17 November, 2011

Spicy Nandu Rasam / Crab soup

Spicy Nandu Rasam
     It's nothing but the stock of crab along with spices which goes well with steamed rice or taken by itself.

     am not used to crab foods since my mom or mom-in law r not used to it...but am v.much impressed by the peoples sayings that  "A person who once taste these crabs won't go in for other NV's" which makes me wanted to prepare @ home n so here I cooked n tasted for the very first time n nevertheless to say that it taste's soo good.

Granny's sayings : Crab soup helps to get rid of cold, flu n  is healthy too.

Health benifits : I)  it's rich in mega-3 fatty acids.
                             II) it's low in calorie.
                             III) Crabs are rich source of protein needed for good nutritional diet.

 so, lets jump on how to cook this!

Nandu or Crab - 1/4 kg.
Tomato - 3(chopped).
Onion - 2(chopped).
Pepper powder - 1 tsp.
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp.
Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp.
Coriander seeds - 1tsp.
Garlic - 5 pods.
Fresh coriander leaves - 1 tbsp.
Water - 4 cups.
Salt - as needed.
Oil - 1 tsp.


=> dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, 1tsp of peppercorns n powder it.

=> crush n grind 5 cloves of garlic in a pestle along with the above roasted powder.

=> saute well the onions, coriander leaves, tomato, crab in a tsp of oil.

=> add in 4 cups of water + grounded paste of garlic n spices.

=> boil it till done or close the lid for a whistle or 2.

=> garnish it with pepper powder n fresh coriander leaves.

Serve it with steamed rice or as it is as a clear soup.

just try it once n am sure u stick this recipe on paper @ur kitchen....

01 November, 2011

Vendai Fries

Vendai Fries
     It's a deep fried snack where ladies finger takes up the lead role.

     It's similar to Okra fry but prepared in the way of south-Indian style of cooking. the process of making is that easy that it just needs combining of all the in ingredients n deep frying it. it's easy to make, crispy n tasty n prepared in no-time.....

it's heavily raining here...n these fries are a g8 treat along with hot masala flavored tea...

vandai or ladies-finger - 6 (diagonally sliced - approximately 1/2 cm each).
gram flour - 3 tbsp (or) maida/ refined flour - 3 tbsp..
rice flour - 1 tbsp.
corn flour - 1tsp.
cumin powder - 1/2 tsp.
coriander powder - 1 tsp.
chilli powder - 1 tsp.
pepper powder - 1/4 tsp.
gin-gar paste - 1/2 tsp.
fresh curry leaves( chopped) - 2tsp.
salt - as needed.
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp. ( if needed, can add some red food color to brighten up).
oil - for deep fry.

=> clean, pat dry n diagonally slice the ladies-finger .

=> combine all the ingredients except oil n leave it for 10 minutes.

=> deep fry the vendai slices by separating the slice n dropping it in  oil.

=> as usual, deep fry till it becomes crisp n golden brown.

=> transfer it to an absorbent paper.

Serve it with pudina chutney, tomato sauce or with chilli sauce for more spiciness.

it's a best evening snack during monsoon.