Showing posts with label Curry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Curry. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

OKRA IN KOKUM CURRY for PPCS

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
10th of September! I am here again, presenting you my recipe for POTLUCK PARTY CYBER STYLE which is started by Jagruti and this month  http://nivedhanams.blogspot.in/ is hosting the event. 

OKRA or LADY FINGER or BHINDI again! Yes! last time I brought Okra Chutney which was liked by many of you all. This time also I am with Okra dish. I had planned something else for the party but when I tasted this curry I thought this special curry should go to our Party first.
Without much introduction lets go to the ingredients directly. 
 

Ingredients:
Okra or  lady finger - 10 to12 big
Oil - 1 tbsp to fry 
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Kokum - 1tbsp soaked in warm water for 1/2 an hour(i tbsp is enough as kokum is strong)
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp or as per the taste
Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tbsp
Oil - tsp 
To make curry powder
Dry roast
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Chana dal - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1 tsp
Green chilly - 1, chopped
Curry leaves - few
Fresh coconut - 2 tbsp, grated
Ginger - 1/4"
 

Method:
Wash and pat dry the bhindi , cut into 1" pieces. 
Fry in a pan with 1 tbsp oil till light brown adding a dash of lime juice.
Dry roast all the ingredients in a pan and when cold, grind into a coarse powder. Add the kokum paste and grind into fine paste.
Heat oil in a kadai.
Add the ready paste and fry till it leaves the sides. Add  salt, jaggery, salt and haldi. Mix well and cook for few minutes. 
Add 1 cup of water and cook for a minute. Check the taste and consistency of the curry. Adjust it if necessary. 
Add fried Okra. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
Remove from the fire. Wait for some time(at least half an hour) before serving so that okra gets the curry taste in it. Make it hot before serving.
Serve with Chapati or hot rice and ghee and Paapad. 
Sending it to the event 

Keep Smiling, 



Thursday, March 28, 2013

SPICY SPROUTED FENUGREEK SEEDS MASALA(Reposting)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita

Hi All,
They say sprouts is good for health. Any sprouts? I am not sure, but this one is really a healthy sprout and I enjoy having it a lot.
Thrice a week I have a habit of having a tea spoon of methi seeds in the morning with hot water. I love methi seeds and never miss any chance of adding it into our food. I add it in curries, sambhar, dal, sometimes in some sabji. So how about making the whole curry with methi seeds. But that will go directly in to the dustbin as these seeds are very bitter if prepared directly. So the best way is to soak them, allow to sprout and then use in a spicy, tangy dry curry.
Fenugreek seeds have their unique taste and contribute a huge part when comes to health. Its good for diabetes. It controls the diabetes to some extent(of course with other intakes or controlled diet)
If we take a tea spoon of methi seeds with a glass of water when suffering with diarrhea, it comes under control. 
Soak the seeds in the night and paste it in the morning. Apply it to the hair for an hour and wash it, a very good tonic for your hair.  

Ingredients:
Fenugreek seeds or Methi seeds - 1/2 cup
Soaked for 6-8 hours. Drained and then kept in a cotton or muslin cloth for a day or till it gets sprouted.


Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp(optional)
Onion -2 big, finely chopped
Tomato - 1 big, finely chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Green chilly - 2 slit
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tsp
water - 1/2 cup
Fresh coriander to garnish

Method:
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
  • Add cumin seeds and Mustard seeds. 
  • Add onion and fry till brown. Keep on stirring.
  • Add Ginger and garlic paste. fry for a minute.
  • Add tomato and little water. Mix well and cook till the tomato is half cooked.
  • Add sprouted methi seeds and other ingredients. 
  • Mix well. 
  • Add some more water. 
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Adjust the seasoning.
  • Check the seeds, cook till soft. (It may take another 5 minutes.)
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.
  • Enjoy it with soft chapatis.
My aunt says its stays good for 3-4 days so good while travelling, but I never kept it more than one day...

Sending this to Soumya (of Nivedhanam)'s event 
 HITS


Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SPICY SPROUTED FENUGREEK SEEDS MASALA

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
They say sprouts is good for health. Any sprouts? I am not sure, but this one is really a healthy sprout and I enjoy having it a lot.
Thrice a week I have a habit of having a tea spoon of methi seeds in the morning with hot water. I love methi seeds and never miss any chance of adding it into our food. I add it in curries, sambhar, dal, sometimes in some sabji. So how about making the whole curry with methi seeds. But that will go directly in to the dustbin as these seeds are very bitter if prepared directly. So the best way is to soak them, allow to sprout and then use in a spicy, tangy dry curry.
Fenugreek seeds have their unique taste and contribute a huge part when comes to health. Its good for diabetes. It controls the diabetes to some extent(of course with other intakes or controlled diet)
If we take a tea spoon of methi seeds with a glass of water when suffering with diarrhea, it comes under control. 
Soak the seeds in the night and paste it in the morning. Apply it to the hair for an hour and wash it, a very good tonic for your hair.  

Ingredients:
Fenugreek seeds or Methi seeds - 1/2 cup
Soaked for 6-8 hours. Drained and then kept in a cotton or muslin cloth for a day or till it gets sprouted.


Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp(optional)
Onion -2 big, finely chopped
Tomato - 1 big, finely chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Green chilly - 2 slit
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tsp
water - 1/2 cup
Fresh coriander to garnish

Method:
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
  • Add cumin seeds and Mustard seeds. 
  • Add onion and fry till brown. Keep on stirring.
  • Add Ginger and garlic paste. fry for a minute.
  • Add tomato and little water. Mix well and cook till the tomato is half cooked.
  • Add sprouted methi seeds and other ingredients. 
  • Mix well. 
  • Add some more water. 
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Adjust the seasoning.
  • Check the seeds, cook till soft. (It may take another 5 minutes.)
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.
  • Enjoy it with soft chapatis.
My aunt says its stays good for 3-4 days so good while travelling, but I never kept it more than one day...


Sending this to Soumya (of Nivedhanam)'s event 
 HITS


Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Colourful curries : Reposting for the event

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
 Hi All,
How are you all?
Again some reposting for the event.
But I kept on wondering which one to choose for this event, Is it fine if I take dals, or sambhars or curry???
Then thought of giving chance to my older posts  which did not get more attention :-)))
So here are the two recipes which I am reposting for the event which is going on in Charita's blog.

First is


AND


Many and more Veg. Sambhar



The event is going on here:



Keep Smiling,

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Potato gravy(ಬಟಾಟೆ ರಸಪಲ್ಲ್ಯಾ)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
My mom's one of favorite food, which has helped her umpteen number of times when she was in a hurry, when she had unexpected guests or when we were hungry and wanted to have some fast gravy that goes well with chapati or puris.
Batati rasapalya or potato gravy which is watery but tasty.
Mom makes on stove and I tried it in microwave. The taste differs. But both tastes good.

Coming to the recipe,
Potato : 3 big, washed, peeled and cubed
Onion - 1 big, cleaned, chopped finely
Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Tamarind pulp or whole tamarind - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp or 1 tbsp if you like it spicy
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder  a pinch
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Garlic crushed - 1 tsp(optional)

Method:
Take oil in a M/w safe dish.
Cook on HIGH for a minute.
Add mustard seeds and again cook for 30 seconds.
Now add onion, garlic, curry leaves. Mix well and cook on HIGH again for few minutes till you see the onion changing the color. 
Open, add the cubed potato and all other ingredients. Mix well. 
Cook on HIGH for a minute.
Open, add 2 big glasses of water, mix and cook it on HIGH for 10 minutes or till the potato is cooked and the masala is mixed well.
Season the taste and garnish with fresh coriander( optional)
Serve with hot chapati or Puris.

Sending this to Srivalli's 
Started by  herself

Keep Smiling,

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Egg and Spinach Curry

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
As all of you know I am an eggatirian! I keep on trying new recipes with egg. This one is one of those trials which was mainly for my younger daughter who does not eat spinach at all. 
I will come directly to the recipe, (Its last day of the month for many events, but could not post most of the recipes as I got stuck with some other works)

Ingredients:
Eggs - 4 boiled
For gravy:
Spinach - 1 bunch
Onion - 1 big, peeled and cubed
Tomato - 1 big, cleaned and chopped
Green Chilly - 1
Ginger - 1" piece, cleaned and chopped
Cinnamon - 1/4" piece
Cardamom - 1 small
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Method:
  • Clean the spinach, wash and cut. Add all the ingredients except oil, salt and red chilly powder.
  • Boil together for 5 minutes.
  • Once cool, grind it into a fine paste.
  • Cut the boiled and peeled eggs into desired sizes or shape
  • Heat oil in a kadai.
  • Add the spinach puree. Cook it for a minute. Add salt and chilly powder. Mix well. 
  • Add a glass of water. Cook for a minute. Adjust the seasoning.
  • Add the eggs. Cover and cook for few minutes.
  • Egg and spinach curry is ready to serve with rice, chapati, dosa or bread.


Sending this to 
Akila's  event 


Keep Smiling,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Punjabi Kadi Pakoras for ICC

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I am happy to be a part of Indian Cooking Challenge. Indian Cooking Challenge is the event hosted by Srivalli where every month,she gives us a challenge to make one traditional recipe. Till last month, I never went through the rules or the event as I thought its only for experienced chefs!! True, I thought its not my cup of tea.
But last month when I was chatting with Srivalli, she asked me why I did not join this event all these days, when I told the reason, she insisted me to go through the rules at least. When I finished reading, my expression was "arre, yeh to itna easy hai!!" and one more thing came into my mind that even my event "COOK AND CLICK" had the same theme, but I could not take it longer as I did not get more entries or only one entry for each event (in 4 events).
Now, coming to this challenge, Making Punjabi Kadi Pakoras or Pakods kadi is my first entry to ICC. Srivalli got this a recipe from Simran who blogs @ Bombay foodie I am really excited to prepare this one as its very interesting. Many times I have prepared kadi pakoda but the other methods. But it was a long time again that I prepared this type. So here I am presenting my
"PUNJABI KADI PAKORAS FOR ICC"
There is one advantage when making this one. You will get pakoras to eat before they go into kadi. My suggestion to everyone is make more batter to make those extra pakoras, or else you will get only kadi on the dining table!
Coming to the recipe,
To make Pakoras:
Gram flour - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 medium, thinly sliced
Water to make thick batter
Oil to deep fry

 Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl.
Add the water to make batter of semi thick consistency.
Heat oil in a kadai. When hot, drop the batter with a spoon or hand to make small pakoras. Fry till golden brown to get crispy pakoras.
Transfer these into a bowl or plate and keep it aside.

For making Kadi:
Curds / Yogurt - 1 cup
Gram flour or besan- 1/3 cup
Water - 4 to 5 cups
Mix the curds and gramfour to remove lumps.
Add the water to get thin batter to make kadi.

Ingredients for kadi:
Oil -1 tbsp
Onion - 1 large, sliced
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds or Jeera- 1 tsp
Ajwain or Carom Seeds- 1 tsp
Methi seeds or Fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
To add it later:
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Amchur/ Dried Mango powder - 1 tsp

Get ready to make kadi:
Heat oil in a kadai or deep and round vessel.
When hot, add mustard seeds, let splutter.
Now be quick to  add cumin seeds, methi seeds and ajwain. Wait for 10 seconds.
Add sliced onions and fry till brown.
Keep on a low flame, add curd and besan batter.
Add turmeric, salt and red chilli powder.(I must say here that, I was not sure of adding salt at this stage, as I always believed if I add salt before only, the butter milk will get curdled, but as I had to follow the rules I added it.) And nothing happened to the kadi.
Bring it to a boil, boil it atleast for half an hour.
Wait till you get thick kadi.
Now add the fried pakoras and boil it for some more time(may be 2 minutes)
Give final touch by adding garam masala and amchur powder before taking it from heat.

Punjabi Kadi Pakora is ready to serve with hot rice.
Keep Smiling,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pea Nut Gojju

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
This is the curry I learnt from my cousin who has already shared her few recipes with me in my blog. She is settled down in Sagar after marriage and learnt all the traditional food from that region. Whenever I get chance to talk with her, I speak only about the food and her daughter.
This gojju or curry is very easy to make but tastes good with hot rice and coconut oil.

Ingredients :


For paste:
Peanut - 1 cup
Fresh coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chilly - 2
Fresh coriander - handful
Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp(optional)


Water  - 1 cup or more(as per your requirement and consistency)

For tempering
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few(not in the photo, as I did not had in the night when I made this)
Green chilly or dry red chilly - 1 


Method: 
Take all the ingredients under "for paste"  in a mixi or blender and grind into a fine paste. 
Add water as per your requirement. The gojju should be medium thick.
Transfer into a serving bowl.
Take oil in a small kadai.
When hot, add mustard seeds. When splutter, add cumin seeds, green or red chilly and curry leaves. Fry for a minute. Add this to the ready gojju.
Serve as it is or just warm it for HALF A MINUTE. 
Serve with hot rice and 1 tsp coconut oil(if you like the flavor) on it!
Its heaven!!
This is my last minute entry to (sorry, I missed to visit her blog since last month!)


AND
(linking it to Pari's event announcement page)
Keep Smiling,

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Brown rice,green veg curry and brinjal fry!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Brown rice and green veg curry is nothing but Bhooga Chaawar aur Sai bhaji. A traditional Sindhi dish. A wonderful combo for a hungry stomach.

Brown Rice(Bhooga chawar) :
Long grain rice : 200 gm
Onion - 2 big, long, thin slices
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Cloves - 3
Bay leaf - 1
Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp
Warm water to cook the rice.
Wash the rice and keep aside to remove all the water from it.
Heat oil in a cooker, add bay leaf, cumin seeds and cloves. Then put onions and fry for a minute. Add sugar and keep on frying till the onions turn dark brown but not burnt. Now add Chilly powder and salt with rice. Fry for a minute so that all gets mixed well. Now add warm water till the rice is just covered. Close the lid and give 2 whistles.
Brown rice is ready. Garnish with Fried onions(optional).


Coming to Sai bhaji, click here for old post., Still giving the details again as this post is going for an event.
Green Veg Curry(Sai Bhaji)  :

Palak(Spinach) - 1 bunch
Methi leaves(Fenugreek leaves) - 1/2 bunchSabbasgi (Dill leaves) - 1/4 bunch(Optional)
(While making for this post, I did not had dill leaves and brinjal, so you can not see in the photo)
Brinjal - 1 medium (cut into cubes), its optional.
Potato - 1 medium(cut into cubes)
Tomato - 2 big(cut in to cubes)
Carrot - 1 medium(cut into cubes)
Channa dal - 1/2 cup (Soaked in water at least for an hour)
Salt to taste
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
For tempering,
Oil - 1 tbsp(Ghee will taste better)
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Ginger Crushed - 1tsp
Mix all the ingredients for bhaji in a cooker and make 4 whistles. When cooker is cool, remove the lid, churn it with churner or with blender. Adjust the taste for salt.Give bhagar with mustard seeds and crushed ginger in a oil.
Sai Bhaji is ready to serve.
(You will enjoy the same in  Alka's  Sindhi Traditional Food also. (Being Sindhi, our preparations are almost the same!) This is just for your information. I am not in to any copy cat thing!! I am a regular follower of her blog, as I love to learn more of Sindhi Cuisine. She got a lovely blog about All Sindhi Recipes.)
Next is
Brinjal fry :
Brinjal - 1 big, cut in to round, medium thin slices.
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Curry powder - 1 tsp
Oil to shallow fry
Mix the powders with salt. Rub this powder to all the brinjal slices. Keep it for 5 minutes.
Heat tawa or frying pan. Put the slices on the pan and shallow fry by turning the slices often for 10 minutes. 
Brinjal fry is also ready to serve.
Arrange every thing in the plate and enjoy with your family on Sunday afternoon.
Sending this to Pari's  THE COMBO EVENT 

image
Keep Smiling,

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sindhi Curry(Veg curry with Gramflour)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,



One more healthy traditional food, with lot of vegetables in to it!!!! It is very good in winter and rainy season, as one can just drink it or sip it sitting beside the window and watching rain drops and enjoying the hot soup with cold breeze(At least this is what I do whenever I get chance!!!) or can enjoy with Brown rice or Bhooga chawar.
It takes time to cut all the vegetables and it takes time to cook the curry also, but the result is very tasty that you will forget the pain of cutting the vegetables and waiting for it to cook.!!!


When I was in UAE, I learnt it from my Co-Sister and Sister In Law. And I love it to have any time of day or night!!
Coming to the recipe,
Potato - 2 big, washed, and cubed in to big pieces.
Carrot - 1 big, chopped length wise
Beans - 8 to 10, cleaned and cut in to two.
Cluster beans - 10 to 12 cleaned and cut into two
Brinjal - 1 medium, cut into lengthwise
Drum stick - 2 washed, cleaned and chopped in to 3 to 4 pieces
Ladies finger(Bhindi) - 4 to 6, washed, cleaned and dried. Cut in to 2 pieces and shallow fry in little oil. Keep it aside.


Oil - 1/4 cup
Methi Seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Green Chilly - 2 slit 
Ginger - 1/4" crushed(optional)
Gramflour(Besan atta) - 4 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 line.
Tomato - 2 medium (or tomato paste or puree - 1/4 cup)
Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Amsol - 4 to 6
Salt to taste
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Dhania or coriander powder - 1 tbsp
The vegetables are optional and you can replace or skip few. But more vegetables really make the curry tasty and healthy.
Add oil in a thick bottomed kadai or cooker. Keep on a medium flame, when oil is hot, add jeera, green chilly, ginger and methi seeds. Fry for few seconds. Now be careful before adding Gram flour. Keep on stirring or else it gets burnt. When good fried aroma starts coming, put hard vegetables like potato, drumsticks, beans and cluster beans. Keep on stirring for a minute. Now add Tomato or tomato puree. Mix and let it cook for a minute. Time is to add red chilly powder, dhania powder and haldi. Again mix and add cook for one more minute. All should happen over medium flame. Add at least 3 cups of water and close the lid and cook for 10 minutes. Now add other soft vegetables like carrot, brinjal and salt. Again boil it for 10 more minutes. And then comes the chance of Bhindi or okra or lady finger to get boiled. Cook it for 2 minutes adjust the seasoning. Add Amsol and curry leaves. Cook for 5 minutes. 
The curry is ready in the cooker and will be waiting for you to take it in a bowl and taste it.


An instant and fastest way to cook is,
After you add gram flour, add all other ingredients except curry leaves and amsol, add water and give 4 to 6 whistles. When cool, add curry leaves and amsol and boil it directly on medium flame for 2 minutes. 


But the first method tastes better even though takes lot of time.
Moral of the cooking is 
"Slow and steady wins the race!!!"


Keep Smiling,


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