Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eggless Banana Pancake

For this month's Shhhh cooking Secretly I was paired with Niloufer Riyaz and she gave me two awesome ingredients - Banana and Potato. I had big plans of preparing something new and awesome for this event but my back gave up :( So I decided to make something simple and easy with Banana.

Eggless Pancake is one of Anagha's all tie favorite food.

You need:
Banana - 3 small ones
All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
Milk - 1 cup

Grind all the above ingredients except Ghee 
The consistency should be that of dosa batter
Heat the Tava
Drop spoon full of batter on the Tava
Cook on reduced flame till  golden brown
Drizzle some ghee on top
Turn and cook for 2 mins
Serve :)

Sending this recipe to the Shhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bisibele Baath - PPCS

For this month's potluck I am  paired with Shama and had to prepare Bisibelebaath. Bisibele Baath is my MIL's signature dish and this is my maiden attempt at preparing it :)

You need:
Rice - 1 cup
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Carrot - 1
Onions - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 8
Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry leaves and Coriander leaves
Tamarind - Lemon size
Salt to taste
Green peas - 1 cup
Hing - 1 pinch
Potato - cubed 1 cup
Green Chillie - 2 Slit in half

For the masala:
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Red chillies- 8
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Cloves,Elachi - 1
Cinnamon - 1
Kus kus - 2tsp

Grind the masala with little water into a fine paste
Heat oil in the cooker
Add mustard.When it splutters, add urad dal, curry leaves and chopped onion.
Fry till onion becomes translucent in colour
Add rice, dal, a pinch of turmeric powder,2 tsps of oil ,asafoetida,carrot, potatos, green chillies and peas with 6 cups of water 
Add the Tamarind juice and Salt
Mix well
Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Serve Hot with Raita of your choice.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Simple and Easy Pudina Chutney

Today at office one of my colleagues Chetana had got Idli and Chutney for lunch. The chutney tasted soo wonderful with the Idli I had to make it today.

Recipe Source: Chetana

You Need:
Coconut - Scraped 4 tbsp heaped
Pudina leaves - 10
Roasted Gram dal - 1 tbsp
Green Chillie - 2
Tamarind - 1" piece
Jaggery - 1/2 tbsp
Salt as per taste

Grind all the above with little water
Serve with Idli or Dosa.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Aloo Bhajji (Potato Bhajji)

This month for the PPCS I am taking one of the easiest and quickest bhajji that you can prepare

You need:
Potato - 2 big ones
Gram flour - 1 cup
Rice Flour - 2 tbsp 
Ajwan / Om kaalu - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp (as per your taste)
Hing - 1 pinch
Oil for deep frying

Mix all the above ingredients except oil and potato
Add little water and make it into a thick batter
Heat oil
slice the potato into 1/2 cm slices
Dip the potato into the batter and slide the into the oil
deep fry on both sides till the bhajji turns golden brown
Serve hot with coconut chutney or sauce.

This is off to Jagruti's potluck party

Friday, February 28, 2014

Strawberry Mocktail

For this month's SYS-W series, I had to make something with Strwberry. I love the mocktail Virgin Mary.. and tried my hand at making the same drink by replacing tomato juice with strawberry juice..

You Need:
Strawberries - 15
Tabasco sauce - 2 tsp
Worchester sauce - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Ground pepper - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 2 tsp
Crushed Ice - 1 cup

Mix all the above and grind in the mixie
Serve Cold.


For this month's potluck I am  paired with Balachandrika and had to prepare this recipe called Sodhi. I am actually not a big fan of coconut based gravies.. but this one is a keeper. The original recipe called for Drumstick, I omitted as we do not eat drumstick at home.

You need:
potato -  Cut into 1 cm cubes 3/4 cup
carrot - Cut into 1 cm cubes 3/4 cup
beans - Cut into 1 cm pieces 1/2 cup
green chili - 6 - 7 sliced
moong dal - 1/2 cup 
turmeric powder - 1 pinch
salt - as needed
thick coconut milk - 1 cup 
diluted coconut milk - 1 1/2 cup
ginger - 2 inch pieces
lemon juice - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp

Grind ginger with 1/4 cup of water, and strain and keep aside
Grind 3/4 cup fresh shredded coconut with 1/2 cup of water, strain to get 3/4 cup of thick coconut juice
To the coconut pulp add 1 1/2 cup water and grind again and strain and get 1 1/2 cup of thin coconut juice
Heat oil the kadai
Add slit green chillies, and vegetables and saute on high for 3 - 4 mins
Add the thin coconut milk to the kadai and cook covered on med - high for 6 - 7 mins till the vegetables are cooked.
Keep stirring in between
Once the vegetables are cooked add cooked moong dal, salt and ginger juice and cook on high for 3 - 4 mins
Now add the thick cocnut milk and give it a stir and allow it to come to boil
Remove from heat.
Just before serving add the lemon juice.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Menthe Rave Rotti

FIL brought a bunch of methi leaves and said "Menthe sugar ge olleduntha tande. .ennadroo maadu" (Methi  is good for diabeties.. do something with Methi leaves).. The only recipe that I frequently do with Methi is Methi Thepla. Then MIL shared this recipe that her mom used to prepare when they used to come home from school as evening snack..

You Need:
Chiroti Rava - 1 cup
Methi leaves - 1 cup chopped 
Onion - 1/2 cup finely chopped 
Green chillies - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Jeera - 2 tsp
Rice - 1/2 cup cooked and grinded into fine paste
Hing - 1 pinch
Curds - 2 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

In a big bowl mix all the ingredients except water.
Mix well with hand 
Add a little water if the dough is hard to get a semi solid dough
Heat the tava
Take a banana leaf and smear a little oil on the leaf
Now take a lemon sized ball of the dough and pat it on the leaf with your hands to make a thin roti
Turn it onto the tava and remove the Banana leaf
Allow the roti to cook for 2 mins.Keep an eye on it to check in between whether it is done or not.Once you see the red patches started forming increase the flame turn it over and cook it on the other side
Once done serve hot with Chutney
Linking it to the event :Cook n Share