Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Orange Peel Chutney

(From Anuradha B Rao's Cookbook)

Peel of 7-8 small Oranges (cuties, tangelos etc)
3 Tsp of Tamarind Paste
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
6-7 Red Chillies
1 Cup of Fresh Grated Coconut (I used Frozen Coconut Defrosted well)
1/2 Tsp Ural Daal for Seasoning (Split Bengal Gram Daal)
1/2 Tsp of Mustard Seeds for Seasoning
Oil for Seasoning
Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
Salt to Taste

1. Pressure cook the Orange Peel with Tamarind paste, Turmeric Powder and Salt in the pressure cooker for just 1 minute. If you do not have a pressure cooker, just cook them in an open pan until the peel is soft.
2. Dry Roast the Red Chillies.
3. Grind into a smooth paste the boiled Orange Peel, Roasted Red Chillies and Fresh Coconut.
3. Heat oil in a small pan, add Mustard seeds and Urad daal. Once they splutter, add it to the ground chutney.
4. Enjoy it with Hot Rice.

Due to the coconut that is present in this recipe, this is suitable only for South Beach Diet Phase 2.

Thanks for stopping by. If you do try this, please leave your comments and inputs on this recipe.

Cucumber Tomato Salad with Mint and Avocado

(From Banu's Cookbook)

This is a variation of my own inspired from the salad recipe from Kayln's Kitchen.

1 Large Cucumber or 3 Small Mini Seedless Cucumbers - Chopped into quarter pieces
2 Medium Roma Tomatoes or 1 Big Cup of Cherry Tomatoes - Chopped
1 Avocado
2 Tbsp or more of Chopped Cilantro
1 Tbsp of Chopped Mint
Lemon Juice
1 Can of Red Kidney Beans (Rinsed and Drained)
1/4 tsp of Chipotle Chilli Pepper powder
Salt to Taste
Black Pepper
Some spicy peanuts for topping

1. Chop the Avocado and add lemon juice to it.
2. Mix the chopped cucumber and red kidney beans well. To this add the chopped tomatoes and avocado and mix gently.
3. Add salt, black pepper, chopped cilantro, mint and chipotle chilli pepper powder and mix gently.
4. You can serve it topped with some Peanuts as I did. This is optional.

This recipe can be used in South Beach Diet Phase 1.