SPICY CORN KERNEL

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Corn kernels or sweet corn – 1 cup

Oil – 1tsp

Pulav masala – 1/4 tsp(for recipe check out my previous post )

Red chilli powder – 1/3 tsp

Salt to taste

METHOD

  •  Heat oil in a pan. Add corn kernels and fry on medium flame for 2 minutes .
  • Then add salt and mix well. Fry for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Adjust seasoning.

SUGGESTIONS

You can also use sweet corn.

Adjust the quantity of chilli powder and pulav masala as per your taste.

Feel free to experiment with whatever seasonings you may have at hand.

GARLIC MAYONNAISE DIP

 

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Mayonnaise – 5 to 6 tbsp

Garlic cloves – 3 to 4 crushed into fine paste

Tobasco sauce – 1 tsp

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

A pinch of salt

Red chilli flakes for garnishing

METHOD

  • In a bowl, add mayonnaise, crushed garlic, tobasco sauce, lemon juice and salt. Mix throughly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with red chilli flakes just before serving.

SUGGESTIONS

Goes well with chips and nachos.

GREEN CHUTNEY

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Coriander leaves  – 1 cup

Fresh mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 2

Black salt – to taste

Sugar – 1/4 tsp

Lemon juice – 1tbsp

Peanuts – 1/2 tbsp rosated and skinless

Oil for grinding

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend to a smooth paste using oil .
  • Refrigerate and use as required.

SUGGESTIONS

Adjust the amount of oil based on the consistency you are looking for.

The chutney can be used with snacks like sandwiches, and chats.

COCONUT CHUTNEY

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Oil – 1/2 tsp

Green chillies – 5 cut into two pieces

Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp

Chana dal – 1 1/2 tsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Roasted chana dal – 1 1/2 tsp

Fresh grated coconut – 2 to 3 tbsp

Curd – 4 to 5 tbsp for grinding

Coriander leaves –  1 tsp

TALIMPU

Mustard seeds – 1/3 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/3 tsp

Broken red chillies – 3 pieces

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add green chillies and fry for a minute. Add coriander seeds, chana dal, urad dal and cumin seeds.
  • Fry on low flame till they become light golden in colour. Lastly add crushed garlic, roasted chana dal and curry leaves. Mix well and swicth off the flame.
  • Put all the fried ingredients in a grinder jar. Add salt and grind it to a coarse powder.
  • Then add freshly grated coconut and curd and grind it to a paste. Lastly add coriander leaves and grind for one more time.
  • Empty it into a bowl.
  • For talimpu, heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • When they start to splutter, add red chillies and curry leaves. When curry leaves turn crisp, switch off the flame and pour it on the already grinded chutney. Mix well.

SUGGESTIONS

You can adjust coconut and curd according to your taste.

CURD RICE

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Cooked rice – 1cup

Curd – 1 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

TALIMPU

Oil – 1tsp

Chana dal – 1 tsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1tsp

Dried red chilli – 8

Curry leaves – few

Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp

Finely  chopped green chillies – 1/2 tsp

Black pepper corn – 6

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Pomegranate arils – 1 to 2 tbsp optional

METHOD

  • With a masher, mash the cooked rice and keep it aside. Add curd and milk to the rice. Mix well and break lumps if any.
  • You can either use a spoon or your hands while breaking the lumps.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add chana dal and urad dal, fry for few seconds.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and black pepper corns. Once the mustard seeds start to crackle, add finely chopped ginger and green chillies .
  • Fry for a few seconds and add broken red chillies and curry leaves. When the curry leaves turn crisp, add asafoetida and turn off the stove.
  • Pour the talimpu over the curd rice and mix well. Add coriander leaves and salt to the curd rice, mix well. Serve cold.

SUGGESTIONS

The rice has to be more soft than what we cook on a daily basis.

Serve curd rice topped with few coriander leaves and pomogranate arils.

You can skip the fruit.

GHEE RICE

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Basmathi rice – 1 cup

Water – 2cups

Cloves – 10

Cardamom – 6

Cinnamon – 2 inch piece

Bay leaves – 4

Thinly sliced onions – 1 medium size

Green chillies – 5 (slit)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Oil – 1 tsp

METHOD

  • Wash basmathi rice 2 to 3 times in water to remove excess starch. Soak them for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, drain all the water. Heat ghee and oil in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves and saute for few seconds.
  • Add sliced onions and green chillies and saute till they become transparent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute on medium flame till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add salt and 2 cups of water. Stir well. When the water starts boiling, add drained rice and mix well. Taste the water. It must be slightly salty.
  • Cook on low flame until the water is absorbed. Switch off the flame.
  • After 5 to 6 minutes, open the lid and mix it slowly. Serve hot.

SUGGESTIONS

Ghee rice can be served along with gravy type curries.

SHREDDED CHICKEN FRY

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Chicken – 500 gms

Red chilli powder – 4 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Onion paste – 1 tbsp

Pulav masala or garam masala – 1/2 tsp (for recipe – check out my previous post)

Water – 1/4 cup

Oil – 4 to 5 tbsp

Garlic pods – 6 crushed

Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp

Broken red chillies – 8

Curry leaves – few

Onion paste – 3 tbsp

Green chillies – 6

Pulav masala – 3/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander leaves for garnishing

METHOD

  • Wash the chicken meat and put it in a pressure cooker and add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, onion paste, pulav masala and water.
  • Mix well and cover and cook for 6 to 7 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid and check if the chicken is cooked properly.
  • If there is any water left, cook for another 2 to 3 minutes till the water dries out.
  • Let the chicken pieces cool. Then shred the chicken pieces and remove the bones.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan, add crushed garlic and fry for a second. Then add cumin seeds, broken red chillies and curry leaves. Fry till the cumin seeds turn into a light golden brown colour.
  • Immediately add onion paste, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  • Fry for 1 minute, then add pulav masala and coriander powder. Mix well. Add the shredded chicken and roast well. Scrape the sides and bottom of the pan now and then.
  • Add some more curry leaves. Mix throughly. Once the chicken turns little crispy, add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Check out the seasoning. Serve hot.

SUGGESTIONS

Dont forget to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan after roasting, the remains will be very flavorful and tasty.

KORRALA KOBBARI ANNAM ( FOXTAIL MILLET)

This recipe was given to me by my sister who is an amazing cook as well.

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Korralu – 1/2 cup (foxtail millet)

Water – 2 to 2  1/2 cups

Oil – 2 to 3 drops

TALIMPU

Ghee – 1 1/2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cashew nuts – 8

Urad dal – 1/3 tsp

Broken red chillies – 6

Curry leaves – few

Freshly grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Finely chopped ginger – 1 1/2 tsp

Finely chopped green chillies – 2 ts9

Finely chopped coriander – 1 tbsp

METHOD

  • Wash and soak korralu for 2 hours. Boil with 2 cups of water and 2 drops of oil. Cool it on a wide plate.
  • In a mortar pestle, crush ginger and green chillies to a paste.
  • Heat ghee in a large pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add urad dal and cashew nuts. Fry till it becomes light golden colour. Then add red chillies and curry leaves and fry for 2 to 3 seconds.
  • Add ginger and green chillies paste. Fry till the raw smell goes out. Add freshly grated coconut and salt and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked korralu and mix well. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve .

SUGGESTIONS

Foxtail millet may be replaced with kodo millet (arikalu), little millet (saamalu), barnyard millet (oodalu) and proso millet (varigalu).

Adjust grated coconut according to your taste.

MANGO ALLAM PACHADI

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Grated raw mango – 3 tbsp

Grated ginger – 1tbsp

Sugar or jaggarey – 3 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

TALIMPU

Oil – 1 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1/3 tsp

Garlic – 3 pods (crushed )

Broken red chillies – 3

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  • Put all the ingredients into a grinder jar and grind it to a fine paste. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds starts spluttering, add cumin seeds and fry for a second .
  • Add all the remaining ingredients one by one and fry till they become light golden brown.
  • Transfer the grinded mixture into the talimpu pan, mix well. Switch off the flame.
  • Adjust your spiceness according to your taste. Goes well with idly and pesarattu.

SUGGESTIONS 

You can use tamarind paste instead of grated mango.