Sunday, June 28, 2020

Banana Stem Kachori

Have you heard or eaten Banana Stem Kachori?
Here it is. Try and enjoy this yummy snack.
Banana stem kachori is a perfect snack for the evening. It is crispy and filling.


It is purely my creation and it turned out so well and we had it plain kachoris, with curd and onion and with sweet and sour chutney.
I have seen ppl eating chat with this raw banana stem pieces. .
I have already put Banana Stem Curry in my previous post. I will surely put up the link for Banana stem curry, so that you can follow and prepare the curry.
In this way you can make children eat banana stem.

Here is a link to prepare Banana Stem Curry :

Banana Stem Curry

Let us see the recipe now :

Things needed :

To stuff :
Banana stem curry : 1 Bowl
Besan : Gram flour : Channa dal flour : 2 Tablespoons
Garam Masala : 1/2 Tsp
Jeera : 1/2 Tsp
Salt : Required
To dough :
Wheat flour : 2 Cups
Salt : Required
Jeera / Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Garam Masala : 1/2 Tsp
Ghee : 1 Tbs
Cooking Oil : To Fry

Method :

1. Grind Banana stem curry in a mixi jar. (Do not use any water to grind).

2. Take out from the jar and put it in a bowl.

3. Add jeera, salt and garam masala and 2 tablespoons of besan to it.

4. Mix it well and keep it aside.

5. Take a big bowl and add wheat flour. Add salt and jeera.

6. Add a tbs of ghee, 1/2 tsp of garam masala and mix it nicely.

7. Add water and prepare the thick dough.

8. Kneed the dough well and divide into small portions.


9. Now roll the small portion.
10. Place  a tbs of banana stem curry mixture and pull the edges to top.


11. Join the edges from the top portion and press it at the middle. See that it does not get open.

12. Keep a frying pan on the fire and heat. Put cooking oil and heat it.

13. Now let the flame be low. Put prepard kachoris and fry on low flame.

14. Fry on both sides till it turns golden brown.

15. Repeat the same and prepare the rest of the banana kachoris.


We had Kachoris with curd and cut onions. It taste good and  curd helps to digest the food easily and reduces the heat from our body.

Note :

Use of channa flour /besam/gram flour helps to absorb the moisture from banana stem curry.
Adding any other spices like chat masala, amechooru powder etc is optional.
Use of maida instead of wheat flour is optional. I have used wheat. It is a healthy option for maida.
Time : 30 Minutes.
15 Kachoris can be prepared.




Thursday, June 25, 2020

Finger Millet - Dates Unde

Ragi Huri hittu /Finger Millet roasted flour and Dates Unde is the sweet Unde I tried very recently.
There is no sugar or no ghee. It gets the sweets from dates. Dates are rich in iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. It helps you to keep strong and prevents cold, cough in distance manner. 
Just check this video that I have done recently and it is easy to understand my language, thats kannada language from Karnataka.
As I said it is very simple Unde.
All you need is 
Ragi Huri hittu/Roasted finger millet flour and dates. Yalakki is added in powder form.
I have used cashew nuts and badam/almonds in pieces. I did not roast it.
Remove the seed from dates and need to pound it. To pound I used my kitchen slab and the chapati roller. Kept all the dates on kitchen self and hit with the chapati roller till it turns soft.
Then put ragi huri hittu, this pounded dates with cut cashews and badam. 
Mix all the ingredients and take a small portion and roll it in your hand. 
Small laddu is eneough to get your thurst.

Small laddu is eneough to get your thurst.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Banana stem Curry

Banana stem curry is one of  the side dish. Banana stem is full of fiber and it should be eaten at least once a month or two.

Banana Stem has loads of benefits and people say that it takes away the dirt from intestine in a fine manner. It helps to flush out the stone from kidney. It eases the problem of indigestion.
I have used Banana Stem, little jeera and pepper. Added some grated coconut. Little jaggery is used to give a sweet taste.
The stem was given by our neighbour and they do have lots of place to grown banana plants. They do give us some banana and the stem most of the times. So it is easy for me to try many dishes out of banana stem.
Some time I do cut and put the raw pieces in curd and make  raw pachadi. (With out cooking). some time dal, some time curry so this time its dry curry with simple spices.
Let us see some benefits of eating banana stem in our diet.
Banana stem is good for taking out the kidney stone.
It is good for detoxifying our body. It is good for digestion.It helps to control the blood pressure and cholesterol. Healing acidity and gastric problems.
Banana Stem Curry simple, easy and healthy.
Lets see the recipe Now :

No Onion or Garlic is used in this Dish : Banana Stem Dry Curry.

Ingredients :

Banana stem : Small Piece
Butter milk : 1/2 Cup
To Add :
Dry ginger powder : 1/2 Tsp
Jaggery : 1 Tbs
Turmeric Powder : A little
Salt : As required
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tbs
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Tbs
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Jeera : 1/2 Tsp
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 leaves.

Method : 


1. Add a cup of water to butter milk and soak banana stem pieces in it.
2. Wash and cut banana stem into small pieces.

3. Wash banana stem and drain out all the water from it.


4. Pressure cook banana stem for 6 to 8 minutes adding little water. Let it cool.


5, Prepare seasoning with coconut oil, mustard seeds, jeera, add green chilly and curry leaves.
6. Add cooked banana stem and let it boil.Add turmeric powder, jaagery and ginger powder.


7. Add salt and cook till all the water disappear.
8. Add grated coconut and mix it well. Shift it to a serving bowl.



9. Banana stem curry is ready to serve.

Note :

You can use 2 tbs of curd instead of butter milk. Add a cup of water and mix it well and dip the banana stem cut pieces in it.
Adding any other masala taste differ.  Adding red chilly powder instead of green chilly is optional.
Adding jaggery is optional. Use of any cooking oil instead of coconut oil is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Moong Dal Chakli 2

Moong dal chakli is crispy, crunchy and it is always nice to have these home made crunchy food.
HOME MADE is always a best thing and we are really lucky to have it. You are sure of what you eat.


I have used moong dal, rice flour, chilly powder, jeera, ingh, sesame seeds and rice flour.
This type of Moong dal chakli is nice to munch, though I have already tried moong dal chakli in different type, this looks yummy, more crunchy and it is always good to try.
Chakli is always good to have with a cup of coffee or tea. 
I am a chakli lover. Yes. My doddamma used to scold me for that, not to eat so much oily food. During Gokulastami she used to prepare a big tin of Chakkuli those days. The preparation of chakkuli is not at all easy during those days.
She used to wash the rice and dry it on the flour and then dry roast urid dal. These are to be ground with the stone grinder by using their hands to turn the stone on the top. The flour then to be collected and then sieve it, again grind it in the same way. It used to lots of labour behind the chakli process.
The Chakkuli she used to make is to be fantastic and now it is only a remember. 
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Moong dal :  1/2 Cup
Rice flour : 2 Cups
Chilly Powder : 1 Teaspoon
Sesame seeds : 1 Tbs
Butter : 2 Tbs
Salt : As required 
Oil : To Fry : 2 Cups

Method :

1. Wash and cook moong dal. (Pressure cook).


2. Grind it to paste consistency once it is cooled.


3. Take out to a big bowl and mix it nicely.


4. Add chilly powder, sesame seeds, salt and jeera.


5. Add rice flour and 2 tbs of butter and mix it well.


6. Add water little by little and prepare the dough.

7. Kneed the dough well and put a small portion of dough in chakkli mould. 


8. Keep a pan on the fire and put oil. Heat the oil.
9. Press chakkuli dough into hot oil and fry.


10. Fry on both sides till it turns slightly golden brown and take it out from the oil.


11. Put it in the big bowl. 


12. Prepare the chakkuli with remaining dough. 


13. Chakkuli is ready to serve.


14. Crsipy and crunchy chakkuli is ready to munch.

Note :

Use of hot oil instead of butter is optional. I have used butter. Fry chakkuli in medium and hot oil.
Kneed the dough well.
Time : 30 Minutes.


Saturday, June 13, 2020

Rava - Oats Idli

Today's  Food is breakfast food. It is Rava - Oats Idli.
This idly is healthy and yummy, easy to prepare and good breakfast and keeps us energetic for the whole day.


I have used medium rava/semolina, a cup of curd and a small cup of Oats.
The idli turns very soft and spongy and yum to have it.
Let us see the recipe Now :
Rava/Semolina : 3 Cups
Oats : 1 Small Cup
Curd : 1 Cup ( Better to Use savoury curd)
Salt : As required
Water : As required
Eno Salt : 1 Teaspoon
For Seasoning : 1 Tsp Oil
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 8 to 10

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Method :

1. Take a big bowl. Add Rava, curd, salt and mix it well.


2. Add oats and required water and mix the batter nicely to Idli batter consistency.
3. Add seasoning done with mustard seeds, curry leaves and cashews. (optional).


4. Let the batter settle for 5 minutes.
5. Wash idli plates and apply ghee for each plate.


6. Add 1 teaspoon of Eno salt and mix the batter nicely.


7. Put the batter to idli plate and steam for 10 minutes. ( Pressure cooker or idli steamer).


8. Remove the done idlis and sprinkle some water on idli and take it out to a bowl.


9. Serve hot idli with ghee, sambar and coconut chutney.

Note :

Use of savoury curd results good idlis. Use of cooking soda instead of Eno is optional.
Roasting Rava in seasoning is optional. Use of medium size rava is best.
Time : 20 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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