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February 2, 2019

Beetroot Rice Recipe – Beetroot Pulao – Beetroot Recipes

beetroot pulao
Beetroot rice (Beetroot pulao) is one of the yummy, colorful, kids friendly rice varieties for lunch box. It can be prepared in 2 ways. One by making beetroot masala and mix with leftover cooked rice. Second is one pot method using pressure cooker. We can call it as beetroot pulao. Recently my neighbor gave me some beetroot rice to taste. We loved it very much. So I got the recipe from her and tried in my kitchen. As I wanted, its a very simple recipe without any grinding job. All you have to do is just saute all the spices, beetroot , add rice and cook. It can be done under 15 minutes. You can prepare it easily for your lunch box. Even kids would love to eat this rice as it looks colorful.  Friends, do try this easy beetroot pulao recipe for your lunch box or a quick weekend lunch. You will love it ! Here you go, Indian style beetroot rice recipe with step by step pictures.

Beetroot rice

Beetroot rice / Beetroot pulao recipe


Beetroot rice / Beetroot pulao recipe

Beetroot rice / Beetroot pulao recipe for lunch box.



Cuisine: Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Beetrrot - 1 ( 3/4 cup chopped beetroot)
  • Green peas - 2 tbsp ( optional)
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup ( I used loose basmati rice used for making hyderabadi biryani)
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Star anise - 1
  • Shahjeera / Black cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - few
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chilli - 2 to 3
  • Dhania powder / coriander seeds powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Salt - as needed
HOW TO MAKE BEETROOT PULAO
  1. Wash the basmati rice and soak in water for 15 minutes.
  2. Wash and peel the beetroot skin. Chop into small pieces and set aside.
  3. Chop onion, slit green chilli. Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base.
  4. Saute the whole garam masala one by one. Then add cashew nuts, onion.
  5. Saute till onion becomes transparent. Then add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes off.
  6. Now add the chopped beetroot, green peas. Saute for a minute. Add turmeric powder, dhania powder and garam masala powder.
  7. Saute for few minutes. Lastly add water, soaked rice, salt and pressure cook for one whistle in low flame.
  8. Open and fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with onion raita !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash the basmati rice and soak it in enough water for 15 minutes. Wash and peel beetroot skin. Chop finely. Finely chop onion, slit green chilli. Set aside.

  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise, bay leaf. Add shajeera, cashew nuts, big onion, green chilli and saute till onion becomes transparent.
  • Beetroot rice
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute till its raw smell goes off. Then add chopped beetroot, green peas and mix well for few minutes.
  • Beetroot rice  Beetroot rice
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander seeds powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix in medium flame.
  • Beetroot rice
  • Add 1.5 cups of water and bring to boil. Add the soaked rice and mix gently without breaking the rice. Close the cooker lid. Keep the flame high till steam comes out.
  • Beetroot rice
  • After steam starts to come, lower the flame completely and put the weight valve. Cook in very low flame for one whistle. Switch off the flame. Let the steam release. Then open the cooker and fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with onion raita, chips !

  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
  • You can use red chilli powder instead of green chilli but taste of pulao varies.

Try this yummy, colorful beetroot pulao and share your feedback !
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January 30, 2019

Tindora Rice / Kovakkai Sadam Recipe / Ivy Gourd Rice

Tindora rice

Tindora rice / ivy gourd rice known as Kovakkai sadam in Tamil (Dondakaya annam in Telugu) is an easy, yummy Indian lunch box recipe . As many of my readers are asking me to share more rice varieties for lunch box, I thought of posting this easy, one pot rice recipe made using our Indian pressure cooker. As this recipe has no grinding job, you can prepare it easily under 15 minutes. Ideal for bachelors and working women to pack it for lunch box. I adapted this recipe from
Sailus blog. I made some variations  and tried it without coconut as per my convenience. It came out really well. Sendhil and Raksha are not a fan of tindora vegetable. Still they liked this rice. I am sure your family would love it too. Do try it once and share your feedback with me. For variations, you can make the tindora masala separately and mix with leftover rice or freshly cooked rice. Ok, lets see how to make kovakkai sadam / tindora rice with step by step pictures.

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Kovakkai sadam

Tindora rice / Kovakkai sadam


Tindora rice / Kovakkai sadam

How to make tindora rice easily in a pressure cooker for lunch box.



Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup ( I used loose basmati rice bought from Metro)
  • Tindora/ Kovakkai / Ivy gourd - 15
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 1 or 2
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric ;powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice – as needed
  • Coriander leaves + mint leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Water – 1.5 cups
  • Salt – as needed
To saute
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Bayleaf - 1
  • Black stone flower / kalpasi - 1
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
HOW TO MAKE TINDORA RICE / KOVAKKAI SADAM
  1. Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 15 minutes.
  2. Wash and slice tindora / kovakkai into thin vertical slices.
  3. Wash and chop onion. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Saute the whole garam masala spices.
  5. Saute onion, gg paste, green chilli. Add chopped mint+coriander leaves, sliced kovakkai and saute well.
  6. Add spice powders and mix well. Lastly add water and salt. Mix well.
  7. When the water roll boils, add the basmati rice. Mix gently.
  8. Pressure cook for one whistle in low flame. Add lemon juice. Fluff the rice and serve hot with onion raita !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 15 minutes. In the mean time, wash and slice tindora/ kovakkai. Trim off the top and bottom. Then cut into thin slices vertically. I chopped into 6 thin vertical slices. Wash and chop onion finely.

  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Once its heated, saute cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and black stone flower. Add onion, green chilli. Saute till transparent. Then add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes off.
    • Kovakkai sadam
  • Now add the chopped mint + coriander leaves. Mix well. Add kovakkai pieces.
  • Kovakkai sadam
  • Saute in medium flame till it starts to shrink. Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander seeds powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Kovakkai sadam
  • Lastly add water and let it roll boil. Add the washed rice. Mix gently. Close the cooker. Keep the flame high till vapor comes out.  Put the weight valve. Reduce the flame completely, cook for one whistle. It may take 8 to 10 minutes. Switch off the flame.  Remove the cooker lid after the steam is released completely.
  • Kovakkai sadam  Kovakkai sadam
  • Add lemon juice. Fluff the rice gently using a fork like ladle. Remove in a plate and serve hot with onion raita or any kurma, chips !
  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your taste.
  • You can use seega samba rice / Jeera rice or raw rice instead of basmati.
  • I did not soak basmati. So I used 1.75 cups of water to make soft rice.

Try this easy, yummy, interesting tindora rice for your lunch box and enjoy !
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June 2, 2018

Palak Sambar – Pasalai Keerai Sambar – Spinach Sambar Recipe

Palak sambar
We make keerai sambar for rice at least once in a week. Usually I add Arai keerai or mulai keerai (Amaranthus) to make sambar. This time I prepared keerai sambar with palak / pasalai keerai / spinach. It came out well with a nice flavor. We liked it very much. This sambar can be prepared quickly as palak takes less time to cook. This palak keerai sambar is definitely a welcome change from my Dal palak and Palak kootu. Friends, do try this healthy, yummy palak sambar / spinach sambar and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Tamil nadu style pasalai keerai sambar with step by step pictures.

Pasalai keerai sambar

Palak sambar - Spinach sambar - Pasalai keerai sambar


Palak sambar - Spinach sambar - Pasalai keerai sambar

Palak sambar - Spinach sambar - Pasalai keerai sambar


Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Palak / Spinach / Pasalai Keerai - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1 to 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Big onion / small onions - 1 no / 15 nos
  • Curry leaves - Few
To Temper
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds / methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no
  • Asafetida / Hing - 1/4 tsp

METHOD

  1. Wash and chop palak roughly. Soak tamarind in 1 cup water.
  2. Pressure cook toor dal in enough water and mash it.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper and saute onion, curry leaves.
  4. Saute palak and add tamarind extract, sambar powder, salt and turmeric powder.
  5. Let it boil for a minute. Lastly add the cooked dal and boil for few minutes.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and serve hot with plain rice adding ghee.Enjoy !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 15 minutes. In the mean time, take the toor dal, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil in a pressure cooker. Cook in low flame for one whistle. Open the cooker after steam is released. Mash the dal and set aside. Wash and chop the keerai roughly. Keep it aside. 
    Palak sambar recipe Palak sambar recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves. Saute onion till transparent.
    Palak sambar recipe
  • Add the chopped palak and saute till the keerai shrinks in quantity. Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and hing.
Palak sambar recipe
  • Boil till onion & palak cooks well. Then add the cooked dal and boil for a minute. Add more water and adjust the consistency of sambar.
  • Palak sambar recipe
  • Switch off the flame and transfer the sambar to a bowl. Serve hot with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.
  • Enjoy!
    Palak sambar recipe

Note

  • Adjust the amount of sambar powder and red chillies as per your taste.
  • Do not use tomato as the combination of palak and tomato is not good for people with kidney stones.
  • For variations, replace sambar powder with 1 tsp of red chilli powder and 1/2 tsp of dhania powder.
Try this easy, yummy, healthy Palak sambar for rice and enjoy with your favorite poriyal / curry and appalam / papad !
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May 22, 2018

Drumstick Puli Kuzhambu – Murungakkai Kulambu Without Coconut

 Drumstick kuzhambu recipe

 Today’s drumstick puli kuzhambu/ Murungakkai kulambu is my MIL’s Tamil style vatha kuzhambu recipe adding drumstick. I made slight variations from the authentic procedure and made in a pressure cooker directly. We call this as murungakkai vatha kuzhambu. Some people name it as drumstick kara kuzhambu too. As this kuzhambu is without coconut, spices and masala, flavor of drumstick would be dominant. Sometimes my MIL adds brinjal and make it as kathirikai murungakkai puli kulambu. They both compliment well in taste and flavor. But I used only drumstick as Sendhil and Raksha are not fond of brinjal. Friends, If you are looking for some easy murungakkai vatha kuzhambu recipe with full flavor of drumstick, you must try this recipe. My mom also makes Tirunelveli style murungakkai puli kulambu but its with freshly ground spices. For this no grind recipe, sambar powder or vatha kuzhambu powder is the major ingredient. So anyone can make it quickly and easily. This kuzhambu recipe would be ideal for bachelors and working women to whip up a quick gravy for rice. So lets see how to make Tamil nadu style Murungakkai puli kuzhambu / Drumstick gravy for rice with step by step pictures.

Do check out my yummy Murungakkai poricha kuzhambu recipe, Murungakkai masala/ Drumstick poriyal and Drumstick sambar too.

Murungakkai kuzhambu recipe

Drumstick Puli Kuzhambu Recipe - Murungakkai Puli Kulambu For Rice


Drumstick Puli Kuzhambu Recipe - Murungakkai Puli Kulambu For Rice

Drumstick Puli Kuzhambu Recipe - Murungakkai Puli Kulambu Without Coconut For Rice


Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kuzhambu varieties
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup = 250ml
  • Drumstick - 2 nos
  • Tamarind - Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder - 1 tbsp
  • Jaggery - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Salt - As needed
  • Water - 1 cup
To Temper & Saute
  • Sesame oil / Gingely oil OR Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Toor dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few (chopped finely )
  • Small onion / Big onion - 5 nos / 1 no (chopped finely)
  • Garlic cloves - 10 (Whole ones) + 5 nos (chopped finely)

METHOD

  1. Wash and chop drumstick into finger size pieces.
  2. Soak tamarind in 1 cup warm water and take the extract.
  3. In a pressure cooker base, temper & saute all the ingredients.
  4. Add drumstick and saute for a minute. Then add tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder, jaggery and salt.
  5. Mix rice flour in little water and add to kuzhambu. Pressure cook everything in high flame for 2 whistles. Remove after steam is released.
  6. Serve with plain rice adding few drops of sesame oil.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 10 minutes. Wash and chop drumstick into pointer finger size pieces. Slit slightly in one side. Chop 1 big onion or 5 small onions,5 garlic cloves and curry leaves finely. Peel 10 garlic cloves and keep it whole.

  • In a pressure cooker base heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, toor dal. Add the finely chopped onion, garlic and curry leaves. Saute till onion turns transparent.
    Murungakkai kuzhambu recipe
  • Add drumstick pieces and saute for a minute. Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder, jaggery. Mix well and allow to boil in low flame. Dilute 1 tsp of rice flour in 2 tbsp water without lumps. Add to the boiling kuzhambu. Mix well and check for taste. Add more sambar powder & salt if needed.
    Murungakkai kuzhambu recipe
  • Close the cooker and put the weight valve. Keep the flame medium high. Cook for 2 whistles. If the drumstick is too tender, just cook for one whistle. You will get a nice aroma of cooked drumstick. Do not cook for long time because drumstick becomes mushy. Drumstick cooks in the steam itself. ( If you feel the drumstick may become mushy after cooking, keep the drumstick pieces in a small box without adding water and keep it inside the cooker itself. After 2 whistles, remove the lid after steam is released. Take the drumstick box and check its cooked well. Add the cooked drumstick pieces to the kuzhambu. Boil for a minute. Switch off the flame and transfer to a bowl. Give some standing time and serve with rice. )
    Murungakkai kuzhambu recipe
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mix well and check for the consistency of kuzhambu. If its too watery, allow to boil for few minutes till thick. Switch off the flame and transfer the kuzhambu to a bowl. Add a tsp of sesame oil and few curry leaves. Close it with a lid.

  • Let it rest for 30 minutes to one hour before serving. Mix with plain rice and enjoy with any kootu, papad !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste. You can also use vatha kuzhambu powder instead of sambar powder.
  • If you do not have sambar powder or vatha kuzhambu powder, you can use 1 tsp of red chilli powder + 1.5 tsp of dhania powder.
  • The quantity of spice powders may vary based on the tanginess of tamarind. So always check the taste and adjust them if needed.
  • This kuzhambu will be slightly watery. But it tastes great when mixed with plain rice.
Try this easy Murungakkai kuzhambu using pressure cooker and enjoy !
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April 11, 2018

Hotel Style Vatha Kuzhambu – Tamilnadu Hotel Kara Kuzhambu Recipe

Hotel style kara kuzhambu
Its my long time wish to replicate Tamil nadu hotel style kara kuzhambu recipe / Vatha kuzhambu at home. Finally it happened by following this recipe from You tube video. In most of the hotels, this Sundakkai vatha kuzhambu is mentioned as kara kuzhambu. Kara kulambu is the common name used in Tamil nadu restaurants. But we at home differ the names based on the usage of vegetables or dried vegetable vathal.  In most of the hotels, sundakkai is used instead of vegetables. For authentic Kara kulambu, we add either brinjal, ladies finger or drumstick and we add ground coconut paste. In some hotels, they add fennel seeds as well. But vatha kuzhambu is prepared with any dried vegetables like sundakkai vathal, manga vathal, manathakkali vathal , Kothavarangai vathal and is usually prepared without coconut. But some people add coconut paste in vatha kuzhambu too. If we make it without coconut, it is called as Puli kulambu and if its with coconut and roasted spices, it is known as Arachuvitta vatha kuzhambu. So the point is, you can call this gravy as hotel style vatha kuzhambu if you add sundakkai vatral. But If you use any vegetables instead of vathal, you can name it as Kara kuzhambu :)). Whatever be the name, the taste of this gravy will surely remind hotel taste to you. I am completely happy with this recipe. You too give a try and share your feedback with me. This kuzhambu tastes even better the next day.  It tastes the best when mixed with hot plain rice. You can serve with any kootu and papad.  Soon I will share another version of hotel kara kuzhambu with masala flavor. Ok, Lets see how to make hotel style kara kuzhambu adding sundakkai vathal with step by step pictures.

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Hotel vatha kuzhambu

Hotel style kara kuzhambu / Vatha kuzhambu recipe


Hotel style kara kuzhambu / Vatha kuzhambu recipe

How to make hotel style vatha kuzhambu at home


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Kuzhambu recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup = 250ml
  • Tamarind - A big gooseberry size
  • Small onion - 10 nos
  • Garlic cloves - 10 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 1/2 no
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Dried Turkey berry / Sundakkai vathal - A fistful
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery - 2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed ( I used 2.5 cups of water)
To Saute & Grind
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 to 1.5 tsp (Adjust based on spice level)
  • Small onion - 5 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 1/2 no
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup ( I used dessicated coocnut)
To temper
  • Sesame oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp

METHOD

  1. Soak tamarind in 2 cups water and take the extract.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadai and roast the ingredients except coconut given under “ to saute & grind”. Add coconut and grind to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  3. Heat 3 tbsp sesame oil. Splutter mustard seeds, methi, cumin seeds, urad dal.
  4. Saute turkey berry for few minutes. When it becomes golden brown, saute small onion, garlic cloves, curry leaves till onion becomes transparent.
  5. Add tamarind extract, jaggery, turmeric powder, coconut paste. Boil till nice smell arises.
  6. Switch off the flame when the oil starts to float on top. Transfer and serve with rice.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES


  • Soak tamarind in 2 cups of warm water for 15 minutes. Wash and peel onion, garlic cloves. Heat 2 tsp oil and roast chana dal, dhania, cumin seeds, 5 small onion, 1/2 of ripe tomato. Saute till tomato becomes pulpy. Add sambar powder, red chilli powder and mix well in medium flame. Do not burn any ingredients.

  • Add coconut, mix well and switch off the flame. Grind everything to a smooth paste. Set aside.
    Hotel kara kuzhambu recipe
  • Heat sesame oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad, cumin and methi seeds. Add sundakkai vathal and roast till golden brown. Then saute onion, garlic cloves, curry leaves till onion becomes transparent. Now add tomato and saute till mushy.
    Hotel kara kuzhambu recipe
  • Add 2 cups of tamarind extract, jaggery, turmeric powder, salt, ground coconut paste. Add little water if its too thick. Boil for few minutes in medium flame till oil starts to float on top.
    Hotel kara kuzhambu recipe
  • Try to make this kuzhmabu 2 to 3hours in advance for all its flavors to blend well. It tasted much better the next day. Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can add roasted sundakkai vathal at the end after switching off  the flame. It helps to give crunchy taste. You can also grind 2 roasted sundakkai with coconut if you like slight bitter taste in the gravy.
  • Do not skip the ingredients given under “to saute & grind”. It helps to give the hotel flavor.
  • In some hotels, they saute 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds along with other ingredients in the coconut masala.
  • For best taste, give more resting time for this kuzhambu.

Yummy, tasty Hotel style kara kuzhambu with sundakkai vathal is ready to enjoy with hot plain rice and poriyal / kootu, Papad !
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April 7, 2018

Ponnanganni Keerai Sambar Recipe

Ponnanganni keerai sambar recipe
 Recently my MIL gave me a big bunch of Ponnanganni keerai from our Salem house backyard. It is known as Dwarf copper leaf Alternanthera sessilis) in English, ‎Gudari Sag in Hindi, ‎Ponnaganti Koora in Telugu, ‎Honagonne soppu in Kannada, ‎Kozuppa, Ponnankanni in Malayalam.There are two varieties available in the market. One is with green leaves called nattu ponnanganni and the other is with pink leaves called seemai ponnanganni. In this sambar recipe, I have used the one with pink leaves. This keerai has so many health benefits. Its very good for eyes, helps to reduce body heat, cures piles, head ache, asthma and many more. I prepared this sambar for rice following my MIL’s keerai sambar recipe. It tasted so good. We loved it very much more than Ponnanganni keerai poriyal or kootu. You too give a try. Lets see how to make Ponnanganni keerai sambar recipe with step by step pictures.

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Ponnanganni keerai sambar recipe

Ponnanganni Keerai Sambar Recipe


Ponnanganni Keerai Sambar Recipe Ponnanganni keerai sambar recipe for rice
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sambar recipes
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup
  • Ponnanganni keerai / Dwarf copper leaves - 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Salt & Water - as needed
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
To temper & saute
  • Cooking oil / ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli or green chilli - 2 nos ( Pinched into two)
  • Big onion  or small onions - 1 no / 10 nos
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida / hing - 1/8 tsp
METHOD
  1. Pluck the leaves of keerai and set aside.Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, heat 1 tsp of oil and saute the keerai for few minutes.
  3. Add toor dal, turmeric powder, water and pressure cook everything for 2 whistles in very low flame.
  4. Remove the lid after steam is released. Mash the dal well and set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, methi , cumin seeds, red chillies. Saute big onion or small onion till transparent.
  6. Add tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder, hing and salt. Boil till tamarind smell goes off.
  7. Now add the cooked dal + keerai and boil for few minutes. Remove and transfer to a bowl.
  8. Serve hot with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash the keerai leaves and set aside. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water and take the extract. Peel and slice onions. Heat oil in a pressure cooker with 1 tsp of cooking oil. Saute the leaves for one minute.

  • Add toor dal, turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil. Let it pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Remove the lid after the steam is released. Mash the dal using a whisk and set aside.
    Ponnanganni keerai sambar
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter methi seeds, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Saute red chilli or green chilli, curry leaves and onion. Saute till onion becomes transparent.

  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and hing. Boil for few minutes till nice aroma comes.
    Ponnanganni keerai sambar
  • Now add the cooked dal + keerai. Mix well and boil for 3 minutes till the desired consistency is reached. Add more water based on the thickness of sambar.

  • Switch off the flame and transfer the sambar to a bowl.Serve with plain rice adding few drops of ghee. Enjoy !
    Ponnanganni keerai sambar

Note

  • You can replace sambar powder with 1 tsp of dhania powder + 1 tsp of red chilli powder.
  • Adjust the quantity of keerai as you wish. I like to add more keerai in the sambar.
  • Reduce the number of red chillies for less spicy sambar.


Try this healthy ponnanganni sambar for rice and enjoy !
 Ponnanganni keerai sambar
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November 26, 2017

Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe In Pressure Cooker – Indian Style Mushroom Rice Recipe

Mushroom peas pulao recipe
Last Sunday I prepared this Indian style mushroom peas pulao with some leftover mushrooms and fresh green peas in a pressure cooker. Its a very simple and easy pulao recipe just like my vegetable pulao. It can be prepared directly in an Indian pressure cooker. So it gets ready under 15 minutes. No grinding or big chopping works needed. You can prepare it for your lunch box easily and quickly. Since its a mild pulao recipe without much of garam masala powders, you can enjoy it with any spicy kurma as side dish. But my family liked it with simple onion raita. Usually people add coconut milk instead of water. But I used only water to cook the rice. Still it was good with nice flavor. Lets see how to make this simple and quick mushroom peas pulao with step by step pictures.

Check out my crispy mushroom 65, how to choose n buy, clean mushroom, Thalapakkatti biryani with mushroom, Thala ajith style biryani with mushroom and easy mushroom biryani in pressure cooker.


mushroom pulao

Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe


Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe

Mushroom Peas Pulao - Easy Pulao Recipe using a pressure cooker


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Mushroom Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Mushroom - 10 nos
  • Green peas or dried peas - 1/4 cup
  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Water or coconut milk - 1.75 cups
  • Cooking oil+ Ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Black stone flower/ Kalpasi - 2 small
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1.5 tsp
  • Green chilli - 3 nos ( Use 2 for less spice)
  • Mint leaves - a handful
  • Salt - as needed
  • Lemon juice – Few drops

METHOD

  1. Wash and clean mushroom. Slice it and set aside.
  2. Heat oil + ghee in a cooker. Saute whole garam masala.
  3. Add onion, gg paste, green chilli, mint leaves and saute till transparent.
  4. Add mushroom, peas and saute for a minute. Add rice, saute for a minute.
  5. Lastly add water or coconut milk and mix well.
  6. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and clean mushroom with a cloth. Remove the stem and slice it. Keep aside.Finely chop onion and slit the green chilli. Wash the basmati rice and set aside. No need to soak it.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Saute cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, cardamom and black stone flower. Add fennel seeds, big onion, gg paste and green chillies. Saute in medium flame till onion turns transparent.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Add mint leaves, mushroom and peas. Mix well. Lastly add the washed rice and saute for a minute.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Then add 1.75 cups of water or thin coconut milk. Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. Remove the lid after the steam is released.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Mix gently, fluff the rice and serve hot with any spicy kurma or raita !
    Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
  • You can use thin coconut milk instead of water.
  • I used lemon juice. You can saute one finely chopped tomato along with onion.

Try this easy, yummy, healthy mushroom pulao and enjoy ! I served with raita and Paneer 65.
Mushroom pulao recipe in pressure cooker
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