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June 24, 2016

Batata Poha Recipe – Gujarati Aloo Poha – How To Make Potato Poha

Batata poha
Batata poha ( Batata – Potato, Poha – Rice flakes in English, Aloo Poha in Hindi) is a quick breakfast and teatime snacks recipe which is very popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Recently I posted Maharashtrian Kanda pohe recipe( Onion poha). Following that, I tried this Gujarati style Batata poha recipe without onion and garlic for our breakfast.There is no much difference between ingredients of Gujarati & Maharashtrian style batata Poha recipes. So I don’t want to follow the same recipe with slight variations instead I tried this recipe in which spice powders and Garam masala powder were used.I am really not sure whether this is the authentic Gujarati version but it came out very flavorful and definitely tastier than our usual Kanda batata pohaWinking. Working women and bachelors can try this for making quick breakfast or dinner and enjoy it with a hot chai. You will find it tummy filling and healthy too !Lets see how to prepare Gujarati Batata poha/ Aloo Poha recipe with step by step photos !
Check out my Karnataka style Chitranna & Tamilnadu Lemon Aval upma, Milagu Jeeraga Aval recipes too.
Batata poha -Gujarati Aloo poha

Batata poha recipe - Gujarati Aloo Poha Recipe


Batata poha recipe - Gujarati Aloo Poha Recipe How to make aloo poha - Gujarati Batata poha without onion and garlic for quick breakfast !
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Breakfast/ snack
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 200ml
  • Thick poha - 1 cup
  • Potato - 1 no ( medium. peeled and sliced thinly)
  • Peanuts - 2 tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Asafetida/Hing - a pinch
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
To garnish
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • Pomegranate seeds - a handful
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Raw onion - finely chopped ( optional, I din't use)
METHOD

  • Wash the thick poha at least twice to remove the dust. Soak it in enough water. i.e the level of water should be just 1/2 inch above poha. Close the bowl with a lid and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. In the mean time, wash & peel the skin of potato. Chop it into thin slices as shown in the picture so that it can cook quickly.

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai and roast the raw peanuts first. In the same kadai, add another 2 tbsp of oil and splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric powder along with roasted peanuts.
Batata poha recipe
  • Add the chopped potato pieces, curry leaves and mix well ( If using boiled potato cubes, add it at the end along with Poha, no need to saute it).Add turmeric powder and salt for the potato to saute & cook quickly. Cover the kadai for sometime, simmer the flame and let the potato pieces cook till soft. Now add the red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder , sugar and if needed some turmeric powder. Mix well till all the spices well blend with cooked potato.
Batata poha recipe
Batata poha recipe
  • Lastly add the soaked poha and mix well till all the masala coat well. Check for taste and add more salt or spice powders as per your need.
Batata poha recipe
  • Gujarati batata poha

    After the poha is heated well, switch off the flame and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves, sprinkle some lemon juice. Add some pomegranate seeds if you wish. Serve hot with a cup of Chai/Tea. Enjoy !!


Note
  • You can saute finely chopped onions along with potato pieces if you wish.It is known as Kanda batata poha in Hindi i.e Onion Potato Poha
  • Do not reduce the quantity of oil. Oil is more important to make a tasty poha. It doesn’t look dry !
  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your taste
  • Adding sugar gives a mild sweetness to the dish. So skip it if you don’t like.
  • Using thin poha is also OK but soak it adding correct amount of water else the dish will become mushy.
Try this easy, yummy Gujarati breakfast dish at home and enjoy with a cup of chai !
Gujarati batata poha
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June 23, 2016

Eggless Digestive Cookies Recipe – Whole Wheat,Oats Cookies Without Butter

eggless digestive biscuits
We buy digestive biscuits regularly even though its costly.Every time I used to see the list of ingredients on the back of pack to try on my own.And I kept searching some good recipes for homemade digestive biscuits aka whole wheat,oats cookies. In Raksha’s school, this year they have strictly restricted store bought cakes, cookies and packed juices for snacks box. Only homemade digestive cookies are allowed. Finally time hath come to try my hands on itWinking.I followed this recipe & I baked an eggless, butter less digestive cookies using whole wheat flour, quick cooking oats and plain milk.For Vegan version, use almond milk instead. Actual recipe had butter in it. But I substituted butter with cooking oil and tried it today.You can call this as oats cookies too.It came out very well, perfect with a crunchy texture. We loved it very much & ate 2-3 cookies without any guiltLove Struck. Its so easy to make and a good tea time cookies for weight watchers.For kids, you can use butter, add some Choco chips, M&M etc for variations. After tasting these cookies, Raksha told its taste is similar to UNIBIC digestive biscuitsHappy . I felt very happy and proud with my baking Dancing.Friends, do try this easy, simple oats cookies without eggs and butter at home & enjoy it for your tea time with your loved ones. Even beginners can dare to try it. Ok, lets move on to the recipe !

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June 21, 2016

Pumpkin Sambar Recipe – Poosanikai Sambar–Parangikai Sambar

pumpkin sambar
Usually I make red or yellow Pumpkin gravy or pumpkin poriyal ( Manjal Poosanikai/Parangikai in Tamil, Mathanga in Malayalam, Kumbalakayi in Kannada, Kaddoo in Hindi) – My mil’s recipes for our lunch. Both are my favorite recipes. But Sendhil doesn’t like them. So I have to make some other kuzhambu or side dish specially for him whenever I cook Pumpkin.  Recently he suggested me to try pumpkin sambar for rice instead of making other dishes with it. Usually I add few pieces of yellow pumpkin in my hotel idli sambar recipe to get the mild sweetness. But this is the first time, I am making manjal poosanikai sambar for rice. So I asked the recipe from my MIL, combined it with my mixed vegetable sambar recipe and made it for our lunch along with Vendakkai poriyal. Sendhil liked it very much and ate all the pumpkin pieces happily.He told sambar tastes much better than pumpkin chutney and poriyalHappy. Abbaaa, I am feeling relieved that I can make him eat pumpkin with this sambar recipeWinking. Friends, do try this easy and yummy poosanikai sambar/pumpkin sambar for your lunch. You can have this sambar with idli,dosa too. Ok, lets see how to make it with step by step photos !
Parangikai sambar

Pumpkin sambar recipe


Pumpkin sambar recipe Pumpkin sambar/poosanikai sambar recipe for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sambar recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 200ml
To pressure cook
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - few drops
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Poosanikai/Pumpkin pieces - 12 cubes
To temper & saute
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds/Vendhayam - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli – 1no ( pinched)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing/Asafetida - 1/8 tsp
  • Big onion or small onion – 1 no / 10 nos
  • Green chilli - 2 nos (slitted)
  • Sambar powder - 2 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no
  • Ghee - 2 tsp ( to add at the end)
  • Coriander leaves – few ( to garnish)
METHOD

  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of warm water for 15 minutes.Wash and soak toor dal adding 2 cups of water, turmeric powder and cooking oil. Wash and peel the skin of pumpkin and cut into big sized cubes as shown in the pic below.Take the pieces in a small bowl that fits in the cooker and keep it inside the cooker without adding water. Let the dal pressure cook for one or two whistles in very low flame. Open the cooker after the steam is released and remove the pumpkin bowl. Mash the dal well with a ladle.
Pumpkin sambar recipe
  • Chop the onions, slit green chillies and keep it ready. In a kadai, heat oil and temper mustard seeds, methi seeds.Once they start to splutter, add the urad dal, cumin seeds, pinched red chilli and curry leaves. Add sliced onion, slitted green chillies and saute until onion turns transparent.
Pumpkin sambar recipe
  • Now add 1 cup of tamarind extract, sambar powder, dhania powder, turmeric powder, salt and cooked pumpkin pieces. Add raw hing and few torn curry leaves while the sambar boils. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of more water in the middle if needed.
Pumpkin sambar recipe
  • Now add the cooked & mashed toor dal. Mix well and let the sambar boil for another 3-4 minutes or till the desired thickness is reached. Switch off the flame and transfer the sambar to a bowl.Garnish it with coriander leaves and add 2 tsp of ghee.Cover it with a plate and serve after 30 minutes standing time. Mix with hot rice and enjoy with any poriyal and appalam !
Pumpkin sambar recipe

Pumpkin sambar recipe
    Enjoy !

Note
  • The spiciness level would be normal for this sambar. If you want more spicy sambar, add more green chillies or some red chilli powder along with dhania powder.
  • You can use red pumpkin or white pumpkin too. But chop them into big pieces so that it doesn’t become mushy while pressure cooking. Never cook pumpkin pieces along with dal. Keep them in a separate box inside cooker but do not add water. This helps to cook the pumpkin soft and it retains its shape too.
Enjoy this yummy yellow pumpkin sambar with plain rice and poriyal.Tastes yumm !!
Pumpkin sambar recipe
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June 18, 2016

Keerai Masiyal Recipe – Arai Keerai Masiyal

Keerai masiyal recipe
I got this recipe from a reader Priyadarshini. She shared some of her mom’s specialty recipes with me. This Arai Keerai masiyal is one among them. Last week, I tried it for our lunch along with Raw mango, drumstick vatha kuzhambu and shared a picture in my Instagram page too.In our family, we feed Keerai kadaiyal to one year old babies by making in a simple way adding garlic. But this recipe is entirely different from ours. So I was happy that I learnt and tried a new keerai recipe for lunch apart from my usual Keerai kootu, poriyal and sambar.Thank you so much Priyadarshini HappyYou can try this recipe if you want to consume more quantity of keerai in your diet. I guess this recipe works for mulai keerai and siru keerai too. Do include this healthy keerai recipe in your lunch menu and enjoy. Lets see how to make Keerai masiyal recipe with tomato, onion and tamarind.

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June 16, 2016

Veg Dalcha Recipe, Ghee Rice – Brinjal Gravy For Biryani

Dalcha recipe and ghee rice - Bagara khana
When I shared Muslim wedding biryani & Kuska recipes in my Biryani series, few readers asked me to share Muslim home style Brinjal gravy ( Kathirikai Kuzhambu) for biryani. I did share an Ennai Kathirikai Gravy for biryani. But later I realized it was not the one my readers asked for. Again I got a mail and a comment in my biryani recipes to share Muslim Veg Dalcha recipe which is served as a side dish for ghee pilaf/Nei choru and they call it as Bahara Khana. Its very special among Nagore,Tamilnadu and Hyderabad Muslims. I started searching for the authentic recipe and found it in Jaleela Kamal mam’s blog. Recently when I was telling about Thalcha kuzhambu to my dad, he told he had tasted it in his friend Mr.Ibrahim uncle’s house & called him immediately.I talked with his wife Sharmila Banu aunty and got the recipe for Dalcha along with ghee rice. She told they make dalcha with mutton & vegetables. But she suggested me to use brinjal and bottle gourd as I asked for a vegetarian version.It was very similar to Jaleela mam’s recipe.It is so easy and quick to make. So I was double happy and satisfied of trying the authentic, original, traditional Muslim style Dalcha gravy recipe.You can prepare Dalcha and ghee rice simultaneously if you have 2 pressure cookers in hand. Sharmila aunty told me to use DUM method for making ghee rice just like Hyderabadi biryani . But I did it in my cooker directly as I started cooking very late. Soon I will try to make a detailed and perfect ghee rice post. Aunty was sooo sweet and patient. She spent nearly half an hour over phone and shared many of their specialty recipes for Iftaar and RamadanLove Struck. I must try to post them one by one soonWinking. Thanks a bunch Aunty and Jaleela Mam for sharing this wonderful Dalcha recipe.Now lets see how to make South Indian Veg Dalcha gravy with step by step pictures.
Check out my 40 Veg Biryani Recipes too !
Veg dalcha

Dalcha recipe&Ghee rice


Veg dalcha recipe Veg dalcha rcipe with ghee rice - Muslim style
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup – 200ml
To Pressure cook for Dalcha
  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Chana dal - 2 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no or small onion - 5 nos ( sliced)
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Green chilli - 1no
  • Garlic cloves - 4 no
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind – A big gooseberry size 
  • Brinjal - 2 nos ( cut into 4 or 5 pieces)
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Raw mango – 2 pieces ( optional, I din’t use)
  • Mint+coriander leaves - a handful
To temper:
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Big onion – 1/2 no ( sliced)
  • Cinnamon – 1 no
  • Cloves -  1 no
For ghee rice
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups or 1 cup water + 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Cooking oil + Ghee – 2 tbsp ( use groundnut oil )
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp ( for garnishing)
  • Whole garam masala – 1 each ( Cinnamon, cloves, Cardamom, Kalpasi, biryani leaf, marati moggu)
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Mint + coriander leaves – a fistful
  • Green chilli – 1-2 no ( slitted)
  • Tomato – 1/2 no (optional)
  • Lemon juice – few drops
METHOD

  • In a pressure cooker base, take the toor dal + Chana dal and soak it adding 2 cups of water. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water separately in a bowl.
  • Chop onion, peel garlic and slit green chilli. Chop the brinjal into pieces vertically and immerse in water till use.Add the chopped onion, green chilli, one whole tomato, Mint + coriander leaves, turmeric powder,garlic cloves, few drops of oil, G&G paste to the pressure cooker. Mix well and pressure cook the dal mixture very low flame for one whistle.( You can  add chopped tomatoes if your dal cooks well. My dal doesn’t cook mushy if I add chopped tomatoes.So I added as a whole tomato)
Veg dalcha recipe
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mash the dal well with a whisk or mathu. To this, add chopped brinjal & bottle gourd ( and Mutton pieces if using), salt, red chilli powder and dhania powder. Again pressure cook in high flame for 1 or 2 whistles just for the brinjal to cook. Brinjal should retain its shape. ( ** Refere NOTES for an easy method)Open the cooker after the steam is released and add the tamarind extract + Mango pieces ( If adding). Mix everything and check for taste.Add more salt , chilli powder based on your taste. Let the mixture roll boil well.
Veg dalcha
  • Heat ghee in a small pan and saute cinnamon, clove, sliced big onion. Saute till onion turns golden brown.Remove and add it to the boiling dal mixture. Switch off the flame and remove it. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Ghee rice or biryani. Enjoy ! 
Veg dalcha
  • For ghee rice : Wash and soak basmati rice in 2 cups of hot water for 20 minutes. In the mean time, chop the onion, tomato, slit green chilli. Heat a pressure cooker with Oil +ghee and splutter the whole garam masala items.  Add the chopped onion, green chilli, g&g paste and tomato pieces ( skip tomato if u want white pulao). Saute until tomato turns mushy.Now add 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of coconut milk and soaked basmati rice ( U can use water or coconut milk completely) . Add the required salt and add chopped mint+coriander leaves.Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for 1 whistle.
Ghee rice recipe
Ghee rice recipe
  • Remove after the steam is released.  Fluff the rice with a fork and serve it. Keep dalcha as the side dish ! This combo tasted simply great : )) Enjoy !!
Ghee rice recipe
NOTE
  • **While making dalcha, you can keep the brinjal pieces in a small bowl inside the cooker and cook all the other ingredients together.After opening the cooker, mash the dal well, add the cooker brinjal pieces and then you can add tamarind extract, give a boil & temper it. By doing this way, you can avoid pressure cooking for 2 times. I just followed what Aunty told me. So I have cooked twice here. Next time, I am planning to try this method.
  • If you want to follow DUM method for making ghee rice, Just add the rice, water, coconut milk and mix well till all the liquid is absorbed by the rice and becomes thick. Now switch off the cooker. Heat a dosa pan well ( Use a very old, unused dosa pan) and Place the cooker over it. Cover the cooker with a cotton cloth and then place a plate or lid. No need to use the cooker lid. Above this, place a bowl full of hot water. Let the flame be high and dosa pan be very hot. This heat will spread to the cooker and rice cooks soft n fluffy. Remove the cooker after 10 minutes and check the rice. This was the method suggested by aunty. Soon I will try to make a detailed post for this. By doing this way, color of rice can be maintained white.
Ghee rice
Try and enjoy this most popular Muslim style Ghee rice + dalcha combo at home. I am sure you will love it. I made this and some curd rice for our Sunday lunch. It was comforting !
veg dalcha recipe
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June 14, 2016

Green Gram Dosa Recipe – Dosa Without Rice- Protein Dosa Recipe

Green gram dosa recipe
This is not Andhra special Pesarattu dosa. It is a no rice, green gram + Urad dal dosa ( Pachai Payaru dosai in Tamil) recipe and it can’t be made instantly.Its batter should be fermented overnight like our usual idli,dosa batter. I tasted this dosa in my MIL’s house recently. She got this recipe from Sun tv’s Parambariya Maruthuvam by Dr.Sakthi Subramaniam. He shared this dosa recipe under diet food for weight loss.I am not under diet or doing anything special for weight lossWinking, but still I wanted to try this dosa variety as it is a healthy, low calorie, protein rich dosa recipe without using rice. I made it for our breakfast today and loved its taste. It came out so thin like paper dosa but very soft in texture not crispy. But it was filling.We enjoyed it with coconut chutney.Weight watchers, do try this healthy dosa in your kitchen and share your feedback.Lets see how to make healthy green moong dal dosa at home !
Check out my chickpeas/Kabuli chana dosa if interested !!
Pachai payaru dosai

Green gram dosa recipe


Green gram dosa recipe Healthy, protein rich green gram dosa without rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Healthy Breakfast
Yields: 20 dosa
Prep time: 20Hours
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 20H2Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 200 ml
  • Green gram - 1.5 cups
  • White, round urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed
METHOD

  • Wash and soak the green gram and urad dal separately.Soak the green gram for 5 hours and urad dal for an hour.
  • Grind the urad dal in a big mixie jar or using grinder to a smooth paste adding enough water. Remove the batter to a bowl.The grind the soaked green gram to a smooth paste adding water and salt. Mix both the batter well using your hands.( I used grinder to grind the batter.So I ground the urad dal batter first and added green gram to it for grinding further.If you use grinder, you can follow the same) The quantity of batter ie. the yield will be more if you use grinder :)
Green gram dosa recipe
  • Ferment the batter overnight or for 12 hours. The next morning, batter would have raised well and light in weight. Heat a dosa pan. Mix the batter thoroughly and pour a big ladleful of batter over the dosa pan. The consistency of batter should be like usual dosa batter.
Green gram dosa recipe
Green gram dosa recipe
  • Spread it thin or thick as you wish.Keep the flame medium high and drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa. Flip the dosa and cook the other side too.Remove it and serve hot with coconut chutney ! Enjoy !
Green gram dosa recipe


Note

If you feel, the dosa is too soft, reduce the quantity of urad dal to 1/4 cup and try it.
  • Fermentation is very important else dosa will smell raw.
  • You can grind the batter using mixie or grinder. Use ice cold water for grinding if using mixie.
  • Add sufficient water to bring it to usual dosa batter consistency.
Enjoy this healthy, protein packed dosa with your favorite chutney or sambar for breakfast !!
Green gram dosa recipe
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