Friday, January 29, 2016

Methi Rice :

Methi rice is an alternative to the regular variety rice dishes. And it is nutritious too compared to all other recipes. I was browsing for nearly 1 hour to find a perfect methi pulav or rice recipe . And finally got satisfied with this one from a blog called "spice up the curry". And by the aroma it brought to my house , I was very sure that it is going to be awesome. And it is a perfect lunch box recipe including all the spices needed and at the same time healthy too.

Ingredients :

1. Methi - 3 cups

2. Cooked Rice - 3 cups

3. Big onion - 1/2

4. Tomato - 1

5. Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tbsp

6. Jeera - 1 tsp

7. Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch

8. Cloves - 2 to 3

9. Cardamom - 2

10. Bay leaves - 1

11. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

12. Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

13. Cumin powder - 1 tsp

14. Coriander Powder - 1 tsp

15.Green chilli - 2

16. Salt and Oil - As per taste.

Method :
1. Cook rice separately and keep it aside.

2. Wash and drain methi leaves and chop it finely.

3. Take a pan and pour oil.

4. Add cumin seeds and then cinnamon,cloves,cardamom and bay leaf.

5. Then  add ginger garlic paste.

6. Then add finely chopped onion and green chilli.


7. When the onion turns translucent, add finely chopped tomatoes.

8. When the tomatoes are mushy, add all the spice powders.

9. Fry them for 1 or 2 minutes .Then add the methi leaves.

10. Allow them to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

11. Finally add the cooked rice.

12 serve with onion raitha.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Spaghetti recipe

It was a lazy sunday morning and I was wondering what to make for breakfast as there was no bread or dosa batter at home. And my hubby gave the idea of making spaghetti. It is a very simple recipe yet very yummy too. Once I made this for tea time when my friends visited my home . It was a big hit among the kids. So letz have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients :

1. Big onion - 1 cup

2. Carrot - 1 cup

3. Cabbage - 1 cup

4. Capsicum - 1 cup

5. Spaghetti - 2 cups

6. Salt - As required.

Method :

1. Boil water and add spaghetti in boiling water with required salt.

2. Cook covered and drain spaghetti and keep it aside.

3. Take a pan and pour oil. Add onion to it.

4. When the onion turns translucent, add carrot cabbage along with capsicum.


5. Fry them for a while and then add the spaghetti to it.

6. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Garnish with spring onion and serve with tomato sauce.

Note :

1. You can make a slight twist to it by frying egg separately and adding it to the spaghetti at the final stage.

2. Gives best results when made with any kind of noodles too.




Saturday, January 23, 2016

Keerai vadai

  After a long break, when I just thought of blogging ,I wanted to come out with a really nice recipe. Is there anything more perfect than vadai with a hot cup of coffee on a rainy day. It is just an alternative for the regular subzi and sambar that I make with spinach and it was just a hit in my family . And the recipe is very simple too.

Ingredients :
1. Whole ural dhal - 2 cups

2. Spinach - 2 cups

3.Shallots/small onion - 6 to 7

4. Green chilli - 4

5. Ginger - 1 inch

6. Black pepper - 10

7.Curry leaves - 1 sprig

8.Coriander leaves - 1 sprig

9.Oil - For deep frying

10. Salt - As required.

Method :
1.Wash and soak ural dhal for 2 hours.Chop spinach finely and keep aside.

2.Grind ginger and green chilli first. Then add ural dhal and grind coarsely.

3.Take a bowl and add the ground mixture.Then add chopped onion,curry and coriander leaves,pepper ,spinach and finally salt.

4. Take a heavy bottom pan and pour oil.When the oil is hot , drop the batter by flattering it in your hand or parchement paper or banana leaf.

5. Deep fry in medium flame so that the vada is cooked well.

6. Serve it hot with sambar/coconut chutney.

Note :
1.Dont add water while grinding the ural dhal.If needed add very little water.

2.Cut a square piece of parchment paper and appy oil over one side.Place the batter on this side and make a hole in the center and drop it into oil.