Wednesday, September 24

Tomato Rice

This is a simple but very tasty recipe from my friend Shakthi. Earlier,I prepare tomato rice in a different way, But after tasting it in her house I liked it a lot and now I prepare tomato rice only by this method. I love the simplicity and the mild flavors in this dish.


Rice(sonamasoori/basmathi) - 2 cups
onion-1 big chopped into thin slices
tomatoes -2 (medium or big)chopped finely
green chillies- 2 slitted
ginger- 1 small piece finely chopped
garlic-cloves finely chopped
ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
chilli powder- 3/4 - 1 tsp or acc to taste
coriander leaves- a few chopped finely
mint leaves- a few chopped finely
salt to taste
For seasoning
oil- 2 tbsp
cinnamon- 1 small piece(optional)
cloves- 2( optional)
mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
split urad dal- 1/4 tsp
curry leaves- a few
saunf- 1/4 tsp
jeera- 1/4 tsp

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add mustard seeds, split urad dal, jeera, saunf ,(cinnamon,cloves) and curry leaves.
Add the chopped onion ,ginger, garlic and green chillies and fry till the onions turn transparent. (If you are adding ginger garlic paste add it now and fry for a couple of minutes.)
Now add the chopped tomatoes ,salt and turmeric powder.
Fry till the tomatoes become mushy. Add chilli powder and the chopped coriander and mint leaves.
Fry for a minute and then add the washed rice. mix well and add 3 1/2 cups of water. Check salt and pressure cook for 10 minutes.
Serve hot with papad /chips/raita.

Tuesday, September 16

Paneer Butter Masala


Paneer- 1 pack
Onions- 2 medium
Tomatoes-3 big
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Cashews- 10 whole
Milk- 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Jeera powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Everest kitchen king masala- 1/2 tsp
Kasoori methi - 1/4 tsp
Oil+ butter -3 tbsp (1:2)
Cinnamon- 1 small piece
Cloves- 2
Coriander leaves- a few chopped finely
Salt to taste


Peel the onions and boil them in hot water for sometime until it becomes soft. When cooled ,grind it to a smooth paste. Blanch the tomatoes and puree them.
Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add cinnamon,cloves and cardomom. Add the ground onion paste and fry for some time. Then add the ginger, garlic paste and fry for some time.
Then add the tomato puree. fry till the oil seperates and then add turmeric, chilli, dhania and jeera powders.Grind the cashews into a fine paste and add to the masala.
Add the milk , cover with a lid and cook in a slow flame till the masalas are well cooked .
Chop the paneer into cubes or strips . Add this along with garam masala powder, kasoori methi,salt and kitchen king masala . cook for 5 - 10 minutes or till the oil comes on top.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with parathas/roti/naan.


You can grind the onions and tomatoes straightaway without cooking in water and blanching them too. But I do this because the onions would be cooked well and there will not be any raw smell. The gravy would be done quickly and the taste would be better too.
If u want more rich gravy u can add half and half or fresh cream instead of milk .
If u need more gravy for parties, u can grind 1-2 tsps of coconut along with cashews.
U can adjust the masalapowders and butter as per your taste.
U can fry the paneer in oil or use fried paneer and add them to the gravy too.
I thank easy crafts and Illatharasi for passing these awards to me( a couple of months before). Thanks guys!!

Monday, September 8

Back with Carrot Halwa


Carrots- 6 cups grated finely
sugar- 2 1/2 to 3 cups - acc to taste
milk- 3 cups
khoya- 1/2 cup or acc to taste ,crumbled
ghee- 3 tbsp
cashews- a few chopped finely
cardomom powder- 1 tsp


Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan and add the finely grated carrots and carrots. Saute for a couple of minutes and add milk. Partly cover with a lid and let the carrots get cooked in the milk.
Add the sugar and after it dissolves completely add the khoya and cardomom powder. Remove from heat when it becomes thick.


Grate the carrots very finely so that the carrots would cook very quickly . If the grated carrots are not very fine then you may need to add some more milk.
You can adjust khoya, sugar and milk as per your taste.