Archive | June, 2012

Bitter Gourd Kadhi

25 Jun

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Kakarakaya Challa Majjiga.

Bitter gourd is lightly scraped and chopped and can be boiled till soft or fried till cooked. Besan yogurt mixture is cooked in tempered oil along with cooked bitter gourd till the raw smell of the besan is gone.Served bitter gourd kadhi with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bitter Gourd Kadhi.

Ingredients:

Bitter Gourd 1 Large
Thick Yogurt 1 Cup
Onion 1 Small
Besan 2 – 3 Tbsps
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Broken Red Chiles 4
Oil 2 Tbsps

Method of preparation:

Whisk together yogurt, besan, turmeric powder and salt into smooth mixture with a cup of water.
Lightly scrape, remove ends, wash and chop bitter gourd into small chunks.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and slice the onion.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add bitter gourd pieces and fry on low flame till bitter gourd turns golden brown in color.
Stir in onion and green chiles and fry again till onion turns translucent.
Reserve a spoonful of above mixture for garnish.
Then lower the flame, stir in besan yogurt mixture.
Cook on low flame stirring continuously until raw smell of the besan is gone (around 5 minutes).
If the mixture thickens a lot, add quarter cup of water and bring again to a bubble.
Garnish with reserved bitter gourd mixture and serve bitter gourd kadhi with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to cook the besan yogurt mixture well.

Suggestions: Alternatively, bring around a cup of water to boil, add bitter gourd and salt. Boil till bitter gourd pieces cook and turn translucent before adding to the besan mixture. Adjust the consistency of the kadhi with water.
Variations: You can also garnish with chopped cilantro if you wish.
Other Names: Kakarakaya Challa Majjiga, Bitter Gourd Kadhi.

Rice Rawa Rotti

23 Jun

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Rice Rawa Rotti.

Rice rawa upma is mixed with rice flour to form soft wet mixture. Rice raw mixture is spreaded on a flat pan into somewhat thin rotti. Cook the rice rawa rotti till it turns golden brown on bottom side. Serve rice rawa rotti it with any pickle of your choice.
Makes: 1 Serving of Rice Rawa Rotti.

Ingredients:

Rice Rawa Upma 1 Cup
Rice Flour 2 – 3 Tbsps
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to Taste
Oil 1/2 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash and finely chop cilantro.

In a mixing bowl, add rice rawa upma, rice flour, cilantro and salt.
Stir well and make it into a soft wet mixture.
Add a few splashes of water if necessary to wet the rice flour.

Heat a flat pan on medium heat.
Place rice rawa mixture on the pan and spread it with wet finger into somewhat thin rotti.
Pour around quarter teaspoon of oil around the spread rice rawa rotti.
Cook till the bottom turns golden brown and carefully turn on other side if necessary.
Cook again for couple of minutes till golden brown and remove from heat.
Serve rice rawa rotti with any pickle of your choice.
Notes: Make sure to cook the rotti well on one side before turning on other sie.

Suggestions: Make sure to warm up the rice rawa so that it gets easy while mixing with rice flour it.
Variations: Add finely chopped green chiles to the mixture for spice. You can also add lemon juice to the rice rawa mixture. Check otherĀ rice varieties here.
Other Names: Rice Rawa Rotti.

Chilli in Masala Powder

22 Jun

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Masala Podilo ooresina Mirapakayalu.

Fresh tender green chili are soaked in fresh blend of spice powders along with oil. Once mature chili in masala powder can be served with steamed rice and dollop of ghee or can be served with dal rice etc…
Ingredients:

Small and Tender Indian Green Chiles 15 – 20 app.
Coriander Powder 1 Tbsp
Cumin Powdder 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
Sesame Seeds 1 Tbsp
Salt to Taste
Oil 2 – 3 Tbsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and pat dry green chiles.
Once completely dried, slit the green chiles in the middle with its tail intact.

In a dry glass jar, add green chiles, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, sesame seeds and salt.
Pour oil all over the top and seal the lid.
Leave the jar for 3 – 6 days making sure to stir every day.
Serve chili in masala powder with hot steamed rice, plain dal and dollop of ghee.
Stays for couple of weeks fresh if kept in a dry jar and refrigerated.
Notes: Choose tender green chiles for this recipe if you can.

Suggestions: If the chili are tender but long, cut the chili into half before proceeding with the recipe.
Variations: You can also check other chili recipes here.
Other Names: Chilli in Masala Powder, Masala Podilo ooresina Mirapakayalu.

Bitter Gourd Potato Fry

21 Jun

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Kakarakaya Bangala Dumpa Vepudu.

Bitter gourd and potato are chopped into small pieces and fried in oil till cooked. The bitter gourd potato fry is finished with spice powders. Serve bitter gourd potato fry with steamed rice and dollop of ghee or with roti.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Bitter Gourd Potato Fry.

Ingredients:

Bitter Gourd 1 Medium
Potato 1 Medium
Green Chiles 2
Coriander Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder a big Pinch
Cumin Seeds a big Pinch
Dalia 1 Tbsp
Salt to Taste
Oil 1 Tbsp

Method of preparation:

Lightly scrape, wash, remove ends and chop bitter gourd into small pieces.
Peel, wash and chop potato into small pieces.
Grind dalia into fine powder and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and chopped bitter gourd.
Fry for few minutes, add the chopped potato.
Fry till bitter gourd changes color and is cooked and potato turns golden brown.
Add chopped green chiles in the middle of the pan and fry for half a minute and mix with the fry.
Stir in coriander powder, turmeric powder, dalia powder and salt.
Remove from heat and serve bitter gourd potato fry with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure bitter gourd and potato are cooked well.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with green chiles.
Variations: You ca also add red chili powder for extra spice.
Other Names: Bitter Gourd Potato Fry, Kakarakaya Bangala Dumpa Vepudu.

Blackberry Smoothie

20 Jun

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Blackberry Smoothie.

Blackberries are blended with plain yogurt into a smoothie. Honey or sugar can be used as a sweetener. Serve blackberry smoothie immediately .
Makes: 2 Servings of Blackberry Smoothie.

Ingredients:

Blackberries 8 – 10
Plain or Vanilla Thick Yogurt 1 1/2 Cups
Honey to Taste
Ice Cubes 5 – 7

Method of preparation:

Wash blackberries under water and drain them.
Blend together blackberries, thick yogurt and honey smoothly.
Add the ice cubes (if using) and pulse couple of times.
Pour the blackberry smoothie onto serving glasses and Serve immediately.
Notes: Make sure not to blend too much once the ice cubes are added.

Suggestions: Add sugar syrup or sugar in place of honey if desired.
Variations: Add greek yogurt in place of plain thick yogurt if you wish.
Other Names: Blackberry Smoothie.