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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Corn Flakes Laddu

Corn Flakes Laddus are sweet and we can have them any time of the day.
Experts world wide agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Ready to eat cereal ranks as one of the best choice available as part of a nutritious breakfast.

Cereal is a low fat nutrient food with many essential vitamins and minerals. Cereal also provides the important benefits of grains.
This particular type of Corn Flakes named Go Lean Crunch with honey and almonds has lots of almonds and honey in them. It is naturally sweet since Honey has been added so not much of jaggery is used in the laddu.
Here is a recipe of the Corn Flakes Laddu. One can prepare these laddus using any type of corn flakes and little jaggery, dried or fresh coconut and some almonds. It is easy and healthy too. You can pack these laddu to your kids munching box too.

Things I used :

Go Lean Crunchy Corn Flakes : 5 to 6 Cups
Jaggery : 3/4 Cup
Almonds : 1/2 cup
Cardamom :  3 to 5 pods.
Ghee : 1/4 Cup (or 3 Table spoons).
Coconut : 1 Cup (Fresh or dried)

Method :

1. Roast Corn Flakes on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Powder it when it is cooled. Add cardamom while dry grinding the corn flakes.

2. Dry roast coconut for a minute. Dry roast almonds on low flame and dry grind it once it is cooled

3. Now keep a pan on the fire and add grated jaggery and 1/4 cup of water. Let it boil nicely.
4. Jaggery starts to bubble up. Stir for 2 minutes and check the syrup consistency. (It should be one thread consistency).
5. Mix well and add dry ground corn flakes, almonds and coconut. Mix it nicely and put off the fire.
6. Add ghee and prepare laddu by taking a handful of the mixture and press it nicely and give a small ball shape.

7. Repeat the same with remaining mixture.

8. Serve these Corn Flakes Laddu at any time of the day. You can pack these laddus for your friends too.

Note :

This particular brand corn flakes contain honey and loads of almonds. You can prepare laddu with any brand and any type of corn flakes. You can add or skip dry fruits. Must roast these corn flakes on low flame. Dry grind it when it is cooled. You can use cashews, raisins etc. You can also use more coconut to the mixture. It adds to the taste. You can also use more ghee. If you feel the mixture is dry use hot milk (add little by little) and prepare laddu. Must keep these milk used laddu in the fridge. or it may get fungus.
Time : 30 minutes (Al together)
25 to 30 Laddus can be prepared. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Navane Urid - Masala Dosa

Navane -Urid Masala Dosa is a healthy snack eaten at breakfast, as snack in the evening or for dinner too.

Foxtail millet (Navane) is rich in dietary fibre, protein and low in fat. Foxtail millet is one of the healthy grain and it is gluteen free.

Urad dal is used as a major ingredient in Indian cuisine for preparing a healthy diet. It is highly valued due to its numerous health benefits. It has protein, fat and carbohydrated which is required by the body. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B. Urid dal contain iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium,potassium. Urid dal is rich in fibre which makes it easy to digest. Urid dal helps to reduce cholesterol and improves cardiovascular health.
I have used organic Navane (foxtail millet) which is de-husked) , dosa turns as normal rice urid dosa. 
Here is a recipe of Navane Urid - Masla Dosa. Masala is prepared with carrots and potatoes. This dish is without onions and good to prepare even on fasting and special days.

Things Needed :

Recipe for Navane Urid Dosa :

Navane (Foxtail Millet) : 41/2  cups
Urid dal : 1 Cup
Awalakki (flattened or beaten rice) : 1/2 cup
Methi (Fenugrik seeds) : 1 Table spoon
Water : Required  
Salt : to taste
Ready to Serve Foxtail Millet Masala Dosa

Method : 

1. Wash and soak foxtail millet, fenugrik seeds and urid dal for 3 to 4 hours. ( All together).
2. Wash flattened rice and soak in warm water. 
3. Grind all the ingredients including flattened rice with required water and prepare the dough.

4. Add salt and leave it for ferment for 6 to 8 hours or over night.
Dosa dough is ready to prepare dosas.

Recipe for Potato Masala:

Things Needed :

Potatoes : 3 to 4 
Carrots : 2 
Capsicum :1 
Ginger : 1 Table spoon
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Oil : 1 Table spoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 8 to 10 
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons

Method : 

1.Wash and boil potatoes in pressure cooker for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the skin when it is cooled.
Smash boiled potatoes and keep it aside.
2.Wash and grate carrots, ginger and cut, capsicum, green chilly and coriander leaves.

3. Keep a pan on the fire and add oil and heat.
4. Put mustard seeds and urid dal. Let the mustard spurt. Add jeera. 
5. Add cut green chilly and curry leaves. 
6. Now add grated carrots, cut capsicum and fry nicely for 2 minutes. Add ginger.

7. Add smashed potatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Mix it well.
8. Add coriander leaves and put off the fire.
                                                      Potato - Carrot dry palya is ready.

Potato Carrot Dry can be served as one of the side dish with Chapati, Roti, Poori or Plain Rice.
Ready to Serve Potato - Carrot -Capsicum Dry Curry

Mango Coconut Chutney:

Things Needed:

Raw Mangoes : 4 to 6 (Tender Mangoes)
Green chilly : 2 
Coconut : 1 coconut
Salt : to taste
Ingh : a pinch 

Method : 
1. Wash and cut raw mangoes, grate coconut.

2. Grind coconut, raw mangoes, green chilly, Ingh and salt together. 
3. Shift this ground mixture to a serving bowl.

4. You can add spurt mustard with curry leaves to the coconut chutney.                                        
Raw Mango Coconut Chutney is ready to serve

Masala Dosa :

Things Needed :

Dosa dough
Potato - Carrot Masala
Oil : 1/2 Cup

Method :

1. Keep a Dosa pan and heat.
2. Just sprinkle oil on the pan and clean with a tissue.
3 Take a spoonful of dosa dough and spread it slowly.

4. Sprinkle 1/2 Tea spoon of oil on the dosa and cover the dosa, cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Now turn the dosa and cook for 10 seconds and turn back the dosa.

6. Put a table spoon of Potato - Carrot Palya and cover the dosa on both sides.

Now Navane Urid Masala Dosa is ready to serve. Serve with the favourite chutney or Sanbaru you have prepared.

Note : 
Foxtail Millet Urid Dosa dough consistency should be the same as dosa consistency. It should not be too thick or too watery. You can add little rice powder if you feel the dough is watery. Let the dosa dough be well ferment. You can use ghee instead of oil while preparing the Masala dosa. You can also sprinkle little chutney powder before placing the dry curry. Adding more chilly is purely your option. You can use onions in the dry palya. ( Add cut onions to the mustard spurt first, then add capsicum and carrots).
Time : 
Chutney : 1o Minutes
Dry Curry : 30 Minutes (Including boiling potatoes)
Masala Dosa : 20 Minutes 
Soaking Foxtail Millet, Urid dal, Awalakki and Methi seeds : 4 to 5 Hours
Grinding : Grinder : 30 minutes : Mixi : 20 Minutes. ( To get a good taste grind the mixture in the grinder).
Ferment Time : 5 to 6 Hours (Minimum). 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gojju Awalakki ( Huli Awalakki )

Awalakki (Flattened rice) is prepared in many ways. Huli Awalakki is a traditional breakfast dish in South Canara and in Karnataka.

Awalakki (Flattened rice or beaten rice) is a dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids.

This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across Nepal, India and Bangladesh. This is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food in a variety of Indian cuisine styles

This flattened rice is called Awalakki in Kannada, Baajil in Tulu (language spoken in South Canara),Atukuluin - Telugu, Awal - Tamil and Malayalam, Chinde - Bengali and parts of Bihar and Jarkhand, Chira - Assamese, Chudaa in Oriya, Chiura in Nepali, Bhojpuri and Chhattisgarhi, Poha or Pauwa in Hindi, Pohe in Marathi, Phovu in Konkani and Pauaa/ Paunva in Gujarati.

Here is a recipe of Gojju Awalakki. We can have Gojju Awalakki for breakfast, snack or even dinner. We can also prepare this Gojju Awalakki during fasting or special days. It is also served during weddings (one of the breakfast item) and festivals too. Its spicy - sweet taste defenitely loved by all age group.

Ingredients :

Thick Awalakki :  3 Cups
Tamarind : Small lemon size (2 Table spoons of tamarind pulp)
Jaggery : 3 to 4 Table spoons
Sesame Seeds : 2 to 3 Table spoons
Turmeric Powder :  a pinch
Salt: to taste
Coconut : 1 Cup (fresh and grated).
Oil : 2 Table spoons
Ghee : 2 Table spoons
Mustard seeds : 2 Tea spoon
Urid Dal : 1 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 1 handful
Jeera : 1 Tea spoon
Ingh : a pinch
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Table spoons.

Method :

1. Clean and wash Awalakki and put it in a big bowl. Wash coriander leaves and cut into small.
2. Wash and soak tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp and add it to Awalakki.

3. Add jaggery and salt to the awalakki.

4. Add turmeric powder.
5. Mix all the ingredients nicely and add 1/2 cup of water. ( Leave it for 5 minutes).
6. Keep a pan on the fire. Add Sesame seeds and dry roast till brown. When they start popping up put off the fire and leave it for cooling.

7. Dry grind sesame seeds, 1 spoon of mustard seeds, cut or grated coconut and jeera. (2 to 3 churn will do).

8. Keep the dry ground coconut mixtur aside.
Dry groumd coconut - mustard mixture
9. Now keep a bigger pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and 1 tea spoon of mustard seeds and urid dal.

10. Let the mustard seeds spurt. Add curry leaves and ingh. Add groumd nuts and fry till they are brown.
11. Put soaked awalakki mixture and mix it well. Let the fire be on low flame.

12. Add 1/2 cup of water and let it cook on low flame. Stir in between.
13. When all the water dries up add ground coconut, sesame - jeera mixture. Mix it nicely allow it to cook for 1 miunte.
14. Put ghee and cut coriander leaves on the top.

15. Mix it nicely and shift the ready awalakki to a serving bowl.

Serve with a cup of curd or Banana

Note :

You can also use more oil instead of ghee. You can use home made Rasam powder. You can also add cashew nuts instead of ground nuts. Adding red chilly powder or red chilly with mustard seeds will give a spicy taste and the good aroma. You can also add or reduce the amount of jaggery according to your wish. You can use lemon jucie instead of tamarind pulp. (2 lemons extract). You can use cut coconut or grated coconut. If you are using grated coconut, no need to dry grind the coconut. You can add it at the end and mix it well.
Serves : 4 to 5
Time 30 Minutes.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Banana - Rava Guli Appa

Guli Appa or Gund Pongalu or Paddu is a healthy dish, usually prepared with rice, urid, beaten rice and little methi (Fenugrik seeds). There is a little twist, This Guli appa is prepared with medium size rava, coconut, jaggery, banana, sesame seeds and is a sweet dish.

Rava (semolina) is digested slowly and helps you feel full longer and prevents you from over eating. Semolina improves kidney function. It contains potassium. Semolina is a good source of two vital vitamins like E and B. These vitamins are essential for good immunity from disease. Semolina is a quick and nourshing source of energy. Semolina contain minerals like phosphorus, zinc and magnesium which are beneficial for the health of your bones and nervous system.

Jaggery is a great remedy for anemia, astama, joint pains and menstrual pains. It also aids in digestion, purifies blood and keeps the skin away from problems such as acnes and pimples. It is a great energy booster and provides us lots of energy.

Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas have antiacid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. Bananas protects the eyesight, help to build the strong bones. Fresh bananas provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium and manganese.

Here is a recipe of Banana - Rava Guli appa. Banana guli appa is a sweet dish, and You can have them for breakfast or as snack or even for dinner.
You need a Guli appa pan to prepare Guli appa or prepare Banana dosa with same dough. This is a healthy and easy dish which all age group people will love to have them.

Things Needed :

Rava (Semolina) : 2 Cups (medium sized)
Ripe Bananas : 2
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup
Coconut : 1/2 cup
Sesame Seeds : 2 Table spoons
Oil : 4 to 6 Table spoons.
Salt : to taste (use very little quantiy since jaggery contain salt).

Method :

1. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
2. Grate jaggery or powder it.

3. Roast sesame seeds.

4. Now grind Bananas, coconut, cardamom pods and jaggery together.

5. Take a big bowl. Add rava, Sesame seeds and ground coconut and jaggery mixture.

6.  Mix it well and leave the dough for 5 to 10 minutes.

7. Add 1/2 Tea spoon of Eno salt and mix it well.

8. Keep guli appa pan on the fire. Heat and sprinkle oil to each mould (guli) in the pan.
9. Now take a spoon and put a spoonful of dough in each guli (deep area in the pan).
10. Cover the pan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
11. Remove the cover and put little oil on each guli appa.
12. Turn guli appa and cook the other side for 10 to 20 seconds.

13. Repeat the same with remaining dough.
14. Serve Guli appa with any side dish you have prepared. Put little ghee on the top before serving.

Note : 

Mix the dough thicker than dosa dough consistency. Prepare Guli appa on medium and low flame. Add jaggery according to your taste.(more or less).

Time : 30 Minutes 
Serves : 3 to 4 

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