Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bean Coconut Curry

Ingredients :

1.      Vegetable oil                         - 2 tablespoons
2.      Cumin seeds                         - 1 tablespoon
3.      Black mustard seeds            - 1 teaspoon
4.      Cloves                                   - 5 whole
5.      Grated fresh ginger              - 2 tablespoon
6.      Grated fresh garlic (3-4 large cloves) - 1 tablespoon
7.      Onion sliced thin                    - 1 large
8.      Salt                                         -   (As required)
9.      Sugar                                     - 2 teaspoons
10.     ground cumin                         - 1 teaspoon
11.     turmeric                                 – 1/4 teaspoon
12.     Chilli powder                         -  1/2 teaspoon (or to taste)-
13.     Shredded coconut - 1/4 cup
14.     Tomato                                - 1 chopped
15.     1/2 red bell pepper sliced
16.     1 pound fresh green beans trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
17.     1/3 cup vegetable stock (or water)
18.     1/4 cup plain yogurt
19.     minced cilantro for garnish

How to make it :

1.  Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and cloves. Stir around until the spices start to make a crackling noise. Add the garlic and ginger and give it a coupe stirs. Add the onion, salt and sugar, turn down the heat to medium low and fry stirring periodically until the onions are soft and starting to brown.
2.  Add the cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, coconut, tomato, bell pepper green beans and stock and stir to combine. Partially cover with a lid and cook until the green beans are tender (about 15-20 minutes). You want them cooked longer than if you were just blanching them so they absorb the flavor of the curry, but they shouldn’t be mushy either.
3.  When the green beans are done, taste for salt and spice and adjust as needed. When the flavor is to your liking, turn off the heat and stir in the yogurt. Top the green bean curry with minced cilantro and serve immediately with some basmati rice or roti/naan.

Kolukatti - Vinayagar Chadhurthi

Collard Green Kolambu(Keerai kolambu)

Collard greens is a rich source of iron content which is a substitute to the murangakai keerai we get back in India. Yes it also tastes the same. Drumstick used to be one of my favorite back in india… every Saturday we used to have this keerai . Was missing it a lot only then my sis introduced this greens to me. I had made stir in these greens many times but this curry has become one my hubby’s favorite  and mine too :).. Just love to have this with rice and some appalam or vadagam

1.      Collard Greens     – 1 bunch
2.      Onions                 –  1 chopped
3.      Green chili            - 3
4.      Chilly powder       - 1 spoon
5.      Grated Coconut           - 1 cup
6.      Salt as per taste

How to make it :

1.       Wash,cut the collard greens with onions, slit green chillies, chilli powder , turmeric and salt with some water.
2.      Then grind coconut with little water and add this to the greens once it is cooked well.
3.      Then take a kadai and add the tempering to the greens as per ur taste.
4.      Enjoy this with hot rice and appalam.

Chicken Cutlet