Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dideer Rava Idli

Dhideer means fast ...Rava idlies can be prepared immediately and it is easy to prepare. 
Rava idlis were first invented in Bangalore/Karnataka/India from one of the famous Hotel (Even Now) M.T. R. during 2nd World war. It is said that during war time the rice became scarcity and M. T. R, tried the idli, using Rava/Semolina. Thanks to them and it has come long a way and is world wide famous, healthy and yummy.

 I have used medium size Rava, curd/yogurt, cooking soda and little salt.
It is very easy and energetic, healthy and keeps you full for a long time.
Let us see the recipe now :

 Ingredients :

Medium size Rava ( Samolina): 2 cups.
Curd ( Yogurt) 1 Cup.
Green chilly : 2 ( small);
Coriander leaves : 3 Tablespoons.
To Season :
Oil : 1 Teaspoon.
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urd Dall: 1/2 Tea spoon.
Curry Leaves : One handful.
To Add : 
Salt : to taste.
Cooking Soda : 1/2Teaspoon.

Method :

1. Wash and cut curry leaves, coriander leaves, green chilly in to small pieces.
2. Keep a pan on the fire and put a teaspoon of oil. Let it heat. Add mustard seeds and urid dal.
3. Let it splutter. Add curry leaves and green chilly. Add rava and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Put off the fire and shift the roasted rava to a plate. Let it cool.
5. Take a big pan and add cooled rava, curd, required water, salt and mix it well.

6. It should be idli dough consistency. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
7. Wash and grease idli plates with ghee or oil.
8. Add cooking soda to ready idli dough and mix it well.
9. Put some water to idli cooker or pressure cooker and keep it on the fire. Let the water boil.
10. Add a small ladle of rava idli dough in greased idli plates.
11. Arrange them and keep it in pressure cooker and close the lid. Do not put weight.
12. Let it cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the lid and take out the idli plates with idlis.

13. Sprinkle some water (normal temperature) on hot idlis and remove it from the plates.
14. Put it in hot box or a bowl. Serve with your choice of side dishes.

15. It can be served with ghee/butter, pickle, sambar and chutney.


Roast rava on low and medium flame till the raw smell disappear. Let it cool completely to add curd/yogurt. Or rava dough turns as very soft and idli will not taste good. Adding cashews is optional. Adding more green chilly is optional.You can also add grated carrots, capsicum and prepare vegetable idli. Do not add more cooking soda.
Time : 30 Minutes 
Serves : 3 to 4 
Type : South Indian style.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ridge Gourd Spicy Dosa..

Ridge gourd is full of fiber content vegetable. Using this particular vegetable in your daily diet will help to avoid constipation. Ridge gourd Dosa is easy to prepare and good to eat for breakfast or as evening snack.
Here I am going to use only the outer layer of Ridge gourd. We can also prepare chutney with the skin of Ridge gourd.
Things Needed:
Ridge gourd skin :  1 cup.
Urd daal : 2 Tea spoons.
Red chillies: 4 to 6
Tamarind pulp: 2 Table spoons.
Coriander seeds: 1 tea spoon.
Salt : to taste.
Coconut: 2 Table spoons.
Rava ( Samolina ) : 1 cup.
Wheat flour: 1cup.
Maida ( All purpose flour). : 1/2 cup.
Water: 2 cups.
Curry leaves : 8 to 10
Ingh : a pinch
Oil: 4 to 6 Table spoons.
Method : Wash and feel off the edges of ridge gourd. Now wash again and wipe out the water. Remove the outer layer of ridge gourd  and keep it aside. Now add salt. coriander seeds and  tamarind pulp to and little water to the ridge gourd skin and cook all together in a pressure cooker for 8 to 10 minutes.
Roast  Urd daal  till brown, add ingh, red chilies and curry leaves and roast . Add coconut to this mixture . Leave it for cooling.
Now add cooked  ridge gourd mixture and the coconut mixture in the mixi jar and grind nicely. No need to add much water to grind this mixture. pour this spicy chutney in a big bowl. Now add samolina( medium sized) , wheat flour and maida  with coconut ground masala nicely adding required water. ( The batter consistency should be like neer dosa batter).
keep a dosa pan and heat it. Pour a spoonful of dosa batter and spread it. Sprinkle a spoon of oil on the top and cook till its brown. Turn the other side of dosa and cook for 10 seconds and remove from the pan and serve with Honey or jaggery.  Repeat the same procedure to prepare dosa with remaining batter.
Note : Cook Dosa on medium heat. Can use Ridge gourd chutney with rice or chapatis too. We can make use of left over chutney for this dosa, but surely not the stale chutney. Can use more coconut.
Serves: 3 to 4.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Easy Vangi Bath( Vegetable Masala Baat).

Vangi baat is normally made of Rice, Vegetables and spices.  We can have Vanghi baat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Vangi baat is usually prepared by using Brinjals. (Vengai means brinjals). Now a days we use other vegetables like carrots, beans, potatoes, capsicum, cabbage and even different kinds of edible leaves too. Here is a recipe for you to prepare Vaangi baat with carrots, capsicum and potatoes.
Things Needed:
Rice :1 Cup.
Carrot: 1
Capsicum : 1
Potato : 1
Beans : 6 to 8.
Vangi baath Powder : 3 Table spoons.
Curry leaves: 8 to 10
Coriander Leaves: 2 Table spoons.
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Salt : to taste.
Ingh or Asafoetida : a pinch
Urd Daal : 1 Teaspoon.
Mustard seeds: 1 Teaspoon
Tamarind Pulp : 2 Tablespoons.
Turmeric Powder:  a pinch.
Water: 3 cups.

Method :
Wash rice and keep it aside. Cut carrot, beans, capsicum and potatoes according to your wish.
Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil and mustard seeds and urd daal and let it spurt. Add curry leaves and Ingh to it. Add cut vegetables and fry them for 4 to 5 minutes. Add washed rice to it and fry them for 2 minutes. Add vangibaath powder and turmeric powder to it and put off the gas. Now put all the fried rice mixture to the pressure cooker or rice cooker. Add water and salt to it and cook . ( Using the rice cooker will be better. Its switched off automatically after the rice is cooked).  Mix  well the baat after its cooked, spread coriander leaves on the top and serve with cup of curd.
Note: Do not fry the rice for long time.  Vangi baath powder can be prepared and kept previously . ( Roast 2 tea spoons of coriander leaves, 1 spoon of channa daal, 1 tea spoon of urd daal and 4 to 5 cloves one by one until its brown and then roast 6 to 8 red chillies , powder them when they are cool to get the vangibaat powder. ). You can also use 2 tablespoons fresh coconut to get the better taste. Can use a table spoon of ghee  also.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Kocchige Gidde.( Rice Cake).

Kocchige Gidde means  a kind of idlis made with  boiled and raw rice.  Kocchige means boiled rice. Gidde is made of  two types of rice. Boiled and raw rice in equal quantity. You can have this food for breakfast or dinner. It is a healthy food.

Things needed:

Raw Rice : 1 cup.
Boiled Rice.: 1 cup.
Fresh coconut : 1 cup.
Salt : to taste.
Water : as required.
Oil or Ghee : 1 Tea spoon.

Method :

1. Wash and soak boiled and raw rice together for 6 to 8 hours and grind using little water.

2. Add fresh coconut while grinding.  Grind to rava consistency  and remove from the mixi jar.
3. The consistency should be like idli batter. Add Salt and mix it well

4. Now apply oil to idli plates and put the ground batter and cook for 20 to 30 minutes in a Idli cooker .

5.Prick a knife edge to see that giidde is cooked nicely. If its cooked it does not stick to the sides.
6.Serve hot giddes with coconut chutney or pickle and jaggery.
7.Put a spoon of coconut oil on the top of gidde before serving.

Note : Must cook properly . You can extend the cooking for 40 minutes too.You can do this giddes using only boiled rice. You can also add more coconut if you wish . It gives a better taste.

Serves 3 to 4 people.
Time : 1 Hour : 40 Minutes.
Soaking time Extra 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Seeme Badane Kai (Chayote squash) Gasi......

Seeme Badane kai  Gasi is a thick curry and can be eaten with rice, Chapati, poori or even with Doda or Idlies..
Things needed :
Seeme Badane kai :1
Fresh grated Coconut: 3 Table spoons.
Green chillies : 3 to 4
Ginger : small pieces.
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Turmeric powder: a pinch.
Salt : as required.
Oil or ghee : 1 Tea spoon.
Mustard seeds: 1/2 spoon.
Urd Daal: 1/2 Tea spoon.
Curry leaves: 6 to 8.
Coriander leaves.
Wash and remove the outer skin of Seeme Badane kai, cut into small pieces and cook them until they are very soft. Grind grated coconut, green chilly, jeera and ginger with little water. Grind till paste, remove from the mixi jar and keep it in a small bowl. Cut coriander leaves and keep it aside.
Now keep a pan on the fire. Add ghee or oil and heat.
Add mustard seeds and urd daal. Let the mustard seeds spurt. Add asafortida and curry leaves to it. Add cooked Seeme badane kai pieces and ground coconut mixture. Put salt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add little water if required.
Boil for 3 to 4 minutes and put off the gas. Now  add cut coriander leaves and serve Seeme badane kai Gasi with Hot rice and a spoon of fresh ghee on the top.
Note : Must cook the vegetable till its soft.  You can also use beans carrots and potatoes along with Seeme badane kai. No tomato or tamarind should be added to this curry.
Serves : 2 to 3.

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