Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pineapple Gojju

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Making curry, gravy or chutney with fruits is really very interesting. I have tasted the chutneys and gojju using fruits  in few weddings. But never thought of trying, as I am sure, my husband never liked it. And I  was lazy to make only for myself.
My cousin who stays in Sagar, (Shimoga) told me that this Pineapple gojju is very common in temples and weddings. Few weeks back, she gave me the recipe. But I totally forgot and could not contact her now. So I prepared it with  the ingredients what I remembered.
When I prepared and tasted, I fell in love with it. It is again a quick and easy one but tastes great with hot rice! I had it just like that.
Recipe follows like this,
Pineapple - 1/2 cup, cleaned and cubed
Boil the Pineapple cubes in little water and keep aside.(with the stock)
For paste:
Jeera - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Dry roast the above seeds. Add
Fresh coconut - 2 tbsp to it 
And grind into a fine paste with little water.
For gravy,
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Hing - 1/8th spoon
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tsp(If Pineapple is not sweet)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon
Add oil in a kadai and heat it. Add mustard seeds, Add hing when seeds crackle. Immediately goes red chilly and turmeric powder. Fry for few seconds and add ready paste. Cook it for a minute to remove the raw smell. Add boiled Pineapple cubes(without water). Add salt and jaggery. Mix properly and add the stock. Check the taste and adjust the seasoning. Cook for few more minutes and enjoy the gojju.
Thank you  Nithu for this event, as I tried it only for the event . And from now onwards, this will be in my regular menu.

Keep Smiling,

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spicy Pineapple Juice

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I am always lazy to make juices, and prefer to eat fruits!! 
But, if some one is making and giving me the glass in my hand I am always happy to have it,(thats why I love a can of  Beer in my hand!! just open the can and enjoy your sip !!!    )
But Madhuri made me think about the juices to make at home, if I want to participate in her event. And all of you know, how much I am crazy about event participation. It is like attending all the award functions, even after knowing that you will not get any award !! 
Here is my second juice for her event. But I really want to thank Madhuri, because and only because of her, I am trying to make juices at home, and enjoying my glass of juice!! ( at last away from my beer can  !)
This is a spicy juice, because of its ingredients. But you will love the spicy taste, when it passes your throat!! (Is my language out of control???)

Coming to the recipe,
Fresh Pineapple - 1/2, washed, cleaned and cubed 
Water - 1/2 cup or more depending on the juice of the fruit
Check the sweetness of the fruit. If it is not sweet add, 1 tbsp sugar or skip it
Put Pineapple cubes, water and sugar(if adding) in a juicer or blender and make a juice. If you like juice without fruit chunks, strain it. I like it as it is, so kept it like that only.
White pepper - 1 tsp powdered
Ginger juice - 1 Tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Mix the white pepper powder, Fresh ginger juice and salt into the juice and mix it properly. 
Do not add everything together in a juicer, I t won't taste good!! Or you can try to save the time, prepare, and let me know the taste. 
I loved adding it later.
Add Ice cubes before serving. 

Sending this to Madhuri's event  Serve me Some...  

Sending it to  Dr.Sameena's  event

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Egg roast (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!!!) 
This time it is from  Raaga who owns the blog The Singing Chef. She has a huge collection of tasty and unique recipes. I enjoyed reading all her posts. And soon will be trying her most of the recipes. She has a collection of recipes (almost 70) in which there is no onion and garlic!!! 
Divya of Dil Se.. has got the right choice for her event.

As a first step, I have followed Raaga's  Egg roast. It is very easy and quick to make but tastes great. The cumin flavor wins everyone's tongue(!!!) 
Click Egg Roast for the recipe. 
I followed exactly the steps as she has given. 
Sending this to Divya's event  Tried and Tasted - March 2010 Edition, event started by Zlamushka...

(I want to thank Ksenia (Tales of a Spoon) of  who has designed the logo for this event.)

Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thaali peeth! (Masala Rotti)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
One more traditional food of India. Yes! The name is different, but prepared all over India with available fresh vegetables or simply with onions.

It is a very common breakfast in North Karnataka and Maharashtra. We call it as thalipettu (ಥಾಲಿ ಪೆಟ್ಟು ) and in Maharashtra it is famous as Thali peeth. Sindhis call it Dhoda and is prepared only with jowar flour and onion.
 I think Kannada name is influenced by Marathi word. Thali means palm, pettu means beat. Basically it is prepared with bare hands by keeping the dough and pressing it in between the palms to make round and thick rottis. But, I prepare it keeping it on an aluminum foil and press it or roll it to make a thin thalipeeth. My mom always used clean white cotton cloth to make.
And few people directly press it to the tawa to spread it thin and big. Then they fry the thali peeths on medium flame with covered lid . These come out very crispy!

Thali peeth is the best healthy break fast! It is easy, quick and can be prepared with any available vegetables in the fridge. It makes your child eat all the vegetables and Jowar flour without their knowledge. Ohh! I always love this food. You can make thali peets with
Basically, the flour used for thali peeth is Jowar flour. But you can add other flours in little quanitity, like, WHEAT FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, OATS POWDER, SOYA POWDER, GRAM FLOUR, SEMOLINA, MAIZE FLOUR.... again the list goes on. You can check the shelves in the kitchen, and make these with whatever is available.
So it is the most versatile and friendly and healthy breakfast which is always handy and saves you from worrying about the breakfast.

Here goes the ingredients :
Jowar flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - 2 tbsp
Any other flour of your choice - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Green chilly - 2 chopped finely OR Red Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste 
Any vegetable or green leaves of your choice - 1 cup grated
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few, chopped
Water to make dough - 1/2 cup or more
Slowly keep on adding water and mix everything in a big bowl or plate to make medium hard (not very soft, nor very hard). Do not keep it for long time or else thali peeth will be torn.
Take the aluminium foil, cut into a square. Keep a bowl of water ready to spread on the foil before making thalipeeth. Sprinkle little water and oil on the foil. Take big lemon size of dough and make a round ball. Keep it on the foil and press slowly to give round shape to make thin rotis. Mean while, heat the tawa and sprinkle oil and put the pressed roti and fry it both the ways with little oil. 
If you want to make directly on tawa,
Take thick bottomed tawa, it should be cold. spread little oil and water on that. Take the ready dough and keep it in the center. Go on pressing it with little water on fingers and give round and thin shape. Make three hoes randomly on the roti to put oil. Cover it with lid and fry on medium flame. Fry it only on one side.
Serve with Butter or ghee or curds or coconut chutney.
Sending this to Suma's  on going event, JIHVA - Breakfast which is linked to Indira's Main announcement-JIHVA

Keep Smiling,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ugadi - Day 2

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Ugadi is celebrated one day before also i.e  on New moon day(Amavasya)! That was yesterday, and I have already posted the food we prepared. And today is the main festival. Usually, Sevian payasam is prepared on this day. But as this is very common in our home, mom prepared the Peanut karchi kai. (The recipe will be posted in few days)And the main prasad will be the sweet called Bevu-Bella. The meaning of this is Bevu means neem leaves which is bitter in taste but good for health. And Bella means sweet. Today it is offered to the God, praying that our life should have both the experiences. We pray to God to give us strength to face equally, all good and bad things in our life.

Bevu Bella sweet is prepared with  Dalia dal, sugar, fresh neem flowers and dry fruits. 
Take equal parts of dalia(puthani) dal and sugar. Dry grind it to make powder. Mix the neem flowers and dry fruits.
Today, we got the first batch of raw mangoes from our trees. So offering the same to God as Neivedyam. 

I will be back with regular food.
And Thank you everyone for the wishes on my first day Ugadi post.
Keep smiling,

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Ugadi!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,


 ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು 
Offered in Neivadyam,  the plate contains, PURAN POLI, BRINJAL AND ONION FRY, KOSUMBARI, RICE, CURDS AND GHEE.
The recipes will follow soon.

Keep smiling,

Apple Rasam!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
When Nithu announced her unique event! I kept on thinking about what you can prepare with fruits. I gave lot of work to my brain.
 I wanted to try something new, but was not sure what!! Then, last week, when my mother was eating this apple, after her first bite, she complained that the apple is very sour like tomato!! Ding!!!

I got an idea, to try  apple rasam and taste it! Yes, it turned out yummy.
But  I think I delayed in posting it, as Nithu has already posted "Apple Mor Kuzhambu / Apple Buttermilk Gravy". Even though the taste is totally different, I was thinking I will be the first one to do something with apple!! (so much pride or ego I do have no!!)
Anyways, Coming to the recipe,
Apple - 1
(take the juicy apple, so that when you grate it, you will get long thin apple threads.)
Tomato -1 small, chopped, jut to get the color
Curry leaves - few
Green chilly - 1
Garlic - 1 bulb, peeled and crushed
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Fresh coriander to garnish
Oil - 1 tbsp

Wash the apple, and grate it.
Heat the oil in a vessel. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and wait till they crackle. Add garlic and wait till brown. Now add curry leaves and green chilly and fry for a minute. Add chopped tomato and all the dry powders. Add grated apple and little water. Let it boil for a minute. Put some more water to suit the taste. Boil it for few minutes. The apple rasam is ready to serve. You will enjoy the apple taste while drinking.
Sending this to

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