Saturday, July 25, 2015

Beerakaya Thokku Annam | Ridgegourd Peel Mixed Rice

I am getting back to Cooking with Cookbook Challenge after couple of weeks. Even with all plannings, we sometime face unexpected things and you are left with no choice but to stop doing something. I faced such a situation and even though I wanted to be prepared, I couldn't do it.

So getting back to doing this after a gap and am glad I am getting back with a healthy, interesting rice dish. Interesting I say because one would not expect such a combination to happen. When Amma made this for the first time, she sort of gave us a riddle. She wanted us to decipher what went in. The mixed rice was very delicious and all, yet we couldn't point out clearly on what all went in!

Ridge gourd is quite a frequent vegetable at home. We make a pappu, a kura with it. Apart from the regular Thokku with the peel, infact I have two chutneys made with the ridgegourd peel

Before even going into checking out how to make the various dishes with this vegetable, check out how to peel a Ridgegourd.

Beerakaya Pappu
Beerakaya Kura
Beerakaya Vepudu
Beerakaya Thokku Annam

Ingredients Needed:

For the Beerakaya Thokku

Beerakai peel along with flesh - 1 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Green chilies - 2 -3 nos
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

For making the Rice

Cooked Rice - 1 1/2 cup
Beerakaya Thokku
Garlic - 3 - 4 cloves
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilis - 2 -3 nos
Curry leaves handful
Oil - 2 tbsp

How to make the Beerakaya Thokku Annam

Have cooked rice ready.

To make the paste

Wash, peel the ridgegourd and include some flesh along with the peel as well.

Heat a non stick pan with a tsp oil, add cumin seeds, then add chopped green chilies, then add chopped coriander leaves, then add peel.

Fry well till it's fried well. Let it cool. Then grind to a smooth paste.

To make the Rice

Heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, garlic, mustard seeds, red chilies, cumin seeds, saute well.

Then add the ground ridge gourd paste, and combine everything well. Cook for couple of minutes.

Now add cooked rice and gently mix well.

Serve with papad

fry well and then mix cooked rice



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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tadka Dal | Dhaba Style Mix Dal Fry

For the second day of cooking Lentil in 3 different way, I have yet another Tadka dal. I know you must be wondering after having posted so many different dals, what more can I possible have! Even I thought so and was surprised that combining different dals, can get you such differently tasting and so delicious dals.

Infact I had tough time deciding on what lentil recipe I could post. I had this teen dal recipe written in my dairy and seeing it was a combination I am yet to try, I decided to make it. Hubby dear liked the dal a lot and infact wanted me to make this quite regular.

So even if it might sound regular, you should try this combination. I always stock a pack of Masoor dal always. I simply put it in the freezer and forget. So it really comes handy when I make such dals. I somehow like how simple a masoor tastes.

Some of the dals that come to mind are below
Dal Fry ~ Restaurant Style
Masoor Ki Dal
Masala Masoor Dal
Katti Dal
Nawabi Dal

Or you could simply check the Dals collected over the years!



All this means that, end of the day even after a heavy dose of rich food, our comfort food will always be a dal.

Nothing like a simple dinner that can get done under 30 mins, with both these dals and roti.



Dhaba Style Mix Dal Fry

Ingredients Needed:

Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Split Yellow Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Masoor dal - 1/4 cup
Onion minced - 1 small
Green Chillies sliced - 3
Ginger grated - 1/4 tsp.
Whole Cumin seeds    1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder  1/4 tsp.
Ghee/ Butter - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves, finely chopped    1/2 tbsp.

How to make the Tadka Dal

Mix and wash dals well. Pressure cook for 3 whistles, till soft but not overcooked.

Once the pressure falls down, remove the lid and mash the dal when it is still hot and add enough water.

Heat ghee/butter in a deep non stick pan.

Add cumin seeds, then add onion, ginger and green chilies. Stir fry till soft and nicely browned

Now red chilies and salt, mix well. Add the cooked dal, mix everything together well.

Bring to a boil. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Garnish with chopped coriander and lemon juice.

Serve hot with rice, rotis, etc.




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