July 19, 2017

Rava Pongal !!


Here is the best recipe to have pongal in the different & healthy way.  Rice is substituted with semolina (or rava) while the rest ingredients remains the same.  Try this rava pongal with sambar and coconut chutney.


Ingredients :
  1. Rava - 1/2 cup
  2. Moong Dal (Cooked) - 1/2 cup
  3. Ghee - 2 tbsp
  4. Black pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
  5. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  6. Curry leaves 
  7. A pinch of hing
  8. Cashew nuts - 10 nos
  9. Grated ginger - 1/4 tsp
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Water - 3 cups

Method :

1.  Dry roast the rava (semolina) and keep aside.

2.  Heat ghee in the pan, add peppercorns, cumins seeds, curry leaves, hing, ginger, cashew nuts and roasted rava. 


3.  Meanwhile warm the water separately and pour it in the semolina along with the smashed moong dal. 

4.  Add salt and cook them over medium heat until done.


Sprinkle some ghee, if desired and serve.

July 17, 2017

Raw Plantain Stir Fry - Delicious !!


Plantain stir fry makes a perfect side dish for hot sambar rice / curd rice.  Addition of aromatic cinnamon powder brings intense flavour to the dish.  Try to use fresh green plantain for this preparation.  


Ingredients :

  1. Raw green plantains - 2 nos
  2. Onion - 1 large sized
  3. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Green chillies - 3 nos, slit
  5. Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  6. Curry leaves - 10 nos
  7. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  8. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  10. Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  11. Roasted cumin powder - 1 tsp
  12. A pinch of cinnamon powder
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Fresh grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  15. Oil - 2 tbsp
  16. Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :

1.  Peel and slice the plantain and place it in water.

2.  Mix together turmeric power, chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, grated coconut to the sliced plantain.  Sprinkle some water and set aside for 15 mins.

3.  Heat oil in the pan, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, green chillies and sliced onion.  Saute till tender.


4.  Add plantain pieces and stir fry on medium high for 5 mins.  Keep stirring continuously.

5.  Reduce the heat to low flame and cook the plantain for 15 mins with lid.  Remove the lid, and cook on medium heat till roasted.  Once done, add cinnamon powder and finely chopped coriander leaves and switch off the heat.


Serve with rice.
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