Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sweet Potato -Carrot Dry Curry

Sweet Potato - Carrot Curry is a dry curry and we can have them with bread, buns , chapatis pooris or even with Rice. (Plain or Masala). Just thought of using both vegetables and prepare some thing for buns. It goes well with buns. You can also try this dish to top up the roasted bread or bread toast.

You all know the benefits of eating Sweet Potato and carrots in our daily diet.
Sweet potato are loved by kids as well as adults. Sweet Potatoes do not contain saturated fats and cholesterol and it is rich source of dietary fiber, anti -oxidants, vitamins and minerals.It is recommended as a healthy food supplement even in diabetes. Sweet Potatoes are excellent source of beta- carotene and vitamin -A. These compounds are powerful natural antioxidants. Vitamin A is required by the body to maintaion integrity of healthy mucus membranes and skin. It is a vital nutrient for healthy vision. Sweet potatoes provides a good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium, are very essential for the body.

Eating carrots help to improve the vision. Carrots are good source of anti- oxidants and helps to slow down the aging of cells.They are rich source of  vitamin A and Vitamin C. They are rich in Many B complex groups of vitamins such as folic acid. They are full of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Here is a recipe of  " Sweet Potato -Carrots Dry Curry",  which is easy to prepare and njoy having this with whole family members of all age group..I am sure every one will definitely love this curry.

Things Needed :

Sweet Potatoes : 2 to 3
Carrots : 2
Tomatoes : 2
Garam Masala : 1 Table spoon
Green chilly : 1
Ginger : 1 Table spoon (grated)
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urid Dal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Salt : to taste
Oil : 2 Table spoon
curry leaves : 1 Handful
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons.

Method :

1. Wash and boil or pressure cook sweet potatoes and remove the skin and smash the sweet potatoes and keep it aside.
2. Wash and grate carrots, ginger, cut tomatoes, green chilly, coriander leaves and keep it aside.

3. Now keep the pan on the fire put oil and heat. Put mustard seeds , urid dal and let it spurt.

4. Add jeera and curry leaves . Add cut tomatoes and fry nicely. Add green chilly and garam masala  and fry for 1 minute.

5. Fry till tomatoes turn thick. Add cooked and smashed  sweet potatoes and mix it well.

6. Add grated carrots, required salt and mix it well slowly.

7. Cook on low flame so that it does not get burnt.
8. Add cut coriander leaves and take out the sweet potato carrot dry curry and shift it to the serving bowl.

9. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.
10. I served this " Sweet Potato -Carrots dry curry " with poories.

11. I also had this curry with buns just like  " Dabeli " ,

12.. I just put some Sweet Potato curry in the middle of the bun and put some roasted ground nuts. It was really nice to have them.

 Note :

Do not over cook sweet potatoes.  You can add green peas (fresh) to this curry. You can add more spices, onions and garlic. (I did not use any of these).
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5

Monday, September 15, 2014

Passion Fruit Juice

Passion Fruit is a Savoury tasted fruit. I came to know about this fruit very recently. I saw this plant hanging full of  fruits on its creepers in Dr. Khadar 's house and clinic in Mysore. Here I must mention Dr. Khadar who is a homeopathy Doctor, prepares medicine, does the organic farming and grows healthy grains like, millet, little millet. fox tail millet, finger millet and you can get almost all organic farmed vegetables and fruits.

Ready to serve Passion Fruit Juice.

Dr. Khadar advices people not to take fast food which is completely harmful to your body. and to practice eating the Complete Healthy Grains  that is " All kind of Millets " in your daily diet. He is 100% correct according to me. You all too may agree with my opinion right? ...Please practice and make use of Millets and live Strong and Healthy.
Though I saw Passion Fruit in Dr. Khadar's Clinic I did not get a chance to pluck or taste the fruit. My close friend Usha Suresh Cukkemane who took us to clinic said, that she has tasted the fruit and it is good for preparing juice.Understood the concept and kept it in mind. This time when we visited Mr. Sathish Hande who lives In Mysore (one of our close family friend),and is also an engineer by profession, hard working agriculturist. He grows lots of vegetables and fruits in Organic style and is very much dedicated. When we were returning from his house he packed some fruits for us along with Papaya and tomatoes grown in his farm. This way we got these Passion Fruits and I have given some fruits to my brother and my in laws house too, since they too are new to this passion fruit. 

Now lets see some benefits of eating or having this fruit.
Passion fruit is rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and  good source of dietary fiber. Passion Fruit contain Vitamin C, and  Vitamin A. Vitamin A help to maintain healthy mucus, membranes and skin.It contains a high amount of antioxidants, these nutrients protect eyes from free radical damage. Passion Fruit is very beneficial to protect eyes from vision loss and improve eye sight. The fiber content is very effective to improve digestion. Passion fruit is highly effective to protect from high blood pressure.

Here is a simple way of preparing " Passion Fruit Juice ", which is very easy and adding jaggery (iron content) helps the juice to be sweet and perfect.

Things Needed : 

Passion Fruits : 3 to 4
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons
Water : 2 Cups.
Salt : a pinch

Method : 

1. Wash and cut the fruit in between and scoop out the pulp in a big bowl.

2. Squeeze nicely to separate the seeds.

3. Add required water and jaggery to the pulp water mixture. Add a pinch of salt.

4. Now mix it well in hand and stain the juice with the help of stainer.

5. Serve the ready juice . ( Adding ice cube is an optional).

Note :

Add jaggery according to your taste. (more or less). Use of honey instead of jaggery is also good option. You can use many more fruits to prepare the same quantity of juice.
Time : 10 Minutes
Serves : 2

Mixed Dal & Amaranth leaves Curry./ ಮಿಶ್ರ ಬೇಳೆ - ಹರಿವೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪಿನ ತೊವ್ವೆ

Dals are always protein rich. Its good for vegetarians to get proteins. Proteins help us get the bones strong. Here is a recipe which I have...


My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
Learn More →