Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chole Rice

Last night as I was going through some recipes for a quick and easy dinner, I have observed that some people were uses different masala's to make the rice recipes other than biryani/pulao/friedrice masala. I asked myself why not experiment it. Since all the rice items do not have any good amount of protein in it, I wanted to add chole and bring some in. (I had the cooked chole ready). My husband and kids loved the rice, as it did not contain any strong spices but mild ones and tasted different and yummy. So try it when you wanna eat something different.


Ingredients
Cooked Rice - a little over 2 cups (I used basmati rice)
Chole - 1 and 1/2 cup of cooked chole
Red Onion - 1 - cut in lengthwise
Ginger garlic paste/Ginger - small bit grated
Tomato - 1
Bay leaves - 2
Cinnamon stick - 1
Pav bhaji masala - 1-2 spoons (increase the quantity if you need more)
Chaat masala - 1 spoon
Jeera - 1 spoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 spoons (I am not big of oil fan so I use less. Increase the quantity if you like it)

Method of preparation
(1) Add oil to a pan which can fit rice, Add Bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
(2) I am a big fan of jeera so I keep adding it in all recipes. If you want to have a rich taste, add teh shahi jeera instead of regular one.
(3) Add Onions. If you like Ginger garlic paste add it at this point. Let the stuff fry a little or until raw smell is gone.
(4) Add tomatos and the Masala's to it now. Add chole after a minute of adding tomato's.
(5) Mix and cook until the tomatos liquid is gone and the oil used is oozing out. (This should take probably 2-4 minutes, depending on the stove and its energy)
(6) Mix the cooked rice to it. and your yummy rice is ready. I would suggest serving with a small dollop of yogurt and some cucumber salad on side. Enjoy!!!!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mint Chutney Sandwich/Pesto Sandwich

I learnt this from my friend Deepali. She had a panini maker and this sandwich comes out awesome in it. I used the regular tawa to make this sandwich. For adults or kids who likes a ting taste of mint add Mint chutney and if kids are too young, add the basil pesto sauce. This is made in seconds and done eating in minute. I like to serve it with Avacado and little ketchup if desired. 


Ingredients
Bread ( I use whole wheat/Whole grain)
Spinach
Peppers (can add multi colored to make it interesting and yummy for kids)
Cheese (I used the pepper jack slices or shredded cheese but can use any kind you like)
Mint chutney or Basil Pesto (I used Deep frozen mint chutney for us and Classico traditional basil pesto sauce for kids)

Method of preparation
Prepare the bread by spreading the sauce on it (Basil pesto or mint chutney).Add cheese to it.


 Now add the spinach and peppers in any way you like. I added like below:


Just combine the two bread slices and heat it in panini maker. For those who do not own a panini maker, add little ghee to tawa and add the bread sandwich. Once you feel that the side is done, carefully turn it to other side for a little bit of time and serve with your favorite sauce or serve as is. This can be used as lunch/snack/dinner anything. Enjoy!!!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Boorelu/Bobbatlu - Traditional way

Going with traditional how to do boorelu here.I never knew that they were made like this I saw my masi making it on the Ugadi. I will share how the poornam (Stuffing inside the boorelu) is made in another seperate post. but here is the way to make boorelu. 

Method of preparation:
Add the whole wheat or roti mix with more water than required and add the oil to it. Our final product should look like below.


Apply oil to your hands and make a small flat round out of the dough made above. Add poornam ball in between and wrap the ball with the dough flattenned. It looks something like below.


Here is another picture of the poornam bals with couple of balls ready to make boorelu or bobbatlu.

Take a zip loc or any plastic cover. Apply oil over it. Take one dough covered poornam and press gently with your hand until it is round like shown below.


Heat the tawa/pan/penam and put little oil or ghee on it.Add the boorelu flattenned on it. Make sure you turn side after a minute or two and that side should almost be done. you will know when they are done by their color and smell.


Here are some virtual boorelu ready for you to taste. Enjoy!!!!



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tofu & Guacamole

Another quick snack which my kids love it and Thank you to my friend Deepali for sharing this recipe for us. Shallow fry the tofu cubes, and keep them aside. 
When ready, apply the guacamole on top and serve kids fresh. I hope your kids and you love it too!!!!

Cheese and Crackers (kids Special)

This was a quick snack which I give my kids when they are hungry. The crackers and cheese are ready made from market. I cut the cheese square slices I get according to the cracker slices. Bingo your snack is ready and kids love it !!! try it out 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kobbari Annam/Coconut Rice

This is one of the simple rice item to do. My recommendation for this item, it goes very good with any of gravy curries or Perugu Pachadi (Yogurt pickle) or with Sambar or Pulusu kind of liquid.

Ingredients
Grated Coconut ( you can use fresh if you have or use Frozen one also)
Chana Dal (add good amount of this, if you like crunchy in between)
Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Asafoetida 
Salt to taste
Green Chillies  - 5 or 6 cut lengthwise
Red Chillies 
Coriander (optional, for garnish only)
Basmati rice cooked (grains should be seperate, one way to do it is, add a litttle oil in the rice cooker )
Curry leaves (optional, but adds good taste)
Oil

Method of preparation
Take a very little oil (a spoon or two) and fry the coconut (until it is slightly brown or until the raw smell goes away, whichever is faster). Spread the cooked rice in a wide bowl and add the grated and fried coconut to it. Now for the popu(talimpu, poNi, tadka), add some oil to a tadka bowl. Once oil is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetidam lengthwise slit green chillies, Chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, red chillies to it. Once Chana dal is little fried, add salt to here and turn off flame/heat. Add the tadka to the above coconut and rice mixture and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Your coconut rice is ready and garnish with coriander before serving. 

Hope you like it !!!!



Note: Add fried cashews, peanuts if interested.

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