Sep 26, 2006

Lettuce salad with Homemade vinaigrette

To make homemade Balsamic vinaigrette you need
3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tsp balsamic vinegar or any other vinegar
3 cloves garlic finely minced
1 tsp salt
Mix all the ingredients in a glass bottle and refrigerate for 24 hrs before using. This will stay upto 2-3 weeks.

Lettuce Salad

To make salad, I used 3 leaves of romaine lettuce and 4 leaves of iceberg lettuce. You may use any leaves of your choice. Wash the leaves under water. Use plenty of water and float the leaves. Then transfer the leaves to a bowl and let them drain. Its easier to drain till the last drop in a salad spinner. If you do not have one just let the leaves drain for 30 mins. Chop the leaves into tiny ribbons or strips. Pour the vinaigrette onto the leaves and gently mix them.

Sep 25, 2006

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao


1 cup basmati rice
2 cup mixed vegetables , (carrots, beans)chopped
1 tsp garam masala
¼ tsp turmeric powder
oil or ghee
1” cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 2 cardamom

grind to paste
2 medium onions
4 cloves garlic
1” ginger
4 green chillies

Soak rice for 30minutes, drain and set aside to dry.
Prepare the paste grinding the ingredients listed above.
Heat oil/ghee in a pan or wok, called kadai in Hindi. Add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and fry for a minute
Add the paste and fry under low flame. Add just enough oil so that the paste does not stick to the kadai. Fry until the oil comes out on the sides of the pan. i.e the raw smell goes off approx 20minutes
Add turmeric powder and garam masala and stir for 2 more minutes. Add rice and fry for 2 minutes. Now add the vegetables and fry for another 2 minutes.
Transfer the contents to the pressure cooker. Add 2 cups of water to the empty kadai and bring it to a boil. This helps you to get all the stuff from the kadai and also cleans the kadai. Add boiling water to the pressure cooker. Add salt and stir. I add water double the quantity of your rice, adjust water quantity according to your rice. Use the same proportion of water that you would use to make your rice otherwise.
Close the lid of the pressure cooker lid and cook to your desired level. I cook for 3 whistles

Tips : Let the cooker cool down on its own. Do not hurry to open the lid. After the pressure comes down, open the lid and let the rice cool down for another 30mins before you insert the spoon. Hot rice will get smashed down easily and the pulao may get mushy.

This is just a variation in the making with same ingredients. Instead of grinding the onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger into paste and frying, you can just reverse the process. First fry these ingredients and grind into paste. This just helps you to judge better when to stop frying.

For a quick pulao, do not grind onions and green chillies to paste. Use red chili powder instead of green chillies. Use ginger garlic paste if you have it ready. Finely chop onions. Fry onions and ginger garlic paste.

This recipe serves 2 people

Sep 24, 2006

Moong or Green gram dosa

Moong Dosa

1 cup green gram
1/4 cup rice
1/4 inch ginger
4 green chillies
salt to taste

Soak green gram and rice overnight or for 6-8 hrs. Grind to paste in a blender. Add ginger and green chillies and grind till they get crushed. Add salt to taste. Make dosas instantly.