Dec 30, 2008

Lentil Sprouts Usli..

A simple and nutritious usli/fry, which is very tasty and wholesome and takes only a few minutes to prepare. We make these Uslis usually with different kinds of sprouts or soaked beans.

This post is my contribution to the JFI-Sprouts at Ammalu' Kitchen hosted by Dee.

So, here goes..


Lentil sprouts - 2 cups
Onions, chopped - 1 small or half of a big one
Green Chillies, slit lengthwise - 2
Curry leaves - 3
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Fresh/Frozen Coconut - 1 tbsp (optional). I did not use it.
Salt - to taste


- In a kadhai, heat little oil, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add the curry leaves and the green chillies. Add the chopped onions and fry till they turn soft and transparent.
- Add the lentil sprouts, turmeric powder & salt and saute for a minute. Just sprinkle about a tbsp of water, not more.
- Sprinkle the grated coconut (if using).
- Cover and cook on medium-low heat for about 5 mins, with stirring once in between.
- Pour lemon juice and mix well and its ready to serve.
- Serve as a side in a vegetarian meal.

Note: I have seen my mom using both red chillies as well as green ones in this dish. I dont know the difference, but I personally prefer green chillies.

Dec 28, 2008

Stuffed Thai Eggplants....

I found these cute little Thai eggplants and bought them thinking I will make the Engaayi. But I changed my mind and followed the same recipe that I did for the Stuffed Okra that I had made earlier.

The only difference in the recipe is that in a non-stick pan, I fried 1 big sliced onion in some oil, put in 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds and then put in the stuffed eggplants. I put 2 tsp of lemon juice instead of 1.

The rest of the recipe is the same and is here.

Eggplants with stuffing mixture

The dish tastes great with rotis or as a side with rice and dal. Hope you like it..

Dec 27, 2008

Tangerine Cranberry Chutney- Hot & Sweet

A simply delicious chutney that I can gaurantee will leave you licking your fingers and wanting more. A complete mix of sour, sweet and spice. That explains it all, isn't it ??

The recipe is adapted from Laxmi Hiremath's ' The Dance of Spices'...

I have made some changes to the original recipe. Will note the differences below.

The following is the way I made this chutney..

1 Small tangerine.
1 1/2 cup - fresh cranberries, stemmed and washed.
1 tsp - grated fresh ginger
3/4 cup - jaggery
Cardamom powder-made from seeds of 3 pods
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp ( Reduce it if you want it less spicy )
Salt - to taste
1 inch stick - Cinnamon


- Halve the tangerines crosswise without peeling, remove the seeds and cut into 1/2" wedges.
- In a heavy pan, combine the tangerines with the cranberries, ginger, jaggery, cardamom, cinnamon, chilli powder and salt. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce the heat to low & cook, sitrring regularly, until the jaggery dissolves and the tangerine rind is slightly softened, about 10 mins.
- The chutney is done when its thick and glossy & will be reduced in quantity.

Note :

- The original recipe calls for sugar, but I used jaggery instead.

- The original recipe has 1/4 cup of onions to be added and cooked along with other ingredients, but I didn't add the onions.

- Original recipe calls for 1/4 cup of chopped, toasted walnuts also, but I skipped them. If adding the walnuts, after the last step, stir in the walnuts.

For best flavour, allow the chutney to sit, covered at room temperature for a day before serving. You can store this in the fridge upto 2 weeks.

- Serve as a side with some kind of rice, or on bread or enjoy just by itself.

Dec 16, 2008

Dill Rice..

I had made this Dill rice and thought of sharing it. I like the fragrance and flavour of these leaves and try to use them whenever I can. Instead of addition to a dish, I thought this time of making a rice itself with Dill in it and it turned out very good. So, here goes..


Basmati Rice - 1 1/2 cup
Dill leaves, chopped - 1 1/2 cup ( only the leaves, no stems)
Onions, chopped - 1 medium
Garlic, finely chopped - 3 cloves
Ginger, grated - 1/2 inch piece
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a big pinch
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Udal Dal/Split Black gram - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 4
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp (optional)
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - taste


- Wash the rice and soak it in water.
- Meanwhile, in a non-stick pan, heat some oil, add the udad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Once the mustard seeds crackle, add the onions and saute till they are soft and transparent. Then add the ginger and garlic and saute.
- Then add the dill leaves, saute for a minute, add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, mix well.
- Drain the water from the rice and add to the pan. Mix well with everything for a minute, then add 3 cups of water and add the garam masala and lemon juice. Check for salt.

- On medium high heat, bring to a boil. Mix the rice slowly once. Then cover the pan and cook on very low heat till done.
- Serve hot with a side of your choice.

P.S.- I served mine with Cranberry chutney and yogurt.