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, December 30, 2013

Instant Multigrain Idli

Instant Idli recipe using wheat rawa, corn meal, oatmeal & ragi flour.


Here is a picture of the semolina, wheat rawa & corn meal.


Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins for each batch
Serves: Makes around 30-34 idlis

Ingredients:
Wheat rawa: 3/4 cup
Corn meal: 3/4 cup
Oatmeal: 3/4 cup (instant or quick cooking)
Ragi flour: 1/2 cup
Finely chopped dill: 1/2 cup
Frozen corn kernels: 1/4 cup
Plain yogurt/curd: 1.5 cups
Water: About 2 cups, divided use
Oil: 2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Channa dal | Gram dal | Kadalebele : 2 tsp
Curry leaves: 4-6 nos, torn
Salt: As needed
Baking soda: 1 tsp


Method:
Heat oil in a sauce pan. When oil is hot, throw in the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splatter, add the channa dal. When dal turns golden brown, add the curry leaves & let the leaves wilt.
When leaves wilt, pour in the wheat rawa, and corn meal. Roast the corn meal & rawa for about 3-4 mins on medium heat.
Add the oatmeal & roast again for couple of more mins.


Turn off the heat & let it cool completely.
Meantime, add about 1 cup of water to the yogurt & whisk it.
Once cool, add the ragi flour & mix it. Pour in the whisked yogurt, thawed corn kernels, dill leaves, salt & mix well. If needed, add 1/4-1/2 cup more water & mix.



Let the batter rest for atleast an hour.
Just before making the idlis, add the baking soda & mix. If needed, adjust the consistency of the batter (refer notes).
Grease the idli plates & pour about 2-3 tbsp of batter on each mould. Steam the idlis for about 15 mins.
Let the idlis cool for a couple of minutes. Scoop the idlis & serve it hot with chutney or any other side dish.


(PS: Pardon the picture. Will try for better pics next time!)

Notes:

  • If you do not like ragi, you could totally skip it. 
  • The cornmeal, oats & the wheat rawa absorbs the moisture & batter becomes hard. So, do add about 1/4 -1/2 cup of water to the batter & adjust the consistency.
  • You could replace dill leaves with coriander leaves. 
  • Use the above ingredients as a reference & modify it according to your preferences. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Putani Pudi | Roasted Channa dal Chutney Powder | Hurigadale Chutneypudi



One more spiced powder recipe that stays good for at least couple of months! The spice level of this powder is low to   medium unlike the other chutney powders :)


Ingredients:
Putani/Daaliya/Hurigadale : 1 cup
Roasted peanuts: 1/3 cup
Garlic: 6-8 pods
Curry leaves: 6-8 nos, sun dried or dry roasted
Chili powder: 2 tsp, more or less
Salt: As needed
Sugar: 1 tsp, optional



Method:
Add all the ingredients mentioned above to a food processor & pulse till you get a coarse powder.
Can it get any easier than this?!




Notes: 
  • You could replace the  roasted peanuts with grated dry coconut for a fine chutney powder.
  • Garlic pods could be dry roasted too
  • I used 6 big garlic cloves. The garlic cloves available in USA are quite big compared to the ones available in India. If you have small cloves, I suggest using 10-15 pods. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hara Moong dal | Indian style spicy mung beans | Hesaru kaalu thovve (Without garlic)


December is going to be all healthy food at my blog. I have decided not to make any deep fried sins for a month & also to avoid sugar/desserts as much as possible. We are going good so far with the deep fried foods, but we are sometimes cheating on desserts. Being a holiday & festive season, it is very difficult to say "no" to holiday cupcakes :)

So, to keep us going with the initial plan of eating healthy, I made these mung dal. It is a very simple, nutritious & yet a tasty dal that goes well with roti, plain rice, lightly flavored rice or a paratha. This dal is very forgiving. You could add/remove some of the ingredients according to your choice.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 45-50 mins (including the beans cooking time)
Serves: 3-4


Ingredients:
Split mung beans | Hara moong | kesaru kaalu: 1.5 cups
Turmeric powder: a big pinch

For the dal/tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida: a big pinch
Green chilli: 3-4 nos, slit
Onion: 1 medium sized, finely chopped
Curry leaves: 3-4 nos, torn
Turmeric powder: a pinch
Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
Salt: As needed
Water: As needed

For the garnish:
Coriander leaves: 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Lemon juice: 2 tsp



Method:
Wash the mung beans thoroughly. Add about 2-2.5 cups of water, a pinch of turmeric to the mung beans/dal.
Pressure cook the mung beans for 4-5 whistles. Let the cooker cool until all the pressure is released.
Once cool, mash the cooked mung beans/ dal gently.
Heat oil in a broad sauce pan. When oil is hot, add cumin & mustard seeds. When mustard seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, green chilli & curry leaves.
When leaves wilt, throw in the onion.

Cook the onion on medium heat until it turns translucent & light brown.

Add the mashed dal, water, turmeric powder, garam masala & salt.

Mix well & allow the dal to boil on a medium heat. Keep stirring in between to avoid burning of the dal.
Once the dal boils, turn off the heat. Throw in the coriander leaves, lemon juice & mix.
Serve it hot with roti, rice or paratha.


Notes:

  • This dal sits at the bottom & burns easily. Keep stirring the dal once a while to avoid that.
  • I normally keep the dal a little thick when I serve roti or paratha with it. I make it a little thinner for rice.
  • You could add 1 tsp of grated ginger to this dal to enhance the flavor. Add the grated ginger along with the green chilli.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Spinach Soup | Palak Soup : Healthy Soup Recipes


indian_spinach_soup

I talked about eating healthy in my last post. Also, I am planning to cook soups often this winter. Soup fills your tummy & is very satisfying to sip a hot bowl of soup in the winter.

Some of you already know that we belong to "popeye family". So, I decided to kick off our soup journey with a spinach soup :p


Preparation Time: 
Cooking Time: 
Serves: 3-4
Recipe Source: Monsoonspice

palak_soup

Ingredients: 
Fresh Spinach : About 5-6 cups, loosely packed (stems separated)
Onion: 1/3 cup or 1/2 onion, sliced (I used red onion)
Bay leaf: 1 small or 1/2
Cinnamon: a small stick, about 1/2 inch
Cloves: 2-3 nos
Green chilli : 1 no, slit
Sugar: 1 tsp, a little more or less
Lemon juice: 2 tsp
Oil: 1 tsp
Water: About 2-2.5 cups
Salt: As needed

For the white sauce:
Butter: 1 tsp
AP flour/Maida: 2 tsp
Milk: 3/4th cup

For the garnish: 
Croutons (optional). I used some toasted whole wheat bread.

spinach_soup_recipe

Method: 

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. When oil is hot, add the sliced onions & saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the coarsely chopped spinach to the sauteed onions & cook till the spinach turns soft.
  • Throw in the cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, green chilli, lemon juice, salt, and sugar to the sauteed spinach. Add the water & pressure cook the spinach for 1 whistle. Allow the steam to escape & let the spinach cool.
  • Meantime, prepare the white sauce. Heat butter in a saucepan. Add the all purpose flour the butter & cook the flour on a low-medium heat until the flour turns light brown in color. Keep stirring the flour to ensure even cooking of the flour. When flour is cooked, add little milk at a time & whisk. Ensure there are no lumps. Cook the white sauce mixture on medium heat until the sauce thickens. Keep stirring to ensure even cooking. Keep the cooked white sauce aside.
  • Discard the cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf & green chilli from the cooked spinach. Drain the water & keep the water aside. You will need the water later.
  • Make a smooth puree out of the cooked spinach. Add the drained water while making the spinach puree.
  • Pour the puree to a sauce pan, adjust the seasoning (if needed) & bring it to a boil. Add the white sauce little at a time & whisk well.
  • Allow the soup to boil. Once the soup is hot & boiling, turn off the heat.
  • Serve the soup hot with croutons or toasted garlic bread or with a salad.


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Notes: 
  • You could add a tsp of cream just before serving the soup. 
  • You could even add a pinch of pepper powder before serving.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Ragi Idli | Finger Millet Idly

ragi idly

Me & my hubby have put on weight so much that, we had to have a resolution to reduce the weight (Even before the new year!!). I am against all crash diets & wanted to keep it very healthy by including lots of whole grains, legumes & salads. We are even planning on a "no rice" week.

Today is the second day & I packed this ragi idli for lunch. I'm challenging myself to cook healthy & yet delicious meals. I'm planning to post my lunch/dinner menu on the facebook page. Keep following my facebook page if you want to know what we will be eating for lunch & dinner in the coming days.

Nutrition information of ragi idli: (Got this from myfitnesspal. I added this recipe there) Not to forget, we have added benefits as this idli is made with a  fermented batter!!
ragi idli nutrition
Note: This is an approximate nutrition information. I am not a nutrition specialist or a dietitian. I added the quantity of ingredients used & the website calculated the nutrition information. 

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Steaming Time: 10-15 mins (for each batch)
Serves: 5-7 (Makes about 45 idlis)

Ingredients: 
Skinned black lentils/Urad dal/Uddina bele: 3/4th cup
Fenugreek seeds: 1/2 tsp
Ragi flour/ragi hittu/finger millet flour : 2 cups
Salt: As needed.
Oil: A drop on each mould to grease.

Special utensils:
Idli moulds
Steamer or a pressure cooker.
ragi idli

Method:
Soak the urad dal & fenugreek seeds together for a minimum of 4 hours.
Grind the urad dal & fenugreek seeds to a very smooth & fine paste. Refer here to learn more about grinding  the urad dal to make perfect idlis using a food processor or a blender.
Scoop out the urad dal mixture to a large utensil. Add the ragi flour, salt & adjust the consistency of the batter (add little water at a time). Batter should be of dropping consistency.
Allow the batter to ferment overnight or a minimum of 8 hours. Refer notes for more details.
The batter would have doubled after fermentation. Mix the batter gently.
Grease the idli moulds. Add enough water to the steamer.(I use a pressure cooker & this is what I do!)
Add about 2 tbsp of batter to each mould & steam it for 10-12 mins. If you are using a steamer, you might need to steam the idlis for 15-20 mins.
Turn off the heat. Let the idlis cook in the steam for couple of more mins. Remove the mould from the steamer.
Scoop out the idlis using a spoon or a spatula.
Serve the idlis hot with a sambar & a chutney of your choice.


Notes:
  1. The same batter could be used to make dosa too. I have the dosa recipe here. I usually make more batter. On day 1 of fermentation, I make idlis for lunch & Day 2 evening, it would be ragi dosa with the same batter :)
  2. Some tips for fermenting the batter in cold weather. 
  • Soak the lentils for a couple of hours more. 
  • Add a tbsp of fresh plain yogurt to kick start the fermentation fast. 
  • Keep the ground batter inside the oven with the oven lights ON. 
  • If your oven doesn't have a light, use a microwave instead. Keep the batter inside the microwave oven. Do not close the microwave completely. The idea here is to keep the microwave lights ON. Close it, but do not lock it. I hope you get the point! 
  • Grind the batter at around 5 or 6 pm & let the batter ferment for 10-12 hours.