August 21, 2017

Red Poha Upma !!


One of the easiest, quickest and flavourful breakfast meal, one can make it in just 15 mins is poha upma.  I used red rice flakes instead of white rice flakes to make it more healthy and nutritious.  We can add vegetables for variations. 


Ingredients :

  1. Red poha / Aval - 1 cup
  2. Water - 2 cups
  3. Oil - 2 tbsp
  4. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Urad dal - 1 tsp
  6. A pinch of hing
  7. Green chillies - 5 to 6 nos
  8. Curry leaves - 2 tbsp
  9. Roasted peanuts - 1 tbsp
  10. Onion, finely chopped - 1 large sized
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  13. Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :

1.  Wash the poha and soak it in the water for 3 mins.  Drain and squeeze the water completely.  Set aside for 5 mins.

2.  Heat oil in the pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, peanuts, hing, green chillies and finely chopped onions.  Saute till tender.


3.  Add the softened poha and enough water.  Mix well.  Cook them over low-medium heat for 10 mins or until done.

4.  Once the poha is cooked, add grated coconut and switch off the flame.  Garnish it with coriander leaves.


Serve warm.

August 18, 2017

Squid / Calamari Masala Fry - Kerala Style !!


Try this delicious kerala style squid (calamari) fry made using coconut oil along with freshly grounded  spice masala.  Taste great with rotis & rice.


Ingredients :
  1. Squid - 
  2. Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
  3. Pepper corns - 1 tsp
  4. Green chillies - 3 nos
  5. Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch stick
  8. Onion - 1 no
  9. Ginger , finely chopped - 1/2 tsp
  10. Garlic,  finely chopped - 1/2 tsp
  11. Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  12. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  13. Tomato puree - 2 tbsp
  14. Salt to taste

Method :

1.  Heat a tsp of oil in the pan, add peppercorns and green chillies.  

2.  Transfer the roasted pepper corns, green chillies along with the cinnamon stick, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt to the blender and grind them to smooth paste.

3.  Now marinate the cleaned squid in this grounded masala for half an hour.


4.  Heat coconut oil in the pan, add mustard seeds, finely chopped garlic and ginger. 

5.  Add finely sliced onion and curry leaves.  Saute till tender.

6.  Add marinated squid and fry them for few mins.  Add tomato puree and continue cooking.  Add enough salt. ( Don't overcook the squid, as it becomes rubbery.)


Enjoy.
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