Showing posts from November, 2013

Capsicum Pakoda / Bell pepper Fritters

Capsicum's are  frequently used both chopped and raw in salads, or cooked in stir-fries or other mixed dishes. They can be sliced into strips and fried, roasted whole or in pieces, or chopped and incorporated into salsas or other sauces, of which they are often a main ingredient.

For day 3, under the theme " Cooking with Capsicum" I made Capsicum pakoda. Who doesn't like pokoda?  Specially during monsoon and cold, cold weather Pakoda's are made in each and every Indian  family.

I was hesitating to prepare this pakoda today as my son and dear hubby  are coughing due to this cold weather. And its not good to have oily food during cough. But now am happy that they are fine and the padoka tasted yummy. Here goes the recipe....

We need:

Capsicum 2
Onion 1 medium
Chili powder 1sp
Haldi pinch
Salt to taste
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 sp
Chopped cilantro 1/2 cup
Besan / Gram flour  1 cup
Rice flour 4sps
Oil for deep frying
Chaat masala


Cut onion and capsicum into len…

Capsicum Masala Curry

Capsicum or bell pepper sounds  like it tastes spicy but they are sweet. Capsicums are rich sources of antioxidants and vitamin C. Compared to green peppers, red peppers have more vitamins and nutrients. Green peppers are less sweet and slightly more bitter than yellow or orange peppers, with red bell peppers being the sweetest.

For day 2 of BM 34, I made Capsicum Masala curry. Made with very simple ingredients like peanuts, garam masala and onion paste. Tastes yummy with any spicy pulao, biryani, roti or naan.I this recipe I have used only green bell peppers.

We need:

Bell pepper / Capsicum  3
Peanuts roasted 3/4 cup
Onion  1 large
Cumin powder 1/4 spsp
Coriander powder 1/4 sp sp
Chili powder 1sp
Garam masala 1sp
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 sp
Oil 5 sps


Roast peanuts, cool, remove skin and keep aside.
Gring roasted peanuts and onion into smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pan and add onion and peanut paste.
Also add ginger garlic paste, cover with…

Spicy Capsicum Rice

Today we are starting with 4th week of BM 34. My theme for this week is "Cooking  with Capsicum". 

Capsicum or bell pepper is used in various Cuisines. These are of different color's, yellow, red and green. Yellow and red color bell peppers are bit sweeter than the green ones. Capsicum can be used in making rice, chutney, as a side dish, salad etc. For the day 1, I made Spicy Capsicum rice. I have used green and red capsicum here  with some spices and cooked rice. Here goes the recipe.....

We need:

Red capscium chopped 1/2 cup
Green capscium chopped 1/2 cup
Green chili 2
Onions chopped 1/4 cup
Cloves 2
Cinnamon 1 nch stick
Shah jeera 1/4 sp
Bay leaf 1
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder 1sp
Garam masala powder 1/2 sp
Cashew nuts chopped 2 sps
Oil 4 sps
Cooked rice 2 cups
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 sp
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Coconut chutney powder 1 1/2 sp


Cook rice and keep aside.
Chop red and green capscium into small to medium pieces.
Heat a pan add oil and add sha…

Creamy Cauliflower---A Tribute to Tarla Dalal

We all know that The Queen of cooking Tarla Dalal passed away on 6th November 2013.  She is  and always been Inspiration  to me and all the cooks. I still remember watching her cooking show " Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal" on sony tv.  Never got chance to read her cook books but always visited her website. She has a huge number of vegetarian recipes. 

Our Blogging Marathon  group have decided to do  a Tribute to her, by cooking one of her recipes.
Thanks Preeti for designing  the beautiful logo.

 She will always be alive with her wonderful recipes.  May her soul Rest In Peace.
Made Creamy Cauliflower  curry from Tarla Dalal's blog. Click here for the original recipe.

We need:

Cauliflower  2 cups
Tomato 1 large
Onion chopped 1 1/2 cup
Green chilies chopped 4 sps
Haldi 1/4 sp
Salt to taste
Ginger chopped 1 sp
Oil 3 sps
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Corn flour 2sps
Milk 1/2 cup


Cut cauliflower into small to medium pieces and boil in water till 90% cooked.
Drain water and …

Instant Rava Idly

For the final day of 2nd weeks BM 34, I made Instant Rava idly. This recipe need little preparation but very simple  to prepare  can be made in under 45 minutes.  Now no need soak dal  and grind it to ferment. Here is the recipe for Instant Rava idly...

We need:

Sooji / Semolina  1cup
Chopped ginger 1/2 sp
Mustard seeds 1/4 sp
Udad dal 1/2 sp
Chana dal 1sp
Curry leaves 3 chopped
Oil 2 sps
Thick curd 1cup
Salt to taste
Cashew nuts 2 sps chopped
Eno fruit salt  1sp / Baking soda 1/2sp
Water  1 cup


Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cashew nuts, curry leaves and chana dal.
Saute and add udad dal and chopped ginger.
Mix well and add sooji.
Cook till the mixture turns light brown on low to medium flame.
Switch off stove and let it cool.
Now add salt and thick curd.
Mix well and add water.
Mix well with spatula to make a thick consistency or as regular idly batter.
Cover with a lid and rest it for 5 to 10 minutes.
Now add eno fruit salt or soda and mix it again.
Now grease the …

Sweet Dosa

Today I made sweet dosa with wheat flour and rice flour. Simple  yet delicious.  Here goes the recipe....

We need:

Wheat flour  1 cup
Sugar 3 spoons
Water 1/2 cup
Rice flour 4 spoons


Add sugar and rice flour  to wheat flour and mix well.
Now add little water at a time to make a smooth batter.
Consistency should be of the regular dosa  which we prepare.
Hear non stick skillet.
Add a 2 scoops of dosa batter and spread it around.
Spray little oil on top and let it cook for 2 minutes on medium flame.
Flip it around and cook for another 2 minutes.
Serve hot as it is.
Can be served with any fruits( optional)

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for BM 34.

Instant Besan Dosa

Hello friends,

Its been a while that I have posted some new recipe here. Was busy with moving to New Jersey, my favorite place. I just love this place specially during Falls. Leaves changing into different colors. Here are some of the fall pics taken this weekend near my house.

Coming to the post. We are starting  with 2nd week of BM 34 today. I choose to cook Instant Idly or Dosa for this week. For day 1, I made Instant Besan Dosa. This is one of the simple dosa recipe  to make. Here goes the recipe......

We need:

Besan / Gram flour 1cup
Rice flour 1 cup
Sooji / Semolina 1 cup
Salt to taste
Haldi 1/4 sp
Ginger and green chili paste 1 sp
Chopped onion 1/4 cup
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds 1/2 sp


In a mixing bowl add rice flour, besan, sooji, salt, haldi, jeera  / cumin and ginger chili paste.
Mix with a spoon and now add little water at a time to make it a smooth batter.
The consistency should be of the regular dosa batter.
Keep aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
Heat dosa pan o…