Thursday, February 4, 2010

Veggie Noddles


Noodles - 1 packets [I used the thick variety in this, but the thin ones are OK too]
Eggs – 2/3
Broccoli – 10 florets
Snap peas - few
Carrots - 5 to 6
Red Capsicum - 2 medium size
Onion- sliced
Garlic- 4-5
Soya sauce - 3 tbsp
Maggi tomato chilli sauce - 3 tbsp
Salt and oil


1. Boil enough water with two teaspoon of oil & one tbsp salt in a big vessel. Add noodles into boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Drain, add some more oil, salt, soya sauce & tomato sauce & keep it aside.

3. Take a flat bottomed pan, pour little oil into it, add garlic, onion, capsicum, carrot, broccoli and snap peas and shallow fry them.

4. In a separate pan, fry the 2-3 eggs with 2 tsp of oil. Cook till the eggs are well done

5. Add noodles to the veggies, let it blend with the veggies, add eggs in the end and mix it all well.
Tasty,spicy ,yummy noodles ready! eat them while they are hot!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Chintapandu Pulihara

Background Story : I love making pulihara as its simple and delicious. I made this for "Vanabhojanam" [Vanabhojanam is a garden party where people of a community shares their happiness] and all my friends enjoyed it. Nidhi [my duaghter] loved it as i added lots of nuts and pappulu for her.


Any rice - 1 1/2 cups [I prefer sona masoori for Pulihara]
Tamarind paste – lemon sized ball
Oil - 1- 2 tbsp
Green chilies - 8 -10 nos
Red chilies - 5 nos
Ground nuts –
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
Bengal gram - 5 tbsp
Black gram - 2 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 2-3 pinches [I tend to add lots for flavor]
Curry leaves - 2 stems


1) Soak a 2 tsp of Bengal gram Daal for 15 min,
2) Cook rice +Bengal gram daal by adding a little oil so that it doesn’t become sticky.
3) Heat oil in a pan.
4) Add red chilies, Bengal gram, black gram, mustard seeds, groundnuts
5) When the mustard seeds splutter, add asafetida, curry leaves and slit green chilies
6) Add tamarind paste (make the tamarind paste by soaking tamarind in hot water for few min ) and turmeric powder.
7) When the tamarind paste cooks and starts to leave oil, turn off the stove

8) Add this mixture to the already cooked rice, along with salt

Delicious, spicy pulihara ready!

Veggie Burger - Desi Style

Boiled potatoes
Chopped onions
Finely grated carrot
Green peas
1/2 tsp Turmeric (for an indian touch, optional)
a sprinkle of red chili powder or a green chili chopped
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
Onions - sliced like rounds
Tomatoes, sliced red bell pepper

1. boil the potatoes, peel and leave aside.
2. in a pan, sauté the onions to a light brown, mash up the potatoes in large bowl and add the onions, carrots, and peas to the mixture.
4. Add the turmeric, salt, and chili powder
5. Make small rounds and make it flat like cutlets
6. Heat some oil on a non-stick frying pan. Once the oil is hot, place the cutlets on it. Cook till brown on both sides; keep turning them over to check if both sides are cooking right. put 1 slice of cheese on the cutlet so that it melts
7. Toast the burger buns on the non stick pan, add tomatoes, onions, avocado slices,pudina chutney and some ketchup..

yum yum Desi Burger ready!