Saturday, September 25, 2010

Red, Orange and White Sabji (Beetroot, Carrot and Aloo)

Well maybe it is a flag of some country:) This sabji used to be made by my periamma and she would always make only this sabji whenever we visited her but I love it so never complained. Now it is a favorite at my house.

What you need:
Beetroot - 2 no
Carrot - 2 no
Aloo - 1 or 2 no (depending on how aloo you want to eat. I added only one to this recipe)
Jeera seeds - 1 tbl spoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chili powder - a little or more depending on your taste
Salt to taste

How to make it:
1. Chop all the vegetables and keep them separated - otherwise the beetroot will color all of them. Chop beetroot he last.

2. Heat oil in a khadai and add jeera. Let jeera change color but not burn.

3. Now add the beetroot and aloo. Add little salt so that they roast well.

4. Now add turmeric powder.

5. Once beetroot and aloo have some color on them add the carrot and let it cook.

6. Once carrot is cooked add chili powder and sauté for a minute or so.

7. Remove from fire and garnish with cilantro.

Serve with roti or paratha.

Beetrot, Carrot and aloo sabji

Tomatoe Khus Khus (Tomatoes in Poppy Seeds)

Yes I know poppy seeds :) Bengalis use poppy seeds a lot but this is a south Indian recipe that my mom always made and I love this dish - it is easy to make. I came late from office but needed to put dinner on table in ten minutes as the big baby was hungry - needed his dinner. So this is what I made.

You need:
Tomatoes (ripe) - 6 no medium size

Poppy seeds (white) - 4 spoons (soak in hot water for 5 mins)

Green chili - 2 no (more if you like it hotter)

Jeera seeds - 1tbl Spoon

Curry leaves - a few

Turmeric powder - just a pinch

Little oil

Salt to taste


1. Grind the soaked poppy seeds and the green chilies to a smooth paste.

2. Chop the tomatoes into cubes.

3. Take your wok or kadhai and add little oil. Heat it.

4. Now add jeera seeds and wait for it change color but do not burn it.

5. Now add curry leaves and immediately the chopped tomatoes.

6. Add salt and add turmeric.

7. Let the tomatoes sweat a little but not become a mush.

8. Now add the poppy seeds paste and a little water to make the gravy.

9. Let it simmer for 3 mins and garnish with cilantro.

Serve with roti, paratha or rice.

Tomatoe Khus Khus

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kala Channa

The tasty and easy recipe. Loved at my house with white rice but I like it with roti /paratha. I am diabetic so always try to reduce carb intake and one way to do this is by sprouting the dried legumes or beans that use in your cooking. This kala chana recipe tastes best if you use ghee for tempering /seasoning.

Kala Chana - 1cup (sprouted)
Garlic - 3 cloves or more if you like it garlicky
Red Chilli - 2 teaspoon
Jeera seeds - 1 teaspoon
Water - 2 or 3 cups (depending on the gravy you want)
Ghee - 1 table spoons
Salt to taste

1. Boil the sprouted chana.
2. Cook the chana till well done - I used a pressure cooker and cooked for three whistles.
3. In a large pan add cooked chana, salt and the water. Let this come to a rolling boil. I mashed some chana's to give the gravy little thickness.
4. Keep in aside in a serving bowl.

Tadka (seasoning:
1. Heat ghee.
2. Add jeera and let it change color but do not burn it.
3. Add garlic and let it sizzle no need for it to change color.
4. Switch off the gas and add red chili powder.

Enjoy with rice and papad or roti and sabji.

Pour the tadka over the kala chana.

Kala Channa with gravy

Yesterday's dinner - kala channa, Guvar and flash fried chillies.
R enjoying dinner:) He eats rice with a fork!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ultimate Pulihodharyai (Tamarind Rice)

This recipe was given to me by my Andhra friend 'Mala' and so far this is the best pulihodharyai. I have always received compliments in potlucks and at home it is a finger licking event when I make this. Very easy to make but involves three major steps. This is the ultimate like Tyler's recipes:)

Step 1 making the rice:

I use only basmati rice and drain out the starch water so that the rice does not stick. Cool the rice in a wide pan.

Step 2 making the tamarind gravy:

2 table spoons of tamarind paste. I used Laximi paste as this is not too tart.

A pinch of turmeric.

Salt to taste.

And sesame oil (gingelly Indian style) I always use Idayam this gives the best taste.

Mix all the above in a vessel and heat it on low. Just enough so that it forms thick gravy.

Step 3 making the masala powder:

Methi Seeds 1 teaspoons

Coriander Seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons

Till Seeds 2 teaspoons

Dry red chilies 8 (more if you want it hotter)

Dry roast all the above except the red chilies till the spice comes. Now fry the red chilies in a little oil.

Now grind all this in a coarse powder as shown in the picture.


Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves a few

A handful of groundnut

Green chilies 3 (use a mild variety)

A little chana dal and urad dal

Sesame oil (Change the quantity based on how much rice you have).

1. Now mix the tamarind gravy and the powder masala add salt to your taste mix well.

2. Now prepare the seasoning in sesame oil starting with mustard once that spurts add the dals, then the curry leaves and the chilies.

3. Pour the seasoning over the mixed rice and add a little sesame oil on top.

Enjoy this rice with 'avakkai' pickle and curd. Yummy!!

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh's birthday is celebrate with lot of good food and festivities. He is the remover of all obstacles and hence at house also mom used to make the usual idli, vada, kozukattai (modak) - sweet and savoury along with regular lunch. Me the lazy one will make just bonda (I say this is vadai:)) and only the sweet kozukattai. This itself took me two hours to make along with a nice lunch for today.

Wish you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

Ganesh Chaturthi lunch with pulihodharai, tomatoe pachidi, bonda, kozkattai, bitter gourd curry and badam halwa.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Gujrathi Khadi


For Khadi -

Gram Flour/Besan - 2 tbs

Plain yogurt (curd/dhai) - 1 cup

Salt - to taste

Dry date (Khajur) - 1 or Sugar or Agave nector - 1 tsbs

Water - 1 cup

For tempering-

Ghee - 2 tbl spns
Mustard seeds- 1 tbl spn

Methi (Fenugreek) Seeds- 1 tbl spn
Dry red chilli - 2 nos

Hing - a pinch

Curry leaves - few


In a bowl, mix basen, yogurt, and salt. Mix well if you have a hand-blender use it to give a good whip. This is key to making a good Khadi.

Put this mixture on heat at low and let it simmer for few mins. Add the dry date and the sugar. Keep stirring otherwise it will become too solid, if need add water. The consistensy should be runny and a little thicker than water.

Once you see lot of foam on top it is done. Remove from heat.

Now take ghee in a pan, once it is hot add all the ingredients listed under tempering one by one. So add mustard and let it sputter then add the curry leaves then the methi seeds then the red chilli and lastly the hing. Now immediately pour this on top of the Khadi.

Serve with plain rice and papad and pickle.

Serve it warm. :)