Monday, February 22, 2010

Full meals ready(ಊಟ ತಯಾರಿದೆ)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
When you travel for a long distance, as lunch or dinner time comes, you search for this board on the roads. And once you get inside the hotel or restaurant,  you will search for a menu card which is not available in this type of small shops. If you ask the waiter he will come and say something very fast which you will not understand! Again you  have to request!!! him to tell the menu slowly. Then you will realize he is saying the things available in a Thali.
And this is Thali in my restaurant!!!

I will go on giving recipes for each food,
First comes Rice, I love rice in any form!!!!!!
This is Plain Jeera Rice :
Long grain basmati or any other type rice - 200 gm
Cumin seeds - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Tej Patta - 1
Salt to taste
Water to cook the rice

Wash the rice and drain it and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Heat oil and ghee in a cooker.
Add Jeera and fry for 10 seconds. Add Tej patta(bay leaf) and immediately add rice. Fry it for a minute. Add salt and water till the rice is covered. Cover the lid and give just one whistle. Allow the cooker to cool.
Rice is ready! (single and ready to mingle with Dal)

Next is Dal Tadka
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Onion - 1 small, peeled and cut into long thin slices
Tomato - 2 big, washed and cut into long slices
Garlic - 8 to 10 cloves, cleaned and cut into small pieces
Curry leaves - few
Dry long red chilly - 4 to 6
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Dhania (Coriander powder) - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Fresh Coriander - hand full, cleaned, washed and chopped
Oil - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp

Wash the toor dal, soak it for half an hour. Till it is soaked, keep other ingredients ready.
Boil the dal till real soft. You can blend for half a minute if it is not fully cooked.
Now heat oil in a kadai and add mustard and cumin seeds. Fry till the mustards start talking :-)
Put onion and garlic. Fry till brown. Add curry leaves and red dry chilly. Add dhania powder, red chilly powder, salt , sugar and turmeric powder. Mix well and add tomatoes. Without waiting add the boiled dal. Let it cook till first boil. Adjust the seasoning and water consistency. I like it thick but you can add little more water to make like a curry. 
Add lime juice and Fresh coriander and keep it with rice to serve.
 Third is Dry beans subji
long beans - 200 gm, cleaned, washed and chopped
Oil - 1 tbsp
Urad dal - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Green chilly - 2 slit
Fresh coconut - 1/4 cup, grated
Salt to taste
Hing - pinch

Keep chopped beans in a microwave for 3 minutes or boil in a vessel with little water on flame. Drain the water and keep aside
Add oil in a kadai and keep it on the flame. When hot, add mustard seeds add urad dal. When dal turns into golden color add curry leaves and green chilly. Add hing and boiled beans. Mix properly before adding salt. cook for a minute. Add coconut and boil for 2 more minutes, taking care of not to burn the beans. 
Beans sabji is ready to serve.
All these serve for 3 to 4 people.
   Photos taken by my elder daughter!!!

Sending this to "Cooking Basics Event" held by Mahimaa of  Indian Vegetarian Kitchen.

Keep smiling,


Deepa G Joshi said...

my husband's pet order in any restaurant..its safe and filling as he says..but for people like me I cant even finish half of it :P..your platter here is making me hungry..

Photos taken by your daughter have come really good..

Jagruti said...

All the dishes looks awesome and mouthwatering!! thanx you've given 2morrows no worry for me..

kitchen queen said...

he he! a complete list of mouth watering to grab and have everything.

Priya Suresh said...

Delicious spread of droolworthy dishes Nivedita..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow nice. so many dishes in one post!! very useful recipes. thanks for sending.

Nithu Bala said...

Hey, your menu looks lovely..loved the dal..

Anonymous said...

Still I felt there is less items in the meals.. :)

Suma said...

Looks delicious! A thali sounds so appealing specially when you are traveling and in a place with a different cuisine!

Sushma Mallya said...

wow nivedita what a delicious platter,loved all the dishes esp the dal tadka...very nice one

Nivedita Thadani said...

Thank you all for so sweet comments.
@ neelihoovu : Yes I know, still the thali is incomplete. But this is what you get in most of the small restaurant on highways! right!!
Will try to complete the thali!

Nithya said...

Wow.. you are making me really hungry :)

kamalabhoopathy said...

Full meals looks so nice and all dishes are simple and yum

Aruna Manikandan said...

Lovely spread!!!!
All dishes looks lovely :-)

Shanthi said...

Perfect thali and a lovely spread

Rachana said...

Wow!!! all the dishes look so good!!! and your daughter is a good photographer:) Compliments!

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