Thursday, June 17, 2010

Coriander Mint Chutney

Chutney:A term for a class of spicy preparations used as an accompaniment for a main dish
This is a perfect recipe to wake those taste buds.
Its sour and spicy, depending on an individual's choice.
Coriander-Mint chutney is the most widely used in India accompanies by a lot of snacks such as pakoda,Samosa,Dhokla,etc,etc. I would not dare writing them all here :-)

The Ingredients

1. Coriander(100gms)

2. Mint(100 gms)

You can also try with only Mint or Coriander, take 200gm of one of them then.
3. Fresh Chillies (4 no.s medium spicy). These should be taken as per one's taste.
4. Lemon Juice(of 2 lemons) .Again as per taste
5. Ginger(1 small piece)
6. Salt(2 tbsp)
7. Groundnut(50 gm)
8. Cumin Seeds(1 tbsp,optional)

The Steps

1. Roast the ground nuts for 2 mins in a pan or in a microwave.
2. Take around 200ml water and all ingredients except the coriander/mint and blend in the blender

3. Add the Coriander/Mint in small quantities and keep on blending.Add water if required.
4. Once it is blended well then check the taste of the Chutney for Salt, Sourness(add lemon to increase as per taste),Spicy(add more chillies as per taste).It is is more spicy than your taste then add some sugar or more coriander/water.

5. Thats it.. you may store this in a refrigerator and store for some days. If in large quantity then move some of it in a freezer.Also you may mix chutney with Yogurt i equal quantities to make a dip.

Here is it served with Dhokla... for the recipe for Dhokla.. untill next time.. :-)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eggplant Cucumber soup

The ingredients might soup might sound little different but this surely should be tried out, its very different from all other kinds of everyday soups.
I picked this up on my visit to Prague,though I did not have this soup but the taste in one of the dishes was good enough to inspire.

The ingredients

1. Eggplant (diced, 200 gms)

2. Cucumber (diced, 100 gms)

3. Ginger (small piece)

4. Couscous (50 gms, this is optional) You may use any other porridge kind of item.

5. Green Onions(2 strands, finely chopped)

6. Coconut Milk(100 ml),Cumin seeds(jeera),salt,Dill/Coriander to garnish,Oil (2 Tbsp),Lemon juice and Pepper

The Steps
1. Heat the oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and ginger

2. Saute the Egplant for 5 mins on medium flame, add the cucumber and saute for 5 mins.Add the Couscous and saute for 2 mins.Add salt also.

3. Add the coconut milk

4. Add water (around 1 ltr) and allow it to boil. Add the green onion and allow it to boil for 5 mins.Add pepper as per taste and lemon juice.

5. Garnish with dill or coriander, serve hot.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Home made French fries

This is the simplest way to make some good fresh and hot French fries.I am not making then from raw potatoes but instead from frozen French fries packs that we can easily get from the nearby store.
Believe me, you were like these a lot , more than the fries in any fast food joint.

The Ingredients

1. Frozen fries

2. Salt,Pepper to season and ketchup

The Steps

1. Defrost the fries and pr-heat the oven for 10 mins at 200 degrees Celsius.
When pre-heated then move the de-frosted fries in a tray into the oven. Keep the mode which heats the fries in an even fashion. It takes around 30 mins,ensure that the temperature is not too high ,else the fries will over-burn.

2. Season with Salt and pepper. Serve with ketchup or any dip