Friday, March 12, 2010

Cooking in summer

The summer has already begun, with the temperature soaring, options for cooking get narrower and narrower.
Best ingredients in summer for Indian cooking:
Moong dal
Turai/ridge gourd
lauki/bottle gourd
Inclusion of cucumber salads and buttermilk/chaach/mattha/majjige(See buttermilk masala recipe)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Black Currant jam

This is not the kind of jam with the jelly like settingin commercially available jams, it is more of a grape preserve. Grapes contains galactose one of the healthiest of sugars and usage of black grapes and currants makes it an iron packed jam.

You need:
grape juice 250 ml without sugar
1tsp jaggery optional
100gms black currant/sultanas/munakka

Mix all the ingredients and heat in a thick vessel till the juice thickens and u get a very thick consistency