Mushroom in Coconut milk gravy – visual recipe
There are very few mushroom recipe that goes well with South Indian main dishes like Idly, Dosa, Idiyappam, Aapam etc. Mushroom in coconut milk gravy is one recipe that makes an wonderful accompaniement to the above mentioned main dishes. And yes, it also goes well with roti,jeera rice,biryani,pulao,ghee rice etc.
- Button Mushroom – 400 gm
- Onion – 2 (big)
- Coconut milk – 2 cups (depends on its thickness)
- Ginger – garlic paste – 1 table spoon
- Garam masala – 1 tbsp
- Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
- Jeera – 1 tbsp
- Mustard seeds – 1 tbsp
- Turmeric powder
- Red chilly powder (as per taste)
- Green chilly – 2
- Curry leaves – 7-8
- Coriander leaves
- Salt – as per your taste
- Tomatoes (optional) – 2
Cut the mushroom into pieces and keep aside.
Tip: Before using mushroom, sprinkle little turmeric powder, coat them well on mushroom and keep aside for few minutes. If the mushroom turn blue, discard them since they are not fit for eating and might be poisonous.
In a frying pan, add little oil and saute mustard seeds, curry leaves.
Then, add the chopped onions, followed by ginger-garlic paste and green chillies.
Stir fry till the onion turn golden yellow.
Then add rest of the ingredients except mushroom and coriander leaves. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add the stir fried ingredients into a pressure cooker.
Add the chopped mushroom and salt (as per taste, note we have added little salt during frying process also) and mix well.
Add little water.
Switch off the gas when the first whistle comes from the cooker.
Transfer the content back into kadai.
Add the coconut milk into the ingredients.
Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes and switch off the stove.
Mushroom in coconut milk gravy is ready to serve.
The dish goes well with variety of main dishes like Idli, Dosa, Roti, Jeera rice, Ghee rice, Biryani etc. My favourite being with Idli.
Soya Nuggets Chukka Fry
Soya nuggets – 250 g
Onion – 5-6 (big)
Tomato – 4-5
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbs
Chilly powder - (as per taste)
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp (optional)
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Salt (as per taste)
Oil ( for frying)
Step 1: Soak the soya nuggets in luke warm water for 8-10 minutes, till it is tender and soft. Squeeze out the water well and piece them into two.
Step 2: Chop the onions and tomatoes. Keep all the masala ingredients ready.
Step 3: Add all the ingredients into a pressure cooker. Add little water (so that the ingredients does not get burnt in the base) Pressure cook it for few minutes. Switch off the stove just before the first whistle comes. (else it will get over-cooked)
Step 4: Transfer the contents from the cooker into a frying pan. Add little oil and keep stir frying. Check for salt and chilly powder and if necessary add as per your taste.
Step 5: Once stir fried to your perfection, your Soya nuggets chuuka fry is ready to be served. If you want it very dry, stir for long as per your liking.
Soya nuggets chukka fry tastes well with rice and rotis. My favourite combination being with Rice with curd or rasam and nuggets fry.
Maladu – Visual Recipe
Maladu or Pottu kadalai urundai is an easy to make laddu variety.
- Bhuna Channa (roasted gram / pottu kadalai)
Take a measure of bhuna channa (pottu kadalai) and sugar as per your choice.
Grind bhuna channa (pottu kadalai) and sugar together into powder form.
Add ghee to the grinded flour.
Mix well to the consistency as shown in the picture below.
Make balls out of the mixed flour to make laddus.
Delicious maladu is ready to eat. Enjoy the yummy dish!
Black Til Laddu – Visual recipe
This is a simple, easy to make , healthy traditional snack made with black sesame seeds ( black til seeds) . In Tamil the dish is called Ellu urundai.
- Black Til (black sesame seeds)
Step 1: Roast the til (sesame seeds) in low flame till they crackle.
Step 2: Grind the roasted til in mixie grinder to make a powder. Add shredded jaggery to it and grind again. You will get the final mix like how its shown in the picture below.
Step 3: Make balls with the mixture. Your delicious black til laddu is ready to eat.
Black til laddu makes a healthy, nutritious and delicious laddu for your kids.
Eat healthy, Stay healthy.
Banana Appam – Visual recipe
If you have been to Kerala you would have found this banana appam even in small tea shops. It is one popular snacks that is relished by the elders as well as kids. Called ethakka appam / pazham pori in Malayalam language, its a deep fried snack made out of semi riped banana. The catch is the snack comes out good with the locally available banana variety called Ethappazham / Nenthram Pazham. Now I seriously could not find the relevant term in English for this particular variety of banana and all it mentioned was plantain duh! So for all non-malayalis out there reading this, if you are confused about this banana catch hold of a malayali neighbour or friend and demand him to find it for you and in all propability he knows where it is available!
- Kerala Banana (Nentran pazham)
- A pinch of salt
- Oil to fry
Step 1: Cut banana into slices. You can make it round slices or long slices.
Step 2: Mix maida, sugar and a pinch of salt with water to make the batter.
Step 3: Add the cut banana slices in the batter and coat it well.
Step 4: Heat oil in frying pan and deep fry the maida coated banana slices.
Step 5: Yummy banana appam is ready to eat. A delicious evening snack for your family !