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…

Chettinad Chicken

Chettinad chicken curry or dry fry or pepper fry, anything chettinad is tasty, spicy and full of warmth and love.  These spices are mostly fried, ground and added to the cuisine.  Ingredients : 500 gms chicken cleaned 3 tbsps vegetable oil 1 inch cinnamon stick  2 cloves  1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp pepper corns…

Dahi Sabzi

A very simple yet tasty recipe made of yogurt taken with  jowar roti or pulka or chapatis. I personally prefer this side dish when I run  out of vegetables or I would like to keep my cooking spree very simple and filling.  Ingredients : 250 gms thick fresh yogurt  1 cup finely chopped onions 4…

Poli 

Poli or puran poli as it is called is an Indian sweet flat bread made of maida and wheat flour or with only maida with a lentil and jaggery stuffing in it . But here I have totally made the dough using only and only whole wheat flour . I have not added maida, it…

Guava Chutney

Again a chutney with a difference, tried this chutney when my mother was sick, diagnosed with renal failure and hypertension. She was a lover of fruits and daily took two varieties of fruits.  But when she was  adviced to take only guavas, one day she asked me to prepare this chutney and I found the…

Guava Mango pickle

Just an instant pickle with a difference . Cannot be stored for a long time but very tasty. Ingredients : 2 cups semi ripened guavas ( recipes. Remove the seeds) 1/4 cup finely diced semi ripe mangoes ( peel off the skin) 1 tbsp vegetable oil / sesame oil 1 tsp mustards seeds 1/4 tsp…

Instant Rava Upma Mix

An instant Rava upma mix for bachelors and working women. I have recently developed this craze for home made instant foods. This is not a new technique, it’s been  followed by our elders long ago. My maternal aunt used to pack such instant food items for family picnics and for train journeys. The only difference…