Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Kadala Uperi / Black Chickpeas stir fry

Happened to try out this recipe from Vini's kitchen- the Palakkad style kadala uperi. The recipe was quite easy and very tasty too. I am a great fan of most of her recipes especially the naadan traditional dishes. This recipe is a favorite at home now, something that I make often when I am running short of vegetables to cook as side dish for our everyday lunch.
Just some rice, yoghurt and this kadala uperi is a perfect and simple lunch for me:) 

Kadala/ Black chick peas - soaked for 6 to 8 hours or overnight
salt to taste
a pinch of baking soda(optional)
3 Tbsp coconut oil 

To be ground to a paste
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • Add the soaked chickpeas to a pressure cooker. Add enough water so that the water level is just above the chickpeas.
  • Add enough salt and a pinch of baking soda.(Adding the baking soda quickens the process of cooking the chickpeas. It is optional, you can skip if you don't wish to use it.)
  • Pressure cook the chickpeas until cooked(approximately 4-5 whistles or more if you have not added the baking soda)
  • In the meantime, grind onion, garlic, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt into a fine paste and keep aside.
  • In a pan,heat coconut oil and add the ground paste. Fry the paste for 1-2 minutes.
  • Then add the cooked chickpeas along with the water it was cooked in. Stir fry contionously on high flame until the water is totally absorbed and the chickpeas is dry.
  • Serve hot as a side dish with rice and a curry of your choice.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Spinach Apple Walnut salad | Healthy Salad Recipe | Droolsss

A yummy and healthy salad with the fresh green spinach, goodness of apple, crunchy walnuts all tossed in a quick zingy dressing. Add this to your daily diet or serve it as a salad when you have guests coming home or for a family get together.

2 handful of baby spinach(normal spinach chopped or shredded into bite sized pieces will also do) 
1/2 onion sliced thin
1 apple cored and thinly sliced 
1/2 cup walnuts, halved 
few cubes of feta cheese(optional) 

For the dressing 
1/4 up olive oil 
1 Tbsp mustard sauce 
juice of 1 small lemon 
1 Tbsp honey 
1 garlic clove minced 
salt to taste 
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • In a bowl with a lid mix all the ingredients that comes under dressing and shake well.
  • In a big salad bowl add the spinach, onion, apple, walnuts and feta cheese cubes.
  • Pour the prepared dressing on top and toss everything well.