Thursday, January 29, 2009
If you ask me,I would say this mochai kottai kuzhambu is the most flavorful in kuzhambu varieties...After I started cooking,in these 4 years,i would have made this one hardly 2 times...but when recently my MIL visited here to Singapore,she bought so many dried legumes from the foodworld supermaket,like karamani,double beans,white soya beans ..including these mochais...When I made this kuzhambu this time,I liked it somuch,I was asking myself,why I was not making this one often..Especially,rather than soaking for overnight,roasting it nicely and making kuzhambu,sure gives a lots of flavor!
|Mochai kottai (dried)||1/2 cup|
|Tamarind||small lemon sized|
|Shallots/small onions||1/4 cup (after chopping)|
|Sambhar powder(replace this if u dont have,with redchilli and dry coriander powder||1 tblsp|
|Jaggery(Optional)||small peanut sized|
|Curry leaves||2 sprigs|
|Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam||1/4 tsp|
|Thuvar dal||1/2 tsp|
|Sesame oil||1 tblsp|
- Dry roast the mochai till the skin starts turning brown,till nice aroma rises.(If you want to soak and make,soak overnight).
- Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles,keep aside.
- Extract tamarind juice from tamarind,by soaking it in warm water for atleast 1/2 hour.
- Peel garlic,onion and if u want to chop,chop it or you can add whole also(both).
- Heat kadai with oil and temper it with the items given under the To Temper table.
- Add the curry leaves,followed by garlic and fry for a minute and then add onion and fry till golden brown.
- then add the tamarind extract,turmeric,sambhar powder,salt,jaggery(if desired) and bring it to boil.
- Add the pressure cooked Mochai kottai and add enough water and allow it to boil for atleat 12-15 mins.(Add water if necessary).
- When the kuzhambu gets thick enough and the mochai gets well cooked in it,transfer to the serving bowl.Serve with Rice and accompaniment of ur choice!!.
I am sending this to Srivalli of Cooking for all seasons,who is hosting the event My Legume Love Affair-Seventh Helping, originally started by Susan of The Well-seasoned Cook.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I thought some how I will send entries for the events FIC YELLOW,My Legume affair and Click ...Today I did one and the rest in following days I should be able to do....! Regarding this Maida burfi, My mom used to make in my childhoods, but I have to say that,My Maamis are expert! They do this in a jiffy that too perfect...!! My maamis used to add colorful tutty fruity to this,which I like the most,but unfortunately I didn't have any in stock,so I was not able to ...
But this burfi is really easy to make,especially for beginners who wants to try hands in making sweet! It will be ready in a jiffy,with the simple ingredients,but taste will be great,soft,they just melt in your mouth...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I was thinking for so long time for making this one in microwave oven,to be true I was scared to try,but last night, I took this as a challenge and tried and the result was perfect! So for my own event,I am contributing this.... Since the stepwise pictures are many I made it as a collage... If any body wants to try this, and have any doubt,please feel free to contact me...And I am assuring you that this will come out very nice :)
|Paneer,cut in to cubes||3/4 cup|
|Onion||2 medium sized|
|Ginger garlic paste||1 tsp|
|cashew nuts||10 nos.|
|Milk||1 1/4 cup|
|Red chilli powder||1 tsp|
|Garam masala powder||1 tsp|
|Coriander powder||3/4 tsp|
|Coriander leaves||For garnishing|
|Ghee/butter/oil||2 tblsp (or less,Ur choice)|
|Cinnamon||1 inch piece|
- Soak cashew nut in warm water for 1/2 an hour and grind to a smooth paste,keep aside.
- Boil water and add the paneer cubes( should get immersed in water) and keep closed till use.
- Remove the head part and tail part of the onion and dont peel off the skin, keep this in the microwave oven in high for 2 mins.
- Take it out and keep aside for(standing time 2 min),after it cools down, remove the skin and cut into cubes.
- Onion should have turned transparent and cooked well.
- Grind this with the tomato(chopped) to a smooth paste,keep a side.
- Take a tsp of oil,in a microwavable glass bowl and add the dry spices under the to temper table and heat it in the microwave oven in high for 2 minutes,then stir well and again heat for another two minutes.
- Then carefully add the ground onion tomato paste,a tblsp of ghee,ginger garlic paste and stir well and cook this covered for 4 minutes in high power.
- Add all the powders and stir well and again cook in high for another 4 minutes,stir in between once to avoid burning in the sides of the vessel.
- Then again stir well and add the ground cashew paste,remaining oil/ghee/butter and cook for 2 mins in microwave high.
- Stir well and again cook for 2 mins,stirring in between once.
- Then add a half cup of milk little by little and stir carefully well,without forming any lumps.
- Then add another 1/2 cup milk and mix well and cook in high for 3 minutes.
- Stir well and add the remaining milk and cook in high for 2 minutes.
- Add the paneer cubes lastly, mix carefully and give a boil for 2 minutes in high power.
- Give a two minute standing time.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and transfer to serving bowl and serve with roties/pulav or parathas...!!!
MAIDA DOSA:This is also being called as maida omlete by many,thats because I think the texture is similar to the egg omlete...This is my hubby's favorite,in fact my in-laws all like this...I saw this in Simple Indian Food blog ,who is hosting the event,but made a bit changes too....Maida is not too good for health,you can have this once in a while,no harm...very easy to make with simple ingredients...My hubby will have this with sugar and curd!
If you are too health conscious, you can replace maida with wheat flour,only thing is you have to add chopped onions to it as it would be too bland...or else you can mix 50/50 maida and wheat flour also and make this dosa...I
Happy to send this to our blogger friend's event MBP - Easy Breezy Breakfast
!, Orignally started in The Spice Cafe by coffee!
|Maida/all purpose flour||1 cup|
|Rice flour||1/4 cup|
|Curry leaves,coriander leaves||1 sprig each|
Meanwhile,put on your thinking cap to send in something for my event MEC:PANEER.!! Only 10 days more!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Me and my hubby's favorite chutney,just love it. Usually when I make coriander chutney it used to come with a raw,green smell.Then I found the technique of sauteing the leaves a little,then I got it right! So here comes my version of coriander coconut chutney, made in south India as side dish for idli dosa. I have used a secret ingredient in this recipe which is turmeric, when added to the chutney, gives a bright green colour.
Serve with hot Idlies or dosas!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This Poondu Kuzhambu I remember eating from my mothers hands,she will mix with rice and sesame oil/ghee and she will make bite size balls(roll) and make me and my brother sit and give it in our hands...will taste like heaven...We will ask her ‘is this honey or kuzhambu....I have used sambar powder,which my mother grinds in the mill and gives me when I visit her (for a year),you may use ur own sambar powder or instead replace with red chilli powder and little coriander powder.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I think its been long time since I posted my recipe in my blog,I cooked lots n lots,but dint had time to take photo and blog it here....That's because my in-laws were here along with another guest for past 20 days. Then came my son's 5th B' day,so I was busy in organizing that...That's why I am not able to do anything in my blog and missed some of your posts also! Here after I will be regular :)
|Yellow pumpkin||Skin removed,seeds removed and cubed,1 1/2 cup|
|Turmeric||little for color|
|red chillies||3 - 4 or according to your taste|
|small onions||4 nos.|
|Urad dal||1 tsp|
|Curry leaves||1 sprig|
- First grind coconut and red chillies,then add water,jeera and onion,just grind for a moment to make it to a coarse paste and keep a side.
- Clean the pumpkin and keep a side.
- Heat kadai and add the tempering items one by one in hot oil.
- Add the cut pumpkin cubes and fry for a minute.
- Add turmeric,salt and the ground coconut mixture and a little water and mix well.
- Close the kadai with a lid to make the pumpkin gets cooked.Keep the flame in low.
- Keep covered till the pumkin gets cooked.May take 4-5 minutes.Turn in between the mixture to enable even cooking.
- After the pumpkin gets cooked and water evaporates completely,cook in high flame till the coconut mixture turns to a golden brown colour.
- Serve as an accompaniment for rice....