Showing posts with label toor dal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label toor dal. Show all posts

Friday, May 4, 2018

Green Cow Pea Coconut Curry

Green cow pea pods/ ಹಸಿ ಅಲಸಂದೆ ಕಾಳು is seasonal pods and these pods are dried later when they are fully grown and used as pulses in curries. I have used the green pods and prepared this curry.


I have used Green Cow peas, little toor dal and coconut.
Cow pea and toor dal are rich with proteins and carbohydrates They helps to provide energy and keeps you full for a long time. They are filled with minerals and vitamins.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

To cook :
Cow Peas : 1 Cups
Toor dal : 2 handful
Methi seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
To Grind :
Coconut : Fresh : 1/2 Cup
Red chilly /byadagi : 4 to 5
Coriander seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Tamarind : A small marble size
To season :
Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida  : A pinch
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
To Add :
Salt : As required
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric powder : A pinch

Method :

1. Remove the pods from Green cow peas and wash it nicely.
2. Wash toor dal and put it in a pressure cooker along with washed cow pea/alasande
3. Add half teaspoon of methi seeds and put `1/2 cup of water.
4. Add turmeric powder and a few drops of coconut oil.
5. Pressure cook for 4 to 5 minutes and let it cool.


6. Grate coconut and grind it with tamarind, coriander seeds, red chilly and jeera/cumin seeds.
7. Add required water to grind. Remove it from the mixi jar. Keep it aside.


8. Now keep a pan on the fire. Add cooked toor dal and cow pea pods.
9. Add little water and mix it well. Add ground coconut mixture and mix it well. Add salt.


10. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
11. Shift the ready Green Cow Pea - Coconut Curry to a serving dish.


12. Add coconut oil, mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves seasoning to the curry. Add coriander leaves and mix it well. Serve it with your choice of main dish.

Note :

Adding toor dal is optional. You can use moong dal instead of toor dal. Toor dal taste better. Adding toor dal helps to bind the curry well. Adding byadagi chilly is optional. You can use any type of chilly you like. Raw coriander seeds should be used. Adding methi seeds along with toor dal while cooking helps to reduce the cholesterol in the curry.
Time : 20 to 25 minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Palak/Spinach - Jack Seeds Curry

Palak /spinach leaves are the healthiest leaves. They available plenty around the year. Here I have tried " Palak/spinach  - Jack Seeds Curry and it goes well with almost all the main dishes.

 I have used palak, jack seeds, toor dal, coconut and some simple spices which are available plenty in our kitchen store.
Let us see some benefits of using Methi seeds in our diet.
Fenugrik / Methi seeds are loaded with medicinal values. It is rich in fiber and helps to lower the blood sugar level. It helps to keep our body cool and good for digestion. Methi seeds are good for heart burn and diabetes. It is good for balancing cholesterol level in our body. It is good herbal remedy for menopause and the menstruation period. ( It helps to reduce the abdomen pain during periods). Methi seeds are good for loss of appetite. They are rich in antioxidant properties.
Normally the people in Dakshina Kannada, Malenadu and surrounding areas do not use much of onions in cooking. They prefer to use the particular vegetable ( choose any one vegetable) for a curry.
No Onion or No Garlic is added in this Palak/Spinach -Jack Seeds Curry.
Let us see the recipe now

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Palak/Spinach leaves : 1 Bundle ( Small )
Jack Seeds : 1 Handful
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup ( Two Handful )
Methi Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
To Grind :
Spice Powder : 2 to 3 Teaspoons
Tamarind : 1 Small marble size
Coconut : Fresh : 1/2 Cup
To Season :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry leaves : 5 to 6 leaves
To Add : 
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Jaggery : 1/2 Teaspoon ( Or very little ).

Method :

1. Remove the outer layer (hard cover) from jack seeds and cut them into small pieces.
2. Wash toor dal, jack seeds and pressure cook for 6 to 8 minutes and keep it aside. (Let it cool).
3. Wash and cut palak leaves. Pressure cook palak/spinach leaves with methi seeds till the leaves turn soft.

4. Grate coconut and grind it with spice powder and tamarind. Add required water to grind.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and put cooked palak leaves. Add toor dal and jack seeds.
6. Add required salt,jaggery and a pinch of turmeric powder. Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Now add ground coconut and spice mixture. Mix it well and let it boil for 2 to 3 Minutes.

8. Shift the ready Palak /Spinach - Jack Seeds Curry to a serving dish.

9. Add mustard seeds, urid dal, ingh and curry leaves seasoning to the ready curry and serve.
10. This curry goes well with almost all the main dishes like plain rice, idli, dosa, chapati or any type of rotis.

Note :

Using methi seeds to cook helps to reduce the cholesterol level in the food. It adds to the taste. Adding jaggery is optional.I have used clean tamarind. You can use tamarind pulp instead of tamarind. Soak tamarind in warm water and squeeze out the pulp. It is always better to use tamarind pulp. Use of home prepared spice powder is optional. You can use any type of sambar /rasam powder.
Use of coconut oil is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes 
Serves : 4 to 5.

Home prepared Spice Powder 

Things Needed :
Coriander seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Channa dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly (Only byadagi) : 5 to 6
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch

Method :

Dry roast or fry  all the ingredients one by one with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and dry grind once it is cooled.
You can grind this spice powder with coconut or use it directly and prepare sambar. (with out coconut).
This proportion is good to use for 1 time..

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Watermelon Rind - Tomato Sambar

Watermelon every where in the market. Let us see what to do with watermelon rind after eating Watermelon fruit. Try and enjoy this Sambar.



It is getting hot and the temperature is going high. Eating watermelon and cooling your body is one of the best way to escape the heat. What do you do with the rind after eating watermelon?  Normally we throw it away in the dustbin right?\ There are many ways to use the rind. . You can cook different varieties of curries, grind and use it in dosa batter, scrape it and use the juice to apply o your skin which helps you to take away the dead cells in our face.
I am using this rind to prepare so many types of curries. Here is one of the side dish. That is yummy Watermelon Rind - Tomato Sambar. This curry goes well with all most all the main dishes. Try and enjoy this Watermelon Rind  - Tomato Sambar.


Let us see some benefits of eating Watermelon rind in our diet.
Watermelon rind is also beneficial to our body in so many ways. Loads of nutritional value is filled in watermelon rind. It is filled with water and it helps the kidney to work efficiently. It also helps in lower the blood pressure. It is filled with vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and A. It has some amount of potassium and zinc. Eating watermelon rind helps in fighting the radical damage and boost the immune system. It helps in taking care of the healthy kidney and helps and maintain the acid level in urine. It is good for people who suffer from kidney stones, it helps to breakdown the stone and flushes out the tiny particles.  It regulates the blood pressure in our body.  It is good for treating urinary tract infections. It helps in reducing inflammation in our body and take care of our health. It is a good source of beta - carotene and good for our eyes.
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this Watermelon Rind - Tomato Sambar. It is very simple and healthy. The curry suits to all the main dishes of your choice.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Watermelon Rind : 2 to 3 Cups
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
Tomatoes : 2 (Medium sized )
To Add :
Home made spice Powder : 2 to 3 Teaspoons
Green chilly : 2
Coriander Leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Mustard - Jeera Seasoning : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : To Taste
Turmeric Powder : A pinch
Dry ginger powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
To season :
Ghee/ Coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A little
Curry leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash watermelon nicely and keep it in a big bowl before cutting. ( At least for 30 Minutes).
2. Cut watermelon and remove the fruit part. Remove the outer layer of the rind.
3. Cut the rind into small pieces. Keep it aside
4. Wash and cut tomatoes and remove its seeds.  ( Your wish).


5. Wash and slit green chilly,  cut coriander leaves and curry leaves.
6. Put watermelon pieces, cut tomatoes and washed toor dal in a pressure cooker.
7. Add 1/2 cup or little less water and cook for 65 to 6 minutes. ( Use the weight).


8. Remove the lid of pressure cooker once it is cooled.
9. Add salt, raw methi seeds, turmeric powder and mix it well.
10. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Add home prepared spice powder. Add dry ginger powder.
11. Mix it well and cook for another 3 minutes. Put off the gas.


12. Shift the ready Watermelon Rind - Toamto Samabar to a serving dish.

13. Add mustard seeds, jeera, ingh and curry leaves seasoning to it.

14. Add cut coriander leaves and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Use a pressure cooker to cook watermelon rind pieces or it remains hard and the curry does not taste good. Do not over cook. 2 whistles are enough. You can cook the dal separately. Adding any other spices of your choice is optional. Remember use of home prepared spice is healthy. Adding fresh grated ginger is optional. The thickness of the curry can be your choice. If you like bit watery add more water and use little more spice. Or use more dal to get the thickness.
Time : 30 Momites.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

Home Prepared Spice Powder :

Dry roast, coriander seeds, ( 2 Tablespoons ), urid dal, 1/2 Teaspoon, red byadagi chilly  4 to 5, dry coconut (kobbari/Copra) 2 to 3 tablespoons. Dry grind once it is cooled. You can use this as spice powder for curries.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Radish - Palak - Malabar Leaves Curry

Radish - Palak - Malabar Leaves curry is one of the side dish which goes well with almost all the main dishes. It is an excellent combo for plain rice/ rotis/chapatis/poori/dosa/idli and even with raagi balls/mudde.

Malabar leaves and palak leaves are from our garden, used some radish and home prepared curry powder.
Let us see the benefits of " Pepper ".
Pepper / black pepper good for cough and cold. It gives good relief from respiratory disorders. Good for constipation, indigestion, anemia, muscular strains, diarrhea and heart diseases. It has antibacterial properties. They are rich in manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. They are rich in anti inflammatory properties. Pepper helps to prevent gas formation in intestines.
Use of home made pepper powder is more beneficial to our health. They retain the freshness and using a pinch of black pepper to every meal is good for easy digestion and taste. It improves our health and take care of it.
Remember that, the person who had a surgery should not use much of pepper. It can have an irritating effect on the intestines.
As I said it earlier I have used Malabar leaves and Palak/Spinach leaves with dal and radish.
No Onion or Garlic used in this curry.  Palak/Spinach and Malabar leaves grown in our garden.
(Grown in Pots).

Things Needed :

Toor Dal : 1/2 Cup
Palak Leaves : 1 Bundle (Small bundle)
Malabar Leaves : 1 Handful
Raddish : 4 to 5
Curry Powder : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 4 to 5
Methi seeds/fenugrik seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Tamarind : A small marble size
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
For seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash and cook toor dal (Pressure cook) and keep it aside.
2. Wash and cut malbar leaves and palak leaves and keep it aside.
3. Wash and remove the outer layer (scrape out ) and cut them into small pieces.


4. Cook malbar leaves, palak leaves and radish with required water till its soft.
5. Soak tamarind in little warm water and squeeze out the pulp. Crush pepper pods and keep it aside.
6. Grate coconut and grind it with jeera/cumin seeds and curry powder with required water.


7. Keep a pan on the fire and put cooked dal and leaves - radish mixture. Add methi / fenugrik seeds.
8. Add tamarind pulp, required salt and little turmeric powder. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Add ground coconut mixture, crushed pepper pods and mix it nicely and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.

10. Shift it to a serving dish and add mustard seeds seasoning. Serve it with the main dish you have prepared.


Note :

You can use moong dal instead of toor dal. Use of onions and garlic is purely optional. Use of any spice powder of your choice is optional. I used home prepared curry powder. Use of more/less spice is optional. Adding methi seeds helps to reduce the cholesterol content in the curry. Adding crushed pepper pods helps to subside the gas in the curry.
Time : 20 to 25 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.  

Home made curry powder :

Dry roast 1 teaspoon of urid dal and 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds with 5 to 6 red chilly (byadagi) on low flame. Put off the fire and add a handful of curry leaves and a pinch of ingh/asafoetida.
Dry grind it when it is cooled. 
(This quantity is enough for only 1 time).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Onion Sambar (Curry)

Onion Sambar is a curry and it is an easy dish. Onions are the vegetable that is available plenty in the market most of the time. Onion Sambar is an easy dish and goes well with dosa, idli, Plain rice, chapatis and all type of rotis.


I have used some onions, toor dal and simple spices.
Let us see some benefits of eating Onions in our diet.
Onions help to improve immunity and it is a rich source of Vitamin C. It helps in regulating the blood sugar level. Onions help to reduce inflammation and heal infections. Eating raw onions help to lower the bad cholesterol.
Onion Sambar/curry goes well with almost all main dishes. It goes well with Idli, dosa, roti or any type of rotis, chapatis, plain rice and even bread.
Let us see the recipe Now:

Things needed :

To Cook :
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
Onions : 2
To grind :
Fresh roasted spices powder : 1 Tablespoon
Coconut : 3 Tablespoons
Tamarind : A small marble size
To Season : 
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coconut /Any cooking oil : 1 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : : 6 to 8 Leaves
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
To Add :
Mustard seasoning
Salt : As required
Methi Seeds : 5 to 6
Green Chilly : 1 to 2
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons


Method :

1. Wash and cook toor dal in a pressure cooker.

2. Remove the outer layer of onion skin and wash onion and cut it into small pieces.

3. Grate coconut and grind it with little tamarind and fresh roasted spice powder. ( Use required water).
4. Now keep a big pan and add cooked toor dal and cut onions.
5. Add little water and cook onions for 2 to 3 minutes. Add washed and slit green chilly.


6. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix it well and let it boil. Add methi seeds.
7. Add ground coconut mixture and mix the curry well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

8. Shift the curry to a serving bowl and add mustard seeds seasoning and coriander leaves.

9. Serve with the main dish that you have prepared.

Fresh Sambar Powder :
Dry roast , 1/4 teaspoon of methi seeds. Add 1/2 teaspoon of channa dal. Dry roast till red. Add 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds. Dry roast for a minute. Add red chilly and a very small piece of cinnamon piece (very very small piece). Fry for minute. and add jeera and mix it well.
Add curry leaves and pinch of ingh. Put off the fire. Let it cool. Dry grind or add it with coconut and grind.

Note :

 Adding fresh roasted spices adds to the taste. Dry roast all the spices on low flame. OR you can add any brand of Sambar powder. Adding garlic is optional. Adding more/less chilly is optional.
Adding ghee to the sambar is optional. Use of small onions is optional. I have used the regular ones.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5 .