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Snake Gourd Kootu – Paduvala Kayi Kootu

Snake Gourd Kootu – Paduvala Kayi Kootu is a dish which my Husband loves dearly. Last week when we went to H-Mart found Snake Gourd, and both kinds of Pumpkin. He wanted me to make this Kootu, so here is the recipe.

I used the same procedure as posted in Sweet or Sihi Kootu. Used Moong dal instead of Toor dal.

The very first time I fried all the ingredients I received a phone call, lowered the heat and went to take the call. By the time I came back the ingredients where charred black. Had to redo the whole thing again. So, while frying the ingredients, stay close to the Gas Stove. :)

Ingredients to grind:

  1. Urad dal or Uddina Bele –  1 tablespoon
  2. Whole Black pepper or Menasu – 10
  3. Raw Rice – 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
  4. Whole Red Chillies – 5 (use less than less spicy)
  5. Fresh or dry coconut – 5 tablespoons

P.S: 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

Other Ingredients:

  1. 1 big Snake Gourd washed and chopped
  2. 1 cup cooked Moong dal or Hesaru Bele
  3. For seasoning :  Oil, mustard seeds, hing, turmeric.

Method:

  • Fry all the ingredients mentioned in ingredients to grind. Once it is cooled, grind into a smooth paste.
  • Cook moong dal in pressure cooker along with Snake Gourd.
  • In a big vessel, mix the cooked dal, add the ground paste.
  • Add salt.
  • In a pan, heat oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, hing, turmeric.
  • Add this to the dal, and vegetable mixture.
  • Let it boil for a few more minutes.
  • Serve with rice or chapathi.
  • I had made Sweet Pumpkin Palya and fried a few Happala and Sandige.

snake-gourd-kootu

 

Sprouted Moong Beans vegetable – Hesara Kalu Palya – Variation 2

I have posted several recipes of Sprouted Moong beans or Hesary Kalu. This is the variation I usually prepare on Thursday night for dinner.

hesarulaupalya2

Ingredients:

  1. 3 cups bean spouts cooked for 1 whistle in the pressure cooker.
  2. 5 green chillies.
  3. 2 chopped Tomatoes
  4. 2 Potatoes, washed, peeled and cooked
  5. 6 curry leaves.
  6. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  7. 5 tsp finely chopped cilantro.
  8. 2 tsp Oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, pinch of hing, 1 tsp Haldi for seasoning.
  9. Salt to taste.
  10. 2 tsp lemon juice.

Method:

  1. Pressure cook for one whistle the sprouts.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, red chilli powder and haldi.
  3. Add the tomatoes and allow it to cook.
  4. Add the boiled and cooked potatoes.
  5. Next, add the cooked sprouts.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Add salt, cilantro and lemon juice.
  8. Mix well and keep stirring for a few minutes.
  9. Serves for 4 people

hesarukalupalya

Here is a link for other variations:

  1. How to make bean sprouts.

  2. Sprouted Green Gram Sabzi / Hesara Kalu Palya

  3. Hesara Kalu Usli

Rice Vermicelli Puliyogre or Rice Noodles Puliyogre

 

rice-puliyogre

Rice noodles or Rice vermicelli are thin noodles that are made from rice. Their principal ingredients are rice flour and water. Rice vermicelli has a white color when cooked. Just like in India, it is available in many grocery stores in USA also.

You can find the recipe for Rice noodles or Rice vermicelli Uppittu in the below link.

In India, we call this dish Akki Shavige Uppittu. In B’lore we used to get the Dragon variety. I have brought these noodles (the thin variety) from Giant, Safeway, and Asian Stores like Han Ah Reum etc. The one I usually use for making this recipe looks like this:

Rice Noodles

Many of you might have been preparing this dish, I remembered one of my colleagues in Bangalore used to bring this dish for lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Packet of Rice noodles.
  • 5-6 curry leaves finely chopped(optional)
  • 1 tsp channa dal(optional)
  • 1 tsp urad dal(optional)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp haldi(optional)
  • Cilantro finely chopped for garnishing
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 3 tsp MTR Puliyogre Mix
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a lager pot boil enough water. Once the water is boiling, turn off the gas, and add the noodles. Let it sit for 5-6 minutes, it will turn white. Drain the water completely.Keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering all over your stove, add urad dal, chaana dal, turmeric or haldi, curry leaves, and ground nuts.
  3. Fry for a minute or two.
  4. Add the cooked noodles, salt.
  5. Make sure you keep stirring once you add the noodles.
  6. Now add the Puliyogre mix
  7. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well, keep stirring on low fire. Adjust the seasoning.
  8. Finally add finely chopped cilantro
  9. This serves 4 people

rice-puliyogre

 

Potato Beans Pudi Palya – ಆಲೂಗಡ್ಡೆ ಹುರಳಿಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ

This Potato Beans Pudi Palya – ಆಲೂಗಡ್ಡೆ  ಹುರಳಿಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ requires the use of ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder. The recipe for ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder can be found here:

aloobeans

Ingredients:

  1. 3 washed chopped Potatoes
  2. 1 cup Beans – washed and chopped
  3. 3 tsp ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp haldi or turmeric, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp jeera
  5. 2 tsp oil
  6. pinch of hing or Aasafotedia
  7. salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a microwave bowl, cook the potatoes and beans separately.
  2. Next, in a pan, add the oil. When the oil is hot enough add the mustard seeds and jeera. When it starts spluttering all over your stove, add the haldi, hing and , ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder.
  3. Fry for a few minutes until all of them get mixed well.
  4. Add the cooked potatoes and beans.
  5. Drizzle water to make sure the vegetables and the ವಾಂಗಿಭಾತ್ ಪುಡಿ – ಪಲ್ಯದ ಪುಡಿ – Vangibath Powder get mixed well.
  6. Cover and cook on low flame for a few minutes

Serve with rice, chapathi or jolada roti. This quantity serves two people.

Evaporated MilkyWay ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

I have already given two variations I use to prepare . The first one is the traditional one, and the second my invention.

Can you guess how this 3 rd option if different from the first two? Did you read the title? Any guess?

You can see the two options posted earlier here in the link below:

shavige-payasa3

Evaporated Milky Way ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ಶಾವಿಗೆ – Vermicelli
  • 2 Cups 2% Milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cup Sugar or to Taste
  • Unflavored Oil – Or  Ghee
  • 3-4 Cloves, 10-15 sliced Almonds, raisins and crushed cardamom Powder.

Method:

  • Fry the cloves, raisins, Almonds and ಶಾವಿಗೆ – Vermicelli in Oil/Ghee until it turns golden brown.  I fry all of them together.
  • Now, add 1/2 cup milk and let the ಶಾವಿಗೆ – Vermicelli cook until soft.
  • When the ಶಾವಿಗೆ – Vermicelli is completely cooked, add sugar and the 1 can evaporated milk.
  • Let it boil until all the sugar is dissolved.
  • Finally, add crushed cardamom powder.

The evaporated milk gave the ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer completely new taste the first time I prepared. Everyone in my family just loved it. I have been preparing it this Way for many months now. If you like experimenting with food, give it a try. It tastes heavenly.

P.S: This serves almost 20 people. I prepared ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer this weekend for my Daughter Sneha’s graduation party. Everyone asked for the recipe and wanted to know the secret. And now the secret of Meera’s amazing delicious ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer is out. :)

Bitter Gourd Fritters – Hagalakayi Bajji

We had brought Bitter Gourd – Hagalakayi last week during our regular visit to the Indian Store. As always, I prepared

ಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ ಗೊಜ್ಜು  – Bitter Gourd Gojju ( Not prepared during festivals).

I also decided to do a small experiment and prepare Bitter Gourd Fritters – Hagalakayi Bajji, as I had eaten these when I was in Dubai. It was tasty, bitter and yummy. So, enjoy the recipe for Bitter Gourd Fritters – Hagalakayi Bajji. I prepared simple Tomato Saaru -Rasam and this went well with it. Yummy Yum.

hagalakayi-bajji

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp Rice flour
  • 2 tsp Gram flour
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • Pinch of Hing
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 Bitter Gourd

Method:

  1. Wash and slice the bitter gourd into thin slices. See image above.
  2. To this slices, mix all the ingredients except for oil.
  3. Mix well with just a few drops of water.
  4. It has to stick to the bitter gourd.
  5. Heat oil, and on low heat fry these slices on low flame.
  6. These will turn crunchy.
  7. Serve with your favorite Rice and Saaru.

 

Sandige Huli Recipe

As I mentioned in my previous post, My Husband and I visited Bangalore, India for his Nephews marriage. During the Devera Samaradhane pooje, the typical Madhwa Recipes were prepared. That’s when I asked my Husband to record the recipe for Sandige Huli, which was so yummy. So, attached below is the recipe from the Cook called Mr. Balakrishna Bhatt.

sandige-huli

Enjoy, will post the recipe as well soon.

 

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