Monday, March 31, 2008

Pavakkai Kozhambu /Bittergourd in Tamarind Sauce

Bittergourd/కాకర కాయ
~~~~~~~~~~ కాకర కాయ ~~~~~~~~~~
The day since my mom started giving bittergourd fry for us i developed a sweet and bittery love on this greenish vegetable.Bittergourd tastes great with hot rice and curd rice.Eventhough this gourd is bitter but not from heart and it is very good for health indeed.I always love the bittergourd fry,stuffed bittergourd ,pickle,chips which tastes heavenly when my mom makes.Once i tasted Bittergourd Kozhambu in SaravanaBhavan,Chennai.Later i came to know that even my nannamma (dads mom )used to make this with kakarakaya/bittergourd (home grown) and with another veggies like plantain,okra,brinjal,ustikayalu in thick tamarind sauce (chintapandu pulusu in telugu)aka kozhambu (in Tamil).My husband says no to bittergourd but I started adding it to making kozhambu which is his favourite side dish for rice.He liked the taste the way i make.I have satisfaction that in someway iam giving the healthy veggie in our food instead of ommiting it.
bittergourd kozhambu with parsnip chips
Bittergourd - 2 no
Onion - 1 no medium size ,chopped
Ginger - ½ " size,crushed
Garlic pods - 3 no,crushed
Tamarind puree - ½ cup
Red chilli powder - ½ tspn
Pepper - ¼ tspn
Sugar - ½ tspn (Jaggery tastes good)
Red chillies - 2 no
Mustard seeds,Menthi seeds,curry leaves for seasoning
Sambar powder - 2 tspn
Sesame oil - ½ tspn
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
Make puree with tamarind by soaking in hot water.Keep it aside.Add oil to the pan and once it is hot add seasoning ingredients musatrd,methi/fenugreek seeds,red chillies,curry leaves one by one.Let them splutterand add chopped onions and saute well.Add crushed ginger,garlic and fry for a while until raw smell goes.Add cut bittergourd pieces and fry until light golden brown color.Add tamarind puree,turmeric,sambar pwd,water,pepper pwd ,salt and cook until gravy becomes slightly thick.Add sugar,sesame oil /Ghee (optional)and adjust if salt and red chilli pwd according to taste.Serve with hot rice with a dollop of ghee . We had spicy,tangy,bittery bittergourd kozhambu rice with homemade parsnip chips.
sundakkai vatral kozhambu .
Info about Bittergourd .
This recipe goes to Vegetable Of the Week -Bittergourd hosted by lovely Pooja.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Pattypan Sqush Curry with Rye Coriander Roti

Pattypan Sqush
Pattypan Squash (Sun burst) - 2 no,chopped
Red chori /Adzuki beans sprouts - 1 cup,pressure cooked
Onion - 1,medium size,chopped
Green chillies - 3 no ,chopped
Dhaniya powder - 1 tspn
Garlic pods - 2 no,crushed
Turmeric - a pinch
Red chilli pwd - ½ tspn
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
Cilantro for garnishing
How I Made
Heat oil in pan and add mustard seeds to that and allow to splutter.Add crushed garlic,green chillies,chopped onions saute for a while.Add chopped squash ,dhaniya pwd,turmeric pwd,red chilli pwd ,salt and cook until tender.Add boiled red chori and stir well into the curry.Adjust for salt and chilli powder and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from fire and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Goes well with roti/chapathi/steamed rice.
Pattypan Squash with Rye Roti

Rye coriander roti:Mix Rye flour with chopped coriander leaves,crushed green chilli pieces(½ tspn),water(less amount),salt and knead to a chapathi dough.Grease the palm and make the dough balls into a round thin disk on a greased ziploc bag or any thick plastic cover.Heat the tawa and fry for golden brown color on both sides.We had Rye roti with pattypan squash curry and the combo worked well.

Info about Red chori
Rye flour
About Pattypan Squash
Stuffed pattypan squash
Pattypan Pizza

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Burrito with Green gram and Horsegram potato gravy

Green gram -½ cup,soaked overnight
Horse gram - ½ cup,soaked overnight
Potato - 1 cup, boiled and cubed
Ginger ,garlic paste - ½ tspn
Black cardamom - 1 no,crushed
Red chilli powder - 1 tspn
Dhaniya pwd - 1 tspn
Curd - ½ cup
green chillies - 2 no
Tomato - 1 no,chopped
fresh coriander,mint,lemon wedges,Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
 Burritto with fresh cut cantaloupe
~~~~ ulavalupesalu bagaladumpa koora ~~~~
How I made:
Cook green gram and horse gram in pressure cooker.Heat oil in kadai and add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell leaves.Add green chillies,onion to that and saute for a while.Add chopped tomato,red chilli powder,dhaniya powder and saute well.Add cubed potatoes ,curd ,crushed black cardamom and adjust salt and red chilli pwd to the taste.Add ½ cup of water and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes in low flame till the gravy thickens.Garnish with coriander and fresh mint leaves.Squezze lemon juice and serve hot.
Heat the tortillas by placing in a paper towel in microwave for 1 minute.Fill the tortillas with green gram and potato horse gram gravy ,chopped tomato,chopped onions and with fresh coriander.Wrap and serve the delicious Burritos with any fresh fruit.
Cantaloupe Parchment Bowl
This recipe goes to the event on "Balanced Breakfast Meals" as this month's theme for WBB#20 by manasi desai of funfood.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

RedCurrant Lassi

Red Currant - 12 no raceme ,puree and deseed
Demerara Sugar - 3 tspn
Green cardamom - 1 no,crushed
Home made Curd - 2 cups,refrigerated
Cold Water - ½ cup
Red Currants
Lassi :
Puree Red Currant with little amonut of water and strain out the seeds.
Add yoghurt/Curd ,sugar,crushed cardamom to the blender and blend till foamy.
Pour into the glasses and serve.

Information about Red Currant.
Colorful RedCurrant tea cakes by lovely Béa of latartinegourmade.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Last weekend While shopping for veggies my attention went on one specific flour which i never used and saw in india .It is labled as
Rye flour.For a while i was thinking whether it contains raagi flour but rye is quite different from raagi flour.Came back and opened the pack eagerly to see the flour.Decided to make pappu chekkalu by adding rice flour from my moms advice.Mom used to make jonna roti and muruku with sorghum flour /JONNA PINDI.So,moms best idea worked well with rye flour too.My next recipe with rye flour is rye bread.Rye flour is bit sticky but adding rice flour gave the enough crispiness to pappu chekkalu.
Rye flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1 cup
thai Green chillies - 5no
Ajwain seeds /Vamu ginjalu - 2 tspn
Groundnuts/Peanuts - &frac12 cup
Ghee 1 tspn
Soaked chanadal - 2tspn
Salt to taste
Enough water to make dough
Oil for frying

Grind green chillies - ajwain ,peanuts by adding 2tspn of water by using mortar pestle.Combine both flours with dalda,salt,ground mixture,soaked chana dal,water and knead into a chapathi dough.Divide dough into small balls.Heat oil in a deepfrying pan.Press the balls on a greased parchment paper into disc by greasing palm either with water or oil into &frac14 th "thickness.Drop slowly into the oil and fry both sides for a goldenbrown colour.Remove and Strain on a papertowel.Allow
Pappuchekkalu to cool and Store in an airtight container.
Had fresh veggies in hand so the taco idea came in my mind and my evening snack is ready on table with the hot cup of masala chai.
shredded Cabbage - &frac14 cup
shredded Carrot - &frac12 cup
diced tomato - &frac12 cup
chopped onion - 2 tbspn
Chopped cilantro - &frac 12 cup
diced cucumber - &frac14 cup
lemon juice - &frac12 tspn
Fresh Red chilli flakes - 4 or 5
Salt to taste
fresh veggies and pappu chekkalu
Toss well and place on pappu chekka and cover with another pappu chekka.Get ready for a delicious crunchy bite along with a sip of hot masala chai.
Pappu chekkalu sandwich with fresh vegetables ,tea

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Lotusroot Red Bellpepper Moong dal stir fry

lotus roots/kamal kakdi - 12 slices
thai green chillies - 4 to 5no
Red Bell pepper - 1 no,small in size ,chopped
mustard seeds for seasoning
turmeric,red chilli powder,salt to taste
onion - ½ ,bigsize ,chopped into pieces
Moong dal - ½ cup,soaked in water
coriander powder - 1 tspn
oil for cooking
chopped coriander leaves - 3 to 4 sprigs

Pressure cook the chopped lotus with a pinch of turmeric.cook the soaked moongdal
(pesarpappu) in microwave with sufficient water in high for 12 to 15 minutes.moongdal should not loose its original shape but it should be cooked to bite.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds,green chillies,onions one by one and saute
well.Add boiled lotus root pieces and add salt and redchilli powder,dhaniya powder
and cook for 5 minutes uncovered.Add bellpepper pieces and cook until tender.Add moongdal to the pan and stir well to mix into the curry.cook for a while by sprinkling some water.Stir in chopped coriander and transfer to a serving bowl.Serve with steamed rice with a dollop of ghee.
Here goes my recipe to this wonderful event by Zorro's
International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Starfruit Juice

Starfruit is really colourful with excellent shape and texture.
Once we had this type of tropical fruit while visiting elephanta caves in bombay as a vacation with our family.Dad bought from the vendor who was infront of caves which is a cut fruit was green in colour dusted with salt and red chilli powder on it.I didnt remember the name of the fruit exactly.But it was tangy,sour,little bit sweet one.Loved the taste but never found that fruit later in A.P. After coming to US ,I found the same friut which i was looking for since my schooldays.Googled about that and came to know it is called carambola/starfruit.
Starfruit juice
Starfruit/Carambola - 3 to 4 slices,deseeded
lemon juice - ½tspn
Crushed ice cubes - 3 or 4no
Cardamom - 1 no,crushed
Sugar - 2 tspn
Mint for garnishing
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Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.Add excess water to adjust the taste and pour into chilled glasses.Serve by garnishing with few mint leaves and starfruit slice.
Perfect juice to quench the thirst on a sunny day.