Dec 18, 2011

Thenga Aracha Kozhambu

My mother used to make this thenga aracha kozhambu. Since we are from Kerala, coconut is  used every day in our meal.We used to serve meal for the people who worked for us in paddy field. This kozhambu with pokali cooked rice  and varutha pappadams. Still I could feel the taste. It is one of my favorite dishes. My mother in law would make this same kozhambu too..
Thenga Aracha Kozhambu
Thenga Aracha Kozhambu

Ingredients

  • Okra(Vendakka)......................6
  • Drum Stick................................1
  • Pumpkin.Cubes.........................1/ cup
  • Sweet Potato pieces..................6
  • Capsicum pieces.......................6
  • Chepankizhangu pieces..............6
  • Mustard Seeds...........................2tsp
  • Tamarind Lemon Sized
  • Curry Leaves.............................few
  • Turmeric Powder......................1tsp
  • Grated Coconut.........................1cup
  • Salt to Taste
For Frying
  • Red Chilies.................................8
  • Urad Dhal..................................2tsp
  • Chana Dhal................................2tsp
  • Raw Rice.....................................2tsp
  • Black Til or Flax Seed.................2tsp
Method
  • Dry roast the black till or flax seed.
  • Heat a pa with oil add all  frying ingredients.
  • Fry  the dhals, till they become golden.Grind with coconut and keep.
  • Cut the vegetables in to 2" long and boil with enough water and turmeric powder.
  • Extract the tamarind juice by adding water to it.
  • Add the tamarind water and salt to the vegetables and cook till they become tender.
  • Add the ground paste, curry leaves and let it boil.
  • Heat a pan with oil add mustard seeds.
  • When it crackles add to the kozhambu.
  • Serve with cooked rice and fried appalams.

Dec 5, 2011

Green Beans Mushroom Casserole

Green Beans Mushroom Casserole
Green bean mushroom casserole
  

  • Green Beans......................................2cups
  • Mushrooms..........................................2cups
  • Milk.......................................................2cups
  • Flour......................................................2tbsp
  • Butter.....................................................1tbsp
  • Black Pepper........................................1tbsp
  • Cheddar cheese or Parmesan........... 1cup
  • Bread Crumps....................................1/2 cup
  • Fried Onion........................................3tbasp
  • Salt to Taste
  • Garlic (Optional)
Method
  • Boil the beans in water with salt till it becomes tender.
  • In a small pan melt the butter add flour, whisk into paste.
  • Add milk and and make a sauce.
  • Heat a pan with oil add the onion ,salt, pepper then add beans and fry little and lastly add cut mushrooms and let it cool.
  • Mix the sauce with beans and mushroom in a baking tray.
  • Bake 350 degree for 20 minutes
  • Spread cheese on the top, sprinkle the fried onions and bake 10 more minutes.

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