Chana Masala – Soulful Cooking:)

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One must have to try really hard to find someone who hates ‘good food’…I mean a soulful preparation, cooked by pouring one’s heart into it:) Now, you got the message. I cooked this for my someone, who happens to like ‘Delhi Cuisine’. In order to bring a personal appeal, I fashioned it in my own [...]

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Mookadalai Rasam / Kala Chana Rasam – Earthly Flavor!

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Small Brown Garbanzos Rasam: Have you ever tried this way…after done cooking the legumes like garbanzos or kidney beans, used the legumes cooked water in other recipes? One of the famous infusion…where I come from is Mookadalai Rasam. Back home, they precisely use small brown garbanzos for this recipe. It sure adds a distinct flavor [...]

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Bottle Gourd & Val Beans Curry – Native Cooking!

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Soraikai – Mochai Kara Kuzhambu Other Names: Bottle Gourd – Val Beans Curry. Suraikai – Mochai Puli Kuzhambu. Lauki Curry. Sorakaya Pulusu. On the other day, bunch of my local friends showed up at an odd time! I wasn’t prepared for a formal lunch meeting! …was bit skeptical to go ahead and fix the ethnic [...]

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Mulai Payaru Poriyal – Going All Healthy:)

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Sprouted Green Gram Stir-Fry: Other Names: Mung Beans Sprouts Stir-Fry. Mulai Payiru / Pachai Payiru Sundal. Ingredients: Green gram 1 cupGreen chilies 3 choppedGinger 1″ choppedOnion 1 large choppedTomato 1 small choppedSaltTurmeric 1 pinchMustard seeds 1/4 spoonCumin seeds 1/4 spoonOlive oil few spoonsCilantro few to garnish. Method: Soak the lentils overnight in enough water. The [...]

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Vazhaikai-Karamani Kuzhambu – Country Style

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Green Plantain n Kidney Beans Curry: Other Names: Raw green plantain and kidney beans in tamarind based curry. Aratikaya Pulusu. Vazhaikai-karamani puli kuzhambu. Ingredients: Green plantain 1 diced / slicedKidney Beans – Seeds 1 cup(soaked overnight)Pearl Onions chopped 1 cupGarlic 5-7 cloves – crushedTomato 1 small – choppedSaltTurmericChili powderJaggery/brown sugar 1 spoonCoconut milk 1 small [...]

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Mixed Veggie Tomato Soup – Hearty Concoction:)

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Mixed Vegetables in Tomato Based Soup: Most of my posts of last year’s was all about ‘slow-cooking meals’ and ‘rich desserts’! I was cooking, cooking and cooking…all non-stop meals with extra care! What I liked about it…is yet another question! One fine day, I realized that I’ve been spending awful lot of time in cooking [...]

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Dhall Makhani – Mood For Cooking!

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Dal Makhani: Once upon a time…when I was studying in New Delhi, they used to serve Dal Makhani in our hostel, quite often! Let me refresh your memory by saying ‘Makhani’ means buttery. Somehow, our cook completely misses the whole idea of adding it to the dish! He exactly knows how to ruin a particular [...]

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Karamani Sundal – Pre or Post Workout Snack!

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Black Eye Beans Sundal: I have been up to all healthy ways for whatever reason that I needed. Most of the days, people stay active and choose only healthy food from Monday through Friday, as soon as they see the calender hit Friday…many want to break the rules for some take-away meals! Other than that, [...]

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Kala Chana Khichdi / Kondaikalai Saadham – Comfort Yourself With Food:)

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Garbanzos Curried Rice: Ingredients: (Serves Four) Rice 1 cupBrown Garbanzos /Kala Chana / Kondaikadalai 1 cupGreen chilies 2 sliced Garlic 4 clovesOnions 1-2 slicedCumin seeds 1-2 spoonCinnamon 1 stickCloves 3-5SaltChili powder 1/2 spoon (optional)Garam masala powder 1 pinchOil few spoons. Method: Soak the garbanzos ahead, overnight should be good. Pressure cook briefly…done but not tender. [...]

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Kadala Curry / Radish-Brown Garbanzos Curry – South Indian Style

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Chinna Brown Mookadalai-Mullangi Masala Kuzhambu: Other Names: Mookadalai Kuzhambu. Garbanzos Curry. Kadala Curry. Chana Masala – South Indian Style. Ingredients: Brown,small Garbanzos/ Kala Chana / Mookadalai 1 cupRed radish sliced 1 cupOnion 1 large gratedGinger-garlic paste 1-2 spoonsTomatoes 2 crushedTamarind paste 1/2 spoonCinnamon 1 stickCloves 3SaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonCoconut wet-ground 1 cupOil few [...]

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