Showing posts with label coconut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coconut. Show all posts

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Aloo Palya

Aloo/Potato Palya / Potato Dry Curry is an easy and yummy Palya. It is fantastic combination for Curd Rice or any other main dishes. Here is Aloo Palya with South Indian touch, try and enjoy.



I have used Potatoes/Aloo, seasoning with usual mustard seeds and jeera. Added some sambar powder to give South Indian taste. Added some coconut to give South Canara taste. The combination was super good and we enjoyed it as one of the side dish with our lunch.
I also prepared Parata/Parota with the same Aloo Palya. Give a try and enjoy parota also. You will definitely like the taste.
Aloo is full of carbs and it provides energy to our body. It is better to cook rather than frying. Frying potato is not that good.
Its a simple curry and easy to prepare it.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Potatoes /Aloo : 2 to 3 (Medium sized).
Seasoning : 
Cooking Oil : 2 Tb
Mustard Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1 Tsp
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
To Add :
Salt : As Required
Turmeric Powder : A little
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little
Chilly Powder : 1/2 Tsp
Pepper Pods : 4 to 5
Sambar Powder : 1 Tbs
Fresh Grated Coconut :  2 to 3 Tbs
Green chilly : 1


  Method :

1. Wash and peel off the outer layer of potatoes.
2.Cut them as french fry shape. ( Long and thin).  Wash and slit a green chilly.


3. Wash it again and take out all the water and keep the potatoes aside. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add cooking oil, mustard seeds and jeera.
5. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add ingh, slit green chilly, crushed pepper and curry leaves.

6. Add cut potatoes and stir slowly. Let the flame be low and medium.
7. Sprinkle some water and cook. Stir in between. Crush pepper pods and keep it aside.


8. Add little turmeric powder and mix it well.


9. Let it cook till soft. Add required salt.
10. Add chilly powder and sambar powder.


11. Mix it nicely and add grated coconut. Cook on low flame for 2 minutes.


12. Put off the fire and shift Palya to a serving dish.


13 We had Aloo Palya for our lunch.


14. I used the palya to prepare Parota at night.



Note :
Adding more oil is optional. You need to add water little by little till Potato turns soft. (Do not add at once. Adding little by little is advisable).
Adding sambar powder adds to the taste.
No onions or garlic used.
Adding coconut is optional.
Time : 25 to 30 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.

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