Saturday, June 19, 2010

Spicy Oven Fries

These are the healthier version of french fries because they are baked and not fried.It can be served as a side or a snack.

Ingredients :

Yellow potatoes - 3(Peel the skin and cut into cubes or cut into long strips.You can leave the skin on  if you wish)

Oil - 2tbsp

Salt to taste

Chili flakes /Chili powder - 1 tsp

Kitchen king masala - 1/2 tsp(optional)You can even use garam masala or Italian seasoning .


Preheat the oven to 425 deg F.

In a medium bowl pour the oil.Toss the potato cubes,salt,chili flakes,Kitchen king masala  and mix well.

In a cookie sheet,spray non-stick cooking spray and arrange the potatoes taking care not to overcrowd them.

Bake them for 15 minutes and then turn the potato cubes and bake for about 10 minutes.The potatoes will be light brown on the outside and soft on the inside when done.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Aval /Poha Paruppu Usili

Aval Paruppu Usili is one of the interesting dishes of Tamil Brahmin Cuisine.It contains no onions or garlic.
The first step is to make Usili made of grounded and steamed toor Dal.Then poha should be mixed with the usili/dal mixture

Ive blogged about Beans paruppu usili long back.The procedure is the same except we have to substitute Poha for Beans.

Ingredients :

Extra Thick Poha/Aval - 1 cup

Mustard seeds - 1tsp

Curry leaves - a few sprigs

Sesame oil - 2tbsp

Salt to taste;

For the usili/Dal mixture:

Toor dal - 1/2 cup

Dry red chillies - 4

Salt to taste

Asafoetida - a pinch


Wash Poha several times.Drain the water completely.Let it stand for 20 minutes.

Make the usili as mentioned here

In a pan mix the poha and usili together and set on low flame.Adjust the salt and cook till raw smell of Poha goes off.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mushroom Capsicum Masala

This is the easiest ever side dish that anyone can make.I love to prepare easy-peasy stir fries like this when Iam too lazy to cook.


Button Mushrooms - 200 grams stalks removed and quartered

Capsicum - 1

Onion - 2 roughly chopped

Tomato - 1 chopped

ginger garlic paste - 1tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Coriander Powder - 1 tsp

Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp

Green chillies - 2 slit lengthwise

Salt to taste

Coriander leaves for garnishing

Oil - 2tbsp

Method :

Heat oil in a  pan.When hot add the chopped onions and saute till slightly brown.Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes off.

Then add the chopped tomato and saute till they become mushy.Now add the turmeric powder,coriander powder,and salt.

Then add the capsicum and saute till they are slightly cooked but still crunchy.Now add the quartered mushrooms and saute on high heat for 5 minutes.Then on medium heat,allow them to cook with a lid on for about 8 minutes

Finally add garam masala and check for salt and saute for 2 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves.