Showing posts with label Mango. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mango. Show all posts

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.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bottle Gourd Peel - Horse Gram and Mango Chutney

Mango Season is still on and loads of mangoes we can see in the market. We all know that use of seasonal fruits and vegetables are loaded with minerals and vitamins and one should make use of it.
Here is a try of Chutney which I have used half ripen mango, Horse gram and bottle gourd peel.
Bottle gourd was used for the curry and the peel is for chutney. Bottle gourd was very tender the peel was as fresh as that we just got from the farm.

Bottle gourd peel should be tender to use it for chutney or it might give out bitter taste. Wash and soak bottle gourd for at least 2 hours before peeling the outer layer. Horse gram adds healthy benefits to our diet and gives good taste. I have used half ripe mango instead of tamarind.
The chutney goes well with all the main dishes. Eating hot plain rice with little ghee and this Horse Gram - Mango & Bottle gourd Chutney is really fun. Adding little ghee adds to the taste.
No Onion or garlic is added in this chutney.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Bottle gourd peel : 1 small bowl. ( Half bottle gourd peel).
Horse Gram : 1 Tablespoon
Red chilly (Byadagi chilly) : 4 to 5
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Mango pieces : Half ripen or Green : 1 Small  (or 1/2 mango of a medium size mango)
Curry Leaves : 8 to 10 or more
Fresh Coconut : 1 Cup
Salt : As Required
Seasoning  :
Coconut /Any Cooking oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry leaves : 5 to 6


1. Wash bottle gourd and remove the outer layer (peel) and keep it aside.
2. Wash curry leaves and keep it aside.
3. Wash mango and remove the outer layer. (The green part). Cut it into small pieces.

4. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and tablespoon of horse gram.
6. Fry nicely till the horse gram pops up or the raw smell disappear.
7. Add red chilly and curry leaves.
8. Fry for a minute. Add bottle gourd peel and fry for 1 to 2 minutes.

9. Add cut mangoes and grated coconut and put off the fire. Add ingh/Asafoetida. Mix it well.
10. Let it get cool. Grind fried mixture with required salt and water.

11. Remove it from the mixi jar and put it in a serving dish.
12. Add coconut oil seasoning and serve with main dish of your choice.

Note :

Horse gram adds not only the taste it got many healthy benefits to your body. I have added half ripe mango to the chutney. Using green mango is optional. Removing the outer layer of mango helps the chutney to be nice. (or it might turn bit bitter). Wash Bottle gourd nicely before using the peel. Keep the whole bottle gourd in normal water for at least 1 hour before using. ( If you are using home grown bottle gourd, just wash them before use). Use of red chilly is optional. You can use green chilly. Adding more chilly to the chutney is optional. ( It turns very hot and spicy). Make sure the Mango should be just about to ripe and it should be hard to get the better taste.
Time : 10 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mango Fruit Curry

Mango fruit curry is one of the side dish. It is an easy  and quick preparing yummy dish. Savoury mango fruits are used here and you will surely enjoy eating " Mango Fruit Curry " I am sure. This curry is one of the traditional curry done during Mango season. (Udupi/Karnataka).
My father in law's house is in Salekeri (a small village), near Brahmavar./ Karnataka/ India. There are a few trees which bare these wild mangoes. Now a days its very hard to get people who can climb and pluck the fruit or raw mangoes. The half ripe mangoes start falling to the ground. It is one type of crazy thing that you go and check the ground for fallen mango. (These thoughts are still lingering in my mind.
Mangoes are plenty in the market these days and you can see varieties of mangoes in the market, is all because its the mango season now, Back at home in Salekeri (a small village near Brahmavar near Udupi), there are some mango trees. The wild mango tree has many many mangoes turning into fruits. But in the process it drops down some mangoes which are half ripen or yet to ripe fruits.
When we went home this time I picked some of those mangoes. 
These mangoes can be used for rasam, juice, mango payasa. (Rasayana). I have tried these mangoes with savoury curry. 
This is an easy dish and you can enjoy eating many main dishes with this Mango fruit curry for  chapatis, rice, dosa, idli so and so.
Lets see the recipe now:

Things Needed :

Wild Savoury Mangoes : 2 to 3
Green chilly : 1
Rasam/Sambar/Curry powder : 1 Tablespoon.
Methi Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : As required 
For seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera : 1/4 Teaspoon
Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry leaves : 6 to 8 leaves.
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Method :

1. Wash and clean the mangoes. Squeeze the mango pulp and put it in a big bowl.
2. Wash curry leaves and green chilly. Slit the chilly and keep it aside.

3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put mustard seeds and jeera/cumin seeds.
4. Let it splutter. Add curry leaves, green chilly and ingh. 
5. Add squeezed mango pulp. Add the mango seeds ( 1 or 2 ). Add dry methi seeds to the curry.

6. Add jaggery, salt and a bit of turmeric powder.
7. Mix it well and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
8. Add rasam powder and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 minutes.
9. Remove the ready Mango curry from the pan  to a serving dish.

10. Add a teaspoon of fresh coconut oil and mix it well and serve.

Note : 

If the mangoes are savoury add little more jaggery which helps to reduce the acidity. Adding more jaggery is purely optional. No need to add any water to it. Thick curry can remain for 2 to 3 days if kept in the fridge. Adding any spice other than rasam powder is optional. You can add garam masala (a pinch), sambar powder, Til/sesame seeds powder is optional. Use of more or less spice is optional.
Adding coconut oil is optional.
Time : 15 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mango Milk Shake & Watermelon Juice.

Who does not like mangoes? It is always best to have fruits and veggeis during their season. They are full of vitamins and minerals. Mangoes are of different varieties and you get mangoes in all corners of India. Here is a simple recipe of Mango Milk Shake which is prepared with " Alphansa " one of the best variety mango.
Watermelon helps you to keep your body cool when the temperature raises and the day turns as hot boiling water. The body needs to have the moisture because it gets dehydrated because of the hot temperature. Try to drink more water or fresh juice so that you can stay fit and healthy.

Mango is the fruits of kings. It is already pouring plenty in the market. Though it is said that this year mango yield is less still you see loads of mangoes every where. They have made a provision that each mango growing farmer can contact the public and supply mangoes to his needs. That way it is the best idea, where farmer or buyer will not be cheated unless the crook, greedy ones. Any ways all the best to both. The buyers and sellers.
These were the first mangoes entered our house. They were bought by our son Rishikanth in the Bangalore Market place where he had a photo sessions. He went early in the morning around 5 with his friend and shot some good pictures. They went around the market near by and took some pics also. In the mean while he has bought some mangoes( said to be Alphans- but I doubt 😈 ). It was  sweet and we had to be happy with those mangoes. Since they were soft and good for milk shake or rasayana. (Rasayana we add fresh coconut milk). So I turned these mangoes in to mango milk shake and its simple and quick and you can drink it without guilt. Not that harm since you add milk and I have added little jaggery (organic). Children are always ready to have mango milk shake and is really good for every one. If you are diabetic then drink 1/4 of the glass at time.
Lets see the recipe Now:

Things Needed :

Ripen soft Mangoes : 2
Milk : 1 Cup  (Boiled and cooled)
Jaggery/Honey/Sugar : 1 to 2 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash and clean the mango and wipe it with a clean dry cloth.
2. Squeeze out the pulp. Put little water to a bowl and dip the outer layer and squeeze out the remaining juice part nicely.

3. Put the pulp and the watery pulp together. Blend it in a mixi jar. Add jaggery and give a churn.
4. Add milk and grind it for 1 to 2 minutes. Put it to a big bowl. Add a pinch of salt. Mix it well.

5. Pour it to the serving glass and serve.

Note :

Use the sweetest fruits for milk shake. Boil milk let it cool then use it for milk shake. Adding ice cube or cold water is optional. I have used jaggery. Use of sugar/honey is optional. Adding milk is not that good idea because it might not taste that good.
Time : 10 Minutes
Serves : 3 Glasses.

 Watermelon Drink :
Method :

Remove the red fruit part and grind it nicely. (Strictly do not add any extra water, because watermelon is loaded with water).
Grind it in a mixi jar and sieve with a strainer so that broken seed skin can be removed easily.
Pour it to the serving glass. Adding sugar/jaggery/ honey is optional. I have not added any sweet to this " WaterMelon Juice".