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.

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