Jan 29, 2015

Seemebadnekayi Masala Rice

Seemebadnekayi Masala Rice is a simple one pot meal made from Seemebadnekayi / Chow Chow/ Chayote  blended with spices.Easy to prepare.

Seemebadnekayi Masala Rice

Seemebadnekayi Masala Rice

  • 1 cup-Rice
  • 2 big Chow Chow 
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp chana dal
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • Hing-pinch
  • Turmeric-pinch
  • 1-2 tbsp Bhath pwd
  • Few Corianderleaves
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Grated coconut-1-2 tsp
  • Lemon juice-1/2 tsp

Method: Cook rice and spread it on a plate.Meanwhile heat Oil in pan,add mustard,chanadal,uraddal,jeera ,hing,tumeric,curry leaves, and fry for some time.Add the chow chow and stirfry well next add masala pwd and fry well.Add salt and mix well,Add rice, lemon juice and mix well.Garnish with coconut and coriander leaves.Serve hot with raita of your choice.

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Jan 27, 2015

Dahi Bhel

Dhai Bhel  is a interesting chaat recipe a tangy tasty mix of bhel puri with curds and chutnies..Quick and easy to make.

  • 1-1/2 cups puffed rice
  • 1 cup Sev papdi mix
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • finely chopped raw mango(season)
  • few Coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1-2 Green chilies finely chopped
  • Chaat masala-pinch
  • Red chili pwd -pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice-taste
  • Thick curds-2 tbsp
  • Chutney-Green and tamarind.(as per taste)
Dahi Bhel
Dahi Bhel
  Method:  Add the above mentioned ingredients in a large mixing bowl.Mix well. Sprinkle some sev and coriander to garnish.Serve immediately.
(You also get ready made Bhel mix,with the chutney ,you can just add the onions and other vegetables.)

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Jan 26, 2015

Bhindi Raita / Okra Raita

Bhendi Raita or Bendekayi raita is made with ladyfinger, curds and blended with spices.Enjoy chilled with parathas or pulao.


  • Bhindi/okra - 1 cup (finely chopped)
  • Thick curds- 2 cups
  • Red chilli pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil-for frying bhendi

  • oil-1/2 tsp 
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp chana dal
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 1-3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • Few curry leaves
  • Hing a pinch

Method -In a pan ,add oil and fry Bhendi till brown.Keep it aside.Next Take a bowl, mix the yogurt ,add masala pwd and salt and mix well.Heat oil in a small pan. Add the mustard and cumin seeds. Next add the green chillies ,chana dal,urad dal ,curry leaves and hing.Fry for some time.Add the fried bhendis in the curds .Pour the seasoning over the yogurt.Enjoy this raita with  parathas.

Jan 21, 2015

Sweet Pongal

Sweet Pongal is prepared during Sankranthi festival.A delicious mix of Moong dal with rice and jaggery blended with dryfruits, it's tasty and rich.Enjoy !!

Sweet Pongal 

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup Raw Rice
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal/Green Gram Dal
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3 cups Jaggery grated ( as per taste)
  • 4 tbsp Ghee
  • Few cashews/Raisins
  • 2 tbsp Dry Coconut (grated)
  • 1/2 tsp Elachi pwd
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmet pwd
  • 1-2 cloves(opt)
  • Saffron (pinch)
  • Water

Method : In a kadai, add ghee roast dry the green gram dal for a couple of minutes. Next cook the rice and moong dal . In a pan, add the jaggery in  water and cook on a low heat till the jaggery melts. Once done add the 
cooked rice and dal.Add milk and stir well. Heat ghee and fry the cashewnuts and raisins add to the pongal. Add the powdered cardamoms, cloves nutmeg ,grated coconut and saffron.Mix well and serve hot.

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Makara Sankranti / Happy Pongal

Makara Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Magha when the sun passes through the winter solstice, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn.It  is also a celebration of the harvest festival.It is celebrated across states in India.

On this auspicious day, people in Karnataka distribute Yellu and Bella to family and friends (jaggery, sesame seeds, ground nut, dried coconut and fried gram goes into this ellu bella along with Sakarare Aachu and greet with the words  “Ellu bella thindu, Olle Maathadi” While in Maharashtra its "Til gul ghya gaud gaud bola" (Eat sesame seeds and speak only good). In the evening the children in the house will be made to sit and a mixture of ellu bella , berries called as elchi hannu in kannada , pieces of sugarcane, coins are mixed and poured over their head and an aarathi is performed.

The significance across states of this exchange is that sweetness should prevail in all walks of life.

May the sun radiate peace,prosperity and happiness in your life!! Happy Sankranthi!!

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Jan 13, 2015

Kabuli Kadle Masala Bhath

Kabuli Kadle Masala Bhath or Kabul Chana Rice is a  healthy one pot meal made from the Kabul chana/chickpea blended in spices, simply perfect and nutritious. Enjoy!

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Kabul chana (cooked)
  • Turmeric pwd-pinch
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • Few cloves/peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Dhania Jeera pwd
  • 1/2 tsp Bhath Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Hing-pinch
  • Curry leaves-few
  • salt to taste

Method- Cook the rice and spread it on a plate.Cook the chana well.Next in a pan,heat oil,add mustard ,once done,add jeera, fry , next add onions and sautéNext add the cooked chana and saute for 1-2 mins.Add the tomatoes and fry well.Add the masala pwds ,salt and mix .Next add the cooked rice and mix well.Simmer on low heat for 10 mins till all the rice,chana  is blended well with the spices.Serve hot with raita of your choice.
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Jan 12, 2015

Tondekayi Palya

Tondekayi Palya is a delicious combination for Indian breads.Enjoy this south Indian version of Tendli /Tindora or Ivy Gourd sabzi .Yummy and tasty you will love it.

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
Green chillies-2-3
1 tsp turmeric powder /haldi
Grated coconut-1/4 cup
few coriander leaves (finely chopped) 
1-2 tbsp Oil
  • Method-Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin and mustard,chana dal,urad dal ,hing,haldi,add green chilies and fry till done .Next add tendli and sauté for some time or till done.Next add salt and mix well.Garnish  with freshly grated coconut and coriander leaves and serve this Ivy Gourd Stir fry hot with chapati or enjoy with rasam rice.

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Jan 6, 2015

Heerekayi Thove

Heerekayi Thove is a healthy combination of Moong Dal with Turai  or Heerkayi/ridge gourd tempered with hing , jeera and chilies.Nutritious and tasty.Enjoy with rice or chapati.

  • 1 cup moong dal 
  • 1 cup chopped heerekayi (turai)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt-taste
  • Water
  • Lemon Juice-1/2 tsp
  • Coconut-1-2 tsp(opt)
  • 1 tsp oil/ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 1/2 tsp channa dal
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • hing -pinch
  • curry leaves-few
  • Green chillies 3-4 chopped
  • Method : Pressure cook dal with turmeric and oil.Blend the dal .Cook Turai in water till done.Add the cooker turai to the dal,  add water if req.Add salt and mix well.Cook on low heat for 5-10 mins.Heat oil in a pan,add the seasoning items ,once done add to the dal.Add coconut , add lemon juice.Serve hot with white rice or chapati.

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