Jul 17, 2015

Aritikaya Vadalu (Raw Banana Vada)

For this week BM I am going to post one bite appetizers as a party snack for three days. Usually in parties what snacks we have for vegetarians is normally paneer, dry munchurian,  or mostly pakodis. But this vadas makes a delicious starter for a party.
Lets check the recipe.... 
Kandavada INGREDIENTS:--
Raw banana  ----  1 cut in to rounds
Green chillies  ----  4
Ginger  ---  1 inch piece
Cumin seeds  ---  1 tea sp
Dhalia (fried gram)  ---  1/4 cup (putnalu, porikadalai)
Salt to taste
Garam masala powder  ---  a big pinch
Oil for deep frying
METHOD:---
1. Peal and cut raw banana and cut in to rounds, steam cook raw banana till banana become soft or you can pressure cook for two whistles.
2. Mash well with a potato masher make sure that no lumps will be there.
3. Make a fine powder with fried gram cumin and set a side.
4. Now make a paste with ginger, green chilli with very little water.
5. In a mixing bowl take mashed banana, fried gram powder, ginger and green chilli paste, garam masala salt to taste, mix well with your hands to make dough.
this should be like a potato tikki dough, if you feel there is extra moisture in the dough you can add a little besan to make it in to right consistency.
6. Mix well and make small vadas like masala vada.
7. Heat oil in a deep frying pan and drop this banana vadas in to hot oil and reduce the heat to low and fry till golden brown.
Remove from oil and serve with tomato sauce.



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Jul 12, 2015

Spinach And Mushroom Risotto

My final recipe for this week under vegetarian Italian dinner is a very popular Risotto. Risotto is a rice dish which is normally made for dinner. Rice is cooked in a stock on a low heat by stirring continuously. Adding little by little stock and keep on stirring the rice to cook, it releases the starch in the rice and makes the risotto distinctive creamy. You can add vegetables like broccoli, dried mushrooms, fresh mushrooms, pumpkin, green peas, spinach corn and many more like this. Today I used a combination of spinach and fresh mushrooms..
 photo risotto.jpg So let's check the recipe... 
INGREDIENTS:---
Mushrooms  ---- 200 grams
Spinach  ---   1 bundle
Olive oil --- 1 tab sp
Butter  ----  30 grams
Arborio rice --- 1 cup
Onion --- 1 medium finely chopped
Garlic -- 1 clove minced
 Vegetable stock ---2 and 1/2 cup s
Cream ---- 4 tsp
Parmesan cheese --- 50 gms finely grated
Lemon juice   ---  from one lemon
                                                                      
METHOD:---
1. Clean and wash spinach for two to three times, chop and set a side.
2. Wash mushrooms well and cut in to bite size slices and set a side.
3. Heat butter in a pan add finely chopped onions and minced garlic and fry till soft take care that onions should not change the color.
4. Now add the rice and stir for a few minutes or till rice coated with fat.
5. Add 1/4 cup stock and start cooking in a very low heat, let the rice absorb the stock  then start adding the stock little by little.
6. Let the rice absorb the stock before you pour the next, keep stirring every time you add the stock. Continue till rice is cooked, this process will take 20 minutes.
7. Heat olive oil in a other pan add mushrooms and stir for 2 minutes then add chopped spinach and cook till mushrooms are tender cook in a low heat.
8. Now add mushroom and spinach mixture to risotto mix well. 
9.Finally add grated parmesan cheese, cream and lemon juice mix well switch off the heat and serve with any salad and juice.



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