Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tomato Rice - Lunch Box Recipe


Tomato rice is a simple South Indian recipe. We can prepare this recipe with
leftover rice/Fresh rice. This recipe is a well known lunch box recipe.


1 Cup Rice
3 Tomatoes
1 Medium Onion
4 - 5 Green Chillies
Red Chilly powder to taste
1/4 tbs turmeric
1/2 Inch Ginger
2 flakes garlic
2 Cloves
1 piece cinnamon
2 cardamons
2 tbs oil/butter/ghee
Coriander leaves for garnishing.


1. Cook the Basmati rice and keep it aside. Allow it too cool.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add cloves,cinnamon, Cardamom and fry for a minute.
3. Add ginger, garlic, green chillies and fry for a min.
4. Add onions and green chillies fry till the onions turn into light brown color.
5. Add Chopped Tomatoes, Salt, turmeric and cover to cook on medium heat.
6. After tomatoes are cooked well, add red chilly powder and mix well.
7. Finally add cooked rice and mix well.
8. Garnish with Coriander leaves.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Peanut Powder

With Peanut allergies on the rise, most of the people are steering clear of these 
nuts altogether. If you are allergic you should certainly stay away from them.
It's a very healthy recipe for kids. Serve this recipe with hot rice with little ghee.
Serve with dosa, Idly with little ghee. Sometimes I am Using this powder like a 
curry powder.
Health Benefits of Peanuts:

1. Peanut is rich in calcium which helps promotes healthy bones.
2 .Peanut contain iron which is essential for the correct functioning of red 

    blood cells.
3. Peanut helps to accelerate the growth of male and female hormones.
4. Peanuts fiber content helps lower the risk of colon cancer an ounce of

    peanuts contains 2 grams of fiber.
5. Peanuts also contain omega 6 fatty acids, which is one of the "good" fats 

    commonly known as "essential fatty acids". These aid in lowering the 
    amount of "bad" cholesterol in the bloodstream.
6. Roasting actually increases the antaxidant content in peanuts by up to 22 %.
7. If you have type 2 diabetes, or are insulin resistant, peanuts can help. With a 

    low glycemic index rating, peanuts help to regulate the rate at which your sugar 
    and insulin levels rise, after you eat. According to a recent study, consuming a 
    25 gram serving of peanuts five or more times a week is associated with a whop-
    ping 27% reduction in risks associated with developing type 2 diabetes.
8. Peanuts are good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese.

    In addition, peanuts  provide resveratrol, the phenolic antoxidant also found in 
    red graps and red wine. Resveratrol is thought to be responsible for lowering 
    the risk of heart strokes.


 1 Small cup of roasted peanuts
 4  Red chillies
 4 - 5 tbs  White sesame seeds
 4 - 5 tbs Dry coconut powder
 Salt to taste.


1.Heat a small pan and fry the peanuts and red chillies. 
2.After 8 min takeout the peanuts and red chillies from the pan and leave it aside. 
3.Now add sesame seeds fry for a min.
4.Once the fried  mixture is come to little warm, transfer contents to blender and 

   add salt, coconut powder and grind them to a fine powder.
5.Store it an air tight container.