Showing posts with label Cucumber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cucumber. Show all posts

Monday, February 26, 2018

SET DOSA (URID -CUCUMBER SET DOSA)

Set Dosa..Who does not like it? It is soft, Its fluffy, it is simply super to have. Healthy to the core. I have prepared this "Set dosas " with same ingredients but added something while grinding and let it for fermentation and the wonderful dosa we prepared the next morning and it was just Wow.
I have used cucumber, urid dal, raw rice.

Let us see some benefits of eating Cucumber in our diet.
Cucumber is filled with nutrients. It is good for overall health. Cucumber is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folic acid and it is rich in fiber. This vegetable is rich in minerals like magnesium, potassium and silica. Cucumber is very good for skin health and eye health. It helps to cool the body and mind. Cucumber is for preventing acidity and helps to keep our skin well toned. It helps to prevent constipation. Helps in managing diabetes. Lowers the blood pressure. Helps to reduce the risk of kidney stone. Keeps our body functioning well.


You can prepare dosas with same dosa batter in different ways, like fluffy dosa ( set dosa), crispy dosa and soft dosa) as above shown in the picture.

Lets see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Urid Dal : 1/2 Cup
Methi Seeds/Fenugirk Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Avalakki/Poha/Aval/Flattened rice : 2 Handful
Cucumber : 1 Medium size
Salt : As required
Oil /Ghee : 3 to 4 Tablespoons.

Method : 

1. Wash and soak rice, urid dal, methi seeds together for 2 to 3 hours. Soak Avalakki separately.
2. Wash and remove the outer layer of cucumber and grind it with all the ingredients.

3. Use very little water to grind. (Cucumber helps to grind the ingredients).
4. Put the ground batter to a big bowl and add salt. Mix it well and let it rest for fermenting.
5. It should be fermented well to get good fluffy dosas. ( Over night or 6 to 7 hours).


6. Mix the batter well. Add water if require and it is ready to prepare dosas.
7. Keep a pan/dosa pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle some oil and clean it with a kitchen tissue.
8. Take a ladle full of batter and just put it and spread it. ( It should not be pressed while spreading).
9. Add little oil/ghee on the top, cover and cook for a minute on medium flame.


10. Remove the cover and turn the other side of dosa and cook for 10 to 20 seconds.
11. Repeat the same with remaining batter and prepare dosas.


12. Set dosas are ready to serve. Serve with your choice of side dish.

Note :

Removing the outer layer of cucumber is optional. The batter should be fermented well to get good fluffy dosas. Adding ghee is optional. Do not make the batter too watery while grinding.
I have not added the cucumber with its cover. Wash it well and dip in plain water for at least 20 minutes before using the cucumber.
Do not add any cooking soda or any other substance like Eno.
Time : Soaking Time : Rice 3 Hours , 
Grinding : 10 minutes in Mixi jar/ 30 minutes or little more in Grinder. (Grate the cucumber and then add cucumber while grinding rice).
Fermenting the batter : 6 to 8 hours /Over Night.
Preparing Dosas : 30 Minutes.
Serves :  5 to 6 . (According to size ).
South Canara Recipe : India : Karnataka : Udupi.

Dosa turns green when add cucumber without removing the outer layer.  (Green dosa).
 Fluffy dosa:

Crispy dosa from cucumber -urid dal dosa batter

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cucumber - Jaggery Dosa & Guli Appa

Cucumber/Mullu southekai as we call it, is mainly used in salads and eaten raw. We do make use of it in curries, idli, roti or dosa.

Here I have prepared Sweet Dosa, using Cucumber, Bottle gourd and the normal dosa ingredients with jaggery.
Cucumber Jaggery Dosa turns soft once it is fully fermented. Soak rice for 2 to 3 hours and grind it with cucumber and strictly no water. The batter should be thick and you can add water if needed once you start preparing dosa the next day morning or after 5 to 5 hours.
This is one of the South Canara /Udupi recipe which my doddamma and amma used to prepare. Dosa turns soft and fluffy and very nice to have them for breakfast or as snack.
Let us see some benefits of having breakfast in the morning.
Breakfast is one of the best meal for the day. It gives energy for the whole day. It helps to strengthen  metabolism and helps you to concentrate at work.Eating breakfast is good for health. It helps for better memory and concentration, lowers the bad cholesterol and helps in increasing good cholesterol.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Urid dal : 1/2 Cup
Methi /Fenugrik seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Fresh grated coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Cucumber : 2 (Very small ones or 1 medium size)
Grated bottle gourd : 1 Small bowl. (1/2 bottle gourd of medium size)
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons./Powdered
Salt : As required
Oil/ghee : 2 to 3 Tablespoons


Method :

1. Wash and soak raw rice, urid dal and methi seeds together for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Grate coconut. Wash cucumber and cut into small pieces. Grate bottle gourd.

3. Now grind soaked rice-dal mixture with coconut,grated bottle gourd and cucumber till paste.


4. Add jaggery to the dough. Grind it for 2 minutes. Remove from mixi jar to a big bowl and add salt. Mix it well and let it ferment nicely till next morning/Overnight.



5. Mix the dough nicely.

6. Next morning see that dough is fermented well. Dough should be like normal dosa consistency.
7. Keep a pan on the fire and add very little oil and clean it with a kitchen tissue.
8. Take a ladle full of Cucumber jaggery dosa dough and pour it on the hot pan.

9. Do not spread much. Add oil on the top, cover and cook on medium flame for a minute.
10. Remove the cover and turn the dosa on the other side and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.


11. Remove it from the pan. Dosa is ready to serve.

12. Serve it with a spoon of fresh ghee on the top of hot Cucumber jaggery dosa and a side dish of your wish.

Note :
The dough has to be fermented well or you will not get good dosas. So you need to see the dough is fermented well. Use of jaggery more /less is optional. Thick dosas taste better. Spreading and making it thin might tare and it will not come out of the pan. Let the flame be low while pouring the dough to the pan and then increase the flame to medium flame). I have used organic jaggery. Powder the jaggery and then add it. ( It is easy to grind powdered jaggery). Adding bottle gourd is optional. ( I have added grated bottle gourd while grinding along with cucumber). Time : Soaking the ingredients 3 hours + grinding 10 minutes and fermentation over night/6 to 7 hours.
Dosa preparation : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

You can also prepare Guli appa /guntponglu/kuli appam/paddu using the same dough. I added little grated carrots on the top of Guli appa.





Friday, October 27, 2017

Ragi & Rice Flour Spicy Rotti

Ragi/Finger millet is one of the healthy millet and is used more and more these days. I have prepared Ragi -Rice flour rotti and rotti is loved by many. Ragi Rice flour rotti tastes so Yummy.
Here I have tried Ragi/Finger millet flour and very little amount of rice flour which adds to the taste to rotti. Adding rice flour gives a crisp and yummy taste and it holds the rotti dough in good form.


I have also used botte gourd coconut, ondelag aleaves carrots, ginger and green chilly.

 It is always better to eat home cooked food. Use of spices also should be considered while cooking. Too many spices should not be eaten regularly.
Let us see some benefits of eating " Ginger " in our diet.
Ginger is one of the ancient spices. It is known for its health benefits. Ginger helps to boost bone health, strengthen our immune system. It helps to increase our appetite and prevent cancer. It helps to improve respiratory conditions and good for digestion. It is good for reducing excess gas and helps to relieve pains during menstrual periods in women. Good for nausea and flu. Ginger is known as oldest herbal medicine and used in traditional treatments. It is also good for curing inflammation and diarrhea.
No Onion  OR No Garlic is used in this " Ragi & Rice flour Spicy Rotti". 
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Ragi /Finger Millet  Flour : 2 Cups
Rice Flour : 1/2 Cup
Bottle Gourd : 1/2 of one medium sized Bottle gourd
Carrots : 2 
Green chilly : 1 
Ginger : An inch
Salt : As required 
Cooking Oil : 1/2 Cup
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Curry Leaves : One handful.
Ondelaga /Gotukola Leaves : 1 Handful.


Method :


1. Wash and cut curry leaves, ondelaga leaves and coriander leaves.

2. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Dry grind it with washed green chilly and ondelaga leaves.
3. Remove it from the mixi jar. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
4. Wash and remove the outer layer of carrots, bottle gourd and grate it . Keep them aside.
5. Take a big bowl. Add Ragi and rice flour. Add ground ginger,green chilly and ondelaga leaves mixture.
6. Add grated coconut, carrots, cucumber and cut coriander leaves and curry leaves.

7. Add salt and mix it well. Add required water and mix it well. Let the dough be little thicker than idli dough. It is easy to spread it on the tava/pan.
8. Leave it for 5 minutes. 

9. Keep a tava/pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle oil and clean it with a kitchen tissue.
10. Now take a handful of the dough and spread it on the tava in circle shape. 
11. Let it be equal spread. Sprinkle little oil on the top and cover the lid.


12. Let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle oil and cook the other side for 1 to 2 minutes. Let the flame to low and medium. (Or rotti turns as hard and chewy).


13. Remove the rotti from the pan and serve hot rotti with ghee/butter on the top and side dish of your choice;

14. Repeat the same and prepare rotti with remaining dough. 


Note : 

1. It is always better to eat this " Ragi & Rice flour rotti when it is hot. Adding ghee /butter adds to the taste. Use of oil more/less is optional. Use of onions or garlic is optional. Adding 1/2 cup of curd helps the rotti to be soft. Use of more green chilly is optional. You can use red chilly powder. You should cover the rotti while cooking. It helps the rotti to be very soft and cooks quickly. 
Time : 30 Minutes + 10 Minutes for preparations.
Serves : 3 to 4 .