Rasam – My First South Indian Recipe

DSC_0019Hello friends!! It feels nice to get back here again. So how has the SUMMER been treating you all! It’s been too HOT.. I’m here today with a recipe. But this time it’s a South Indian recipe, an authentic one. It’s something different, though. Most of us are well aware of the red color rasam which we eat almost regularly. But this is one such recipe which is little different from the normal rasam recipe. This is my mom’s tested recipe. I remember having tried this quite a few times. I just felt I should make this rasam today. This is the first time ever I’m sharing a South Indian Recipe on My Space. Not that this is the first time I’m preparing a South Indian dish. I’ve been doing it since sometime. But I never got a chance to bring it up on my blog. When I got the opportunity today I didn’t want to let go of it. So I’m here with the recipe of a different kinda RASAM – South Indian Style!

Ingredients

1 cup Dal boiled

1 tbsp Coriander seeds

1 bunch Coriander leaves

1 tbsp Pepper corns (I put almost 20-25 peppercorns)

1 inch Ginger

Almost 1 ½ tbsp of grated coconut

1 tsp Turmeric powder

Salt as per taste

Water as per requirement

 

For the tadka

1 tsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)

1 tbsp Ghee

 

For garnishing

Juice of 1 medium sized lemon

 

Method

–       Grind the coriander seeds, coriander leaves, peppercorns, ginger and coconut in the mixer with enough water to form a paste

–       Then add in the boiled dal to the same with requisite amount of water (water sufficient to make the mixture a fine paste) and grind it into a fine paste

–       Now strain the ground mixture – use water sufficient to make the rasam’s consistency medium – neither too thick nor too runny

–       Now bring the strained mixture to boil by adding turmeric and salt to it

–       Remove from flame and add the tadka

–       Sprinkle the lemon juice over it and serve hot

 

Here you go! A delicious and a different variety of rasam is ready to savor on!

I’m sure you’ll try it. Try it out at the earliest and let me know how it turns out to be.

 

See you soon.

Till then, Cheers!!!

 

My Delicacy on a Tremendously funny Thursday – Jeera Rice and Dal Fry

DSC_0050Hey friends!! Hope all of you are doing awesome. I’m doing awesome as well as I’m able to keep up with my blogging goal these days. Hopefully I will continue keeping up with my blogging goal. WordPress has instilled in me the urge of fulfilling my blogging goal and I’m happy that I’m able to take small steps towards keeping pace. I’m keen on introducing as many new segments as possible and I’ve taken small steps towards reaching it by introducing photography, movie reviews, etc. As of today my segment is recipe. The thought of making it was sudden. Aamodh I surely owe this to you. If you weren’t making it today, I wouldn’t have made it though (as you know I’m reasonably lazy). As there were not many vegetables readily available at home to make anything else, the thought of making Jeera Rice accompanied by Dal Fry was spontaneous. You just need a handful of items. Both the items are very simple to make with just handful of ingredients. So let’s rush in and check out the recipes.

JEERA RICE

Ingredients

1 cup soaked rice (clean it and soak it for about 30 minutes)

2 tbsp Oil

1 tbsp ghee

1 tbsp Jeera (cumin seeds)

1 green chilli finely chopped

2-3 onions roughly chopped (small to medium-sized)

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 bay leaf

12-15 Cashew nuts

1 inch Cinnamon Stick

Salt as per requirement

Water as per requirement (I used 2 ½ cups of water)

Method

o    Heat oil and ghee in a pan.

o    Add in the cumin seeds and let it crackle.

o    Add in the Cinnamon Stick

o    Add in the green chillies.

o    Add in the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell fades.

o    Add in the bay leaf

o    Add the cashew nuts and fry till it turns golden brown.

o    Add the chopped onions and fry until golden brown.

o    Add in the rice and fry for a while.

o    Add water and salt and cook the same.

Note: I used electric cooker so the rice was automatically done.

DAL FRY

Ingredients

2 small-sized tomatoes finely chopped

2 small-sized onions finely chopped

1 cup toor dal (cooked and thoroughly mashed)

1 tbsp Kasuri Methi

1 tsp Garam Masala Powder

1 tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

Salt as per requirement

Water as per requirement (I used 1 ½ cups of water)

A pinch of Urad Dal

1 dried red chilli

1 tsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)

1 green chilli finely chopped

½ tsp ginger garlic paste

2 tbsp Ghee

Method

o    Heat ghee in a pan

o    Add in urad dal, Jeera and dried chilli and fry

o    Add in the green chillies and ginger garlic paste and fry well

o    Add in the finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown

o    Add the finely chopped tomatoes and Kasuri Methi and fry well

o    Add in the garam masala, red chilli pwder and turmeric and fry well

o    Add in the mashed and cooked dal and pour in water slowly checking the consistency

o    Add salt as per taste

o    Bring it to boil. Remove from flame and add in ghee on top for flavor

Serve hot. This combination is something which is very famous. And when it is so easy to make, there shouldn’t be any reason why anybody wouldn’t or shouldn’t try it.

So rush in and treat yourselves to the delicacy. See you’ll soon.

 

Cheers!!!

My Review on Danielle Steel’s “The Ghost”

ghost-danielle-steel-paperback-cover-artHello!! I’m back soon this time. I’m making up for my absence in the later part of March! So how has April been treating you? It’s already peak summer at many places I guess. Mysore, which is quite famous for its pleasant climate has been seeing the worst summer this year.. With temperature rising to 37 degrees sometime in the last week of March is an indication of early rainfall probably. Over the past three days the weather has been pretty cool and blissful. Hope it continues and it rains heavily at the earliest. Otherwise things have been pretty great at my end. With occupying majority of my calendar this month I’ll be blogging whenever I find time and also ensure that I keep up my weekly blogging goal. It’s been long since I gave my review on a book. So I found it apt to bring it in my April blogging schedule.

People who know me well are also well aware that I love murder mysteries the most. But 2014 has been very different for me and so I’ve been reading love stories, chick lit books and the others in addition to the murder mysteries. One such book which I stumbled upon in my search is The Ghost by Danielle Steel. The name gave me a sort of thrill because I’ve always enjoyed ghost movies and ghost stories. Now that I’m completely done with the book I proudly announce that I will read all Danielle Steel books I stumble upon in the future. The story revolves around the present and past and how the present and past has an effect on the future of the protagonist Charlie.

It all starts with Carole, Charlie’s wife of ten years, announcing one day after ten years of her marriage to Charlie that she wants separation as she is having an affair with her senior at office Simon. Charlie is heartbroken as he didn’t have the slightest idea of what was happening. He has no one in the world except Carole which sort of drives him crazy at the thought of separation. He agrees to it as he has no other go. He tries a lot to persuade Carole to re think about her decision, but when she rejects the proposal he decides to give in. They sell everything that once belonged to them and divide it amicably and Charlie heads away from London.

He lands in a new place where he has been transferred in his job. After coming there he finds that the people at the office aren’t that serious and he decides to take leave of absence and heads for a joyful journey with himself solely for himself. He happens to meet one Mrs. Gladys, an elderly widow who offers him stay at her house as the weather isn’t feasible for him to go skiing. He stays back. In due course of interactions with Gladys, Charlie is introduced to a castle kind of a house built by Francois, Sarah’s husband for Sarah some two centuries ago. He falls in love with the house and requests Gladys to give it on rent to him. She agrees. And before Christmas he shifts there. One night he happens to feel the presence of someone in the house. That is when he realizes that probably it’s Sarah. He develops an interest in reading Sarah’s story. He goes to a historical centre and surfs for a book on the life history of Sarah. He finds a serious looking thirty year old lady called Francesca.

Charlie finds Sarah’s journals. He starts off reading it as he is keen on knowing who Sarah was! He begins reading the journal and that is when his life sans Carole starts taking a fruitful turn. Sarah’s life story has a great impact on the life of Charlie and Francesca. I’m sure you’re curious now to know what happens. Why don’t you just grab one and read through. The book is a mixture of love, suspense and courageous deeds. The book is worth reading. So why miss it! Rush and read it, until I catch up with you’ll very soon. I’m sure you’ll love it – the story as well as the flow. Not a bit of confusion in its making though it surrounds the past, present and future.

Cheers!!!

Chinese Fried Rice – My Delicacy on a Fantabulous Friday

DSC_0023Hello friends! I’m finally back. It’s really been too long since I blogged. Being busy is not a valid reason to stay away from blogging, I agree. But the past few weeks have been really tiring. I just wanted so much to get back to blogging and hence I’m here today with a recipe. It had been long since I even tried out any recipe. I wanted to do something light and yummy as well. As its summer you don’t really feel like eating too much of anything. So something light is what you look forward to eat in the weather. I’m a huge fan of Chinese food. I’ve previously tried my hand at noodles (which happens to be my favorite). This time I decided to try out Chinese Fried Rice. It’s one such dish which finds a quite regular place in the menu at our place. But so far, it was my mom who used to prepare it. This time I tried it and the recipe is from the various recipes I browsed on the net. The best recipe I found was at a blogging site called Sharmis Passion. The recipe happened to be very simple, but yet had the Chinese Authenticity in it. I’m sure most of you would be eager in knowing the recipe. So let’s check out the same.

Ingredients

Finely chopped Vegetables – ½ a cup each

-Carrot

-Cabbage

-Spring Onions

-Capsicum

2 tbsp Oil

4 Garlic flakes finely chopped

1 tbsp Soya Sauce

Pepper Powder (I used the powder of about 30-35 pepper corns)

¾ cup cooked rice

Salt as per requirement

 

Method

Heat oil in a pan and add garlic to it and fry. Then add in the finely chopped vegetables one after the other, frying each in a batch for 5 minutes. Add in the salt when frying the vegetables. Then add in the soya sauce and pepper powder and fry well. Slowly add in the cooked rice and mix well. Serve Hot.

Isn’t it simple? It is really easy to make and it’s tasty as well. The above recipe gives you the authentic Chinese taste.

Note: Add soya sauce in the mentioned proportion only. Else it gives the fried rice a dark brown color and it also leaves a very strong taste behind. I found the above proportion at Sharmis Passion and I’m happy about it as the taste turned out to be perfect.

So what’s holding you guys back? Rush in and try it out this weekend and let me know how it turns out to be.

Will see you all soon.

Till Then, Cheers!!!