Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rava Utthapam (Vegetarian Semolina Omelet)

This is a perfect South Indian delicacy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can also make idlis out if this. This is a thick pancake or vegetarian omelet.

1. Semolina. raw
2. Yogurt
3. Salt
4. Red chili powder
5. Chopped onion
7. Chopped cashewnuts (optional)
8. Chopped green chili
9. Chopped fresh tomato

1. Mix everything together.
2. Roast uncovered on a non-stick pan.
3. Oil the sides, then flip and roast on the other side.

Serve with Nariyal ki Chutney.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gobhi Aloo (Cauliflower Potato)

Gobhi Aloo is a ubiquitous Indian side often relished with Indian breads. It's a common dish made in everyday meals. With Cauliflower so easily accessible in this country, one has to explore new recipes every time to refrain from getting bored of this vegetable. I seem to be running out of ideas on how to cook this veggie.
This recipe was googled and struck a chord due to its North Indian-ness. The recipe was not copied to the word but adjusted to my taste and pantry.

Serves 2. No preparation required.

1. Cumin seeds
2. 3 tsp oil
3. A pinch of heeng
4. 3 tsp coriander powder
5. 1 tsp red chili powder
6. 1 tsp dried mango powder (amchoor)
7. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
8. 1/2 boiled potato, cut in wedges
9. 1/2 cauliflower, cut in bite size pieces
10. few tbsp water.
11. Salt to taste
12. Bay leaf
13. Tomato, cut in bite size pieces

1. Heat  a wok.
2. Add oil and then heeng and bay leaf.
3. Add cumin seeds to the oil and let it sizzle.
4. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and red chili powder.
5. Mix then add cauliflower.
6. Add salt and water.
7. Cover and cook for 10 mins on medium flame.
8. Mix.
9. Add boiled potato and a small tomato.
10. Cover and cook for another 5-10 mins till al-dente.
11. Add amchoor powder (mango powder) and mix.

Serve hot with Roti.

Simple yet tasty.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Jhal Muri (Spicy Rice Puff Salad)

Jhal Muri is a variant of Bhel Puri. It's street food from West Bengal.

1. Mamra (rice puff)
2. Chopped tomato
3. Chopped red onion
4. Chopped and diced boiled potato
5. Black salt
6. Chaat masala
7. Chopped cilantro
8. Chopped green chili
9. Sev
10. Pickle oil
11. Red chili powder
12. Cumin powder (optional)

1. Dry roast the rice puffs
2. Throw everything together.

Delhi Belle.

Vegetable Sandwich

This is a modified version of my mom's recipe.

1. Carrots, shredded
2. Cabbage, shredded
3. Boiled potatoes, peeled, boiled, mashed., 2
4. Red chili powder
5. Salt
6. Semolina
7. Plain yogurt

1. Mix everything together.
2. Place in between bread slices and grill.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Coconut Condiment

Nariyal ki Chutney is a South Indian condiment often served with Dosa, Utthapam, and Idlis. It's my personal favorite when it comes to condiments. I have always dreamed of being able to make this condiment right. Today was my second attempt and I won.

1. 1/4 cup chana dal (yellow gram), soaked in water for 1/2 hr
2. 1 shredded coconut
3. Oil
4. Mustard seeds
5. Cumin seeds
6. Green chili, slit, 7-8
7. Salt
8. Tamarind pulp
9. Heeng, 1/2 tsp
10. Red chili, dried, 1
11. Curry leaves, a sprig

1. Heat oil in a wok.
2. Add cumin seeds. Let it sizzle.
3. Add soaked chana dal and slit green chilis. Fry for 5 mins until the ingredients change colour.
4. When cooled, grind into a paste with some water. You can add tamarind pulp at this time.
5. Add salt and mix. Set the paste aside.
6. Heat oil and add mustard seeds
7. When it starts to splutter, add heeng.
8. Add curry leaves and red chili.
9. Temper the paste with this.

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