Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dhondakaya(Kovak-kaai) Ulli karam - Andra Special

To be frank this is the first time I am eating Kovak-kaai / Dhondakkai after my one trial test back at 8 years.When I got my job in chennai I used to stay in a hostel where they make recipe with this veggie, which is totally new to me because I have never seen this veggie before in my life and it looked like a tiny version of cucumber which I am usually used to eating raw or the big cucumber which we put in sambar in kerela.I hated eating it in the recipe they make , it's feels so slimy and gooey in my mouth and I just can't tolerate it.I always skip getting this in my plate when they serve it.After long years this is the time I am having it back.So how did that happened?  This week  I asked my hubby to get some vegetable and surprise me and I told I will find a new recipe to make the dish. Guess what he picked , haha the Kovak-kaai, So now it's my job to find a recipe and make it enjoyable. So after googling a lot of recipes I found this Andra recipe.I know I can only tolerate this vegetable if the dish is extremely spicy and tangy, so only i picked a. Andra recipe.And one thing I made sure to not to make this dish gooey or mushy , i tried to keep it little crunchy which is actually very good , I don't know why people overcook it.So this Andra Kovak-kaai recipe is excellent with spicy, tangy, crunchy taste and its a recipe made especially for Kovak-kaai. So why don't you try this recipe and see the truth for yourself, and one more tip try it as a sandwich it tastes excellent. But usually it is made as a accompaniment for Curd rice and roti which I can tell will also taste good.

Ingredients :

Kovak-kaai - 3 cups
Onion - 1 cup sliced
Red Chilly Dry - 4 to 5 according to level of spiciness
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic - 4 cloves (optional)
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Salt - as needed
Amchur pd or lemon juice - 1tbsp


1.In a pan add oil and saute onion, garlic, dry red chilly, coriander seeds, cumin seeds , turmeric pd, 1/4 tsp salt till the raw smell is gone. 

2.Then grind it to a coarse paste. 

3.In the same pan add Kovak-kaai and saute with 1/4 tsp Salt for few min.

4.Then add the ground paste and saute them together till the masala is little fried and Kovak-kaai is completely cooked.

5.Add amchur pd and salt if needed and mix well.
6.Serve it as a sandwich.

Malabar Chemeen (shrimp) Masala Curry

Usually if i make any fish recipe I will choose only three or four styles which is based on kerela recipe which I have had from my childhood.So I thought why not for a change look for some other recipe.Even though i remember me noting lot of fish recipe at the moment when I was about to make I couldn't remember anything.So with the intention of hunting for a recipe I found this Malabar recipe which I couldn't ignore. YES, I know it's a kerela recipe.The recipe looked so good I couldn't skip and the end result was awesome too.So what, one more kerela fish recipe to add to my list,well if it's tasty what to say.So next time may be I will find a non- Kerela fish recipe but till then let me enjoy this Malabar recipe.

Ingredients :

Shrimps - 20 nos
Small onion(preferred) / Onion(will do) - 1/2 cup sliced
Tomato / tomato paste - 1 tomato
Green chillies - 4
Curry leaf - 1 sprig
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp each
Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 5 no
Turmeric pd - 1 tsp
Chilly pd - 1 tsp
Coriander pd - 1 tsp
Garam Masala pd - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as needed
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp

To roast in oil and grind:

Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Coconut shredded - 1/4 cup
Fennel - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves - 3 sliced
Small onion (preferred) / Onion (will do) - 1/4 cup sliced
Curry leaf - 5 leaf
Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
Roast all these in slow flame and ground it to a fine paste with water.

Method :

1.Take a pan add oil then add fenugreek seeds, then add onions , green chillies, turmeric.

2.Once onions are translucent add ginger garlic paste, then once they are sautéed add tomatoes or tomato paste and add Chilly pd, coriander pd, garam masala pd and add water and saute them thoroughly. 

3.Then add shrimp and saute it for a min and then add tamarind paste , salt and  needed water and cover and cook till shrimps are cooked.

4.Then add ground paste and mix and cover and cook in slow flame for 15 min.

5.Then finally garnish with coriander leaves.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lasooni Dal / Garlicky Lentils

When I was going through my recipes blog i am surprised that I have not yet posted one of my favorite dal recipe.This is Lassoni Dal in hindi ,which is called Garlicky dal.Today I made this dal recipe to go along with baatti.This dal is enriched with garlic flavour and the flavour is so subtle and warming. Apart from that garlic is  one of the very healthy vegetables which has to be in our daily food consumption routine.The combination of dal and garlic with extra spicy ness from dry red chilly makes this recipe extremely tasty.Try this recipe with roti, rice, pulkas, poori.So here is the dal recipe...


Masoor Dal - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal -1/2 cup
Garlic - 10 cloves chopped finely
Spinach - 2 cups finely chopped
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric pd - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as needed
Curry leaf - 1 sprig
Hing - a pinch
Dry red chillies - 5 or more as needed


1.Clean and wash lentils and add 3 cups of water and add dry red chillies , 1/4 tsp of turmeric pd and hing and let it come to boil, then lower the flame to as low as possible and cover and cook for 20 min till dal is tender.
2.In a kadal add oil then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, hing, turmeric pd and add garlic and saute till garlic is very light brown and then add spinach and saute it till spinach is cooked thoroughly.

3.Add this to dal and check salt for seasoning and add if needed.
4.Serve it hot with rotis , rice or even baati's and enjoy it with a pickle.

Dal - Baatti (Rajastani Dish)

'Dal Baatti' one of the nostalgic food for my husband reminding the first day of his hostel food.He had no idea how to eat that when a hard roundule of crisp ball is in your plate along with some dal on the side.Later He found it how it should be consumed after several days of self exploration and research. 
Baatti is a Rajastani Recipe in which wheat flour is made Into round big balls and is baked in tandoor to crisp outer and soft middle and then served with dal as "Dal Baatti" and sometimes the crumbled pieces are mixed with jaggrey and served as "Chooran".
Well I was little skeptic to try this recipe as i have not yet tried it anywhere. But have to tell it's the one of the most wonderful recipes I ever tried.Its more satiating and tasty too.And to add bonus point all you have to do is similar to chappathi dough and just make them into roundules and bake them, no need to stand in kitchen to make individual rotis as everybody knows Its time consuming and labor too...And as I told in my recent recipe blog that I am finding a way to spend some excess of wheat flour in my cabinet right now, and I feel this is an excellent, easy and tasty recipe that I can depend on....So if any body is interested try this you will definitely like this.....


Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Sooji - 1/2 cup
Ajwain(omam) pd - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Whole Pepper coarsely crushed - 10 (optional)
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp


1.Mix all dry ingredients and add Ghee and mix thoroughly it's very well incorporated, this is like forming short crust which ensures crisp baatti.

2.Then add warm water little by little and make a tight dough stiffer than poori dough. Don't make soft dough.Don't overmix also it will become hard.

3.Make rounders of size of tennis balls.

4.Then flatten it into peda shape.

5.Then preheat your oven to high broil and grease a baking tray with ghee and place baatti's and place in middle rack and bake till its crisp and dry on the surface , it may take around 15 min.

6.Then take it out and flip side and grease little ghee on top and bake for 2 min then remove.

To serve:

Crumble one or two baafti's in a bowl and pour spicy lasooni dal on top of that and serve hot with pickle.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mix Vegetable Soup With Taco Seasonings

So I had some cabbage, celery, snow peas, sweet  corn in the fridge and it is cold out .So decided to make soup but had no idea what to add, just followed my instinct and threw some spices from my cabinet and creates this soup.So coming to taste wise my hubby likes it, my elder one liked it...Did u notice I am not telling how I liked it, mmmm it's Ok for my taste buds.Well but I liked the topping idea some cheese for richness and cheerios for crunchiness and will try this option in other soups too, anyway the recipe is here may be you can suggest what changes would have made this soup Excellent. ...

Ingredients :

Butter - 1 tbsp
Onions  - 1/2 cup
Celery - 1/2 cup
Snow peas - 1/2 cup
Sweet corn kernels - 1/2 cup
Garlic sliced - 1/8 cup
All purpose flour - 2 tbsp
Chicken bullion pd - 3 tsp
Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Salt - as needed
White pepper pd - 1/2 tsp
Taco seasonings - 3 tsp
Shredded cheese - for garnishing (optional)
Coriander leaves - for garnishing

Method :

1.chop all the vegetables to very fine dices.

2.In a pan add butter then add all veggies and saute it with all the spices listed till veggies arr translucent. 

3.Add flour and saute it till raw smell is gone for 2 min, then add hot water slowly around 1/2 cup.

4.Then once it's boiling add milk and boil for 2 min till it thickens.

5.Check for seasoning and add any if needed.
6.Garnish with coriander leaves and while serving top it with cheese.

Whole Wheat Banana Avocado Bread

One thing thats a lot in my kitchen cabinet is wheat flour and all purpose flour, i have no idea how to spend them.With the intention of finding recipes for using wheat flour other than dosa and roti not a lot of creative recipes are there.And I don't want to spend the entire flour by making dosas and rotis it's going to take lot of my manual labor.A roti maker would solve the problem but I dont have one, it's in my future shopping list though.So easy recipe with less work is bread and cake recipes. Not so much interested in cake recipe as it has lot of sugar in them and I don't think there are any cake recipe with wheat flour. But on the contrary there are lot of recipes using wheat flour for making bread.So let me start with banana, avocado bread as i have both of them stocked in my fridge.So my dear family get ready for wheat flour attack on forthcoming days, sorry guys whole lot of flour is too distracting for me to concentrate on other recipes.....But my friend if you have any interesting recipes with wheat flour suggest me....


Whole wheat flour - 1 3/4 cups
Butter / oil - 1/3 cup @ room temperature
Honey - 1 tbsp
Dates syrup - 1 tbsp
Molasses - 1 tbsp
Apple sauce - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2
Mashed banana - 1/2 cup
Avocado - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda -  1 tsp
Hot water - 1/4 cup
Chopped nuts / Dry fruits- 1/2 cup ( i didn't add any nuts as i have to feed my elder kid who is allergic to nuts ).

Method :

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, beat oil/ butter and honey , dates syrup, molasses, apple sauce together.
3.Add eggs, and mix well. Stir in bananas, avocados and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt.(don't over mix just give a gentle mix) 

4.Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then add to batter. 

5.Blend in chopped nuts or dry fruits If using.
6.Spread batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.

7.Bake for 55 to 60 minutes until the toothpick inserted comes out clean with no batter sticking on it.If the top is getting dry while inside is still yet to bake.Just cover the bread with another baking tray on top like a plate and bake it extra 5 min.
8. Cool on wire rack for 1/2 hour before slicing.If you grease enough the bread will come cleanly out of the pan.