Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mixed Leaves Spicy Dal

Mixed Leaves spicy Dal is one of the side dish that goes well with almost all the main dishes. It is prepared using 2 to 3 or more types of leaves and dals, like toor/moong/masoor/chana etc. 
I have used the leaves which we got from our home garden (grown in pots) and toor dal. I have added green tamarind chutney/tokku which I got from Dharwad. ( Our daughter in law Vidya's Home town).

Tamarind chutney/tokku is home prepared, using unripe tamarind, green chilly, roasted methi seeds and salt. Tokku taste so yummy and it goes well with hot rice and ghee, or adding to any dal preparation even I have tried Tamarind Tokku vegetable rice.    
Let us see some benefits of eating  tamarind in our diet.
Tamarind helps to reduce inflammation in our body. It helps to improve eye health, boost respiratory health and helps to heal skin conditions. It is good for digestive system. It relieve pains and strengthen our immune system. It helps to lower the cholesterol and good for kids since it fight against the worms in kids stomach. Tamarind is rich source of dietary fiber. It helps in easing constipation problems. It is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Potassium, Manganese. It is rich in antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties.
As I said I have used our home grown Palk, Dil Leaves and very little basale /Malabar Leaves.
No Onion OR No Garlic is used in this " Mixed Leaves Spicy Dal".
Let us see the recipe Now : 

Ingredients : 

To Cook :
Dil Leaves : 1 Small Bundle
Palak : 1 Small Bundle
Malabar Leaves/Basale Leaves : One Handful 
Toor Dal : 1/Cup 
To Add :
Dry ginger powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Tamarind Chutney /Tokku : 1 Teaspoon
Crushed pepper pods : 4 to 5 
Salt : As Required 
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
Butter/Ghee : 1 Teaspoon (Optional).
To Season : 
Cooking Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 2 to 3 
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 or little more
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little 

Method : 

1. Clean and Wash all the leaves nicely and cut into small pieces.

2. Pressure cook it for 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Wash dal and pressure cook separately.

4. Wash and slit green chilly and cut coriander leaves.
5. Keep a big pan and put cooked leaves and dal together.
6. Add turmeric powder and salt.

7. Add dry ginger powder and pepper pods.

8. Add tamarind chutney/tokku. Stir slowly and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Keep a pan and prepared mustard, jeera seasoning. Add slit green chilly and fry it nicely.
10. Add ingh and curry leaves to seasoning and add this seasoning to Mixed Leaves Spicy Dal.

11. Boil it for another 3 to 4 minutes. Shift it to the serving bowl.

12. Serve with your choice of main dish.

Note :

Cooking leaves in pressure cooker helps them to be soft. It can be cooked without using pressure cooker. (Optional). Use of onions and garlic is optional. ( I have not used). You can use tamarind pulp instead of tamarind chutney/tokku. Taste differs. Adding a teaspoon of butter/ghee to Mixed Spicy Dal taste better. (Optional). Use of more/less chilly is optional. 
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Little Millet Dals Dosa

Same /Little Millet is one of the healthy millet. Now a days millets are given more importance because of their healthy properties. I have tried Little millet  Dals dosa. It is very nice and loaded with proteins since I have used 4 varieties of dals.

Moong dal, toor dal, urid dal and channa dal are used with little millet.
Dals are known for their rich protein properties. They are good energetic ingredients with carbohydrates. Little millet is full of fiber and is gluten free.
 The advantage is that you can use the batter once you grind it. Batter can be fermented and then used. I have tried both the ways. Both dosas are nice to have.
Let see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Little Millet : 2 Cups
Methi seeds /Fenugrik seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Thin Avalakki /Poha /Aval : 2 Handful
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
Urid dal : 1/2 Cup
Moong Dal : 1/2 Cup
Channa Dal : 1/2 Cup
Salt : As required
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoons.

Method :

1. Clean and wash little millet and then soak it separately.

2. Wash all the dals and methi seeds and soak it.
3. Clean Avalakki and then soak it separately.
4. Soak all the ingredients at least for 3 hours.
5. Grind it with required water.
6. First grind dals and then add little millet and flattened rice/Avalakki.
7. Add salt and mix it nicely. Let it ferment over night.

8. Mix the dosa dough in the morning nicely.
9. Keep a tava on the fire and heat. Put little oil and clean it with kitchen tissue.
10. Take a ladle full of dough and then spread it on the hot tava. (Let the flame be very low).

11. Sprinkle oil on the top and cook on medium flame.
12. Turn the other side and cook for 10 seconds. (Optional).
13. Remove hot dosa from pan and serve it with your choice of your side dish.

14. Add little ghee on the top of hot dosa. We had it with sambar and jaggery. Prepare dosas the same way. (Remaining dough)

Note :
Use of ghee/oil is optional. (To prepare dosa).
Thin/Thick dosas are optional. You can also add little pepper , jeera and ginger powder to dosa dough. ( Optional). Do not add more methi. It might soften the dosa. You do not feel hungry for a long time because dals are digested slowly.
Time : 10 Minutes to prepare dosa + Soaking time 3 hours + fermentation - 5 to 6 hours. 
Serves : As you like it. (15 Small thin dosas can be prepared).
Little Millet -Dals dosa can be prepared as soon as grimd the dough. Add little salt and mix the dough well. Add 1/2 Cup of curd. Mix it well and prepare dosas.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Corn Poha Mixture

Celebration includes Sweets and Savoury/Namkeens. The varieties of sweets and salty dishes do add colours to festivals. I think every one agree with me. My feeling is that the preparations should be short and quick and not that heavy to munch.  Thinking of this I have prepared " Corn Poha Mixture", which is very easy to prepare and love to munch whenever you feel like. 

Corn Poha is prepared using Sweet Corn. Poha fluffs up when You fry. It has a crunchy feel. So here we go with one more crunchy munching " Corn Poha Mixture.
It is as simple as always. A very few ingredients are used . Corn Poha Groundnuts, salt and chilly Powders is the basic Ingredients.
You can add what ever you wish to. Example Sev/Om Pudi and  Puffed rice/Mandakki etc, etc.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Corn Poha : 2 Cups.
Oil : 1 Cup
Ground Nuts : 1/2 Cup
Salt : As required 
Chilly Powder : 1/2 or less than 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : 1 Handful. 

Method :

1. Wash and dry curry leaves. ( Moisture should be disappeared). 
2. Keep corn poha in a plate.

3.  Keep a frying pan on the fire and put oil to it.
3. Let it get hot. Take a small quantity of corn poha and leave it slowly in hot oil.
4. Let the flame be medium. Corn Poha starts to fluff up. 

5. Once it fluffs up remove done corn poha from oil. Put it on kitchen tissue.

6. Repeat the same procedure and fry all the corn poha.
7. The flame should be adjusted according to heat.
8. Now fry groundnuts and curry leaves till golden brown. Remove and put it on a kitchen tissue.
9. Put fried corn poha and groundnuts to a big bowl.
10. Add required salt and chilly powder mix it well. 
11. Now " Corn Poha Mixture " is ready to serve.

12. I have added little Puffed Rice/Mandakki/Puri to it. 

Note :

Take care of the flame while frying Corn Poha. You can use a big siever to fry corn poha. Put little corn poha to a siever and dip that siever in hot oil. It is easy to fry with siever. 
Use of more /less ground is optional. Any other spice like garam masala, chat masala can be added instead of chilly powder.(Optional).
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : As you wish.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Quick Kodubale

Happy Deepavali to All. Festival of lights ..spreading the light to each and every one..Stay blessed.
Deepavali is fun to enjoy with full of hearts. Lighting Jyothis to chase away the darkness, bringing happiness by distributing sweets and namkeens (salted snacks) is a good thought indeed. Lets have one more spicy snack which is very famous in India and other countries of the world. That is Kodubale. Kodubale means a bangle shaped spicy snack.

It can be prepared using different ingredients. I too have prepared some different varieties of kodubales.
Let us see the recipe of Quick Kodubale. Kodubale, one of the yummy dish which goes well with a cup of coffee, as a side dish like papad, or when you are watching movie or any t.v. serial. 
I have used rice flour, chenna flour, chiroti rava, chilly powder, little jeera, oma (ajwan), salt and butter.
No maida/all purpose flour in this Kodubale recipe. You can also prepare lovely nippattu with same dough.

Things Needed :

Fine Rice flour : 2 Cups
Roasted Chenna / Pottu kadale/Huri kadale : 1/4 Cup
Chiroti Rava /Thin variety of semolina : 1 Tablespoon
Butter :  1 1/2 Tablespoons
Chilly Powder : 2 Teaspoons
Ajwan/ Oma /Carom seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt : As required :
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asfoetida : A little 
Cooking Oil : 2 Cups or little less

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add rice flour, rava/thin semolina, salt, butter, jeera, Carom seeds, Ingh and chilly powder.

2. Powder Roasted Chenna and add it with other ingredients. Mix all the ingredients well.

3. Add required water slowly and prepare dough. Kneed the dough well.
4. Divide the dough into small portion.

5. Take a small portion of the dough and then with your palm make a rope shape.
6. Join two ends and make circle. Arrange these done kodubales in a tray or plate.
7. Keep a frying pan on the fire and heat. Slowly drop in the done kodublales. 
8. Fry them on low and medium flame till they turn golden brown. 

9. Fry them on both sides and remove it from the oil. Put it on a kitchen tissue.

10. Repeat the same with remaining dough and prepare kodubales.
11. Store them in a airtight bottle /box once it is cooled.
12. Serve with cup of coffee/tea/Fresh juice.

Note :

Do not add more butter. It will turn very soft and get powdered while frying. You can also add sesame seeds instead of carom seeds. Use of more chilly is optional. Use of any cooking oil is optional. Do not make the dough very soft. It absorbs more oil if the dough turn very soft. Add little more rice flour and kneed the dough well before preparing. 
Time 30 Minutes
Serves : 25 to 30 Kodubales. (According to size and shape. 

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