Sunday, November 18, 2012

Steamed Spicy Broccoli

'Broccoli' is touted as the miracle vegetable with rich nutrients and tons of health benefits. Steamed spicy broccolis are easy to cook and can be enjoyed as a snack with a glass of wine.

Broccoli florets- 2 cups
Olive oil- 1 tbsp
Minced green chillies- 2 nos
Powdered black pepper- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon juice- 1 tsp

Rinse the broccoli florets. In a saucepan add 2-3 cups of water, add broccoli florets and allow it to boil for 5-8 mins. Don't overcook. Broccolis should be crisp-tender. Drain the water.
Take a pan. Add olive oil, minced green chillies,powdered black pepper. Add steamed broccolis, toss it a few times.Add salt and lemon juice. Toss it again and its ready to serve.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Avalakki Bisibelebhat

Thick Avalakki- 2cups
Moong Dal- 1.5 cups
Cut Cabbage- 1 cup
Tomato cut- 1/2 cup
Tamarind juice- 1/2 cup
Jaggery- 1 inch piece
Bisibele bhat powder/ Sambar powder- 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Coconut grating- 1/4 cup

For Seasoning:
Oil- 2-3 tbsp oil
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Curry leaf- 10 nos
Turmeric- 1 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Red chilies- 3-4

Wash and soak the thick avalakki with little water and keep it aside. Pressure cook the moong dal with 3 cups of water.Grind coconut gratings and Bisibelebhat powder.

Take a pan/vessel. Add oil. Add mustard seeds and other seasoning ingredients one by one. To this add cut cabbage, pour a cup of water and let it cook for 6-8 mins until it gets soft. Now add cooked dal, tamarind juice, soaked avalakki and ground coconut and bisibele bhat powder. Mix well. Add salt and jaggery. Add a  little water if needed.Add cut tomatoes. Allow it to boil on medium flame for 15-20 mins.
Serve hot with a dollop of ghee and boondi mixture.

If you are using sambar powder, add a pinch of clove powder,nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder to the seasoning.

You can add other vegetables like beans, carrot,peas also.

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