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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

I love food! Be it traditional or fusion, cooking is all about turning out fare that is tasty and healthy.I welcome all lovers of good food to come on aboard and share your kitchen adventures.

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Happy cooking!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ulli-mulaku chammanthi (pearl onions and dry red chillies dip)

This chutney has been lying in my draft for months together now. Thanks to fellow food blogger, Priya, for hosting an event with onions as theme and thereby giving me reason to resurrect this post.

Ulli-mulaku chammanthi (pearl onions - dry red chillies dip) is a regular feature in the traditional Keralite household. Often paired with steamed cassava roots (tapioca/kappa/kuchikizhangu), this also goes well with south indian tiffin items like idlis and dosas.

Small onions (shallots/pearl onions/cheriya ulli) - 10 to 15 Nos
Long dry red chillies (unakka mulaku/vara mulaka) - 10 Nos
Coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Peel and rinse onions. In a skillet throw all ingredients together except for salt and saute till onions turn translucent. Cool and grind to paste. The texture can be smooth or left coarse. Both taste equally great. Add salt to taste. Drizzle a few drops of coconut oil before serving.

This dip is off to the Healing Food - Onion event on at Priya's Easy N Tasty recipes. The Healing food event series is created by Siri's corner .

Friday, June 25, 2010

Spicy Brown Bread - repost for event

Reviving an archived bread post for Aathidhyam's Bread mania event

The recipe can be found Here

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Launching baby food blog

This little post is to announce the launch of my baby food blog , 'Cooking for baby'. Ever since I started my little girl on solids I've been wanting to record all the baby food recipes that I've made and continue making. My baby  turned 1 on May 6th this year but publishing this blog happened only now. I've been working on this on and off for quite sometime now and though I wrote the first post on May 16th, had some finishing touches to make and so kept the blog private (open only to me).

I request all my readers and blogger friends to take a peep at my fledgling blog and share valuable feedback. Brickbats are as welcome as bouquets if they ultimately help me make this better

Cooking for baby blog can be accessed at http://firstfeeds.blogspot.com/

Would really appreciate your feedback since it is a work in progress.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Burghul (bulgar) vegetable pulav with cucumber and cilantro raitha

Burghul (minimally processed crushed wheat)is a staple cereal ingredient in the middle east. As a child, I saw only the typical south indian upma and conjee made out of burghul. Even then, this conjee (gruel)specially prepared for my thatha (grandpa) with ischemic cardiac disease and not eaten by anyone else in the family, had its hold on me. I just loved those wholesome and flavour filled brown specks!

As I grew into my twenties my fetish for newer and experimental cuisine took hold and since then I try using familiar ingredients in unfamilar ways. Made this delicious burghul for weekend lunch and both my hubby and I loved it steaming hot.

Burghul (bulghar/sambha godumai/dhalia)- 1 cup (200 gms)
Assorted vegetables cut into small pieces- 2 cups ( I used carrots, purple cabbage, white cabbage, cauliflower, beans)
Onions - 1 large
Tomato - 1 medium
Salt to taste
Water - 2 cups
 To be coarse ground
Ginger - 2" piece
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Green chillies - 4 Nos (more or less)
Fennel seeds (saunf/perumjeerakam) - 1 teaspoon

Whole spices
Cloves - 2 Nos
Cinnamon - 1" stick
Cardamoms - 2 Nos
Star anise - 1 No

Masala powders

Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon (more or less)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon

For garnish

Chopped cilantro (coriander leaves) - a liberal handful
Freshly squeezed lemon juice - 2 teaspoons

Rinse and drain the burghul wheat. Heat a teaspoon of oil directly in a pressure cooker or biriyani pot and saute the whole spices for a minute before adding the sliced onions. Saute onions till translucent and add the ground paste, keep stirring till a lovely aroma emanates. Add all the chopped vegetables, tomato, burghul, and the masala powders. Pour in 2 cups of water. Close lid and cook for 4 whistles in medium flame. Once the pressure has vent, open lid , add the chopped cilantro, salt and lemon juice. Stir well and replace lid for flavours to mingle. Transfer to serving dish and serve hot with raita of choice. I served mine with a simple cucumber-cilantro raita.

Cucumber-cilantro raitha

Green cucumbers - 3 Nos
Onion - 1
Green chillies - 3 Nos
Chopped cilantro (coriander leaves) - a cupful
Curd (plain yoghurt) - 100 ml
Salt to taste

Chop all veggies and cilantro into small pieces, add to whisked curds. Add salt to taste. Refridgerate for 1/2 hour so for flavours to mingle.

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