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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Karuvepillai and Thakalli Rice | Curry Leaves Tomato Rice | Lunch Box Special!

Karuvepillai and Thakalli Rice | Curry Leaves Tomato Rice!

This is an easy prepare and tastes delicious.


Rice - 2 cups(Basmati or normal) I used Ponni rice
Tomato - 3 nos
Curry leaves Fresh - 3 sprigs
Curry leaves powder - 2 tablespoons
Onion - 1no
Ginger - 1 tspn
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 3 tablespoons
Cinnamon - 1 big piece

Preparation method
First Wash, rinse and soak rice in water.
Heat a kadai, add oil, put cinnamon chopped ginger, curry leaves and onion. Fry till onions are slightly brown.
Add chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric, curry leaves powder and red chilli powder.
Let it all cook well and combine.
Add Rice and stir.
Add coconut milk, salt and water.
Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Once pressure is done, mix and serve.

Serve with Papad /Onion Tomato Raitha.

Notes - You can grind curry leaves with ginger and add.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Achari Tomato Cashew Rice ! Lunch Box Special!

Achari Tomato Cashew Rice was something new I tried one sunday for lunch, but my hubby was working. So packed for lunch that day.

Cooked/Steamed Rice - 1 big bowl
Onion - 1no (thinly sliced)
Tomato - 1no (thinly sliced)
Cashews - Handfull
Tomato Thokku - 2 tablespoons.(click here for recipe)
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon chopped
Spices - 1 bay leaf
Ginger garlic  - 1 tspn
Paneer - 15 cubes (Optional)
Jeera - 1/4 tspn
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai/wok, add oil, bay leaf add cashews and fry till brown. Remove and keep separately.
In the same kadai, add jeera, onion and fry till brown. Then add tomato, turmeric, red chilli powder and saute till soft.
Add curry leaves and tomato thokku and saute. Add salt and roasted cashews now.
Cook till it leaves oil on sides. Off the stove.
Let it cool a bit, mix the rice. Add salt if required.

Garnish with chopped Coriander.

Delicious Achari Tomato Cashew Rice is ready. Pack for lunch with simple plain curds/yogurt or raitha.

You can also paneer if you have, it will enchance the taste. I wanted to add but ran out of it.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thakalli Thokku | Tomato Pickle!

Thakalli Thokku | Tomato Pickle is very tangy and tasty recipe. This is a traditional dish taught by my Mother-in-law who makes this to her perfection,  as in Bangalore we used to do Gojjus. It was new to me and I loved it a lot. Its also my family favourite sidedish. A good timesaver and accompany many dishes. I always prepare and store it in my place, when I find really red tomatoes in Little India cannot miss it.

Fresh Red Tomatoes - 10 nos
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Red chilli powder - 1 tablespoon(As per your taste adjust)
Fenugreek seed powder - 1/2 tspn
Cooking Oil - 1/2 cup (I use gingely oil or olive oil)
Mustard - a pinch
Hing/Asafotida - 1/4 tspn

Preparation Method
Wash, cut and chop all the tomatoes into 4 pieces and keep aside.
Heat a heavy big kadai/wok, add oil, a pinch of mustard and hing.
Once mustard pops, add the tomatoes and mix.
Leave it for 5 mins. Then add, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and mix.
Close it with lid, as it will pop out while boiling and cook till the tomatoes are soft.
It will be too soft  and watery. Continue to close lid.
The colour will change from light red to dark red.
When its going thick add venthaya podi/fenugreek powder. Mix and check for salt and spice levels.
if you wish you can add. Usually, adding the spice and salt little more is better, when it cools, it will be to correct level. Do not cook for long after adding venthaya podi, this will make bitter.

When the gravy is thick and oil leav es the side and good aroma. The dish is ready. Allow it to cool.

Store in clean glass or plastic bottle.  This can be sidedish for kootu rice, curd ricechapathi, Idlis, Dosas and Adai .

Methods of using tomatoes in thokku. You can use any method.

1. Just chop them and cook
2. Remove seeds and cook.
3. Remove seeds, skin, grind to fine paste and cook.

Notes - This can be stored upto 15days in fridge.
Do not put stainless steel spoon and store, try to put wooden spoon.

How to prepare fenugreek powder at home.
Fenugreek powder /Venthaya podi - Take 1 cup or required amount of seeds dry roast in a kadai in medium flame to slightly brown. Allow it to cool and grind it to a fine powder. Store in air tight container for later use.

This recipe is going to Kalyani's Event Pickles and Preserve Fest and Spring Seasonal Food Event by Sravani.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Homemade Italian Basic Sauce!

I have been wanting to post this recipe from long time,  thought of posting this today as I prepared. I love Italian dishes.

I used to use store bought sauce and this is the first time I tried at home. It was perfect and yummy. This sauce can be used for Pizzas /Pastas /as a dip.

Tomatoes - 2 nos
Garlic - crushed /chopped 2 to 3 nos
Basil leaves - few
Tomato sauce - 1/2 tspn
Olive oil - 1 tspn

Preparation Method
Blanch the tomatoes(see notes below)
Heat wok/pan, add olive oil, add garlic just toss for few mins(it should not be brown)
Add the tomato puree, tomato sauce, chopped basil leaves and cook the gravy till raw smell goes. You will get a thick sauce.

Italian Basic Sauce is ready for use in your dishes.

Allow it to cool and store in air tight container.
Notes - Blanch - Boil enough water in a vessel, put the tomotoes and cover it for few mins. Then put in cold water, remove skin slowly. Cut into four pieces and deseed it. Put in a blender/mixie and grind to fine paste.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thakali Rasam | Tomato Soup!

Thakali Rasam is a soothing rasam when you are down with cold and cough. This doesn't have dal, so you can drink as soup or mix with rice.

Tomato - 3 nos(Ripe N Red)
Garlic - 4 nos
Whole Black Pepper - 1 tblspn(As per your taste)
Dry Red Chilli - 2 nos
Jeera - 2 tspns
Curry leaves few

Oil /ghee - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Asafotida - a pinch

Salt as required

Preparation Method
In a blender, put chopped tomatoes, garlic, jeera, pepper, dry red chilli and curry leaves. Grind it to fine paste. Add little water if required.
Heat a vessel, add the blended mixture with water, salt to watery consistency and allow it to boil.(you will know by it colour)
Once the raw smell is gone. off the stove and season it with above ingredients.

Thakali Rasam / Tomato Soup is ready to serve. Enjoy hot or warm.

Notes - If you dont wish to season, you can skip the step and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
You can also deseed and remove skin of tomato if you wish.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tomato Mutter Paneer!

Its been long time I posted Paneer recipe. Tomato Mutter Paneer is simple and delicious gravy. I have already posted Mutter Paneer previously and my Paneer recipes here. I always pickup the fresh red tomatoes from Little India market.

Tomato - 5nos(Big and deseeded)
Onion - 1no
Frozen Peas - 1 cup
Paneer - 10 pieces(for Homemade Paneer click here)
Ginger Garlic - 2 tspns
Spices - cinamon, cardamom, cloves ; 1 or 2 each
Kasoori Methi - 1/2 tspn
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
Channa Masala - 1/2 tspn
Milk - 1 cup
Olive Oil - 1 tablespoon
Ghee or Butter - 1 tspn
Cream - 2 tspns(Optional)
Sugar - 1/2 tspn

Preparation Method

  • Chop onion and tomato to medium size cubes.

  • In a Kadai, put little oil and spices, half the chopped onion, ginger, garlic and all the tomato saute till its soft. Allow it to cool and grind to a fine paste.

  • In the same Kadai, put little ghee/butter, oil, spices and fry for a minute. Add onion , saute, kasoori methi for 2 mins.(see notes below)

    • Add tomato paste with little water. Add salt to taste. Keep it in low flame. Keep Stirring.
    • Once its cooked well, tomato puree and allow one boil. Then add milk, mix and boil it.

  • Add green peas, garam masala and red chilli powder mix well. Keep it in low flame.
  • Once its boiled, check for salt and add paneer and mix well. It should be not too thick or too runny. Just semi gravy and blend well. Add sugar and stir well. You can also add a pinch of kasoori methi. Allow it to boil once and off the stove.
  • Top it up with cream if you like or serve just like that.
  • Tomato Mutter Paneer is ready to serve. This can be a side dish for Chapathi, Naan, Kulcha and Rotis (Indian Breads) or Ghee rice.

    Notes - You can also use Garam Masala instead of Channa Masala.
    If you want tomato bites, you can add 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes.
    When it cools, the gravy will become slight thick.
    If you feel you dont want more tomatoes you can reduce 1 no and add more ketchup.

    This recipe is going to CC Dish for Loved ones by Sravani.


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