Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Brussel Sprouts Poriyal

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What you need

Brussel sprouts - 2 cups (chopped)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Green chillies - 2 (chopped)
Coconut - 3 tbsp (shredded)
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Salt - as needed
Water - just for springling

How you make it

Heat oil in the pan and splutter mustard seeds.Fry urad dal and once its golden , add curry leaves, green chillies.Now add the shredded coconut and saute on low flame.Make sure you don't let the color of the coconut change.After a minute or two now add the chopped brussel sprouts.Add turmeric powder and salt.Springle few drops of water if necessary and saute until the veggie is cooked but still maintains lilttle cruchyness.Serve with dal and rice.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Aviccha Muttai Puzhi Kuzhambu ( Boiled eggs in Tamarind based gravy)

This is yet another staple curry we have at home way too often.For a lazy day, this one is way to go and will satisfy all @ home.Nothing fancy , a simple puzhi kulambu using Sambhar powder or Kulambu podi.

In this recipe below, I used Sambhar powder , but Acchi Masala's Kulambu podi will also do justice to the same curry.

What you need

Boiled eggs - 6 ( make small slits across the eggs )
Sambhar Powder - 2 tbsp
Shallots : 4 ( sliced thin)
Red chillies - 3
Curry leaves - a few
Tamarind  - a lemon sized ball ( soak it in a cup of water and extract juice)
Rice flour - 1 tbsp ( make adilute paste using 3 tbsp water)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Channa dal - 1/4 tsp
Salt - as needed
Water - 1 cup

How you will make it

In a  pan heat oil on medium flame , splutter mustard seeds.Now add Fenugreek seeds,curry leaves,red chillies and  saute for 1 minute or so.Now reduce the heat to low and add sambhar powder .Saute this for 2-3 minutes on low flame until nice aroma comes out.Add tamarind extract and salt. Add little extra water if needed and let this gravy boil on medium high.Now to make this gravy into thick curry consistency, we need to add the rice flour + water mix(Make sure there is no lumps).Let the gravy boil till it gets the correct consistency.Now reduce the flame to medium low and add in the boiled eggs .Let it sit in the gravy for the next 5 minutes and switch off the heat.Serve hot with rice.

Mother in Law's King Fish Fry

Super simple fish fry , marinated  ( w/ turmeric , red chilli powder & salt) and deep fried.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Mutton Soup

Most preferred soup at home on a gloomy day especially in october :)

What you need

Mutton - 1/2 lbs ( with bones)
Onion - 1 small ( sliced thin)
Green chillies - 2-3 ( slit)
Ginger-garlic - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - as needed

Water - 3 cups

How you will make it

Clean mutton pieces and marinate it with ginger-garlic paste ,salt, turmeric,coriander and red chilli powder.After 20 minutes or so, pressure cook the marinated meat with 3 cups water.Let it go 3-4 whistle under medium low flame.Switch off the heat and  let it slightly cool down.

In another pan, heat oil and saute sliced onions and once they are slighly golden brown , add the meat with its water.Add in the fennel powder and pepper powder.Adjust the salt again if needed at this point.
Let it boil for about 5 minutes on medium high flame.Serve it hot .

I personally don't like extra garnishing on the soup other than the curry leaves.But you can add chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves if you prefer.

Note : 
>> Try dry roasting fennel seeds and peppercorns before grinding to a powder for that special nutty flavour.
>>I prefer small onions instead of big onion.But I was out of it this time around.

>>You can add in chopped in tomato if you are in for that slighly tangy flavour.