Showing posts with label 30 mins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 30 mins. Show all posts

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cucumber - Akki Rotti

Akki Rotti /rice rotti is good food for dinner or breakfast. This is the plain rice rotti turned as spicy cucumber rice rotti. It is good for health easily digestive and yummy to eat.


I have used a cup of cucumber chutney which I prepared in the morning for breakfast to have it with dose.
I have used that cucumber chutney, rice flour, 1/2  cup of boiling water and salt.

Let us see some benefits of Cucumber in our diet.

Cucumber is filled with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and healthy properties. They are good water content vegetable. It is low in calories with healthy benefits. It is good for digestion and it helps to lower the blood sugar levels. Good for skin and hair. Cucumber has good source of fiber and good for people who suffer from constipation. It has good amount of antioxidant properties. Eating cucumber is good for people who follow diet food.

How to prepare Cucumber Chutney?

Grind a cup of fresh grated coconut, 1 cucumber, 2 green chilly. Shift the ground chutney to a bowl and add half cup of curd. Add salt and mix it well. No Need to add water while grinding. Season with mustard seeds and ingh/Asafoetida. Cucumber chutney is ready to serve.

No Onion or No Garlic is added to "Cucumber Akki Rotti".

Things Needed :

Rice flour :  3 Cups
Cucumber Chutney : 1 Cup
Boiling water : 1/2 Cup
Ghee : 2 Tablespoons
Normal Water : Required water quantity.
Salt : A little

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add rice flour and 1/2 cup of boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes.


2. Add cucumber chutney and mix it well.

3. Add required normal water and prepare the dough.(It should be soft).

4. Divide the dough into small portions. Keep 1/2 cup of dry rice flour in a bowl.

5. Now take a small portion of the dough and dip in dry flour.

6. Roll as chapati. (Do not put any pressure while rolling chapati).

7. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put rolled akki rotti and cook on medium flame.

8. Press rotti with a small clean kerchief or cloth so that it puffs up.

9. Flip the other side and cook.

10 Take out from the tava once it is cooked, add little ghee and serve hot spicy akki rotti with choice of your side dish.

11. Repeat the same and prepare the remaining rotti.

12. We had this with Vegetable Kootu.

Note :

Do not make the dough very watery. You will not be able to roll rotti. Adding the dough in dry flour helps the rotti to be rolled well. Do not put weight while rolling rotti. It might tear.
Adding hot boiling water helps the rotti to be soft. Just add 1/2 cup, cover the flour and leave it for 5 minutes. Then mix the flour nicely by adding cucumber chutney and required water.
Pressing rotti while cooking will help to fluff the roti. No need to put the rotti directly on fire.
Do not add any oil or ghee while cooking rotti.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 12 Rotis can be prepared.

Cucumber Chutney :


Friday, January 24, 2020

Raw Mango - Sasive Avalakki

Avalakki/ poha/ aval is one of the handy grain that come into help for breakfast or snack. 


Avalakki is prepared using boiled rice.
I have seen this process in my Doddamma's house when I used to stay in my childhood days. Its all a precious memory that come as dream for now.
Here is Sasive Avalakki one of the famous dish from Udupi. Even in big functions they do prepare Sasive Avalakki (Avalakki prepared using mustard seeds).
Here I have used raw mango tokku instead of tamarind pulp and ground mustard with coconut and added it.
Let us see the recipe now :
No Onion or No Garlic is used here and is one of the traditional dish from Udupi.

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Avalakki /Poha /Aval (Thick) : 3 Cups
To Add :
Mango Tokku/Grated Mango : 1 Tablespoon
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A little
Grated carrot : 1
Ghee : 2 Tablespoons
To Grind :
Cut or grated coconut : 1 Cup
Mustard seeds : 3/4 Teaspoon
Red chilly /Byadagi chilly : 4 to 5
To Season :
Cooking Oil : 2 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Groundnuts : 1 Handful
Curry leaves :6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash avalakki, drain out all the water. Add salt and mix it.


2. Add turmeric powder, jaggery, mango tokku and mix it nicely. Add 1/2 Cup of water and leave it for 5 minutes.

3. Cut or grate coconut and grind it with mustard seeds. Wash and grate carrot.


4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds, urid dal and 1 red chilly.


5. Add groundnuts and fry till it turns golden brown. Add curry leaves.


6. Add soaked avalakki mixture and mix it slowly on low flame.


7. Add 2 tbs of ghee and mix it slowly. Cover and cook for a minute.


8. Let it cook on low flame. Add ground mustard - coconut mixture and mix it nicely.


9. Add grated carrots and mix it nicely. Shift the ready avalakki to a serving dish.



10. Serve it with a cup of curd and banana.

Note :

It should be soaked well, so that avalakki cooked turns soft. You can use more oil instead of ghee. Use of more /less chilly is optional. You can adjust jaggery according to your taste.
Do not grind coconut and mustard into paste. Use the thick variety of Avalkki.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Pumpkin Dal

Pumpkin is filled with loads of healthy properties. It is always better to make use of the natural benefits from vegetables.
Here is  Pumpkin Dal that you can try and enjoy your meal.



Here is a Pumpkin Dal that I have prepared and it is mild, delicious and nice to have with all the main dishes like plain rice, chapatis, rotis, pooris, dosa or idli.
I have used " Pumpkin ", toor dal, green chilly and a little rasam powder. (Freshly done at home).
Let us see some benefits of eating " Pumpkin " in our diet.
Pumpkin is one of the winter squash. They are rich in healthy properties. It is low in calorie and good for weight loss. It is rich in antioxidants and helps to boost our immune system. It helps to protect our eye sight. It is rich in Vitamin A. It protect us from chronic diseases. Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Potassium. It is good for our skin and rich in fiber.
No Onion or No Garlic is used here in this " Pumpkin Dal ".
It is simple, quick and healthy and suits to all age group.
Let us see the recipe now.

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Toor Dal : 1 Cup
Pumpkin Pieces : 1 Bowl. (Half of 1 small pumpkin).
To Add :
Green chilly : 2
Rasam Powder : 1 Tbs
Grated raw mango : 2 Tbs
Mustard Seasoning : 1 Tbs
Salt : As required
Seasoning :
Cooking Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash and remove the outer hard part of pumpkin and cut into small.
2. Wash dal and pressure cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Wash curry leaves and green chilly.


3. Add pumpkin and 1/4 tsp of methi seeds and  cook  for 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Wash and grate mango and add it to cooked dal.


5. Add salt and little turmeric and mix it well. Add slit green chilly.
6. Add rasam powder, mix all the ingredients well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.


7.  Shift Pumpkin dal to a serving dish and add mustard seasoning.



8. Pumpkin dal is ready to serve.

9. We had it with plain rice and raw mango tambuli.

Note :

Use of pressure cooker to cook dal helps the dal to cook well. Cook Pumpkin separately. Adding methi seeds reduces the cholesterol in food. Home made rasam powder adds to the taste.
Adding more chilly is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3
Home made Rasam Powder :
Dry fry 1/4 tsp of methi seeds, 2 to 3 tbs of coriander seeds, 5 to 6 byadagi chilly, 1/2 ts of jeera. Add little ingh/Asafotida.
Dry grind once it is cooled.  (Only for 1 time use).



Friday, January 10, 2020

Cow Pea & Bottle Gourd Curry

Cow pea / ಅಲಸಂದೆ and bottle gourd Curry is a side dish that goes well with all the main dishes like lunch, chapatis, rotis, idli, dosa, poori or chapati.


Cow pea season is here and lots of fresh cow peas available in market in most of the places.
It is always better to use seasonal pods to get good nutrients from the pods.
I have used cow peas, bottle gourd and carrot. Used some fresh fried spices which is always there in the kitchen store.

Let us see some benefits of eating Cow Peas in our diet.

Cow peas are low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. They are good source of protein. They are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. Cow Peas is rich in fiber.
Cow peas is rich in magnesium and it is good for controlling our sugar level. It also take care of metabolism of our body. It helps our digestive system to be healthy. It helps to control our blood pressure and take care of it. Cow peas helps in loosing the extra weight and good for people who suffer from anemia. Eating cow peas is good for our skin health. It is good for our bones.
Let us see the recipe now :
No Onion or No Garlic Curry.
Try and enjoy the taste of Cow Pea & Bottle Gourd Curry.

Things needed : 

To Cook :
Cow Peas : 1 Bowl (250 Gr)
Bottle Gourd : 1/2 (1/2 From medium sized bottle gourd)
Carrot : 1
To Fry :
Urid dal : 1 Tablespoon.
Red Byadagi chilly : 5 to 6
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Pepper Pods : 5 to 6
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Coconut : 1 Small cup
Coconut Oil : 1 Tsp
To Grind :
Tamarind : Small marble size
Fried and cooled mixture.
To add :
Coriander leaves
Salt : As required
Seasoning : Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon, ingh : a pinch, Curry leaves : 5 to 6 with coconut oil.


Method :

1. Remove the pods from Cow Peas and wash it nicely.


2. Wash and remove the outer layer of bottle gourd and carrot. Cut them in to small pieces.

3. Pressure cook cow pea, bottle gourd and carrots with required water for 5 to 6 minutes. Put off the fire and let it cool.

4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add a ts of coconut oil.
5. Put urid dal and fry till they turn slightly golden brown. Add byadagi chilly, pepper pods and fry.
6. Add ingh and curry leaves. Mix it well and put off the fire. Add coconut. Let it cool.


7. Grind fried ingredients with tamarind and required water.
8. Grind into fine paste.

9. Keep cooked vegetables on fire. Add salt and little turmeric powder. Mix it and boil for a minute.


10. Add ground coconut mixture to the boiling vegetables and mix it nicely. Add water if required.
11. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in between so that it does not get burnt.


12. Shift the Cow Pea & Bottle Gourd Curry to a serving dish.


13. Add mustard seasoning done in coconut oil.


14. Serve for lunch or with any main dish of your choice.




Note :

Do not over cook the vegetables. Adding more chilly is optional. Use of coconut oil is optional.
Use of coconut more or less is optional. Do not boil more after you add ground coconut mixture.  2 to 3 minutes is more than enough.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4. 


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