Showing posts with label pigeon peas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pigeon peas. Show all posts

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pigeon Peas Cutlet

Pigeon Pea/togari kalu/whole green toor is available plenty in the market. Normally it is the season of pigeon peas during the winter. You do get good tender peas and we can prepare many dishes using pigeon peas.

I have prepared pigeon peas and cluster beans dry curry for the afternoon lunch and little curry was left and as usual just used this remaining dry curry with some potatoes and prepared Cutlets for the evening and it was just beautiful to have it as snack.

No Onion Or No garlic in this " Pigeon Peas Cutlet".

Let us see the recipe now :

Things needed :

Pigeon Peas Dry Curry : 1 Bowl
Potatoes : 2 to 3
Coriander leaves : One handful
Ginger : An inch
Bread slices : 3 to 4
Jeera/cumin seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Garam Masala : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Rava /Semolina : Chiroti rava /Thin variety of rava : 1/2 Cup
Salt : As required
Oil : To Fry (1 Cup)

Method :
1. Wash and boil potatoes and remove its skin and smash it nicely.

2. Wash and cut coriander leaves into thin pieces. Wash ginger, remove the outer layer and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
3. Powder bread crumbs and put it in a bowl.
4. Now put all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix it nicely. (Smashed potatoes, cut coriander leaves, grated ginger, powdered bread crumbs, salt, garam masala, chilly powder and jeera).

5. Divide the dough into small ball size.

6. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil let it heat.
7. Take a small portion of the cutlet mixture and give a shape of your desire.

8. Dip them in raw rava/semolina  and fry in medium hot oil.
9. Fry the cutlet nicely on both sides.

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

10. Serve Hot Cutlets with ketchup/any type of chutney

11. Repeat the same with remaining dough.

12.You can also shallow fry these Pigeon Peas Cutlets. (Healthy Option).

Note :

I have deep fried these cutlets. You can shallow fry them on tava. (Optional).
Do not overcook potatoes. You can use flattened rice/Avalakki instead of bread. I have used brown bread. You can powder the bread slices with a mixi dry grinder. You can also add onions and garlic to cutlet dough. I have not added.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.
 Indian Food .
Pigeon Peas -Cluster beans Dry Curry 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pigeon Peas & Cluster Beans Dry Curry

Its the time to get Pigeon peas. Pigeon Peas is winter's crop and it is tender, filled with loads of vitamins and minerals and more than that it is fresh. I have used this pigeon pea, cluster beans and prepared simple dry curry.

One should make use  and eat the seasonal vegetables and pulses during their seasons.
It does provide good effect on our body since they do contain loads of minerals and vitamins. 
Dry curry is one of the side dish and we can prepare with many vegetables and is good to eat with little ghee and hot rice/chapatis/rotis etc.
I have used pigeon peas, cluster beans, coconut and some simple spices.
Let us see some benefits of eating pigeon peas in our diet.
Pigeon peas helps to stimulate growth. They helps to prevent anemia and boost heart health. They also helps to improve digestion and strengthen our immune system. They boost energy and eleminate inflammation. They have good source of potassium and helps in regulating blood pressure in our body. They are filled with proteins and good for people who are suffering from anemia. Pigeon pea is loaded with nutrients and they have some amount of calories and very low in saturated fats and cholesterol. It is filled with dietary fiber. They have Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Carbohydrates. Dietary fibers in them helps to balance cholesterol level in our body. It also magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese in it.
Let us see the recipe Now :
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this recipe and it is very simple and easy to prepare. 

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Pigeon Peas : 1 Cup 
Cluster Beans : 1 Cup ( 150 gr).
To Add :
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Green chilly : 1 to 3
Ginger : 1 Teaspoon
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
To Season : 
Coconut oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal: 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera / Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Remove pods and wash it. Wash and cut the edges of cluster beans and cut into small.

2. Grate coconut, wash and cut green chilly, coriander leaves and curry leaves.
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 coconut oil, mustard seeds and urid dal.
5. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add jeera, slit chilly and curry leaves.

6. Add pigeon peas and mix it well. Add cut cluster beans and mix it again. 
7. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, methi seeds and 1/2 cup of water. Let it cook on medium flame.    
I have used pressure cooker to cook pigeon peas and cluster beans.

8. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes and put off the gas. Let it cool.
9. Keep a pan on the fire and put cooked pigeon peas & cluster beans. 
10. Add salt, grated ginger and mix it nicely. Let all the moisture disappear.
11. Add grated coconut and cut coriander leaves. Mix it well and shift the ready curry to a serving dish. 

12. Pigeon Peas & Cluster Beans Dry Curry is ready to serve. We had it with lunch as one of the side dish.


It is better to use pressure cooker to cook pigeon peas. Or it takes longer time to cook and the pea pod turns a bit hard. Use of red chilly powder is optional. Use of garlic or onion is optional. Use of roasted methi seeds powder is optional. ( Dry roast methi seeds and powder it. Keep this powder in a air tight bottle/box. Use it for curries and any type of chitranna or masala rice.
Time : 15 Minutes.
Serves : 2  to 3.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pigeon Peas - Tomato Curry

Pigeon Peas/Toor peas/ Togari kalu available plenty in the market. It is green and fresh. We can prepare many dishes using this peas. It is healthy, protein filled and energetic.

I have used here Pigeon Peas in the dal and it is an easy dish as usual. I feel that cooking should be easy and enjoyable and yummy. You need to have little love for cooking. So the food you cook and serve will be definitely yummy.
Let us see some benefits of eating Pigeon Peas/Toor dal in our diet.
Pigeon Pea is a good source of protein as I said earlier. It is a dietary fiber and contain vitamins, minerals like magnesium, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. Pigeon peas is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. The health benefits of using pigeon peas is, ability to stimulate growth. It does contain potassium and it helps to control and manage blood pressure, It helps to prevent anemia and boost heart health and improve digestion. Pigeon peas contain B Vitamins and Vitamin C. They help to prevent the storage of fat and boost overall energy levels.
Let us see the recipe Now:
No Onions  and No Garlic added in this Pigeon Peas - Tomato Curry" and you can use it for any special day, feast or festival. The curry goes well with chapatis, dosa, idli and plain rice.

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Pigeon Peas : 2 Cups
Toor Dal : 1 Handful
To Add :
Green chilly : 2
Pepper Pods : 3 to 4
Tomatoes : 2 ( Medium size)
Dry Ginger : 1/2 Teaspoon
Rasam Powder/Sambar Powder : 2 Teaspoons ( I used MTR Rasam Powder).
Goose berry : 2 (Optional)
Salt : As required
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
For Tempering /Seasoning
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid Dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon (Optional)
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 Leaves
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Remove the pods of pigeon peas and wash it once. Wash toor dal. Cook both the legumes in pressure cooker/in a big cooking pan.

2. Wash and cut tomatoes, green chilly (slit in between) and coriander leaves into thin.

3. Crush pepper pods and keep it aside. Grate gooseberry and keep it aside.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and mustard seeds, urid dal and let mustard splutter.
5. Add jeera and ingh. Add cut green chilly and curry leaves. Fry for a second.
4. Add tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Add cooked dal and pigeon peas. Add crushed pepper.

5. Add salt, turmeric powder, dry ginger and mix it well. Let it cook for 2 minutes.

6. Add MTR Rasam powder and mix it nicely and cook for another 3 minutes.

7. Shift the curry to a serving bowl. Add grated gooseberry and coriander leaves.

8. Add a tablespoon of ghee and serve with hot plain rice/roti/chapati/idli/doa or poori

You can grate one or two gooseberry and put it in a bowl of thick curd and mix it nicely with coriander and salt. You can have this as one more side dish with the food.

Note :

Adding toor dal helps the curry to be thick and adds to the taste. Adding any brand of rasam/curry powder/sambar powder is optional. You can also add garam masala to the curry. Remember Garam Masala dries up the moisture in your body quickly and it is wise to use once in while. (healthy tip).
Adding lemon extract to the curry instead of gooseberry is optional.Taste differ. Adding fresh ginger gratings instead of dry ginger powder is optional. Adding onions or garlic to the curry is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to  4.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pigeon Pea ragda Aloo Patties

Pigeon Pea or Togari Kalu will be available plenty during the winter. People make use of this pea and prepare varieties of dishes. Pigeon Pea is called Togari Kalu in Kannada.Pigeon Pea Ragda Aloo Patties. Ragda means mixed curry  and paties are prepared using potato and spices.

Pigeon peas have many good qualities like, it provides excellent source of fiber, protein and sodium. They are low in fat content and its ideal food for heart healthy diets.
Here is a recipe of Ragada Patties prepared using Pigeon Peas or Togari Kalu as we kannadigas say. Ragada means Sambar or gravy and patties which are prepared using Potatoes, or Green Bananas or even Sweet Potatoes too. This dish can be eaten for break-fast or as evening snack.
I am sure since its yemmy every one and all age group will love to eat this Ragda Patties.
One more dish is Usli using the same peas and prepared this dish and it has less oil and can be eaten at any time of the day. You can even use your creativity and prepare chat..with this Peas.

1.Ragda Patties.

For the Curry : 
Things Needed:
Pigeon Peas : 2 Cups
Onions : 3
Tomatoes : 2 to 3
Garam Masala : 1 Tea spoon
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Coriander seeds: 1 Tea spoon
Green Chilly : 1
Coriander leaves : 1 bundle
Ginger : an inch
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Salt : to taste
Lemon : 1/2 Rind
Oil :  1 Table spoons

For the Patties:
Potatoes : 4 to 5
Bread slices : 6 to 8
Curry leaves : 3  to 4 Table spoon
Salt : to taste
Jeera (Cumin Seeds) : 1 Tea spoon
Red chilly : 1 Tea spoon
Oil : 1/2 Cup

Method : to Prepare Curry 

1. Wash and cook Pigeon Peas in a pressure cooker with required water and leave it for cooling.
2. Wash tomatoes, coriander leaves green chilly and cut into small pieces.
3. Remove the outer skin of onions (2 onions ), wash and cut into small pieces.
4. Now Grind tomatoes, garam masala, coriander leaves, coriander seeds, jeera, ginger, green chilly  and  2 table spoons of cooked peas into paste and remove from the jar and keep it aside.
5. Keep a pan on the fire. Heat the pan and put 1 table spoon of oil.
6. Add jeera and fry for 10 seconds. Add cut onion pieces and fry till they are brown.
7. Add ground mixture and mix it well. Add salt, turmeric and grated ginger to the mixture.
8. Add cooked peas and stir well. Let the curry boil nicely. Add water if required.
9. Stir inbetween and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
10. Now shift the curry to the serving bowl.

2. Aloo Patties : 

1. Wash and boil potatoes in a pressure cooker for 6 to 8 minutes and remove the outer skin of the potatoes when it is cooled.
2. Wash and cut coriander leaves.
3. Now take a big bowl. Put potatoes, coriander leaves and the bread slices, salt, jeera and red chilly powder.
4. Smash the potatoes nicely and mix all the ingredients nicely. Knead it well and divide the smashed mixture in to small portions.

5. Keep a pan on the fire. Put oil .
6. Take a small portion of the mixture and give a shape according to your wish and shallow fry or just cook with little oil on both sides.  (At time 4 to 6 patties can be cooked).

7. Repeat the same procedure and prepare the patties from the remaining dough.
Now Put a big spoon of Peas curry in a deep plate. Keep 2 to 3 Aloo Patties and put some cut onions on the top and serve.

Note : See that the curry is piping hot. You can add or lesson the spices (chilly) according to your taste. See that the curry is little liquidy. (not watery). You can also use more onions if you wish. You can also mix onions along with boiled potatoes.  It taste differ. Must use little oil on both sides while cooking. Using more oil is optional. Here I have used less oil. You can also put grated carrots along with cut onions on the top of the patties while serving.

Serves : 4
Time :40 mins

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