Showing posts with label Seasonal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seasonal. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Musk Melon & Nendra Bale Fruit Juice/Milkshake

The hot summer is here and we need to take care of our health from the heat. The weather is so hot that you feel like drinking more and more water. Though the water is the best way to quench our thirst, it is always better to have some thing which helps to keep you cool. Fruits and vegetables are the best friends in summer. They not only keeps you full, they do helps to keep your mind and body cool.
Fruits, fresh juices and salads, smoothies and many varieties of drinks can be prepared at home. Home prepared drinks are most healthiest and the best.
I have used Musk Melon, Nendra bale ( Nendra banana/A type of banana variety, jaggery and milk.
Eating Nendra Bale in our diet and its benefits. 
Nendra bale / a type of  banana is mostly used in Dakshina Kannada and Kerala. This banana can be eaten when it is fully ripe, prepare so many dishes like curry, fried fritters, dosas, jamoons, etc etc. 
Nendra Bananas are having good amount of fiber and anti oxidants. It helps to digest the food easily.
Banana is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, Vitamin B 6 and Vitamin C. It is filled with carbohydrates. It is very good for people who are dieting, it keeps you full for a long time and filled with minerals and vitamins. It is very good for kids who wants to gain weight. It is good for pregnant women.
It is an easy and superb drink any time of the day. It provides not only energy it also helps to take care of your body because the fruits contain full of vitamins and minerals.

Things needed :

Nendra Bale/Nendra Banana : 2
Musk Melon : 1 Small size
Jaggery : 2 Teaspoons
Milk : Boiled and colled : 1 Glass
Water : 1 Glass


Method :

1. Wash and cut Musk Melon and remove the outer hard layer and the pulp. Cut the fruit into small pieces.

2. Remove the outer layer of Nendra bale and cut them into small circle shape.
3. Now Put Nendra bale, Musk Melon pieces, milk and jaggery to liquidizer.


4. Churn them in to fine juice. Add a glass of water and churn for a minute. Let all the ingredients mix it well.

5. Put this Musk Melon - Nendra Bale Fruit Juice to a bowl. Mix it well.
6. Pour it to serving glasses and serve.


7. You can chill it fridge and then serve.

8. Add ice cubes and then serve.

Note :

Adding more milk instead of water, is optional. It turns as smoothie and you can have them by eating.
It fills your stomach so that you can skip your meal. Adding honey instead of jaggery is optional.  Use of more /less jaggery is optional.
Time : 15 Minutes 
Serves : 2 to 3 .

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Black Eyed Beans & Capsicum Uppittu.

Uppittu/Upma is one of the breakfast dish prepared using Rava/Rave/Semolina. It is one of the easy dish that can be prepared within minutes and it is yummy to have it for breakfast/snack.


Many people love to have Uppittu with a cup of coffee /tea and it is one of the good combination. Uppittu is prepared in varieties. Use of vegetables, onions, pulses are used to prepare uppittu.
We from Udupi normally prepare simple coconut uppittu. It has no onion and it does contain more of coconut. Any functions or weddings Uppittu is one of the dish that served as breakfast.
I have used black eyed beans, capsicum and medium sized rava for Uppittu/Upma.
I have heard people saying, they feel heavy when they eat uppittu and It is because of rava, rave/semolina. It has the quality of slow digestion. It keeps you full for a long time. That is the reason people who diet or work out (Gym) eat food that is prepared in Semolina/Rava.

NO ONION OR NO GARLIC is used in Black Eyed Beans & Capsicum Uppittu ".

I have used fresh black eyed beans which is available in the market.
Let us see the recipe now :


Ingredients : 

Fresh Black Eyed Beans  : 1 Cup.
Capsicum : 1 (Medium size)
Green chilly : 2
Ginger : An inch
Rava/Semolina  Medium sized : 2 Cups
Ghee : 2 Tablespoons
Coconut Oil : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 8 to 10
Salt : As required
Water : 4 1/2  Cup
Lemon : 1 ( 2 Teaspoons).
Grated fresh coconut : 1 Cup
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.

Method :

1. Remove and wash black eyed beans from its cover and cook till it turns soft. (Pressure cooker 2 whistles).
2. Keep water for boiling. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
3. Wash, green chilly, capsicum, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Cut them into small pieces.

4. Wash ginger and peel off its outer layer. Wash it again and grate it and keep it aside.
5. Keep a big pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and urid dal. Let mustard seeds splutter.
6. Add cut green chilly and curry leaves. Add Rava /Semolina and fry till the raw smell goes off.


7. Add boiled water and mix it slowly. Add salt. Mix it well. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.


8. Add cooked black eyed beans and mix it well. Add grated ginger. Mix it slowly. Let it be on low flame.

9. Keep a pan on the fire and put a tablespoon of oil. Fry cut capsicum nicely till it turns slightly soft.
10. Add this fried capsicum to Uppittu. Add lemon juice, mix  it well nicely and put off the gas.


11. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of ghee and grated coconut. Mix it again slowly and shift the ready Uppittu to a serving dish.


12.  Add cut coriander leaves and serve " Fresh black Eyed Beans & Capsicum Uppittu.


Note : 

Let the flame be very low while frying rava. Fry it nicely to get good texture of uppittu. Use of any cooking oil is optional. I used coconut oil. Use of more /less green chilly is optional. Use of ghee is optional. You can use little more oil instead of ghee. You can cook capsicum in little water and then add it instead of frying in oil. (Optional). Taste differ.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Monday, August 1, 2016

Jackfruit Halwa

Jackfruit is season is still on and is available plenty in the market. We can prepare many many dishes with jackfruits, raw or rip. Jackfruit payasam, curries, kadubu/idli, muluka/sweet fried fritters and dry curry, cake dose or guli appa and happala/Papad.
Here I have prepared Jackfruit Halva and is so yummy.

I have used jackfruits, some dry nuts, corn flakes and chenna/Hurikadale/pottu kadale/ putani and jaggery. Adding chenna and corn flakes helps the halva to turn thick and it adds a good taste too.
You can keep this halva for a long time.
Let us see some benefits eating Jackfuits. 
Jackfruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber and protein. It has no chalories.
It contain some amount of Viamin A. It rich in B complex vitamins and Vitamin C. It has a good source of antioxidants and helps to get good immunity. Fresh fruits are good source of minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron. Potassium in jackfruit helps to maintain the sodium level in our body. It helps to reduce high blood pressure. Jackfuit is a rich source of of dietery fiber that helps to improve the digestion and prevent constipation.
Lets see the recipe now.

Ingredients :

Jackfruits : 25 to 30 fruits.
Jaggery : 1/2 Kg.
Corn flakes : 1 Cup (optional). (Any brand)
Chenna/Hurikadale/Putani/Pottu kadale : 1 Cup
Nuts : 1 Small cup (any amount)
Milk Powder : 2 Tablespoons (Optional)
Ghee : 3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Cut jackfruits into small and add it to jaggery. (It helps the jaggery to melt soon). (10minutes).
2. Grind jackfruits and jaggery without using water and remove it from the mixi jar.

3. Cut dry fruits into small pieces. (I used walnuts, cashews and almonds).
4. Dry grind cornflakes and chenna and keep it aside.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and put ground jackfruit mixture.
6. Stir continueously on low flame. Add cornflakes and chenna dry powder.


7. Stiriing should be done continuously. Jackfruit turns into thick paste.
8. It starts to leave the pan. Add milk powder and mix it well.

9. Stir for another 5 to 10 minutes. Add the ghee at this stage and mix it well again.

10. Spread little ghee on a plate or tray. Pour the jackfruit halva mixture on the tray.
11. Even/level it nicely by adding a teaspoon of ghee on the top and spread it with spatula.
12. Leave it for cooling. It should be cooled completely. Then cut into your desired shape.


13. It takes a longer time to harden. So better leave it for at least 5 to 6 hours and then cut into small pieces.
14. Store it in a steel box or container.

Note :

It takes longer time to get the thickness for halva. One should do it on a low flame. Or it is burnt and will not be tasty.
Use of milk powder is optional. Use of dry fruits also optional. More or Less.
Cutting the jackfruit into small pieces helps grinding them quickly.
Adding jaggery to jackfruits and allow them to melt helps grind it easily.
You can also boil jaggery and filter it. ( I used fresh savayava jaggery and did not clean it).
You should use proper amount of jaggery so that it helps to get the hardness in halva.
No need to use lots of ghee because ghee comes out of halva and so much ghee in halva does not taste good.
Do not hurry to try to do it on high flame, it may turn chewy.
Use of sugar instead of jaggery is optional. (2 Cups of sugar). Useing jaggery is a healthy option.
Time : 1 hour 
30 to 40 Pieces can be made. (According to the size).
You can try this Halva with Ripe Nendra baale Hannu.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mango Gojju/Curry

Mango season is still on and you see varieties of mangoes in the market every where. Mangoes are well known for their Title."King of the fruits". It suits them very much too. Each variety of mango has its own taste and aroma. We in Udupi prepare curry with mango fruits. There are different ways and types. I just thought of sharing a recipe with you all. I have prepared this Mango gojju/curry and it is fanatastic and goes well with all the main dishes.
I have used, ripe mangoes, some spices which is freshly roasted, fresh coconut.
Always make use of the seasonal fruit. That is good for health too. We all should make use of it.

Let us see some benefits of eating mangoes in our diet. ( Though you all know about it, recollect the benefits of eating mangoes).
Mango is delicious seasonal fruit, the tree is believed to be originated in sub Himalayan plains of Indian subcontinent. Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and anti oxidant compounds. Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin, E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B 6. Vitamin A are essential for vision and required for maintaining healthy mucos and skin. Eating natural fresh fruits is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Eating food that is rich in Vitamin C helps the body to develop resistance against infections. Mangoes are rich in Copper and Potassium. Potassium helps to control the heart rate and blood pressure. Copper helps to produce the red blood cells which is essential for our body.
Lets see the recipe now:

Things needed :

To Cook 
Mangoes : 2 to 3 (any small variety).
Jaggery : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : Required
Spice to add :
Fenugrik Seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Urid Dal : 1 Teaspoons
Red chilly : 5 to 6
Ingh/Asafoetida : a pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 leaves
Coconut : grated : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.
Oil : 1/2 Teaspoon
For seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal: 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : a little
Curry Leaves : 6 - 8
Ghee/Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon

Method :

1, Wash and remove the skin of mango fruit and give a slight scars around the whole mango and keep it aside. (with the help of the knife edge just prick the fruit around).
2. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and methi/fenugrik seeds. Fry for a second.
4. Add urid dal and fry nicely till they turn slightly golden brown.

5. Add red chilly and fry. Now add curry leaves and ingh. Put off the fire.
6. Add grated coconut and mix it well. Grind this mixture once it is bit cool.



7. Keep a bigger pan on the fire. Add remaining oil. Add mustard seeds and urid dal.
8. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves and ingh.
9. Add mangoes and slowly mix it well.
10. Add jaggery, salt and littel turmeric powder. slowly mix it and cook on low flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
11. Stir inbetween so that it does not get burnt.
12. Add ground coconut and spice mixture and mix it nicely. Add little water if required.

13. Let it cook on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Mix it again and put off the fire.
14. Shift the Mango gojju/curry to a serving dish and add a spoon of ghee/coconut oil

Note : 

Use ripe mangoes to get the best taste. Adding more/less jaggery is optional. Use of coconut oil is optional. Adding more/less chilly is optional. Use of coconut is optional. You can just dry grind the spices and add it. Pricking the fruit around helps the spice to absorb.
Time : 20 Minutes.

Serves : 3 to 4.