Sunday, June 21, 2009

Spicy and sweet bell pepper chutney

Bellpepper (Medium to large) - 4 (1 orange, 2green, 1 red)
Tomato (Large size) (appx 1/2 lb) - 3
Dry red chillies - 3/4
Mustard seeds - 1 tbs
Turmeric - 1/2 tbs
Sambar powder (prefer MTR) - 2tbs
Salt as per taste
Cooking Oil - 3 tbs
Hing (Optional) - A pinch

1. Grill the Bell pepper till soft and tender, after grilling take out the seeds and skin and chop it.
2. Cut the tomatoes into half and then make thin slices (thin slice makes it tasty).
3. Heat 2 tbs of oil in a pan and put the red chillies, mustard seeds and hing.
4. After the mustard finished cracking add the cut tomatoes mix it and cover the lid and let it cook for 2 minutes.
5. Still the tomatoes and cook till it's soft and mushy.
6. Add chopped bell papper, turmeric and salt and mix it properly and let it simmer for a while let's say for 1 minute.
7. Add the sambar powder and mix it well and let it cook for a minute in the medium flame and add the remaining 1 spoon of oil and switch off.
Serve with hot rice or Dosa or Roti.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Turn Stale Chips to Fresh and Crispy

You can turn any stale potato chips, crackers or similar snacks into fresh and crispy ones. Put the chips into a plate and put into the microwave oven for 35-45 seconds. Let stand for a minute to crisp and it's fresh and crispy.

Masala Kantola Curry

1 pack of kantola frozen or ½ lb of kantola (Medium to large)2 large Onions or 4 medium-sized Onions.
2 Big potato4 tbs cooking oil.1 tbs mutton masala.
1 tbs red chilli powder.
1 tbs hot tomato garlic sauce1/2 tbs turmeric.
1/2 tbs mustard seeds.
A pinch of hing
Salt to taste.

The ratio of potato and onion and Kantola should be same.
1.Cut the Kantola into long stripes, if frozen take it in a bowl and run under running cold water and strain and keep aside.
2.Peel the potatoes and cut into 1 inch squares.
3.Chopped the onions into small pieces.
4.Heat the oil in a pan, add hing and mustard seeds, allow the seeds to crack.
5.Add the chopped onions and potatoes and fry for a minute or two.
6.Add Kantola into it and fry it for couple of minutes(Fry it till the potatoes are cooked but not mushy).
7.Add the turmeric, chili powder, mutton masala and stir and cover it.
8.Add 2 cups of water and let it boil, and then add salt and 1 tbs hot tomato garlic sauce and stir it properly and cover it and let it simmer.
9.Remove it from fire after about 5 minutes on medium heat.
Serve with rice.