Oven Roasted Cauliflower – South Indian Style

August 11th, 2008 Madhuram Posted in Salt and Spicy, Side Dish, Vegan Side Dishes 59 Comments »

Oven Roasted Cauliflower Fries

Cauliflower is my husband’s favorite vegetable, so I try to cook different dishes with it.  Nupur’s Cauliflower Soup has become such a hit in my house, these days even my mother is asking me to make it quite often.  While searching the net I came to know about oven roasted cauliflower and was so tempted to try it.  There are 1001 recipes available throughout the net for roasted cauliflower and this is my version.

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Simple Zucchini Koottu without Daal/Paruppu

August 9th, 2008 Madhuram Posted in Side Dish, Vegan Side Dishes 16 Comments »

Zucchini Kootu

I was on a short break and am back with an easy recipe for zucchini kootu. I learnt it from my mother-in- law.  Using rice rinsed water, this simple and tasty side dish can be prepared in no time.  I guess this is similar to the Eriseri which is prepared in Kerala, using plain water.  Usually when I use an electric rice cooker I wash the rice and soak it for 30 minutes and then cook it, to get a soft texture.  So whenever I use my electric rice cooker, I make this kootu with the rice soaked water, because I don’t want to use the regular pressure cooker also just to cook daal for sambar/kootu.  My mother-in-law prepares this kootu with cucumber.  I had only zucchini that day, so I tried it for the first time and it tasted so good.

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Rasam/Soup Using Beet Cooked Water

July 18th, 2008 Madhuram Posted in Side Dish, Soups, Vegan Side Dishes, Vegan Soups 20 Comments »

Beet Root Rasam

Usually I add little sugar to the cooked beet water and give it to my son as juice. This time my mother gave the idea of preparing Rasam (Chaaru) using it. Back in India, my grandmother and mother used to prepare Goddu Chaaru, which does not require toor daal, rasam powder. It’s prepared when you want rasam immediately, or when you are not cooking daal that day. As simple as it may look, it’s very tasty though. I had some toor daal water so I used it in the rasam, but it’s not at all necessary for this rasam.

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Beet Greens Usili

July 18th, 2008 Madhuram Posted in Side Dish, Vegan Side Dishes 12 Comments »

Beet Greens Usli

Ever since I came to know that beet greens were edible and prepared Beet Greens Daal, I have wanted to use it more often. Recently I prepared usili using beet greens and beets. Initially I thought of using beet greens alone, but once I cooked it, the quantity was very less, so proceeded using the beets also. I increased the quantity of chillies while grinding the daals, to offset the sweetness of the beets. This was the first time I was preparing beet usili and we all totally loved it.

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