Whole Mung Beans with Yogurt

Posted in Dahl, Uncategorized, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2013 by ninasnosh

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The humble mung bean holds so many surprises, if cooked right it tastes superb, it’s low in cholesterol, good for detoxifying and high in protein. This dish can be made with or without natural yogurt, the yogurt give it a tangier flavour.

Ingredients

Serves 4 people if there is another dish to accompany.

For the vagar:

  • 2 tbsp of sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1/8 tsp of hing
  • 2 curry leaves

And the rest:

Method

  1. Place the mung beans and chopped tomatoes in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water (pic.3)
  2. Cook the mung beans in the pressure cooker for about 10 minutes – allowing the cooker to release steam around 4 times (pic.4)
  3. Carefully release the steam and open the pressure cooker to check that the mung beans are firm but cooked through
  4. If you don’t have a pressure cooker just boil the mung and tomatoes until cooked
  5. In a large saucepan heat the oil for the vagar
  6. When the oil is hot add the cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves
  7. After 15-20 seconds remove from heat
  8. Add the yogurt and spices to the vagar, return to a medium heat and stir (pic.6)
  9. Add the cooked mung bean and tomatoes
  10. Next add enough water to cover the beans (pic.7)
  11. Simmer the ingredients for 10-15 minutes on a medium heat, stirring occasionally
  12. The mung bean should be fully soft but not mush, add more water if needed while cooking, see pic 8 which shows the final consistency of dish.

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pic. 2 mung beans and tomatoes

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pic.3 ready to cook

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pic.4 cooked

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pic.5 yogurt

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pic.6 yogurt in vagar

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pic.7 ready to simmer

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pic.8 finished

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Can be eaten on it’s own or with indian bread, roti or rice.

Recipe: Spicy Cabbage, Peas and Potato

Posted in Uncategorized, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by ninasnosh

If you have been following my blog you will notice a lot of the recipes are similar. Please don’t let that put you off trying them as although similar they all have their own unique taste.

Ingredients

For the vagar:

  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp hing

And the rest:

  • 1/4 head of cabbage sliced
  • 1 small potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 heaped tsp of fresh masala
  • 2 heaped tsp of ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt

Method

  1. Slice the cabbage, peel and cube a medium size potato and rinse through in a colander with the peas
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan which has a lid, remove the pan from the heat when the oil is hot and add mustard seed and hing covering straight away with a lid
  3. Once the mustard seeds have stopped popping return to a low heat and add the fresh masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric and salt – mix the spices together (pic.2)
  4. Add the sliced cabbage, chopped potatoes and peas to the spices – mix together ensuring the spices are mixed through (pic.3)
  5. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a low-medium heat stirring every few minutes to ensure it does not stick
  6. Cook for around 10 minutes with the lid on then remove the lid and cook for a further 10-15 minutes
  7. Check the potatoes and cabbage are cooked to your liking before you remove from the heat.

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Tandoori Style Chicken on the BBQ

Posted in Chicken, Recipes on March 3, 2013 by ninasnosh

Here’s a regular feature on our BBQ menu, easy, tasty and definitely a crowd pleaser. Try and marinade for at least a few hours or even overnight if possible.

Ingredients:

This makes enough marinade for about 10 drumsticks – so adjust accordingly.

  • 10 free range chicken drumsticks – skin on

Marinade

  • 2 tsp of fresh masala
  • 3 heaped tsp of ground coriander and cumin
  • 2 heaped tsp of gram masala
  • 1 tbsp of tandoori powder
  • 1 tsp of salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp of lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp oil.

Method:

  1. Prepare the chicken drumsticks by slashing them using a sharp knife to allow the marinade to penetrate – keep the skin on
  2. Place the drumsticks in a large bowl
  3. In a small bowl mix all the marinade ingredients – taste the marinade and adjust flavour if you need to by adding more ingredients
  4. Pour the marinade over the chicken and using your hand rub the marinade into the drumsticks
  5. If possible place the drumsticks into the fridge and allow to marinade as long as possible
  6. Cook drumsticks on your BBQ – try and keep a medium heat to prevent the marinade burning off
  7. Cook for around 45 minutes depending on the size of the drumsticks
  8. Check the meat is cooked before serving
  9. Always try and rest the drumsticks for a 5-10 minutes before eating.

figure 1. marinade

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figure 2. marinaded chicken

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Methi Balls

Posted in Snacks, Uncategorized, Vegetarian on December 19, 2012 by ninasnosh

Hello again….

Life has become a little hectic so I haven’t managed to blog for a while.

If you’ve been reading my blog you may remember that I’ve said it’s almost impossible for me to get my hands on fresh fenugreek in Australia. So, after been told many times how easy it was to grow it I though I would give it a go – and it was unbelievably easy.

I planted enough seeds (I can’t remember the weight) to cover the soil in 4 foil oven trays ( I poked a few holes in trays to allow water to go through). Each seed turns into about 4 leaves so there were a lot of seeds. I covered the seeds with a thin layer of soil and in 10-14 days my methi was ready for eating. I watered regularly and when it came to picking I just pulled them out, shook the soil of and snipped the root ends off.

I was left with roughly 500g of fresh methi leaves once I had taken the root ends off.

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So here is what I made out of this crop.

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Ingredients

  • about half a kilo of methi washed and chopped
  • 1-2 tsp fresh masala
  • 2 heaped tsp of ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil for mixture
  • about 3 tbsp of gram flour
  • about 3 tbsp of rice flour
  • 2 tbsp oil for cooking

Method:

  1. Wash, dry and chop the methi finely (fig 2)
  2. Place the methi, all the spices and sugar into a large mixing bowl
  3. Mix the spices through using your hand
  4. Next add the oil and mix through
  5. Now gradually add the gram flour and rice rice flour – only add enough until the mixture comes together so you may not need the above quantities (fig 3)
  6. Taste the mixture for spice and seasoning – adjust to your taste
  7. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan – keep on a low heat
  8. Using a desert sized spoon carefully spoon dollops of the mixture into the frying pan
  9. Cover the frying pan with a lid and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes before turning
  10. Once you have turned cook for further 5 minutes with the lid on
  11. Remove the lid and continue to cook until the methi is nice and brown – you want the outside to be crispy and the inside cooked but soft

fig 1. fresh methi

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fig 2. chopped methi

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fig 3. mixture

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fig 4. cooking the methi balls

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Recipe: Chicken curry for kids….

Posted in Chicken, Children's Food, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2012 by ninasnosh

This has to be my kids favourite meal – they are constantly asking me to make chicken and roti. Luckily, because I have a pressure cooker the entire dish probably takes about 10-15 mins from start to finish.

 

 

 

Ingredients

Feeds 2 hungry children – vary the spices according to your child’s taste

  • 1 boneless chicken thigh cut into small pieces (fat removed)
  • 1 small potato peeled and cubed
  • I fresh tomato chopped or 1/2 cup of of passata
  • 1/2 tbsp of tomato puree if using a fresh tomato
  • 1/4 onion finely chopped
  • 2 inches of zucchini finely chopped
  • 1 small clove of garlic – crushed
  • 1/2 tsp for of ground coriander and cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of garam masala
  • pinch of chilli powder or fresh masala
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

 

 

Easy method

  1. Simply add all the above ingredients except the tomato puree and spices to a pressure cooker
  2. Seal the pressure cooker and place on a medium heat – allow the whistle to sound twice
  3. Allow to rest for 5 minutes – off the hob
  4. Then release the steam from the cooker (on mine I remove the whistle)
  5. Safely open the pressure cooker - add all the spices and tomato puree if you have used a fresh tomato
  6. Allow the dish to simmer for a further 5 or so minutes on the hob
  7. Check that the dish is cooked, taste and allow to rest before serving

Can be served with roti or rice.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can of course go with the more traditional method:

  1. Soften the onions and garlic in some oil
  2. Add the passata/ tomatoes
  3. Add the spices and then simmer on a low heat until you have a nice sauce
  4. Next add the zucchini, potatoes, chicken, water and tomato puree
  5. Simmer until the dish is cooked

chopped chicken

 

chopped zucchini and onion

 

all the ingredients in the pressure cooker

 

spices

 

 

finished dish

Virtues of the pressure cooker….

Posted in All about food, Children's Food, Dahl, My top tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2012 by ninasnosh

I’m going to be introducing quite a few more dahl recipes but before I did that I just wanted to write a bit about my friend the pressure cooker.

Whilst I’ve had a pressure cooker for over 10 years I haven’t always been a fan. There was an incident about 12 years ago when I didn’t listen to my mothers instructions (or use my common sense) and opened the lid without releasing all the steam first. This resulted in dahl on the ceiling and every other nook and cranny in my kitchen!! So my main tip  - always makes sure you release the steam before opening it.

I am now a big fan of the pressure cooker. I use it to cook most of my dahls and I also use it for some of my kids food as you will see. I can make a chicken curry for my kids in about 10 minutes! So it reduces cooking time and if used for the right dishes produces some amazing flavours.

Not that many people I know own a pressure cooker but I think it’s a good investment – you don’t need to buy a huge one. The above picture is of my pressure cookers they are basic ones that you’d probably find in most indian households (where they cook) but I know there are snazzier more colourful versions on the market.

Recipe: Crispy Spicy Okra

Posted in Recipes, The Pantry, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by ninasnosh

 

Been a bit quiet lately as sorting out things to enable me to  sell some things at the markets. But, I have been storing up lots of recipes to blog when I have a spare minute.

I love Okra but only really the way we cook them in our house/family. Okra is unlike any other vegetable I’ve ever eaten and if it isn’t cooked/prepared right could be quite unpleasant. I tend to use the frozen version mainly because they aren’t that easy to get hold of here but also because the frozen ones are easier to cook. When cut up Okra is quite a gooey sticky vegetable so if you are using fresh Okra you must try and slice/chop them the day before and leave to dry out. It is also important to ensure they they are fully cooked otherwise I think they have an unpleasant texture – but that’s just my opinion.

 

Ingredients

This should be served as one of 2 dishes which will then feed 4 people.

For the vaghar:

  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing
  • 2-3 tbsp oil

And the rest:

  • Bag of frozen chopped Okra or about 350g of fresh Okra chopped the previous day
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 heaped tsp of fresh masala
  • 2 heaped tsp of ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 -1 tsp salt (or to own taste)

 

Method:

Use a good heavy based frying pan that has a lid.

  1. Add the oil to the frying pan and heat – once hot add the fenugreek seeds and hing
  2. Once the seeds start to brown add the Okra, stir and cover the pan with a lid
  3. Cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes – this will help extract the sticky properties of the Okra
  4. Next add the sliced onion – cook for a further couple of minutes
  5. Now add all the spices and mix in
  6. Cook the Okra on a low heat with the lid on for about 10 minutes – stirring gently a couple of times
  7. To make the Okra crispy you will need to remove the lid and cook for another 10-15 minutes on a low heat
  8. Gently move the Okra around while they are cooking – don’t be too vigorous or they will break up and turn to mush (but you don’t want them to stick either)
  9. I cook mine on a low heat as there is a fine line between crispy and burnt so you may need to cook for longer or less depending on the pan etc
  10. When checking they are cooked you look to see whether they are slightly crispy and not sticky but fairly dry

spices

 

okra and onion

 

 

Eat with indian bread….

Good luck and enjoy :)

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