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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Methi Chicken


Methi chicken is a delicious and a distinctive flavorful dish. Chicken Curry prepared with fresh fenugreek leaves is really a non vegetarian delight.  Here's comes the easy method to prepare. 















Ingredients for Methi Chicken :

1000 grams chicken (In this recipe I am using natu kodi)
2 tsp Shajeera
1 tbsp oil
4 cloves
4 small cinnamon sticks
4 Green Cardamom
1 Star Anise
1 to 2 Bay leaves
2 med onions chopped finely
2 med Tomatoes chopped finely
1 bunch fenugreek leaves 
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 to 2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 to 2 tsp coriander powder
2 tbsp coconut powder
Water as needed
Salt as per taste

To prepare Methi Chicken :

1. Take a pressure cooker add oil, Whole garam masala and saute till aroma comes from garam masala.
2. Add shajeera, chopped onion, ginger garlic paste, salt. Cook till onions are slightly golden brown, then add fenugreek leaves and mix well.
3. Now add chicken and cook for 5 min then add tomatoes, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, coconut powder and required amount of water depending on the required curry thickness mix well. 
4. Close with lid cook for 3 to 4 wishals or till chicken gets tender.
5. Methi Chicken is ready to serve. Sprinkle some coriander leaves and serve hot with Chapati, roti, Steamed Rice or even with Dosa or Idli.

Tips / Notes :
  • For this recipe u can add Curd to get mild flavour.
  • Adjust the spice and salt level as per your taste buds.
  • U can prepare this recipe by just adding garlic paste instead of Ginger garlic paste.

Health Benefits :

1. Fenugreek appears to slow absorption of sugars in the stomach and stimulate insulin. Both of these effects lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.
2. Women who are breast-feeding sometimes use fenugreek to promote milk flow.
3. Chickens are low in fat and calories and high in protein, which makes it ideal for weight maintenance. Not to mention that this bird is jam-packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins.

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SIMPLE VEGETABLE SAAGU


Vegetable Saagu is a classic Kannadiga dish. Visit any of the Darshini hotels or Dosa corners and you are sure to see Vegetable Saagu as their signature dish. I prepare this dish with leftover vegetables at the weekend or month end dazzle with flavour and aroma and are not less worthy than any other exotic dish. Traditionally we prepare saagu using grinded masala. But in this recipe I am not using any grinded masala to fasten its cooking process. This saagu an be served with Avalakki set Dosa, Set Dosa, Rava Idly, Rava Dosa, Chapathi, Poori, Any type of Dosa, or even with rice.







Ingredients for Vegetable Saagu :

3 tsp Olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 small piese cinomon sticks
4 cloves
2 green cardamoms
1 star anise 
2 med size chopped onions
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 stem curry leaves
1 cup green beans
1 med size chopped Capcicum
2 med size chopped tomatoes
2 boiled potatoes chopped in cubes
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1&1/2tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Salt as per taste

To prepare Vegetable Saagu :

1. Heat oil in a kadai or pan. Whole garam masala (cinomon sticks, cloves, green cardamoms and star anise) and saute till aroma comes from garam masala.
3. Add cumin seeds, chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves and salt. Cook till onions are slightly golden brown, at this point add green beans and capsicum and saute for 2 min.
4. Now add required amount of water, tomatoes, cooked potato cubes, chilli powder, coriander powder and cook for 10 more min. 
5. Add garam masala powder. At this stage taste the curry and adjust the salt and spice level. 
5. Vegetable Saagu is ready to serve.  Serve hot with Avalakki set Dosa, Set Dosa, Rava Idly, Rava Dosa, Chapathi, Poori, Any type of Dosa, or even with rice.

Tips / Notes :


  • For this recipe u can add Curd to get mild flavour.
  • Adjust the whole garam masal, spice and salt level as per your taste.
  • U can prepare this recipe by just adding garlic paste instead of Ginger garlic paste.
  • U can omitt Ginger garlic paste to prepare it as fasting recipe.
  • U can add vegetables of your choice.

Health benefits

1. Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. 
2. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.

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Authentic Andhra Tasty Tomato DAL


Tomato Dal or Tomato Pappu or Tomato Bele is a tasty and simple delicious Dal prepared in mostly each and every south Indian homes every day. Boiled and mashed dals cooked with some tangy tomatoes. This recipe is very simple to prepare and it tastes wonderful.








Ingredients for Tasty Tomato DAL:

Toor Dal: 1/2 cup
Moong Dal : 1/2 cup
Tomatoes : 1 cup chopped
Ghee : 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
Dried Red Chillies : 4
Garlic cloves : 3 to 4 sliced thinly
Hing : 1 pinch
Curry Leaves : 1 string
Red Chilli Powder: 1 tsp or as per taste
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

To prepare Tasty Tomato DAL:

1. Pressure cook the rinsed toor dal and moong dal till they become mashy. approximately 4 to 5 vishal.
2. Heat ghee in a pan add red chillys, mustered seeds, cumin seeds, sliced garlic cloves, curry leaves add tomatoes saute for a while then add chilly powder, turmeric powder, hing, salt and cook for 3 min, pour the cooked dales and cook for some time.
3. Switch off the flame and serve hot with steamed rice / Idli  / chapati / roti.

Tips / Notes:

  • U can add  fennel seeds instead of garlic cloves for to get fennel flavored dal.
  • U can add Channa dal and Toor Dal 1/4 cup each instead of adding Toor Dal 1/2 cup

Health Benifits :

Lentils are Low in calories and high in nutrition - that anyone can benefit from by incorporating this healthy legume into their diet.
For Detailed information about lentils refer www.mindbodygreen.com .

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Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry


Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry is one of the amazing and tasty dish. Ridge gourd acts as an appetizer in many recepies. The soft pulp and skin of ridge gourd both are used in making various recipes, especially in South Indian cuisine. Chutneys made from the pulp and the peel of ridge gourd is known for their health benefits.







Ingredients for Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry :

½ kg Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai
½ Cup Channadal
1 no finely Chopped Onion      
2 small finely Chopped Tomatoes
1 string Curry Leaves
2 nos Whole Red Chilli
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Cumin Seeds        
1Pinch Hing
1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
1Pinch Turmeric
¾ tsp Chilli Pdr
1 tsp Coriander Pdr
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt To Taste
Coriander Leaves to garnish

To prepare Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry :

1. Soak the Chana dal for 1/2hr to 1 hr with enough water.
2. Put oil in the pan and once heated add mustard seeds. when the seeds crackle add cumin seeds and whole red chillies. Add Ginger Garlic paste
and saute for few seconds, then add the onions, curry leaves, hing and turmeric and little salt.
3. When the onions are slightly cooked add Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai to it and saute till it gets half cooked. Then add channa dal, tomatoes, red chillie powder, coriander powder and required amount of salt and water to it. Cook till vegetables and dals cooked.
5. Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai Chana Dal Curry is ready to serve. Garnish with Coriander Leaves and serve it hot with rice / chapati.

Health Benefits of Ridge guard / Beerakaya / Heerekai :

1. The ridge gourd is a healthy diet and contains a good amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, carotene, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron and small quantities of iodine and fluorine.
2. Ridge gourd is also an effective home remedy for the prevention of premature greying of hair.
3. Since the ridge gourd is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, it is the ideal diet for those who are looking for weight loss.
4. Ridge gourd has a high water content which makes it a food with very less calories.
5. One cup Ridge gourd juice mixed with 2 spoons of sugar, if taken twice daily cures jaundice.
6. It is having a blood purifying properties.
7. It has beta carotene which is good for eyes.

Health benefits of Channadal :

1. Channadal is great hunger controllers and they are rich in fiber and proteins.
2. Channadal reduce risk of heart disease as they reduce cholesterol.
3. Channadal also have good amount of iron which boost energy and good amount of calcium which is good for bones.
4. We all know that Channadal / basan floor is ideal for skin and hair.

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Dondakaya Shanagapappu Kura / Tindora Channa Dal Curry


Dondakaya Shanagapappu Kura / Tindora Channa Dal Curry is one of the famous dish in Andhra Pradesh and its one of those amazing and tasty dishes that would truly refresh your palates and ask for more.










Ingredients for Dondakaya Shanagapappu Kura / Tindora Channa Dal Curry :

½ kg Tindora / Dondakaya / Tondekayi 
½ Cup Channadal
1 no finely Chopped Onion      
2 small finely Chopped Tomatoes
1 string Curry Leaves
2 nos Whole Red Chilli
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Cumin Seeds        
1 Pinch Hing
3 Cloves Crushed Garlic
1 Pinch Turmeric
¾ tsp Chilli Pdr
¼ tsp Garam Masala Pdr(optional)
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt To Taste
Coriander Leaves to garnish

To prepare Dondakaya Shanagapappu Kura / Tindora Channa Dal Curry :

1. First take the Channa dal (preferably 1/2hr soaked one) and boil it with enough water. The Channa dal should be cooked but not mashy.
2. Put oil in the pan and once heated add mustard seeds. When the seeds crackle add cumin seeds and whole red chillies. Add the crushed garlic and saute for few seconds, then add the onions, curry leaves, hing and turmeric and little salt.
3. When the onions are slightly cooked add the tomatoes, red chillie pdr, corianderpdr mix well and add the tindoras and required amount of water and salt to it.
4. Cover the pan and let it cook till the tindoras are cooked (here u can add pressure cooked tindura to fasten the cooking process).  When cooked add the cooked Channa dal with its water. Add pinch of fennel powder and the garam masala. Let it cook for another 10 to 15 mins till everything is cooked.
5. Tindora dal is ready to serve. Garnish with Coriander Leaves and serve it hot with rice / chapati

Health Benefits of Tindora / Dondakaya / Tondekayi :

Tindora / Dondakaya / Tondekayi - Contains a fabulous mix of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and a vast array of B vitamins and minerals. It is quite a valuable source of nutrients.

Health benefits of Channadal :

1. Channadal is great hunger controllers and they are rich in fiber and proteins.
2. Channadal reduce risk of heart disease as they reduce cholesterol.
3. Channadal also have good amount of iron which boost energy and good amount of calcium which is good for bones.
4. We all know that Channadal / basan floor is ideal for skin and hair.

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Mushroom sprouts Upma / Uppittu


Mushrooms - Enjoyed for its taste and texture, mushrooms are cooked in various ways and incorporated in an array of dishes that range from the usual to the exotic. Mushrooms are not only tasty, but they also have lots of health benefits. Mushrooms seem to occupy a special place in our food preferences. Magic mushrooms tend to absorb the flavors of the seasoning and taste great as snacks, appetizers and main dishes. So here I am using Mushroom sprouts in my Vegetable Upma to increase its Nutritional Value and Its a good nutritious breakfast to start our day too...







Ingredients for Mushroom sprouts Upma / Uppittu :

1 Cup of Rava or Sooji (cream of wheat)
2 to 2 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon of oil
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tbsp black gram dal (washed) or Dhuli Urad
1 tbsp Channa dal
1/4 cup finely chopped Mushroom Sprouts
1 small size onion
3 green chillies or as per taste
1 stem chopped curry leaves
1/2 Cup of mixed vegetables such as Carrots grated, frozen Green peas
Salt to taste
Optional Garnish : with roasted Cashews

To prepare Mushroom sprouts Upma / Uppittu :

1. Roast Rava or Sooji in a non-stick pan till golden brown. Keep it aside.
2. In a kadai put oil then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, black Gram Dal or Dhuli Urad, channa dal and fry till dal gets golden in color.
3. Put chopped onions, green chillies and curry leaves. When onion turns brown add the vegetables, Mushroom Sprouts and fry for a while.
4. Then add water and salt and cook till water boils. then add  Rava or Sooji.
To avoid lumps keep on stirring the Upma / Uppittu till all the water is absorbed. Serve hot with any choice of your chutney or curd.
5. If desired add roasted cashews before serving.

Tips / Notes:

  • To prepare Vegetable Upma / Vegetable Uppittu u can use Homemade Ghee / Clarified Butter / Neyyi instead of oil to enhance the taste.
  • Fry Rava or Sooji and store it in a jar to prepare recipe in no time, so that u can omit the first step.

Health Benefits :

1. Mushrooms are low in calories as well as fat and sodium. These also have lots of fiber,  which on the whole, makes it a good food option for hypertensive.
2. Mushrooms also have copper, and this makes it a hot shot food for the heart.
3. Packed with potassium, mushrooms are good for lowering high blood pressure and cuts down the risk of stroke.
4. Mushrooms are also said to be good for the eyesight, blood circulation, migraines, tumors, cancer and impotency.

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Bhel puri


Searching for a quick, easy and oil-less snacks, here comes Bhel puri - I am giving you a healthy, home-made version of Bhel puri – easy-to-make if you have the main ingredients at home. The main ingredients are Puffed rice (murmura) and sev (omappodi) with a sprinkle of other items (always available at home) to make it spicy and tangy.


Ingredients for Bhel puri :

3 cups of Puffed rice
1 ½ cups Sev 
8 to 10 tbsp Tomato ketchup
1 med onion finely chopped
1 med tomato finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves

To prepare Bhel puri :

Mix all the above ingredients and serve immediately.

Tips / Notes:

·        To make more attractive and tasty - U can add diced boiled potatoes, fried peanuts, and mango pieces (if it is mango season) too.
·        To make authentic Bhel puri  add tamarind chutney and spicy green chutney instead of Tomato ketchup.

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Instant Wheat Butter Dosa


Are you busy mom or working women or a busy professional? looking for instant yet healthy recipes, then this is just for you Instant Wheat Butter Dosa. How to prepare instant wheat flour Dosa !! You have a guest and you are in confusion that what to do for them and serve. Then this Instant wheat flour Dosa will be better. Yeah with less ingredients you can make it within 10 minutes. 






Ingredients for Instant Wheat Butter Dosa :

1 cup Wheat flour
1/2 cup Butter Milk
1 pinch Baking Powder
2 tbsp Butter
Salt to Taste
Water as required
Melted Butter for making Dosas
Chutney powder to spreed on Dosas (Optional)

To prepare Instant Wheat Butter Dosa :

1. Take a bowl add wheat flour, salt, butter, baking powder, mix this well.
2. Add butter milk. and water mix this like a dosa batter.
3. Heat the non stick dosa pan and pour the dosa batter on and spread it. apply some butter, spread some Chutney powder and let it cook for some time. Don't flip the dosas to maintain crispness. 
4. A quick, nutritious, instant and no fermentation dosa ready. Serve this Dosa with your favorite chutney and Sambar.

Health Benefits of Wheat:

1. Controls Obesity (especially in women)
2. Improves body metabolism
3. Prevents Childhood Asthma
4. Protective Against Breast Cancer
5. Improves Cardiovascular System in Postmenopausal Women
6. Prevents Heart Attack

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