Roti pachadi's/pickles can be prepared with any vegetable of your choice.Rolu/mortar is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, ceramic or stone.I remember my grand mom using this mortar/pestle to grind the pachadi and also make batter for vada's and idli's.The pachadi/pickle prepared by using pestle has its own taste , its delicious compared to the one ground in the blender.
Nutritional values:
Ridge gourd is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, high in dietary fibre, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamin, iron, magnesium and manganese. The nutritional value of gourd makes it suitable for maintaining optimum health, weight lose. It has excellent cooling properties.

Serves 2 , Preparation & Cooking time : 15min
Ridge gourd - 1 peeled and cubed
Garlic - 3 pods
Tomato - 1 (optional)
Red chilies - 2
Green chilies - 2
Peanuts - 3 tsp(optional)
Cilantro - 1/2 cup chopped(optional)
Tamarind pulp- 2tsp(if using fresh tamarind , if you are using store brought paste use 1/4 tsp)
For Tempering/Tadka:
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4tsp
Channa dal - 1tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - a pinch (optional)
Curry Leaves - 2
1.Clean and cut tomatoes,ridge gourd,green chilies,cilantro.Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan , add green chilies,red chilies,peanuts.After they splutter add ridge gourd,garlic,tomato and cook them on medium heat for 5-8 min ridge gourd is 60% cooked .
2.Add chopped cilantro and cook the mixture for 2 min.Turn off the heat .
3.Once the mixture comes to room temperature ,blend the mixture by adding salt and tamarind pulp(you can make this pachadi/pickle into smooth paste or also coarse depending on your taste) .
4.Take a pan , add 1 tsp oil .Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds,curry leaves,channa dal,urad dal,turmeric,.Once the dals turn brown switch off the heat and add the tempering to the pickle.

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao is a delicious one pot meal , when you are in no mood to prepare big meal.It's a mix of spicy veggies with rice served with raita of your choice.Any veggies can be used, soya chunks also can be used if you like them , its a great source of protein.

Potato - 2 (Diced into cubes)
Basmathi Rice - 2 cups
Cauliflower - 1 cup(approx 10-15 small florets)
Carrot - 1(thinly sliced)
Peas - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 (sliced vertically)
Fried onion - 2 tsp(add according to taste)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1tsp(optional)
Cinnamon - small piece(add according to taste)
Cardamom - 1(add according to taste)
Bay leaf - 1
Oil - 2tsp
Methi - 1/4 cup
Cilantro - 1/2 cup
Mint -2 leaves(optional)
Spring onion - 2 tsp(optional)
Garlic - 2 pods(optional)
Salt - to taste
Green chillies - 2(slit length wise)
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp(optional , add according to taste)

1.Wash and soak rice for 30 min.
2.Wash all the veggies and chop them accordingly.Take a pan , heat oil .Add the whole garam masala(bay leaf,cardamom,cinnamon,jeera/cumin seeds) and saute them for a min.
3.Add onion,green chilies and saute them for 2 min,add chopped veggies to the pan.Potato takes a little time to cook so if you are adding peas then add after 2 min to avoid over cooking.Add ginger garlic paste and cook for 2 min .
4.Add salt,chopped mint,methi,spring onions,half cilantro,red chili powder and cook the veggies until they are 40% cooked.
5.Drain all the water ,add rice and saute it for 2min and open cook the rice or turn off the heat and cook the rice with 4 cups of water in rice cooker.

Garnish with cilantro and fried onions and serve with raita.

Grilled corn

Are you corn crazy like me ,then this post might be interesting to you .Grilled corn is the most common snack which we eat.I still remember those days where I used to go with my uncle to pick up fresh corn from the farm and then my grand mother would cook them on charcoal and serve it with garlic,red chili powder and butter.
I went to Hay Market(farmers market) in downtown Boston and saw fresh corn ,without a second thought I picked them up and after I came home asked Shirish if he wants to have grilled corn and his response was a big yes .
Here I have an electric stove so I came up with this idea of using the grill stand which I brought to prepare Pulkas ,it takes some time but believe me the taste is amazing.
Nutritional Values of  Corn.
Turn on the heat on high ,place the grill on the stove and grill the corn slowly by turning it occasionally.It takes any where in between 20-25 min to cook evenly.

You can serve it with butter or you can prepare "Ellipaya karam(garlic mixed with red chili powder)".
Ellipaya karam:
Crush garlic ,add butter/oil,salt,red chili powder and mix it .

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