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

Monday, February 10, 2014

Methe Tambli

Last time when I had been to my Brother's place my SIL made this Tambli for lunch. I am not a big fan of Tambli so usually used to avoid the but when I ate this at her house really loved it.. I like the light bitter taste of methi, the taste and smell of fried coconut in curd.. and to top it all it is super healthy and easy to cook..

Tambli is usually served cold in our houses at the beginning of the meal. 

You Need:
Methi - 2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Red chilli - 1 cut into pieces
Green chilli - 1
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Curd - 1 1/2 cup
Salt to taste

Heat a kadai 
Dry roast Methi till methi slightly starts changing colour and you get the nice aroma
Remove and keep aside
Add the Jeera, green chilli and Red chillie
Dry roast till Jeera starts changing colour
Add coconut and fry for a min
Add the roasted meethi and allow it to cool
Grind into a fine paste with little water
Beat the curd and keep ready
Add the ground paste and mix well
Add salt and hing and serve

This is off to Jagruti's potluck party