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Potato stir fry


Ingredients

Potato -4
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste
Curry leaves - 6
Any vegetable oil - 6 tsp ( I used canola oil)


Spices to roast & powder :
Curry leaves - 6 
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Pepper - 1tsp
Corriander seeds - 1tsp
Dry red chilli - 1 or 2


Method
Wash potatoes, peel the skin and again wash. Cut into cubes and soak in water. Soaking any vegetable in water prior to cooking fastens the cooking process. Heat the pan and dry roast the spices listed out by adding in order. Once corriander seeds starts to spurt or before it turns dark remove from flame, cool and grind to coarse powder.

Now add oil to non - stick pan and heat it. Add the remaining curry leaves, followed by turmeric powder, salt and the prepared spice powder. Just give a gentle stir and add the cubed potatoes. Mix well. Close the lid ans cook in low flame with continuous stir in intervals.

Note: 
The speciality of this fry is its aroma. Curry leaves dominates the flavour easing quick digestion avoiding gastric problems also. Serves great to eat with rice, chapathi and can be taken as it is also.

Tangy gravy

Tangy gravy or puli kulambu as referred in Tamil is an unavoidable delicious gravy cooked very often in South Indian homes. The gravy takes the taste of the vegetable it is cooked along with. Only selected vegetables are cooked in this manner. Ladys' finger, brinjal, wonder berry, baby eggplant, ivy guard and bitter guard are among them. But the cooking method is the same with whatever vegetable it is cooked along.

Here the recipe is explained with wonder berry. Even then the tangy gravy cooked with bitter guard and baby eggplant is also displayed.
Manathakkali vithai puli kulambu - Wonder berry Tangy gravy
Pagarkai puli kulambu - Bitterguard tangy gravy
Sundakai puli kulambu - Baby eggplant tangy gravy

Ingredients:

Manathakkali vithai (Wonder berry) - 1/4 cup
Tamarind - 1/2 a size of lemon 
Shallots - 10
Garlic - 6
Sambar powder - 3 tsp
Jaggery - a tiny bit

For Tempering:

Sesame oil  - 1/4 cup
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek  - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Chana dal - 1 tsp
Dry red chilli - 1
Curry leaves - handful
Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp

Method: 


1. Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water for about 10-15 minutes. Squeeze the tamarind and get the filtered extract in a bowl.
2. Get the shallots ready by peeling the outer skin and rinsing. Similarly garlic and keep aside.Clean the manathakkali seeds by removing from its sprig and soal it in a bowl of water for 5 minutes to remove the mud sticked to it.
3. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and roast the sundakka and manathakkali vathal in medium flame for about a minute.
4. Heat a thick bottomed kadai, add 1/4 cup of sesame oil. Once the oil is hot enough add shallots and garlic. Keep the flame low and roast till onions become transparent and garlic is soft.
5. Next add in the sambhar powder in slow flame. roast the sambhar powder in slow flame for about 1-2 minutes, till you see change in colour.
6. Add in the tamarind water and some curry leaves. Add salt to taste and stir well. Let the kuzhambu boil in medium flame for about 5 minutes.
7. The oil should seperate from the curry, only on seeing that, add in the roasted manathakkali seeds. Add a small piece of jaggery at the end and continue boiling forabout 2-3 minutes.
8. Now do the tempering as heat the oil, drop in the mustard and allow it to pop, add chana dal, jeeragam, fenugreek, dry red chilli, asafoetida powder and curry leaves.
9. Add the tempered ingredients to the gravy.

Switch off the flame and serve hot with rice and pappads and ghee if favoured. Can have this gravvy as a side, for curd rice also instead of pickle.

Notes:


The same method can be applied to cook both fresh and dried sundakkai - the baby eggplant and bitterguard. When using dried ones, add salt moderately as the dried seeds are made by soaking the fresh ones in salt water and drying it.

Sweet Lime Rasam


Ingredients
Sweet lime - 1
green chilli - 1
asafoetida - a pinch
turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
salt to taste
Rasam powder - 2 1/2 teaspoon
peppercorns and cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
tamarind pulp - 3 teaspoons
oil - 1 teaspoon
mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
curry leaves to garnish
corriander leaves to garnish
garlic cloves- 2

Method
In a mortar smash pepper, cumin and garlic cloves together to a coarse texture. Squeeze the sweet lime. Make sure no seeds are left behind. In a kadai, add tamarind pulp, rasam powder, turmeric powder, salt, sweet lime extract and smashed pepper, cumin and garlic cloves. Add 200ml of water and mix well. Heat oil in tava. Tamper mustard seeds, adding curry leaves, a small piece of smashed garlic clove and chilli.   Now pour the tampered ingredients into the kadai and let the flame on to cook rasam. Let it be cooked till foam appears. Garnish with corriander leaves. The rasam is ready and can be had with rice.

The sweet lime extract can be replaced by lime, pinapple and also black grapes. These type of rasam is very good for digestion.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken


Ingredients

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 6
Dry Basil 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper 2 tsp
Dry Parsley 1/2 tsp
Paprika 1 tsp
Honey 1/2 cup
Prepared or Mild American Mustard cream 1/2 cup

Chicken dipped in honey mustard paste and ready for baking

Dipping chicken in paste

Sprinkled with Paprika


Honey Baked Chicken garnished with lemon, lettuce, grated carrot and cucumber

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, basil, paprika, salt,pepper and parsley. Mix well. Dip the chicken in this mixture, and brush more to cover. Place it in the lightly greased 9x13 inch baking tray.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and brush with the remaining 1/2 of the honey mustard mixture. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Note: Paprika can be replaced by Kashmiri Chilli powder in demand of more spicy flavour.

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 45 min

Whole potato fry using Air fryer



Whole potato fry using Air fryer


Ingredients
Potato 8
Red Chilli powder(Kashmiri Chilli preferred) 3 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper 2 tsp
Olive oil 1 tsp
Sunflower Oil 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Preheat the Air fryer to 5 min at 200°C.
  2. Peel the potato skin and rinse it well.
  3. Dry the potatoes using kitchen towel. 
  4. Slit into four till half the potato to give space for spices.
  5. Now sprinkle salt, pepper, red chili powder and turmeric powder over it.
  6. Make sure the powders went inside the slits also.
  7. Apply both the oil and make sure is mixed well and coated the potatoes as well.
  8. Transfer to the grill in Air fryer.
  9. Set the timer to 12-15 min.
  10. Stir then and then.

Note: The oil can be replaced with butter also. Instead of Air fryer use a non stick pan with lid closed.

Lemon Pickle

Lemon Pickles

Ingredients

Lemon 8
Red Chilli 6
Rock Salt 5 tsp
Asafoetida rocks 2 cubes
Fenugreek Seeds 1 tsp
Sesame Oil 1/4 cup
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Curry Leaves Handful
Lemon cubes
Asafoetida

Method:

  1. Rinse the lemons and dry it on a newspaper so as to remove the wetness. Cut into cubes as shown. In a kadai, heat a tea spoon of sesame oil and roast the asafoetida rock. 
  2. Once it starts to melt remove it and add the red chilli, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and roast till the mustard seeds pop out. 
  3. Grind all the roasted ingredients to coarse powder. Keep them aside. 
  4. Now heat the kadai with the remaining oil. 
  5. Tamper mustard seeds and curry leaves. 
  6. Add salt and turmeric powder. 
  7. After two to three stirs add the lemon cubes and sprinkle the powder over it. 
  8. Mix the contents thoroughly in kadai while on stove. 
  9. Once mixed well, remove from stove, allow it to cool and transfer the contents to air tight vessel or jar. 
  10. Allow two weeks of marination time for pickle before it could be used.

Note: The remains in pan can be mixed with hot rice and can be delighted as hot spice ladoos.



Chilli, fenugreek, asafoetida and mustard seeds

Lemon Pickles on Hot pan

Lemon Pickles on Hot pan

Lemon Pickles packed in Jar

Lemon Pickles packed in Jar



Biscuit Cake

Biscuit cake

Biscuit cake is an easy to prepare dessert with little and easily available ingredients. This dessert can be frozen and can be fresh for one week. It is kids friendly and a rich dessert.

Ingredients

Ingrdients for Biscuit cake
Nestle table cream - 200ml
Condensed milk - 200ml
Biscuit - 50
Fruits mix/ choco chips/nuts for topping

Preparation time: 10 mins
Processing time: time to freeze

Preparation

Condensed milk + cream
Pour the table cream and condensed milk together in a bowl and beat well to get it evenly mixed.


In a cake pan, grease the pan with 2 spoons of beaten milk and layer the biscuits to fit the pan. Spread the beaten milk over the layered biscuits.


And continue layering biscuits over the milk spread. Continue it till the prepared mix is done and the cake pan fits it. I have used chocolate flavor of Graham's biscuits. The biscuits can also be opted for Oreo, Chocolate flavored Marie biscuits.

Finally go for topping with fruit mix or choco chips over the arrangement and refrigerate in freezer for at least 2 hours so that the consistency is thicker like cake.

It can be served by cutting into cubes seasoning with fresh banana cubes.


Crab masala Gravy

Crabs though look complicated to be cooked, the actual process is so simple as pictured here and once cooked its taste rules all the seafood. Here you go, the video shows you how easily and comfortably you can clean it with the normal tooth brush to reach its nook and corners. If the crabs are live just immerse them in hot water and go ahead.



Once cleaned, crabs can be cut into two halves first and its legs can also be separated. Crabs can be cooked as a whole also, but I personally felt that the spices were not getting in and the gravy was alag ya was aloof from that of crab. So I just wished to have them cut off.
Crabs cleaned and cut

Ingredients

Male Crab -  1 kg  - I preferred male crabs as it has low fat
Shallots peeled and cut into half - 12
Ginger and garlic - 1 cup
Cinnamon and cloves - 2
Star anise - 1
Grated coconut - 1 cup
cumin, pepper, fennel -  1 tsp
turmeric spoon - 1/2 tsp
Lemon grass - 4 pieces
Tomato -  1 big
Curry leaves - handful
Green chilli - 2 or more
Red chilli - 1 or more
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Extra virgin olive oil -  2 tsp
Sunflower oil - 3 tsp
Salt to taste
Ingredients - curryleaves,cinnamon, cloves, ginger, garlic, shallots, tomato, coconut, pepper, cumin , turmeric powder, chilli, lemon grass

Cooking method:


Make coarse paste of tomato followed by ginger, garlic paste. Get ready with one more paste of coconut, fennel, pepper, cumin, chilli. Heat the pan. A wider pan would be recommended. Add oil. Once hot add cinnamon, cloves, star anise, curry leaves, shallots and lemon grass. Give a mix till the onions become transparent. Now add tomato, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Mix well till oil separates and now add crab and a cup of water. Give one more mix and close the lid. Crab cooks very quickly within 10 to 15 minutes. Once it is cooked one can feel the strong aroma of crab and it can be further cut with a spoon also.
Shallots, ginger garlic paster, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt being fried
Now add the coconut paste, mix well and add 1 cup of water to immerse the crab in spice mix and close the lid for 5 more minutes. 


Open the lid , confirm your desired salt in dish. Corriander leaves can be garnished and transferred to a serving bowl. 


Crab gravy masala

Crab gravy suits with hot rice either Ponni or Thai rice. Enjoy the healthy and delicious crab gravy as per your wish.

Brussel Sprouts masala fry

Brussel Sprouts masala fry

Ingredients

Brussels - 10
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Ginger - 6 thin pieces
Garlic - 4 cloves
Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Dry red chili - 1 or more to suit your taste
Olive oil - 1 tbsp

Method



Rinse brussels nicely and keep aside. Mince the onions and keep aside. Bring together tomato, ginger, garlic, dry chili, fennels to blend. Heat oil in pan to add onions. Stir till onions become transparent and add the paste with salt and turmeric powder. Stir well till oil separates and add the brussels. Stir more till brussels mix well with the masala paste. Close the lid of pan and simmer the stove to cook for five more minutes. The dish is ready to be served.


Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
To be served for: 3 persons
Served with: Rice

Also find the health benefits of Brussels here.....

Vegetable Springroll

Vegetable Springrolls

Ingredients

For Wrap

Spring Home roll pastry - 25 sheets
Oil to deep fry

For Stuff

smashed potato - 2
onion - 1
carrot - 1
sweet peas - 1 cup
sweet corn - 1 cup
green chillies - 4
corriander leaves - handful
turmeric powder - 1 tbsp
salt to taste
sunflower oil - 2 tbsp
Wrap & stuff for Springrolls

Method

Mince the onion and cut carrot into tiny cubes. In a kadai, add oil to heat. Follow it by adding onion. Stir well till onions become transparent. Then add turmeric powder, salt. Stir for a minute and add smashed potatoes, sweet peas, sweet corns, carrots. Mix well and close the lid to get vegetables cooked. Add coriander leaves and mix well. The stuff is ready now.

Wrapping

In a plate, place the pastry and add little vegetable stuff to a corner as shown in picture and roll from that end once. Push the sides to center and start rolling till you get a portion like the envelope. Wet the tip with a finger touch water and close it to stick to the rolled part. Make rolls in similar manner and put in freezer for 2-3 hours. 

Deep fry

Heat the oil in kadai. Remove the frozen rolls and deep fry till golden brown.  These monsoon classics are absolute heaven in these pitter-patter rainy season to be enjoyed with hot tea and cool breeze.

Prawn fry

Prawn fry

Ingredients

Cooked Prawn - 400gm
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Egg - 1
Bread crumbs - 1 cup
Self raising flour - 1 cup
Sunflower oil to deep fry
Prawn fry

Method

Apply salt and pepper to cooked prawns. Cooked prawns are normally available in supermarkets in frozen stage. Mix it with well beaten egg and self raising flour and marinate it in deep freezer for not less than 60 minutes. Then roll it on the bread crumbs to deep fry it. Enjoy your snack with hot chilly sauce or soy sauce.

Cooked Prawn

Beaten egg

Bread crumbs

Self raising Flour
Prawn mixed with egg, self raising flour, salt & pepper

Roll the marinated prawn in bread crumbs



Indian Gooseberry pickle


Ingredients


Gooseberry(Nellika) – 500g
Asafoetida powder – 1/2 tbsp
Dry red chilli - 7
Mustard – 2 tbsp
Fenugreek – 1/2 tbsp
Cumin(Jeerakam) – 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
corriander seeds - 2 tsp
Jaggery powder – 2 tbsp(optional)
Sesame oil  – 4 tbsp
Salt – As required
curry leaves - Handfull


Method:

Rinse gooseberry well and dry it. Dry fry mustard 1 and 1/2 tbsb, corriander seeds, fenugreek, chilli and grind to powder. In a tava add sesame oil and heat it. Add curry leaves followed by mustard seeds and asafoetida. Now add gooseberry, saute it adding salt and turmeric powder. Now add the powder, mix well and cook in low flame till the oil separates with instant stirring.

Store the pickle in a closed container and refrigerate it for prolonged use.

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