Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monsoon Magic

The Monsoon came with a lot of thunder and lightning. Thought it would rain heavily but alas! It has stopped after a few showers. Hoping it will comeback soon. But with the first showers the Monsoon Magic of nature was seen as it is every year.
Here are some pictures of flowers that bloom after the first monsoon showers.

White Lily

Football Lily or May Flower

Kamini in full bloom scenting the nights with its delicate fragrance.

Delicate flowers

Single flower

Friday, June 10, 2011

Raw plantain kofta curry

Here is an experiment that was very successful today. I had a huge bunch of Raw plantains and tried to make Kofta Curry with a different twist.

Ingredients for the KOFTAS:

4 raw plantains,peeled and grated
1tsp green chilies roughly ground
1 tsp ginger roughly ground
1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
1/2 cup roasted and crushed groundnuts (peanuts)
1/4 cup besan or cornflour
salt to taste
Vegetable oil for frying (I used filtered groundnut (peanut) oil)
Mix all the ingredients and make small marble sized balls and deep fry in hot oil till brown in colour. Drain well and put them in water for 10 to15  minutes and then remove, gently squeeze between your palms to drain out excess water and keep aside.

Ingredients for the CURRY:

1 tblsp vegetable oil (I used filtered groundnut (peanut) oil)
a few curry leaves
1tsp red chilli powder *
1tsp roasted jeera (cumin ) powder *
1 tsp roasted dhane (coriander) powder *
1 tblsp tamarind pulp *
1 tsp garam masala *
Salt to taste
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 cup water
Heat the oil in a deep and broad vessel, add curry leaves and add the water. Add all the ingredients except coconut milk and let it boil for 2 minutes. lower heat and let simmer for a while. Add koftas to the water add in more water if necessary. cover and let simmer for 2 minutes. Add coconuts and give it a gentle stir. Keep the heat very low for a minute and serve hot with rice or chapatis.

* Note: Sometimes I put Mulgapodi instead of all the highlighted ingredients. Mulgapodi is a dry mix of many ingredients used as chutney to be eaten with idli and dosa.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Raw Plantains
                                         Grated plantains with crushed chilly, coconut, crushed peanuts etc.

                                         Mixed well together

                                          Frying in hot oil
                                           Golden brown ready to be put in water

 Boiling in the curry

After coconut milk has been added
Ready to serve

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My version of the mango cheese cake.

Here is my version of mango cheese cake from Anushruti's website
I got two cakes form it.

 This is before I poured the glaze on it.
 After the glaze
 after it was cut and tasted. YUM.
I made almost the same but added a little more mango juice as I found 1 cup a little to less taste wise. The glaze was really good. Thanks to Anushruti, I got a pure vegetarian cheesecake.