Sunday, December 30, 2007

BEST OF 2007

Another year gone by... it was as though just few days back we were in 2007 & celebrated the new year & in a flash i feel a whole year of 365 days has gone past...

Nupur of One hot stove has this event called Best of 2007. Check out more details at :

So here i am all set to take part in the event hosted by Nupur! Thanks Nupur for creating & hosting this event. Its a wonderful idea & sure lots of our blogger friends will be taking part in this. Though i am into the world of blogging for just 3 months, i still had so much fun, meeting & making so many new friends & trying out so many recipes! Each one of you has your own special idea, creativity & zillions of recipes & methods. Loved them all & hope to try atleast few recipes from each blog....

So here my Best of 2007 - Top 10 Recipes.

1. Fruit Pizza : This is a very nice dessert & quite easy to make. A crowd pleaser & loved by all. It has a whole bunch of fruits, so a perfect way to get those fruits into our diet.

2. Pavakkai Theeyal : A very nice dish if you like Karelas! It’s got a perfect blend of spices & flavours & goes well with both rotis & rice.

3. Seven Cups Burfi : A very easy to make sweet & always loved by all. Its my family favourite dessert & i make it often compared to other sweets!

4. Sanna Polo : A dish you can call a complete meal in itself. An easy to make & healthy dish. Batter can be stored for 3 days.. my kids love this one.

5. Chicken Curry : Non-veg anytime is loved here. This dish is easy to prepare & comes out great too.

6. Black eyed bean curry : This is another tasty & slightly different flavoured dish. Easy & tasty!

7. Mochakottai Kolumbu : Aah!! This is an all time favourite at my place.. my better halfs favourite i must say! This tastes so creamy & soft.. it literally melts in your mouth. A tasty bean & perfect gravy.. cant ask for more!

8. Zucchini & bell pepper sweet & sour curry : A blend of 2 veggies with some onions & peanuts.. you get a smooth texture from zucchini, yet a cruchy peanut inbetween, along with the sweet & sour gravy.. goes very well with rotis.

9. Shrimp Curry : Loved this one.. it was just great masala & shrimp all cooked together to form a spicy jhatpat masaledar shrimp.. vanished with some malaysian parathas!

10. Sweet Appo : Appo is loved by all & there r many versions, i stick to this as it comes out good. Easy & fast sweet dish.

So here are my top 10 dishes.. hope you all liked them !! Will keep more dishes coming in 2008...

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Shrimp Curry

Today was my very first try at this shrimp curry & it came out awesome!! Perfect taste & very yum. I got this recipe from my friend Jaya & here i am rightaway sharing with my blogger friends.


Shrimp - 30 ( cooked & jumbo ones)
Salt - to taste
Oil - 3 tbspn

Fry in oil & grind to a fine paste:

R. chillies-2
Fennel seeds (sombu) - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 5
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tsp

For Marination:

Lemon juice - 1 tbspn
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp


1. Wash the shrimp & drain water well from it. Now marinate it in lemon juice, turmeric powder & pepper powder for 10 minutes.

2. In a cooker add little oil & fry all the ingredients listed & gring them to a fine paste.

3. Now add remaining oil & put in the ground masala & fry for 5 minutes. Then add the marinated shrimp & salt & stir everything well.

4. Close cooker & cook for 1-2 whistles. Do not add water.

Your Shrimp curry is ready !

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Kulitha Saaru ( Horsegram Saaru)

This is a typical Mangalorean dish i guess! This is a simple & easy to prepare saaru & good for health too.


Horse gram - 3/4 cup
G. Chillies - 4
Garlic - 1 pod
Salt - to taste
Oil - tsp


1. Wash the horsegram & soak it over night with 5 cups of water.

2. Pressure cook the same for 7-8 whistles.

3. Using a strainer, seperate the cooked horse gram & the water.

4. Now grind the horse gram to a fine paste & add to the water. Add in sliced g.chillies & salt too. Stir it well. Bring this to a boil.

5. Season with just garlic sauted in oil.

This simple & tasty Saaru is ready...

Banana Fry

Banana fry, is a simple & tasty side dish. I learnt this recipe from my friend Sunitha. I tasted it at her place & loved it, simple & a very nice dish, something different from our normal style of cooking.


Raw Banana – 2
Garlic – 3 pods
Jeera – 3 tsp
Chili Powder – 1 ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
Oil / Pam spray.


1. Peel the Bananas & cut them into round slices about ¼’thick.

2. Grind together Garlic, Jeera & Chili powder to a fine paste using little water.

3. In a pan add the cut banana, salt & the paste. Mix everything well with hands & add ¼ cup water & cook till the bananas are 90% done.

4. Now in another flat non-stick Pan, spray some pam & layer these Bananas in a single layer & cover & cook. They will get brown & crispy, turn & cook other side. Repeat same process till all bananas are done.

Banana fry is ready!! Serve it with rice & dhal or even as an appetizer.. goes well with drinks!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Zucchini & Bell Pepper Sweet & Sour Curry.

This combination of Zucchini & Bell pepper goes well & this curry has a tangy & sweet taste. Adding peanuts brings in a crunch too. This recipe i learnt from a friend here & loved it! Something different, but really tasty & a good accompaniment for Chapatis.


Zucchini - 3
Bell Pepper - 2
Onion - 2
Garlic - 1 pod
Tomato - 2
Tamarind - small lime size (soaked in water)
Sambhar Powder - 2 tsp
Brown Sugar - 3 tsp or more
Peanuts - 1/4 cup ( Dry roasted & Unsalted)
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp


1. Cut the Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Onions into medium sized cubes.

2. Add oil in a pan, fry in the chopped garlic. Then add the onions & fry till transparent. Add the tomatoes & fry till its completely cooked.

3. Now add the sambhar powder & fry till the raw smell goes off. Then add in the bell pepper & Zucchini & mix all well. Add the tamarind extract & brown sugar, salt & bring to a good boil.

4. Finally add the crushed peanuts (run for couple of seconds in mixer) & just stir it in & your all set.

A yummy curry is ready to be enjoyed!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Mochakottai Curry

Mochakottai - is a flat creamish coloured bean. I love this bean!! This recipe i learnt from our family friend.

I have tried trying to substitute this with Val - that we get here, but it does not taste like the ones we get in India. I am yet to find an exact replacement of Mochai ! If any of you know please let me know. But i have my stock of Mochakottai that i buy on every trip back home..........


Mochakottai - 2 cups
Tamarind - 1 small lemon size (soaked in water)
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Chili powder - 1&1/2 tsp
Garlic - 2 pods
Brinjal - 2 small
Coconut milk - 1/2 can
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp

1. Soak Mochakottai over night & pressure cook till their soft.

2.Grind together - Coconut, Jeera & Chili powder to a fine paste.

3. In a pan add oil, mustard & then add the sliced garlic & fry till slightly brown. Then add the cut brinjal pieces & saute for 2 minutes.

4. Now add the ground masala & fry till its well done. Then add the coconut milk, Tamarind water, mochakottai & add salt. Bring to a good boil & keep on medium heat till u get a nice & thick consistency.

Your Curry is ready. This goes very well with rice or rotis.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Black Eyed Bean Curry

Black eyed bean, also knows as Chowli (North) , Karamani (South) are very high in protein content. There are quite a few dishes one can make from this & here's my first one.
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Black eyed bean - 2 cups
Onion - 3 no
Tomato - 2 no
Ginger-garlic paste - 1tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Channa Masala - 1 tsp
Cilantro - finely chopped
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp


1. Soak the bean overnight & pressure cook. Be careful not to over cook these.

2. In a pan add oil & finely chopped 2 onions. Grind the other onion into a fine paste.

3. Once slightly done, add Ginger-garlic paste & saute few minutes. Now add the onion paste & fry till the raw smell goes off.

4. Then add chili powder, Channa masala & tomato finely chopped or as puree. Mix all well & bring to a boil.

5. Then add the cooked bean & salt & add little water & bring to a good boil. Add little garam masala & cilantro.

Your curry is ready & this goes well with rotis. Serve a raita as an accompaniment & your all set!

Spinach Parathas

Spinach is a good green for all of us. To sneak it into kids diet, can be a tough job & we as mom's need to try hard to make them eat this. I am sure most of us as kids hated greens & thought it to be yucky, soggy & stinky!! Well, my kids are not any better than i was :-( So i have to get them to eat this in a hidden form & hence we named this Green Parathas... & they love it!


Wheat flour - 2 cups.
Spinach - 4 hand fulls
Green Chillies - 3
Ginger - 1" piece
Salt - to taste
Oil - little


1. Wash the spinach & put in a vessel along with green chillies & ginger & pressure cook them for couple of whistles.

2. Once it cooled down run it through a blender.

3. Now add this to the wheat flour & add salt & mix like chappathi batter.

4. Roll out like regular chapathis, add little oil & fry both sides.

Serve these just like that or with curry or raita. Real good!!