Monday, September 22, 2008

Mixed Vegetable Koottu

Koottu plays an important role in South Indian Thali.
Goes well with Rice and Rotis.
Ideal to introduce certain vegetables to kids that they may try to avoid when served plain.

Ingredients Needed:
1. Mixed Vegetables 3 cup (Carrot, Chow-chow, Beans, Potato, Drumstick, Peas, Cauliflower)
2. Moong dal - 1/2 cup
3. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
4. Salt to taste
5. Hing
6. Sambar Powder 1-1/2 tsp

Ingredients for Grinding:
1. Grated Coconut - 3 table spoons.
2. Urad dal - 2 tsp
(Fry the Urad Dal in 1/2 tsp of Oil till golden brown)
Grind this Urad dal and Coconut into paste.

Ingredients for Tempering:
1. Oil 1 tsp
2. Mustard seeds
3. Curry leaves
4. Jeera

1. Wash the Dal several times and cook till done by adding Turmeric.
2. Add the Chopped vegetables, Salt, Sambar Powder, Hing and Cook nicely.
3. Add the ground Paste and cook for few minutes.
4. Temper with Mustard seeds, Curry leaves and Jeera.

Serve this with Rice and Ghee or with Rotis.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Vazhaithandu Poriyal

Fibre rich.
Diet food.
Contains lots of water.

Ingredients Needed:
1. Banana Stem (Fibre removed and chopped finely) - 1 cup
2. Moong dal - 1 tablespoon.
3. Salt to taste
4. Sugar - 1/2 tsp - optional
5. Grated Coconut - 2 tsps
6. Turmeric Powder (optional)

Ingredients for Tempering:
1. Oil 1 tsp
2. Mustard Seeds
3. Urad dal
4. Curry leaves
5. Broken Red Chilli
1. Heat Oil in a Kadai/Pan and temper with Ingredients.
2. Add Moong dal and less than 1/4 cup of water and cook for 3 minutes, covered with lid.
3. Add the main ingredient, Banana Stem, Salt and cook till done.
Lastly, sprinkle the grated coconut and sugar and fry for a minute.

....Serve this with Sambar Rice....

1. If the stem is very tender no need to add Turmeric.
2. After Cutting the stem keep it soaked in diluted buttermilk to prevent it from darkening.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Rawa Ladoo

Ladoo Made of Sooji, Sugar and Ghee.
Easy to prepare and tastes great.

Ingredients for ladoo:
1. Rawa (Bombay rawa or white Rawa) - 1 cup
2. Sugar - 1 cup
3. Ghee - 1/4cup + 3 tsps.
4. Elaichi Powder
5. Cashew nuts - broken - handful
6. Badam pieces (Optional).

This measure makes about 20 Ladoos.

1. Roast Rawa till good smell comes, cool it and make a fine powder in mixer.
2. Powder sugar in a mixer or use readymade sugar powder (Pura Sarkkarai).
3. Melt 3 tsps of ghee and fry cashews and keep it aside.
4. Mix Rawa, Sugar powder, Elaichi Powder, Fried Cashews.
5. Melt Remaining Ghee and Pour over this mixture and mix well.
6. When it is still hot make balls.

1. Ghee should be hot then only making of ladoo is easy.
2. Can be stped for a month.
3. Increase the proportion of Sugar, if you want this Sweeter.
4. Rawa powder and Sugar powder can be made and stored for future use to make Ladoos in a jiffy.

=X= Rawa Ladoo - Quick and Easy - Tasty Bhi. =X=