January 30, 2009

Anar (Pomegranate) Raita

It's of course a yummy thing. But more than anything, it is very visually appealing. Take a look, isn't it just refreshing?

Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • Pomegranate - 1 medium or large
  • Curd - 500 ml
  • Cumin seeds - Roasted and powdered - 1 tsp
  • Pepper - crushed or powdered - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • A pinch of chilli powder (optional)
  • Corainder leaves - 1 tbsp chopped
  • Beat the curd
  • Add the cumin, pepper and salt
  • Add the pomegranate seeds, save some for garnishing.
  • Mix well
  • Garnish with the remaining pomegranate seeds, coriander leaves
  • Sprinkle a pinch of chilli powder (optional)
  • Serve chilled

January 28, 2009

Carrot Soup

It's red carrots every where these days, even in the vegetable compartment in my refrigerator. It comes very cheap in winters. So this time around every year I always have them in surplus.

That says a word about my husband's love for the vegetable!

What do I do with them? Oh I make several things out of it right from salad to dessert. This time all I wanted was to get rid of at least a bunch of them, but of course in an easier, healthier, less time consuming way.

My husband has a thing for 'healthy stuff'. So I decided to make some nice soup out of all those carrots and here is how...

Ingredients (serves 4 people)
  • Carrots (Red or Orange) - 400 gms or 5 - 6 medium sized - cubed
  • Potato - 1 large - cubed
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp ground paste - coarse or fine - doesn't really matter
  • Black pepper - coarsely ground or crushed - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Sugar - 1/2 tbsp
  • In a cooker, heat 1 tbsp butter and add the carrots and potatoes to it. Stir fry for a minute
  • Add around 3 - 4 tea cups of water (around 700 ml)
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles in high heat.
  • Once it cools down, blend and strain
  • In a pan, heat the rest of the butter and saute the coriander paste for 30 seconds
  • Add the strained vegetable mixture
  • Add sugar, salt and pepper
  • Bring to boil and then simmer for a minute or two.
  • More the pepper, better the flavour. So you can sprinkle some ground pepper while serving too
  • If you like your soup to be meaty, go ahead and add some bread croutons
  • And finally I still have some more carrots left. Would you like to try them for free ;)