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Friday, April 13, 2012

Tofu Butter Masala ! Lunch Box Special!

Tofu is very healthy since its prepared from Soy Milk. I have been using Tofu rarely at home. This can also be prepared for lunch box with chapathis. I love chapathis for lunch or anytime:-) I have already posted Tofu Masala here and this is with slight variation.

Serves 2 persons
Pressed/Firm Tofu - 1 pkt
Onion - 1no
Tomato - 1 no
Ginger n Garlic - 1/2 tspn
Spices - 1 no cardamom/elachi, cloves/laung, cinamon/pattai/1 bay leaf
Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Dhaniya powder - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli Powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Milk - 1/2 cup
Tomato puree - 1 tablespoon
Kasoori Methi - a pinch
Olive Oil - 1/2 tspn
Butter - 1/2 tspn
Cashews - 4 nos

Preparation Method
Chop onion and tomato into small pieces.
Grind Onion, tomato, ginger garlic, cashews, turmeric powder, dhaniya powder, spices, red chilli powder, coriander leaves in a blender or mixer into fine paste with little water.
Heat a Kadai/wok, add butter, oil and just toss the tofu pieces and keep aside. 
In the same kadai,add little oil, add the grounded mixture, tomato puree and allow it to boil. Once the raw smell goes.(if reqd you can add in whole spices too at this time in oil)
Add salt, kasoori methi and mix well.
Add milk and mix. When its going to be thick gravy.
Cut tofu into small pieces and add it. Just boil once and off the stove.
Garnish with crushed kasoori methi or chopped coriander leaves.
Top it with 1/2 tspn of butter.

Tofu Butter Masala is ready to pack to your lunch box with chapathis or rotis.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pavakkai Pitla | Bittergourd Gravy - Type 1 | Diabetic Recipe!

Pavakkai Pitla is very tasty sambar, I never knew this pitla until my mother in law told and taught me when she was here. I will be posting the traditional one, but this one I have changed a bit. I don't do anything for the bitterness as I just love the bitter taste in this. I had packed this for lunch to my hubby to office and everyone loved it.

Pavakkai - 4 nos
Black Channa /Karuppu Kadale - 1 cup
Soya bean - 1/2 cup
Tamarind water - 1 cup
Tomato - 1no
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup

For grinding masala
Onion - 1 no
Whole Dhaniya seeds - 2 tablespoon
Channa Dal/Kadale paruppu - 1 tablespoon
Urad dal - 1 tspn
Dry red chili - 3 nos(As per your spice levels)
Few curry leaves

Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves few

Preparation Method
Soak the dals overnite, pressure cook them with toor dal  separately upto 4 to 5 whistles.
Cut Pavakkai/Bittergourd into small pieces.
Heat a vessel, add bittergourd, tamarind water, tomato, a pinch of salt, turmeric and boil it.
In kadai, put 1/2 tspn oil, and fry all the ingredients under Masala grinding till slight brown.
Allow it to cool.
Grind to a fine paste with little water. Mash or whisk the toor dal with water.
Once the bittergourd is soft and cook, add the steamed dals, ground mixture, dal and allow it to boil well.

Season/Talipu with the above ingredients under seasoning.

Serve hot with steamed plain rice.

This recipe is going to Only South Indian event by Pari and Cooking with Love Granddad guest hosted by Shama started by Saraswathi Iyer.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Rava Oats Upma with Moong Dal | Diabetic Recipe!

I love Rava Upma, and mostly make once a week for breakfast or dinner. This time tried to make healthy version for cholestrol and diabetic people. I usally buy quick cook oats, this time wanted to try rolled oats.
Rava(Semolina/Sooji) - 2 cups
Rolled Oats - 1 cup

Pasiparuppu/Siru paruppu/Moong dal/Split green gram - 1/2 cup
Water - 5 to 6 cups
Onion - 1 no (thinly sliced)
Capsicum - 1 med(thinly sliced)
Cabbage - 1/2 no((thinly sliced)/shredded)
Olive Oil - 4 tspns
Ghee - 1 tspn
Green chilli - 2 nos(As per taste)
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Urad/Channa dal mixed - 1 tspn
Asafotida(hing) - 2 pinches
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn
Salt to taste
Corainder for garnishing.
Preparation Method
Wash and soak moong dal in warm water or normal water in a vessel.
Heat a kadai, roast the rava slightly till it becomes brown and gets nice aroma. Transfer it to a plate.
In the same kadai, dry roast rolled oats till slight brown. Transfer it to a plate.
In a vessel boil water and keep aside.
In a same kadai, add 3 tspns olive oil and mustard wait till it splutters. Now add dal and asafotida. Saute till its brown.
Add onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli, curry leaves and saute till onion is slightly brown.
Add capsicum, cabbage, a pinch of turmeric and saute for few mins. Add soaked  moong dal and mix.
Add boiled water, 1 tspn oil allow it to boil. Once its boiled reduce the heat. Check whether moong dal is cooked. Then add salt and curry leaves.
Slowly add the rava and mix well immediately without allowing it to form lumps. Add water if required. Close with a lid till rava cooks.
After 2 mins add roasted oats and mix well.
Slowly stir until no water is left. Check whether rava is nicely cooked otherwise sprinkle water mix and close the lid. Keep in low flame.
Off the stove. Garnish with coriander/cilantro.

Rava Oats Upma is ready to serve. You can eat with sambar.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Easy Ragi Idli!

Ragi Idli is a healthy breakfast. Its very filling. Its also good for diabetic and cholestrol. I have already posted recipe for Soft Idlis here.

Idli Batter -7 laddles/karandi(click here to make Idli batter recipe)
Ragi/Millet flour - 2 small cups
Water as required

Preparation Method
In a vessel or bowl, add Idli batter, ragi flour, salt and water as required. Mix well and leave it to ferment.
Grease idli plates with Gingiley /olive oil.(Dont put more oil, add few drops just required and for easy removal of idlis)
Mix well and pour batter in the greased plates. This batter is good for 8 idlis.
Steam for 15mins.

Allow it to cool a bit and remove carefully from the plates.

Ragi Idlis are ready. Serve Hot. I served it with Tomato Chutney. You can serve with sambar or any chutneys.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tomato Chutney | No Onion No Garlic!

This Tomato Chutney is prepared without onion and garlic. I have been thinking of recipes prepared without coconut nowadays which are for lowering cholestrol and for diabetic. This is quick and tastes delicious for Dosas and Idlis.

Tomatoes - 2nos(Red n Ripe)
Urad Dal - 2 tspns
Green Gram/Pacha Payaru - 2 tspns
Dry red chilli - 2nos (As per your taste)
Gingely Oil/Olive Oil - 1 tspn
Curry leaves - few

Preparation Method
Heat a wok or kadai, add oil, urad dal, green gram, red chilli, curry leaves and saute till the dal is brown. Transfer it to a plate. In the same kadai, add chopped tomatoes, a pinch of salt and cook till its soft. Allow it to cool.
Add salt and grind to coarse paste when cool.
Season with oil, mustard and Hing/Asafotida.

Tomato Chutney is ready to serve. I served it with Ragi Idlis, the recipe will be my next post.

Notes - You can also have it without seasoning, I wanted the hint of hing. If you wish you can add hing while grinding.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ragi Semiya Upma!

Ragi/Millet  is very healthy food. Ragi is staple food in villages as they grow. To know more Benefits click here. This is also good for diabetic people. I love Ragi Mudde.

Ragi Semia (Anil Semia) - 1 pkt
Bengal gram - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1 tspn
Aasafotida - 1 pinch
Curry leaves - 10nos
Oil - 4 tspns
Onion - 2 nos chopped
Ginger - 1 tspn chopped
Green chilli - 2 nos
Fresh Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves - 1 tspn chopped

Preparation Method
Crush the semia to small pieces.
Boil water in a vessel add 1 tspn oil and 1 tspn salt.
When water boiling add semia and boil for 3mins. Check whether is cooked. (If u leave for more time it will become soft.)
Then drain the water and run over cold water.
Now in a kadai, add oil, mustard, asafotida and wait till it spulters.
Add bengal gram and wait till its brown. Add green chilli, ginger, onion, curry leaves and saute till its transparant.
Now add cooked semia and little salt.
Cook for few mins and off the stove.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Ragi Semiya Upma is ready.

Notes - You can also add vegetables.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tofu Masala!!!

Tofu is a cheese from Soya Milk. I tasted tofu for the first time and liked it. This is also good for people having cholestrol who cannot eat Paneer. This has no cholestrol.

Serves 2 persons
Silken Tofu - 100gms (at room temperature)
Onion - 1no
Tomato - 2nos
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tspn
Garam Masala - 1/2 tspn
Red chilli Powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Milk - 1/2 cup(Slim)
Kasoori Methi - a pinch
Olive Oil - 1/2 tspn
Sugar - a pinch(Optional)

Preparation Method
Chop onion and tomato into small pieces. Save around 1 tablespoon of each for later use.
Grind Onion, tomato, ginger garlic, turmeric powder, red chilli powder in a blender or mixer into fine paste with little water.
Heat a Kadai/wok, add oil, add onion, tomato and saute till its soft. 
Add the grounded mixture and allow it to boil.
Add garam masala, kasoori methi and mix well.
Add milk and allow it to boil. When its going to be thick.
Cut tofu into small pieces and add it. Just boil once and off the stove.

Serve it with hot chapathis or rotis.

Notes - You can use coriander leaves if you dont have kasoori methi.


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