Monday, November 19, 2012

Purple Cabbage Soup


I took this recipe from Nithya's 4th Sense cooking. I did try this recipe yesterday and it came out well. I did some slight modifications to the original recipe. Yet it was a perfect combo for a cold weather and with brown bread. A perfect meal.

purple cabbage -3 cups
onion - 1 (chopped) 
garlic - 4 - 5
fresh cream - 2 tbsp
salt to taste
white pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
bay leaf -  1 
olive oil - 2 tsp
Milk - 1/4 cup

- pressure cook cabbage with some water until its tender
- in a pan add oil, add bay leaf
- add onions and garlic and fry
- when it turns colour to golden brown add that to the cooked cabbage 
- remove the bay leaf and blend to a fine puree
- bring it to a boil
- add milk, salt, pepper 
- when soup boils well add cream and give it a stir
- serve.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Lemon Aval Upuma


Brown Poha (Aval) - 1 cup (soaked in water)
onions - 2 (chopped)
green chillies - 2 (clit in between)
salt to taste
oil - 3 tbsp
mustard - 1 tsp
channa dal - 1 tsp
urad dal - 1 tsp
curry leaves - 10 
juice of 1 lemon

- add oil in a pan
- add mustard, urad dal and channa dal
- add curry leaves and green chillies
- add  onions and fry till they are golden brown
- add salt to taste
- add the soaked and drained aval
- stir and cook for 5 mins til they look dry
- now add lemon juice and remove from fire
- stir and serve warm

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thirunelveli halwa



Wheat Berries/Whole Wheat – 1/2 Cup
Sugar – 1 Cup 
Water – 1/4 cup
Cashewnuts – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 3/4 Cup
Cardamom Powder – 1/2 tsp
Food Colour – a pinch [ I used mix of orange ]

- soak whole wheat for 12 hrs or more. 
- I soaked for around 15 hrs .
- grind that soaked wheat to a fine paste and extract milk out of it.
- I did the step twice to  take the milk out.
- meanwhile in a pan add ghee and fry cashews till golden keep it aside
- also melt ghee and leave it aside
- in a wide bottomed pan
- add the milk and keep stirring until it thickens
- now add sugar and cardamom powder and mix well
- add the food colour and keep stirring
- Here stirring plays an important role
- stirring helps to make a lump free halwa
- keep stirring until the mixture thickens a bit
- now add the ghee little by little 
- wait until the added ghee is absorbed then add the next laddle of ghee
- slowly finish all the ghee and keep stirring
- wait until all the ghee arises on the surface and the mixture forms a ball
- now add the fried cashews and fry till they are mixed well
- serve warm.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Palak Chole


Channa (white) - 1 cup (Soaked and boiled)
palak - chopped - 1 cup
onion - 1 (finely chopped)
tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
jeera - 1 tsp
oil to fry
salt to taste
red chilli powder - 1 tsp 
garam masala - 1/4 tsp
jeera powder - 1/4 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp

- add oil in a pan
- add jeer and onions and fry till they are transparent
- add tomatoes and ginger garlic paste
- fry until the raw smell goes off
- now add chopped palak leaves, salt and red chilli powder
- fry  till  the water oozes out and they are cooked
- usually it takes around 5 mins
- when its completely dry add the channa, garam masala and cumin powder
- mix well and add some water 
- cook until desired gravy is reached
- serve hot with roti/rice or chappathi

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pepper Cauliflower


A wonder side dish for rice or roti. Simple and easy to prepare. Tastes too good.

Cauliflower - 2 cups (cleaned and cut into florets)
onion - 2 (thinly sliceed)
cinnamon - 1" stick
pepper powder - 1  tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
salt to  taste
oil - 2 tbsp to fry
corriander leaves - 3 - 4 sprigs - finely chopped

- add oil in a pan
- add cinnamon and onions 
- add turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste 
- fry till they are transparent
- to it add the cauliflower and salt and saute and close the pan with a lid 
- leave it cook in slow flame for 5 mins
- add  the pepper powder and sprinkle some water
- allow that to cook until tender and soft
- add corriander leaves and cook
- serve hot

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bread Halwa


I am very happy to announce that with this post I have reached 600 recipes. I have posted, tried and shared these 600 recipes with you and believe me it is all because of  you friends why it happened. Thanks a lot!

My most favourite recipe. Its a sweet and could be prepred in a jiffy with some left over bread and nuts. Just tastes lovely and heavenly.

Bread slices - 10 (cut into small squares)
butter - 5 tbsp
nuts - cashew, badam and kismis - 10 each
sugar - 1/2 cup
milk - 1/4 cup
cardamom - 3 (crushed)

- add 1 tbsp butter in a pan
- add  the nuts and fry them till they are golden brown and keep it aside
- add another 3 tbsp of butter and fry te bread slices in low flames till they are crisp and slightly browned
- now add sugar and milk and mix well
- allow the bread to cook and become smashy
- add cardamom powder and nuts and the remaining butter
- mix well and allow that to cook until they leave the sides of the pan and form a single ball

Serve hot 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Nei Appam


Its a Kerala dish. Its sweet, mild and tasty.

This is an instant snack. Doesnt need any fermentation as well.

rice flour - 1/2 cup
maida - 1/2 cup
green banana - 2.5 (smashed)
cardamom - whole - 4 (crushed)
jaggery - 2 cups (crushed and powdered)
oil to fry
soda powder - 2 pinches

- add little water to jaggery and cook till they are melted
- strain it
- to  the rice flour, add cardamom, soda powder and maida
- mix well
- add jaggery and smashed banana
- mix well

- add water if necessary and the batter should resemble idli batter
- in the kuli paniharam pan add oil and allow to get heated
- pour the batter till the 3/4th of the holes are covered and cook in low flame
- add oil on top
- when cooked on one side turn on the other and cook.
- serve.

Stays good for 2 days if stored in room temperature. Tastes awesome when tasted warm.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bread Upuma


Bread - 15 slices
onion - 2 (thinly sliced)
Tomato - 2 (chopped)
green chillies - 4 (chopped)
corriander leaves - a handful (chopped)
salt to taste
oil - 3 - 4 tsp
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
urad dal - 1 tsp
curry leaves - 10

- add oil in a pan
- add urad dal and mustard seeds
- now add the onions, curry leaves and green chillies and fry
- add the tomatoes and corriander leaves, salt to  taste
- fry well
- add the bread pieces and mix well for 3 - 4 mins