Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pumpkin curry

Ingredients (Serves 6):
1/2 pumpkin - skin peeled and cut into chunks
1 capsicum - deseeded, cut into chunks
2 onions - cut into chunks
2 tomato - cut into chunks
2 garlic pods - finely diced
2 cloves
2 cardamom
1 tsp coarsely crushed pepper
2 green chilli
1 tsp chilli powder
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp amchur powder
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp oil
Salt to taste

1) Heat oil in a frying pan. Add clove and coriander and wait for them to pop. Add garlic and fry until it starts to change its colour. Add pepper, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, green chilli.
2) Add onion and fry until it starts turning translucent. Add turmeric, red chilli powder and amchur powder.
3) Add capsicum and tomato and fry for a minute.
4) Add pumpkin and toss around. Add water and salt. Cover and cook until the pumpkin is soft. (Takes about 20 minutes)
5) Garnish with lemon juice


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Makai Palak

Just a fancy way of calling Palak paneer if you substitute paneer with sweet corn ;)

Ingredients: (Serves 6):
1 bunch spinach - coarsely chopped
2 tomato - coarsely chopped
1 large onion - coarsely chopped
3-4 sprigs of coriander (optional)
1/2 cup peas (optional)
1 cup corn (boiled or microwaved for 3 minutes)
4 green chilli
1 Tbsp yoghurt/cream (optional)
1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp corainder seeds
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp oil
Salt to taste

1) Take oil in a frying pan once heated add cumin seeds and coriander seeds and fry until it starts to change colour.
2) Add onion, ginger garlic paste, chilli and fry until onion turns translucent.
3) Add tomato and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add spinach and fry for 2-3 minutes.
4) Remove pan from the stove add coriander leaves and wait for it to cool.. Once cool grind it into fine paste
5) Transfer the paste back to the pan. Add yoghurt and sugar. Add water to get the desired consistency. Add corn. Check for salt. Reheat again

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bhindi besan fry

1 medium sized onion - chopped
2 cups ladies finger - chopped to 1 to 2 inches in length
4 Tbsp gram flour - besan
2 Tbsp rice flour
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/3 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp oil

1) In a frying pan heat 1 Tbsp oil. Fry onion when it turns translucent add coriander powder, turmeric, red chilli powder and fry for a minute
2) Add ladies finger, gram flour and rice flour and fry for 5 minutes.
3) Check for salt. Lower the heat and add about 1/2 Tbsp of oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes without tossing. Add the remaining oil, toss the curry and fry for 3-4 minutes. Let bits of ladies finger and besan turn brown - adds to the taste. Toss one final time and let it fry for another 3-4 minutes

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ragi dosa

Owe this awesome recipe to Krupa (Sastry)!!!! :) Thanks kane :)

Ingredients (Serves 4):
1 cup black dal (urad) - soak in water for 1/2 an hour
2 cups ragi flour
1 1/2 Tbsp rice flour
2 Tbsp soy (optional)

1) Grind urad dal with soy into a fine paste adding sufficient water
2) Mix with ragi flour, rice flour, salt and water to get dosa like consistency
3) Heat a frying pan - Take a ladleful of dosa batter and spread on the pan like a disc.. Add 2-3 drops of oil After a minute or two flip to the other side for 10-15 seconds