Kavuni [Black] Rice Sweet

This sweet originates from Chettinad region in Tamilnadu. Black rice is a good source of iron and other nutrients. I used jaggery instead of sugar. This rice turns purple after it’s cooked.

Ingredients:

  • Kavuni [Black] Rice (1/2 cup)
  • Cardamom Powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Coconut (grated, 1/2 cup)
  • Cashews (halved, 10)
  • Jaggery (3/4 cup)
  • Ghee (4 tsp)
Ingredients

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Soak time: 12 hours

Category: Lunch \ Dinner \ Snack

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 3

Method:

  • In a bowl wash and add water to kavuni rice and soak for 12 hours.
  • Transfer the soaked rice to a pressure cooker and add water if required.
  • Pressure cook for 15 whistles.
  • Add ghee to a deep skillet and add cashews.
  • Sautee for 5-6 minutes or until golden and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add grated coconut and dry roast for few minutes and set aside.
  • Add jaggery and water and cook till jaggery dissolves.
  • Add the cooked black rice and mash well.
  • Add the roasted cashews, coconut, and cardamom powder.
  • Add the remaining ghee too.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Wash and soak black rice for 12 hours.
Transfer the rice to a pressure cooker.
Pressure cook for 15 whistles.
If the rice is not soft pressure cook again for 4-5 whistles.
Roast cashews in ghee.
Dry roast grated coconut.
Roasted coconut and cashews to garnish.
Cook jaggery until it dissolves.
Add the cooked rice and mash well.
Garnish with coconut and cashews.

Notes:

  • Wild rice and black rice are not exactly the same. We can substitute with wild rice if it’s not available.
  • Add more water before pressure cook the rice if required.
  • Cook the rice on low flame and ensure that there is enough water to pressure cook for 15 whistles.
  • Mash the rice before add to jaggery water.
  • Dissolve the jaggery and no need to make thick syrup.
  • The rice should be properly cooked before adding to the jaggery water.

Baingan [Eggplant] Bharta

Baingan bharta is a dish made of fire roasted eggplant and cooked with onions, tomatoes and other spices. It goes well with rice and all types of breads. In southern part of India smoked eggplants are used to make chutney and in northern part bharta is made out of it. We live in the middle east and here baba ghanoush is very popular and can be compared to our bharta.

Ingredients:

Eggplant (200 gms)
salt (to taste)
Oil (4 tsp)
Ginger (grated, 1 tsp)
Carrots (grated, 2 tbs)
Onions (chopped, 1/2 cup)
Tomatoes (chopped, 1/2 cup)
Coriander Leaves (2 tbs)
Coriander Powder (1 tsp)
Turmeric Powder (1/4 tsp)
Cumin Seeds Powder (1 tsp)
Garam Masala Powder (1/2 tsp)
Red Chili Powder (medium hot, 1 1/2 tsp)

Ingredients

Cook time: 45 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Baingan Bharta recipe video

Method:

  • Smear eggplant with oil before roasting.
  • Pierce the eggplant with a skewer and place it on the flame.
  • Turn the eggplant till the skin is completely charred and the pulp should be soft.
  • Remove the skin when it’s warm and cut off both the ends.
  • Mash the eggplant using a fork or a spoon until smooth.
  • Heat a deep skillet to medium and add oil.
  • Add chopped onions, tomatoes, grated ginger and salt.
  • Sautee till the oil separates from the mixture.
  • Add turmeric, red chili, coriander, and cumin powder.
  • Mix and stir well.
  • Add the mashed eggplant and garam masala powder.
  • Add required water to adjust the cosistency.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and grated carrots.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Apply oil all over and skew the eggplant.
Roast the eggplant directly on the flame. and turn it over every couple of minutes.
Roast till the skin is completely charred.
Peel off the skin when it’s warm and cut off both the ends.
Mash the eggplant with a spoon to a smooth consistency.
Add chopped onions, tomatoes and grated ginger,salt and sautee till the vegetables are soft.
Add turmeric, red chili, coriander and cumin powder.
Add the mashed eggplant and garam masala powder.
Add required water to adjust the consistency.
Garnish with coriander leaves and grated carrots.

Notes:

  • While selecting eggplants select the lightweight ones.
  • Immerse the roasted eggplant in water as soon as it’s removed from fire and Peel off the skin or the skin can be peeled off as mentioned in the video.
  • Eggplant roasted on fire is more tastier than eggplant roasted in oven.
  • Garlic paste can be added if preferred.

Masala Vada |Paruppu Vadai |Dal Vada

Masala Vada is a south-indian snack made during the monsoon seasons, festival times (but no onions) and also for guests. it’s eaten with coconut chutney and a staple breakfast menu along with idli sambar in the restaurants. Vadai goes well with curd rice too.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chana Dal [Chick Peas] (split, 1/4 cup)
  • Toor Dal [Pigeon Peas] (split, 1/4 cup)
  • Onions (chopped, fine, 1/2 cup)
  • Coriander Leaves (as desired)
  • Curry Leaves (chopped, few)
  • Green chili (chopped, fine, 1)
  • Ginger (grated, 1 tsp)
  • Rice (raw, 1 tsp)
  • Oil (to deep fry)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Red chilies (2)
Ingredients

Cook time: 45 minutes

Cuisine: South Indian

Category: Snack \ Tiffin

Yield: 12

Masala Vada recipe video

Method:

  • Wash and soak chick peas, pigeon peas and rice for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Soak red chilies along with the peas.
  • Strain the water and add the peas to a grinder bowl.
  • Save the water and add if required.
  • Grind to a coarse consistency.
  • Add chopped onions, green chili, grated ginger, salt, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Make a small lemon sized balls with the batter.
  • Wet a plastic sheet and flatten the ball.
  • Gently lower the balls and fry on a medium flame.
  • Cook on both the sides.
  • Transfer the vadas on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Rice, Pigeon,and Chick Peas
Wash and soak them in water for 1 1/2 hours.
Soak red chilies along with the peas.
Strain the water.
Transfer the ingredients to a grinder bowl.
Grind them to a coarse consistency.
Add chopped onions,coriander leaves, curry leaves, green chili, grated ginger and salt.
Use the saved water if needed to adjust the consistency.
Spread out a sheet of plastic wrap and dampen it.
Take a lemon-sized ball with the batter and flatten it.
Wet your fingers and take off the batter.
Gently lower vada into the hot oil.
Cook vada on both the sides.
Cook till the vadas turn crisp.
Transfer on to a paper towel.

Notes

  • Strain the water using a strainer and leave the soaked rice and peas for 10 minutes.
  • While grinding water should be added using a spoon .Water decides the crispness so add little by little and do not pour.
  • Plastic sheet helps vada to give a bulge at the center and thin on the sides.
  • Initially after dropping the vadas into oil allow them to cook for 5-6 minutes.This will prevent them from breaking.