Aug 31, 2014

Mixed Healthy Salad

Mixed Healthy Salad is simple and easy to prepare.A nice blend of sweet corn,moong and carrots with dash of spices and seasonings.Do try this healthy tasty tangy salad .A perfect lunch box recipe too.

Salad is known as Kosambri in Kannada.

Mixed Healthy Salad 
  • Sweet corn steamed-1 cup
  • Soaked Green Moong-1/4 cup
  • Grated carrot-1/4 cup
  • Coconut 3-4 tbsp
  • oil 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera 1/2tsp
  • Hing pinch
  • Chana dal-1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves a few
  • Green chillies 3-4 finely chopped
  • Fresh coriander chopped
  • Pomegrante seeds-few
  • Dryfruits -few 
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice-1/2 tsp

Method: In a bowl add the steamed corn,soaked moong ,grated carrot,add coconut and mix.Meanwhile prepare the seasoning.Heat oil in kadai ,add mustard,jeera,chana dal,urad dal,chillies,hing ,curry leaves.Once done add to the salad mix.Add salt ,lemon juice and mix  Next add corainder leaves ,dry fruits and pomogrante seeds , mix well and serve.

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Aug 26, 2014

Tamarind Upma

Tamarind Upma or Tamarind Upit is simple and easy to prepare.A perfect, filling,healthy breakfast recipe. This is made with Rice Rava (traditionally known as Akkitari uppittu in Karnataka) blended with tamarind and spices.Enjoy this hot during the monsoons.

Tamarind Poha
Tamarind Upma

  • Rice rava- 1cup (akki tari)
  • Water - 1- 2 cups (adj)
  • 2-3 tbsp. tamarind juice
  • 1-2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 2 tsp Rasam Pwd
  • 1/2 Dhania jeera pwd
  • Salt for taste
  • Coconut-1-2 tbsp
  • Seasoning
  • Oil-2 tbsp
  • Mustard -1/2 tsp
  • Hing- pinch
  • Jeera-1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal-1tsp
  • Urad dal-1tsp
  • Curry leaves-few
  • Red chilies-1-2

Method: Fry the rava for 10mins and keep it aside.In a  pan,add tamarind juice, jaggery, rasam powder, masala pwd, salt, turmeric and little water. Boil for 5-10 minutes.Keep it aside.Heat oil in a pan add mustard,jeera when they begin to splutter ,add channa dal and urad dal ,red chilies fry until light brown.Next add ,hing,curry leaves, and fry.Add fried rava ,salt and mix well next add the gojju and hot water. Mix well.Cook till the water is gone.Simmer and close the lid for 2-3 min.Garnish with  coconut and serve hot.

(add more water in case the rava is not cooked well )

Do check for other easy breakfast recipes Sevai Upma, Tomato Avalakki, Gojju Avalakki.

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Aug 20, 2014

Tendli Ki Sabzi / Tondekai Palya

Tendli Ki Sabzi is a delicious combination for Indian breads.Tendli /Tindora or Ivy Gourd  or Tondekayi in kannada with Aloo tastes yummy.

Tendli Ki Sabzi 

1 potato (finely sliced)
1 cup sliced Tendli
1/2 tsp cumin seed 
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp chana dal
1/2 tsp urad dal
Hing pinch
1/2 tsp red chili powder 
1 tsp turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp dhania jeera powder 
1 tsp Bhath powder
few coriander leaves (finely chopped) 
1-2 tbsp Oil
  • Method-Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin and mustard,chana dal,urad dal ,hing, and fry till done next add tendli and sauté for some time.Next add potatoes ,and fry well till done .Next add the masala pwds ,salt and mix well.Garnish  with coriander leaves and serve this hot Tendli Sabzi with naan or roti.

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Aug 13, 2014

Chapati Masala / Phodni Chi Poli

Chapati Masala or Phodnichi Poli in Marathi is a easy snack that can be made from leftover chapatis tossed with spices.Enjoy as after school snack for kids.

Policha Kuskara,Phodni Chi Poli
Chapati Masala
  • Left over chapatis- 2-3
  • Onions-1 cup chopped
  • Tomatoes-1/2 cup chopped
  • Green chillies-2-3 finely chopped
  • Dhani Jeera pwd-1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala-1/2 tsp 
  • Groundnuts- A handful
  • Oil- 2tsp
  • Mustard -1tsp
  • Jeera -1tsp
  • Turmeric-pinch
  • Hing- a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves- finely chopped
  • Lemon juice-1/2 tsp

Method-Cut the chapatis into small pieces.Heat oil in a pan. Fry the groundnuts and keep it aside next add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing,turmeric.Add the green chillies and onions and sauté next add tomatoes fry till it softens add chopped chapati pieces and fry well. Add salt and mix well.Close the lid and allow it to cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with finely chopped coriander and lemon juice. Serve hot.

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Aug 11, 2014

Baby Corn Bhajia / Baby Corn Fritters

Baby Corn Bhajia / Baby Corn Fritters is yummy and tasty .Enjoy hot with tea as evening snack.

1 cup tender Baby corns
Oil,to deep fry
1 cup Besan/Chickpea flour
1/4 cup Rice flour
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala
1/4 tsp Dhania jeera pwd
 1/2 tsp Ajwain / Carom seeds
2 tsp hot Oil
Salt to taste

Method: Steam the baby corn for 10-15 mins.
Take a bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well. Add little water,add cut baby corn and mix well ,the flour and baby corns should blend and be well coated.Heat a little oil and add it to this batter and mix it well.
Keep it for sometime.In a kadai heat sufficient oil for frying. Slowly add the besan mix in batches in the hot oil. Fry till golden brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper. Sprinkle chaat masala on top .Serve hot crisp bhajias with ketchup or chutney of your choice.

Aug 3, 2014

Cucumber Chaat /Southekayi Masala

Cucumber Chaat (Southekayi Slice ) is an easy Masala Chaat.Nice tangy tasty mix of healthy cucumber with spices. Kids will love it too .

  • 1  cucumber/Southekayi sliced
  • 1 cup puffed rice (Puri)
  • 1/2 sev
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • Few coriander leaves, chopped
  • few  salted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp. green chutney
  • OR red chili powder
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
Method: Slice the cucumber.(thick slices) Apply salt and green chili paste,Spruce up with finely chopped onions, grated carrots, chaat masala,red chili pwd,coriander leaves and peanuts.Sprinkle a dash of lemon juice over that. Top up with puffed rice and sev .Serve immediately.

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Aug 2, 2014

Paneer Peas Masala

Paneer Peas Masala is delicious gravy that can be enjoyed with Indian breads.Interesting Sabzi variety of paneer and peas blended in various spices.

Paneer Peas Masala

  • Green Peas steamed-1/2 cup
  • Frozen Paneer or Cottage Cheese –
  • 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • Oil – 1tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder – pinch
  • Dhaniya Jeera pwd- 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala pwd – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste-1/2 tsp
  • Jeera or Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Onion  - 1 cup chopped
  • Tomato –1 cup chopped
  • Salt-for taste
  • Milk Cream – 1-2 tsp
  • Cashews-few

Method-Roast cashew ,onion(little) and chilies.Grind it into smooth paste.Grind the tomatoes into puree.Heat oil fry paneer.Remove and keep it aside.Next,add oil ,add cumin seeds,add onions and fry well.Add the ginger garlic paste,masala pwd, cashew paste and fry well.Add tomato and let it cook for 2-3 mins,add the  peas and fried paneer .add salt and cook till the gravy is done and blended well.Lastly add cream .Simmer on low heat .Garnish with coriander leaves.Serve hot with Indian breads.

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