Thursday, 20 November 2014

Amla Pickle

Amla or the Gooseberry Pickle is a very common pickle made all over India. Amla is rich in vitamin-C, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants. Eventhough, the ingredients for the pickle are almost same, the cooking method adopted in different places do differ. This recipe which I am posting is my Mother’s recipe. I have tried my best to make it the same way.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Chicken 65

Chicken 65 is a very popular starter item. It is a much demanded item in restaurants.
It is easy to prepare and require very less ingredients

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Cauli Flower Varutharacha Curry

Its winter time and the cauliflower is available in plenty. So many dishes, including snacks can be made out of this. So, why not a curry in a South Indian style to go with rotis and rice. This can be had even with idli, dosa, puttu or idiappam.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Tomato Pachadi

Tomato pachadi is a traditional South Indian curry which is made of coconut and tomato and is served with rice. It is very easy to make and can be prepared in less than 10 minutes time. It is an important side dish for a traditional sadya which is prepared for Onam or marriage.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Microwave Banana Peanut Cake

Microwave cakes are easy to make. It takes just 10 minutes and your cake is ready. I have already posted a sponge cake and a dark chocolate cake. Today, I thought of trying a different one. As the name suggests, it is a banana peanut butter cake.

Monday, 3 November 2014

North Indian Poha Upma

Upma needs no introduction. Many experiments are done in kitchen to make healthy upma with so many things like sooji, poha, bread and nowadays oats. Poha Upma is an excellent breakfast item.
Basic info about the recipe
Cuisine                                                 - North Indian
Serves                                                  - 2 people.
  1. Poha/ rice flakes                         - 2 cups
  2. Onion                                         - 1 no:
  3. Green chillies                              - 2 nos
  4. Turmeric powder                         - ½ tsp
  5. Mustard seeds                            - 1 tsp
  6. Salt                                            - to taste
  7. Lemon juice                                - 1 tbsp
  8. Peanuts                                      - ½ cup
  9. Coriander leaves                         - few sprigs
  10.  Oil                                             - 1 tbsp.
Method: Sprinkle some water and salt to the poha and mix well. Let it rest for 5 minutes. ( If you soak the poha in water, you will not get a dry upma and it will be soggy)
Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add diced onions and green chillies and fry till golden brown.
Add peanuts and fry till done
Add turmeric powder and mix everything well.
Add the poha, stir and cover with a lid for 3 minutes. Check salt at this stage.
Switch offf the gas, pour lemon juice and stir well.
Add the coriander leaves and serve hot.
Notes: Instead of oil alone, you can add butter/ ghee and oil together.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Wheat and Oats Roll

Roll needs no introduction. Rolls are made of refined flour. I thought of making it healthy with some different ingredients. This can be served as a breakfast item, a tea time snack or for dinner.
Basic info about the recipe
Cuisine                                                           - South Indian
Serves                                                            - 2 people.
  1. Atta                                                      - 2 cups
  2. Oats                                                     - 1 cup
  3. Besan                                                   - 1 tbsp
  4. Salt                                                      - to taste
  5. Carrot                                                   - 1 no:
  6. Onion                                                   - 1 no:
  7. Tomato                                                 - 1 no:
  8. Oregano                                               - as required
  9. Red chilli flakes                                     - as required
  10.  Oil                                                       - as required.

Method: Grate the carrot. Dice the onion and tomato and keep aside.
Make a dosa batter with wheat, oats, besan, salt and water.( the consistency should not be very thick)
Heat a pan and pour a ladle of batter to it. Sprinkle the grated carrot, onion and tomato( like uthappam). Drizzle some drops of oil. Wait to cook.
Carefully flip to the other side and allow to cook.
Remove from pan and sprinkle some red chilli flakes and oregano on top. Roll and serve hot.

Notes: If you are making this for children, you can avoid red chilli flakes and put some grated cheese on top. In that case allow the cheese to melt and then add oregano.