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Tempered Cucumber Raitha/Talimpu Perugu Pachhadi

Tempered Cucumber Raitha/Talimpu Perugu Pachhadi

 Ingredients

Yoghurt/Curd/Dahi – 4 cups whisked

Cucumbers – 2 trim edges,wash and chop roughly and grind to a paste and keep

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Green chilli – 2 sliced

Fresh coriander – a hand ful chopped

Salt to taste

For Tempering/Talimpu

Oil – 1 tsp

Red dry chillies – 2 deseeded snd chopped into small pieces

Curry leaves – few chopped

Method

Take a bowl and mix the whisked yoghurt,ground cucumber,choped onion,green chilli and fresh coriander.Add salt and mix well.

Now heat a pan and add oil,splutter mustard seeds and drop in the curry leaves and red chillies and turn of heat pour into the bowl of prepared cucumber raitha/perugu pachhadi and mix.

Serve with Biryani or fried rice as a side dish.This tastes delicious with chappatis.

 

Microwaved Aubergine Slices

Microwaved Aubergine Slices

 Got an idea of preparing large aubergine  slices in microwave with simple spice powders and chopped onions with olive oil and done in just 5 mins.

Ingredients

Aubergine/Brinjal – 1 large wash and cut into roundels of 1 cm thick

Salt – to taste

Olive Oil

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/6 tsp

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Fresh coriander – 2 tbsp chopped

Method

Place the aubergine slices on a glass or any microwavable plate and sprinkle salt first and place the place in the oven for 2 mins on high and then remove the plate and turn the slices with tongs as they are hot.

Now sprinkle salt and the other spice powders also on the pieces and place few onion chopped on each slice and fresh coriander.Drizzle olive oil over the slices and place this plate again in the microwave and  cook again for 3 mins on high.

Slices placed inside the microwave

Check for doneness if necessary continue cooking 1 more min again and remove.

Be careful while handling,as microwave cooking is done within few mins with high heat generated through microwaves. Microwavable dishes or plates do not get hot ,only the food gets cooked and is very hot .

Caution

Never use metal plates or Foil paper in Microwaves as they may cause Arcs and result in fire.

Serve as a side dish with your meal.

Microwaved Aubergine Slices

Egg Scramble with Tomato

Egg sramble with Tomato

 Ingredients

Eggs – 3

Onion – 2 finely chopped

Tomato – finely chopped

Curry  leaves – few

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 2 pinches

Oil – 3 tsps

Method

Heat a pan and add oil,drop in the onions and curry leaves fry well till slightly brown and sprinkle Turmeric, salt and red chilli powder and stir well.

Add the chopped tomato and continue stiring and do till oil seperates,now add eggs and leave a min and stir till it becomes scrambled well for about 3-4 mins and turn off heat.

Tastes good with chappatis or parathas or frozen chappatis(To be cooked on tawa ,No need to thaw)

We can add any greens,peas or potatoes and garam masala if desired to this scramble to have a different taste.Try and experiment you’ll love .

Serve in wraps or with toasted bread for kids meal.

Chukka Greens Chutney/Chukkakoora Pachhadi

Chukkakoora Pachhadi

 This chutney/Pachhadi is also of three main ingredients as Gongura Pachhadi,but I used garlic here instead of onion and green chillies…Its a simple and easy tangy chutney.

Ingredients

Chukka greens,Garlic and Green chillies

 Chukka greens/Chukkakoora – 2 small bunches wash and chop

Green chillies – 6-7

Garlic cloves – 1 large sliced

Oil – 2 tsps

Salt to taste

Method

Prepare the leaves by trimming of the edges, washing and chopping.

Heat oil in a small pan and fry green chillies just 1 min,as they turn the colour remove and fry the greens as the chukka leaves gets wilted easily it doesn’t take much time so remove as these too gets pale and soft.

Take the mortar and pestle and crush the raw garlic and green chillies with salt first and then add the leaves.These greens can be added and even mashed with a spoon and mixed.

Remove into a serving bowl.

Cabbage Coconut Fry

Cabbage Coconut Fry

 Ingredients

Cabbage – a quarter,shredded and rinsed

Onion – 1 sliced

Green chilli – 3 sliced

Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp

Curry leaves – few

Turmeric powder – 3 pinches

Salt to taste

Oil – 3 tsps

Mustard – 1/4 tsp

 Fresh coconut grated – 1/2 cup

Fresh coriander 1 tbsp chopped

Method

Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard and then add onion,green chilli and curry leaves fry few mins and add 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste and fry.

Now add the shredded cabbage and fry till it reduces and turns transperant,add the turmeric,salt and fresh coconut and mix well.

Cover and cook till done.Add fresh coriander and serve.

Curried Mince Burger

Curried Mince Burger

 This mince burger is also prepared with the same Mutton Mince Curry .

But to get them into patties  I used just corn flour for dusting and few tsps of oil to shallow fry.

Curried mince patties

 Take a small ball size of minced curry and place on a flour dusted board and slightly press with the knife or spatula and dust some flour over also .Prepare as per the requirement and keep.

Heat a shallow pan and spread little veg oil or cooking spray and gently lift patty with the knife and place on the pan fry both sides till slightly brown and remove.

To prepare pan grilled onions,just heat a griddle or tawa ,when well heated place the thinly sliced or roundels of onions and grill two sides and remove as they turn dark on the edges.

Prepare buns by cutting in the middle and toasting with butter on the cutside and spread tomato ketchup on the bottom and place the patty and few pan grilled onion slices and top with mayonise and finish with the top half of the bun.

The Patties can be prepared in another way too…by taking the washed and drained mince into a mixing bowl,add finely chopped onion,fresh herbs like mint and cilantro(Coriander),Egg whole,Salt and Pepper and mix well make patties and shallow fry till golden brown with oil. These patties are also easy to prepare and tastes good.

Patty burgers

Sloppy Mutton Mince Burger

Sloppy Mutton Mince Burger

 This is a sloppy burger,as you can see I used the Mutton Mince Curry and not a Patty so .. a Sloppy Burger,Great for Packing Kids Lunch or as a Snack or even breakfast if you keep this curry ready in the refrigerator(Keeps good for 1-2 Days).I’ve used small Buns to make it easy for my kids to enjoy and looks Great.

To Prepare this all you need is 

Pre Prepared Mutton Mince Curry – 1 cup ( See Recipe in Mutton-Lamb Category for the mutton Mince Curry)

Caramelized onion – 1 cup

Mayonise – few tbsps

Tomato Ketchup – 1/2 cup

Sliced Tomato

Sliced Cucumber

Burger Buns small – 6-7

Butter – 1 stick

To assemble

First to caramelise the onion,Slice the onions finely and place a pan on heat and add little butter and drop the onions stir on high for 2 mins and reduce to med heat and keep till they get well browned and soft ,stir in between and remove

Cut the buns in to half and toast with little butter  with cut side down and keep.

Small Burger Buns

Now spread 1/2 tsp of ketchup on the bottom side of the bun and place 1 tbsp of mince curry and then the caramelised onion a tsp,a slice of each tomato and cucumber, and a dollop of mayonise and lastly the top of the toasted bun and secure with the picks.

We can add few lettuce,raw onion or Cheddar Cheese slices to make a variation according to our choice and availability and Kids options….These are Tasty,Healthy and Homemade Version of Sloppy Burgers..

Homemade Sloppy Burgers/Kids Meal

 Can be served for Kids Birthday Parties as comfort food.

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