Friday, May 30, 2008

Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Rice

This is a very easy recipe and is a whole meal by itself. This will be my entry for the JFI - Bell Peppers event hosted by Creative Pooja.

Ingredients:

Rice (cooked) - 2 cups
Roasted cashews - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - 10
Capsicum (chopped) - 1 cup
Groundnut (powdered) - 2 tbsp (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Oil or Ghee - 2 tbsp
Salt - as needed

To Powder:
Red Chillies - 5
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Dhania - 2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
Shredded coconut - 1/2 cup

Seasoning Ingredients:
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies - 2

Method:

Dry roast the to powder ingredients. Be careful and do not let the coconut turn black. Let it cool and powder it. Heat oil and add the seasoning ingredients. Once the mustard starts to splutter add the curry leaves and capsicum and fry till the capsicum changes color. Add groundnut powder, turmeric, salt and the ground mixture and fry for a few minutes. Add cooked rice and mix well. Serve hot with raitha and chips.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sundakai Vatral Kuzhambu

This is a very easy recipe and can be prepared within minutes. Any kind of vatral (dried vegetable) can be used.

Ingredients:

Sundakkai Vatral - 2 tbsp
Sambar Powder - 2 tsp
Thin tamarind extract - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - as needed
Rice flour - 1tsp

Seasoning Ingredients:
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2
Toor dal - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp



Method:

Heat oil and add the seasoning ingredients. Fry till the mustard starts to splutter and then add the vatral and fry in low heat for about 10min. Add sambar powder and fry for 5min and then add the tamarind extract. Let it come to a boil. Mix rice flour with 1 tbsp water and add it to the boiling mixture. Allow to cook till it becomes thick. Remove from heat and serve with rice and papad.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cabbage kootu

Kootu is a very easy and healthy dish. A lot of vegetables can be prepared this way and it goes well with both chapathi and rice. I usually make kootu with chayote squash, cabbage, snake gourd, yellow squash and spinach.


Ingredients:

Cabbage (chopped) - 2 cups
Tomato (chopped) - 1/2
Moong dal - 2 tbsp
Green chilly - 2
Coconut (shredded) - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 tsp
Salt - as needed

Seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Split urad dal - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp

Method:

Pressure cook the cabbage, tomato, moong dal and one slit green chilly with 1 cup of water for one whistle. Grind the coconut, one green chilly and jeera with 2 tbsp water. After the pressure has subsided, open the pressure cooker, add salt and heat the pressure cooked cabbage till all water evaporates. Add the ground mixture and cook till the raw smell disappears (about 5min). Heat 1 tsp oil in a small pan and add the seasoning ingredients. Remove from heat when the mustard starts to splutter and then add it to the cabbage pan. Serve hot with rice or roti.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy Tamil New Year

Ive been busy at work lately and add to that severe neck pain. Hence I've been MIA (Missin In Action). I promise not to disappear again and to post more often. I also have a ton of bloghoppin to do and get updated with whats happening in the blog world. I hope I dint miss anything big and also hope that all is fine with everyone.

So here are some pictures from my tamil new year's celebration.




Clockwise from top: Vatral Kuzhambu, Raddish Sambar, Tomato Rasam, Cabbage Kootu, Beetroot Poriyal, Potato fry, Curd - Vermicelli Payasam and Masala Vada in the center


All the same goodies served with hot rice and appalam

I promise to post the recipes soon.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

JFI - Chocolate Roundup

We all have read a lot about chocolate lately in the food blogging world. So without further delay I am presenting the array of chocolicious goodies for JFI-Chocolate. You can read more about JFI here.



Chocolate Drive by Indira of Mahanandi


Chocolate Coconut Burfi by Indira of Mahanandi


Sweet Chocolatey Morsels by TC of The Cooker


Chocolate kesari by Selvi of Samaithupaarkalam


Hot Chocolate by Nupur of Onehotstove


Fruit and Nut Chocolate by Valli of Valliskitchen


Chocolate Truffles by Arundati of Escapades


Chocolate Pinwheels by Arundati of Escapades


Mocha Chocolate Pots by Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi


Individual Chocolate Cakes by Suganya of TastyPalettes


Chocolate Sformato with Amaretto Whip by Siri of Siri's Corner


Marbled Cream Cheese Brownie Sheer by Mansi of Fun and Food


Home Made Chocolates by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen


Dry Fruit Truffles by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen


Brownie Cookies by Asha of AromaHope


White Chocolate - Cranberry Fudge by me


Chocolate Roll by Chithra of Kudampuli


Mexican Hot Chocolate by Bharathy of Spicychilly


Chocolate Cinnamon Cakes By Bindiya of In Love With Food


Chocolatey Cinnamony Nut Crunchers by Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen


Walnut Strudel by Dhivya of Culinary Bazaar


Moist Chocolate Cake by Carnation of Red Carnation


Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon Coated Apples by Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures


Chocolate and Sesame Thins by Sunita of Sunita's World


Molten Chocolate Cake by Me



Yummy Chocolates by Renuka of Fusion (does not have a picture)



Peruvian Drinking Chocolate by Gretchen of Canelay & Comino


Chocolate Eclairs by Sukanya of Sukanya's Musings


Chocolate Orange Marble Cake by Raaga of Chef At Work


Choco Berries by Meera of Enjoy Indian Food


Chocolate Bread Pudding by Namratha of Finger Licking Food


Chocoalate Pudding by our very special youngest chef Gudiya (3.5yrs old)
She is the daughter of Meera of Enjoy Indian Food



Chocolate Orangey Muffins by Rajitha of Hunger Pangs


Chocolate Walnut Tart by Archana of Archana's Kitchen


Roasted Pears and Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Sauce by Maya of Konkan World


Choco Makhana by Nidhi of Charche Chauke Ke


Chocolate Balsamic Truffles by TBC of The Budding Cook


Chocolate-Peanut Butter Samosas by Paru of Brindavan


Chocolate Cups by Priya of 365 Days of Pure Vegetarian


Almond Chocolate by Kajal of KajalDreams


Pomegranate Chocolate Pots by Kaykat of Cooking from A to Z


Molten Chocolate Baby Cakes by Priyadarshini of Food and Laughter


Panettone Triffle by Madhavi of Madhu's Vantalu


Easy No Bake Chocolate Caramel Krinkles by Linda of Out of the Garden


Chocolate Lava Cake by Mandira of Ahaar


Healthy Chocolate Cake by Nirmala of Passionate Trials


Mole Poblana by Pelicano of Elaichi et Cetera

If I have missed any entries please let me know.