Monday, February 11, 2013

Dil (Sabbassige) leaves Idlies....

Dil leaves Idlies are prepared with using pulses,  like Channa daal and Toor daal and  you can have them for break-fast or for evening tea or for dinner too..

It is very healthy since it contains  Dil Leaves, pulses , coconut and coriander leaves.

Ingredients :

Toor Daal : 1 cup.
Channa Daal : 1 cup.
Dil leaves : 2 to 3 bundles.
Coconut : 1 cup.( fresh and grated).
Green chillies : 2 to 3.
Ingh : a pinch.
Curry leaves : 10 to 15 leaves .( can use more ).
Coriander leaves: 3 Table spoons.
Salt : to taste.

Method :

Wash and soak pulses for 2 to 3 hours. Cut green chillies , ginger,  coriander leaves , Dil Leaves (wash it before cutting ) and ginger. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
Now grind pulses together using little water. Consistency should be like Rava. ( Samolina). Now remove the ground mixture and put it in a big bowl.  Add dil leaves, curry leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies, grated coconut and grated ginger. Add required salt and ingh . Mix thoroughly and keep it aside. Now apply oil to idlli plates and pour a spoonful of dough to each plate. Arrange them in a pressure cooker or idli cooker  and steam it for 20 to 30 minutes,  Hot Dill idlies are ready to serve. Serve them with a spoonful of ghee and any kind of chutney, chutney powder or pickle.  Hot idlies are the best to enjoy.

Note: Do not grind the pulses nicely. Do not add more water while grinding. The dough should be thick.( like vada dough).  Can add grated carrots to it. But the taste differ. You can also grind coriander leaves , curry leaves, green chillies and ginger, ( Add at the end while grinding the pulses and grind for 2 minutes. )

Serves 4 to 6

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gul paavate ( Kesari with Jaggery).

Gul Paavate is  a sweet dish prepared with Rava , jaggery( Bella in Kannada, gud in Hindi) and ghee.
This is a traditional and healthy dish and mainly for kids its very nutritious since lots of  dry fruits are used in Gul  Paavate( traditional name).

Things Needed :
Rava ( Samolina) : 1 cup .( Medium sized).
Ghee: 1/2 cup.
Jaggery : 1/2 cup
Dry Fruits:  1/4 cup.( Cashew nuts, Almonds and Raisins ).
Cardamom: 5 to 6.
Saffron   :( Kesari) : 3 to 4 rakes. ( Optional).
Water : 2 cups.
Powder cardamom and jaggery  separately and keep it aside. Cut nuts into small pieces , Keep water for boiling. Now take a  big pan and put 2 table spoons ghee and fry dry fruits for 1 minutes and add   Rava
( samolina ) and fry till the raw smell disappear.  Add boiling water and mix rava thoroughly and cook  for 2 minutes on low flame.  now add powdered jaggery and stir until it thickens.  Add ghee while stirring .  ( Can add more ghee to get better taste.  Add cardamom to the mixture and put  Gul Paavate mixture in a serving bowl.
Note : Fry Rava nicely on low flame . Can add more ghee to Gul paavate to get better taste. ( Especially when serving to kids ).  Can add dry dates( Uttutte in kannada ).  Adding Saffron is also optional since jaggery also will give good natural colour to the food.

Serves : 2 to 3

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