Saturday, October 18, 2014

Simple Vegetable Biriyani

Hi friends!!!!
                    Today, I am planning to write about simple vegetable biriyani using all the ingredients present in our house.

                    Ok without wasting time, let's go into the preparation...


       1.  Available vegetables (cut into small pieces except tomato) - 1 cup
       2.  Raw /Boiled Rice   - 1 cup
       3.  Green Chillies        - 2
       4.  Ginger                    - a small piece (shredded)
       5.  Garlic                     - 2 small pieces
       6.  Onion                     - 1 (cut into pieces)
       7.  Cumin seeds          - 1/2 tsp
       8.  Salt                        - as per taste
       9.  Curry leaves          - 1 or 2 sprigs
     10.  Coriander leaves   - small quantity
     11.  Cloves                   - 2
     12.  Cardamom            - 2
     13. Cinnamon sticks    - 1
     14. Oil                          - 1 tsp (to temper)

       1. Cook the rice in a pressure cooker with little water and keep it aside.
       2. Next, keep a heavy bottomed kadai on the stove and add the oil.

       3. Add cumin seeds and wait till it splutters.

       4. Then, add green chillies along with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks and fry for some time.

       5. In the next step, add ginger, garlic and after a few seconds add onion.

       6. Fry the ingredients till onion turns light pink.

       7. After the onion turns pink, add the all the vegetables along with curry leaves and fry for a 5 minutes.

       8. Next, add water and cook till the vegetables are cooked.

       9. Now add salt and after 2 minutes add the cooked rice.

      10. After mixing the rice well with vegetables, leave it in the stove for 5 minutes.

      11. Switch off the stove and vegetable biriyani is ready to serve.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mixed Fruits

Hi Friends!!!!

                    It's a boring day and don't want to cook. You can visit or order food from outside. But, you might be very lazy to do that also. Just check the availability of some of the below fruits and voila!!!! healthy food without cooking is ready.

                     1. Banana
                     2. Black/Green Grapes
                     3. Apple
                     4. Pomegranate
                     5. Orange
                     6. Dates
                     7. Mango
                     8. Chickoo
                     9. Papaya
                   10. Guava

                     Just cut and some of the extra ingredients to make more tasteful. Ok!!! Ok!!! Let's see the ingredients and the preparation along with presentation.


     1. Some/ or the full list of fruits (one under each and cut into pieces without seeds)
     2. Cashews - 25 gm
     3. Shredded Coconut - 1/2
     4. Honey / Jaggery - 100 gm
     5. Cardamom Powder - little for flavor


     1. Take a big bowl.
     2. Add all the fruits one by one.
     3. Mix it well using a table spoon.
     4. Next, add the shredded coconut and mix it well.
     5. Then, add honey/powdered jaggery followed by cashews along with cardamom powder.
     6. It would look yummy.
     7. Serve it in small bowls.
     8. Tasty and healthy mixed fruits is ready to serve.
 Tips!!! Tips!!! Tips!!!:

     1. Don't peel the skin of the apple, guava, grapes, mango and chickoo. Just wash under the running water and cut it into pieces after removing seeds.
     2. Should eat it immediately after preparing it.
     3. Diabetic patients should avoid this.
     4. People suffering from severe cold should take in small quantity.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kathirikai/Brinjal Pitlai

Hi friends!!!!

                     I am going to give the recipe for a traditional south indian dish called as "Kathirikai/Brinjal Pitlai"


       1. Kathirikai/Brinjal - 5 or 6 small ones
       2. Toor Dhal             - 1/4 cup
       3. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
       4. Tamarind juice     - 21/2 cups
       5. Salt                       - As per taste

    Pitlai Powder:

        1. Chana Dhal        - 2 tsp
        2. Urad Dhal          - 1 tsp
        3. Coriander seeds - 1 tablespoon
        4. Black pepper      - 1/2 tsp
        5. Red Chillies       - 3 to 4
        6. Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
        7. Asafoetida          - a pinch

   To temper:
       1. Gingelly oil         - 1 tsp
       2. Mustard seeds     - 1 tsp
       3. Urad Dhal           - 1 tsp
       4. Curry Leaves      - 1 or 2 sprigs


      Pitlai Powder:

                      Step - 1: Switch on the stove and place a kadai on it.
                      Step - 2: Add all the ingredients under pitlai powder one by one and dry fry it.
                      Step - 3: Allow it cool and then transfer it to a mixie jar.
                      Step - 4: Switch on the mixie and make a coarse powder of the mixture.
                      Step - 5: Keep it aside till it's need arises.

     Pitlai Preparation:

                      Step - 6: Place a pressure cooker on the stove and switch it on.
                      Step - 7: Cut the brinjals into medium sized cubes and add to the pressure cooker along  with salt and tamarind juice.
                      Step - 8: Close the lid of the pressure cooker and wait till one whistle comes.
                      Step - 9: After one whistle, switch off the stove.
                      Step - 10: Place the hot cooker under running water and cool it immediately.
                      Step - 11: This will reduce the pressure inside the cooker.
                      Step - 10: Take a pan and add the cooked brinjal along with the cooked dhal (It will be good if dhal is mashed) and add the pitlai powder.
                      Step - 11: Place it on the stove and switch it on.
                      Step - 12: Allow it to boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
                      Step - 13: Switch off the stove and transfer the contents to a serving bowl.
                      Step - 14: In a ladle, add the gingelly oil and keep it on the stove for tempering.
                      Step - 15: When the oil is heated, add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
                      Step - 16: Add urad dhal along with curry leaves and fry till it turns golden yellow.
                      Step - 17: Switch off the stove and pour the tempering contents into the pitlai.
                               Hot "Kathirikai/Brinjal Pitlai" is ready to serve.