Most of you know that cooking with microwave is a breeze and so easy..But somehow I am not ok with that, I don't really like cooking in microwave but I use it for cooking the veggies before making a thoran or poriyal, reheating foods, defrosting frozen goodies..I don't really cook foods with it, because I love to watch my foods while it is cooking and observe the changes and flavours it creates in a pot..If you cook in a microwave you don't get that pleasure..
So you may ask me "Then why did you start this series of microwave cooking in your blog?"..Yes I can get you..It is because I have a sweet brother who is leaving to US for 6 weeks inorder to complete some projects or whatever man..He called me and made a sweet order to post microwave recipes in my blog because that is the only equipment which they provide in their room…In addition to this he also told me that it should be easy to cook and foods which can be made with in 30 mins with minimal ingrediants..
How could I not do this..So I made quite a few dishes in my little microwave..I will post everything soon..The one thing I realized is it is so easy to cook in a microwave, it takes less time to make too...I think I will start using my microwave hereafter..So off you go to the recipe and many more recipe is on its way..
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 16 mins
Standing Time : 5 mins
Beans - 10 cut into 3 cm pieces
Carrot - 1 large cut into 3 cm pieces
Potato - 1 large peeled and cut into 3 cm pieces
Peas - 1/2 cup 9 I used Frozen)
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 1/4 cup
Coconut - 1 cup
Dry Red Chilli / Green Chilli - 3
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Coconut Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerkam - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Grind together coconut, chilli and cumin to a very smooth paste. Don't add too much water. The paste should be thick.Keep this aside.
Take a microwave safe bowl and add in all the veggies along with some salt and turmeric powder. Pour a splash of water and cover the pan with a microwave safe lid.
Microwave on high power for 10 mins. When the timer goes off, leave a standing time of 3 mins and remove the bowl from the oven.
Now add in the ground masala and tamarind to the veggies and mix well.
Put the bowl back in the microwave and cook uncovered on high for 5 mins.
Give a standing time of 2 mins and remove It from oven and mix well.
Make the seasoning. Take a small microwave safe bowl. Add a tblspn of oil and throw in mustard, cumin, curry leaves and mix well.
Microwave this on high power for a min.
Remove this from oven and pour over the avial.Mix well.
Serve with rice.