Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Capsicum Chutney

Belonging to Southern part of India means, you definitely would have a soft corner for idli/dosa. For me, I wouldn't mind having it for any meal of the day. Bringing in variety in the usual combination makes it even more interesting.



I was not introduced to any other chutneys to go with Idli/dosa other than the red coconut chutney and the chana dal chutney. But thanks to so many blogger friends from across the globe and the blogging community that I have been a part of, I got introduced to variety of food. This capsicum chutney was introduced to me by the blogging world.



This chutney is quick to make and pairs so well with you idli/dosa/paniyarams that you are definitely gonna love it. The can be served as a spread on your bread too. 



Ingredients


  1. 1 cup of chopped green Capsicum/ Bell pepper
  2. 1 cup of chopped red bell pepper
  3. 1 large tomato
  4. 1 cup of chopped onion
  5. A pinch of asafoetida
  6. 1/2 tsp of kashmiri chilly powder
  7. 1 tbsp of urad dal
  8. 1 tbsp of chana dal
  9. 1 tsp of grated ginger
  10. 1 tsp of chopped garlic
  11. Salt to taste
  12. 1 tbsp of oil
For tempering
  1. 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  2. 1 strand of curry leaves
  3. 1/2 tsp of urad dal
  4. 1 tbsp of oil

Method
  • In a pan, take a tbsp of oil. Heat it. Add urad dal and chana dal. Let it roast. Now add, chopped onions, ginger, garlic and salt. Saute it until the onions turn tender.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook it untill tomatoes turn tender. Add the chopped capsicum, chilly powder and asafoetida. Cook it all well untill the tomato turn mushy. 
  • Turn off the heat and transfer it into a blender jar. Blend it into a paste. Transfer the paste into a serving bowl. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan. Once hot, add the mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp of urad dal and curry leaves. Fry it and pour it on top of the chutney paste.
  • Serve it with idli, dosa or paniyaram.

Tips
  1. You could add green chillies or black pepper powder instead of red chilly powder. 
  2. You could try making it with red, yellow and green capsicum for slight change in flavour and colours.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Prawns curry

This curry literally disappears real fast at our place. Jacob is a big fan of it . The township that I grew up in was far from the sea. So we never got to eat prawns, while living there. I am talking about those times when there were no malls. These days no matter where you live, you do have these available as frozen foods. 




I used to include different masala/ spices to make it flavourful but the result was not what I was looking for. Then one vacation, when I was home, my mom said that her sister ( my aunt), Lisamma Aunty makes superb prawns curry and we should call her up and get the recipe. When Aunty gave the recipe I was like, what! Is it all that makes the prawns curry taste. Are you sure you are not missing out on any ingredient. It's so simple and made with minimal ingredients but lip smacking good.
Here is the recipe for that amazing prawns curry.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bialys

Have you had Bialys? Well, I would say it is more like bagels. I am not a fan of bagels, but I did like having bialys. They serve as a good option for tea time snacks or a grab and go breakfast.




I just made a couple of them, fearing that it might go wasted if they tasted like bagels, which I dislike having. But they turned out to be good. And with the garam masala in it, it tasted more indianized. I wonder if I would have given up the thought of trying it, I would have been missing out on something delicious.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Coconut Chocolate Truffles

I have always been a fan of Bounty chocolates. Well, who wouldn't love them. Coconut and chocolates make such a great pair, right? The other day, when I had that sudden craving of having them, I hunted for them in the nearby grocery chains but to my disappointment, found it out of stock everywhere. Came back home, opened the fridge to screen through and find something interesting to eat. My eyes fell on some leftover condensed milk. Quickly I checked if I had some dry coconut in the pantry. And yes, I made up my mind to make them.






There were some milk chocolates left over from the packet of assorted chocolates. I had finished off the chocolates with almonds and my husband finished off chocolates with toffee in it and the dark chocolates. Jordan doesn't really pick when it comes to chocolate. So he is fine as far as it is chocolate of any kind. But the milk chocolates were the only ones that none of us are so fond off and they have been calling out loud for days to use them. So I thought of converting them into our favorite Bounty chocolates. So tada ! these were just ready super quick and vanished even more quickly :). 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Vegetable Cutlet

I sometimes wonder where the time went by when I see/hear Jordan. He is growing up fast and I wish I could just stop time from flying away. I hardly have any time for myself after having taken him to the park or library or other activities and the household chores. So I had been missing from the blogging world for a while now, untill last week and I loved the break. I hope to update it frequently everytime I return from a break, but I fail. Lazy me, I say. Anyways, this time I hope to update frequently.


Myself and Big J used to speak in english, when we wanted to talk something that we didn't want Lil J to hear. Now the stage has come that Lil J has started to pick up on english(overhearing our conversation and grasping it). So if you come visit us, you will see both of us spelling the words out so that Jordan can't get it. I don't see those days far when he will pick the spellings as well.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sabudana Vada

Rains are here and last weekend it just didn't stop pouring. It was just wet everywhere because the rain is just drizzling throughout. So its cold and the only thing one would want to go is sit idle in a cozy place and read. But one can't. Because when its cold, you tend to get hungry everytime or would crave for something to munch on. We don't usually give in to fried stuff at home. But my lil one likes it and so we do make them sometimes.




Some sabudana had been sitting in my pantry for sometime and everytime I open the cabinet, I think of putting it into use. So finally today, I gave in my laziness and made these vadas for our tea. They were just perfect to pair with some ginger tea.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vettu Cake / Fried Cakes

This is one not so often made snack at my home. But I have had it from my mom's friends place who makes it often. Infact, my mom learnt to make it from her. I used to love these then and now too. 







During my last visit to Kerala, I noticed that the tea shop near our house carried these. They looked pretty placed in the glass cupboards. I was double minded about getting it though. That tea shop doesn't have too many customers in a day and I just didn't want to get something made days back. So every other day when I would pass by that tea shop I used to crave for them looking at it. After a couple of days I realized, the stack remained the same - neither grew or reduce in size , nor did it change its pattern of arrangement. They indeed were never in demand at that shop. My craving then took a change.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Spinach and Corn Cheese Sandwich

The initial days of anything is hard...be it work, or motherhood or relocation into a new place or a business, say anything. So was my initials days at work. Those days of training, we hardly slept, ate or talked to family.  After having nothing for breakfast, because our days started early, we were spared just half an hour for lunch to be grabbed from a cafeteria filled with hungry people. Guess what, half an hour would be just spend in the queue to order food, forget about having it.






The Amul stall was our rescue those days. We would have a cheese filled sandwich which was easy to fill our stomach and would be ready in minutes times, or else get to pack it back to our desk. And not to forget one of those chilled shakes that we would grab to wash down the sandwich. The taste have lingered around for like years now, because its already 10 years since I had one of those sandwiches from Amul. And now when I go back to their stalls now, I don't find sandwiches on their menu. Sad.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pumpkin and carrot soup

Pumpkin is everywhere now. The malls, supermarkets, the spooky carved pumpkin in our neighborhood. So why not make use of their availability in plenty and include it in our menu in the form of sweet and savory dishes. My lil one considers it to be a halloween whenever I get a pumpkin :) and loves to carry it for me till it is billed and may be till home too if I let him to. My toddler is in for help always...well most of the time. This time I made some soup for the men at home out of pumpkin.





Soup is so comforting during the winter. Esp. if you have been down with cold because of the change in weather. Every sip of it seems to be so soothing for the sore throat.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Lemon Rice

As much as Jordan hates plain rice, he is a big fan of seasoned or flavoured rice. So to make my life easy from feeding him for hours and going crazy, I depend upon these flavoured rice for our meals. If its flavoured rice, there would be a happy and silent toddler eating his own food rather than a cranky toddler whom I have to feed.





Lemon rice had been one flavoured rice that my mom used to make for our train journey to our home town. For a 4 day train journey, this lemon rice was a must in our food bag. We used to love having it. Now when it is a train journey, you may not have too many sides to have a lavish meal. But this lemon rice with some pickle was more than enough to tickle our taste buds and make it the most loved meal of the day.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tahini Dip / Sauce

Tahini dip - perfect dip for falafels, pita bread, crackers etc. It goes well as a spread for chapathis too. Such a humble dip with just minimal ingredients and little effort that goes into it, is a must try. 












You could make it in a jiffy that you would never feel lazy to start making it. And before you know it the dip would be ready.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Falafel - Shallow Fry Method

Deep fried falafel are the best anytime. These shallow fried falafel are for those days when you feel guilty of having hogged over so many fried stuff in the recent past and would want to keep a watch on the diet but yet relish what you like.









Usually falafel doesn't require any cooking of garbanzo/chickpea. But since I am using the shallow fried method I chose to cook them. These are just simple to make and are not that heavy as the fried version. Which means you could eat one or two extra to get yourself full, if that is what you are looking forward to.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kalan

We don't make Kalan very often to go with our daily meals. But for Sadya, it is a must. And when you get to have it just once or twice a year, it gets special. Onam is fast approaching and you may want to add it to your already huge list of items for Sadya, if not already.






Raw banana curries are not very well appreciated by my family and that is the very reason why we don't make it often. But if you love raw bananas, don't restrict it for just Sadya alone. Add it to your daily menu items. They are yumm.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Olan

Olan is one thing that we make only for onam. So, I say it is as one onam sadya special dish. However, there is no such restriction that you should make it only for onam. Having it with some hot and steaming rice on any other day is equally mind blowing. 










Here is the recipe for our onam sadya special olan. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Beetroot Thoran / Beetroot Stir fry with coconut

Thoran is so close to heart, for a Mallu. I love stir fries too but something with coconut in it, is so heavenly. I remember being a beetroot hater as a kid. But now when I think of it, I feel so foolish of myself to have avoided a beautiful and yummy veggie for all those years. So to make it up, this veggie makes its appearance on our menu quite often, now. 




And nope, this veggie just doesn't limit to savory stuff, but they make a great ingredient in cakes and halwas too. This beetroot thoran is just one way they are being served at our place. If you would want to try it, here is the recipe.