Saturday, August 29, 2009


Greeen Chilly Pakoda is a snack it goes well with cup of Hot Tea or Coffee. Green chilly pakodas are very famous these days. They are known as Mirchy Bhajji.

Mirchy means chilly and bhajji means a fried fritter. People of North Karnataka and many parts of Karnataka these Mirchy bhajjis are also eaten with Masala Mandakki/Puri/Kadale Puri, a snack prepared using Puffed rice.
I have tried these bajji chilly, channa flour/besan/ red chilly powder and jeera/ cumin seeds.
There are different ways you prepare the bajji/fritter. Some do fill the chilly with coriander powder, methi/fenugrik powder, roasted channa powder or besan combined spice powder.
I have slit the chilly removed the seeds and cut them in to small pieces. It helped me fry them on small pan. The advantage of using small pan helps me use less oil. It is said that we should use the deep fried oil in cooking. I don't use the fried oil for cooking. (Use it for door hinges, applying on gates etc).
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients : 

 3 to 4 Green chillies.
Besan or Gram flour : ( Kadale Hittu in kannada ) : 1/2 cup
Red chilly powder : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Jeera or Jeera powder : 1/2 spoon.
Salt : to taste
Water : 1/4 cup
Oil : for frying : 1 cup

Method :

1. Wash and slit the green chilly straight. Remove the seeds and cut them in to three pieces.
2. Put besan/channa flour in a big bowl. Add salt, ingh, red chilly powder and jeera/cumin seeds.
3. Mix all the ingredients nicely and add very little water and prepare dough. Let the dough be thick.

4. Keep a pan and heat. Put oil. Let it get hot.
5. Dip each chilly piece nicely in besan/channa spicy dough and put slowly in hot oil.

6. Let it fry till it turn golden brown. Turn in between so that it cooks on all sides.
7. Remove from the hot oil and put it on a kitchen tissue.
8. Serve ready Green chilly Pakodas with a cup of coffee/tea or for lunch.

Note :

Fry pakodas in medium heat. To make it crispy add a pinch of bycarbonet soda or a spoon ful of hot oil to besan dough. You can fill the green chillies with coriander and jeera powder. it gives different taste. You can use a big pan instead of cutting the chilly into pieces. Use of more oil is optional. Use of any other spice is optional.
Time : 10 Minutes.
2 to 3 servings.


Toor Daal fry is curry made of Toor daal and Tomatoes. It is an easy dish. Toor dal fry goes well with chapatis, any type of rotis, idli and dosas. It is a good combination for plain rice.

I have used toor dal, tomatoes and some simple spices.
Let us see some benefits of eating " Toor Dal " in our diet.
Toor dal is loaded with carbohydrates and it provide energy for our body. It has a rich source of dietary fiber and helps to ease the constipation problems. Toor dal contain good amount of plant proteins. It has a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and B.Vitamins. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol free.

Ingredients :

Toor Daal : 1/2 Cup
Tomatoes : 2 ( Medium size )
Green Chilly : 2
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6 leaves.
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 sticks
Garam Masaala powder : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Rasam Powder : 1 Teaspoon
Oil or ghee : 1 Table spoon
Musterd Seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urud Daal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Jeera/cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Asafotodia : a pinch
Ginger : a small piece
Sal :To Taste
Turmeric powder : a Pinch
Water : 1 to 2 Cups 

Method : 

1. Wash and boil toor dal (better to cook in pressure cooker) with required water. Let it cool.

2. Wash and cut tomatoes and green chilly, curry leaves and coriander leaves.

3. Wash fresh ginger and remove the outer layer. Wash it again and grate it.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds, urid dal. Let mustard splutter.
5. Add jeera/cumin seeds, cut green chilly and ingh. Fry for a second.

6. Add curry leaves. Mix it well. Ad tomatoes and fry. Add garam masala and fry.
7. Mix it well. Add turmeric powder. Add cooked dal, salt and required water.
8. Add rasam powder. Mix it well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Shift the dal to a serving dish. Add a spoon of ghee.
10. Add coriander leaves and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note : 

You can use moong dal instead of toor dal. (Optional). Adding onions and garlic is optional.
Adding any other spices like chat masala, coriander powder, jeera powder is optional. Adding ghee enhance the taste of the dal. Adding a spoon of lemon extract is optional. (I have not added). Adding any brand/home made rasam powder is optional. (Used home made rasam powder). Consistency of dal is optional. (Thick/Thin).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4.

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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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