Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nilgiri Style Chicken curry

Nilgiri style Chicken curry is a delicious curry bursting with flavors.It  is cooked in typical south indian style.I got this amazing recipe from FoodFood TV channel  has featured on cook smart. I saved this post in the draft for a rainy day.These kind of foods will help us enjoy the monsoon in the best possible way. ... The chill which the rain brings is best complemented with hot, tangy, spicy curry.


For main dish;
  1. 1kg-Chicken on Bone cut into medium sized pieces on bone  

  2. 3-Onions Finely chopped

  3. 6 tablespoons-Yogurt 

  4. 2 tablespoons-Oil

  5.  4-5-Cloves

  6. 1 tablespoon-Ginger-garlic paste 

  7. 1/4 teaspoon-Turmeric powder 

  8. 1 teaspoon-Coriander powder 

  9. Salt to taste

  10. A few thin strips of red capsicum for garnishing

  11. A few thin strips of ginger for garnishing

For paste;
  1. Spinach blanched 1 medium bunch

  2. 1/2 bunch-Fresh mint leaves roughly chopped

  3. 1/2 bunch-Fresh coriander leaves roughly chopped 

  4. 10-Green chillies roughly chopped

  5.  1 teaspoon-Fennel seeds (saunf)

  6. 1 cup-Scraped fresh coconut 

Method :
  • For the paste, put spinach, mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies, fennel seeds and coconut with a little water in a mixer jar and grind to a fine paste.

  • Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, add cloves and onions and sauté for a minute. Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chicken and salt and mix well. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes.

  • Add the ground paste and mix well.

  • Add yogurt and mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.

  • Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot garnished with red capsicum(here i have used fresh red chillies) and ginger strips.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sweet jackfruit dosa/ponsa polo


It's jackfruit  season,and I just had to try something different. So thought  of giving  little twist to my favorite dosa. Jackfruit  whether ripe or raw can be used in a myriad of dishes. This dosa is one of them.This is a quick and easy dosa and no need to ferment this batter. An interesting sweet treat, especially for children! these dosas taste very nice when served warm with a dollop of butter.

Ingredients :

  1. 2 Cups Dosa rice 
  2. 1 cup jaggeey
  3. 1 cup de-seeded jackfruit bulbs
  4. 1 cup Freshly grated coconut
  5. 11/2 tsp salt 
  6. Baking soda 1/2 tsp  
  7. Ghee for preparing dosa
Metod :

  • Wash the rice and ,then soak it in water for at least 2 hours.
  • Grind all ingredients(except the ghee) till you get a fine batter. The batter should  be thick like idli batter.
  • Heat griddle/ nonstick pan,pour a ladle full  of the batter onto a hot  pan and spread a portion of the batter to get a mini dosa of 75 mm. (3”) in diameter. Drizzle a little more ghee and cover with a lid and cook on medium flame for two or three minutes . Then cook uncovered till you see the tiny little holes on it. flip and cook till it is light brown in colour from both the sides.
  •  Remove  and serve hot with a dollop of homemade butter .

  • Friday, July 1, 2016

    Healthy Oats-horse gram doddak/dosa

    Doddak is a GSB style thick pancake/dosa made with fermented batter usually
    made of lentil and rice. have used the same recipe and made it more healthy by adding oats. Eating a healthy diet is getting more popular these days specially with the rise in obesity. One of the best ways to get fiber into our diet is to eat whole grains.
           Horse gram is a reddish brown legume with many health benefits. it's not only filling, eating horse gram will make you feel fuller for longer. Along with horsegram ,i have also used oats. I use oats at least 3 to 4 times a week for making different foods like dosa, porridge, upma, masala oats and different types of soups . Most of these easy oats recipes are a good alternate to an elaborate meal. 

    Ingredients :

    1. Horse gram-1 cup
    2. Rice(dosa)-2 cups
    3. Urad dal-1/4 cup
    4. 0ats-3 cups (i've used Quaker Oats)
    5. Salt to taste
    Method ;
    • Wash & Soak urad dal and Horse gram for 5-6 hours in 4-5 cups of water.
    • Soak rice separately  for an hour. 
    • First grind urad-Horse gram with the 2 cups of water(use the same water in which you have soaked urad and Horse gram ).You can add more water if needed.The batter should be light and fluffy.
    • Next in the same jar add soaked rice and Oats  and grind to smooth paste.
    • Now mix both the batter and let it stand overnight or at least 7-8 hours for fermenting.
    • Next day add salt to taste and adjust the batter with little water if it is too thick.
    • Heat a non stick pan or iron griddle. Apply ghee and then pour two ladles of dosa batter in the center. If the batter has fermented well, when the dosa starts to cook, holes will form on the surface, this is what you are looking for that perfect doddak/dosas. Cover it with a lid and let cook till one side is done. Now turn the dosa and cook again till both the sides are golden brown.
    • Remove it on a plate and serve hot with chutney of your choice.