Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spicy Tomato Chutney


8 Medium sized tomatoes (cooked and cooled)
4-5 Green chillies
4-5 Garlic cloves (peeled)
A marble sized ball of Tamarind
½ tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Sambaar/Rasam Powder
A pinch of Asafoetida/Hing
1 tsp Mustard
5-6 curry leaves
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste


Grind the tomatoes, chillies, garlic cloves, and tamarind into a fine paste without adding water.

In a heavy bottomed vessel heat oil, add mustard seeds when it starts to splutter add the curry leaves when it begins to pop add the asafoetida (hing)

Pour in the ground tomato paste into the tempering containing vessel and mix so that the tempering blends well with the tomato paste. Cover and cook on medium flame for 2-3 minutes stir occasionally .

Finally add Sambaar/Rasam powder, turmeric powder, salt and stir to blend all the contents well. Cover and cook till the water content from the chutney evaporates.
Once the water evaporates the chutney thickens and changes colour to reddish-brown.
Take it off the flame.

The spicy tomato chutney is ready to serve. Tastes good both with roti/rice.
p.s: deleted the joke as most of them weren't understanding.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Accidental Discovery....

Hi All, I cooked up a new simple recipe, I've called it Soothing Salad :) and am excited about sharing the recipe in my post. It happened to be an accidental discovery. There was a lone Beet snoring in my fridge from quite some time, and that was irritating me coz I didn't want to make the same old Kosambari or stir fry and that sort of dishes :-/ I just did something randomly without thinking much about the end the most what would happen...S would push his share towards me....saying from me to you with lots of love ;) and I would end up eating what I prepared! like the Kannada saying goes 'Maddidunno Maharaaya' which means one should face the consequences of what he/she God! am crazy to the core sometimes.

Talking about discovery....imagine we ladies feel so good about the accidental discoveries of new dishes we do in our kitchens,how would successful scientists feel?! hmmm... did u know that many useful things were actually accidently discoverd by scientists...hmmm the super-glue was an accidental discovery,the tale behind this is....once when a researcher wanted to stick two prisms for an experiment, the substance he had made to stick two prisms temporarily got stuck permanently! and here we have today in markets the super selling Super-glue which can stick just about ANYTHING! You too could share what you know on this topic :)

Let's leave it at that and move on to what I made today :) here's the recipe, it's simple but I can vouch on the deliciousness ;) and health benifit of this salad so read on....

Ingredients for the Soothing Salad:

1 Beetroot (cooked,peeled, grated)
1 Carrot ( peeled and grated)
3 lettuce (washed, roughly chopped)
4-5 whole pepper corns ( coarsely ground)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp grated cheese (opt)
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 handful peanuts (roasted, crushed)
1 cup yogurt (whisked)
2 tsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
1 tsp lime juice
salt to taste


Take a large bowl put all the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for atleast for 30 minutes before serving.
1. You can change the quantity of the salt and spices to suit your taste.
2. Dress the salad with a little grated cheese or any other dressing of your choice and enjoy the salad.
3. You could also add some spring onions to the salad.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Raw Mango -Flavoured Rice

Mango rice is a great transformation of plain rice into tangy- spicy flavourful dish. There are many variations to this dish. This is one of the simplest method am posting and it truly tastes awesome when had with chutney, pickle or any preserve. It tastes good as it is but you know they say ‘Two is a company’ ;) it’s always better to have an accompaniment.
Before giving out the recipe here’s an awesome joke, got it this morning from my cousin brother, I almost fell off the chair laughing…read on

Santa singh went to a Phone booth and slapped the operator twice!
Guess why?....
Because it was written on a board: ‘Dial karne se pehle krupeya do lagaiye! :)

Recipe for Mango Rice:

1 cup grated raw mango (peeled)
2 cups Rice, cooked and cooled
5-6 Curry leaves
½ tsp Turmeric powder
A pinch of Asafoetida/hing
1 tsp Urad dal
1tsp Chana dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2-3 Green chillies slit
Salt to taste
2-3 tsp oil

To Garnish:
2-3 tbsp Coriander finely chopped
2-3 tbsp thinly chopped coconut pieces


1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel.

2. Add urad dal, chana dal when it starts browning add mustard seeds and curry

3. When they start to pop add slit green chillies, asafoetida,
salt, turmeric powder and sauté for just a few seconds.

4. Next to the tempering add the grated raw mango and mix well so all the
seasoning blends well with it. Sauté for sometime, add the cooked rice to it and
mix well for the rice to mix evenly with the other ingredients.

5. Check and adjust the salt if necessary.
Take it off the flame and garnish with
coconut pieces and coriander leaves

6.Serve hot with accompaniment of your choice

Note: 1. you could use coconut oil for tempering the dish tastes even better.
2. You can also add roasted and crushed peanuts .

Monday, April 6, 2009

Chana Dal Kheer and more........

Chana daal kheer or 'Madgane' is a Konkani delicacy made on special occassions and festivals like Ugadi and Ganesh Chathurti. This Kheer tastes good in all possible ways :), eat it piping hot... or chilled... the taste gets better and leaves you wanting for more.

We all know that there are a few dishes which taste better the next day of preparation, as the ingredients release their flavour and aroma better sitting for a day after it's made. This kheer also falls in that bracket :) it tastes yummmm... I think that's enough temptation for you all to try it out and go mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....with it's rich taste.

Well, before that here's something I did in the last week,There are so many recipes that I want to try out. I managed to make some out of my long 'to do' list. so here they are:
p.s: please feel free to rotate ur neck to view the snaps properly ;) blogger picture uploading has become really cranky so couldn't do justice to rotate some pictures

The original recipe called for vodka or kirsch, instead I used a teaspoon of vanilla extract, the taste was great. We loved it :)

2.Sushma's recipe of Cucumber in yogurt gravy/Majjige Huli (I used white pumpkin) , here's the link for the recipe.
Sushma's version had ginger and fenugreek,which I hadn't used in my version. I tried it out and the result was superb :) Thanks Sushma.

3. French Apple and Yogurt Cake from Akkal's Saapadu, here's the link
The cake was just tooooooooooooooo good! Thanks V for the wonderful recipe :)

4. Ridge Gourd Curry from Deepa's blog. Here's the link
The original recipe called for broadbeans but I used frozen green peas. It tasted really nice both with rice and roti :) Thanks Deepa.
Now finally here's the recipe for the chana dal kheer.

Chana Daal Kheer:


1 cup Chana Dal (boiled)
1/2 cup Jaggery (crushed/powdered)
2 tbsp cashew nuts (fried in a little oil)

To Grind:
3/4 cup Coconut (grated)
2-3 Cardamoms
2-3 tsps rice flour


In a heavy bottomed vessel put the cooked chana dal and powdered jaggery and cook it on low flame stirring often, so that the jaggery melts and blends well with the chana daal.

Meanwhile Grind the coconut, cardamoms, rice flour with some water and make it into a fine paste .

Add the ground paste to the simmering chana daal and jaggery mixture and mix well.

Keep stirring continulously till it begins to thicken, and begins to boil.
Add the fried cashew to the kheer and mix well.
Turn off the flame. Serve it hot or chilled .

Note: 1.If the kheer becomes too thick add a bowl of water and stir it to get the desired consistency.
2. you could soak 2-3 tsps rice in warm water for about 15 minutes and use it for grinding, if you don't have rice flour handy.
3. *My Amma sometimes avoids frying the cashews to avoid oil, if u prefer to skip the frying part you could add the plain cashews at step 3.