Thursday, April 4, 2013

Carrot and Paneer- Dish it out event announcement

This month i'm happily hosting fellow foodie Vardhini's ( Cooks JoyDish it out event. This is a monthly event. The host will choose 2 or 3 veg. ingredients, and the participants should use that as the key ingredients in their dish. The ingredients of this month are: carrot and paneer (cheese). This event runs from April 4 to May 5
Few pointers to follow if you are participating:
1. Prepare any vegetarian or vegan dish, highlighting carrot and paneer.
2. Eggs can be added in baking.
3. Usage of logo is appreciated.
4. You can send any number of entries. You can link the old entries if they're republished with the logo and links given below.
5. Link your post to this  announcement page and Vardhini's dish it out page, that's mandatory.
6. Non bloggers can send your recipes to neetarufus[at]yahoo[dot]com.
Please enter your entries through the linky tool attached to this post by May 5. Looking forward to all the yummy recipes :) There will be a surprise giveaway when I post the roundup next month.  Happy cooking!

Spicy Bulgur Pilaf /Dalia khichadi /Rava Godumai upma

dalia biryani
Kothumai Rava Kichadi
It tasted just like vegetable biryani. We can call this dish vegetable bulgar/ dalia /wheat rava biryani. Bulgur can be a good alternative to white rice.Compared to unenriched white rice, bulgur has more fiber and protein, a lower glycemic index, and higher levels of most vitamins and minerals. One cup of dry bulgur contains approximately:
  • Energy: 2003 kJ (479 kcal)
  • Dietary fiber: 25.6 g
  • Protein: 17.21 g
  • Carbohydrate: 69 g whereof 0.8 g sugars
  • Fat: 1.86 g whereof 0.2 g saturated fat
  • Potassium: 574 mg
  • Iron: 3.44 mg
  • Glycemic Index: 48 -Wikipedia
1             big carrot
3 oz         paneer- cut into v.small cubes  
10-12       mint leaves 
2 cloves   garlic
1/2"         ginger    
1 cup       cooked bulgur /kothumai rava/ dalia
3 tbs        finely chopped onion
1/4 cup    green peas
1/2 tsp     ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp     chilli powder
salt to taste
1. Grind mint leaves, ginger and garlic to a fine paste.
2. Finely chop carrot, dice paneer into very small and uniform cubes.
3. The size of onion, paneer and carrot should be uniform.
4. Heat oil in a pan, saute onion till it become golden color, add ginger and mint paste. Mix it well, lower the heat and add chilli powder and salt.   
5. Now add carrot and peas, cover the pan and cook unti the vegetables becomes soft yet crispy. Add bulgur and cook it for few more minutes. 
6. Add paneer to the bulgar mixture.
7.  Remove from heat and transfer it to a serving dish, garnish it with chopped cilantro.
8. Serve it with any flat bread.
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Spicy Fish fry/ Meen Varuval

Fried fish - poricha meen is one of our family's fav dish. It pairs well with sambar, rasam and fish masala.
1lb/ 1/2 kg       fish (salmon)
1tsp                pepper powd
1/8 tsp            turmeric pwd
1.5 tbs            lemon juice
1 tbs              any fish masala powder
1.5 tbs            chilli powder
salt to taste
oil to fry
We can find fish masala powder or fish biryani masala pwdr in all the Indian grocery stores. I used Shan fish biryani masala powder. I fried this fish in a flat pan, it's not deep fried. 

1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients and add fish. Coat the fish completely with the marinade.
2. Marinate the fish for at least 4 hours.
3. Heat oil in a frying pan, and fry it. 
4. Remove fish with a slotting spoon. Serve it with rice.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Broccolette mung dal masala/ Broccolette lentil curry

         Broccolini or broccolette is a hybrid of broccoli and chinese kale (gai lan). It has smaller florets and longer slender stem than broccoli. The whole vegetable is edible, we just have to trim its end and cook. We can use broccoli instead of broccolini too.
        Our good neighbors introduced this veggie to us. I tried different recipes using it, in this recipe i cooked broccolini with spices and mung dal/mung lentil (de-hulled and split mung beans)
broccolette lentil curry
tasty dish!

1 lb          broccolette
2 cups      moong dal 
1              tomato 
1              onion  
2 tsp        sambar powder
2 tsp        chilli powder
1/4 tsp     mustard seed
few          curry leaves
2 - 3 tbs   oil
3 tbs        chopped cilantro/ coriander leaves
salt to taste
* sambar powder can be substituted with curry powder. We can find sambar powder in most Indian stores. 

1. Cook moong dal in 3 cups of water. When the water starts to boil add 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp oil and cook until soft, keep it aside
2. Trim the ends of  broccolette and cut it into 2" pieces. Chop onion and tomato.
3. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seed. When it starts to splutter add curry leaves, onion and fry till it becomes golden brown, reduce the heat.
4. Add chilli pwd, sambar pwd and tomatoes. Fry tomatoes till the masala becomes dry, add broccolette and let it cook till soft yet firm. Add the cooked mung dal and check for salt.
5. Remove the dal mixture from heat. Transfer it to a serving dish and garnish with chopped cilantro/ coriander leaves. 
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