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Vegetable cutlets

Cleaning up the pantry, Cleaning up the freezer section, Packing the dalls in ziploc bags, Getting a special haircut, Having a lot of dreams in night….

Ya, ya , you are right, I AM GOING BACK HOME!  In search of the sunny smiles,  to nap on my mom’s lap, …..

Now you got the reason for a long ‘standby’ silence in my blog,  but it is already it is time to ‘hibernate’ my blogging :->

Vegetable cutlets

By the time I am packing, read what I wrote long time back ….

I am sure you would have had this experience. When people comment back after trying your recipe, you feel so delighted and honored. Am I right?  Somehow, this person who has a khazana of recipes has smelled this pride in the blogosphere and has started an event to award rewards to the original contributors of great recipes. What  a marvellous idea! I congratulate coffee for hosting Monthly Blog Patrol event.

For this month, Coffee has chosen ‘Finger foods’. And  this is the most  healthy Finger food I could find. I got this from  Priya’s kitchen and made a little modification.

I chose potatoes, carrots, beans and peas. Also  I  fried finely cut onions in little oil and added the  garam masala and sauted a little bit. This, I believe, enhances the flavor.  I chose to shallow fry the cutlets,  as I wanted the sides to be browned as well. The  outcome was so good , I never thought making kids eat their veggies is so easy. Thanks , Coffee and  Priya!

Bye, bye, friends! See you all 6 weeks later! 

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‘Thinnai pechu veenaa pochu’ goes a famous tamil saying . It means that all chitchat is a waste of time. I agree, but in one such  kind of gala chat I had with my friends back home,  we started  talking about food and it ended up like a recipe exchange workshop. I carried home this recipe , tried it and from then owned it in a special page of my recipe book. It is so rich in taste and perfect for a special occasion.

By the way, have you ever had the problem with the kids spitting the full mouth of rice just for a spicy chunk or for  a chilli peice? My  daughter does it and I try in all my preparations to include the spices in a form she takes it. For this reason, I like to call this as a ‘no spit’ vegetable pulav.

 

 Vegetables for pulav

Ingredients:

Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups

Coconut milk-1 and 1/2 cup

Water -1 and 1/2 cup 

Oil –  1/2 cup

Butter-  2 tbsp

Bay leaf – 1 number

Pearl onion – 1 cup

Diced tomato-3/4 cup

Peeled and diced  potato- 1/2 cup

Diced carrots, beans, cauliflower florets, peas – each 1/2 cup 

Cilantro-1/4 cup

Mint leaves- 10 leaves

Ingredients for masala 

To grind:

Cloves- 5 number

Poppy seeds- 1/2 tsp

Cardamom- 2 number

Cinnamon- 2 inch peice

Red chilli powder -1 tbsp

Coriander powder-1 tsp

Turmeric  powder- 2 pinches

Fennel seeds- 1/2  tsp

Green chilli- 2 number

Ginger-1 inch peice

Garlic-5 cloves

 Vegetable pulav with raita

Take the dry ingredients in the spice list and grind first. This is important when using poppy seeds. Add garlic, ginger and chilli then and grind to a fine paste.

In a big pressure cooker, heat oil and butter. When it is real hot, throw in the bay leaf and onions , saute well. When the onions turn transparent, add all the vegetable except tomato. Stir in for few minutes and add the masala. After a couple of minutes, throw in tomatoes and salt to wilt the tomatoes quickly. Add the cilantro and mint.

Work on slow heat, by that time wash  and soak the basmati rice. When the raw smell fades away, add the rice and stir slightly. Now add the coconut milk and water . Test the spice level and salt level. When the water comes to a boil, close the lid and cover the nozzle with a  stainless steel tumbler. Keep medium heat. Turn off the heat after 10 long minutes. Wait for a while  and  open the lid to fill your house with the spicy aroma. Smell, see and eat! Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Have a Break! Have a Salad!

Healthy salad

After all trials from the roundups, (WBB and festive food fair), I feel I need a break from the high calorie, but delicious, feasts. If you feel the same way, this is for you. And whenever I am late to get up  in the mornings, and when my stove top is so engaged, I call salads for rescue. I learnt a bunch of salad recipes from Isha Yoga classes and they are my  treasured recipes as they are so healthy and  more palatable than the salads I eat here in US. Now to the versatile salad..

Carrots-1 or 2 numbers. Skin and dice them into small cubes.

Iceberg Lettuce- 1/2 . Chop into fine strips.

Dry roasted peanuts- 1/2 cup

Cucumber- 1 number- skinned , cored and diced into cubes.

Tomato- 1/2 . Cored and diced into cubes.

Lime juice- 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dall, dry chillies and curry leaves – for seasoning/thallipu/thallidam

Mix all the vegetables and peanuts in a bowl with adequate salt. Leave them for 15 minutes. The salt would have done its mischeif, all water content from the vegetables would have separated. Strain the vegetables  but don’t throw away the juice, it is great for a cocktail.  Now add lime juice and mix again.

In a pan, heat oil, sputter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dall, dry chillies and curry leaves in the order said. Remove from heat and add to the salad mix. Serve with cilantro garnishing. The chewy carrots, juicy tomato and cucumber, crunchy lettuce and the roasted nuts will entertain your  taste buds , and you  will  say good bye to your stove top.

Added on Dec 8th 2006 :

Thank you friends for the appreciation,
Try the salad and let me know. I learnt the carving from here and here. I hope you will it find as a wonderful site for Thai carving.

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