Archive for May, 2007

Coconut ladoo

                                                                     coconut sweet

This is one of my favourites.I used to ask my mom to prepare this  one.I have special kind of craving for this one sweet which is easy.When i saw Coffee’s Monthly Blog Patrolling i just saw so many recipes and i thought of this one after seeing coffee’s Quick coconut ladoo.I thought of this though i am craving for this from so long and a bit lazy to make it for myself.I thought to give it a try,and finally it came out so well they were all finished in an instance.And here i am presenting the recipe,with just two ingredients and it consumes very little time.

Ingredients:

2cups Coconut grated or frozen coconut 1 pack

11/2cups of grated jaggery

Method:

In a pan add coconut and jaggery.

Cook while continuously stirring (to avoid sticking it to pan or burn) in medium heat.

Until u find all the jaggery is mixed in and we get to make balls out of it then the recipe is done.Make balls out of it when it is cooled.

That it, it’s so simple.We can use sugar instead of jaggery but jaggery tastes better.Coffee’s post is entirely different but the technique is same and it tastes different too.

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Chicken curry(Andhra style)

chicken gravy                                            

This is my entry for Masala Magic’s Andhra cuisine RCI .

And this post is for my MOM for MOTHER’S DAY.

Every time i start writing a post i think a lot and put a little in the post in-order to make it short and simple.And sometimes i start eating up some words and other times my daughter just deletes the entire content i wrote.I will get very angry but when i look at her face which has a smile on it as the answer for my angry question i melt like ice.Though i am short tempered i make sure it doesn’t hurt her.May be this is the motherly feeling i have deep inside me.But when it comes to my Mom i used to shout on top of the world Ooh…….yes now u r telling me what i should do or eat,How i should be.May be lot of girls do this at the young age when we r growing up and don’t like their old stereotype lectures,or culture bothered discussions.whatever the reason may be i am sure once in a life we would have done that.But Moms r like ice who just try hard to make us understand what’s good whats bad so that they can protect us as far as they can.which we r experiencing right now even my daughter is just 2 yr old i can understand my Moms feelings.
“ONLY A MOTHER CAN UNDERSTAND A MOTHER”——–This saying is 100% true.
But when we get to know the value of moms in our life we r deep into ur relations and don’t find time for them living so far from them.Is this stay here worth it.When the time is right we don’t have them at ur side.We do call them and wish them but can’t express our heart out what we feel or how we feel behind the conversations of our children, hubby dear and all comes over the phone and most of all these little kids occupy larger place than us,but not the actual thing we want to talk.
I still remember the days when i am getting ready to school/college my mom and dad used to feed my breakfast doing rounds and pampering to eat little more.i can count n fingers the days i ate myself,the sleepless nights they have spent when we r ill.when we r in stage to help them we r so far away and can reach them in a instance.But hats-off to this technology which is far more better than their days.Now i just say why don’t u both quit ur jobs as we both r settled but forget the fact if they do that they feel much lonely even they have their grand kids around the life they r leading from my birth will just be gone in 1sec.what is the tribute we r giving to them after the long journey.May be we r not understanding our parents.yha we can’t help anything.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom……………..I love u……..I want a bearhug from u.
Hope i haven’t diverted the topic.sorry for this long unending post of mine.hope someone will understand me.

Coming to the recipe:

This combination is my mom’s favourite.For this MOTHER’S DAY occasion i am trying to make her favourites.She likes this dish she makes it much tastier than me but mine is not that bad,as now i too have mastered it,and after making this i jumped in joy “i too got the same taste……..”.she would have loved it if she was here.I never cooked for her if she is around she is the one who cooks and i am the one who eats.See….how shamelessly i am telling this.But when mom is r around i don’t bother of entering kitchen.But in our house there is an exception for chapatis and dosas i used make them(ofcourse after the marriage only).The tiffin section and dinner with chapatis is mine.Coming to my recipe i have to confess the masala i used is my mom’s as when i am coming to here last august  she prepared this masala though i know how to make it i used it which i store in fridge.it has long shelf time. so i am using it.This recipe of chicken curry is simple and easy and mostly made in andhra.in andhra we have different styles i can say each and every family has a different style of making.even the ingredients r same the taste varies.The coriander rice recipe u can check in previous recipe or just click here

Ingredients:

1 pound Chicken cut thighs(i found these r good for this curry)cut them into pieces as per ur wish

1 onion chopped

4 green chillies

1/2 bunch of coriander leaves

1tbsp ginger-garlic paste

salt to taste

1/2 tsp of turmeric

2tsp chilli powder

3tbsp oil

1cup water

3tbsp khus-khus powdered

3 cashew-nuts powdered (or make a paste of both khus-khus and cashews)

GaramMasala:

coriander seeds…………5tbsp

Cinnamon………………….2 inch stick

cloves………………….15

cardamom…………….2

garlic…………………….2(dried) like the ones in India which doesn’t have a lot of moisture

dry roast all the spices except garlic and powder all the ingredients and add garlic at the end.This can be stored for a long time in fridge.or it has nearly 2 months of shelf life.(depends on the garlic u use).

Chicken gravy(Andhra style)

Method:

1.Wash and cut the chicken into pieces as per ur wish.wash and drain.

2.In a pan heat oil and add onion and green chillies.when onions turn translucent add ginger garlic paste.

3.Add chicken pieces,salt and turmeric saute them until the water that the chicken leaves evaporates and then add chilli powder and 3tbsp of masala that we made add some water.let it cook and add khus-khus and cashew nut paste and  coriander leaves finely chopped ,cook till the u get the required consistency .

Note:The ingredients can be changed as per your taste.this is medium spicy.

This dish tastes good with rice,pulav,biryani,coriander rice,rotis,puris …….as u wish.

As this post is dedicated to my MOM i  made Amma and my favourite coriander rice & chicken gravy as the combo meal.How do u like it.

Rava Dosa

                                                          Rava Dosa                                                           

This is my entry for “MasalaMagic” s RCI  for Andhra cuisine May roundup.

This is a typical andhra dosa which everyone relish.But when suddenly some guest arrive this comes to rescue. And u get all the praises.If u don’t have dosa batter handy then what comes to mind?Rava Dosa.Yha…..Rava Dosa when i don’t have dosa or idli batter ready or not fermented i switch to other option that is Rava Dosa.There is no fermentation just add all the ingredients pour lot of water and mix well.Now heat a tawa pour the ladleful of batter and allow it to spread by itself.That’s it…..it’s done.i bet its worth.This is so good it melts in mouth.

Ingredients:

1 cup Semolina/suji

1/2cup rice flour

1/2cup all purpose flour

3 cups water 

1tsp cumin-seeds(jeera)

salt to taste

1tsp yogurt (if u want to have a bit of the sour taste)

2 green chili chopped

1 onion chopped

Method:

Mix all the ingredients with water except for green chillis and onions in a big bowl.

Now pour a ladleful of batter on to heated tawa.it spreads in a lacy way,now sprinkle drops of oil on the edges of dosa and sprinkle green chillis and onion finely chopped on it,let it turn golden brown.

Remove once its golden brown and a little crispy, serve hot with ginger/coconut chutney.

That’s so simple.But takes time to get right so surely try it.

Note:The batter should be thin not like dosa but like buttermilk.yes it’s correct buttermilk make ur adjustment in water as u wish.