Monday, July 2, 2018

Roasted Chenna - Avalakki Chakkuli

ಚಕ್ಕುಲಿ/ ಚಕ್ಲಿ ಚಕ್ಕುಲಿ/Chakkuli is a famous fried crispy and crunchy munching snack. 
There are many ways to prepare this Chakkuli/Chakli. I have tried and tasted varieties of chakkuli.
Here is one more way that you can prepare yummy, crispy chakkuli and you can enjoy then at any time of the day.
All you need is fine variety of rice flour, avalakki/thick variety of poha, roasted chenna and little butter. Red chilly powder, sesame seeds, jeera / cumin seeds and salt.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Rice Flour : 3 Cups
Avalakki/Thick Variety of Poha : 1 Cup
Roasted Chenna/Huri Kadale /Putaani : 3/4 Cup.
Salt : As required
Sesame seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Chilly Powder : 1 Teaspoon
Butter : 2 Tablespoons
Oil : 2 Cups ( To Fry chakkuli ).
Chakli Mould .

 

Method : 

1. Clean sesame seeds and keep it aside. ( I have used black sesame seeds).
2. Clean and powder avalakki in a dry mixi jar. ( It should be fine powder).
3. Powder roasted chenna and keep it aside.

4. Take a big bowl and put rice powder, ground avalakki, ground roasted chenna, butter, rice flour, salt, sesame seeds, red chilly powder and mix it nicely.
5. Add water ( little by little) and mix all the ingredients nicely and prepare chakkuli dough.


6. Keep a frying pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, let it get hot. ( On medium flame).
7. Divide the chakkuli dough into small portions.
8. Wash chakli mould and fill in small portion of the dough and roll the top portion of the mould.


9. Squeeze out chakli dough in hot oil and fry on both sides till they turn slightly golden brown.

 10. Remove the done chakkuli and put it on a kitchen tissue, so that extra oil will be absorbed by the tissue.

11. Prepare chakkuli with remaining dough.

12. Let it cool. Put them in a air tight box and serve/eat.

  Note :

The chakli dough should be soft, you need to kneed the dough nicely. It should not be watery. ( It might absorb more oil). Adding chilly powder is optional. Adding white sesame seeds is optional. Do not add more butter. The dough will turn very soft and it will be curdled in oil while frying.
Time : 40 Minutes.
Serves : 2 Medium sized bottles.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Arka Millet / Kodo Millet Mango Rice )

Siri Dhanya - Millets are known for their wonderful healthy qualities. Millets are gluten free and take care of our health. Arka or Haraka /Kodo Millet is one the millet family grain and used in our food dishes. I have prepared Haraka Mango Rice and it taste yummy.

Kodo millet is known as Varagu in Tamil, Arkalu in Telugu, ಅರ್ಕ / ಹರಕ in Kannada 
Let us see some benefits of eating Arka/ Harka Millet in our diet.
Millet grains are good to have because they are rich in nutrients, B - Vitamins and Calcium, iron, protein, zinc, magnesium. They are rich source of essential fats in our body. They contain high level of protein and dietary fiber. 
Millet helps to protect our heart, prevent diabetes, improve the digestive system. Eating millet helps to detoxify the body and improve our respiratory health. They also boost the immune system and gives energy and helps in nerve and muscle health.
Let us see the recipe now 
No Onion OR No Garlic is used in this Arka / Kodo Millet Mango Rice.
All you need is raw mango, green chilly, Arka millet and seasoning spices. 

Ingredients :

Arka /Kodo Millet : 2 Cups
Grated Mango /Any raw mango : 1 Small Cup (  3 to 4 Tablespoons).
Green chilly : 3 to 4 
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 or little more 
Salt : To taste 
Coconut Oil/Ghee  : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons


Method : 

1.Clean Arka millet and wash. Pressure cook and keep it aside.


2. Wash and grate mango and keep it aside.
3. Wash and slit green chilly, cut coriander leaves and curry leaves.
4. Grate coconut and keep it aside.


5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil. Put mustard seeds and urid dal.
6. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add slit green chilly and curry leaves. 
7.  Add grated mago and fry for 2 minutes. Add salt, turmeric powder and mix it well.

8. Add cooked Arka millet and mix it nicely. ( Let the flame be very low).


9. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee and mix all the ingredients. 
10. Add grated coconut and mix it slowly. Shift the ready Arka Millet Mango Rice to a serving dish.

11. Add cut coriander leaves.

12. Serve with a cup of curd.

Note :

The proportion of water to cook Arka :  1 cup Arka : 2 Cups of water.
Use of onion or garlic is purely option. Use of any kind of cooking oil is optional. Adding Ghee to Arka Mango Rice adds to the taste. Use of more/less chilly is optional. Cooking Arka helps you to mix with mango mixture nicely. It should be cooled after cooking
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .