Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Baigan Masala

This is one of my favourite items which I make whenever I have guests coming to surprise their palates. I have several variants of this recipe' but I have standardised on one version which I present in today's post. Among the brinjals I prefer the  small purple one which is fresh and also has a green skirt and pulpy flesh and tender too with minimal seeds.
10 nos                   Brinjal, small,split into four, lenghwise
1 no                      Onion, larrge, diced
1/2 cup                 Grated coconut
1/2 cup                 Channa dal
1/4 cup                 Urad dal
3/4 cup                 Coriander seeds
15 nos                   Red chillies
2 1/2-3 tsp            Salt
1/2 tsp                  Mustard seeds
1"                         Cinnamon sticks
2 nos                    Bay leaves
3 tsp                     Tamarind paste
1/2 tsp                  Turmeric powder
50 gms                  Oil
8 nos                     Clove
2 tsp                      Poppy seeds
Making the gravy the filling:
In a fry pan drop 3 tsp oil, channa dal, urad dal, red chilli, dhania, cinnamon, clove, poppy seeds bay leaves, salt, turmeric powder and tamarind paste- mix them all together and  in low heat to light brown colour and masala aroma permeating. Cool this mix, add coconut and grind to a fine gravy with half the quantity of diced onion.
Add to the gravy remaining half of the diced onion and mix well. Stuff this masala into the split brinjals and keep rest of the gravy for use in next step. Microwave the stuffed brinjals for 8 minutes.
Heat a pan splutter mustard seeds with urad dal, red chilli and drop the cooked stuffed brinjals, stir slowly for 5 minutes, covering with lid. After it cooks add the rest of the gravy and cook it for 5 more minutes. This dish goes well with rice and chapatis as a delicious side dish.
The ingredients  listed are enough for 6 people.
Total time for preparing this  dainty dish, start to finish is 30-40 minutes

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sweet Dal Obbat/Poli

1 Channa dall                     1 cup
2 Toor dall ----                     1 cup
3 Jaggery                            2 1/2 cup  or 3 cup
4  Cardamom                      8
5  Maida                              4 cups 
6 Salt                                  1/4  spoon
7Termarick powder            1/2 spoon 
8 Oil                                   3spoon 
9Rice  flour                         1cup
            Microwave  the two dalls for 3 mins,Then  pressure  cook  the  dall  into  soft ,cool it  then grind  in the mixi  with cardamom in to smooth  paste. Add  the jaggery  and  keep in to the microwave for 3 mins  to remove the moisture. After  it is free from moisture, make it  into lemon size balls  and keep ready which is the filler for the maida dough.
Take  maida  salt  termaric powder  mix  well with  2 1/2  cup of water  and  apply  oil  cover it and keep for  1/2 hour to make it raise and to soften
Then  take a  lemon  size of  dough  and make it in to  small poori   keep the filling as per previous step  and  cover it  and  roll it  like  roti  with the help of rice flour  and cook on a tawa  two side lightly applying  little ghee.


Ribbed Gourd Chutney

I am a votary to the belief that all parts of vegetable is usable and hate to discard unless they are inedible. In a previous post I have described as to how to make use of orange peel to prepare a pickle. Generally we peel off the ribbed gourd and discard the peel. I learned a very good use of this peel to make a very interesting item in the form of a chutney and in today's post I describe how to make this.
1 cup                           Peel of ribbbed gourd
1/4 cup                        Urad dal
4 nos                           Red chilli
1/4 cup                        Coconut scrapings
1 tsp                            Salt
4 nos                           Red chilli
1/2 tsp                         Asafoetida
1 tsp                            Tamarind paste
2 tsp                            Oil
1/2 tsp                         Mustard seeds
Making of the chutney:
Heat  2 tsp oil in a pan along with all the ingredients except coconut and tamarind paste saute for 2-3 minutes. Allow the contents to cool then grind with coconut and tamarind paste adding 1/4 cup of water. Garnish with crackled mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Ribbed Gourd Poricha Koottu

Only recipe' I can think of this gourd apart from masial and sambar is poricha koottu. It is a delicious item and goes well with rice+pappad.
1 no                             Ribbed gourd
1/2 cup                        Moong dal
3 tsp                            urad dal
1/2 tsp                         Asafoetida
1.5 tsp                         Salt
2 tsp                            Oil
3 nos                            Red chilli
1/4 cup                         Grated coconut
few                               Curry leaves
1/4 tsp                          Turmeric powder
1 tsp                             Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp                           Pepper 
1/2 tsp                           Mustard seeds
Peel the ribbed gourd and cut into 1/4 " bits. Save the skin for chutney(described in the next post). Pressure cook the cut gourd with moong dal and turmeric powder.
In a fry pan saute urad dal, pepper, cumin seeds, red chillies, asafoetida and grind all these to a gravy consistency.
Now in a cooking vessel crackle mustard seeds with urad dal, red chilli asafoetida in 2 tsp oil. Now pour the cooked gourd-dal mix and add the gravy as per the previous step. Let the contents boil for 5 minutes, garnish with curry leaves. Serve it hot with pappad

Kollu (Horse gram) Rasam

Horse gram - 1 cup
*Toor dhal - 2 tsp
*Dhaniya - 4 tsp
*Pepper - 2 tsp
*Cummin - 1 tsp
*Red Chilli - 4
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind paste - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Dry coconut powder - 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - for seasoning
Ghee - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - few

Fry the horse gram in a dry pan for few minutes and pressure cook it. With 1 tsp ghee fry the ingredients (decorated with *) and powder it with coconut and set aside. Reduce 1/2 of cooked horse gram into a paste and add 3 cups of water, asafoetida, turmeric, tamarind paste and salt. Bring it to a boil. Then add the powdered ingredients and add remainder of cooked horse gram. When it starts boiling - season with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add more water if the rasam is too thick.

This rasam is particularly good for losing weight and is a cure for arthritis and knee pains.

Onion Pakoda

Onions - 2 (large)
Green Chillies - 8
Coriander leaves - as desired
Gram flour - 3 cups
Rice flour - 1.5 cups
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Ghee - 2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Peanut - 1/4 cup
Cahews - 6 or 7 (optional)
Oil - for frying

Mix all ingredients other than the red highlight without adding any water. Heat oil in a pan. Fry small clumps in oil till it turns light brown. Stain excess oil using paper towel. 

Goes well with sweets like Coconut Poli or Sanza or Carrot Halwa.

Raw Mango Chutney

Now a days raw mango is available round the year and the sour taste is not only desirable for pickles like avakkai but varieties of nice and mouth watering dishes. In this page I describe my favourite mango recipe':
1 cup                   Raw mango chopped into small bitd
1/2 tsp                 Fenugreek seeds
5 nos.                  Red chillies
1 tsp                    Urad dal
1/4 cup                Grated coconut
1/4 tsp                 Asafoetida
1/2 tsp                 Mustard seeds
2 tsp                    Oil
1/4 tsp                 Turmeric powder

Lightly saute the fenugreek seeds asafoetida and red chillies. Add this to mango, grated coconut, salt, turmeric powder and grind them all to a coarse paste. Heat a pan, splutter mustard seeds in 2 tsp oil with urad dal and drop the mango-coconut paste into this and blend well.

This is a very delicious chutney. Can be eaten with rice with a dash of ghee. Good for dosas and idlis too.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Onion/Potato Bajji

This is a snack essentially to please an unexpected guest and is quick to make. This is oil intensive since it absorbs more oil and is less frequently made due to health reasons these days. However if a guest is offered this item it sure will be  devoured gladly, which we shall when we ourselves turn up as guests elsewhere.
Chief items are onion and potatoes thinly sliced after the curvature is shaved off.
For the bajji batter:
2 cups                    Channa flour or gram flour
1 cup                      Rice flour
1 tsp                       Salt
1 tsp                       Red chilli powder
1/4 tsp                    Asafoetida
1 tsp                       Ghee
Mix all the above ingredients into paste like thick consistency. Heat oil to fry point in a fry pan. Dip the sliced potato and onion one at a time sufficient to cover with batter mix and drop in hot oil. Drp as many as the fry pot can take leaving room for turning over. Fry till golden brown turning over gradually as the bajjis cook. Remove from fried bajjis, strain excess oil or pat out in paper towel.

Quick mix Mixture

This is a  quick snack for tea time made from unsweetened cereal mix. 

1/2 kg                        Puffed rice or Puffed poha
50 gms                      Peanuts, roasted and dehusked
200 gms                    Fried corn flakes
150 gms                    Raisins-dried blackberry-cashews-almond mix
1 tsp                          Red chilli powder
5 tsp                          Cooking oil
1/2 tsp                       Gharam masala powder
2 tsp                          Salt
2 pods                       Garlic
1/2 tsp                       Turmeric powder
1 tsp                          Amchur 
In a large pan pour oil, garlic, curry leaves and saute slowly for a minute. Drop chilli powder and add puffed rice or puffed poha, turmeric powder, salt, amchur, red chilli powder, gharam masala- mix all these well and gently in low heat. Now drop the dry fruit mix, peanuts and saute for five minutes again. Mix well and take out from fire.
Note: Ready made mixture can also be used as one of the ingredients,

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kichadi(Upma)(Khara Bath)

There are n number of variants to this easy to make delicasy and in this page I describe my way of preparing it.
2 cups                       Rava
1"                              Ginger, cut into bits
7 Nos                         Green chillies, bits
1/2                              Lemon, small
1/2 tsp                        Mustard seeds
1 tsp                           Urad dal
1 tsp                           Channa dal
1-2                              Red Chilli
2 tsp                           Salt
2 tsp                           Ghee
6 tsp                           Oil
few                             Curry leaves
Few stalks                 Coriander leaves
6-8 nos                       Cashew nuts, in bits
1/2 tsp                        Ghram masala powder
Heat a pan, saute the rava in 2 tsp ghee till it turns light brown. remove from pan and keep aside.
Next, heat the pan, pour oil, fry  cashew bits to medium brown, remove. Now splutter mustard seeds with urad dal, red chillies, ginger bits and split green chillies. Add 4 cups of water to this mix, 2 tsp salt and allow it to boil. Now slowly drop sauted rava, stirring briskly so as not to make lumps. When the contents reach a  smooth consistency, stop the stove and cover the pan with lid. Drop the previously roasted cashew bits, gharam masala, curry leaves, mix well and top the kichadi with coriander leaves and a dash of lemon juice.
Relish with ginger chutney(refer previous post)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sweet Coconut Poli

4 cups                 Grated coconut
3 cups                 Maida
1/2 cup                Rice flour
1/2 tsp                 Cardamom powder
1/4 tsp                 Salt
As reqd               Oil to cook
For the filling:
Heat a pan, add 1/4 cup water, jaggery, cardamom powder and grated coconut, stir well. When the mix blends well and cooks without sticking to the bottom or sides. Let it cool.
For the maida dough:
Mix the maida, salt make it to smooth dough adding water little by little. Add  5 tsp oil to this dough and blend well.
Making of the poli:
Make small lemon size  balls of the maida dough, flatten, add the coconut filling and cover it all around with the dough, and use a rolling pin lightly to bring to chapati like shape. Cook this raw poli just like chapati adding oil to both sides.
Materials suggested are enough for 20 normal chapati size polis. Scale up to increase number.


This is a delicious and interesting item. It is simple and can be made in a jiffy. This item is considered to be Shirdi Saibaba's most desired offering or neivedya from his devotees.
2 cups              Wheat Rava
2 cups               Milk
8 nos                Cashew bits
20                     Raisin
5 nos                Cardamom powdered
1 cup                Jaggery
1/4 cup             grated Coconut
5 tsp                 Ghee
First saute the coconut and keep aside. Fry Cashew and raisins in ghee and keep aside. Then fry rava till it browns. Pour boiled milk in the rava, stir and let it cook for 5 minutes. Add jaggery and water in a pan. When it comes to a boil add it to cooked rava. Add coconut, nut , raisins and cardomom powder. Top it off with 2 tsps of ghee.