Saturday, April 30, 2016

Curry Leaves Potato Curry, Karuveppilai Urulaikizhangu Curry

          Curry Leaves Potato Curry, well as the name says, this curry has potatoes/urulaikizhangu and yes, lots of curry leaves/karuveppilai. Actually, I had tasted at a restaurant, a curry similar to this but made with mushrooms and I simply loved the flavors in the dish. Then, why did I make the curry with potatoes, because on that day, when I had a huge bunch of curry leaves, I didn't have mushrooms but a bag of baby potatoes. The curry, as such is a simple one, but it's bursting with flavors from the curry leaves, garlic, pepper and fennel seeds, well, those are the main ingredients here. It's a dry dish and it goes well as a side with both rice and rotis, do try it out if you like potatoes and curry leaves, I am sure you'll love it..
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Musk Melon Juice, Cantaloupe Juice

          Muskmelon/Cantaloupe is so much in season now, and with the weather so hot here, this has become a regular in our house. This, water melon and tender coconut water are the only relief from the heat. I am not going into the benefits and nutritional value of this fruit, you can check it out here. We can have it  as such, slices of fruit, but we love it as a juice or in a milkshake. This is not much of a recipe, just needs a couple of ingredients and a blender, do have this and keep yourself cool this summer..
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Puli Sadam, Tamarind Rice, Puliyodharai, Puliyogare

          Puli Sadam, Tamarind Rice, Puliyodharai or Puliyogare, this is one of most popular mixed rice dishes of South India, something that we pack for trips and also most often served as a ' prasadam' at the temple. All of us in the family love the ' prasadam puli sadam '. Also this is one of the rice mixes, that I used to make and keep for my husband, when I came to India on vacations ( when we were staying in the US ), it keeps well in the refrigerator for at least 2 months. If you have the mix ready, then it takes minutes to mix in some cooked rice with it. I follow this recipe that I had jotted down long time back from a cookbook. And one more thing, gingelly oil, sesame oil is a must for this rice and also in a generous amount, so if someone is allergic to sesame seeds, then don't try this rice. I feel, that the rice will loose its unique flavor if we replace the sesame oil. Serve it with some papadams or chips on the side for a delicious meal..
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Bengali Green Peas Kachori, Koraishutir Kochuri, Matar Kachori

          Recently we had been to a Bengali restaurant here, in Bangalore and we had ordered a Raja Rani Thali ( super big size vegetarian thali that can be easily shared between 4 people ). The thali consisted of six or seven curries served with luchis and plain rice along with the traditional Bengali rasagulla. I just loved all the dishes, each of them had a unique taste, with the aroma of mustard oil and khus khus. I have made a couple of Bengali dishes at home, but I haven't yet cooked anything in mustard oil. Long time back, when I was just married, I had bought a bottle of mustard oil, but the pungent smell was too much for me at that stage and I ended up wasting it. Now again, after so many years, I have bought a bottle and it's yet to be opened, but this time I will definitely cook something with it. I think, after so many years of cooking and more exposure to other cuisines, I am now ready for it. Well, coming to today's dish, it's another Bengali Kachori, Koraishutir Kochuri, or Green Peas ( Matar ) Kachoris. Bengali Kachoris are basically deep fried, stuffed flat breads. I have already tried and posted Radhaballabhi which has a stuffing with urad dal, now in this one, the filling is with green peas. It's traditionally made during the winter, when fresh green peas are in season, but when we don't have fresh peas, we can still make them with the frozen ones. I had served these kachoris with the Dum Aloo With Coconut Milk, and we simply loved it, do try this out for a weekend breakfast or brunch and I am sure you'll like it..
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