Thursday, November 18, 2010

Boiled beans Sabji

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
First thing to do is to apologize for not being regular in my posting. Second thing is to Thank everyone for being with me here when I am not. I love you all for supporting me and request you to be with me.
Today I am going to post a recipe which is in my draft from past one year (Almost!!) Yes! These few simple preparations makes our life so easy. I got busy with other special dishes and forgot about this simple but healthy side dish which goes well with Chapati or rice. 
I love to make this often as it is quick,easy and healthy and can be kept with rice and dal in a cooker till my cutting job is done.
Green beans - 200 gm, cleaned, cut and boiled in a cooker or outside till soft
Onion - 1 big, chopped
Tomato - 1 big, chopped
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Crushed garlic - 4 to 6 cloves
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Sugar - 1 tsp
Gurellu Chutney(Niger seeds,ಗುರೆಳ್ಳು) powder - 1 tsp(optional, I add it because its common in my house)
You can use white sesame seeds(crushed) instead of it. But the taste differs a lot.

  1. Take oil in a kadai.
  2. Add mustard seeds, wait to splutter and add cumin seeds.
  3. Add curry leaves, garlic and saute for half a minute.
  4. Add chopped onion and fry till change in color.
  5. Add tomato and all the dry powders. 
  6. Mix well. Boil till tomato is tender, by adding little water(I take the water  from boiled beans)
  7. Now add the boiled beans. Cook for a minute.
  8. Garnish with fresh coriander(Here, I have missed it) before serving it with chapati or rice.
Will be back with new thing soon.

Keep smiling,

Monday, November 15, 2010

VARO-Indian Praline with Mixed Dry fruits for ICC

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
Srivalli's this month's  Indian Cooking Challenge  is  Varo – Indian Praline with Mixed Dry fruits . It was very helpful for me as it eased my work for Diwali.  Alka suggested the proper sweet for Diwali. Varo is a Sindhi Special on the Diwali day. 
Usually we make with other ingredients also such as, roasted peanuts, Dalia, kurmura, til.... 
But this Varo is special and everyone waits to tastes it.
I am directly coming to the Challenge with photos. The recipe is from  Simply Sindhi Recipes:

Mixed Nuts - 1 cup(I took almonds and cashew nuts only)
Sliced dry coconut - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1tsp
Poppy seeds - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Vessels to make:
Thick bottomed kadai,
Big, wide steel plate or rolling board(greased)
Rolling pin
1. Cut or slice the nuts into small pieces.

2. Keep everything ready near the gas stove as you should be quick at the end.
3. Heat ghee and sugar and on low heat.
4. Wait till it melts and gets caramelized.  Be patient as it needs more time(almost 10 to 15 minutes)
5. Once it is light brown, add mixed nuts, poppy seeds and cardamom powder. 
6. Mix well to get the nuts properly coated.
7. Now, be quick and pour this on rolling board or steel and immediately roll it to make thick circle.

8. Here, if you are late, you are out of challenge!! Because the mixture gets hard very fast. 
9. Wait till the Varo is cool.
10. Break into pieces and store in a airtight jar.

Keep Smiling,

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