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Celery Chutney

We are almost a dozen close knit satsangha group who have truly become sisters. We eagerly wait for the monthly satsangha, each one a staunch devotee of our beloved Rayaru. The very first attraction to all of us is our Rayaru, and the second the love and affection we have for each other, and last but not the least the food.

In the month of August we had Satsangha at Ms. Radhika’s house. Ms. Padma prepared Celery Chutney and it was just delicious and something I had never eaten. My Sister used to make Majjige Huli from Celery, but I had never eaten Celery Chutney. It was very very delicious and immediately became a super hit.

Yesterday, we had Satsangha at Ms. Vandhana’s house, and Padma once again made this chutney, and once again it was liked by one and all. Everyone started asking the recipe, and the next thing I know they all wanted me to post it here so we can refer to it anytime we wanted. So, here comes the recipe for Celery Chutney. Thanks Padma, and Radhika.

Recipe as sent by Ms. Padma on our WhatsApp group.

Ingredients:

  1. Celery Sticks – 1 bunch
  2. Peanuts – Handful
  3. Mustard Seeds, Jeera, Methi seeds, Hing
  4. Oil
  5. Ginger, Tamarind, Green chillies, Jaggery, Coriander leaves, Curry leaves

Method:

  • Celery sticks – fresh medium size bundle (you can use the leaves also). Wash , chop into small pieces and keep aside. Use them fresh so that it has water content in it.
  • In a kadai, put some oil and let it heat. Add the following in same order:
  • 2 handful of peanuts and let it fry till light brown, move it to the side in the kadai itself and add 2 tea spoon of mustard seeds and let it splutter, add 2 tea spoon of jeera, 1 tea spoon of methi seeds and mix all the ingredients, add a small ball of tamarind and  little hing and stir, add 4-6 green chillies based on how much spicy you want, add coarsely chopped ginger, curry leaves broken into pieces by hand and give it a stir, add chopped celery, stir and leave it open to cook on  low to medium flame – do not close the vessel, it will anyways leave water.
  • Cook for approx 8 to 12 mins
  • Add salt, jaggery and Coriander bunch and stir. It will leave more water. Let it cook for another 5 mins in low to medium heat.
  • Let it cool completely
  • Blend either finely (for sandwiches) or coarsely for rice/ idly/dosa. Celery will still have water in it and most likely, you will not need to add water while blending.

Shree Krishna Janmasthami Pooja Links

Shree Krishna Janmasthami this year is celebrated on Sunday September 2nd.

I have posted several posts for many years now, and this one has all the links for easy access to you all. Hope you all have a wonderful celebrations and get the blessings from our Lord Krishna. Click on the links below to get all information. May Lord Krishna bless us all.

  1. Pooja preparation Tips and Tricks
  2. Simple and easy mantras to chat during Shree Krishna Janmashtami
  3. Pooja Details
  4. All recipes

Green Chutney – Coriander Chutney

We had 3 bunches of coriander leaves and wanted to use it to the full extent. So, decided to make this quick simple and spicy green chutney. Tasted very good with Rava Idli. Gather all ingredients, grind and eat. 3 simple steps to make this delicious chutney. The chat masala gives it a very tangy taste. Loved it.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 bunches fresh coriander leaves
  2. 3/4 cup groundnuts
  3. 5 green chillies
  4. 1 inch grated ginger
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice
  6. salt to taste, and 1/4 tsp sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp Chat Masala
  8. 1 tsp Oil

Method:

  1. Fry the groundnuts for 5-6 minutes on a pan. You can also microwave the same for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the groundnuts don’t burn. Let it cool
  2. Now, add all the ingredients from 1-8 and grind to a smooth paste.

Warm Quinoa Salad

Healthy eating is tough, is challenging, is boring, and is quite expensive. However, when you apply a little bit of creativeness in preparing your meal, it is no longer tough, challenging, boring or even expensive. You might have seen several recipes I have been posting, I know it is not typical Indian food we all like to eat. However, it is important to have a list of recipes we can use and what better way to memorize them than this blog, right?

I prepared this warm quinoa salad after being a little bored of eating Oats for almost two weeks. My daughter had a box of Organic Quinoa and she asked me to try it.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup quinoa, yielded 2 cups of cooked quinoa.
  2. 1/2 onion
  3. 1/2 each green, yellow and red capsicum or bell pepper
  4. 1 tsp olive oil
  5. 1/2 tsp jeera
  6. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  7. 1 cup cooked Channa or Garbanzo beans
  8. Salt to taste

Method:

  • It was easy to prepare, 1 cup of quinoa, cooked in 2 cups of water. Yielded quite a bit of the same. Follow cooking instructions on the package.
  • In a non stick pan, heat oil and add jeera
  • Once it  starts cracking, add onion and all colored peppers.

  • Saute until Onions turn translucent.
  • Add garbanzo beans, channa.
  • Add red chilli powder, salt. and the cooked quinoa.
  • Simmer and let it all mix together.

  • Serve warm.
  • You can add lemon if you wish, I don’t like, so skipped.

Jowar Upma

Everyone I know here in the United States have been eating healthy. When we had this conversation in our Satsangha, it was surprising to see everyone using millets, oats and jowar kernels. My Sister Suma said she prepared this Jowar Upma the next day and shared the picture and recipe. Here it comes, the most tasty, healthy and delicious upma.
Thanks Suma for an amazing recipe.

  • Soak Jowar overnight.
  • Wash and cook Jowar in pressure cooker.
  • 1 cup jowar added 1 and half cups of water.
  • Cut all color peppers, carrots, onion, small cucumber and green chili
  • Heat Oil and add mustard, Chana and urad dal, chili
  • Added onion first, mixed and then the cut vegetables
  • Added cooked jowar it still had water I didn’t add that water
  • Added little water and salt and kept on stove for a good 15 mins
  • Added 🍋

Oats Khara Pongal

It has been a couple months since I was on regular travel, and you know how hard it is to maintain a good diet while traveling. The past week I have been home, and just local travel to work, decided to make it Oats week or if I may say Oats month.

I am replacing Oats for everything, Dosa, rice, gojju avalakki, and pongal. All recipes coming here soon.

For now, here is Oats Khara Pongal.

I have ground Oats with flax seed and stored in a air tight container. This is the box we got from Costco. The oats are quite thick and so I ground it to fine powder along with flax seed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground Quaker Oats
  • 1 and 1/2 cups hesaru bele or moong dal
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • Whole and ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Jeera – Cumin
  • pinch of hing
  • 4 tsp Oil
  • 3 green chillies

Method:

  • In the pressure cooker, add oil. When it becomes hot, add the  jeera, curry leaves, green chillies,  haldi, black pepper and fry for a few minutes.
  • Next, add the moong dal and fry.
  • Add water to cover moong dal, and also salt to taste.
  • Close the pressure cooker, and allow for 2 whistles. Dal is cooked.
  • Add  oats in a large bowl, with enough water to cover and cook until soft.
  • Now, add the cooked moong dal and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Your most healthy, spicy, peppery Oats Pongal or Khichadi is ready!
  • I made it a little watery since I didn’t want to eat it with anything else.
  • A hot cup of yummy pongal is all I had for lunch.

 

Instant Pan Recipe

This Sunday we had Satsangha of our Beloved Rayaru at Ms. Vandhana’s house. Satsangha has become an event which I look forward for every single month. The pooja, the prayer,  the bond we have with each and every family cannot be described in words. Each one of us have become so close that I feel that they are my sisters. Like I said, it is an unbelievable bond and to know each and every one of them has utmost devotion towards our beloved Rayaru is just amazing.

During this satsangha at Ms. Vandhana’s house, we were all stumped by two amazing food items, something very new for most of us and really really tasty. A pressure cooked lemon pickle which I will post soon, and this amazing and tasty pan.

Ms. Vandhana was kind enough to allow me to record the recipe, and here I am posting it as is. Thanks Vandhana for the amazing pan recipe. Hope this recipe is now going to reach every nook and corner that this blog reaches as well.

Ingredients:

  1. 5 Betel leaves – torn into small bits
  2. 2 tablespoon regular supari, or triveni supari
  3. 1 spoon roasted saunf, or commonly called as fennel seeds, or Badi Saunf
  4. Little honey to bind together
  5. Roasted Coconut
  6. Gulkhand – optional

Method:

  1. Mix all of them together
  2. Serve after a scrumptious meal.

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