Finally...... I could get my net connection today. Over this last 2 weeks I have realised that I am so dependent on net ,imagine one whole day without visiting your facebook or chatting with friends or posting to the blog......and multiply with 15....so now you know how i have felt............OH!!!! MY GOD......it was UNBEARABLE :( . Anyways m back now and hope you all missed me :D .
Today I have a very simple and yet a deicious recipe to share.....its mainly 'Kadhi' and its an all time favourite among the North-Indians I have met so far. I am a Bengali and we are not very familiar with this dish so how I came to know or like the dish is a wonderful story.
When I was in Junior College (Class XI) I had a Gujarati friend, one fine day she invited me and a few other friends for dinner to her place. Aunty had prepared 'Kadhi-Chawal', now we bengalis' are big foodies....we can never eat just rice and one item, we always need at least 3 items to feel full :D , so I was lost.......however when i started having.....UUUHHHLALA!!!! it was yummy. Unfortunately at that time I was not into cooking so I didnt ask how it was prepared although I would often ask my mom to find out and prepare it.
Time passed and I started working, at that time I had a sweet friend called Ichha....She had invited me to dinner ones and to my utter surprise and pleasure she had prepared 'Kadhi-Chawal'.....and it was YUMMY.....all my childhood memories just came back. And I didnt miss this oppurtunity.....she explained me how to make the dish.
Since then every other day I would make Kadhi and have tried out a lot of variations. Surprising now my North-Indian friends love the Kadhi that I prepare, the best part was when I made it for my mom....she said so finally u found it and learnt it....she totally loved it :)
Anyways my storytelling is over so lets get into business...today's variation is called ---- Soyabean Kadhi with Spicy Coconut Rice.
|FOR SOYABEAN KADHI|
1 number(500 gms)
Red Chilli Powder
Half of a lime
Black Mustard Seed
Dried Red Chilly
As per taste
|FOR SPICY COCONUT RICE|
|Basmati Rice||2 cup|
|Onion julienne||1 cup|
|Green chilly finely chopped||2numbers|
|Garam masala||Half tablespoon|
Red Chili Powder
As per taste
- Soak the soyabean nuggets in luke warm water till the nuggets get soften. Then squeeze the water out.
- Heat one tablespoon oil to a pan, to the pan add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
- Add the soft soyabean nuggets to the pan and cook till nuggets are properly fried. Then remove it to a bowl and pat with tissue to remove any excess oil.
- In a bowl , whisk together buttermilk and gram flour till the mixture turn smooth without any lumps. I was experimenting with buttermilk but you can use yogurt too.
- Add turmeric powder,red chilli powder,cumin powder and salt to the buttermilk mixture and whisk them again till it turn smooth.
- Add lime juice to the mixture and whisk it thoroughly.
- Heat one tablespoon oil to a pan, add the black mustard seeds and let it sputter. Then add the dried red chilly and fry.
- Add the buttermilk mixture to the pan and bring it to a boil and simmer on a slow fire for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Add the fried soyabean nuggets and again simmer the kadhi for about 5 minutes.
- Soak the Basmati rice in water for 10-15 min. Then remove it from water and spread it out on a paper so that the water is soaked up.
- Heat oil in a cooker, add onion and green chilly ; fry till the onions turn translucent.
- Add the soaked and dried basmati rice to the cooker and cook for 5 min. Stir occasionally and very softly or the rice would break.
- Take about half cup water and add the tumeric powder and red chilli powder and mix till smooth,
- Add the spice mixture to the rice and stir softly.
- Then add the coconut milk and let it simmer in medium flame.
- When the rice gets a little soften add the coconut water and let it cook. Water may be needed if the rice is not cook, I needed about 1 cup.
The North meets South dish is ready for tasting.......it would be wonder after a days work in office :) .