Brinjal/Eggplant Chutney

Brinjal/Eggplant Chutney is one of the common chutneys prepared in my Mother and Mil’ s house. My Mil used to make many variations of brinjal chutney. One of her favourite’s is Sutta Kathirikai Chutney.

Today I am going to show you a quick Brinjal Chutney by Pressure cooker. It can be prepared easily within 10 minutes. Brinjal chutney is a bit tangy recipe as we are adding tomatoes.

Those who hate Eggplants definitely would start loving this Chutney with Idli/Dosa. Small violet Brinjals or Eggplants can be used for this recipe.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant or use 4-5 small Indian brinjals
  • Potato – 1 big or 2 small
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/4 Tsp
  • Urad Dhal – 1/4 Tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 Tsp
  • Red Chillies – 2
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Chopped Onion – 1
  • Chopped Tomatoes – 2
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 Tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 Tsp
  • Hing/Asafoetida – A pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for seasoning
  • Chopped Coriander leaves

Preparation:

  • Wash and cut the Brinjals and Potatoes.

  • Heat the pressure cooker with oil and add mustard seeds,Urad dhal and Cumin seeds.
  • Once it started popping add red chillies, green chillies and chopped Onion.
  • Saute well for 5 min till the onions turns transparent.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and fry till it gets mashed well.
  • Add all spice powders and salt. Add little water and mix well.
  • Finally add chopped coriander leaves and close the pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook it for 4 whistles and remove it from fire.

  • Once the steam escapes remove the lid.
  • Smash the chutney with a ladle well.

 

Serve this delicious chutney with Idli/Dosa/chapathi/poori.

Besan Ladoo

Wishing all my readers ‘Happy Ganesh Chathurthi 2017’.

Lord Ganesha’s Birthday is celebrated as Ganesh Chathurthi all over India. It is believed that Lord Ganesha loves to eat Ladoos and Modak. Festivals mean sweets comes in our mind.

Generally during festive season ladoos are made and served as prasadham for God. Besan Ladoo is one of the popular and rich dessert can be offered to God. It is one of the best traditonal Indian sweets for any occasion. Let us see how to make the Besan Ladoo easily at home.

Ingredients:

  • Besan/Gram Flour – 150 gm
  • Ghee – 150 gm
  • Powdered Brown sugar – 150 gm
  • Cardamom – 5
  • Cashewnuts for garnish

Preparation:

  • Heat the ghee in a pan, add gram flour and mix well.
  • Stir the mixture with a spoon or spatula continuously for 10 minutes.
  • Keep the stove in low flame otherwise it would get burnt.
  • Once we get an aromatic smell and the besan colour changes switch off the stove.

  • Allow the mixture to cool down completely.
  • In a blender add the brown sugar, cardamom and and grind into fine powder.
  • Once the mixture completely cools down ,add the powdered sugar. Do not add sugar when the mixture is too hot.
  • Mix well and make a dough as shown in pic.

  • Take a small portion of dough and make round Ladoos.

Garnish with Cashews and store it in an air tight container.

How to grow Mint at home

Mint/Pudhina is a vesatile herb that can easily grows in our home. It is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener. Mint can be grown by taking a cutting from a pre existing mint plant.

No need to worry about the space for this herb to grow. We can grow it in a pot or in grow bags. Mint is a fast-spreading plant and is perfect for garden beginners.

I bought a bunch of Mint for making Biriyani. Then I selected a thick fresh stem.
I planted it in a big pot and our Mint grows well and we have 3 pots of mint at the moment.

Some of the tips to plant:

  • Use a 12-to-16-inch wide pot for one plant.
  • If you are buying a plant from nursery, buy Spearmint variety which is useful for cooking.
  • Fill the pot with potting mix/good soil. I use our own organic compost for all the plants which was prepared at our home.
  • Wet the soil by spraying water.
  • Plant the stem just below the soil. If planting more stems, plant them 6 inches apart.
  • Mint needs adequate sunlight. So if you keep your pot indoors make sure it gets enough sunlight.
  • Water it frequently and do not make the pot to dry.

Happy Growing!!!!

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