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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mixed Dal Rasam

Mixed dal Rasam is one of the simple dish and goes well with almost all the main dishes. It is full of protein filled and fiber rich Rasam.

I have used Channa Dal, Toor dal and moong dal here. I also used some tomatoes and green chilly with home prepared  curry powder.
Dal /lentils are filled with minerals and vitamins. They are rich in carbohydrates and provide energy to our body. They are rich in protein.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Toor dal : 1/4 Cup
Chana dal : 1/4 Cup
Moong dal : 1/4 Cup
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ginger : An inch
Tomatoes : 3 to 4 ( Medium sized ).
Salt : As required
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Curry Powder : 1 Tablespoon
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
For Seasoning :
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Muster seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera / Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : 1 Pinch
Curry leaves : 8 to 10

Method :

1. Wash and boil all the three dals together in a pressure cooker for 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Wash and cut tomatoes, curry leaves, coriander leaves and slit green chilly
3. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.

4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
5. Add jeera and ingh. Add curry leaves. Add tomatoes and fry for a minute.
6. Add green chilly and cooked dal. Mix it well. Add little water if required. Add methi seeds.

7. Add salt, grated ginger and little turmeric powder. Let it boil for 2 minutes.
8. Add curry powder/rasam powder and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Add a tablespoon of ghee and put off the fire. Shift ready mixed dal to a serving bowl.

10. Add cut coriander leaves and serve with the main dish.

Note :

You can soak channa dal for 1 to 15 minutes. So that it cooks well and mixes well with other dals.
Adding any spice is optional. Adding any brand rasam powder is optional. Adding more green chilly is optional. The rasam should be bit thicker than rasam. It taste heavenly with plain rice. It goes well with chapatis and other main dishes.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Home prepared Spice /Curry Powder:

Fry 1/4 tsp of methi seeds till golden brown and add 1 tablespoon of coriander leaves with 4 to 5 red byadagi chilly. Add 1/2 teaspoon of jeera and a pinch of ing. Use 1 teaspoon coconut oil to fry. Dry grind this and add it to Mixed dal rasam. Fresh spice powder adds to the taste. 
1 time use

Monday, July 21, 2014

Toor Moong Bottle Gourd Dal

Toor -Moong Dal is a gravy dish. It is an easy dish. This combination of Toor dal, Whole Moong and Bottle gourd mixes well with each other and the dal turns really healthy and tasty. Bottle gourd, Whole Moong, Toor curry goes well with Chapatis, rotis, poori, dosa, idli. rice and even bread toast.

Now lets see some benefits of Bottle gourd, Whole Moong and Toor Dal.
Bottle gourd is one of the healthiest vegetable. Ayureveda recommends cooked bottle gourd for better digestion. It is cooling, calming and anty bilious. Bottle gourd supports the utriary system of our body and it reduces the chances of urinary infections. Bottle gourd contains many vitamins and minerals, like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate. Bottle gourd is good for reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. It is known for its healthy digestion and the best remedy for constipation.

Whole Moong is loaded with Vitamins and Minerals. It is rich in Vitamin A, B, C, and E. and minerals, like iron, calcium and Potassium. It is a powerful source of vegetarian protein. Green Moong is full of complex carbohydrates in form of high fiber which helps in digestion. It also stabilizes blood sugar and controls the sugar level after food.It can be highly beneficial for people having a high blood sugar. It is a low fat food rich in proteins and flibre. It also helps to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system.

Toor Dal contains plant protein, low fat and low cholesterol. It provides carbohydrates, fiber and flolic acid.

Here is a recipe of Toor Moong Bottle Gourd Dal. This dish will be loved by the whole family of all age group. We can prepare this dish during special days and fasting days. It will be very nutritious dish and not much of spice in it. 

Things Needed :

Whole Moong : 1 Cup
Toor Dal : 1/2 Cup
Bottle Gourd : 1 Big bowl (1/2 of big bottle gourd).
Green chilly : 2
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Methi seeds : 1/4 Tea spoon
Pepper Pods : 5 to 6
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander Leaves : 3 Table spoons.
Ingh (Asafoetida)  : a pinch
Salt : required
Ginger : 1 Tea spoon
Coconut : 1 Table spoon
Lemon : 1 Lemon Extract (juice)
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Ghee : 1 Table spoon
Turmeric Powder : a pinch

Method :

1. Wash and cook Dal, Whole Moong and bottle gourd separately. You can cook Whole Moong and Dal in pressure cooker. Leave it for cooling.

2. Wash and cut green chilly, Coriander leaves and curry leaves.

3. Wash and remove the skin of ginger and grate ginger and coconut. Crush pepper seeds and keep it aside.

4. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil, methi seeds and fry in oil. Add jeera when the methi seeds turn brown.
5. Add pepper pods, green chilly,ingh and curry leaves. Fry for 2 to 3 seconds. Add cooked Whole Moong and Toor Dal.
6. Add cooked bottle gourd, ginger

 7. Add turmeric powder and mix it well. Let it cook on low flame for 5 minutes. Stir in between.

8. Put off the gas and add lemon juice to the mixture. Add coriander leaves and ghee. Mix it nicely.

9. Shift the dal in a serving bowl and add coriander leaves and fresh coconut
10. Serve with the main dish you prepared.


Using onions and garlic is optional. Using coconut is also optional. You can use 1/2 tea spoon of garam masala to the dal. But it taste differ. You can also use more green chilly or red chilly powder to make it more spicy. You can also soak Whole Moong over night and then use it for cooking. (I have not soaked whole moong, I just washed and cooked it straight away). Use water if you think dal is too thick.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 5 to 6

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Water Mellon Rind + Whole Moong Curry

Water Melon Rind + Whole Moong Curry is a gravy dish. This curry goes very well with chapatis, rotis, poori, idli, dosa or even akki rotti.

Using water melon rind just came to my mind while we were eating just cut watermelon fruits. When I saw the rind lying in  a big bowl, I did not feel like throwing it away. It was so inviting and felt the rind is asking me to cook some thing out of them. They looked so fresh, since it was just cut and it was so crunchy too. So this dish started to develop in my mind. I started to remove the outer thin layer. Half way I was like let me throw it out, next time we can give a try. But still my adamant nature did not allow me throw away the cut pieces. I proceeded cutting in to small pieces. The whole process of chopping these pieces nearly took 10 minutes. But when I looked at the cut pieces it looked marvelous and me the happy chef. Here I am with the recipe of this Water melon rind + Whole Moong Curry or Sambar or Huli as we South Canara people call it.

Now lets see some benefits of using Water Melon Rind and Whole Moong.

Juicy watermelon rinds offer a high dose of cirulline amino acid which helps dilate blood vessels. It helps to improve the blood circulation. It contain some vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin B -6. Watermelon rind is good for skin and immunity as well as nervous system.

Whole Moong is rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E. They also contain many minerals including iron, calcium and potassium and its a powerful source of vegetarian protein.  It detoxifies the body and benefits the metabolism as well as immune system. Using whole moong helps to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system, reduces bad cholesterol and improves flexibility of arteries and veins. It also regulates the blood pressure. Green Moong is full of high fibre and it helps in digestion, stabilizes and control the blood sugar.

Here we go with the recipe. It is easy and does not contain lots of oil or fat. I have not used onions or garlic. This curry or sambar goes very well with most of the main dishes like rice or chapati.

Things Needed : 

Whole Moong : 1 Cup (Small cup)
Toor Dal : 1 Fist ( 1/3 of the cup you use)
Carrot : 1
Water Melon Rind : 2 to 3 Cups
Coconut :  1/2 Cup
Rasam Powder : 2 Table spoons
Green Chilly : 2
Curry leaves :  5 to 6
Ingh :  a pinch
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Tamarind Pulp : 1 Table spoon
Oil : 1/2 Tea spoon
Methi seeds : 4 to 5
Jeera :  1/4 Tea spoon
Salt : To taste

Method : 

1. Wash and soak whole moong for 10 minutes in 1/2 a cup of boiling water and cover the lid and leave it for 10 minutes.
2. Wash and cut carrot, curry leaves and green chilly.
3. Remove the outer skin of watermelon rinds and cut it in to small pieces. ( Wash water melon fruit just before you cut them).

4. Now pressure cook Whole Moong, toor dal, carrots and water melon pieces for 6 to 8 minutes and leave it for cooling.
5. Grate coconut and soak tamarind in boiling water for 5 minutes and remove the pulp.

6. Grind coconut with rasam powder till paste and remove the ground mixture from the jar and keep it aside.

7. Keep a big bowl add boiled moong, toor dal and boiled watermelon pieces and carrots.

8. Add tamarind pulp, turmeric powder, salt, required water (1/2 cup) and mix it well.
9. Add ground mixture and boil it nicely for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in between.
10. Add water if you want the curry to be little liquid and boil for another 3 minutes.
11. Keep a small pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, methi seeds and jeera. Let the methi seeds turn brown. Add ingh and curry leaves. Add this methi jeera fry to the curry.

12. Shift the curry to a serving bowl and serve with hot rice or chapati.

Note : 

You can soak Whole Moong for 6 to 8 hours in a normal water and then use it. You  better cook watermelon rind pieces in a pressure cooker or it takes longer time to cook if cooked separately. Cooked pieces should be soft to get the best taste of the curry.
You can also use mustard seeds instead of methi seeds. Methi seeds should be used only 3 to 4 or the curry may taste bitter. Adding toor dal is an optional. Adding onions and garlic also an optional. Fry them along methi fry and then add it to the curry. I have used MTR Rasam Powder. You can prepare rasam powder at home by dry roasting 2 table spoons of coriander seeds, 1/2 tea spoon of jeera 5 to 6 methi seeds (1/4 tea spoon), red chilly (5 to 6) . Roast them one by one and then add it with grated coconut to grind.

Time :
Preparation : 10 minutes
Cooking : 30 minutes ( including  10 minutes soaking in boiling water )
Serves : 3 to 4

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