Monday, May 26, 2008

Blueberry Lassi/Smoothie

Blueberry Lassi/Smoothie
Happy Memorial day to my readers in US, its amazing what an extra day staying at home does. Memorial day kicks of Grilling season here, but this year it has been unusually cold and chili in the bay area for a Memorial day. Can't wait for Summer to begin officially.
This Summer I have decided that I would try to experiment with new vegetables and fruits that I have never tried before, thanks to my local farmers there are abundant new varieties that I have never laid my hands on.

Inspired by Indira's Raspberry Lassi ,this weekend made a slight variation and used Blue berries instead. Blue berries are an excellent source of anti oxidants and dietary Iron. I Love blue berries and I tried growing them in my yard but still haven't had any luck.

1 Cup Blue Berries ( frozen can be used if fresh not available)
1 cup low fat yogurt
1/2 tbsp honey/ sugar ( adjust according to sweetness of Blue berries)
1/2 cup crushed ice
Mint for garnish
1. Mix all the ingredients above in a blender or smoothie maker and grind till required smoothie consistency.
2. Garnish with mint leaf and serve cold.
So what are your favorite picks in farmers market ?
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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Pickled Radish ( Uravesina Mullangi)

Pickled Radish ( Uravesina Mullangi)
Summer brings back memories of lazy days with cousins, those carefree days with nothing else to except play,eat and sleep. I remember we used to play non-stop in scorching heat of Andhra. At the end of the holidays parents had a tough time getting all of us back into our regular routine.
Summers also mean Mangoes and Munjulu. Store room was lined with hay and Mangoes were allowed to ripen. Every day we would go check out the ripen Mangoes which would then disappear in a jiffy.
One more vegetable we enjoyed during summer is Radish, which is pickled. Easy breeze recipe all you need to is to slice the Radish and wallah dish is ready.

2 Radish's peeled and sliced finely
Juice of 2 Lemons
Salt according to taste
Fresh Pepper
1 Green/Red chili sliced very thinly.
Mix all the ingredients and allow to marinate for about 10 minutes. This acts as an excellent side to roti's or can be eaten with ghee,dal and rice.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mushroom Mutter Sabji (Mushroom Peas Curry)

Mushroom Mutter Sabji
Continuing with my farmers market saga was inspired by the fresh tender peas and mushroom available, peas were so tender you could munch them up as you try to peel.Not everyone at home are a fan of mushroom but I sure love them. I have tried making Mushroom Manchurian ,Mushroom soup etc. This is a very easy recipe and goes well with Roti's and fried rice .

1 pound fresh mushroom
1/2 pound fresh peas (substitute frozen peas or dry peas soaked overnight)
2 Juicy ripe tomatoes chopped into cubes
1 onion thinly sliced
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp garam masala
1/2 tbsp amchoor (dried mango)
salt according to taste
2 tbsp oil

1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan , when hot add ginger garlic paste and Onion, saute till onions turn brown
2. Add tomatoes and fry till it turn into a paste
3. add mushrooms cut into cubes and peas
4. add salt,garam masala and amchoor.
5.Mix well and allow to cook covered for 3-4 minutes till mushrooms turn tender.
garnish with coriander and serve hot with roti's or rice.

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