Friday, January 14, 2011

Makar Sankranti Wishes to all!

Greetings to all on this lovely festive occasion!!

These warm goodies are from "Bikanervala" a famous sweet shop in Hyderabad. In the pics you can see Rajasthani sweets like Sugar Gajjak, Gur Gajjak, Small pot shaped sweets filled with gulkand, dry fruits ...

These are typical Andhra sweets like Kaja, Kajjikayalu, Karachi halwa:)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Wishes and Christmas pics!!

Hope You all had a wonderful Christmas ! My Son's vacation in on so I am on the move:) Ooty to Hyderabad and then B'lore!! Thought of sharing some pics and wishing all of you " A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year. Hope this new year brings more happiness in everyone's life.

This would be my last post of the year:)

Charing Cross Ooty

Home Made Chocolates which are very famous!

The famous Christmas Plum Cake

Christmas Procession of Santa Claus

People dressed in a Lovely way and in the middle "Mother Mary sitting with little Jesus"

This is Hyderabad Central Mall

Will be back with more pics next year !!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Brinjal-cranberry beans gravy

This recipe is inspired from Sailu's Vankaya Gasagasala Kura. She tempted me so much with her pics that I had to make them. I did not get the lovely colour which is in her gravy though:(. I did a slight variation by adding fresh cranberry beans which is famous in Ooty. The locals here grow them and make a special curry with it(Will blog about it later). This beans makes any curry so flavourful!


1 cup fresh cranberry beans
6-8 baby brinjals, washed and sliced
1 medium onion sliced
1 1/2 tbsps oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1 tsp coriander pwd
a pinch of roasted methi/fenugreek/menthi pwd
a pinch of roasted cumin pwd
3 tbsps khus khus/poppy seeds, roasted and ground to a paste
1 1/2 tbsps jaggery
1 lemon sized tamarind, pulp extracted
Fresh chopped coriander leaves
salt to taste


Wash and pressure cook the beans for 2-3 whistles.
Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp oil, to this add the sliced brinjals and roast them till soft and brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
In the same pan, add the remaining oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds and as they splutter, add the cumin seeds and allow to splutter. Add ginger garlic paste and saute, Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the roasted khus khus(poppy)paste, tamarind extract and jaggery and cook on medium high flame. Add salt, red chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, coriander pwd, cumin pwd, roasted methi pwd, combine well and cook till the oil comes out of the mixture. If the mixture is too thick you can add 1/2 to 1 cup of water.
Add the roasted brinjal slices and cooked beans and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes or till the gravy turns thick. Turn off heat, garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve with rice or rotis.
I was cooking for first time with poppy seeds and thanks to Sailu, My family enjoyed the curry!