Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I learnt this recipe in a TV show. I just wanted to try , but somehow it was getting delayed. Last week my hubby went out of station for 2 days, since it is summer holidays, i asked my friend Hema to come for staying. I thought let me try this recipe for them. It came out well and she and kids like this. We had a good time chatting all night, and of course the kids enjoyed. We had a good time. I made coconut rice , double beans gravy , Cauliflower Manchurian and lemon Juice. I made poori aloo for dinner.

Coconut Milk Rice

Basmati rice – 1 cup
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Water – ½ cup
Garlic – 7 to 8 pods
Salt to taste


1. Wash and soak rice in half cup of water.
2. Combine the rice, garlic pods and coconut milk in a vessel and pressure cook.

Double Beans Gravy

Double beans – 1 cup
Onion – 1 medium
Tomato – 2 medium
Salt to taste
Ginger - ½ inch
Garlic – 2 pods
Chili powder – 1 tbsp ( I used Everest curry powder)
Cilantro for garnishing
Oil , jeera ( recipe asked for clove, cinnamon stick)


1. Pressure cook the double beans.
2. Grind Onion, ginger and garlic to a paste.
3. Make tomato puree.
4. Heat oil and temper the cumin seeds and add the onion paste.
5. When the raw smell gone add the tomato puree.
6. When the raw smell goes add the salt, curry powder and saute
7. When the masala blends together add the cooked double beans.
8. Cook for a two to three minutes and garnish with Cilantro.

Cauliflower Manchurian
I have posted this earlier. For recipe click here.

Lemon Juice

Lemon – 2
Salt a generous pinch
Sugar – 3 tbsp ( sugar free Natura)
Ice cubes – 6

Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend it together. You can substitute sugar with sugar free also.
This entry goes to WYF Side dish by Easy crafts and 15minutes cooking hosted by Mahimaa and Cooking for kids - Rice hosted byTrupti statred by Sharmi.
The lemon juice is taking part in Refreshing Drinks hosted by AnuSriram.


Mahimaa's kitchen

what a lovely feast. amazing dishes.. coconut milk pulao looks mouthwatering. i will try the double beans gravy too. have bought it. thanks for sending these dishes dear.


They all look excellent, i want the gobi!


looks nice..especially double bean gravy is awesome vidhas..i hope your friend enjoyed your food:)


You have a great friend, love the thali! :)


Really tasty, sounds like you had fun :)

Ramya Vijaykumar

Rice is really delectable with the addition of coconut milk they should taste really great... Double beans curry, the best companion for the rice... So are the cauliflower florets, they look crispy... and finally a refreshing drink...


Wow, what a lunch menu! You should have invited me for lunch! Yummy platter. :)


Delicious entries vidhya...

Priya Sriram

Thats a great idea for guest-cooking Vidhya! Thanks for sharing! I would be relieved to hit my head thinking about what to cook next time! he hee! :D


this coconut milk rice is a famous malaysian veg.dish. yesterday only a malaysian friend told me how to cook this.They make a dish called sambal"made with tofu and red chilli paste.i could imagine the yummy taste of the rice with double beans gravy.hema would have enjoyed a lot.missed it.


very nice! The double beans gravy, coconut milk rice, cauliflower manchu n lemon juice!! Sooo yummy!!! pics look sooo good :)


Vidhya,super treat there..!!all of the spread looks super yummy..the pakodas i would love to have some..


Wow,tempting me with that meals! complete planned food!!


Hi Vidhya,
Glad to know u had a gala time and enjoyed cooking a special lunch.The menu is damn good. Loved the double beans curry and manchurian. Enjoy the holidays :)
nice snaps loved the lime juice snap..froth looks cool!


Thanks buddies

Mahi - Try and let me know.
Uma - You are always welcome
Jeyashri - give me the recipe for sambhal
Ann - you are welcome to tkae the pakoras

Kittimitti and Suparna - Thanks for the compliment about the clicks, i am bouncing in joy.


wow vidhas wat a great platter!!!
Good to have wholesome meal occasionally!!

Shama Nagarajan

hope u had a good time with ur friend.....lovely treat dear


Send me some gobi manchurian, i really want to finish the platter now Vidhya..looks amazing!


everything looks yummy...love the beans gravy and cauliflower..

Kitchen Flavours

What a pretty active host you are....Everything looks appetizing and yum....


wow, thats a healthy , lovely feast for ur frnd, hope u all enjoyed;)


Wish i could have these dishes for lunch today! Delicious platter! And a glass of lemon juice is not just a quick fix, but refreshing too... :P


Thank you my dear friends!!

Mangala Bhat

What a lovely feast ...dear ..hey lovely :)Thanks sooo much for sharing :)


simply superb vidhya...any guest served such food will definetly be a regular visitor...lovely

Gita's Kitchen

Thats a delicious lunch and drink dear! Everything is so tempting :)


Wow..When am I invited for this lunch..thanks for the entry


Thanks buddies. i need it for ever.


What a spread Vidhya, loved the manchurian most of all!


Wow, thatz a nice spread Vidhya..I love the manjurian..And the lemon juice looks very much refreshing..


Wow! wht a wonderful dishes. Hope hema & her kids had really nice food. Lovely combination.


Thanks Bindiya, Srividhya and Ammu.


Wow all are wonderful dishes. loved the lemon juice.


Thanks Premy.

Ramya's Mane Adige

Love the coconut milk rice!! looks delicious....


Appetizing meal! Double beans curry is tempting.Lemon juice is my all time fav. cauliflower manch... is yummy!


Yummy spread of dishes :)

Adlak's tiny world

want to have once more... ha ha ha recollecting the effort for taking pic here and there tackling the kids all around.. he he he nice and enjoyable moments.

loved the lemon juice that day all after the gr8 meal and dinner.

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