Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts

Sunday, November 4, 2018

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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Urid - Moong Dal Kadubu

" Eat breakfast like a king  lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper " is an old saying.
Yes, you need to eat breakfast nicely. That helps you stay healthy for a long duration. But you should also note one should eat good healthy breakfast. Here is such one breakfast  prepared using urid and moong dal. Dals/legumes are healthy and rich in proteins.


I have used Urid dal, moong dal, very little amount of rava / semolina, pepper, ginger, curry leaves and green chilly. 
I call this food as Kadubu because it is fermented and steamed food. We can call it as spicy kadubu or tatte kadubu. You can try out dokla which is very famous Gujarathi /Rajastani food. You can add seasoned mustard and bit of sugar /jaggery mixture on the top with coconut gratings. 
You can have any type of chutney or gojju. We had this kadubu with pickle, Curry leaves chutney powder and Kesu /colocasia gojju / curry.
This Urid - Moong Dal Kadubu is good for breakfast, as snack in the evening and for dinner. 
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed : 

Urid dal : 1 Cup 
Moong Dal : 1 cup
Rava /Semolina : 1 Handful : Optional
Pepper Pods : 6 to 8 
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander leaves :  2 Tablespoons
Salt : To Taste
Asafoetida : A little 
Eno Salt : 3/4 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Wash and soak urid dal and moong dal for 2 to 3 hours.


2. Grind it with pepper pods with required water. ( Grind it nicely ).
3. Remove from the mixi jar and put the batter in a big bowl. Add salt and mix it well.

4. Let it ferment for over night or 5 to 6 hours.
5. Wash and cut coriander leaves, curry leaves, washed - grated ginger and mix it with the batter.
6. Add a little asafoetida and mix it well. Add a handful of rava and mix it. (2 to 3 tablespoons)
7. Apply ghee or oil to two bowls or plates . I used one cooker container and a round plate.


8. Mix all the ingredients nicely and add 1teaspoon of eno. Mix it well and pour it to the plate and the container.

9. Keep a pressure cooker or idli cooker on the fire and put some water. Place a bowl inside.
10. Keep the batter filled bowl and the plate inside the cooker and cover its lid.
11. Let it cook for 25 to 30 minutes. 


12. Remove the cooker lid and prick the knife edge to cooked kadubu to know it is done. ( Cooked completely)
13. Remove it from the cooker and leave it for few seconds. Sprinkle some water on the top and cut kadubu into half and quarter. 


14. Remove it from the plate and put it to a serving plate. 


15. Serve with the side dish you have prepared and a spoon of fresh ghee.

Note : 
Grind dals with required water. Adding pepper while grinding helps to reduce the gas content in dals.
The batter should be fermented well to get soft kadubu. Adding rava /semolina is optional.
Time :
Soaking time : 2 hours + grinding 5 to 8 minutes + fermentation 6 hours and cooking time + 30 Minutes. 
Serves : 4 to 5 .
You can try with same kadubu as dokla..Add mustard seeds and jaggery / sugar mixture on the top of kadubu and serve with coconut chutney.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Akki Tari /Rice Rava Uppittu

Uppittu /Upma is an easy dish that is loved by many like me. ☺. In the morning when you do not have any idea what to prepare this uppittu helps a lot. This time it is Akki Tari Uppittu.


Akki Tari Uppittu brings back the hidden memories. We two sisters used to fight with amma to prepare our favourite food for breakfast. I like uppittu the most even from those days and my sis likes Avalakki. Most of the time I used to get what I want and give a big smile at my sister for winning. She is ok, ok with what ever it is because she too liked the uppittu that amma made. What ever you say, the big cup of coffee and Hot spicy uppittu goes hand in hand. Eating 1 gulp of uppittu and sip a drop of coffee mast mast maja / Great fun.
After a long time I am preparing this Akki Tari Uppittu. This Akki Tari was brought to prepare some quick Avalakki mosaru /curd idli. Then the left rava is just lying in the kitchen shelf. So wanted to prepare this Akki Tari Uppittu because one of our friend in face book reminded about Akki tari uppittu and its yummy taste.
Let us see the recipe Now :
No Onion or Garlic is used here. 

Things Needed :

Akki Tari / Raw Rice Rava /Rice Semolina : 2 Cups
Ginger : An inch
Fresh Coconut : 1 Cup
For Seasoning :
Oil : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 6 to 10 Leaves.
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ghee : 2 To 3 Tablespoons of Ghee
Salt : As required
Boiling Water : 4 Cups.

Method :

1. Wash and cut green chilly, curry leaves and grate coconut. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and grate it. Keep it aside.
2. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and urid dal.
3. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add cut green chilly and fry for a minute.
4. Add curry leaves and fry for a second.
5. Add Rice Rava /Akki tari and fry nicely for 3 to 4 minutes on medium flame.


6. See that it does not get burnt while frying.


7. Add boiling water and required salt. Mix it well and cook on low flame.


8. Add ginger and mix it well. See that all the moisture disappear from uppittu.
9. Stir nicely and add fresh grated coconut. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of ghee and mix it nicely.
10. Leave it for a minute and put off the gas. Cover and leave it for 2 minutes.


11. Shift the ready the Akki Tari Uppittu to a serving bowl.


12. Serve with pickle/coconut chutney/any type of mixture / fried eatables and a cup of  Coffee / Tea.

Note :

Fry Akki Rava on lower and medium flame. Do not burn the bottom because the uppittu smells burnt.
Adding more /less oil is optional. Adding ghee adds to the taste. Adding onion is optional. It is an easy digestive food and all age group people can enjoy this Uppittu. Adding more coconut gratings adds to the taste.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Carrot - Capsicum Chutney

Carrot Capsicum Chutney /dip is a simple side dish and it goes well with dosa, idli, upma , plain rice and all types of rotis and naan. It can be used as dip for bajji /fried fritter or can use it for bread sandwich.

It is an easy dish and good for all age group.
Eating fresh coconut is good for health. It helps to keep our skin soft and smooth.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Capsicum : 1 (Medium size)
Carrot : 1 ( Big )
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Fresh grated coconut : 1 Bowl
Tamarind : 1 Small Marble size
Ginger : An inch.
Methi seeds/Fenugrik seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 3 to 4
Salt : As required
For seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method :

1. Wash and remove the seeds from capsicum and cut into small pieces.
2. Wash and scrape out the outer layer of carrots and cut into small.
3. Wash and slit green chilly and keep it aside. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again.
4. Wash curry leaves and keep it aside. Grate coconut and keep it aside.


5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add coconut oil, pepper pods and methi seeds. Fry till they turn golden brown.
6. Add cut carrots, capsicum, ginger and chilly.. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
7. Put off the fire and add grated coconut and tamarind.

8. Grind it with required water and salt. ( Add water little by little).
9. Grind it til it turn as required consistency and remove from the mixi jar.


10. Add coconut oil, mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves seasoning and serve.

Note :

Slightly frying the vegetables adds taste. Grinding chutney either coarse or into fine paste is optional.
Use of more / less coconut is optional. Use of more /less chilly is optional.
Time : 10 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jack Seeds - Southkai Kootu

Mangalore Southekai /Southekai and Jack Seeds Kootu is good to have with Plain Rice, chapatis, rotis, poori, dosa or idli. It is one of the traditional dish of South Canara and we call it as ಹಸಿ ಹುಳಿ .

Dal / Toor or Moong is not used in this curry and very little spices are used here.

Let us see some benefits of eating Coriander Seeds in our diet. 

Coriander Seeds have pleasant aroma and it is used as condiments in our culinary dishes.
Coriander seeds helps in preventing and treating diabetes. It helps in treating osteoporosis. It helps to cure digestive disorder. Helps in preventing abdominal pains. It is good for ladies who suffer during their menstrual chronic/crams pains. It is a good remedy for skin related problems. Good for anemia, for treating inflammation,controlling and regulating high cholesterol levels. It is good for mouth ulcers, indigestion, eye related problems and lowering the blood sugar level. It has a cooling effect on our body and is used for eye related problems. ( Wash and soak coriander seeds for 30 minutes, strain twice with clean towel or cloth and then use it as drops to eyes. It helps in cooling our eyes, sooth our eyes and your eyes will be refreshed). Be careful and it should be clean coriander water, no dust or any dirt should enter our eyes.
Coriander seeds are filled with vitamins and minerals. It is filled with proteins, carbohydrates, phosphorus, calcium, iron, Vitamin B, C and A.
Let us see the recipe Now :
No Onion or Garlic is used here in this Jack Seeds - Southekai Kootu. 
Mangalore Cucumber is known as Mangalore Southekai/ Bannada Southekai, Haladi Southekai.

Things Needed : 

To Cook :
Southe kai / Mangalore Cucumber : 1 Bowl . ( 1/2 of One big Southekai )
Jack Seeds : 1 Small bowl (About 10 Seeds).
Methi Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
To Grind :
Fresh Grated Coconut : 5 to 6 Tablespoons
Coriander Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Tamarind : 1 Big Marble size
Jeera / Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 3 to 4
Red chilly : Byadagi : 4 to 5
 To Add :
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : A pinch
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seasoning : 1 Tablespoon : 1/2 Teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 red chilly, pinch of ingh and curry leaves with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.


Method :

1. Remove the outer shell of jack seeds and cut them into small pieces. Soak in plain water for 10 minutes.
2. Wash and remove the outer layer, pulp and seeds inside the southekai.
3. Cut Southekai into small pieces and soak in plain water for  5 minutes. It helps in take away the bitterness in Southekai.
4. Put cut Southekai pieces and jack seeds pieces in a pressure cooker. Add methi seeds and required water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.


5.Grate coconut and add coriander seeds, jeera, red chilly, pepper pods and grind it with required water.
6. Keep a pan on the fire and put cooked Southekai and jack seeds to it. Add turmeric powder and required salt. Mix it well and boil for  2 to 3 minutes.


7. Add ground coconut, coriander mixture to boiling mixture and mix it well. Let it cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

8. Put little coriander leaves to the cooked curry and shift it to the serving dish, Add mustard, red chilly, ingh, curry leaves seasoning on the top.


  9. Serve with the main dish you have prepared. You can add a spoon of fresh ghee just before serving.

Note :

Do not over cook the vegetables. Soaking jack seeds helps to cook seeds nicely and soft. Adding less/more coconut is optional. You can add 1/2 teaspoon of soaked raw rice while grinding. ( Soak raw rice for 5 minutes and then add/ optional). It helps the kootu to be thick. Do not add more tamarind. The curry gets savoury. Use of coconut oil is optional. Do not roast coriander seeds and jeera. Adding methi seeds while cooking vegetable helps to reduce the cholesterol in curry.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .