Breadfruit Curry with Yogurt

Breadfruit is a common vegetable used in South India, mainly in Mangalore side it is very popular. This vegetable tastes fresh, juicy and has got a lot of flavor in it. Breadfruit sambar and curry are usually prepared for marriage events.Tt is called as ”Puli Kajippu” in local language ‘Tulu’ and ”Majjige Huli” in ‘Kannada’, “Mor Kuzhambu” in Tamilnadu, ‘Pulissery’ in Kerala. The techniques and few ingredients change from place to place. The recipe which I am going to share here is pure Mangalorean yogurt curry, a traditional dish- must in functions and festivals.

Deevi Halasu Majjige Huli/Breadfruit Curry

Ingredients:

  • Breadfruit- 1 ( peeled and cubed)
  • Yogurt- 1 cup
  • Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly- 2 (or more if you want it to be spicy)
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Tampering: Ghee, mustard seeds, curry leaves, curd chilly

Preparation:

  1. Boil the vegetable in a vessel with a cup of water or more
  2. Grind coconut, turmeric powder, green chilly and cumin seeds into smooth paste by adding little water
  3. When the vegetable is almost boiled add the ground paste, salt and let it boil for 3-4 minutes
  4. Now add the yogurt, stir well and boil for another 3-4 minutes
  5. Tamper it well with the above mentioned ingredients and serve it hot with rice

NOTE: You can use any vegetable instead of breadfruit. For example: beans, white pumpkin, capsicum or okra.

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Horse Gram Rasam Shots

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 Rasam Shots

Ingredients:

  • Horse gram- 1/4 cup (soaked in water for 20 minutes)
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Green chilly- 2
  • Turmeric powder- a pinch
  • Tampering: Clarified butter/Ghee, mustard seeds, garlic, asafoetida

Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook soaked horse gram with a cup of water (around 5-6 whistles)
  2. Transfer it into a vessel and along with salt, turmeric powder, green chilly and little water boil it well
  3. When it is boiled take out the green chillies and tamper it with above mentioned ingredients
  4. Drink it hot or warm as rasam shots or serve it with piping hot rice and crisps

 

Spicy Onion Pancakes/ Khara Dosa

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.

Spicy Onion Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • White Rice (dosa rice)- 1 & 1/2 cup (serves 2)
  • Red chilly- 2
  • Coriander seeds- 1/4 tbs
  • Salt
  • Onion- 1

Preparation:

  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
  2. Now add chopped onion and bring the consistency of batter into water’s by adding enough water
  3. 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.
  4. Let it cook for sometime and turn it over
  5. Serve it hot with  a butter cube

Ragi Rotti/Finger Millet Roti

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 Rotti/Finger Millet Roti

Ingredients:

  • Ragi powder- 1 cup
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Salt
  • Onion-1
  • Coriander leaves- 1/4 cup
  • Green chilly- 2

Preparation:

  1. Take a deep pan and add water along with salt, let it start boiling before you add the ragi powder
  2. Now slowly stir the content and let the water evaporate and form soft ragi dough.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Now transfer this to a pan and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve it hot with chutney or yogurt sprinkled with chat masala.

Ragi Rotti/Finger Millet Roti

 

 

 

Bendekai Palya/Okra Fry With Ground Coconut

Okra or ladies finger stir fry with ground coconut and spices is South Indian style side dish, served with roti, naan or chapathi. Bhindi is one popular vegetable in India, as it can be used in many dishes. I used some spices and coconut ground masala to normal okra stir fry I usually prepare.
Bendekai Palya/Okra Fry with Coconut gravyIngredients:

  • Okra- 250 grams
  • Tomato-1 big sized
  • Onion- 1
  • Coconut- 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly- 2
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs

Preparation:

  1. Wash and clean okra, wipe the moisture from it by using a dry cloth or tissue. Cut into 1 inch long pieces.
  2. Take a deep pan and add a tbs of oil, mustard seeds. When it starts to splutter add okra pieces and fry well until the vegetable is cooked and keep it aside.
  3. Grind coconut, green chilly, turmeric, onion, cumin seeds and garlic in a blender
  4. In a separate  pan add a tbs of oil, ground masala mix it well until the raw smell goes. Fry chopped tomato in it until it becomes soft and mushy
  5. Now add fried okra pieces into this pan and mix well by adding salt to taste
  6. Let it cook in low flame for 3-4 minutes
  7. Serve it hot with roti or rice

Hagala Hannina Gojju/Sweet &Tangy Ripe Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon is one best plant food which helps to improve the diabetic conditions. As the name suggests it is very bitter in taste. Love it or hate it but this is one important vegetable used in Asia especially in India. I started eating bitter melon in my diet early in my childhood. My grandmother is one great cook of these bitter babies. She used to prepare variety of vegetarian dishes with it. I love stir fry, roasted bitter gourd chutney, stuffed bitter gourd, bitter gourd chips, fritters and curry with coconut gravy the list goes on. Just thinking about it makes my mouth watering. There is one unique recipe my grandmother used to prepare, it had this tangy and sweet taste. I called this unique because here instead of green young bitter gourd, ripe ones are used. You have to pick pale yellow skinned soft and ripe bitter gourd for this recipe. Once you open it you should be able to see the blood red seeds then you can call  it perfect. My grandmother called this recipe- ”Thipra” I don’t know the meaning of it most probably she doesn’t know either. This sweet and tangy recipe tastes best with plain rice and yogurt.

Hagala Hannina Gojju/Riped Bittergourd Sweet &Tangy

Ingredients: 

  • Fully ripe bitter gourd- 1
  • Mustard seeds-  1 tbs
  • Black gram- 1 tbs
  • Curry leaves- 4
  • Green chillies- 2
  • Turmeric- 1/4 tbs
  • Tamarind extract- 1/4 cup (one small lemon sized tamarind is used)
  • Jaggery- 2 tbs, grated
  • Salt
  • Oil- 2 tbs

Preparation: 

  1. Wash and clean the bitter gourd. Cut it and discard the seeds, chop into small pieces.
  2. Take a frying pan add 2 tbs of oil, mustard seeds, black gram, curry leaves and green chillies
  3. Fry these items well for 3-4 minutes before adding bitter gourd pieces and salt
  4. Keep frying the bitter gourd until they are cooked well (takes around 10 -15 minutes depending upon the thickness of the vegetable)
  5. Now add turmeric, tamarind extract and jaggery. Mix well and let the mixture cook well for 4 minutes to absorb the flavors
  6. Serve it with plain rice and curd

Note: Use only well ripe bitter gourd for this recipe or there will be variation in the taste. If you use unripe on there will be more bitterness in the recipe.

Timare Chutney/Brahmi Herb Chutney

Brahmi or waterhyssop is one important herb in Ayurveda, it is known as Brahmi after ”Brahma” the creator God of the Hindu Pantheon. In Karnataka we call it as ”Timare” or ”Vondelaga”. It is mainly used in hair oil where it has medicinal values and prevents hair fall. I remember grandma preparing herb oil by mixing brahmi along with coconut oil and many other herbs. It is said that giving Brahmi to kids can increase their memory power. It is proved effective for anxiety and ADHD. As a kid I always loved Brahmi leaves in chutney and tambuli (a curry made from yogurt and green chilly) I remember helping my mom to collect leaves from our backyard. Recently when I was walking through the market I saw fresh Brahmi leaves and I couldn’t stop buying.

Timare Chutney/Brahmi Herb Chutney

Ingredients:

  • Brahmi leaves- 1 cup
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Grated ginger- 1 tbs
  • Tamarind- 1 small pea sized
  • Green chilly- 2 (you can add more if you want it to be more spicy)
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Grind above mentioned ingredients into smooth paste
  2. Serve it as dip for dosa or idli. It also tastes good as vegetable dip