Monday, August 31, 2020

Jackfruit Papad & Bottle Gourd Payasa/ Kheer

Jackfruit Papad & Bottle Gourd Payasa is one of the creation that I did very recently. We do love jackfruit Payasa/ kheer.

  There were some Jackfruits Papad which I got when we visited our home town long back.
We can get Jackfruit and varieties of Papads, sandige and other things in OOru.

There are  two varieties of Jackfruit Papads. One is to fry and the other one is for just eating as it is. The one we can eat without frying or roasting is prepared using well ripe jackfruits. These are specially munching papads during the rainy season. Its soft, chewy and sweet.
Jackfruits Papad & Bottle Gourd Payasa was delicious and it had jackfruit aroma since I used
Lets see the recipe now :

Ingredients.

To Cook : 
Jackfruit Papads : 2 to 3 (Papad should be soft and prepared using well ripe jackfruits).
Bottle Gourd : 1 Small Bowl (1/4 of the whole bottle gourd).
To Add : 
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup
To Grind :
Fresh Coconut : 1 Cup
Poppy Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Cardamom : 3 to 4 Pods

                                            

Method : 

1. Wash and remove the outer layer of bottle gourd and cut into small pieces. (1 Bowl). Cook till it turns soft.

2. Cut Jackfruit Papad into small pieces and Keep it aside.
3. Add jaggery and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes and see that all the jaggery melted well.


4. Add cut Jackfruit pieces and cook for some time.


5. Grate coconut and grind it with a tsp of poppy seeds, cardaom seeds and grind it till paste.
Add required water to grind.
6. Add coconut mixture and mix it well.


7. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes and put off the fire.


8. Shift the payasa to a serving dish and serve.


Note :

Cut bottle gourd pieces very small and cook till they are soft.
Use well ripe jackfruit papad to get good taste of Jackfruits.
Adding a tsp of fresh ghee is optional.
Store Well ripe Jackfruit Papad in Refrigerator so that it does not get spoil.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4. 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Kadale /Channa dal Pancha Kajjaya

Pancha Kajjaya is a sweet dish which is prepared using 5 ingredients.
This Pacha Kajjaya is normally prepared for Naivedya/ offering and eaten as Prasada.
I have prepared Pancha Kajjaya with Channa dal, Sesame seeds, cardamom, jaggery and coconut.


For all the festivals we do prepare Pancha Kajjaya for Naivedya.
In temples we do get Pancha Kajjaya as Prasadam. Pancha Kajjaya Prasada is very famous in Udupi and South Canara. 
We do have varieties of Pancha Kajjaya prepared during festivals. Avalakki pancha kajjaya, Aralu Pancha kajjaya, Kadale pancha kajjaya, kadalekaalu pancha kajjaya, moong dal pancha kajjaya etc.
 Here I have prepared Channa Dal Pancha Kajjaya as Naivedyam for Lord Ganesha.
It is easy, quick and healthy.
Channa dal is full of minerals and vitamins. Coconut helps us to provide good cholesterol for the body. Jaggery helps in reducing the acidity. Cardamom helps to digest the food well. Sesame seeds are fiber rich with vitamins and minerals. So eating all together is a divine taste.
Try and enjoy.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

Channa dal : 1 Cup
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Jaggery : 1/4 Cup
Cardamom : 3 to 4 Pods
Sesame Seeds : 2 Tablespoons


Method : 

1. Dry roast channa dal till it turns golden brown. Take it out from the pan and leave it for cooling.


2. Dry roast sesame seeds till they splutter and take out from the pan. Let it cool.


3. Grate coconut and dry roast till golden brown.


4. Powder jaggery. Remove the seeds from cardamom Pod. Keep the seeds aside.


5. Dry grind roasted channa dal, sesame seeds, dry copra/ Kobbari cardamom and jaggery little by little.

6. Mix all the ingredients nicely and keep it as Naivedyam and after Pooja enjoy the Prasada.
Note :
Do not dry grind channa dal completely. It should be coarse powder. Mixing all the ingredients nicely adds to the taste.
If you are using fresh coconut gratings roast it nicely before adding to grind. or Pancha Kajjaya gets spoil.
Time : 15 Minutes
Serves : As You Serve.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

ಕೇಸು/ Kesu/ Colocasia Sasive/ Colocasia Mustard Curry

Kesu/ Colocasia leaves are good to eat during the rainy season and it helps us to keep our body warm.

I have prepared sasive/mustard based curry using Kesu leaves.  We do have some leaves grown in pots in our terrace garden.
It is an easy dish and one should remember to use proper amount of tamarind while cooking. Or it starts to itch and the food goes waste.
I have used some kesu leaves, mustard seeds, green chilly and seasoned in coconut oil.

Let us see some benefits of having Kesu Leaves in our diet. 

Kesu leaves are loaded with potassium, minerals, vitamins and healthy properties. It has vitamin C, vitamin A and C. They are rich in fiber and protein. It is gluten free and helps in lowering the blood pressure. It helps in building strong immune system in our body. It is rich in disease fighting antioxidants. It helps in good digestion. It is said that it is good for diabetes.
 Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients : 

To Cook :
Kesu /Colocasia Leaves : 10 to 15 (Small ones)
Tamarind : 1 lemon size (small lemon)
Salt : As required
Turmeric : A little
Jaggery : 2 Tbs
To Grind :
Coconut : 1 Cup : 5 to 6 Tablespoons
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/ Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method :

1 Wash and remove the hard part behind the leaves, cut it into small pieces.


2. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add coconut oil and mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add curry leaves and ingh.

3. Soak tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the pulp and keep it aside.

4. Add cut Kesu leaves and fry for a minute. Add tamarind pulp. Add turmeric, salt and jaggery.
5. Let it cook till soft.

6. Grate coconut and grind it with 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, 2 to 3 green chilly.


7. See that kesu leaves are soft. Add ground coconut mixture to kesu curry and mix it well.

8. Boil it for 2 to 3 minutes.

9 Shift it to a serving dish and serve as one of the side dish for lunch.

10. We had this Kesu Sasive for lunch.


Note : 

Use of tamarind should be proper. Adding less jaggery is optional. Use of coconut oil is optional. I have used some home grown Palak/Spinach leaves with Kesu leaves. (Optional). Use of more or less chilly is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3 .

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Fresh Turmeric Pachidi

Pachidi is nothing but Rayita or Rayta, a curd based curry.


We got some fresh turmeric from out pot. Last year during the Nagara Panchami, I bought some turmeric leaves to prepare Kadubu. Turmeric leaf Kadubu is very traditional and on that day of Nagara Panchami we have a custom that, nothing is fried, seasoned or even chapatis, dosas are prepared on Dosa / Chapati Pan. So mostly steamed food or cooked food is eaten on that day.
Coming back to turmeric it was a good yield in the pot. I was so happy to pick them.
I gave fresh turmeric to my relations and our friends too.
I did use this fresh Turmeric for Pachidi and Turmeric Milk which is very good for health these days.

Let us see some benefits of Turmeric.

Turmeric is the most effective nutritional supplement  and  benefits to our body and brain. Turmeric contain bio active properties with medicinal values. It is rich in anti - inflammatory sources and good antioxidant content. Turmeric is good for brain health. It is good for skin health. Turmeric is good for Turmeric can help for preventing and treating Alzheimer disease. It is good for treating depression. It is good for treating age related diseases.
Lets see the simple and healthy recipe of Fresh Turmeric Pachidi.

Ingredients :

Fresh Turmeric : An inch
Curd : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Green chilly : Just a small piece. (1/2).
Seasoning : 
Ghee : 1 Tsp
Jeera/ Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Curry Leaves : 4 to 5

Method :

1. Slightly scrape out the outer layer of turmeric and wash it nicely.
2. Grate or cut into very small pieces.


3.Wash and cut green chilly into very small.
4. Now add a  small cup of curd, little salt to grated turmeric.


5. Mix it well and add seasoning done with Jeera/Cumin seeds, curry leaves and very little ingh.


6. Serve a tablespoon of Turmeric Pachidi in the beginning of the lunch.



Note :

This Fresh Turmeric Pachidi should be eaten at the beginning of the lunch. It is a healthy pachidi.  It should be served maximum One Tablespoon. Adding more chilly is optional. Mild spice is always better. Turmeric keeps the body warm and is better to use less chilly. (Heat for the body). No Onion or no garlic recipe.
Time : 10 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3 Serves.




Monday, August 10, 2020

Elemuri /elemuni leaves Chutney - ಎಲೆಮುರಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪಿನ ಚಟ್ನಿ

Elemuri/Elemuni Leaves are herbal leaves, loaded with vitamins and minerals. Our ancestor new the values and benefits of the leaves. They used so many natural growing leaves in our cooking. So we need to follow them to keep ourselves fit.


ಎಲೆಮುನಿ/ ಎಲೆಮುರಿ/ ಎಲಿಮುರಿ /ಎಲೆಂಬರಿ/ಎಲ್ಸೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪು ಎಂದು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳುವರು  ಈ ಸೊಪ್ಪಿಗೆ.

Here I have tried Chutney with Elemuri/Elemuni Leaves.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

To Fry: 
Cooking Oil : 1 Ts
Elemuni/Elemuri Leaves : 1 Bowl
Red Chilly : 4 to 5
Urid dal : 1 Tbs
Pepper Pods : 4 to 5
To Grind :
Coconut : 1 Cup
Grated Raw Mango : 1 Tbs
Fried ingredients
To Add :
Salt : As Required
To Seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8


Method :

1. Wash and remove the leaves and keep it aside.


2. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add a little oil and urid dal. Fry nicely till it turns as slightly golden brown.Add pepper pods.


3. Add red chilly and fry. Add little ingh and curry leaves. Add Elemuri/Elemuni leaves and fry nicely for 5 minutes.


4. Put off the fire and add grated mango. Mix it well and let it get cool.

5. Grate coconut and grind it with fried ingredients.


6. Shift it to a serving dish and add mustard seeds seasoning done in coconut oil.

Note :

Add only the leaves and fry nicely. Adding tamarind pulp instead of mangoes is optional.
Do not fry fresh coconut. Use of any cooking oil is optional.
Time : 15 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5 .

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