Thursday, January 22, 2009

Weekday Curries

Here are two easy to make curries that are great with Rice or Roti.

Potato and Capsicum Curry

Isn't it strange how no matter where we are we still refer to Green Pepper as Capsicum when it is referenced in a curry? Well, I find it odd anyway, I might just be one of those strange people! :)
Here's a simple every day curry that is easy to make on those nights when you don't have a lot of energy to cook.

INGREDIENTS

2 medium Potatoes -- cubed
1 Green Pepper -- chopped finely
1/2 medium Onion -- chopped finely -- optional
Turmeric
Salt
Red Chilli Powder
Garam Masala Powder
Oil

TADKA

Mustard Seeds
Jeera
Urid Dal
Channa Dal
Hing

PROCEDURE

Fill a microwave safe bowl halfway with water and add in the chopped potato and green pepper pieces. Cook in the microwave until the pieces soften. You can also cook the pieces in a pressure cooker.
In a pan, add about 2 tbsp of oil and add in all of the tadka ingredients.
Once the mustard seeds splutter and the dals brown, add in the chopped onion and let soften.
Now add in the cooked veggie pieces.
Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. Mix everything well.
The curry is ready to be served.


Okra Fry (Bhindi/Lady's Finger Fry)

Another easy to prepare curry, especially if you buy the frozen okra. Then you don't have to worry about chopping the veggies even.

INGREDIENTS

1 package Frozen Okra -- probably about 20 to 30 Fresh Okra
Turmeric
Salt
Red Chilli Powder
Oil

TADKA

Mustard Seeds
Jeera
Urid Dal
Channa Dal
Hing

PROCEDURE

Run the frozen okra under warm water in a colander, sprinkle with some salt and set it aside.
In a pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil and add all the tadka ingredients.
When the mustard seeds start to splutter and the dals brown, add in the okra pieces, cover and let cook until the okra browns and it is no longer sticky.
Add in turmeric, some more salt (if the salt you sprinkled on top wasn't enough), red chilli powder.
Your okra curry is ready to go!!!


So the next time you don't feel like cooking or you have unexpected guests, try these curries will make it seem as if you slaved in the kitchen to get them done, but they are easy as 1-2-3.

2 comments:

Priti said...

Hmm I never tot much abt bell pepper anyway ;)...both the sabji r looking nice and yummy and so the soup dera

SriLekha said...

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