Busy lives often force us to find short cuts for everything we do. Cooking is no different; we always gear towards quick and easy recipes. But sometimes I tend to get a lot more organized, and put more time and attention to every detail of the recipe. It just means cooking a dish the traditional way. That’s what I’ve done here – a simple effort to add step by step instructions to cook a wonderful dish, yogurt and …
Mushroom thoran – Kerala style mushrooms stir fried with grated coconut and spices is a lip-smacking simple side dish with rice.
While I was going through my recent posts, I noticed that I haven’t posted a South Indian recipe for a very long time. So, I thought this time I’ll post one of my favorites – mushroom stir fried with desiccated coconut and spices. I’m a big fan of stir fries, and always try to add at least one dish to my everyday menu. As I write this, several stir fry ideas are popping up in my mind – I think it’s time to add one more category to my recipe list. In fact, the entire process of blogging and blog designing is giving my brain a good workout. And I love it! Uh…oh… going off-topic? Come …
Dal palak is undoubtedly a very healthy dish with its origins in the northern part of India. If you are vegetarian and loves Indian cuisine, this is certainly a great addition to your recipe repertoire. I’m not a vegan obviously, but for me, it’s comfort food with all the goodness of lentils and spinach….
It doesn’t matter whether you are cooking for two or ten. Grilled Salmon with Mashed Potato is a simple and healthy dish that will only take 30 minutes to reach the table. This is one dish that I cook again and again especially on a busy day. The creamy potato mash is a great accompaniment, but you can try some steamed vegetables as …
Honey soy chicken skewers are one of my favorite party finger foods for so many reasons. …
Weather is cooling down here when rest of the world is warming up. And that means soups are back on the menu. Last week I decided on this Indian style chicken soup which I always loved. To be honest, I have been looking for this recipe for quite a while now, but with no success. So I made up my mind to recreate it with the help of a few basic soup ingredients and my taste buds. I wasn’t expecting anything superb, but it …
Ivy gourd, also known as baby watermelon is a versatile vegetable widely used in Indian cooking. I’ve never seen the fresh variety here, but frozen ivy gourds are readily available from Indian shops.
Slice ivy gourd into desired size and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds, and add shallots, garlic, curry leaves, and green chilly, and fry them for a while. Throw in coconut, ground turmeric, dried shrimp, coccum, salt and finally, ivy gourd. Mix well.
Cook, covered, and don’t forget to give it a stir occasionally. Ivy gourd and shrimp stir fry will be ready within 10 – 15 minutes
- • 1 cup frozen ivy gourd, thawed
- • ¼ cup dried shrimp or prawns
- • 1 medium garlic pod, chopped
- • 1 shallot or small onion, coarsely chopped
- • 1 green chilly, chopped (optional)
- • A pinch of mustard seeds
- • ½ tsp ground turmeric
- • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- • 1 small piece coccum
- • Salt to taste
- • 1 sprig of curry leaves
- • Oil
- Slice ivy gourd into desired size and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds, and add shallots, garlic, curry leaves, and green chilly, and fry them for a while. Throw in coconut, ground turmeric, dried shrimp, coccum, salt and finally, ivy gourd. Mix well.
- Cook, covered, and don’t forget to give it a stir occasionally. Ivy gourd and shrimp stir fry will be ready within 10 – 15 minutes.
This is a “curry in a hurry” – perfect for weeknight meals and goes well with plain rice or any Indian bread.
I think replacing potatoes with frozen green peas is a great variation to this recipe. But remember to add them at the end stage of the cooking process. Any other ideas? Please let me know….
Mexican food is very similar to the traditional Indian cuisine- hot and spicy with robust flavors. But this recipe of avocado salsa does not fit into that category; it is just a simple dish that’s a perfect accompaniment to any Mexican food. Having said that, you can always add chopped chilli – it’s up to …