Thursday, June 9, 2011

Other Indian Recipes - Red Gram Dal with Spring onions( Ulliporaka Erra Pappu)

This dish with Red gram dal with spring onions is from Nanda Mausi who used to take of our child and cook for us. She introduced this Maharashtrian dish along with many others ,We liked it so much that this became a weekly affair for us.

My Camera gave way and I could not get the picture. Will upload it some time later.  
Red Gram Dal with Spring onions( Ulliporaka Erra Pappu)
Ingredients :
1 Cup Red gram dal
2 Spring onion bunches
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 Tsp whole Jeera
4 whole Green Chillies
1 Tsp chopped Ginger
1 Tsp chopped Garlic
1/4 Tsp  Turmeric
1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
Salt to taste
2.5 cups water
Soak the Red gram dal for an hour. Chop Green chillies. Chop and clean Green Onion bunches along with onion.
In a Pan put oil, mustrad and jerra seeds, chopped ginger,garlic and green chilli.Add chopped green onion ,turmeric and stir fry for a minute or two.Add dal,garam masala and fry for a minute. Add water, salt and let it cook till dal is cooked but not too mushy.
Serve with Rice. You can make it little dry by reducing the water and can be served with Roti.

My experiments with Slow cooker series - Chana Dal with Lauki ( Anapakaya Chenaga pappu)

One more traditional Hyderabadi dal. Cooked in slow cooker and it turned out well.Dal always turn out better in slow cooker.Chana dal will be well cooked but not mashed.
Chana Dal with Lauki
Ingredients :
1 Cup Chana Dal
1 Medium Onion
1 small Lauki/Bottle Gourd/Anapakaya
1 Tsp Ginger Garlic paste
1 Tsp Red Chilli powder
1/2 Tsp Garam Masala(Optional)
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tomato
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 Tsp Jeera
1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
Salt to taste
2.5 cups water
Method :
In a microwaveable bowl, put oil, jeera,mustard seeds,curry leaves, onion,ginger garlic paste,red chilli ,turmeric ,garam masala Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
To the slow cooker ceramic pot add Chana Dal, Lauki, Tomato,above microwaved masala, salt, water. Cook for 4 hrs on high.
Serve hot with rice.

Kids Food - Chicken Burger

As every kid my Kid too is a fan of chicken burgers and nuggets which we get in Mac D. I wanted to make it little healthier,so here is my junk food burger which is not so junk. I just do the chicken patties and let my son assemble it himself which he likes to do.

Chicken Burger
Ground Chicken - 1/4 Lb
Mint - 10-12 Leaves
Coriander Leaves - Handful leaves
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 Tsp
Ground Black Pepper - 1/2 Tsp or to taste
2 Tbsp Chopped Onion
Green Chilli - Optional if you want it spicy
Salt to taste
Butter / Oil- 3 Tbsp
Burger Buns as required
Lettuce leave,cheese optional

Method :
Finely chop green chilli,mint and coriander leaves.

Take Ground chicken in bowl, add onion, ginger garlic paste, mint ,coriander leaves,black pepper, green chillies and salt. Mix them well . Take small rounds and make them into flat patties.

Take a pan , Put butter or Oil and put the chicken patties and shallow fry them well on both sides till they are well done.

Put a little bit of butter and warm the butter buns lightly before assembling the chicken burgers.

Note : I freeze these cooked chicken patties for up to two weeks. When I need them, I usually just roast them again on the pan or grill them in oven.