Pav Bhaji Dosa

Mumbai Street food

Menthyada Hittu

Healthy and nutritious "spiced fenugreek powder"

Sabudane ki kheer

Tapioca or Sago Pudding

Hotel Sambar

Restaurant Style Sambar that goes well with idli

Monday, November 28, 2011

Can you identify this?


Correct Answer: Round bottle gourd.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The usual paper plain & set dosa with not the usual ingredients!

The title says it all! Without wasting your time, here I go with the recipe.

Horse gram/hurali kalu: 1/2 cup
Split green gram/hara moong/odeda hesaru kalu: 1/2 cup
Boiled rice/kusubalakki: 3 cups
Fenugreek seeds: 1/2 tsp


  • Wash all the above ingredients thoroughly in running water for 3-4 times & soak them all together for 5-6 hours.
  • Grind them & prepare a smooth batter out of the soaked dals & rice. Adjust the water such that the batter consistency should be like a thick milkshake.
  • Let the batter ferment overnight (around 6-8 hours, depending on outside temperature).
  • Add salt & mix the fermented batter.
  • Heat a griddle. When the griddle is hot, add a ladle full of batter to the center of the griddle & spread the batter clockwise using the back of the ladle.(like a pancake)
  • Add 1/2 tsp of oil,cover a lid & cook the dosa on a medium heat for 30secs. Remove the lid, turn the dosa & cook the other side for 10 secs. Remove the dosa from griddle. Repeat the same for the remaining dosas.
  • Serve the dosas hot with a chutney/dip/side dish of your choice. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Menthyada hittu/ Fenugreek seeds powder

Though this powder is a tad bitter, it tastes too delicious that the bitterness goes unnoticed. This powder is made with lentils & is rich in proteins.It is considered beneficial during both pregnancy & post pregnancy. None the less, you can include it as part your daily intake too. The shelf life of this powder is 2-3 months (without refrigeration). Preparing this one is like, putting the effort one time & reaping the benefits many a times :)

I have been waiting to put up this recipe from the last year or so. I have told this recipe to a dozen of my friends & most of them have been making this powder since then. My son & hubby can happily finish their dinner/lunch with this powder, rice & ghee.

Ingredients: (For about 3 cups of powder/hittu).
Toor dal: 1 cup
Channa dal/Gram dal: 1 cup
Moong dal: 1 cup
Urad dal: 1 cup
Coriander seeds/dhaniya: 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds: 2 tsp
Dried red chillies: 4-5 nos(non spicy chillies like Kashmiri or byadgi chillies)
Asafoetida: a big pinch
Turmeric: A big pinch
Salt: 1/2 tsp

  • Dry roast the toor dal, channa dal, moong dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds seperately. The dals should slightly change the color & leave out the aroma. 
  • Dry roast the chillies at the end & allow the lentils/dals to cool. 
  • Once the dals are completely cooled, mix them & make a fine powder of the dals & chillies together. Use a spice blending jar to make the job easier.
  • Add turmeric, asafoetida, salt to the powder. Mix well & allow the powder to cool for an hour. 
  • Store in air tight container & enjoy whenever needed or daily!
(Serving suggestion: For a cup of cooked steaming hot rice, add a tbsp of this powder, a tsp of ghee & salt (according to your taste). Mix well & enjoy the rice)

  1. For this recipe alone, I have used a smaller cup. 1 cup holds 100 ml of water.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My blog completes it's third year. A game for its celebration!

My blog completed THREE years this August & I failed to remember it. My bad :(
                                                                              (Photo courtesy: here)

Let me repeat it for the last time, promise! I have become damn lazy after moving back to India. Easy availability of my favorite food is one of the major reasons for my blog to take a back seat. I repent for it! Let me say it honestly, I am trying to get back to blogging, but I can't promise when I can kick start it again in full action. Sorry folks!

My dear blogger friend Prathibha, had tagged me in a 7 links game. She has given a beautiful write up about it too. Thought it would be apt to celebrate my blog's birthday by playing a game of revisiting the past. 

My most beautiful post: Broccoli ka kheema
I love the simplicity of this dish. This one is healthy, quick & a versatile side dish.

My most popular post: Tomato Bhath: Karnataka Style
It is undoubtedly the most popular recipe of my blog. Thanks to all of you for making it so popular!

The post I'm most proud of: Breakfast Burittos
I never dream't I would try any other non-Indian dishes. I am proud that I tried Mexican at home & addicted to it :)

My most useful post: Idli/Idly

Most of my beginner series posts are appreciated & found useful by many. However my personal choice would be idli.

Surprise success post: Hotel sambar
This is my own experimental sambar. Two of my friends tried it the same day & gave a thumbs up. Felt so good.

Most controversial post: None
Happy that none of my got into controversies.

Posts which deserves attention, but did not get as much:
My posts in the early blogging years have not got much attention, partly because of poor pictures. So, request the readers to have a look at my older posts whenever possible. Thanks.