Monday, September 19, 2011

Mandakki Oggarane / Spicy puffed rice: Beginner Series

I am back with a beginner series recipe. Watch out for more beginner series recipes from now on!

Puffed rice language translations:
Kannada: Mandakki/Puri/Kadle puri
Telugu: Maramaralu
Tamil: Pori
Marathi: Chirmure

Preparation Time: 10mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
Puffed rice: 5 cups
Roasted gram dal powder/hurigadale pudi/kadala pappu powder: 2 tsp
Salt:According to taste
Sugar: 1/2 tsp, optional
Lemon juice: 2 tsp

For tempering:
Oil: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Urad dal/Skinned black dal/uddin bele: 1 tsp
Gram dal/Channa dal/kadalebele: 1 tsp
Ground nuts/peanuts: 2 tsp
Curry leaves: 6-8 nos
Onion: 1 no, finely chopped
Turmeric: a pinch
Green chillies: 2 nos, chopped

For garnishing: 
Scraped coconut: 2 tbsp, fresh
Coriander leaves/cilantro: 1 tbsp, finely chopped


Soak the puffed rice in water for 5 mins.

Meantime, prepare the tempering. Add oil to a broad pan. When oil is hot, throw in mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad & gram dals. When dals turn golden, add peanuts & saute till peanuts turn golden brown.

Throw in the curry leaves & green chillies, followed by onion & turmeric.

Saute till the onion becomes transparent & changes color. 
Squeeze out the water from the puffed rice (Just draining the water isn't sufficient, try to squeeze as much water as possible). Puffed rice would have become soft by now.

Add the puffed rice to the tempering. Mix in salt & sugar.Let it cook on a low heat for a minute or two.

Add the roasted channa dal powder/hurigadale pudi to it & mix it well.

Turn off the heat. Add lemon juice, grated coconut & coriander leaves. Mix well & serve it right away!

Soak the puffed rice for a maximum of 5 minutes & squeeze out the excess water from it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hotel Sambar Recipe

Have you tried eating idli-sambar/dosa-sambar or vada-sambar in any of the fast food joints in Bangalore? If yes, you must have gone gaga over their sambar. The sambar provided would be more on the sweeter side & considerably thick. I have tried to recreate their sambar over years & now I can say, I make somewhat similar to what is served in the restaurants!

Here is my version:

Preparation Time: 20mins
Cooking time: 40mins (Including pressure cooking time)

Ingredients: (Yields around 2 litres of sambar).
Moong dal/Split & skinned green gram: 1/2 cup
Salt: According to taste
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Finely chopped potato: 1/2 cup
Finely chopped veggies: 1/2 cup (I normally add raddish, carrots, french beans & yam)
Finely chopped onion: 1/2 cup
Tamarind: 2 tsp, thick extract of the pulp.
Jaggery: 2 tbsp

For spice paste:
Gram dal/Channa dal: 2 tsp
Urad dal/Skinned black dal: 1 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Coriander seeds: 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp
Dry red chili: 8-10 nos ( non spicy ones like Kashmiri chilli)
Curry leaves: 10-12 nos
Oil: 1 tsp
Coconut: 1/2 cup, scraped
Asafoetida: a pinch

For tempering:
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: 4- 6 nos
Tomato: 1 no, finely chopped

  • Wash the moong dal thoroughly. Add the finely chopped vegetables, potato & onion to the washed dal. 
  • Add water, turmeric & 1/2 tsp of salt to the vegetables. Pressure cook the dal & vegetable together for 2-3 whistles. Allow the cooker to cool.
  • Meantime, heat a pan. Add oil & roast all the ingredients mentioned for the spice paste (except coconut & asafoetida). No need to roast each ingredient separately. Add channa dal & urad dal first, roast it lightly. Follow it by cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilli. Roast it till the dry red chilli become crisp.Finally throw in curry leaves & coriander seeds.  Toss for another minute. The kitchen will smell heavenly by now. Turn off the heat, add coconut & asafoetida to the roasted spices & mix well. Allow the spices to cool down.
  • Make a fine paste of the roasted spices by adding little water. 
  • Heat a broad vessel. Add oil to it. When oil is hot, throw in mustard & cumin seeds. When seeds turn brown, add curry leaves & finely chopped tomato. Saute the tomato until it is mushy & oil separates from it.
  • Add the cooked lentils & vegetables to it. Adjust the salt, add the tamarind extract, jaggery & the prepared spice paste. Allow it to boil for another 10-12 mins. 
  • Yummy hotel sambar is ready. Serve it with vada, idli, dosa or even plain rice!

My sis's mom-in-law adds a tablespoon of roasted gram dal/roasted channa dal/hurigadale/kadala pappu while preparing the spice paste & adds only 1 or 2 tbsps of grated coconut. I have tried the sambar this way too! It taste's good.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Radish greens salad: A bowl of good health!

Savi-Ruchi crossed 250 recipe mark with this post & yet this is my first salad recipe!! Unbelievable but true. Now you know my family's craving for salads :( However I & my sister are an exception. We both love salads. Recently my sis joined me for lunch & we both enjoyed eating salads. I prepared this radish salad & the bowl of salad was over in less than 15mins.

Though the radish leaves are a little bitter & a tad pungent ,they are edible & tasty too. Radish greens are the most nutritious part of the plant

Serves: 3-4 
Preparation Time: 10mins

Tender radish leaves: 2.5 cups, finely chopped
Red onion: 1, medium sized, finely chopped(Around 1/3rd cup)
Cucumber: 1/2 cup (Finely chopped)
Salt: According to taste
Pepper: 1/4 tsp, optional

For the salad dressing:
Olive oil: 1 tsp
Lemon juice: 2 tsp

For garnishing: 
Roasted sesame seeds: 2 tsp

Mix together the raddish leaves, red onion & cucumber & refrigirate.
Just before serving, sprinkle the salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice & toss well.
Garnish with roasted sesame seeds & dig in!


  • Go ahead & add other veggies like grated carrots, grated radish or even some grated raw mango!
  • To add crunchiness to the salad, add roasted nuts or sweet corn.
  • There is no hard rule as to what proportion should the veggies be. Throw in whatever you like & enjoy.

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