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Squid gravy

Calamari rings is a most common appetizers in Asian restaurants. That was totally new to me. All those times i have wondered what is a calamari. Little did i know it's the squid they are talking about. Phew!  It was in fact too good to try for the very first time. Something similar to onion rings but a non-veg appetizer. The quantity they provide you is way too much for one person. You can share it with 2/3 people as a snack.  I wish I had made calamari rings today, but was too tempted to try the curry my mom used to make when I was a kid. I did try a different version of the curry today. Let's see the recipe details and the ingredient list. Ingredients: 500 gms of squid 1 large onion 2 medium sized tomatoes 1 tsp red chilli powder salt to taste 2 tsp oil a fat pinch of turmeric powder 200 ml water 1 tsp mustard 1/2 split urad dhal 1 green chilli 1/2 cumin seeds 1 sprig of curry leaves How to make squid gravy: Clean the squid - take you own time. It's really a difficult tas

Bisibelebath

Bisibelebath is a variation of sambar rice but in a complete mixed form of rice, dhal, masala powder and vegetables. This is a self-sufficient food i.e, you can eat it without any side dish as it has a lot of vegetables of our choice. Let's look at the ingredients needed:



Ingredients:

1. 1 cup rice
2. 1/2 cup toor dhaal
3. 1/4 cup chopped potatoes
4. 1/4 cup chopped carrots
5. 1/4 cup peas
6. 1/4 cup chopped capsicum (of any color)
7. few cashews (optional)
8. 7 small onions
9. 1 gooseberry size tamarind
10. 2 tbsp oil
11. 1 tsp mustard seeds
12. 1 tsp black gram(urad dhaal)
13. few curry leaves
14. 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves
15. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
16. Salt to taste



For grinding masala:

1. 4 dried red chillies
2. 3 tsp coriander seeds
3. 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
4. 1/4 tsp peppercorns
5. 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
6. 3 cloves
7. 3 cardamons
8. 1 small cinnamon stick (optional), if you don't like the cinnamon flavour, you can completely ignore it.
9. 2 tbsp grated coconut

Steps:

1. In a pan, dry roast the ingredients listed for grinding masala except for coconut. Towards the end add coconut to the pan and switch off the flame.


2.  Let it cool and grind the masala paste by adding enough water.




3. Extract the tamarind juice and keep it ready.

4. Wash the rice, dhal together and cook them till they become mushy. Add extra water to the rice-dhal when compared to the normal rice: water ratio.

5. In a pan, add oil. Add mustard seeds, black gram. Once it splutters, add curry leaves, cashews and onions. Saute the onion till they turn light brown.




6. Then add the chopped vegetables. Add a little water and keep it closed with a lid. Let it cook for 6-7 minutes.



7. Add tamarind juice to the boiling vegetables. Add turmeric powder and salt. Let this boil for another 7 minutes till the raw smell of the tamarind juice goes away.






8. Now, add the masala mixture to the pan.  



9. Add 2 cups of water.



10. Let it boil till bubble comes. Check for salt.



11. Add the cooked rice, dhal mixture to pan.





12.Mix them well so that masala and veggies blend well with rice, dhal.



 13.Finally, add chopped coriander leaves and mix well.


14.Bisibelebath is ready to serve!

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