Friday, January 29, 2010

Kollu Poriyal / Horsegram Poriyal

Horse gram is a legume of immense nutritional value and medicinal properties. It is considered to help with maintaining the body temperature and iron deficiency.Usually kollu rasam is made by soaking the horse gram overnight, cooking the horse gram and removing the resulting water. The remaining horse gram and make it in to chutney, poriyal masiyal etc..,

1 Cup Horse gram (cooked)
1 No Onion
4 Nos Green chilly(slit)
1 Tsp Mustard seeds
1 Tsp Urad dal
1 Sprig Curry Leaves
1 Tsp Oil
1/2" Ginger (grated)
Salt to taste.
Heat oil in a kadai.
Add mustard seeds and urad dal.
When the mustard seeds pop add the curry leaves, green chilly, onion and saute.
When the onion turns golden brown add the grated ginger ,salt, horse gram and saute for a minute.
Cover and cook at low for a minute and remove.
Serve with rice.

Cucumber Yogurt Dip with Pita

This is a nice refreshing dip and tastes great with warm baked pita crisps.

1 Cup thick Yogurt
1 No Cucumber
5-6 Nos Mint leaves
1 Clove Garlic
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Coriander seeds
1 Tsp Cumin seeds
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Place the yogurt in a muslin cloth on a sieve and place it in the refrigerator overnight.(this allows the water to drain from the yogurt)
Discard the excess water.
Toast coriander seeds and cumin and powder.
Wash the mint and place it in the food processor along with garlic, cucumber and pulse for a minute and add the salt, pepper,olive oil,yogurt and pulse again.
Remove the mixture and add the cucumber to it.
Place it in the fridge till you are ready to serve.
when ready to serve sprinkle the coriander and cumin powder.
I used store-bought pitta bread and cut them into wedges.
To bake:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Brush the pitta bread with olive oil and sprinkle some salt.
Place the wedges on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 9-12 minutes depending on the crispness you want.
Serve immediately.

Vazhakai kara Poriyal (Plantain Kara Poriyal)

Vazhakai kara Poriyal is a very simple and easy dish to prepare.
It pairs great with steamed rice and any kind of sambar.
2 Nos plantain (cubed)
1 no medium sized Onion (chopped)
2 Tbsp Coconut
2 Cloves Garlic
4 Nos Dry Red Chilly
1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
1 Sprig Curry Leaves
1 Tbsp Oil
1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp Urad Dal
Salt to taste.
Wash the plantain, peel the skin with a knife and cut it into small cubes.
Grind the coconut, garlic, red chilly into a a smooth paste and set aside.
Heat oil in a kadai and pour the oil.
When the oil is hot add the curry leaves, mustard seeds and the urad dal.
When the mustard seeds splutter add the onion and saute.
Now add the plantain and saute for a few seconds and add turmeric powder, salt and the ground paste along with little water.
Cover and cook the plantain, till it is tender.
Take care to keep sprinkling water to avoid burning.
When the plantain is cooked through remove from heat and serve.

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