Showing posts with label Taste of Udupi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Taste of Udupi. Show all posts

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 .

Monday, May 4, 2020

Coconut - Jaggery Kadubu

Coconut - Jaggery Kadubu is also known as Kai kadubu, is delicious and finger licking kadubu for Udupi People.

I have already prepared this Kayi Kadubu/Coconut Jaggery Kadubu in different methods. Here is one more method that you can prepare soft and yummy Coconut - Jaggery Kadubu.
This type of Coconut Kadubu I have seen in sister Sujatha's house in Udyavar.


Coconut - Jaggery Kadubu done in this way stays soft even when it is cooled.
This time I have tried this with Rice flour and used home grown Turmeric leaves. So happy to use home grown Turmeric leaves, its pure and no chemical menure is used.
The procedure is simple. The procedure goes like this. Boil water and put fine rice flour, stir continuously till it turns as one whole ball. Put off the fire and leave it cool a bit. Then kneed the dough nicely and divide into small ball. Roll these balls like small chapati, fill in the sweet jaggery coconut mixture and fold it. Place this in turmeric leaf. Close the leaf by two sides and steam cook for 30 to 40 minutes. The aroma of cooked coconut jaggery spread the house and you crave to eat the food you prepared.


The coconut jaggery mix is prepared this way. Grate fresh coconut and powder jaggery. Powder 4 to 5 cardamom pods into powder. Put this mixture of coconut- jaggery - cardamom mixture in a pan and stir for a while till the moisture (water content) disappear. But let the mixture have glossy look. (Do not stir till it gets dry). Coconut - Jaggery mixture is also ready to use.

Now we will prepare Turmeric leaves Coconut Jaggery Kadubu.

Sweet Tooth Lovers really love to have this Kadubu.
Healthy way of eating is always good for health.
Jaggery is used and jaggery has loads of healthy properties.
Coconut is good for health too.
The coconut - jaggery mixture can be used for preparing modakas.
This is steamed food.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Rice flour : 2 Cups
Boiling water : 3 1/2 Cups
Grated Coconut : 1 Bowl (1 Small coconut).
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup or little more
Ghee : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : A little
Cardamom : 3 to 4 Pods
Turmeric Leaves : 6 to 8
Method :
1. Wash turmeric leaves and cut into 1/2 and keep them aside.


2. Grate coconut and powder jaggery and cardamom.


3. Keep a pan on the fire and add coconut jaggery -cardamom mixture.


4. Stir nicely till it the moisture disappear. Put of the fire and let it cool.

5. Keep a big pan and put 3 glasses of water. Add 1ts of ghee and let it boil.
6. Add a very little salt. Put rice flour slowly once the water starts to boil.


7. Stir slowly and continuously till it turns as one whole ball.


8. Put off the fire and let it cool a bit. (Not completely).
9. Wet your hands and then kneed the rice flour dough nicely.


10. Divide them into small portions. (Turn them as small ball shape).
11. Roll them as small poori and place the coconut mixture inside and fold it.


12. Place this folded Kadubu in turmeric leaves and arrange them in a plate.


13. Keep a steamer or pressure cooker on fire and put little water in it. Place a plate.

14. Keep all the kadubu kept in turmeric leaves. Arrange them nicely.

15. Steam cook for 35 to 40 minutes on medium flame.


16. Open the lid and check by piercing a knife edge to kadubu. It should not stick.


17. Take out the kadubu from turmeric leaves and serve.

18. Serve with spoon of ghee on top.


Note : 

Rice flour should be very fine to get good Kayi Kadubu.
No need to use more ghee. Adding a tsp of ghee helps the rice flour not to get stuck at the bottom.
One must use fresh coconut. Use of more jaggery is optional.
Total Time : 50 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5 

Same dough and same coconut Jaggery mixture....Modakas 





Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mango - Ginger Chutney

Now the season of mangoes are started. You can get good raw mangoes in the market. Here I have tried This Udupi style Mango  Chutney which is spicy and definitely You will love it.



Kota a small town on the way to Kundapura near Brahmavar. The people here are well known for their typical rural kannada speaking. Kota Brahmins are famous for spicy food.
The very famous MT.R and Maiyas group of hotel owners in Bangalore are from Kota and they do serve yummy, healthy food to the public.
I said all these about Kota and Kota brahmin, their spicy food because I have prepared Mango Chutney in the same traditional way.
Coming back to the subject of Mangoes or any vegetable in that matter, using the seasonal fruits and vegetables are very good habit and they are filled with natural nutritious properties in them.
I have used Raw Mango, very little dry ginger and byadagi chilly fried in coconut oil.
Use of coconut oil is very good for health. It keeps your body and mind safe.
In this chutney we remove the outer layer of raw mango and fry red chilly in coconut oil. (Only chilly).
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Raw Mango : 1 Small one
Byadagi chilly : 5 to 6
Fresh grated coconut : 1 Cup
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Dry Ginger : 1/4 Tsp (Optional).
Salt : As required
Cooking Oil : 2 Tbs
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Ingh : A little
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6 leaves.

Method :

1. Wash and remove the outer layer of mango and cut them into small pieces.
2. Fry byadagi chilly in 1 tsp of coconut oil. Let it cool.


3. Grate or cut coconut into small pieces and  Grind it with mango pieces, fried chilly, salt, ginger and required water. (Chutney should be thick, so use limited water only).




4. Remove the chutney to a serving bowl.
5. Season with mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves and add it to Mango - Ginger Chutney.


6. Serve it with hot rice and little ghee on top.

Note :

Fry chilly nicely on low flame. Adding more chilly is optional. Adding ginger is optional. Ginger adds to the taste and is healthy. Removing the outer layer is a must to get good taste of the chutney.
Use of coconut oil is optional.
Time : 10 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 People.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Soft and Spongy Set Dosa

Dosa or Dose is one of the favourite food of many and even me.  Though we do prepare dosa regularly, we still long to eat dosa. Crispy or soft, crunchy or thick butter or ghee or plain Dosa is one of the favourite food for me. Here I have prepared Soft and spongy Set dosa and I am sure you all will definitely like it and do try this method.


It is simple and remember it has to fermented well to get the good texture.
I have used Urid dal, dosa rice (raw), Avalakki/poha and methi seeds.
Urid dal is loaded with fiber and protein. It is said idli or dosa is one of the best breakfast food that provides energy and one would stay healthy and strong.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Urid dal : 1/2 Cup
Methi /Fenugrik seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Avalakki/Poha/Aval : 2 to 3 handful. (Thick or thin)
Salt : As required

Method :

1. Wash and soak raw rice, methi seeds, urid dal together or separate for 3 to 4 hours.
2. Soak Avalakki separately in a bowl. Add warm water. (Do not add boiling water).
3. Grind it with required water and put it in a big bowl.
4. Add salt and mix it  well. Let it ferment well. (Over night).

5. Next morning mix the batter and keep it ready to prepare dosa.
6. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle some oil on top and clean it with a tissue.
7. Take a ladle of dosa batter and put it on the hot tava. (Let it be on l ow flame).


8. Sprinkle some oil on the top, cover and cook. (medium flame).


9. Turn the other side and cook for 30 seconds or little more.

10. Take it out and serve with your choice of side dishes.


11. Repeat the same and prepare set dosa.


12. Hot, soft and fluffy dosas are yummy to have.

Note :

I have used grinder to grind. If you are using mixi use little more urid. (one or two handful). Optional.
Use of ghee adds to the taste. While cooking add very little oil and then use ghee on the top.
While pouring the batter the pan should be very hot.Then reduce the heat.
Time : Soaking time : 3 to 4 hours + grinding time 15 to 20 minutes + fermentation : over night or 6 to 7 hours. Preparation and eating  Your choice.

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