Monday, September 20, 2010

Jeera Rice with Gravy

Jeera Rice is one of the simplest types of fried rice. It goes well with any vegetable or simple gravy, or any kind of Dal.


Basmathi Rice- 1 cup
Ghee- 1 tbsp
Jeera- 1 tbsp
Green Chillies- 1-2
Mint leaves(optional)- cut- 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves (optional)-1 tbsp
Fried Onion- 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water- 2 cups

Soak the Basmathi rice for half hour.Drain the water and keep it aside.Take a pan.Add ghee.Add cumin seeds,green chillies,mint leaves and coriander.Saute for a minute.Add water.Bring it to boil.Now add rice.Cook on low heat.The rice gets cooked and becomes fluffy.Now add fried onion.Mix well and serve with any gravy/vegetable gravy/Dals

Gravy Recipe:

Oil- 2 tbsp
Onion- 1
Ginger- 1/2 inch piece
Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
Jeera Cumin powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Kasoori methi- 1/4 tsp
Sour cream- 1 tsp

Grind onion,tomato and ginger.Take a pan. Add oil.When the oil gets hot add onion and tomato paste.Fry  until oil stands out.Now add red chilli powder,turmeric,jeera and cumin powder,salt,kasoori methi and sour cream.Let it come to boil on low heat.Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

P.S. Vegetables like peas,potatoes,cauliflower can be cooked and  added to this gravy

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Peek at My Mom's home-made pickles

Pickles are the perfect accompaniment for Indian meals. They awaken the taste buds and enhance the taste of the dish. Pickles have all the important ingredients needed for a  perfect  taste: salty,sour and spicy. There are many  varieties of pickles made in India that use different flavors,combination of fruits and vegetables, and  spices. Some can be made and devoured instantly (The Lime or Mango pickles you eat at a wedding lunch),  while others need at least 2-3 weeks before they can be eaten. 

This summer my Mom made these 4 kinds of pickle and we are relishing each and every bit of it. Thanks,Mom.
Whole Mango/Midi Mavinakai
Mixed pickle(Lime,Bittergourd,Green Chillies,Mangai shunti)
Heralekai/Rough Lime

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Italian Squash Curry

This is a very simple and quick recipe that goes well with Chapatis and Rice.

Italian Squash- 1nos
Gram dal/Kadalebele(soaked and drained)- 1tbsp
Lemon juice- 1tbsp
Coconut gratings- 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Seasoning:
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Turmeric- 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies-2-3
Curry leaves-1-2
Coriander leaves-1 tsp

 Peel the skin of Italian squash and cut into desired length.Take a pan.Heat oil. Add Mustard seeds,green chillies,red chili,soaked gram dal,curry leaves and turmeric. Saute for 1-2 minutes.Add the cut Squash.Mix well .Cover and keep it on low flame.The squash gets cooked in about 10 minutes.Add salt,coconut gratings and coriander leaves.Mix well and serve.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bread Toast

Here is an attempt to re-create Iyengar Bakeries Bread Toast....


Whole wheat bread/White bread- 2 slices
Onions(chop into small pieces)-1
Green Chillies(finely chopped)-2
Ginger(grated)-1 inch piece
Cilantro(chopped)-2 tbsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Turmeric-1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Take a pan.Heat oil.add green chillies,ginger grated,turmeric.Saute..add onions.After it turns translucent add carrots and saute.Now add tomatoes.when the tomatoes cook a little add salt.Mix well.Keep it aside.

Now toast the bread crisp with butter or ghee on the Tawa (you can use the toaster also,but I like it on tava).

Spread the mixed vegetables evenly on the bread and snack it...You can add some tomato ketchup also.

Back to cooking after vacation :)

 Hey Folks,

Sorry for not updating my blog for a while. We took a long vacation to India. The vacation included visits to the holy places in North India, white water rafting on the Ganges, and an magnificent trip to Goa. We dined at some of the  famous joints in Bangalore: CTR (Now know as Shree Sagar), MTR,  Maiyyas,  Vidyarthi bhavan, Rajdhani at UB towers, Janatha Hotel(Malleswaram 8th cross) and of course our Iyengar bakeries and roadside chaats :)

The Sakkare Pongal @ Subbana Mess in Melkote tasted heavenly.

Here are some pictures of the food which I took when I had my camera in hand.

Subamma stores -Gandhi Bazaar
Yummy fried food in Subamma store -Gandhi Bazaar

Chutney being poured on the plate@ Vidyarthi Bhavan,Gandhi Bazaar,Bangalore
Masala Dosa with Chutney @ Vidyarthi Bhavan,Bangalore
Fruit Salad with Icecream @ MTR,Bangalore
Sakkare Pongal -Subanna Mess,Melkote
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