Today morning , I was playing with snow balls in Swiss mountains..tossing them n slipping on snow on the foot of a peak,when I suddenly saw a humongous ball rushing from the top towards me,rapidly increasing it size all the way.I was horror struck n perching both ma hands on my tiny head,I tried to run,but slipped ,skid n fell ass flat on the snow n then I saw the big thing straight over ma head ,ready to hit any moment.A sudden ka boom sound n I yelled out..tried to do that actually,but came out as muffled squeals n then I heard some more sounds n opened my eyes…!! Haa..I was dreaming..n the goddamn sounds were from some engines that were working in the condo complex.. I was happy and angry at the same time.Happy that I am no longer in Swiss,trying to protect ma head n angry with all those people who actually dared to make all those sounds n disturb my sleep ,that too at 9 O’ clock in the morning..So bad..!! I have to complain to the management..I mean ,how bad of them ,huh? Cursing them n our tummies,which were actually starting to protest,I toasted some waffles n grabbed a cup of juice.Big job..duh..:D
So what is the relation between my snowball dream n purple cabbage?? Any clue? hee..actually there is no connection at all..So save your brain(which, I guess ,got really flushed out after reading the 1st para..:D)..I guess all the guilty feeling of not being enough responsible in packing,cleaning etc,apparently accumulated into that big snow ball,in ma dream.Yup..Being the clumsiest person,ever alive,I am still procrastinating stuffs n waiting for that pleasant Saturday,when I’ll be running around the whole place like a mad fly.I did start,but yet have piles of clothes in the closet n not to mention the small heaps of accessories ,mounted liberally on every part of the bedroom.I sincerely hope,my porcelain plates n delicate crockery stuff,survive the shift,because I am the one who is packing n taking it to the new place..:D
So ..so we are shifting on this weekend and lord knows,how long it’ll take for the net connection to get set..n also US to get settled..So ,this is my post ,before a break..hopefully ..a short one…
This is a simple,yet delicious dish,a less spicy one which tastes good with roti’s,but best with hot rice n some main curry.Thoran is an authentic Kerala dish,in which the veggies are stir-fried with fresh grated coconut n tempering.This one is a nice twist to the good ole’ thing by cracking an egg into the pan..:P But I dont know if it’ll taste good with all sorts of veggies used for Thoran.But yeah,it tastes awesome with Cabbage..I have made it with green cabbage as well.Tastes awesome there as well.But I especially like the purple hue of this cabbage,which turns into a gorgeous blue shade when hit by any alkaline substance,due to the presence of a chemical called anthocyanin in the cabbage.As tap water has lime n all,this one turned into a shade of blue.Haa..mysteries of Mother Nature..:)..n you can bring the color back ,by adding a lil’ of lime juice or vinegar as they are acidic.I was planning to do that ..But this blue color was so attractive,even more than the purple.So I let it be so..:)
Haa..After the Chemistry class,lemme move on to the recipe..Pretty simple n known to all..:)
I used half of a cabbage n that took us to days to finish..:O..Reason is Purple cabbage doesn't wilt/shrink that much like the green one during cooking n it takes longer time to cook as well.
1/2 Purple cabbage shredded(which is like 3-4 cups)
1/2-3/4 cup sliced shallots/onion
1 piece ginger julienned
5-6 slit green chillies
3/4 cup of Fresh grated coconut(available in Indian stores)
1 egg,well beaten with 1 tsp Pepper powder n lil salt.
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Mustard seeds,fenugreek,Urad,chana Dal,raw rice,broken red chillies n Lots of curry leaves –for tempering
You can either cook the cabbage separately or do it in the pan after tempering.It works fine for green cabbage.For purple cabbage,you may want to half-cook it in a separate pan.Drizzle some water,close n cook in simmer for some 5 mins.
In another pan heat oil,n do the tempering with 2 tsp or more (Fenugreek,1 tsp only)of all the ingredients.
Fry well till fragrant.
Now throw in the ginger,shallots n chillies n fry well with some salt n turmeric powder.
Add grated coconut n mix well n saute for few minutes.
Now heap it to the center n pop the half cooked cabbage over ,covering it.
Close,simmer n cook for sometime.The steam passes through the aromatic coconut –tempering mix to make the cabbage flavorful.
Open,increase heat n mix well.Adjust salt.
After a minute or two of sautéing ,make a well in the center n pour the beaten egg.
Now gently mix it with the cabbage n stir fry everything under high heat for few minutes,till the egg is set n properly mixed with the cabbage.
Sprinkle some oil n curry leaves on top n switch off.
Sooo easy right??..So do try it out,n hope u all like it..:)
Take care n hope to see you all soon..:)