Friday, November 23, 2012

Microwave Ragi Mudde

Ingredients (Serves 2):
1 cup ragi flour
2 cups water
Pinch of salt

1) Mix ragi, water and salt in a bowl. Remove any lumps.
2) Place it in a microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and mix
3) Repeat step 2 in intervals of 1 minute twice and 30 seconds twice.
4) Check if the mudde shakes like jelly, else mix and place in microwave in intervals of 30 seconds until done.
Serve with udaka or any curry of your choice :)
PS: The key is to get the mudde shake like jelly. Depending on the quantity used, quality of flour and microwave power settings time taken will vary :) 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yellow squash majjige huli

2-3 Tbsp roasted chana dal
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 green chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 cup thick yogurt or 2 cups curds
1/4 tsp tamarind concentrate (optional)
3-4 cups water
4-5 yellow squash - cut into chunks
1-2 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 dry red chilli
1/4 tsp asafoetida

1) Boil yellow squash in microwave for 3 minutes with 1/2 tsp of salt.
2) Grind chana dal, coriander seeds, green chilli, cumin seeds, grated coconut and coriander seeds into a fine  paste.
3) Heat a tbsp of oil, add the paste and fry for a minute.
4) Add yogurt and 2-3 cups of water along with tamarind and bring to boil. Check for salt
4) In a skillet, take a Tbsp of oil and add mustard seeds, wait for it to splutter. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida, dry red chilli. Add this to the huli.
Serve with rice or nuchinunde :)

Friday, November 9, 2012


1 cup toor dal
1/2 cup moong dal (Can substitute with toor dal)
1/2 cup chana dal (Can substitute with toor dal)
5-6 green chilli
1 cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp turmeric
3 Tbsp coriander leaves - finely chopped
1 sprig of curry leaves - finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cm ginger piece
1/2 onion - optional
1/4 tsp pepper powder

1) Soak dal overnight. Drain and grind the next day into a coarse mixture along with rest of the ingredients except onion, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Do NOT add water while grinding.
2) Mix with onion, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Check for salt.
3) Take a fistful of the dough and roll into an oval about 5-6cms long. Do the same for the rest. Place it in a oiled plate.
4) Bring about 2-3 cups of water to boil in a pressure cooker. Place the plate in the cooker and cover it without the weight on top. Reduce heat to medium and steam it for 15 minutes.

Serve with chutney or majjige huli :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Idli-vada sambhar

Ingredients (Makes 15 idlis):
1/2 cup uddina bele/black dal
1 1/2 cup idli rava
1 Tbsp thick poha
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 Tbsp yogurt

1) Soak uddina bele, poha and fenugreek seeds for 4-5 hours. Grind into a smooth paste. If idli rava is too coarse - grind it as well. Mix this with water and yogurt - batter should be a bit thicker than dosa. Leave it overnight and let it ferment.
2) Next day check for salt. Grease idli moulds with oil. Fill the moulds with batter.
3) In a pressure cooker, heat a glass of water until it starts boiling. Lower the heat to medium, place the idli moulds, cover the pressure cooker (do not put the weight on top) and let it steam for 12-15 minutes.
4) Once the time is up, pierce a fork through one of the idlis and remove it. If the fork comes out clean - idli is done! Using a spoon dipped in water, scoop idlis out

Ingredients (For sambhar)
1/2 cup toor dal - cooked
1 potato - chopped and boiled
1 carrot - chopped and boiled
1 tomato - chopped and boiled
10-12 beans - chopped and boiled
1/2 cup peas
1 onion - finely chopped
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves - crushed
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
2 Tbsp huli pudi
1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate
2 Tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
2 dry red chilli
1 Tbsp jaggery powder

1) I used microwave to boil potatoes, carrot, beans and tomato. I initially placed potato in microwave with 1 glass of water and boiled it on high for 3 minutes, added carrot and boiled it for 3 minutes, added beans and tomato and boiled it for 4 minutes.
2) In a pan, heat 2 Tbsp oil, add mustard seeds - wait for it to splutter. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves and dry red chilli, onion, crushed cloves, asafoetida. Fry for a minute or two.
3) Add the boiled vegetables, peas, turmeric powder, huli pudi, coriander powder, cinnamon powder, tamarind concentrate, jaggery, 1 glass of water and bring it to boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes.
4) Add dal and a glass of water. Check for salt and bring it to boil. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped coriander leaves.

Check out vada recipe here. Check out coriander chutney recipe here.
Enjoy!!! :)