Sunday, August 19, 2018

Kempu Harive /Amaranth leaves Saasive

Harive soppu/Amaranth Leaves are the healthy leaves which grows nicely all round the year. We do prepare different dishes using Harive Soppu. Here is one of the traditional dish from Udupi .
It is one of the  dish prepared even in Temples.
Temple Food :

I have used harive soppu, mustard seeds, tamarind and red chilly ( Byadagi chilly ) and coconut.
Mustard seeds help us to digest the food easily, keeps our body warm and take care of our health.
Kempu Harive/Amaranth leaves Sasive is one of the traditional dish of Udupi/Karnataka. It is one of the traditional dish prepared on festival or feast day in temples. 
The food prepared in temples do not have Onions or Garlic. It is easy, simple and quick. 
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Harive soppu/Amaranth Leaves : 1 Small bundle
To Grind :
Coconut : 1 Cup: Fresh and grated
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly : 4 to 5
Ingh / Asafoetida : A pinch
Tamarind : A small marble size
To Season :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
To Add :
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder :

Method :

1. Wash and cut harive soppu/amaranth leaves and cut into small pieces.
2. Pressure cook with little water. ( 4 to 5 minutes).


3. Grate coconut and grind it with half teaspoon mustard seeds, byadagi chilly, small marble size tamarind and little ingh. Add required water to grind.


4. Keep a pan on the fire and add cooked harive soppu. Add turmeric powder. Add required salt and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Add ground coconut - mustard seeds mixture. Mix it well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add required water if necessary.


6. Shift the ready Kempu Harive /amaranth leaves Sasive to a serving dish.
7. Add mustard seeds, ingh, curry leaves seasoning done in coconut oil.

8. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Hot plain rice is a good combination for this Kempu Harive Sasive. Sasive means mustard seeds.
Mustard seeds are good for digestion. It is full of fiber. Adding more chilly is optional. Use of little tamarind is advised. Use of 1/2 Teaspoon of moong dal or soaked raw rice while grinding coconut is advised. It mixes all the ingredients nicely.
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .
Purely South Canara /Udupi Style / Indian Recipes.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Jeera - Pepper Huggi /Khara Pongal

Jeera - Pepper Huggi/Khara Pongal is one of the quick, healthy and easy Rice dish. It is one of the favourite dish of many South Indians.


I have used jeera/cumin seeds, green chilly, ingh/asafoetida as spices and moong dal and raw rice.

Let us see some benefits of eating Pepper Pods/Black Pepper in our diet.

Black Pepper is called as Kaali Mirch in hindi, nalla miriyalu - Telugu, Karumilaku - Tamil and Kari menasu in Kannada language. It is known as Kurumuluk in Malayalam.
Black pepper is known as king of spices. Black pepper is traded widely to other parts of the world,  even in ancient times.
Black pepper is used as spices and medicine.It is loaded with antibacterial and anti - inflammatory properties.Pepper helps in improving digestion, relieve cold and cough. It helps to boost metabolism. It helps in treating skin problems and weight loss. It is good for treating asthama, sinus, nasal congestion. Pepper pods helps to reduce memory impairment and cognitive malfunction. It is helps in treating Alzheimer patients and those who suffer from dementia. Very good for other age related problems. Black pepper benefits in easing gastric problems and peptic ulcers, since they are loaded with antioxidant and anti -inflammatory properties. It contain good amount of dietary fiber.
Black pepper is rich in minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and small amount of protein. It has good amount of  vitamins like Vitamin K, Vitamin B6.

No Onion or Garlic is used in this Jeera - Pepper Huggi/Khara Pongal. It is very easy to cook, it is simple, delicious and protein rich food.
Let us see the recipe.

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Raw rice : 1 Cup
Moong Dal : 1/2 Cup
 To Season :
Jeera/cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 2 to 3
Ingh/ Asafoetida : A pinch
Green chilly : 2
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
To dry roast :
Jeera /cumin seeds : 1/ 2 Teaspoon
Pepper pods : 5 to 6
To Add :
Pepper and jeera powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Grated Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Grated Ginger : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Water : 3 Cups of water.
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Cashew Nuts : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Wash and cook raw rice and moong dal in a pressure cooker.


2. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Wash curry leaves and green chilly. Slit green chilly and keep it aside. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger. ( An inch of ginger). Wash it again and grate it.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and dry roast pepper pods and jeera ( 2 minutes). Dry grind it and keep it aside.

4. Keep a big pan on the fire and heat. Add a tablespoon of ghee and put jeera, pepper pods and fry.
5. Add 3 to 4 pepper pods and 1/2 teaspoon of jeera. Fry them nicely for a few seconds and add green chilly.
6. Fry green chilly for a few seconds and add curry leaves. Add ingh.


7. Put cooked moong dal and rice mixture. Add required salt and ground jeera and pepper powder.
8. Add grated ginger. Mix all the ingredients slowly on very low flame. Let i t be on fire for 2 minutes.
9. Put off the gas. Add grated coconut.

10. Keep a small pan and put ghee. ( 1 tablespoon). Add cashews and fry nicely.
11. Add this fried cashews to ready Khara Pongal.
12. Serve with a cup of curd or coconut chutney with hot Jeera - Pepper Huggi/Khara Pongal.

Note :

Do not over cook rice. Adding more green chilly is optional. Adding more ghee is optional. It adds to the taste. Do not stir more . It might turn very soft.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5
Purely Karnataka Dish.