Monday, April 17, 2017

Red Thai Curry Veggie

Not indian but I have been trying other food and since I want quick bites or spend less time in kitchen sometimes this turned out to be a tasty option in quick time. Lets get started

Coconut milk - 2 cans
Red Curry paste - 1 (I used the Thai kitchen Red curry paste)
Veggies you like - I used Red bell pepper, cabbage, spring onions, baby corn, Green bell pepper, Thai basil, beans, carrots. Add 
Salt to taste
Hot sauce - I used the chilli garlic paste I have and Adjust it to your taste. 

Method of preparation
Advantage of the easier preparation is to just follow simple tips and let it take time to cook and serve us. I opened up can of coconut milk and added the thai curry paste bottle to it. Let it boil a little bit and add veggies to it. Once the veggies are little crunchy but cooked add salt and hot sauce to your taste and serve it hot with either rice noodles or white rice. 
 Top it with fresh basil before serving. The smell will be heaven. I served kids with some veggie omelet and pot stickers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Dussehra - 2016

Happy Dussehra to all the readers of my blog!!!! This is thali I made as prasadam for ammavaru today. It has Kesar Baaath (Kesar annam), Bellam annam (Jaggery Rice), Daddojanam (Yogurt Rice), Nimmakaya pulihora (Lemon Rice), Kobbari annam (Coconut Rice), Neyyi annam (Ghee Rice )

Monday, October 03, 2016

Pappu Thokku (Chana Dal, Lime)

Chana dal - 2 cups
Cumin seeds - 2 tea spoons
Green chillies - depends on how hot chillies are and how much spicy you want. I used 3 hot green long peppers
Lime juice - 1 table spoons (Adjust it according to your taste)

For tadka
Oil - 1 table spoon
mustard seeds - 1 tea spoon
urad dal - 1 tea spoon
red chillies - 2 -3 pinched small

Method of preparation
Soak chana dal for couple of hours. This gives the dal a little softier touch when grinded.
Grind it with green chillies, cumin, Do not make it too smooth paste. It has to be a little grainy.
You can add the lime juice and tadka at this point. Now top it with fresh coriander and serve with hot rice.

-- Will add pics soon.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Tomato Paste Pulihora

This is the simplest and fastest way to get my tomato flavor and yet satisfy the kids crave for pulihora (not regular).

Tomato Paste
Cooked rice
Fresh tomato (optional)  -1
green chillies
red chillies
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:
(1) Cook the rice so the grains are seperate and keep it aside.
(2) Take a pan and add oil to it
(3) Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, jeera. Let the mustard seeds splutter.
(4) Add the peanuts now and green chillies and red chillies at this point. Add asafoetida also.
(5) Add the fresh tomato pieces and the tomato paste at this point.
(6) Let the mixture cook for a minute or until it looses the raw smell from the tomato paste. Add the salt and turmeric at this point. Do not let the tomato paste dry too much. That will make it hard to spread the taste or for spreading the flavor for all rice.
(7) Mix the mixture to the rice thoroughly and have it with little curd and chutney or as is. Enjoy!!

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.

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. 

Bread ( I use whole wheat/Whole grain)
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!!!


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