Friday, July 18, 2008

Less is more - MBP

Cooking with few ingredients is really simple, but many have the idea it won't taste good. The truth is , the vegetable is not overpowered by any masala and taste great with a touch of chili powder and salt!

When Nupur announced less is more for this month MBP event originated by Coffee, it reminded many dishes in day to day cooking that my mom does.
My mom uses only Kuzhambu powder mix (we call it Kuzhambu mix - red Chili , coriander seeds, turmeric, small amount of black pepper and cumin added along with few curry leaves). Those ingredients are dried in sunlight and ground in masala mill to make a fine masala powder. Yes, in India, we do have special mill for masala grinding!
Well, all the vegetables are seasoned with the Chilli powder. She just steam/cook or fry the veg with the chilli powder and salt , sometimes seasoning are added...
Vegetable are very delicate , cook fast and doesn't require any special masala. You can really enjoy the flavor of the vegetable when there is less ingredients involved.
I got two recipes from my fellow bloggers, both are baked version.
1.The first one is Baked Bitter Gourd crisp picked from here . She has a collection of sweets too .
Bittergourd sliced, seasonned with Chili and salt
2.Next , it is Potato & Garlic Roast got it from en Vittu virundhu. Yes, it is real feast, she has some simple recipes collections.
Potatoes diced+ chili powder+garlic+salt
3.The third one is simple toor dhal (my mom's recipe) - If someone has the same recipe, i would be glad to link there site here.
Toor dhal+onion+green chilis+ turmeric+ salt+ seasonning: hing,mustard, cumin


simple toor dhal

This two side dishes go well with dhal.

Have a great weekend!

47 comments:

notyet100 said...

thali looks delicious,..

sowmya said...

nice ones cham....food is really tasty even if it has lesser infredients..this event proves it!!

easycrafts said...

nice collection for the event...

Nupur said...

Now that's the kind of meal that I dream about! Simple and delicious. Thank you for your participation!

Laavanya said...

A complete meal with a handful of ingredients... - looks awesome chams. Nice entry for MBP.

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

i too love the simple dal tadka .. real comfort food. potato garlic roast looks yummy

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear cham
i simply liked it...and i fully agree with the theme..less is more. All my best wishes are with you !

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hey all three look delicious..wanna try the karela nad potatoes ..

Sireesha said...

A complete thali with few ingredients is simply superb....Gr8 Entry dear :))
Have a great weekend!!!!!!!

Madhavi said...

Delicious thali Cham, very nice recipes!!!

Illatharasi said...

great spread.... right combination:)

sra said...

CHam, the dal is such a coincidence, I made one like that a couple of days ago. I flavoured it with lime, though!

shriya said...

Delicious platter with few ingredients thats interesting. Very good collectio for the event. great entry cham.

kamala said...

Yummy plate...Saapida varalama cham..Love it so much

Sig said...

Those are some real quick and easy delicious recipes... Great entries for the event Cham! Also, congrats to your niece, what an achievement!

srikars kitchen said...

Thali looks delicious,.. right combination....

Rachel said...

Simple yet yumm!!

homecooked said...

Wow....this looks delicious. nice collection :)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

on a roll huh, Cham? three perfect and delicious entries!! :-)

Uma said...

wow, delicious thali! Easy and yummy recipes.

jayasree said...

Yummy thaali... with few ingredients. Gr8.

Solai Chidambaram said...

love to have baked items.You also agree that with less ingredients tasty dishes can be prepared.I bought an otg oven for the new year.Yet to open the box.guide me where to find the basics of baking and baked food recipes

Cooking Station said...

I love the combo cham..now can I have it ? :D

Cooking Station said...

Dear Cham, You have a goodluck genie waiting for you on Cooking Station.

Vaishali said...

Yum, bitter gourd. It's one of my favorite veggies and I can't have enough of it. Nice entries, Cham.

ranji said...

oh cham..what can i say??cant talk anything coz my mouth is busy drooling looking at this plate..i can have this simple thali anytime and n numbe rof times :)..its that gooooooood..love it cham..excellent entry :)

mitr_bayarea said...

Cham-

great recipes with simple ingredients..this one I can try out.

A_and_N said...

Thats just 4 ingredients for the potatoes and I love the addition of garlic! The thali looks so homely!

Seema said...

These r soo good & make a happy meal. I love those Pavakkai crisps.. Yum Yum!!

Andhra Flavors said...

very simple meal cham at the same time delicious too..
i love chips and fries to the combination of sambar or dhaal.

Sunshinemom said...

Cham, that's a nice menu! You toor dal is exactly made the way my elder sister loves it!

bhags said...

that plate looks so inviting.....simple and perfect

Richa said...

slurrp, can hv that thali now, so early in the morning :) good to know both r baked ;)

Padma said...

Came over from Uma's blog. You have a nice space here... and the MBP post looks quick n easy... I have to go around n find some easy breezy recipes with few ingre's

Nithu said...

Hi cham, That looks simple and mouth watering. Thanks for ur comments in our site.

Suma Rajesh said...

looks comfort meals...great job cham

Maheswari said...

Nice entry and a perfect thali..would love to have that plate whenever i am tired or after a long travel..

Aparna said...

I love both these vegetables, especially when they are crisp. Lovely.

Medhaa said...

Love the thali Cham, Your pictures are always so wonderful.

Sireesha said...

The magic lamp of luck!!! is waiting for u at my blog.....

Namratha said...

I'm eyeing the Potato and Garlic Roast....slurp!!

Cham said...

Thank you everyone for your generous comments

Sukanya said...

The platter looks so tempting, The karelas are absolutely mouth-watering

Anisheetu said...

Delicious cooking....

Divya Vikram said...

lovely platter cham..I should try the bittergourd recipe..

Jennifer said...

Great post. I love to eat this with curd rice!!

Neha said...

very nice thali, with few ingredients, apt entry for the event..