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PEPPER RASAM (MENASINA SAARU)

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Cloudy gloomy rainy weather??Here is a perfect recipe to awaken your senses.Also this is a perfect recipe/home remedy  for running nose /sore throat:)



This  is very easy to make and the ingredients are always readily available at home!I usually prepare the Rasam powder ready in bulk and use it as and when required.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE RASAM POWDER: 

Urad Dal - 2 cupsWhole Peppercorns - 1/4 cupDessicated coconut/Dry coconut - 1/2 cupHOW TO MAKE: Take a frying pan .Add urad dal and peppercorns and dry roast it until you start smelling a nice aroma.(Make sure  you do not burn the mixture).Turn off the stove.Add the dessicated coconut to the above mixture and mix well.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.Once it is cooled.Take a mixer grinder and grind the mixture to a smooth powder.(NOTE: SO NOT ADD ANY WATER..It should be a dry smooth powder)
Now the Pepper rasam powder is ready .

Store the powder in an air tight container.INSTANT PEPPER RASAM 
Now once we have the pepper rasam pow…

COUSCOUS UPMA

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Couscous is a coarsely ground variety made from semolina,a type of wheat.It is very nutritious and healthy!
It is very popular in Moroccan & Middle Eastern cooking.

Couscous is neutral in flavor, so seasoning or pairing it with vegetables would bring the best out of it.
Tried lots of Indian stuff like pongal,pulao,upma with couscous :) But in this post I will be posting about Vegetable Upma!Enjoy:)


INGREDIENTS:

Couscous - 2 cupOnion - 1 bigTomato - 1 bigBell Peppers - 1 bigGreen Chillies - 4 to 5Mustard seeds - 1 tspUrad dal - 1 tspChanna dal - 1 tspGinger - grated - 1 tspCurry leaves - fewCoriander leaves(optional)Asafoetida - a pinchTurmeric -1/2 tspOil - 1.5 TbspSalt 1.5 tsp or to tasteLemon juice 1 tspWater - 4 cupsHOW TO MAKE:


Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds,chana dal,urad dal,asafoetida and allow them to sputter.Now add in the chillies,ginger,curry leaves,turmeric and saute them couple of times.Now add in the onions and fry till they turn translucent.Now add in the bel…

ALOO BAINGAN (POTATO EGGPLANT CURRY)

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INGREDIENTS Eggplant(Baingan)-1 medium , un-peeled, cut into 1/2″ cubesPotato (aloo)-2 medium , peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubesTomato-4 medium   cut into 1/2″ cubesCumin seeds - 1 tspGreen Chillis - 1 chopped vertical and de-seededGinger - grated in to a paste -1 inchCoriander powder - 1 TbspTurmeric - 1/2 tspChilli powder - 1/2 tsp Coriander leaves-Finely cutOil - 1 TbspA pinch of Asafoetida (hing)Salt to tasteWater- 2 Tbsp
HOW TO MAKE:
First part: Heat the oil(about 4 Tbsp) in a frying pan over medium high heat.Fry the potatoes till they are cooked through, turn the potatoes few times while frying. Take out potatoes with a slotted spoon (this allows excess oil to drip back into the frying pan) and place on a paper towel.Now add the eggplant pieces. Fry the eggplant pieces same way and remove once done.
Second Part: Now take a small bowl, mix the shredded ginger, green pepper, coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric, and  water to make a paste.Heat the oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and as…