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.


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


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.


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


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.


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

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


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.