Urad dal/uddina dosa is popular south Indian breakfast item. The batter can also be used for preparing idli, by adding a little water to the same batter dosas can be prepared. We prepare it once a week, crispy dosa with chutney, sambar or potato stir fry (bhaji) makes it more tasty. I am going to share the restaurant style, finger licking good, crispy golden brown dosa recipe.
- Black gram/Urad dal – 1/2 cup
- White rice- 3 cups
- Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tbs
- Soak black gram and white rice separately for 3-4 hours (fenugreek seeds can be soaked along with rice)
- Now grind the black gram into very smooth paste by adding little water and keep it aside
- Grind white rice and fenugreek with little water, but make sure that it is not as smooth as black gram mixture
- Add these 2 mixtures together in a big vessel along with little salt and mix well
- Keep it overnight for fermentation
- Your batter is ready for preparing dosas, serve it hot with side dishes
Rasam is popular in India, it is perfect for any season. Rasam and rice for summer and rasam shots for rainy or winter season. Tomato rasam, tamarind rasam, pepper rasam, lemon rasam are few different types of rasam. Horse gram or Hurali has many health benefits and it is mainly used for kidney stone removal and lowering high blood pressure. I prepared rasam from this highly nutritious seeds, it is perfect for drinking as shots or with rice.
- Horse gram- 1/4 cup (soaked in water for 20 minutes)
- Green chilly- 2
- Turmeric powder- a pinch
- Tampering: Clarified butter/Ghee, mustard seeds, garlic, asafoetida
- Pressure cook soaked horse gram with a cup of water (around 5-6 whistles)
- Transfer it into a vessel and along with salt, turmeric powder, green chilly and little water boil it well
- When it is boiled take out the green chillies and tamper it with above mentioned ingredients
- Drink it hot or warm as rasam shots or serve it with piping hot rice and crisps
Spicy Onion Dosa or Khara dosa is a traditional South Canara (Udupi) recipe. This does not requires any side dish like chutney or sambar. This is very easy and simple breakfast. No fermentation is required. This dosa tastes better when served with lot of butter.
- White Rice (dosa rice)- 1 & 1/2 cup (serves 2)
- Red chilly- 2
- Coriander seeds- 1/4 tbs
- Onion- 1
- Soak the rice over night and in the morning grind it with red chillies, salt and coriander seeds along with little water into very smooth batter
- Now add chopped onion and bring the consistency of batter into water’s by adding enough water
- Now heat a non stick pan and spill the batter on that with the help of spoon. Do not press it like how you usually so for other dosa, here you will have to spill the batter so that it is thin enough to get crispy.
- Let it cook for sometime and turn it over
- Serve it hot with a butter cube
Did you know that almost all parts of banana plants are useful. Flower, raw banana, riped banana,stem can be eaten and banana leaf is used to cover the food items and steam. In India banana leaves are also used as plates on special occasions, it gives special aroma and taste to the food when eaten on it. Todays recipe is about banana stem, it is rich in fiber. If you are looking for low fat diet this is perfect. It is full of potassium too, it helps reducing the stomach pain and cleans the impurities in a natural way.
- Banana stem, finely chopped- 2 cups
- Red chilly- 3
- Mustard- 1/2 tbs
- Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs
- Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
- Olive oil- 1 tbs
- Clean and finely chop the banana stem. keep it aside soaked in water for few minutes
- Now in a blender, grind red chilly, coconut, turmeric powder and mustard
- In a deep pan add a tbs of olive oil and 1 red chilly broken into two pieces fry it well and add drained banana stem pieces along with a cup of water and salt
- Let it cook for 15 minutes now add the ground masala and mix well, let it cook for 5-8 minutes slowly in low flame
- Let all the water evaporate
- Serve it hot with rice and sambar or rotis
Veg soupy noodle is simple Asian style quick meal, it is also called as Ramen in Japan. It has broth, noodles, vegetables and sauces in it which makes it delicious and healthy too. I had this sudden craving for soupy noodles after watching this Manga called Naruto where the main character eats a lot of ramen. Finally bought some veggies and noodles, tossed it together and made some yummy bowl of soupy noodles.
- Hakka noodles or any noodles- 1 pack
- Mixed veggies- 1 bowl (carrots, beans, cauliflower)
- Frozen green peas- 1/4 cup
- Mushrooms- 1/4 cup
- Spring onion- 1/4 cup
- Onion-1 medium
- Garlic- 2 cloves
- Green chilly- 2
- Capsicum- 1/2
- Soy Sauce- 2 tbs
- Pepper powder- 1/2 tbs
- Vegetable stock- 2 cups
- Boil the noodles and vegetables separately , drain and keep it aside. Don’t over cook it.
- Take a deep pan and add 2 tbs of olive oil, fry the chopped onion green chilly, garlic and capsicum
- To this add soy sauce, little slat and mix well
- Now add boiled veggies, frozen peas, mushrooms along with stock
- Add noodles and mix well, let it boil in low flame for 5 minutes, you can add more stock if needed
- Now decorate it with spring onions, sprinkle some pepper powder and have it hot
Chana palak or chole palak is another healthy recipe, which is liked by many. It is a north Indian gravy usually served with roti or naan. Boiled chickpeas simmered in creamy spinach gravy makes it more flavorful. Palak paneer, Aloo palak, Matar Palak, Palak gobi are other combinations where pretty much same method is used.
- Chickpeas/Chana- 1 cup (serves 2)
- Palak- 2 cups
- Garlic- 3 cloves
- Ginger- 1 tbs, grated
- Green chilly- 2-3
- Garam masala- 1/2 tbs
- Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
- Butter- 1 cube
- Soak chick peas overnight and boil them, you can also use canned chickpeas instead where it takes less time for cooking and soaking is not required
- Blanch palak leaves with the help of hot water or boil them for 4 minutes, drain and keep aside
- In a pan add a tbs of olive oil, fry chopped onion, garlic, green chilly and ginger. Let it cool.
- In a blender blend this fried items along with palak leaves and 1/2 cup of water into smooth paste
- Take a pan add a tbs of olive oil and cumin seeds, let it splutter. Now add the palak paste to it and let it boil in low flame for 3 minutes before you add garam masala and salt.
- Mix well and add boiled chickpeas, simmer it for 5 minutes. Allow the chick peas to extract the flavor slowly.
- Place a butter cube on it and serve it hot with chapathi or naan
NOTE: You can avoid adding butter if you are into healthy diet and you can add tomatoes along with onion if you want to have the tomato flavor in the gravy.
Ragi or finger millet is an important part of a healthy diet. Twice in a week its good to have ragi for balanced and low carbohydrate diet. I usually go for instant or fermented dosa, roti and ragi balls. This recipe which I am going to share today is quite different from what I usually prepare. Rather than using the ragi powder directly I have boiled it in water and used to prepare soft rotis.
- Ragi powder- 1 cup
- Water- 2 cups
- Coriander leaves- 1/4 cup
- Green chilly- 2
- Take a deep pan and add water along with salt, let it start boiling before you add the ragi powder
- Now slowly stir the content and let the water evaporate and form soft ragi dough.
- Transfer it into a bowl using a spoon and let it cool a bit, add chopped green chillies, onion, coriander leaves, before you kneed it roughly
- Pluck out a small ball of dough and roll into round roti, or you can place this on a plastic and cover it with another plastic then press it hard with a big plate to get the round shape.
- Now transfer this to a pan and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
- Serve it hot with chutney or yogurt sprinkled with chat masala.
Green mung beans are healthy and tasty, I usually prefer them in salad and stir fry but like them in pancakes too. It is South Indian traditional breakfast recipe. This is the best recipe if you are dieting or into healthy food, what can be more healthier than beautifully sprouted mung beans? You can use overnight soaked green gram or ready made sprouted ones.
- Green gram/Green mung bean- 2 cup
- Rice- 1/4 cup
- Green chilly- 3
- Ginger, grated- 1 tbs
- Salt to taste
- Cumin seeds- 1 tbs
- Onion- 2
- Cumin seeds- 2 tbs
- Green chilly- 1 (optional)
- Soak green gram and rice overnight, rinse nicely and grind it along with green chillies, ginger, salt and cumin seeds by adding little water to get the consistency of dosa batter
- Meanwhile roast cumin seeds and add it with chopped onions in a bowl and keep it aside
- Heat a pan and pour a spoon of dosa batter and spread it along in circular motion
- Sprinkle around 1/2 tbs of roasted cumin and onion mixture on top of it and let it be there for a minute before you turn it over to other side
- Cook both the sides well by changing sides
- Serve it hot with clarified butter on the top
Punarpuli or commonly known as Kokum is mainly found in India and Africa. It has got pharmaceutical and culinary uses. Sun dried Kokum peels are used in Sherbet and rasam (watery soup). Ayurvedic physicians have long used kokum to treat sores, prevent infection, improve digestion, diarrhea and constipation. During my childhood days when I used to go to Grandma’s house for summer vacation we cousins used to pick these fruits, eat the inner part and collect the peels for sun drying. This sun dried peels can last for years and years so no need to worry about storing in refrigerator. It is available in most of the Indian stores where spices are sold. Today I am going to share this recipe with healing magic- if you have indigestion, cough, throat infection or cold this is what you need to drink.
- Sun dried Kokum peel- 4
- Black pepper powder- 2 tbs (or can use more, it will help healing your cold)
- Garlic – 3 cloves
- Ghee/clarified butter- 1 tbs
- Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
- Curry leaves- 4
- Soak the peels in a cup of water for 10 minutes, let it become soft.
- Now transfer this into a big vessel add another cup of water, salt to taste and black pepper powder
- Boil the content well and keep it in low flame for 10 minutes after it starts boiling
- Now take a tampering spoon or pan and tamper ghee, mustard seeds, chopped garlic and curry leaves. Add to the vessel containing kokum mixture.
- Serve it hot as rasam with rice or drink it as shots.
Many health conscious people and weight watchers choose brown bread. I think it is a smart choice, it is always good to eat healthy. Recently I started eating brown bread and I try to come up with many ways to make it tasty every time by adding spices and veggies. I select brown breads made from wheat bran not sure how healthy it is compared to the usual white bread but I like to think that what I am eating is healthy 🙂 Kidney beans are full of protein and I thought it is a good combination with bread, just by adding few vegetables I prepared braised beans. It may look less attractive and more like hospital food but believe me its way tastier and healthier than any junk food or burger.
- Brown bread
- Cumin- 1/2 tbs
- Garlic cloves- 2
- Kidney beans- 1 cup (soaked overnight and cooked or canned)
- Onion- 1 medium
- Capsicum- 1
- Tomato- 2
- Green chillies
- Cook kidney beans in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles
- In a pan add a tbs of olive oil and cumin seeds, let it splutter
- Add chopped onions, capsicum, green chillies and crushed garlic cloves fry them well
- Now add chopped tomatoes and let them become mushy before you add cooked beans and a cup of water and salt
- Cook this mixture in low flame for 20 minutes, you can add more water if it is needed
- Serve it hot with brown bread