Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vazhathandu / Banana Stem Soup

Here the climate in chennai is cloudy and breezy. The Lightning and thunder's are really threatening..i have never heared such fiery thunderstorms all these years. Rain pours and pours with little passes in between. In this case, i just could watch some classic DVD's. and very rarely i get the mood of weB-LOGGING. Though i have lot of recipe's for posting it..these Vazhathandu/Banana Stem Soup recipe is having much priority, as it needs to be introduced to many people, specially for people in chennai.

First i will share about this Vazhathandu Sambhar, this is my favourite sambhar. i remember my grandfather making me eat these vazhathandu/banana stem, by telling, it will clear if any stones are in your kindney. If you have never tried Banana stem before, this is a good way to start, by trying Banana Stem/Plantain Stem Sambhar.

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For this, You have to cut the stem in round shapes of medium thickness..just pressure cook them along with tuvar dal/moong dal. and follow your usual Sambhar Recipe. For My Sambhar Recipe, Check Here.

Coming to the Soup Recipe..Cut the Plantain/Banana/Vazhathandu Stem into small small pieces. Let them boil in Water, till they get cooked. you can see the color change. take a spoon of corn flour and mix with a small cup of water. mix well without any lumps. now add the corn flour water to the pan, in which the plantain stem is boiling. add salt and pepper powder to it and let it boil and remove from the flame. if you wish, you can add sauses before serving.

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i will soon try vazhathandu juice and post it. I can assure you, that you will like vazhathandu sambhar..Will soon catch up with you all when sun shines again.......

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Corriander Soup / Kothamalli Rasam

I do not want to blog simple recipe's.. This recipe may be simple, but i felt it is worth of sharing. During these rainy day' s, i want my lunch to be hot, light and satisfying. This Rasam fits all these criteria. Serving some pappad's or some potato chips along with, will be a real filled meal. This is best for digestion and best charger-when you have cold, as the recipe calls for pepper corns.

  • Pepper-8 corns
  • Cumin-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder-a Pinch
  • Garlic- 5 Big Cloves
  • Corriander Leaves-5 to 6 stems
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Tomato-1
  • Asafoetida Powder-a pinch
  • Red Chilli-1(If you like it to be little more spicy)
  • Oil- 1/2 tsp

Spices for Rasam


yyu Ground the spices-Garlic(5 cloves), cumin(1 tbsp), Corriander leaves(leaves of 6 stems) and Pepper(8-10). You can use the Pulse button on your mixer grinder to ground the spices. Dont Forget to smell at this stage..a refreshing aroma it is..

yyu In a cup of water, sqeeze the tomato well and set them aside.

yyu In a pan, heat the oil, when heated, add some cumin seeds and asafoetida powder. if you want some extra spice, add red chilli's. Now add the ground mixture and saute it for half a minute.

yyu Add the tomato water and a pinch of turmeric powder and salt required as per your taste. Dont Let it boil. just heating is enough. it just takes another half a minute.

Kothamalli Rasam,Aloo Gobi Fry

A Real Refresher for the winter. I served it with aloo gobi fry, which was so divine combination.

Aloo Gobi Fry

Serve it Hot, Only when it is Hot, it is Divine...
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Pakodi Kadhi-another easy Rajasthani Sabzi

Some four months back, i had a chance to get a Rajasthani Friend(this is how i refer her). Since her hubby got transferred to Delhi, She is in Delhi now. It was so unfortunate to miss a nice friend around. When she was about to leave, we shared some tiffin boxes, This Kadhi is one dish, which she prepared for me and i tried this for lunch today. It did'nt taste like her's, but was somewhere close to her's. here it is for all your eyes...

pakodi kadhi

  • Bengal Gram Flour: 1/2 cup
  • Curd: 1 Cup
  • Oil-10tbsp(8 tbsp to fry the Pakodi's, 2 for Seasoning)
  • Chilli Powder- 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder- 1 pinch
  • Baking Soda/Sodium-Bi-Carbonate-a light pinch
  • Garlic- 2 cloves(finely chopped)
  • Onion-1
  • Mustard-1/4 tsp
  • Cumin-1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida-a pinch
  • Curry Leaves-8


yyu Take the Gram flour(Have 2tsp aside-for making kadhi), add few cumin, asafoetida, chilli powder, little salt, baking soda and mix well. add little water and make it as your Bajji/Fritter's dough. Heat oil and fry this Pakodi's till they are cooked. need not fry till they reach golden color. Now keep your pakodi's aside.

yyu Have a cup of curd, and add little turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, asafoetida and mix well. set this aside.

yyu Now in a pan, add 2 tsp oil and heat it, when its heated, add mustard and let it make some sound, add the cumin and curry leaves. add onion's, finely chopped garlic and fry them. now add the curd mixture and the pakodi's. let them on stove for 2 more minutes and switch off the flame.

You can prepare this in less than 15 minute's and this is perfect with rice and chapathi's.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bhopali Soy Korma

Yesterday, i watched Bhopali Korma. a non-veg dish on NDTV GoodTimes. Soon after the show, i went and cooked this for our dinner. it just took less than 10 minutes to prepare this yummy, Korma. If you are in short of veggie's, then this is going to be a very good pleaser on your Lunch Table. Soy food should not be taken during dinner, as it takes longer time to digest.

For Non-veg version/the original recipe, check here. Here comes my recipe, with some customizations.

serves 2
preparation and cooking time: less than 30 minutes

Ingredients for Masala Paste:

 Coriander seeds-1 tsp
 Cumin seeds-1tsp
 Cinnamon-1/2 inch cinnamon
 Black peppercorns-8
 Bay leaves-1
 Curd-1 and 1/2 cup
 Nutmeg - a small piece
 Corriander Leaves- fistfull
 Grated Coconut- 3tsp

Ingredients for Gravy:

 Soy Chunks-10
 Garlic-4 cloves(finely chopped)
 Ginger-1/2 inch finely chopped
 Chilli Powder- 2tsp
 Vegetable Stock- 1/2 a cup
 Oil-6tbsp oil


Prepare the paste and keep it aside.

Now in a pan, heat the oil, when it splutter's, add the finely chopped ginger and garlic and roast them.

On then add, the soy chunks, which you got to boil for 5 minutes with little salt and squezze it and then wash them in cold water and squeeze them again. now mix the squezzed soya chunks along with the ginger and garlic.

Now add the Grounded paste to the pan and mix well.

Add vegetable stock, salt, chilli powder and mix. let them rest in the slow flame, till it emits oil on its sides.

Enjoy with Rice or Chapathi's.


* Don't use tangy curd, it may change the taste.

* This is a 10 minutes whip-out, with minimal work.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pumpkin Soup

I was intoduced to Pumpkin, through Cindrella's Carriage. Every Girl would have dreamed to have a Carriage, Glassy Shoes, and ofcourse Prince Charming. Anyway in reality we get all in little size or some compromise have to be done.  coming to the topic, i cook pumpkins only during Pongal, and thats Sundu Curry. After looking at all your Pumpkin Soup's, i could'nt resist more in trying it. here it is..

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My Recipe is so simple, i just sauted the pumpkin cubes in two spoons of oil and grinded them by adding little water. then i made them boil and added little pepper and salt.
Yes, you guessed it right, such a lazy recipe. no onion's, no cream, nothing. yet it was so delicious and iam going to try next time with little addition's.

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Here are some versatile sides of Pumpkin-

Canadian and American:
When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. Often, it is made into pie, various kinds of which are a traditional staple of the Canadian and American Thanksgiving holiday.
Middle East:
Pumpkin is used for sweet dishes; a well-known sweet delicacy is called halawa yaqtin.
In South Asian countries such as India:
Pumpkin is cooked with butter, sugar, and spices in a dish called kadu ka halwa.
The leaves of the pumpkin plant are consumed as a cooked vegetable or in soups.
Pumpkin is often roasted in conjunction with other vegetables.
Small pumpkins are served in savory dishes, including tempura.
Small pumpkins are steamed with custard inside and served as a dessert.
Pumpkin can be used with cheeses as a savory stuffing for ravioli.
If you havent tried Pumpkin Soup, Give a shot this Winter.
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