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Tower Idlis or Cup Idlis

What’s in the shape you may say? But, honestly the different types of Idlis you prepare taste differently with different sizes and shapes. The same Idli batter when done in normal idli plate versus plate idli the taste is completely different. I can attest to this because we make Plate or Tatte idli for Lord Ganesha festival and it truly tastes divine. And the batter we use is the same.

Today, with the Idli batter we had, my Husband surprised me with these Tower Idli’s. When he brought the small steel coffee glasses from the stack of steel utensils we had, I thought it was for drinking small amounts of coffee rather than using the oversized coffee mugs we use here in the USA.

When I came back to the kitchen after several meetings, I saw Tower Idlis ready to be eaten. He used two different steel tumblers for making the Idlis. If you have small size steel glasses or tumblers try this new type of Idlis.

And having those on plantain leaf was just too delicious. With a dollop of ghee on those piping hot idlis and yummy sambhar what’s to not like these idli’s right?

Tomato Uppittu or Upma

We have hundreds and hundreds of Tomatoes, green chillies and capsicum growing in our garden. My husband loves Tomato Uppittu or Upma. So, less ingredients, and a very very tasty upma. Yummy.

Tomato-Upma

So, used almost 10 big tomatoes, 5 red chillies in this Uppittu or Upma.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Rava or Sooji or Rave
  • 10 big tomatoes chopped.
  • 5 red chillies.
  • 4-5 curry leaves finely chopped
  • 3 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • 2-3 tsp Oil, and 1 tsp mustard seeds,  1/2 tsp turmeric, pinch of hing for seasoning

Method:

First, in a non stick pan or any deep vessel fry the rava continuously until it turns golden brown. Make sure it doesn’t burn out. Transfer this onto a plate.

Next, add  oil. When it is hot enough add all the seasoning ingredients one after another. Add green chillies and curry leaves also. Add the tomatoes and 2 cups of water and cover. Let this boil until the tomates are cooked. Now add the salt, sugar. Once this boils as well, slowly add the rava. While you are adding rava, make sure there are no lumps, so keep stirring continuously. It should look watery when you have added all the rava.

Now, cover the vessel, and cook on slow fire for another 15-20 minutes, once the rava is cooked, add coconut, finely chopped cilantro.

Tomato-Upma

Serve with chatnipudi and yoghurt. Enjoy.

2021 Krishna Janmasthami Pictures

Hope you all had a wonderful festival. What a treasure the blog was for all recipes, slokas and stotras. Rather than using several books, I just take my laptop along with me so I have easy access to everything. While cooking, I have it on my island so I can lookup recipes. This blog truly has become my own encyclopedia. There are many things I could improve, hopefully I will get sometime to work on those improvements.

As far as items I prepared, there were 3 new items this year I prepared. Peanuts Laddoo, Wheat flour Laddoo, and Sajjappa. I will post recipes for each of them.

All Tulasi, jasmine flowers, Roses, Shevantige – Mums were from our Garden. Also, were vegetables likes green chillies, capsicum, and cucumber from our garden.

The list with three new recipes was almost as same as last year.

  • Moong dal Kosambari
  • Channa dal Kosambari
  • Sweet Avalakki
  • Mosaru Avalakki
  • Khara Avalakki
  • Thengolu
  • Om Pudi
  • Shankar Poli
  • Chakli
  • Peanut Laddoo
  • Sajjappa
  • Wheat Laddoo

And here are some pictures from the festival. We followed the Vrata Ratna Mala book my father had given me in 2012.

Yellow Squash Huli or Sambhar

Anytime I prepare sambhar or Huli I never use the sambhar powder, I always grind fresh and prepare. This one is a slightly different powder will less ingredients. Tasted divine with chapathi, you can serve with rice also.

Yellow squash is growing amazingly at our house. We get at least 4-5 of them a day. So, trying so many new recipes with it.

Ingredients:

  1. 6-7 numbers yellow squash washed and chopped
  2. 1 cup Tuvar Dal cooked in pressure cooker
  3. To fry – 3 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp urad dal, 1 tsp jeera, 1/4 tsp methi seeds, 7 red chillies as seen in picture, 1/4 tsp whole black pepper
  4. 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
  5. 1 lemon sized ball tamarind or tomato paste
  6. For seasoning – oil, mustard seeds and hing

Method:

  1. Pressure cook Tuvar dal.
  2. In a separate pan, make the seasoning, add chopped yellow squash and cook it with little water.
  1. Fry all ingredients
  1. Grind with fresh coconut and tamarind or tomato paste.
  1. Add cooked dal, and ground paste to the cooked yellow squash.
  2. Add salt and 1 tsp jaggery.
  3. Let it boil completely.
  4. Serve with chapathi or rice.

Celery Dal

It gets boring sometimes using the same vegetable, same dishes. I always used celery in soups. However, in summer you don’t feel like eating soup.

So, it was dal and made it quite thick so we could eat with chapathi. Very simple ingredients, and an amazing dal with goes well with rice or chapathi.

Ingedients:

  1. 1 bunch celery washed and chopped if measured it was almost 3 cups
  2. 1 cup pressure cooked Moon dal
  3. For seasoning – oil, mustard seeds, 1 red chilli, 3 green chillies, curry leaves, hing, salt, fresh grated coconut and lemon juice.

Method:

  1. Chop celery and cook them separately with less water.
  2. Pressure cook moong dal.
  3. Take a pan, heat oil, add all ingredients for seasoning.
  4. Add cooked celery, cooked dal, add salt, fresh grated coconut let it boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and add lemon juice.
  6. Serve with chapathi or rice.

Simple Yellow Squash Vegetable

This year we planted yellow Squash and seeing it grow and giving so many squashes is just truly amazing. We have 5 plants and I see almost 30-40 of them growing.

Until today, I had never brought them or even tasted them. Not sure how I missed especially seeing how much health benefits it has.

I prepared a very simple vegetable/Palya with just 4 ingredients and it tasted just delicious and buttery with chapathi.

  1. Wash and chop them.

2. In a pan put 2 tsp oil, when hot add mustard seeds, jeera, red chillies, hing.

3. Add chopped squash. Let it cook. Takes less than 4-5 minutes since it is quite soft.

4. Once cooked, add salt and fresh coconut. Turn off heat.

Serve with chapathi or rice. Buttery Yellow Squash palya is just plain simple and delicious.

Cabbage Chayote Palya

Eating the same food over and over again is sometimes boring. And coming up with new recipes is not easy either.

We had 1/2 cabbage and just 2 chayotes. To be honest, we eat lots of vegetables and I was tired doing the same vegetables or even using the cabbage in Upma or Sambar. So, I decided why not combine both of these vegetables and do a very simple vegetable/Palya on a Thursday.

With less than 4 ingredients, basic seasoning, and less than 15 minutes an amazing palya for Chapathi was ready.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 finely chopped cabbage
  2. 2 finely chopped Chayote or semebadanekayi
  3. 3 green chillies sliced
  4. 3-4 tsp grated coconut, and finely chopped cilantro
  5. Oil, mustard seeds, Jeera, and hing for seasoning
  6. Salt to taste

Method:

A. In a microwave I cooked both cabbage and chayote seperately.

B. Heat oil in a pan, when its hot, add mustard seeds, jeera, hing and slit green chillies.

C. Next, add the cooked vegetables and mix everything.

D. Add salt, and grated coconut and finely chopped cilantro.

E. Serve with chapathis.

Potato Methi Leaves Poori

Exactly same recipe as Paratha, but made Pooris instead. We are allowed to have a cheat day once a while right?

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup methi leaves
  3. 1 boiled and grated potato
  4. 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  5. 1 tsp Red chilli powder (use according to your taste)
  6. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  7. Water to mix
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil

Method:

In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, cumin seeds, grated potato, methi leaves, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Knead well adding as much water as you need to make a soft dough.

Roll poori and fry in oil.

I served with coconut chatni.

Potato Methi Leaves Paratha

Green Chutney – Coriander Chutney

 

Potato Methi Leaves Paratha

HAPPY NEW YEAR DEAR EXTENDED FAMILY.

HOPE THIS NEW YEAR BRINGS SOME PEACE FOR ALL OF US FROM COVID.

Having two weeks off was a great way to end 2020. I recorded so many songs, learnt many Stotras and Slokas. Didn’t try any new dish other than the normal food.

I had 1 boiled potato and a cup of methi leaves. It wasn’t enough for any other dish, so decided to prepare this paratha. Noticed it wasn’t posted here.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup methi leaves
  3. 1 boiled and grated potato
  4. 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  5. 1 tsp Red chilli powder (use according to your taste)
  6. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  7. Water to mix
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil

Method:

In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, cumin seeds, grated potato, methi leaves, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Knead well adding as much water as you need to make a soft dough.

See picture below.

 

Now, roll the dough into circles using a rolling pin, just like you make chapatis. Roll out the dough in a round shape, about 4-5 inches diameter.

Heat the tava(pan or skillet) on a medium to high flame. Place a roti on the pan. Add 1/4 tsp oil and spread across the roti for 2 minutes. Turn, add another 1/4 tsp oil, and cook the second side for another 2 minutes till small bubbles form.

Serve with any side dish raita and any dal. I had made Methi leaves dal.

Recipe for Methi dal can be found here:

Menthye Soppina Thove – Methi Dal

 

Kosambari Dosa


What do you do when you have almost 2 cups of Kosambari leftover? You can’t throw it away because of all the good ingredients you have in there like Moong dal, Channa dal, coconut, cucumber, green chillies. We had so much food prepared for Shree Krishna Janmasthami that the entire two varieties of Kosambari was untouched.

We do eat Kosambari a lot at my house, but with all the food that we had, no one touched it. So, I remembered once in my in-laws house they had mentioned grinding it and making dosa. I decided to give it a try and it turned out delicious.

Very simple, add all the Kosambari and 2 tsp rice flour to a mixer jar, grind it and make delicious dosas. Since it already had all the ingredients, I didn’t even add salt to it.

Next time you have leftover Kosambari try this recipe.

Serve with chatni or chatni powder.

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