Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kerala Fish Briyani / Malabar Meen Briyani

A very detailed description for making one of the Kerala delicacy, Fish Briyani. With the right selection of fish it tastes delicious and got a very good aroma too. Coconut milk is one common ingredient missed out while making the masala for the fish. In the final stage if an oven is not present, the pot can be cooked on a very low flame with a pot of boiling water on the top. Traditionally the pot and the lid is sealed with maida and coconut husk on the top of the lid (‘Dum’).

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Shukto – Mixed vegetable curry (Bong dish)

A bong delicacy made with vegetables mainly the bitter gourd and primarily had during lunch. This is very close to the South Indian dish avial. Apart from the vegetables mentioned in the dish you can add zuchinni, carrot or peas. Tomatoes can also be added with the vegetables for a slightly different version of a recipe.
Enjoy it with steamed rice.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Samosas / Spicy Potato Snack

The photos in this recipe talk more than words, splendid photos explaining how to fold the dough into a samosa. A typical filling of this delicious Indian snack would be potatoes with peas or a filling made with potatoes and mixed vegetables. For a party you can make this ahead of time and reheat in the oven for 10 minutes once the guests are home. Enjoy the samosa with mint chutney and tomato sauce.

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Baked potatoes

An easy way to make tasty crunchy potatoes, since baked it doesn’t add much to your daily calories. If you do not have ginger and garlic powder, just mince or crush it and add to the mix. Try it with red potatoes and it really tastes great.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Chick Pea Pulusu/kuzhambu or Curry

A very simple dish made with brown chick peas or any bean of your choice and the simple spices you have at any Indian kitchen. Usually brinjals are also added along with the potatoes and chick peas. At times this is made with a mixture of vegetables like carrot, red pumpkin, broad beans(avarakkai). Tastes great with steamed rice or chapathi.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kheema / Minced Meat Paratha

Paratha made with chicken or mutton, doesn’t sound right? . But try this recipe, it definitely tastes right. By minced meat in the recipe it usually means mutton, but this can be prepared with chicken too. Instead of adding wheat flour, you can add all purpose flour (Maida) and wheat flour in the ratio 1:1. Then make the recipe with the same procedure mentioned below. Enjoy the paratha with a mild kurma or just raita.

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Chilli Chicken

A spicy appetizer or a sidedish made with chicken and capsicum. Here in this recipe they have used sambal oelek, which is an Indonesian condiment made with chilli, peppers, shallots, peanuts and other ingredients. This ingredient gives an unique aroma and spiciness for the recipe. If sambal oelek is not there, try substituting with chilli sauce. Enjoy the meal with steamed rice.

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MineStrone Soup

A wonderful and healthy soup for a rainy day and a quick one too, if you had done chopping with the vegetables. Depending on the consistency of the soup needed, you can alter the vegetables like potatoes, peas, beetroot, zucchini or even some boiled chicken pieces. Enjoy the soup with corn chips.

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Aloo palak / (Potato - Spinach) Cottage Cheese Paratha

Pictures are good enough, that even a novice cook in making parathas can clearly understand the procedure. A brilliant idea of adding cottage cheese to the parathas which makes it soft and melts in your mouth. The potato stuffing goes well with the paratha. You can also try it with grated carrot or the conventional mulli (radish) stuffing.

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Bitter gourd / kakara kaaya / pavakaai stuffed curry

Another unconventional way of making a stuffed curry with bitter gourd (Pavakkai in Tamil). Tastes very good and the pictures are just exotic. While preparing the stuffing,try adding sesame seeds and peanuts which gives a very good flavor and taste. While doing the tadka, try using gingely oil or peanut oil. Enjoy the meal with steamed rice and papad.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Medhu Vada/Uzhunnu Vada (Urud dal vada)

A step-by-step procedure, with photos on how to prepare the vada. The less water you add to grind the dough the better the batter would be and would absorb lesser oil. The only ingredient you can add if you want is cumin seeds or jeera. Fry the vada’s on medium flame so that it is cooked properly. Enjoy the vada with coconut chutney and sambar.

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Gummadikai Vadiyalu (Ash Pumpkin / Winter Melon Fritters)

A fresh and exclusive way of making vadam or fritters . Though there is not very much of a detailed description, the pictures talk a lot of the recipe. While grinding the urud dal add a bit of cumin seeds or jeera and curry leaves. Enjoy the meal with steamed rice and rasam.

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Paneer Biryani / Paneer Briyani

This is an unconventional recipe prepared with paneer. If you don’t have paneer, you can replace it with tofu pieces. Instead of slow cooking on a pan you can also keep it an oven for the 15 minutes. A slight alteration of the recipe would be to toss in some mixed vegetables along with the paneer. Enjoy the meal with raita and boiled eggs.

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Kajaalu / Sweet made with Maida in sugar syrup

This is an easy to make sweet with all purpose flour and can be stored for a while. The recipe tastes good with ghee rather than with Vanaspati. You can also substitute water with milk while making the dough, or use equal amount of milk and water while kneading the dough. If there is very less time to fold the dough to the shape shown in the picture try cutting it into small rectangular shapes and follow the same procedure.

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Low calorie Masala Pizza - Indian Style

Do you crave for pizza, but since you count your calories, feeling guilty to have one? If so then you shouldn’t miss this low calorie no cheese spicy masala pizza. You can add a pinch of basil leaves, oregano and rosemary, or you can get Italian spice mix from any departmental store. You can add any toppings of your choice and try it with fried paneer in a tomato sauce or cooked the usual way you cook paneer curry.

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Homemade Pizza with tomato sauce

A mouth watering recipe for homemade pizza and tomato sauce. Making of the pizza dough has been explained clearly in the following recipe. The dough has been made in a food processor, but it can be kneaded with hand. If you would like an Indian style Pizza, try replacing the tomato sauce with one of your pani puri mint chutney, or you can add some mint chutney along with the tomato sauce.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Spicy horse gram rice / Kollu Parupu Satham

For people who have tasted horse gram(Kollu parupu or ulavalu) would immediately know this recipe is a fusion of the traditional recipes made with horse gram. This particular recipe has a wonderful taste and an excellent photo, which tempts you to take a bite from there if possible. The shallot onions , tamarid and slow cooking of the rice makes this dish taste heavenly. Enjoy this with some potato chips, boiled egg.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Carrot Yellow Squash Soup

Another wonderful soup with carrots and yellow squash. Tastes great with bread or corn chips and kids love these. A slight variation would be to try it with mixed vegetables. Pressure cook with carrot, potatoes, beans and tomatoes, follow the same procedure. Enjoy soup with Chicken 65 or Chicken Manchurian.

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Avial (Mixed vegetables in coconut and yogurt)

A very authentic dish of kerala made with ground coconut and yogurt. This recipe is usually made with leftover vegetables, other than karela or bitter gourd. The coconut oil added to the cooked vegetables gives you an unique aroma which, takes you to kerala for a moment. Few more vegetables that can be added to the following recipe is red pumpkin, beans, brinjal. Toss in anything of your choice and enjoy avial with milagu rasam and steamed rice.

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Raw Plantain Cutlets / Vazhakai Cutlets

Tastes great and makes a yummy evening snack too. You can replace the raw plantain with potato to get potato cutlets or aloo tikki (Lime juice should not be added for potatoes). Instead of frying it on a pan you can bake it an oven too.

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Brinjal Podi Curry / Kathirikai Podi Curry

An authentic recipe from Tamil Nadu with brinjal. The podi or the dry ground mixture can be substituted with garam masala for dry fry of vegetables like green plantain or potato. The following brinjal podi curry can be made as gravy by adding the dry ground mixture to boiling tamarid water and brinjal. When the gravy reaches the required consistency enjoy the meal with steamed rice and papad.

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Tri- colored spiral parathas

This is a very different and interesting version of paratha made with vegetable purees. The following recipe has been made with carrots and spinach puree. Beetroot is another good choice to make a puree. One of the dough is made with maida which gives a unique taste. If you want you can also replace the third dough with wheat flour and a puree of your choice. Enjoy the meal with a curry of your choice.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Chicken Roast with potatoes

Do you want to learn the perfect way to roast a chicken?. Do you want the chicken to be moist and also taste wonderful? . Follow this recipe blindly to get best results. You can play around with the stuffing for the second time, but for the first time do not change anything about the recipe other than the spice level.

Enjoy with pulao or jeera rice.

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Parupu usli/ Green Beans usli

Parupu usli is an authentic south Indian dish made originally with gawar beans(kotha varanga or Matti kayalu). But in the following recipe it's made with green beans, you can even try adding cabbage and beans together. Usually the dal mixture is fried in lots of oil and steaming it was a healthy idea, another easier way is to microwave the mixture. Enjoy the meal with hot steamed rice and curry.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Stuffed Capsicum / Capsicum rings

This is an appetizer, which tastes more like potato cutlet. Stuffed capsicum is a favorite of all time, but in this recipe the capsicum has been sliced for convenience, which is a brilliant idea. The usual vegetable cutlet filling instead of the aloo filling also tastes great. Try the same recipe with the same filling or something of your choice.

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Peas Soup

A very different and healthy recipe you can try with peas. Try this recipe and you’ll really love it. It’s an excellent snack for kids. Instead of peas you can try the same recipe with tomato or carrots. If you like a sweeter version of the soup, try it with red pumpkin and a bit of sugar instead of salt. No hassle ways to get your kids eat vegetables.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Potato Finger Chips varavu

A simple dish to make use of the leftover French fries. This is a good spicy snack for a rainy evening. You can also fry some onions , ginger garlic paste, chilli powder and turmeric. Saute well till the onions are golden brown and then add the fries and cook for 5 minutes. Tastes good as a side dish or an appetizer.

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Kathirikaai kara kuzhambu/ ennai kathirikai kuzhambu

This is an authentic South Indian recipe and especially famous in TamilNadu. This excellent recipe of ennai kathrikaai kuzhambu is made without tomatoes. You can make a slight variation to this, by adding a diced medium sized tomato along while the onions are sauted. After that follow the same exact procedure. But if you are too lazy to make a separate paste of the coconut you can grind it along with the tomatoes and onion mixture. Enjoy it with hot steamed rice and pappad.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Chicken-Barley Soup

A very nutritious and a filling meal, easy to prepare and tastes great. The barley gives the consistency for the soup, so if you want it watery add very less of barley. Add a clove of garlic and a pinch of chilli powder if you like it spicy. A very good and infact a healthy substitute for an indian meal. Tastes great with corn chips.

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Kozhi varatiyathu/Chicken stir fry

Excellent recipe for chicken with coconut. The shallot onions is a key ingredient to give the recipe it's taste. The lemon juice added at the end helps to get rid of the smell. If you are a good fan of pepper chicken add a bit of freshly ground pepper along with the shallots. Enjoy the recipe with rice and rasam or as an appetizer.

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Spicy Chicken 65

This should be one of the favorite recipe for anyone who loves chicken. This link gives a good description and a mouth-watering photo which makes you want to try it. For who count the calories you can bake the chicken instead of deep frying it. Bake the chicken at 350 for 35 – 40 minutes and broil it for 5- 10 minutes for it to be crisp. Again the temperature and time depends on the type of your oven.

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Chicken Manchurian (Dry and Gravy)

The specialty of this recipe is that, it sounds so easy to make, which completes half the work. For gravy, it follows more of a Chinese style than an indo-chinese. Those who prefer the sweet taste of the manchurian, don’t add sugar. If there is chicken broth available, substitute the water with the chicken broth. Enjoy the recipe with the chicken fried rice.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Kerala chicken roast ( Kozhierchi varathada)

Though a great tasting chicken, it has it’s dose of fat from the coconut and the coconut oil added to the recipe. As mentioned extra virgin oil an be a good substitute or even butter and ordinary vegetable oil tastes good enough. If not with whole chicken, try it with chicken wings, thighs or drumsticks and have to accept the coconut oil is the one which gives the authentic kerala taste.

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Masala chicken curry

This is a very tempting recipe with a gorgeous photo. The key to this recipe, is not to add water, should be slow cooked in the water left by the chicken. Adding water alters the taste of the recipe. A slight variation of this recipe would be to grind coconut and cashews together instead of milk. Yogurt can be added along with the chicken.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Kodi Vepudu

This is an authentic preparation from Andhra Pradesh. The following link gives you a wonderful photo which makes your mouth water and want to try this recipe. Do not substitute the minced ginger garlic with readymade ginger-garlic paste. The fresh minced ginger and garlic with curry leaves gives a very special taste when taken a bite along with the cooked chicken and spices.

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Chicken Fried Rice

This recipe is presented with a video, which makes the procedure easily understandable and confidence to try it out. The chicken needs to be precooked with a bit of salt before, which is not mentioned clearly in the recipe description. If chicken is not available it can substituted with hot water. But otherwise follow the recipe blindly to get excellent restaurant style indo-chinese chicken fried rice. Enjoy the chicken fried rice with chilli sauce.

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