Showing posts with label curry recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label curry recipes. Show all posts

Saturday, 29 April 2017


Dubka is prepared with moongdal.  The moong dal is soaked and ground to a coarse paste and with tomato and onion puree with masalas, it is cooked and served with steamed rice or phulka.

This recipe is from Kumaon region of Uttarakhand which is very popular.  It is a nutritious dish but very simple.  It is a powerhouse of proteins, easy to prepare  within a short period of time and tasty too .  This is a winter dish and had usually during the winter, otherwise also you can relish this dish once in a while during other seasons.   You can serve it along with any side dish.

While I made this recipe, I remembered the Maharashtrian style kulith  pitla  though slight variation in the method of preparation and masalas, the pitla is also a good dish along with steamed rice and phulka.


Now let us look at the recipe:

Saturday, 8 April 2017


Mor kuzhambu is an easy kuzhambu variety prepared in the South Indian Household.   You can make the same with vegetables or with some vathals too.  We make it with sundaka vathal,  manathakali or any dried vegetables which is available at home.

If you have no vegetables left in your fridge, this is kuzhambu is very handy provided you have coconut and curd at home.

I had some left over methi leaves in the fridge which was not sufficient enough to  make subzi.  So I thought of making the mor kuzhambu with it along with rice.

Very easy to make and tasty along with hot rice and papad.

Let us look at the recipe now:

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Cashew fruit is fleshy and sweet  when it is fully ripe.  It has got an astringent taste in it hence most of the people do not like to eat it  fresh as some might have an itchy feeling in the throat.  Normally, most of the time, it is thrown out after removing the nut from it.

It is found in Kerala, Maharashtra and Goa during the month of March / April.  I had prepared the mor kuzhambu with it and has already posted the recipe.

Now I am sharing with you all the sambhar recipe made out of it.  It goes well with the rice, chapati, phulka, dosa, pidi kozhukkattai etc.  I have given some brief about the fruit in the  morkuzhambu which you must read before preparing the dish.

 Cashew apples and cashew nuts are excellent sources of nutrition. The cashew apple contains five times more vitamin C than an orange and contains more calcium, iron and vitamin B1 than other fruit such as citrus, avocados and bananas.

Let us look at the recipe now:



Cashew apple or cashew fruit it is called, is the fleshy part of the cashew fruit attached to the cashew nut.  The top end of the apple is attached to the stem that comes off the tree and the bottom end is attached to the nut, which is encased in a shell.

The curry is made with the cashew apple as well as the fresh cashew nut also.  The cashew apple can be eaten fresh, cooked in curries, fermented into vinegar as well as an alcohlic drink.. It is also used to make preserves, chutneys, and jams in some countries such as India and Brazil. It is also used to flavor drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic in some parts of the country.

Today I made Cashew fruit mor kuzhambu and Sambhar as I purchased the same when I went to market.  If  I keep the same for tomorrow, it might lose the freshness so tried both the recipes.

Let us look at the recipe now.  Some more information is given below the recipe which you can read it after going through the recipe of the dish.

Friday, 6 January 2017


Green Methi, chuara, kishmish curry is a Rajasthani dish which is quite healthy.  All the three ingredients used in this dish are having several health benefits.   This dish is made by soaking the ingredients overnight with mild spice and goes well with the roti, chapatti and rice.

My friend Mrs. Rinku Shinde shared this recipe with me yesterday and I am glad to post the same in the blog for the benefit of all my viewers.

Methi seeds are the rich sources of minerals, iron, vitamins, natural soluble fibres, potassium, sodium, Saponin, amino acid, phytochemicals, etc. Soaked methi seeds in the morning treats the digestive disorders like; loss of appetite, stomach upset, indigestion, bloating, constipation, eases emptying of bowl.

Date fruit or Phoenix Dactylifera is one of the most nutritious foods that can either be taken fresh or consumed after drying. Dry dates, also known as ‘Chuara‘ in Hindi, ‘Endu Kharjuram‘ in Telugu, ‘Pericham Pinju‘ in Tamil,  ‘Vana kharjura‘ in Kannada, ‘Sookno Khejur‘ in Bengali, ‘Kharik‘ in Marathi and ‘Kharek‘ in Gujarati. Dry dates are known to be an all-in-one natural remedy for a number of health-related problems.

From boosting your energy levels to taking care of your cardiovascular health, date fruits have multifaceted benefits to offer. You can also consume them for enhancing your beauty.  You can further google search for the  benefits of dry dates for health, skin and hair.

Improves Overall Health:

Dry dates are considered to be a gold mine of vitamins. They contain a wide range of vitamins including Vitamin A, C, E, K, B2, B6, niacin and thiamin. These vitamins are vital for our health and wellness. Therefore, consuming dry dates is beneficial for improving our overall health.

Source of Essential Minerals:

Dry dates also have all essential minerals like iron, potassium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous and copper, without which our body cells cannot perform their regular activities.

Raisins or dried grapes  look very simple and unpalatable with their aged appearance and dry texture but they are one of nature’s healthier alternatives to those sugar-rich manufactured candies and sweet products.   Raisins, also known as ‘Kishmish’ in Hindi, ‘Yendu Dhraksha‘ in Telugu, ‘Ular Dhraakshai/Kaintha Thratchai‘ in Tamil, ‘Kismis/Unakku Munthiringa‘ in Malayalam, ‘Ona Drakshi/Vonadraakshe‘ in Kannada, ‘Lal Draksh/Khismis‘ in Gujarati, ‘Bedane/Manuka‘ in Marathi, ‘Khishmish‘ in Punjabi and ‘Kash/Kishmish‘ in Bengali.  Consumption of raisins keeps the bowel movement regular and the fibers help to keep toxins and waste products out of the system.  Raisins are beneficial not only for gastrointestinal problems but also for constipation.

Now let us look at the recipe now:

Monday, 26 December 2016


Turmeric Curry (Haldi Sabzi) is a traditional recipe of Rajasthan served in special occasion like marriages and parties. This wonderful root with the stunning yellow colour looks like ginger can be found in winter.   Turmeric is hot in tendency and is used to cure cold and joint pains that  affects us severely mostly in winters.  

Turmeric is fried in  ghee so that the bitterness goes away. Turmeric Curry is made only with whole raw turmeric.  We can also add some peas, cauliflower in this preparation.  If you do not like the strong flavour of the turmeric, you can add bit sugar, cream etc. in this curry.   But I would suggest to taste the same in the original form without losing the natural taste of it.

Fresh turmeric generates a lot of body heat and so it is a great way to counter the bitter cold of the desert. The curd and ghee used in this dish balances the heat of the Kachi haldi. 

I  tasted this subzi in my friend's house who is a Marwadi.  Since I liked it very much, I prepared it two to three times and now only I got the time to post it.  I thought of posting it now as the fresh turmeric is available now so that you all enjoy this delicious dish.

  I used to make pickle also out of this.  Turmeric got many medicinal properties.  It has been used in India for thousands of years as spice and medicinal herb.  It is also a natural Anti inflammatory compound, increases anti oxidant capacity, improves brain functions and lower risk of brain diseases, lower risk of heart  disease, helps prevent cancer, alzheimer's etc.   


Sunday, 18 September 2016


At times, we are  not prepared for making the dishes which we want and end up making something different which really tastes good.   Here is such a dish which I made today to serve along with the cooked rice dosa.  Till such time, I prepared the dosa, I was not sure whether to prepare a chutney or sambhar.  If I have to prepare sambhar, then I have to cook the dal etc. which is a lengthy process.  My daughter and son always prefer sambar along with dosa and idli.

As I was thinking what to do?  This idea came to my mind.  When you are in a hurry to make sambhar for dosa or idli and do not have time to cook dal and make the sambhar elaborately, here is an easy way to make sambhar instantly.   No need to cook dal separately.  This sambhar can be made within 10 minutes.

 It is not necessary that we should always prepare the sambhar with the dal, without that also we can make it.

Let us look at the recipe now:

Monday, 1 August 2016


Methi leaves are very good for health.  Methi seeds we soak it in water or butter milk and eat it as it is.  I have prepared methi sprouts subzi and soup too which is quite tasty and good for diabetic people.  Fenugreek and  leaves are having medicinal properties.  This helps in reducing cholesterol,  aids digestion, controls blood sugar level, helps counter acid reflux and heartburn, lose weight etc.

The leaves are used for making paratha, various curries and thepla etc.  I used a different method in making the koftas from the routine one.  Here I have used chana dal to make the koftas, you can also call it as methi fritters.  Instead of using the potatoes, I have used here the dal, onion, etc. and made the koftas.

Let us look at the recipe now:


Sunday, 26 June 2016


Methi seeds are having several medicinal values.  This is part of  Indian cuisine without which the dish is incomplete.  Make dosa, idli, sambhar or any other dish, you need to add methi.
Since the sprouts are having more values, I always include sprouts in our diet.
Methi seeds helps in reducing cholesterol level, rduces risk of heart diseases, controls blood sugar levesl, aids digestion, helps counter acid reflux or hearburn, lose weight, remedy for fever and sore throat etc.
Every ingredient has the advantage and disadvantage hence according to your health issues, you must use the ingredients.
I made this vathalkuzhambu since I had the sprouts with me.  It is really tasty with hot plain rice and chapati too.  This is a diabetic friendly recipe.
Now let us look at the recipe now:  youtube: methi sprouts vathal kuzhambu

Other recipes of sprouts: subzi,  soup

Friday, 27 May 2016


Gahat  ki dal is the speciality of Uttarakhand, a  Garhwali and Kumaoni dish.  Recently, I was trying the dishes with Kulith  i.e. horsegram, muthira, kollu, it is known as and happened to be in touch with a colleague who is from Garhwal.   

During the discussion with him, he gave me few recipes of Uttarakhand which I will be trying one by one and posting in my blog.

Since I was having the Kulith in stock with me, I thought of trying the dal though one item is missing from the original recipe.  Now I will have to find out from the shops whether it is available  in Mumbai or not.

It is a simple preparation and loved it.   Since we need the spice level very low, I  am using according t our requirement.  You may increase the spice level according to your taste bud.

 Let us look at the recipe now:

Saturday, 2 April 2016


Sindhi Kadhi or Kadhi Chawaran  is a traditional dish made by Sindhis.  This is basically made with besan and vegetables and no dal, coconut etc. is used in this.  

Drumstick, lady's fingers, cluster beans, potato etc. is used in making this kadhi which is served hot with plain rice. 

I happened to taste this dish from my neighbour.  Since so many days I wanted to make this dish on my own and could not succeed as  the gram flour is under cooked or over cooked as such the taste of the dish was very vague and could not understand where I went wrong.  When I told her about this, she came to  my house to demonstrate the recipe and we enjoyed the lunch together with the kadhi, some rice papad, kurudai etc. and the vazhathandu pickle.

Since the consistency and the colour of the kadhi comes from the besan and the taste lies in the method of frying the besan in oil.  

This kadhi is best served during winter and rainy season but normal days also you can enjoy it.

Let us look at the recipe now:

Sunday, 18 October 2015


Drumstick leaves are easily available, very cheap and grows abundantly in India.  It has got medicinal values which are  given after the recipe and worth reading.  It is worth making dish out of this once in a week for health benefits.

I do not remember when I brought the leaves and kept in fridge wrapped in a paper in the door as I used to do with mint leaves and methi leaves.  Since then I forgot about it and never bothered to open and see while cleaning the fridge.  Today, when I was cleaning the fridge, I wanted to remove the unwanted stuff in the fridge so each and every paper packets I opened and saw the drumstick leaves fully dried like the kasuri methi leaves.  Since I love the kootu, molagootal, adai etc. which I used to make with the leaves, I thought I will try the Kadhi today ie. mor kuzhambu in tamil and morukootan or moru curry  in malayalam.

You can make this kadhi with or without coconut.  I made it like the normal Kadhi we used to make along with Kichadi.  Normally, this is a typical  South Indian curry but I made a twist to this to make it more like the Maharashtrian type  Kadhi.  It is really a tasty dish.

Sunday, 4 October 2015


I have posted pear pickle recipe.  Now I am presenting an easy subzi made out of pears, peas and capsicum.

We had some pears which was bit sour, firm and no one liked to eat this fruit.  Since I cannot waste it, I thought of trying a subzi out of this and came out well as an accompaniment for roti, phulka.
Pears Subzi

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


Sambar is an item prepared by South Indian to serve along with rice, idli, dosa, uttappam, medu vada  etc.  The spicy tangy sambar can be made with various combination of vegetables and with certain fruits also.

You can also make the sambar with jackfruit, pineapple, nendran pazham, mango etc. 

Here I am sharing with you a simple and easy sambar with fruits.  It tasted nice with rice, idli, dosa which I made on the same day.

You must be wondering idli and dosa together. Yes one child wants idli and another wants dosa. I preferred to have it with rice.  So three varieties I had to prepare to relish this fruit sambar.

other fruit recipes:   mambazha sambar, mambazha rasakalan, mambazha pachadi, mango rasam

Let us look at the recipe now:

Saturday, 18 April 2015


Arinellikka or star gooseberry is normaly eaten with salt and bit chilly powder.  you can also eat this as it is.  It is stored in salt water and can be had with curd rice or dal rice or eaten as it is.  Pickle is also make with this.  Today I tried making sambar with it and was yummy with plain steamed rice.  I loved it.  My son is very fond of this nellikka he eats it with bit salt.

Saturday, 11 April 2015


Fenugreek seeds are good for diabetes, to keep the stomach cool etc.  Methi leaves are used to make methi matar malai, methi thepla,methi paratha, methi subzi etc.  We can also make methi leaves sambar.  Here I have used the methi leaves to make karakuzhambu somewhat similar to vathalkuzhambu.  This curry is made with tamarind pulp, masalas etc. and is really tongue tickling.

This goes well along with plain white rice, along with fried vadam, chips, etc.

Saturday, 21 March 2015


Kappa, poolakizhangu, maracheeni kizhangu, kolli, tapioca , cassava it is known as is root tuber.  When you remove it, there will be lot of mud in it which has to be washed thoroughly.  Then peel the skin and cut them into small pieces.  In the middle, you will get a white string like portion which has to be discarded.

We can make papadam, subzi, chips etc. out of this.  Kappa Puttu is also made with it.  When we were small, we used to cut them into two to three pieces, boil it with salt and turmeric powder and serve with "Ulli Chammandi" means shallot chutney with little coconut oil.  It is known as kappa puzhungiyathu.   The taste is YUM.

Today, I made this curry for chapati and my husband who never tasted this liked it very much, even though it was a very simple preparation.

Saturday, 7 March 2015


Papad, manathakali,chundakka vathalkuzhambu I made because there were little of each ingredients left out in the container.  the papad was in small pieces,  manathakali and chundakka got over, hardly two  tbs each was left.  So decided to make the vathalkuzhambu with these and made rice.  loved it with chapati too.


Manathakkali or Milagu thakkali or wonder berry is a tiny juicy berry, and its leaves is called  Manathakkali keerai.  This is used mostly  in  South Indian homes.  It is called as Manathakkali in Malayalam, Kamanchi Chettu in Telugu, Makoy in Hindi, Kakkesappu in Kannada, and Black Nightshade in English.

The raw berries are used for making vatha kuzhambu and  ripe berries can be washed and eaten directly. The ripe Manathakkali has a sweet taste and helps alleviate stomach pains and mouth ulcers.

It helps cure liver disorders, chronic skin ailments (psoriasis and ringworm), inflammatory conditions, painful periods, fevers, diarrhoea , eye diseases, and hydrophobia. It is also recommended as a home remedy for mouth ulcers.

I have got a plant in the pot in my balcony.  The plant I saw it in one of the walls outside was picked by me and planted in the pot as I was sure that it will get destroyed over there.  Since it has got medicinal value, I thought I should not miss the chance to bring home.

Coming back to the recipe, I made dal with the greens.

Saturday, 7 February 2015


Chivdi is a locally available green vegetable with tiny leaves in Maharashtra .   I feel it grows like the grass as I could not see any information while surfing due to lack of information about its name.   In my lifetime, I have not seen this till few months back when I went to the market.  The vendor told me that we can make dal, stir fry subzi out of it so I tried my hand on it.

Since there was lot dirt and mud in it,  I had to pick the same very carefully and put it in water for around 30 minutes to settle down the mud.   took it out from the water and again put in water for another 10 minutes to clean the same perfectly.

It does not have any specific taste or flavour but I liked it. Hence the recipe is shared with you too.  If any one can provide me the english name and more information, will be grateful.  recipe for the stir fry subzi.

Unfortunately, the photo got deleted hence could not post the same.


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