Monday, January 22, 2018

Chow Chow Poricha Kootu Recipe-Bangalore Kathirikkai Poricha Kootu

Chow Chow/chayote poricha kootu is yet another simple dish made with chow chow, which is commonly prepared in my home. It is simple to make and tastes very delicious with both rice and chapati. You can make poricha kootu with amaranth greens, tender green stems (keerai thandu), snake gourd, broad beans, mixed vegetables etc. Today we will learn how to make poricha kootu with chow chow (also known as Bangalore kathirikkai) following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Chow Chow Poricha Kootu
Chow Chow Poricha Kootu with Besanwali bhindi

Chow Chow Poricha Kootu

Chow Chow Poricha Kootu

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryChow Chow-Kootu
 Recipe CuisineTamil Brahmin
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Chow chow/chayote - 3 cups chopped or (2 medium size chow chow)
   Moong dal - 1/3 cup
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt as needed

   Fry and Grind

   Oil - 1/2 tsp
   Whole black pepper - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Red Chillies - 2-3
   Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

   For the Seasoning

   Coconut Oil - 1 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparation

Peel the skin, discard the seed and chop chow chow into medium sized pieces.

Wash and soak moong dal (pasi paruppu) for 10 minutes. Soaking is optional.

how to make chow chow kootu

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and saute whole black peppercorns, cumin seeds and red chillies. Then add grated coconut and switch off the heat. Fry the coconut in the heat of the pan.

Once it cools, grind it to a fine paste. Keep it aside.

how to make poricha kootu

Pressure cook chow chow with little water (around 1/2 cup), moong dal, salt and turmeric powder for 2 or 3 whistles.

Bangalore Kathirikkai kootu

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, add the ground paste and 1/2 cup of water.

Chow Chow Poricha Kootu Recipe

Simmer for 5-6 minutes stirring from time to time and remove from heat. That's it! Sounds easy isn't it? Now we will do the seasoning. 

Heat a tsp of coconut oil (coconut oil gives a nice flavor to the poricha kootu), add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and curry leaves.

When dal turns golden brown, pour the seasoning over the kootu. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with rice and any vegetable curry of your choice. I served with rice and besanwali bhindi. It also goes well as a side dish for chapati.

Check Mixed Vegetable Poricha Kulambu Recipe


Find below another simpler version of chow chow kootu which I had shared long time back. Click the picture below or the link below to take you to that recipe page.

Easy Chow Chow Kootu

Note - Poricha kootu can be done with ash gourd, bottle gourd, snake gourd, mixed vegetables, drumstick, broad beans (avarakkai), keerai thandu. Just replace chow chow with any of the above vegetables or use a mix of vegetables like carrot, potato, beans, chow chow, broad beans etc.

You can use moong dal or tur dal or a mix of both the dals. If using tur dal, you have to cook it to a mush separately.

You can adjust the consistency of the kootu by adding more or less water.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Methi Khichdi Recipe-Fenugreek Leaves Khichdi

Methi Khichdi is a nutritious one pot meal prepared with fresh methi leaves (vendhya keerai in Tamil), rice, dal and spices. Khichdi is my comfort food and methi khichdi is no exception. It is very easy to make and tastes good. Today we will learn how to make Methi Khichdi following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Methi Khichdi

Methi Khichdi

Methi Khichdi

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Methi
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Rice - 1/2 cup
   Moong Dal (pasi paruppu) - 1/3 cup
   Fenugreek leaves - 2 cups lightly packed
   Onion - 1
   Tomato - 1 big
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
   Coriander Powder - 1 tsp

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Ghee - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
   Whole black peppercorns- 1/4 tsp
   Red chillies - 2
   Hing - a pinch

   Top Up Seasoning

   Ghee - 2 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
   Garlic - 4 cloves minced


Preparations

Pick and clean methi leaves. You can use the tender stems also. Wash and chop it roughly.

Finely chop onion and tomatoes.

Wash and soak rice and dal together for 1 hour. Add 3 cups of water, little salt and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash the rice and dal well while it is hot.

how to prepare khichdi

Method

Heat oil + ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, whole black pepper, red chillies and hing.

When cumin seeds sizzles and dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions.

Saute until onions turn light brown.

sauteing onions

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Add chopped tomatoes and all the spice powder mentioned under "spice powder".

how to prepare methi khichdi

Cook until tomatoes turn mushy and oozes out oil. Add the chopped fenugreek leaves.

how to make methi khichdi

Cook until the fenugreek leaves wilt.

Add the mashed rice + dal, a cup of water and mix well.

Fenugreek Leaves Khichdi

Cook on low heat for 5-6 minutes. Check for salt.

Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add finely chopped garlic and pour it over the khichdi.

Methi Khichdi Recipe

Your khichdi is done. Serve hot with any raita or papads or pickle.

Easy Methi khichdi recipe

Note - Khichdi thickens as it cools. In that case, add a little hot water and reheat the khichdi. Always enjoy khichdi piping hot.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Turnip Curry Recipe-Shalgam Ki Sabzi

Turnip Curry is a semi dry sabji made with turnips, spices and tomatoes. This is yet another simple sabji/curry which I make often with turnips. It is very easy to make and goes well with chapati, parathas and even rice. Today we will learn how to make shalgam/turnip sabzi following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Turnip Curry-Shalgam Ki Sabzi

Turnip Curry Recipe-Shalgam Ki Sabzi

Turnip Curry Recipe-Shalgam Ki Sabzi

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategoryTurnip-Side Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Turnip - 2 cups cubed
   Onion - 1 cup chopped
   Tomato - 1 cup chopped
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli Powder - 1 tsp or as needed
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig
   Hing - a pinch

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparations 

Wash and peel the skin of turnip. Cut it into cubes.

Chop onions, tomatoes and keep it aside.

how to prepare turnip sabzi

Method 

Heat oil in a cooker or pressure pan, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add  hing, curry leaves and chopped onions.

How to make turnip curry

Saute until onions turn light brown. Add salt to speed up the process.

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

shalgam ki sabzi recipe

Add chopped tomatoes and all the spice powders mentioned under "Spice Powder".

Cook until tomatoes become mushy and oozes out oil.

turnip curry recipe

Add turnip, salt needed and mix well.

turnip curry for chapati

Add a cup of water and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and slightly mash few turnip pieces.

Simmer for 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Shalgam Ki Sabzi recipe

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis, parathas or pooris.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Beetroot Kefir Cold Soup Recipe

Beetroot kefir cold soup is quick and easy to make. It is called cold borscht and is very popular in Lithuanian cuisine. This soup is served cold. I have made slight changes to suit my preferences. Cold borscht is served chilled with warm potatoes and hard boiled eggs. It makes a light and nutritious lunch. Today we will learn how to make Beetroot Kefir cold soup following this easy recipe with pictures.

Beetroot Kefir Cold Soup

Beetroot Kefir Cold Soup

Beetroot Kefir Cold Soup

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySoup-Beetroot
 Recipe CuisineInternational
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Beetroot - 1 cup grated
   Cucumber - 1 cup chopped
   Potato - 1 big boiled
   Spring Onion greens - 1/4 cup chopped
   Dill leaves or mint leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
   Milk Kefir - 1 cup
   Salt as needed
   Pepper powder as needed
   Hard Boiled eggs - 2 diced (optional)


Preparations

Pressure cook potatoes for 2-3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, peel the skin and dice it. Let it cool completely.

Wash beetroot well, peel the skin, chop it into small sized pieces and steam it. Let it cool completely. You can also grate beetroot and steam it. (Note - Do not grate it finely)

In the meantime, wash, peel the skin and chop cucumber into small pieces. You can also grate coarsely.

Hard boil eggs. Shell it and cut it into quarters. Adding eggs is optional but cold borscht is served topped with eggs.

Chop spring onion greens finely.

In traditional cold borscht, dill leaves are used. As I could not get dill leaves, I have used finely chopped mint leaves.

how to prepare beetroot cold soup

Method 

In a bowl mix together potatoes, cucumber, grated beetroot, spring onion greens and mint leaves.

Easy Beetroot Kefir Cold Soup Recipe

Add salt and pepper powder to taste. Then add a cup of milk kefir. You can adjust the consistency by adding a little more or less kefir. You can also add a little water to adjust the consistency to your liking. 

How to make Beetroot Kefir Cold Soup

Mix well and garnish it with spring onion greens.

Beetroot Kefir Cold Soup Recipe

Refrigerate the soup for an hour.

Before serving, add eggs and garnish with more spring onion greens and fresh dill leaves.  Serve chilled.

Kefir contains high quantities of beneficial bacteria and yeasts. So this soup is very nutritious but kefir is not commonly available in India. The good news is, you can make kefir at home using kefir grains. It is very simple to make kefir at home.


Note - You can substitute kefir with thick buttermilk.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Creamy Spinach Pasta Recipe-Conchiglie-Shell Pasta in Creamy Spinach Sauce

Conchiglie spinach pasta is very easy to make, flavorful and perfect for a quick dinner. I have actually made basic white sauce/bechamel sauce and have add few tablespoons of cream to the sauce to make it creamy. Then added finely chopped spinach to it, to make a delicious creamy spinach sauce. You can use any pasta for this but I love conchiglie pasta. What I love about this conchiglie/shell pasta is that it holds the sauce well and that tastes heavenly. Today we will learn how to make creamy spinach pasta following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Creamy Spinach Shell Pasta

Creamy Spinach Shell Pasta

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves2
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Dinner-Pasta
 Recipe CuisineInternational
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Shell pasta or any pasta - 1 cup
   Spinach - 1 cup finely chopped
   Butter - 1 tbsp
   Garlic - 2 tbsp minced
   Flour - 1 tbsp
   Milk - 1 cup
   Cream - 4 tbsp

   Basil - 1/2 tsp
   Oregano - 1/2 tsp
   Pepper powder as needed
   Salt to taste

   Mozerella cheese - 1/4 cup grated


Preparations

Wash and chop spinach finely.

Bring plenty of water to boil with a little salt. Once the water starts boiling, add the pasta and stir well. Keep stirring now and then, so that it does not stick together. Turn off the heat, once the pasta is tender but not mushy. Reserve a little water and drain the rest of the water. Our conchiglie pasta is ready. (You can use any type of pasta for this recipe).

how to cook pasta

Method

Heat olive oil or butter, add finely chopped garlic and saute for a few minutes.

Add all purpose flour (maida) and cook on low heat stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes until the rawness of the flour goes. Do not brown it.

easy pasta recipe

Slowly add a cup of milk stirring continuously so that it does not form lumps. Once the milk starts to thicken slightly, add cream, finely chopped spinach, pepper powder, oregano powder, salt required and dry basil powder.

Creamy Spinach Pasta Recipe

Cook stirring on low heat until the sauce is smooth and a little thick.

how to make spinach pasta

Once the sauce it done, add hot pasta to it. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a little reserved pasta water and stir.

Conchiglie-Shell Pasta in creamy spinach sauce

Remove from heat and enjoy it warm. I am sure your family will love this.

Note - You can also use wheat flour. When the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce in that time.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Butter Beans Kurma-Easy Butter Beans Masala Recipe

Butter beans kurma is very flavorful and easy to prepare. This is a typical Tamil Nadu style kurma. It goes well with dosa, poori and chapati. Personally I love it with chapatis and phulkas. Today we will learn how to make this easy butter beans kurma following this simple recipe with step wise pictures.

Butter Beans Kurma

Butter Beans Kurma

Butter Beans Kurma

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Butter Beans - 1 cup (fresh)
   Onion - 1 cup chopped
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Tomato - 1 cup chopped
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1 - 1 1/2 tsp
   Coconut - 1/3 cup grated
   Salt needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp
   Fennel seeds/sombu - 3/4tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
   Cloves - 2
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cardamom - 1
   Bay leaves - 2
   Black stone flower/kal pasi - few pieces (optional)
   Curry leaves - a sprig

    For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparations 

Chop onions thinly lengthwise. Chop tomatoes and keep it aside.

Grind coconut to a fine paste with little water and set it aside.

ingredients for butter beans kurma

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Once cumin seeds, fennel seeds sizzles, add the rest of the ingredients mentioned under seasoning. Saute for a few seconds and then add onions and curry leaves.

Saute until onions turn light brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process. Stir continuously for even cooking.

how to make kurma with butter beans

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Add chopped tomatoes, coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt needed.

how to make butter beans kurma

Saute until tomatoes get cooked well and oozes out oil as you see in the picture below.

easy butter beans kurma recipe

Add butter beans and mix well. Add a cup of water, mix well and check for salt. If needed add at this stage.

South Indian style kurma

Close the cooker or pressure pan and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, mix the gravy well and cook for a few seconds on low heat.

Add the coconut paste, mix the gravy and cook for another one minute. Do not cook too much after adding the coconut paste.

Easy Kurma Recipe

Turn off the heat and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Butter beans kurma recipe

Delicious and flavorful South Indian style Butter beans kurma is ready to be served. It goes well with chapati, pooris and dosas.

Note - You can substitute butter beans with other fresh beans like double beans, red beans etc.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Methi Dal Recipe-Methi Dal Fry with Fresh Methi-Fenugreek Leaves

Methi dal or fenugreek leaves (vendhaya keerai) dal is a very delicious dish made with fresh methi leaves, dal and spices. Whenever methi is in season, I make this dal.  Methi dal goes well with chapati, phulkas, parathas, steamed rice and jeera pulao. Today we will learn how to make this simple yet very delicious methi dal following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Methi Dal-Methi dal fry

Methi Dal

Methi Dal

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategoryDal-Side Dish
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Fresh Fenugreek leaves/methi - 2 cups
   Tur dal - 1/2 cup
   Onion - 1
   Garlic - 4 cloves
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Green chilli - 2
   Tomato - 1
   Salt as required

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Coriander powder - 1 tsp

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Ghee - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Red chilli - 1
   Hing/asafoetida - a generous pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For the Top Up Seasoning

   Ghee - 1 1/2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
   Garlic - 4 cloves
   Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
   Slivered ginger - 3-4 ginger strips


Preparation 

Pick and clean methi leaves. Rinse it 3 times in plenty of water as it contains dirt and mud. This is the only difficult part in this recipes. Once cleaned and rinsed, chop it roughly (if needed) and keep it aside.

Pressure cook tur dal with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder for 3 whistles. I normally soak tur dal in hot water for 15-20 minutes before cooking as it reduces the cooking time and dal also gets cooked to a mush. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, mash the dal well and keep it aside.

Finely chop onions, green chilli and ginger.

Method 

Heat oil + ghee in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli and hing. When cumin seeds sizzles, add finely chopped garlic, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for a few seconds.

fenugreek leaves dal

Add finely chopped onions and saute stirring continuously on medium heat until onions turn light brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process. 

easy methi dal

Add chopped tomatoes, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and little more salt.

Cook until tomatoes becomes mushy and leaves out oil.

How to make methi dal

Add the methi leaves and cook until it wilts.

Methi Dal Fry with Fresh Methi-Fenugreek Leaves

Add the mashed dal and around 1/2 cup of water.

methi dal fry recipe

Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between to prevent the dal from getting burnt. Check for salt by tasting it. Add if required.

Now we will do the top up seasoning which will take the dish to a different level. This is optional but I love it.

Heat ghee, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add finely chopped garlic and saute until garlic turns a little brown. Turn off the heat and add chilli powder. Mix well and pour the tadka over the dal.

Methi Dal Recipe

Delicious and flavorful methi dal is ready. Serve it with plain steamed rice, jeera pulao, parathas, phulkas or chapatis.

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