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Sakthi's Quick Recipes

For Lunches

 Different Meal Choices Using Three Separators  

  1. Rice + beet root+ (chana dal + potato)

See Recipe below. In one section of the separator you can make rice, in another beetroot and in the third potato and channa dal. You can take out the potato to make the mix.  Instead of rice you can make chapatti or roti and so in the free separator you could cook a dal for sambar or another vegetable or bean. You can similarly substitute in any of the recipes below.

  1.  Rice +  spinach + horse gram (lentils)  

Recipe : Spinach Poriyal  and horse gram (lentils) curry  

  1.  Rice + red kidney beans + chard (green leaves)  

Recipe : Red kidney beans rajma curry and Chard kotu  

  1. Rice +  green beans + garbanzo

Recipe : Green beans coconut poriyal  and  garbanzo sundal

  1. Rice + squash + tur dal

  2. Rice + green mung + cabbage

Recipe : Green mung curry  and  cabbage poriyal

  1.  Rice +   masoor dal + radish (for  curry)

Recipe :  masoor dal curry and  potato onion curry

Carrot 'Poriyal'

Grate two carrots or put in a mixer or blender and blend into coarse form without water. Heat one table spoon of  oil in a pan and add one teaspoonful of urad dal , few cumin seeds, and one green or red chilli. Fry till urad becomes brown. Now add the grated carrots and mix well. Add half glass of water and allow to cook for three minutes. This will be half cooked but very tasty. You can add some more water and cook for another 4 minutes to get it well cooked. This is very easy and less time consuming. Add salt before serving. 

Time : 10 minutes

Spinach 'Poriyal'

Cook spinach in pressure cooker without water. Heat one teaspoon of oil in a pan and add flavor and spice mix. Add grated coconut (one tablespoon ) and briefly fry for a minute. Add the cooked spinach and mix well. Add salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, wait for a minute and then serve.

Time : less than 5 minutes.

Broccoli 'Poriyal'

Heat one teaspoon of oil in a pan and add one tablespoon of urad dal and briefly fry till it turns light brown in color. Add  one dry chilli (or one teaspoon chilli powder) and (optional) one tablespoon grated coconuts. Briefly fry for a minute. Add chopped broccoli, mix well and pour one glass of water. Put the lid on and turn on full heat. Turn heat off after three to five minutes. Mix well and add salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. Wait for a minute and then serve.

Time: 10  minutes.

Potato Coriander Mix
Steam cook two big potatoes. Peel the skin and cut into small pieces. In a frying pan add oil, add one tablespoon of urad dal and briefly fry till brown. Add one tablespoon of sambar powder or spice powder and half tablespoon of salt and add the potato and stir.  Add chopped coriander leaves and serve. 
Tur Dal Curry
Steam cook tur dal with excess water.  In a pan heat one teaspoon of oil and add flavor mix and spice mix. Add ¼ teaspoon of chopped garlic and stir for few minutes. Add the cooked tur dal and allow to boil. Add a few chopped coriander leaves and serve. Chopped tomatoes could be added and also saunf (fennel) seeds for a different flavor. 

Time: 10 minutes

Masoor Dal Curry
As above recipe for tur dal curry. You can add dried mango powder (amchur) or you can add a piece of tamarind for sour taste. Rest is the same.
Tomato Coriander Curry
To a blender add  a handful of washed coriander leaves, one big tomato, ¼ of a small size onion, a piece of ginger one or two green chilli, one teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and one cup of water (or less) and blend for 1 minute to a paste (to coarse consistency is best) . Take a pan and add a tablespoon of oil and heat. Add 1 teaspoon urad dal and fry for 20 seconds; as soon it starts to turn brown, add the blended mix. Allow to boil for three minutes.

This goes well with roti/chapatti  or rice.

Spinach Curry
Cook chopped spinach in pressure cooker with no water. Dal like tur or yellow mung dal also can be cooked in another separator.  Heat oil in a pan and add the flavor and spice mix (sambar powder is better than spice mix in this case) and then add salt and ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Allow to boil and serve.

Time:  5 to 7 minutes.

Potato Onion Curry
Heat one tablespoon of oil and add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds, one tablespoon of chana dal and ¼ teaspoon of cumin seeds and half fry it. Add one cup (or less) of chopped onions and one or two green chillis (optional chilli powder). Briefly fry for a minute, add one cup of water and boil it. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder, one tablespoon of salt and add the cooked chopped potato. Mix well and allow again to boil for less than a minute. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

Time:  less than 15 minutes.

Turmeric Yogurt mix
Ingredients:
  • Yogurt                     1  cup                           
  • Turmeric powder        1 teaspoon
  • Salt                         ½ teaspoon                    
  • Curry leaves chopped 1 teaspoon
  • Water                      1 Tablespoon                  
  • Cucumber                 1
  • Olive oil                    1 Tablespoon

Preparation:

Chop cucumber and briefly saute in oil for 2 to 3 minutes (sautéing is optional).  Add water and yogurt, then add salt, curry leaves chopped and turmeric powder. Stir well. 

Preparation Time: 6 minutes.
Red Kidney Beans/Rajma  Curry 
In a blender, add 2 flakes of garlic 2.5 gms of ginger, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon  coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon of cumin seeds,  ¼ tablespoon of salt, ½ tomato and  ½ cup water. Blend well and pour into a pan.  Boil for 3 to 4 minutes in full heat. Add the cooked red kidney beans. Mix well and add chopped coriander leaves and serve. 

Time: 7 minutes. 

(This recipe can be used for all other beans like adzuki beans, navy beans, mung beans, black eyed peas, cow peas, blue beans, pinto, lima beans, etc.  Different types of these nourish the body with different proteins and nutrients.).

Matar Paneer
In a blender, add 2 flakes of garlic 2.5 gms of ginger, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon  coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon of cumin seeds,  ¼ tablespoon of salt, ½ tomato and  ½ cup water. Blend well and add to a separator. Add 1 cup peas to it. In another separator you could make rice. Steam for four whistles. After 5 to 10 minutes, remove the curry from separator. Take a frying pan and add oil and 1 chopped onion.  Briefly fry, add  finely cut paneer cubes and fry for a minute. Add  ¼ teaspoon of garam masala and stir well. Add contents from separator and mix well. Allow to boil and add chopped coriander leaves and serve.  

Time: 20 minutes