Friday, July 30, 2010

Methiwali Arhar Daal (Fenugreek leaves daal)

Very tasty and goes well with just plain rice.We had friend over on Friday for dinner and I made this daal with Pulav. My son just lapped it up and I was over the moon that it was such a success.

1/2 bunch fenugreek leaves /methi
1 cup pigeon peas (toor/arhar daal)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp grated jaggery

1 tspghee
1/2 hing
6 garlic cloves

Pressure cook daal wit turmeric for 3 whistles.

Add 1/2 cup water,salt, chilli powder and jaggery and bring to a boil.

For the seasoning, heat the ghee in a pan.
Add the hing and garlic cloves.
Saute till the garlic is brown.

Add the methi and saute for a few minutes.
Pour the seasoning over the daal and stir well.

Serve hot.

Paneer Frankie

This recipe was truly a hit at Dinner. My friends loved it and it is a very good dish for a summer evening.

For the rotis:

For the stuffing:
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 3/4 chopped paneer
3/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp chaal masala
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander
salt to taste

To mix as masala water:
(makes 1/3rd cup)
1 1/2 tsp amchur powder (dried mango powder)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1/3 cup water

Other ingredients:
4 tsp ghee
1 cup chopped onion

For the stuffing:
Heat the oil in a kadai.
Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a few seconds.

Add the paneer, chilli powder, garam masala, chaat masala, coriander and salt.
Mx well and saute for a few mins.
Keep aside.

Heat the stuffing and the rotis in the microwave or on a tava.

Place a roti on a plate.
Place the stuffing on one side of the roti.
Top with a spoon of onions.
Sprinkle masala water over it.
Roll lightly and stick a toothpick to keep the rolled roti in place.
You can even roll it with an aluminuim/paper foil instead of a toothpick.
Serve with tomato ketchup.

Tomato Chutney

Last Sunday we went to our friend PR and SK's place for lunch and they had wonderful tomatoes growing in their garden and gave them to me. Immediately I decided to make Tomato Chutney with the yummy red tomatoes.


3 dry red chillies
2 onions chopped
3-4 large tomatoes finely chopped
3/4 tsp salt

3 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp hing
1/2 tsp urad daal (black bean)
1 tsp chana daal (bengal gram)
1 sprig curry leaves


Heat oil in a deep pan.
Add the ingredients for tempering.
When themustard seeds start spluttering, add the red chillies and onions and saute till

Add the tomatoes and simmer for 15 mins till the mixture thickens.

Add salt and grind to a paste without water.

Serve with dosai.

Mysore Vadai

Since I made the tomato chutney, I had to make this vadai. This vadai goes very well with the chutney and I had never made this vadai and was very surprised by its texture.Very crunchy on the outside and soft inside.

1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup fine semolina (I used sooji ravai)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup ghee
4-5 green chillies finely chopped
2 onions finely chopped
1 small bunch coriander finely chopped
1/2 tsp hing
salt to taste
water as required


Mix the rice flour, semolina and plain four in a large bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients except water and mix well.

Add enough water to make a stiff batter.
Combine well.

To make vadais:
Heat oil in a deep pan.
Take the rolled balls of vadai and flatten it with hand.
Slip gently into the oil.

Deep fry till golden brown and crisp.
Serve with chutney.