POT 2

POINTED GOURD PEEL CHUTNEY

Today I am going to share a different type of Chutney or it can be used as a dip as well. This can be called a best out of waste recipe. Yes …. You heard it right. This chutney or dip is made from the peel of Pointed gourd or our very own Parwal. We do make different type of chutney or dip with various veggie peels but this one is a keeper for sure.
What is a Condiment?
A condiment is basically a spice, sauce, or a preparation that is added to food after cooking to induce a specific flavor to enhance the flavor, or to complement the dish. A table condiment or table sauce is more specifically a condiment that is served separately from the food and is added to enhance the taste. It includes sauces, dips, pickles and chutneys to name a few. What is Foodiemonday Theme? This week’s 231st #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #CondimentsMagic was suggested by our fellow blooger Renu who is a wonderful blogger and shares her amazing recipes .Do visit her space https://cookwithrenu.com/ . I have bookmarked some of her recipes Rajasthani Paush Bada and Horse Gram and sweet Potato Patties to name a few. Do head over to her blog and check it out. I was very Happy when she suggested the theme this week . Recipe for Pointed Gourd Peel Chutney: What are the Ingredients for this recipe?
  • Handful of Pointed Gourd Peel
  • 1 Medium Size Onion Chopped
  • Salt to Taste
  • 2 Tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 4 Red Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 Tsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1/4 th Lemon size Tamrind
  • 1 Inch Fresh Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Oil
For Tempering:
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Few Curry Leaves
How to Prepare the Chutney / Dip? Heat a wide bottom Pan. Add oil. Now you may add urad dal and mustard. Mustard starts to splutter after a few seconds. Add Onions and ginger and roast untill the onions turn golden brown. Lastly add red chillies , poppy seeds ,Pointed gourd peel and tamrind.Mix well and switch off the flame after 2 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Transfer all the ingredients to a small mixie jar. Make a fine paste. You may add a tsp of water if needed. Heat a small pan. Heat oil. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Garnish the Chuntey with this Tempering. Serve with Idli , Dosa, Paniyaram ,Rotis , Use as a spread in Sandwich, Serve with Nachos or Papads…….. Lots of ideas to serve this as a dip / Chutney.
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POT 2

STEAMED EGGPLANT (CHINESE STYLE)

I am back in action after a long hiatus. I took a short break from blogging as i was with my family in India..This trip was was a memorable one as i got a chance to meet some amazing bloggers. We are back with a heavy heart but tons of good memories. Now I am looking forward to next public holiday here. This week I am sharing a lip smacking Steamed Eggplant recipe perfect for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

What is Chinese New Year?

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Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is celebrated every year according to the traditional Chinese Calendar. This year it falls on January 25th.In the Chinese astrology, each year is represented by an animal. This is the year of the Metal Rat, which is predicted to be a lucky year. The Rat has the first position in the zodiac. The Rat is a representation of diligence, kindness, and generosity. This is celebrated for 15 days . Lantern festival celebrated with night lantern displays, ends 15 days on the full moon.Check out which Zodiac animal you represent and learn more about this Festival here. Well I represent Dragon. “Dragon babies” are considered to be lucky and have desirable¬†characteristics¬†that supposedly lead to better life outcomes . These 12 Chinese Zodiac animals and their characteristics makes an interesting read.

What is the Tradition followed during this period?

Day 1 – January 25, 2020 The first day of the Metal Rat lunar New Year . The gods of heaven and earth are welcomed and meat is avoided to promote longevity and happiness On Day 2 : Prayers are sent to the gods and ancestors. Day 3&4 Son-in-laws pay respect to their bride’s parents. Day 5 : Named Po Woo, this day is spent at home to welcome the God of Wealth. It is bad luck to visit anyone on this day. Days 6-10 : The Chinese are now free to visit their loved ones, and pray for good fortune in the temples. Day 7: The birthday of all humans celebrated with a drink made by the farmers from seven types of vegetable. Raw fish is eaten to promote success, and noodles for longevity. Day 8: Prayers are sent at midnight from the Fujian people, to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven. Day 9: Offerings are made to the jade Emperor. Days 10 to 12: Invites are sent to friends and relatives, to visit for dinner. On Day 13: Simple foods are eaten so as to detox after rich foods eaten at friends and relatives house. Day 14: Time is taken for preparation for the Lantern Festival celebration on the 15th night. Day 15: Jai, a vegetarian dish is enjoyed by the family.(Source) what is Foodie Monday BlogHop Theme? This week I suggested the theme for 230th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #ChineseNewYear. Do check out some amazing recipes from my fellow bloggers to celebrate Lunar New Year. Recipe for Steamed Eggplants (Chinese Style)
Ingredients:
  • 2 Medium Size Eggplants (Chinese or Japanese Variety)
  • 1/4 Tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Scallion / Green Onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Sesame seeds
  • 1 Tsp Minced Ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Chilli Oil (I have used store bought and it is mildly spicy)
  • 1 Bird’s eye chilli (Optional)
  • 2 Tsp Soya Sauce (I have used dark soya sauce)
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Paste
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp finely Chopped Green Pepper
  • 3 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Fermented Black Beans (I have used store bought)

What is the method to prepare Steamed Eggplants in Chinese style?

Wash and clean the eggplants. Cut them into quarters lengthwise. Steam the eggplants using a steamer for about 10 minutes or until soft. I have steamed them in my rice cooker using a metal steamer. Transfer them on to a bowl. Heat a wide bottom pan with sesame oil on high heat .Now add fresh ginger and sesame seeds.After 10-15 seconds pour the chilli oil, sesame paste,salt , soya sauce and sugar.Mix well untill combined. The mixture begins to simmer. Next step is to add minced garlic, green peppers,black beans and half of the chopped scallions.Lastly add bird’s eye chilli. You may skip this if you don’t like it to be too spicy. Pour this Sauce on the Steamed eggplant and serve hot. This is one of the vegetarian dish served as a side, appetizer or even as a complete meal with Rice on Chinese New year. I love this eggplant recipe. It is a regular dish at my place now. May this year of Rat bless us all!!!!!!!!!!!! GONG XI FA CAI!!!!!!!!!!!!

Notes:

You may reduce the chilli oil to adjust to your taste. You can skip Bird’s eye chilli if you do not want the food too spicy. Soya sauce already contains salt . https://preethicuisine.com/kathirikai-vathal-rasam-sundried-eggplant-rasam/ https://preethicuisine.com/ennai-badnekayi-noon-vankayaennai-kathirikai-eggplant-masala/