Friday, March 16, 2018

Quick Urid Dal Guli Appa /Paddu

Guli appa/ Paddu/ Guntpongalu/ Kuli appa is one of the traditional dish done in South India. It can be spicy or sweet. There are varieties of Guli appa and each one has its own taste.

This time I have prepared Urid  Guli appa which can be done with out fermenting.
Urid guli appa is good to have for breakfast, as evening snack or it goes well with coffee/tea.
Urid dal is full of protein and vegetarian get good protein by using urid dal.

Let us see some benefits of eating Urid dal in our diet.
Urid dal is filled with proteins. It is good for digestion. It has a good source of anti-inflammatory properties. It is also good for nerves disorders. Urid dal helps to lower the cholesterol levels and boost our health. They are rich in minerals and vitamins. It has calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium copper, manganese etc. It is good for hypertension since it helps to balance sodium and potassium level in our body. It helps to balance the high blood pressure. Urid dal is good for strengthening our nervous system.
This Guli appa  batter can be used for preparing Urid bonda/Fried fritters/ Urid Vada.
No Onion OR No Garlic is used in thi sQuick Urid Dal Guli Appa /Paddu.
I love to prepare Guli Appa since it takes less oil and it is  healthy .
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Urid whole : 1  Cup
Rice Powder : 1 Table Spoon
Curry leaves : Handful
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Ginger : Grated : An inch
Green chilly : 2
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Salt : As required
Pepper Pods : 2 to 3
Cooking Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash and soak urid dal for 2 to 3 hours and grind it with required water. Add 2 to 3 pods of pepper while grinding.

2. Wash and cut green chilly , coriander leaves and curry leaves.
3. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and grate it. Keep it aside.
4. Now take a big bowl and add ground urid dal. Add rice flour, salt.

5. Add coriander leaves, curry leaves, cut chilly, ingh and grated ginger.
6. Mix all the ingredients nicely.

7. Keep a guli appa pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle oil on the top.
8. Mix the ready batter nicely and put the batter to each Guli. (The down part).

9. Sprinkle oil on the top and cover. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes in low and medium flame.
10. Turn the other side and cook for a minute. Remove guli appa from the pan.

11. Serve  hot guli appa with little ghee and the choice of your side dish.

12. We had these yummy guli appa with coconut chutney.

Note :

No need to ferment this batter. It might turn too soft. You can add coconut pieces. I have not added.
You can add cut onions to the batter while mixing. It taste different. I have not added. It makes up good breakfast and snack. Adding more chilly is optional. No need to add any soda or eno . Adding rice flour turns guliappa crispy and tasty. You can also fry this  as bondas/fried fritters/ Uddina Vada.
Time : 30 Minutes to prepare  + 5 minutes to grind and soaking time 2 to 3 hours.
Serves :  2 to 3.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Watermelon Rind - Tomato Sambar

Watermelon every where in the market. Let us see what to do with watermelon rind after eating Watermelon fruit. Try and enjoy this Sambar.

It is getting hot and the temperature is going high. Eating watermelon and cooling your body is one of the best way to escape the heat. What do you do with the rind after eating watermelon?  Normally we throw it away in the dustbin right?\ There are many ways to use the rind. . You can cook different varieties of curries, grind and use it in dosa batter, scrape it and use the juice to apply o your skin which helps you to take away the dead cells in our face.
I am using this rind to prepare so many types of curries. Here is one of the side dish. That is yummy Watermelon Rind - Tomato Sambar. This curry goes well with all most all the main dishes. Try and enjoy this Watermelon Rind  - Tomato Sambar.

Let us see some benefits of eating Watermelon rind in our diet.
Watermelon rind is also beneficial to our body in so many ways. Loads of nutritional value is filled in watermelon rind. It is filled with water and it helps the kidney to work efficiently. It also helps in lower the blood pressure. It is filled with vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and A. It has some amount of potassium and zinc. Eating watermelon rind helps in fighting the radical damage and boost the immune system. It helps in taking care of the healthy kidney and helps and maintain the acid level in urine. It is good for people who suffer from kidney stones, it helps to breakdown the stone and flushes out the tiny particles.  It regulates the blood pressure in our body.  It is good for treating urinary tract infections. It helps in reducing inflammation in our body and take care of our health. It is a good source of beta - carotene and good for our eyes.
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this Watermelon Rind - Tomato Sambar. It is very simple and healthy. The curry suits to all the main dishes of your choice.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Watermelon Rind : 2 to 3 Cups
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
Tomatoes : 2 (Medium sized )
To Add :
Home made spice Powder : 2 to 3 Teaspoons
Green chilly : 2
Coriander Leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Mustard - Jeera Seasoning : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : To Taste
Turmeric Powder : A pinch
Dry ginger powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
To season :
Ghee/ Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash watermelon nicely and keep it in a big bowl before cutting. ( At least for 30 Minutes).
2. Cut watermelon and remove the fruit part. Remove the outer layer of the rind.
3. Cut the rind into small pieces. Keep it aside
4. Wash and cut tomatoes and remove its seeds.  ( Your wish).

5. Wash and slit green chilly,  cut coriander leaves and curry leaves.
6. Put watermelon pieces, cut tomatoes and washed toor dal in a pressure cooker.
7. Add 1/2 cup or little less water and cook for 65 to 6 minutes. ( Use the weight).

8. Remove the lid of pressure cooker once it is cooled.
9. Add salt, raw methi seeds, turmeric powder and mix it well.
10. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Add home prepared spice powder. Add dry ginger powder.
11. Mix it well and cook for another 3 minutes. Put off the gas.

12. Shift the ready Watermelon Rind - Toamto Samabar to a serving dish.

13. Add mustard seeds, jeera, ingh and curry leaves seasoning to it.

14. Add cut coriander leaves and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Use a pressure cooker to cook watermelon rind pieces or it remains hard and the curry does not taste good. Do not over cook. 2 whistles are enough. You can cook the dal separately. Adding any other spices of your choice is optional. Remember use of home prepared spice is healthy. Adding fresh grated ginger is optional. The thickness of the curry can be your choice. If you like bit watery add more water and use little more spice. Or use more dal to get the thickness.
Time : 30 Momites.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Home Prepared Spice Powder :

Dry roast, coriander seeds, ( 2 Tablespoons ), urid dal, 1/2 Teaspoon, red byadagi chilly  4 to 5, dry coconut (kobbari/Copra) 2 to 3 tablespoons. Dry grind once it is cooled. You can use this as spice powder for curries.


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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