March 22, 2013

Tofu vegetable Kofta

Koftas, as we all know are cooked veggie balls fried in oil. These are then dropped in gravy which makes a great accopaniment for rotis. This time I made healthy koftas by adding tofu and these are cooked without deep frying. It turned out well and everyone in my family enjoyed.


Medium Tofu (mashed and squeezed) - 1/2 cup
Boiled and mashed potatoes - 1 small one
Boiled and mashed plantain - 1/2
Chopped Carrot, cabbage  - 1/2 cup
Chilli powder

Onion - 1
Tomatoes - 1
Ginger & garlic
Chilli powder


Boil and mash potatoes and plantain together
Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped vegeables. Saute them till they get cooked. Sprinkle little water if needed. Add required salt and chilli powder. After it get cooked, add the mashed potatoes and pantain and tofu and mix everything together.
Turn off the flame when the mix is dried without water
Make kofta balls out of this and cook them in 'kuzhi paniyaram' pans with little oil.

Heat oil in a pan and add garam masala, ginger garlic and onions to it. Saute them well and grind this to a paste
Grind the tomatoes to a paste.
Heat oil in the pan and add the ground onion paste. Then add the tomato paste and saute well. To this add salt and chilli powder and mix till it gets blended well
Add 2 tbsp of tomato ketchup to this and add 1 cup of water. Let it boil until you get a gravy consistency. Add water according the consistency you prefer
Turn of the flame

Arrange the koftas in serving dish. On top of this pour the prepared gravy. Decorate with chopped coriander leaves.


March 15, 2013

Vegetable Sevai

Sevai is a traditional south indian rice noodles. This is usually made with steamed rice flour using idiyappam press. But I got some instant rice noodles from a chinese store and it tastes the same as sevai and its easy to prepare too (just have to soak it in warm water for 10 mts). This time I added some vegetables to this and made a nice breakfast. This is great for evening snack too.


Instant Rice noodles - 2 cups
Finely chopped onions - 1 tbsp
Chopped vegetables (carrot, beans, peas) - 1/4 cup
Red/Green chilli - 1
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Curry and Coriander leaves


1. Cook and keep the instant noodles ready as per the instructions in the packet. Or you can use homemade sevai

2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dal, chilli and curry leaves.

3. To this add onions and saute till light pink. To this add chopped vegeables and saute on a low flame till half cooked. Add salt and mix well.

4. To this add the cooked sevai/noodles and mix gently and thoroughly. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm.

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