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Perugu Pachadi (Tomato Pachadi)

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I first heard about perugu pachadi from my friend, during our phone conversation. I asked what she cooked for lunch, and she said perugu pachadi, and as I was not familiar with that term I asked her what it is. She explained the preparation, and I told her its tomato raita and I know it. My friend told its different from raita, as sauted tomato gives different taste to it. When we met she cooked this pachadi, eggplant curry and pappu. Ever since that day I started cooking it regularly in home. My hubby calls it “Easy Moar Kuzhambu”.

Recently my blog friend Aruna –  Aaharam suggested me some other variations with eggplant, coconut, ladies finger. I should try it soon

Ingredients:

Tomatoes – 2, chopped

Curd – 1 cup + 1/3 cup, beaten well

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

salt – as needed

To Temper:

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Green chilli – 1/2, slit and de-seeded

Dry  Red chilli – 1 , de-seeded and teared (optional)

Asofetida – pinch

Oil – 1 tsp

Method:

  •  Add oil to the pan, when the oil becomes hot add the items under to temper and let mustard seeds splutter
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 6 – 8 minutes till the tomatoes become slightly mushy and fully cooked.  Switch off
  • Add the cooked tomato mixture to  the beaten curd. Add salt; mix well and  Serve with rice/rotis

My Notes:

  • I prefer my food to be less spicy so I reduced the chilli my friend old also desseded

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Tomato Biryani

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Variety rice are easy to make  and a perfect lunch box food. Usually I prepare tomato rice with just tomato and onion. After cooking coconut rice with coconut milk, I want to try coconut milk with tomato rice and prepared tomato biryani.

Tomato Biryani

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Tomatoes – 3, finely chopped

Onion – 1 large sliced thinly

Spring onion – 3

Peas – 1/4 cup

Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup + 1/2 cup

Red Chilli powder – 3/4  tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

Green Chilli – 1, slitted

Salt – as needed

Sugar – 1/8 tsp (optional)

Oil – 1/2 tbsp

Cinnamon – 2 inch stick

Cardamom – 2

Fennel Seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Bay leaves – 1

Star Ansie – 1

Method:

  • Soak rice in warm water for 30 minutes, drain the water and keep it aside
  • Add oil to the  pan. When the oil is hot, add whole spices and cook for 30 seconds. Add the onion and ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes off

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  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes get mushy. Add all the spice powders, salt and sugar; saute for 2 minutes

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  • Add peas and rice and saute for a minute. In a rice cooker add the rice – tomato mixture, coconut milk and water. After the rice is cooked sprinkle chopped spring onions  on top and Serve it with raita/gravy

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checkout my other variety rice,

Notes:

  • Instead of basmati rice samba rice can also be used
  • Fried onions can be added to garnish
  • Can be cooked in heavy bottmed pan or pressure cooker for 2 whistles

Vegetable Biryani

Being a vegetarian, Vegetable Biryani is definitely included as a weekend special lunch.  Vegetable biryani is a flavorful and exotic rice dish which looks colorful, with vegetables and spices. There are many ways to cook biryani. I  generally make Vegetable biryani the way my amma cooks it, and it is delicious and easy to cook. Few of my friends are experts in making biryani. One day, while talking to one of my friend, she mentioned Hyderabad biryani. I always thought Hydrabad biryani was complicated, but after hearing her version I realized it was not the case. I wanted to try that at home. Here is my version of Hyderabad vegetable biryani.

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Vegetable Biryani

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Soaking Time: 1 hour |  Cooking Time : 45 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Entree

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Ingredients:

Basmati Rice – 1 cup,soaked and drained

Mixed Vegetable – 1 cups + 1/2 cup (I used carrots, beans, cauliflower and potato)

Mint – 1/4 cup

Biryani Masala –  2 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Curd – 1/4 cup

Cashew – 2 tbsp

Water – as needed

Saffron – 1/16 tsp

Saffron color – a pinch

Cardamom Pods – 2

Cinnamon Stick – 1/8 tsp

Roasted Bread – to garnish (I have oven roasted bread at 350 degree F. You can either follow the procedure or grill/fry it)

Bay leaf – 1

Fennel Seed  powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – to taste

Biryani Masala: 

Cinnamon Stick – 1/4 stick

Cloves – 2

Cumin – 1/4 tsp

Pepper Corns – 1/8 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Green cardamom – 3 pods

Red Chilli Powder – 1/8 tsp

Black Cardamom – 2 pods

Method:

  • Soak rice in warm water for 1 hour
  • Take a blender, add all the spices listed under “Biryani Masala” and make a coarse powder

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  • Add oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add whole spices, onion and ginger garlic paste. When the onion becomes translucent, add vegetables and salt. Cook the veggies. Add mint, garam masala and biryani masala and saute for a minute. Finally add curd, cook for 2-3 minutes and switch off

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  • In a separate wide pan, boil water. Add cinnamon stick, and when the water is boiling hot, add rice and salt. After the rice is  cooked, strain the rice
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan/pressure cooker/ non stick pan  (I took a non stick pan). Spread some of the cooked vegetables ,mint and cooked rice over them. Repeat the process, adding layers of vegetables and rice. Finally, add cashew,saffron and saffron color and close it with a lid, and cook it for 15 – 20 minute in a very slow flame. Garnish Biryani with onion and fried bread. Serve it with raita/Salna

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My Notes:

  • You can add fried onions instead of regular onion
  • Can add paneer and mushroom
  • If you are doubtful whether you may have burnt the biryani, use double boil method. place water in wide pan and place the biryani pan over it
  • You could also preheat the oven to 190 degree celsius and then bake the biryani in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Please remember to use an oven-proof utensil like the pyrex ones for baking in the oven.
  • This biryani masala powder can be used for any type of Biryani
  •  You can add pomegranate Seeds if needed
  • Adjust spice according to your taste
  • Can add turmeric powder

Semiya Kichadi

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I like various upma varieties, but Hubby is big fan of dosa varieties. To make him eat upma, I add quite a bit of veggies and masala. Though rava kichadi is my favorite, after trying semiya kichadi, I liked its texture too. I made this kichadi very similar to vegetable pulao, by using vermicilli instead of rice. Here I used the roasted vermicelli. If you are using the unroasted one, just fry it till golden color is achieved and proceed with the process. Adding whole garam masala spices makes the kichadi flavorful.

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Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Breakfast

Ingredients:

Vermicilli – 1 cup  

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Carrot – 1 thinely chopped

Capsicum – 1 thinely chopped 

Frozen peas – 3 tbsp

Frozen corn – 3 tbsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp

Water – 2  cups

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Cardamom pods – 2

Cinnamon – 1/8 stick

Cloves – 1

Bay leaves – 1

Fennel seeds powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – as needed

Oil / ghee – 1 tbsp (I used oil)

Mustard seeds – 1/8 tsp

 Method:

  •  Add oil to frying pan and add whole spices and mustard seeds. Once it splutters add and saute onion with ginger-garlic paste. When the onions turn translucent, add vegetables and saute till vegetables are cooked

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  • Add  garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, Vermicilli and salt. sauté for one minute

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  • Add 2 cups of water and 1 drop of oil/ghee (My  Amma tells me that adding oil/ghee at this stage enhances the consistency of kichadi). After the ingredients are cooked, take it off the heat. Serve with any chutney. 

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My Notes:

  • You can add any veggies of your choice
  • You can omit adding whole garam masala and ginger garlic paste, and make it the traditional way

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Cracked Wheat Pulao

In our home we prefer avoiding rice for dinner, so at least once a week cracked wheat dish will be in my routine menu. My Amma used to make cracked wheat pongal. Inspired by that, I wanted to do something different instead of the usual upma. I had a few veggies at home, so tried this recipe. Cracked wheat pulao is great for breakfast too

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Cracked Wheat Pulao:

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Entree

Ingredients:

Cracked Wheat/Dalia/Bulgar – 1 cup  + 1/4 cup

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Carrot – 2 finely chopped

Beans – 10 finely chopped

Potato – 2 finely chopped

Frozen peas – 1/6 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Cumin Powder  1/2 tsp

Water – 2 cups + 1/2 cup

Coriander leaves  – a handful (optional)

Garam masala – 1 tsp

Cardamom pods – 2

Cinnamon – 1/8 stick

Cloves – 1

Bay leaves – 1

Fennel seeds – 1/8 tsp

salt – as needed

Oil / ghee – 1 tbsp

Method:

  • Add oil/ ghee to frying pan and add whole spices. Add and saute onion with ginger-garlic paste. When the onions turn translucent, add vegetables and saute till vegetables are cooked

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  • Add  garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, cracked wheat and salt. Let it cook for 2-3 min

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  • Add 2 1/2 cups of water and 1 drop of oil/ghee ( My Amma tells me that adding oil/ghee at this stage enhances the consistency of pulao). After the ingredients are cooked, take off the heat. Serve hot with any Raita

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Check my other cracked wheat recipes

Cracked Wheat and Oats Kozhukattai

Cracked wheat pongal

Cracked wheat savory cake

Cracked wheat oats Dhokla

Cracked wheat rava idli