Monday, September 10, 2012

Sweet - Wheat Dosa..

Sweet  - Wheat Dosa is a simple dish..We can have this Sweet wheat dosa for breakfast/snack. It is simple and quick dosa which is prepared with simple ingredients which are at home.

I have used wheat flour, medium size rava/semolina, jaggery, coconut and banana. It is nice to have with ghee. Kids or any age group will surely love to have this dosa I am sure.
Let us see some benefits of eating jaggery in our diet.
Jaggery is filled minerals and vitamins. It helps to boost immunity and keeps the body warm. helps in treating cold and cough. It helps to prevent constipation and detoxes liver. It is a good blood purifier and helps to increase the count of haemoglobin in the blood. It is rich in antioxidants. It cleanses our body and prevents anemia. It is a good source of energy.
Let us see the recipe now :
Things needed :
Wheat flour : 1 Cups.
Rava ( Sooji  or Samolina): 2 Tablespoons.
Water : 2 cups
Jaggery:  3 Tablespoons.
Coconut : Grated : 2 Tablespoons.
Banana : 1 ( Medium sized and riped).
Ghee or Oil : 2 Tablespoons.
Salt : a pinch

Method : 

1. Mix wheat flour , Samolina , salt and banana nicely . Grate coconut and keep it aside.
2. Add required water , powdered jaggey, grated coconut and mix it nicely and prepare dough. (Dosa consistency)

3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle very little oil on the tava and clean it with a kitchen tissue.
4. Take a ladle of what dosa dough and spread it nicely on the tava. ( Let the flame be very low while spreading the dough).
5. Add little oil on the top, cover and cook for 2 minutes. ( Low and medium flame).
6. Turn the other side and cook for one minute.

7. Hot sweet dosa is ready to serve now.
8. Serve it with a teaspoon of ghee. Prepare remaining dosas with remaining dough.

Note : 

Normally it is eaten with ghee. Side dishes are optional. You can add  little milk while preparing dough. Add ing more / less jaggery is optional. Ghee used dosas are taste good. Ripe bananas give the best result. If you allow the oil to stay on the tava, dosa may not be spread  well. So better to clean the tava with a kitchen tissue and then spread the dough on low flame. Once the spread is done increase the flame to medium. Put some oil on the top and then cook to get tasty dosa.

Time : 20 minutes.
Serves 2.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ridge Gourd Jeera Huli...

Ridge gourd/Heerekai is one of the best Indian vegetable which is full of fiber, minerals and vitamins. You can prepare so many varieties of dishes using Ridge gourd. I have prepared jeera huli/using cumin seeds and coconut.

Jeera Huli goes well with almost all the main dishes like plain rice, chapatis, rotis, dosa or idli. It is easy to prepare and a quick dish that can be done in 10 minutes. Ridge gourd jeera huli is one of the traditional dish from Udupi./Dakshina Kannada.
No onion OR No garlic is used here.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

To Cook:
Ridge gourd : 2 .
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ginger : 1 Tablespoon.( grated).
Coconut : 1/2 cup.
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Salt: To taste.
To season : 
Mustard seeds : 1/2 teaspoon.
Urd daal: 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves: 1 Tablespoon. ( cut leaves).
Coconut oil .  1 Tablespoon.
To add :
Methi seeds: 6 to 8.
Turmeric powder:  a pinch.
Salt : As required

Method :

1. Wash and peel the edge of ridge gourd and remove the outer layer. (Outer layer can be used for chutney).
2. Cut ridge gourd into small pieces. Wash and cut green chilly and curry leaves. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
3. Grind coconut, ginger, and jeera together adding little water to it.
4. Grind nicely till paste and remove from the jar. Keep it aside.
5. Keep a big pan on the fire. Put oil and heat. Put mustard seeds and urd daal
6. Let the mustard seeds spurt. Add curry leaves and cut green chilly and add cut ridge gourd pieces. 7. Add turmeric powder and fry on low flame. ( 1 to 2 minutes). Add required water and cook on medium flame.
8. Let ridge gourd pieces turn soft. Add required salt and ground coconut mixture. Mix it well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
9. Shift the ready curry to a serving dish, add coriander leaves and serve with your choice of main dish.


Ridge gourd pieces should be cooked well. Adding a handful of moong dal to ridge gourd makes the curry thick. Taste different.
You can also add other vegetables like carrots, beans etc. No need to add onions or garlic.
The curry consistency should be thick. Adding more coconut makes the curry thick. Adding a spoon of ghee adds to the taste.
Time : 10 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3 

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