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What would you cook? - Contest for the month of July

Discussion in 'Topic of the Month - Contest' started by Induslady, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. devotee

    devotee Senior IL'ite

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    dear ILites,
    As per vidhi's and IndusLady's posts, I am posting my entry for the contest. Hope u all like it.
    I request other ILites also to post their entries.

    -Devotee
    My Menu will have a variety of chinese, north and south indian dishes.

    I would first serve the manager and my husband with HOT PEPPER SOUP. A perfect hotty thing in rainy weather.:)
    HOT PEPPER SOUP -
    Ingredients
    Tamarind paste
    Red Chilli
    Asaefoetida
    Mustard
    Salt
    Grind and make a paste of following
    Toor dhal
    cumin seeds
    pepper corns
    Mix all above ingredients with water and heat with continuos stirring

    Then comes the starters... The yummy PAAPAD ROLLS...
    PAAPAD ROLLS -
    Ingredients
    Papad
    Red chilli powder
    Cumin powder
    Turmeric powder
    Ginger (chop)
    Salt to taste
    Oil to deep fry
    Add red chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chopped ginger and salt.Mix well.
    Divide it into equal portions.Place one portion on one side of a papad and apply water on the edges of the papad. Roll the papad and fold the edges inwards. Seal them with water so that the mixture does not come out.
    Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep fry the papad rolls on moderate heat for about a minute hot

    Lets start the main course.. I will serve him hot and spicy ginger parathas with baingan ka bharta (brinjal curry)...
    SPICY GINGER PARATHAS
    Ingredients
    maida flour
    2 tbsp. ghee
    Mix together:
    4 tbsp. dry wheat flour
    1 tbsp. rice flour
    2 tsp. ginger grated
    1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
    Make a mixture of above ingredients
    Other ingredients:
    salt to taste
    1/2 cup ghee approx.
    Mix wheat, plain flour and salt.
    Rub in the 2 tbsp. ghee.
    Add warm water to form soft pliable dough.
    The spicy mixture should be dry.
    Roll the parathas and while rolling sprinkle the spicy mixture
    shallow fry tha parathas

    BAINGAN KA BHARTA (brinjal curry)
    Ingredients
    brinjal
    1 tomato grated
    ginger finely chopped
    garam masala
    Method
    Burn brinjal over direct flame
    Rotate and cook till evenly soft all over.
    Scrape out any burnt skin with hands.
    Mash softened brinjal till soft, keep aside.
    Heat oil, add seeds and allow to splutter.
    Add asafoetida, stir and add ginger
    Stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes, masalas, salt, etc.
    Add mashed brinjals, stir, add 1/4 cup water.
    Stir, cook covered till oil seperates.
    Pour into serving bowl

    Then comes the rice item: PONGAL
    PONGAL
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    Rice
    Moong dal
    Ginger
    salt
    Cumin seeds
    Pepper corns
    Hing
    Ghee
    Water
    Cashews

    Method :
    Coarse grind the pepper corns.
    Heat a Pan & dry roast rice & dal nicely.
    Wash & add enough water.
    Add Cumin , Gingers , hing & pepper powder
    & 4 tsp ghee. Cover & allow to cook nicely.
    If pressure cooking wait till 4 whistles.
    Fry Cashews in a tsp ghee & garnish with
    pongal.

    PLAIN RICE with tomato raita
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    Tomato raita - with whatever tomato and curds is left
    Serve plain rice with tomato raitha and pickles (made by my MIL)
    I will also offer him to taste my MIL's freshly prepared chutney poodi with the rice

    Hey... how can I forget the dessert
    Sweet Puris
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    Wheat flour
    Jaggery
    Oil
    Salt
    Make a sugar syrup
    Method:
    Grind Jaggery to a smooth paste
    Add wheat flour and salt to the paste and kneed the dough(Puri dough consistency).
    Make puris(a bit thicker than normal puri) and deep fry in oil.
    Sprinkle the sugar syrup on the puris
    Hmm... A sugary delight to end the dinner course....

    I hope with this kind of a menu I can impress both my husband and his manager... I hope they never find out that no vegetables were used in the dinner except for tomato and brinjal... :2thumbsup:
    And I would certainly warn my husband about his last minute dinner invitations...:x
     
  2. vidhi

    vidhi Senior IL'ite

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    Dear Devotee

    That was so nice of you to post the menu with the recipe. The menu is tempting. Thank you for posting it.

    regards
    vidhi
     
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