Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vegetable Biryani

A rice dish which is a combination of rice with various veggies and aromatic spices.

For Rice:
Basmathi Rice-1 cup
Water-1 nd 1/2 cup
Cardamonm -2
Bay Leaves-1 no
Cinamon stick-1 inch
Salt to taste(minimum)
Ghee-1 tsp
Water to cook rice.

Saffron- a small pinch
Milk-1 to 2 tbsp(warm)
**Using a mortar and pestle crush the saffron with milk for max colour and flavor. Keep aside.

For Gravy:
Beans, cauliflower, Carrot, Beetroot, Green peas,Tomato-Altogether it was about 2 cups(cut to equal sizes)
Onion-1 no(thinly sliced)
Green chilli-1 no

Ginger-Garlic paste-1 tbsp
Yogurt-2 to 3 tbsp

Salt to taste.
vegetable oil- 2 tbsp

Masala powders:
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Biryani Masala-1 tsp
Garam Masala-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Bay leaves-2 no
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Cloves-2 no
Cinnamon stick-1 small piece

To Fry:
Cashew nuts- few
Raisins- few
Ghee-1 tbsp
**Fry nuts and keep aside.
**keep the remaining ghee aside  too.

Method Of Preparation:
For Rice:
1. Wash the rice and soak  it in water for 10 min,so that you get fluffy rice.
2. Add water to the rice in a cooker and cook without the whistle on high. When high pressure starts to come reduce flame to low, put the whistle and cook for 5 min.Turn off the heat.Open the cooker once its cool and fluff the rice using fork.

To make the gravy:
1. In a wok,heat oil add cumin  along with spices and  fry for a minute.
2. Fry the ginger garlic paste.Then fry onions till translucent. Add masala powders and fry for 1 to 2 mins.Do not burn it.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook it till it turns soft.
4. Then add all the vegetables along with curd and mix well. Add sufficient water & salt to cook the veggies, you should get about 1/4 to 1/2 cup thick gravy after the veggies get cooked.So add water accordingly.
5. The veggies should be cooked 3/4th only. It should not be mushy.
6. when the veggies look cooked turn of the heat after checking the  gravy.

To assemble:
1. Now add about 2 tsp of ghee in a pressure cooker. Add 1/2 of the cooked vegetables along with gravy and layer it. Now add the cooked rice on top. Again the gravy and followed by rice.
2. Now sprinkle the  ghee after frying nuts and saffron mixed with milk on top of the rice.
3. Close the cooker without weight and heat it on high for a min and on low for  15 to 20 mins.Turn off the heat.Open after 5 mins. Garnish with fried nuts. Serve warm.
Biryani with less turmeric powder and  no saffron.

Raita Recipe

Onion-1 small
Cucumber-1 small
Tomato-1 small
Carrot-1 small
Green chilli-2 small
Yogurt-1/2 cup
Water-2 tbsp
Chaat Masala-a pinch(optional)
Coriander leaves-1 tsp(cut)
Salt to taste

Method Of Preparation:
1. Cut all veggies to small/ medium sized pieces.Add salt,yogurt and water and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and chaat masala.
** Add or remove veg according to ur taste.

1. See that the veg gravy added at the bottom has 3/4 of the liquid gravy, so that the dish doesnt burn. Keep it on low, else sure it will burn at the bottom.
2. You can also cook the rice in a separate vessel instead of pressure cooker with required amount of water, till the rice is 3/4 th done.
3. Add or remove veg according to ur interest.
4. Spread 1/2 tsp of garam masala on top, if you wish.
5. Add salt very carefully as it is added in many places.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ada Pradhaman

Hello friends....I am back....Thought of starting it with a sweet. Had plans of posting this before Onam...anyways its before next onam :)..
Absence from my blog for such a long time was because of some unannounced guests at my home...They came here gave us many gifts...stayed for 2 weeks...still with us and ya has touched everyone with their immense love ...Now i just have one wish...Hope they go fast from my home...you guys must be thinking that I have gone mad after the break...:)
Oh I forgot to introduce our guests....You all know them by their family names...Virus & Bacteria.. They showed so much of love towards us that we are just blown out(to pieces) by it..:)
Lets go to ada pradhaman

Ada-1/2 cup
Jaggery-1 cup
Coconut milk-1 cup(thin)
coconut milk-1 cup(thick)
Ghee-1 tbsp
Cashew nuts-few
Coconut bits-1 tbsp
Dry ginger powder(chukku podi)-1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp

Method Of Preparation:
1. Fry cashews, Raisins, coconut bits in ghee and keep aside.
2. Melt the jaggery with little water (nearly 1/4 cup).Drain the impurities and keep aside.
3. Boil about 2 to 3 cups of water and add the ada to it.cook it till the ada is 3/4 cooked. Drain the water and wash 3 to 4 times.
4. Grate the coconut and take milk out of it by pressing it. This yields the thick milk.Now add about 2 to 3 tbsp hot water and take milk from the coconut and this yields a little lighter milk.
If using canned coconut milk, just add little water to make it thin.
5. Now add the cooked ada along with jaggery and the little ghee in a thick bottomed vessel and cook it till it becomes semi thick. Now add the thin coconut milk and cook it till the raw taste of milk goes. just boil it twice in low heat.
6. Then add the thick coconut milk and simmer it till it becomes semi thick.Add the ginger powder and cardamom, mix and turn off the heat.
7. Add the fried nuts and mix well.

Couldnt click much as the payasam was attacked in between the photo session..

1. Color of pradhaman depends on the color of jaggery.
2. Addition of nuts is purely optional.Just coconut bits would taste superb too.

I am showered with triple awards from Sangee Vijay. Thanks a lot dear.So happy to receive these awards...

I am passing these awards to some of my blogger friends..
Sharmilee- Sharmis passions
Shobha- Food Mazaa
Aipi- US Masala
Torview- Torview
Treat  & Trick- Treat & Trick

Linking this to Kerala Kitchen hosted by Divya

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Saying what I wanted to through this pic..:)
Sorry gals...my mind and body is not allowing me to sit in front of sys and work...Am just not able to bring the things together...Need a real boost to work & enjoy properly...so off for a couple of days...will return in full swing...will/shall try to visit ur spaces if possible :(

This goes to Susan's Black and White Wednesday.



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