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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My Kitchen disaster!

Almost everybody would have surely came accross a disaster in kitchen in their life...Me too have several disasters...But when Kribha tagged me for MY KITCHEN DISASTER...started by Lakshmi, I thought I will share you all with a strange one...I think nobody b4 would have gone through ...like this...

It all became a disaster coz of two things...One is my laziness and the other is my forgetfulness!!

Its a usual thing for me that, every 4 days once or like that, I will make curd and use it for 4-5 days keeping it in fridge.Just like that one day I was so lazy and tired, that I didn't wanted to wash the vessel after boiling  the milk..so what I did, I directly put the CHOMBU with milk (The vessel which I usually pour milk after boiling),on the smallest burner I am having and simmered as much as possible.

Then I went to browse for sometime ...I thought ,after some time I can switch off the stove...As usual, after starting browsing, I forgot the milk kept...So what happened?

There was a thick milk cream layer(Paal aadai we call in tamil) formed at the top of the milk , which prevented even overflowing...and as time went ...BLAST!!

There was a pressure developed inside that layer with steam,as i didn't stirred at all and because of the narrow neck..  and the milk splattered all over the walls,ceiling and every where around the stove..

For a moment when I heard the blast sound, I had no idea and then slowly I recognized the reason!!
After that I always give a special attention for boiling milk..coz its very dangerous indeed if we forget milk in stove..as it may even put off your gas stove,which may be even more dangerous..!!

Now a days I always use a broad vessel for boiling milk,with  several stirring in between or boil in a jar in microwave oven;D

Here is the picture of the vessel (Chombu)I used that day, for boiling milk :D

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I am tagging Rajitha of Hunger pangs and Seena of Simple and delicious for this Kitchen disaster!!

Another MEME

Blogging have bought me so many friends around here...I have been tagged for this Meme  by Kelly mahoney of Kelly the culinarian ,a journalism student who have started a food blog to try a hand in cooking also...

Here are some 5 Q's ..by which you can know a better me:D

1 How long have you been blogging?

My blog is hardly 2 and a half months old!!!

2 What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?

As I had a very little cooking experience before marriage and after marriage,when it came a situation that I have to start regular cooking for my own family ...My hubby , my kid and for my self, and being abroad..I can't call my mother or my Mother In Law or anybody for each  and every thing..so Internet was my only thing I had in my hands,than any cookbooks...

So first I was googling for the recipes and running my life for a year and slowly I came to know about food blogs...

I find food blogs having somany advantages like-- step by step presentation...;some people are reviewing the recipes and not only reviewing/commenting..;also trying and giving feed back to the recipes posted..

So,I fell for food blogs !!

           I know Prema's cookbook and Kajal dreams before I started blog of my own...!I found on premas cookbook for most of the recipes that i searched for ...and Kajal dreams..!!!Wow!I loved her step by step neat presentation with photos...  as far as food and recipes are concerned.!!

So , one fine day , I too got an idea of starting my own food blog...so that I can record my cooking in kitchen and share my version of recipes with all of you...as everybody have their own way of cooking.!!

3 Are you trying to make money online or are you doing it for fun?

Not at all at any point..only for fun!

4 What three things do you love about being online?

1)I like my own recipes and dishes,photographed and seen in my own foodblog...and getting comments over them is simply make me feel like flying!!!I just love it a lot!!

2)I love to know a wide variety of food from other blogger friends..who are from different regions and have their regional authentic food recipes!!

3)The photography talents of many of our fellow bloggers..Just keep wondering ,admiring and love to see it a lot!!

5 What three things do you struggle with online?

1)Well, it makes me a bit lazy..that is, I am simply sitting with my laptop, the time when I am free after my house works...;(

2)I am really a bad writer..or bad in English ..which i am struggling to improve...as it would help me to convey more and understand more...

3)Tracking cookies!!!This may sound strange, but its true that as i am blog hopping/browsing, Always I am getting a tracking cookie ...when i scan my computer..I don't know from where I get...but its really bad..:(

Well that's all from me...and now I would like to know more about :

1)Jai/Bee               - Jugalbandhi

2)Asha                  - Foodie's Hope

3)Latha Narasimhan - The yum blog

4)Kajal                   - Kajal dreams

5)Nags                   - For the cook in me

If only they like to play...no compulsion at all!!whenever they find time...:))

 

 

 


MEME s

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Monday, November 26, 2007

This rasam is very easy to prepare and yet tastes and smells great!! We can take this with rice or can serve hot hot as a starter!!This will induce hunger as it has ginger and pepper in it!!

Ingredients

Thoor dal cooked 1/2 cup
Ginger 1 inch piece grushed
Lime juice 1 tblsp
Green chilies 2-4
tomato 1
pepper 1 tsp crushed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp

Tempering

Mustard 1 tsp
jeera 1 tsp
Asafetida 3 pinches
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Ghee 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves 1 tblsp for garnishing

 

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Thoor dal and lime Crushed ginger,pepper,curry,tomato and chilli

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Method

  • Heat a kadai with ghee and add the tempering items,one by one..Mustard,jeera,asafetida,curry and green chillies and half of the crushed ginger ...
  • Add tomatoes and fry for a minute and add 2 cups water with salt,turmeric and bring to boil.
  • Add the remaining crushed ginger,pepper and boil till tomatoes are soft.
  • Add the cooked thoor dal and bring to boil.
  • When it boils well,switch off the stove and add the lime juice and coriander leaves and cover immediately.
  • This rasam should not be reheated or boild after lime juice have been added,as it may give a bitter taste.
  • Serve hot as a starter or with rice and pappad!!

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This is off to Sunita's Monthly blog event

Think Spice...Think ginger.

My monthly spice event...

GINGER RASAM

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Friday, November 23, 2007

I know potato curry everybody knows how to make....but this is microwave version!!

You need:

  • Potatoes                     --  3 nos.
  • Onion                         --   1 big sized
  • curry/red chillie powder  - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder    -  1/2 tsp
  • Ajwain/omam/basil seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric                      -  1/4 tsp
  • Salt                            -  as needed
  • Oil                              -   2 tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves- 1 tblsp

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Method:

  • Wash and prick the potatoes in 3,4 places and cook in microwave high for 3 minutes...just like how dear Nupur,one of our blogger friend have told.
  • I used the stand shown below in picture,which is specific for cooking potatoes in Microwave oven.
  • To ensure even cooking,try to change the position of the potatoes..in between cooking...say after 2 minutes,change the position and again cook for a minute.
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  • Let it cool for 2 minutes,2 minutes standing time is a must..
  • Peel off the skin and cut into bite sized pieces.

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  • In a microwave safe cooking bowl/vessel,add the oil and ajwain/omam ,mix well and keep in microwave high for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped onions,mix well and again cook for 3 minutes in high.
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  • Add the spice powders,chopped coriander and salt and mix well and again cook in high for 2 minutes.

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  • Add the cooked potato to it and mix well by sprinkling a very little water,to coat the potato with the spice powder and salt.
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          Cook in high for 4 minutes.In the middle of cooking stir and continue again.
          Well thats all !! your potato curry is ready to serve as an accompaniment for rice!!
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        Microwave Easy Cooking Event!

        And thanks to her for organizing such an useful event...so that we can make use of microwave oven in our day to day life for cooking!!!

        SPICY POTATO CURRY

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        Tuesday, November 13, 2007

        There is a restaurant called "Muthu's curry" here in Singapore...where we had a chance to try this "brinjal Masala"(how they named the dish)....Even my husband who doesn't likes Brinjal said it tastes good...And in this muthu's curry we can find more of chinese people visiting as a regular customers ....So if any one who in future have a chance to visit Singapore, don't forget to go to Muthu's curry ....

        I tried to make this curry after tasting this in that restaurant...It came out not exactly....but similar to that....My hubby too certified its good...;D .

        Ingredients

        • Brinjal                         --     5 nos.  (I used the brinjal available here long..purple coloured, 1 no.)
        • Onion                             -- 2 medium
        • Tomato                          -- 1 big
        • Green chilli                      --  2 nos.
        • Sambar/curry powder        --  1 tsp
        • Turmeric                         --  1/4 tsp
        • Corn flour                       -- 1/2 tsp
        • Chopped coriander leaves  -- 1 tblsp
        • Curry leaves                    --  1 sprig

        Tempering Items

        • Mustard       - 1/2 tsp
        • Urad dal      - 1/2 tsp
        • Channa dal  -  1/2 tsp
        • Oil              - 2 tsp
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        Method

        • Chop onions,tomatoes and slit the green chillies...keep aside.
        • Cut brinjals into medium sized pieces as shown in picture and keep immersed in water till you cook.
        • Heat a kadai with oil and add the tempering items,followed by onions,chillies,curry leaves and fry till onions are translucent.
        • Add tomatoes with salt and cook till tomatoes turns just mushy.
        • Add 1 1/4 cup of water and add turmeric,coriander leaves and curry powder to it and bring to boil.
        • Add the cut brinjal , stir well and cook covered for 5-7 minutes...till brinjal gets cooked soft..

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        • At the end if needed add corn flour to thicken the gravy.
        • Granish with chopped coriander leaves...goes well with plain rice and variety rice!!

        Ready

        Time took approximately...

        • Chopping onions and tomatoes --3 minutes
        • Cutting Brinjal                       -  1 minute
        • Till Frying onions and tomatoes-   4 minutes
        • Rest of cooking time              -   5-7 minutes
        •   Total                                -   13 - 15 Minutes..:))

        This dish I am sending to Grindless gravies event ... conducted by our blogger friend SRA....from the blog When my soup came alive!!!Still there's more than a month's time..Then too I can't wait to send this to her event "Grindless gravies".

        BRINJAL/EGGPLANT CURRY

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        Saturday, November 10, 2007

        green-moong-dal           Hope you all had a great Diwali celebrations and back to Blogging..:))This recipe I had in my friend's house...we liked it very much,a healthy and tasty dish, which is very easy to make also.. So Green gram dal fry has now become a common side dish at home. Its really healthy and rich without any fatty items like cream, milk or butter!

        Green moong dal fry recipe

        Indian Breakfast
        Prep Time: 15  mins + (overnight soak)   |  Cook time: 25mins    Serves: 4

        Ingredients

        Whole green gram dal 3/4 cup
        Onion 1
        Tomato 2
        Ginger garlic paste(ready-made) 1 tsp
        Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
        Red chillie powder 1/2 tsp
        Garam masala powder  1/2 tsp
        Dhaniya powder 1 tsp
        Ghee/ Oil 1 tblsp
        Jeera 1 tsp
        Salt As needed

         

        Method

        1. Soak dal to approx 4-6 hours and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.Chop onions and tomatoes finely.
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        2. Heat a heavy bottomed vessel with ghee/oil and  splutter jeera. After spluttering,add onions and fry for to min till translucent and add ginger garlic paste and fry till fragrant. 1-green-moong-dal
        3. Add chopped tomatoes along with salt,fry till tomatoes turns mushy and add all the powders. 2-green-moong-dal
        4. Fry for a minute. Then add cooked dal.3-green-moong-dal
        5. Add enough water (1 & 1/2 cups) and cook in low flame for 5-8 minutes,till it becomes a thick.4-green-moong-dal
                        Top with butter or fresh cream and serve with any pulavs or Plain rice or roti /chappati

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        Hereby I am sending this recipe to wonderful and useful event conducted by our dear blogging friend easy crafts from Simple indian food ...
        The event is Power less cooking event by Easy crafts

        GREEN MOONG DAL FRY / GREEN GRAM DAL FRY RECIPE

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