Monday, October 15, 2012

Mango Dhal with Okra fry

My best dish Mango dhal and my husband favourite fry is okra fry.
Goes well with plain white rice and fresh hot ghee. Hmmmmmmm  Yummy

Ingredients for making Mango Dhal

1 raw mango
1 cup Toor dhal
garlic cloves 4 medium size
mustard seeds
2 red chillies
4 green chillies
uradh dhal
Chenna dhal
Curry leaves

1. Take a Pressure cooker soak the Toor Dhal foew 10 minutes with water.
2. Meanwhile peel the mango skin and cut into small pieces.
3. Add mango slices, green chillies, little oil to the dhal with little more water than regular.
4. Cook under medium to low flame for 4 to 5 whistles.
5. Because of mango tanginess dhal will take long time to cook.
6. Turn off the pressure cooker.
7. Take a kadai pour oil add mustard seeds, crushed garlic, curry leaves, red chillies, uradh dhal, Chenna dhal fry it.
8. Now add seasoning and dhal together if required of water and mix with salt.

Yummy Serve with Rice and Ghee

Note : You have to balance the spicy level with tanginess otherwise it wont taste good.

Ingredients for Okra Fry:

1 kg Okra
salt, Chilli powder
Coriander powder

Note : Cut the Okra into small thin circles (remove the heads)

uradh dal few
Chenna Dhal few
red chillies 2
Curry leaves 4
mustard seeds few
Garlic crushed 3

1.Take a wide pan pour oil once oil get boiling add mustard seeds, chenna dhal, uradh dhal, Garlic, red chillies, curry leaves fry it.
2. Add the okra pieces fry it well.
3. Add the remaining spices one by one liek turmeric, salt, Chilli powder, Coriander powder.

Goes well with Chapathi, or rice, as side dish too

Mutter Mushroom

I got good quality mushroom, i believe the curry taste depends on the quality of the vegetable we use to cook. I prefer certain variety of mushroom and i am very particular about it like size, color then taste.

I choose the small without any black inside of the mushroom either button mushroom or pearl mushroom.

1 cup of cleaned and washed Mushrooms
1/2 cup of soaked Peas
2 medium size onions boiled and mashed
2 medium size tomatoes mashed
bay leaf
1 tea spoon ginger garlic paste
curry leaves
Green chillies
garam masala
Chilli powder
coriander powder
Cumin powder
Kasoori methi leaves
melon and cashew paste (soaked and make a paste)

1. Take the cleaned mushrooms cut into 2 or 3 slices.
2. Take a wide pan heat it and just roast the mushroom until all the moisture goes , if you see more water please pour in the sink.
3. Keep the mushrooms aside.
4. Take a kadai pour oil add curry leaves, bay leaf, cloves, mashed onion fry it well.
5. Add tomato paste, melon and cashew paste to it.
6. Now add peas and mushrooms.
7. Add all the other ingredients with 1 cup of water and boil it.

I just cook this one for my husband and kids lunch box served with Jeera rice.

ChickPea Paneer with Bell Peppers Curry

North Indian Mutter Paneer goes well with Chapathi, Parota, Naan, jeera rice.
Paneer fresh -200grams
Peas -Soaked over night 1/2 cup
Bell peppers - different colors cut into 1 inch long thin slices
2 cloves
1 bay leaf
Ginger garlic paste 1 teaspoon
2 medium white onions -Boiled and mashed
2 medium tomatoes - mashed
1 tablespoon of melon seeds and cashews soaked and make a paste
pinch of turmeric
chilli powder
coriander powder
jeera powder
garam masala
Tandoori masala
Fenugreek leaves or kasoori methi leaves
Pinch of kesari food color
curry leaves
whole green chillies - 3
oil - required

1. Cut the Paneer pieces into equal cubes and fry it all sides in oil and keep aside.
2. Take a kadai add oil to it.
3. Add cloves and bay leaf fry it.
4. Add curry leaves, mashed onion, green chillies fry it well until the raw smell goes off.
5. Add tomato paste and cashew paste.
6. Fry until tomato fry well then add all veggies first peas fry it then add bell peppers, later paneer.
7. Add all masalas and other ingredients and garnish with kasoori methi leaves.
8. Add water if your think the gravy is very thick or u can add whipping cream for good quality taste but fat too.

Served with chapathis

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Baked King Fish with Indian Potato Sandwich , Salad

Ingredients for King Fish:
4 pieces of king fish
marinate with chilli powder, ginger, garlic, salt, oil, coriander powder

Cooking Instructs:
1. Preheat the Oven 150 C for 5 -10 min depends upon oven type and bake until it cook both sides.
2. Turn off the Oven and let it cook in the existing heat temperatures.

Ingredients for Potato Sandwich:
4 slices of Wholemeal bread
Boiled and mashed potatoes
Green chilli's (If u like spicy)
turmeric powder

1. Take a wide pan and pour oil add ginger,onions, chillies.
2. Add mashed Potatoes salt, turmeric.
3. Take a sandwich press fill with the potato stuffing between bread slices .

Cut the lettuce and grate the Carrots

Lollipop Chicken with Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings -10
plain flour
bread crumbs
ginger garlic paste required according to your spice level
chilli powder
Coriander powder
Food color pinch
garam masala
Rice flour
Tandoori masala
Kasoori methi
1. Clean the wings if possible the skin and cut into two portions and pull the meat to one side. Example u will get two Lollipops with one Chicken Wing.
2. Marinate all the ingredients except plain flour and bread crumbs and keep aside.
3. Take a wide pan pour oil .
4. Once oil is heat take one chicken and dip into the flour and then bread crumbs and fry it until it cooked all sides.

It's a yummy one for kids, They love to eat like a snack time or side dish.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Veg Wheat Upma

Healthy Breakfast

1 inch ginger
1 small onion cut into thin slices
cumin seeds,
Beans(optional i didnt have so i didnt added)
mustard seeds
chenna dal
Uradh dal
Broken wheat fine

1. Take a kadai pour oil add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, chenna dhal, uradh dhal, cashews, peanuts, beans, peas, carrots fry it well.
2. Add 1 glass of water boil it with salt.
3. Add the broken wheat and stir it well.
4. Serve hot with chutney.

Baked fish steak with salad and Chick peas


1 kg Fish steak clean with turmeric like applying and washing with water.
Apply the required salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, little bit ginger garlic paste.
Marinate whole night in fridge
Preparation :

1. Pre-heat the oven for 10 min at maximum degree under fan forced.
2. Reduce the heat to 150 C .
3. Take a non stick baking tray cover with aluminium foil spray the oil and place the fish steak bake until it cooked both sides.


Lettuce and carrots

Chick peas
soaked over night and pressure cooked with salt.

I tried one more different variety

Methi leaves with dal


1 frozen methi leaves one cube
1/2 cup Toor dal
2 -3 green chilli
curry leaves
Garlic pod - 2
Tamarind juice
Chilli powder
coriander powder

few channa dal
few uradh dal
curry leaves
mustard seeds

1. Pressure cook the dal with methi leaves, green chilli.
2. Take a kadai pour oil add seasoning ingredients and tamarind juice.
3. Add cooked dal.

Cauliflower Fry with Bell peppers


1 Cauliflower cleaned
1 bell pepper or 2 color bell peppers
2 cloves
bay leaves
onion small cut into slices

1. Microwave the Flower until it become soft with water. Keep aside.
2. Take kadai pour oil add curry leaves, cloves,bay leav, onion slices fry it well.
3. Add cauliflower and bell pepper .
4. Fry it after half cooked add chilli powder, coriander powder salt.

Fish Fry (silver Whiting)

Silver Whiting fish is very yummy for fry.

Silver whiting
Chilli powder
coriander powder


1. Take silver whiting fish and clean with turmeric.
2. Marinate the fish with all the ingredients.
3. Fry the fish in oil.

Tasty fish i recommend you

Pepper Chicken drumstick fry

My husband loves pepper recipes so i always make pepper recipes.

6 pieces of chicken drum sticks
ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
1 small onion
1 small tomato
pepper corns - 1 tea spoon
fennel seeds
cloves -2
cinnamon stick - 1 1/2 inch
bay leaves -1
green chili  - 3
cardamon - 2
for garnish spring onions

1. Clean the chicken with turmeric and keep aside.
2. Take a kadai pour oil add fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamon, bay leaves, green chilli, pepper corn fry it.
3. Fry the onions.
4. Fry the tomato.
5. Fry the ginger garlic paste.
6. Grind it well after get cold.
7. Now add masala to kadai and fry it until it become thick and add the chicken drum sticks keep medium flame on open lid fry it but turn without burning( reduce the turns).
8. Garnish with Spring onions.

Fish Curry (perch)

This fish is different than others so we have to do curry like mutton and chicken without tamarind juice. My dad favorite fish this one, it tastes yummy.
3 -4 small size fishes
1 big onion
1 medium tomato
ginger garlic - tea spoon
garam masala - 1/4 tea spoon
 curry leaves
chilli powder coriander powder - 1 1/2 tea spoon

1. Take a kadai fry the onion slices and tomato slices.
2. Mash it once it cld down.
3. Add oil to kadai , add curry leaves and fry it.
4. Apply turmeric to fish pieces rinse with water.
5. Add mashed masala fry it again.
6. Add ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder.
7. Add water and salt.
8. Add the Fish pieces to it and close the lid under low flame cook it until fish pieces cook well.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chicken Pakora

My elder son loves chicken pakora like anything , he likes to eat every day.

1/2 kg Chiken boneless
1 table spoon Gram flour
1/4 table spoon of Rice flour
1/4 table spoon of corn flour
Green chilies slices -4
Onion long slices - 1 big
salt - Required
Curry leaves  - few
Tandoori Food color
Baking soda pinch
Oil for frying

1.Take a wide vessel add one by one mix well marinate 2 minutes
2. Take a kadai pour oil and on medium flame.
3. Fry the little amount of meat fry it well until it turns crispy.
4. I mostly serve as a evening Snack or some guests visit my home then i make it.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Easy Idiyappam with Chicken Kurma

After my marriage i tasted this one at Kerala that was the first time till that time i never heard the name and never ate. You will find this in Tamilnadu and Kerala side. I tried when i was India but it will take bit hard and take time. After moving to Australia when i was searching for the right flour in the grocery story one women suggested me easy idiyappam mix and i tried it unbelievable so easy and very quick.
For steam cooking i used Electric rice cooker and Idiyappam holders please see the picture above.
If you those things in wooden one it will be very good.


MDK Idiyappam String Hopper Flour (wheat or Rice)
Normal Water(Room temperature)
1.Take a wide vessel pour the required flour add little by little water make a nice dough and cover with wet cloth keep aside.
2. Switch on the Electric Rice Cooker with half level of water in the Vessel boil the water.
3. Take Vegetable Steamer tray of the Electric rice cooker place it.
4. Take a hopper machine press the hoppers in the hopper holder and keep the holders in the Electric rice cooker Vegetable steamer rack and cook for 2 or 3 minutes until it wont stick to your hands.
5. Shift those in hot pack and again use hopper machine for next hopper.

Chicken Kurma:
1 kg Skin less Chicken
1 table spoon Gingerly oil
few curry leaves
1 inch cinnamon stick
cloves 3
Cardamom cloves- 2
Poppy seeds - few
mint leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few
1 large onion cut into slices
2 medium size tomatoes
curry leaves - few
Turmeric -pinch
Chilli Powder - Required
Coriander Powder - Required
Pepper seeds
Cumin seeds
Mustard seeds
Green chillies
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tea spoons

1. Clean the chicken applying turmeric and clean with water.
2. Take a vessel pour gingerly oil add mustard seeds, cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom , Cumin seeds, Green Chillies,curry leaves, poppy seeds, pepper seeds, fry it and add onion slices fry until it turns golden brown and add tomato slices fry it.
3. Cool it and mash like a pate.
4. Take a Pressure cooker keep mashed masala and chicken all remaining ingredients except coriander leaves with i small cup of water and pressure cook on medium flame for one whistle.
5. Garnish with coriander leaves rice with rice, Idly, Dosa, Idiyappam e.t.c

We can make Red String hoppers by using Red Rice u will get the flour in the stores

I served with Fish Curry (South Indian)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vegetable Pakoda


1/2 cup whole Baby corn (cut into long thin slices)
1/2 cup Carrots (long thin slices)
1/2 cup Potato (long thin slices)
1/2 Cup Red onion (long thin slices)
1/2 cup gram flour
1/4 cup rice flour
Green chillies
Ajwain seeds

1. Mix all the vegetables well.
2. Mix with the gram flour without adding water.
3. Add salt and rice flour, Ajwain seeds, green chillies and mix well with little bit water.
4. Fry in the oil.

Serve hot..........

Grilled Chicken Breast Wrap

Now a days i have to choose a lot of varieties for my kids lunch boxes. Wrap is the easiest lunch for kids and also save the cooking time.

1/2 kg Chicken breast
ginger garlic paste
olive oil
Italian mixed herbs

Marinate all these with the chicken breast in fridge for 3 hour or overnight.

Cup of mixed veggies
 Whole meal Wrap or regular wrap

1. Grill the Chicken breast and keep aside on medium flame.

2. half cook the onions, bell peppers with salt and pepper keep aside.

3. Now a wrap and keep lettuce, half cooked veggies and chicken breast and wrap it and steam it under Sandwich presser.

Note: I always tawa bit both side of the wrap before wraping and and adding the vegetables.
 Cut like this by that kids will easily hold it and eat the wrap.

Grilled Tofu with vegetables

1 pack of tofu cut into cubes
color bell peppers
red onion
ginger garlic paste
Italian Seasoning
olive oil
Bamboo sticks

1. Take the all the ingredients marinate with all together in the fridge for 3 hours.
2. Soak the bamboo sticks for 15 minutes and thread all the tofu and veggies on skewers.
3. Grill it on the medium flame.

Serve hot healthy and tasty

Simple Choclate Cake

Finally i tried a small choclate cake surprise to my husband. Tastes good.
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup caster sugar
3 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
3 1/2 tbsp of butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup of milk

1. Preheat oven to 180 C
2. Sift Flour and cocoa powder into a bowl.
3. Place all other ingredients into the bowl and mix with an electric mixer for 3 minutes.
4. Pour mixture into a greased baking tin and bake for approximately 40 minutes.