Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tomato Chitranna (Tomato Baath).

Chitranna is an easy and simple dish and loved by many of us. It is one of the easy dish. I have used tomatoes instead of lemon and prepared chitranna with minimum ingredients. Try and Enjoy Tomato Chitranna at any time of the day.

I have used tomatoes, raw rice, green chilly and little coconut.
Let us see some benefits of eating " Rice " in our diet.
Rice is one of the most used staple food of Indians. It is filled with carbohydrates and provides energy to our body. It is easy to digest because of its fiber content. It improves the bowel movements. It provides an essential source of Vitamin B1 and helps to boost skin health, increases the metabolism and easy digestion. It helps to improve the immune system and provides protection against dysentery. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, calcium, fiber and iron.

Tomato Rice is good for ladies get together, one dish party, kitty party, kids party and even for travelling. It can be prepared for lunch/dinner or brunch. (Breakfast + lunch).

Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Cooked Rice : 1 Bowl.
Tomatoes : 2 to 3
Onions : 2 (Medium size)
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ginger : 1 Teaspoon (grated)
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Coconut : 2 Tablespoons (Optional)
Oil/Ghee : 2 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon

Method : 

1. Remove the outer layer of onions, wash it and cut into small pieces.
2. Wash and cut tomatoes into small pieces. (Remove the seeds while cutting).

3. Wash and slit green chilly and curry leaves and coriander leaves. Wash ginger, remove the outer layer, wash it again and grate it.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and add a tablespoon of oil and heat.
5. Add mustard seeds and urid dal. Let mustard seeds splutter.
6. Add jeera and slit green chilly. Fry for 10 seconds. Add curry leaves. Add grated ginger.
7. Add cut onions and fry till they turn golden brown. Add tomatoes and fry till they get thick.

8. Add turmeric powder ( a little), salt and mix it well. Add cooked and cooled rice.
9. Mix it nicely and cook on low flame for a minute.

10. Add fresh grated coconut, a tablespoon of ghee and mix it well. Shift it to the serving dish.

11. Add cut coriander leaves and mix it.

12. Serve with a cup of curd and papad.

Note :

Adding any spice powder to chitranna is optional. ( I have not added). Adding garlic with onions is optional. Adding more oil while frying is optional. Use of ghee is optional). Use of coconut is optional. (Do not use coconut if you are taking tomato rice for travelling. It might get spoil).
Time : 10 Minutes. ( If rice is already cooked  OR cooking rice  another 20 minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Harve soppu/Amaranth leaves Dry Curry

Harve soppu/Amaranth leaves are fresh during the rainy days. It is tender and taste too good.
Harve soppu Dry curry goes well with hot rice, with chapatis, all type of rotis and poori.

I have prepared this curry with fresh sambar/curry powder. It taste yummy.
Let us see some benefits of eating " Amaranth leaves" in our diet.
Harve soppu (as we call it in Karnataka- India), has the ability to reduce inflammation, boost bone strength and lower the blood pressure. It helps to improve our immune system. It also helps to maintain healthy hair and good for weight loss. It boost energy and helps the metabolic function in our body. They are rich in protein. They have a rich source of antioxidant properties and helps to cure and reduce the inflammation. They are rich in fiber and good for easy digestion. They are good source of minerals.
Let us see the recipe now :
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this Harve soppu Dry Curry.

Ingredients :

Harve soppu : 1 Bundle (Medium size)
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Fresh ground spices/sambar powder : 1 Tablespoon
Jaggery : 1 Teaspoon
Lemon juice or tamarind pulp : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Green chilly : 1

Method :

1. Wash and cut Harve soppu into small pieces. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
2. Wash and cut curry leaves, coriander leaves, slit green chilly and keep it aside.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil and mustard seeds and urid dal.
4. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and slit chilly.
5. Fry for a second and add cut Harve soppu and mix it well.
6. Cook on low flame. Add 1/2 cup of water, little turmeric powder and cook on medium flame.

7.Let all the water dry. Add salt, tamarind pulp/lemon juice, little jaggery and mix it nicely.

8. Add fresh sambar powder and mix it well. Add fresh grated coconut and put off the fire.

9. Shift the ready Harve soppu Curry to a serving dish. Add cut coriander leaves.
10. Serve with the main dish that you have prepared.

Note :

Use of any cooking oil instead of coconut oil is optional. Adding more oil is optional. Adding any spice powder is optional. I have added fresh sambar powder. Adding onions or garlic is optional.
Adding jaggery is optional. You can cook Harve soppu on  low flame without using the water. It takes little more time and little more oil. (Stir in between so that it does not get burnt at the bottom).
Time : 15 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Fresh Sambar Powder :

A tablespoon of coriander seeds. 1/4 teaspoon of methi, 1/2 teaspoon of jeera , 1/2 teaspoon of urid dal and channa dal,  (each) 4 to 5 byadagi chilly and some curry leaves. Dry roast all these ingredients one by one and dry grind it when it cools. Sambar powder is ready to use.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mixed flour Spicy Chapati

It is just boring to eat the same food. I think you all agree with me. It should be bit different and should be on healthy side. That is my opinion and I do follow. It turns me in to do bit experiments, twists, changes and it is one of the best hobby for me now.
Mixed flour Spicy Chapati is ready to serve.

Here I have tried spicy chapati using wheat flour, rice flour, besan and chiroti rava. I have used curd and some simple spices.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Wheat flour  : 2 Cups
Rice flour : 2 Tablespoons
Besan/Channa flour : 1 Tablespoon
Chiroti Rava : 1 Tablespoon
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Curd : 1/2 Cup
Jeera /Cumin Seeds powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Chilly Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Oil : 2 to 3 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add all the flours,salt and spices. Add curd.
2. Mix it nicely and prepare dough. Kneed the dough nicely.

3. Divide the dough into small portions.
4. Take a small portion of the dough and roll it as chapati. (Dip the ball size dough in dry wheat flour just before rolling).

5. Keep a tava/pan on the fire and heat. Put the rolled spicy chapati and cook on both sides.
6.At first do not add oil. Press it with the spatula on the sides of chapati. It fluffs up. Add little oil now.
7. Turn the other side and cook for 10 to 20 seconds..

8. Sprinkle some oil on the top of the chapati while it is cooking.

9. Mixed flour chapati is ready to serve. Serve it with the side dish you  have prepared.

10 We had it with basale/malabar leaves and kesu/colocasia  huli/sambar and Amaranth leaves dry curry.

Note : 

Mix the flour nicely with ghee and then add curd. Mix it well and if need add water.  Be careful while adding the curd. Adding more/less ghee is optional. Adding oil instead of ghee is optional. Adding more spice is optional. You can use your choice of brand. I have used MTR and Mayya's spice powders. I feel it fits into our taste bud and also its healthy. The dough should be soft.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 8 to 9 Chapatis can be prepared. ( It depends on the size of the chapati).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Undalika ( Small Rice Roundels )

Undalika is a Kannada name for this food and I prefer to call the same. This is one of the favourite dish of many in Dakshina Kannada/South Canara/Malenadu.

Undalika is mostly prepared during the rainy seasonason. The hot roundels are just tossed with mustard seeds using coconut oil and it is one of the healthy food because it is steamed. Since it is in round shape we call as Undalika. Unde means round.
I Have used raw rice and simple spices like mustard seeds. This can be eaten as they are OR it can be dipped in thick coconut curry.
Most of the dishes are prepared using the rice in South Canara. Whether it is idli, dosa, appa, kadabu, Halubai, rice pudding including payasam. The reason may be South Canara Region people used to grow lots of paddy.( I should use the word " once upon a time" because it has to be told as stories to our kids the charm has gone and you rarely see paddy fields now a days). The rice production was more and the people of the house used the most of the rice grown in their field. The weather condition of that place is also helped and adjusted to consume rice. Rice is full of fiber and easy to digest too. And lots of rains used to pour down, which help the people to grow rice. But now a days growing rice is Nil. The rains have disappear, the people to work on field reduced and lot of things have changed. It is very saddening to see the other side of incline of Agriculture. hmmmm. The days are not very far that , we may have to import rice in very near future for the growing population.
Coming back to " Undalika" the rice roundels are very yummy and tummy filling.
Udupi Special " Undalika "
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Coconut : fresh grated : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
For Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 2
Curry Leaves : 8 to 10
Fresh coconut gratings : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Curry Leaves : 1 Tablespoon


1. Wash and soak rice for 2 to 3 hours.
2. Grate coconut and keep it aside.

3. Drain the water from soaked rice and grind rice and 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh grated coconut.

4. Grind it as ravaa (semolina, coarsely) consistency. Remove it from mixi jar and add salt.
5. Add 1 cup of water and keep it on the fire. Stir it nicely till it gets thick consistency.

6. Now put off the fire and let the rice flour get bit cool.
7. Kneed it well and take a small portion and turn them as small balls. (The size can be very small/small).

8. Arrange these rice balls in a small bowl. Keep it in pressure cooker /or idli cooker and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

9. Remove it from the cooker.
10. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add coconut oil, mustard seeds and urid dal. Let mustard splutter.
11. Add cut green chilly and curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds.

12. Add steamed rice roundels. Mix it well and add coconut on the top.

13. Add curry leaves and shift it to the serving dish.
14. Serve with any side dish you have prepared. We had it with coconut chutney.

Note :

Do not so much water while grinding rice. You can use boiled rice instead of raw rice. Adding a bit of jaggery adds to the taste. Use of any cooking oil is optional. Adding more/less coconut is optional.
Grind the rice in rava consistency. It taste nice when turns cool also. Adding little jaggery is optional.
Time : 20 to 25 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

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