Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lassi time!

There is a jaatre that happens in Puttur every year. It goes on for ten days in the month of April. You should visit the place to savor a slice of culture, heritage and religion. The added attraction this year was the 70 ft tall Brahma-ratha that was presented to the temple by the very famous Muthappa Rai.
And as it is in all fairs, this one too is a place from where you can get back stuff for your home, especially the kitchen. Jyothi got back a chapathi rolling pin and plate from the fair. But my favorite is the manual blender that she bought during her visit. Perfect for the summer, now lassi is just a few turns of the blender away!
Price: Rs 80. Easy to use, easy to clean :).

P.S. Did you know that in Punjab, Lassi is made in washing machines?!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Palak dosa

We decided to make dosa out of Palak, when we saw a bunch of Palak leaves and dosa batter in the fridge.
->Bunch of Palak
->Dosa batter (Rinse 1/2 cup urad and 1 cup rice in water for about 3 hours, and grind them and leave it overnight)
->Finely chopped onion(1)
->Carrot grated(1)
->Green chillies
->Little oil/Ghee

Cook the Palak leaves and green chillies with very less water and let it cool. After it cools down grind it. Take a spoon of oil/ghee in a pan and fry the onions and carrot.
Add the Palak paste, onions and carrot to the dosa batter and mix well. Add salt to taste

Heat tava, put little ghee so that dosa comes out easily. Spread out a big ladle of batter in an ciruclar manner. You can put little more ghee on dosa if you are not conscious of the calories it adds! Remove it from the tava and serve it hot.
We had the dosa with chutney powder which my mom prepared and it was very nice combination :-)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monsoon chat

It was raining when we were returning from work today. The slight drizzle, the cool breeze and an upbeat mood- all the makings for a perfect evening were there. Only one thing was missing. Piping hot samosas and jalebis!
If you're thinking that we prepared them to make our evening perfect, well, you're wrong. One, its too much oil. And two, we don't know how to make them :) The presence of the chatwala outside the house, who we consciously avoid, was not helping the situation much. So we decided to take the matter into our hands and make some chat ourselves. Pretty simple and tastes great.
What you need:
A packet of bingo mad angles ( or any such flat chips)
And no. The recipe doesn't end here. ;)
1 Onion finely chopped
1 carrot grated
1 tomato finely chopped
1 potato- salted and mashed
A cup of curd
Tamarind chutney

And how is it made? Gets made in a jiffy if you have the stuff ready.
Mix all the chopped veggies. Add salt and chilli powder to them. Then some chat masala to taste.
Now take each chip and place a bit of the potato mixture. Then a spoonful of the vegetable mix. Top it with some curd and tamarind chutney. Add a dash of chat masala. It is ready to be popped into your mouth! Yum!
We did not have mint at home today. Some mint would have added to the taste for sure! And we haven't called the recipe anything yet.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pepper mill

Latest acquisition for the kitchen: A pepper mill. Have always wanted one ever since i watched Sanjeev Kapoor on Khana Khazana use it. This was easily some 7-8 years back. Never found one in Mysore. After moving here, i did spot one in UB City at Good Earth. But it seemed too expensive to fit into the kitchen :)
We finally saw one at Lifestyle in Mantri Mall. It seemed like a steal compared to Good Earth. We now use only freshly ground pepper for all our dishes- right out of the pepper mill.

Cost of the pepper mill: Rs.145
The joy of finding something that one's looked for so long: Priceless!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Baingan ka bharta

Ever since we had baingan ka bharta at Queen's on Church Street, we have wanted to try the recipe out. Did not do it all these days since we could not find the right baingan for it. At our last visit to the More megastore in Mahadevpura, we found the brinjal that we were looking for. Nice and big, it was perfect for bharta. Bought one, to experiment and see how it turns out.
I have never been much of a fan of brinjal, particularly because of the seeds. Luckily, the brinjal i got was nice and pulpy without too many seeds. The recipe needs you to apply oil all over the vegetable and then put it on the flame directly.
Requires a lot of patience since the flame needs to be low so as to not burn the brinjal. And also that it should be well cooked till the center. One way to ensure this is to make slits all over the surface and then roast it. Once done, you can see the peel coming off. Cool it and then remove the peel and mash it.

In a skillet, heat some ghee. Add cumin seeds, ginger-garlic paste and onions. Fry until golden brown. Add to this some turmeric, dhania and chilli powder. Now add one chopped tomato and cook until it is done. Now add the mashed brinjal to it and some water if the consistency needs to be adjusted. Add salt to taste. Top it off with some garam masala, a dash of lime juice and chopped coriander leaves.

Our dinner for today:
Chapathis with Baingan Bharta and Methi dal