Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kandhi Pachadi / Toor Dal Chutney



Ingredients:-

Toor dal : 1/2 rice cooker cup
Dry red chillies : 3
Garlic : 1 pod
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tspn
Tamarind : 2-3 pods
Coconut: 2 tspn
Salt : as required

Ingredients for Talimpu:-

Oil : 2 tspn
Cumin seeds : 1/4 tspn
Mustard seeds : 1/4 tspn
Asafoetida : pinch of
Curry leaves : 1 sprig

Preparation:-
  • Heat a pan and add 1 tspn oil , add toor dal , cumin seeds , dry red chillies and fry on medium flame till dal turns its color and then switch off stove. Add coconut , garlic pieces and enough salt. Let this cool.
  • Soak tamarind.
  • Grind fried items and tamarind with little amount of water.
  • Put talimpu with the above listed ingredients and mix with chutney.
  • serve it with hot rice and ghee.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tomato Rice


Ingredients to grind:-Tomatoes : 2
Tomato paste : 1 tbspn
Chilly powder : 1/2 tspn

Ingredients to cook rice:-
Basmati rice : 3 rice cooker cups
Oil : 1 tbspn
Whole garam masalas : Cloves -2, Cardamoms-2, Cinnamon- 1 inch , Bay
leaves-2
Ginger garlic paste : 1/4 tspn
Water : 5 rice cooker cups
Salt : 2 tspns
Mint leaves : 10
Lemon juice : 1 tspn

Ingredients to make tomato rice:-
Oil + Ghee : 2 tbspn
Whole garam masalas : Cloves -2, Cardamoms-2, Cinnamon- 1 inch , Bay leaves-2
Onion : 1
Green chillies : 8
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Ginger garlic paste : 1/4 tspn
Green peas : 1/2 cup
Grinded tomato puree
Salt : 2 tspn
Cooked rice
Coriander powder : 1 tspn
Garam masala powder : 1/2 tspn
Coriander leaves : 5 sprigs

Preparation :-
  • Chop tomatoes and grind them with tomato paste and chilly powder. Put this aside.
  • Wash basmati rice and soak for 15 mins. Heat a pan add oil , add whole garam masalas , curry leaves , ginger garlic paste and add water. Add salt and mint leaves and let this boil.
  • Add lemon juice and strained rice and cook till done and switch off stove. Do not remove lid for 5 mins and later cool the cooked rice.
  • Heat a pan add oil , ghee , whole garam masalas , green chillies and curry leaves and fry till done.
  • Add sliced onions and fry till they turn lite brown and then add ginger garlic paste.
  • Add green peas and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add grinded tomato puree , 2 tspns salt , garam masala powder , coriander powder and mix nicely and fry till tomatoes mixture oozes oil.Add 1 tspn lemon juice and coriander leaves .
  • Add cooked rice and mix gently. Fry till done.
  • Serve hot with spicy baby potato curry , onions and lemon wedges.

Spicy Baby Potato Curry


Ingredients:-

Baby potatoes : 10
Onion : 1
Tomato paste : 1&1/2 tbspn
Green chillies : 4
Oil: 2 tbspn
Whole garam masala : Cloves-2 , Cardamoms -2, Cinnamon stick - 1 inch
Ginger garlic paste : 1/4 tspn
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Cumin seeds : 1/4 tspn
Coriander powder : 1 tspn
Fennel powder : 1 tspn
Chilly powder : 1/4 tspn
Garam masala powder : 1/4 tspn
Chicken masala powder : 1/2 tspn
Curd : 2 tbspn
Coriander leaves : 5 sprigs
salt : 1 tspn

Preparation :-
  • Boil potatoes and peel the skin.
  • Take a small bowl and add tomato paste and water and mix it with out lumps. To this add curd , coriander powder, fennel powder, chilly powder, chicken masala, Garam masala powder. Mix all nicely.
  • Heat a pan add oil , add cumin and whole garam masalas and fry till done.
  • Add green chillies, curry leaves and onions. Fry till onion turns lite brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute and add boiled potatoes and toss the pan by holding its handle. Do not mix with laddle.
  • Reduce the flame of stove and slowly add tomato mixture and add enough water. Add enough salt.
  • Let this boil fully.
  • switch off stove and add coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with any rice item .

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nune Gongura



Ingredients:-

Gongura : 1 bunch
Onion : 1
Green chillies : 4
Oil : 2 tbspns
Urad dal : 1/2 tspn
Chana dal : 1 tspn
Cumin : 1/2 tspn
Mustard seeds : 1/4 tspn
Dry red chilly : 1
Garlic : 4 pods
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Fenugreek powder : 1/4 tspn
Salt : as required
Chilly powder : 1/2 tspn
Turmeric : pinch
Coriander powder : 1 tspn

Preparation:-
  • First pluck gongura leaves from the stalks , wash them , chop them and dry them .

  • Heat a pan add oil , when hot add dry red chilly, urad dal, chana dal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, crushed or chopped garlic, green chillies, curry leaves and fenugreek powder.

  • Add chopped onions and add pinch of salt. Cook till onions turn lite brown.

  • Add chopped gongura and fry till they turn their color.

  • Add salt, chilly powder, turmeric and coriander powder. Fry till oil oozes out and switch off stove.

  • Serve with hot rice and ghee.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Andhra Fish Fry


Ingredients :-

Fish fillets : 2 ( I used tilapia)
Salt : 1/2 tspn
Chilly powder : 1/4 tspn
Turmeric : 1/8 tspn
Coriander powder : 1/4 tspn
Cumin powder : 1/4 tspn
Garam masala powder : 1/4 tspn
Curry leaves : 2 sprigs
Coriander leaves : 5 sprigs
lemon juice : Juice of 1/4 lemon
Oil : 1 tbspn
Onion : 1/2
Ginger garlic and chilly paste : 1/2 tspn
Preparation :-
  • Wash fillets under cold running water and pat them dry with paper towel.
  • Take a small bowl and add all spices like salt , chilly powder , coriander powder , turmeric, cumin powder and garam masala powder . Mix all spices nicely . Crush ginger , garlic and 1 small green chilly and add it to spices . Chop 1 sprig of curry leaves and coriander leaves finely and add it to the spices . Add lemon juice and 1 tspn oil and mix nicely.
  • Apply this paste to fillets on both sides and take 2 spoons of all purpose flour and sprinkle on both sides of fillets and pat it with fingers . Marinate this for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a pan add 2 tspns oil and when hot add 1 sprig of curry leaves and put fillets and add vertically chopped onion . When it is done on one side carefully flip it on other side .
  • When it is done on other side just switch off stove .
  • Transfer the fillets on to a plate and squeeze lemon juice allover and serve hot with hot rice .
  • Goes excellent as a side dish for sambar or dal.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Allam Kaya / Ginger Garlic Pickle


This pickle is very famous in Telangana region of Andhra pradesh . It has got different names such as 'Allam kaya' , 'Allam avakaya' ... . I truely love this pickle , love to have this with hot hot rice and a drop of ghee . This pickle is very easy to make and have a shelf life of 1 year.

Ingredients :-

Raw Mango : 1 big
Salt : 3 Tbspns
Chilly powder : 4 Tbspns
Mustard powder : 1 tspn
Fenugreek powder : 1/2 tspn
Ginger garlic paste : 2 Tbspns
Oil : 8 Tbspns
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tspn
Vaminta seeds : 1/2 tspn
Seeds of dry red chilly : 1tspn

Preparation :-
  • Take 1 big mango , wash it and dry it with paper towel.
  • Chop mango into big pieces .
  • Make ginger garlic paste .
  • Heat a pan add 8 tbspns of oil and when hot add cumin and vaminta seeds ( they look like small mustard seeds and are very crunchy ) . Add ginger garlic paste and spread it with spoon and after a minute switch off stove . Let this cool.
  • Add tadka to mango pieces and mix nicely.
  • Take a bowl and mix salt , chilly powder , mustard powder and fenugreek powder.
  • Add the spice mix to mango pieces and mix nicely.
  • Cover it and put the bowl in a dry place for 48 hours .
  • After 48 hrs the pickle looks like this , dont think it is full of oil it is the liquid from mango and we call it as 'voota' . Now with a dry spoon mix the pickle nicely .
  • Transfer the contents to a glass jar or bottle.