Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Almonds - Oats - Ragi Laddu

Laddu/Laadu/Unde as we call it a sweet round ball of different healthy ingredients like jaggery or sugar, ghee and other ingredients. I always prepare varieties of laddu, and I do give it to our relatives and friends. Here I have prepared Rag and Oats laddu with dry fruits like almonds and raisins.
I have used Oats, almonds, raisins, ragi flour/finger millet flour and jaggery.

Oats are very rich in fiber and good for diet. Almonds filled with minerals and vitamins. Ragi flour is gluten free and good iron content.Raisins are best dry fruit and loaded with good health benefits. Jaggery provides energy and take care of our health.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Sesame Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Oats : 250 Grams
Ragi /Finger Millet flour : 2 Cups
Almonds : 1 Small Cup
Raisins : 1 Small Cup
Jaggery : 1 1/2 Cups
Ghee : 1 Small Cup
Dates : 1 Big Bowl

Method :

1. Dry roast sesane seeds,  finger millet and Oats till the raw smell disappear. (Dry roast in low flame).

2. Dry grind Almonds, sesame seeds, Oats separately and remove it to a big bowl.

3. Powder Jaggery and keep it aside.
Remove the seeds from dates and smash the dates and see that it turns as one bundle.

3.Keep a pan and put powdered jaggery and 1/2 cup of water. Let it melt completely.
4. Sieve the liquid jaggery and keep it aside.

5. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put cleaned jaggery and stir till it turns into one string consistency.
6. Add raisins and mix it well and stir for  a minute.

7. Put powdered Oats, Almonds and dry roasted Ragi/Finger Millet. Mix the ingredients nicely.
8. Pour jaggery mixture on the top of Ragi - Oats - Almonds powder. Do not pour at once. (
Add it little by little).

9. Add a cup of ghee and mix the ingredients nicely.

10. Take a small amount of laddu mixture and give a laddu shape. ( Round Ball shape).

11. Repeat the same and prepare all the laddu. Let it cool completely.

12. Store in a air tight box. Eat or Serve as you wish to.

Note :

The jaggery consistency should be Little more than one string consistency. Adding any nuts on the top is optional. Frying raisins in ghee is optional. I have used it with out frying. Use of more ghee is optional. You can add little more melted ghee, if you feel that laddu mixture is dry and not able to prepare laddu. (If it dries up it breaks while you are making laddu).
You can also use organic joni bella to prepare the laddu. No need to clean it.
Time : 30 to 40 Minutes.
Serves : 25 to 30 Laddus.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cow Peas Cutlet

Cow Peas Cutlet is an easy dish and if you already cooked the pea it is still easy.☺
I had some cow pea cooked in the after noon and that came as handy when I thought of preparing some yummy cutlets.

Let us straight go to the recipe Now : I do not use so much varieties of spices. It is always simple and quick. 💟

Things You need :

Cooked Cow Peas : 1 Bowl
Aloo / Potatoes : 2 to 3
Bread : 3 to 4 Pieces.
Green chilly : 2
Ginger : An inch
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Garam Masala : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin seeds ? 1/2 Teaspoon
Chilly Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Cashew pieces : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : As required
Chiroti Rava /Thin variety of Semolina : 2 to 3 Tablespoon
Oil : 2 to 3 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash coriander leaves, green chilly and cut into small.
2. Cut bread pieces into small and crush them into powder form. You can use mixer to powder it.

3. Wash ginger and take out the outer layer, wash it again and grate it.
4. Peel off the skin of potatoes and smash it nicely.
5. Now put powdered bread crumbs, smashed potatoes, boiled cow peas, cut coriander leaves, cut green chilly, grated ginger, salt, garam masala, jeera powder, chilly powder, cut cashews.

 6. Mix all the ingredients nicely and prepare the dough.
7. Divide the cutlet dough into small portions.
8. Keep dry chiroti rava in a bowl.
9. Keep dosa pan on the fire and heat.
10. Take a small portion of cutlet dough and make as a ball. Slightly press and give a desired shape to it.

11. Just dip lightly in chiroti rava both sides. Place the cutlet on hot tava.

12. Put a teaspoon of oil around the cutlet. Cook till it turns golden brown.

13. Turn the other side and cook. Add some oil while cooking.

14. Now Hot cutlets are ready to serve.

15. Cook the remaining cutlets the same way.

Note :

Do not over cook potatoes. Drain all the water from cooked cow pea and use only the peas.
Adding more spices is optional. Adding more oil while cooking is optional. You can also shallow fry these cutlets. Adding onions or garlic is optional.
Time : 30 to 40 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Rava Set Dosa

Rava /Rave /Semolina is one of the grain which helps you to prepare some food quickly. Semolina is a wheat rava and it is healthy to use it.
I have prepared prepared set dosa with medium sized rava and urid dal. It is soft, fluffy, yummy and of course it is healthy.

Let us see some benefits of eating Rave/Rava/Sooji / Semolina
Rava / Semolina is a coarse  flour made from durum wheat. Rava is rich in protein and fiber. So rava is digested slowly and keeps you full for a long time. It has good amount of vitamins. Rava has good source of iron and magnesium. These minerals helps and support red blood cell production and blood sugar control. Rava /Semolina is good for weight loss, for good heart health.
Here steamed /cooked plain rava is added to ground urid dal. It is idli batter actually and I made use for Fluffy dosa/dose.
Let us see the recipe now :
Pressure cook Rava in a container and keep it aside to cool. ( No water to rava while cooking). You can use weight to cook Rava. It is just like you are cooking rice. But not to add water to rava. It should be dry.

Things Needed :

Urid dal : 1 Cup
Steamed Rava/Semolina : 2 Cups
Salt : As required

Method :

1. Soak urid dal for 2 to 3 hours and grind it with required water. (I have used grinder).
2. Take out the ground urid batter to a big bowl and add salt and steamed rava.
3. Mix it well and leave it for fermentation.
4. Next morning Mix the Rava dosa batter nicely. Add water if required. It should be idli batter consistency.
5. Keep tava /pan on the fire and heat.

6. Clean the pan with a clean kitchen tissue.
7. Sprinkle some oil and put a ladle of oil. Do not spread much.
8. Cover and cook on low flame.  Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of oil on the top. Turn the other side and cook.

9. Take it out from the pan and serve hot Rava Set Dosa with the side dish you have prepared.

10.We had it with Honey and pickle.

Note :

Rava should be cooked well to get good taste. No need to add any methi seeds or avalakki. We are using more Urid dal. Cook on medium and low flame. Adding ghee/ butter instead of oil to cook dosa is optional. It taste heavenly.
Time : Urid dal soaking time 3 Hours + Fermentation + Over Night + Dosa preparation 30 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.
Grind a cup of Urid dal with required water and take it out to a big bowl.

How to cook/steam Plain dry rava....? 

1. Keep pressure cooker on the fire.
2. Put some water and place the cooker plate.
3. Keep a small bowl upside down.
Placing the bowl upside down.
 4. Put Rava in a clean dry bowl. Keep it on the bowl. (Which is already placed up side down). Cover with a clean plate.

Placing Rava bowl in cooker.
 5. Close the lid and Keep cooker weight after it pushes the air out of the knob.

Cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
6. Open the lid and take out cooked rava and let it cool.

8. Add little water and mix it nicely. ( Once the rava cools down completely).
Add little water once the rava cools down.
9. Add rava mixture to ground urid batter and add salt. Mix it well and let it ferment over night or 5 to 6 hours.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Baragu / Proso Millet Uppittu

Millets and Health goes hand in hand. Lots of people turning and adopting millet food in their daily life. Such a beautiful and healthy grains that they are loaded with benefits to our health.
Here I have prepared Baragu / Proso Millet Uppittu/ Upma and it is yummy to have for breakfast or as snack.

Long long ago before rice entering into Our Bharath people used to grow and eat millets. That has been a daily food grain. Even Very Famous Story Writer Shree S. L Byrappa, writes in one of his novel Uttara Kand that even during Ramayana Yuga, people used to grow millets. Even Lakshmana and Seetha used to grow millets in the land which it belongs to them.
Millets are gluten free, good for diet and diabetic people. It has minimum amount of carbohydrates.
They are full of fiber rich grains and easy to grow.

Millets are known as Siri Dhanya means wealthy grains, since it makes our life happy by taking care of our Health.

Let us see What do we call these millets In our language Kannada which we Kannadigas speak in the State of Karnataka.

         English                     -             Kannada
1. Barnyard Millet                  Oodalu (ಊದಲು)
2. Kodo Millet                        Araka / Haraka (ಹರಕ/ಅರಕ)
3. Little Millet                        Saame (ಸಾಮೆ)
4. Foxtail Millet                     Navane (ನವಣೆ)
5. Brown Millet                      Kooralu (ಕೂರಲು)
6. Finger Millet                      Ragi (ರಾಗಿ)
7. Proso Millet                       Baragu (ಬರಗು)
8. Pearl Millet                        Sajje (ಸಜ್ಜೆ)
9. Soghum/Millet                   Bili Jola (ಬಿಳಿ ಜೋಳ).
I have powdered Baragu /proso Millet into rava consistency and then I used the baragu rava to make uppittu.

No Onion or No Garlic is used in this Baragu / Proso Millet Uppittu.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

Proso Millet /Baragu : 1 Cup
Carrot . 1
Ginger : An inch
Coconut : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Ghee : 2 Tablespoons
Lemon : 1 Tsp
To Season :
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Cashew nuts : 1 Tablespoon
Curry Leaves : 10 to 12
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Water : 2 Cups

Method :

1. Wash and cut green chilly, curry leaves into thin. clean Baragu grains and keep it aside.

2. Wash carrot, scrape out the skin and grate it.
3. Wash ginger and remove the outer layer and wash it again. Grate it.

4. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
5. Keep water for boiling. Powder baragu into Rava consistency.

6. Keep a big pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and heat. Add mustard seeds and urid dal.
7. Let mustard seeds splutter.
8. Add cashews, green chilly and curry leaves.
9. Add powdered baragu and fry nicely on low flame till the raw smell disappear.

10. Fry nicely and then add boiling water. (Let the flame be very low while pouring water to rava).

11. Mix it well and cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on medium flame.
12. Add salt and grated carrot. Mix it well and let it cook on low flame.

13. Add grated ginger and 2 tablespoons of ghee. Mix it slowly
14. Let baragu/proso millet cook nicely. Let all the moisture disappear completely.
15. Now its time to add coconut. Add lemon extract and mix it and mix it. Shift it to a serving dish.

16. Serve with a cup of curd and enjoy eating healthy Baragu /Proso Millet Uppittu.

Note :

Baragu should be powdered properly into medium size rava. If it turns powdered completely Uppittu will not taste good. Adding more water makes Uppituu watery and it does not taste good.
Adding onion is optional. Adding more ghee is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3.

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