Friday, November 29, 2019

Spring Onion and Kesu Curry

These spring onions are grown in our pots, on the terrace and even kesu leaves are also from home.
I just thought and remembered the curry that Leela dodda prepares and prepared this curry.
The combination of Spring onions and kesu leaves goes in hand and hand. the combination is also gives out the good taste.


I have used kesu leaves, spring onion leaves and the onions attached to the stem, rasam powder, coconut, tamarind and turmeric powder. Fried little urid dal and red chilly/byadagi chilly.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things needed :


To cook : 
Spring Onions : 1 Small bundle
Kesu leaves : 10 to 15

To Fry :
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Byadagi Red chilly : 3 to 4
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

To Add :
Cut onion pieces : 1 Small cup
Tamarind Pulp : 2 Tbs
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Salt : As required
Jaggery : 2 to 3 Tbs

To Grind :
Coconut : 1 Cup
Fried Urid mixture

To Season :
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1 /2 Tsp
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch

Method :

1. Wash and cut kesu leaves, spring onion leaves and the onions at the edge.


2. Keep a pan add oil, mustard seeds and jeera. Soak tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the pulp.


3. Let it splutter. Add cut onions and fry for a minute. Add cut kesu leaves and spring onions.



4. Mix all the ingredients nicely and stir. Add tamarind pulp and salt. Add turmeric powder. Add 1/2 cup of water.

5. Add jaggery and 1/2 cup of water. Let the leaves cook till soft.


6. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
7. Keep a pan on the fire and add 1/2 tsp of oil. Fry urid dal and red chilly till the dal turns golden brown.

8. Add curry leaves and ingh. Add rasam powder and grated coconut. Let the mixture be cool.


9. Grind the coconut - urid dal mixture using little water.


10. See that the leaves are cooked till soft. Add ground coconut mixture and mix it well.

11. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and shift the curry to a serving dish.





12. Serve with plain rice or chapati or idli or dosa or any choice of your main dish.


Note :

Do not use much water to grind. You can adjust the thickness of the curry by using less water.
Use of more jaggery is optional. One should use tamarind pulp to avoid itching feeling from kesu leaves. Use of more chilly is optional. Use of more oil is optional. It taste better but not good for health.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 2 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Spicy Kasuri Mehti Poori

Spicy Kasuri Methi Pooris are snack food and you can enjoy them having at any time of the day. It goes well with a cup of coffee as snack and you can have them as breakfast with a cup of curd or chutney. We enjoyed eating these spicy kasuri methi pooris for breakfast and dinner. It is good to have when they are hot.


I have tried these pooris many a times and here it is for you all to try.
I have used wheat flour, curd, chilly powder, garam masala powder, jeera, Kasuri methi/dry methi leaves, salt and ghee. Prepared the dough and rolled as pooris immediately and fried in hot oil. Pooris do not fluff much since jeera and methi leaves are added. It taste yummy when they are hot. We had it with tomato chutney and a cup of curd for breakfast and the remaining were eaten as snack with a cup of hot coffee.
Try these pooris and you will definitely like to prepare it again and again.

Ingredients : 

Wheat flour : 2 Cups
Curd : 2 to 3 Tbs
Salt : As required
Kasure methi ; 2 to 3 Tbs
Ghee : 1 Tsp full
Garam Masala powder  : 1/2 Tsp
Chilly Powder : 1/2 Tsp
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder : A little
Cooking Oil : 1 Cup

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add wheat flour, salt, chilly powder and jeera/cumin seeds.
2. Add garam masala powder, turmeric powder, ghee and kasuri methi. (I used everest kasuri methi).


3. Mix all the ingredients and add curd and mix the dough nicely.

4. Kneed the dough well and divide it to small portions. Give a ball shape and press a little.


5. Roll them as pooris.

6. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Fry on hot oil both sides till it turns golden brown.


7. Take it out from the pan and put it on the kitchen tissue.


8. Arrange in a tray or plate and serve with choice of your side dish.
9. We had it with tomato chutney and curd.

10. We also had these pooris as snack with a cup of coffee.

Note :

Using more or less chilly is optional. Add curd little by little while preparing the dough. Do not add at once. (It might turn mushy).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Easy and Quick Dal

Easy and Quick Dal is one of the easiest way of cooking dal. It is filled with leaves, dal, spices and tomatoes.

I have put every thing together and cooked in pressure cooker.
This recipe has been told by Geetha Bangalore Upendra and It is packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins.
Then smashed everything together and added seasoning with mustard seeds and ingh/asafoetida.
Let us see this recipe now :

Things Needed :

Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
Tomatoes : 2
Palak /Spinach leaves : 1 Bundle (small).
Ginger : An inch
Coriander Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 2
Salt : As required
Seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coconut Oil : 1 Tbs
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry leaves : 5 to 6 Leaves


Method :

1. Wash and cut palak or your choice of leaves or mixed leaves.
2. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
3. Wash and cut tomatoes and keep it aside.
4. Wash toor dal and put it in a pressure cooker. Add cut palak, grated ginger, cut tomatoes.
5. Add coriander seeds and  slit green chilly.
6. Add required water and pressure cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Put off the fire and let it cool.
7. Take out the cooked mixture and  churn once in a mixi jar.
8. Keep a pan on the fire and add coconut oil. Add mustard seeds.
9. Add little ingh. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves.
10 . Add churned dal - leaves mixture and cook. Add required salt and mix it well.
11. Yummy dal is ready to serve.


12. Shift it to a serving dish and serve as one of the side dish.

Note :

Adding more chilly is optional. Use of any cooking oil is optional. Let cooked dal - leaves mixture cool completely. Just give a churn to get the full benefits.
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3 .




Thursday, November 14, 2019

Horse Gram & Cucumber Chutney

Horse Gram & Cucumber Chutney is one of the yummy dish that I tried recently. It is the combination of Horse gram and cucumber goes well and you get yummy chutney.

I have used Horse gram, mangalore cucumber, red byadagi chilly, ingh/asafoetida and coconut.
Let us see the recipe now "

Things needed 

Horse Gram : 1 Tablespoon full
Mangalore Cucumber : 1 Bowl
Coconut : 1 Cup
Red byadagi chilly : 4 to 5
Mango Tokku : 1 Tsp
Salt : As required
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tsp
ingh/Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash and cut cucumber, remove the pulp completely and cut cucumber into small and dip in a bowl full of water.

2. Remove the pieces from water and cut it into small pieces.

3. Keep a pan on the fire and add 1/4 tsp of oil and fry horse grams nicely till it gets crisp.

4. Add chilly and fry for a minute.

5. Add cut cucumber and fry for 2 to 3 minutes and put off the fire.
6. Add some curry leaves and ingh to the fried ingredients and let it cool. Add Mango tokku.


7. Grate coconut, grind it with fried ingredients and mango tokku.

8. Add required water while grinding. (The chutney should be thick).
9. Add salt and grind it for a few seconds.

10. Take out the chutney to a serving dish.

11. Prepare seasoning and add it to Chutney.  Use coconut oil, mustard seeds, 1 red chilly, curry leaves and ingh/asafoetida.


12. Serve as one of the side dish.

Note :

Dry roast or fry horse gram on low flame. Let it fry nicely. You can use the cucumber peel also to fry and grind. I have used the peel.
Soak cut cucumber in plain water to get rid of bitter taste.
Adding more chilly is optional. Use of coconut oil taste good. (Optional).
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Wild Mangoes Spicy Gojju.

Wild Mangoes Spicy Gojju is a side dish and I just tried this gojju and it tasted delicious. So thought of sharing the recipe here.


It is simple, spicy and you can store this gojju for nearly 2 to 3 months (in fridge).
These wild mangoes are from my sister's house in Sagri, near Udupi. The mango Tree bares lots of  fruits and its of a sweet variety once it is ripen.
We had a chance to visit them during the mango season and got some mangoes. I kept the mangoes to ripe. To my surprise all the mangoes are ripen @ one time. So the thought of preparing this Mango Spicy Gojju flashed.
I have washed the mangoes nicely though no chemical spray or any other chemical use is done on fruits. It is always a good habit to wash and use the fruits or vegetables.
These mangoes are sweet type, once it is ripe.
The recipe goes like this.
Wash and wipe out the moisture. Squeeze out the pulp completely and boil the pulp on medium flame. Add some jaggery ,salt and let it boil till it turns bit thick. Then adding the rasam powder makes the gojju little more thick. Mix it and stir continuously till it turns thick like a jam consistency. Add mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves seasoning at the end and leave it  for boiling for 2 to 3 minutes.
Then take out the done Mango gojju and let it cool. Use glass jars to store and it can stay for 3 to 4 months in fridge.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Wild Mangoes : 10 to 15
Jaggery : 1 Cup full
Salt : As required for gojju

To Add  :
Saru / Rasam Powder : 3 to 4 Tsp full.
Musard seasoning in coconut oil : 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric powder : A pinch .


Method :

1. Wash and wipe out the moisture of wild mangoes.


2. Squeeze out the pulp completely.

3. Keep a pan on the fire and put mango pulp and cook. Add required salt. Add little turmeric powder.
4. Add jaggery and mix it nicely.


5. Let it cook till it gets thick.

6. Add rasam powder and mix it nicely and cook.


7. Prepare seasoning with mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves in coconut oil.
8. Add this seasoning to the gojju. Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes.


9. See that gojju gets the jam consistency. (Not very thick or thin).


10. Take it out from the fire and let it cool.


11. Mix it again nicely and then fill the Wild Mango Spicy Gojju to glass bottles.
12. Store them in fridge and use as sides. pickle, chutney or dip.

Note :

Wipe out the moisture nicely once you wash wild mangoes. Adding more jaggery is optional.
Adding any shop bought Rasam Powder is optional. No need to use much oil. Adding chilly powder to spice up the gojju is optional, Use of red chilly for seasoning is optional. I have used coconut oil to season. Any other cooking oil is optional.
Time : 35 to 40 minutes
Serves : As you use it. 



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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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