Monthly Archives: February 2017

MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP

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Soups are always nourishing and healthy. It  will be comforting and filling.
The flavour and taste of the soup will depend on the vegetables you add.For this simple recipe of vegetable soup I have added few vegetables but you can increase or decrease the amount you want,you can use the veggies of your choice.

INGREDIENTS:
Potatoes: 2
Onions:2
Beans :few
Carrot :2
Peas:few
Cabbage
Cauliflower few florets
Garlic : a few
Ginger a small piece
Butter:2 tbs

METHOD
1.In a pressure pan first put 2 tbs of butter or oil. Add onions and saute for few minutes.
2.Now add tomatoes.
3.After few minutes add all the cut veggies and saute for few minutes.
4.Then add enough water and close the lid.Also  can add 1/2 a TSP of sugar.
5.Allow for 2 whistles
6.When cool put it in a blender till it is smooth.
7. Now can add pepper and salt.
8. If you transfer it to the pressure pan and boil for few minutes  itvwill blend well.
9.Serve hot with fried bread crumbs.
This is a thick cremy soup.

IDLI UPMA/LEFT OVER IDLY UPMA

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I have already given the recipe for left over curry.(PAZHANG CURRY).Now I thought of sharing this simple and easy recipe with left over idlis or even can make a batch of fresh idlis cool it and then prepare it.It is very common in South India.

Ingredients:
*Crumbled Idli from 5 to 6 Idlis.
*Big Onion- 2 or 3but if you use Shallots it will be more tastier.
*Green Chillies -2 to 3 or can use both green and red chillies.
*Curry leaves- a few
*Mustard seeds- 1/2 TSP
*Urad dhal_ 1 TSP
*Oil – For frying
*Hing a pinch.

Method:
1.Crumble the idlis with your hand.Or put in mixer just whip it once.If you have made fresh batch allow it cool and then crumble.
2.Heat 2 to 3 tbs. of oil in a kadai.(sesame oil will be best).
3.Add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal green cllies, onion and curry leaves.
If you want to add  dosa
podi add now
4. Now addcrumbled idlis and check for salt if needed add salt.
Optional:
Can add turmeric powder and coriander leaves

VAZHAITHANDU SALAD/BANANA STEM RAITHA

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Vazhaithandu refers to banana stem or plantain stem.It is very healthy.There are lots of benefits if we eat banana stem.It is very effective against kidney stones. Provides relief for constipation.It is enriched with iron and Vit. B6.

Ingredients
*Vazhaithandu – 1cup
*Curd –  3/4 or 1 cup
*Chillies -1 or 2
*Curry leaves _ a few
*Oil  – 1 tbs
*Urad dhal  -1 tsp
*Mustard seeds – 1/2tsp

METHOD
1.First remove the skin that is outer ring of banana stem.
2.There are two ways to  cut the stem.One cut in circles to remove the extra fibre.
The other one is to chop the banana stem and soak it in curd and I’d you immerse a sticker a  handle of the spoon into the curd mixture and circulate it the extra fibre will come in the spoon.
3. Soak the chopped pieces in buttermilk or lemon juice to retain its color.
Two ways for preparing the salad.
One can eat this as a raw salad.
The other way is to cook the  chopped banana stem in buttermilk for few minutes. Then add the seasoning to it.

Optional:
Can grind green chillies in 2 tbs coconut scrapings and mix in raitha.

Greens Porial/GreensStir Fry/Arai keerai Porial

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An easy traditional also a healthy recipe.This is a simple and easy quick side dish that can be had with rice.Best for sambar,rasam and even curd rice.
Ingredients
*Arai keerai _ 2 small bunches
*Onion_ Shallots will be best or can use
Big onions_ 2
*Coconut scrapings_3tbs
*Oil for frying
*Mustard seeds_3/4 TSP
*Urad dhal_1tsp
*Red chillies_2 or 3 accdg. to taste.
*Salt as reqd.

Method
1.Wash the Greens thoroughly and chop finely.
2.Chop onions.
3.In a kadai pour 2 or 3tbs. of oil add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal.Add red chillies after frying and chopped onions and fry till soft.
4.Now add chopped greens and required amount of salt.
5.Sprinkle little water only if required cos .leaves will  have water
6.When cooked add coconut scrapings to it.Mix well.
7.Serve as side dish for rice.
Optional
1.Spinach or mulai keerai can be used.
2.Can use 1/2 TSP sugar to greens to retain its color.
3.While adding chopped onions chopped garlic too can be added to enhance its flavour.

Tips

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1.Apply coconut oil on lime to  retain its freshness for more days.
2.For Ven Pongal/Kara Pongal instead of adding whole pepper  fry pepper powder in ghee with cumin seeds it enhances the flavour also children will not remove pepper from Pongal.
3.For extracting thick coconut milk immerse coconut scrapings in hot water and then if we  extract we get thick milk.
4.  To remove excess water from vada batter can add powdered bread to it then mix it and prepare vada.
5.If there are left over chappathi s we can steam them (just like we do for idli)
Chappathi will be very soft.