Thursday, August 28, 2008

Soya Methi

I tried a recipe with Soya Chunks(Nutrella, Meal Maker) and turned to be good. This is very nutritious and healthy.

Here is the recipe
1 cup of Soya Chunks
2 tomatoes
1 onion ( 1/2 chopped, 1/2 grounded)
2 tbl spoon Kasoori Methi
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp amchur powder
1/2 tsp ginger paste
4-5 cashew(ground to a paste)
1 tsp Jeera
1 tbl spoon butter
salt to taste

  1. Crush the tomato into a puree and keep aside
  2. grind 1/2 onion and keep aside
  3. Soak the soya chunks for 10 min and Boil the soya chunks and keep aside
  4. In a hot kadai add butter and jeera and allow it to splutter.
  5. Add the onion paste and cut onions and fry for a while till it turns transparent
  6. Add the tomato puree and cook for about 5 min
  7. Add all the masala powders
  8. Add water to make it liquid
  9. Add the cashew paste and cook till the gravy thickens
  10. Add the soya chunks and stir well
  11. Methi Soya is ready to serve with Roti, Rice or naan.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Masala Chai

A very healthy with all the spices for a refreshing evening.

Ingredients(for 1 cup of tea)
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup water
2 Tsp Tea powder
Ginger 1 inch
2 Cloves
2 Pepper seeds
1 small piece of Cinnamon
2 Cardamom

How to make?
  • Boil 1/2 cup of water
  • Crush all the spices and add in the water
  • Boil for 3 minutes
  • Add the tea powder and boil for few minutes
  • Add 1/2 cup of milk
  • Boil till milk is hot and switch off the stove
  • Close with a lid for two minutes
  • Strain the tea and serve hot

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rava Dosa

A very traditional recipe. Simply, easy and quick recipe with all ingredients at home.

Rava 1 cup
Maida 1 cup
Rice flour 1/2 cup
Butter milk 1 cup
Water as required to make it liquid
Salt to taste

To temper
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Green chilli 1 no
Curry leaves 2-3 leaves
1 tsp oil

How to make?
  1. Mix rava, rice flour,maida and salt together
  2. Add buttermilk and water to make it liquid consistency
  3. Temper with mustard seeds,green chilli,curry leaves and mix well with the batter.
  4. Pour batter in a circle with spatula and spread across the tawa.
  5. Do not spread the batter with the help of spatula.
  6. Sprinkle some oil to make it crisp. Flip the dosa once cooked.
  7. Remove from the stove once it turns brown.
  8. Serve hot with chutney,sambar.

Alternative: Add onions for taste. Rice flour makes the dosa crisp.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Paneer Pizza

Pizza is very simple to make at home using the pillsbury dough.

Pillsbury dough 1 pack (you get in Safeway and many grocery stores)
Pizza sauce 3 tb spoon
Mozarella cheese 4 Tb spoon
paneer 3 tb spoon
Tomato 1 nos
Onion 1/2
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
salt to taste

How to make?
  1. In a drop of oil add the onion, tomato and paneer and fry for sometime.
  2. Add all the masala and salt.
  3. Roll the pizza dough like roti
  4. Spread the pizza sauce
  5. Add the cooked paneer
  6. Add the cheese at the top
  7. Pre-heat the oven for 425 degrees
  8. Cook for 10-12 minute till it is cooked.
Note:In one pack of pillsbury pizza dough, you can make two pizza.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rava Upma (Different style)

My mother's recipe. She calls the recipe as 'Brinji'. This is something different taste and for people who do not like from upma will surely like this style. I used to hate rava upma, but this method of rava upma tastes really good. If there is a time crunch in the morning and we have to take lunch to work. This is a very fast, easy and tasty recipe. I tried it today and came out well. Thanks to amma:-)

Rava 1 cup
Peas 2 Tb spoon
Tomato 1 nos
Onion 2 Tb spoon
Green chilli 2 nos
Water 2 cups
Sambar powder 2 tsp(secret ingredient)
Salt to taste
Ghee to taste

To temper:
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Urad dhal 1 tsp
Jeera 1 tsp

  1. Fry the rava till golden brown and keep aside.
  2. In a pan pour a 2 tsp of oil and add mustard seeds, urad dhal, jeera and allow it to splutter.
  3. Add the onions, green chilli and fry till it turns transparent
  4. Add tomato, peas and till cooked
  5. Add water, salt, sambar powder and allow it to boil
  6. Add the rava slowly and keep stirring simultaneously
  7. Keep closed and cook for 5 min (stir in-between)
  8. Add 2 tsp of ghee for good taste and smell..
  9. Upma is ready to serve.

Alternative: you can also add 2 tsp of curd to the recipe for a different taste.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bhel Puri

This dish is i have just made with whatever i had at home with puffed rice.

What you need?
  • Puffed rice 1 cup
  • Cut onions 3 tsp
  • Cut tomato 3 tsp
  • Grated carrot 3 tsp
  • Coriander chutney 3 tsp (Ground with coriander and 1 green chilli)
  • Tamrind chutney 3 tsp(melt jaggery and add little water,1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp red chili powder)
  • Sev to garinish
  • Coriander to garnish

How to make?
Mix all the ingredients together and garnish with sev and coriander leaves.

We can also add puri and many other vegetables or chutney as required.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Til Rice(Ellu Saadham)

Today being an auspicious day Aadi periku. We do variety rice. I had done Puliyodharai, Ellu saadham and curd rice.

Til 3 tb spoon (white or black)
Red chillies 3-4
Urad dhal 2 tsp
Asafotida 1 tsp
salt to taste
Rice 1 cup(boiled)
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Curry leaves

1. Fry the til, red chillies, urad dhal and grind to fine powder.
2. In a drop of oil add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
3. Add the powder and fry for a minute and turn off the stove.
4. Add rice and mix well.
5. rice is ready to serve.