Friday, May 04, 2007

Homemade Pav Bhaji

Will post the recipe soon

Beet Bonanza

After making Gulabi Paneer, I had beet leaves , stalk and some beet root left...
Cooked 4 dieshes with these.
I wanted to make patras with beet leaves , may be next time..

Beet Leaves with Black Eyed Beans

The above is a poriyal made with black eyed beans. Only difference is to replace
curry leaves with beet leaves

Beet Root with Whole Moong

The above is a poriyal made with whole moong dal and grated beet root.
Cook the moong dal till nearly done. Then mix salt and turmeric to it.
Shallow fry till browned. Then proceed with making the poriyal.

Also made a brinjal curry with the beet stalks , but nothing was left to take pic :-(

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Odachakadalai Corn Masala

Odachakadalai is for Split Dalia in Tamil.
This is my entry for Nupurs A-Z Vegiies Event for letter "O"


Corn on cobs - 4 smoked on fire
Onion - 1 medium sized sliced thinly
Tomato - 1 chopped
Split dalia - 1/2 cup , roasted lightly and ground to a paste with little water
Chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Corriander pwdr - 1 1/2 tsp
Cumine pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Garam masals - 1/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1/4 tsp


1) Heat oil , add onions . When brown add ginger garlic paste
2) When there is no raw smwll add dalia paste . Fry well.
3) Add tomato , salt and all powders.
4) Add 1 cup water. When the gravy reaches desired consistency andd corn
5) Garnish with corriander leaves.
Tastes good the next day. Corn gets soaked in the masla and eating it feels like having chicken.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Pepper Chicken And Other Simple Recipes

Pepper Chicken :

This is my Mom's recipe , and it did turn out like how she makes inspite of me skipping the adding coconut part.... I envy Mallus coz they are inert to coconut .. I have to think of cholestrol , calorific value , Blood Pressure and blah blah b4 adding coconut ..... I guess they add some other ingredients to balance out the effect of coconut ...


Chicken - 1 lb
Onion - 2 big , chopped finely
Tomato - 1 , chopped finely , 5 tsp is using puree
Ginger Garlic paste - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 springs
Sonf - 1 tsp
Corriander pdwr - 3 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1 big leaf
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick ( does this ever change :-))

Roast and grind the following with a tsp of water to a coarse paste

Jeera - 3/4 tsp
Whole Black Pepper - 2 1/2 tsp
Green Chilly - 4
Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp
Shredded Coconut - a handful ( I skipped this )

Dont put too much jeera , u will end up with rasam!!

Method :

1) Mix Chicken with turmeric powder , some chopped curry leaves and set aside.
Heat oil , add bayleaf , cinnamon , cloves and sonf
2) Add onions , when they turn brown increase heat add ginger garlic paste ,
when there is no raw smell , add the ground paste.
3) Add tomato , corriander pwdr and salt.
4) Fry for a minute. Add chicken , 2 cups water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes
5) Remove lid and cook on high for 15 minutes or till gravy is thick.
Tastes great when the gravy gets slightly burnt. Try to avoid using non stick pan.
6) Garnish with curry leaves and corriander leaves

Crab And Egg Fry


Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Crab meat - 1 cup
Chilly pwdr - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Eggs - 2 , beaten well with a piece of ginger and salt
Onion - a small one sliced


1) Heat oil , splutter mustard seeds , add curry leaves , hing
2) Add onions , garlic paste
3) Add crab , all powders and shred.
4) Make space in the middle , add beaten egg.
5) Cook on high till the egg and crab blend well.

Baby LimaBeans With Spinach


Spinach - 2 handful
Baby Lima Beans - 1/2 cup cooked
Onion - a small one sliced
Chilly pwdr - 1/2 tsp
Coriander pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Split gram dal - 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chilly - 1
Ginger - a 1 inch piece chopped
Turmeric pwdr - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Oil - 3 tsp


1) Heat oil in a pan , splutter mustard seeds , split gram dal.
2) Break into halves and add the dry red chilly .
3) Add ginger , hing , onions , turmeric pwdr.
4) When you can smell turmeric's aroma , add chilly powder , corriander pwdr and salt.
5) Add spinach , when spinach is nearly cooked add lima beans.
6) Allow the beans to brown a little.
7) Sprinkle little red chilly powder and some chopped onions.
U can also try changing the order. Add lima beans first , make it brown and crispy
maybe adding a little corn flour. Then add spinach.