Saturday, September 13, 2014

Urid Dal Kadubu

Urid Dal Kadubu is a traditional Kadubu, normally done using banana leaf. Urid kadubu is normally prepared during Nagara Panchami Day along with Sweet kadubu. Kadubu is a kind of idli, prepared using banana or turmeric leaves. The aroma of the kadubu will be enjoyed thoroughly and is healthy snack too. We can have this kadubu for breakfast or as evening snack. We can have  this Urid Kadubu  with chutney.  More of Urid quantity and very little rice ground together and immediately we can steam this kadubu. No need to be fermented. Used green chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves. ginger and pepper as spices. We from Dakshina Kannada ( Udupi side) Eat this Kadubu with fresh coconut oil and coconut chutney.

Let us know the benefits of having Urid dal in our daily diet.
Urid Dal is rich in vitamins, minerals and free of cholesterol. It is a store house of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. Urid dal contains dietary fibers. It is high potassium content and helps to reduce high blood pressure. Consuming urad dal regularly increases our energy. Urid dal does not contain high calories and fat. Urid dal is popular amongst vegetarians as acts like a rich protein source.

Here is a recipe of  "Urid Dal Kadubu " which can be done in 30 minutes if you have already soaked Urid Dal .

Things needed :

Urid Dal or Whole Urid : 2 Cups.
Raw rice : 2 Hand ful or 1/4 cup. (I have used red rice).
Green Chilly : 1
Curry Leaves : 1 Hand ful
Coriander leaves : 3 to 4 Table spoons
Ginger : 1 Table spoon  ( Grated)
Pepper : 5 to 6 (crush and powder )
Salt : to taste.
Coconut : 2 Table spoons.
Ingh : a little

Method : 

1. Wash and soak Urid dal and rice for  2 to 3 hours.

2. Wash and cut green chilly, curry and coriander leaves.
3. Grate coconut and keep it aside.

4. Now grind Urid dal with rice using little by little by water for 4 20 to 25 minto 5 minutes.( Do not grind till paste).

5. Remove from the liquidizer and add salt, cut coriander, ingh, curry leaves, green chilly, coconut and ginger. Mix it well.
6. Take two plates or container and apply oil or ghee in the plate.
7. Keep the cooker or Idli cooker on the fire. Put two  glasses of water and heat. Keep a small bowl or plate in it.

8. Pour ground Urid dal dough in to the ready oil spread containers and keep the containers in the cooker and steam for 20 to 25 minutes.

9.  Remove from the cooker and leave it for cooling . Serve ready Urid Kadubu with coconut chutney or any other side dish you have prepared.

 Note :

Do not grind the dough till paste. Then Kadubu turn hard. Do not use lots of water. It should be idli consistency. Adding any other ingredients is your choice. You can add cut coconut pieces instead of grated coconut. No need of using any Eno or cooking soda.
Time : 30 minutes (Excluding the soaking time).
Serves : 4 to 5

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bende (Lady's Finger) + Spring Onion Curry.

 Lady's Finger or bendi or bendekai is a most popular and favourite vegetable for many. We can prepare many dishes using this vegetables. Mum tells the kid that eating lady's finger will help the kid to be more intelligent and who  consume more bendi will perform excellent in Maths. I am not sure whether this is a trick or its really true. But I have seen many people keep on saying this statement. Any ways here I have a recipe of bendi and spring onions curry which is easy to prepare. I have cooked the vegetables in the microwave oven.  You can also cook without using microwave.

Bendi (Lady's finger) and Spring onions makes a good combination. This curry goes well with Chapatis, pooris, roti, bread toast, idli  and with plain rice. This time I cooked bendi and tomatoes in Microwave oven. I have cooked bendi in the microwave many times. One good thing I have found out cooking bendi in micro wave is that , bendi will not be sticky and its soft and nice.

Lets see some benefits of using Lady Finger and Spring Onions in our daily diet. 
Lady's Finger is a dietary fiber. It contain copper, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese , zinc and phosphorus.  Lady's  Finger is good for weight loss since it contain high fiber and it helps in keeping you full for a long time. It also contain soluble fiber  and helps in lowering the bad cholesterol. It controls the blood suger level and improves the digestion. It helps to prevent constipation. It also helps to Improve the eye sight.

Spring onion is a nutritious plant and it provides a host of health benefits to us. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Spring Onions help to lower the blood sugar level. It helps to digest the food. It helps to speed up the level of blood circulation in the body.They are rich in dietary fiber and anti oxidants. Spring onions contain  Vitamin A . Vitamin C, Vitamin B and K. They provide essential minerals such as copper, iron, manganese and calcium.
Here is a recipe of "Lady Finger + Spring Onion Curry", Which is easy to prepare and healthy too.

Things needed :

Lady's Finger (Bende kai ) : 1/4 Kg
Tomatoes : 2
Spring Onions : 1 Bundle
Curry leaves :  5 to 6
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons
Rasam Powder : 1 Table spoon
Methi seeds : 5 to 6 seeds
Jeera : 1/4 Tea spoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoons
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Ingh : a pinch
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Green chilly : 1
Salt : to taste.

Method :

1.Wash and let the Lady's finger dry. (Completely moisture free). Wash and cut spring onions, tomatoes, green chilly, coriander leaves and curry leaves.

2. Now Cut lady finger according to your wish.

3. Put cut lady's finger, spring onions, tomatoes, required salt and turmeric in a microwave cooking bowl.  Cook for 4 minutes and take out from the oven. Stir once and keep the bowl again for 3 minutes. No need to add any water.

4. Now keep a pan on the fire. Put a spoon of oil. Put mustard seeds, methi seeds and let the mustard seeds splutter. Add jeera, ingh  and curry leaves.Fry for 10 seconds.

5. Add cooked bendi, tomato spring onion mixture. Mix it well and add water if required.
6. Add rasam powder and cut green chilly. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

7. Add cut coriander leaves and shift the bendi - spring onion curry to a serving bowl.
8. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.


Cooking Lady's finger and tomatoes in the microwave will help the curry not to be sticky. (as most of the time bendi curry turns sticky).
You can also cook this dish on the normal process too. Keep a pan on the fire and put oil and fry them nicely till are soft and then add tomatoes and spring onions. Mix it well on cook on low flame for  4 minutes.  You can also add  more onions and garlic to this curry . ( I have not used garlic and onions). Used the whole spring onions. 
You can add more water if you the curry to be gravy or you can use thick curry too. Adding a spoon of ghee will enrich the taste. You can also use cut or grated ginger. Using methi seeds is a healthy way since bendi cause Pitham. 
Time : 20 minutes.
Serves : 3


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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