Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mixed vegetables from Swamy's home

Kootu is a Tamil word which means 'add' i.e. vegetable added with lentils which form the dish, made of vegetables and lentils and are semi-solid in consistency, i.e., less aqueous than sambhar, but more so than dry curries. (translation from Wiki.)
This is a tasty preparation with some saambar powder and a fresh mixed of coriander seeds, chana dhal and red chillies, toasted then powdered.

Check out the full recipe at Swamy's Kitchen online.

Give your Thanksgiving leftovers an exciting flavorful make over

I have watched this dish being prepared but of course, never tasted it. It's a routine in many homes year after year, so it's got to be good. 
Since the Thanksgiving  turkey is already cooked, you would just need to add flavor. The recipe below is for about 2 cups of turkey meat.

  • A mix of vegetables such as peppers and spinach will work well
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or diced
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric^
  • 1 tsp. red dry chilli powder^
  • 2 tsp. coriander powder^
  • 2 tsp. cumin powder^
  • 2 tsp. garam masala^
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. coriander leaves
Take a wok^ or a flat skillet. Heat the skillet on stove for a few seconds. Add oil. Add the garlic and onions. Sauté for 5 minutes. Now add the turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powders.
Sauté for a couple minutes. Add tomatoes and the vegetables. Add half cup of water. Cover the wok with a lid. Let everything cook for about 10 more minutes or until the vegetables are done. Add some garam masala.
The entire mix should form a gravy like consistency. Now add your turkey meat. Let it cook for about 10 minutes. Add salt for taste. You may sprinkle some coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or puris.