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.