Friday, October 31, 2008

Red Leafy Veggie

Ever since I have come to Chennai, I have not seen too many of my favourite leaves. The only leaves I have seen are the ones I don't know. So I was very happy to come across one of my favourite ones...The red leafy kind. I bought the last bunch and called my mom to ask her how to make it, and I proceeded to do the same. It tastes good with quite a bit of garlic in it. Very simple to make.
Red leaves: 1 bunch if it is big or 2.
Garlic: 1 pod
Green Chilli: 2
Red Chilli: 2
Turmeric Powder: a pinch
Salt: as required
1. Wash the leaves and pluck them from the stems. Then chop them finely.
2. Cook the leaves with half the garlic flakes (crushed), the green chillies, salt and turmeric powder, covered. Do not add water unless very dry because the leaves will give out water. Don't add too much salt, as these leaves have salt of their own.
3. When the leaves have reduced in size and the water has disappeared, turn off the gas and keep it aside.
4. Heat oil separately. Add the remaining garlic flakes (chopped) and the red chillies. Fry for a bit and then add the leaves.
5. Let this cook for around 5 mins. Serve hot with rice.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Diwali

I want to wish all my blogger friends and their families a very Happy Diwali & a Prosperous New Year. I never make sweets. Actually to mention, never thought of it, so this time I decided to throw myself in sweet making. I searched blogs on the net and finally settled on Mysore Pak, Kaju Katli and Nimki which I had made and posted earlier. I would like to thank "My Diverse Kitchen" and "Art of Cooking" which helped me to make these.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fish Rice

I am back. After a very long time. Today I made Fish Rice, something my mom used to cook when we were kids, so I decided to post the recipe. My mom used to make this dish with Tuna tins. Unfortunately I did not find a single tin, so I had to make do with Katla Fish. It tastes just the same. I made this dish because my boy was bored of eating the same kind of food everyday. This can be made with veggies or without them. This can be eaten just as it is, or with dal, pickle or papad.


  • Fish (I used Katla/Rohu): 500 gms
  • Black pepper: 2-3
  • Cinnamon: 1 inch
  • Onion: 1 (sliced)
  • Garlic: 5-6 flakes (chopped)
  • Carrot: 1 (diced)
  • Beans: 100 gms (diced)
  • Green Peas: 1/2 cup
  • Potato: 1 (diced)
  • Egg: 1 (boiled and chopped)
  • Lemon: 1
  • Garam Masala Powder (cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and black pepper): 1 tsp
  • Parsley
  • Rice: 2 cups
  • Butter
  • Oil
  • Salt


  1. Pressure cook the fish with black pepper and cinnamon. I added the black pepper and the cinnamon to get rid of the fishy smell.
  2. De bone the pieces and flake them.
  3. Soak the rice for an hour.
  4. Steam the veggies.
  5. Melt butter and saute the rice in it. Add the fish stock and extra water if needed, the required salt, a bit of oil and the parsley. Cover and cook till done.
  6. Saute the garlic, onion and the veggies. Add to the rice.
  7. Add the fish to the rice.
  8. Squeeze the whole lemon.
  9. Add the egg.
  10. Sprinkle the garam masala powder.
  11. Mix properly.
  12. Cover it and cook on a low flame for 5-8 mins.
  13. Severe hot.

  14. I am sending this dish for the Rice Mela hosted by Srivalli. Hope it is a valid entry.