Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mango - Ondelaga Leaves Chutney

Chutney is one of the side dish that goes well with almost all the main dishes. Varieties of chutneys are prepared. Here is such one yummy chutney which is prepared using unripe mango and Ondelaga /Gotu kola leaves.

I have used red chilly, coconut, unripe mango and gotu kola leaves. 
Let us see some benefits of eating Gotu Kola leaves. 

People call this leaf as brahmi leaves. But actually it is not Brahmi leaves. It is also known as Ondelaga , because it has only one leaf in its stem. It is also known as Timire in South Canara region. 
Gotu Kola is known for its medicinal values. It is popular for its memory power it provides. Gotu Kola is known as brain booster. It helps to strengthen our memory. It helps to keep our mind calm and cool and free from anxiety. Gotu Kola helps in improving damaged cells in brain and rebuilds the brain tissues. It is good for treating Alzheimer disease. It is a rich source of antioxidants and they help to remove anti radicals. Eating gotu kola leaves helps to strengthen our immune system. It helps to treat gastric ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It helps in regulating blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. 
No onion or garlic is used in this Mango - Ondelaga Leaves Chutney.
Let us see the recipe now :
It is an easy, simple and healthy chutney. 

Things Needed :

Mango : 1 
Coconut : 1 Big bowl. ( 1/2 of 1 coconut ).
Ondelaga leaves : 10 to 12. ( Use only leaves if you are using hybrid quality ). 
Red chilly : 4 to 5 
Salt : To taste
Soaked Moong Dal : 1 Teaspoon
For Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teapoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : 5 to 6 
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch.

Method :

1. Wash and clean mango and remove the outer layer. Cut the mango into small pieces. Wash Ondelaga/ Gotu Kola leaves and keep it aside. Remove the stem and keep the leaves aside.

2. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Soak a teaspoon of moong dal for 5 minutes.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and put 1/2 teaspoon of oil. Fry red chilly for a minute.
4. Put grated coconut, soaked moong dal, fried red chilly and cut mango pieces to a mixi jar.

5. Add required water and Ondelaga leaves. Grind it nicely, add required salt, churn a bit and remove from the mixi jar.

6. Add mustard seasoning with ingh and curry leaves. Add this to Mango - Ondelaga Leaves chutney.
7. Serve with your choice of main dish that you have prepared.

Note :

Adding fried red chilly adds to taste. Mango adds to the taste. 
Adding more / less coconut it your choice. Adding soaked moong dal binds all the ingredients nicely and good for health.
Time : 15 minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sajjappa / Kajjaya

Sajjappa is one of the traditional dish prepared during the festival. Sajje means rava/semolina and appa is a sweet. The outer layer is covered with rava and maida and the stuffing is Gasa gase/Poppy seed, coconut and jaggery.

Festivals are celebrated not only to have fun. we family members learn a lot like adjusting each other member in the family.  Lots of traditions and culture passing on to the next generations. It is not only about the food, family bonding, respecting the elders, love and care everything that comes together.
Sajjappa can be kept in airtight box for 15 days. We all love to have them at any time of the day.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Chiroti Rava : 2 Cups
Maida : 1 Cup
Salt : A pinch
Jaggery : 1 Cup
Poppy Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Cardamom : 5 to 6 Pods
Ghee : 2 Tablespoons
Oil : To Fry /2 Cups of oil

Method :

1 Grate coconut and Dry grind it with cardamom pods.  powder jaggery.
2. Take a big bowl and put chiroti rava and maida. Add a pinch of salt and ghee.

3. Mix all the ingredients nicely Add water and prepare thick dough.

4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add dry ground coconut and jaggery. Let the jaggery melt and mix with coconut.
5. Stir till all the moisture disappear from coconut - jaggary mixture. Add poppy seeds and stir till all the moisture disappear.

6. Shift the ready hoorana ( coconut-jaggery mixture) to a small bowl. Let it cool.

7. Divide the ready dough into very small portion. Kneed it well and give a ball shape.
8. Now roll the small pooris, place 1 teaspoon of jaggery -coconut mixture.

9. Fold the edges and bring it in the middle. Press it slightly with your palm.
10 Arrange these folded sajjappa in a plate or tray.

  11. Keep a pan and heat. Put oil and let it get hot. ( Low flame ).
12. Fry Sajjappa on low and medium flame one by one or as you wish.
13. Fry Sajjappa on both sides and remove it from the pan. Put it on a kitchen tissue.

  14.Shift the ready Sajjappa to a serving bowl.
15. Serve hot or cooled Sajjappa at any time of the day.

 Note :

Use of ghee while preparing the dough helps the sajjappa to be crispy and adds to the   taste. You can use hot oil instead of ghee. You can also dry roast maida slightly and then use it. Allow the maida to cool completely before adding water. dry roasting helps the Sajjappa to be crispy.
Time 30 to 40 Minutes
Serves : Around 20 Sajjappa.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Crunchy Chakkuli

Chakkuli /Chakli/ Muruku is one of the favourite munching snack at any time of the day. I do love it . I also wants try varieties of chakkuli but not going beyond the tradition. I always think of what to do and how it might taste.

This Crunchy Chakkuli also from Traditional way but just made it bit easy. I have tried roasted and powdered urid dal and rice powder. Here I have pressure cooked Urid dal and then added to flour and made chakli dough.
When you are trying the recipe please do try in smaller quantity, so that even if it turns bad you do nt feel sad, or you can use your creativity and turn then as something else.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Rice flour :  3 Cups
Boiled Urid Dal : 3/4 Cup
Roasted Chenna / Putani /Hurikadale : 1/2 Cup
Sesame Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Red chilly powder : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : As required
Butter : 1 1/2 Tablespoons
Oil : To Fry : 2 Cups or little more
Mould and the plate

Method : 

1. Wash and pressure cook urid dal and leave it for cooling. Smash the cooked urid dal nicely.
2. Dry grind roasted chenna/hurikadale/putani and keep it aside.
3. Take a big bowl and add rice flour, powdered chenna, chilly powder, salt and butter.
4.  Add jeera/cumin seeds and sesame seeds. Mix all the ingredients nicely.

5. Add smashed urid dal and mix all the ingredients nicely once again.
6. Add water little by little and prepare the chakli dough. ( It should not be too loose or tight ).
6. Kneed the dough well and divide them in to small portions.

7. Wash chakli mould and insert chakli plate inside.

8. Take a portion of chakli dough and put it inside the mould.
9. Now you press the chakli mould on a plate and give a round shape to chakkuli.
10. Press and prepare chakkuli on a tray or plate.

11. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and let it get hot.
12. Put these circle shaped chakkuli to hot oil and fry on both sides till they turn crisp. ( On medium flame).

13. Put the done chakkuli on a kitchen tissue so that extra oil can be absorbed by tissue.

14. Repeat the same and prepare the remaining chakkulis

15. Now chakkulis are ready to serve. Put them in a air tight box or bottle and store.

Note :

Cook dal with 1/2 cup of water. Let it cook nicely. Soft dal is easy to smash it. You can grind the dal instead of using the hand to smash.
You can also use more chilly powder to give chilly taste. Adding more butter turns chakkuli very soft and it might dissolve in oil while frying. So do not add more butter. Water use should be very little at time, just add enough water and prepare dough. If the dough turns very loose it might absorb more oil and chakkuli will not be proper. If the dough turns very thick, you may have to put your energy to press the mould to prepare chakkuli. Poori dough consistency will be perfect. Adding more oil to fry is an option. I use minimum oil to fry. Fine rice powder should be used.
Time : 30 to 35 Minutes.
30 to 40 Chakkulis can be made. ( According to size ).

Chakkuli and Ompudi Plates.

You can also prepare Ompudi /thin khara Sev with the same mix and using Khara Sev plate.

Ompudi - Plate 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Soft Mysorepak

Mysore Pak is one of the yummy sweet that most of us like it. 

Celebrating this sweet with festival is a divine thought too. 

Let us celebrate this Deepavali 2018 with Soft MysorePak.
There is a story about this Mysorepak How it has got its name Mysore pak.
The story goes like this.  This Sweet Mysore pak was first time prepared during Shri Krishna Raja Wadiyar Rule in Mysore. 
Shree Krishna Raj Wadiyar was ruling Mysore that time. He was fond of sweets they say. He asked his palace cook Mr. Kakasura Madappa to prepare some thing nice, tasty and delicious. Madappa just prepared the mixture of sugar, ghee and gram flour/channa flour/besan flour. The sweet turned so nice as golden colour. King Krishna Raja Wadiyar ate this sweet,  which melted so easily and it was delicious. He was curious to know the name of this sweet. When he asked Madappa, he did not know what to say/ because he never thought of the name for this sweet. He suddenly uttered Mysore pak. It is done in Mysore first time and the pak means pakam /cooking. The name Mysore pak got its name in this way.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Channa flour /besan /gram flour : 1 Cup
Sugar : 2 Cups
Ghee : 2 1/2 Cups
Cardamom : 3 to 4 pods.

Method : 

1. Dry roast channa flour till the raw smell disappear. 
2. Remove the pods from cardamom and powder it.
3. Melt the ghee into liquid form and keep it aside.
4. Apply ghee to plate /tray and keep it aside.
5. Now put sugar in a big bowl and keep it on the fire. Add 1/3 of water and melt it completely.
6. Stir in between and mix it well. Sugar liquid starts to bubble. 
7. Check for 1 string consistency. Le the flame be very low.
8. Slowly add roasted besan and stir. Add ghee in between and should stir continuously. 
9. Keep on adding ghee and stirring. It slowly change its colour. Stir and put each time a tablespoon of ghee and stir.
10. Leave the stirring for few seconds and stir again. You can see the content turning golden colour.
11. Leave it for few seconds and stir again. It starts to come up. Stir and let it come up again. Add cardamom powder. 
12. Again leave it for 2 seconds and shift the Mysore pak content to a ghee spread tray /plate.
13. Cut it according to your wish when it is hot. But do not try to remove it when it is hot. 
14. Let it cool down. Now remove the pieces slowly and put it in a air tight box.
15. Soft Mysore pak is ready to serve.

Note :

Do not allow the content to get hard. The proportion should be the same as mentioned above. You can remove the ghee which oozed out from Mysore Pak while shifting it to a plate. Do not go on stir till it hardens. Just stir twice or trice after it changes its colour 
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 12 to 14 Pieces. ( According to size ).

Ash Gourd - Moong Dal Bolu Huli /Curry

Ash Gourd - Moong dal Curry /Bolu Huli is one of the traditional dish from Udupi / Karnataka. I have added  tomatoes and fried moong dal. It is easy to prepare and easy to digest. One more healthy curry that you surely enjoy with all the main dishes.

Ash Gourd is filled with nutritious, vitamins and medicinal values. We do use each part of this vegetable, like the outer layer is used for preparing chutney. The vegetable is used for curry and other dishes. The inner part/pulp is used for curd curry and the seeds are dried and dry roasted and eaten.
Here I have prepared " Bolu Huli " which means curry that does not have coconut init. So the curries which are prepared with out using the coconut is called " Bolu ". ( ಬೋಳು).
Let us see some benefits of eating Ash Gourd /ಬೂದು ಕುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ .
Ash gourd is also known as kumbalakayi. booda kumbalakayi in Kannada. The pumpkin is known as sihi kumbala.
Ash gourd is good for diabetic people. It is also good for loosing extra weight. Ash gourd juice helps to treat acidity and peptic ulcer. Ash gourd is good for people who suffer from constipation.
Ash Gourd is rich in fiber and contain Vitamin C and minerals like phosphorus, iron and calcium.
 Let us see the recipe Now :
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this Ash Gourd - Moong Dal Bolu Huli /Curry.

Ingredients :

Ash Gourd : 1 Big bowl. (250 Grams).
Moong Dal : 1 Small cup. /2 to 3 Tablespoons
Green chilly : 3 to 4
Tomatoes : 2 ( Medium sized )
Ginger : An inch
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : A pinch
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Lemon : 1/2 lemon juice  /1 Teaspoon
For seasoning :
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh / Asafoetida : A pinch ( A little )

Method : 

1. Wash Ash gourd nicely and remove its outer hard layer. Remove the pulp and seeds.
2. Cut the vegetable into small pieces. Keep it aside.

3. Wash tomatoes, curry leaves, coriander leaves, green chilly and keep it aside.
4. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
5. Cut tomatoes, slit green chilly and cut coriander leaves. Wash and cut lemon in to halves. Squeeze out the extract from half lemon.
6. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil and mustard seeds. Put urid dal.
7. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add slit green chilly, ingh and curry leaves. Add grated gu
8. Wash and remove the water from moong dal and add it to mustard seeds seasoning.

9. Fry nicely for 1 to 2 minutes. Add cut ash gourd pieces, tomatoes and put some water.

10. Pressure cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Let it cool.

11. Put cooked ash gourd - moong mixture. Add salt, turmeric powder and mix it. Add required water and let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes.. Add lemon extract.

12. Shift Ash gourd - moong dal bolu huli /curry to serving bowl. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note : 

Use of pressure cooker is optional. You can cook it separately. Prepare the seasoning and add cooked ingredients and them mix it. Adding any other spices is optional. Adding more chilly is optional. Adding a tablespoon ghee to curry is optional. It adds to the taste.
Time 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.