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Fresh Beans with Garam Masala

21 Jan

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Fresh Beans with Garam Masala.

Fresh beans are stringed and chopped into inch long pieces. The beans are then pressure cooked and finished in onion tomato masala. Serve fresh beans with garam masala over plain steamed rice or over roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Fresh Beans with Garam Masala.

Ingredients:

Fresh Beans 2 Cups (Chopped)
Tomato 1 Small
Onion 1 Small
Garam Masala Powder 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro few Leaves
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash, string the beans and divide each bean into two exposing the seeds.
Chop the divided beans into around inch long pieces.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Wash and finely chop the tomato.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.
Pressure cook the chopped beans with a pinch of salt and splash of water for around 2 whistles.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped onion and ginger garlic paste.
Fry till onion turns translucent, add chopped tomato and salt.
Fry till tomato turns soft, add cooked beans, garam masala powder and red chili powder.
Fry on low flame for around 5 minutes or until most of the moisture is gone.
Stir in chopped cilantro and remove from heat.
Serve fresh beans with garam masala over plain steamed rice or over roti.
Notes: Make sure beans are cooked well or cook covered in the pan till done.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with red chili powder.
Variations: check other variations with fresh beans here.
Other Names: Fresh Beans with Garam Masala.

Masala Lemon Cucumber

15 Jan

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Masala Lemon Cucumber.

Lemon cucumber is peeled and chopped into small pieces. It is then cooked along with whole and powdered spices. Once cucumber turns soft, serve masala lemon cucumber over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Masala Lemon Cucumber.

Ingredients:

Lemon Cucumber 1 Large
Garam Masala Powder 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds Powder a Pinch
Red Chili Powder 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder a Pinch
Tamarind 1 inch Piece
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel, wash and halve the lemon cucumber.
Chop the lemon cucumber into small pieces. Discard the seeds if desired.

Soak tamarind in few tablespoons of warm water for sometime and extract all the juice discarding any veins.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add lemon cucumber pieces and salt.
Cook covered on low flame for couple of minutes till cucumber pieces are just cooked.
Stir in garam masala powder, red chili powder, tamarind extract, cumin seeds powder and turmeric powder.
Cook on low flame for a minute or two or until cucumber pieces turn soft.
Add a splash of water if required while cooking the onion to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Serve masala lemon cucumber over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure cucumber is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions: Make sure lemon cucumber is not sweet before cooking it. Adjust spice with red chile powder.
Variations: Check other recipes with lemon cucumber here.
Other Names: Masala Lemon Cucumber.

Bhendi Yogurt Curry

9 Jan

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Bendakaya Perugu Kura.

Lady’s finger is chopped up and cooked in oil along with onion. Plain yogurt is added as a finishing step. Serve lady’s finger yogurt curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bhendi Yogurt Curry.

Ingredients:

Lady’s Finger (Chopped) 2 Cups
Onion 1 Small
Green Chiles 4 – 5
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash and thoroughly pat the lady’s finger dry.
Remove little bit of both ends and chop lady’s finger into small circles.

Peel and finely chop the onion.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped onion and green chiles.
Fry till onion turns golden, then add the chopped lady’s finger.
Fry briefly and cook covered on low flame for few minutes or until lady’s finger is just soft.
Uncover, stir fry for a minute to evaporate any moisture.
Stir in yogurt and fry on medium high till most of the moisture is gone.
Adjust any seasonings if necessary and remove from heat.
Serve bhendi yogurt curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure not to overcook the lady’s finger.

Suggestions: If lady’s finger is not cooked well, put it back on heat and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: Check other lady’s finger recipes here.
Other Names: Bhendi Yogurt Curry, Bendakaya Perugu Kura.

Cabbage Poppy Curry

8 Jan

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Cabbage Poppy Curry.

Cabbage is chopped and cooked in oil along with chopped onion. Poppy seeds are toasted and ground into powder along with coriander and cumin. The powder is then added to the cabbage curry as a finishing step. Serve cabbage poppy curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Cabbage Poppy Curry.

Ingredients:

Cabbage 1 Small
Onion 1
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Poppy Seeds 1 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds 1 1/2 tsps
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel and finely chop the onion.
Remove outer leaves, wash and chop the cabbage.

Heat a pan on low heat, add poppy seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds.
Toast for a minute or until aromatic and remove from heat.
Grind the poppy seeds mixture into fine powder and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add sliced onion and ginger garlic paste.
Fry for around few minutes on medium flame and stir in cabbage and turmeric powder.
Fry for around 5 minutes or until cabbage is cooked.
Stir in ground poppy seeds powder, red chili powder and salt.
Cook for another minute and remove from heat.
Serve cabbage poppy seeds curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure not burn any ingredients while toasting.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with red chili powder.
Variations: Check other variations with cabbage here.
Other Names: Cabbage Poppy Curry.

Bell Pepper Sesame Coconut Fry

4 Jan

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Bell Pepper Sesame Coconut Fry.

Capsicum / Bell pepper is diced and cooked in oil along with onion. Once caspsicum is fried, freshly ground mixture of sesame, coconut and cilantro is added to the curry as a finishing step. Serve bell pepper sesame coconut fry with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bell Pepper Sesame Coconut Fry.

Ingredients:

Bell Pepper 2
Onion 1 Large
Fresh / Frozen Grated Coconut 1/4 Cup
Sesame Seeds 2 Tbsps
Cilantro 1 Cup Packed
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash, remove stem, discard seeds and chop the bell peppers.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Wash and roughly chop the cilantro leaves.
Remove stems, wash and roughly chop the green chiles.
Grind sesame seeds, green chiles into powder using a spice grinder.
Then add the coconut and cilantro and grind again and remove the ground mixture onto a bowl.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped bell pepper and onion.
Fry on medium flame till onion turns golden brown in color and capsicum changes color.
Cook covered for a minute for capsicum to soften a bit if necessary.
Uncover and stir in ground sesame coconut mixture.
Fry briefly and remove from heat.
Serve bell pepper sesame coconut fry with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure bell pepper is not over fried.

Suggestions: If bell pepper is not cooked well, put it back on heat and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: Check other capsicum variations here.
Other Names: Bell Pepper Sesame Coconut Fry, Capsicum Sesame Coconut Fry.