Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Arusuvai Friendship Chain

And, I hand over the baton (or secret ingredient) to Sushma of Cook Spot

In case you missed the earlier posts on Arusuvai Friendship Chain, I was sent a secret packet by Bhags of Crazy curry.

This is what I did with the contents of the secret packet.

And on to another great recipe from Sushma.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Soya snack for My Legume Love Affair Event

This is my entry for the “My Legume Love Affair” event hosted by the Well Seasoned Cook.

Happily, my sis R has just returned from a trip to Bagdogra where she learnt a nifty soya bean snack recipe. Our common friend Madhu P cooked this up in a jiffy one cold evening and they had a great time gobbling it up in between R’s singing and Anand's (Madhu’s husband) strumming the guitar!

I was a bit worried if soya bean is a lentil (poor knowledge). But I have proof that they indeed are. “Peas, beans and lentils are known as pulses. They are the seeds of plants belonging to the family Leguminosae, which gets its name from the characteristic pod or legume that protects the seeds while they are forming and ripening. With approximately 13,000 species, the family Leguminosae is the second largest in the plant kingdom...”. More here at the Vegetarian Society.

You will need:
(This is what I used, the proportions can be varied)

Soya beans: 1 cup full
Pepper corn: 10
Mixed herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary): 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water: 4 cups
Oil for sautéing

How to:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan and remove from fire. Add 1 tsp salt to the water.
  2. Add the soya beans, cover and let soak for 20 minutes. Drain.
  3. Grind the pepper corn. I used a good old fashioned steel ham-dista (mortar and pestle).
  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan.
  5. Add the soaked and drained soya beans and stir.Sprinkle the herbs, crushed pepper corns .
  6. Stir well and fry over high heat for 5-7 minutes, adjust seasoning.

Hey presto! Your snack is ready.
I tried it yesterday and although A and I didn’t sing or strum the guitar, I enjoyed it too, huddled under a warm blanket watching TV on a cold winter night.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Hariyali Matar

What a lyrical name for this simple and yet tasty dish. It lay buried in my recipe book -- perhaps overlooked because this was not one of R's, written in her beautiful handwriting but in my horrible scrawl. This was given to me by Hema who studied french with me in Alliance Francaise Kolkata. She took cookery classes on weekends and very kindly gave me a few.

You will need:

Coriander leaves: 1 cup
Garlic 8 cloves
Green Chillie: 6 (I used half a chilli only)
Onion: 1 medium
Little water

Grind the above to a paste

Tomatoes: 2 cups finely chopped
Peas: 2 cups boiled (I used frozen peas and had only to thaw them)
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Water: 1 cup
Oil: 6 tbsp
Garam masala powder: 1/4 tsp
Salt, sugar

How to:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the ground coriander paste.
  2. Stir fly lightly till oil separates.
  3. Add tomatoes and stir fry till they become soft.
  4. Add peas, turmeric, salt, a pinch of sugar and water.
  5. Mix well, simmer till gravy is thick.
  6. Sprinke the garam masala and remove.
  7. Serve with rice or rotis.

Thanks Hema, wherever you happen to be. I tried your recipe 6 years after you had shared it with me...and it was wonderful and worth the wait.