December 26, 2011

Mushroon Stir Fry /Mushroom Ularthiyathu

Mushroom - 2 cup
Onion - 2 medium thinly sliced
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped
Garlic- 1 tsp chopped
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Coconut chips -2-3 tbsp
1.Clean mushroom in hot water and chop it 
2.Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds
3. Add onion, ginger ,garlic, curry leaves and fry till they all turn brown.
4. Now add coconut chips
5. Add all powders and fry for a minute
6.Add sliced mushroom and mix well with masala .Saute well for 5-6 minutes till they are done .
Serve hot !!

Chilli Paneer

Paneer - 1 cup cubed
Tomato - 1 medium chopped or Tomato Sauce - 2 tbsp
Capsicum -1 cubed
Onion - 1 Large ,chopped 
Green chillies - 2-3 split lengthwise
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Garlic - 2 cloves crushed
Soy sauce - 1-2 tbsp
Chilly sauce -  1tbsp
Coriander leaves - chopped
For frying Paneer
All purpose flour/ cornflour -2 tbsp
1. Make batter using all purpose flour/ cornflour,salt and water .Dip the paneer cubes in this thick batter and then deep fry in oil.Drain in paper towel.
2. Heat oil in another pan , add the crushed garlic ,green chillies,pepper powder and saute all for few minutes
3. Then add the onion and  saute till transparent.Now add the capsicum and tomato. Saute till it turns soft.
4. Add sauces, mix well and adjust salt. Add the deep fried paneer cubes .
5. Drizzle 1 tsp lime juice (optional),Mix chopped coriander leaves finally.
Serve hot !!

Kerala Kothu Parotta / Minced Parotta

Kerala Parotta(fresh or frozen) - 6 nos. (Thawed if frozen)
Onion - 1 Large ,thinly sliced  
Tomato - 1 Finely chopped
Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilly Powder -1 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
Egg - 2
Lime Juice -1 tsp
Curry leaves

1. Beat egg with a pinch of salt and pepper
2. Heat oil in a pan, scramble egg and keep aside.
3. Heat more oil in the same pan ,and splutter mustard seeds.Add curry leaves ginger and onion .Saute till it becomes soft
4. Add tomato and saute till turns soft 
5. Add chilly powder, turmeric powder and garam masala.Mix well
6. Add the scrambled egg and mix well with the masala.Keep the masala aside
7. Heat a tawa/griddle and cook the thawed parotta.
8. Cut or tear the parotta in to small pieces .Add this parotta pieces to masala and mix well.
9. Add lime juice and cook for 2-3 minutes with occasional stirring 

December 22, 2011

Fish Podimas

For cooking fish pieces: 
Fish- 1 Tilapia fillet  ,cut into big pieces(or any fish with thick flesh )
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup
For Podimas
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped finely
Garlic- 1 tsp chopped
Red onion - 1 small chopped
Pearl onion - 1/4 cup ,chopped lengthwise
Green chilli - 1 split lengthwise
Tomato - 1 small  
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masla - 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Mustard, dry red chillies, curry leaves, coconut oil - for tempering

1.Marinate the cleaned fish pieces with salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder
2. Cook it in a vessel with enough water till fish pieces are done .Adding 1 tsp of coconut oil will give a nice aroma.
3. When the fish pieces are done, and all the water is evaporated , shred them into small pieces using knife/fork/hand. If you are using fish with bones , remove it and use only flesh .
4. Heat coconut oil in another pan ,splutter mustard seeds.Add red chillies, curry leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute for few minutes
5.Then add chopped pearl onion and big onions ,Saute till they turn soft . You can replace big onions with 1/2 cup pearl onions,it will enhance taste.
6. Add all the powders and tomato  ,mix well and cook for few minutes.
7.Add the cooked and shredded fish pieces.
8.Add grated coconut and curry leaves , mix well and stir fry for few minutes.
Serve hot .
Recipe courtesy : Yummy O yummy 

Chilli Chicken Rice -Easy one pot meal

Boneless chicken -200 gm cleaned and cubed 
Basmati rice- 2 cup 
Onion - 1 Big chopped
Capsicum - 1 chopped
Soy sauce- 2-3 tbsp
Chilli sauce- 2 tbsp
Green chilli - 2-3 split lengthwise
Gralic- 2 cloves chopped
Black pepper powder - 1tsp
Corinader leaves/ spring onion - for garnishing 
1. Wash and drain the basmati rice.Cook it with enough salt and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a wok ,add the green chillies and garlic and saute them for few minutes.
3. Add the chopped onion ,saute till they are soft.
4. Add the chopped capsicum and pepper powder, saute for few minutes.
5. Now add the sauces and mix well.When they start bubbling add chicken and mix well.  
6. Add enough water to cook the chicken. Adjust the salt. Keep in mind that we added salt in rice too.
7. Close the wok with a lid and cook till the chicken is done and dried completely. Stir occasionally
8. Add the cooked rice and mix well with chicken. 
9. Keep covered for 1-2 minutes in low heat. Remove lid and garnish with chopped coriander leaves or spring onion. Serve hot
 # Original recipe by Dr.Lakshmi Nair follows cooking rice and chicken together from step 5.But when me and my SIL tried this recipe,we found it is not coming out well, either chicken is not properly cooked or rice is overcooked .So I modified it by cooking rice and chicken separately.It helps. 
Recipe courtesy -: Dr.Lakshmi Nair- Magic oven 

Shrimp/Prawns Fry

King Prawns - 10-12nos
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder -1 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder -1/4 tsp
Fenugreek/Methi powder- 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Corn flour- 1tsp

1.Peel and clean the prawns
2. Mix all the powders flour and salt together and make a paste with 1-2 tbsp of water
3.Marinate the cleaned prawns in the spice mix for 1-2 hrs.Keep in refrigerator
4.Heat oil in a deep pan and deep fry the prawns .
5.Just before removing fried prawns from the pan, add curry leaves to the oil and fry for a few seconds. A sweet aroma will come when the prawns are done.
6.Drain the prawns in a paper towel and  enjoy the yummy fried prawns with rice or chapati .

December 21, 2011

Home made Veg Pizza

Ever tried to make a pizza at home ,starting from the base ? It is very easy.Try this recipe.This recipe is from Rakskitchen. I made slight changes in the toppings ,with vegetables available at home .
Ingredients for the Pizza base
All purpose flour /Maida- 1.5 cup
Active dry yeast - 1tbsp
Milk- 1/4 cup
Water -1/4 cup
Sugar -1/2 tbsp
Salt- 3/4 tsp
Olive oil - 1/8 cup
Toppings I used 
Tomato sauce- 2 tbsp(Use pasta/pizza sauce if you have it at home)
Mozzarella cheese- grated ,to cover the toppings
Onion- 1 chopped
Tomato - 1/2 chopped and deseeded
Capsicum- 1/2 chopped
Mushroom - 5-6 chopped
You can use paneer ,baby corn, broccoli,cooked cauliflower etc..

1.Take a bowl ,mix olive oil, sugar ,salt and boiled water.Dissolve sugar and salt
2.Add milk and yeast to it ,and dissolve yeast well
3.Add all purpose flour and knead to  make a smooth dough. 
4.Keep covered with a wet clothe for an hour. It will be double in size after 1 hr.
5.Knead it again smoothly and roll it into a single base
6.Adjust the size and thickness ,depending on your pizza pan size and Fold the sides of the base inward
7. Prick the base using a fork for better cooking of the base and transfer it to the greased pizza pan.I dont have a pizza pan, so I used greased foil paper in a cake pan .
8. Spread the sauce and sprinkle some cheese
9. Spread the veggies over it
10. Cover the veggies with grated cheese ,drizzle a little olive oil .
11. Pre heat oven to 400 degree F,and bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes. The base and the cheese turns golden brown in color.
Enjoy yummy home made pizza 

Marble Cake

All purpose flour- 1 .1/4 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1/3 cup
Sugar- 1cup
Egg -2 
Vanilla essence -2 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder- -2 Tbsp
1. Sieve together the flour, salt and baking powder and keep aside
2. Beat sugar and butter till its creamy 
3. Add egg one by one and beat well
4. Add vanilla essence and mix well
5. Add the flour slowly and milk alternately.Mix well
6.Take another bowl ,and pour 2-3 tbsp of the batter to it .Mix the cocoa powder with it very well 
7. Pre heat the oven to 350 degree F.
8. Grease a 9 inch pan with butter or oil . Pour white batter to this and and the  2-3 tsp of chocolate mix over it . Continue this alternatively.
9. Swirl using a knife/fork (optional)
10. Bake for 35-40 minutes or the cake turns golden on top or when the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Recipe courtesy: Kaipunyam