Monday, September 30, 2013

Beetroot Poriyal/ Curry

          There are very few dishes that I make with beets and I have posted some of them. Somehow whenever I did this poriyal, something went wrong, either I was in a hurry or I couldn't take pictures, so never got a chance to post it. It's in fact a very simple recipe which goes very well with rice and sambar or morkuzhambu. Apart from grated coconut, I also add some grated ginger and coriander powder which gives a nice flavor to the dish..
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Moong Dal/ Payatham Paruppu/ Green Gram Sambar

          When I make idlis or dosas, the standard side dish that I make with it, is either some kind of a chutney or sambar. The sambar that we make for tiffins is slightly different from the ones that we make for rice, we add very little or no tamarind at all. I make two varieties of sambar, the one using tuvar dal/ split pigeon peas is here and the other one is, using moong dal/ husked, split green gram, which is today's post. Both are equally delicious and when had with idlis and dosas make a complete meal. I don't add any sambar powder to this sambar, it gets its taste and flavor only from the fresh green chillies, coriander leaves and curry leaves, it has a fresh taste and very easy to make too..
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Date And Walnut Sandwich

          It's a known fact, dates and nuts go together very well, especially dates stuffed with almonds is very common. I wanted to try dates with walnuts and also I wanted to make a sandwich with it. To make a spreadable mix, I combined dates, walnuts and cream cheese together, and spread it on toasted bread slices, the result was delicious..
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Eggplant And Capsicum Subzi

          Sometimes when I run out of vegetables, when I have a little of this and that, I try to make something with what I have in hand, this Eggplant and Capsicum Subzi is one such dish. It's a very simple subzi, the eggplant and capsicum make a nice pair and the garlic and black pepper give it a nice flavor. This would go very well, both with rotis or as a side dish to rice and dal and it's also very easy to put together..
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Papaya Milkshake

          Papaya, I have never been a big fan of this fruit in the past, the smell was too strong for me and for all other unknown reasons, I had avoided it. But now, I have developed a liking for this fruit, I think, might be the hybrid varieties available don't have the very strong smell and also, knowing the health benefits of this fruit, you want to set a good example for your kids. At home, we like it ripe but at the same time firm, not overripe and mushy and we just have it as such. The other day I tried out this simple milkshake with it, it turned out very good. I didn't add any flavors to it, just milk, papaya and honey, very healthy and tasty. Only, one warning, make this milkshake fresh and just have it right away, it might taste a little bitter with time..
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Capsicum Pilaf

          Today's post is yet another rice dish, Capsicum Pilaf. I had noted down this recipe, long time back from a newspaper. It's different from the other pilafs, especially the flavor, might be from the ground paste, or from the capsicum and cabbage added to this pilaf. Just serve it with some raitha, I would recommend boondi raitha for this, perfect combination..
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paal Payasam/ Milk Pudding

          Paal Payasam, it's one of the easiest and delicious desserts. The alternate name, Milk Pudding can be slightly misleading, because the preparation is totally different from that of a pudding. I had made this for my husband's birthday, he likes milk based desserts, and of course this is the simplest one. Though the ingredients required for Paal Payasam and Rice Kheer are the same, they taste different, mostly because of the different variety of rice used, still they both are delicious in their own way..
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Whole Moong And Mushroom Curry

          Whenever I cooked mushrooms, I have either sauteed it, or used it in combination with vegetables like baby corn, capsicum or potatoes, never have I tried it with some dal. I gave it a try, cooked it along with whole moong/ moong beans or green gram and some freshly ground masala paste. The curry turned out good and it went well with both rice and rotis..
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