Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kashmiri Aloo Curry


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If you want to make changes in your cooking, change the variety of red chilly you use. I have been trying few dry red chilly and its interesting how it changes the color and taste of the dish. Recently i bought these kashmiri dry red chilly and we love the color it gives. Kashmiri chilly powder available in the markets should plead with these red chilies.


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I followed the recipe for Dum aloo, but did not dum cook the curry. It turned out good. The thumb rule to prepare this is you need to use fresh curd rather using sour curd. Lots of spices are part of kashmiri cuisine. Black cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cumin all give up a great aroma to this curry.

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Though the color of the curry looks dark, it is not spicy at all.

Ingredients:

  • Baby Aloo - 1/2 kg
  • Fresh Curd - 1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Garam masla - 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 tsp's
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 ' inch
  • Cloves - 3
  • Black Cardamom - 2
  • Corriander leaves - to garnish


For grinding the spices:


  • Kashmiri Dry Red Chilly - 5
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Corriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp

Method:

1. Cook the baby potatoes in pressure cooker for up to 4 whistles. Oncecooked, peel off its skin and prick them with a fork. Now heat a pan, add 1 tsp of oil and roast the baby potatoes for a minute or two.

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2. First Dry roast Kashmiri red chilly, cardamom, corriander seeds and cumin seeds in slow flame till they change into light brown color.

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3. Cool and Grind the spices into a fine powder and set aside.

4. Whisk a cup of curd well. add the grounded spice powder, ginger garlic paste and garam masala to the curd and mix well. set this aside.

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5. In a Pan, add ghee, when its hot add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom and cloves.

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6. Slow the flame and add in the curd mix. add salt according to your taste. Once the curd is added to the ghee, give a mix. it will  look like the curdled. but you need not worry. You can add 1/2 or 1 cup of water based on which consistency you need this curry. Then just simmer the flame and close the pan with its lid for 5 minutes and switch off the flame.

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7. Rest the pan for about 5 minutes and then remove the curry from pan to a serving bowl. garnish with corriander leaves.


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Notes:

Use Fresh curd to prepare this curry.

If you do not have Kashmiri dry red chilli, add 2 tsp's kashmiri chilly powder.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Egg Cheese Dosa



When i was pregnant with my son i used feel very hungry. i would make one thick egg cheese dosa in  2 minutes and get out of the kitchen. those days i hated to stand near the stove. One thick dosa is well enough for a meal. This egg cheese dosa, ragi adai, chapathi wrap with soy granules and noodles used to be my food during my pregnancy. Now i make these egg cheese dosa for my son after he comes home from school. he likes it very much. This is such a long due recipe from my side.


I made a video after a long time. did not have enough patience to edit much. so kindly bear with this video.


Ingredients:
  •  Dosa Batter - 1 cup
  •  Cheese slice - 1 / Processed cheese - 2 tsp's (grated)
  •  Green chilly - 1(chopped very finely)
  •  Egg - 1
 Method:


Beat the egg well and keep aside.

Grease the tawa with a drop of oil and use onion or potato to grease.

Pour the dosa batter and spead the batter. after 30 - 50 seconds, pour the beaten egg over the dosa and tilt the tawa so that egg spreads well. add oil to the sides of dosa and throw in some finely chopped green chillies and cook the dosa on both sides.

If you are using processed cheese, grate it and sprinkle above the egg layer of the dosa. if you are using cheese slices, tear the slices and place over the egg layer of the dosa.

Remove your dosa from tawa and place it on a plate. Fold the dosa when its hot, so that the cheese melts.

Serve egg cheese dosa hot!


Note:

If you are serving for kids, skip the green chilly.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Green Peas Idli


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Recently  when we went to a restaurant i noticed chilli idly as the days special item. out of curiosity i ordered it. even the person who took the order said me, that its newly introduced and i should try it for sure! I thought it will do for me, so i did not even think of placing order for the other items. So when i saw my chilli idli coming in a small bowl, i was clean bold! It was just 5 mini idli's coated with milagaai podi.

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Coming to this Green peas idly, recipe is simple and i am sure kids will love this one. its ideal for the kids lunch box. I used my mini idly plates to make this idly. Mustard tadka add up a taste to these idly. you can skip or reduce green chilies if serving for kids.


Ingredients:
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Green peas - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilly - 1 (very finely chopped)
  • Mustard - 1/2 tsp
  • Idly Batter - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tsp ( to grease idly plate)


Method: 

Green peas idly

1. First DE-frost the frozen peas or wash and drain the fresh peas and set aside.

2. In a small tadka pan, heat 1 tsp of oil, add mustard and let it pop. then add finely chopped green chilly and saute in low flame. remove the tadka from flame and mix with the green peas.

3. Grease ghee or oil in idly plate. place a spoon of green peas and tadka mixture in idly plates and then pour the idly batter on top of it. steam the idly for 8 - 10 minutes.

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Serve these peas idly with chutney of your choice. i served with tomato chutney.




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