Showing posts with label mild spicy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mild spicy. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kara Pongal /Huggi

Huggi/ Pongal is prepared during Dhanurmasa as I said earlier post. But this Kara /Spicy Pongal can be prepared at any time of the day. It is an easy and healthy dish that provide purpose of food.


It is prepared using moong dal and raw rice. I have learnt this recipe from one of my close friends daughter in Chennai. She has prepared this yummy dish and we all loved it.
We Udupians usually do not prepare kara /spicy pongal. It has become a practice these days and it is one of the stamped recipe of Tamailnadu. People do have this pongal mostly for breakfast in Tamilnadu.
Even Iyyers do prepare this Pongal in such a yummy way. Iyyers and Iyyangar's  Pongal is loaded with pepper and ghee. It has such a wonderful aroma, one should feel like eating it again and again.
Ok, coming back to this Kara Pongal is easy.
All you need is moong dal, rice, ghee, jeera /cumin seeds and pepper. They do not use any other spice. They do pour ghee on it...( As much it takes ).
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Raw Rice : 1 Cup
Moong Dal : 1/2 Cup
Pepper Pods : 8 to 10.( 3/4 Teaspoon ).
Jeera : 1 Teaspoon
Ghee : 1/2  Cup
Cashews : 6 to 8 or more
Salt : As required
Green chilly : 1 ( Optional )
Ginger : An inch

Method :

1. Wash and cook moong dal and raw rice separately.


2.Wash and slit green chilly., crush pepper pods and cashews cut into small pieces.
3. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate and keep it aside.
4. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add cooked rice and moong dal.
5.Add little turmeric powder, 1/2 glass of water and required salt. Mix it well and cook on low flame.
6. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee, slit green chilly and grated ginger.



7. Keep a pan on the fire and add a tablespoon of ghee. Add cut cashews and fry til they turn golden brown.

8. Add jeera /cumin seeds and pepper. Fry for 10 seconds and put half of the seasoning to this mixture to already done pongal.

Cook on low flame for a minute.




9. Shift the pongal  / Khara Huggi to a serving dish. Add remaining cashews mixture on the top. Add remaining ghee to Khara Pongal /Spicy Huggi .
10. Serve when it is piping hot. Hot huggi taste delicious.

Note :

Do not over cook rice or moong dal. Adding more / less ghee is optional. Adding green chilly is optional. Do not add any oil or vanaspathi except ghee.
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Kabooli Channa - Potato Curry

Kabooli Chenna or White Channa is one of the pod comes in handy when you boil it and store in freezer. I do cook kabooli channa, freeze and use it whenever I need it. It is not that I keep this cooked channa for months together. I do use it regularly at least once in 20 days and use the frozen ones as early as posssible. The above said Kabooli Channa Curry is such  one of it. 

Poori - channa goes hand in hand. Channa helps you keep your tummy full for a long time. It has all the minerals and vitamins you need for a day. It is protein rich, fiber rich and full of carbs.
I have used Kabooli channa, tomatoes, aloo/potatoes and some spices which are easily available at home.
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this Kabooli Channa Curry
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Kabooli Channa : 1 Big Cup ( Cooked )
Potatoes : 2
Curry Leaves : 1 Handful
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Tomatoes : 2 to 3 
To Add : 
Lemon : 1 Lemon extract
Salt : As required 
Dry Methi leaves/kasori methi  :  2 Tablespoons
Rasam Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ginger : An inch 
Seasoning :
Cooking Oil : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Methi Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Green Chilly : 2 
Curry Leaves : 1 Handful

Method :

1. Wash and cut potatoes into small pieces. (Peel off its outer layer). 
2. Wash and cut tomatoes, curry leaves and slit green chilly.
3. Wash and peel off outer layer of ginger, wash it again and grate it. Keep it aside.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and let it get hot. Add jeera/cumin seeds. Add slit chilly.5. Fry for 10 seconds, add cut potatoes and fry nicely for 2 minutes. Add a cup of water and cook.


5. Add tomatoes, grated ginger, when the potatoes turn soft. Mix it well. Add cooked Kabooli Channa.

6. Add salt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Mix it well and cook for 2 minutes.
7. Add rasam powder, jeera powder and garam masala.


 Let the curry boil for 3 to 4 minutes.Add Kasori Methi / Dry Methi Leaves.
8. Add a teaspoon of butter on the top and let it get melt. Add lemon extract.  Mix it well and put off the fire.

9. Shift Kabooli Channa Curry to a serving dish and serve.

10. We had Kabooli Channa Curry with Hot Pooris.

Note :

Cook potatoes till they turn soft. Soak kabooli channa for  5 to 6 hours before you cook. Adding any spice is your choice. You can use any brand of channa masala, pav bhaji masala or simple chilly powder. I have added home prepared rasam powder and garam masala.  Adding methi seeds helps to digest the food well. It reduces the cholesterol level in the food and is fiber rich.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chutney Rava Rotti

Chutney Rava Rotti is prepared using Chutney and Rava/Semolina.


I prepared this chutney for afternoon lunch and used the left over chutney to prepare crispy, yummy rava rotti
Rava rotti turned yummy. It is easy, yummy, quick and simple. You can prepare this rotti very easily and quick. You can add the vegetables of your choice. All the ingredients are already mixed in the chutney and it adds taste to rotti.
I have used coconut, green chilly, ondelaga /Gotu kola leaves and little tamarind for chutney.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Rava /Semolina Medium sized : 2 Cups
Chutney /Any chutney : 1 Small cup
Carrots : 2
Salt : As required
Curd : 2 Tablespoons
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add curd, required salt, rava and mix it well.

2. Add chutney and required water.

3. Wash and scrape out the outer layer of carrots and grate it.
4. Put grated carrots to rava and mix it well. Add water if required.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put a teaspoon of oil on the top.
6. Spread the oil around the pan with the help of spatula.


7. Now take a handful of rava rotti mixture and spread it with your finger. ( As thin as you like ).
8. Add little oil on the top of rotti and let it cook on medium and low flame.


9. Turn the other side and cook for a minute.

10. Now Chutney Rava Rotti is ready to serve.

11. Serve with your choice of side dish like chutney powder, chutney or sambar/curry.

12. We had Chutney Rava Rotti with coriander - coconut chutney and chutney powder. Added a teaspoon of fresh home made ghee on the top while serving.

Note :

Do not use stale chutney. You might get sick. Use of any vegetable of your choice is optional.
Use of more /less oil is optional. Adding curd to rotti mixture adds to the taste. ( Optional ).
Adding onions to rotti is optional. Chutney is filled with all the ingredients. Adding extra coriander leaves, curry leaves and coconut is optional.
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3.

Ondelaga / Gotu Kola leaves Chutney :

Wash and remove the stem from Ondelaga if they are very hard. Grate coconut. Grind coconut, cleaned and washed Ondelaga /Gotu Kola, tamarind pulp and coriander leaves. Add required salt and grind it with required water. Add mustard seasoning with curry leaves and ingh. Your Ondelaga chutney is ready to serve. I have used this chutney for preparing Rava Rotti.
Time :
Rotti Preparation : 20 Minutes
Coconut chuteny : 10

Friday, December 7, 2018

Soft -Spicy and Yummy Potato Chapatis

Chapatis/Rotis/Indian bread is a staple food for many Indians.. That too it is a must food for some people. I have tried here some soft Chapatis and it is yummy too. You too try and enjoy that is what I want to say.

North India  and Punjabis and Chapatis, that is what it was to be. I mean only the North Indians and Punjabis used to have chapatis regularly. We South Indians rarely used to make chapatis in those days. Making chapatis was a big news and what ever you do it used to turn hard or dry in our home.
Punjab is known as wheat cradle since the growth of wheat is highest.
Making chapatis or eating chapatis are good for diet is a well known version now. These Indian breads of different varieties, have got very famous in these days. Even some doctors suggest the people to have chapatis instead of rice because rice digest easily and you get hungry soon. That might be true. Eating wheat helps to stay full for a long time.
Anyways chapati turns soft and fluffy and we have become experts these days.
Soft Chapatis are good for any age group and it helps to digest the food easily.
I have used wheat flour, little oil, very little coriander leaves and a boiled potato to prepare these soft chapatis. They are healthy and energetic. Remember boiled potatoes are good for every one. Even the diabetic people also can have boiled potato in limit proportion.
Adding boiled potatoes make the chapati really soft and fluffy.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Wheat Flour : 2 Cups
Boiled Potato : 1 ( Medium sized )
Green Chilly :
Jeera :Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander Leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : As required
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Oil : 2 t 3 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Boil 1 potato and remove the outer layer and smash it. Keep it aside.
2. Wash and Green chilly into very small pieces.
3. Wash and cut coriander leaves into very small. (Use only leaves).
4.Take a big bowl and put wheat flour, smashed potato paste, cut green chilly, jeera/cumin seeds, salt and ghee.
5. Mix all the ingredients nicely and then add water and prepare chapati dough. ( Add little water at time).
6. No need to rest the dough. Kneed the dough nicely and divide them into small portion. Turn them as ball shape.
7. Take a small portion of the dough and dip in dry wheat flour. Roll them as chapati.
8. Keep the tava on the fire and heat. Put rolled chapati on tava and put little oil on the top.
9. Turn the chapati and cook on other side. Spread some oil on the top.
10. Soft Potato Spicy Chapati is ready to serve. Serve with the side dishes you have prepared.


11. Repeat the same and prepare all the chapatis.


12. We had this  Soft Potato Spicy Chapati with carrots mosaru bajji, raita, pickles and mango tokku.


Note :

Add only required water while preparing the dough. Adding boiled potato helps the chapati to be very soft. Adding any masala is optional. Use of more /less oil is optional. Use of more chilly is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 6 to 8 Chapatis can be prepared.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Quick Palak Dry Curry

Palak/Spinach leaves are loaded with healthy benefits. Here I have tried quick and simple Palak /Spinach dry curry which goes well with almost all the main dish.


I have used Palak leaves, onions, green chilly, little ginger and coconut.
Let us see some benefits of eating Palak /Spinach Leaves in our diet.
Palak /spinach leaves are rich source of minerals and vitamins. Palak/Spinach can be eaten as raw in salads and be cooked in varieties of curries. We Indians normally cook Spinach and eat.
Spinach / palak is good for regulating our blood pressure. It helps to build strong muscles. Palk helps in taking care of skin and eyesight. Spinach is filled with potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium. It contain vitamins like folate, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K. Spinach is loaded with beta carotene and good for eyesight. It helps to boost eye healthy and prevents vitamin A deficiencies. It has anti inflammatory properties. Palak leaves do contain different types of antioxidants and provide neurological benefits to people. Folate content in Spinach helps to reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease. Potassium in Spinach helps to take care of brain health. Palak leaves contain high amount of potassium and low amount of sodium. So palak leaves are good for people who suffer from high blood pressure. It also helps to reduce the hypertension and relaxes blood vessels.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Palak Leaves : 1 Big Bundle
Onions : 2 Medium sized
Green chilly : 2
Ginger : Grated ginger 1 teaspoon.
Pepper Pods : 3 to 4
Coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : A little
For Seasoning :
Cooking Oil : 2 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method :

1. Wash and cut palak leaves into small and keep it aside. Wash and slit green chilly and cut curry leaves.

2. Remove the outer layer of onions and cut in to small and keep it aside. Crush pepper pods.
Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger, wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and let mustard seeds splutter.
4. Add jeera/cumin seeds and fry. Add slit green chilly and curry leaves.
5. Add cut onions, grated ginger and crushed pepper pods. Mix all the ingredients nicely and stir slowly.


6. Fry this mixture for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cut Palak / Spinach leaves and stir slowly.


7. Add a little turmeric powder, required salt and mix it slowly. Now cover the pan and cook the mixture till it turns soft. ( On low flame ).

8. See that it turned soft and well cooked. Let all the moisture disappear from dry Palya.

9. Add fresh grated coconut and mix it well. Shift the ready Palak Dry Curry/Palya to a serving dish.

10. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Do not add any water while cooking this curry. Onion and leaves do contain moisture and helps to cook the leaves soft. Adding any other masala /spice is optional. Adding coconut is optional. Adding more chilly is optional.
Time : 15 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3 .