Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Bottle Gourd White Curry

Ingredients: 1 cup cut bottle gourd 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup coconut milk 3-4 shallots 1-2 small green chilies slit lengthwise 1 teaspoon cooking oil 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon urad dhal 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed Curry leaves Salt to taste Method: Slit bottle gourd length wise and remove seeds.  Cut bottle gourd into…

Gourd in Tomato Coconut Sauce

I have posted a gourd recipe earlier – Bottle Gourd in Almond Sauce.  But this earlier recipe was with “bottle gourd”. The one I am using for this recipe is slightly different from bottle gourd.  The flesh of bottle gourd is softer and has bigger seeds.  I came across this vegetable for the first time when…

Broccoli with Kidney Beans

Broccoli with kidney beans, sounds strange.  I had a small bunch of broccoli which needed to be cooked since it started wilting.  So I thought of many ways to cook a new dish with broccoli.  I thought of potatoes and broccoli, tofu and broccoli, and kidney beans and broccoli.  For some reason I thought of…

Curry Leaves Powder (Kariveppilai Podi)

Ingredients: 1½ cups curry leaves 2 tablespoons Urad dhal (Black gram dhal) 4 tablespoons Channa dhal (bengal gram dhal) 2 dried red chilies a pinch of hing salt to taste Method: Wash curry leaves and dry in paper towel Dry roast the curry leaves until leaves are dry and crisp but still retain the green…