Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vellarikka Parippu Charu (Cucumber Dal Curry)

  • Toor dal 1 cup
  • Sliced cucumber 2 cup
  • Coconut 1/2 grated
  • Green chilly 3 to 5
  • Shallots 2 to 3
  • Garlic 3 to 4
  • Dry chilly 2
  • Turmeric pdr 1/2 Tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1/4 Tsp
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Oil
Soak dal for 1/2 an hour. Cook dal and cucumber with little salt, water and turmeric pdr. Grind together coconut, cumin seeds, chilly, shallots, garlic and curry leaves. Add this grounded paste and rqd amount of salt into the cooked dal and boil it in low flame. Season it with mustard seeds, shallots, dry chilly and curry leaves.

[Recipe Courtesy: Vanitha]

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Raw Plantain Peel Curry

  • Raw plantain peel (vazhakka tholi) 1 cup
  • Garam masala 1/2 Tsp
  • Turmeric pdr 1/2 Tsp
  • Chopped onion 1 big
  • Chilly pdr 1 1/2 Tsp
  • Ginger 1 big piece
  • Mustard seed
  • Curd 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves
  • Chilly 2 to 4
  • Salt
  • Oil
Chop the plantain peels and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, saute the onion, ginger, chilly and curry leaves. Saute it well and add the chilly pdr, turmeric pdr and garam masala pdr. Mix it well and add the plantain peels into this and cook well. Remove it from fire and allow it to cool. Then add the curd and rqd amount of salt.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pita bread with Garlic yogurt sauce


Pita Bread
  • Dry yeast 2 Tsp
  • Warm water 1 cup
  • Flour 3 cups
  • Salt 1 Tsp
Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup warm water. Sift together the flour and salt. Add yeast and water into the flour and make it into a dough and knead for several minutes. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. With a rolling pin, pat and press each portion of dough into a thickness of 1/2-inch. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until the pita are light golden brown.

Garlic Yogurt Sauce
  • Plain yogurt 1 cup
  • Garlic 2 pods grounded
  • Pepper pdr 1 pinch
  • Olive oil
Beat yogurt gently with a fork or whisk until it's smooth and creamy. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Cover and chill until needed.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Diamond Cuts

  • All purpose flour 2 cup
  • Beaten egg 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cardamom seeds 2
  • Water 1/2 cup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil
For Sugar Syrup:
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Water 2 Tsp
  • Cardamom seed 1
Mix the all purpose flour, salt and beaten egg. Add water little by little into the flour and knead it into a soft dough, like chappathi. Add crushed cardamom into this and knead well. Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it aside for 15 mins. Divide the dough into medium sized balls and roll it out into thin rounds. Then cut it diagonally from left and from right to get diamond shaped pieces. Heat oil in a kadai and fry the diamonds till it turns into golden colour. Transfer it to a paper towel and cool it.

For preparing sugar syrup, mix together sugar and water and boil it, till it reaches to a consistency that will help coat the fried diamond cuts. Add the crushed cardamom and coat the diamond cuts in syrup. Transfer it to a tray and cool it.

[Courtesy: Mishmash]

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