Nov 24, 2011

Thick Rava Crispy Rottis

Ingredients :

Thick Rava ( thoru rulavu ) – 2 cup
Wheat flour – 2 cup
Green chillies – 7 to 8 ( Finely chopped )
Red chilly powder – 2 tbsp
Curry leaves – ½ cup ( Finely chopped )
Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – 1tsp ( diluted in 1 ½ tsp water )
Salt – To taste
Oil – 2 cup + 1 tsp

Method :

In a mixing bowl , add green chilly pieces + red chilly powder + salt + chopped curry leaves + grated coconut + Diluted asafoetida . Smash and mix evenly . Then , add thick rava and wheat flour. Meanwhile , in a seasoning laddle , add 1 tsp oil and mustard seeds. When it begins to crackle , add the seasoning to the mixing bowl which contains thick rava, wheat flour and other ingredients . Mix them and prepare a dough ( like poori dough ) by adding water as required . Make lemon sized balls of the prepared dough . Then prepare rottis ( poori ) from the dough balls.
In a deep bottomed kadai , heat oil . Finally , deep fry the rottis.
Serve as snack with tea or coffee .

This recipe is submitted for Winter Carnival event @ Tickling Palates.

Rajma Masala

Ingredients :

Rajma – 1 cup
Tomato – 2 small
Onion –1 big ( chopped into thin 1 inch pieces )
Red chilly – 2
Red chilly powder – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Coriander powder – ¾ tsp
Asafoetida ( Hing ) powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
Ginger – Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Bay leaf – 1
Cumin ( Jeera ) – ½ tsp
Salt – To taste
Butter – 2 tbsp or Oil – 2 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves – little ( finely chopped )

Method :

Wash and soak rajma overnight . Pressure cook until soft . ( Do not drain the water. It is to be added while cooking ) .
Prepare a fine paste of tomato + red chilly . Keep aside .
Heat butter or oil in a thick bottomed kadai . Add jeera , bayleaf , asafoetida and allow to crackle . Add onion pieces and saute till golden browned . Add ginger-garlic paste and fry. Add the ground paste to it and cook until oil seperates .
Add turmeric powder , coriander powder , red chilly powder , garam masala powder and salt . Mix evenly. Add 1 cup of water and cook covered for 3 minutes . Add cooked rajma alongwith the stock. Mix evenly . Cook on low flame for 5 minutes . When masala gets thick consistency , remove kadai from flame .
Add lemon juice and mix evenly .
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves .
Serve hot with chapatis / naan / white rice .

Sweet for 1st Anniversary of my blog

Nov 15, 2011

Curry leaf Rice ( Karibevu Chitranna )

Ingredients :

White Rice - 1 cup
Curry leaves - 1 cup
Peppercorns - 8 to 10
Cumin ( Jeera ) - 1 tbsp
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Tamarind - Little
Chanadal - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Peanuts - 1 tsp
Salt - To taste
Oil - 2 tsp

Method :

Prepare rice. Then, grind grated coconut + peppercorns + jeera + coriander seeds + tamarind without adding water. 
In a pan , add oil. After it gets heated, add mustard seeds , chanadal , peanuts and little jeera . Saute for 2 minutes. Now, add ground masala and fry for 2 seconds. Finally, mix rice and salt to taste. Mix evenly.
Serve hot.

Vegetarian Kashmiri Biryani

Ingredients :

Basmati Rice - 600 gms
Potatoes - 100 gms ( chopped into small cubes )
Peas - 100 gms
French Beans - 100 gms ( cut into 1 inch pieces )
Cauliflower - 100 gms ( chopped )
Carrot - 100 gms ( chopped into small cubes + little grated finely for garnish )
Tomato - 1 small ( pureed )
Onion - 2 small ( chopped )
Green chilly - 1 ( Optional )
Cinnamon , Cardamom , Cloves - 2 each 
Bay leaf - 1
Almonds - 25 gms
Cashewnuts - 25 gms
Saffron ( Kesar ) - 10 gms ( dissolved in 1/4 cup milk )
Ginger - Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly Powder - 2 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - To taste
Curd - 2 tsp
Butter - As required
Coriander leaves - little ( Finely chopped for garnish )

Method :

Wash and cook rice. Keep aside
Cook the chopped vegetables till they become sufficiently soft. Keep aside.
Fry almonds and cashewnuts till light browned.
In a bowl , mix curd , ginger-garlic paste , garam masala powder , turmeric powder , red chilly powder and salt.
In a handi , fry onions till golden browned. Add curd mixture and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cinnamom , cardamom , cloves , bay leaf , almonds , cashewnuts and 2 tsp of tomato puree. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes on medium flame. Add peas and mix evenly for a while. Add the cooked vegetables and a little water. Cook on low flame till the gravy is thick enough.
Remove a little gravy with some veggies from the handi to a bowl. Keep aside.
Then add 2/3 of rice to the handi which has little gravy with veggies. Spread the rice evenly as a layer. Evenly sprinkle few drops of saffron milk. Again add the removed gravy with veggies from bowl to handi. Spread evenly as a layer. Add the remaining rice to handi. Spread evenly as a layer. Sprinkle the remaining saffron milk evenly. Garnish with coriander leaves and a little grated carrot.  Finally cook by covering the handi tightly for 5 to 6 minutes so that aroma spreads evenly.
Serve hot with raita.

Nov 11, 2011

SPENDING MY VALUABLE TIME -Post for Surf Excel Matic #GetSmart Contest on IndiBlogger

I see many children playing various outdoor games, going out for picnic,shopping etc ..when they have free time.

I am a handicap girl. I cannot move myself independently. So, I have lot of free time.
I spend my time painting diyas, painting on plain clothes, drawing, watching T.V, playing puzzles and word games and writing on my blog .

Painting on diyas - On the occasion of Diwali- The Festival of lights , I got an interest in painting diyas with various colours. This makes me feel happy as I paint diyas on my own with joy. 

Painting on plain clothes - Since I went to school, our craft teacher tought us various skills like stiching , making flowers on plain clothes by painting etc. As I cannot do stiching , I learnt to make flowers on plain clothes by painting. In the beginning, the colours faded, but after continous practising, the mistakes were somewhat corrected.


Drawing - I like drawing very much. Since my childhood, I made varieties of drawings. 
 One day, when i finished drawing a Micky mouse picture, I thought of filling colours in it. But before I had not tried filling colours in any of my drawings. When I started filling colours in Micky mouse drawing by using water colours, one of the bottle of paint fell on my favourite dress. As I tried to clean it with hands , the colours had become very hard as it was dried. When my mummy saw the dirty dress , she scolded me at first. Then she said me that she will try to clean it but not to paint with hurry in future.
Next day, when she washed my favourite dress which had become dirty because of faded colours, it had no marks of any colours. So , I asked her-'By which detergent did she wash my dress and other clothes?She replied that she regularly used SURF EXCEL .

Writing on my blog - Since the year 2006, I developed an interest in cooking. I cannot cook myself because of my health problem. So, I tell my mom to prepare various dishes. I click the snaps of the dishes and type the recipe instructed by her. Then, I post them in my recipe blog.