomed kadai put a tsp of oil and heat it. Then add mustard seeds. When it begins to crackle, add curry leaves. Then add the prepared masala and stir for 2 minutes. Then add cooked tender bamboo shoot pieces, cooked jackfruit seed pieces and mix evenly so that the masala gets coated. Add salt and jaggery. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes by stirring frequently as there may be risk of getting burnt. 
Serve hot with white rice and dal.

Aug 10, 2011

Cucumber Idlis ( Sweetened & Unsweetened )

Ingredients :

Cucumber - 2 big ( grated )
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Rice Rava - 1 1/2 cup
Salt - To taste
Jaggery - 1/4 cup

Method :

Peel the cucumbers and grate them. Soak rice rava for 2 minutes. Then drain the water completely.
Take grated coconut + little water and grind it for a minute.
To make unsweetened cucumber idli batter, take coconut paster + grated cucumber + little salt + rava. Mix it well.
To make sweet cucumber idlis, add grated jaggery to grated cucumber + coconut paste + rava + a pinch salt. Mix it well.
Put the batter in idli making bowls and keep them in idli steamer. Steam cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve hot.

Linking this recipe post to event on theme 'Cucumber' @ Ambrosia by Richa Priyanka and Mahro Rajastan by Priya Yallapantula

Aug 4, 2011

Steamed Pan Cakes ( Patholi )

Special sweet dish prepared for Nagarpanchami .

Ingredients :

Turmeric leaves - 15
White rice - 1 1/2 cup
Grated coconut - 3 cups
Jaggery - 250 gms
Salt - To taste

Method :

Soak white rice for half an hour. Then drain the water.
Take 1 1/2 cup grated coconut + a little salt + little jaggery and grind it by adding a little water. Before removing, add white rice and grind again into a smooth paste.
Take 1 1/2 cup grated coconut and grate the jaggery. Mix it evenly. ( It is called sweet churna )
Place the leaves and spread 1 tablespoon white rice paste by leaving space in the 4 corners of the leaf. Horizontally spread a teaspoon of sweet churna in the middle of the spread paste. Fold the leaf horizontally. Place the folded pan cakes in steam cooker and steam cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
Serve hot with ghee.

Aug 3, 2011

Maralva Panna Phodi

Ingredients :

Maralva leaves ( a variety of colocasia leaves ) - 25 to 30
White rice - 2 cups
Urad dal - 1 cup
Red chillies - 12 to 15
Tamarind - A little
Grated coconut - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 cups
Rice flour - 1 cup
Salt - To taste

Method :

Dry fry urad dal till aroma comes.
Soak white rice and fried urad dal together for 1 hour. Then take grated coconut + red chillies + tamarind + salt and grind into a coarse paste. Before removing it, add soaked white rice and urad dal. Grind again ( not too fine paste ).
Wash the leaves and drain the water. Spread evenly the ground paste on leaves one by one. In one stack, 7 to 8 leaves can be kept. Fold the leaves stack horizontally. Then vertically roll it. Tie with the help of a thin thread by leaving 1 inch gap in between. Cut the leaf roll pieces where thread is rolled. Roll the pieces in rice flour evenly.
In a deep bottomed kadai, heat oil. Deep fry the leaf roll pieces which are binded with rice flour till brownish greened.