Thursday, February 15, 2007

Curry Powder or Kura Podi

Kura Podi or Curry Powder is another one that I liked it from Andhra people. Easy to make and ready to use to add nice taste to a simple curry. Here is the recipe.

Chana Dal
Urad Dal
Red Chillies
Some Coriander seeds
Some Cumin Seeds
Very little Oil

Method of Preparation
Add very little oil to the kadai and let it heat. Add all the ingredients and let it fry for two minutes max.

Let it cool and grind the above. Your Curry powder is ready.

Add this curry powder to a simple vegetable curry to make it more tastier. I generally add it to Capsicum, Okra, Tindora, Bottle gourd curries. But this can be added to lot more.. so experiment yourself.

Note: I am not sure about the ratios but this is what I used.
ChanaDal - 2 cups
Urad Dal - 1 and 1/2 cup
Red Chillies - (you can add it according to your spice level.)I added around more than 1 cup of them.
Coriander Seeds - handful
Cumin Seeds - handful
Oil - 1 tablespoon

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Vegetable Rice

When I went to kitchen in the morning, I saw rice remaining from yesterday. Then I remembered one of my favourite recipe which is called Annam Poni. Annam = Rice, Poni = Popu or talimpu or Tadka. I mix some vegetabes to make it tasty, healthy and good. Here is the recipe:

Rice - 1 1/2 cup (can use fresh rice also)
Oil - 2 table spoons
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 table spoon
Jeera - 1 table spoon
Green Chillies - depends on your spice level (I generally use 3-4 if not spicy)
Chana Dal - 1 table spoon
Urad Dal - 1 table spoon
Lemon Juice 2 table spoon
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt to Taste

Optional: (the quantities below depends on how do you want output to be :). If you like more vegetables then add more vegetables quantity than rice else just add very few.)
Spring Onions
Curry Leaves
Garbanzo beans
Green peas

Method of Preparation
1. Seperate the rice, by smashing it with the hand.

2. Heat Oil in kadai. Do the tadka (add mustard seeds, Jeera, Chana Dal, Urad Dal).

3. Add green chillies, Onions. Add vegetables and let it cook. Add turmeric.

4. Add salt sufficiantly for rice too. Add lemon juice also.

5. Add rice to the above and heat for 2 minutes. Your vegetable rice is ready.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Sambar Powder


Chana Dal
Black Pepper
Methi Seeds
Red Chilli
Cumin Seeds

Method of Preparation:
Fry them in little oil. After cool down grind in Mixie. Sambar Powder is Ready.

Ratio of the ingredients I used
Chana Dal - 1/2 Cup
Black Pepper - appr. 6-8 Seeds
Methi Seeds - 1/4 tea spoon
Red Chilli - 5-8 (depends on your spice level)
Cumin Seeds - 1 table spoon
Oil - 1/2 Tea Spoon

Rasam Powder

Hi all, My MIL made this at home. I liked it, as I have lot of Dhania at home which was not used so much at all. So decided to make this at home.

Coriander Seeds - (Dhania)
Toor Dal
Black Pepper - (Miriyalu)
Cumin Seeds - Little(Jeera, Jeelakarra)
Red Chillies - (Lal Mirchi, Endu Mirchi)

Method of Preparation
Slightly fry the all of the above and grind it.

Isn't that easy and ready to make. I am going to post some pics soon. Till then Enjoy.

Ratio of the Ingredients
Please make up the quantity you want to make and then use the following ratios to add the ingredients

Corainder Seeds - 1/2 cup
Toor Dal - 1/5 - 1/4 cup
Black Pepper - 10-15 seeds (depends upon your spice level, but would recommend using less)
Cumin Seeds - 2 Table Spoons
Red Chillies - 5(depends upon your spice level)

Coriander Seeds - Dhania(Hindi), Dhaniyalu (Telugu)
Toor Dal - Kandi pappu(Telugu)
Black Pepper - Miriyalu (Telugu)
Cumin Seeds - Jeera(Hindi), Jeelakarra (Telugu)
Red Chillies - Lal Mirchi(Hindi), Endu Mirchi (Telugu)


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