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Monday, August 29, 2011

Prawn Biryani / Shrimp Biryani

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Today, I’m sharing with you the delicious Shrimp / Prawn biryani recipe. Sea food lovers will enjoy this dish for sure. This is one of my favorite biryani of all the biryanies. 
We know Prawns are very healthy food with lots of nutritional values. They’re very good for curing eye and heart related problems.
Prawn Biryani ( Also known as Jhinga Biryani ) is usually prepared on special occasions like marriage, get-together parties, etc. This rice dish is extremely easy to prepare. In this recipe, the fresh prawns are cooked with tomato, onion, rice, chillies and spices.
Here goes the recipe to cook this luscious and irresistible biryani at your home..!
·                     Prawns                         - ½ kg
·                     Raw rice                        - 2 cups
·                     Cooking oil                    - 4 tbsp
·                     Turmeric pwd                 - ½ tsp
·                     Red chilly pwd               - 1 ½ tbsp
·                     Onion                            - 2
·                     Ginger garlic paste         - 1 tbsp
·                     Green chilly                   - 2 or 3
·                     Tomato                         - 2
·                     Fresh coriander & Mint leaves     - 1 cup
·                     Yoghurd                        - ½ cup
·                     Salt to taste
·                     Cinnamon                      - 1
·                     Cloves                           - 2
·                     Cardamom                    - 2
·                     Bay leaf                        - 1
·                     Saunf                            - ½ tsp
·                     Cumin                           - ½ tsp
·                     Marathi moghu               - 1
1.             Devein and wash the prawns in running water.
2.             Marinate with turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd and salt for 20 mins.
3.             Wash rice and soak in water for 5 to 10 mins.
4.             Drain and keep aside.
5.             Heat oil in a large pan.
6.             Add the spices, onion and salt.
7.             Cook till transculent.
8.             Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 to 3 mins.
9.             Add green chillies and chopped tomato.
10.          Fry till the tomatoes are well cooked.
11.          Add chopped coriander and mint leaves.
12.          Sauté for a minute.
13.          Add yoghurd and combine.
14.          Add red chilly pwd and cook for a few mins.
15.          Now add the marinated prawns and mix well.
16.          Add rice, combine and check for salt and seasonings.
17.          Pressure cook for one whistle and simmer for 7 mins
18.          Once the pressure turns off, open the lid.
19.          Mix the biryani carefully, making sure the rice does not break.
20.          Garnish with few sprigs of coriander leaves.
21.          Tasty prawn biryani ready to enjoy hot with onion raitha…:)
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Spiced Roasted Peanuts / Healthy Snacks Recipes

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 I love to include nuts in my daily cooking and this is  very easy to prepare at home. It tastes  flavorful  than store bought ones.
A  bowl of crunchy spiced roasted peanuts and a cup of hot tea is my favorite combo and serves as an excellent mood elevator..!  Also , peanuts are good source of protein. They’re rich in magnesium, iron and copper too.
Try out this  fast and easy recipe of roasted peanuts..:)
·         Raw peanuts                             - 2 cups
·         Oil  / ghee                                 - 2 tsp
·         Red chilly pwd                           - ½ tsp
·         Salt to taste     
1.     Heat oil / ghee  in a  skillet.
2.     Toss peanuts in medium flame for about 12 to 15  minutes.
3.     Add salt and red chilly pwd.
4.     Shake the pan a couple of times during roasting to stir the peanuts.
5.     Roast until peanuts are golden, with constant stirring for even coloring and flavor.
6.     Watch carefully to prevent scorching.
7.     Remove from flame.
8.     Allow to cool a few minutes before serving, as they will harden up and become crunchier.
9.     Healthy and comfort roasted peanuts ready to munch with hot tea..!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brinjal Drumstick Fry / Spicy Brinjal Fry Recipe

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Brinjal  Drumstick  Fry  
Brinjal Drumstick fry  is a lipsmacking Indian food served with rice. This is  super simple yet yummy recipe. In this recipe, the chopped drumstick and brinjal are cooked with masalas and deep fried. I love to have this very tasty vegetarian fry with morkuzhambu rice.
So, here is my favorite recipe preparation…!

·         Tender brinjals                           - ¼ kg
·         Drumstick chopped                    - 1 cup
·         Oil                                            - 3 tsp
·         Mustard                                    - ¼ tsp
·         Cumin                                       - ¼ tsp
·         Curry leaves                              - a few
·         Split urad dal                             - ½ tsp
·         Onion                                        - 1
·         Tomato small                             - 2
·         Turmeric pwd                             - ¼ tsp
·         Red chilly pwd                           - 1 tbsp
·         Thick tamarind pulp                    - ¾ tsp
·         Coriander pwd                            - ½ tbsp
·         Salt to taste
1.     Chop drumstick to 3 inch pieces.
2.     Slit  brinjal lengthwise.
3.     Heat a fry pan.
4.     Add oil. Temper with mustard, cumin, curry leaves and split urad dal.
5.     Add onion and fry till transculent.
6.     Add chopped tomato and cook well.
7.     Now add turmeric pwd and salt.
8.     Drop drumstick in the masala, stir for a minute.
9.     Add ½ cup water of water and cook covered.
10.  It needs to be just done.
11.  Now add chopped brinjal slices.
12.  Add red chilly pwd, thick tamarind pulp and coriander pwd.
13.  Stir for a while.
14.  Close the lid and cook until they are done and the flavors mixed well.
15.  Open the lid, so that the curry turns slightly dry.
16.  Finally drizzle a tsp of oil to the sides, mix well  and remove from flame.
17.  Traditional yummy fry ready to enjoy with  ricedishes..!
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Krishna Janmashtami

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Happy Krishna Janmashtami:

I wish all my near and dear ones a Joyous Janmashtami..!

It is an appropriate time to show respect to elders and to regard their religious sentiments. This is a festival of fun and frolic, which also teaches us that we should believe in God and should always fight against the wrong.

My heart felt wishes and to you all and especially to the ardent lovers of Lord Krishna...!

May you all have a blessed Janmastami,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Indian Chicken Curry

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This is an Authentic Indian style curried chicken recipe. Also, this is an all time favorite curry cooked with delicious spices. The recipe is quick and easy to make, which is perfect when you’re in a hurry.
This tasty dish goes well with  Chapati / tandoori roti  /  rice  /  appam  /  puttu  /  dosa or idly.
Here is the recipe to tempt your tastebuds with scads of savory spice..!
·         Chicken                        - ½ kg
·         Oil                                - 2 tsp
·         Onion                            - 2
·         Tomato                         - 2
·         Green chilly                   - 1 or 2
·         Ginger                           - small piece
·         Garlic                            - 6 pods
·         Coriander                      - 1 tsp
·         Turmeric pwd                 - ¼ tsp
·         Pepper pwd                   - ½ tsp
·         Cumin pwd                    - ¼ tsp
·         Red chilly pwd               - 1 tsp
·         Garam masala pwd        - ½ tsp
·         Coriander leaves            - handful
·         Salt to taste
1.     Chop onion to thin slices.
2.     Heat oil in a pan.
3.     Add onion slices and fry to transculent.
4.     Make a puree of tomato, green chilly, ginger, garlic and coriander in a blender.
5.     Transfer this puree to pan and mix well.
6.     Add turmeric pwd, salt, pepper pwd, cumin pwd and red chilly pwd
7.     Stir and add the chicken.
8.     Sauté for few minutes, until the chicken absorb the spices to it.
9.     Add ½ cup water, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
10.  Once the chicken is tender, add garam masala pwd.
11.  Combine and remove from flame.
12.  Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
13.  Enjoy hot with whole wheat chapattis, naan, roti or rice.
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