December 01, 2010

BOTTLE GOURD FRY (SORAKAYA EGURU)

Ingredients:
Bottle gourd - 1
Arhar dal - 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 2
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Curry leaves 
Oil - 1 - 2 tbsp
Channa dal -1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp


For chilli powder:
Dry red chillies - 4
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves - 6
Salt as per taste


Method:

  • Peel and cut the bottle gourd into medium size pieces. Bottle gourd must not be so tender.
  • Boil the pieces till they are tender and drain the water.
  • Tie the pieces in muslin cloth and put some weight to drain the excess water.
  • Dry roast the red chillies and grind all the ingredients for making chilli powder,
  • Soak and cook arhar dal till half done and drain the water.
  • Heat the oil, add channa dal, cumin, mustard and curry leaves and fry for one minute.
  • Add chopped onions, green chilles, ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add boiled bottle gourd pieces, arhar dal , chilli powder and cook another 6-8 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with rice.

PULAV MASALA

Ingredients:
Cardamom (black) - 10 gms
Cardamom (green) - 5 gms
Cinnamon - 5 gms
Dry red chilli - 7 gms
Cloves - 5 gms
Biryani leaves - 5 gms
Nutmeg - 3 gms
Cumin - 5 gms
Saffron - 05 gms (optional)


Method:

  • Dry roast all the ingredients.
  • Cool and grind to make powder.
  • Store in airtight container.
  • This masala can be used in pulavs.

GARAM MASALA

Ingredients:
Coriander - 100 gms
Cumin seeds - 100 gms
Black pepper - 60 gms
Dry ginger - 40 gms
Cardamom  (black) - 30 gms
Cardamom (green) - 4 gms
Cloves - 4 gms
Cinnamon - 3 gms
Mace - 2 gms
Nutmeg - 3 gms
Caraway - 2 gms


Method:

  • Dry roast all the ingredients.
  • Cool and grind to make fine powder.
  • Store in airtight container.
  • This masala is useful in vegetarian and non vegetarian curries.

ACHAR MASALA

Ingredients:
Fennel - 100 gms
Fenugreek seeds - 50 gms
Kalaunji - 10 gms
Dry red chilli - 100 gms
Turmeric - 25 gms
Black Mustard - 5 gms


Method:

  • Dry roast all the ingredients slightly.
  • Grind all the ingredients to make fine powder.
  • Store in airtight container.

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