Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Toor Dal OR Moong Dal & Tamarind Tokku/Chutney Tovve

Tovve is one of the side dish prepared using dals and simple spices. Varieties of dals can be prepared using different dals. Dals/Tovve is served in the beginning while serving. Dals proved energy and proteins.

I have used Ridge Gourd, Moong dal and fresh tamarind (green and tender tamarind) tokku/chutney.
Tamarind tokku/chutney is very famous in Karnataka/India and is favourite chutney in North Karnataka. We got this tokku from Vidya Ravi's (our daughter in law) Aunt Smt. Mala who lives in Dharwad. Our famous poet Who got Gnana Peeta Award for his Book Naaku Tanti "Dattathreya Ramachandra Bendre" is from Darwad. Darwad is very famous for many Classical singers and poets. (Karnataka/India).
Tamarind tokku is very spicy dish and the people from North Canara loves to have spicy chutneys while having food. They do eat green chilly even the hotter ones.
The way of preparing Green Tamarind Tokku/Chutney is very interesting. Green tamarind is collected, peeled of the outer hard cover and grind it with green chilly, a very little methi/fenugrik seeds and salt. No water is used while grinding. After the grinding tokku they remove the chutney from the mixi jar and put the ground mixture in a air tight bottles. Some even add the seasoning. But remember by adding the seasoning the oil starts to give a bad smell and the chutney does not taste fresh.
Dall is a simple food which has carbohydrates, proteins and other minerals. Some time we do add some vegetables and prepare dals. Here I have added Ridge gourd to dall and prepared " tovve ",
Let us see the recipe now:
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this " Toor Dal & Tamarind Tokku/Chutney Tovve ". It is very simple, quick, yummy and healthy too.You can have this tovve with all themain dishes like plain rice, any masala rice, curd rice, idli, dosa, chapati, poori or any other type of rotis.

Things needed :

Moong dal : 1 Cup. (Small cup or 2 to 3 handful)
Tamarind Tokku : (Chutney) : 1 Tablespoon
Ridge Gourd : 2 To 3
Dry ginger powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Cooking Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly : 2
Jeera / Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little
Salt : As Required
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Curry Leaves : 6 To 8 Leaves
Coriander Leaves : 2 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash dal and pressure cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Put off the fire and leave it for cooling.
2. Wash ridge gourd and remove the edges and outer layer and wash it again.
3. Cut ridge gourd into small pieces and keep it aside.

4. Wash green chilly, curry leaves and coriander leaves and keep it aside.
5. Keep a pan on the fire. Put ridge gourd pieces
6. Add a cup of water and cook on medium flame. Let it turn soft.
7. Add cooked moong dal, needed salt, turmeric powder, a tablespoon of tamarind tokku and mix it nicely.

8. Add dry ginger powder. Mix it well.
9. Add water if required and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Shift the curry to a serving dish.
10. Keep a pan and put oil. Put mustard seeds and urid dal. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add red chilly.
11. Add jeera/cumin seeds and curry leaves.  Add it to cooked dal.

12. Add cut coriander leaves, a table spoon of ghee and serve with main dish.

Note : 

Use of toor dal instead of moong dal is optional. Use of red chilly and fresh ginger is optional. Use of more/less chilly is optional. Use of ghee is optional. Adding onions or garlic to the dal is optional.
Time : 25 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rava -Cabbage Rotti

Rava/Semolina Cabbage Rotti is good to have for breakfast or for dinner. Rava / Semolina is filled with carbohydrates and gives energy. It is slow in digesting so that you do not feel hungry for a long time. It is good for breakfast because it provides energy for the whole day since morning breakfast should be solid and filling one must remember.

I have used Chiroti/Thin variety of Rava/Semolina, onions and cabbage. Added some red chilly powder for the spicy taste. It is always better to use some vegetables while preparing these rotti because vegetable helps to ease the digest food easily.

Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Chiroti Rava/Semolina : 2 Cups
Curd/Yogurt : 1 Cup
Cabbage : 1 Bowl
Onions : 2 (Medium size)
Curry leaves : 10 to 12 leaves
Coriander leaves : 3 to 4 Tablespoons. (One handful)
Red chilly powder : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Water : Required water
Oil : 4 to 5 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash and cut cabbage into thin pieces and keep it aside.
2. Remove the outer layer of onions and wash it. Cut into small pieces.
3. Wash coriander leaves and curry leaves. Cut into small pieces.
4. Now take a big bowl and put cut ingredients and semolina. Add red chilly powder.
5. Add required salt and curd. Add required water and mix it well. (Consistency should be like idli dough.

6. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle little water and clean the tava with tissue or clean towel.
7. Now sprinkle oil on the tava and reduce the flame. (Let it be low).
8. Take a handful of dough and spread it on the tava. (In a circle shape).
9. Sprinkle little oil on the top, cover and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. (On medium flame).

10. Turn the other side and cook for a minute. (Let it cook nicely).
11.  Hot " Rava -Cabbage rotti  "is ready to serve.

12. Serve with the side dish of your choice. We had it with fresh ghee and chutney powder.

Note :

Take care while adding water. Dough should not be too watery. Use of medium size rava is optional.
Use of any vegetables or leaves is optional. Use of green chilly instead of red chilly powder is optional. Use of butter instead of oil is optional. Use of  coconut is optional. ( I have not used coconut here). Use of curd is optional. Use of more onions are optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Carrot & Potato Mosaru Bajji (Raitha)

Carrot & Potato Mosaru Bajji/Raitha is a side dish. Mosaru is curd/yogurt. Having curd during summer helps to keep the body and mind cool.
I have used carrots, boiled potato, green chilly and some coconut gratings.

Let us see some benefits of using Curd/Yogurt in our diet.
Curd/Yogurt/Mosaru/ Tairu as it is called is a dairy product and contain many health benefits. It is also used as beauty aids for having fair complexion. It is also said that curd is more beneficial than milk because of it fermentation. Curd is filled with nutritional content. It contain fat, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, potassium and Vitamin A, D, and B - 12. It has a rich source of calcium and magnesium. Using curd is good for digestion and it helps the bones and teeth strong. Curd is good for healthy heart and it is used for beauty products. Curd removes dandruff because it has lactic acid and it is has anti fungal in nature. Curd act as immunity booster. So it is always better to use curd/yogurt in our diet.
Let us see the recipe Now : It is simple, healthy and quick dish. It is very nice and tasty dish goes well with plain rice/any masala rice, chapatis or any type of rotis.
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this recipe. 

Things Needed :

Carrots : 2
Boiled Potato : 1
Green chilly : 2
Grated coconut : 1 Tablespoon
Dry Ginger powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
Curd : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Methi Seeds : 2 to 3
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Oil : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander Leaves : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1.Wash and scrape out the outer layer of carrots and grate it.
2. Wash and boil potato and remove the outer layer of potato.
3. Smash potato and mix it with grated carrots. Grate coconut and keep it.
4. Add green chilly, dry ginger powder, salt and grated coconut.

5. Add a cup of curd and mix it well. Shift it to the serving dish.

6. Add mustard seasoning and cut coriander leaves.

7. Carrot & Potato Mosaru bajji is ready to serve. Serve with any main dish our your choice.

Note :

Boil the potato nicely so that it adds with all the other ingredients. Use of Majjige Menasu is optional. Use of onions and garlic is optional. Use of any cooking oil is optional. ( I have used coconut oil ).
Time : 10 Minutes 
Serves : 2 To 3.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pav Bhaji : My Style

Pav Bhaji is one of the famous street food which is liked by so many around the world. Spicy, filled with veggie and yummy Pav Bhaji is always loved and invited by the hungry stomach. Its healthy and stomach filling food too. Pav is nothing but a bun (a special type of bun) and bhaji is spicy curry.

Here is a simple, quick and yummy " Pav Bhaji " and I have used vegetables, some spices/masala and Pav is heated on tava with little butter. I am sure we fall love in having Pav Bhaji and definitely prepare this evening.
You can have this Pav Bhaji for the breakfast (tummy full), as snack in the evening time or for dinner.
Remember to use less spice which helps to keep you fit and fine. It is always better to use less spice because you may feel not only thirsty and lazy, spice effect cause chest burn and other problems because of more spice in the curry.
No Onion or Garlic is cooked in this " Pav Bhaji ". (Cut onions are used as raw to add it to the curry. Purely Optional.
Use of pressure cooker to cook vegetables because it helps to retain health content in vegetables.
Lets see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

To Pressure cook :
Carrots : 2
Potatoes : 2 to 3
Peas : 1 Bowl
Tomatoes : 2
To Add :
Pav Bhaji Masala (Mayyas) : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera Seasoning : 1 Tablespoon
Grated Ginger : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As Required
Turmeric powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
Chat Masala : 1/2 Teaspoon
Butter : 1 Tablespoon
Coriander Leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Lemon : 1/2 Lemon extract.

Method : 

1. Wash and remove the outer layer of all the vegetables. Cut into small pieces. Slit green chilly.
2. Wash fresh peas. Now put cut vegetables and peas to pressure cooker.
3. Add little water to the vegetables and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
4. Remove the lid once the pressure cooker is cool.

5. Add salt, turmeric powder, pav bhaji (Mayya's ), jeera powder and smash the vegetables nicely.
6. Add very little water and cook for 2 minutes. Add grated ginger.

7. Mix it well.. Let it cook for a minute.
8. Keep a small pan and put oil. (1 Tablespoon). Add slit chilly and fry nicely.
9. Add this to cooked Bhaji and mix it well.

10. Add 1/4 Teaspoon of chat masala and mix it nicely. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it melt.

11. Mix bhaji nicely and put off the fire. Shift the ready curry to a bowl, Add coriander leaves and 1/2 lemon extract. .

12. Cut Pav in the middle and put it on a hot tava. Put little butter on each side.
13. Let it turn slightly golden brown. Put it on a plate.

14. Serve Pav bhaji with cut onions on the side. (Or put some cut onions on the top of bhaji).


Use of pressure cooker is optional. You can use a tava to mix all the ingredients nicely. Smashing the vegetables is an optional. Adding more spice is optional. Mild spice is always better. Use of cut onions on the side is optional. (You can use cucumber pieces instead of onions). Adding more/less butter is optional. Butter not only adds to the  taste helps to reduce the spicy taste.
Time : 15 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5 .

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cocoa (Choco) Cake

Just wanted to try brown cake, which most of the children love to have. Just before closing the class for summer holidays we wanted to have a small party for children who comes to our home for studying.

We had a beautiful time with children, playing " Jenga" and some indoor games like musical chair. Felt that we had spent good time playing and laughing and having fun. Anyways there was no tension of studying lessons or completing notes. They were really free because the annual exams were over. Summer holidays were started and they were free to enjoy their time.
I have used Maida, Cocoa powder, sugar and some essence.
Lets see the recipe : Eggs are not used here in this cake and curd is used instead of eggs.

Things needed :

Maida/Al purpose flour : 2 Cups
Cooking Oil : (any cooking oil) : Little more than 1/2 cup.
Sugar : 3/4 Cup
Vanilla essence : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curd : 1/2 Cup
Milk : 1/2 Cup
Salt : A pinch
Baking Powder : 1 Teaspoon
Baking Soda : 1/4 Teaspoon
Cocoa Powder : 1 Teaspoon (Full).
Vanila Essence : 2 Drops

Method :

1. Sieve Maida, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder together. (Twice).
2. Powder sugar and add oil, curd and grind it nicely. Add milk and grind it.

3. Let it mix well and turn as smooth cream. Remove from the mixi jar and put it in a big bowl.

4. Add a pinch of salt and sieved maida, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda mixture.
5.  Add vanila essence. Mix it slowly without any lumps.
6. Heat the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
7. Grease the tray with oil/ghee. Put the ready cake mixture and tap the tray, so that the mixture sets evenly.

8. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Insert a knife/spoon edge to check its done.
9. Put off the oven and remove the cake tray. Place it on the top of the oven for 5 minutes.
10. Now take it out the tray and let it cool. Cut the cake according to your wish. Yummy cake is ready to serve.

Note :

This is a simple cocoa cake which has turned very nice and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Our children enjoyed it. Adding more sugar is optional. Adding butter/olive oil instead of cooking oil is optional. Adding eggs instead of curd is optional. You can add some chocolate chips and bake.
Time : 10 Minutes for preparation and 35 Minutes for baking. I have used Mixi Jar (Liquidizer) to mix all the ingredients except maida. You can use egg beater instead.
Happy Summer Holidays 2017. (Children already gone for vacation). The very few around attended the Summer Holiday Party....☺☺☺

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