Archive | April, 2013

Masala Deep Fried Bittergourd

15 Apr

Masala Deep Fried Bittergourd.

Bitter gourd is slightly scraped and deep fried in oil till golden brown in color. It is the layered with fresh mix of powdered spices. Serve masala deep fried bitter gourd with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Masala Deep Fried Bittergourd.


Bitter Gourd 4
Coriander Powder 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/8 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp
Garlic 2 Cloves
Salt to Taste

Method of preparation:

Peel and grate the garlic cloves onto a bowl.
Stir in coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt into grated garlic bowl.
Slightly scrape, wash and remove little bit of both ends of the bitter gourd.
Cut the bitter gourd into halves vertically.
If the bitter gourd is long, halve the slices horizontally.

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat for deep frying.
Carefully add the quartered bitter gourds and deep fry till the bitter gourd turns golden in color.
Remove the deep fried bitter gourd onto absorbent paper.
Once warm enough to handle, layer few pinches of the garlic masala powder on the deep fried bitter gourd.
Repeat the same with any remaining bitter gourd pieces.
Serve masala deep fried bitter gourd with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure oil doesn’t get too hot while deep frying bitter gourd.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with red chili powder. If desired, discard few of the bitter gourd seeds before deep frying.
Variations: Check other variations of bitter gourd like moong stuffed bitter gourd here.
Other Names: Masala Deep Fried Bittergourd.

Potato Yogurt Rice

13 Apr

Potato Yogurt Rice.

Potato is boiled and deep fried. Steamed rice is mixed with fresh yogurt and seasoned with spices. The deep fried potatoes are mixed with yogurt rice as a last step. Serve potato yogurt rice immediately with any pickle if desired.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Potato Yogurt Rice.


Potato 1 Large
Yogurt 1 1/2 Cups
Steamed Rice 2 Cups
Green Chiles 3 – 4
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps + for Deep Frying

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and chop the green chiles into small pieces.
Peel, wash and finely chop the ginger.
Peel and chop the potato into small chunks.
Boil the chopped potato in salted water till they turn soft.
Strain the boiled potatoes and place on the kitchen towel to absorb any remaining water.
Deep fry the boiled potatoes till brown and crisp from outside.
Remove the deep fried potatoes onto absorbent paper.

In a mixing bowl, mash the steamed rice with back of the spoon.
Add the yogurt, turmeric powder and salt to the mixing bowl and mix everything well.
Add a splash or two of fresh water if necessary to the mixing bowl.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add ginger and green chiles.
Fry briefly and remove from heat.
Once warm enough, add the above talimpu to the yogurt bowl.
Stir in fried potatoes to the yogurt bowl and serve potato yogurt rice immediately.
Notes: Make sure potatoes are added to yogurt rice just before serving.

Suggestions: Microwave the rice with a splash of water for a minute or two if using leftover steamed rice. Adjust spice with green chiles or red chiles. Use fresh plain thick yogurt if available.
Variations: Check other variations with yogurt here.
Other Names: Potato Yogurt Rice.

Grated Cauliflower Fritters

12 Apr

Grated Cauliflower Fritters.

Cauliflower is either grated or finely chopped. It the then mixed with gram flour and made into thick paste. Spoonful of mixture is dropped into hot oil and fried till golden brown in color. Serve grated cauliflower fritters immediately.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Grated Cauliflower Fritters.


Cauliflower (Grated) 1 Cup
Onion 1/2 of Small One
Green Chiles 2
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Besan / Gram Flour 1/4 Cup
Rice Flour 3 Tbsps
Salt to Taste
Oil for Deep Frying

Method of preparation:

Discard leaves, wash and either finely chop or grate the cauliflower.
Peel and finely chop the onion and ginger.
Remove stems, wash and finely chop the green chiles.

In a mixing bowl, mix together cauliflower, onion, ginger, green chiles, besan, rice flour and salt.
Add few splashes of water and make into somewhat thick wet mixture.

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
When oil gets hot, scoop a tablespoon of the cauliflower mixture and drop into hot oil.
Repeat the same till the surface of the pan is filled.
Fry the grated cauliflower fritters on both sides till golden brown in color (around 3 – 5 minutes).
Once fried, remove the grated cauliflower fritters onto absorbent paper.
Repeat the same with any remaining cauliflower mixture.
Serve grated cauliflower fritters immediately.
Notes: Make sure oil is not too hot at any point of time.

Suggestions: Adjust with besan if the mixture is too wet. Adjust spice with green chiles or add a pinch of red chili powder.
Variations: You can also add chopped cilantro to the cauliflower mixture if you wish.
Other Names: Grated Cauliflower Fritters.

Ugadi & Talimpu Anniversary

11 Apr


Happy Talimpu Anniversary and a very Happy Ugadi to all my visitors.

Ugadi Pachadi is a combination of 6 tastes. Bitter / Chedu (from neem flowers), Sweet / Teepi (from jaggery), Sour / Pulupu ( from tamarind), Salty / Uppu ( from salt), Spicy / Karam ( from green chile) and ogaru / astringent (from tender mango).
Makes : around 2 Cups of Ugadi Pachadi.


Neem Flowers 2 Tbsps (Fresh or Dried)
Tender Raw Green Mango 1 – 2
Fresh Coconut 3 (4 inch Pieces)
Jaggery 1/4 Cup (Grated)
Tamarind 3 – 4 inch Sized Ball
Red Chili Powder a Pinch
Salt a Pinch

Method of preparation:

Soak tamarind in a 1 1/2 Cups of water and extract all the thick pulp.
Strain the tamarind and collect all the liquid in a mixing bowl.
Add grated jaggery to the mixing bowl which has the tamarind liquid.
If using dried neem leaves, soak in few tablespons of warm water before adding to the above mixing bowl.

Wash and finely chop the raw mango discarding the seed.
Finely chop the fresh coconut pieces.
Mix all other ingredients into tamarind and jaggery liquid.
Mix thoroughly and adjust any seasoning if required.
Serve a small bowl full of ugadi pachadi.
Notes: If using banana, make sure to add it just before serving.

Suggestions: Adjust the amount of ingredients to make it more sweet, sour or spicy. Pluck the leaves of the neem flowers and add it for much milder bitterness.
Variations: Mashed banana can also be added to ugadi pachadi. You can also add chopped sugarcane, roasted chana dal, …
Other Names: Ugadi Pachadi