Showing posts with label Dinner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dinner. 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 :


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mangalore Southekai Majjige Huli/Curd Curry

Mangalore Southekai/Mangalore cucumber/Sambar Southekai is one of the healthy cucumber that we can use it in our curries, dosas, idli and chutney etc. Here I have prepared Majjige Huli/ Curd Curry.

This particular southe Kai is from our pot garden, which has grown so nicely and I am happy to write about the dish from Southekai that I have prepared traditionally. Majjige huli/Moru kolambu/Curd Curry.
Majjige Huli is one of the famous dish from South Canara. Majjige means butter milk and Huli is curry. This dish used to be prepared from my doddamma in ooru Udyavara. Udyavara means a loving place to me. I have so many childhood memories in my Doddamma house.
I stayed with doddamma /Amma's elder sister, when I was 1 1/2 years old. She used to take me where ever she goes. Holding her hands I learnt to walk properly. She was the guide, mentor, mother and a god mother. Southe Kai / Cucumber always makes me to turn back and just think the time I spent there and memories starts to unfold and peeps into the mind. My doddamma and doddappa used to grow lots of vegetables in their land. There were enough Southekai stored for the rainy days. There were no vegetables available during the rainy days. The rains used to pour continuously and no chance of growing any thing except the grass. That too not in two to three months like May, june july even in August it was very very difficult to go out. So the home grown Southekai, Pumpkins, Ash gourd were used in the rainy days. Those were the days, bundle of joy, just beautiful yesterdays.
Now coming back to Majjige huli which is done with Mangalore Southekai is a traditional curd curry.
It is mild, yummy and healthy.
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this Southekai.
I am very happy to note that this Southekai is from Our home garden.


Let us see the recipe now : 

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Southekai /Mangalore Cucumber : 1 (Medium sized)
To Grind :
Fresh Coconut : 1 Cup /6 to 8 Tbs full
Soaked Moong dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
To Add :
Ground coconut mixture
Green chilly : 2
Curd : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Methi seeds : 3 to 4
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Majjige Menasu/Sandige Menasu : 2

Method :

1. Wash and peel off the skin of Southekai/Mangalore Cucumber  and cut into pieces. Soak in plain water for 5 minutes. It removes the bitter taste if any.

2. Cook with required water till it is soft.


3. Soak 1/2 tsp of moong dal for 5 minutes.
4. Grate coconut and grind it with soaked moong dal. Use required water to grind.


5. Remove it from the mixi jar to a bowl and keep it aside.


6. Now keep a pan and add cooked southekai, required salt and little water. Let it boil.
7. Add ground mixture and mix it well. Let it boil nicely. Add 2 slit green chilly to it.


8. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and shift the curry to another bowl.


9. Let it cool a bit. Add curd and mix it.


10. Season 3 to 4 methi seeds, 2 Sandige Menasu and jeera. Let Sandige menasu fry nicely in oil.
11. Add curry leaves and put this seasoning to curd curry.

12. Serve as one of the side dish for lunch or dinner. It is nice to eat with chapatis, poori, dosa and idli.

Note :

Southekai pieces should be cooked well to relish them. Do not add curd while the curry is piping  hot. Curd gets curdle. Adding Sandige menasu is optional. You can add red byadagi chilly instead of Sandige Menasu. Sandige menasu adds to the taste. Adding soaked moong dal helps the curry to intact. Adding curd while the curry is boiling makes the curry watery. It separates the gravy and the vegetable.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5 

Sandige Menasu/ Sun dried green chilly. :

Wash and slit green chilly and fill roasted methi powder and little salt.
Prepare butter milk and add little salt. Soak the slit green chilly over night in this butter milk and sun dry . Repeat soaking the dried chilly again in the same butter milk. (Over night). Morning remove the chilly and dry it in Sun. It should be done repeatedly at least 4 to 5 days. Then dry it continuously for 4 to 5 days. Store it in a airtight box or bottle. You can use it as Sandige/papad type for curd rice or while eating curd and rice. You can also season this for any curd curry, Avials even raw pachidis. prepared during the sunny days.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Spring Onion Mixed Flour Chapati

Spring Onion Mixed flour Chapati has turned so well and the taste was good. So give a try and enjoy some yum spring onion chapatis.


I have used wheat flour, ragi /finger millet flour, little garam masala powder, chilly powder and jeera powder.
These Spring Onions are grown in our pot nicely and I am happy for getting home grown spring onions.\
Let us know about the benefits of using Spring Onions in our diet.

Spring Onions are good source of Vitamin C and Calcium. They ar rich in dietary fiber and Vitamins A and B6, iron and minerals like copper, phosphorous, potassium and manganese. They are rich in antioxidant and anti fungal properties. They help in balancing cholesterol level in our body.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

Wheat flour : 2 Cups
Ragi/Finger Milellet flour : 2 Cups
Spring Onions : 1 Bowl (1 small bundle).
Jeera Powder /cumin seeds powder : 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 tsp
Salt : As required
Ghee : 2 Tsps
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash and cut spring onion leaves and the bulbbs into small.



2. Take a big bowl and add wheat flour, Ragi flour, salt, garam masala powder, jeera powder and  ghee.
3. Add cut spring onion and mix it nicely. Add required water and prepare dough.


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


5. Take a small portion of the dough and roll into chapati.


6. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put rolled chapati on hot tava and cook.
7. Sprinkle some oil on the top. Turn the other side and cook for a minute.


8. Now Spring onion Chapatis are ready to serve.


9. Repeat the same with remaining chapatis.


10. Serve Mixed flour Chapatis with the side dish of your choice.

Note :

Cut spring onions into small pieces. Adding more ragi flour is optional. 2 cups Rag flour and 1 cup wheat flour.
Adding more ghee is optional. No need to fry the leaves. It adds to the taste and good for health too.
Adding more spice is optional.
Use of ghee while cooking chapatis is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .


Monday, September 9, 2019

Haraka /Araka /Kodo Millet Methi Dosa

Harka/Arka /Kodo Millet is one of the millet family grain. I have tried varieties of recipes with almost all the millet grains. I have tried my favourite Menthy / Fenugrik dosa and it was fluffy, soft and yummy.

Millets have gain the stand once again and we all know the importance of these millets in our diets. It is said that even in Ancient period people used to grow and use millets and they were the source of food.
I have been using the millet since I got to know they are energetic, gluten free, fiber rich and slow in digestion. Not only these points there are so many reasons why you should use millet  in your daily diet. They help us to reduce the weight, they control our blood pressure and diabetic condition can be improved. They help in reducing the cholesterol level in our body. They help in reducing the obesity and rich in antioxidants.
Methi/Mentya/fenugrik seeds are rich in fibers, helps to control the sugar level in our body and good cholesterol maintainer.
Let us see the recipe now :
Remember : The batter should be fermented well to get soft and fluffy dosa.

 Ingredients :

Harka/Araka /Kodo Millet : 4 Cups
Methi Seeds : 1/3 Cup.
Urid dal : 1 Handful
Salt : As required

Method :

1. Clean and wash Harka and soak in water for 3 to 4 hours.
2. Wash and soak methi seeds/fenugrik seeds separately.


3. Grind it with required water and remove it from mixi jar.


4. Add salt and mix it well. Leave it for fermenting. (Overnight).Or 6 to 8 hours.


Remember the batter has to be fermented well just before preparing dosa.
5. Next morning Mix the batter nicely.


6. Keep the tava on a fire. Heat and clean it nicely. Sprinkle some oil on the tava and clean it again.
7. Add a ladle of batter and spread very little. Dosa has to be fluffy.


8. Sprinkle some oil and cook till it is done. Turn the other side and cook and remove it from the pan.


9. Dosa is ready to serve.
10 Serve with your choice of side dish.Jaggery goes well with Methi Dosa and is good for health.

Note : 

Add required water while grinding. The batter should be like dosa batter consistency. Remember the batter has to be fermented well to get good fluffy dosa.
Do not add any rice while grinding.
Time : Soaking time 3 Hours + Grinding time + 10 minutes ( Mixi ) + Fermentation 6 to 8 hours and preparing dosa : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 6 to 8 People.



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