Exquisite Corner

'Exquisite' means of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight .A food that's creative, thoughtfully prepared, beautifully presented and easy to eat makes it absolutely delicious.On this corner,I have tried to recollect the spicy memories and food that I have enjoyed, a delicacy that still persist on the corner of my heart.Hope you too will enjoy it. Bon Appetit !


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Patties


  1. Coconut oil - 1 tbspn and for shallow frying
  2. Onions - 1-2 finely chopped
  3. Carrots - 1-2 chopped
  4. Beans - 5-6 chopped
  5. Beetroot - 1 small chopped
  6. Potato - Boiled
  7. Green peas - 1/2 cup
  8. Lemon juice - juice of 1 lemon
  9. Bread crumbs – 1 cup
  10. Egg white - 1-2 eggs
  11. Salt - to taste

Grind to paste:
  • Coconut - about 1 cup (grated )
  • Green chillies - 4 finely chopped
  • Chilly powder - 1/2 tspn(optional)
  • Onion - 1 small chopped
  • Garlic - 2 pods chopped
  • Ginger - about 1 inch size chopped
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon chopped
  • Salt to taste

How  to make

Pressure cook the chopped vegetables for 2 whistles. Heat 2 tbspn oil in a pan. Add chopped onion and saute till it becomes transulant. Now add the ground paste and saute till the raw taste leaves. Add the cooked vegetables and mix well till the vegetables are well mixed with the paste. Cook in a low flame. Sprinkle some water and mix the vgetebles well. Mash the cooked potato well and mix it with the vegetables. Remove from fire and make small balls with the mixture and roll it into desired shapes. Dip each patties in egg white & roll with bread crumbs. Deep fry in oil. Serve hot with tomato sauce.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Puli Inji

  1. Ginger - 100 gms(sliced into thin pieces)
  2. Tamarind - of the size of a lime
  3. Chilly pwder - 1 1/2 tspn
  4. Coriander powder - 1 tspn
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
  6. Aniseed(Uluva) powder - 3 pinchs
  7. Coconut oil - 1 tbspn and 1 tspn
  8. Mustard seeds
  9. Whole red chilly - 2No:s
  10. Curry leaves - 1 sprig

How to make

Take a wok. Add the sliced ginger and let the water content get vapourised. Add 1 tbspn coconut oil and fry the ginger till turns dark brown in color. Remove from fire. Take another pan , fry the chilly and coriander powder for 2 mins. Now grind the ginger,chilly powder and coriander powder in a mixer to make a fine paste.Do not add water while grinding. Now add heat 1 tspn of coconut oil in a pan,splutter mustard seeds, whole red chilly and curry leaves. Add the ground ginger paste. Add the tamarind juice and let it boil. Add aniseed powder and turmeri powder. Stir well. Add salt to taste. This dish can be used for more than a week if stored in refridgerator.

Oats Upma

After being down with fever and a few weeks of busy work schedule , I have started my experiments with food and here is the small outcome - Oats Upma :)  

Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fiber. This fiber contains a mixture of about half soluble and half insoluble fibers. One component of the soluble fibre found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fiber which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol. Here's how it works. Soluble fiber breaks down as it passes through the digestive tract, forming a gel that traps some substances related to cholesterol, such as cholesterol-rich bile acids. This entrapment reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. The bad cholesterol, LDL, is trapped without lowering good cholesterol (HDL). Oats and grains are also one of the best sources of compounds called tocotrienols. These are antioxidants which together with tocopherols form vitamin E.Eating oats can spread the rise in blood sugars over a longer time period.Oat beta-glucan slows the rise in blood glucose levels following a meal and delays its decline to pre-meal levels.Oats, like other grains and vegetables, contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Many phytochemicals are thought to reduce a person's risk of getting cancer. Phytoestrogen compounds, called lignans, in oats have been linked to decreased risk of hormone-related diseases such as breast cancer. A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fibre can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure.
So as the saying goes "Eat heathy and stay fit".