Onion Chutney

 

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Onion chutney with a blend of  red chillipowder and tamarind pulp is very tasty and goes well with any kind of dosa and idli and easy to make instantly without any elaborate process.

 

Ingredients:

  1. Red onion – 1 (large)
  2. Curry leaves – 10
  3. Coriander leaves – 1 stalk
  4. Red chiulli powder – 2tsp
  5. Tamarind pulp – 3tsp
  6. Sugar – 1/4tsp
  7. Salt to taste

Method:

  • Chop onions into small pieces.
  • In a blender, add onion,tamarind pulp,curry leaves,coriander leaves,red chilli powder and salt.
  • Grind coarsely all the ingredients.

Note:

  • Do not add water and also make sure to add thick tamarind pulp.
  • Do not use yellow onions that ruins the chutney,try to use red onions( preferbly).

 

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Chikkudukaya pickle(Indian Broad beans pickle)

 

Broad beans pickle

Broad beans pickle

 

Chikkudukaya(Indian broad beans) is one of the versatile vegetables which can be cooked with various combinations like tomato,Brinjal and goes well with rice or rotis.Here I tried to make pickle with Indian Broad beans.

 

Ingredients:

  1. Chikkudukayalu – 2cups
  2. Tamarind pulp – 100gms
  3. Red chilli powder – 100gms
  4. Salt  – to taste
  5. Garlic pods – 4
  6. Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  7. Curry leaves – few
  8. Oil – 4tsp
  9. Menthigunda/Fenugreek powder – 1tsp

Method:

  • Wash and cut Chikkudukayalu into small pieces.
  • Heat  2 tsp of oil in pan,fry chikkudukayalu till the seeds are hard enough.Now mix tamarind pulp to the fried beans.To this add redchillipower,salt and Menthi gunda and mix well.
  • Finally heat another 2 tso of  oil in a pan,fry garlic pods , mustard seeds,curry leaves and add this to the above pickle and mix well.
  • This stays good for 15daysif stored in air tight container.

Note:

After cutting the Broad beans ,dry them on a paper towel so that there is less moisture.This helps the pickle to stay longer.

 

 

 

Tindoora and Chana dal curry

Tindoora and chana dal is a very tasty combination and goes well with hot rice or any rotis.

Ingredients:

  1. Tindoora -3cups
  2. Chana dal – 1cup
  3. Red chillies – 4
  4. Cumin seeds – 1tsp
  5. Mustard seeds – 1stp
  6. Garlic – 4 pods
  7. Onions – 2(medium)
  8. Tomatoes – 1cup
  9. Turmeric – 1/2tsp
  10. Hing – pinch
  11. Corainder pwd – 1tsp
  12. Chilli pwd – 1tsp
  13. Salt as required
  14. Garam masala -1/2tsp(optional)
  15. Coriander leaves – 2tsp
  16. Curry leaves – few
  17. Oil – 3tsp

Method:

  • Chop Tindoora into bite size pieces.Chop onions and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Boil  chana dal with very little water ,they shoud be cooked just right not mushy.
  • Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan,add redchillies ,mustard seeds,cumin seeds in order.When the mustard starts spluttering add crushed garlic,onions,turmeric,Hing,curry leaves in order.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes,chillipowder,coriander pwd,Tindoora and little water(abt 1/4cup),salt. Cook covered in medium heat for 10min till the tomatoes and Tindoora are cooked completely .
  • Now add the boiled chana dal,mix well.
  • Add garam masala at this stage if u are using.Mix well and cook for another 5 min uncovered.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Goes well with rice or any Indian bread.

 

 

 

Tomato Rice

Tomato rice is a very simple ,quick and easy rice variety to make with a blend of cooked rice,Tomatoes and Indian spices.

Ingredients:

  1. Tomatoes – 2(large)
  2. Rice – 2cups
  3. Onion – 1(large)
  4. Ginger chopped – 1tsp
  5. Green chillies – 3
  6. Curry leaves – few
  7. Garam Masala – 1/2tsp(optional)
  8. Salt – as required
  9. Coriander leaves  for garnish
  10. Ghee/Clarified butter – 4stp
  11. Cashew broken – 3tsp

For tempering:

  1. Chana dal – 1tsp
  2. Urad dal – 1tsp
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  5. Hing  -pinch
  6. Whole red chillies – 2 

Method:

  • Heat 4stp of ghee in a wide bottomed pan,add the tempering ingredients.After the dals are light brown, add cashews,chopped ginger, green chillies,curry leaves and onion chopped in order .To this add salt and fry till  the onions are golden brown.
  • To this add a pinch of hing,Tomatoes,red chilli powder and cook till the tomatoes are fully soft and cooked.At this satge add grama masala if you are using.
  • Finally to this add the cooked rice.Mix well ,adjust salt and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Goes well with Raita.

Carrot Rava Idli

 

 Rava idli ,instant  breakfast variety with a blend of carrots and Indian spices is very easy and quick to make.

Ingredients:

  1. Semolina/Rava – 1cup
  2. Semya – 1/2cup
  3. Carrot grated – 1/2cup
  4. Onion – 1(small) [Optional]
  5. Curds – 2cups
  6. Coriander leaves – 2tsp
  7. Curry leaves – few
  8. Ginger – small piece
  9. Oil – 1tsp
  10. Salt to taste

Seasoning ingredients:

  1. Urad dal – 1tsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/4tsp
  4. Oil

Method:

  • Dry fry semolina till light brown and keep aside.
  • Also fry semya in little oil till crispy and keep aside.
  • Now add semolina and semya to curds by adding salt and leave it for 30min.
  • Just before making idlis add the remaining ingredients along with seasoning and mix well in the batter.
  • Cook in the idli cooker as regular idlis and serve hot with any chutney of your choice.
  • Besan chutney goes well with Rava idlis.

Note:

These idlis might take approximately 20 min to cook.

Green chilli pickle

 

Green chilli pickle ,almost instant pickle  for chilli lovers,which goes well with a combination of rice and any dal.For this pickle pick chillies that are medium hot or milder.As far as I know the smaller the green chilli size ,the hotter it is.Here I picked the thin ,long ones( the Indian variety)

Ingredients:

  1. Green chillies – 15
  2. Tamarind pulp – 1cup
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Mustard powder – 2tsp
  5. Fenugreek seeds pwd – 1 tsp
  6. Sesame seeds  pwd – 3tsp
  7. Hing – pinch
  8. Oil – 4tsp
  9. Turmeric pwd – 1tsp

Method:

  • Wash and dry the green chillies without any traces of water.Make a slit in all the chillies lengthwise ,by keeping the stalk (do not cut completely as shown in the pic below)

 

  • Heat oil in pan and fry the green chillies for 5min.Remove  from oil and keep aside.
  • In the same pan add tamarind pulp, salt,hing,turmeric pwd,mix well cook till the tamarind  pulp thickens.To this add mustard pwd,fenugreek pwd and sesame seeds powder in order .
  • Finally add the green chillies fried in oil , close the lid and cook for 3min.
  • Let them marinate for 24 hrs and enjoy!
  • Tastes good with hot rice and any dal.

Aritikaya/Raw Banana dumplings

 

 

 

This variety with boiled raw banana and a blend of Indian spices goes well with any type of Indian bread and rice as well.

Ingredients:

  1. Raw Banana – 2
  2. Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
  3. Tomatoes – 2
  4. Onions – 2(medium)
  5. Garam masala – 1tsp(optional)
  6. Turmeric pwd – 1/2 tsp
  7. Green chillies – 2
  8. Red chilli powder – 1tsp
  9. Besan – 2stp
  10. Oil for deep frying
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Coriander leaves – 2tsp(finely chopped)

For tempering /tadka:

  1. Chana dal – 1/2tsp
  2. Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  3. Mustard seeds – 1/2tsp
  4. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  5. Curry leaves – few
  6. Oil – 1tsp

Method:

  • Cut, boil, peel  and smash the raw banana pieces.
  • To this add salt,ginger garlic paste(1/2tsp),garam masala,coriander leaves,besan and mix well.Make round balls of the mix and deep fry in oil till golden brown.Keep  them aside.
  • Heat  a tsp oil in a separate pan,add the ingredients for tempering, after the mustard splutters,add finely chopped onions,green chillies,remaining  1/2 tsp of ginger garlic paste,tomatoes,turmeric pwd,salt and chilli powder one after another.Add little water and cook covered for 10 min.
  • Now finally add the fried banana dumplings to the above gravy.
  • Adjust salt and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • This goes well with chapathis and rice as well.