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Celery vegetable rice

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Time taken: 45 minutes

Serves: 3-4   

If one has become accustomed to thinking about celery as a crunchy local vegetable, but not a key part of your health it is time to think again.  Recent research has greatly bolstered about celery’s anti inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against its inflammation in the digestive tract it self.  In addition to well known antioxidants, like vitamin c and flavonoids, scientists have identified a dozen of  other type of antioxidant nutrients in celery.  The antioxidant  we get from celery, is largely due to its phenolic  nutrients that have been shown to help protect us against unwanted  oxygen damage to our cells, blood vessels and organ systems.  One more thing if you are planning to steam veggies as part of your meal, you can include celery without having to worry about the excessive loss of its phenol based antioxidants.

Noticing of all these goodness of this veggie i tried out this one pot meal as a first recipe of this veggie on my blog, for the reason being that,  when a person consumes this veggie for the first time can easily relish with rice and other ingredients being familiar to and will not get offended by the same.  Here goes my version of celery vegetable rice recipe….

What you need to have:

1.  Basumati rice – 1 cup

2. Chopped celery stem – 1/2 cup

3.  Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

4.  Chopped carrots – 1/2 cup

5.  Cinnamon stick -2

6.  Cloves – 2-3

7.  Cardamom -1

8.  Cashews – a few

9.  Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

10.  Cooking oil – 2 teaspoons

 

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          Fresh celery herbDSCN0572

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Ingredients of wet masala:  

1. Chopped celery leaves – a few

 2. Ginger – 1″ piece

3.  Garlic pods -2-3

4. Green chili -2-3

5. Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

6. Mint leaves -3-4

What you do with what you have:

1.Wash and chop peal onions, carrots and celery stem fine and keep it aside as shown in the above image.

2. Wash and drain basumati rice and keep it aside in a bowl/plate aside.

3. Place a  cooker on medium flame with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  When heated, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom to it.  When a pleasant aroma oozes out, add cashews and fry till done.  Now add chopped onions , turmeric powder and salt and fry till transparent.  When done, add chopped celery stem from step-1 to it and cook till done.  Add chopped carrots, green peas as well to it and give a stir.DSCN0576

                                                                                                                                                          Seasoning in progress

4. In the mean time grind all the ingredients of wet masala in the mixer adding water in steps to a fine consistency.  Add this masala to the seasoning in the mixer, and stir till you get a pleasant aroma.DSCN0578                                                                                                                                                                           Grind wet masalaDSCN0582                                                                                                                                         Grind wet masala added to the seasoning

5. Finally add rice from step-1 to it and add required quantity of water checking for salt and close the lid and cook for about 20 minutes on medium flame.DSCN0583                                                                                                                                                                       Rice being addedDSCN0586                                                                                                                                                                      Water being added    

 

6.  When done, just release the pressure and is as shown in the image below.DSCN0587                                                                                                                                                    Ready to serve celery vegetable rice  

7. Transfer it to a serving plate and relish it with a salad or any dish of your choice.  As usual yummmmmmmm!!!DSCN0589                                                                                                                                             Ready to serve celery vegetable rice with salad

Time taken:45 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Good to remember:

  1. Always use good quality basumati rice for the dish.

2. Use fresh celery for better flavour.

3. One may use some vegetable stock even instead of adding normal water to the dish.

4. If one likes to relish the dish plain , squeeze a dash of lemon juice while serving.

Kodo millet undi/Varai Oondi

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 Ready to serve Kodo millet Undi/Oondi with sambar

Makes : Around 15 of the above size

Time taken : 45 minutes

Rice balls or the normal Undi/Oondi is one of my first batch of 8 recipes published 7 years ago.  This is a complete variation to the usual Undi recipe since the main ingredient in this recipe is the wonderful Kodo millet/Varai.  I have put up a couple of recipes of this millet and unlike rice it is easily digestible and can be even served  to the patients.  It can be relished plain, with chutney or even with sambar!!!!

What you need to have:

1. Kodo millet  – 1/2 cup

2. Fresh green peas/Frozen – 1/3 cup

3. Fresh grated coconut- 1/4 cup

4. Salt – to tasteDSCN0255                                                                                                   Ingredients of Kodo millet undi

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

2. Blackgram dal – 1/2 teaspoon

3. Fenegreek seeds – 7-8

4. Green chili chopped -1

5. Red chili -1

6. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

7. Cooking oil – 1 teaspoon

8. Salt – as per taste

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          Fresh grated coconut & ingredients of seasoning 

What you do with what you have:

1. Pulse Kodo millet in the mixy to a coarse consistency.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                                    Pulsed Kodo millet to coarse

2. Grind grated coconut in the mixy to a fine consistency adding little water.DSCN0261                                                                                                     Grind fresh grated coconut

3. Transfer grind coconut and coarse grind kodo millet, green peas and salt  to a wide bowl and adding in all 1 cup water to it.(includes water used to grind coconut)DSCN0264

 Kodo millet undi/Oondi mix

3. Place a wide skillet with 1 teaspoon of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  On heating lower the flame and add mustard seeds, blackgram dal to it.  When mustard starts spluttering, dal also will be fried.  Add broken red chili pieces, chopped green chili, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves to it. DSCN0267                                                                                     Seasoning of the Kodo millet Undi/Oondi 

4. When done, transfer the Undi/Oondi mix from step-3 to it and  keep stiring till it is thickened.DSCN0268                                                                                     Kodo millet Undi/Oondi mix in the seasoningDSCN0270

   Kodo millet Undi/Oondi mix 

5. Just dampen your hands and pinch our lemon sized balls and shape it round and just make an impression with your point finer and keep it aside.  Shape into round balls and make an impression in the middle as shown in  the image below.DSCN0272                                          Cooked Kodo millet Undi/Ondi dough shaped into round balls to be steamed again

6. Steam it in the cooker like you steam idli closing the lid of the cooker (without placing the weight) for 10-15 minutes.DSCN0274                                                                                             Kodo millet Undi/Oondi being steamed

7. Transfer it to a serving plate and enjoy with either chutney or sambar.  Really yum!!!!Can’t differentiate betwenn the rice Undi/Oondi for sure.  Do try out…..DSCN0279                                                                                                 Ready to serve Kodo millet Undi/Oodi

Time taken : 45 minutes

‘Makes : 15 of the above size

Good to remember  1. Buy fresh millet for the actual taste.(As old millet will be little bitter)

2. Use fresh/frozen peas for a extra taste.

3. Do not make the steamed dough watery since the dish turns out soggy.

Mixed dal Appam

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Makes : around 65-70

Serves : 5-6

I love to include all varieties of dal in our daily menu/diet.  I have used almost all the five varieties of dal namely toor dal, Black gram dal, chick pea dal, masoor dal and Green gram dal , raw rice and methi(fenugreek seeds) for this dish.  On fermenting this dough turned  out so aromatic and the appam was mouth watering.  At home we all relished with fresh sambar  and  chutney powder.  One can even relish it with chutney.  Here is my version of the recipe.

What you  need to have:

1. Black gram dal – 1/2 cup

2. Raw rice – 1 cup

3. Toor dal – 2 Teaspoons

4. Masoor dal – 2 Teaspoons

5. Moong dal – 2 Teaspoons

6.Bengal gram dal – 2 Teaspoons(chanadal)

7. Fenugreek seeds (methi) – 1 Teaspoon

8. Red chili – 2

9. Asafoetida powder – A pinch

10. Salt – As per taste

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                                                                 Ingredients of mixed dal appamKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                        Other ingredients of mixed dal appam

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and Soak all the four dals in water with fenugreek seeds together for about 4 hours.

2. Wash and soak Black gram dal in another bowl for about 4 hours.  Wash and soak raw rice in another bowl for about 2 hours.

3. Grind separately black gram dal in grinder  adding water in steps to a thick consistency.  Transfer it to a wide bowl.

4. Grind all the four dals with fenugreek and red chili adding water in steps  to a thick and fine  consistency and transfer it to another bowl.

5. Grind raw rice in the grinder adding water to a fine consistency.  Add grind black gram dal to it so that it is mixed well.  When done add the dal mix from step-4 to it and mix the whole dough in the grinder in such a way that it gets well incorporated in all.Add salt and allow it to ferment over night.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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                                                 Fermented mixed dal appam dough

6. Place an appam skillet applying oil to all the moulds.  When heated splash water to check if heated.  Fill in all the mould and close it with a lid.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                              Moulds being filled with appam dough to cookKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                                Cooking appam in progress

7. Check if it is cooked and flip it to cook on the reverse, splashing a little oil.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                                   Appam being cooked on the reverse

8. Enjoy with either chutney of your choice, chutney powder or even with sambar.   Yummmmmm!!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                Ready to serve mixed dal appam with sambar & chutney powder

Makes 65-70 of the above size

Serves 5-6

Note: 1. Black gram dal if used is of good quality appam will turn fluffy and crispy too.

2. Raw rice also should be of good quality for better taste .

3. Fermentation also plays a main role .

4. To know w heather the dough is fermented or not , as soon as you fill in the heated mould there should be holes as shown in the image-5.

Mulangi/Radish curry

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                                                         Ready to serve Mulangi curry with chapati

Time taken : 45 minutes(including chopping and cooking)

Serves 4-5

White Radish, Mulangi in english and kannada is so popular because of its health benefits.  people have started consuming this veggie in cooked as well as in the salad form.    I have already put up Mulangi salad, Mulangi paratha and today i would like to put up this dry curry to suit as a good combo for roti and chapati for sure.   In places like Bangalore and Tamilnadu  in most of the restaurants Mulangi is a must veggie  in sambar since it is available in plenty through out the year.    It is always advisable to use very tender and fresh Mulangi for this dish as it has to cook faster. Here is my version of the recipe.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped white radish – 2 cups

2. Chopped Radish greens- 1 cup

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                                                          Other ingredients of the dish

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Cumin seeds – 1/2  Teaspoon

2. Asafoetida powder – 1/6 Teaspoon

3. Turmeric powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

4. Chopped Tomatoes – A litttle

5. Bengalgram dal – 2-3 Tablespoons

6.Chopped onions – 1 cup

7. Green chili – 5-6(not spicy)

8. Salt – As needed

9. Cooking oil – 2 Teaspoons 

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash , peal  Mulangi and chop it fine.  Also wash and  chop its greens and tomato  fine and keep it aside.  Wash, peal and chop onions too.

2. Soak Bengal gram dal/chanadal in water for about an hour till it is ready to grind. Grind it with half the quantity of cumin, asafoetida powder and 2 green chili without adding water to a coarse consistency.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                    Grind Bengal gram dal with cumin & green chili

3. Place a wide skillet with 1 or 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on low flame.  When heated add the rest of the cumin seeds and asafoetida powder and fry till done.  Add slit green chili and fry for a while.  Ad chopped tomatoes and onions and required quantity of salt to it and fry till done.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                                    Seasoning in progress

4. When done, add grind bengal gram dal mix from step-2 to it and stir for a while.  Add turmeric powder as well to it and stir together till a pleasant aroma is oozed and make sure it is not burnt.  KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                         Turmeric powder & grind masla dal mix being added

5. Add chopped veggie and the greens together from step-1 to it.  Close with a lid and cook till done.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                             Mulangi and its greens being added

6. Check for salt when done enjoy with chapati or roti.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                              Ready to serve Mulangi /Radish curry

7. Enjoy with chapati.  Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                             Mulangi curry with chapati

Time taken : 45 minutes(including chopping and cooking)

Serves 4-5

Note: 1. Use fresh, tender Mulangi for the dish.

2.I have not used garlic etc so that one can relish the flavor of the veggie.

3. This dish since dry can be a lunch box too.

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Avrekalu masala idli

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                                                   Ready to serve Masala avrekalu idli

Time taken – 20 minutes(other than soaking,grinding & fermenting)

Makes – 20

Avrekalu/Surthi beans/Hyacinth beans’s season is now at the peak and will come to an end in a couple of weeks.  I have just pealed and stored it in my refrigerator  to prepare a few dishes for a change.  I have already put up Avrekalu kurma, chithranna, mixture, Hithkubele, roti and today i would  like to put up  Avrekalu masala idli .  It really tasted yum with chutney.  One can even relish with sambar too!!!Here is my version of the dish.

What you need to have:

1. Blackgram dal – 1/2 cup(urad dal/uddina bele)

2. Rice rava – 1 cup

3. Salt – as per taste

Ingredients of garnishing:

1. Double pealed & cooked avrekalu – 1/2 cup

2. Chopped coconut pieces – 2 tablespoons

3. Chopped cilantro – 2 tablespoons

4. Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

5. Chopped green chili – 1/2 teaspoon  KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                Ingredients of garnishing

What you do with what you have:

1. Soak blackgram dal in water for about 4 hours.  Drain water and grind in the mixer/grinder adding water in steps to a fine but thick consistency.

2. Add rice sujee and salt, mix well and  allow it to ferment over night.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                         Grind dal batter to which sujee & salt being added  

3. Double peal  avrekalu and cook it  in the cooker with a pinch of salt and allow it to cool down.  Chop cilantro, ginger, green chili and also chop a few pieces of fresh coconut and keep it aside as shown in the above image.  Mix all these ingredients to the fermented idli batter.

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                      All ingredients of garnishing being added to the fermented idli batter

4. Place a wide idli steamer with 2-3 cups of water and allow it to boil.  Greece the idli mould and pour the batter in each mould and place the idli stand in the steamer.  Steam idlis for about 10-12 minutes till done.  When a knife is inserted it comes out clean.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                             Avrekalu idli being steamedKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                         Steamed/cooked Avrekalu idli

5. Enjoy with any wet chutney/sambar/chutney powder of your choice.  Yummmmmmmmm!!!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

                                                        Avrekalu idli with super chutney

Makes -20

Time taken – 20 minutes(other than soaking & grinding, fermenting)

Note: 1. Use quality blackgram dal for soft idlis.

2. Grind the idli batter thick for best results.

3. I always make idli rava at home with sona masuree rice.

4. Double pealing you can refer to the “Hithakubele” recipe on this blog.

Sprouted moong bean rice/pulav

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                                                        Ready to serve sprouted moong bean pulav

Time taken – 45 minutes

Serves 4-5

Moong bean is the most popular lentil among the vegetarians.  We prepare sprouted moong usli, moong ghashi(Moong in coconut gravy) moong saru, sprouted green gram salad etc.  Today i would like to put up Sprouted moong pulav incorporated with a couple of veggies and the usual masala.  This is a very nutritious , mild and easy to make dish .  Only thing is one has to plan a day in advance as the bean has to be sprouted.  Serve on its own or with a spicy side dish of your choice.

What you need to have:

1. Sprouted moong bean – 1 and 1/2 cup

2. Basumati rice -1 cup    

3. Chopped french beans – 1/2 cup

4. Chopped carrots – 1/2 cup                                               

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                                                                                    Chopped fresh veggies    

Ingredients of seasoning:

1. Chopped onions – 1 and 1/2 cup

2. Masala patha – 2

3. Star anise masala -1

4. Chopped cashews – A few

5. Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon

6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

7. Dhania jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

8. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon(home made)

9. Cooking oil – 2 Teaspoons

10. Salt  – to taste                                                                             

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                                                               Ingredients of seasoning

Ingredients of wet masala:

1. Tomato – 1 big

2. Ginger- 1 ” piece

3. Garlic pods – 3-4

4. Mint leaves – a few

5. Cilantro – 2 tablespoons                                                                 

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                                                                    Ingredients of wet masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and drain water from basumati rice and keep it aside to dry up.  Soak Moong bean iin water for about 5-6 hours.  Drain water and tie it in muslin cloth and keep it aside for about 8-10 hours.  If you open the cloth the bean will have sprouted.  It is as shown in the image-1.

2. Grind all the ingredients of wet masla in the mixer to a fine consistency without addding water.   

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                                                                         Grind wet masala

3. Place a cooker with 2 -3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  Add masala patha when heated.  When fried add cashews, star anise masala to it and fry till done.                                    

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                                                     Cashews and masla items being fried

4. When done add chopped onions and required quantity of salt to it and fry till translucent.        

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                                                          Chopped onions being fried till translucent

5. Now when done add all the powders in a row and give a stir.  When done add the chopped veggies, to it and stir it with a spatula.                                                                                   

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                                                                       All the powders added in a row

6. Add rice and sprouted moong bean to it and stir it for a minute.                                                        

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7. Add the grind wet masala and stir for a minute.  Now add required quantity of water and check for salt and if required add salt too!!!   Close the lid and cook for about 20 minutes.  Transfer it to a serving plate and enjoy either plain or with any side dish of your choice.                                         

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                                                                Moong bean rice ready to be cooked

8. Enjoy either plain or with a side dish of your choice.                                                                                      

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                                                                 Ready to serve moong bean rice

Serves 4-5

Time taken : 45 minutes

Note: 1. Use basumati rice and quality moong beans for the dish.

2. Vegetables can be of your  own choice.

3. One can even avoid grinding the wet masala and use it in the seasoning itself.

4. I have used home made garam masala .  so only 1/2 teaspoon as it is very strong

Sweet Idli (Doodh sannana / Sandana)

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Number of Idlis: 12-16

How long it takes: 30 minutes to cook (other than grinding/fermenting)

This is a delicacy of the G.S.B families especially from the south canara region.  It is prepared whenever we have a lot of coconut at our disposal – coconut that is fresh and not ripe too. It helps the dish turn soft and aromatic too.  Some people use cooking soda and prepare it without fermenting the dough. I prefer to ferment the dough naturally so that Idlis are themselves natural without the odor of the soda. Here is my version of the dish.

What you need to have:

1. Rice sujee – 1 cup

2. Fresh grated coconut – 1 cup(3/4 if tender as mentioned)

3. Puffed paddy – 2 cups

4. Jaggery – 3/4 cup

5. Milk – 1/4 cup

6. Curds – A pinch

7. cashews & raisins –  As needed

8. Cardamom powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

9. Salt – A pinch

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                                                                         Ingredients of sweet idli

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                                                                     Other ingredients of the dish

What you do with what you have:

1. Chop jaggery, grate coconut, chop cashews , peel and powder cardamom and keep it aside.

2. Soak puffed paddy in water for about an hour in 1/2 cup water. It turns completely smooth and ready to grind.  Also just dampen rice sujee and keep it aside.

3. Grind coconut, puffed paddy in the grinder adding water so that it is easy for you to run the mixer to a fine consistency.

4. Transfer the grind mix to a bowl and mix drenched rice sujee to it. Also add chopped jaggery from step 1 to it and make a dough so that the consistency of the dough is like it is a free fall from a serving spatula adding milk and curds to to it.  Add cardamom powder and a pinch of salt to it and allow to ferment.

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5. Allow it to ferment for over 12 hours and the dough is as shown in the image below.  Add dry fruits  and give it a strong stir with your hands.

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       Fermented sweet idli dough

6. Place a wide idli cooking bowl on the flame with water in it and close it with a lid.  Grease the Idli mould with ghee and pour the dough in each mould and place the idli stand in it  and stem it for over 30 minutes.  Just prick with the back of a spoon or a knife and if it comes out clean then it is sure to be done.

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Idlis being steamed

7. When done transfer it to serving plate and enjoy either plain or with butter.

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Steamed sweet idli

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Ready to serve sweet idli

Good to remember:

1. Just wash the store bought rice rava and keep it aside.  Since I prepare rice rava at home i just drenched it.

2. Make the dough in such a way that it is a little watery and will be just right on fermentation.

3. Quantity of jaggery depends upon your own palate. Feel free to add your favorite dry fruits!

4. It takes normally 25-30 minutes to cook since it is sweet and the ingredients like coconut take a long time to cook with jaggery as well.

5. Adding cooking soda and preparing idli  without fermenting is one’s choice for sure!!!!!!!!!