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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Oats - Ragi Dosa

Quick recipes are always a boon to the homemaker and as a chronically lazy person who likes to spend the minimum amount of time in the kitchen, i personally endorse them wholeheartedly :)

Here's a great and healthy breakfast dish from my friend, Nisha Dilip, that I tried out this morning.

The combination of oats and ragi seldom calls for a second helping, but this dosa with the goodness of both grains, plus rice, certainly turned out to be a surprise package.

Thanks, Nisha, for the recipe.

Here goes the ingredients-

Oats - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Ragi flour - 1/2 cup
curd - 1 cup
finely chopped ginger - 1 tsp
finely chopped green chilly - 2 tsp
finely chopped corriander leaves - 2 tbsp (or to your taste)
Salt to taste
Water as required
Oil to cook.

Mix in all the ingredients except the oil. Use water as required so as to make a batter of thick consistency.
keep it aside for about 10 mts and make yummy Oats - Ragi Dosas for your family :) 

This dosa is best eaten piping hot and goes well with any type of chutney/sambar. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tomato -Oats Dosa

This is a super quick, healthy dosa that can be manipulated as per your requirement. I actually stumbled upon it by sheer chance. Having run out of my  regular dosa batter, I had to improvise quickly and thus ended up with this tangy delicacy. 

Ingredients  used:

Oats - about 3/4th of a cup
Rice flakes - 1/4th of a cup
Tomato - 1 ripe
Green chilly - 2
Regular dosa batter - 1/4th of a cup
Chopped mint and corriander leaves
Salt to taste
Oil to cook

Grind together the oats, rice flakes, tomato and green chillies to a smooth consistency.
Mix in the required salt, the regular dosa batter, and the chopped  mint and corriander leaves.
Make slightly thich dosas. It would be a good idea to use oil sparingly and to cover and cook these dosas. (I did).

These go well with coconut chutney/sambar. 

Happy cooking and do get back with your comments :-)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Kadai Paneer (Cottage cheese delicacy)

This is an extremely simple and tasty recipe from my friend, Priya, who resides in Dubai. Paneer or cottage cheese, as everyone knows, is very nutritious, and very popular among the young and old alike.. so here goes..

You will need

Cottage cheese chopped : 2 cups
Capsicum diced (any colour) : 1 cup
Tomatoes diced : 1 large (discard seeds)
Garlic paste : 1 tsp
Ginger chopped fine : 1 tsp
Green chilly chopped fine : 1 tsp
Coriander powder : 1 tsp
Kasoori methi
(dry fenugreek leaves) : 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh chopped coriander leaves : 1 tbsp
Oil or ghee : 2 tbsp

1. In a pan, heat the oil or ghee (ghee imparts a better flavour, but for the health conscious, use any cooking oil).

2. sauté the garlic paste for a moment, and add in the diced capsicum. Stir fry for a minute and add the coriander powder.

3. Keep frying for half a minute and add the chopped ginger and chilly to it. After stir frying for another minute, add the diced tomatoes. Stir well and add the Kasoori methi and salt. Stir continuously for a minute.

4. Add the required salt, and stir well. Add the diced paneer to it and stir gently for two minutes, till the paneer is properly coated with all the masala.

5. Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves, and serve hot as a side dish or even as a starter.

Strawberry Whip

Cool yourself with this delicious treat...

1. Strawberry flavoured jelly : 1 packet
2. Fresh strawberries : 12
3. Cream : 1 ½ cups
4. Sugar as required

Make the jelly as per instructions in the packet and chill.
Mash up the strawberries into pulp.
When the jelly is cold and nearly set, beat in the strawberry pulp, the cream, and the sugar( if required), over ice.
Pour into glasses, chill, and serve topped with a fresh strawberry.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Easy Omlette

Just today, while i was chatting with my bachelor cousin residing at Dubai, he asked me as to why i couldn't post some simple recipes like omlette, tea, etc on my page, which may be helpful to people like him, surviving alone... They don't have the time nor the expertise to make elaborate meals, and most of them go to office without any breakfast, or go by the same old bread-butter-cheese routine.

So, this is for you, Sujith, Mithun, and the likes. Pack your breakfast with some easy nutrition...

I am starting with a Basic Omlette..

For a single serve, You will need

Egg : 1

salt to taste

Pepper : 2 pinches

warm water : 1 tsp

oil : 2 tsp

Break the egg into a bowl and add 2 pinches of salt and a pinch of pepper, and the warm water. Whisk till the mixture becomes fluffy. You may beat it with a fork, or better still, you may use a wire whisk, which is available in most stores.

heat a frypan, and spread the oil. Gently pour the egg mixture and let the egg cook on gentle heat. cover for a minute or so.

remove the cover, and gently flip the egg to the other side. Initially it may break, but with practice, you will be an expert. Cook for another 30 seconds or so.

Remove to a plate, and have it with hot buttered toast.

As a variation, you may mix finely chopped onions and chopped green chillies to the egg mixture after whisking it. The rest of the preparation is the same.

Enjoy your omlette breakfast, and do give me the feedback.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The humble Drumstick

Drumsticks are a favourite with most malayalees and has always had a privilaged place in our cuisine. After all, what is a sambar without a drumstick??

I found this link, which gives us all information pertaining to durmsticks and i was really impressed. Did you know that the leaves of the Muringa tree prevents around 300 diseases??

well.. more of that later. Let us get down to business. This is a unique drumstick recipe which has been in my family for quite some time. Do try it out and see if you like it. Don't be stingy with your comments...

Drumstick in tomato gravy
You will need:
durmsticks cut into 2" pieces - 1/2 kg
tomatoes sliced - 3 large
Onions sliced - 2
garlic crushed - 1 tsp
cumin seeds crushed - 1 tsp
red chilly powder -2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
curry leaves - 2 sprigs
oil - 1 tbsp
water - 2 cups
Boil the drumstick with salt, turmeric, and red chilly powder, crushed garlic and crushed cumin seeds.
Meanwhile, heat oil and saute the onions till soft and pink. Add in the sliced tomatoes and fry till it becomes sloppy.
Add the drumsticks along with whatever water that is left over, to the tomato mixture. Boil till the gravy is really thick. Stir in the curry leaves and serve hot with boiled rice.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sausages in tomato gravy

You will require:

Sausages : 400 gms

Tomatoes : 2

Onion : 1

Garlic : 1 clove

salt to taste

garam masala : 1/2 tsp

red chilly powder : 1/2 tsp

corriander powder : 1/2 tsp

oil : 2 tbsp

water : 1/2 cup

Chop the tomatoes and onions finely. Heat pan and saute the onions in 1 tbsp oil till soft. Add the tomatoes, chopped garlic, and fry further for a minute or two. Now add the powders and fry for another minute. Add the water and required salt and let it simmer.

cut the sausages into half or three pieces and fry in 1 tbsp oil till brown. It should be done on a low flame.

Add sausages to the tomato gravy and stir. Let it simmer till well blended. The gravy should be thick. Garnish with fresh corriander leaves and serve hot.