Cheesy Vegetables

Chop eggplants, plantains, pumpkin and mushrooms into small pieces.

Saute sesame seeds, fennel seeds, garlic and green chillies in sesame oil. Add all the vegetables and cook uncovered till they get tender.

Add cheese, switch off the stove. Mix till the cheese melts. Leave it covered for some ten mins.

Enjoy your healthy cheesy vegetables.

Rava Coated Seer Fish Fry

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Get seer fish slices, which are less than a cm in thickness. Rub some lemon juice, kashmiri chilly powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder, roasted cumin+coriander powder, all spice mix, garlic powder and salt on the fish slices and let it chill in fridge for an hour.

Take equal parts of rice flour, gram flour and rava (sooji). Season it with some salt, chilly powder, ground pepper, finely chopped fresh coriander.

Coat the fish with this and pan fry on medium heat.

Goes amazing with just some rice and rasam.

Roasted Chicken with Amaranth and Carrots

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Cut carrots length wise into quarters and wash the amaranth leaves. Melt butter and roast some chicken pieces in it. Sprinkle some red chilly powder and turmeric as the chicken cooks on high heat. Once the chicken gets a nice crust remove it and keep separately.

In the butter filled with the flavors from the chicken roast the carrots and some large green peppers. Do not remove the seeds from the chilies as that is the heat for this dish.

Once a slight charring starts add the amaranth leaves and cook till they are wilted. Add coconut milk and bring back the chicken into the pan. Season with salt and cook on low heat for about 15-20 mins.

A power packed lunch for the start of the week. Enjoy…

Fish Biryani

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Soak three cups Zeera-Samba rice in water. Zeera-Samba is also known as Chiti-Mutiyalu in Telugu.

Fry fish in mustard oil after rubbing it with some turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilly powder and salt with some ginger-garlic paste. I used Black Pomfret but you can use any fish like Indian Salmon, Sea Bass etc..

Remove the the fish and using the same oil and some butter fry four large onions.Add a couple of whole green chilies and some ginger-garlic paste. Fry till the onions are almost golden. Add a chopped tomato and salt. Keep stirring and once the oil separates add half a cup of coconut milk and half a cup of thick curd. Add the juice of a lemon. Mix them well and dilute with 5 cups of water. This combined 6 cups of liquid is for the three cups of rice we have been soaking in water.

Place the fish in the sauce and cover your pressure cooker’s lid. Do not seal it. Do not keep any weight on it. after five minutes open and stir it. Repeat one more time.

Remove the fish and add the rice. Mix in some fresh coriander. Place the fish on top of the rice. Pressure cook for one whistle on high. Then let it simmer for about 8-10 mins.

Serve Hot and enjoy your special family lunch or dinner.