Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Navaraatri :)

When I was a kid, every time for navaratri I used to think "naanu doddavalaada mele manelli gombe kuristini" and then when I was old enough to do it never could find the time for all the preparations. Finally this year my MIL said "don;t just talk about it.... Lets do it".. So here is my first "gombe koorisiroodu"

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pongal (my MIL way)

If you ask me what is that one breakfast that you just cannot eat. .the answer would be Pongal. But this is something with R just loves and so does everyone in my family.

So here is how it is done at our house - recipe perfected by my MIL over the years :)

You would need:
Rice - 1cup
Moong dal - 1 cup
Water - ~ 8 cups
Pepper corns - 10
Green chillis - 2 (As per taste)
Ghee - 3-4 tsp

For Garnish:
Coriander leaves chopped - 2 tbsp
Coconut Grated - 1/2 cup

For the Tadka
Ghess - 1tsp
Jeera, Mustard seeds, red Chillis
cashewnuts - 10 broken
Dry Grapes - 10


Heat 1tsp Ghee in pan, add pepper corns, cloves separately.
Crush the Pepper and keep it ready
In the pan free the rice for 1 min on medium flame, remove and keep aside
Fry the moong dhal for 1 min on medium flame
Add in the rice, crushed pepper, cloves and green chillis to this; add the water and cook in the pressure cooker (3 whistles)
Once it is cooked, prepare tadka with ghee adding jeera, mustard, red chillis, urad dal, khiskimsh and cashewnut (broken ).
Add this on to the Pongal.
Add salt and the grated coconut
Decorate with chopped coriander and serve Hot.