Dals are daily used-in IndianCuisine in different forms in different regions.Especially "Dal" is the easiest preperation in cooking part with the help of pressure cooker and plays a big role in "Vegetarian Main Courses".Lenthils/Dals are rich in Carbohydrates,Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, and B vitamins and helps in Lower Blood Cholesterol.
"Podi / Powder" plays vital role in everydays South Indian Cuisine. Here is my mom's "Oil Free Recipe " for JFI - DAL Event. Ingredients for Annappodi/ Spicy Dal Podi Method
Toor Dal/Kandi Pappu/Tuvaram paruppu - 1 cup
Urad Dal/Minapappu/Ullundu - 1 cup
Chana Dal(Bengal gram/Senaga Pappu/Kadala Paruppu) - ¾ cup
Red Chillies (Endu Mirapakayalu) - 20 no(thin in size)
Dried Coconut - 5 tbspn
Roasted Jeera - 2 tspn
Tamarind - (small gooseberry size as shown in photo)
Asafoetida(Hing/Inguva/Perumgayam) - 2tspn
Salt to taste
"Podi / Powder" plays vital role in everydays South Indian Cuisine.
Here is my mom's "Oil Free Recipe " for JFI - DAL Event.
Ingredients for Annappodi/ Spicy Dal Podi
1.Heat kadai and roast the Toordal in medium flame until it changes to light golden brown color and keep it aside.
2.Fry Urad dal for light pink color and Chana dal for light brown color but be careful Chana dal tending to become black fast.
31.Fry Redchillies for light brown color ,keep it aside.
4.Fry dry Coconut scrapes for 2min to change light golden color and add Asafoetida and mix well(By this time kitchen will be filled with aroma) and remove from fire and leave it to completely cool.
5.Fry Tamarind also in the same way.If the ingredients are cooling enough transfers to a blender and grind coarsely in batches.Make sure it should be middle of grain texture and fine powder."Annam" is called "Rice" in "Telugu" and this podi will be mixed with hot rice so it is named as "ANNAPPODI". Dal Podi Sushi Roll
This podi mixed with oil is good with Idli,Dosa,Upma.
Recipe Source :Amma
Dal Podi Sushi Roll
1.Mix Annappodi with steamed Rice,Ghee / Vegetable oil and keep it aside.Instead of Nori I tried with Romaine Lettuce leaves.
2.Place Lettuce leaves in tawa by drizzling some oil and cover with a lid for 2 minutes so that leaves will turn to pale color.Remove from fire and place leaves on cutting board ,sprinkle a pinch of pepper,jeera pwd and put the mixed podi rice
on the leaves and place fried onins on the above of the rice and slowly roll it fully upto edjes and keep it for 10 minutes for setting in fridge.
3.Cut into 2" pieces and serve as "DalPodi Sushi Rolls" with Appalam /Vadiyams.
I prepared a sweet for this event in mid June but i like to post "podi" as my first entry to JFI - Dal for July Month by hostess Sailaja of Sailu's Food.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Ingredients for Stuffed Okra/Bendakaya/Vendakkai/Bhindi
Bendakaya/Bhindi/Lady's fingers (Tender) - 15 no
Onions - 3 no,finely chopped into small
Red chilli pwd - 2tspn
Mustard Seeds - ½ tspn
Turmeric pwd - a pinch
Roasted Peanuts - 1cup
Roasted Sesame seeds - ½ cup
Roasted Khuskhus/Gasagasalu - ½tspn
Roasted Dhaniya - 1 tspn
Roasted Dry Coconut pwd - 2 tspn
Salt to taste.
Oil - 2tbspn
Ingredients for Stuffed Okra/Bendakaya/Vendakkai/Bhindi
1.Wash and wipe the okra with a cloth and make a slit from the bottom to up of three sides of each Okra.
2.Grind the roasted Peanuts,Sesame seeds,Dhaniya,Khuskhus,Coconut into a fine powder.
3.Take a bowl and add all the ground spice powder,finely chopped Onions,turmeric pwd,salt,redchilli pwd by mixing all together with a 1tspn of oil.
4. Stuff all slitted Okra with this mix and kept the okras for a 15 - minutes aside.By keeping,it increases the flavour.
5. Heat oil in Kadai, add Mustard seeds,allow it to splutter and then Add stuffed Okra and stir for another 2 minutes.Add Oil and cook for another 3 minutes by covering with lid on medium flame.
6.Add the leftover(Onion ,ground pwd) mix and fry for 2 minutes until onions become translucent.
7.Sprinkle little water and stir and cook till Okra becomes tender and make sure to cook in low flame by covering with lid for another 8 minutes so that the color of okra changes to light dark green but stir in the middle to avoid sticking the masala to the kadai.
8.Serve Stuffed Okra /Koorina Bendakaya Koora with hot Steamed Rice.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Ingredients for Almond - Pistachio Sandwich Cookies Method
All purpose flour - 2 cups
Butter - 1 cup
Egg - 2 no
Baking Powder - 1tspn
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk - ½ cup
Vanilla Essence - 1 tspn
Salt - tspn
Alomonds - 8 no
Pistachio - 10 no
Dessicated Coconut - 4 tspn
For sandwich filling
Chocolate chips/kisses - 2 cups
Vegeatble oil - 1 tspn
Ingredients for Almond - Pistachio Sandwich Cookies
1.Preheat oven to 375 deg.Beat Butter and Sugar together until light and fluffy.Mix Egg yolks,All purpose Flour, Salt and Vanilla essence,coarsely ground Almond Pistachio.
2.Mix well and keep it aside by covering with lid for 15 minutes.
3.Fill cookie press with dough and press cookies onto "ungreased" cookie sheet.
4.Bake cookies for 10 - 12 minutes or until edjes change to light brown color.
5.Remove cookies from sheet to cooling rack (another baking sheet lined with wax paper) with wide-bladed metal spatula.Cool completely.
1.Place wax paper on a new baking sheet, lay out all the cookies, upside down.Combine finely chopped chocolate and vegetable oil in a ovenproof bowl.
2.Heat water in a sauce pan.Place this bowl over simmering water on low heat stir until completely chocolate melts and becomes smooth.
3.Take care that water should not come into the glassbowl from the bottom while stirring.Keep it aside if it is very hot and stir for smooth paste.
4.Apply melted chocolate with a "spoon" onto the flat side of the cookie and dip immediately into the dessicated coconut powder.Do again the same way with the bottom of another cookie.
5 .Place the two chocolate-containing cookie's on top of each,flat side in, and press gently together and place on wax paper to cool.
6.The chocolate in the middle will appear to the edges of the cookie sandwich.Do the same way with rest of the all cookies and refrigerate till chocolate is set.
6. Store in airtight container with wax paper between layers.Enjoy the nutty taste with chocolate flavour .
See here for Nabeela's Jam Cookies .
Thursday, June 15, 2006
My mom used to prepare and serve "Vangi Bhath" along with Appalam and Majjiga pulusu. This recipe is basically from "Karnataka" and "Maharasthra" states of India."Eggplant" is called "Vangi" in Marati.See this link for more info. Ingredients for Vangi Bhath
Eggplants(Brinjal/Vankaya/Kattirikaya)- 3 no
Basmathi Rice - 3 cups
Green chillies - 3 no,juliened,
Onions - 1 big size,chopped into thin slices
Jeera - 2 tspn
Chana dal - 2 tspn
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Peanuts(Veusenaga pappu/Verkadalai)- ½ cup
Vanghi Bhath masala Powder - 3 to 4 tspn
Tamarind Juice - 3tspn or 1tspn tamarind pulp
Oil - 2tbspn
Ghee - 2 tspn
Salt to taste.
Coriander leaves(Kotthimeera/Kotthamalli/Kotthambir) for garnishing.
Ingredients for Vangi Bhath
Vangi Bhath Masala Powder: Method
Dessicated coconut pwd(kobbari/kopra) - 3tbspn
Chana dal(Bengal gram /Senaga Pappu/Kadalaparippu) - 2tbspn
Urad dal(Minnapappu/Uzhandu) - 2 tbspn
Coriander seeds(Dhaniyalu/Dhaniya) - 2 tbspn
Seseme seeds(Nuvvulu/Ellu) - 2tbspn
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Cloves - 2 no
Green Cardamom - 1no
Sha jeera( Caraway seeds) - ¼ tspn
Fenugreek seeds(Menthulu) - ¼ tspn
Red chillies - 5
Cinnamon(Dalchina chekka/Dalchini) - 1" piece
Groung Nutmeg(Javithri) - ½ tspn
Asafoetida - a pinch
Vangi Bhath Masala Powder:
Heat a sauce pan and dry roast the Coconut powder into light golden colour and keep it aside.Roast red chillies to light brown color and transfer to a plate.Dry roast all other ingredients( Chana dal/Uraddal/Dhaniyalu/Seseme seeds/Cumin seeds /Cloves/Fenugreek seeds/Cinnamon) one after one seperately.Let it cool and Grind all the ingredients together to a fine powder.Store in a airtight container in fridge.It will stay for 6 months.
Making Vangi Bhath
Ingredients for Carrot Raita
Grated carrot - ½ cup
Curd - 2cups
Ginger - 1" piece,finely chopped,
Jeera pwd - ½ tspn
Cucumber pieces - ½ cup
Green Chilly - 1 no,chopped
Onion - 1 no,chopped into small pieces
Salt to taste
Making Carrot Raita
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro.
Ingredients for Mushroom Bajji
Button Mushrooms - 8 or 10 no, each chopped into half
Besan /Senagapindi - 2cups
Rice flour - 2 tbspn
Corn flour - 1 tspn
Red chilli pwd - 2tspn
Jeera pwd - ½ tspn
Coriander pwd/Dhaniya pwd - ½ tspn
Salt to taste
Water for making batter
Oil for frying.
Making of Mushroom Bajji
Sieve Gram flour and mix along with rice flour ,corn flour ,all the above ingredients in a bowl with adequate water to make a bajji batter.Dip the mushroom pieces and deep fry in oil.Strain these bajjis on tissue paper to take out exccess oil.Serve hot with any Chutney/Tomato sauce along with a cup of Coffee at evening times. And a good accompany to any Pulov/Biryani if it is a lunch or a dinner.
Ingredients for Cucumber Butter milk
Curd - 2 cups
Cucumber - 1/2 cup,chopped into small pieces
Ginger - 1" piece
Cumin pwd - ½ tspn
Lemon juice - 1 tspn
Cilantro - 2 sprigs,chopped
Curry leaves - 3 or 4 no,chopped
Salt to taste.
Making of Cucumber Buttermilk
Wash and peel the Cucumber,Ginger and cut into pieces and make it into purée along with coriander leaves in a blender.Add Jeera pwd,salt,curry leaves,curd and mix well with ice water and whip for a while in blender.Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and Serve chill.
My entry to FMR Event -"For the love of Rice " hosting by hostess Paz.
Missing my favourite food from My family
My mom's Vegetable Kurma
Vegetable pulov,Semiya pulov/upma,Idli upma
Any kind of dal especially Mamdikaya pappu(mango dal),
Verusengapappu chutney,Beerakaya pachchadi,Annapodi,pappula podi,groundnut podi
Kadambam Pulusu (She will make this for Bhoghi festival of 3rd day )
Gulabjamun,Carrot Ladoo,boondi ladoo,icecream ,wheat flour halva in sweets,
Corn vada,Pesara vada ,Mysore bonda ,Poori ......What ever she cooks its always delicious to us and she is innovative too.My grand mom (Ammamma) has her own style of cooking for us .
Next come to my Aunt's delicacies "Super Dosa" with Kadalaparupu chutney (chana dal chutney).Muruku,Ariselu,Kesari,All kinds of "Kozhambu(I learnt from her only),Okra dal,
Onion Chutney,Garlic chutney,Drumstick leaves curry,bajjis and Plantain flower Vada ........
I miss these foods and trying to satisfy myself to get that taste in my kitchen with their wishes and advice.
Sonali and Revathi has tagged me to do this and I am tagging
Tanuja of Kodalis Kitchen ,Ramya,Lera of Myriad Tastes ,LG,Latha of masalamagic ,Archana of Spicyana,Stephanie of Dispensinghappiness for this meme.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Raspberrys belong to the genus Rubus, a part of the rose family.Red Raspberry is believed to be native to Europe, but it’s widely cultivated in North America, Britain, Scandinavia and Scotland.The raspberry is a compound fruit composed of many small fruits. The skin of the fruit is smooth and fragile and is red-pink, dark purple,orange or yellow in color. The core of the fruit is hollow, distinguishing raspberries from blackberries also known as “aggregate fruits” since they are a compendium of smaller seed-containing fruits, called drupelets, that are arranged around a hollow Central cavity. Their shape conveys to them a very delicate, almost “melt in your mouth” texture. They are fragrantly sweet with a subtly tart overtone.
Healthful properties in the leaves,root and bark are so valuable,is known as the "Woman's Herb". Species Rubus idaeus,fam:Rosacaea, raspberry is a relative of the rose, famous for vitamin C in the rose hipp.These leaves (and fruit) are rich in citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid,citrate,malate and tartarate of iron, potassium and calcium, calcium & potassium chloride, sulphate and phosphate, pectin, fragrine (an alkaloid that tones the tissues), a volatile oil,vitamins A, B, C, E, and fructose. The action is astringent, tonic, refrigerant, parturient, hemostatic,anti-septic, anti-abortient, anti-gonorrheal, anti-leucorrheal and anti-malarial. see here for more on cure zone.
Alma Hutchens (Indian erbology) says raspberry leaf tea "can be taken freely before, during and after confinement, rendering parturition less laborious." Regular drinking throughout pregnancy strengthens and tones tissues, helping contractions and checks hemorrhage during labour. A perfectly safe drink (unlike black tea or coffee which contain caffeine) raspberry tea also enriches milk and helps prevent miscarriage.
Raspberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and are a source of soluble fibers. In addition, they contain ellagic acid, a potential cancer-fighting agent.
When selecting raspberries, look for deep-colored, plump and juicy berries that are fragrant, without the cores attached. A core means the raspberries were picked too early and the berry will be sour. Avoid berries that have bruises, are soft and mushy, have black spots or mold. It is also important to check the bottom of the container to make sure there are no red stains or squashed fruit. Since raspberries soften quickly and are delicate, they should be used right away after picking or purchase. stored on a paper towel placed in a airy box. Do not soak the berries, as their hollow core fills with water and makes the berry less flavorful. Fresh raspberries are available in mid- summer through early fall. Adding a bit of lemon juice to the raspberries will help to preserve their color.More read from
Joy of baking.
See here to knowmoreand at Indianadoc about this lovely colorful fruit.
Raspberry Leaf Tea is valuable during parturition. It should be taken freely - warm.,prescribed by herbalists, naturopaths and maternity caregivers for a variety of reasons in many forms, doses and concentrations .
An excellent source of Vitamin A,B1, C and are a source of soluble fibers.
Contain potential anti-cancer agent ellagic acid.
Are a high source of soluble fibers and may lower high blood cholesterol.
No fat, sodium, or cholesterol.
Ingredients for Raspberry Juice:
Raspberry - I used Drisscolls brand fresh fruits.
Sugar - 2tspn
Ice water or Ice Cubes - 2cups
Mint leaves for garnishing.
Wash Raspberries gently and blend in a blender to fine puree by adding ice cubes or ice water and strain to remove seeds through a fine sieve into a pitcher by pressing with fingure on puree in circular movement with finger on solids in strainer to extract as much liquid as possible.Mix Sugar and stir until it dissolves and refrigerate until ready to serve.Garnish each glass with a fresh Raspberry and Mint leaves.
Add a 2 tspn of lemon juice to Raspberry juice to make this into a "Raspberry Lemonade".
Puree Raspberries alone in blender and strain it to discard seeds and add milk and sugar and whip it in the blender ,serve chill.
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Pepper for "Mistress of Spices" event.
Pepper is "King of Spices" GPiper nigrum varieties: Black, White, Green
Schinus terebinthifolius: Pink Pepper
Family : Anacardiaceae
Other names of " Black Pepper " in French: poivre, German: Pfeffer, Italian: pepe nero,Spanish: pimienta negra,Sanskrit :Pippali
Arabic: filfil,Indian: gol/kala,i, mir(i)ch(i),Indonesian: merica hitam, meritja,Lao: phik noi,Malay: ladahitam,Thai:prikki tai
Native to the Malabar coast of India and also cultivated in Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Madagascar. It was cultivated in Indonesia as early as the 13th century and in Sri Lanka and Combodia since the 18th century. The earliest record of pepper cultivation in Sarawak, Borneo (Malaysia) is in 1856 in Ulu Limbang.
A compound powder consisting of pepper, ginger, long pepper, caraway and rock salt in equal parts is a nice digestive, after food in doses of ½ to one 1 drachmasPepper corns boiled in water along with basil leaves, are said to relieve chest congestions and asthmatic condition.
Aromatherapy Use: Massage mainly - excellent for muscle pains and stiffness. Can be used to treat sports injuries.
For colds and flu, it can be taken as a steam inhalation, combined with eucalyptus or marjoram.
Therapeutic Use: Not compatible with homeopathic treatment.
Circulation : anemia, poor circulation
Muscular problems : arthritis, aches and pains, rheumatism, stiffness
Respiratory system :
Digestive system :
colic, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, heartburn, loss of appetite, nausea
Immune system :
colds, flu, infections, viruses
Pepper is an important spice in the Indian four-spice classic 'garam masala'. It has a Widespread use in the food industry. Some use in perfumery (combined with rose oil ) and alcoholic drinks.
Both black and white pepper are used in cuisine worldwide, at all stages of the cooking process and as a table condiment. White pepper has a distinguishably different flavor but is utilized to a lesser extent. It is used in processed meats and in applications where dark specking is not desired. Black pepper is added to fruit cakes and gingerbread and is also used as a light seasoning on fresh fruit. Black pepper oleoresin is also used for similar purposes.
It is the main ingredient in VenPongal,Rasam in south india.Pepper Rasam is useful for cold and flu.Ground pepper pwd can be taken with hot rice ,ghee,salt is agood remedy for throat conjestion.
This is my entry to the event "Mistress of Spice" by hostess Mythili of Vindu
Friday, June 2, 2006
Portulaca oleraceaFLOWERS AND SEEDS
Purslane or Verdolaga (Spanish Word) is a vegetable green used in many Indian states and Latin American countries. It is also popular as a salad green in France and other European countries with a taste similar to watercress. Verdolaga is also valued in Latin America for its medicinal properties. It is believed to be native to Ancient India. In Andhra it is mostly used in lentil soups and curries. It has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years. Tenth-century Arabic treatises provide detailed information on varieties and cultivation. Seventeenth-century English recipes used by the cooks of Charles II list it as a salad ingredient. See also: here about this plant.
Nutritional information :
1.It is a good source of vitamin E(6 times more than spinach),A , C and omega-3 fatty acids which help build cell membranes, especially of the brain and eyes, and reduce inflammation and blood pressure.
2.It contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant and it is the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids (which lower lipid levels in the blood). The principal type of omega-3 fatty acid is linolenic acid. It controls bloodpressure, clotting,the immune system, prevent inflammation, lower cholesterol (LDL), prevent certain cancers and control coronary spasms.
3.The late American naturalist Euel Gibbons recommended it highly in his book, calling it "India's gift to the world".
4.Scientific name:Portulacca oleracea ,Family: Portulacaceae.
Common English names: pigweed, Purslane, little hogweed, postelijn, pourpier, portulat, garden purslane, fatweed.
5.In Telugu it is called Gangapaayala/Peddapaayala/Peddapaavila aaku koora
Tamil :Parippu Keerai
Mandarin Chinese:Gwa tsz tsai;
Gangapayala aakukoora/Purslane - 1 bunch
Toor dal - 2 cups,boiled in pressure cooker
Onion - 1,chopped
greenchillies - 2no,chopped
Garlic - 1 pod,
Sweet Grape Tomatoes/Tomato - 4 no
Red chilli pwd - 1tspn,
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt to taste.
Mustard seeds - 1tspn
Cumin seeds - 1tspn,
Red chilli - 1no
Boil Toor dal and keep it aside.Heat 1 tspn of oil in the pan ,add mustard seeds.Mustard seeds start splutters then add jeera and fry upto jeera changes goldenbrown color.Now add garlic,chopped onions fry till Onions become soft.Add sweet tomatoes and cook for a while in low flame.
Add chopped purslane,green chillies,turmeric to the pan and stir for 2 minute and pour 2cups of water and keep lid on the pan.Cook for 7 minutes and add boiled Toordal,Salt to it.Mix well with laddle and cook for another 7 minutes in medium flame.Garnish with corinder leaves and serve hot with steaming Rice or Chapathis.
Cabbage-Peas-Corn stuffed Parata:
Cabbage - medium size cut into half,chopped into small pieces
Peas (Frozen/Soaked) - 1 cup
Corn (Frozen/Fresh) - 1 cup
Green chillies - 3no,finely chopped,
Onions - 1no,finely chopped
Garlic - Ginger paste - 1tspn
Turmeric - a pinch,
Red chilli pwd - 1 tspn,
Coriander pwd (Dhaniyala podi/Dhaniya pwd) - 1tspn
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds Oil for seasoning
Heat 1tspn oil in a sucepan and add mustard seeds leave it to splutter then add greenchillies,onions and saute for a while.Add,chopped cabbage,peas,corn ,salt,redchilli pwd and stir well for another 3 minutes.
Add turmeric and coriander pwd,ginger garlic paste and sprinkle 1/2cup of water cover the pan with a lid and cook in medium heat for another 10 minutes.Stir well and add salt and chilli pwd if you feel necessary.Garnish with corinder leaves.
This can be taken directly with chapathis or hot rice .
Mix wheat flour,salt with a warm milk and knead it to fine dough.Cover dough with a damp cloth for 30minutes.Divide the paratha dough into small balls.Roll out each ball with a rolling pin into a small circle, make the cabbage-peas-corn fry stuffing into a small ball size and place in the centre of the chapathi.
Bring the edjes into the middle and rollback into a ball.Flatten these balls and roll out into medium sized chapathis on a lightly floured board.
Heat tawa over a medium heat,add some ghee and place paratha.Keep flame in sim,spread Oil and fry it bothsides.Parata bubble up and chages to goldenbrown color.Serve hot with dal and curd.