Pickles and powders

Sambar Powder

Its been many days I was thinking about posting this recipe. Finally today I am doing it.

When I was in Bangalore, I brought this powder from my native. I never tried to prepare it at home. Even if I keep it for 1 year, it retains its nice aroma (unlike the other sambar powders which we get in shop).

Aayi prepares this in a lot so that she can give it to me, my brother and aunty. I brought some when I came here. But luckily I had noted down the recipe, so next time I am going to make this myself.

This powder is used in variety of dishes. I make two kinds of sambar (one for idli and one for rice), then poha(avalakki), tomato sar etc using this powder.

Definitely this powder is better than any other sambar powder we get in shops. Try atleast once…

Ingredients:
Coriander seeds 3 tbl spns
Chana dal 1 tbl spn
Jeera(Cumin seeds) 1 tbl spn
Mustard seeds 1 tbl spn
Methi(fenugreek) seeds 1/2 tbl spn
Urad dal 1/2 tbl spn
Pepper corns 1/2 tbl spn
Asafoetida 2-3 big stones or Asafoetida powder 3/4 tea spn
Turmeric 1/2 tea spn
Cloves 25-30
Cinnamon 3″ piece
Oil 1/2 tea spn
Chilli powder

Method:
Fry mustard and asafoetida in 1/2 tea spn oil.
Fry remaining ingredients(except chilli powder) one by one without oil.
Mix all and make a fine powder.
Heat same quantity (as the powder) of chilli powder in a drop of oil for some time. Mix it with the powder.
Store in a air tight container (Allow it to cool to room temperature before storing).

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Cauliflower pickle(Flowera nonche)

cauliflower-pickle
This is a ready to serve pickle. Can be preserved in refrigerator for at the max 1 week. Cauliflower should be very fresh and crunchy for the best results. V loves this pickle, aayi makes this all the time when he is at home. We prefer this pickle made with only cauliflower, but the same can be made with a mixture of cauliflower and carrot too.

Ingredients:
3 cups cauliflower and/or carrot (cut into small pieces)
2 tea spn chili powder
1 tbl spn lemon juice
1/2 inch piece asafoetida(hingu)  or 1/4th tea spn powder
2 tea spns ginger(cut into small pieces)
1 tea spn green chilies(cut into small pieces)
Salt As per taste

Method:
Wash the cauliflower and/or carrot (ie, cauliflower alone or carrot alone or cauliflower and carrot both can be used for this recipe) in water and dry it on paper for half an hour. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Serve. This remains good for about 1 week in refrigerator.

Serves : 6
Preparation time : 15min

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