Showing posts with label spice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spice. Show all posts

Monday, May 28, 2018

Quick Sambar Rice

Sambar Rice is a quick Rice dish with full of veggies. It is one of the Tamil Nadu people's favourite food that can be cooked quickly and easily.


Sambar Rice is filled with proteins, vitamins and carbohydrates. Veggies are full of fiber and vitamins. It is like a full meal and it surely fills our stomach.
Sambar rice can be cooked for one pot meal, lunch or even dinner. You can take this full meal for travelling or even to office. ( For lunch)
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Rice : 1 Cup
Toor Dal : 1/2 Cup or little less
Carrots : 2 ( Medium size)
Knolkol /Kohirabi/Navilu kosu : 2
Cluster beans /Gori kai/Chavali Kodu : 100 to 150 Gr.
To Dry Roast :
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Red chilly : 5 to 6
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Channa dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera /cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh / Asafoetida : A little
To season :
Capsicum : 1
Cashew Nuts : 2 to 3 Tablespoons. ( 6 to 8 nuts)
Oil : 2 Teaspoons
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6 leaves.
To Add : 
Tamarind Pulp : 2 to 3 Tablespoons pulp ( Small marble size tamarind)
Turmeric powder : A little
Salt : As required

Dry ground powder
Seasoning 
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons

Method : 

1. Wash and cut scrape out carrots and cut into small pieces.
2. Wash and peel off the outer layer of knolkol and cut into desired size.
3. Wash and remove the edges of cluster beans and cut into desired size.


4. Put them in a pressure cooker. Add washed toor dal. Add 1/2 Cup of water.
5. Pressure cook all the above ingredients for 2 to 3 minutes. Let it cool.
6. Wash and cook rice and keep it aside.

7. Soak tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp. Keep it aside.
8. Dry roast all the spices one by one on low flame and dry grind once it is cooled.


9. Keep a big pan on the fire and put cooked rice, vegetables with dal.
10. Add tamarind pulp and haldi/turmeric. Add salt and mix all the ingredients nicely.
11. Add water if required and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
12. Add dry ground fresh spice powder and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Wash capsicum and remove its seeds from inside. Cut it into thin pieces. keep it aside.


13. Keep a pan on the fire and add oil and ghee. Add cashew nuts and fry.
14. Add mustard seeds, ingh and let mustard seeds splutter.
15. Add ingh and curry leaves . Add cut capsicum and fry till the pieces turn golden brown.

16. Shift the ready Sambar Rice to a serving dish. Add fried capsicum and seasoning mixture to Sambar rice.

Mix it well and serve with papad.

Note :

Cooking vegetables separately helps to keep the veggies crunchy. Adding more chilly to Sambar rice is optional. Adding fresh spice is optional. You can use any brand of Sambar powder instead of home prepared sambar powder.
Time : 40 Minutes 
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dahi Channa

Dahi Chenna is a snack dish and it is filling dish too. Channa/Kadale /whole Kabooli Channa is used here. 

It is an easy dish and I have used Kabooli  Channa, little spices and curd.
Let us see the recipe

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Kabooli Channa : 1 Cup 
To Season :
Cooking Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Grated ginger : 1 /2 Teaspoon
To Add : 
Curd : 1/2 Cup
Sweet and Spicy Chutney : 2 Tablespoobs
Coriander Leaves : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : As required 
Chat Masala : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly powder : 1/2 Teaspoon


Method :

1. Wash and soak kabooli channa over night. 
2. Wash it again in the morning or 5 to 6 hours and pressure cook with required water.
3. It should cook well it should be soft.


4. Keep a pan and heat. Add oil and mustard seeds, jeera and let mustard seeds splutter.
5. Add green chilly and fry for 20 seconds. Add cooked channa and stir nicely.


6. Add grated ginger,  1/2 teaspoon of garam masala powder and fry nicely. 
7. Add required salt and mix it well. Add a pinch of turmeric powder.
8. Mix all the ingredients nicely and allow it to cook for 2 minutes. Put of the gas.


9. Take a bowl and add curd, chat masala powder, a pinch of jeera powder.
10. Add chilly powder and little salt. Mix all the ingredients nicely, Let curd mixes well with all the other ingredients. Add little more curd if required.


11. Take a plate, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cooked channa, and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of curd on the top. 

12. Sprinkle some coriander leaves and put 1/4 teaspoon of spicy and sweet chutney and serve.


Note :

Channa should be cooked soft. Adding onions on the top while serving is optional. I have not added.
Adding any other spice is optional. You can prepare Onion Rings and serve along with this Dahi Channa.
Time : Soaking time Over night or 5 to 6 hours + Cooking time + 20 to 25 minutes.+ Plating + 10 Minutes. 
Serves : 3 to 4 
We had it with home prepared Onion Rings. 
How to make Onion Rings ?
Mix 1/2 cup of besan/channa powder,  1 Tablespoon of rice flour, required chilly and 1/4 teaspoon of jeera and required salt. Mix with required water and prepare pakoda batter. (Bit thick).
Remove the outer skin of onions and wash it. Cut it as circle and keep it aside.
Keep 1 cup of oil in a frying pan. Let it get hot. 
Dip each onion ring in besan mixture and put it slowly in hot oil. Fry on both sides. 
Remove it from hot oil once it is done and put it on a kitchen tissue. 
Serve with Dahi Channa and it is a good combination to have with Dahi Channa.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Palak Aloo Tikky & Dahi Baby Potatoes.

Palak Aloo Tikky  and Dahi Baby Potatoes are a snack or a chat dish. We can have Palak Aloo tikky and Dahi Baby potatoes as dinner too. Even we can have them as starter also. I have used very little oil and well taken care and used mild spices. Children especially love this dish since lots of potatoes are added and mother can be happy at least in this way she can feed her kid spinach. (Palak) and some calcium content that is Dahi. Palak and boiled potato tikky and Dahi Baby Potatoes definitely make all age group happy I am sure.


Palak is rich in potassium and low in sodium. It is a rich source of vitamin A and reduces the risk of eye diseases. Using Palak in your daily diet helps to control the blood pressure to normal levels. It reduces the hypertension and helps to maintain a proper blood flow. Palak is rich in minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. These minerals help to build strong bones.
Another important mineral is found abudantry in spinach is Iron. Iron reproduce red blood cells. Iron also useful for boosting the body;s metabolism.
Potatoes are very good source of vitamin B6 and good source of potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus and dietary fiber.

So here we go and see how to prepare Palak Aloo Tikky & Baby Aoo Dahi. Eating Tikky with green chutney or sweet chutney or with ketch up is normal. I thought a bit and tried this Baby Aloo Dahi which goes very well with the Palak Aloo Tikky. 



Things Needed : 

Palak Aloo Tikky
Palak leaves : 1 Bundle
Potatoes : 2 to 3 (Medium sized)
Peas :  1 Cup
Chiroti Rava : 1 Cup  (Thin sized Samolina)
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ginger : 1 Table spoon (grated)
Jeera : 1 Tea spoon
Coriander leaves :  2 Table spoons
Garam Masala : 1/2 Tea spoon
Salt : as required
Oil : 1/2 Cup (2 to 3 Table spoons)

Method :
1. Wash and boil potatoes and peas in a pressure cooker. Leave it for cooling.
2. Wash and cut palak, green chilly and coriander leaves in to small pieces. Grate ginger.



3. Roast Rava (Samolina) for 2 ti 3 minutes. (Let the raw smell disappear).

4. Now Remove the outer skin of the potato and smash the cooked peas.
5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put 1/2 tea spoon of oil and add jeera.

6. Add cut green chilly and cut palak leaves. Mix it well and cook on medium flame till water disappears. (3 to 4 minutes)


7. Take a big bowl.  Put potatoes and peas. Smash potatoes and cooked peas.
8. Add  coriander leaves, smashed potatoes, ginger and peas. Add little turmeric and garam masala powder.
9. Add required salt and mix it well.
10. Add roasted chiroti Rava to the mixture and put off the gas. Put this mixture to abig pan.

11. Now mix the mixture nicely and prepare dough.

12. Divide the dough in to small portions.
14. Keep a pan on the fire. Heat. Sprinkle oil.
15. Take one small portion of the Tikky mixture and flatten on your palm.
16.Give the desired shape. Put this Tikky on the heated pan. lower the flame and cook.


17 Sprinkle oil on the top and cook till it is brown. Now turn the other side and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
Now serve hot Palak Aloo Tikky with your choice of side dish. (Chutney or Ketch up).


18. You can prepare 5 to 6 Tikkiess at a time. Prepare the remaining Tikkies in the same way.
20. No need to add much oil.
Note : You must boil potatoes nicely. Do not over boil them. You can also add any other vegetables like carrots or beans to the mixture. (Cook them till soft and add them).
You can add spice according to your wish. (More or Less).
Serves : 4 to 5
Preparation Time : 20 minutes
Cooking time :40 minutes


Dahi Baby Potatoes

Things Needed :
Baby Potatoes : 10 to 12
Jeera Powder : 1/2  Tea spoon
Pepper Powder : 1/2 Tea spoon
Salt : Required
Dahi (curd or yogurt) : 1 Cup
Whole Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Oil : 1 Table spoon

Method : 
1. Wash and pressure cook baby potatoes for 6 to 8 minutes. Leave it for cooling.
2. Remove the skin of baby potatoes when it is cooled.

3. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil.
4. Add jeera and fry for 10 seconds.

5. Now add baby potatoes and mix it nicely.
6. Add salt and pepper + jeera powder.

7. Stir in between and cook for 2 to3 minutes.

8. Now shift the cooked baby potatoes to the serving bowl.


9. Take a small bowl. Put 3 to  4 baby potatoes and add 2 to 3 table spoons of curd and mix it nicely and serve with Palak Aloo Tikky.


Note : 
You must roast jeera and pepper podes and powder it. You can prepare this powder and store it insmall quantity, so that you can use it whenever you want it. You can also add curry leaves or coriander leaves to the potatoes. Cooking baby potatoes on low flame will enrich the taste bud. Do not use much oil. You can also use big potatoes instead of baby potatoes. Boil them and cut it in to small cube size and use it. You can also use chat masala while you serve Dahi Baby potatoes.
Serves : 4 to 6
Time : 10 minutes to cook
Preparation time : 20 minutes.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Jat Pat Curry (Tomato Moong dal & Carrot Fry )

Jut Pat curry is very easy to cook, not much of ingredients needed either. I have tried Simple Moond dal with tomatoes and carrots fry.


These two dishes does not take much of your time and it does contain rich source of proteins and other minerals. It boost energy and keeps you full for a long time.
I have used Moond dal and tomatoes for dal and carrots and green chilly with and coriander leaves for both the dishes.
Let us see the recipe Now :
Jutpat means quick. It should be with in a few minutes.
No onion OR garlic is used in this combo dishes.

1 Moong Dal - Tomato Curry :

Ingredients :
To cook :
Moong dal : 1/2 Cup
Tomatoes : 2
Green chilly : 1
Pepper pods : 2 to 3

To Add : 
Mustard and jeera/cumin seeds, curry leaves, ingh/Asafoetid seasoning.
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
Ginger Grated : 1 Teaspoon

For Seasoning :
Ghee/Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cunin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Ingh/ Asafoetida : A pinch

Method :
1. Wash and pressure cook moong dal, tomatoes, pepper pods and slit green chilly. ( Wash and slit before adding and wash and cut tomatoes. (Discard the tomato seeds before adding to cook).
2. Keep a pan on the fire and add ghee/oil, mustard seeds, jeera and let mustard splutter.
3. Add curry leaves and ingh to it. Put cooked moong dal mixture and mix it nicely. Add required water.

5. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and put it to the dal.
6. Add salt and turmeric powder. Let it cook for 2 minutes again. Add cut coriander leaves and shift the ready curry to a serving dish.

7. Jatpat Curry / Moong dal curry is ready to serve.

Note : 

I did not add any spice to the dal. It is simple and mild spicy. Cooking green chilly along with moong and tomatoes adds to spicy taste. Adding any spice powder is your choice.
Adding more ghee is optional. I used ghee to season the curry.
Time : 10 Minutes,
Serves : 2 to 3

2.  Carrots Fry :

Wash and grate  2 to 3 carrots and keep it aside.
Wash and cut green chilly (1) and keep it aside.
Wash and cut coriander leaves, curry leaves.
Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (Or your choice of oil), mustard seeds, jeera (each 1/2 teaspoon). Let mustard seeds splutter. Add cut green chilly, grated carrots and curry leaves. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and required salt. Mix it well.
Remove it from the pan to a serving dish. Your carrot fry is ready to serve. 
Note : Use your choice of oil. Adding any spice powder is optional. Adding cut onions and garlic is optional. I have not used it.
Time : 5 Minutes 
Serves : 2 to 3