Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Idlis, dosas and uthappams are part of regular breakfast items in any South Indian home. Onion chutney, coconut chutney, peanut chutney, tomato chutney, Tomato-onion-coriander chutney are the common accompaniments that go with these breakfast dishes.
Am presenting here the recipe for Tomato chutney that I usually prepare. This chutney is spicy, tangy and mildly sweet. The chillies can be adjusted according to taste.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Sambar - one of the best side dishes for idly, dosa or even pongal. This can be prepared either with or without vegetables. Even though we prepare different chutneys as sides to idli or dosa, nothing can beat the combo of hot idlis and sambar. Sambars prepared for idli or dosa should be a bit watery than the normal thick ones we make for rice.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Aloo Matar -- A spicy, flavorful Punjabi dish prepared with potatoes and peas. I had already posted the gravy version quite a while back.. check out the recipe here. The one I am presenting here is a more flavorful dry version and this one is preferred more by my family than the gravy version. You can even add chaat masala (about 1/2 tsp) along with mango powder to further enhance the flavor.
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Rasam/Chaaru or Saaru is a South Indian lentil soup prepared using tamarind as a base. There are different varieties of rasam like tomato rasam, garlic rasam, pepper rasam, groundnut rasam, pepper-cumin-garlic rasam, etc. I am presenting here the recipe for Groundnut rasam which is slightly different from the other rasams -- here groundnuts are used instead of lentils.
Groundnut/Peanut Rasam or chenigginjala rasam -- This is a unique tasty dish from the Rayalaseema region in Andhra. Groundnuts feature in most of the dishes from this region. This rasam is tangy, spicy and a wee bit sweet and tastes divine with plain hot rice.
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Okra/Ladies finger/bhindi - There are umpteen ways to cook this veggie, but I love the stir fry version. Even this simple stir fry has numerous variations -- onions and garlic, cumin and coriander powder, adding peanuts or peanut powder and cashew nuts, garlic and peanut powder, etc. You can add or omit ingredients according to your choice and each ingredient used will give a different and unique taste to this same simple stir fry.
It tastes better if prepared with young and tender okra.