Here is a dish that my family absolutely loves. It’s made in different ways actually. Some people stuff the tomatoes with a paneer filling and some with mashed potatoes. I chose a spicy mashed potato filling. I think this dish is actually quiet elaborate but eventually it’s worth the effort. I have had stuffed tomatoes a couple of times earlier but I have never really used naati or junglee tomatoes. The only reason why I used them here was their size – perfectly small and round. Usually when I buy these little junglee tomatoes I use them to make rasam (which needs no other souring agent after that). Stuffed tomatoes is another such recipe as the pulp of the tomato goes back into the filling thus making the over all dish tangy and yummy. Continue reading »
This is our Sunday lunch and believe me its not a typical one. Usually on Sundays, its just simple dal-rice or vegetable pulao for lunch and at night its noodles. Our system is accustomed to this diet. This Sunday however, we enjoyed a North Indian Spread which I am sending to Srivalli’s Indian Thali Mela. She is celebrating 5 years of blogging and here is wishing her many more such years ahead. Continue reading »
What do you do on a day like this? Bangalore saw no sun. Even my 2-year old was asking me what the matter was. Its been gloomy and cloudy like an evening 6 pm through out the day! All cars in the basement were intact. That means no one wants to venture out in the cold. I was in the mood to eat something hot and spicy. Given that you cant go anywhere you got to make it yourself. So thats how I decided to make egg curry with parathas and jeera rice for our Sunday Lunch. Continue reading »
I tasted this delicacy for the first time at a Kannadiga wedding. I was amazed at how creative people can get with pineapple. I was sure someday I would crack the code and make it for myself. Then years went by, lots more weddings and lots more Gojju. I just couldnt seem to have enough of it. Finally I decided to find out the recipe to this mid-boggling taste and set off to speak to some ladies in my apartment who have mastered the art of Gojju-making.
I must say you need lots of patience in cleaning and cutting the pineapple, not to mention the bruised fingers at the end of it. The time taken to get the pineapple ready was nearly half of the entire time taken to make the Gojju.
Anyway, I must say I was very happy with the end result. I made just one small change. I should have thrown away some excess water after boiling the pineapple but I didnt have the heart to waste delicious pineapple juice. So I went ahead and used it up. Unlike the original recipe it became a bit watery but somehow the taste was not diluted. I just loved the khatta-meetha flavors that were exploding in my mouth with every spoonful of this dish.
You can also make Gojju with other Sweet N Sour fruits like grapes. It compliments best the taste of plain dal and rice. You can choose to make tur dal or better still yellow moong dal. Just ensure that the dal is given the most simple and basic tempering. Any masalas in your dal could fight with the flavor of the Gojju.
I had saved the pricky flower head of the pineapple to dress up the Gojju for a snap but my maid thew it away saying it looked dirty. Ok, so feast your eyes on the Gojju without distractions.
- 1 cup Pineapple pieces
- 1 tablespoon Tamarind juice
- 2 teaspoons Jaggery (change as per sweetness of pineapple and your taste)
- Salt (to taste)
For the Masala :
- 2 teaspoons Coriander seeds (optional)
- 1.5 tablespoons Channa dal
- 1/2 teaspoon Methi seeds
- 4-5 Byadige red chillies
- 1.5 tablespoons grated Dry coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
For the Tempering :
- 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- Few Curry leaves
- Wash and cut pineapple into small pieces (this is the toughest part, if someone cuts it for you half the work is done)
- Boil pineapple pieces till they are soft.
- Heat oil. Add Channa dal, coriander seeds, meethi seeds, rai, byadige chillies and roast till golden brown.
- Now take out the roasted masala into a mixie jar. Cool and grind into a powder.
- Dry roast the grated dry coconut for a few minutes.
- Add to the mixie and grind further (grinding with the masalas initially itself wont give you a fine powder)
- Add tamarind juice and jaggery to the boiling pineapple pieces.
- Now add ground masala and boil till mixture thickens.
- Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
- Once they splutter add tempering to the pineapple Gojju.
- Serve hot with rotis or plain dal & rice.
- You can also add til/ sesame seeds to the masalas while roasting.
- You can make Gojju out of Urad dal instead of Channa Dal.
Please NOTE :
Try to buy a pineapple from a vendor who cuts and sells it. In India, you find hand cart chaatwalas or guys who sell pineapple slices by the plate. You can buy a whole pineapple from him. It will cost you a premium price but it will definitely be very sweet.
There are certain simple meals in every home that lie in the Comfort Food category for all family members. Phulauri Ki Kadhi is one such dish which makes a perfect Sunday lunch for us. It must be among the top favorite dishes of my husband.
Phulauri stands for Besan dumplings and Kadhi is a curds gravy. In the picture you can see that the Kadhi has been served with steamed rice and Mirchi ke pakode. Makes a great combination. Just remember not to accidentally put the pakode in the curry instead of the besan dumplings If you cant make mirchi ke pakode then have kadhi and rice with red stuffed chilly pickle. The combination rocks!
Kadhi comes from the word ‘Kadhana’, which literally means ‘thickening’. In this recipe we cook buttermilk for a long duration of time on sim flame till it becomes thick and creamy. Hence, the name.
This is my entry to the Curry Mela hosted by Srivalli. I love the idea of having a collection of curries that dont use dal. I am eagerly awaiting the round-up.
For the dumplings / Phulauri
- 1 cup Besan
- 1/4 teaspoon of Ajwain or carom seeds (optional)
- Pinch of Fruit Salt
For the Curds Gravy / Kadhi
- 3 cups of Curds
- 1.5 tablespoon Besan
- Pinch of Hing
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
For the tempering
- 2 teaspoons Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Jeera seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Saunf seeds
- Few Curry leaves
- 1-2 Dried Red chillies
- Mix the besan with ajwain, salt, fruit salt and water enough to make a paste.
- Deep fry besan dumplings in hot oil. Keep these dumplings or phulauris aside.
- Blend curd, hing, salt, turmeric powder, besan with water in mixie jar.
- Heat the Oil. Add jeera seeds, mustard seeds, saunf, Curry leaves and red chillies.
- Once the tempering crackles add the curds mixture to it.
- Boil well on sim flame. This is where you need patience. You need to boil this mixture till it thickens and loses about 25 % of its volume.
- Add dumplings and simmer for another 2 mins.
- Turn off the heat and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve piping hot with rice.
Gnocchi is a thick dumpling most commonly made from potato. It can be made from other ingredients like semolina, wheat flour, bread crumbs as well. Gnocco in Italian means lump.
I came across this recipe by Shreyas Goenka while watching a show on NDTV Good times. I was amazed at seeing such a young boy make Gnocchi and drop-dead gorgeous cakes with such ease.
I’ve never tried making pasta from scratch. May be I was just too lazy or always had a packet of pasta ready at hand. This recipe sounded interesting as it had some elements that were different from what the usual pasta contains like mashed potatoes and cheese. I did not have basil leaves so I used dry mixed herb powder instead (a combination of basil, rosemary and thyme). Also, I used tomato puree instead of the fresh tomatoes. I was getting restless and hungry but those of you who try your hand at this one please use fresh tomatoes.
One important point that I think was missed out in description of this recipe is that the Gnocchi cubes once cut out need to pushed off the teeth of a fork so they become curled and indented. Just hold your fork out, place a Gnocchi piece on the base end of the teeth and roll the Gnocchi off with mild pressure so that indentations are formed on it. Oil your fork after making 4-5 Gnocchis. I remember Chef Shreyas showing this procedure during the show. He also mentioned that this helps in cooking the Gnocchi uniformly. Here is Chef Shreyas’s Recipe.
This Italian Main Course Dish is my entry to AWED – Italian hosted by Culinary Bazaar.
I received the Brillante award from Sukanya of
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Alka of sindhi rasoi
Pudina leaves are used in a variety of dishes to give a minty taste. Specially, mock tails and other soft drinks that need that extra dash of freshness. I personally love Shikanji, a drink like jal-jeera made in North India to beat the heat.
There is this cute little pudina plant growing in my terrace garden. One month ago my husband was sorting out the pudina leaves when he suddenly ran to the terrace with a few stems in one hand and a digging tool in another. I was wondering what he was upto. He neatly potted the stems which had few roots. I was apprehensive about a plant growing out of it. After 2 days I noticed that the green stem had turned red. That was the first indication that the plant had caught roots. I was so happy to see the growth then on. The little stem soon became a heavily loaded plant. It was torn by my one year old baby girl ( she is not entirely to blame, I think the pigeons helped her ) Anyway, this plant is a survivor. Love having it in around, so refreshing to even look at.
For the herb mania, I decided to make Pudina Ke Gatte. I saw this recipe on a show called ‘Rasm-e-rasoi’ that comes at 12 noon on 9x TV. I really like the pudina twist given to the famous Rajasthani curry, Gatte ki Sabzi. Due to lack of fresh vegetables in the desert land, people in olden days came up with these innovative sabzis that could be had anytime with roti.
This dish is made patiently in stages, Boiling , Shallow frying and finally preparing the gravy. However, its worth the effort and time. It surely tastes different from the usual Gatte Ki Sabzi , thanks to the Pudina and mustard oil.
For the Gatte
- 1 cup Pudina leaves, pureed
- 1 Green chilly, finely chopped
- 2 cups Besan
- 1/2 teaspoon Ajwain
For the Gravy
- 1 cup Curd
- 1 tablespoon Besan
For the tempering
- 1/2 cup Mustard Oil
- Pinch of Hing
- 1/2 teaspoon Red chilly powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Jeera powder
For the Garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon Chaat masala
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- Freshly chopped coriander leaves
- Make a dough out of the Gatte ingredients.
- Make Rolls of the dough and place in boiling water for 5 – 7mins.
- Take rolls out gently and allow them to cool.
- Cut slices of Gatte from the rolls.
- Heat mustard oil. Shallow fry Gatte and keep aside.
- To remaining oil add hing, jeera powder and red chilly powder. Add the Gatte back and mix well.
- Now beat the ingredients for the gravy in a cup with some water.
- Add this paste to the mixture and let the gatte boil till the raw besan smell disappears from the gravy.
- Garnish with Chaat masala, lime juice and coriander leaves.
Please NOTE :
The dough made for the Gatte should be slightly tighter than the one you make for rotis. At the same time, be careful not to let it become watery. If you feel its sticky , add some more gram flour and knead till its manageable.
I am a great fan of Chinese cuisine. I really dont know where to stop. Right from soups & starters to noodles & wontons, everything drives me nuts. Usually at restaurants I end up ordering from a standard set of dishes which I know will be enough for a whole meal. For instance, Triple fried rice, American Chopsuey and vegetable steamed rice. Why do I try to order one-meal dishes?? Thats because Hubby dear will order North-Indian food and smile at my Chinese. So here, I am pretty much on my own
Chilly Chow is another dish thats deliciously spicy and quite filling. This is my entry to Archana’s One Dish Meal Event. Its really a great idea of have a collection of recipes where a dish is sufficient for the entire meal. Some day when you return home exhausted after a long shopping spree this set of recipes will help. Thanks Archana, for hosting this event.
Madhuram of Eggless Cooking has given me a bear hug. Thanks so much Madhu, a big hug to you too.
I would like to pass this bear hug to Lakshmi of Taste of Mysore.
- 2 cups of veggies (cabbage,carrot, spring onions
fresh corn, red/green/yellow capsicums)
- 5 soya chunks soaked in warm water
- 2 tablespoons Tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- 2 teaspoons soya sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornflour paste
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
- 2 cups of Noodles
- Boil noodles with some salt and oil. Drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a wok. Saute vegetables on high flame starting with the bell peppers.
- Now add soya chunks, tomato puree, salt, pepper and cook till the puree is done.
- Add soya sauce, vinegar, tabasco sauce, some water and bring to boil.
- Make a paste of cornflour in water and mix into the gravy to thicken it.
- Place noodles on the serving plate. Pour vegetable gravy on top on it.
- Garnish with Spring onions and serve hot.
Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Number of people it serves : 2 gluts like me
When you call someone home for dinner and have an elaborate menu planned you dont really want to spend too much time on each dish. It helps to have some dishes that are easy to make and definitely taste great. One such dish that comes to mind is Stir fried vegetables.
Capsicums of all colors have a different taste and when combined with corn it results in a new flavor. The natural juice of vegetables used is the reason behind this dish tasting good although it doesnt really have much masala going into it.
This dish belongs to the Indo-Chinese cuisine (main course), the curry paste and paneer giving it the Indian touch. I guess abroad they must make this with Tofu.
- 3 colors of capsicum – red, yellow, green
- 1 cup paneer cubes
- 1 cup fresh corn
- 2 tablespoons curry paste ( a fried paste comprising of onion, ginger, garlic and tomatoes)
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 5-6 Garlic pods
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
- 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce
- Heat oil. Saute garlic till golden brown. Add paneer and stir fry for a few minutes.
- Add diced capsicum and fresh corn.
- Sprinkle salt and stir well. Cook till veggies are soft.
- Now add tabasco sauce, pepper powder and mix well.
- Add curry paste and saute for a few more minutes.
- Curry pastes are readily available in the market making this recipe easy to make. However, if you can not find a pack of curry paste you can fry onions to golden brown, followed by ginger-garlic paste and tomatoes. Fry till this paste leaves fat from the sides.
- Most ready-made curry pastes contain salt. So when you are adding salt to your dish please add accordingly.
A month ago my dear friend and neighbour, Namita invited us over for dinner. It was the day of holi and we were tired after the day-long celebrations. We had a colored, water-filled bash in the apartment, after which we went to a couple of places to wish family members. By the end of the day I was glad I was invited for dinner as I didnt have the stamina to cook.
Namita had made an array of tradional Konkani dishes. After a discussion with her I learnt that Konkani food is fairly simple and very nutritious. They dont believe in using too much oil or spices. I noticed that the food had a flavor thats different from the other South-Indian cuisines.
Tomato Saar for instance is one such simple curry which uses the usual South-Indian ingredients like tomatoes, coconut , chillies and curry leaves yet it manages to create a never-before taste. After we returned from her place I tried this Saar out and it was an instant hit at home. Ever since we have made it almost four times and still cant seem to get enough of it.
- 4 big ripe tomatoes
- 3-4 finger like pieces of coconut
- 2 green chillies
- 1/4 teaspoon methi seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon rai
- Few curry leaves
- Boil the tomatoes with green chillies till they are soft. Save the boiled water.
- In a little bit of oil roast the methi seeds to golden color.
- Grind the boiled tomatoes, chillies with methi seeds and coconut in a mixie jar.
- Now in the previously saved boiled water add the ground mixture and give it another boil.
- For the tempering heat oil. Add rai, curry leaves and pour over the saar.