Monday, January 30, 2012

Kaju Curry

From last 2-3 months I didn't try any new dish. Don't know why but was not feeling very enthusiastic about cooking anything new. My husband suggested me to do some variety dish for Sunday lunch. Then after a looooooooooooooooooong discussion we decided to make kaju curry and neer dosa. Since I was trying the kaju curry for the first time so he was my guide in making it. Finally it turned out very good. Even my in-laws liked it :-)

Cashew Nuts (Kaju) - 1 cup

Onion - 2 medium

Tomatoes - 1 big

Garlic - 7-8 cloves

Ginger- 1 inch

Khoya - 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon

Garam Masala - 1 teaspoon

Sugar - 1 teaspoon (optional)

Pure ghee- 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts - 7-8

Coconut milk - 1/2 cup

Salt as per taste.

Soak cashew nuts in a warm water. Slice onion vertically. Chop tomatoes. Now heat 1 teaspoon of ghee in kadai and fry onion till it turns to golden brown. Then add garlic and ginger fry it. Then add tomatoes and cook it. Let this get cool for some time. Fry 7-8 cashew separately in ghee. Now make a fine paste of all this fried ingredients. Now heat one tablespoon ghee in kadai. Add turmeric powder. Now add this paste and fry till the Ghee separates out from rest of the mixture. Then add khoya, chilli powder, garam masala, sugar and salt. Mix wel. Now add water little by little to get the desired consistency of the gravy. Boil it for five minutes. Then add soaked cashew nuts. Again cook it for 2-3 minutes. In the end add coconut milk , mix wel and switch off the flame. Thick creamy kaju curry is ready. Tastes good with roti, neer dosa or rice.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Maa ki daal ya Paa ke chawal......Phodanicha Bhaat

I think you must have got confused with the name. I have purposely given this name to this post because my father had prepared this bhaat for the first time in his life. For some reason my mother was not there in the house so he asked the recipe on phone and prepared the dish with leftover rice. I immediately asked him to click the picture. Aai (my mom) was so happy to see my Baba started cooking something other than tea :-) Love you Baba……

Phodanicha bhat is very famous and easy to make recipe with leftover rice.

IngredientsLeftover rice - 2 cups

Finely chopped onion - 1 medium

Chopped green chilies - 4-5

Peanuts - handful

Oil - 2 tablespoons

Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Asafetida - 1/4 teaspoon

Sugar - 1/4 teaspoon

Lime juice - 1 teaspoon

Salt as per taste

Chopped fresh coriander for garnishing.

Heat oil in Kadai. Add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering then add peanuts. After the peanuts turns to golden brown, add green chilies and sauté it. Then add onion. Cook it properly till onion turn translucent. Now add asafetida and turmeric powder. Now add leftover rice, salt and sugar and mix it properly. Cover it for 2-3 minutes. Now switch off the flame and add lime juice and mix wel. Garnish it with chopped coriander. It tastes good with curd.

This goes to simplysensationalfood's "Lets cook with Leftover" event.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Aachari Tamatar

Wish you all a very happy 2012!!!  Actually I was thinking of posting some sweet recipe to begin 2012 but as usual I'm starting this new year with Spicy & Tangy dish from Tomato. It's a a very tasty side dish, a pickle of Tomato. So once again wish you a tangy, spicy & sweet 2012!!!


Red Tomatoes - 500 Gms.

Garlic - 8-10 cloves

Ginger (Chopped) - 1 inches

Red chilli powder - 4 teaspoons

Mustard seeds powder - 1 teaspoon

Vinegar - 2 teaspoons

Sugar -1 teaspoon (Optional)

Salt as per taste

Tor Tadka
Sesame Oil - 1/2 cup

Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric Powder - 1 teaspoon

Asafetida - 1/2 teaspoon

Cut tomatoes in small cubes. Cut garlic cloves vertically. In a heavy bottom kadai heat oil and make a tadka using given ingredients. Then add chopped garlic and ginger. Sauté it. Then add tomatoes and cook it till it gets smooth. When oil separates completely from cooked tomatoes, add chilli powder, mustard powder, salt and sugar. Mix it nicely. Now switch off the flame. When it cool down , add vinegar and mix it. If you want you can give one more tadka of oil, turmeric powder and asafetida on this pickle. Store it in an air tight bottle.

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