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Saturday, December 7, 2013

"Mix Daal" + Brown Rice Idlies/ Dosa with Mint-Spinach Peanut Chutney

It is amazing that how a cooking process/ way of cooking changes the same 'batter' into two extremely different textures!! The same batter results into a Crispy thin Dosa and Tender fluffy idlies!
I have experimented with a bunch of variety of Idlies (You can find the recipes here-http://www.my-kitchens-aroma.blogspot.com/search/label/South%20Indian%20Food)....and today I used 3 different daals and brown rice to make this delicious idli-dosa combo lunch!

Here is "E's favorite way to eat dosa..."Topi" Dosa....dosa folded like a hat!

1.5 cups Long grain brown rice
1/3 cup Urad daal
1/3 cup Moong daal
1/3 cup Chana daal
Sliced carrots(optional) for Idlies

1) Soak the daals and rice together for 4 hours.
2) Grind into fine paste in a mixie/blender with water to make a semi-thick consistency batter.
3) Ferment overnight till the batter doubles in size ( I pre-warm the oven for 8 mins on the oven 'warm' setting.Then turn the Oven OFF.But the batter in the oven and cover with a lid.OR you can leave the oven light on overnight to make some warmth in the oven and help the batter rise.)
4) Just before cooking Idlies, add the salt, stir gently 2-3 times.Over mixing will result in flat idlies.
5) Spray the idli stand with oil cooking spray. Add sliced carrots(optional), add batter and steam for 15-20 mins
6)Serve hot along with Chutney and Sambar

1) Heat a nonstick pan on medium heat.When heated apply oil to the pan with a paper towel.
2) Spread a large spoonful batter thinly into circular shape quickly.
3) Add few drops of oil to the sides.Let it crisp up and turn golden brown.
4) Serve hot along with Chutney/Potato bhaji/ sambar

Mint-Spinach Peanut Chutney

1/2 Cup roasted peanuts
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
10-12 mint leaves
2-3 green chilies
1/2tsp ginger
1/2tsp cumin
 In a blender/mixie and all the ingredients and blend into a fine paste with some water.

'Tom yum/kha' like Thai soup

Winter is here and so are the winter blues. Along with that came the colds and coughs and sneezes. What will make you feel better than a warm bowl of steaming hot soup? I love Thai food and the flavors that go in there.However I do not carry all the thai specific ingredients in the pantry at all times. I had the coconut milk...but not the galangal, thai basil, kafir lime etc that belong in the soup. This is my version...with common items in the refrigerator.

1 can coconut milk
1/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
few broccoli florets
1tbsp green onion leaves
2-3 mushrooms thinly sliced
2-3 ginger slices (about 1 inch long)
1-2 green chilies sliced
2-3 tsp Maggie Hot and sweet sauce
1/2tsp Sambal Olek chili paste
1/2tsp sugar
1/2tsp oil
Cilantro to garnish

1) Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan, add the carrots, mushrooms and broccoli.Saute for 1 min. Add the ginger slices and green chilies.
2) Add the coconut milk, rest of the spices and warm on low flame till warmed through.
3) Serve hot and garnish with green onions and cilantro