Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Red lentil curry / Masurche Tonak / Masur Masala

Red lentil/Masur is one of the very nutritious dals rich in protein.Tonak in konkani means a spicy side dish, so this is a goan recipe which is very easy to prepare specially when you are running short of veggies in your pantry :)

red lentil/masur
freshly grated coconut
Spices - 
coriander seeds-dhaniya (1/2 tspn)
black pepper seeds-kali mirch (1/2 tsp)
cinnamon - dalchini(1 med stick)
cloves -laung (3-4)
dry red chillies (4-5)
cumin seeds -jeera (1/4 tspn)

Wash and soak the lentil in water for 2-3 hours.
Chop the onions roughly.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
Roast the spices and coconut lightly.
Allow it to cool, then grind it a paste with some tamarind pulp.
In the same pan fry the chopped onions.
Add the lentil and water so that it boils.
Red lentil becomes soft after soaking in water for 2-3 hours, so you do not need to pressure cook it.
When the masur is cooked, add the ground paste.
Add salt as per taste and let it cook for another 2-3 min.
Hot masur masala is ready to serve with rotis or steamed rice :)

Monday, 28 September 2015

Oats Uttapam / Savoury Oats Pancakes

Oats are a very good source of fibre and hence very nutritious.This is a nice savoury version of oats as compared to the normal sweet version with milk.If you are not an oats fan then try this one so that you will start loving them :)

Quaker oats(1cup)
green chillies(2-3)
coriander leaves(2tbspn)

Grind the oats to a fine powder.
Add sufficient water and curd to them.
Chop the onions,tomatoes,chillies and coriander leaves finely.
Add these and salt to the above oats batter.
Heat a non-stick pan.Drizzle some oil.
Pour a laddle of batter on the pan.
Fry on both sides till golden brown.
Delicious uttapam are ready to serve with tomato ketchup:-)

Friday, 31 July 2015

Marie Biscuit Custard

Custard is one of the hot favourite in our house.This dessert really takes no time and the ingredients are always available in every home.So the next time you have planned a party this dessert is a must :P
500ml milk(1packet)
2 eggs
marie biscuits(8)
vanilla essence

Boil the milk and let it cool.
Beat the eggs well.
You can blend together the eggs,milk,sugar and marie biscuits.
Add essence and mix.
Heat a container in which you will make the pudding.
Add 1-2 tspn of sugar to it.
When the sugar starts melting, this is the caramel.
Now transfer the milk-egg mixture to this container.
Put some water in a pressure cooker.
Place the container inside it.
Let it cook for 5-6 whistles.
You can check if the pudding is done by putting on knife in the center.If it comes out clean it is fine or else let it cook for some more time.
Serve the pudding chilled :-)

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is one of the best home made remedies for everyone right from children to adults in case of common cold or congestion.It is a very delicious soup which all will definitely love to have may it be on a rainy day or winters or when you have cold.I had prepared this soup for my toddler when he was down with cold and he enjoyed it to the fullest :)

chicken pieces(2-3)
garlic(2-3 cloves)
black pepper powder
bay leaf(1)
green cardamom(elaichi)(2-3)

Wash the chicken well.
Chop onion and garlic finely.
Heat a non stick kadai.
Add some butter and oil.Adding oil to the butter will take care that the butter does not get burnt.
Add the bay leaf and elaichi.
Now put in the chopped onion and garlic and saute.
After a while add the chicken pieces,potato cubes and let it cook.Add salt as per taste.
Cover and cook for some 5-7 minutes.
Now add plenty of water so that the chicken and potatoes get well cooked.
Remove the leaf and elaichi before serving.Add a pinch of pepper powder and butter if required
Hot chicken soup is ready to serve :)