Monday, March 25, 2013

How to make Italian Vegetable Soup - Recipe for Italian Vegetable Soup - Mixed Vegetable Soup

Hi everyone! Welcome to Tanish Kitchen. Today we will see the recipe for italian vegetable soup. I still remember when my hubby took me to Italian restaurant(Olive Garden) for our 3rd anniversary, we ordered vegetable soup. We really liked very much. After that, I tried at my home also every one liked it.

This soup is healthy as we can add pretty much any vegetables along with white beans. Lets us the recipe for the same.

Ingredients: (Serves 4 people) 

Measurement 1 cup = 100 grams
Tsp = Teaspoon

1. White bean (Thattai pairu)- 1 cup
2. Italian seasoning powder - 1 tsp
3. Olive oil or any cooking oil - 1 tsp
4. Shredded parmesan cheese (optional)- 2 tsps
5. Salt as per your taste



1. Cauli Flower(cut in small pieces) - 1 cup
2. Broccoli(cut in small pieces) - 1 cup
3. Carrot  - (chopped) - 1 cup
4. Cellary - 2 sticks
5. Squash (green & yellow) - 1 cup
6. Bell pepper (red, yellow, green) - 1/2 cup

Method of preparation:

1. Soak the white bean for an hour. Transfer the bean into pressure cooker and add some salt. Cook for up to 3 whistles. (don't over cook the bean). Keep this bean boiled water separately.
2. Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a big pan and add italian seasoning powder. Fry it for 2 seconds then add chopped carrot and cauli flower with some salt.
3. Fry the carrot and cauli flower for a minute, then add broccoli and cellary. Fry this for another minute. Now add 1/2 cup of bean boiled water into vegetables. Cover the lid and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Now open the lid and add squash, bell pepper, boiled beans and cook this all together and allow to boil for a minute.

That's it!!! the yummy and hot italian vegetable soup is ready!!!

Add pepper and shredded cheese before you serve. You can add some breadcrumbs too.

Garlic bread is best combination for this soup.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

How to make Mushroom Fry - Recipe for Mushroom Fry - Pepper Mushroom Fry Recipe

Today we will see how to make pepper mushroom fry. This does not require a lot of time. All of us like mushroom very much, especially kids love them due to chewiness. Mushroom also has a lot of vitamins and minerals.(see below for nutritional facts)  Let us see the recipe for pepper mushroom fry:

Ingredients (serves 2 people):

1. White button mushroom - 250 grams
2. Onion (chopped) - medium 1
3. Turmeric Power - 1/4 tsp
4. Asafoedita - a pinch
5. Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp

For seasoning:

1. Oil - 1 tsp
2. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
3. Urad dal  1/2 tsp
4. Curry leaves (chopped) - some
5. Coriander leaves (chopped)
6. Salt - per your need

Method of preparation:

1. Wash the mushroom thoroughly in water and cut into small pieces.
2. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of salt into mushroom and mix it well. Keep it aside for 5 mins.
3. Now heat the frying pan and add salted mushroom. With in a minute mushroom will squeeze the water. Cook the mushroom until the mushroom observes all the water.
4. Once all the water drained from the mushroom, then transfer it into a bowl.
5. Now heat 1 tsp of oil in frying pan and add mustard seeds. Allow mustard seeds to get crackled and then add urad dal. Once urad dal gets into golden color, add chopped onion.
6. Fry the onion for about 2 mins then add turmeric and asafodita powder. Mix it together with onion.
7. Now add the mushroom into onion and fry it for 2 mins. Finally add pepper powder, curry and coriander leaves. Mix it well together. Fry for another minute.

That's it!!!  yummy and spicy pepper mushroom fry is ready!!!

Pepper mushroom fry is very good combination for all variety rice.

Nutritional value of Mushrooms: 

The nutritional value of mushrooms is greater than one may think! More than just a condiment for salads, they're actually one of the healthier foods that you can eat.

Mushrooms are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain many important vitamins and minerals. Some also have medicinal properties such as complex carbohydrates that strengthen the immune system.

Friday, March 22, 2013

How to make Masala Vada - How to make Paruppu Vada - Recipe for South-Indian Masala Vada

Masala vada was one of my favorite snacks in my childhood and it is still my favorite. My mom used to make this vada often. I learnt how to make masala vada from her.

Ingredients: (serves 2 people)

Measurement (1 cup = 100grams)
1. Spilt bengal gram - 2 cups (200 grams)
2. Red chillies - 4 nos
3. Onion (medium) - 1 chopped
4. Curry and coriander leaves
5. Salt as per your taste
6. Oil to fry

For Seasoning

1. Garlic - 4 cloves (singles)
2. Ginger - small pieces (amla size)
3. Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
4. Cloves - (kirambu) - 2 nos
5. Cinnamon - a tiny piece

Method of preparation

1. Wash the bengal gram thoroughly in the water and soak for at least 90 mins.(1 and half hour)
2. Once the bengal gram soaked fully in the water, then drain the water. Take half handful of soaked gram seperately.
3. Transfer the remaining gram into the mixi bowl and add all masala seasoning and red chillies. Grind it together in the mixi (don't grind like a paste)
4. Take a big bowl or besan, add chopped onion, curry, coriander leaves, grinded bengal grams, some salt and ungrinded soaked bengal gram(we took before grinding). Mix it all together and make it like a small ball.
5. Now let us see vada making preparation. Now heat the oil in a pan. Keep one small ball into your left palm and press it with your right palm and put it in the oil. This vada will take some time to cook so you have to just keep turning the vada frequently. Once it turns the color like orange, then take it off from the oil.

That's it yummy masala vada is ready now.

The coconut chutney is best combination for this vada.


When you are grinding the gram, first grind the seasoning and then add the gram. Then only the seasonings will grind properly.

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