Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mango Fried Rice (Mamidikaya pulihora)





Mango fried rice also known as mamidikaya pulihora in our regional language. After a very long time I was able to bag some raw mangoes form the Indian store. I am glad that I found them, because I was craving for this rice since last month. I didn't even remember when was the last the time I had it. Mango pulihora is easy to prepare and delicious in taste.

Serves: 2; Total time: 30min
Ingredients
Mango medium size- 2
Cooked rice- 3 cups
Green chili- 5 in number
salt to taste
Chana dal (Senaga pappu)-1tbsp
Urad dal (Minapa pappu)-1tbsp
Cumin seed- 1/2tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2tbsp
oil- 2tbsp
Cashew nuts-few (Optional)
curry leaves (optional)
Turmeric- pinch

Method:
Cut mango and grind it to a coarse paste along with little salt and green chili. Heat oil in a pan and add Chana dal and urad dal and fry till they turn light brown. Now add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and wait till they splatter and add green chili, red chili, cashew nuts and curry leaves (optional). When the green chili is cooked add in turmeric and salt and mix well, now add mango paste and mix well. Cook for 5min stirring in between under medium flame. Now add rice and mix well, cook this for about 1min and turn off the stove. The pulihora is ready to serve. I hope you like my recipe.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kakarakaya (Bitter gourd/Karela) cooked in Buttermilk -My Mother's Recipe

Surprisingly bitter gourd used to be one of my favorite vegetable when I was a kid, while most of my friends hated it. I know the reason behind it and it's all because of the magic in my mothers cooking. Today is mother's day and I choose to make this curry because it is one of my mother's favorite and also her signature dish. So, here I am with the wonderful recipe...



Ingredients (Serves 2)
Karela/Kakarikaya.Bitter gourd- 2 sliced as shown in figure
Onions- Chopped long and thin-1 large cup
Butter milk (Majjiga) -1.5 cup
Sesame seed powdered-1/2tbsp (Nuvvula podi)
Red chili powder-1/2tbsp
salt to taste
turmeric-pinch
Curry leaf-2 leaves
tamarind pulp-1/2tbsp
oil-2tbsp
mustard seeds-1/2tbsp
cumin seeds-1/2tbsp

Method:
Heat pan under medium flame and add oil, when the oil is hot add mustard seeds followed by cumin seeds. When they splatter, add onion and bitter guard at a time and mix well. Close the pan with lid and keep stirring in between until they are semi-cooked. Then add turmeric and ginger garlic paste and cook for 1min. Now, to the butter milk add red chili powder, sesame powder, curry leaf, tamarind pulp and salt and mix well, add this mixture to bitter gourd, reduce flame and cook until it turns thick as shown in picture. Taste the curry and adjust salt and red chili powder, cook for one more minute and turn off the stove and serve hot. It goes well with paratha, roti and white rice.

I hope you like my mother's recipe.Please leave your comment before you leave. :)
Happy mother's day !!!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ravali's easy and tasty party bites

Last weekend we went to our friends place, and we had lot of fun with games, movies and food. My friends are brilliant cook's and they inspire me to cook and try different recipes. Sooner they came to know that I am visiting their place, they started to plan the menu. I was so surprised by their wonderful recipes in such a short time. One of my friends Veda made a Panner tikka masla, which is the best paneer curry I tasted so far and my another friend Ravali made this instant wonderful evening snack. I will be posting the recipe for paneer tikka masala soon, until then you enjoy this delightful snack.
It is very easy to prepare and yet delicious in taste. We enjoyed it and I hope you will enjoy it too!



Ingredients:
Salty biscuits-10
Sour cream-10tbsp
Tomato-chop finely by removing the core-4tbsp
Onion finely chopped and soaked in water for 10 min-2tbsp
Coriander/cilantro- washed and finely chopped-1/4tbsp
Chat masala-pinch or to taste (optional)

 Other optional ingredients and substitutes:
Instead of sour cream you can use cheese or mayo or vegetable dip
You can also use 1/2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and mix all vegetables instead of chat masala.
You can also sprinkle some aloo bhujia on top for color.

Method:
Mix all the vegetables in a bowl and add chat masala. Arrange the biscuits in a tray and spread sour cream on top of it, carefully arrange the mixed vegetables on top of the sour cream layer and serve instantly.

Note: Make this preparation just before you serve because biscuits become soggy as time progresses. But you can prepare your vegetable mixture and store in a refrigerator a day before the party.

I hope you like this recipe, please leave your comments!


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