Showing newest posts with label Beans. Show older posts
Showing newest posts with label Beans. Show older posts

2.5.11

Beans Cheruparippu Thoran - The Basic Stir-Fry!




Beans-Siruparuppu Poriyal:

Other Names: Beans-Cherupayar Thoran. Beans Poriyal. Beans Thoran. Beans Stir-Fry.

Ingredients:

Beans finely chopped
Green chilies 3 chopped
Moong dal - 1 small cup soaked
Salt
Grated coconut 4-7 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Coconut oil few spoons.

Method:

Cook the lentils briefly till tender and intact in shape. Set aside.

In a wide wok, heat oil. Add tempering spices followed by chilies and beans. Further add salt, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until beans are done.

Then add the cooked lentils and grated coconut to it and stir-fry over high.

Serve as a side dish to meals.

29.3.11

Broccoli Casserole - Flavors of Southern Cooking!






Broccoli-Green Beans Casserole:

Another important dish, that is close to heart. No one could turn this down, after a hard day's work. Speaking of work'...I mean real physical activity, okay. In this new age of information world...work is something that is confined to cushioned chairs, driving to destinations, or even making a phone call for scheduling an appointment!!! If you want to realize the pleasures of old time, now move it baby...mow your lawn, today (don't call Andy to do the chore), clean up the garage, burns 350 calories in 35 minutes...and now you deserve the treat, don't you?! Experience the real meal n tell me how you feel...isn't it comforting, worthy?

Ingredients: (Serves Four)

Rice 1 and 1/2 cups
Broccoli 1 head - florets
Green beans 100 grams - no trimming
Corn kernels 1 small cup
Button mushrooms 1 cup sliced
Milk 2 cups
Mushroom cream soup 1 can
Fried onions 1 cup to garnish
Butter few cubes
Grated cheese to garnish
Pepper powder to taste 1 teaspoon, per serving.

Method:

Melt butter in a crock pot, add rice enough salt. Further add water and milk, cover and cook.

Once the rice is half the way done, add cream soup, plus all the vegetables. Maybe be add a little more salt for the veggies.

Cover and cook till tender.

Now, finally add fried onion, cheese, pepper powder.

Serve steaming hot. Enjoy:)

23.3.11

Coconut Milk Infused Vegetable Biriyani - Eat Till Your Heart's Content:)




Thengai Paal Sertha Kaikari Biriyani:

Ingredients:

Short Grain Rice 2 cups
Mixed vegetables 1 bowl full
Coconut milk(thin) 2 cups
Green chilies 6 slitted
Onions 1 sliced
Tomatoes 2 chopped
Salt
Chili powder
Mint leaves 1 fistful
Cilantro few leaves
Ghee 1 cup.

Spices:

Cloves 3
Cinnamon 2 sticks
Cardamom 6 crushed
Bay leaves 3 crumbled
Star anise 2
Black cardamom 1
Rose petal few(dried)
Birinji flower 1
Saffron few strands - tapped

Method:

In a wide crock pot, heat ghee. Throw in all the spices. Let them crackle up.

Then add chilies, wait till it splutters and turns white.

Followed by onions...fry real good till fragrant. Maybe add salt to hasten your process.

Now add tomatoes, cover and cook. When tomatoes turn pulpy, add chili powder and rice to it. Let the oil coat to all the sides of rice, then add coconut milk. Cover and cook briefly.

When the rice is half the way done, add vegetable and 2 cups of water. Cover and cook, under pressure...over low-medium heat.

Once the rice and veggies are done, remove from heat. Give 2 minutes resting time, before serving.

Serve warm as a main dish.

15.3.11

Karamani Kai Poriyal / Long Yard Beans Stir-Fry






Other Names: Achinga Payar Mezhukkupuratti. Thatta Payir Milagu Varuval. Long-Yard String Beans Stir-Fry(Indian Style).

Ingredients:

Yard beans 1 bunch - chopped
Salt
Turmeric 1 pinch
Ground black pepper 2 spoons
Garlic 7 cloves with skin, crushed
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves few
Oil few spoons.

Method:

Heat oil in a pan, add the tempering spices, followed by chopped vegetables. Stir-fry briefly.

Further add salt, turmeric and pepper powder. Plus add one cup of water. Bring this to boil, cover and cook till the veggie is tender.

Once the veggie is done, remove lid and stir-fry over high heat, till oil shows up on the sides.

Serve warm as a side dish for your lunch or dinner.

7.3.11

Hakka Noodles - Totally Vegetarian:)




Hakka Noodles:

Hakka noodles is named after a community in China, who are in large numbers migrated to India, China towns. Unlike Choy Mein, Hakka noodles is popular among Indians for many reasons...it is usually light tossed, uses only flat-soft noodles and said 'Vegetarian Version' tastes even better!? Anyway...that verdict is spilled by our Vegetarian friends:)

Well, noodles is my easy fix recipe on a heavy duty day...I just toss some vegetables and soy sauce and call it a day:) Unfortunately, I couldn't find that 'flat noodles' here, so here you go...

Ingredients:

Soft Flat Noodles 1 box (cook as per directions)
Mixed vegetables 1/4 quantity of noodles
[Carrot
Beans
Cabbage
Bell peppers/Capsicum]
Sesame oil
Chinese 5 spice powder
Red chili flakes
Ginger 1" grated
Garlic 2 minced
Soy sauce light
Green onions to garnish.

Method:

Cook noodles as per the direction. My way...it should be done, but never over done:)

Stir-fry veggies with pinch of salt and MSG. Set aside.

In a wide heavy bottomed wok, heat oil. Add 5-spice powder, chili flakes, ginger-garlic and the noodles...toss gently, until oil coats on to it.

Further add vegetables and stir-fry over high heat briefly. Garnish with green onions.

Serve warm as a main dish. Its a complete meal:)

20.2.11

Green Beans - Shrimps Curry / Beans-Prawn Curry






Beans-Eral Kuzhambu:

Ingredients:

Beans 1 bowl
Prawns 10-15 large
Garlic 5-7 cloves minced
Ginger 2" grated
Onion 1 large- grated
Tomato 1-2 crushed
Salt
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Oil few spoons.

Method:

Heat oil, and add cumin seeds. Add ginger-garlic and onions. Fry real good, till fragrant.

Further add tomatoes, salt, turmeric and chili powder. Add beans too. Cover and cook briefly.

Followed by shrimps...cover and cook till tender.

Serve to go with rotis or rice.

15.2.11

Beans Thoran / Green Beans and Coconut Stir-fry




Beans Thoran:(Kerala Style)

Ingredients:

Beans - finely chopped 1 bowl full
Spanish onion 1 grated
Ginger 2" grated
Fennel seeds 1 spoon - crushed
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Red chilies 5
Coconut 1/2 shell grated
Salt
Turmeric 1 pinch
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Coconut oil few spoons.

Method:

In a wide wok, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and grated onions. Fry real good, till fragrant.

Meanwhile, blend the coconut, cumin seeds and red chilies. Set aside.

Now add the beans, salt, turmeric and fennel seeds powder...cover and cook briefly. Followed by wet-ground paste...fry real good, till fragrant.

Serve warm to go with your South Indian Meals.

13.8.10

Green Beans Casserole - Southern Style






Green Beans Casserole:

Ingredients

Beans 1 bunch
Milk 1 cup
Salt
Pepper
Fried onions
Mushrooms sliced
Mushroom soup 1 cup.

Method:

Wash and clean the beans, do not trim their ends.

Now bake them briefly with pinch of salt and a cup of milk.

Add mushroom cream soup to the same and top[ them with sliced mushrooms, sprinkle the fried onions too. Now bake them for atleast 20 minutes over 350 F. Once the moisture is all dried up and beans comes out out well-cooked, its done.

Enjoy:)

27.7.10

Cranberry Beans Kurma / Borlotti Beans Curry/ Pink Beans Korma





Pink Beans Korma:

When I saw this pink beans for the first time(5 years ago)in the local farmer's market, I was so thrilled. So, what do they call it?...Cranberry Beans. But, my cooking experience wasn't that pleasant, you know! Due to lack of culinary skills back then(it doesn't mean that I am good now), the food whipped was a total flop. After that Y---y experience, I distanced myself from buying anything that is super glamorous. And typically blamed 'pink beans as the culprit to ruin my cooking'!!! Anyhow, now with improved knowledge of ingredients, basic science of cooking...I bought them again, so what if I cook them in my way. The korma came along very well, oh yeah...its tastee:)

Ingredients:

Cranberry beans - shelled 1 cup
Curry leaves few
Green chilies 3 - sliced
Onion 1 sliced
Ginger-garlic pate 1 spoon
Tomatoes 1 large chopped
Salt
Turmeric 1 pinch
Chili powder 1/2 spoon
Coconut milk 1 cup
Fennel seeds 1 spoon
Oil few spoons
Cilantro to garnish.

Method:

In a wide wok, heat oil. Add the whole spices and wait till they crackle.

Add curry leaves, chilies, ginger-garlic paste and onion. Fry real good.

Once the raw smell is gone, add tomatoes too. Fry till they wilt.

Add salt turmeric and chili powder. Further add the beans and a cup of coconut milk. Cover and cook till they are done.

Bring them to curry consistency...serve to go with roti, chappathi, iddiyappam, appam, dosa or idly.

10.6.10

Thai Fried Rice - Jasmine Rice with Peanut Sauce!






Jasmine Rice n Peanut Sauce Fried rice:(Thai Style)

This is just a well known Basic Thai Fried Rice...with jasmine rice and peanuts. But it has a secret ingredient; Yes...Home Made Peanut Sauce! Have you ever tried them this way? It’s totally awesome:)

Hmmmm, it isn’t exactly real Thai peanut sauce, anyway...but it’s definitely inspired by one:) Peanut sauce is one of those things that is really easy to fix at home...quite successfully:) So, if something was stopping you from getting one' from the stores...no probs, forget it. It literally has five basic ingredients, and obviously you could get fancier with it:)

Soy Sauce
Brown Sugar
Peanut butter
Lemon juice
Coconut milk

I further added things of my own wish' Sesame oil, Garlic powder, Chili flakes etc...

...whisk everything together. That’s it, friends. Mix with your sticky jasmine rice, stir-fry over heat, and eat up:)However, I’m not sure...if this is a common way to substitute things'!!! Perhaps people familiar with authentic Asian/Thai cooking would definitely kill me:( But, its good, it’s tasty and so there you go...

8.6.10

Green Beans Casserole / Asian Style Beans Stir-Fry






Beans Stir-Fry: (Asian Style)

Stir-frying is an age old technology, I have been practicing all my adult life. Rush home, wash n trim the ends of any possible vegetable, heat up the wok...throw-in whatever that comes to your mind!!! Oh yeah...this is how I started cooking.:) Pretty much no one' to monitor...throwing randomly any spices got slowly changed into bit of applied knowledge now...constant trial and error, after all makes some sense:) Ah...at least I think so!!!

Now I do know what I am intending to finish, duh:) So, this was perfectly aimed and well-finished dish. I am certainly proud about it:)

Ingredients:

Green Beans(string less, ends trimmed) 1 cup
Onion 1-2 large sliced
Garlic 4-7 cloves chopped n minced
Sugar 1/2 spoon
Garlic powder 1 spoon
Green chilies chopped
Soy sauce - as per taste
No salt - soy sauce had enough of it:)
Olive oil few spoons.

Method:

Heat a wok, add oil. Throw in chilies, crushed garlic and sliced onions. Fry real good.

Add sugar, once the onions get caramelized...add the beans. Further add the soy sauce, fry real good.

When you feel like, its done...add garlic powder.

Serve as a side dish for your lunch or dinner. Makes a perfect choice when accompanied with rice dish.

7.6.10

Mixed Vegetables Paaya



I am trying my hardest to not complain, and to pretend its too comforting to eat vegetables:( But, in my mind there is no better food than animal protein:)It looks like an order to follow the meat and veg diet plan, like a rhythm in my cooking. The moment I decide, I want to cut down my animal instinct(of being so meat-a-holic), I don't do my home work properly...yeah, something or rather comes up, and I am forced to travel!!! And you all know...how hard it is to pick lettuce and citrus in the restaurants, here...Oh my, don't even think:(

This recipe was created on, one hell of a evening' to calm down my senses for that ultimate cravings for Goat's Meat Paaya!!! Well, I went kidding myself with another servings of mixed vegetables, from this disguise Veg Paaya...not to mention that, it was devastatingly late dinner! Verdict??? Please don't ask a mad carnivore' how the grass taste like?

Ingredients:

Mixed Vegetables of your choice
Green chilies 3 slitted
Green chili 3 grated
Onion 1 grated
onion 1 finely chopped
Ginger-garlic paste few spoons
Salt
Turmeric powder 1 spoon
Coriander seeds powder 1 spoon
Mint leaves few chopped
Lemon juice few spoons(optional)
Coconut milk thick extract 1 cup
Bay leaves
Black cardamom 2
Cloves 3
Green cardamom 2
Cinnamon sticks 2-3
Oil few spoons.

Method:

Heat oil in a wide pan over medium-high heat, add whole spices...bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon & cardamom pods) saute for few minutes.

Followed by slitted chilies. Wait up to crackle. Then add chili and onion paste....fry until golden color.

Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw odor leaves the pan.

Stir-in turmeric and coriander powder.

Add vegetables, bring this to boil and stew like consistency.

Add a cup of coconut milk. Allow this boil.

Garnish with mint and cilantro leaves.

Serve warm to go with Aappams and Iddiappams.

2.6.10

Mixed Vegetables Masal Vadai - Spicy Veg Fritters





Mixed Vegetables Masal Vadai:

Kaikari Paruppu Vadai. Kaikari Masala Vadai.

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

Oil for frying
Chana dal 1 cup
Choice of you veggies - finely chopped
Onions finely chopped
Green chilies finely chopped
Mint leaves few
Salt
Cilantro leaves
Curry leaves
Ginger 2" grated
Garlic paste 1/2 spoon
Dry red chili flakes
Fennel seeds - powdered 1 spoon
Fennel seeds 1/2 spoon
Cloves 2 crushed
Cinnamon 1 small stick crushed

If you are not so much into spices...skip the last 3 mentioned items.

Method:

Finely chop the vegetables.

Soak the lentils for about 20 minutes and coarsely grind them, by adding very less water.

Now throw in all the spices and stuff mentioned...bring it to vadai consistency batter.

Heat oil in a shallow frying pan, shape them and shallow fry till crisp and nice.

Serve warm to go with you tea.

1.6.10

Navratan Korma - Vegetables,Fruits & Nuts in Rich Gravy






Navarathana Kuruma:(Restaurant Style)

Navarathana Korma. Restaurant Style Navrathan Korma.

Ingredients:

Green chili 1 minced
Ginger Garlic paste 1 spoon
Onion 1 large head grated
Salt
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Food color optional(I didn't use them)
Garam masala powder 1/2 spoon
Almonds/Cashew nuts paste 1/4 cup
Ghee few spoons
Cottage cheese/panir fried 1 cup
Carrots
Beans
Cauliflower
Peas
Bell peppers
Turnips
Beets
Apples
Pineapple
Mangoes
Cherry
Tomatoes
Cashew nuts - fried
Raisins - fried
Cilantro to garnish.

Method:

Heat a large wok, add ghee. Add chili, ginger-garlic paste and onion to it. Fry real good, till the raw odor is gone, add salt, turemric, chili and garam masala powder.

Followed by nuts paste. Prepare a thick gravy. Add vegetables, cover and cook till tender.

Add chopped fruits and fried panir plus nuts to it.Remove from heat. Serve to go with your rotis.