Saturday, January 23, 2010

My awards in the year 2009

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
Here is the collection of all the awards I got in the year 2009.
I want to thank all these lovely friends who thought of me and shared these awards with me!
Award from Chaitra
I am a Happy Blogger!!!
Awards  from PJ
Honest award from an honest friend  Award from PJ   Award From PJ

Award from Shanti
Friendship Award
Awards  from Padma 
Award from PadmaAward from Padma
Award from Padma
Award from Padma

Awards  from Sangi
Award from Sangi

Award from Sangi

                                                       Award from PJ and Sanghi
Award from PJ and Sanghi

                                                                     Award from Priya
One more award from Priya!!

Awards  from priya
Sweet award from priya!!   Thanks priya

Award from Aruna

Keep Smiling,

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rice flour Poori and Chilli Gojju(Food Remake)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All
It is so easy to prepare food, when some one is guiding you!! That's why I enjoy very much when ever I follow other blog and cook any dish. And I post it in 'Food Remake' label, as it is very common in Indian film industry to remake the movies from one language to the other. So even my food here is the remake one!!!
Laxmi of Taste of Mysore has a wonderful blog, and I follow her recipes regularly. 
This recipe  was a hit in my house with the children and my friends. So I thought of sharing my click with all of you! 

Click here  for the detailed recipe with photos. 
Gojju is very tasty and if I make this, it will get over within half an hour. I love to have it with chapati, bread, rice, roti, dosa.......!!!!!

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Award from Priya!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Hurray!!! One more award for me. This time it has come from priya of Priyas Recipes
Thank you so much priya!

I wan to share this beautiful "Sweet Friends" award with all my friends here in this blog world.
Please feel free to put it in your blog!

Keep Smiling,

Pearls and Gems!! for breakfast!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita,
Hi all,
Got confused with the title!!
When I clicked the photo, this name flashed in my mind!
As I told before also, it is like a celebration for me if this recipe comes out nice. And today was the day, I got it just right or more than right. But against its name, it was so soft that it was almost melting in the mouth! Am I exaggerating ??? NO! I was really happy and may be more than 50 times I told my mother about how I prepared it.
Still scratching your head about what am I talking??

Don't you think they look just  like pearls and gems!!!
It is nothing but Sago or Sabudana Kichdi!
This is my daughter's favorite at any time. I could never prepare it so good like today!! So writing and keeping it in a safe locker that I should not forget the process in the future.
Coming to the recipe,
Sago(big) - 200 gm
Butter milk - 3 tbsp
Potato - 1 big, peeled and cut into big cubes
Oil - 2 tbsp
Jeera - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - few
Green chilly  - 1, remove seeds and chop it fine
Almonds - 6 to 8 roasted
Pea nuts - 10 to 12 roasted
Salt to taste
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Fresh coconut - 2 tbsp grated

Few months ago, when I was searching for this recipe, I read in a blog(sorry, I do not remember the name) that if you sprinkle some butter milk on soaked sago, the kichdi will come out soft. I tried it and it is true.
Wash the sago in clean water and soak it only for 5 minutes. Remove the water. Sprinkle butter milk and keep it aside for 3 to 4 hours.
Chop the nuts in to 4 pieces or crush it in to small pieces.
Add oil in thick bottomed kadai. When hot , add jeera and curry leaves. Add chilly and potato cubes. Fry till brown. Add soaked sago and keep on stirring. Or else the kichdi will get burnt. After the sago changes its color add nuts and salt. Keep on stirring for some time. Cover it and cook it till the sago is cooked. Now sprinkle the milk. Mix it and cover it for a minute on medium flame. Remove from the heat.  Before serving add lemon juice and fresh coconut, mix and serve it hot.
 Sago flour (from Metroxylon) is nearly pure carbohydrate and has very little protein, vitamins, or minerals.... Read more about sago here.
But definitely a good breakfast or evening snack for kids. If you want to make it more nutritious,add more nuts, potato and other vegetables.

Sending this to Srivalli's  Announcing Kid's Delight ~ Wholesome Breakfast! . 
Hope it goes into her list!

This is going to the event conducted by iloufer of Kitchen Samraj! "Cooking with Seeds- Sago Event Announcement"  which is started by  Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.

Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Green mutton chops

Tried and tasted by Nivedita,
Hi All,
The food I miss the most in India (or to be precise, my house) is Non Vegetarian food. I miss cooking These  preparations. This photo is taken when I was in UAE. Even before leaving UAE, my last Friday Food was all these three together.
I have already posted the Biryani recipe long back, and the recipe for chops and curry was due.
Without much introduction, I am posting the recipe for Green mutton chops.

(I forgot to take seperate photoes! So for all the three recipes, the same photo will be posted!!)
Mutton Chops - 1/2 kilo
Apply salt and turmeric to the chops for half an hour. Then clean it 2 to 3 times with good water.
For marinating,
Ginger and Garlic paste - 1 tbsp each
Oil - 1 tbsp
Fresh coriander - 1 small bunch
Green chilly - 3 to 4
Curds - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1 tbsp
Put all the ingredients and make in to fine paste in a grinder or blender.
Marinate the mutton chops with the ready paste at least for 2 hours. If it is marinated over night, it tastes better as mutton will be tender and all the flavors goes inside it.
For masala,
Oil - 1/4 cup(you can reduce if you do not like more oil)
Onion - 3 big, cut into long thin slices
Tomato - 2 big, cut into small cubes
Bay leaf - 1
Garlic Ginger paste - 1 tbsp together
Whole garam masala - 1 tbsp Crushed
(Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon, nutmeg, Pepper)
Fresh Coriander - 1/4 bunch, cleaned, washed and chopped for garnishing
Kasoori methi - 1/2 tsp
Salt as per taste, add 1 tbsp first. After the mutton is cooked half, check again and adjust the taste.
Add oil in a very thick and wide kadai. When very hot, add onion and fry till it changes its color to golden brown. Now add whole garam masala and bay leaf.. After few seconds, add ginger and garlic paste. Fry for a minute. Add tomato. Mix properly. Cover it and cook till Tomato is tender. Now add marinated mutton chops. Mix with all the masala. Add 2 cups of water. Cover it and cook for at least half an hour, make it sure to check in between for the water. If you feel, still water is needed to cook the mutton, add one more cup. When you see the mutton is cooked, add kasoori methi and keep on a high flame. Cook or fry it till the water is gone. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve it with Lemon juice sprinkled on the top. 
Sending this one to Srilekha's  EFM - MUTTON SERIES! event. 


Hope you all will enjoy this feast. My next recipe in Non vegetarian is my way of Mutton curry.

Keep Smiling,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mixed Lentil Dal

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Dal is a food, which can be prepared in more than 1000 ways and each preparation tastes different.  The down one is a simple and healthy dal.

Again, as usual, I have mixed 7 lentils in this.
Here is the recipe,
All mixed lentils - 1 cup all together, Qty of each dal is as per your taste, but Urad dal should be little.
(Toor dal, Yellow moong dal, Chana Dal, Masoor dal, Urad dal, Split black Urad dal, Split green moong dal)
Jaggery - 2 tbsp
Tomato - 1 big chopped
Wash the dal and mix jaggery and tomato in a cooker with dal. Give 3 whistles. Allow it to cool.
For dal masala,
Oil -1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Jeera or cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Onion - 1 medium, cut into long thin slices
Garlic - 6 to 8 cloves, crushed
Ginger - 1/2", cut in to thin long pieces
Whole red dry chilly - 3 to 4
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander - handful, chopped finely
Heat oil and ghee in a kadai, add jeera. Fry for some time. Add curry leaves and garlic. Fry till the garlic changes its color. Now add onion and ginger and fry till onion is fried. Then goes whole red chilly, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Fry for half minute and add boiled dal. Mix it and allow it to boil for a minute. Now add 1/2 cup water. Close the lid and allow it to boil for 2 minutes on low flame. Open the lid and add fresh coriander. Remove from the heat.
Dal is ready to serve.

Sending this to EC's event MLLA-19th Helping event announcement for the month of January 2010.As per the rule of the event, I am linking my post to  Susan's event host lineup page..  also.

Keep smiling,

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sindhi Curry(Veg curry with Gramflour)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,

One more healthy traditional food, with lot of vegetables in to it!!!! It is very good in winter and rainy season, as one can just drink it or sip it sitting beside the window and watching rain drops and enjoying the hot soup with cold breeze(At least this is what I do whenever I get chance!!!) or can enjoy with Brown rice or Bhooga chawar.
It takes time to cut all the vegetables and it takes time to cook the curry also, but the result is very tasty that you will forget the pain of cutting the vegetables and waiting for it to cook.!!!

When I was in UAE, I learnt it from my Co-Sister and Sister In Law. And I love it to have any time of day or night!!
Coming to the recipe,
Potato - 2 big, washed, and cubed in to big pieces.
Carrot - 1 big, chopped length wise
Beans - 8 to 10, cleaned and cut in to two.
Cluster beans - 10 to 12 cleaned and cut into two
Brinjal - 1 medium, cut into lengthwise
Drum stick - 2 washed, cleaned and chopped in to 3 to 4 pieces
Ladies finger(Bhindi) - 4 to 6, washed, cleaned and dried. Cut in to 2 pieces and shallow fry in little oil. Keep it aside.

Oil - 1/4 cup
Methi Seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Green Chilly - 2 slit 
Ginger - 1/4" crushed(optional)
Gramflour(Besan atta) - 4 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 line.
Tomato - 2 medium (or tomato paste or puree - 1/4 cup)
Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Amsol - 4 to 6
Salt to taste
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Dhania or coriander powder - 1 tbsp
The vegetables are optional and you can replace or skip few. But more vegetables really make the curry tasty and healthy.
Add oil in a thick bottomed kadai or cooker. Keep on a medium flame, when oil is hot, add jeera, green chilly, ginger and methi seeds. Fry for few seconds. Now be careful before adding Gram flour. Keep on stirring or else it gets burnt. When good fried aroma starts coming, put hard vegetables like potato, drumsticks, beans and cluster beans. Keep on stirring for a minute. Now add Tomato or tomato puree. Mix and let it cook for a minute. Time is to add red chilly powder, dhania powder and haldi. Again mix and add cook for one more minute. All should happen over medium flame. Add at least 3 cups of water and close the lid and cook for 10 minutes. Now add other soft vegetables like carrot, brinjal and salt. Again boil it for 10 more minutes. And then comes the chance of Bhindi or okra or lady finger to get boiled. Cook it for 2 minutes adjust the seasoning. Add Amsol and curry leaves. Cook for 5 minutes. 
The curry is ready in the cooker and will be waiting for you to take it in a bowl and taste it.

An instant and fastest way to cook is,
After you add gram flour, add all other ingredients except curry leaves and amsol, add water and give 4 to 6 whistles. When cool, add curry leaves and amsol and boil it directly on medium flame for 2 minutes. 

But the first method tastes better even though takes lot of time.
Moral of the cooking is 
"Slow and steady wins the race!!!"

Keep Smiling,

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