Sunday, January 01, 2006

Andhra Royallu Iguru ( Prawns Curry ) & Dates Balls (Khajur Sweet)

We spent New Year's eve at home with close friends and family after dinner session over hot coffee playing board games and UNO cards.Of course there was lots of cake and sweets to usher in 2006 on a sweet note and we sure had a wonderful countdown into the NEW YEAR.

Consider myself fortunate to be part of a very loving family and good friends and now that I have started blogging I have begun to bond with my fellow bloggers and readers.Amazing technology this...Internet..bringing us all closer.I thank God for giving me this opportunity to meet wonderful people and thank you all so much for stopping by my blog and wishing me and my family all the good things in life...:)

Today I am sharing with you a family favorite sea food dish,Andhra Royallu Iguru,a simple fresh prawn curry preparation in sauted onions and Indian spices.Am also sharing a very simple,low fat sweet dish ,Date(khajur)Balls,where dates are combined with crushed biscuits and dry fruits and then rolled in crushed corn flakes.Wanted to start the New Year on a sweet note too..:)

Andhra Royallu Iguru is a sea food curry recipe from Andhra where fresh prawns are cooked in onions and Indian spices and masala resulting in a very tasty curry preparation!


500 gms prawns shelled,deveined and cleaned
1 large onion finely chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
10 curry leaves
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
3 green chillies slit length wise
1 tsp chilli pwd
1/3 tsp turmeric pwd
1 tsp coriander pwd
½ tsp cumin pwd
1/4 tsp garam masala pwd
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the chopped onion and green chillis and fry till transparent. Add the ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves and fry for a minute.Add chopped tomatoes and fry for another 3 minutes.
Add turmeric pwd, coriander pwd, cumin pwd and chilli pwd. Mix well.
Add the cleaned prawns,salt and mix well.Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Now add 1 cup of water and cook further covered with lid for 5-7 minutes on medium heat.Add garam masala pwd and mix well.Turn off heat and garnish with chopped coriander/cilantro leaves.
Serve hot with steamed white rice or chapatis/rotis.

Dates Balls

Khajur or Dates provide natural sugar in the form of glucose and fructose and are very healthy with high fibre content and I often use them to make Dates Balls which is a sweet with dry fruits,biscuits and corn flakes.It's healthy,nutritious and low fat.My son is very fond of this sweet and I get him to eat his required quota of dates and dry fruits..:)


1 cup of finely chopped dates (khajur)
6-7 Britannia Marie Biscuits
2 1/2 tbsp almonds
2 1/2 tbsp pista
4-5 tbsp crushed corn flakes
5-6 tbsp of water

Add the water to the chopped dates in a pan and slowly cook it over low heat for 6-7 minutes or till the dates get mushy(crush with the spoon).Turn off heat and cool.
Dry roast the almonds and pista for 6-7 minutes on medium heat stirring constantly.Cool and grind to a coarse pwd.
Powder the biscuits.Keep aside.
Mix the biscuit pwd to the dry fruits pwd.Add the cooled cooked dates to this pwd mixture and mix well.
Make small balls and roll over crushed corn flakes.Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.Serve.
(If the balls are not sticky to touch,roll the balls in little honey (which makes them sticky)and then roll them over crushed corn flakes)

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and God Bless!


Lera said...

Wow, what a treat for the New year!! It's soooooo appetising-Just can't resist the Royalla Iguru ! Sailu,Thanks for the awesome treat to my eyes!

rums said...

sailu congrats on the new template, i especially like the font!

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Good morning Sailu! Dates are dear to my heart. I remember when I was a teenager I would eat a whole 1 pound box of dates at the time. I was hungry I guess. Happy new year :)

paz said...

Oh, yum! You always have the most appetizing recipes!

This New Year, one of the things I'm thankful for is you and your blog!

Best wishes,

Latha said...

Hi Sailu,

Happy New Year! I made your recipe for royyala iguru last night and enjoyed it very much. I usually make this curry with a bit of coconut and gasagasalu and never add tomato but decided to make it your way for dinner. It was very good and will definitely be one of the ways I will cook royyalu from now on. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

sailu said...

Happy New Year,Latha.I do prepare Royallu with coconut and gasagasaalu paste also and enjoy that flavor too..:)