Tuesday, November 28, 2023

நெய்ச்சோறு Ghee Rice

Ghee rice: A kind of pulav

Ingredients: (for 4 adults)
Basmati rice - 2 cup
(3/4 cup for 1 adult )
water - 3 cups
water measurement for open vessel cooking and rice cooker :(number of cups of rice x 2) - 1 = (2x2)-1 = 3
ghee - 3 tbsp
salt - 1/2 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
onion (thinly sliced)- 1 cup
ghee / oil - 2 tsp
cashew - 10
raisin - 10
mint leaf - a handful
cilantro - few sprigs

bay leaf - 2
clove - 4
cardamom - 2
cinnamon - 1 inch
star aniseed - 1
nutmeg (jathi kai) - a small shaving
mace (jathi pathiri) - a small piece

Wash the rice thrice and drain excess water. Let it remain for 10 minutes.
Boil 1 liter water , 1 tsp salt and cook for 10 mins. Cook it as grainy rice.
Drain water. Keep aside.

Slice the onions into thin long pieces.
In a wok, heat 2 tsp ghee and add all the spices, cashew, raisin.
Then add the onion till they get light golden brown. 
Add ginger garlic paste.
Add chopped mint leaf + cilantro. Mix well. Switch off.
Add 1 tsp salt and mix well.
Mix the cooked rice gently.
Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.
Ghee rice is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot as main course with any spicy curry.
If needed reheat by microwave or by placing over a hot tawa.
While measuring the rice, consider taking more rice for this kind of ghee rice, as we won't cook the rice completely like the regular day and we may need more quantity to serve.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

பாசிப்பருப்பு ஜவ்வரிசி பாயாசம் Instant pot moong sabudana kh...

Nagercoil, Tirunelveli wedding special payasam prepared very quickly in Instant pot electric pressure cooker. No need to stand long hours in kitchen to prepare this kheer payasam.

Moong dal 1/4 cup,
Sabudana - 3 tsp,
jaggery - 1/2 cup,
cashew, raisin,
ghee - 1 tbsp.
cardamom - 5
shredded coconut - 2 tbsp

Method: Instantpot Electric pressure cooker:
Heat instant pot in saute mode.
Add 1 tbsp ghee.
Add nuts, raisin.
Once the raisin puffs, add sabudana. Fry for a minute.
Add rinsed moong dal.
Add 2 cups water.
Change to pressure cook mode. Cook for 3 mins. switch off.
Once pressure is released (10 min), add jaggery, crushed cardamom, coconut.
Mix well.
Change mode to 'saute'.
Bring to a boil and switch off.
If needed add coconut milk for making it dilute.

Method: stove top pressure cooker:
All steps are same, but after adding water in pressure cooker, bring to 1 whistle and switch off.
Then open lid (once pr valve is down), add jaggery, coconut, cardamom and bring to boil.

Quick moongdal sabudana kheer is ready !

Serving suggestion:
Serves 3 people

முள்ளங்கியும் கீரையும் சேர்த்து சாம்பார் Radish with leaf sambar

A South Indian delicacy, Fresh Radish with leaf sambar. முள்ளங்கி கீரை சாம்பார் Serves - 5 adults generously. Cooking time: 30 mins

Toor dal - 1/2 cup Radish - 2 tomato 1 tamarind - small gooseberry size sambar powder - 1.5 tsp chili powder - 1/4 tsp sea salt - 1.5 tsp turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp Hing - 1/4 tsp Mustard - 1 tsp Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp cumin - 1/2 tsp sesame oil or ghee - 1tbsp

Pressure cook the toor dal.
Rinse the toor dal. Add 2 cups water, turmeric 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp hing. Put inside pressure cooker.
After 1 whistle , reduce flame to minimum and switch off after 10 minutes.
If using an instant pot, press pressure cook button. Put the dal +contents. Set time to 10 mins.
Heat a separate vessel in stove top.
Add 1 tbsp oil.
Add mustard. Once it crackles, add fenugreek (methi). As methi gets red, add curry leaf and chopped radish + radish greens, 1 tomato chopped.
Add tamarind extract.
Add salt, sambar powder, chili powder. Cook in medium heat for 10 mins.
To the cooked dal , add 1 tsp cumin mash well.
Add this to boiling sambar in stove.
Cook till it boils. Switch off.
Radish sambar is ready.

Serving suggestion:
Serve with rice, idli , dosai, venpongal.
Serves 5-8 people.

Vazhaikkai Poriyal (Plantain stir fry)

This vazhaikai poriyal was a staple in our house as we had some (lot) of banana trees in our backyard. I have seen amma running there to pic...