Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chicken Kurma


Chicken - 1/4 kg
Shallots - 100 gms
Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
Dry red chillies - 6 to 7
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Peppercorns - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Coriander powder - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - few
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste



  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok, add cumin seeds, peppercorns, curry leaves, dry red chillies, shallots and fry for 2 Min's.
  • Then add coconut to it and mix well. To it add coriander powder and fry for 2 Min's.
  • Allow it to cool. Then grind it to a fine paste.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a wok add mustard seeds to it. After it splutters add chicken to it and saute for 2 to 3 Min's.
  • Then add ground masala paste and enough water for the chicken to cook.
  • After the chicken gets cooked and the gravy becomes thick, add chopped coriander leaves to it.
  • Serve with idlis / Dosa / Rotis.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mixed Vegetable Kurma

Vegetables are vital part of healthy diet. Vegetables are important source of vitamins. They are low in calories and are packed with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants etc.

Now coming over to the today's recipe vegetable kurma - a medley of vegetables in spicy gravy. Vegetables and spices are blended together to give a flavorful and aromatic recipe. A side dish served with parathas/ rotis/ Naans. My favorite way to eat this vegetable kurma with parathas.


Boiled Mixed Vegetables chopped - 1 cup
( Carrot, Beans, Green Peas, Baby Potatoes, Baby corns )
Tomato - 1, big one
Paneer (Cottage Cheese) - few, chopped (optional)
1/2 tsp corn flour mixed with 1/4 cup Milk
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

To be ground into a paste
Onion - 1
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Cloves - 3
Dry Red Chillies - 4 to 5
Poppy Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 3/4 tsp
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic - 4 cloves

  • Heat oil in a wok, add the grounded paste to it and cook for 5 Min's on a slow flame.
  • Add chopped tomatoes to it and saute for 3 Min's.
  • Then add the chopped vegetables, paneer, salt and 1 cup of water and cook for 5 Min's or till the gravy becomes thick.
  • Serve with rotis / Naan.
Recipe from the Book - Cooking and More, Tarlal Dalal.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ragi Dosa


Ragi flour / Finger Millet flour - 2 cups
Urad dal - 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp


  • Wash and soak urad dal and methi seeds in water for 3 to 4 hrs.
  • Drain the water and grind by adding little water to make a smooth paste.
  • Transfer this to a large bowl and add ragi flour and salt tot it and mix well.
  • Close the bowl and keep it for 6 to 8 hrs for fermentation.
  • After this fermentation, stir the batter well. Now its ready to make dosa.
  • Heat the dosa pan and pour ladleful of batter on the pan and spread the batter in circular motion to form pancake of roughly 8" inch diameter.
  • Drizzle th oil on the surface and edges of the dosa. Flip the dosa and cook for one minute.
  • Serve the dosa with Chutney/Sambhar/ Chicken kurma etc.
This is going to participate in " EFM - Breakfast Series " event hosted by Srileka of Me and My Kitchen.

Updated: Sending this Ragi Dosa to " JFI: Ragi " event hosted by Madhuram's EgglessCooking.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Sesame Potato Breads


Potato - 1
Bread Slices - 3
Onion, small one - 1 chopped finely
Grated Carrot - 3 tsp
Capsicum, finely chopped - 2 tsp
Soya Sauce - 1/4 tsp
Vinegar - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter - Enough to spread
sesame seeds - to sprinkle
Chilly Garlic tomato sauce to dot

  • Wash potatoes and poke holes into it using fork and microwave them for 5 Min's. Peel and mash potatoes coarsely.
  • In a dish microwave onion and oil for 3 Min's.
  • Then add vegetables and microwave for 2 Min's.
  • Add potatoes, soya sauce, vinegar, salt, pepper and chilly powder and microwave for 2 Min's and keep aside.
  • With a cutter cut out small rounds of the bread and butter both sides of the bread.
  • Spread some potato mixture on the bread. Sprinkle sesame seeds and press gently.
  • Place on grill rack and microwave for 3 Min's or cook till bread turns golden and crispy.
  • Serve dotted with chilly garlic sauce.


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