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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happy Gowri Festival Celebration Dishes

Happy Gowri Festival to You All. Try and Enjoy these special festival dishes.


Gowri /Parvathi /Girije is mother of Lord Ganesha. She is also known as Adhi Shakti.
The beautiful story is like this according to Purana . Gowri created Ganapa, gave him life and asked him to guard the house. She went to bathe. Lord Shiva/Eshwara comes to visit her and Ganapa will not let him go inside. Shiva gets angry and cuts off his head. Gowri comes to know this and cries. Lord Shiva asks his people to search Ganapa's head. They were not able to find Ganapa's head. So Lord Shiva tells his people and orders them to get the head of anyone who laid his head on north direction. They could find only an elephant which laid its head on north direction. They cut the head of elephant and brings it to Lord Shiva. He puts the elephant head on Ganesha and gives life to him. He also gives power to Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is the lord that we should pray first before starting anything. Lord Ganesha is known as Vighna Vinashaka, Prathama Pooja is done for Lord Ganesha.
Gowri, Ganesha festival is on This thursday and friday.
Gowri comes to her parents house first and then son Lord Ganesha comes on next day. It might be like the married girl comes to her parents house. Simple food is done on first day and then Ganesha festival is celebrated in grand manner. On Gowri Pooja the ladies do pooja and give " Arashina kumkum" to the married women. It is called Bhageena. One should be happy and involve in doing pooja and blessed by God. Our traditions and culture is just beautiful and it gives life to dullness and  by doing poojas the positive energy flows in to your mind and body.
On the first day as I said it is a simple dishes with payasam or pooran poli. (Your choice of dishes).

No Onion or No Garlic is used on Festival Celebrations. 

I have prepared

1. Methi Leaves/capsicum dry curry ( Udupi special Palya).



2. Ginger/ Green Tamarind Tokku  Chithranna


3.Mango fruit chutney.



4. Ridge Gourd Huli (Curry).



5. Channa Dal Payasam/Kheer.


Let us see the preparation  One by One and enjoy eating these healthy, delicious dishes.

1. Methi leaves Dry curry

Things Needed :
To Cook
Methi/Fenugrik Leaves : 1 Bundle
Capsicum : 1
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : A little
To Grind :
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Red Chilly : 2 to 3
Tamarind : Very little (Half o f one small marble)
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
To Season :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : A little
Coconut Oil : 2 Tablespoos


Method :

1  Wash and cut methi leaves into small. Wash and cut capsicum into small pieces.
2. Grate coconut and dry grind it with red chilly (byadagi), mustard seeds and tamarind.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and put 1 tablespoon of oil. Add mustard seeds, urid dal and ingh. Let mustard seeds splutter.
4. Add curry leaves and cut capsicum and methi leaves. Mix it well and let it cook on medium flame and low flame.
5. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix it well.
6. Let methi leaves cook on low flame or add half cup of water, cover and cook.
7. Let all the moisture disappear completely. Add salt and stir.
8. Add ground mustard seeds and coconut mixture and mix it nicely. Let it cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Shift the ready Methi leaves dry curry to a serving bowl.


Note :

You can use any brand of oil of your choice. Adding more spice is optional. You can fry this methi leaves on low flame. It taste better. Njoy this palya with hot rice and a spoon of fresh ghee.
Type : South Canara /Udupi Style.
Time : 15 to 20 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3  .

2 : Green Tamarind  Tokku Chitranna .

Things needed :
Cooked Rice : 1 Cup

To Add :
Tamarind Tokku : 1 Teaspoon
Dry Ginger Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric Powder : A little
Salt : To taste
Coriander leaves
Grated coconut (fresh) : 1/2 Cup

Seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 1
Curry leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add a tablespoon of Coconut oil.
Add mustard seeds, urid dal and let urid dal splutter.
Add washed and slit green chilly and curry leaves.
Add tamarind tokku and fry it nicely.
Add cooked and cooled rice. Add turmeric powder.
Add ginger powder and required salt.
Mix all the ingredients nicely. Let it be on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add a tablespoon of ghee and mix it well. Put off the fire.
Add grated coconut, washed and cut coriander leaves. Mix it well once again.
Green tamarind tokku chitranna is ready to serve.
Note :
To get green tamarind tokku, just remove the tender green tamarind outer hard layer.
Grind it with salt and green chilly. This Green tamarind tokku is hot and spicy.
You can use tamarind pulp instead of green tamarind tokku. Soak a small ball size of tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes. Squeeze out the pulp and boil to make it thick content. Add green chilly paste and salt while tamarind pulp is boiling. Tamarind turns as thick paste. Use according to your requirement.
Time : Chitranna preparation : 10 minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4

3. Mango Fruit Chutney:

Things Needed :
Ripe Mango : 1
Red chilly : 2
Ingh : A pinch
Fresh grated coconut : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Seasoning :
Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : A pinch
Curry leaves : 5 to 6

Method :

Wash and squeeze out the pulp from ripen mango.
Grate coconut and keep it aside.
Fry red chilly in a drop of coconut oil for 1 minute.
Now grind all the above ingredients with a pinch of ingh/asafoetida. Use water if required.
Remove from the mixi jar and put it in a serving dish.
Add mustard seeds, ingh, curry leaves seasoning with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Time : 10 minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3

4. Ridge Gourd Toor Dal Curry :


Things needed :

To Cook :
Ridge gourd : 1
Toor dal : 2 Handful

To Grind :
Fresh grated coconut : 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Tamarind pulp : 1 Tablespoon
Rasam powder : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon

Seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon

To Add :
Green Chilly : 1
Required Salt
Mustard seasoning
Washed and cut coriander leaves.

Method :

Wash and peel off the outer layer (hard skin) of ridge gourd and cut into desired size.
Wash and cook toor dal in a pressure cooker for  8 to 10 minutes and let it cool.
Wash curry leaves, coriander leaves and cut into small.
Keep a pan and put cut ridge gourd and cook with 1 cup of water till it turns soft.
Grind coconut, tamarind, jeera/cumin seeds, rasam powder with little water. Remove it from mixi jar.
Add cooked dal to ridge gourd pieces. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, salt and required water.
Mix it well and let it boil for 2 minutes. Add ground coconut mixture and mix it well.
Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Shift Ridge gourd curry to a serving dish.
Add mustard seasoning and cut coriander leaves. Ridge gourd curry is ready to serve.
Note :
Do not over cook ridge gourd pieces. Adding any brand of rasam powder is optional. I used home prepared rasam powder.  ( Use of MTR, Mayya;s Rasam powder gives good aroma).  Adding any cooking oil is optional. Adding a teaspoon of ghee just before serving is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4

5. Channa Dal Payasa/Kheer

Things Needed :
Channa Dal 1/2 Cup
Thick Avalakki /Poha/Flattened rice : 1/2 Cup
Jaggery : 3/4 Cup
Cardamom : 4 to 5 Pods
Dry fruits : Cashews and Raisins : 1 Tablespoon or little more
Coconut Milk : 1/2 Coconut (1 Cup)

Method :

Wash and pressure cook channa dal for 18 to 10 minutes and let it cool.
Powder jaggery. Keep a big pan on the fire and put jaggery and little water. Let it melt completely. ( 1 or 3 boils).
Sieve with a strainer and keep the jaggery aside.
Grate coconut (1/2 coconut) and grind it with cardamom pods. Add l/2 cup of water and grind.
Take the ground coconut and sieve and separate coconut milk. (1 st time coconut milk).
Grind coconut again with little water and sieve with a strainer. (2nd time coconut milk).
Keep a big pan on the fire and put jaggery water. Add cooked channa dal,
Wash and add Avalakki/Poha /Flattened rice to boiling jaggery mixture.
Add 2 time's coconut milk. Let it boil nicely. Add the first time's coconut milk.
See that it is just about to boil. Put off the fire and shift the Channa dal kheer to a serving dish.
Keep a small pan on the fire. Add a spoon of ghee. Add cashew nuts and fry.
Add raisins and fry till it fluffs. Add this nuts fry to payasam and serve.

Note :

Adding more coconut milk is optional. Add a cup of boiled fresh milk is optional. (Just before serving). Adding more /less jaggery is optional. Adding Avalakki helps to thicken the payasam.
You can grind coconut with  a teaspoon of rice till paste and adding instead of coconut milk is optional. Adding ghee fried cashew and raisins adds to the taste.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5 .

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Shallow Fried Colocasia Fritters

Kesu /Colocasia Leaf grows well during rainy season and it is fresh green and filled with vitamins and minerals. We do use Kesu leaves in our daily diet once in a while. It is helps to keep our body warm during the rainy season. I tried this pan fried Colocasia fritters and it taste just yum yum.


I have used channa dal/ Kadale bele and moong dal/Hesaru bele with some spices.
Let us see some benefits of using Colocasia Leaves.
Kesu/Colocasia leaves are rich in anti oxidants. They are rich in Vitamin C and it helps to boost our immune system. Colocasia leaves contain Vitamin A and it helps maintain our eye health and prevent the eyes from diseases. They do contain dietary fibers and good for easy digestion and helps to keep away the constipation, indigestion and diarrhea problems. Colocasia leaves contain very little fat and it has no cholesterol. It also helps to control the cholesterol level in our body. They also helps in weight reduce. They help in reducing the inflammation and control the blood pressure in our body. They are good for nervous system.They contain amino acid and protein and helps in providing energy, regulating blood sugar levels and gives strength to muscles and strong bones.   
Remember that colocasia leaves can not be eaten raw. It must be cooked with tamarind or it starts to itch your tongue and throat.
NO ONION OR NO GARLIC USED in this Colocasia Tava fried Fritters. Happy to say that Colocasia leaves are from our garden which are grown in pots.
Try and enjoy you will really love them. Use tender leaves to get the best taste.

Things Needed :

Colocasia leaves : 8 to 10 (medium size and tender ones should be used)
Channa dal/Bengal gram / Kadale bele : 1/2 Cup 
Moong Dal/Hesaru bele : 1/2 Cup
Tamarind : 1 Small lemon size
Rasam/Sambar Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera / Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Ingh /Adafoetida : A little
Turmeric powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt : As required 
Oil : 3 to 4 Tablespoon
Curry leaves : Handful/According to your wish.


Method :

1. Wash and soak channa dal and moong dal for 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Wash and clean the leaves. Let all the water dry from the leaves.
3. Remove the stem parts (thick veins on the backside of the leaves). Cut into small pieces.
4. Soak tamarind in very little water and let it get soft.
5. Grind dals with tamarind, Rasam powder and jeera. Use very little water.

6. Grind it to rava/semolina (medium size) consistency.
7. Remove from the mixi jar and put it to a big bowl. Add turmeric powder and salt.

8. Mix it well and keep it aside.

9. Keep a pan and put little coconut oil. Add mustard seeds and ingh. Let mustard splutter. Add handful of curry leaves.
10. Add cut colocasia leaves and fry. Now add the ground dal mixture and let it cook till soft.


11. Mix the mixture in between so that it does not get burnt at the bottom. Let it cook on low flame.
12. Let it cook completely. Let all the moisture disappear. Put off the fire and let it get cool down.


13. Keep a pan on the fire and let it get heated. Sprinkle some oil on the top.
14. Take a small portion of the dal - colocasia mixture and shape it as vada and keep on the pan.

15. Sprinkle some oil on the top and let it cook till it get golden red. Turn the other side and cook.
16. Now the Colocasia fritters are ready to serve. You can cook 3 to 4 at times.
17.Repeat the same with remaining dal - colocasia mixture.

Note :

Take care of water quantity while grinding the dals. Use of any brand rasam powder is optional.
I have used home prepared rasam powder. Use of tamarind should be taken care or the fritter might give a itching feel while eating. Use only the tender leaves. Use of coconut is optional. I did not use.
Use of cooking oil is optional. I used coconut oil for shallow fry. The quantity of cooking oil is optional. More/less.  Use of jaggery is optional. I did not use it. I have used tender stems of colocasia leaves. Remove the outer layer of the stems and then cut into small pieces and use it.
You can use Palak/Spinach, methi leaves or Dil leaves instead of colocasia leaves. Do not add tamarind if you are using these leaves.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 6 to 8 Fritters can be prepared. (According to size ).

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Spicy Stuffed Brinjal

Brinjal/Egg plant/Badanekai/Kattarikai is one of the most wonderful vegetable. We can prepare the spicy dishes using this vegetable. I Have tried Stuffed Brinjal and added two to three potatoes with fresh roasted spices.

 It is one of the favourite vegetable for many and many don't like it too. They must have this Spicy Stuffed Brinjal and they will never say No Brinjal  again in their life. ☺☺. Try and Enjoy " Spicy Stuffed Brinjal" and it is one of the side dish goes well with all most all the dishes.
Let us see some benefits of eating " Brinjal" in our diet.
Brinjal/Egg plant has many health benefits. It has the ability to help strong bones and reduce the symptoms of anemia. It protect the digestive system and helps to lose weight. It also helps to manage diabetes and reduce the stress. Brinjal is rich source of vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B6 and minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, copper, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium and manganese. It has very low amount of cholesterol and no saturated fat.
Remember that some might get allergy to brinjal and it start itching even while cutting brinjal. 

I have used onions, freshly roasted spices and coconut. 
Let us see the recipe now : I have used round green brinjals. This is one of the classic dish.
The procedure might look long but the taste is yummy and excellent. Give a try and Enjoy....

Things Needed : 

To cook 
Small Brinjals : 5 to 6
Potatoes : 2 to 3 ( Small size)
Onion : 1 (Big size )

Spices to Roast/fry :
Methi seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Channa dal : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Coriander Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly (Byadagi) : 5 to 6 or little more
Cloves /Lavang : 4 to 5
Cinnamon : Small pieces 2 to 3 
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little 
Sesame seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Pepper Pods : 2 to 3

To grate : 
Grated Mango : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Grated Coconut /Copra : 2 Tablespoons
To add :
Ground masala 
Salt : As required
Coriander leaves.

To Season : 
Cooking Oil : 2 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh / Asafoetida : A little

Method : 

1. Wash and cut brinjal . (Avoid making complete pieces). Soak in water. Grate mango and keep it aside.
Wash and remove the outer layer of potatoes and wash it again. Just poke in between and make scars on the potatoes.

2. Remove the outer layer of onion and cut into pieces. (According to your wish. Small/big).
3. Keep a pan on the fire add 1/2 Teaspoon of oil. Fry methi seeds till they turn slightly brown.

4. Add cloves, cinnamon, channa dal and urid dal. Roast them till they turn golden brown.
5. Add sesame seeds and fry till they pop up.

6.. Add coriander seeds and red chilly. Fry for a minute. Add jeera and fry.
7. Add curry leaves and ingh. Put off the fire. 
8. Grate coconut and add it to the fried ingredients. Mix it well.
9. Grind coconut and fried ingredients with required water, (First dry grind the ingredients, then add water and grind).

10. Remove from the mixi jar and keep it aside.
11. Add little salt to ground mixture.
12. Mix ground mixture with grated mango nicely.


13. Now remove the brinjals from water.
14 Fill in each brinjal with the ground mixture and keep them on a plate/tray.

15. Keep a pan and add 2 tablespoon of oil. Add mustard seeds and little urid dal.
16. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and ingh.  Add onions and fry for a minute.
17. Arrange stuffed brinjals one by one in the pan. Put the potatoes.

18. Add the remaining ground mixture. Add required salt, turmeric powder.
19. Add 1/2 Cup of water and cover the pan. (I used pressure cooker). (2 to 3 whistles).
20. Just see that brinjal cooks till soft. Turn the other side slowly after few minutes and cook them till soft. ( I have used a small pressure cooker). If you are using cooker just 2 to 3 whistles will be ok.


21. Shift them to a serving dish and add washed and cut coriander leaves.

22. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.
Note :
Do not cut the brinjal fully. Just leave the edge and it is easy to fill the stuffing nicely.
You can dry roast the spices or fry with very little oil. Adding more spices is your choice.
Adding more/less oil is optional. Dry roast the ingredients one by one to get the exact roast.
Adding mango adds to the taste. Adding mango instead of tamarind or lemon is optional.
Adding a little jaggery help the dish to reduce the gas in the dish. I have added some potatoes which turns yummy along with spices.
Adding potatoes is optional. You can try this brinjal stuffed with ready " Vanghibaat powder" or  " Birsibele baat powder", instead of fresh roasted spices.
Use of pressure cooker helps to cook Stuffed brinjals easily. (Optional). You can cook on the big pan too. Adding onions and garlic to the dish is optional. ( I have not added garlic).
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.