Jan 31, 2008

Mixed Squash Curry


Chopped chayote Squash - 2
Chopped potato - 1
Chopped Carrot - 2
Chopped onion -2
Garlic cloves - 5
Ginger - 1 piece
Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp
Grated cocounet - 1/2 cup
Turmeric and chili powder - 1/2 tsp


Heat 1 tsp oil in pan add poppyseeds,Cocounet,3 Garlic cloves,Ginger and onion.Saute it for 2 mins and let it cool.

Grind this mix and keep aside.

Boil all the vegetables with salt.

Heat oil in cookin vessel add chili and turmeric powder.

Add remaining onions and fry it for a while.Then add 2 garlic cloves and cocounet paste.

Now add the water which we used to boil the vegetables.

Then add the vegetables and cook for 1 min.

season with curry leaves and corriander leaves.

Serve hot with roti/ghee rice.(Chayote squash image form wiki )

Jan 30, 2008

Papaya Halwa

When i started thinking of papaya recipes halwa came into my mind.I used ripe papaya here....I dropped my plan of adding color powder since it ended up with this nice color.Here we go with this colorful recipe...


Ripe papaya(medium size) - 1
Sugar - 2 cup
Ghee - 4-5 tsp
cashew - 10 nos
cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
milk - 1 cup


Make cashew into small pieces. Fry the cashews in ghee and keep aside.Boil the milk for 15-20 minitues in medium heat until gets thick.Heat one tbsp ghee in a pan, add the papaya pulps and fry till the smell vanishes.Cook it in medium heat and stir occasionally for 5 minutes.Now add the milk and boil it until milk evaporates,then add the sugar and stir continuously in low heat.Now add the remaining ghee and stir on low heat till the mixture collects in a soft ball or the ghee oozes out.Serve with decorated cashews and cardamon powder.

This post is my entry to AFAM hosted by Nags....

Jan 29, 2008

Spicy Egg Kurma(beaten)

I make two types of egg kurma -Boiled egg kurma and this beaten one.This is one of the tastiest egg dish I came across and my grandmom's speciality.For the egg lovers who's fed up eating usual egg dishes,this would be definitely a great relief .I make this kurma when i'm bored with normal curries usually on weekends.This called for some hot and spicy Egg Kurma.


For spicy paste:

Coconut grated - 1/2cup
Chopped Red onion - 1/4cup
Fennel,cumin seeds,Dania seeds
gasagasa,pepper corns,Urad dal(each) - 1tsp
Chili,Coriander powder,Garam masala(each) - 1 tsp

For Kurma:

egg - 4
Cinnamon,Lavangam cloves - 3
Mustered seeds -1tsp(optional)
Ginger,garlic paste- 2tsp
Green chili - 3
Chopped onion and tomato(each) - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Curry leaves - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 3 tsp


For spicy paste heat oil in pan add all the spices except Chili,Corridor powder and coconut.Saute it for while and let it cool.Now grind these with fresh coconut,then add chili,coriander powder and grind it well.You can use the spicy paste for other kurmas too(like chicken,muton,,It gives different taste).Adding powders while grinding make kurma more spicy and taste.
Heat the pan with the oil and add Cinnamon,Lavangam cloves when it pops add green chili,onions,Ginger garlic paste and fry until it becomes brown. .Then add chopped tomato and fry for 3 mins. Add turmeric powder and saute for a while .Now add the salt, spicy paste and water, bring to boil in the medium heat for 6 min.Crack the egg (don't beat the egg) and drop it in the boiling masala and allow it to cook. Dont stir for 5 mins in simmer till gravy is thick.Wait until yellow part boils and separate. Remove from fire. Season with curry leaves and mustard seeds.

Serve hot with rice or chapattis, garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

Jan 28, 2008

Onion Masala Gravy

This recipe is for all those who love that onion flavour. This is an easy to make dish which my mom used to cook with small red onions and big onions. When making this recipe with small onions just i replaced them with the big... no other changes have been made to the recipe. Enjoy!

Finely chopped white onion - 2
Chopped Red onion - 2
Garlic Clove - 8
Mustard seeds,urad dal (each) - 1tsp
Dry chili - 6
Jaggery or Sugar - 1 tsp
Tomato - 2


Remove the seeds of dry chilies and soak it in water for 15 mins.Heat oil in pan add red onion,garlic and saute it for while.Now add tomato and cook further for another 3-4 mins stirring once in a while and let it cool.Now grind this mix with soaked red chilies and keep aside.Heat oil in cooking vessel and add the mustard seeds ,urad dal and let them pop.Now add finely chopped white onion and stir fry for a few seconds till the onions turn light brown.Add grinded masala and stir fry for a few seconds till the flavors are released in the oil.Finally add the jaggery/sugar and combine. Garnish with chopped mint leaaves. Serve hot with rotis/chapatis/steamed white rice.

I am sending this recipe to JFI:Onion hosted by Radhika .

Jan 27, 2008

Masala aloo Bonda

I make this snack very frequently for the evening tea.Here we go with the recipe of the Aloo Bondas. You can use this indise masala as a side dish for sambar rice.


For Filling:
Boiled potato - 3
Mustard Seeds,Urad Dal,Jeera seeds(each) - 2 tsp
Curry ,coriander leaves - 2tsp
Chopped onion - 2
Chopped tomato - 2
Frozen peas,carrot - 1/2 cup
Chili,Coriander powder(each) - 2 tsp

For layer:

Gram flour - 2cup

Rice flour - 1 cup

Chili powder - 3tsp

Baking soda - 1pinch(for crispness)


For layer mix all these and keep aside.Heat oil in pan add mustered,jeera seeds,urad dal and curry leaves and allow it to sputter.Now add onion,tomato and saute it for 2 mins,Then add carrot,peas and allow it cook well.Put chili,coriander powder and mix well.Add boiled potatos and saute it for 5mins.Cook well and let it cool.Now make this potato masala as balls and dip into mixed batter and deep fry it.Serve hot with tea.

I am sending these aloo bondas to The Potato - A Blog Event by alex.

Masala Paratha

I was in no mood to cook something for dinner until this evening.Since my hubby got bored with dosa and idly i want to make something different.Suddenly paratha recipes came in to my mind.I've decide to make this one bcoz kothu paratha needs some nonveg salnas.For a light evening dinner or even a snack you can use this recipe using frozen parathas which we can get in all Indian stores.So those who haven’t tried this recipe do give a try because it is super delicious.Easy to make too ....


Frozen paratha - 2
Jeera seeds - 2tsp
Curry leaves -2tsp
ginger,garlic paste - 2tsp
Chopped onion - 1
Finely chopped tomato - 1
Chopped capsicum - 1/2
Chopped chili - 3
Chili powder,garam masala,coriander powder(each) - 2 tsp
Soy,chili and tomato ketchup - 2 tsp
Egg - 2
Peanuts - 10


Toast the parathas until brown and let it cool.Cut the parathas into small pieces.Heat oil/butter add jeera seeds,Curry leaves ,chili and allow it to sputter.Now add onion ginger,garlic paste and saute it for 3 mins.Then add tomato, capsicum and fried peanuts.Now add all the masalas and sauces and cook it for another mins.Add the parathas ,egg and stir to mix well.Serve them hot with raita just added onion, cilantro leaves, yogurt, salt. To make it more colorful you can add Yellow and Red Bell Peppers.

Jan 26, 2008

Tortillas with Eggplant Curry

Tortillas is one of the main mexican food which is a good replacement of time consuming chapati.We can buy it in costco my favorite grocery shopping center.It takes only 10 mins to prepare a nice dinner after we had a heavy lunch .Lazy cooks like me use this dish often.Tortillas are good for health and diet.

(For eggplant curry)
Eggplant - 1
Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2tsp
Coriander leaves - 3 tsp
Chili powder - 4tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Toast tortillas until brown color.Heat oil in pan add jeera seeds,curry leaves and allow it to sputter.Now add the chopped eggplant and saute it for 5 mins.Put turmeric and chili power and allow it to mix well,Now add some water to boil.After water evaporates serve hot with garnished coriander leaves.My friend introduced these tortillas to me.Now we became big fan oh these ones.So those who haven’t tried this do give a try because it is super delicious, quick dish which takes only 10 mins.Enjoy...

Jan 25, 2008

Mushroom Fried Rice

I love any dish which has mushroom init.I got this idea from my friend.When i saw mushrooms in costco i want to make some dish.Usually i do normal egg fried rice which my husband likes.I used the same method and did some changes .It turned out good and we thoroughly enjoyed it.


Basmathi Rice - 2 cups
Button Mushrooms(chopped) - 1/2 pack
Jeera seeds - 1tsp
Chopped Onion - 1
Sliced Capsicam - 1/2
Ginger and garlic Paste - 1tsp
Tomato paste - 3 tsp
Chopped chilli - 3
Egg - 1
Chopped Beans - 4
Chopped Carrot - 1
Shallot (onion leaves)- 3
Soy and Chilli sauce - 1tsp


Cook the rice and let it cool. Add liitle oil and fry two eggs into small pieces in the pan and keep aside.(frying eggs separately gives good look to fried rice).Heat oil in another pan add jeera seeds and chilli.When jeera starts sputtering add onion , capsicum and fry for 2 mins.Now add all the vegetables ,egg and fry for another 3 mins.Now add the sauces along with tomato paste,chopped mushrooms and saute it for another mins.Mix all the above with rice and saute it for 1 min.Garnish with sliced tomato and pepper .This dish Can be had as is no need for raitha or ketchup.