I am going to take rest. It is very much needed now, don't know when it is possible to visit you all. I have few recipes in draft. If my mom allows me, I will post them when I get time..
Like all moms she might say, it is the computer that makes all your problems..don't sit much in front of it... :)
A lovely reader of mine , Dhanya had asked the recipe for Navaratna kurma(I hope you will love this). Actually I don't know what is meant by this "nava rathna" or "nine gems" here. Some says it is nine ingredients or nine kinds of vegetables used for cooking.
Whatever it may be, we all loved this kurma very much.
My brother is a born vegetarian and he started cooking to survive among his carnivore friends.I heard he cooks kurumas very well, instead of using coconut he used much cashews to thicken the gravy. Once I tasted his chana preparation, which was really tasty, I took 3/4 of the dish even without a piece of roti.. :) I think he too got my mom's "kaippunyam"...
cauliflower florets 1 cup
green peas cooked 1 cup
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
coriander powder 2 tsp
chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Grind to a paste,
garlic cloves 5 small
ginger 1 " pieces
green chilly 1 or 2
coconut grated 1 cup
cashew nuts 6
black pepper corns 1/2 tsp
cinnamon 1 " piece
cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
How to prepare,
Cook all the vegetables and keep aside.(Use vegetables you like).
Heat oil in a pan. Saute chopped onions as usual until transparent.
Saute chopped tomatoes and ground paste for few seconds until the raw smell disappears.
Add powders, cooked vegetables, peas, coriander leaves and stir well for few seconds. Add blended paste and enough salt.
Cook it on a low flame until oil floats on top.
You can use lime juice or curd instead of tomato.
Add ghee roasted paneer cubes and cashews and raisins to the dish. Some adds cream too.
You can make navrathna kurma with fruits like apple and pineapple etc. I don't have the recipe for that and haven't tried it yet. So please any one tried it let me know how it tastes.. :)