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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Banana Stem Kachori

Have you heard or eaten Banana Stem Kachori?
Here it is. Try and enjoy this yummy snack.
Banana stem kachori is a perfect snack for the evening. It is crispy and filling.


It is purely my creation and it turned out so well and we had it plain kachoris, with curd and onion and with sweet and sour chutney.
I have seen ppl eating chat with this raw banana stem pieces. .
I have already put Banana Stem Curry in my previous post. I will surely put up the link for Banana stem curry, so that you can follow and prepare the curry.
In this way you can make children eat banana stem.

Here is a link to prepare Banana Stem Curry :

Banana Stem Curry

Let us see the recipe now :

Things needed :

To stuff :
Banana stem curry : 1 Bowl
Besan : Gram flour : Channa dal flour : 2 Tablespoons
Garam Masala : 1/2 Tsp
Jeera : 1/2 Tsp
Salt : Required
To dough :
Wheat flour : 2 Cups
Salt : Required
Jeera / Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Garam Masala : 1/2 Tsp
Ghee : 1 Tbs
Cooking Oil : To Fry

Method :

1. Grind Banana stem curry in a mixi jar. (Do not use any water to grind).

2. Take out from the jar and put it in a bowl.

3. Add jeera, salt and garam masala and 2 tablespoons of besan to it.

4. Mix it well and keep it aside.

5. Take a big bowl and add wheat flour. Add salt and jeera.

6. Add a tbs of ghee, 1/2 tsp of garam masala and mix it nicely.

7. Add water and prepare the thick dough.

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


9. Now roll the small portion.
10. Place  a tbs of banana stem curry mixture and pull the edges to top.


11. Join the edges from the top portion and press it at the middle. See that it does not get open.

12. Keep a frying pan on the fire and heat. Put cooking oil and heat it.

13. Now let the flame be low. Put prepard kachoris and fry on low flame.

14. Fry on both sides till it turns golden brown.

15. Repeat the same and prepare the rest of the banana kachoris.


We had Kachoris with curd and cut onions. It taste good and  curd helps to digest the food easily and reduces the heat from our body.

Note :

Use of channa flour /besam/gram flour helps to absorb the moisture from banana stem curry.
Adding any other spices like chat masala, amechooru powder etc is optional.
Use of maida instead of wheat flour is optional. I have used wheat. It is a healthy option for maida.
Time : 30 Minutes.
15 Kachoris can be prepared.




Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Banana stem Curry

Banana stem curry is one of  the side dish. Banana stem is full of fiber and it should be eaten at least once a month or two.

Banana Stem has loads of benefits and people say that it takes away the dirt from intestine in a fine manner. It helps to flush out the stone from kidney. It eases the problem of indigestion.
I have used Banana Stem, little jeera and pepper. Added some grated coconut. Little jaggery is used to give a sweet taste.
The stem was given by our neighbour and they do have lots of place to grown banana plants. They do give us some banana and the stem most of the times. So it is easy for me to try many dishes out of banana stem.
Some time I do cut and put the raw pieces in curd and make  raw pachadi. (With out cooking). some time dal, some time curry so this time its dry curry with simple spices.
Let us see some benefits of eating banana stem in our diet.
Banana stem is good for taking out the kidney stone.
It is good for detoxifying our body. It is good for digestion.It helps to control the blood pressure and cholesterol. Healing acidity and gastric problems.
Banana Stem Curry simple, easy and healthy.
Lets see the recipe Now :

No Onion or Garlic is used in this Dish : Banana Stem Dry Curry.

Ingredients :

Banana stem : Small Piece
Butter milk : 1/2 Cup
To Add :
Dry ginger powder : 1/2 Tsp
Jaggery : 1 Tbs
Turmeric Powder : A little
Salt : As required
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tbs
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Tbs
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Jeera : 1/2 Tsp
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 leaves.

Method : 


1. Add a cup of water to butter milk and soak banana stem pieces in it.
2. Wash and cut banana stem into small pieces.

3. Wash banana stem and drain out all the water from it.


4. Pressure cook banana stem for 6 to 8 minutes adding little water. Let it cool.


5, Prepare seasoning with coconut oil, mustard seeds, jeera, add green chilly and curry leaves.
6. Add cooked banana stem and let it boil.Add turmeric powder, jaagery and ginger powder.


7. Add salt and cook till all the water disappear.
8. Add grated coconut and mix it well. Shift it to a serving bowl.



9. Banana stem curry is ready to serve.

Note :

You can use 2 tbs of curd instead of butter milk. Add a cup of water and mix it well and dip the banana stem cut pieces in it.
Adding any other masala taste differ.  Adding red chilly powder instead of green chilly is optional.
Adding jaggery is optional. Use of any cooking oil instead of coconut oil is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Moong Dal Chakli 2

Moong dal chakli is crispy, crunchy and it is always nice to have these home made crunchy food.
HOME MADE is always a best thing and we are really lucky to have it. You are sure of what you eat.


I have used moong dal, rice flour, chilly powder, jeera, ingh, sesame seeds and rice flour.
This type of Moong dal chakli is nice to munch, though I have already tried moong dal chakli in different type, this looks yummy, more crunchy and it is always good to try.
Chakli is always good to have with a cup of coffee or tea. 
I am a chakli lover. Yes. My doddamma used to scold me for that, not to eat so much oily food. During Gokulastami she used to prepare a big tin of Chakkuli those days. The preparation of chakkuli is not at all easy during those days.
She used to wash the rice and dry it on the flour and then dry roast urid dal. These are to be ground with the stone grinder by using their hands to turn the stone on the top. The flour then to be collected and then sieve it, again grind it in the same way. It used to lots of labour behind the chakli process.
The Chakkuli she used to make is to be fantastic and now it is only a remember. 
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Moong dal :  1/2 Cup
Rice flour : 2 Cups
Chilly Powder : 1 Teaspoon
Sesame seeds : 1 Tbs
Butter : 2 Tbs
Salt : As required 
Oil : To Fry : 2 Cups

Method :

1. Wash and cook moong dal. (Pressure cook).


2. Grind it to paste consistency once it is cooled.


3. Take out to a big bowl and mix it nicely.


4. Add chilly powder, sesame seeds, salt and jeera.


5. Add rice flour and 2 tbs of butter and mix it well.


6. Add water little by little and prepare the dough.

7. Kneed the dough well and put a small portion of dough in chakkli mould. 


8. Keep a pan on the fire and put oil. Heat the oil.
9. Press chakkuli dough into hot oil and fry.


10. Fry on both sides till it turns slightly golden brown and take it out from the oil.


11. Put it in the big bowl. 


12. Prepare the chakkuli with remaining dough. 


13. Chakkuli is ready to serve.


14. Crsipy and crunchy chakkuli is ready to munch.

Note :

Use of hot oil instead of butter is optional. I have used butter. Fry chakkuli in medium and hot oil.
Kneed the dough well.
Time : 30 Minutes.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Toor Dal - Ondelaga Chutney

Toor dal - Ondelaga Chutney is a side dish that goes well with most of the main dishes. We had this Toor Dal - Ondelaga chutney for lunch.





Ondelaga/Gotukola is used as culinary vegetable and it is a medicinal herb plant. 
I have used Toor dal, red byadagi chilly, ingh/Asafoetida, curry leaves, tamarind pulp and fresh coconut gratings.
Let us see some benefits of eating Ondelaga/Gotukola leaves in our diet.
The plant yield only one leaf in its stem so that it is called as Ondelaga. (One leaf). 
It is used as a culinary vegetable and as a medicinal herb. It is known a Mandukaparni In Sanskrit. It is in the shape of frog so that it got its name as Mandukaparni.
People call it as Brahmi also because it is loaded with medicinal values.
Its known as Ondelaga in Kannada/Karnataka.
Saraswathi Aku in Telugu/Andra pradesh.
Vallari Keerai in Tamil/Tamilnaadu
Karivan or Karivana in Marati /Maharasthtra
Kandha Brahmi in Gujrati /Gujarat
Thulkudi in Bengali /Bengal
Bengsag and Brahmi in Hindi

It helps in good relief for pains. It boost cognitive function.
 Ondelaga helps in reducing anxiety and stress. It helps in controlling the blood sugar level.
It also helps in reducing the swelling and improve the circulation of blood.
Gotukola is rich in anti inflammatory properties and helps to reduce the joint pains and arthritis.
It is good for memory power. It is good for our skin health and hair health.
Gotukola helps to detoxify our body and keeps us in good health
It is good for blood pressure since it helps in controlling the blood pressure level by decreasing the tension and anxiety in our body.
It is good for digestive disorders, helps in strengthening nervous function and memory power in us.
Let us see the recipe Now :
Do Not Fry the leaves when you cook. It looses its healthy benefits when it is cooked. It should be added at the end of the process of cooking.


Ingredients :
Ondelaga Leaves : 1 Handful
Toor Dal : 1 Tbs
Oil : 1/2  Tsps
Tamarind : Small marble size
Byadagi chilly : 4 to 5
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Salt : As required
Coconut : 1 Cup
To Season :
Oil : 1 Tsp
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Ingh : A little
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method : 

1. Keep a small frying pan on the fire and heat. Add half tsp of oil, 1 tablespoon of toor dal.
2. Add 4 to 5 byadagi chilly and fry nicely till toor daal turns as golden red.
3. Add little ingh and put off the fire.


4. Add a handful of ONDELAGA leaves and mix it well. Keep it aside.


5. Soak little tamarind in warm water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp. Keep the pulp aside.


6. Grate coconut and grind it with fried mixture, tamarind pulp, salt. Add water if required while grinding.
7. Take it out from the mixi jar and put it to a serving dish.


8. Add mustard seeds seasoning with little ingh and curry leaves.


9. Toor dal - Ondelaga Chutney is ready to serve.




10. Enjoy Toor Dal - Ondelaga Chutney with your food.

Note :

Fry dal till it turns golden brown. You should be careful while adding water if required.
Adding more chilly is optional.
Use or more coconut is optional.
Time : 15 to 20 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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