Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sasive Awalakki ( Spicy Beaten Rice)

Awalakki or Flattened rice or Beaten rice is known by different names in different parts of India. It is known as Awalakki in Kannada, Atukulu -Telugu, Aval -Tamil and Malayalam, Chira in Begali and some parts of Bihar and Jharkhand. It us known as Poha or Pauwa in Hindi. Pohe in Marathi. It is known as Phovu in Konkani and Pauaa or Paunya in Gujarati.

Awalakki is Beaten Rice and Sasive is Mustard seeds in Kannada. Sasive Awalakki is normally prepared for breakfast, as evening snack and even for dinner some time. It is also prepared during special days and Ekadashi (one of the fasting day). Sasive Awalakki does not contain onions or garlic in it. It is one of the traditional dish of South Canara. (Dakshina Kannada).

We can prepare different types of Awalakki. Here is a recipe of Awalakki, using mustard seeds, jeera, sesame seeds, jaggery and chilly powder.
As I said it is easy to prepare and will be liked by the whole family and all age group.

Things needed : 

Awalakki ( Flattened or Beaten Rice)  : 2 Cups ( Thick variety )
Mustard Seeds : 2 Teaspoons
Jeera : 1 Teaspoon
Chilly Powder : 2 Teaspoons
Tamarind Pulp : 2 Tablespoons
Jaggery : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Sesame Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Urid Dal : 1 Teaspoon
Oil : 2 Table spoons
Coconut : 1 Cup (Half of one coconut)
Salt : required
Water : Required
Turmeric Powder : a pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.

Method :

1. Wash Awalakki and put it in a big bowl.
2. Wash and soak a small lemon size (1/2 of lemon size will do) tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the pulp.

3. Add tamarind pulp and a glass of water to Awalakki. Add required salt, jaggery and turmeric powder. Mix it nicely.

4. Roast  sesame seeds and leave it for cooling.

 5. Grate coconut and dry grind with red chilly powder, 1 Teaspoon of jeera and 1 Teaspoon of mustard seeds and roasted sesame seeds.

6. Now add dry ground coconut mixture to tamarind soaked Awalakki.

7. Mix Awalakki nicely with all the added ingredients.
8. Keep a big pan on the fire. Add oil and heat. Add mustard seeds and urid dal.
9. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves.

10. Add soaked Mixture of Awalakki and mix it slowly. Add water if you feel the mixture is dry.
11. Cook on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir slowly in between. Add 1 Tablespoon of ghee or  oil and mix it again.

12. Put off the gas and add coriander leaves. Shift the ready Sasive Awalakki to a serving dish.

13.Sasive Awalakki is ready to serve.

 14. Serve with a cup of curd and a banana.


 Should use the thick variety of Awalakki to get the good result. You can use more or less oil. Using ghee is an optional. Using more or less jaggery is also optional. You can use groundnuts. Fry groundnuts along with mustard and urid dal. You can also fry the coconut mustard mixture and then mix it. You can use lemon juice (lemon extract ) instead of Tamarind.
Time : 30 Minutes
Servings : 3 to 4

Monday, October 6, 2014

Apple Haalubai (Apple Rice Cake).

Apple Halubai / Apple Rice Cake 

Haalubai is a sweet dish, Haalu bai is prepared using coconut, raw rice, jaggery, cardamom and ghee. It is one of the traditional dish done during Nagara Panchami festival. Rice is soaked and ground along with coconut and added jaggery and cardamom. This ground dough is stirred on the low flame till it is cooked. Adding ghee at the end and normally spread the cooked dough on the banana leaf. The spread Haalubai is cut when it is cooled according to their wish either diamond or square. Served with the ghee on the top of halubai is very tasty to eat.
Lets see Some benefits of eating Jaggery and  Apples in our daily diet.
Eating jaggery, include the ability to cleanse our body, act as a digestive agent, sweeten our food in a healthy manner and provide good amount of minerals.
Apples deserve to be called " nutritional power houses".  They contain Vitamin C which are natural antioxidants. They help the body's resistance against infectious agents. Apples contain  B- complex vitaminsand these vitamins help us in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health. It contain dietary fiber.. Eating apples help to reduce the risk of diabetes. Lower the levels of bad cholesterol.
Here in this recipe. I have added, grated Apple and tried it. Adding apple taste good. This Apple Haalubai is one of the recipe appeared in Vijaya Next. I am sure each and every one will love this dish "Apple Haalubai".

Things needed :

Raw Rice : 1 Cup
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup
Apple : 1 (Red )
Cardamom : 4 to 5 pods
Ghee : 2 to 3 Table spoons.
Water : required
Salt : a little

Method :

1. Wash and soak Raw rice for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Grate coconut and remove the cardamom seeds from the pods.

3. Grind coconut, cardamom and soaked rice nicely till fine texture.

4. Remove the ground dough from the mixi (liquidizer ) to a big bowl or pan.
5. Add a pinch of salt and jaggery to the dough. Add required water. ( The dough consistency should be like dosa dough or little more watery).
 6. Wash and grate apple and add it to the batter. Mix it nicely.

7. Keep the rice mixture on the fire. (low flame). Stir continuously till it is cooked. Add ghee in between.

8. When dough thickens and starts to leave the pan remove the dough and spread it on a banana leaf or ghee spread plates. Allow it to cool.

 9. Cut Halubai according to your desired shape.

10. Put a spoon of ghee on the top just before serving.

Note : 

You must stir until it is cooked properly. Adding more ghee will give a better taste. Adding more or less jaggery is also optional.
You can also add ripe banana instead of apples.
Time : 15 to 20 minutes. (Soaking time extra).
Serves : 5 to 6.

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