Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Cucumber raita

  I dont have much love with raita, i always prefer having raw salad, but when i made this raita with cucumber, tomato, onion along with amla and ginger juvellines, garnished with crushed jeera seeds,  i really luved it!  You could have this raita along with rotis or stuffed parathas

Ingredients required

Half cup curd, half a cup of chopped veggies like cucumber, onion, tomato, a pinch of amla grating, ginger juvellines and coriander leaves to garnish

Spice mix needed is one tsp of freshly roasted and powdered jeera powder, pinch of hing, and salt

Deseed cucmber, tomato and chop with onion.  Spice lovers can add chopped green chilli

In cup mix curd with coriander leaves and mix this with all other ingredients

Raita is done, i served this with carrot parantha

Crumbled onions

   Ever wondered why restaurent made gravies are more dark in colour, making an wonderful impact??  Saw an cooking video of street-side dhaba in delhi and know wat? these guys add brown onion powder in the gravy to make it smell great and thus make an differentiation in colour as well.

    These powder, i assue should be made by deep frying finely chopped onions, draining off excessive oil and grinding even before their crispiness wipes out.  Such an delicate fantacy can be added to garnish curry, added on stuffed parathas and ur salads as well.  These have wide range of applications.  However, i tried to bake them till they went brownish red and grinded them once to get crumbled texture.  If you need a paste (as brown onion paste is also equally applicable in lots of gravies) you can grind it with a little water

  So, in a tray lined with oil greased foil, i laid down finely chopped onions,

Then i baked for 150 degee celcius for 10-15 minutes, this may take a time depending upon the quantity of onions added

Then i grinded it for single round, and here i go, have crumbled onions

Isn't it wonderful?
As said before they can be used to
  1. garnish curry/gravy
  2. added in curry/gravy
  3. added in stuffed paratha
  4. Also in salad

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