Indian Stock Photos - Stone Chariot in Hampi

Monday, October 29, 2012

Double Beans, Dry Peas, and Channa

Double beans, dry peas, chana (chick peas)
One trait that is common to the items shown in the image to the left is that they are nutritious food ingredients.

The beans in the first bowl (at front) in this stock image is known, in India, as double beans.

In some other countries the beans are known as Christmas lima beans or chestnut lima beans.  These are also known by the name butter beans.  Whatever the name, when cooked they have a delicious taste.

The double beans is used as an ingredient in a number of dishes.  For example, it is used in curry.  In pulao (pilau) and other rice preparations like bisi bele bath (a dish made from rice, vegetables, lentils, tomato, beetroot and other), the double beans add excellent taste to the dish.

The first bowl, at the left, (back row) has the dry peas.  These are also used in a number of dishes and, like the double beans, add taste to the dish.

The dry peas are usually used in place of fresh peas during off-season.  If such peas are available, they would be a better option than the dry peas.  Nevertheless, as fresh peas are not available, in India, throughout the year, dry peas fill a gap for an item that adds taste to the dishes.

The second bowl, at the right, (back row) contains a type of legume / lentil known as channa (chick pea), in India.  Like the double beans and dry peas, channa will be delicious when cooked.

The chick pea is typically used to make chole / channa masala for batura (a type of puri).  The chick pea is also used to make curry to be eaten with dishes like the chapati or Kerala paratha.

The best food to be eaten with chole perhaps is the batura.  To say it in one word, the chole-batura combination will be yummy.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Images of Indian Food - Papads
Papads, also known as Papadums, are tasty food.

These are Indian side dishes for lunch and dinner.  Papads are usually made from lentils or finger millet.  It is also known as ragi (Scientific Name: Eleusine coracana). 

In the Indian stock image above, the second papad, which has a light chocolate color, in the first row, is made from ragi.  Food, including papads, prepared from ragi has excellent health values.

The procedure to prepare ready-to cook papads is quite complex and takes much time.

Raw papads are generally deep fried in oil to make them eatable. These are a common item for lunch and dinner at marriages, house-warming functions and other occasions.

Oil-fried papads, because they contain fat, are not eaten often at homes.  The papads can also be roasted and eaten.

Restaurants that serve south-Indian meals include papads among the range of items they serve for lunch/dinner.

Some varieties of papads are spicy and hot.

New recipe: Add extra taste to papads.  Serve small-size varieties of these with small portions of mixture and fried groundnuts (as shown in the Indian stock photo above).

Friday, October 12, 2012

Delicious Noodles

Noodles in a Bowl
Noodles often come to mind first when you have to prepare a quick meal.

The combination of Chinese noodles with gravy, such as the one made from tomatoes, can be great appetizers too.

If you cook the Chinese noodles with vegetables like tomatoes, peas, carrots and capsicums, you can increase the nutritional value of this food.  Of course, these vegetables also make the noodles tastier. 

As one of the new noodle recipes, sprinkle few raw chunks of carrots and capsicums (which should be well washed, of course), on the noodles, to give a crunchy dimension to this food.

Take your noodle recipe one step further: Wash and cut a few, fresh coriander leaves and sprinkle them on the noodles.  The green coriander gives a great appeal to the noodle-gravy combination!

If you are hungry and want to cook something quickly, noodles would be the way to go.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Idli (Idly) - Indian Vegetarian Food

Indian stock image of Indian vegetarian breakfast of idli, vada, chutney and sambar
Indian Vegetarian Food
Indian stock photo of idlis, vadas, chutney and curry.

Idli or idly, with chutney and sambar (curry) is an Indian vegetarian breakfast, typically consumed by people in southern India.

Idlis are a steam-cooked, healthy breakfast that should be consumed when it is hot.  Although idlis are prepared for breakfast, idlis can be eaten at anytime of the day.

Idlis are prepared from a batter of raw rice, puffed rice, lentils and other.  The batter is left to ferment overnight.  Small portions of the batter are gently poured into the place holders in an idli stand.  It is then placed into a pressure cooker, which has a few cups of water.  The idlis are steam-cooked.

Vada is also an Indian vegetarian food and makes an excellent combination with idli.  It is made from a batter of a type of lentil (urad dal), coconut gratings, green chili, salt, pepper and other.  The batter is divided into small portions.  Each of these is shaped in the form of a doughnut and deep fried in oil.

It is rare that vadas are prepared at homes when idlis are made for breakfast.  People generally consume the idli-vada combination at restaurants.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Indian Stock Images - Almonds and Cashews

Almonds and Cashews

Almonds and cashews can be great snacks, because they are healthy.  These two nuts are used in many Indian food.  In particular almonds and cashews are used in sweet preparations, as these nuts add excellent taste to a dish.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Okra or Lady's Finger - A Popular Indian Vegetable

Okra Photo - Okra, A Popular Vegetable Grown in India
In India, okra (also known as Lady's Finger) is generally used to make sambar and curry.  The rice-okra sambar combination is tasty, particularly when ghee (condensed butter) is added to it.

Okra is also used to make curry.  It can be of two types: gravy and dry.  The former is usually eaten with dosa and the latter is usually consumed with chapathi (a type of Indian bread).

This vegetable is said to be rich in fiber and vitamin C.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Poori - An Indian Vegetarian Food

Poori is a delicious vegetarian food of India.  This food is made from wheat flour dough and is more popular in the northern part of this country.  Poori is usually eaten as a breakfast or as a starter item of a lunch.

This vegetarian food is eaten with curry and chutney.  The former is made from potatoes, onion, turmeric powder, green chilies, curry leaves and salt.  Chutney is prepared from coconut gratings, green chilies, coriander, salt and other.