April 15, 2012

South Indies: Nimbe Saaru/Lemon Rasam

I've never known Bangalore like this before. Its Hot beyond words. And, this means that there are plenty of days when all I need is some lightly spiced Rasam with some steamed rice & buttermilk for lunch
So, this Nimbe Saaru/Lemon Rasam was made yesterday 

Lemon Rasam

Now, there are plenty of ways to make this one. Its usually made with Toor Dal But I chose to make it with Moong Dal instead. Moong Dal is easy on digestion & It is known to cooling effect on the body. So, its perfect for Summer

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Moog Dal
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp desi Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • A few curry leaves
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt as per taste
  • Fresh coriander for garnish

How To:
  • Clean Moong Dal & pressure cook with 2 cuos of water until quite mushy.
  • Once cooked, mash with the back of a spoon, transfer to a heavy bottomed pot, Add 4 cups of water, green chillies, Salt, ginger & turmeric powder. Simmer for 10-12 mins
  • Turn off the stove & temper with cumin & mustard seeds using Desi Ghee
  • Add lemon juice & garnish with fresh coriander.
  • You may discard the green chillies if you wish to.

Serve with steamed rice. You may also serve it as a clear soup ..

April 2, 2012

Tomato & Bell Pepper Bruschetta

I know, I had been away for way too long, much longer than intended .. And, now that I am back, I hope to be regular ..

Summer is at its peak here & it's getting hotter by the day .. And, its no fun because I HATE Summer ... It also means, that I haven't been spending much time in the kitchen & lunch is usually a light salad or a veggie soup or a quick one pot meal & loads of chilled buttermilk .. I just can't wait for the rains to start, I say ..

Tomato & Bell Pepper Bruschetta

I am so much in love with Bruschetta,  these days .. It is a great appetizer & makes a yummy accompaniment with your summer salads & soups.

You Will Need:
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes - finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 medium sized bell pepper - finely chopped
  • 5 basil leaves - chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Grated Parmesan - As needed (optional)
  • A loaf of french bread - cut into diagonal slices

How To:
  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except french bread, allow the mixture to sit for about 15-20 mins, for the flavours to blend.
  • Heat a griddle & toast the bread slices for about a minute on either side till they get nice & crisp. You can also toast them using a convectional grill.
  • While the bread is still warm, spread the tomato-bell pepper mixture & top with a tsp of grated parmesan. I didn't use any
Serve Warm & Enjoi !!!