Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hithkidabele Saaru


Hithkidabele: 2 cups
Onion(medium): 1/2  to grind + 1/2 oggarane
Oil: 1 tbspn
Butter: 2 tbspn
Mustard seeds: 1/4 tspn
Curry leaves: 5-6
Salt to taste
Ingredients to grind:

Masala 1:

Onion: 1/2 ( fry)
Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tspn
Chilli Powder: 1 tbspn or according to taste
Coriander Powder: 1 tbspn

Masala 2 : 

Coconut: 1/4 cup
Cinnamon:  1'' piece
Cloves: 3-4
Poppy seeds:  1 tspn
Hurigadle: 1 tbspn
Ginger: 1/2 '' piece


1.  Grind the ingredients of masala 1 and 2 seperately. keep them aside.
2. Heat oil in a Pan and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, onion and hithkidabele . fry for few mins.
3. Add butter  and  masala 1 . fry till raw smell disappears.
4. Add enough water and cook bele partially.
5. Now add  masala 2 and boil for few mins.
6. Serve hot with rice,  chapathi or dosa.

kancheepuram idli


              1. Rice: 1 cup
              2. Idli Rava: 1 cup
              3. Urad dal: 1 cup
              4. Black peppercorns: 1 tspn (slightly crushed)
              5. Cumin seeds: 1 tspn (slightly crushed)
              6.  Oil: 2 tbspn
              7. Mustard seeds:  1/2 tspn
               8. Curry leaves: few chopped
               9.  Ginger: 1 '' piece grated
              10. Asafoetida: Pinch               
              11. Curd: 1 cup
              12. Channa dal: 1 tbspn
              13. Coriander leaves: 1 tbspn chopped
              14. Salt to taste

1.  Soak rice for 3 hrs. Grind urad dal to a fine paste and rice to a lightly course paste. mix both.
2. Add idli rava and mix well. 
3. Keep it  overnight for fermentation. 
4. Heat oil in a pan and fry channa dal till light brown in color.
5. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, cumin seeds, crushed black peppercorns, grated ginger and asafoetida . fry for few seconds.
6. Add  seasoning mixture, curd, salt to batter and mix well. 
7. Grease idli plates with oil. Pour the batter into idli moulds and steam for 20 mins.
 8. Serve hot with chutney and sambar.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Carrot Obbattu/ Carrot Poli

                       Wheat Flour: 3/4 cup
                       Maida/ All purpose flour: 1/4 cup
                       Water to knead the dough
                       Carrot: 2 cups grated
                       Dates: 3 chopped ( Optional)
                       Sugar: according to taste
                       Cardamom Powder: 1/2 tspn
                       Ghee: 3 tbspn
                       Oil: 1 tbspn
                       Salt: Pinch
                       Extra Wheat flour for dusting
                       Ghee for pan frying

                1. Mix wheat flour, maida and salt in a bowl.
                2. Add oil and mix to incorporate the oil into the flour.
                3. Add enough water to form a dough. Knead it well.  Cover and let the dough rest for 30 mins.
                4. Heat ghee in a pan and add grated carrot . cook till soft. 
                5. Now add cardamom powder, sugar and dates.  Fry for another 2-3 mins.
                6. Make small balls out of the filling and keep it aside. 
                7. Heat tawa on medium heat.
                8. Divide the dough into equal parts. Make small balls and flatten them.
                9. Roll out the dough into a small disc. Place the filling in the center of the disc.
                10. Wrap the dough around the mixture to form a small ball. Dip the ball into wheat flour and roll into a roti. 
                11. Place this on tawa and spread ghee on the top. 
                12. Flip the poli on the other side and apply ghee. cook on both sides.
                13. Serve hot with ghee. 


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kidney Beans and Palak Curry

                      Kidney Beans: 1 cup 
                      Palak leaves/ spinach: 2 cups chopped
                      Tomato: 2 chopped
                      Garlic: 2-3 cloves lightly crushed
                      Ginger: 1/2 '' piece grated
                      Turmeric Powder: Pinch
                      Coriander Powder: 1 tspn
                      Cumin Powder: 1 tspn
                      Amchoor Powder; 1/4 tspn (Optional)
                      Chilli Powder: 1/2 tspn or according to taste
                      Oil: 1 tbspn
                      Cumin Seeds: 1/4 tspn
                      Curry leaves: 3-4
                      Asafoetida: Pinch
                      Salt to taste
                1. Pressure cook kidney beans until soft. 
                2. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, garlic and ginger.
                3. Add chopped tomato and Palak leaves. Saute for few mins.
                4. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, amchoor powder and chilli powder. Fry for a min.
                5. Add this mixture to pressure cooked kidney beans.
                6. Boil for few mins.
                7. Serve hot with Rice or Chapathi.

Tomato Saaru

                        Tomato: 2 (cut into big cubes)
                        Green chilli: 1-2
                        Garlic: 2-3 cloves crushed 
                        Sambar Powder: 1 tspn
                        Jaggery: 1 tspn
                        Turmeric Powder: Pinch
                        Oil: 1 tspn
                        Mustard seeds: 1/4 tspn
                        Cumin Seeds: 1/4 tspn
                        Asafoetida: Pinch
                        Curry Leaves: 4-5
                        Salt to taste
                        Coriander leaves to garnish
                 1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, Asafoetida and curry leaves.
                 2. Add chopped tomatoes, garlic, green chilli and water.
                 3. Cover and cook till tomatoes becomes soft.
                 4. Add sambar powder, salt and jaggery. Boil for few mins.
                 5. Garnish with coriander leaves.
                 6. Serve hot with rice.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Urad dal Laddu

                        Urad dal: 2 cups
                        Powdered Sugar: 1 cup or according to taste
                        Ghee: 1/2 cup
                        Dry Fruits: handful
                        Cardamom Powder: Pinch

                 1. Dry roast urad dal till light brown in color. Cool and grind it to a fine powder.
                 2. Fry dry fruits in 1 tspn ghee.
                 3. Combine urad dal powder, ghee, sugar, cardamom powder and dry fruits. Mix well and make small laddus. Store it in a air tight container.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mooli Paratha

                        Radish/ Mooli: 1 cup grated
                        Green chilli: 2 finely chopped
                        Coriander leaves: 2 tbspn chopped
                        Chapathi Flour: 2 cups
                        Oil: 1 tbspn
                        Warm Water to knead
                        Salt to taste

                 1. Take a bowl, add chapathi flour, salt and warm water. knead it well.
                 2. Squeeze out the water from grated radish and keep it aside. Mix green chilli, coriander leaves with grated radish.
                 3. Take a lemon sized ball out of the dough and roll into a small disc. Add 1 tbspn of filling and pull the edges of the dough around the filling, completely enclosing it. Twist the dough ends together and pinch off the excess.
                 4. Flatten it and dust it with wheat flour and roll into a chapathi.
                 5. Place it on the skillet and apply oil. Cook on both the sides.
                 6. Serve hot with Raitha or dal.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Steamed Rice Dumplings: My100th Post :)

                       Idli Rava: 1 cup
                       Water: 2.5 cups
                       Coconut Powder: 1/2 cup
                       Ginger: 1 tspn grated
                       Green chilli: 2-3 chopped finely
                       Oil: 1 tbspn
                       Urad dal: 1 tbspn
                       Mustard Seeds: 1 tspn
                       Methi Seeds:  1/4 tspn
                       Curry leaves: 4-5 chopped finely
                       Coriander leaves: 1 handful chopped
                       Salt to taste

                1. Heat oil in a pan and add oil. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter then add urad dal and fry till light brown in color.
                2. Add methi seeds, curry leaves, green chilli and ginger. fry for 30 sec.
                3. Now add 2.5 cups water and allow it to boil.
                4. Add idli rava, salt and stir continously until the water has evaporated. 
                5. Add coconut powder and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Switch off the flame.
                6. Let it cool a bit and apply oil on your palms and make small balls out of the dough and make a hole in the middle.
                7. Grease idli plates and arrange these small balls then steam cook for 10 mins like idlis. 
                8. Serve hot with Chutney. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Methi Dal

                       Toor dal: 1 cup
                       Moong Dal: 1/4 cup
                       Methi/ Fenugreek leaves: 1 cup chopped
                       Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tspn
                       Tamarind extract: 2-3 tbspn
                       Garlic: 3-4 cloves (Lightly crushed)
                       Chilli Powder: 1/4 tspn or according to taste
                       Garam masala powder: Pinch ( Optional)
                       Oil: 1 tbspn
                       Cumin Seeds(Jeera): Pinch
                       Asafoetida: Pinch
                       Curry leaves: 3-4
                       Salt to taste

                 1. Pressure cook toor dal, moong dal, turmeric powder and methi leaves using enough water for 2-3 whistles. Mash the dal very well.
                 2. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Add the cooked dal mixture.
                 3. Add chilli powder, garam masala powder, tamarind extract, crushed garlic cloves and salt. Boil for 5 mins.
                 4. Serve with roti or chapathi or rice.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Stuffed Buns

                        All Purpose Flour/Maida: 1 1/2 cup
                        Rapid Rise Yeast: 1 tbspn
                        Milk: 1/4 cup lukewarm
                        Water: 1/4 cup lukewarm (add more if needed)
                        Oil: 3 tbspn
                        Sugar: 1 tbspn
                        Salt: 3/4 tspn

                 Onion: 1 cup (cut it lenghtwise)
                 Peas: 2 tbspn (Optional)
                 Green chilli: 1 finely chopped
                 Garam masala: 1/4 tspn
                 Chat masala: 1/2 tspn
                 Coriander leaves: 1 tbspn chopped
                 Turmeric: Pinch
                 Oil: 1 tbspn
                 Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan and add onion, peas, salt, green chilli and turmeric powder. fry for 2-3 mins. Add garam masala and chat masala. fry for another 2 mins. switch off the flame and add coriander leaves. mix well and keep it aside.

                 1. In a large bowl, add maida, yeast, sugar, salt and mix well.
                 2. Add lukewarm water and milk and knead to a soft dough.  Coat the dough with the oil and Cover and place the bowl  in a warm place for an hour. Now the dough doubles in volume.

                                3. Punch down the dough and divide into equal parts. 
                                4.  Take each divided dough and make it like a disc as shown below.
                                5.   Add 1-2 tbspn of stuffing and  pull all the edges towards the center to cover the stuffing. 
                              6. Preheat the oven to 350 F  and arrange the buns in a baking tray and bake for about  15-20 mins or till top surface turns light golden brown in color.
                              7. Allow it to cool and enjoy with a  cup of coffee :) .