Aug 31, 2009

My Vegetarian 100

I've seen this on Nupur's blog a long time ago, wanted to try this. And at the end of it, my score is a measly 85%. Bad for someone who calls herself a foodie. I need to make more friends who are from south so that I can try all the Andhra, Chettinad, Malyali cuisines.

Your challenge, should you take up this meme is to:

  • Copy the entire list, along with these instructions, into your blog post

  • Bold the foods that you have tried

  • Strike out the foods you would never try

  • Tell us your score in the comments :)

  • If you wish to, make your own list or add to this one
1. Ripe mangoes
2. Curd rice
3. Chaat
4. Phulka
5. Puran poli
6. Boiled peanuts
7. Samosa
8. Stuffed baby eggplants
9. Aviyal
10. Stuffed paratha
11. Masala chai
12. Tirphal
13. Murukku
14. Curry leaves
15. Banana chips fried in coconut oil
16. Jaggery
17. Vada pav
18. Tender coconut water
19. Paneer
20. Madras filter coffee
21. Boondi laddoo
22. Boondi raita
23. Navratan korma
24. Kokum
25. Masala peanuts
26. A home-cooked Indian vegetarian meal
27. Sugarcane juice
28. Sabudana/sago in any form
29. Horsegram
30. Maggi noodles
31. Podi with rice and ghee
32. Roomali roti
33. Bitter gourd
34. Nylon sev
35. Vegetable biryani
36. Thali at a restaurant
37. Plantain flower
38. Undhiyu
39. Nimbu pani
40. Papad
41. Kotthu parotta
42. Panch phoran
43. Drumsticks
44. Indian "French toast"
45. Sarson ka saag
46. Bhakri
47. Pav bhaji
48. Sitaphal
49. Glucose biscuits
50. Sprouts
51. Chole-bhature
52. Amla
53. Tomato "omelet"
54. A wedding feast
55. Grilled corn on the cob with lemon juice, salt and chilli powder
56. Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate
57. Sai bhaji
58. Solkadi
59. Indian-Chinese meal
60. Jalebi
61. Black forest cake
62. Bharwa bhindi
63. Kashmiri saffron
64. Misal
65. Ripe jackfruit
66. Idli-chutney
67. 'Tadgola'
68. Bhut jolokia
69. Baby mango pickle
70. Meal off a banana leaf
71. Falooda
72. Moong khichdi
73. Bebinca
74. Daal baati
75. Methi greens
76. Basundi
77. Gunpowder
78. Appam-stew
79. Sweet lemon pickle
80. Ridge gourd
81. Bisi bele bhath
82. Coconut burfi
83. Caramel custard
84. Thecha
85. Rasam
86. Baingan bharta
87. Mysore pak
88. Punjabi wadi
89. Chhunda
90. Dal makhani
91. Paper dosa
92. Gongura
93. Hand-churned butter
94. Pakoda
95. Curd chillies
96. Mustard oil
97. Fresh cashews
98. Tomato pickle
99. Rajma-chawal
100. Chaas
101. Paani-puri

Stir Fried Veggies With Rice.

I am an ardent fan of Tarla dalal and Nita Mehta's recipes. I have a lot of their mini books to help me decide what to try today. And whenever H takes me to a bookstore, he has no fear of me getting lost. He always ends up finding me at the cookery section. I do admit, I've never ventured beyond Indian authors when it comes to cooking. I mean, Indian authors will know the best Indian food, right?
But I've read a lot of other food-blog writers refer to a lot of foreign authors and I'm willing to give it a try. So if you've got any awesome cook books that you think I should delve into, please leave a comment for me. I'd love to try.

This is my H's fav. He loves Chinese, not the authentic Chinese but the Indian-Chinese, where most of the recipe is indianised to suit our palate.

This recipe calls for a lot of veggies, but i only had babycorn, onions, and capsicums, and spring onion. So that's what i used. Feel free to try out other veggies.
This is a recipe from Nita Mehta's book.

Stir Fried Veggies on Rice.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 1/4 cups rice
1 small carrot- cubed
1/4 cup cauliflower or broccoli - small florets
1 small onion - cut into 4 pieces and separated
4-5 mushrooms
4-8 baby corn -cut into half lengthwise.
1 capsicum- cubed
2 dried red chillies- broken into small pieces
8-10 flakes garlic - crushed

1 Tbsp soya sauce(dark is better)
2 1/2 Tbsp tomato sauce
1/2 tsp Tbsp vinegar
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt or to taste
a pinch ajinomoto (optional, I generally don't use it)
3 Tbsp cornflour mixed with 1/2 cup water
2-3 Tbsp oil


Boil the washed rice in 4-5 cups of salted water. Drain after it gets cooked. Cover and keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok, when the oil gets hot, take it off the flame and add broken red chillies and garlic (add it off the fire, since these two tend to burn quickly)

Stir for a few seconds, till the garlic gives out its aroma, and add babycorns, carrots, broccoli, onions and mushrooms. Stir for 2-3 minutes and then add capsicum.

Add salt and pepper. ( at this stage, add less salt, since the sauces will have salt of their own. Later on taste and add more salt if necessary. Experience speaks, I've over-salted it twice before learning this)

Add tomato sauce, soya sauce, and vinegar. Pour 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add cornflour slurry and cook till veggies get done, and the sauce becomes thick.

To serve

Spread the rice on a serving plate and pour hot veggies over the rice and serve hot.

Aug 28, 2009

I'm cooking and I'm posting

Here's my attempt to publish a few of my own tried and tasted recipes. Most of them are from well known chefs, or rather cook-book authors. I've modified them to my own convenience.

See ya soon.