Showing posts with label Gooseberry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gooseberry. Show all posts

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gooseberry Chutney & Rice Flour Vada

Chutney is one of the side dish goes well with all the main dishes. Gooseberry chutney is one of the tasty and healthy chutney.

I have used fresh coconut, gooseberry, green chilly and salt.
Gooseberry chutney was prepared for lunch as one of the side dish. We do love to eat yummy chutney with plain rice and ghee. The taste is heavenly.
The remaining chutney was used for preparing Vade or Vada.
I have used Rice flour, gooseberry chutney and chilly powder.
Let us see the recipe Now :
Things Needed For Gooseberry Chutney:
Gooseberry : 2
Green chilly : 2
Fresh grated coconut : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Water : Required water
Mustard seasoning : With mustard seeds, a tsp of oil and curry leaves.

Method :

1. Wash gooseberry and cut into small pieces.
2. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
3. Fry green chilly in a drop of cooking oil.

4. Now grind coconut, green chilly, gooseberry pieces and required salt with little water.
5. Remove from the mixi jar and put it in a serving dish. Add mustard seasoning and serve.

Note :

Add fresh coconut. You can add little tamarind or lemon extract. (Optional). Add only required water while grinding. Adding more chilly is optional. You can use red chilly instead of green chilly.
Time : 10 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3

Gooseberry Chutney -Rice Flour Vada

Things Needed :
Gooseberry chutney : 1 Small bowl
Rice flour : 1 Cup
Red chilly : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Oil : 1 Cup

Method :
1. Take a big bowl and put rice flour, red chilly powder, jeera and salt.
2. Add gooseberry chutney and mix all the ingredients nicely.

3. Add required water and prepare thick dough.
4. Divide the dough into small ball size.

. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and heat.
6. Take a small size of the dough and pat it on your palm.

7. Put this patted vada and fry on medium heat. Fry on both sides.
8. Remove from the oil once it turn slightly golden brown on both side.
9. Put it on a kitchen tissue and let the extra oil absorb by the tissue.

10. Serve hot " Gooseberry Rice flour Vadas " with cup of coffee.
11. Repeat the same with remaining dough.
12. The Hot Gooseberry Rice Vadas Taste best.

Note :
Do not add more water while mixing the dough. It should be thick. Fry on medium flame to get good vadas. Adding more chilly is optional. Chutney adds to the taste of the vada. No onions are used here. Use of onions are optional. Taste differ.
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Avarekai - Gooseberry Chitranna

Avare Kai/ Gooseberry/Nellikai  Chitranna is a rice dish. Its the season of Avare Kai/Field beans and people enjoy having them in almost all the dishes. Here is Avarekai - Gooseberry Chitranna and its an easy, quick and yummy dish which suits to all occasion.

I have used cooked raw rice, Avarekai/field beans, onions, green chilly and lemon.
Let us see some benefits of having " Lemon " in our diet.
Lemon has many medicinal and healthy properties. It is used in treating throat infections, indigestion, constipation and fever. It is good for obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure. It is good for skin and hair care. It helps to strengthen immune system and cleanse our stomach. It is known as blood purifier. Lemon juice is useful for treating kidney stones, reducing strokes and lowering body temperature. It is the best refreshing drink and helps to keep us cool. Lemon contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and minerals like copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein. It is rich in antioxidants and helps to prevent diabetes, high blood pressure.
Averekai -Gooseberry Chitranna is good have for breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner. It is so easy and anyone can try and Enjoy.
Let us see the recipe Now.

Things Needed :

AvareKai/Field beans : 1 Cup
Green chilly : 2
Ginger : An inch
Onion : 1 to 2
Gooseberry : 2 to 3
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Cooked rice (Raw rice) : 2 Cups
Salt : As required
Oil : 2 Tablespoons
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander Leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Lemon : 1/2 Lemon extract

Method :

1. Wash and cook raw rice and avereaki and let it cool. (Cook separately)

2. Wash and cut onions, green chilly (just slit), curry leaves and coriander leaves.
3. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger, wash and grate it.
4. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Grate gooseberry and keep it aside.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and urid dal.
6. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and cut green chilly.
7. Add cut onions and fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
8. Add cooked avarekai,salt and turmeric powder. Mix it well.
(Remove the extra water and then put only avarekai).
9. Fry nicely for a minute. Add cooked and cooled rice.

10. Mix it well and add ghee, lemon extract and coconut. Put off the fire.
11. Add grated gooseberry grating and coriander leaves. Mix it nicely and shift ready chitranna to a serving bowl.

12. Serve with a cup of curd and some crisps (chips or fried fritters). (Optional).

Note :

Do not over cook rice. Drain all the extra water from cooked avarekai. (You can use it for curries).
Adding ghee is optional. Adding onion to chitranna is optional. It adds to the taste. You can prepare same way of chitranna with out using onions on festival or any other special days.
Adding more/less chilly is optional. Check the hotness in chilly before using. Adding gooseberry is optional.
Time : 20 Minutes + cooking rice and averekai : 20 minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 . 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Goose berry - Lemon Rice

Goose berry Lemon rice is a simple Rice dish. Not much of ingredients is needed. Indian goose berry is available around the year now a days. But it is better to buy during its season. It will be more fresh and juicy.

All you need is cooked rice, lemon, goose berry and some spices. If cooked rice is ready it is very easy to prepare. We can have Goose berry and lemon Rice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. ( rice dish is prepared for breakfast in most of the houses in Karnataka). It is good for parties, festivals and one pot meal or kitty party. We can have it for brunch (breakfast + lunch ) for a lazy Sunday. Perfect for festival celebration.
Lets see some benefits of using Lemon in our diet.
Lemon has strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting powers. It is good for weight loss and juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. They contain good medicinal value and used in treating throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problem, internal bleeding, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure. Lemons are used in hair and skin care. It is also considered as blood purifier. Lemon juice is useful for treating kidney stones, reducing strokes and as refreshing drink. Lemon drink helps to relax  and keeps you cool.
Lemon contain  Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, E, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein. They also contain antioxidants and helps to prevent diabetes.
Now lets see the recipe; 

Things Needed :

To Cook
Raw Rice : 2 Cups
To Add
Lemon : 1
Goose berry : 2
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt : Required
For seasoning 
Oil : 2 Tablespoon
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Green Chilly : 2
Curry leaves : 6 to 8 or more
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Table spoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teapoon
Urid dal :  1 Teaspoon
Cashew Nuts : 2 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash and cook rice in a pressure cooker and keep it aside.
2. Wash and cut green chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves and keep it aside.
3. Grate coconut and goose berry and keep it aside. Extract lemon juice and keep it aside.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil.
5. Add mustard seeds, urid dal. Let it splutter.
6. Add cut green chilly and curry leaves. Add cooked rice. Reduce the flame to low.
7. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix it well.

8. Add 1/2 of grated gooseberry, lemon extract and mix it again slowly.

9. Add coconut and shift the lemon rice to a serving dish.
10. Keep a small pan on the fire and put ghee.
11.Add cashew nuts and fry till they turn golden brown.
12. Add this fried cashews and ghee to the rice mixture.
13 Top up with remaining gose berry gratings.
14.  Goose berry Lemon rice is ready to serve. Serve with a cup of curd

Note : 

Do not over cook rice.  Use little less water ( 1 cup - 2 1/2 cup of water). Use of more oil and ghee is optional. Use of more chilly is also optional. Adding coconut is also optional. Use of onions and garlic is also optional.
Time : 30 minutes. Including cooking rice. 
Serves : 4 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bottle Gourd - Carrot - Gooseberry Curry

Bottle Gourd- Carrot - Gooseberry curry is a gravy dish. It is very easy to prepare. We can eat this curry with chapati, rice, dosa, poori, roti and idli. Using goose berry in Indian curries are usual. We can prepare Tambuli ( Butter milk mixed curry), chutney, pickles. You can even grate gooseberry and top  up with salads.

Lets see some benefits of eating Gooseberry in our diet.
Indian Gooseberry is also known as Amla. It is rich in Vitamin C. Gooseberry helps to absorption of food. balances stomach acid. fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning. It also supports the heart. It strengthens the lungs. It enhances the fertility, helps the urinary system and increases skin health. It acts as a body coolant and flushes out toxins. It strengthens eyes. It act as an antioxidant.It is good for people who suffer from diabetic.
I have not used either onions or garlic in this curry. 
Here is a recipe of Bottle gourd- Carrot -Gooseberry Curry, it is prepared using some spices which are used daily and you can give a try and the whole family will surely enjoy having this curry.

Things Needed :

Moong Dal : 1/2 Cup
Bottle gourd : 2 Cups
Carrots : 2
Goose berry : 2
Coconut : 1 Cup. ( 3 to 4 Table spoons)
Red Chilly : 4 to 5
Channa dal : 1 Table spoon
Methi (Fenugrik seeds) : 1/4 Tea spoon
Pepper Pods : 5 to 6
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Tamarind : a marble size
Salt : to taste
Oil :  2 Tea spoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urid Dal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Ingh : Asfoetida : a pinch

Method :

1. Wash and remove the outer skin of bottle gourd and carrot (scrape out the layer of carrot) and cut them in to small and cook till soft.
2. Wash moong dal and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Leave it for cooling.

3. Grate coconut and Grate Gooseberry and keep aside.

4.Keep a small pan on a fire and heat. Put a spoon of oil and fry channa dal and methi seeds til they turn slightly red. (fry on low flame).
5. Add red chilly, 5 to 6 curry leaves, ingh and pepper pods and fry for 30 seconds. Put off the fire and add jeera.and coconut. Let the fried mixture cool down. 
 6. Grind fried mixture and tamarind along with coconut with little water. ( nice paste consistency)
7. Keep a bigger pan on the fire and put  cooked carrots- bottle gourd, cooked moong dal and ground mixture.

8. Add salt and required water and mix it well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.Let it be bit thick. Switch off the gas.
9. Shift cooked curry to a serving dish. Add grated Gooseberry and mix it nicely.
10. Fry mustard, urid dal in a spoon of oil and add curry leaves and a pinch of ingh. Add this fried mixture to the curry and serve.

Note :

Vegetables must be cooked till soft but do not over cook. Adding toor dal instead of moong dal is optional. Normally said that moong is more healthier than toor dal. Adding more or less chilly is also optional. You can also use some green chilly to make it more spicy. Adding onions or garlic is optional. You can fry them along with mustard fry and mix it with curry.
Time :    30 minutes
 Serves : 4 to 5

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