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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Cabbage with Fresh Garbanzo Beans

Adding protein to veggies while preparing subzis is a common thing in our cooking. Adding various beans and dals like toordal, moongdal, fresh soybeans, green peas will increase the nutrition value besides enhancing the taste factor. Today's recipe has the addition of fresh garbanzo beans to cabbage. Unlike the dried version chana, fresh garbanzo are so sweet and tender that one would love to snack on them instead of adding to some thing else. Ingredients needed: Cabbage, finely chopped - 4 cups Green garbanzo beans (removed from the pods)- 1/4 cup A handful of fresh, grated coconut Finely chopped green chillies - 2 Salt For popu/seasoning - 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp each of chanadal, uraddal and mustard seeds, A few curry leaves Cooking part: Heat oil in a skillet and add all the seasoning ingredients in that order. When mustard seeds start to pop and the dals start turn to red, add the green chillies and saute for about 30 seconds and add the cabbage to the skillet. Cook the cabbage till it is done with in between stirring. It would have turned tender. To this cabbage, add the coconut, garbanzo beans and salt and mix well. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, mix agian and turn off the stove. Post a Comment

Friday, March 21, 2008

Carrot & Beans with Moongdal


Adding beans (dals) to kooras is what my mother does when she wants to add some protein to the dish or has to avoid coconut or has to increase the quantity of the final product. Today, I added moong dal to the plain carrot - beans subzi for that nutritious punch. Moong need not be cooked for this kind of dish. It is soaked till tender and then added. The quantity of moong can be increased upto a 1/4 cup. Adding coconut is optional and this can be served with rice / rotis.

Ingredients for 4 servings:
Chopped carrots and beans- 3 cups (Trim the ends of carrots and beans. Peel the carrots. Chop them fine.)
A handful of moongdal - soak them in water for about an hour and drain.
A handful grated, fresh coconut
1 tsp each of Salt & chili powder
For popu / tadka: 1 Tbsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp of chanadal, few curry leaves

Cooking: Heat the oil in a saute pan and add all the tadka ingredients. When mustard seeds start popping and chanadal starts turning golden brown, add the veggies and salt. Cook on a low flame and keep stirring in between till the veggies are tender and done. Then add the soaked moongdal, coconut and chili powder to the cooked veggies. Mix and cook for five more minutes with in between stirring as the moong tends to stick to the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Happy Shivarathri and Rasayana

Happy Shivaratri to every one. Photobucket

Rasayana for Mahashivaratri
One of the delicious prasadams offered to the devotees at temples in Bangalore region is rasayana. The recipe usually contains banana, jaggery, coconut and cardamom. Sometimes may be just banana and jaggery. Usually when there were varieties of fruits at home, my sister used to prepare rasayana using all of them. Following her, I added other fruits and ingredients to the standard recipe here. As I mentioned, using other fruits is entirely optional. Only bananas can be used and quantities of other ingredients may need to be altered if done so. You would need: One banana, peeled and sliced into circles One cup of other fruits chopped (I have used oranges, grapes, apple) Powdered jaggery - 1/2 cup Grated fresh coconut - 1/2 cup Cardamom - 1/2 tsp Honey - 2 tbsp Raisins - 1 tbsp


The simple preparation: Add all the ingredients to a serving bowl, mix it well and leave it for at least 30 minutes before serving. By the time, the jaggery would have melted and got incorporated in to the mixture.


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