Dec 29, 2012

Spicy Pongal

Pongal - a Sankranthi Festival flavor.It can also be enjoyed during cold chill weather and see how it will warm you up! Enjoy pipping hot.

Spicy Pongal,Moong,Sankranthi special
Spicy Pongal


Raw rice 1 cup

Moong dal- 1/4 cup

Water 4 cups

Salt as needed

Ginger chopped 1 tblsp optional

Asafoetida 1 pinch

Boiled Avarekai/Peas-special flavor


Ghee 2 tblsp

Pepper 2 tsp

Jeera 2 tsp
Curry leaves few

Hing a pinch

Cashews 5-6

Dry coconut-1/2 tbsp

Green chillies-3-4 unique spicy flavor

Fry Moong dal and rice with ginger in ghee.Cook in pressure cooker along with little jeera ,pepper and green chillies with water.Allow it to cool and mash well.Add boiled avarekai or peas.Season with the items given. Heat little ghee, add pepper and let it start splutter Add cashews and jeera. Add green chillies curry leaves and hing .Once done  add it to pongal and mix well .Add grated dry coconut.Serve hot with tamrind gojju.

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Tomato Rice

Tomato rice is quick and easy to make-spicy and tangy to taste


  • Basmati rice 1 cup
  • Tomato 2 chopped
  • Onion 1 chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste-1/2 tsp
  • Peas-1/4 cup steamed
  • Green chillies-1-2
  • Red chili pwd-1 tsp
  • Garam masala-1 tsp
  • Dhani Jeera pwd-1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Water


  • Oil + Ghee 2 tblsp
  • Elachi 1
  • Cinnamon 1 piece
  • Clove 1
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Cashew nuts-few

Method-Soak basmati rice for at least 1 hour.(follow instructions on pkt).Heat a pressure cooker/pan  with oil and add all items under seasoning. Add green chillies, onions and fry well. Add ginger garlic paste, green peas and fry for a minute. Then add tomatoes.  Add salt, tumeric,masala powder,fry till tomato becomes soft.Add rice and water and pressure cook.Serve hot with raita .

South Indian touch-----

Alternatively you can add the South Indian style seasoning and masala powder (Bhath Pwd)-mustard,chana dal,urad dal,hing, jeera ,groundnuts,curry leaves.Garnish with coriander leaves and coconut.

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Dec 24, 2012

Poori Saagu

Poori/Puri is a popular Indian recipe enjoyed by all.Enjoy this puffed fried bread sizzling hot with chutney or sabzi / Saagu of your choice.


Poori,Puffed fried bread

  • Wheat Flour : 2 cups
  • Maida-2tbsp
  • Chiroti Rava/-2tbsp
  • Salt, Water
  • Oil

Mix all ingredients with water and make a stiff dough. Make puris and deep fry them in hot oil. Serve pipping hot with saagu or chutney



Mixed vegetables -washed and chopped 
Carrot,Beans,Potato,Onion,tomato,(semebadnekai ChowChow)
Peas : 1 cup

Pressure cook all vegetables with 1/2 tsp salt.  

For Grinding

1.Hurigadale/Dhalia dal - 2 tbsp
2.Chakke/Cinnamon stick -1"piece
3.Star Anise-1 petal (1/4 tsp powder)(opt)
4.Lavanga/Clove - 2
5.Khus Khus
6.Green Chillies-5-6
7.Coriander leaves - 1tbsp (chopped)
9.Fresh grated coconut-2-3 tbsp

For Seasoning

Mustard, Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Curry leaves ,Hing and turmeric powder 

Method Roast the ingredients from 2-5 with little oil.Next grind all ingredients along with spices.In a pan heat a tsp of oil and add mustard,chana dal,urad dal once done, add curry leaves,hing and turmeric.Next add the vegetables.Mix. Add the grounded paste and mix well. Bring it to boil. Add salt. Simmer on low heat for 3-4mins.Cover and let the saagu blend well.Serve hot with hot puris.

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Dec 10, 2012

Akki Rotti

Akki Rotti is made from Rice (akki in Kannada) flour-breakfast speciality of Karnataka.A healthy filling breakfast

Akki Rotti , Rice flour Pancake
Akki Rotti
  • Rice flour 2 cups
  • Onions 1 finely chopped
  • Carrot 1 grated (opt)
  • Capsicum 1 finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves -few chopped
  • Coconut little
  • Green chillies 7-8(as per taste)
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Oil 2tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Water 1 cup or according to required consistency

Method-In a bowl mix rice flour with chopped and grated veggies, chilies, Cumin /jeera ,coriander leaves, coconut , add salt.Add boiled water, mix well to a soft  dough. Keep covered for 10 mins.Take 1tsp of oil, smear around a tava. Now take dough and spread around it.Keep this on medium heat, cover and after minute ,add oil around sides also. If you want more crispy leave it of little longer. Once done, roti comes out easily from pan.(to make it more soft you can cover it with a plate on the tava/griddle)

To make another rotti, hold the pan upside down and run cold water all around it, pan will be cool to make another rotti by this time.
Serve this hot Akki Rotti -Karnataka Breakfast with chutney of your choice and dash of butter.

Also note:
  • You can also make Akki rotti adding Avarekai ,it tastes yummy.Try it out
  • Adding little cucumber shreds makes the rottis soft.
  • You can also add little curds to make the rottis soft.

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Do try out Methi Rava Rotti or the Cabbage Akki Rotti for breakfast.

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