Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bread - Red Rice Dosa

Bread Red rice dosa is a simple dosa and we can have them for breakfast, or as evening snack or for dinner too. It is soft and fluffy. Just thought of using bread instead of yeast and it turned so soft and we all enjoyed Bread Dosa for our morning break fast. Preparing some thing little different is good option. I have used red raw rice instead of white raw rice - Urid dal and wheat bread instead of Awalakki .(beaten rice).
Soft dosas will be liked by all the age group and the whole family. It can be thin or fluffy. it does not turn crispy since bread is used.

Things needed  :

 Raw Red rice :  2 cups\
Urid dal : 1/2 Cup
Brown bread : 4 to 5 slices
Salt : as required
Water : as required
Oil : 2 Table spoons

Method :

1. Wash and soak rice, dal together for 3 to 4 hours.
2. Grind it nicely into thin paste, using little by little water.
3. Add bread pieces and grind it at the last few minutes.
4. Remove from the jar and put it in a bowl.
5. Add salt and allow it to ferment. (It should ferment well).
6. Keep a dosa pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle oil on the pan and put a spoon full of dough and spread it in circle form.

7. Cover and cook dosa for 1 minute and turn the other side to cook. (10 to 20 seconds on the other side).
8. Remove dosa from dosa pan and serve with the side dish you prepared.
9. Repeat the same with rest of the dough.
10. We had Bread Red rice dosa with raw jack curry.
Note: The dough should not too thick or thin. It should ferment well to get good result. Dosas will be little dull and brown because of using red rice and brown bread. We can prepare onion dosas with the same dough. Adding ghee instead of oil is optional.
Time : 20 minutes + Soaking 4 hours. Fermenting : over night
Serves : 4 to 5.   

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Banana - Dates - Grapes Milk Shake

Banana, dates and grape Milk Shake is a drink which helps to keep your body cool. When it is screeching hot, you feel like drinking some thing again and again. The moisture in the body dries up quick due to heat. This drink helps to keep your body cool and it is a healthy drink too. I have used dates, banana, grapes and little honey to add the sweet taste.
Lets see some benefits of having dates in our diet.
Dates give relief from constipation, intestinal disorder, heart problem and anemia. Dates are good for gaining weight also. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. It contain calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium and they are beneficial for health. Eating a date is necessary for balanced and healthy diet.
Lets see the recipe now

Things Needed :

Banana : ( ripen) : 2
Dates : 6 to 8
Grapes : 8 to 10 or more
Honey : 1 Tablespoon
Milk Powder : 1 Table spoon ( or fresh milk 1/2 Cup)

Method :

1. Remove the skin of banana and remove the seeds from dates.
2. Put all the ingredients in the mixi jar, add a cup of water and churn till they get fluffy.
3. Remove the Milk shake from the mix jar.
4. Add water if required and serve.
Note : It should not be very thick or thin. You can add more milk to it. You can also add cardamom while grinding. Adding ice cube is optional.
Serves : 2
Time : 10 minutes.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rava Rotti (with Raw Mango & Walnuts Chutney as an ingredient)

Raw Mango -Walnut Chutney & Rava Rotti

Rava rotti is a nutritional staple and this time I've used the chutney that was described as in Raw Mango and Walnut Chutney

The interesting bit is that the chutney is an ingredient of the Rotti and not an accompaniment! Go ahead and get your rottis made!

It has become a hobby to try out some thing using the recipe, and I've applied the same pattern to the Rava Rotti using Raw Mango Chutney.

Rava Rotti using Raw Mango Chutney.

Things needed 
Medium size Rava : 2 Cups
Raw Mango Chutney : 1 Cup
Onions : 1
Curry leaves : One handful
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Table spoons
Salt : Required
Curd : 1 Bowl.
Oil : 3 to 4 Teaspoons


1. Remove the outer skin of onions and cut it small. Wash and cut coriander leaves.
2. Take a big bowl and add the "Raw Mango Chutney", curd, rawa, cut onions, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
3. Mix it nicely and leave it for 5 minutes.
4. Keep a dosa pan on the fire. Heat. Put some water on the tava to know about the heat. Clean up the pan with a tissue or clean cloth.
5. Sprinkle oil and take a handful of the rava dough and spread it on the tava like dosa.
6. Sprinkle half tea spoon of oil and cook on medium heat for 1 to 2 minute. Cover with lid.
7. Now turn the other side and cook for a minute.
8. Remove from the pan and serve hot rava roti with the side dish you prepared.
9. Repeat the same with remaining dough.
Note :
Prepare the dough like idli dough consistency. So that it can spread nicely and easily. Wet your hand and then spread the dough.
You can also use any vegetables, (grate and mix) and more onions. Adding green chilly is also optional. (Chutney contains green chilly so I did not add chilly). Using ghee instead of oil is also optional.
Time : 20 minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Raw Mango - Walnuts Chutney

Raw Mango Urge!

Raw Mangoes are plenty in the market and as soon as you see it you grab some thinking of cooking up so many things in the mind. Once you see a mango your mouth starts watering thinking of  its tongue biting savoury. What ever it is you need them in your vegetable shelf. It nothing works out you just cut and put salt and eat them up. That is my way of buying mangoes.
I have done Raw Mango Chutney, with raw mango, green chilly, little ginger and Walnuts. I just wanted to try this wall nuts instead of chenna  (hurikadale or Kadle or putani as we call).

Things Needed

Raw Mango pieces : 1 Small cup (or one small mango)
Coconut : 1 Cup
Wallnuts : Handful ( 6 to 8 pieces)
Green Chilly : 2 to 3
Ingh : a pinch
Salt : as required
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry Leaves : 4 to 6


1.Wash and cut mangoes, green chilly  into small pieces. Grate coconut.
2. Now grind mangoes, ingh, walnuts, Salt into paste consistency. ( Use little water).

3. Remove from the mixi jar and put it in a bowl.

4. Keep a small pan on the fire and add oil and heat. Put mustard seeds and let it spurt. Add ingh and curry leaves.
5. Add this friend mustard seeds to the chutney and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Chutney served with Idlis.
Note : Do not add more water while grinding. It taste different and may not be nice. Adding onions or garlic is optional. I have used coconut oil. (optional). Adding more or less chilly according to your wish.
Time : 10 minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chat Pat Veggy Pakodas

It is raining here like a rainy day. The weather has turned chill and craving to have some pakodas or fried food.
I just checked in the fridge for some vegetables. I could get only the capsicum. Then onions in the basket in my kitchen store. This will be more than enough to fill the pakoda dough.
Just tried some chatpat (fast) pakodas and here they are goes well with  hot cup of coffee or tea or even juice. It can be nice to eat with your lunch.
Lets see the recipe now.

Things Needed :

Onions : 2
Capsicum : 1
Channa flour : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Rice Flour : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly powder : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : required 
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Oil : 1 Cup

Method :

1. Remove the outer skin of onion and wash it. Wash capsium.
2. Cut onions and capsicum in to small pieces. Cut curry leaves into small.
3.Take a bowl and put capsicum, onions, curry leaves , Channa flour (besan) and rice flour.
4. Add salt, jeera and chilly powder. Add a tea spoon of hot oil. Mix it nicely.

5, Keep a frying pan on the fire. Put oil and let it turn hot. (frying temperature).
6. Take a handful dough and squeeze out the dough through your fingers.
7. Fry them nicely till golder brown on both side and remove from the pan.
8. Put it on a kitchen tissue, so that extra oil is absorbed by the tissue.
9. Serve Hot pakodas with a cup of coffee or tea.

Note :
Do not add any water to mix the dough. The dough should be thick. You can add carrots to this pakodas. It should be eaten when it is hot. No need to add any cooking soda.
Time : 10 minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3 .

Healthy Vegetable Salad

Salad can be prepared using many vegetables. It has become a healthy attitude for people to have salads instead of meals. It is really good. It keeps you healthy and active.It can be eaten at any time of the day...Even as chat you can have them in the evening.
I have used corn, carrots, cucumber, tomato and olive oil. Topped with mango gratings.
Lets see the benefits of Corn and Olive oil.
Sweet corn is gluten free cereal and fresh sweet corn has much less calories.They are full of dietary fiber, vitamins and antioxidants and minerals. It contains good levels of B-complex group of vitamins. and healthy amount of minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese.
Olive Oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids.Olive oil is rich in antioxidants with Vitamin E  which helps to minimizes the cancer. risk. Regular consumption of olive oil can help to decrease blood pressure. Olive has is good for diet, it is low saturated and moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber. It helps to lower the blood sugar level, it controls and enhances insulin sensitivity. It also helps to reduce the obesity.
This salad is free of onion or garlic. We can even stuff them in chapatis and have Salad Chapati Roll.
Here is a recipe which is to prepare and yummy to have.

Ingredients :

Corn : 1 Cob
Carrots : 2
Cucumber : 2
Tomatoes : 2
Olive Oil : 2 Tea spoons
Salt : required (black salt or rock salt also can be used)
Green chilly : 1
Totapuri Mango  Gratings :  3 to 4 Table spoons

Method : 

1.Wash and scrape out the outer layer of carrots and grate it.
2. Wash and boil corn cob and remove the corn from it.
3. Cut tomatoes, cucumber green chilly into thin and keep it aside.Grate mango and keep it aside.
4. Take a big bowl and put all the ingredients. Mix it well.
5. Add oil oil and mix it slowly.
6. Shift the salad and top up with grated totapuri mango.
7. You can have Chapati Salad Roll also.
Note :
You can use pomegranate also. They adds to the taste. Coriander leaves, mint leaves and fresh tender palak (spinach) leaves also can be added. Parsley leaves are added normally.  Adding onions and garlic is optional. I have not added. It is said that cut onions should not be kept for a long time.
Time : 10 minutes
Servings : 3 to 4

Friday, April 10, 2015

Carrot Tambuli & Parata

Ready to Serve Tambuli & Parata

Carrot Tambuli is a gravy side dish. Tambuli is normally served and eaten in the beginning during lunch. Tambuli is prepared using curd or butter milk and healthy leaves or vegetables and very few spices like jeera and pepper. It should be mild (not very spicy).
We from South Canara ( Southern part of Karnataka) prepare tambuli with edible leaves and some vegetables too. Tambuli helps to keep the body cool and digest our food easily.  It is also one of the traditional dish I can say. Tambuli is normally prepared using butter milk or curd. Tambuli should be like butter milk or little thicker than butter milk consistency.
I have prepared this tumbuli many times before and did not write up the recipe. When I saw one of our friend prepared Carrot Tambuli and put up in the face book page I was eager to prepare that day and have it with our lunch. Luckily fresh carrots were there in the fridge and I could make use of it.
Tambuli is normally eaten during lunch, not at night in most of the time. So I used the remaining tambuli for making paratas for dinner and it was soft and thin. Adding some jeera, turmeric powder and garam masala added good taste to the parata.
Lets see some benefits of using carrots in our diet. 
Carrots are rich in anti oxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber and cholesterol free. They are rich source of carotenes and Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body to maintain healthy tissue, teeth and gum. Its anti oxidant contents helps the human body protect from diseases. They are rich in B-complex groups of vitamins like folic acid, B-6. They contain minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.
Here is a recipe of Carrot Tambuli and we can have them with rice , or use it as side dish with chapatis, pooris, rotis etc.

Things Needed :

Carrots : 2
Coconut : 1 Table spoon
Jeera (cumin seeds) : 1/2 Tea spoon
Black Pepper : 2
Red Chilly : 1
Ingh : a pinch
Curd :  1/2 Cup
Salt : required
Ghee : 1 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 3 to 4

Method :

1. Wash and clean carrot (just scrape out slightly the outer layer) and grate it. Keep it aside.
2. Cut or grate a spoonful of coconut.
3. Keep a small pan on the fire and heat. Add ghee, jeera and pepper pods. Fry for 10 seconds.
4. Add red chilly, 4 to 5 curry leaves and ingh. Add grated carrots and fry for another 10 to 20 seconds. Put off the fire.
5. Let the friend items cool. Add coconut and grind fried carrot mixture with very little curd or butter milk.
6. Add salt and remove the ground mixture to a bowl.
7. Add curd or butter milk to the ground mixture and mix it well.
8. Add jeera curry leaves ingh splutter to Tambuli and serve with rice or chapati.
Note : Do not fry the mixture for a long time. Do not add too much coconut. Add little curd or butter milk while grinding.
You can add water if the tambuli is bit thick. Adding Jeera splutter adds to the taste. Remember this is only one of the side dish.
Time : 10 minutes
Serves : 4 to 5. 

Carrot Tambuli Paratha.

Things Needed : 

Wheat flour : 2 Cups
Carrot Tambuli : 1 Cup
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 Tea spoon
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Oil : 1/2 Cup (Optional)
Salt : Required

Method : 

1. Put Carrot tambuli in a big bowl. Add jeera, salt and garam masala.
2. Add Wheat flour and a spoon of ghee.
3.Mix it slowly and prepare dough. (Add water if required).
4. Now divide the dough in to small portion.( ball size)
5. Roll each ball size dough in to chapati.
6. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put a rolled parata and cook for 1 minute. Add oil (optional) and turn the other side and cook.
7. Remove from the pan and serve hot Carrot Parata with the side dish you prepared.
8. Repeat the same with remaining dough.
9. We had this carrot parata with a bowl of curd and mango chutney.
Note :
Do not use any stale tambuli. Your health may get spoiled. Using oil while preparing parata is optional.  Parata taste better when you add oil. You can use cut coriander leaves while preparing dough. Adding more chilly ( green cut chilly or red chilly powder) is optional.
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4

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