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GRATED CARROT RICE

Carrot is a root vegetable is a perfect health food. It improves eye health. Orange carrots get their bright color from betacarotene an antioxidant that your body converts into Vit.A.

They are good source of fiber,Vit.K1, potassium,B6 and antioxidants.

Ingredients

Rice……1cup

Cinnamon…1piece

Cardomom…2

Cloves…..3

Star anise …1

Cook rice with the above whole spices and little salt. Add 1/2 lemon juice.Keep aside.

For Carrot rice

Carrot……4 grated

Ghee……3tbs

Saunf….1/4tsp

Cumin seeds….1/4tsp

Onion……2chopped

Green chillies…2

Garlic cloves …..3or 4 pods

Turmeric a small piece

Garam masala……1/4tsp

I grinded green chilli,ginger and garlic.

For a change have used grated turmeric powder I have used fresh turmeric grated.

In a kadai add ghee .Add saunf ,cumin seeds

Add onion and grated turmeric and add grated carrot.

Add grinded chilli ginger garlic paste.Add garam masala powder if you need more spicy add chilli powder and salt.

When done add cooked rice. See that rice doesn’t get broken.

Lastly add chopped Coriander leaves.

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cooking Cooking Recipes lunch box recipe Neivedyam traditional cooking vegan

PULIYODARE/ TAMARIND RICE

Puliyodare,Pulihora or Tamarind rice is a common rice recipe in South Indian States.This is a main course dish. This is usually a neivedyam for Pooja’s both in homes and also in temples.Also this is travel friendly recipe . Best for lunch box too.

Ingredients for mix

  • Channa dhal…..2tbs
  • Urad dhal……….2 TBS
  • Coriander seeds..1 TSP
  • Pepper……..1 Tsp
  • Methi seeds..1tsp
  • Red chillies …4 or 5
  • Asafoetida..1/4 TSP.

In a kadai first put Channa dhal then urad dhal and dry roast it for sometime.then add coriander seeds ,pepper corns,methi seeds and red chillies. Fry a little then add asafoetida.After roasting put it in mixer grinder and make it into a fine powder.Keep it aside. Can refrigerate it and use while preparing the mix.

Ingredients for the mix

  • Tamarind..lime size
  • Mustard seeds…1/4 TSP
  • Urad dhal……1/2 TSP
  • Channa dhal…1/2 TSP
  • Groundnuts….4 TBS
  • Curry leaves….few
  • Red chillies…..3
  • Jaggery a small piece.
  • Gingelly oil ..4 tbs
  • Turmeric powder…1/4 TSP
  • Salt as required
  • Asafoetida…1/4 TSP

Method

  1. In a kadai add gingelly oil.
  2. When it gets heated add mustard seeds then urad dhal and Channa dhal.
  3. When it gets roasted add red chillies and curry leaves.
  4. Add turmeric powder
  5. Now add ground nuts
  6. Fry a little and add the grounded powder to it.
  7. Now let it mix well
  8. Add tamarind extract to it.
  9. Allow it to boil.
  10. When it starts thickening add required salt.
  11. Till it is like a halwa stage
  12. Remove from fire and store in airtight container.
  13. Take a cup of cooked rice and mix with it.
  14. Serve with papad or vathal.

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Cooking Recipes indian vegan

CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE/GOBI FRIED RICE

Another single variety rice .Cauliflower is a very good source of vitamin.C and manganese.It is low in fat,high in fiber and have antioxidant and inflammatory properties.

First we have to get the cauliflower ready for the rice.in this we prepare a batter to fry the florets.

Ingredients for batter

  • All purpose flour/Maid…1/2 cup
  • Corn flour….1/2 cup
  • Chilli powder……1 tbs
  • Food color(optional)
  • Garam masala……1/2 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil for frying the florets.

Cut cauliflower into florets.Put in hot water with salt to clean it.Now dip the florets in batter and then fry it.Keep aside.

For rice

  • Rice ……3 cups
  • Green chillies …….2 or 3
  • Carrot chopped…..1 cup
  • Cabbage chopped….2cups
  • Chilli powder…..2 tsp
  • Pepper powder…..2tsp
  • Garam masala…..1 tbs
  • Tomato sauce…..3tbs
  • Chilli sauce…..1 or 2tsp
  • Soya sauce……1 tbs
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil 4 tbs

Method:

  1. In a kadai put oil.
  2. Add green chillies slit to it
  3. Add chopped carrots to it and fry a little
  4. Now add chopped cabbage to it
  5. To this add fried cauliflower,then chilli powder,pepper powder,all sauces and required salt
  6. Finally add cooked rice to it.

Serve with raitha and papas.

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indian traditional cooking vegan

PODI IDLI

Podi idli is a recipe which can be prepared quickly.All you need is idli and idli podi.This is a lunch box special too.Left over idlis can be cut into pieces and we can prepare in this way.

Ingredients

  • Idlis
  • Idlis podi mixed with oil
  • Curry leaves
  • Oil 3 to 4 tbs
  • Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
  • uraddhal 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves chopped 1 tbs
  • Sugar 1/4 tsp 
  • Salt 1/4 tsp

METHOD

  1. Make small idlis or cut big idlis into small pieces.
  2. Mix podi with oil and  coat the idlis with it.
  3. In a pan put 3 tbs oil add mustard seeds to it. When it splitters add urad dhal then add curry leaves.
  4. When fried add idlis to it.
  5. Fry a little.
  6. Sprinle little salt and sugar to it.
  7. Finally add chopped coriander leaves to it.

Serve hot.some like to have with chutney or Sambhar too.

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Cooking Recipes indian traditional cooking vegan

VANGI BHATH/BRINJAL RICE/EGG PLANT RICE

Vangi Bhath is a South Indian dish.In a simple way we call it brinjal rice.A single rice recipe and also tiffinbox recipe too.The powder is the key ingredient for this rice.can store the powder in fridge for up to 10 days and use it when needed.

Ingredients 

Rice 2 bowls cookedBrinjal 1 cup cut lengthwise
Vangibhath powder

  • Red chillies 4 or 5
  • Coriander seeds 2 tbs
  • Channa dhal 2tbs
  • Urad dhal 2tbs
  • Pepper1 tsp
  • Cinnamon a small piece
  • khus khus 1tsp
  • Grated Dry coconut2tbs(optional)
  • Oil for seasoning
  • Mustardseeds1/4 tsp
  • Urad dhal 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves a few

 Method

  1. Dry roast the ingredients separately and powder it.
  2. Take a pan put little oil .
  3. Put mustard seeds when it splutters add  urad dhal fry a little add curry leaves.
  4. Now add cut brinjals to it.fry .when almost done add the powder and required salt.
  5. When it mixes well add cooked rice to it.

Serve with raitha or papads

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Cooking Recipes lunch box recipe traditional cooking

 Bishi bhela bhath

Another rice variety from me.Many prepare this in different ways. I learnt this from my mother.In this method rice and djal are cooked and then it is prepared.

Ingredients:

Rice_________3/4 cup

Toordhal____1/2 cup

Tamarind____a small lime size

Turmeric powder____1/4 TSP

Asafoetida______ 1/4 TSP

Onions_____ 2No

Veggies___peas,carrot,beans and potato cut into small squares.

Ghee_____ 3 to 4 tbs

Salt as required

Chopped coriander leaves

To roast and grind into coarse powder.

Red chillies___ 3to4

Channa dhal___3 TBS

Coriander seeds__3tbs

Cumin seeds……..1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds…..1/2 tsp

Dry roast these ingredients and grind into powder.

For frying:

Oil ___2 TBS

Shallots4to5

Coconut 3 to 4 TBS

Fry these ingredients lightly and then grind it coarsely without adding water.

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds_____1/4 TSP

Urad dhal__________1/2 TSP

Curry leaves______few

Method

  1. Cook rice and dhal separately.
  2. Keep cooker in stove.pour3 TBS ghee into it.
  3. Put onions first saute a little then add cut veggies saute
  4. Add tamarind extract (enough for cooking veegies)
  5. Now add turmeric powder,hing and salt.
  6. After the veggies are half way done add the powder to it and allow it to boil.
  7. Add cooked shal first and then cooked rice finally coarsely grounded coconut.
  8. Add seasoning and chopped coriander leaves.
  9. If needed add more ghee
  10. It will be loose initially but will set after sometime.
  11. Serve with papad or vadams.
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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