Showing posts with label Methi seeds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Methi seeds. Show all posts

Friday, December 28, 2018

Field Beans Dry Curry

Field beans /ಅವರೆಕಾಯಿ is one of the seasonal pods we get plenty in winter. People long to prepare varieties of dishes using this Field beans.

This recipe is told by Renuka Manjunath one of my fb friend and she said this has to be cooked directly and not in pressure cooker. Sogadu Avarekai should be used to get the best taste.
Here I have tried traditionally as Renuka Manjunath mentioned, which has beautiful aroma of averekai.  and it is yummy, filled with ghee taste roasted methi/fenugrik seeds and jeera/cumin seeds powder.
This Field  beans dry curry is one of the traditional dish from Tumkur district. The process of cooking is done in the night with low flame may be cooked with using the fire wood, and the butter quantity is more nearly 200 grams and with the help of slow cooking the butter turns as ghee and adds to the taste.
Let us see the recipe now :
I have used tender avarekai/field beans, onions, green chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves, grated coconut and butter.
This curry taste better when you cook the pods directly with low flame. The aroma adds to the taste and we can have this curry with plain rice, rotis, chapati, poori and especially akki rotti.
I have prepared Akki rotti with remaining Field Beans dry curry also.
Let us see the recipe now :


Avarekai/Field Beans : 1 Cup
Onions : 2 to 3
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Butter : 2 Tablespoons full
Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Methi /Fenugrik seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander leaves : 1/2 Bundle
Curry Leaves : 1 Handful
Coconut : 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : A pinch
Cooking Oil : 2 to 3 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Remove avere kalu /Field beans and keep it aside. Use the tender pods. Do not wash it.

2 Remove the outer layer of onions and cut in to small. I have used the chopper to cut onions, curry leaves and green chilly.

3. Take a bowl, put field beans, cut onions, green chilly, curry leaves and mix it well.

4. Keep the pan on the fire and put mixed avarekai/field beans mix and little turmeric. Let the flame be very low.

5. Mix it well and sprinkle some water on the top. Do not add much water to cook. Field beans has to be cooked slowly with the help of onions and sprinkled water.

6. Add a tablespoon of butter and mix it well. Let it turn slowly as ghee. Sprinkle some more water on the top and cover the dry curry.

7. Let it cook on low flame. Stir in between so that it does not get burnt. Add a tablespoon of butter again and mix it well.
8. Dry roast jeera/cumin seeds and methi seeds and dry grind it.  Keep it aside.

9. Stir the mixture again and sprinkle some more water. Do not add much water at times.
10. See that pods are cooked and turned soft. Add dry roasted jeera and methi powder. Mix it well.
11. Add required salt and mix it well. See that it is done completely. Add grated coconut and mix it well.

12. Add cut coriander leaves and shift the curry to a serving dish. We had this curry as one of the side dish.

Note :

You should use more onions so that it helps to cook field beans nicely. Adding butter gives a ghee aroma and taste yummy. This dry curry should be cooked directly to get the best taste. It might take at least one hour to cook. But the taste is divine. You should use the tender seeds to prepare this curry.
Time : 1 Hour 
Serves : 3 to 4 
I have added the same dry curry to rice flour and prepared Akki Rotti and it tasted yummy.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Little Millet - Mentya (Fenugrik Seeds) Dosa.

Little Millet or Same (in Kannada) is a healthy food grain. Using Millets in our diet is a healthy concept these days.

Millets are rich in protein and amino acids and other vital nutrients that help to build a strong immune system. They help in body's metabolism. Each millet has its own nutritional benefits and significance.
Little Millet is known as Saame akki in Kannda, Shavan or Kutki in Hindi. In Bengali  it is known as Sama, Tamil Samai, Gujarati - Gajro , kuri. In Telugu -Samalu, Marathi -Sava, Halvi and Vari. In Oriya it is called Saun.

Millets are gluten free, highly nutritious, Great energy source and ideal for those who or sensitivity to wheat or other grains that contain gluten. They are complete protein source  when combined with legumes and it is ideal for a vegetarian diet. They are full of fibers. They contain B- Complex vitamins. High in iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium, calcium and zinc. They help to lower cholesterol.

Little Millet - Methi Dosa is very good for breakfast, as snack and for dinner too. One thing you should remember that it should ferment nicely to get the perfect softness or it may be like a chewing gum. This dish is full of healthy dish because it also contain Methi (fenugrik) seeds.

Here is a recipe of Little Millet - Mentya (Fenugrik Seeds) Dosa which will be liked by all the members of the house and all age group.

Things Needed :

Little Millet : 3 Cups
Mentya ( Fenugrik Seeds) : 1/3 of the cup.
Urid Dal : 1 Table spoon
Salt : required
Oil : 3 to 4 Table spoons.

 Method : 

1. Wash and soak little millet, Fenugrik seeds and urid dal for 4 to 5 hours.

2. Grind it using little water till paste. (Dosa consistency).  Add required salt and leave it for ferment. (over night ).

3. Keep a dosa pan on the fire. Heat and sprinkle oil.
4. Put a spoon full of dosa batter and spread it round on the tava.

5. Sprinkle oil on the top and cover it. Let it cook for a minute.
6. Turn and cook on the other side for 10 to 20 seconds.

7.Repeat the same with remaining batter.
8. Serve dosa with the side dish you have prepared.
9. Put a spoon of butter or ghee on the top of the dosa just before serving.

 Note :

The dough must ferment nicely to get the correct texture. You can prepare thick or thin dosas. Using oil and ghee is optional. You can also add jaggery to this dough to make it sweet version of dosa. You can also add cut onions, chilly, grated ginger and prepare spicy dosa.
Soaking time : 3 to 4 hours.
Ferment time : Over night or  6 to 8 hours.
Preparation time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Carrots-Sweet Potato- Alasande Curry

Carrots Sweet Potato and Alsande  Curry is a gravy dish and we can have them with Plain Rice, Chapatis, Roti, Parotas, Idli and Dosa. Carrots, Sweet potato and cow peas and some spices are used with coconut. Cow Pea is nothing but Alasande in Kannada.

Lets see some benefits of Sweet Potato, Carrots and Alsande. (Red ones).
Alsande (Cow Peas) is a rich source of protein, minerals and vitamins. It lowers the cholesterol level. Rich content of anti oxidants. It is low fat content. Good for diabetes and weight loss diet. I have used the red coloured Cow peas and it is also know as clay cow peas.
Carrots are  with wholesome health benefiting compounds such as beta-carotenes, vitamin A, vitamin C, minerals and anti oxidants in ample amounts. They also compose healthy levels of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. they are especially rich in many B-complex groups of vitamins such as folic acid.
Sweet Potatoes are especially rich in many B-complex groups of vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B-6. They are good source of vitamin C. which plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation. It helps to maintain skin;s yourthful elasticity and essential to help us to cope with stress. They contain Vitamin D which helps to immune system and overall health. Sweet potatoes contain iron and good source of magnesium.
Here is a recipe of all these goodies which are full of vitamins, minerals and proteins. It is easy to prepare and I am sure the whole family and all age group will surely enjoy having this curry.

Things Needed : 

To Cook :
Alasande Kalu ( Cow peas) : 1 Cup
Carrots : 2
Sweet Potatoes : 2
To Roast and Grind :
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Red chilly powder : 1 Teaspoon
Pepper pods : 4 to 6
Jeera : 1 Tea spoon
Methi Seeds : 1/4 Tea spoon
To Add :
Tamarind pulp or lemon : 1 Table spoon
Turmeric Powder  : a pinchSalt : Required
To Season :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Ingh : a pinch
Curry leaves :  5 to 6
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons

Method :

1. Wash and pressure cook "Alasande"   with sufficient water. (1/2 Cup will do).

2. Wash and cut carrots and sweet potatoes and remove the outer skin of sweet potatoes. and cut it
into small pieces.

3. Grate coconut. Soak tamarind in water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp. Keep it aside.
4. Roast methi seeds, pepper, and jeera on low flame add grated coconut and red chilly powder, grind it nicely. Keep the ground mixture aside.

5. Wash and cut coriander leaves and curry leaves.
6. Keep a pan on the fire. Put oil and heat. Now add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add jeera, ingh and curry leaves.
7. Add cooked carrot and sweet potatoes. Add cooked Alsande and mix it well.
8. Add required water and cook for 5 minutes. (till the vegetables are soft). Add turmeric powder.

9. Add ground coconut mixture and mix it well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add water if required.

10. Add lemon extract and cut coriander leaves and mix it.

Shift the curry to a serving bowl and Serve with rice or chapati.

Note :

You can soak Alsande for  6 to 8 hours (over night) and then use it. You can also use more or less chilly. Using pepper pod helps to easy digestion. Adding onions and garlic is purely optional. ( I have not used it).
Time : 40 Minutes
Servings : 4 to 5