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… Continue reading Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

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… Continue reading Bottle Gourd White Curry

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… Continue reading Gourd in Tomato Coconut Sauce

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… Continue reading Curry Leaves Powder (Kariveppilai Podi)