February 27, 2009

Puri with Alu/Potato Curry and Bhurji/Egg Curry- Today's Lunch


Puri or Poori a South Asian fried flat bread is prepared from dough of atta(wheat flour or sometimes maida/all purpose flour) and salt, by spreading it out in a circle the size of one's palm and deep frying in ghee or vegetable oil. While frying, the bread puffs up. After they become golden-brown in color, they are removed and served hot along with some accompaniment like potato curry, egg curry, sheera/halwa and the most famous one including bature or choley.

It is mostly served in ceremonies or rituals and is also offered as prasadam or neivedyam to God. Since it is deep fried in oil remember to put them on tissue to remove the excess oil . I made these for our lunch today along with potato and egg curries. These two curries are S's favorite :) and I guess we both have excercise more this weekend for indulging in this kind of food ;).

Serves - 2 people
Cooking and Preparation Time - 30 -40 mins approx

Ingredients :

Wheat Flour - 2 cups
Salt - a pinch
Warm water, small quantity of milk and a tbsp of oil to knead the dough

Method :
  1. Divide the dough into small golf ball-sized portions and roll these portions into balls between your hands till they are smooth.
  2. Flour a rolling board lightly and roll each ball into a small palm sized circle.
  3. Heat the oil/ghee in a thick bottomed pan and deep fry the pooris one at a time.
  4. Press gently on each side of the poori with a slotted spoon which will help them to puff up.
  5. Fry each side till golden and drain.
Egg Bhurji or Simple Egg Curry :

Serves - 2 people
Cooking and Preparation Time - 15 mins approx

Ingredients :

Eggs - 2-3
Onions - 1 medium thinly sliced
Few Curry leaves
Coriander- 1/2 cup chopped
Green Chillies - 2 vertically slit
Cumin seeds- 1/4 tbsp
Turemeric powder - 1/4 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp or less
Ginger Gralic paste - 1/4 tbsp
Oil- 2-3 tbsp
Method :
  1. Heat oil in a non stick pan add jeera/cumin seeds, sliced onions, curry leaves, turmeric powder, green chillies, ginger garlic paste and saute.
  2. Then add chopped coriander, chilli powder, salt and saute.
  3. Now add the beaten eggs to the mixture and cook on medium flame, tossing and slicing the mixture with the spatula into discrete lumps.
  4. Serve hot with puris or roti or any bread of your choice.
Alu/ Potato Curry :

Serves - 2 people
Cooking and Preparation Time - 20 mins approx

Ingredients :

Potatoes - 2-3 medium boiled, skin peeled and mashed
Onion - 1 medium thinly sliced
Green chillies - 2 vertically slit
Few curry leaves
Corinader - 1/2 cup chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2-3 tbsp

For Tadka or Tempering :

Cumin or Jeera seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Urad Dal or Chana Dal - 1/4 tbsp
Method :
  1. Heat oil in a non stick pan add cumin, mustard seeds, urad dal and fry till they start to splutter.
  2. Add sliced onions, curry leaves, turmeric powder, green chillies and saute till onions get translucent.
  3. Then add choopec coriander, chilli powder, salt and saute.
  4. Now add mashed potatoes and mix well.
  5. Cook for 5-10 mins and the curry is ready.
  6. Serve hot with puris, rotis or any bread of your choice.
Vishu's Tip :
  • Try to prepare the dough 15-20 mins before making puris to avoid excess absorption of oil by them.
  • The secret for soft puris is kneading. The more you knead the dough the softer the puris will be.
  • Try to roll some dough balls and place them on a paper before frying them in batches to be easy.
Okay then have a nice weekend everyone :).
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February 26, 2009

Pyttipanna/Pytt i panna - Our Breakfast today

Pyttipanna, also pytt i panna, Swedish for "leftovers in pan," is a hodge-potch of food similar to hash.

Those of you who have visited IKEA store will know about this dish very nicely, since it is in one of their recipes they serve. This dish was originally made from leftovers of past meals but now it is far more common to prepare pyttipanna from prime ingredients. Frozen pyttipanna of many varieties can be bought in almost every Swedish supermarket.

Many variants of the dish exist, amongst other reasons to cater to the growing vegetarian and vegan population. If you have mixed veggies lying in your freezer or fresh ones, they can be used to make this as a breakfast or snack.

Serves 2 people
Cooking and Preparation Tme - 15 mins approx

Ingredients :

Mixed Veggies - 2 cups frozen or fresh ( I used fresh baby carrots, beans, potato(1) cut into small pieces and corn (frozen))
Onion - 1 small finely chopped
Pepper- 1/4 tbsp or less according to your spice level
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Method :
  1. First microwave the potato with skin peeled diced into small pieces for 4-5 mins and keep aside. 
  2. Then heat oil in a non stick pan and fry the chopped onions till they change color.
  3. Now add mixed veggies except the diced potatoes and saute.
  4. Add salt, pepper and saute.
  5. Fry for few mins and then add the potatoes and saute well.
  6. Cook covered and saute for every 3-4 mins.
  7. Fry till all the water from the veggies evaporate and become dry.
  8. You may add little salt if its needed and fry the potatoes till they change color for good taste.
  9. Serve hot as breakfast or snack.
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February 24, 2009

Carrot Curry with Roti for Lunch

I was trying to empty my refrigerator then, I stumbled upon the baby carrots and decided to make this curry..Carrot Curry With Rotis on Foodista
Its basically an everyday curry which we all make and no big list of ingredients in it, making it simple and most of all very healthy. Since, I had baby carrots I had to cut them carefully but normal carrots can be used  either by cutting or grating them. This is our lunch today :) with rotis.

Serves 2 people
Cooking and Preparation Time - 15-20 mins

Ingredients :

Carrots - grated or cut vertically - 1.5 cups
Onion - 1 small chopped
Few curry leaves
Coriander - 1/4 cup chopped
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1/24 tbsp optional
For tempuring :
Oil - 2-3 tbsp
Urad Dal / Chana Dal - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Method :
  1. Heat oil in a non stick pan add the chana or urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  2. Then add chopped onions, turmeric powder , chopped corainder and fry till the onions are translucent.
  3. Now add chilli powder , salt and fry.
  4. Then add carrots and saute well.
  5. Cook covered on low-medium heat for 10-15 mins until the carrots are cooked well.
  6. Add lemon juice if you like and garnish with coriander.
  7. Serve hot with rice or rotis.
Vishu's Tip : Try to microwave the carrots after cutting or grating if cooking in a non stick pan so that the curry is done faster without burning.
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February 23, 2009

Alu Poha / Atukula Pulihora / Atukula Upma

Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin (the more expensive varieties) to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice grain.

Flattened Rice has different names in differect languages like 'Atukulu' in Telugu, 'Poha' in Hindi, 'Aval' in Tamil and many more.

One can make a simple meal out of it within minutes and it will be a nice delicious recipe too. I used some potatoes and combined it with Poha so the name 'Alu Poha'.

Serves - 2
Cooking and Preparation Time - 15-20 mins

Ingredients :

Thin Poha/ Atukulu - 3 cups approx
Potato - 1 large or medium diced into cubes and microwave in a cup of water for 2-3 mins
Onion - 1 medium finely chopped
Carrots - 1/2 cup grated
Coriander - 1/2 cup chopped
Few curry leaves
Chana Dal - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Peanuts/ Groundnuts - 1/2 a handful or more if you like
Water - 1 cups or more enough to cook the Poha
Oil - 3 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Method :
  1. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add peanuts, chana dal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fry till they crackle.
  2. Once they start to crackle, add chopped onions, grated carrots, turmeric powder, curry leaves, chopped coriander and fry till the onions become translucent.
  3. Then add chilli powder, salt and mix.
  4. Now lower the heat and add the poha with the diced potatoes which were slightly boiled in microwave and mix well.
  5. Add the water enough to cook the poha, mix well and cook it covered on low to medium heat till all the water gets absorbed and the poha looks thick and cooked.
  6. Add lemon juice, garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.
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February 19, 2009

'U' for Uttapam with Idli batter

Uttapam is traditionally made with tomatoes or an onion-chilli mix; other common ingredient choices are coconut or mixed vegetables. It is a dosa like dish which is made by cooking the ingredeints in the batter.I have used Idli batter and  garnished with toppings like chopped onions, green chillies, tomatoes and little jeera too. Many of us use our leftover Idli batter for preparing them. Nowadays, ready made instant mixes are also available in the market for making Uttapams.They  are good when served in combination with chutneys (my fav ginger pickle) and sambar.

Serves 2 people ( I used 2 cups to make 3-4)
Cooking or Preparation Time 10-15 mins for 3-4 Uttapams

Ingredients :

Idli batter - 3 cups
Onions (1 medium) , Tomatoes( 1 medium), Green Chillies (2), Corainder(1/2 cup)-finely chopped
Cumin/ Jeera seeds - sprinkle on each Uttapam - 1/4 tbsp (optional)
Oil for frying

Method :
  1. Heat a non stick pan preferably and pour spoonfuls of batter on it and spread it in a circular motion.
  2. Now add the toppings on it and then put oil on the corners.
  3. Let it heat for few mins till you notice that it is turning color and remove it from heat.
  4. Serve hot with your favorite chutney or sambar.
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Vankaya Pulusu/ Brinjal Tamarind Based Curry - Our Favorite

This curry is a simple version of how to use the Eggplants/Brinjals/Aubergines and is good in combination with plain dal. In Andhra, this recipe is called 'Vankaya Pulusu' which means brinjals in tamarind gravy.

Serves 2-3 people
Cooking and Preparation Time 15-20 mins

Ingredients :

Brinjals/Aubergines/Eggplant - 4-5 medium vertically cut pieces (once cut soak in water with a pinch of salt and keep aside)
Onion finely chopped- 1 medium
Tomato finely chopped- 1 small
Tamarind juice - 1 cup
Coriander chopped - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 2 slit vertically
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp or less
Few curry leaves
Ginger garlic paste - 1/4 tbsp
Oil - 2-3 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Salt according to taste

Method :
  1. First wash the Brinjals, cut them vertically and then soak them in water with a pinch of salt before starting the other preparation.
  2. Heat oil in a pan add fenugreek, cumin seeds, chopped onions, curry leaves and let them fry.
  3. Now add turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, chopped coriander and fry.
  4. Then add the brinjal pieces, chopped tomato , salt and cook on medium heat covered till the tomatoes are mushy.
  5. When the tomatoes look mushy or soft add the tamarind juice to it and mix well.
  6. Add water accordingly if the conistency looks thick.
  7. Cook covered on medium heat till the tamarind juice forms a nice thick gravy.
  8. Serve hot with plain rice and dal or with rotis.
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February 13, 2009

Fruits with Custard / Fruits Salad

Recently, my dear friend has asked me to post this recipe so, this is for her. Have a nice long weekend and a Happy Valentine Day  !!

Serves 4-5 people
Preparation time 20-25 mins

Ingredients :

2 % reduced fat milk - Half a gallon
Custard powder - Any store brought- 4-5 tbsp
Sugar - 5-6 tbsp or according to your sweet level
Fruits of your choice - Canned / Fresh ( I used canned)
Method :
  1. Take small quantity of milk approx 3-4 tbsp in a cup, add the custard powder and mix well without forming any lumps.
  2. Now heat remaining milk in a container by adding sugar and bring it a boil.
  3. Simmer the heat , then add the paste or mixture made with custard powder to the milk and keep mixing nicely till it forms a medium to thick level of consistency.
  4. Once it attains a nice consistency remove from heat and let it cool.
  5. After it is cooled completely add the canned fruits and mix well.
  6. Now refrigerate it and serve cold as a dessert.
Note :
  • I also used 1 banana and apple(without skin) sliced into small pieces for extra taste :).
  • I drained the water syrup from the canned fruits because we like the custard thick. You can add it if you like it that way.
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February 6, 2009

Angel Nuts from....Oh ! Nuts

Hey everyone ....I have received an email from Sam of Oh ! Nuts offering me sample of nuts and dried fruits I would like to include in my recipes.

Oh ! Nuts offers a wonderful and wide variety of dried fruits, nuts, snack mixes, candy, chocolate, gift baskets and many more :). I was just glued to their site and had a  tough time choosing from their varieties. Finally, I chose dried plums, pineapple rings from dried fruits section and almonds, pistachios from the nuts section.

Within two days of my selection I received the package with the nutties and dried fruits nicely packed in resealable bags. I am a big fan of plums so , the first thing I had was dried plums. They are so nice and just the way I imagined them to be, little tangy :).

We usually buy mixed nuts from Costco and my husband likes to snack them at office in small portions to stay energetic. So, the first thing he tried when he came come was almonds and pistachios.

I thank Sam for sendimg me these amazing nuts and dried fruits.

Irresistible nuts, candies and chocolate

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February 4, 2009

Alu Gobhi Matar/Potato Cauliflower Fry with Green Peas

Alu Gobhi Matar is a simple yet very tasty recipe. Cauliflower/Gobhi which is made in combination with Potatoes/Alu is a hit among many of us. It can be served with rice or roti.

Serves 2-3 people
Cooking or Preparation Time 20-25 mins

Ingredients :

Cauliflower florets - 1-1.5 cup
Alu/Potatoes diced - 1 - 1/2 cup or 1 medium potato
Green Peas - 1/2 cup (fresh or frozen)
Coriander leaves chopped - 1/2 cup
Few curry leaves - optional
Onion chopped finely - 1 medium
Green Chillies slit vertically - 1-2
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tbsp ( increase or decrease accroding to your spice level)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Jeera / Cumin seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup (optional if using a nonstick pan)
Method :
  1. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add cumin, mustard seeds. When they start to splutter add chopped onions, green chillies , turmeric powder and fry till onion gets fried.
  2. Then add ginger garlic paste and coriander leaves and fry.
  3. Now add chilli powder, garam masala powder , diced potatoes , cauliflower pieces, green peas, salt and mix them well.
  4. Now add water (if not using a nonstick pan) else cook covered (without water) for 15 mins.
  5. Gobhi Alu Matar curry is ready and can be served hot with rotis or rice with dal.
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