Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mixed leaves Daal .

Mixed Leaves Daal is one of the side dish you can prepare easily and quickly. 

Leaves are available plenty through out the year. Mixed leaves Daal goes well with almost all the main dishes and it is healthy too.
Leaves are rich with iron and other minerals and vitamins. They are full of fiber, easy to digest and good for all age group.
Let us see the recipe Now :
Ingredients :
To cook :
Palak leaves : 1 bundle ( Small bundle )
Methi leaves : 1 bundle
Basale leaves : 2 Small bowl.
Tomatoes : 2
Toor Daal : 1 cup
Green chilly :2 to 3
Ginger : 1 inch
To Add :
Salt : to taste
Garam Masala powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ghee : or Oil : 1 Table spoon
Hingh : a pinch
Termeric powder : a little ( 1/2 of 1/4 tea spoon
Rasam Powder : 1 Teaspoon
To season /Temper 
Oil /Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Mustered seeds : 1/2 tea spoon
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Coriander leaves : 5 to 6 sticks
Curry leaves :6 to 8 leaves
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little

Method :

1. Wash nicely and cut leaves into small pieces.
2. Wash tomatoes and cut into small pieces. Wash and slit green chilly, cut coriander leaves into small.
3. Wash toor dal and keep it aside.
4. Now Put the above ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Let it cool.
5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put a tablespoon of ghee/coconut oil and add mustard seeds.
6. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add jeera and fry for 10 seconds. Add slit green chilly.
7. Add ingh and curry leaves. Add cooked dal and leaves mixture. Mix it well.
8. Add Turmeric powder and required salt. Add little water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
9. Add little 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala and 1 teaspoon of rasam powder. Mix it well.

10. Cook on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
11. Shift Mixed Leaves Daal to a serving dish.
12. Add cut coriander leaves and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note : 

Wash the leaves nicely. You can add dil leaves and Amaranth leaves along with above leaves mentioned. Use of garam masala is optional. Use of any brand rasam powder is optional. Use of chilly more/less is optional. Cooking all the ingredients in a pressure cooker helps to mix the ingredients well. Use of onion or garlic is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Shredded Wheat Cereal Laddu (Unde)

Shreded Wheat Cereal is a healthy cereal and many opt for this cereal. My son brought me this cereal the other day. It was nice to have them with milk and sugar. Then I thought of preparing Laddu/Unde. It turned out to be superb laddu. So here is a recipe for you also to prepare this Laddu and enjoy any time of the day.

Eating Laddu is a yummy sweet and we can have them at any time of the day.
I have used Shreded Wheat Cereal, Jaggery and coconut. Added some ground nuts, channa and some dry fruits. (Very Little portion).
Lets see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

Shreded Wheat Cerial : 2 cups
Jagary : 1 cup
Coconut : grated : 2cups
Ghee : 2 Table Spoon
Dry fruits: According to your wish
cardamom : 4 to 5 Seeds
Ground Nuts : 1/2 cup
Channa (pottu kadale/roasted channa/ Hurikadale)

Method : 

1. Dry roast Shreded wheat cereal for 2 minutes and keep it aside. Let it cool.
2. Powder cardamom along with shredded wheat and put it in a big bowl.
3. Roast ground nuts and remove the skin. Churn for 2 minutes (rava consistency) and remove from the mixi.
4. Dry roast coconut or ( better to use copra/Kobbari/ Dried coconut) and dry grind it into thin.
5. Keep a pig pan on the fire and put jaggery. Add 1/4 cup of water. Let the jaggery melt.
6. When it melts completely it starts bubbling. Stir a bit ( 30 seconds) and mix it well.
7. Add ground shredded wheat, ground nut mixture. Add dry ground coconut.
8. Mix it slowly and put off the fire. Remove the mixture from the bowl. Add dry fruits.
9. Add ghee and mix it again.  Prepare Laddu according to your wish. (size of the laddu).
10 Now Shredded Wheat laddus are ready to serve.

Note :

The whole process should be on low flame. (roasting shredded wheat, ground nut and the jaggery).
Adding dry fruits at the end. You can fry them in ghee and then mix it with all the ingredients. You can also add dates (Karjura/kajoor) to the Unde.
Time : 40 minutes.
20 to 25 Laddus can be prepared. (small size).


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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