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January 26, 2014

Poori Masala | Potato Masala | Poori Kizhangu

Poori Masala

Days are moving very slowly nowadays. When the kids are out to school I feel so lonely and do not have the mood to cook anything. Working from home is good and bad in it is own ways. I get to spend a lot of time with kids and it is kind of relaxed as there is no morning rush. But at times I miss all the office fun. As the kids are at home on Sundays they are always special. We are relaxed and do not make any outside plans. Get together, grocery shopping everything is done on Saturday and we are all set to enjoy the Sunday to the fullest. Back in India we always make Poori on Sunday and enjoy them with the simple and easy Poori Masala.

Poori Masala is the most easiest gravy you can think of. If you are a potato fan then you will definitely like this gravy. It is the best combo for Poori which is a deep fried Indian bread. There is another way way of making this gravy with tomato and chilly powder I have shared it earlier here. You can also add carrot or peas in the gravy to enhance the taste. I prefer to use only Potato for this gravy as I feel the carrot and peas give a slight sweet taste. The spiciness for the gravy is from the green chilly so add according to your taste. When you are planning to enjoy some South Indian breakfast like Poori on a relaxed Sunday definitely make this gravy.


Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 10 minutes

Serves - 2 - 4

Ingredients

Potato - 4 - 5 no
Onion - 2 no
Ginger - a small piece
Green Chilly - 3 no
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprigs
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
Channa Dal - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - as per taste

Preparation
  • Wash and cut the potatoes into 4 pieces and boil the potatoes. You can also pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Peel and chop the boiled potatoes into medium size pieces.
  • Chop the onion lengthwise and cut the end of the green chillies.
  • Grate the ginger and keep aside.
  • Place all the seasoning ingredients ready before you turn on the stove.
Method
  • Heat oil in a kadai/wok.
  • Add the mustard and allow it to splutter. Next add the Urad Dal, Channa Dal and saute until they turn golden brown.
  • Next add the grated ginger, green chilly and curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped onions, turmeric powder, salt and saute until they turn soft. Do not allow the onions to turn brown.
  • Next add the chopped potatoes and stir so that the everything is mixed well.
  • Add required water and mash some of the potatoes so that the gravy has some potato pieces and mashed potatoes will make the gravy thick.
  • Allow the gravy the to boil 5 - 8 minutes in medium flame.
  • Serve hot with Poori/ Dosa.
Notes
  • Do not allow the seasoning to be browned else the flavor will not be good.
  • Adjust the green chilly according to your desired spice level.
  • Do not mash all the potatoes mash only some of them.
  • Do not add too much water the water has to be semi thick.

January 11, 2014

Tomato Pulao | Tomatar Pulao | Easy Lunch Box recipe


Tomato Pulao

Happy New Year to all readers and friends. I know it's been 10 days since 2014 has started but I always have valid reasons for the late wishes. I have so many recipes in draft and I had the time. But I wanted to spend all my free time with my kids. Now kids are back to school and now I decided to post a good family favorite recipe. I hope everyone had a wonderful New year. We had so much fun this year watched so many good movies, had fun time with kids. Kids enjoyed all the events we had planned and are super charged to attend school. I wanted to start the New Year with a sweet recipe but I did not have any in the draft so thought of sharing one of my favorite recipe Tomato Pulao.

Tomato Pulao is a one pot meal that can be made in jiffy. When you are in need of quick and tasty lunch or dinner and do not wish to spend a lot of time in the kitchen then this is your recipe. It goes well with just ready made chips or pappad. Unlike the Tomato Rice we cook this rice in a pressure cooker and the rice gets well infused with the flavor of the tomato. Make sure you select good quality ripe tomatoes for making this rice. Also we use mild spices in this pulao which is not used in the tomato rice. This is one family favorite recipe and I'm sure your family would like it to. Try it !!


Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 10 minutes

Serves - 2 - 4

Ingredients

Basmati Rice/Long Grain Rice - 1 cup
Tomato - 2 no
Onion - 1 no
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilly - 2 no
Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander Leaves - for garnish
Cinnamon - 2 small pieces
Cardamom - 2 no
Bay Leaf - 2 - 3 leaves
Fennel Seeds/Sombu - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - as per taste

Preparation
  • Chop the onion lengthwise and cut the end of the green chillies
  • Chop the tomato into small pieces.
  • Wash and Soak the basmati rice for about 15 minutes.
  • Place all the seasoning ingredients ready before you turn on the stove.
Method
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Add the cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, fennel seeds in medium flame.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute until they turn soft. Do not allow the onions to turn brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell is gone.
  • Next add the chopped tomatoes, green chilly and cook until tomatoes turn mushy. Add required salt.
  • Add the chilly powder, turmeric powder and saute until the raw smell is gone say 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Next add the soaked rice and give a gentle stir to mix the mixture with the rice. Care not to break the rice.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the rice mixture and pressure for 2 whistles in medium flame.
  • When the pressure is released fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Serve hot with raitha, chips or any spicy gravy.
Notes
  • Do not allow the seasoning to be browned else the flavor will not be good.
  • Adjust the green chilly and chilly powder according to your desired spice level.
  • Selecting good quality and ripe tomatoes is very important to get tasty pulao.
  • I served the tomato pulao with raitha and pappad. You can also serve it any spicy potato or peas gravy.

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