August 30, 2016

Homemade Cardamom Powder !!!

Cardamom powder is one of the most important & basic ingredients in my kitchen.  Most supermarkets sell cardamom powder but it is very easy to make our own freshly grounded cardamom powder which can be used in baking, tea, sweets & savoury dishes.  

Ingredients :

  1. Green cardamom - 1/2 cup
  2. Granulated sugar - 2 tsp (optional)

Method :

1.   Dry roast the cardamom powder for few mins (or sun dry the cardamom for one hour)

2.   Mix sugar and grind them to fine powder.

Note :

We use sugar to get fine powder.  I don't use sugar, so I get coarse cardamom powder.  This can be used for both sweet & savoury preparation.

Store it in air tight container.

August 29, 2016

Egg Fried Rice !!!

Egg fried rice is one of my comfort and favourite weekday lunch menu.  Serve this with Chinese styled vegetable / chicken curry.  I make it very simple without much vegetables but if needed we can add peas, corn, carrot or beans for different flavours.  Cook the basmati rice and allow them to cool completely before adding other spices & egg for this preparation.  Perfect & easy lunch box menu !!!

Ingredients :

  1. Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Oil - 1 tbsp
  4. Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  5. Sesame oil - 2 tsp
  6. Onion - 1 no,sliced 
  7. Garlic - 1 tsp, chopped
  8. Ginger , finely chopped - 1/2 tsp
  9. Capsicum - 1 no, finely chopped
  10. Spring onion- 1 bunch, chopped
  11. Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  12. Egg - 3 nos

Method :

1.   Cook the basmati rice with little bit of salt, 1 tbsp of oil and lemon juice to correct consistency. Allow it to cool completely.

2.   Heat sesame oil in the pan, add chopped garlic, ginger and finely sliced onions.  Saute till tender.

3.   Add chopped capsicum, spring onions (preserve little for garnishing), pepper powder and salt to taste.

4.  Meanwhile, in a separate pan  cook and scramble the egg with salt and pepper powder till done.

5.   Now gradually add the cooked rice to the onion mixture and saute.

6.   Finally, add the scrambled egg to the rice and cook for few mins over low flame.

Serve warm.
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