Ridge gourd skin chutney 

Ingredients : Ridge gourd          2 small size ( peel the skin and use for chutney)  Black gram           2 tbsps  Green chillies       5 Ginger                    1 inch Garlic                …

Mochai-potato fry

Ingredients : 2 cups mochai deskinned 1 cup diced potato  2 tbsps oil 1/2 a tsp mustard seeds 1/2 tsp cumin seeds  1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste 2 onions finely chopped  1 tomato finely chopped 1/2 tsp garam masala 1 tbsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp fennel powder 1…

Kozhukattai 

Sweet rice balls……. this easy kozhukattai is little tricky but easy.  I made this today for Navrathri as Prasadam.  Ingredients : 1 cup rice washed and soaked for 2 hours 1  ( and little extra if you have a sweet tooth) jaggery powdered and melted to remove the impurities Cardamom powder a pinch Salt a…

Curry Leaves curry 

This curry is purely a medicine.  I always make this during the winter and the rains.  With a dash of pepper and cumin its awesome for steamed rice with ghee or for idli , dosa. This curry can be made without adding the chili powder but to add more pepper  corns. Ingredients : 1 cup…

Peanut Mango Curry

Peanuts and curry ……. Yes it tastes delicious..I personally enjoy making this curry when I get fresh mangoes.  I remember my aunt preparing this curry using leftover peanut sundal during the navrathri festival with addition of brinjal. Here I have made a slight change using mango.  Okay let’s start this deli peanut curry. Ingredients: 1…

Val-mutton fry

Ingredients : 2 cups mochai (val ) deskinned 1/4 kg mutton 2 tbsps oil 1/2 an inch  cinnamon stick 1 clove 1/2 tsp cumin seeds  1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste 3  onions finely chopped  1 tomato finely chopped 1/2 tsp garam masala 1 tbsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp…

Potato-Methi-Val gravy

Ingredients : 2 cups mochai deskinned 1 cup diced potatoes 1 cup methi leaves -fresh 2 tbsps oil 1/2 a tsp mustard seeds 1/2 tsp cumin seeds  1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste 2 onions finely chopped  1 tomato finely chopped 1/2 tsp garam masala 1 tbsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp coriander powder…

Brinjal mochai fry

Ingredients : 2 cups mochai deskinned 1 cup diced brinjal 2 tbsps oil 1/2 a tsp mustard seeds 1/2 tsp cumin seeds  1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste 2 onions finely chopped  1 tomato finely chopped 1/2 tsp garam masala 1 tbsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp fennel powder 1…

Val Sprout Biryani ( mochai biryani )

There comes November , December , January and Val ( mochai ) fresh from the farms.  Every vendor starts sellng this , loading in a cart or truck , they come to our streets and sell them, farm fresh. Elders in the house take a pride in deskinning them and storing for some more days…

Maa-Inji Pickle

Curcuma amada , the botanical term for maa-inji, is a good apetizer.  The rhizome resembles ginger and gives the taste of ginger and mango. I just love the taste of this rhizome, we can peel the outer skin ,slice it and add salt, soak for half an hour  and take it along with curd rice…

Varhadi Batata Rice 

In short potato rice with coriander paste.  A delicious one poor meal for single person.  This recipe originates fro. Maharashtra. Ingredients : 2 potatoes deskinned, diced to cubes 5 to 6 cashews  2 cups basmati rice washed and soaked 1 cup coriander leaves  1 inch ginger Small piece of cinnamon 2 tsps coriander seeds  4…

Paruppu Payasam 

This is one dessert which can be prepared as a quick dessert or a morning breakfast substitute.  Do try this yummy dessert. Ingredients : 1 cup moong dal  1/4 cup grated coconut  1 cup powdered jaggery 7 to 10 cashews 1/2 tsp cardamom powder 2 tbsps clarified butter ( optional ) Method : Heat clarified…