Friday, April 6, 2012

Drumstick Brinjal Curry

Drumstick - 3 nos( cut into 2" pieces)
Brinjal - 1/4 kg (cut into large cubic pieces)
Onion - 3 nos (chopped)
Tomatoes - 5 nos (chopped)
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Sambhar Masala - 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind - small marble sized (soaked in water and extracted)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera seeds - tsp
Curry leaves - 2 springs
Chopped Coriander leaves (for garnishing)

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadai, temper with mustard seeds, jeera seeds and curry leaves. Add chopped onion and saute until it turns light brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes. Now add sambhar masala, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and fry for a few seconds. Add chopped tomatoes and fry until they are done. Now add in drumstick pieces and little salt , mix well. Cover and cook the drumstick pieces until it is half done on a low flame. Remove the lid and add brinjal pieces. Mix well, cover and cook until done. Now add in the tamarind extract (as required) and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes to attain the required consistency. Add salt if required. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Yummy Drumstick Brinjal Curry is ready!!

Spinach Dal Curry( Cheera Curry)

Spinach - 2 medium bunches (chopped)
Moong dal - 1 cup
Shallots - 10nos
Eastern Sambhar Masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Dessicated Coconut - 2 tbsp

For Seasoning
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies - 3nos
Chopped Onion - 2 tbsp
Garlic - 2 cloves (finely chopped)
Ghee/Oil - 1 tbsp

Boil 4 to 5 cups of water in a Pressure cooker. Once it starts boiling, add moong dal , shallots, sambhar masala, turmeric powder, jeera powder and salt. Mix well and allow it to boil. While it starts boiling add chopped spinach and dessicated coconut. Give it a mix and pressure cook it until a whistle on a high flame and on a low flame for about 5 minutes.

Heat  a tbsp of oil/ghee, temper with mustard seeds, urad dal and dry red chillies. Now add chopped onion and chopped garlic, fry it until they turn brown and done. Pour this seasoning on to the curry and mix well.

Tasty Healthy Spinach Dal Curry is ready to with served with Plain Rice.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Rice Ladoo (Ari Unda)

Parboiled Rice - 2 cups
Shredded Jaggery - 2 cups
Dessicated Coconut - 2 cups
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch or 2

Dry roast rice in a thick bottomed kadai, until it pops and turns golden brown colour. Remove from flame and spread the rice on a paper to cool. Grind it into a fine powder in a mixer and transfer it into a large mixing bowl. Keep it aside. Now grind together shredded jaggery and dessicated coconut in a mixer to form a thick mixture. Add this jaggery mixture along with cardamom powder and salt to the rice powder. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together. Now make ladoos out of the mixture.

Mouth Watering Rice Ladoos are ready!!