Saturday, July 30, 2016

Carrot coriander soup

Lazy Saturday mornings and I really do not get enough inspirations or motivation to cook!I always end up making a quick fix dish!One of such easy recipes is this soup!Carrots and coriander indeed is a lovely combo!Who will say NO to a piping hot soup on a cloudy day!It was just drizzling for few minutes in the morning and I also made this soup(what a timing!).Off to the recipe.


You need:

Carrots-some 4...peel the skin,wash and roughly chop
Coriander-Washed and cleaned,remove stems and collect only the leaves
Salt-as needed
pepper powder-two pinches

Preparation!

Add roughly chopped carrots and coriander in a cooker,by adding enough water(just ensure that the water is above the carrots by an inch).Cook for 2 whistles or till the carrots gets cooked!Wait till the pressure releases.Cool and grind it well.You can add the boiled carrot and coriander water,while grinding!Now add the ground paste(if it is too thick,dilute it with water),add salt and bring it to a boil for a minute.Serve it with pepper powder!

Note:You can just add garlic pods while cooking the carrots.They add nice flavour.I skipped it though!





Friday, July 29, 2016

Paruppu podi/spicy lentil powder

Hello all,

It has been some really really long time that I blogged!Ask me the reason?Nothing in specific.Juggling work and life,takes my complete time!But I do sneak and peak into my hobbies,every now and then :)I wish,I shed my laziness and devote my time in blogging about the most that I like(ofcourse food!what else!!!).

Now direct to the topic!

Paruppu podi takes me back to my school and college days!When amma was in a  no mood to cook,she would make some vegetables/rasam and We would kick start the lunch with this spicy lentil powder rice!This is a spicy powder,usually mixed with a generous dollop of ghee in hot rice!oh yes,the taste just makes me to drool!
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What will you need?

Dry roast 1 cup of toor dal
Dry roast 3/4th cup of channa dal
Dry roast some 4 to 5 pepper corns
Dry roast dry red chili,some 6 to 7 chilies(add or remove as per your need)
Salt as required
asefoetida a genrous pinch

Cool and grind it in a food processor!If you want the finer version of the powder,just sieve the powder twice and leave out the residue(can be used in sambhars).
You can even dry roast some generous pods of garlic and enjoy the garlic flavoured spicy lentil powder!

Do try and let us know,how you liked!





Sunday, January 4, 2015

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Hello Poeple,

Hope you are all doing good!I could not update my blog for long.Till I get back to blogging please check my facebook page "moicuisinecorner" for more updates about the recipes.Thank you so much.Happy new year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Paruppu boli[dal boli]

It has been sometime that I blogged!phew I am poor at managing time and I so  I have huge backlog to catch up!Having said that,let me get into the recipe.How to about some soft but ghee dripping boli on a rainy day?Bliss right?That is what I did!Made boil and relished it by seeing the rain through my windows.
Paruppu Boli


For the dough you need
Maida-2 cups
Salt-as per the need
Turmeric powder-2 pinches
Oil-1/4 cup

For the base filling:

Channa dal-1 cup
Grated coconut-1/2 cup
Grated jiggery-1 cup
Ghee-1/4 cup
Cardamom powder

Paruppu Boli


Method:
1.Add maida,salt,turmeric powder and mix well…Add water little by little and form a dough similar to chapathi dough!In the end add some more oil and mix well…smear some oil on the dough and cover and close it.Let it rest for 2 hours to give best results.
2.Soak channa dal for 1 hour and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
3.Drain the channa dal and grind it to nice paste by adding very little water.
4.In a ok add the grated jiggery and allow it to melt…Once it gets melted then add grated coconut followed by channa paste.Wait till it gets blended well and becomes a solid mass.If you feel it to be semi solid you can add besan flour to make it to solid mass…Add cardamom powder and mix  well.Switch the stove off and cool it.
5.Take a cover or banan leaf and smear some oil.Now the maida dough would be all set.Pinch a ball out of it and put it on the banan leaf.Pat it to a thick small circle.Meanwhile pinch a small ball of the channa mixture.Pull the ball in the center of the maida disc that you patted to a small circle.Bring all the sides together  to close it and pat it to thin disc.
6.Heat a griddle and add some ghee.Once it gets heated,invert the contents of the banana leaf and wait till it turns golden brown.Be generous to add ghee.Flip to other side and add some more ghee.Let it become golden brown.Take it out and serve!






Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Eatathon!

 

People how are you all doing?It has been sometime since I wrote something…I am not sure why but I am not getting the urge to write things.Seriously thinking like why I have become like this!Ok let me stop my nonsense and get back to the agenda J

Did you get the title?not yet…chill I will let you know…Eatathon –I had been eating out for quite a good number of days and so wanted to just share the restaurants or the food that I ate.

It all started when a friend offered us a treat and the restaurant was Buhari…I am a pure vegetarian and all my friends are non veg and so it was decided that Buhari would be our treat place!As usual I ordered sweet corn soup,paneer tikka(what else) and veg briyani(which was bland)…My non veg friends said that their food was good!The resto is special for non veg food but I could not comment on it JBriyani was just bland and that is all I felt!

Next it was my treat and this time it was Dhindukkal thalapakatti briyani!My friends did choose this place.Again this is also a non veg place!I ordered tomato soup and kashmiri pulao…Tomato soup was just awesome and it was made using coconut milk.It was the first time, I was tasting a tomato soup made with coconut milk!Kashmniri pulao was good(yay with a tinge of sweetness) and on the whole the food was good and I enjoyed it!

Then it was again a get together at Taj Gateway(Chennai) and the food was simple yet too good.The broccoli almond soup was yum!I especially loved their Russian and coleslaw salad!veg au gratin was just out of the world… veg briyani bhindi and cauliflower fries were also good JWe ended it up with ice creams and gulab jamuns…

A few hours stay at mamalla resort (Chennai)and the lunch there was good…The jaipuri bindi was the hit of the menu.

A sudden trip to Thrissur…What else I need to say about God’s own country?We decided that if it is going to be a vacation then the default location would be kerala.We had our lunch,dinner and breakfast at hotel bharath.Breakfast and the dinner we liked the most…The idiyappam(stringhoppers) served with vegetable stew (by using coconut oil) ahh whattey taste it was!We never forgot to taste the putu and kadale curry(signature dish of kerala)…We got raw jackfruit chips,raw banan chips,semi ripen banana chips and the sweet version of jackfruit chips!Not to forget we got a big jackfruit on our way from kerala!

A sewage block near our home and we could not cook proper food at home as we were asked to use only minimal water..I had to eat at office and I really loved the veg salad,wheat halwa and bread kesari from my office canteen!

Now don’t you all agree with my title?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rayar mess[A must visit place in chennai to dine out]

I am trying to write post that are must visit in Chennai.I have not explored much but would love to and hope these posts help others.

I cook extensively during weekends and today I felt too tired and I at least wanted to have my breakfast at a good resto.I pleaded and asked my husband to take me to “Rayar Mess”,Mylapore!It has been some real long since we dined out and he just nodded “yes”.Mission accomplished!

We were at Arundel street and could not find this resto and we asked a passerby and he helped us to find the place!Ask anyone in Arundel street and they would guide you to the place.

A narrow lane did lead to “Rayar Mess”…It was 8.30am on a Sunday and the mess was too crowded.One of the persons(I believe he must be the owner) came out and said we will need to wait for 20 minutes as a batch is already “in progress” and that surprised us a bit! oh so we came to know that breakfast is served in batches and we will need to wait for our turn.

Our wait for 30minutes came to an end and we were asked to come in and occupy the tables.Yeah till then we were standing outside the mess!The mess is not that spacious and can accompany olmy 20+ people during a batch.

A banana leaf was placed before us along with water.You would find only 3 to 4 people serving the food.A caustic chutney was served first(it must be a blend of green chilies and spices)..it was too spicy!then ketti chutney was placed and then gun powder along with oil and ghee(you can choose either ghee or oil) was served!

Slightly warm pongal was served and a ladle of sambhar and chutney were poured over it!Hot and crispy vadas were then served!To be honest pongal was too good and my husband went for second serving!My close to 3 year old mixed gunpowder and pongal and he liked the taste!Pongal was just out of the world.Katti chutney was too good!Sambhar was tasteless!

Finally idlis were served.It was too soft and melt in the mouth kind!the husband just got too surprised and asked “How on earth the idlis could be soo soo soft”?I could not find the answer yet!The idlis were unassumingly soft and hot as well!

Finally we ended it with a cup of filter coffee!It was just strong and we always like it only that way!

Son,husband and I visited the place.8 idlis,3 vadas and 3 pongal ,1 coffee costs ,2 water bottles costs Rs.250.It was such a new experience!

You should have the patience to wait and occupy the seats.But who will say “no” to taste the divine serving?

Morning menu includes :pongal,idli and vada(7 to 10.15am)

Evening menu includes:Mangalore bonda,potato bonda,adai and rava dosa(3 to 6.50pm if I am right).

Raya mess serves homely food in an affordable costs and must say it is a customer friendly resto and I witnessed so much of regular customers who were patiently waiting for their turn!Indeed “Raya Mess” stands out unique and no doubt that all the workers in the mess are too busy,running to serve food and satisfy the customers!Add it to your must visit place in Chennai!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Lassi-Mildly sweet beaten curds[Easy summer recipes]

I am on the spree of making easy summer recipes…Juices and curds takes the first seats and rest of the dishes were pushed to the next seat :):)As told earlier in my post butter milk is one thing I use often in summer…My son also loves curd like me!Even if he does not like to have food,I just give him a cup of curd and he relishes the taste…This easy lassi come to my respite and after lunch I convert the remaining curds into this lassi…Refrigerate it and gulp it in one sip :)

Now off to the easy lassi recipe.

 

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You need?

Curds:1 cup

sugar-1 tsp or as per the need

 

Method:

Put the curds and sugar in a blender and blend it well.

If you feel it to be too concentrated add 1/2 cup water and mix well…Refrigerate it and have a cool lassi!

Notes:

You can top it with ice cubes and served it chilled:)