Monday, October 21, 2013

Tomato Curd Curry/ gutti tomato kura

In this festive season let me share with you a variety of curry with Tomato and Curd.


Tomatoes - 1/4 kg
Curd - 1 cup
Khus Khus - 2 tbsp.
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Besan Powder - 1 1/2 tbsp.
Green chillies - 2 to 3
Garlic Pods - 4 to 5
Red chilli powder
Garam Masala Powder

For Tadka:
Turmeric Pwd - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Split Black Gram (husked)/Minapappu - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

1)Mix besan powder in water and make a thick paste. Mix this paste in curd and put it aside for 10 mins.
2)Put the tomatoes as it is(without chopping) in hot water and after few mins peel off the skin.
3)Make 4 slits on each blanched tomato.
4)Soak Khus khus for half an hour. Make it a paste along with grated coconut.
5) Now, add khus khus - coconut paste to curd and mix it well.
6)Take a pan and heat some oil for tadka.Add Dal and mustard seeds. When dal turns brown and mustard seeds splits, add jeera, turmeric,asafoetida, chopped garlic pods, green chillies.
7)Now add the curd paste and mix it. Leave it for a minute.
8)Add salt, red chilli powder, garam masala powder.
9)Put the lid and leave it for 2 mins.
10)Add the tomaotoes now. MIx it and put the lid.
11) After 5 mins add the chopped coriander and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with rice or roti.

This dish required very less oil and tomatoes looks as if they are stuffed with curd when served. If you wish to have the ginger flavor you can add ginger garlic paste instead of garlic pods.

Variation: You can avoid khus khus & coconut paste. Instead, grind 2 or 3 tomatoes and add that paste to curd.

Eat healthy food & stay healthy


Friday, October 18, 2013

Flavour of traditional dish

Dasara & Diwali Greetings to all my near and dear ones!!

In Andhra Pradesh 'Pulihora' is the most common dish that is prepared during a festival. Today I am going to post the recipe of 'pulihora'. There are many variations. Like:

Chinthapandu/Tamarind Pulihora
Nimmakaya/Lemon Pulihora
Mamidikaya/Raw Mango Pulihora
Tomato Pulihora

Generally pulihora refers to Tamarind pulihora. So lets know how to make this traditional dish.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins.

Rice - 1 Big Cup
Tamarind Pulp - 5 tbsp.
Ginger -  finely chopped 1 tbsp.
Green chillies - 5 to 6
Curry Leaves - 10 to 12
Turmeric Pwd - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Split Black Gram (husked)/Minapappu - 1 1/2 tsp
Bengal Gram/Pachchi senaga pappu (soaked) - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - very small piece
Mustard seeds powder - 3/4 tsp

1) Wash rice and pressure cook it.
2) Take oil in a pan for tadka. When oil is heated up, put split black gram dal, mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts splitting, add asafoetida, ginger pieces and curry leaves.
3)Now add thick tamarind pulp and also add split green chillies. Stir it for few seconds. Now add turmeric powder, jaggery.
4) Keep stirring the contents often till the lump of jaggery disappears. Add soaked Bengal gram. Now add salt and mix it. Switch off the flame and let it cool for a minute.
5)Spread the cooked rice in a wide vessel and add the above tadka.
6)Mix it till the content gets mixed up uniformly.
7)Add the mustard powder now when the rice is not steaming hot and mix it.
8)Serve it hot.

Note: Never add mustard powder when rice is very hot. This gives bitter taste.

Enjoy the flavor of pulihora.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Flavor of healthy life

If wealth is lost something is lost. But if health is lost everything is lost. How true is this saying!! Imagine a life which is no more healthier. Does it have any flavor??

Time and again all the magazines, tv channels , radio channels, websites/blogs  are echoing the tips to keep ourselves healthy. Let us recollect some of the tips which would be helpful to us.

1)      Follow proper diet – Diet doesn’t reflect restricting yourself from eating all types of food. We have to balance our foods with more of healthy foods like vegetables, sprouts, fruits, oats, cornflakes, eggs, milk etc.

2)      Avoid junk food – Like I said, we should have junk food less often. Anything in excess is poisonous. Junk food like fast food items, deep fries would increase percentage of fat in your body. This might lead to obesity. Obesity is one of the primary causes which would increase the probability of heart diseases, diabetes.

3)      Eat fresh fruits and vegetables - Per day you are supposed to eat atleast 400gm of fruits and vegetables. Let you and your family practise the good habit of munching fresh fruits instead of junk items.

4)      Workout daily – If you are having proper BMI then it would be better to do workout for at least half an hour in a day. This includes things like walking, yoga, gym.

5)      Avoid smoking & drinking.

September 29th is considered as ‘World Heart Day’. We have an ‘ABC’ principle to have a healthy heart. A for Avoid (junk food). B for Better food. C for Control (your diet) .

                Apart from following these healthy tips we also should have regular health checkups. We should not ignore any kind of ill health let it be small or big. More important is let us share our illness with our near and dear ones. Might be they have a suggestion for us which can help us in curing the illness.

                Gastirc problem is also one of the most common illness that we hear now a days. I personally had some experience in facing this illness because of ignoring it. I could have got rid of it when it was beginning. It has become a  very severe gastric problem now. I follow timely and healthy diet that will keep me away from gastric problem.

                Our health is our responsibility. As an educated person we have take care of ourselves and our family members as well. Abide to the medication that your doctor suggests. Apart from all these it is needed to ‘Stay happy and cheerful’. This will keep you healthy. Please take very good care of yourselves to feel the flavor of ‘Healthiness is wealthiness.’

Stay fit!!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello dear readers,

Finally I found time to restart my blogging. Am planning to be an active blogger. Will be posting regularly from now. Please keep reading my posts and post your valuable comments.

Thank You,