Monday, May 18, 2009

Badam Burfi

Baadam or Almond Burfi is a sweet dish. It is one of the delicious sweet piece that every one will love to have it at any time of the day.
It is an easy and yummy recipe that we can munch them at any time of the day.
Lets see the recipe now:
Things Needed :
Almonds : 1 Cup
Sugar : 1 1/4 Cup
Ghee : 2 to 3 Table spoon
Water : Required amount

Method :
1. Soak almonds in hot water and remove the skin and grind it. (Use little water).  
2. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put ground almonds and sugar.
3. Keep stirring till the sugar melts completely. (Let the flame be very low).
4. Add a spoon of ghee and keep stirring till it gets thicken.
5. Once it is done it starts to leave the sides. Stir little more till it comes to the middle of the pan.
Add the remaining ghee to the burfi. Stir it slowly.
6. Apply ghee on the plate or tray. Put ready burfi mixture to the plate and spread it in equal level.
7. Just roll it on the surface to equal the even surface on the top. (Use little ghee around the chapati roller and roll it).
8, Cut it into desired shape when it cools down or about to cool.
Let the whole process be on low flame. Adding little more sugar will be good for sweet lovers. You can also add more ghee. (optional). Do not add any milk powder or fresh milk to the ingredients while stirring.
Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 10 to 15 pieces. (according to the size).

Sorekai Kootu ( Dooodhi or Marrow )

Sorekai  or Bottle gourd Kootu ( Doodhi or Marrow ) is a mild spicy gravy dish. Sorekai is a very healthy vegetable and we can prepare many dishes using this vegetable.
Kootu means curry and Kootu is also prepared with many variations . We can prepare kootu with many vegetables like Bottle gourd, ridge gourd, snake gourd etc. The spices also vary. Here I have used little jeera and green chilly and coconut. It is very mild and goes well with rice, chapatis, pooris, idli and dosa. Using coconut oil adds to the taste of the curry.
Lets see some benefits of having Bottle gourd in our daily diet.
Bottle gourd is easy to digest and helps the liver function in a balanced. way. 
It is full of minerals and fiber. It is cooling and calming.
It supports the urinary system of our body by reducing burning sensation from high acidic urination. It also reduces the chances of urinary infection.
 It contains many vitamins and minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate. ( one of the B Vitamin or Folic acid ).
It is extremely popular for weight loss. ( Especially the bottle gourd juice). It is good for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy.
It contain a good amount of  fiber and it helps to fight constipation,
Here is a recipe as I said earlier it is easy to prepare and not many spices are used and it is also a quick recipe.
No onion or garlic is used in this " Sorekai Kootu and we can have them on festival or some special fasting days too.
Things needed:

Sorekai :1/2
Coconut : 1 Small cup or 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Jeera ( Cummin Seeds ) : 1/2 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Salt : to taste
Water : 1 Cup
Mustard Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Urd Daal 1/4 Teaspoon (optional)
Ingh : a pinch
Methid seeds ( 4 to 5 )
Curry leaves : 5 to 6
Turmeric Powder : a pinch
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Coriander leaves : 1 to 2 Table spoons.


Method :

1. Wash and remove the outer layer of bottle gourd and cut it into small pieces and keep it aside.

2. Boil cut bottle gourd pieces with little water till they turn soft.

3. Grate coconut and grind it with jeera, green chilly with little water.

4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat . Put oil , mustard seeds, urid and methi seeds. Let it  splutter.
5. Now add curry leaves and ingh . Add boiled Sorekai to the  mustard. Add salt and turmeric powder. Add ground coconut mixture.

6. Let it boil nicely for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in between so that it does not burn at the bottom. Shift the ready curry to a serving dish.

7.Add cut coriander leaves and serve with hot rice or chapatis .

8.. You can also add curd to this curry and serve. It taste very nice like majjige huli. ( Curd gravy )

Note :
Do not over cook the vegetable and the curry should not be watery also.
Cook on medium heat. Adding 1 spoon of ghee will give better taste.
You can add red chillies instead of green chillies.
Carrots or cabbage , or white pumpkin also can be used instead of Sorekai.
Use more chillies if you like it hot. You can also use 1/2 tea spoon of soaked rice while grinding coconut. ( It helps the curry to be thick).
Using urid dal is optional. I have used methi and mustard seeds.
You can also use onions and garlic. Use onions while cooking and garlic while frying mustard seeds.
Time : 20 minutes
Servings : 2 to 3.

Brinjal Tomato Capsicum Bartha

Brinjal Tomato bartha is a gravy side dish. We in Udupi (Karnataka State) prepare bartha very often with brinjal/egg plant and tomatoes. It is done in different ways. It is spicy, tangy with little sweet and goes well with almost all the main dish.

Brinjal Tomato bartha goes well with Rice and Chapatis and Rotis too. Bartha means its cooked and smashed spicy dish.
I have used brinjal, capsicum and tomatoes with little spices. It is a spicy dish.
No  onions or garlic is used in the curry.

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Brinjal : 1 ( Medium Size )
Tomato : 2 ( Small size)
Capsicum : 1
To Add 
Pepper pods : 3 to 4
Green chillies : 2
Ginger : a small piece
Coriander Leaves : 2 sticks
Salt : to taste
Rasam Powder : 2 Teaspoons
Jaggary (Option ) : 1 Table spoon
Water : 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder : a pinch
To Season : 
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urd Daal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh : a pinch

Method :

1. Wash and cut capsicum, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green chilly. Crush pepper pods and keep it aside. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger. Wash it again and grate it.
2. Wash and cook brinjal in a pressure cooker for 5 to 6 minutes and leave it for cooling.
3. Remove the outer layer of brinjal once it is cool, smash the pulp and keep it aside.

3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add mustard seeds and urid dal. Let it splutter.
4. Add curry leaves, green chilly and ingh. Add cut capsicum. Fry nicely till it is soft.

5. Add tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Add smashed pulp and mix it well. Add jaggery. Add crushed pepper. Add grated ginger.

6. Add rasam powder, salt and little turmeric powder. Mix it nicely.
7. Add water if required (1/2 cup ). Let it cook nicely for 2 to 3 minutes.
8. Add coriander leaves and put off the fire. Shift the ready curry to a serving dish.

9. Brinjal Tomato Bartha is ready to serve.  Serve with a piece of onion.  (serving onion is optional)

Note :
You can cook brinjal as you like it.
1. Wash it, cut it into small pieces and cook in little water. Smash the whole thing nicely.
2. Wash the whole brinjal and pressure cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the outer skin once it is cooled. Smash the pulp and then use the pulp.
3. Wash and cook straight on gas burner. Apply little oil on the outer layer before keeping the brinjal on the burner. Remove the outer layer and use the pulp.
Use of spice according to your taste. You can add cut onions and garlic (optional). Use of jaggery is also optional. More/less. No need to add tamarind or lemon extract.
Any brand of rasam powder can be used. Use a round brinjal to prepare bartha.
Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 3 to 4.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Veg Kofta curry is an side dish and goes well with chapatis, rotis, dosas, poori and even plain rice.
It goes well with bread also.

I have used carrots, beans, potatoes and some spices, channa flour, rice flour to prepare this kofta (Filled fritters). For the curry onions, tomatoes and ginger is used here.
Lets see the recipe Now :

For Kofta

Besan/Channa flour : 1/2 cup
Rice flour : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera or Cummin Seeds : 1/2 teaspoon
Chilly Powder : 1/ Teaspoon
Carrots : 2
Boiled potatoes : 3
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Grated Ginger : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : to taste
Oil : To Fry : 1 Cup


Kofta preparation :
1. Wash and remove the outer layer of carrots and grate it. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger, wash it again and grate it. Wash and cut coriander leaves.
2. Boil potatoes and remove the outer layer once it is cooled.
3. Now take a big bowl and put grated carrots, grated ginger, coriander leaves.
4, Add chilly powder, cumin seeds and salt. Mix it well.
5. Divide the mixed vegetables and make small size balls.

6. Take a bowl, put rice flour, channa flour/besan and chilly powder. Add little salt.
7. Mix with required water and prepare thick dough.

8. Keep a frying pan on the fire and add oil. Let it be hot.
9. Take a small size of the dough, dip in channa flour dough and put it in the hot oil.
10. Fry nicely till it turns golden brown. Remove from the pan and put it on a kitchen tissue.

11. Repeat the same and prepare koftas and keep it aside.
12. Fry the koftas on medium and low flame.

For Curry :

Things Needed :
For the Curry :
Tomatoes : 2 to 3 (Medium size)
Onion : 2
Garam Masaala : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Rasam powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt : to taste.
Cashew nuts : 6 to 8
Ginger : 1 Teaspoon
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : To taste
Milk Cream/Butter : 1 Tablespoon (I used fresh milk cream)

Method : 

1. Wash and boil tomatoes with little water for 2 to 3 minutes. Let it cool.
2. Remove the outer layer of onions, wash and cut into small pieces.
3. Wash and remove the outer skin of ginger and wash it again. Grate it.
4. Remove the outer layer of boiled tomatoes, cut into small and keep it aside.
5. Grind cashew nuts into thin paste with little water and keep it aside.

6. Grind grated ginger, cut tomatoes. Let it be paste consistency.

7. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and heat.
8. Add jeera/cumin seeds and fry. Add cut onions and fry till they turn soft and slightly brown.

9. Add ground tomatoes and fry nicely till it cooks well (2 to 3 minutes). Add required salt.

10. Add garam masala, turmeric powder, chilly powder, rasam powder and little jeera powder.
11. Add a cup of water and let it boil for 2 minutes.
12. Add cashew paste and mix it well. Let it boil for a minute.

13. Mix it nicely and add ready koftas to the curry and mix it slowly. Let it cook for a minute. Put off the fire.

14. Leave it for 2 minutes and shift the curry to a serving dish. Add fresh cream/Butter on the top. (I have added fresh boiled milk cream).

15. Serve with the main dish that you have prepared.
16. We had it with chaatis.

Note :

Use of garlic is optional. Koftas can be prepared with grated bottle gourd instead of vegetables.
Use of cashew nuts are optional. Cashews are aromatic and helps to add the taste. You can  use roasted channa (Hurikadale) instead of cashews).Adding any spice of your choice is optional.
You can use cashew pieces in koftas too. (optional).
Time : 40 minutes  (Total time ).
Serves : 4 to 5

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