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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Simple Moong Dal | Pasiparuppu Soup!

Moong Dal/Pasiparuppu Soup is a very comforting and light on stomach. This was prepared for my father in law who was having stomach ulcer and was on non-spicy food. He liked it and so am sharing.

Ingredients
Moong Dal/Pasiparuppu - 1/2 cup

Seasoning
Ghee - 1/4 tspn
Mustard - a pinch
Hing/Asafotida - a pinch
Coriander/Cilantro - 1 tspn
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt
Green Chilli - Optional

Preparation Method
Wash, rinse and cook dal in pressure cooker with water for 4 whistles.
Once the pressure is gone, remove excess water and mash the dal with whisk fully. If it is not getting mashed, allow it to cool and grind in mixie.
In a kadai, season with ghee, mustard, hing.
Add the mashed or grounded dal mix and stir well. At this time you can add the excess dal water. It should not be too thick or too watery.
Add salt and stir. Allow it to boil.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Simple Moong Dal/Pasiparuppu Soup is ready to serve.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Patani /Dry Peas Sundal | Navarathri Specials!!!

Patani Sundal is a simple and easty to prepare.



Ingredients
Dry Green Peas/Patani  - 2 cups 

Cooking oil -  2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Urad dal - 1/2 tspn

Asafotida/hing - a pinch
Green Chilli - 2nos (As per your taste)

Curry leaves - few
Fresh Grated coconut - 1 cup
Salt as per taste

Preparation Method

Soak green peas overnite for 8 hrs. Pressure cook it about 4 whistles in simmer with water and salt. Wait till pressure is up and remove excess water.
Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard wait till it splutters then add asafotida, urad dal, and curry leaves. Saute till urad dal is brown.
Add green peas and mix well.

Grind grated coconut and green chilli to a course paste without adding water. Add this to the sundal. Cook for few minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of salt mix well. Cook for 5mins and Off the stove.

Patani /Dry Peas Sundal is ready to offer to God, later enjoy.

Samba Rava /Broken Wheat Kanji!

Samba Rava /Broken Wheat Kanji is a healthy drink. I have been preparing every month and its my son's favourite one too. This can be your breakfast too, if you are bored of any breakfast or looking for an easy breakfast on weekends. This is my daily breakfast. My MIL taught me and we all liked it a lot.

Ingredients
Samba Rava - 2 cups
Pottukadalai/Fried Gram -  1 cup
Soya Bean -  1/2 cup
Elakka podi/Cardamom powder - 1/4 tspn or 4 nos
Nuts - Badam 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup


Preparation Method
In a kadai, dry roast all the ingredients to slight brown separately. Transfer it to a plate.
Allow it to cool.
Grind to fine powder in mixie with little sugar for easy grinding. Mix well.
Store this in a air tight container.Healthy mix is ready.


Now for Kanji
Mix 2 tspns of this powder with little water and boil, then add one glass of milk. Add sugar and Serve.

Samba Rava /Broken Wheat Kanji is ready. Enjoy this healthy drink.

Notes - If you have mill near your place, you can skip sugar.
You can make in large quantity and store for months and stored in fridge too for later use.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Beans Paruppu Usli!

Beans Paruppu Usli is very healthy and nice sidedish combi for sambar rice, vatha kolambu and Mor kolambu. It is popular in Tamilnadu.

Ingredients
Beans/French beans - 1/2 kg
Kadalai Paruppu/Channa Dal - 1 cup
Tavaram Paruppu/Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 2nos(Adjust as per your spice taste)
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1/2 cup
Mustard -  1/2 tspn
Jeera - a pinch
Asafotida/hing - a pinch
Turmeric - 1/4 tspn
Salt
Coconut oil - 1 tspn(optional)

Preparation Method
Wash and soak the dals in water for 2 hours. 
Cut the ends and chop beans into small pieces. Pressure cook with little water, salt and turmeric for 2 whistles.
Grind the dals with chilli to a coarse paste in a mixie or blender.
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard wait till it pops, then add jeera, hing, curry leaves. saute for a min.
Add the grounded dal mix and cook well until it changes the colour. If required add little oil.
Add the steamed beans without water and mix well. Adjust salt..
Let it cook for few mins. Off the stove. Add 1 tspn coconut oil and mix for flavour.





































Beans Paruppu Usli is ready to serve. Enjoy this with sambar rice, rasam rice, vatha kolambu, curd rice and Mor kolambu. I like to mix it with hot steamed rice. You can also eat hot as it is for tea time.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mathan Pachadi | Sweet Yellow Pumpkin | Authentic Kerala Recipe!

Mathan/ Sweet Yellow Pumpkin Pachadi is an authentic Kerala Recipe.

Ingredients
Mathan Sweet Yellow Pumpkin - 250gms
Tamarind water - 1 cup
Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Green chilli - 1 no(as per your taste)
Coconut oil - 1/2 tspn
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Fenugreek seeds/Venthayam - 1/4 tspn
Dry red chilli - 1 no
Curry leaves - few
Salt

Preparation Method
Wash, deseed, remove skin and cut into cubes.
Heat a vessel, add the mathan, tamarind water, turmeric and salt. Let it cook.
Grind grated coconut, green chilli and mustard with little water to fine paste.(Can also add 1/4 tspn rice while grinding)
Once the pumpkin is cooked, add the paste and mix.
You can mash the pumpkin if you want and allow it to boil.
Season it with1/2 tspn coconut oil, mustard and fenugreek seeds/venthayam, 1 dry red chilli and curry leaves.

Mathan /Sweet Yellow Pumpkin Pachadi is ready is serve. This is a sidedish for Kootu rice. Click here for Kootu recipes.

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