Monday, May 15, 2006

French style green beans fry

Its cold and rainy this weekend. I relaxed well after a busy week. This fry is made with canned beans.Though I get vegetables fresh and good in St.louis, I use canned food sometimes.
We used to cook with frozen vegetables and canned food through out my Masters life here since there is no Indian grocery store in our University town when we came.The groceries we have are all what we brought from India.Imagine how much our parents have packed for us that groceries of 4 are enough for 1 year.
So our cooking is basically done with frozen vegetables and canned food from Walmart. But how often do we get the chance to eat andhra,bangalore,kerala,tamilnadu recipes in one week?
Here is the recipe with canned french style green beans.We can get these at any American Grocery store.

All we need is 1 can French style green beans, 1 onion, 1 or 2 tsp oil and ingredients for popu/tadka.

Warm the oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, balck gram dal, dried red chillies and karipatthi.

Add onions, fry them till they turn transluscent, in mean while drain the beans from the can.

Add the beans to the transluscent onions and keep the lid.Let them steam and cook for a while. Stir occasionally. When the beans are cooked add salt and start frying them. Finally add Chilli powder and fry them till it blends well. Thats it our curry is ready. This goes good with rice.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Cut Mango pickle(Mamidikaaya mukkalu Pacchadi)

This pickle is a must have dish for any occasion during summer in my childhood. My mom makes it very often since everyone in the family loves it. Me and my sis ate half of it while my mom was making it. This is my entry to Indira's JFI.

Here is the recipe: (It's very simple)
Unripe Mango: 1 (cut into small pieces, approx 1 inch pieces)
Tamarind Extract: 1 or 2 tsp (depends on the sour taste of Mango)
Salt and Chilli Powder: Per your taste
Garlic: 1 Clove
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp

Ingredients for Popu/Tadka:
1 tsp Oil
Mustard seeds
Split black gram dal
Dried red chillies

Mix Mango pieces with tamarind extract, salt and chilli powder with hand.Mince Garlic and cumin seeds to paste. Combine this with the above mixture.Add Popu to this. Thats it. Our dish is ready.

This tastes very good with plain dal (Mudda pappu) and ghee.