Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sweet and sour vegetable

2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 medium size onion - Sliced
1 can pineapple
1 can bamboo shoots
1 cup stir-fry veggies (beans, carrot, broccoli..)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp corn flour
1 Tbsp sugar

1) Mix soy sauce, vinegar, corn flour and pineapple juice (from the can) in a bowl and set aside.
2) In a wok - heat oil. Add onion. Fry until it turns brown.
3) Add veggies and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add bamboo shoots and fry for 3-4 minutes.
4) Dice pineapple into chunks. Add pineapple and fry for 2 minutes
5) Add the sauce mix made in step 1. Stir until it thickens.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Veg Fried Rice

Ingredients (Serves 2):
3/4 cup rice
1 Tbsp oil
2 garlic pods - finely diced
1/4 onion - finely diced
1 can sweet corn kernels
3/4 cup peas - boiled
2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
1 tsp chilli powder - optional (For that extra spice! :))
1 red chilli - finely diced
1/4 cup water

1) Boil the rice and keep aside
2) Heat oil in a wok(medium heat). Add finely diced garlic. Wait for it to turn golden brown.
3) Add onion, pepper, chilli powder and fry for a minute
4) Add corn kernels, peas, finely diced red chilli, water. Fry for a minute
5) Add rice and salt. Toss it around for a minute or two.

Serve with sweet chilli sauce / Sweet and sour Vegetables.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Avarekaalu Ragi rotti

Ragi flour - 2 cups
Rice flour - 2 Tbsp
Avrekaalu(Lima beans) - 1 cup - cooked
Onion - 1 - finely chopped
Carrot - 1/2 - grated
1Tbsp - Yoghurt
Green chilli - 6 - finely chopped
Coriander - 4/5 sprigs - finely chopped
Cumin - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

1) Mix all the ingredients by adding sufficient water. Add salt as required
2) Take a baking paper and oil it on one side. Take a fistful of the dough and pat it into a circular shape.
3) Place this on a heated pan(along with the baking paper) such that the baking paper is on top. Remove the baking paper in 1-2 minutes.
4) After about a minute flip and heat the other side for 2-3 minutes.

Serve with chutney/chutney-pudi :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mensinkaayi bajji

6 long green chilli
6 Tbsp Besan (chickpea flour)
2 Tbsp Rice flour
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric (Why not - when its healthy!!! :))
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

1) Add besan, rice flour, cumin seeds, turmeric, red chilli powder in a mixing bowl. Add water to get the desired consistency (like thick yoghurt) and mix well
2) Slit the green chilli vertically on one side and deseed it. Soak in water. Add salt to it. (Not sure why this is required but mum says it reduces how hot the chilli is).
3) Heat the oil for frying (medium heat)
4) Dip the green chilli in the mix. Ensure all sides are covered. Fry it. Remove when it turns golden brown. Do the same for the rest.

1/4 tsp of baking soda can be added for a more fluffier covering.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Veg fried wonton

Why so serious!!! :)

Ingredients (Serves 2):
10 Wonton wrappers
1 cup capsicum - finely diced
1/2 shallot - finely diced
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

1) Mix capsicum, shallot, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste in a bowl
2) Add salt as required
3) Heat oil on medium heat.
4) Wrap the vegetable mix with the wanton wrapper and deep fry.

Serve with hot chilli sauce :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Capsicum shavige pulao

Plagiarising amma's recipe :)

Ingredients(Serves 4):
1/2 green capsicum - Sliced
1/2 yellow capsicum - Sliced
1/2 red capsicum - Sliced
1 onion - Roughly diced
1 cup vermicelli
3-4 coriander sprigs
1 Tbsp grated coconut
4-5 green chilli
1 clove
1 garlic pod
Small piece of ginger
2-3 peppercorns
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp oil
1 and a 1/2 cups of water

1) Roast vermicelli in a frying pan. Once it begins to turn brown add water.Vermicelli should cook to tender in 3-4 mins. Add more water if needed. If water is in excess - drain it.
2) Add 1/2 a Tbsp of oil into frying pan. Add mustard seeds to it and wait for it to splutter
3) Add clove, peppercorns, garlic, green chilli and ginger. Fry it for 1/2 a minute
4) Add cumin seeds and onion. Fry it till onion turns brown.
5) Add turmeric, grated coconut and coriander. Stir it once and set it aside
6) Wait for it to cool and grind it into a fine paste
7) Add the remaining oil to frying pan and fry the capsicum for 2-3 minutes(More if you'd like it softer).
8) Now, add the paste and vermicelli. Stir it for another minute or so.

Goes well with a dash of yogurt on the side.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Green Masala for idli

On our recent trip to India, we tried the green masala idli at New Krishna Bhavan, Malleswaram, Bangalore.. It was unlike anything that i've ever had!!! And this coming from someone who would sprint a mile away at the sight of idlis... :) Here's an attempt to recreate that magical green sauce/chutney/curry!! :)

Ingredients (Serves 6):
1/2 bunch spinach
4-5 mint sprigs
9-10 coriander sprigs
1 green capsicum (Finely dice 1/4 of this, coarsely dice the remaining)
1 onion (Finely dice 1/4 of this, coarsely dice the remaining)
1/2 cup frozen peas
5-6 green chilli (add to suit your taste)
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water if needed

1) Heat 1/2 Tbsp oil in the frying pan. Add mustard seeds and wait for it to splutter
2) Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, green chilli and coarsely chopped onion
3) Once onion begins to turn brown - Add chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, asafoetida.
4) Add coarsely chopped capsicum and peas - wait for 2-3 minutes.
5) Add spinach and mint leaves. Stir until it wilts.
6) Turn off the heat and add coriander leaves
7) Wait for it to cool - before grinding it into a smooth paste
8) Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan. Add the finely diced onion and capsicum. Fry for a minute.
9) Add the paste. Add water to get the desired consistency. (I added 1/2 a cup of water)
10) Add salt to suit your taste. Heat for a minute or two.
DONE!!!! :)

Goes well with idli, dosa, dhokla. :)