Saturday, January 30, 2016

Orange peel curry / Orange peel pachadi

Orange peels are an excellent source of Vitamin C and have many medicinal properties. . So I prepared this recipe by using the skin of orange. . the main ingredient here is the peels of an orange. The unique combination of orange and tamarind gives such a nice flavor to this pachadi. The bitterness of the peels, the tanginess of the tamarind, the spiciness of the chillies and the sweetness of the jaggery gaves  unique taste.It goes well with curd rice, chapathi, idli& dosa.


 Orange Peel  -1cup

 Tamarind - a lemon-sized ball

 Green chillies – 3

Red chillie– 1

Fresh ginger– 1 tsp

Hing – 1 pinch

Mustard seeds – 1/2tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Channadal – 1 tblsp 

Salt -as per taste

Sambar powder – 1 tsps

Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

Jaggery – 2 to 3 tbsps

Curry leaves – a few

Seasame Oil – 2 tblsp
1.Soak tamarind for 10 minutes, and then extract 1 cup of juice and keep aside.
2.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds ,Fenugreek seed and bengal gram dhal s ,allow to splutter.
3.Then Add hing, red chillies, green chillies and the ginger and fry for few seconds.
4.Now add the chopped orange peels and the curry leaves and sautéin low flame for 2 min.
5.Finally add tamarind water salt, turmeric powder, and sambar powder and cook on low heat till oranges are cooked.
6.Now add  the jaggery and mix well. Cook this till the pachadi would have thickened.
7.Remove from heat. Now Pachadi is Ready to serve.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Banana Dosa

Banana Dosa
Last week we had an opportunity of tasting different cuisine  in Southern Spice’ located at Taj Coromandel, Chennai. Among different cuisine  the ‘Banana Dosa’ which was the signature recipe of "Southern Spice". Soft bananas amazingly battered up and deep fried with, ghee flavours of jaggery and cardamom. An interesting sweet treat, which will be loved by all ages. We liked it so much I  could not resist asking the chef for the  Recipe. Yesterday I tried at home.
Maida- 125 gm
Rice Flour- 25 gms
Jaggery -200 gms
Ghee-1/2 cup
Cardamom powder-1 tsp

1.Pour water in a pan and bring it to boil. Add jaggery and let it dissolve then Filter the Jaggery water.
2. Peel the skin of the banana and mash it well. Then add the maida, rice flour, cardamom powder and mix well.
3.Along with this mashed banana then add the jaggery water and mix it .(I added jaggery to  ensure that sweetness is according to our taste. You can add or reduce jaggery as desired.)
4.Mix everything to form a smooth batter without lumps. The batter will not be runny, it will be little thick like vada batter.Heat ghee in a pan, once it is hot enough pour a spoon of batter to form small disc. Fry each side till it turns golden brown.
5. Remove from ghee and drain it in tissue paper.
6.The yummy and delicious Banana dosa is ready to be served .Serve hot.