Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ridge Gourd Peel ( outer layer ) Chutney.

Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney is prepared using ridge gourd peel. Whenever you use ridge gourd, you can make use of the peel to prepare so many side dishes. I have prepared its fritter, dal, chutney, curry etc.
Ridge gourd also can be used along with the peel. But normally the inner part is used for curry or other dishes and the peel is also used in our kitchen.
Wash the ridge gourd nicely and then remove the peel. The edges should be scrapped out and then slowly remove the outer layer.
I have used little urid dal, red byadagi chilli, coconut and little tamarind.
Lets see the recipe Now :
Things Needed:
To Cook :
Ridge Guard outer layers ; 1 cup
Coriander seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Tamarind : 1/2 Lemon size
Salt : As required
To Fry
Urd Daal : 1 Tablespoon
Curry Leaves : 8 to `10
Red Chilly : 4 to 6
Ingh/Asafoetida : a pinch
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
To Season :
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : A pinch

Method :  
1.Wash and remove the outer layer of  Ridge Guard
2. Scrape the sharp edges and wash it again.
3. Slowly remove the outer layer of the ridge gourd and put it in a bowl.
4. Cook this Ridge Gourd skin with tamarind, salt, coriander seeds and turmeric powder with little water. Let it get cool.
5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add a spoon of oil, urid dal and red chilly. Fry till urid dal turns golden brown.
6. Add curry leaves and ingh. Mix it nicely and put off the fire.
7. Add coconut and leave it for cooling.
8. Now grind cooked ridge gourd peel with the water and fried coconut- Urid mixture nicely. (According to your wish).

9. Remove from the mixi jar to a serving bowl.
10. Add mustard seasoning and serve with the main dish.

Note :
Use of chilly is optional. (more/less). You should fry urid dal nicely or chutney does not taste good. Adding oil to fry is optional. (You can just roast the dal and chilly).
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4

Garlic - Ghee Rice

Garlic - Ghee Rice is normally used for lunch or dinner.
Things Needed :

Cooked Rice : 1 Cup
Garlic Pods : 6 to 8
Red Chillies : 2 to 3
Salt : to taste
Coconut : Fresh and Grated : 2 Table spoons.
Curry leaves : 5 to 6
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon .
Urd Daal :1/2 Tea spoon
Cashew Nuts: 2 Table spoons
Ghee : 2 Table spoons.

Method :
Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put 1 table spoon of ghee. Put mustard seeds and Urd daal . Let the Mustard spurt. Add Garlic pods and fry for 3 seconds . Add cashew nuts and red chillies. ( Cut chillies and put it to the mixture).  Now add curry leaves and fry for 2 to 3 seconds. Add  cooked rice and stir . Then add  salt and mix well. Add coconut and put of the gas.  Add the remaining Ghee and mix well and Serve Garlic - Ghee rice with some chips or Papad.
Note:  Do not use over cooked rice.  You can add little Jeera  while frying . Left over rice can be used for preparing Gharlic - Ghee rice for  breakfast. Do not use the whole ghee in the beginning....since it gives a burnt smell. ...use little ghee to fry the mustard spurt and  add the remaining ghee at the end. It gives very good Aroma and taste better.
Serves :2 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Nendra Baale and Wheat Spicy Dosa

Nendra Bale and Wheat Spicy Dosa can be eaten for breakfast or as an evening snack. It is good to have hot Nendra Bale dosa. 
This is one of the quick, easy and healthy way of preparing Nendra Bale Dosa. Traditionally raw rice is soaked in water for at least 2 hours and then ground with little spices and dosa is done as soon as you prepare the dough.
Instead of using rice I have used Wheat flour and a very little quantity of rava/semolina.
Nendra Bale is one variety of banana, we do use this banana for preparing sweet dish and bajjis (Fried fritters). Here I just tried this Nendra bale for Spicy dosa and it has come out yummy.
Remember you should use well ripe Nendra bale to prpeare any of the dish or it turns savoury and you might not like it. We can prepare Halva, Jamoon, sweet fritters and even payasam.
Lets see the recipe Now "

Things Needed :

Nendra Bale : 1
Wheat Flour : 2 cups
Medium size Rava/Semolina  : 2 Table spoons
Jaggery: 2 to 3 Table spoon
Fresh boiled and cooled milk : 1/2 Cup
Spices :
Rasam Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Ingh /Asfoetida : a Picnch
Salt : to taste
Ghee/Oil : 4 Table spoons.
Water: Required water.


1. Take a big bowl and put wheat flour, rava/semolina, salt, rasam powder, ingh and jaggery.
2. Add 1/2 cup of milk and required water. Prepare dosa dough. Keep it aside.

3. Remove the skin of Nendra bale and cut the fruit into circle shape. (thin).
4. Keep a dosa pan on the fire and heat. Spread little oil on the hot tava.
5. Dip each piece of banana in the spicy wheat batter and arrange them on the tava. (Circle shape).

6. Sprinkle little oil on the top of dosa, cover and cook on low flame. Let it cook nicely.
7. Now turn the other side and cook till they turn golden brown. ( 1 t 1 1/2 minutes).

8. Remove it from the tava and serve hot Nendra bale Wheat spicy dosa with little ghee on the top of hot dosa.
9. Repeat the same with remaining dough and bananas.
10. You can also prepare this dosa with  Yalakki banana. It taste very nicely. Cut them into pieces and dip in the same batter and arrange them on the tava and cook. (Same procedure).

Note :

Do not add more rava. Just 2 Tablespoons of rava will do. Or it turns hard and chewy. Adding more jaggery is optional. Adding grated coconut is optional. I have not added. Cooking banana dosa in ghee is optional. I have used cooking oil. Powder jaggery before adding. It takes longer time to dissolve. Consstency of dough should be like idli dough. It is easy to dip the banana and arrange it on the tava. No need to add any cooking soda or baking powder. You can use sugar instead of jaggery, but using jaggery in our diet is a good aspect. Use of any brand rasam powder is optional. . (Home made is always best).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3 (According to the size).

Veggy Modak..

Veggy Modak is a snack ..and you can have them as break-fast or  as evening snack.

Things Needed:
Rice powder: 2 cups
Carrot : 1 cup
Beans : 1 cup
Capsicum:1 cup
Green chilly : 2
Coriander Leaves : 2 Table spoons.
Salt : to taste.
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urd Daal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8 leaves.
Oil: 1 Tea spoon
Wash and cut all the vegetables, Green chillies and coriander leaves  in to small pieces and keep it aside.
Take a pan and keep it on fire and heat. Put 1 tea spoon of oil . Put mustard seeds and urd daal. let the mustard seed spurt.  Add curry leaves and cut vegetables . Mix well and  cook on low flame adding little water. Add little salt to it. Cook it for 4 to 5 minutes until the water disappear. Put cut coriander leaves and remove from the pan.
Now take an another pan and put  4 cups of water and add little salt to it. .  Bring to boil and  add rice powder little by little while the water boiling. Mix it well and stir the dough for at least 5 minutes. The dough gets thickens .Stir well and remove from the pan and keep it aside. Make balls when the dough when it becomes cool and flatten them with your palm place a spoon full of  vegetable dry curry prepared and close them with your finger giving it Modaka shape. Prepare this kind of modakas placing vegetables in it.  Arrange in a  steam cooker  or pressure cooker and steam them  for 10 minutes and serve hot Modaks with Coconut chutney and a spoonful of pure ghee on hot Modakas.

Mote : Wet your hands while making balls . So that it will be easy to make Modakas. Can add Green peas to the vegetables also.

You can use Maida flour instead of rice powder. ( Roast Maida flour and leaving for cooling . Add plain water and mix as chapati dough and  kneed well and make small balls and then flatten them one by one add the filling and prepare Modakas).
Note on  steaming Modakas in a steamer or Pressure cooker:  Add 2 glasses of water put a small bowl ( any pressure cooker container will do or similar vessel). upside down.  Place a plate on it and arrange the Modakas on the plate and cover the pressure cooker and cook for  10 minutes.

10 to 15  Modakas can be prepared. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Sweet Pumpkin Kadubu is a healthy eatable. You can have them for break-fast or dinner or at evening time.

Things needed:
Medium size Rava ( Samolina ): 2 cups.
Grated Sweet Pumpkin : 2 cups
Jaggery :  1/2 cup
Fresh coconut : 1 cup.
Cardamom : 3 to 4 pods  ( Remove the skin and powder the seeds  and keep it aside).
Salt : a pinch.

Take a big bowl.  Mix jaggery and coconut with cardamom powder.  Mix well and add salt , Rava and grated pumpkin . Mix well again thoroughly .  Now make balls  and keep it ready to steam.

Put two glasses of water to the pressure cooker or idli cooker.  keep a big bowl upside down and place a plate on that.  Arrange the Rava Balls on the tray and steam them for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove  the cooked Kadubus from the pressure cooker and serve with Ghee.
Note : You can also cook this Kadubu in Idli  plates. Greece the idli plates and place the mixture  in that and cook .  No need to add  cooking soda  or water.  The water in the sweet pumpkin and jaggery  is enough to mix the rava and coconut .  You can add Cashew nuts  to the mixture.  You can use rice instead of Rava.  ( Soak rice in water for 3 hours and  grind it as rava consistency and then add  grated pumpkin.

8 to 10 Sweet Pumpkin Kadubus can be made. 


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Puffed Rice flakes. ( Puri in kannada) chat.

Puffed Rice flakes. ( Puri in kannada) chat is a snack and you can have them in the evenings.
Things Needed :
Puffed Rice: 1 cup
Onion : 1
Green Chilly :1
Coriander seeds : 1 Tea spoon
Coconut : 1 Table spoon ( fresh- Grated).
Carrot : 1
Salt : a Pinch
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Salt : to taste.
Roasted Ground Nuts: 2 Tea spoons.
Method: Heat a big kadai and put Puffed rice flakes and stir once in a while to crisp the puffed rice flakes. It should be on a low flame. Put off the fire after 2 minutes and leave the rice flakes in a kadai.
Now cut onion, green chillies and grate carrot. Powder coriander seeds .
Take a big bowl put cut onions , green chillies , grated carrots, salt , coriander powder and 1 tea spoon of oil. Mix gently. Add crispy puffed rice flakes , coconut and roasted ground nuts. Mix well and serve.
Note : You can also add coriander cut coriander leaves to the mixture. Puffed rice flakes will be more tastier when you heat it on the low flame and it gives the better taste. You can also use Sambar powder instead of coriander powder.  Sev can be  used on the top of this snack while serving .

Serves: 2

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Almond and Cashew balls..

Almond and Cashew balls are sweet and healthy  snacks and you can have them with breakfast too...and eat any time of the day.
Things needed:
Almonds : 1 cup
Cashew Nuts : 1 cup
Raisins : 1 Cup
Jaggery  : 1/2 cup
Coconut : 1 cup ( Fresh or dry coconut: copra ).
Cardamom : 5 to 6
Ghee : 2 Table spoon.

Method :  Roast Cashew nuts and Almonds separately .  Dry grind Almonds in to small pieces.( Do not powder). Cut cashew nuts in to small pieces and powder cardamom and keep it aside.
Now keep a bowl on the fire . Add jaggery and add 1 table spoon of water and let jaggery dissolve and become liquid. Put off the fire when it starts bubbling.  Add powdered Almonds , roasted cashews and raisins.  Mix thoroughly .Add fresh coconut and powdered cardamom and mix again . Take a handful of the dough and prepare balls using your palm.  Serve them when it is cold.

Note : Adding coconut is an option. You can also try  using grated copra( kobbari in Kannada). If it does not hold can use little ghee or sprinkle little hot milk and prepare  Almond balls.  Remember if you use milk it will not stay for long. So better to use ghee . You can also add 1 table spoon  of roasted  edible gum and roasted wheat powder.  so that balls can be prepared easily by adding wheat powder.  Adding edible gum will help you to reduce your backache. 

15 Almond Balls can be made .

Capsicum - Rice Mini Dosas

Capsicum and rice Mini dosas are snacks and can be eaten at any time of the day...

Things Needed:
Rice :1 cup.
Methi seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Coriander Seeds : 2 Tea spoons
Jeera : 1 Tea spoon
Tamarind pulp: 1 Table spoon
Coconut : Freshly grated : 2 Table spoons
Red chillies : 2 to 3
Turmeric powder :  a pinch
Ingh : a pinch
Jaggery : 2 Table spoons ( optional ).
Salt ; to taste
Water : required amount. ( 1/4 cup ).
Oil. 4 to 5 Table spoons.
Method : Wash and soak rice ( Raw Dosa rice) for 2 to 3 hours with Methi seeds.  Grind coconut , coriander seeds , jeera, tamarind pulp and red chillies in to fine paste and then add soaked rice ( remove extra water and then add it to the ground paste). Grind all in to thin paste. Add salt jaggery and turmeric powder and ingh  and grind for 1 minute. So that all the mixture will mix thoroughly. Remove from the jar and pour it to a bowl .
Now cut capsicum in to thin  and small pieces and add it to the ground paste and mix well.
Keep a dosa pan on the fire,  heat for 1 minute. Rub the oil on the top of the pan and pour 1/2 spoon of batter and spread a little. You can Prepare 2 to 3 dosas at  time . Put one tea spoon of oil on the top of these dosas and cover the lid. Cook for 1 minute on the low flame. Now take out lid and turn the dosas on the other side and cook for 1 minute.  Repeat the same with remaining batter. Serve Hot Capsicum - rice dosas with honey or Powdered jaggery or as it is...since it has got all the spices in it . To make it more tasty serve butter on the top of the Hot Capsicum dosas.

Note : Can use cabbage, Ridge gourd  or big Brinjal instead of Capsicum.
Cut Cabbage in to small pieces so that it mixes well with the batter. Cut Brinjal in to thin slices , soak in water for 5 minutes and squeeze out all the water and then dip this slice in the ground batter and then place on the hot tava. Ridge gourd skins from the top should be removed and  slice it into thin slice and dip them one by one in the batter and make a small circle while placing on the tava.

8 to 10 Dosas can be made.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Corn- Carrot Kosumbari

Corn- Carrot  Kosumabari is a side dish. It can be eaten as chat too. We can have them at any time of the day. .
I have used corn, carrot and mango on the top with very little chat masala on the top.

Things Needed:
Fresh Corn : 1 cup
Carrot : Grated : 1 cup
Coconut (Fresh and grated) : 1/2 cup
Ginger : 1 Tea spoon ( grate or cut into small pieces)
Green chillies :2
Coriander leaves : 1 Table spoon.
Salt : to taste

1. Boil corn until it is soft. ( Use little water to boil the corn, and drain out the extra water after boiling).
2. Cut green chillies and coriander leaves .
3. Grate 2 medium sized carrots and ginger and keep it aside.
4. Mix carrots, corn and grated ginger, cut chilly and coriander leaves in a big bowl.
5. Add required salt and mix it well. Sprinkle little chat masala on the top and serve.
 It is good for people who are dieting.
Use tender corn
so that it will be soft and juicy. No need to add any oil to this Kosumbari.
Can use little Ingh ( Asofotida) to get different taste. ( not compulsory ). Can add spurt mustard seeds and urd dal. ( Use one tea spoon of oil , put oil on a small pan add mustard seeds , urd daal and  curry leaves ) .  You can fill this kosumbari inside the  Chapati or Pooris and roll it and serve as chapati roll..
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves 3 to 4

Monday, September 5, 2011

Easy Punddi Gatti ( Rice Ball )

Punddi Gatti/Rice ball/kolakatte,  is made of  rice rava( coarsely ground) and coconut.  It is healthy and easy dish. Good to have for breakfast and as evening snack.
Pundi means handful or musti in kannada and gatti means strong. The flour is cooked with water and then the dough is turned as ball size and then steamed again for at least 15 minutes.  Pundi gatti is eaten with coconut chutney or any other side dish as you like it.
Lets see the recipe now :
Things Needed:
Rice Rava : 2 cups
Coconut : 1 cup
Water :  4 cups
Salt: to taste
For seasoning:
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

1. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and urid dal.
2. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and water. Let the boil. Add salt tot he boiling water.
3. Now add Rice Rava to the boiling water and stir.
4. Stir continuously till the flour turns in to a dough consistency. It starts to thicken and leaves the pan.

5. Put off the fire and take out the pan from the fire. Add coconut and mix it well.
6. Mix thoroughly. Wet your hand with normal water. Take a handful of dough and prepare ball size dough (any shape you like to ).

7.  Arrange these pundi gatti in a bowl.
8. Keep a pressure cooker or idli cooker put some water at the bottom of the cooker.
9. Place a bowl upside down in the cooker. Now keep the pundi gatti bowl on the top.

10. Cover the cooker and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. (No need to put weight).
11. Insert a knife edge to see whether pundi gatti is cooked. It does not stick to the knife edge once it is cooked.
12. Shift the cooked pundi gatti to a serving bowl.
13. Serve with any side dish you have prepared.
14. We had it with a curry (spring onions) and onion chutney.
Note : Do not use lot of water while mixing Rice Rawa. You can use palak, methi leaves while boiling rava. You can also add some spices like green chilly/red chilly to the seasoning.
The ratio of rava and water is 1 = 2.  You can also add some cashew nuts to the pundi gatti.
Since it is done in the hand it is called pundi (our fist).
Time : 30 minutes
Serves :  3 to 4 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Modaka ( With Rice Flour )

Modaka is a special dish prepared on God Ganesha Festival.......This Modaka is  a healthy sweet dish and can have it even as Break fast.

Things Needed:
Rice  Flour : 2 cups
Water : 2 cups
Jaggery : 1 cup
Coconut : 2 cups .( Fresh and grated)
Cardamom : 5 to 6 seeds.
Grate coconut . Powder the cardamom and keep it aside. Keep a pan on the fire and heat . Put grated coconut and jaggery . Mix thoroughly and stir until the moisture disappear from the coconut mixture. Add cardamom and leave it for cooling.
Now boil water in a  bigger pan.  Pour  rice flour in a bowl and add boiled hot water slowly and mix the flour like chapati dough. Mix it well and Knead the dough thoroughly.  Now apply little oil or ghee to your palm take a ball size of rice flour dough and pat it and spread little and place a spoonful of coconut jaggery mixture and cover from all side and bring it to ball shape. ( You can bring up the top of Modaka little longer too).  Repeat and prepare modakas from remaining dough.  Arrange all the modakas in a tray or plate.
Keep a pressure cooker on the fire . Put some water (1 to 2 cups )  in the pressure cooker and place a small vessel down and  keep the arranged modakas on the top of that vessel and steam it for 10 to 15 minutes.  Modakas are ready to serve.
Note: Mix rice flour with required water.  So that the dough will be easy to prepare Modakas. You can also use idli stand to steam the Modaka. ( Same as idli prepared) . Do not use weight while steaming . Can cover the hole of pressure cooker with a glass.
15 to 16  Modaks can be prepared .

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dideer ( Quick ) Rasam..

Dideer Rasam can be done quickly and easily . can have as starter and with Rice too.

Things Needed

Tour Daal : 2 Table spoons
Red chillies : 4 to 6
Tomatoes: 2 to 3 ( medium size)
Coriander Seeds : 2 Tea spoons
Fenugreek Seeds : 1/4 Tea spoon
Jeera :  1/2 Tea spoon
Turmeric : 1 pinch
Tamarind Pulp : 2 Table spoons
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Salt : to taste
Coconut :  1 Table spoon ( Fresh )
Urd Daal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Asfoetida ( Ingh ) : a pinch
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Ghee : 1 Tea spoon
Curry leaves:  6 to 8
Coriander leaves : 4 to 5 sticks.


Keep a pan on the fire. Roast Toor daal until its brown.  Shift it to a plate. Now roast fenugreek seeds until its brown and add coriander seeds roast for 2 minutes add curry leaves and jeera roast for 1 more minutes . Put off the gas . Add coconut and mix well. Mix with roasted Tour Daal . Let it cool .
Grind all the roasted mixture with little water and keep it aside .

Now keep a vessel on the fire.  Heat for a minute and add oil.  Add Mustard seeds and Urd daal . Let it spurt.  Add curry leaves and cut tomatoes  and squeezed tamarind pulp. Add turmeric.  Mix well and leave it for boiling  for 2 minutes.  Add  ground mixture of  coconut and tour daal.  Add salt to Rasam and boil for 5 minutes.  Add coriander leaves and spoon full of ghee and  serve Dideer ( quick )  Rasam  with Hot Rice or as Soup..
4 to 5 Servings..

Modaka ( Fried ) .....

Ganesha Festival is nearing .....Some tasty Prasadam should be prepared ....for Ganesh Pooja...
Our Ganesha is Modaka Preeya..Means He loves Modaka......Modaka is a sweet dish made of coconut and Jagery and love to have them any time of the day...

Things Needed :
Maida (  Refined wheat flour) : 1 cup
Jaggery : 1/2 cup
Coconut: 1/2 cup
Oil : 1 cup ( For frying )
Ghee: 1 table spoon
Cardamom : 3 to 4
Salt : a pinch
Mixed Nuts :  2 Tea spoons.
Method :
Dry Roast Maida flour for 2 minutes and leave it for cooling .  Add ghee ( 1 table spoon ) and mix well . Add required water and prepare dough ( poori consistency ) and keep it aside.
Now mix coconut and jaggery and mix it well . Keep a pan on the fire and fry this mixture until water disappear from the mixture . Now add mixed nuts and cardamom powder to it and mix well again.

Take a dough and roll like small pooris.  Place 1 spoon of sweeet mixture in the middle and fold the edges togethere ..and press  that mixture does not come out while you fry these  modakas.
Prepare all the modakas together  in the same way and arrange in a plate.
Now keep a pan , put oil and heat . Fry  modakas on  medium heat until brown and remove from the pan.  Arrange modakas in a tray or plate ...

Note : You can add thin rava ( one table spoon ) to Maida flour while preparing the dough. Can add lots of nuts like cashew, sesame seeds ( one tea spoon ) and puppy seeds( one tea spoon),  Almond ,  dry grapes to coconut mixture..  Frying on low flame  help you to get crispy Modakas.
You can also steam  Modakas instead of frying.  But fried Modakas taste better.
1o to 12 Modakas can be prepared.   



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Roasted Horse Gram Rasam ( Huruli Saaru )

Horse Gram is called Huruli in Kannada, Horse gram helps to strenghen the bones.

Horse gram is is very good for horse, he buffaloes, animals that are used for carrying loads.
Horse gram is cooked in loads and put it to the he buffaloes during the  land ploughing season,. So they stay fit and fine during rainy season when ploughing the land process goes on.

Lets come back to the Horse gram/Huruli Saaru. It is healthy and provide needed minerals and vitamins to our body, keep our body warm.Not only Horse gram Rasam, chutney, idli dosa, Usuli/Sundal also can be prepared. Sweet Laddu made by Horse gram is very famous.

There are different ways to prepare rasam. Here I have just dry roasted and used horse gram.
Horse Gram Rasam goes well with Hot plain rice. It also can be served as soup.
Lets see the recipe now .

Things Needed :

Horse Grams :  2 Tablespoons
Tomato : 1 Medium size
Turmeric Powder:  a pinch
Tamarind : Lemon Size
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urd Daal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 8 to 10
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Ghee : 1 Table spoon
Asfoetida ( Ingh )  a pinch
Salt : to taste.
Coriander leaves : 2 Table soon ( cut it in to small )
Fresh Coconut : 1 Table spoon
Rasam Powder : 3 Tablespoons


2. Dry roast horse gram till the raw smell disappear. Do it on a low flame. Leave it for cooling.
3. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Wash and cut tomato. Keep it aside.
4. Grind coconut, roasted horse gram, rasam powder and lemon size tamarind together with little water. (Consistency according to your wish).
5. Remove from the mixi jar, put the ground mixture to a big bowl or pan. Add required water and cut tomatoes.

6. Add salt, turmeric powder and boil for 5 to 6 minutes.

7. Season with mustard seeds, urid dal, ingh and curry leaves.
8. Add a spoon of fresh ghee and coriander leaves and serve.

Note :  

Horse gram should be roasted well. Do it on a low flame. Use of rasam powder is optional. I have used home made rasam powder. It is always better to use home made spices. Use of tomato is also optional. (You can skip tomato). Using Garlic Seasoning is optional. Garlic lovers do love the aroma and enjoy. ( I normally do not use garlic and here too I did not use).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Almonds and Wheat Flour Halva

Almonds and Wheat Flour Halva is a sweet dish and you can have them any time of the day..

Things Needed:
Wheat Flour: 1 cup
Almonds : 1/2 cup
Sugar : 11/2 cup
Cardamom: 5 to 6
Water : 1/2 cup
Ghee : 1/2 cup
Cashew Nuts: 5 to 6


Dry grind Almonds and cardamom together in to powder and keep it aside. Boil water and keep it aside. Cut cashew nuts in to small pieces and keep it aside.
Keep a pan on the fire. Put one table spoon of ghee . Roast cashew nuts and wheat flour nicely in that ghee. Put boiling water to the roasted mixture and stir . Now add powdered Almond and cardamom to the paste. Mix well. Now add sugar and mix thoroughly. Stir nicely until it leaves the pan. Now add the remaining ghee and stir for 5 minutes and remove the Halva from the pan and spread it in a ghee applied tray.
Leave it for cooling and cut according to your wish. Tasty Halva is ready to serve.

Note: Roast wheat flour on low flame so that it does not get burnt. Roast until the raw smell disappear. Can add food colour to the halva when it is cooking . Adding Kesar (Saffron) or turmeric powder will also give beautiful colours . Can add Ripe Bananas to this halva while cooking.

Serves :5 to6

Friday, August 5, 2011

Channa -Dhahi ( Yogurt ) Chat.....

Channa -Chat is good to eat in the evenings. Its prepared using boiled channa, carrots and carrots gratings. You can use your own fillings and enjoy this chat. You can have it as it is, use it as palya or add curd and sweet and spicy chutney.
I have used channa, carrots and gooseberry. Add the toppings of your desire. Add a spoon of thick curd and enjoy.

Things Needed :

Whole Channa  (Cooked) : 1 Cup
Carrots: 2 ( Medium size)
Green Chillies : 1
Gooseberry : 1 to 2
Garam Masala :1/2 Tea spoon
Salt : to tasate
Coriander leaves : 1 Table spoon
Coconut gratings : 2 Tablespoons
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon

Method :

1. Wash and scrape out the outer layer of carrots. Grate it. Cut green chilly and grate ginger.

2. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds, jeera and cut green chilly.

3. Add curry leaves and grated carrots and fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add cooked channa and mix it well. Let all the moisture disappear. (Cover and cook).

5. Add salt and mix it well. Put off the gas and add grated coconut and coriander leaves.
6. You can serve this as Dry curry and you can have this as chat with your desired toppings.

Note : 

Soak a cup of channa for over night and then cook  with required water. You can store cooked channa in the freezer and use it whenever you need it. Use of spice is optional. You can also use the cooked channa as they are and prepare this channa chat.
Serves : 3
Time : 15 Minutes.

Recipe for Channa - Dahi Chat:

Whole Channa  (Cooked) : 1 Cup
Dahi/Curd : 1 Cup
Green chutney : 1 Table spoon
Sweet chutney: 1 Table spoon
Onions : 2
Carrot : 2 ( Medium size)
Green Chillies : 1
Garam Masala :1/4 Teaspoon
Chat Masala : 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt : to tasate
Coriander leaves : 1 Table spoon
Method :


 1. Put cooked channa in a bowl.
2. Add cut onions, coriander leaves, green chilly and mix it.
3. Add grated carrots and mix all the ingredients nicely. Add a pinch of garam masla.
4. Add salt, Add dahi/curd and mix it well. Top up with onions, carrots, coriander leaves.
5. Adding Sev / Potato chips on the top just before serving is optional.
Preparation of Sweet and Spicy Chutney.
Sweet Chutney :
Soak handful of dates, grind it with little jaggery and tamarind. Sweet chutney is ready to serve. Add a pinch of salt and mix it well just before serving.
Spicy Chutney :
Grind Green chilly, coriander leaves, little jeera/cumin seeds with required water. You can use Sonf (fennel seeds) instead of jeera. Grind it thick with required water and add water if required whenever you use it.
Add desired topping on the top of this ready channa, add dahi, chat masala and Enjoy.

Time : 10 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5 

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