Friday, April 27, 2007

My Green Lunch Today

“Going Green with Green Leafy Vegetables”.
Mahanadhi's JFI was so unique and so different thought to bring all the recipes together from our kitchen and share with the entire community.

Who does not like Palak Spinach ,Methi or Cabbage .Wow !!all are my favourites and the list actually goes no .So for today's lunch i decided to make something green and only green...Green adds color to the food and brings us joy and pleasure. Spinach has a high calcium content in them. Spinach is a rich source of Vitamin A,C,E. We cook spinach atleat twice a week .It is a must dish at our place.So Green is a must in the menu.

Today I decided to make for my self green lunch .Sounds different !!!I made Palak (kirai) Molaguthal and Pavakai (Bitter Gourd) Curry. Few people do not like bitter gourd as the name it self speaks out .But I love it .Some what I love the bitterness of this particular veg .

Here it goes !!!This is traditional kerala combo lunch .Mostly if we make molaguthal then the side dish should be little be spicy .Because molaguthal is a little less spicy .The other combo along with this would be "PuliVetha Eggplant curry"..I will surely make that combo and shall share it with all you guys.

Raw Materials Required for Palak Molaguthal

1/2 Lb Palak
1/2 cup Tuvar Dal cooked
1/3 coconut sliced
2 tsp jeera
3-4 red chilli
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Urdh Dal
Litte Oil for seasoning
salt as per taste

Preparation style

First cook the palak in a small bowl and grind it to paste and transfer it another bowl.Usually spinach just takes few minutes to boil.Then in the blender or mixy ...grind the coconut,jeera and chilli powder by adding 1/2 glass of water.Then mix the coconut gravy,cooked Dal and palak together and allow it to boil .Let the palak boil and on the side take a small pan and pour little oil and add mustard and then after it breaks add urdh dal and pour on the palak.Add salt as per taste and mix it well and serve it hot with rice.

Raw Materials Required -Pavaka Dish

1/2 Lb –Pavaka (Bitter Gourd)
3 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp sambhar powder
1/2 tsp Haldi
1/2tsp Mustart seeds
1/2tsp Urdh dal
Salt as per taste

Preparation style

Wash and cut the pavaka into small pieces.Then in a small kadai add little oil and add mustard seeds to it. .Allow it to break then add urdh dal seeds to it .Let it get its golden brown color then add the pavaka and fry then quite well .Add chilli powder, sambhar powder,haldi and salt and mix it quite well .Let the dish take it own time for cooking .The pavaka should roast it self .After sometime when we find that it is fully roasted then off the gas and serve it hot with rice. Enjoy Madi!!!!!

This is my entry for “Going Green with Green Leafy Vegetables”. Mahanadhi's JFI


Richa said...

hey deepa, the plated meal looks so yummy, I'm sure you & your family enjoyed your lunch! will try your palak & bitter gourd recipes.

USHA said...

Hi Deepa,

You are in Indusladies too..Good to see you there.

Wonderful spread on plate...Oh!my girl what a beautiful rose over there..cute...

FH said...

Loads of greens recipes for everybody!!I love it.Plate looks delicious.I love the palak koot.Thanks Deepa:))

Anonymous said...

that is one healthy, green plate.

DEEPA said...

Thankyou everybody ....
@richa actually i was the only person to have the lunch on that day ....
@usha i am indus ladies too.The rose is really cute usha ...
@thks asha ji ..i also love palak koot is really health lunch .i enjoyed it the lunch very much

Roopa said...

wow Deepa
the palak koot looks delicious of all i liked your patience to make those vadams i love them!
Your rose plant has very nice color. Here my rose is dying without sunlight oof!

Bharathy said...

Good,healthy lunch,Deeps.BTW is that IDLY?Its the best soft idly I have ever seen in an NRI blog:).
Love your Rose plant and the sweet flowers..

DEEPA said...

Hey Bharathy...It is not IDLY .Infact it is rice and i had that for lunch ...

Thks roopa ...I love vadams and taking pains is fine for eating vadams ..

swapna susarla said...

u have a nice blog over lunch is looking yummy!!!
will definitely participate in the afam-mango event.
by the way the roses are beautiful!

DEEPA said...

Thks a lot swapna ...Do participate in the event ...

Bong Mom said...

Your bittergourd fry is deliciuous with the palak dal

Suganya said...

Hay it is nice lunch....i looks YUMMY!