Saturday, August 18, 2007

Sweet n sour bread upma,Avil Upma &Chilli Gobi

Sorryyyyyyyyyyy...all you friends out there who are really irritated by my recipe less snaps...Well,I do hope to slowly update them....Here is a quickie for probably a lazy morning breakfast or an evening snack...could be a bachelor break fast as well....a sweet n sour bread upma...which my dear mukta ma had introduced to me during my last vacation in India...Of course I did some alterations to her pure brahminic style...You could use this if you have any left over old bread(not too old!) or if you like it, the with the left over side pieces after making a Shahi Tukre or bread pudding.Well I dont like wasting my bread upma came up as part of refugee operation to save the left over bread bits after making the dessert.


Bread pieces-6 cups
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Ginger paste- 1 tsp
Lemon juice-1 tbsp
Coriander leaves-1small bunch-finely chopped
Asafoetida powder-a pinch
fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Mustard-1 tsp
Dry red chilli-2-broken
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Onion-2 large-chopped fine
Green chilli-2-chopped
Chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-as required
Sugar-1 tbsp(as rqd)
Dil leaves-1 tbsp(finely chopped)-optional
Cashew nuts-25g(optional)
Ghee/Oil-as required


Take a big bowl. Mix together the bread pieces, lemon juice, salt,turmericpowder,red chilli powder,dill leaves and coriander leaves-leave it aside. Now heat oil/ghee in a wok. Add the seasoning-mustard,fenugreek seeds,dry red chilli,curry leaves and the asafoetida powder. Now into the wok add Onion,Saute it till it is soft,then followed by green chilli and ginger paste.When you get the nice aroma of fried ginger, add the marinated bread pieces. Mix everything well.Add sugar as required.( It is the right mix of lemonjuice-sugar and salt which gives it that wonderful my measurements are quite arbitrary, add these ingredients until you get that desired punch.)Cook it for a couple of minutes and serve it with roasted cashews and raisins on top.

Avil Upma
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Maddy's comment just reminded me of Avil Upma, which is my favourite as well...Avil upma is often a universal breakfast item in Kerala, like its elder brother Rava Upma, whenever there are a large no of mouths to be fed, like on a typical wedding day morning when people are busy concentrating on the grand afternoon sadya...these simpletons make their appearance on the tables often along with the small bananitos.It is indeed quite a healthy simple breakfast that can be made in a jiffy..Remember you need to use the hard aval/poha/avalakki/beaten rice and not the thin white flakier counterparts.So here goes the recipe:

Avil-1 cup
Onion-1 large
Green chilli-4
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp-optional
Fresh grated coconut-2tbsp
Mustard-1 tsp
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Dry Red chillies-2(broken)
Oil-1 tbsp
Salt-as reqd

Wash the Avil/Poha and drain all water.Heat oil in a wok.Add mustard,dry redchillies, curryleaves,ginger,green chillies,onion and turmeric, one after the other and saute till Onion becomes slightly limp.Now add the washed Avil,salt and mix well and cook it for say 5mts.Finally add the grated coconut,mix well for a minute and serve it with roasted bananas.(or just plain small bananas).

Chilli Gobi
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Cooking and posting the snaps has always been quite easy...but the write up part was always put off for another day...for the day when the writing bug will bite me badly...and of late the bug has been too kind... it doesnt bite me at all!Probably it has understood the hibernatory mode that I am just sleeps along with me peacefully...and now that I have compelled myself putting them into words...I'm caught by amnesia!!I forget my recipes...the reason being that I am the most unprofessional cook who just goes by the instinct of the moment....I dont go by memorised recipes and exact measure...very much like a typical Indian when it comes to writing down...sometimes I get scared...and pray that my readers get it right....!!!I believe in trial and error...until we get it right....

Chilli gobi is a must in any fast food menu...I have no idea about its origin...and like many other Indian dishes I think each one of us has his/her own recipe for it...Last week we had some guests... I wanted to make some Gobi husband suddenly called me and said that the guests are supposed to arrive in another hour...a very bad joke by him....he wanted me to finish off things in time!!!....panic, panic, panic... Oh! I just cant work when people are around..I prefer my kitchen to be all shining n clutter free before the guests come...I had no time for Gobi Manchurian and so went for the easier Chilli Gobi..So here is what i did for my Chilli Gobi.


Cauliflower-250 grams-cut into florets
corn flour-3 tbsp
All purpose flour/maida-5 tbsp
Egg-1(Vegetarians may just add water)
salt-as reqd
white pepper powder-1/4 tsp
medium size Onion-1-chopped fine
Garlic-4- minced
ginger-1 1/2 inch- minced
Green chilies-2- chopped
soya sauce-1 tbsp
Maggi Hot and sweet chilli sauce-4tbsp
Colour-1/4 tp-optional
Capsicum-1 chopped(optional)
Limejuice-1 tbsp(vinegar can also be used)
Coriander leaves-chopped fine-2tbsp
Sugar-as reqd
Oil-as reqd


In a bowl beat egg,add the flours, salt and pepper to form a smooth batter.Add the cauliflower to the batter and turn them until it coats well. Now heat oil in a pan.When the oil is very hot, deep fry the florets until golden brown.Remove it and spread it on to a kitchen towel. Now in a little oil saute onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli.Once they let out a good aroma and when the onion has become limp, add capsicum. Saute for a couple of minutes. Add all the sauces,lemon juice/vinegar. Mix well.Now add the fried florets into it . Give a thorough mix until the sauce sticks to the florets well.Add sugar as reqd till you get that right balance of taste.Finally Garnish with chopped coriander leaves...In some hotels they are served even with a garnishing of chopped nuts and raisins..


mathew said...

that upma is a nice one esp for bachelors..tired of bread butter jam..this should be a nice change.. :-)

Sharmi said...

chilli gobi and munchurians are my college time favorites. looks nice.

Bindu said...

Nice to see that you are back with new recipies. well, I just stumbled on your site about a week back and ever since I have been obsessed to it. I kind of felt really close to you... may be b'cas my native is Thaliserry too.And I have worked for Mata Amritanandamayi's Institution too, before marriage and settling in the USA a few years back. Well,the best thing is I liked the way you went with all your posts... I felt the smell of Kerala right there in your postAnyhow... all the best. Will get back very often. And yes.... I forgot... wonderful dishes. I tried a few... Excellent! I am not very good at cooking...Keep giving out more vegetarian dishes...Kerala style. I will try this too.
With regards, Bindu.

Maddy said...

oh doc, you are yet to come up with the various pepper fry/curry docs..btw ever tried avil uppma? that's a fav of mine!!

Sumitha said...

Hi Shynee,so good to see you back in action.
I was shocked to read that some of them are irritated with you not posting recipes with photos!I read a comment in your previous post too.My goodness these people!for heavens sake people, a blog is our own personal space and we can post what we feel like.We do have a life apart from posting recipes for you to try.
Shynee came here to wish you and family a very happy Onam.Today was our Onam celebration.made a sadya and had made your delicious kootu curry too.

archana said...

Wish you a very very happy Onam, enjoy the day !

RP said...

shynee, good to see you typing again. I am one who pressurized you when you were lazy. Now, after reading sumitha's comment, I feel guilty. :( Don't know what you felt, shynee, I was just talking like I do to a very dear friend. Hope you understand.

Hope you had a wonderful Onam.

Jayashree said...

Nice chilli gobi recipe.....thank u for sharing.

Mansi Desai said...

Bread upama is a great thing for a quick snack! good post:)

MM said...

Arre.. I didnt know ur backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!

Wow!!! And already Chilli Gobi is up for devouring! ;)


mallurecipes said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
lOVE ur recipes as they r so authentic.
will try the bread upma.

Annita said...

There's an award waiting for u in my blog,Do check it out and happy to see u back,Shynee.

MM said...

Chilli Gobi undakkiyittu naalu kureyaayi!! Ivide puthiya sadhanangal onnum vannillee????


Anonymous said...

hello,u have a wonderful site.can u pls post the chicken recipes seen in the photos.they r mouth watering.

Anonymous said...

Your recipes were among the best I've seen and wonder when you will make a come-back. It's now more than 2 months that we have heard from you. Looking forward to your delectable site


indianadoc said...

Thanks a lot my dear friends...for dropping spite of my prolonged inactivity.i'm so sorry that I havent been posting anything of late...wsnt quite hvg enough energy to write sorry abt just didnt wish to put an 'end' board to the blog cos of all you friends out there who still drop in.Well,I think nw it might tk sme time for me to get back to active blogging...due to certain personal limitations bear with me...:)

Thanks Annita for tht lovely I'm just too tired to complete the further formalities now...I know u will understand...:)

Anonymous said...

hi there your recipe is copied on this site i just wondered if you were aware of it.

Maddy said...

helloji - entha ezhuthu nirthiyo? the other day my son was asking - what is that indiandoc you used to mention, upto? now that was a surprise..

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MM said...

....and ofcourse a very merry xmas and an extremely wonderful new year to u! do hv a blast!

Mallugirl said...

hmm... so that was the reason for ur absense.. congrats and hope to see u regularly soon. Enjoy and happy new year!

Maddy said...

hey doc...

hope all is well with u, i thought you have switched off for a few months..

yup - avil upma has a few varaiations..

1. no turmeric,
2. added lemon juice
3. add potatoes - small chips of it - maharashtrian version.
4. coriander leaves

never overcook the poha & esp onions, have to be slightly crunchy.

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workhard said...

I love the chilli Gobi, but i think its got toooo much of that chilli, looks very fiery. Nice Blog..


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