Onion Tomato Chutney

red chutney

Prep time – under 15 minutes
Cook time – under 15 minutes
Serves -4

Ingredients:-

  • Tomatoes – 6 (chopped into medium size)
  • Onions – 4 (chopped into medium size)
  • Red chillies – 6
  • Oil – 4 tbsp

For the seasoning

  • Mustard seeds – 1and1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – a few

Method:-

  1. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan, saute red chillies for a few seconds and remove it from the pan.
  2. In the same pan, add onions and saute until onions are slightly brown.
  3. Now add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes become slightly mushy and let it cool.
  4. Once the mixture cools, grind it along with red chillies and salt as per required.(Do not grind to a smooth paste)
  5. Heat 2 tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and curry leaves.
  6. Once dal turns golden brown, add the ground chutney to it and cook until oil separates and your chutney is ready to serve.
  7. Serve hot with dosa, idli, chapati, sandwich, upma, adai,etc.

Note: – You can store this chutney in the refrigerator for about 2 or 3 days.

Spicy Egg Curry

curry

Ingredients:-

  • Boiled Eggs – 4
  • Large Onions – 4 (finely chopped)
  • Tomato – 4  (finely chopped )
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 2 tbsp
  • Coriander/dhania powder – 2 tbsp
  • Cinamon stick – 1
  • Badi elachi – 2
  • Chicken masala-1 tsp
  • Kashmiri Mirch – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Oil – as per required
  • Coriander leaves – handfull
  • Curry Leaves – 5 to 6
  • Kasturi methi – 1tbsp

Method :-

  1. Hard boil eggs, remove the shell and keep aside .
  2. Take a  pan add  oil when it is very hot , add cumin seeds,bay leaf ,cinamon stick,badi elachi .
  3. When the cumin seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves and chopped onions.
  4. Saute until the onions are slightly brown,now add chopped tomato , salt , turmeric and stir well.
  5. Now cover the pan with a lid and  cook on a low flame,stirring in between.
  6. In the meanwhile take a bowl and add ginger ,garlic paste,coriander powder, red chilli powder, chicken masala , kashmiri mirch and mix all the ingredients with small water .
  7. Now add all the Mixed contents of the bowl in kadahi and fry, stirring constantly, for about 10-12 min, or until paste turns a light brown color and the gets oil separates.
  8. Add water as required and let it boil for 5 minutes,add the boiled eggs toss the eggs into the curry and let it simmer for 2 minutes,sprinkle garam masala and kasturi methi and remove from heat when the curry is thick in consistency.
  9. Goes well with rice, paratha, puri or, plain chapati and with south Indian breads like Malabar Parotha.

Note :-

  1. Add salt and turmeric at the same time when you are adding onion and tomato so that  the onion cooks to a semi solid form faster than it would normally take.
  2. Slit the egg on four sides to a 2mm depth so that the egg gets absorbed by the inside of the egg as well.

 

 

Semiya Biryani

semiya

Semiya is a very easily available ingredient and the ready availability of vegetables makes semiya biryani an easy to cook  and nutritious recipe whenever you feel like you don’t want to spend to much time in the kitchen.

Ingredients :-

  • Vermicelli/Semiya – 250 gm
  • Ghee -1 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mixed vegetables chopped – 1 cup (carrot, cabbage , cauliflower, beans and peas)
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Cinnamon – 1
  • Cloves – 4
  • Saunf – ¼ tsp
  • Ginger – small piece
  • Garlic – 5 pods
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Green chilly – 3 to 4
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Onion – 3
  • Mint and coriander leaves chopped – ½ cup
  • Salt as per taste

Method:-

  1. First of all grind cinnamon, cloves, saunf, ginger, garlic, green chillies, cardamom and make a smooth paste.
  2. Chop all the vegetables to small pieces.
  3. Now grind grated coconut and make a smooth paste by adding little water to it.
  4. In the meantime you can filter the coconut milk and keep it ready.
  5. Take a heavy bottomed pan and heat a tbsp of ghee.
  6. Roast vermicelli for a minute.Just ensure that the colour does’t change.
  7. Heat a tbsp of oil in the same pan.
  8. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf.
  9. When cumin seeds starts crackling add chopped onion and fry untill golden brown.
  10. Now you can add the ground masala paste and saute till raw smell goes.
  11. Now add the chopped cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, beans and peas and mix well.
  12. Add chopped mint and coriander leaves and saute.
  13. Add coconut milk, salt and bring it to boil.
  14. Once it is boiled add the roasted vermicelli.
  15. Stir well and let it cook over a medium flame.Ensure that you cover it.
  16. Whe you see that the vermicelli has absorbed the coconut milk,you can reduce that flame and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.
  17. Stir well in between.
  18. Now your semiya biryani is ready.
  19. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
  20. If you want you can have this biryani with raita as well.

 

Masala Peanuts

masala peanuts

Masala peanuts is a very easy tea time snack recipe.This crunchy spice-coated peanuts is very simple and easy to make.

Ingredients:-

  • Peanut (Moong Phali) – 1 cup
  • Bengal Gram Flour (besan) – 1/4 cup
  • Rice Flour (Chawal ka Atta) – 2 tbsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – as per the taste
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp  crushed
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Oil to deep fry

Method:-

  1. Mix all the above ingredients except peanuts.
  2. Now add peanuts in that mixture and mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan and drop a lumpful of the coated nuts in hot oil.
  4. Fry on medium heat, till light brown.
  5. Strain the excess oil in tissue paper .
  6. Serve with tea,coffee.

Note :- You can store it in airtight containers.

Plain Dosa

 dosa1

Ingredients:-

  • Rice – 2 cups
  • Urad Dal – 1  cup
  • Channa dal – 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – as per required
  • Water – as per required
  • Oil or butter – as per required

Method:-

  1. Take a deep bowl add rice, ural dal, channa dal, fenugreek seeds and wash properly.
  2. Soak  for over night or minimum for 6 hrs.
  3. After 6 hrs blend it into a fine paste with a little water .
  4. Cover and keep aside for at least 4 hours. Add salt and mix well.
  5. Now heat tava, pour the batter and spread it .
  6. Apply some oil and remove dosa from tava  once it is golden brown in colour.
  7. Serve hot with any coconut chutney , red chutney or sambhar.

 

Sevaiya Kheer

kheer

Ingredients:-

  • Vermicelli – 100 gm
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk – 750 gm
  • Cashew Nuts – 20 gm (cut each cashew in 8 pieces)
  • Raisins – 25
  • Small Cardamom – 4 to 5
  • Sugar – 75 gm
  • Almonds – 4 (cut them length wise into thin pieces)

Method:-

  1. Take a pan and heat some ghee in a low flame.
  2. Add vermicelli in the ghee and fry till golden brown.
  3. Now turn off the burner and take out the vermicelli on a plate and keep it aside.
  4. In a thick-bottomed frying pan,pour milk and let it boil.
  5. When the milk starts boiling, add vermicelli in it .
  6. Stir continuously on a midium flame till the time the milk gets thickened and then add sugar to it.
  7. Now add cardamom granules in it and stir well and turn off the burner.
  8. Take out the vermicelli kheer in a bowl and garnish it with sliced almonds, cashew and raisins.
  9. You can eat either  hot or cold.

Note :- I prefer adding rosted dryfruits in it ,for that take a pan heat some ghee and fry the dryfruits ensuring that it doesn’t burn.

Coconut Chutney for (Masala Dosa)

coconut chutney for masala dosaIngredients:-

  • Cashew nuts – 20 grams
  • Chopped ginger – 1 piece
  • Chopped coriander – 1 springs
  • Chopped green chilli – 2 piece
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 springs
  • Grated coconut – 1 full
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Red chillI – 3 piece
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal washed – 1 tbsp

Method:-

  1. Mix all the ingredients like coconut, ginger, green chillies, cashew, tamrind, salt and put in a blender and make a fine paste.
  2. Now take a pan and pour some oil than add mustard seeds,when the seeds starts spluttering add red chilli, cumin, urad dal, hing and curry leaves and fry for few seconds.
  3. Now top it on chutney and serve wirh masala dosa.
  4. It goes well with Idli also.

Easy Sambhar Recipe for (Masala Dosa)

 

sambharIngredients:-

  • Toovar dal – 1 cup
  • Tomato- 1 chopped
  • Onion – 2 chopped
  • Carrot – 1 chopped (optional)
  • Beans – 4 to 5 chopped (optional)
  • Brinjal- 2 cubed
  • Potato – 1 cubed
  • Tamarind (imli) pulp – as per the taste
  • Salt per taste

For The Tempering:-

  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 6 to 7
  • Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

Method:-

  1. Wash and pressure cook the dal, tomato, onion, brinjals, carrot, beans and potato with 2 cups of water.
  2. Once the dal is cooked properly mash it properly and then add the tamarind pulp,salt and 4 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  3. Now heat some oil in frying pan add mustard seeds, curry leaves .
  4. When the mustard seeds starts spluttering . Add this to the sambhar and simmer for 15 more minutes.
  5. Serve hot with masala dosa.

Note :- For masala dosa i prefer making sambhar little watery as it taste much better than the thicker version of sambhar.

Vegetable Noodles

vegetable noodlesNoodles is one of my favorite chinese recipe .I always prefer to make noodles for breakfast as its an instant recipe and healthy too (especially because i don’t use chinese salt and vinegar, i use lots of vegetables).It taste real good if you have noodles with paneer chilli ,manchurian .

Ingredients:-

  • Chinese noodles – 100 grams (easily available in general store)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp (properly crushed)
  • Onion -2 midium
  • Cabbage – 1/2 cup (thinly sliced)
  • Carrot – 1 medium size (thinly sliced)
  • Capsicum – 1 big size
  • Soya sauce – 2 tsp
  • Tomato sauce – 2 tsp or as required
  • Chilli sauce – 1/2 tsp or as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil -2 1/2 tbsp

Method:-

  1. Bring water to boil adding a tsp of oil and 1/2 tsp of salt.Then add noodles to the boiling water.
  2. Stir in between to prevent the noodles from sticking together.
  3. Do not over cook the noodles.
  4. Once done drain the noodles in a strainer and than spread it on the flat surface  in order to prevent it from sticking to each other.
  5. Now cut the vegetables (carrot, onions, cabbage and capsicum) and keep it aside.
  6. Heat oil in a pan, add finely crushed ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2 seconds.
  7. Then add onions and saute for a few more seconds on high flame.
  8. Now add carrot, cabbage and capsicum and saute the vegetables on high flame (Ensure that the vegetables should not be over cooked).
  9. Then add soya sauce, chilli sauce, tomato sauce and mix well.
  10. Now add the cooked noodles, salt, and toss everything together, so that the noodles get mixed with the sauces properly.
  11. Switch off the flame and serve hot with any sauce as per taste.

Black chickpea stir fry with coconut

chana fry

Today early morning i had to go to the temple and i was little worried about  what to cook  for breakfast .Since i didn’t have time I opened the fridge and  found there are some leftover chana in there .I thought of an instant recipe with this chana which was very easy and simple to cook and its healthy too.Everybody liked it very much.So i thought i should share this recipe with you all.

Ingredients:-

  • Black chickpeas (Kala chana) – 250 gm
  • Coconut – 1/2 cup (freshly grated)
  • Green chillies – 4
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds– 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig,

Method:-

  1. Soak chana overnight or for 5 to 6 hours.
  2. Rinse and drain water.
  3. Pressure cook by adding enough water to cover chana , and salt for 4 whistles.
  4. Initially cook chana on high flame , further cook on reduced heat for about five to ten minutes.
  5. Leave it in the cooker until it cools.
  6. Drain cooked chana and keep it aside.
  7. Now heat a pan and pour some oil.
  8. When mustard seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves and drained chickpeas.
  9. Saute on midium flame till the liquid dries.
  10. Now add coconut and green chillies and saute (its better if you smash the green chillies and that add to it).
  11. Mix well and serve instantly.
  12. It goes well with rasam rice or you can have it as a side dish.
  13. This can also be used as an instant breakfast.