CHOW- CHOW NO ONION NO GARLIC SABJI

20170522_205300 - CopyHey There. So today’s let’s start with a self analysis. What kind of eater you are ? Following are some of the categories I could list out-

The fussy eater – I don’t want this, I don’t like that, I am in no mood to eat this

The orthodox eater – This is not exactly how my mother makes it, This is not the combination

The cautious eater – How many calories would that have, It looks gross would it be tasty

The simple eater – Eats what he is served without much questions

The experimental eater – Loves to try different dishes, cuisines and variations to dishes

So what kind of eater are you? Well I am a mix of simple and experimental eater. Except the allergy food and “not allowed to eat due to health reasons” food I like to eat or at least try every dish.

Today’s recipe is using an ingredient that a few years age I was unaware of. Chow – chow or chayote is a little sweet in nature when cooked. It has lots of water content. I usually make thoran of chow-chow. Go check out its nutritional value in Wiki.

This recipe is a no onion no garlic recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

Chow Chow – 2 medium (Peeled and chopped into thin pieces)

Coriander seeds – 1 tsp

Fennel Seeds – 2 tsp

Dry Red chilli – 2

Oil – 2 tblspn

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan dry roast coriander seeds, fennel and dry red chillies.
  2. Once cooled blend it to a coarse powder.
  3. In a pan heat oil.
  4. Saute chow-chow for a minute on high flame.
  5. Lower the flame and add the ground powder.
  6. Add salt and mix well.
  7. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Once the chow-chow is soft and cooked remove from flame and serve with roti or rice. 20170522_205322 - Copy

 

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VAZHA /RAW BANANA PODIMAS

Hi. So people who know me know that I am a talker. I like to talk to people to know about their culture, style, hobbies and most importantly their food. And so it happened one Saturday morning when I came to buy veggies from the veggie van that visits my building I met a neighbor friend who was buying raw bananas. While talking I came to know about this awesome recipe known as ‘podimas’. I was curious and wanted to try it.

20170813_120329 - CopyINGREDIENTS:

Raw Banana – 2

Onion – 1 medium

Green Chilli – 2

Grated ginger – 1 tsp

Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Curry leaves – 1 stem

Coconut Oil – 1 tblspn (Preferred)

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Urad Dal – 1 tsp

20170813_120323 - CopyINSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pressure cooker take the Raw banana with little water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. (Yes with skin on.)
  2. Once the pressure has settled, peel the raw banana. Using a grated with big holes grate the banana and keep aside.
  3. In a pan heat oil.
  4. Add urad dal.
  5. Splutter mustard seeds.
  6. Add finely chopped onion and green chilli and saute well.
  7. When the onion turns translucent add curry leaves.
  8. Add finely chopped ginger. Mix well.
  9. Now add the grated banana.
  10. Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  11. Add grated coconut and mix well.
  12. Cook for another minute and then switch off the flame.

Serve with rice.

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BRINJAL- POTATO CURRY

Hey There. How you doing? Recently when I saw nice long, maroonish, organic lady finger in my grocery store I immediately jumped to pick up a pack. Since it was packed with a cling wrap but I managed to check if they are soft and good. And they seemed fine. I could not resist the temptation to pick 2 packets.

After 2 days I fished out the packets from the fridge and after washing when I started chopping – snap. The beauties had turned hard as a stick. I know after cooking they will turn all chewy and fibrous. Never mind. I tried another one. And another. And so on. So except 2 lady fingers – rest all, both packets were now wasted.

Imagine my frustration, disappointment and mood after this happened. I had to change my plan and my mood to prepare myself to cook something else for dinner. But the gloomy and dark mood remained. That is how powerful affect food has on me. L I can rejoice on seeing fresh produce. I get upset on seeing “good outside bad inside” produce.

Anyways, today’s recipe was a result of the failed lady finger. When I dug back into my fridge and saw brinjals decided to make this dish.

20170801_205027 - CopyINGREDIENTS:

Small Brinjals – 5-6

Potatoes – 2 small

Onions – 2 chopped

Tomatoes – 2 chopped

Coriander Seeds – 1 tblspn

Khus Khus – 1 tblspn

Garlic cloves -2 small

Ginger – ½ inch piece

Grated coconut – 3 tblspn

Red Chilli Powder- ½ tblspn

Cumin – 1 tblspn

Mustard – 1 tbslpn

Milk – ½ cup

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tblspn

Curry Leaves – 1 stem

Oil – 2 tblspn

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the brinjals lengthwise. Cube the potatoes
  2. In a pan dry roast coriander seeds, khus khus, grated coconut, red chilli powder and cumin for 2 minutes. Do not brown them.
  3. Take it in a blender along with onion, tomato, garlic and ginger and blend them to make a smooth paste.
  4. In the pan, add oil.
  5. Once the oil is hot, splutter mustard.
  6. Add curry leaves.
  7. Add the blended masala in and mix well. Keep mixing till the oil starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  8. Add brinjal and potatoes and saute well.
  9. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  10. Add salt and mix well.
  11. Add water and bring it to a boil. Close and let the potatoes and brinjals cook.
  12. Once the brinjals and potatoes are cooked add milk and keep mixing. Adjust the salt. Keep stirring for 2 minutes on medium flame.

Serve with phulkas or rice.20170801_205020 - Copy

 

 

IDIYAPPAM WITH MUTTA ROAST / RICE NOODLES WITH EGG ROAST

2Hello. So we had welcome showers today morning. The sky opened up and poured its heart out. On days like this I feel like sitting out in the balcony with hot cup of masala chai with old music playing in the background and a book in hand. Yep I am a reader. A bookaholic. But these days I have restricted my reading habit to online content. When I was a teenager I used to get 2-3 novels each week. If a book caught my fancy then I would find it difficult to put it down. The joy of reading a good book is the joy of travelling or cooking or even music. You travel when you read a book.

Moving on today’s recipe. This is a common breakfast in Kerala. Idiyappam or nool appam or nool puttu (yeah this I came to know today itself) is its common names. It can be paired with many side dishes like. Today’s recipe is with egg roast or as known in Malayalam – Mutta roast.

3Idiappam:

INGREDIENTS:

Rice Powder – 2 cups

Grated coconut  as required

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil 3 cups of water.
  2. Take rice powder in a bowl and add salt and mix well.
  3. Now one small ladle at a time, add the boiling water in the rice powder.
  4. With a wooden spoon mix the dough.
  5. Add water little by little and keep mixing.
  6. When the dough is cool enough to handle use your hands to make a dough.
  7. Do not knead the dough. Just bring it all together.
  8. Close with a lid and keep it for 5 minutes.
  9. Keep water in idli steamer.
  10. Grease the lids of idli steamer with oil.
  11. Take idiappam maker (also known as kitchen press used for making bhujia, sev, etc.).
  12. Fill in with a portion of dough. Start pressing on the greased idili lids in circular shapes.
  13. Fill in some grated coconut.
  14. Again press some dough over the top.
  15. Close and steam the idiappam for 5 minutes on low heat. ( check a small piece of idiappam for rawness)
  16. Once done remove it to a casserole.

Mutta Roast:

INGREDIENTS:

Eggs – 3 hard boiled

Onions – 3 big

Tomatoes – 3 big ripe

Chilly powder – 2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Garam Masala – ½ tsp

Curry Leaves – 1 stem

Coriander leaves – 4 tblspn chopped

Mustard Seeds – ¼ tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Oil – 2 tbspn

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Peel the boiled eggs and cut into desired number of pieces.
  2. In a pan heat oil.
  3. Splutter mustard seeds.
  4. Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
  5. Add curry leaves.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  7. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are cooked well.
  8. Mash the tomatoes.
  9. Make a gap at the centre of the pan and move the onion –tomato to the side of the pan. Add turmeric, chilly, coriander, garam masala and mix well.
  10. Now mix all the masalas with the onion-tomato and mix well.
  11. Add salt and mix.
  12. Add coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve with delicious idiyappams. Enjoy.1

 

EGG KASURI METHI CURRY

2So you know how it goes right? When there is nothing in fridge you run to grab some eggs.When you want something easy you grab some eggs. When you want something tried and tested you grab some eggs. When you want a spicy curry you grab an egg.

So I like to keep a handful of egg recipes handy. Egg is one of the most versatile ingredients. So why not try as many recipes as possible.

INGREDIENTS:

Eggs (of course) – 2-3 hard boiled

Onions – 2 medium

Tomatoes – 2 medium

Poppy/khus-khus Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Fennel Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Milk – 1/4 cup (optional)

Kasuri Methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – a pinch

Oil – 2 tblspn

Salt to taste

1INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Hard boil eggs and keep aside.
  2. In a blender take chopped onion, tomatoes, ginger, poppy, cinnamon, fennel and blend well. It should form a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  4. Add the paste and saute well. Saute till the paste starts leaving oil from the sides. It will take time. Roast it on low flame.
  5. Once the paste starts leaving oil from the sides add coriander powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Add 1/4 cup water and let it come to boil.
  7. Add milk and mix well.
  8. Once nicely boiled (around 5 minutes) take it off the flame and add boiled eggs and garnish with kasuri methi.

Serve with phulkas or rice.

 

 

SOYA CARROT CURRY

20170507_194624 - CopyHi There,

You know these days I feel that 24 hours is not enough and I need more hour in hand. The health sections everywhere says it is ideal and good to get good 7-8 hours of sleep. And I hardly manage to get 5-6. So, the days when I oversleep (actually sleep healthy) I wake up in a hurry and do things in a hurry. Those days my patience is low and I am literally running around to catch up on things.

Does that happen to you? What do you think are the reasons for it? Well I think we women tend to take up so much on our hands. I am not saying we do not do a good job of doing them. Instead we end up doing maybe an average job on all and then end up tired. So, things like delegation, negotiation, work load division, etc. all come to the rescue. But it needs to used well and with patience. You may ask how a food recipe is related to all this. It is my friends. This recipe is a quick side dish recipe for rotis.

INGREDIENTS:

Soya chunks – 1 cup

Carrot – 1 cubed

Cream – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1 medium

Tomato – 2 medium

Ginger – garlic paste – 1 tsp (optional)

Coriander Powder –  2 tsp

Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Coriander leaves – 2 tblspn

Oil – 2 tblspn

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil soya and carrots in water till cooked.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Saute onions in oil.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell leaves.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are soft.
  6. Take it off the flame.
  7. Blend it together in a blender till smooth paste.
  8. Transfer it back to pan and add coriander powder, chilly and garam masala powder.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Add the soya and carrot pieces along with water.
  11. Boil for another 5 minutes.
  12. Add cream and mix well.
  13. Bring to a boiling point. But do not boil.
  14. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

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CREAMY POTATO CURRY MINUS THE CREAM :)

3Hello there. Have you ever felt that weekend runs away faster than the week? Well I guess most of you will agree with me. There are chores and chores to be completed during weekend that you hardly realised where did the weekend go? But if you ignore these chores even for a single weekend then it piles on for the next week and also on your mind.

I am that kind of person who needs lots of space. Breathing space, cooking space, thoughts space. I am irritable if there are lots of dishes to be washed and other chores to finish. Hence I need every task to be completed on time. And I am one of those who uses lots of utensils to cook. And understandably a food blogger needs extra space, extra utensils, and extra props right?

So, which kind of person are you?

Today’s recipe is a quick one. Although I am trying to avoid potatoes but sometimes potatoes are a must. As stated in my previous posts, I do not like monotonous dishes and combinations. My dosa always finds a new companion 😉 This time it is this creamy potato curry minus the cream.

1INGREDIENTS:

Potatoes – 2-3 medium boiled

Green chilly – 2-3

Onion – 1 big

Ginger paste – ½ tsp

Gram flour/ Besan – 2 tblspn

Coriander Powder – ½ tsp

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Oil – 2 tblspn

Salt to taste

Chopped Coriander Leaves – 4 tblspn

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan heat oil.
  2. Splutter mustard seeds.
  3. Add finely chopped onion and saute them till translucent.
  4. Add green chilly and saute them.
  5. Add ginger paste and saute till raw smell leaves.
  6. Mash the potatoes lightly. You can leave big chunks too if you like.
  7. In the pan add coriander powder and turmeric powder.
  8. Saute for 30 seconds.
  9. Add potatoes and mix well.
  10. Add ½ cup hot water and mix well.
  11. In a bowl take gram flour and make a paste with water. It should be thick but flowing consistency.
  12. Add this gram flour slurry into the potatoes and mix well.
  13. Saute for 5 minutes on simmer.
  14. Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with pooris or dosa.

 

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