Dry Mix Vegetable

I have been wanting to make this dish for a very long time. Everytime, its turned out different.Today seems to be my lucky day and its turned out great.Before I forget, I want to jot down the recipe.IMG_4090

Its easy as well as cooked a bit on stove and in microwave.

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower – 1 cup of florets
  • Potato -1 medium – cubed
  • Peas – 1/2 cup ( I used frozen green peas)
  • Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup , cubed
  • Tomato – 2 medium, diced
  • Onion – 1 medium, chopped
  • Ginger – finely cut or crushed, 1tsp
  • Garlic – finely cut or crushed, 1tsp
  • Green chilli – 3 nos., sliced
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1tsp
  •  Oil – 2tbsp (I used coconut oil)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water to sprinkle for the vegetables to cook

 

Procedure:

  • In a plate, take the potatoes and peas , spread evenly and cook in the microwave for 5 to 6 minutes, till half cooked.This is done so that the shape of the vegetables are retained and cooking time on the stove top is reduced.
  • Simultaneously, heat oil in a kadai and saute the ginger and garlic for 1 minute.Add in the chopped onion and green chilli and saute till onions are translucent.Now add the bell pepper and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add in the turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.Fry for half a minute.Take care not to burn the masala powders.
  • At this point, spread cauliflower florets on a plate and cook in the microwave for 4 minutes.
  • Add in the diced tomatoes and fry till the tomatoes are pureed and well cooked.Use you spoon to do this.
  • To this add the microwave cooked vegetables as well as  salt to taste with just a sprinkle of water to cook the vegetables.Cover and cook on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, making sure to stir in between.
  • Have with roti, paratha, rice or even just like that!

Note:Water added in the last step is to get the vegetables cooked to your desired level.

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Dal Palak

This dish is highly nutritious as it contains  split pigeon peas (Indian name: toor dal) and spinach(Indian name: palak).The lentil provides protein and spinach is high in iron.This combination is therefore very healthy and filling.

We can have this dish as a soup or as gravy with rice or roti.

Ingredients:

  1. Toor dal – 1 cup
  2. Tomato -1 small, chopped
  3. Garlic -2 cloves, minced
  4. Green chillies – 4 , split in half
  5. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  6. Spinach leaves- 1 cup, washed well and chopped
  7. Tamarind juice – 1 Tbsp
  8. Salt to taste

For seasoning:

  1. Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  2. Dry red chillies – 3nos.
  3. Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  4. Coconut oil/ any oil -1Tbsp

Procedure:

  1. Take all the ingredients in a pressure cooker and add 2 cups of water.Keep on medium flame and cook for one whistle.
  2. Note: One whistle in my cooker , cooks the dal.But, may not be the same way in other cookers.So check , if dal is cooked, else cook till its done to your liking.You can also cook dal in a closed sauce pan.
  3. Once the dal is cooked, we need to season 0r do tadka.
  4. In a small frying pan, pour coconut oil and add the mustard seeds.When they splutter, add dry red chillies and when they change color, switch off the flame and add the asafetida powder.You will get a fragrant aroma.Add this seasoning to the cooked dal and mix well.
  5. Your dish is ready!!!Enjoy!!

 

 

Kerala Mural Painting

Recently I took a break  from work and  got badly bored…so had to find something to do.My family consists of creative people, except me…more of a ruler and pencil.No curves!!!!

Seeing them, I too was inspired to try something ARTISTIC !!!!Hence put myself to self learn from the ever so beautiful tool – the Internet.Started out with you tube videos, blogs and found some interesting facts on Kerala Mural Painting and did try my hand on it too…

Kerala Mural Painting is an art form as the name suggests from South India, principally Kerala, India.It depicts  ancient mythology and legends.It is usually  found to be drawn on walls of ancient temples and churches and has its presence since the 9th century.

The traditional style mural art form  used natural pigments and vegetable colors to showcase their work and hence we see that there are not much  variety of colors used.

Nowadays, you find this art form done not only walls and canvas , but also on saris , shirts, salwars etc.They give a very ethnic feel.

Fascinated by the beauty of these , I too tried  painting on canvas and used acrylic colors to get the effect.

 

 

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