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Monday, October 14, 2019

Alasande / Cow pea Dal

Fresh Alsande / Cow Peas are rich in minerals and vitamins. In winter you get really good cow peas and other pods.

Recently I got these cow peas/ Alasande and prepared yummy curry. It is delicious to have with all most all the main dishes.
Alasande Dal is simple dish and it is quick also.
I have used Fresh cow peas pods, little toor dal, home made sambar powder/huli pudi,
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Cow Peas : 1 Bowl
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup

To Add :
Tamarind Pulp : 1 Tablespoon
Sambar Powder : 1 Tablespoon
Green chilly : 1
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Methi /G=Fenugrik Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Coriander Leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Coconut grating : 2 Tablespoons

Seasoning
Cooking Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6


Method :

1. Wash and cook toor dal and Cow peas in a pressure cooker. Leave it for cooling.


2. Wash and cut coriander leaves, slit green chilly
3. Now keep a pan on the fire and put cooked cow peas, toor dal and 1/4 tsp methi seeds.
4. Add turmeric powder, slit green chilly and salt. Mix it well and let it cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add home made sambar powder and mix it well. Let it cook on low flame.
6. Shift the Alsande Dal to a serving dish.


7. Add mustard seasoning and grated coconut on the top. Mix it well and serve.

Note :

Use of moong dal instead of toor dal is optional.
Use of coconut is optional. It adds to the taste.
Cooking on the pressure cooker helps the food to quick fast.
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Home Made Sambar Powder/ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ  For 1 Time only.

Dry roast , 2 tbsp of coriander seeds, 1 tsp of urid dal and 1 tsp of channa dal, 4 to 5 byadagi chilly, 1/2 tsp of jeera, 1/4 tsp of methi seeds, a small piece of cinnamon. Add 2 tbs of kobbari
Dry grind it once it is cooled.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Vada In Curry

Vada in curry is similar to Gojju Ambode. This is my idea of cooking whole moong, toor dal and bottle gourd Daal and then dip Channa Dal Vadas/Ambode as we call , in the daal prepared.


Gojju Ambode is one of the famous dish from South India. Gojju means curry and ambode means Vada/Vade.
Channa dal vada is known as ambode in South Canara.
Gojju Ambode is one of the traditional dish from South Canara.
The way of preparing Gojju Ambode is very interesting and the taste is yummy and Gojju Ambode is one of my favourite snack too.
Channa dal and fistful of urid dal is soaked in water for 20 to 25 minutes. Then it is grounded into coarse consistency. Adding all the spices, like, cut green chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves, ginger coconut pieces and required salt. Water should be used minimum while grinding. This dough is mixed well with curry leaves, ingh, jeera, then shaped as bit fat and fried on medium flame. .
While Preparing Vadas, side by side the Gojju is also prepared.
Coconut is grated and ground with coriander seeds, red byadagi chilly, ingh turmeric powder, a little tamarind and jeera/Cumin Seeds. These coconut + spice mixture is ground into paste form using required water.
Then the ground mixture is kept to boil, adding salt and little water. Once it is boiled nicely add the fried Channa dal Vadas in this curry and cook on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Leave it for 10 minutes. Add mustard seasoning in coconut oil/any cooking oil, curry leaves. Add this seasoning to the Gojju Ambode and serve.
It is heavenly to have these Gojju Ambode and enjoy this with your lunch, snack time or whenever you feel like.
I have used bottle gourd curry as gojju, believe me it tasted yummy.
No Onion or No Garlic Dish.  (Do not add any onion or garlic to taste the brahmin traditional, yummy, Pure vegetarian Gojju Ambode.

Ingredients : 

Cooked Bottle Gourd Dal : 1 Bowl
Channa Ambode/Vada : 6 to 8
Coriander leaves : 1 Tbs
Salt : A little


Method :

1. Keep a pan on the fire and put bottle gourd curry in it. Add required water and mix it well.
2. Add salt if required. Wash and cut coriander leaves into small pieces.



3.Let the curry boil for 2 minutes.


4. Dip already done Channa Vadas in it.
5. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.


6. Put off the flame and let the Vadas get absorb the curry. (5 to 10 minutes).


7. Shift the curry along with Vadas to a serving bowl


8.Gojju Ambode is ready to serve. Sprinkle some coriander leaves on the top and serve.

Note : 

Prepare the curry little watery, but at the same time it should be tasty.
Let the vadas boil nicely in the curry. So that it absorbs the curry nicely and get bit soft and tasty. You can increase the number of vadas to prepare gojju ambode.
Time : 20 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .


Link to Bottle Gourd Curry....

https://nsomayaji.blogspot.com/2019/10/bottle-gourd-whole-moong-curry.html

Link to Channa dal Carrot Vada :

https://nsomayaji.blogspot.com/2019/09/channa-dal-carrot-vadavade.html


Monday, September 30, 2019

Channa Dal -Carrot Vada/Vade

Channa Dal Vada /Ambode / Masala Vade is well known fried fritter, that most of us like to have with a cup of coffee /tea/juice or with lunch. It is  a good snack for the evening with a cup of Chai /Tea or Coffee.


Channa dal vada is prepared using Channa dal as main and the other ingredients like onions, coriander, curry leaves, ginger and some time add some leaves like methi, dil etc.
Here I have tried this Masla Vada with carrots and no onions are used here.
These Masala Vada can be prepared during festivals, feast since they have no onion or garlic added.
Yummy Vadas are crispy outside and soft inside, with mild spicy you can enjoy them thoroughly.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients needed :

Chana dal : 1 1/2 Cup
Carrots : 1 Big One
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ginger : An inch
Coriander leaves : 1 Handful
Curry leaves : 8 to 10
Salt : As required
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Cooking Oil : 1 Cup


Method :

1. Soak Channa dal for an hour and remove the water completely Grind it coarsely. Use of water should be very little while grinding.


2. Wash and dry grind curry leaves, green chilly, grated ginger and coriander leaves with coconut pieces.

3. Take a bowl, add ground channa dal, ground chilly mixture and salt
Grate carrot and add it to ground mixture. Mix all the ingredients nicely.


4. Keep a pan on the fire and add oil. Let it get hot.
5. Take a small portion of the ground mixture pat slightly and put it in the hot oil and fry.


6. Let it turn golden brown. Turn the other side and cook the same way.


7. Take out the fried Masala Vada from oil and then put it on the tissue.


8. Repeat the same with remaining Mixture and prepare Masala Vada.
9. Hot Masala Vada is ready to eat or serve.


10.We had it with our lunch.

Note : 

Do not grind into paste consistency. It should be coarse consistency. Do not add so much water while grinding. Vadas might turn soft like bondas and taste might differ. Cook on medium hot oil.
Time : 30 to 40 minutes.
Serves : 20 Vadas can be prepared.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Cabbage - Moong dal Kachori

Moong dal -  dry curry was prepared for the lunch as one of the side dish. As usual some curry was left and I was just thinking of turning the dry curry into some yummy snack.
Suddenly the Kachori came into mind. So it was tried and thats how  we got to have Yummy Kachoris for our evening snack.


Kachoris are very famous in Rajastan., Gujrat and  in most parts of North India. It is also one of the street food in many places in India. It is one of the yummy filling snack too. 
Kachori is always done with moong, aloo or even whole moong. The moong is cooked and spices added to it and then used as stuffing and the outer layer will be normally maida.
Here I have used Rava /thin variety of semolina and the kachori turned as crispy and yummy.
Let us see the The recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Cabbage  + Moong dry curry : 1 Bowl
Chiroti rava /Thin variety of Semolina : 11/2  Cup
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : As required
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Oil : 1 Cup

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add chiroti rava, 1 tbs of ghee, salt and jeera.


2. Mix all the ingredients nicely and kneed the dough well. It should be soft.


3.Now divide the dough into small and roll as small poori.


4. Fill in the dry  curry and bring all the edges to middle and press a little.


5. Flatten a bit and keep the ready to fry kachori on a plate.


6. Prepare the stuffed kachoris and arrange them in a plate.
7. Keep a pan on the fire and add oil. Let it get hot.
8. Now fry the done kachoris one by one on medium and low flame.


9. Let it turn golden brown on both sides.


10. Remove it from hot oil and put it on a kitchen tissue.


11. Fry all the kachoris the same way.


12. Serve Kachoris with ketchup or chutney.


Note :

Remember to use the good curry. It should be completely thick.( No moisture content). Use of wheat flour instead of rava is optional. Use of garam masala to dry curry is optional.
Time : 30 Mintues
Serves : 8 to 10 Kachoris can be prepared.

Preparing Cabbage + Moong Dal Curry

Wash and cut cabbage into very small. 1 Small bowl
Wash and dry roast moong dal and cook till they turn soft.
Now keep a pan on the fire add oil, mustard seeds, jeera and fry. Add curry leaves and green chilly.
Add cut cabbage and fry on low flame. Add cooked moong dal, required salt and stir nicely. Let all the moisture dry completely. Add grated coconut and mix it well.


Let this curry cool completely. Use the cool curry and prepare yummy kachoris.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Cucumber Pesarittu

Pesarittu /whole moong dosa is known as Pesarittu. I simply call this as Hesaru dosa.
I have tried this Pesarittu dosa in different ways. THIS time it is with cucumber. Dosa taste yummy and good for people who do not eat much vegetable. 


I have used whole moong, rava/semolina, little coconut, 1 small cucumber with its skin, pepper and curry leaves.
Pesarittu dosa is a healthy dosa which fills your tummy with good nutrients. Whole moong is filled with vitamins, minerals and is protein rich. Cucumber Pesarittu Dose is good for all age group and you do not feel hungry for a long time.
I used fresh Pesarittu batter for dosa. I did the grinding in mixi and added rava and curd to it. Gave a churn for 2 minutes, stopping for a few seconds in between. 
 as I grind it. I have added a cup of curd to add savoury to the batter. 
Let us see the recipe now :
No Onion or NO Garlic is added to this recipe.

Things Needed :

Whole Moong : 1 1/2 cup
Rava /Semolina  : 1/2 cup (medium sized).
Pepper pods : 6 to 8
Ginger : An inch
Curry leaves : 1 Handful
Mangalore Southekai /Cucumber : 1 Medium sized 
Curd /Yogurt : 1 Cup 
Salt : As required 
Coconut : 1 Small cup.
Ingh : A little 

Method :

1. Wash and soak whole moong for 3 to 4 hours or over night. 


2. Grate coconut and grind it with ginger pieces and pepper pods. Wash and peel off the ginger skin and wash it again and cut into pieces. 


3. Add whole moong and grind till it turn as paste.
4. Mean while wash cucumber and remove the pulp and seed inside it.


5. Cut the cucumber into small pieces and soak in water for 5 minutes.
6. Add these cucumber pieces to mixi and grind till they turn into paste. Add the outer layer of cucumber to grind. (cucumber skin).


7. Add a big cup of curd and grind it for 2 minutes. 


Add rava and churn for 2 minutes.


8. Remove it from the mixi jar to a big bowl. Add salt and keep it aside.
9. Mix the batter nicely and Whole moong dosa batter is ready.


10. Keep a dosa pan on the fire and heat. clean the pan with a clean towel or Kitchen tissue.
11. Take a ladle of whole moong batter and spread it on the tava. Sprinkle some oil on the top.


12. Cook on medium and low flame. Turn the dosa other side and cook for a minute.


13. Dosa is ready to serve. Take out the dosa from a pan and serve.
14. Add a tsp of ghee on the top just before you serve Cucumber Pesarittu Dose.

Note : 

Do not add more rava to the whole moong batter. Dose turns hard. Adding curd helps the dosa to be soft.
Do not add any cooking soda or baking powder.
The batter should be bit thicker than dosa batter. 
You can also ferment this batter and prepare Dose/dosa.
Time : Soaking time 3 to 4 hours.
Grinding time : 5 to 6 minutes.
Preparing dosa : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 people.


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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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