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BENDEKAYI AJETHNA / OKRA STIR FRY (UDUPI STYLE)

Hello!!!!!!

I am back with another easy and yum recipe from the Udupi Cuisine. Udupi cuisine mostly consists of  dishes made from   grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. The variety and range of dishes is wide, and is made from the  the use of locally available ingredients. It is mostly  Satvik  style which means  no meat ,no onion and no garlic. It is followed by the Brahmin community in this region.

The full course Udupi meal is served on a plantain  / banana leaf, which is traditionally kept on the ground. The dishes are served in a particular order, and each dish is placed on a particular spot of the plantain leaf. Everyone  eating this meal are expected to begin and end eating the meal together. A person cannot get up in middle of the meal, even though he has finished his meal. The start and end of meal is done by saying “Govinda,” . A typical meal is served with the following :

  • Abbhigara or Ghee
  • Salt
  • Pickle
  • Kosambari
  • Bajji or chutney
  • Ajethna / Palya (dry vegetable sabzi)
  • Spiced rice (chitranna)
  • Happalla
  • Steamed rice
  • Saaru /Rasam
  • Menaskai/ Gojju
  • Koddelu / Sambhar
  • Majjige Huli /Tambuli
  • Sweets like laddu, holige or Kesari bhath
  • Fried items like bondachaklivada
  • Paramanna or Kheer (pudding) or Payasa
  • Buttermilk/curd

Today as a part of our 119th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #udupicuisine  I am sharing a simply dry sabzi that i usually make  and that  is Bendekayi Ajethna or Palya .

Ingredients:

30 Okras / Benekayi

3/4 Cup freshly grated Coconut

6 Dry red Chillies

Lemon Size Tamrind

1 Tsp Palm Jaggery

Salt to taste

For Seasoning / Tadka:

1 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds / Sasive

3 Dry red Chillies

3/4 Tsp Split Urad Dal

A generous pinch of Hing / Asafoetida

2 Tbsp Cooking Oil

Curry leaves -A handful

Method:

Wash the Okras or benekayi and dry them nicely with a clean hand towel . Chop them into small pieces and keep it aside. Soak tamrind in 2 tbsp warm water .Extract the juice and discard the pulp.It should be thick and not watery.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add  split uraddal ,hing and dry red chili (3 nos).Once the dal changes color slightly add mustard seeds and curry leaves .Once it  splutters add the chopped okra / bendekayi and mix well and  fry on high  flame. Do not cover the pan.Keep stirring and ensure it does not burn. In the meantime coarsely grind fresh coconut and red chilies  and keep it aside. Do not add water . Now add tamrind paste ,salt and palm  jaggery to the half cooked okras. Mix well and cook till all the tamrind mixture is well absorbed. Lastly add the coconut mixture and mix well. Let it cook on low flame for 5-8 mins.

Garnish with freshly grated coconut and serve hot with steamed rice , saaru and  kottambri tambli.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

Notes:

I have used Byadgi Chillies which gives nice colour and is not so spicy.

I always prefer to use palm jaggery.You can used normal jaggery in case you cannot find palm jaggery.

I will share the Kottambri Tambli recipe in my next post.

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TOFU ROAST

 

Hello!!!!!!!

I have been a little irregular in blogging lately due to hectic work schedules.I am trying to share atleast one recipe for my readers.Looking forward to bounce back as soon as possible.Today I am sharing a simple recipe that can be whipped in 20 mins.Tofu also known as bean curd is a life saver for me when i am late from office.My boys love to have Tofu roast with curd rice or Phulkas. Tofu can be soft, firm, or extra firm. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish.I have used firm organic Tofu here .

This week’s theme is challenging and interesting too.My Contribution for 112nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop Theme #1TspOil is this yummy Tofu roast that is so easy and quick to make.

Recipe for Tofu Roast:

Ingredients:

250 Gms firm Tofu (cubed)

1Tsp  Oil

1Tsp Rasam Powder

1Tsp Sabji Masala

1/4 Tsp Coarse pepper powder

2 Tbsp thick Curd

Salt to taste

1 Tsp Jeera /Cumin seeds

Curry Leaves or finely chopped Coriander for Garnish(as per your choice)

Method:

Take a wide bottom pan. Add tofu cubes, salt,rasam powder, sabji masala,coarse pepper powder and curd. Mix well and leave it for 10 mins.Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add jeera.Once it splutters add the marinated tofu cubes and roast it for 10 mins on medium flame.Once the masala is well coated switch off the flame. Garnish with curry leaves or chopped coriander and serve with curd rice or phulkas.

I just loved to pop them as a snack.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

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PANEER STIR FRY / COTTAGE CHEESE STIR FRY

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Today is a memorable day in my life. Today it’s been 2 Yrs since I stepped into the world of blogging. It has been an immense learning journey . I am learning new things everyday from all the fellow bloggers. I would like to thank my family,readers, and wonderful friends who have been encouraging and guiding me selflessly.I am truly blessed to have such wonderful people around me.Balancing home ,office and blogging is not easy but my readers keep me going .Thank you all once again.I have been travelling due to long weekend and have not been able to cook anything exclusive to celebrate this occasion.

I am sharing a simple Paneer Stir fry recipe on this occasion.

As a part of our 90th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Cheese my contribution is this simple and quick Paneer stir fry.

Recipe for Panner stir fry / Cottage cheese stir fry

Ingredients :

1Cup=250 ML

1 Cup Paneer Cubes

3 Onions roughly Chopped

1 Cup Freshly grated Coconut

3 Green Chillies

1/2 Tsp Jeera /Cumin Seeds

1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

1/4 Tsp Haldi / Turmeric

Salt to Taste

1/2 Tsp Egg Curry Masala

8 Black Pepper Corns

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Few Curry Leaves

Method:

Grind grated coconut, 2 green chillies and pepper corns without adding water.Keep this mixture aside.

Heat oil in the wok. Add jeera, haldi and red chilli powder.Add the chopped onions, one green chilli sliced and roast until they turn golden brown. Add Paneer cubes and roast on medium flame until the paneer is slightly roasted. Once done add the coconut mixture,salt and egg curry masala and mix well. Keep it on low flame till all the paneer is well coated with the coconut mixture. Garnish with Curry leaves.

Serve hot with Rotis or Rice.

Enjoy this quick Paneer stir fry that can be made in a jiffy.

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Thanks once again to all my Readers for all the encouragement and love showered on me. Looking forward to the same in the future too.

 

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SIMBA RAI / BROAD BEANS IN MUSTARD PASTE

 

Today I am sharing a very flavourful dish from the state of Odisha.I was tempted to try this recipe when my blogger friend  Alka Jena posted her Thali Picture on FB.

Alka Jena has shared some traditional and wonderful recipes from the state of Odisha.Dishes from Odiya Cuisine   have  very less Oil ,is less spicy yet flavourful.Rice is their staple food. Mustard oil is mostly used in cooking ,but Ghee is widely preferred for  cooking in temples.

 

Recipe for Simba Rai:

Ingredients:

20 Nos Broad Beans roughly chopped

1 Tbsp Black Mustard Seeds

3 Garlic Cloves

3 Green Chillies

1 Tsp Cumin

1/4 Tsp Turmeric

Salt to taste

Method:

Wash the Broad beans ,roughly chop them and keep it aside.

Soak mustard seeds, garlic cloves and green chillies for about 20 mins and grind to get a fine paste.

Take a wide bottom pan. Add a tsp of oil.Add cumin and once it splutters add the broad beans,salt and turmeric and cook for about 3 to 4 Mins. Once done add the mustard paste and saute for 2 more minutes. Add 1/4 cup of water and allow it to simmer on medium flame  for about 3- 4 minutes. Once done switch off the flame.

Serve hot with Rice and Ghee!!!

Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pachai Pattani Sundal /Green Peas Sundal (No Onion No Garlic Recipe)

 

Hello Peeps!!!

Hope you are back to your healthy routine.Well this week our theme for 74th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop is #Peas.My Contribution for the theme is simple,healthy and yummy Green Peas Sundal.The dish can be made within 15 mins.Sundal is a dry legume or lentil prepared using fresh Coconut.Mix it with Yogurt and serve it as Raita or mix it with Rice and serve as fried rice.You can just eat it as a snack as well.

Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetable rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.They are low in calories too.Garden peas are packed with several vital vitamins like folic acid, vitamin-C, and Vitamin-K.This is abundantly found in winters.Many excotic dishes can be cooked using fresh green peas ranging from Salads to curries.

Recipe for Pachai Pattani Sundal / Green Peas Sundal :

Ingredients:

1 Cup Fresh green peas

1 Cup Fresh  Grated Coconut

6 Dry Red Chillies

2 Tsp Channa dal /Split Bengal Gram

1 Tsp Urad Dal / Split Black Gram

1/4 Tsp Black Pepper Corns

1/4 Cup finely chopped Fresh Coriander

Few Sprigs of Curry Leaves

Salt to Taste

1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

1 Tsp Mustard

1/4 Tsp Hing/ Asafoetida

1/4 Tsp Haldi / Turmeric

2 Tsp Oil

Method:

Wash the green peas and keep it aside. Heat a heavy bottom pan. Dry Roast Channa dal, urad dal ,pepper corns and dry red chillies untill the dals  turn slightly brown .Switch off the flame. Grind the roasted ingredients along with grated coconut .Do not add water . Heat the same pan. Add  oil. Once the oil is hot add Jeera ,mustard ,hing and haldi.Once you hear the crackling sound add the green peas and saute until they are cooked.Once done add the ground masala and salt and mix well for about 2-3 mins. Once done garnish with finely chopped coriander and curry leaves.

Serve hot with Phulkas, Rotis and Steaming hot Rice and Ghee.

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Pure Bliss!!!!

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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BHINDI AUR MACARONI DO PYAZA

Another Successful experiment from my Kitchen. Yes you heard it right .A yummy combo which goes well with Rotis or Phulkas. Bhindi do pyaza is made in many ways. I have added boiled Macaroni to it.Bhindi /Okra is one of my favourite vegetable.Raw okra is 90% water, 2% protein, 7% carbohydrates and negligible in fat. Okra is also rich  in vitamin C and vitamin K, with moderate content of thiamin,folate and magnesium. You can check out for few Bhindi /Okra recipes on my blog.

Recipe for Bhindi Aur Macaroni Do Pyaza:

Ingredients:

 250 Gms Bhindi / Okra

1 cup Boiled Macaroni 
2 Onions chopped (lengthwise)
2 Tsp Grated Ginger
2 Tsp Red Chili Powder
¼ Tsp Haldi /Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp Rice Vinegar
1 Tsp Garam Masala
½  Tsp Dry Dhania /Coriander Powder

½ Tsp Coarsely Crushed dry Dhania/ Coriander 
½ Tsp Jeera / Cumin Powder
1.5 Tsp Jeera / Cumin Seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida/Hing
Salt to Taste
2 Tsp  Oil

Fresh coriander finely chopped

 

Method:

Wash , pat dry and cut  Bhindi / Okra into 1”Pcs. Put them on a greased baking tray and place them in a pre heated oven for 20 mins at 180C.Once done allow it to cool.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil, grated ginger, jeera, coriander and haldi. Saute for few seconds. Once done add the chopped onions and roast on medium flame until they turn golden brown. Add chilli powder,jeera powder, dhania powder, garam masala and mix well.Add hing. Once the masalas blend well add the oven roasted Bhindi /Okra . Add boiled macaroni and mix well. Once the okra mixes well with the masala add salt and vinegar and mix . Keep it on low flame for 2 mins. Once done switch off the flame, garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with rotis or Phulkas.

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Enjoy!!!!

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Multigrain Potato Roast

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Potato contains vitamins and minerals, as well as an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids  and natural phenols.I love Potatoes in any form but avoid fried stuff.I had some baby potatoes but was bored of the regular sabzis. To add on as always my kids said make something yummy and different.

I thought of making Multigrain Potato Roast so that some multi grains could be incorporated into our diet. This recipe is very easy, healthy and yummy too.

Recipe for Multigrain Potato Roast:

Ingredients:

15 Baby Potatoes boiled and peeled

2 onions medium size finely chopped

1 Tsp grated Ginger

1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

1 Tsp Vegetable Masala or Garam Masala

2 Tbsp Multigrain Powder( Equal quantities of Flax seeds, Chia Seeds,Quinoa,Green gram ,Jowar – Slightly roasted and coarsely ground)

1 Tsp Coarsely ground Peanuts(Optional)

Salt to taste

1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

¼ Tsp Haldi / Turmeric

Finely chopped Coriander to Garnish

Method:

Heat a Tsp of oil in a pan. Add Jeera/ Cumin, Hald i/Turmeric, Red Chilli powder and grated ginger. Saute for 5 to 10 secs. Add finely chopped onions and roast till they turn slightly brown. Add boiled potatoes and roast on low to medium flame for 10 to 15 mins. Add Vegetable Masala/ Garam Masala, and multigrain powder and salt to taste. Mix well and let it roast for 5 mins. Switch off the flame garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with Phulkas ,Roti or Rice.

I love to eat just like that.

Enjoy!!

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Baby Potato Green Bell Pepper Ghee Roast Masala

Masala powders form an integral part of Indian cooking. One Such masala is Ghee Roast Masala from Mangalore. I am so much in love with this now.I always have this in stock. I have been trying to make different Sabzis with this masala.

Anyone who tries this will fall in love with it. I bet that.

Recipe for Ghee Roast Masala Powder:
(Prepares approximately 700 gms ghee roast powder)

Ingredients:

1/2 Kg Dried red Kashmiri chillies – for a nice bright colour.
125 Gms Coriander seeds/ Dhania
50 Gms  Black Peppercorns/ Kali Mirch
2 Handsful of fresh garlic,(keep the skin on)

Method:

1. Clean & remove the stalks of the chillies.

2. Either sun dry them for a few days or Incase you cannot sun dry just roast it lightly but ensure it does not burn.

3.Roast the rest of the ingredients (except garlic ) separately at a low flame for a few minutes only, until they are a shade darker and starts to get aromatic (the aroma is hard to miss). Remove from heat and let cool.

4. Combine all ingredients and grind into a fine powder. Sift using a metal sieve.

This can be stored in a airtight container upto one year in the refrigerator.

Garlic:

Sun dry the garlic flakes for a few days and then mix to the above mixture.
Do try small quantities first.

Recipe Baby Potato Green Bell Pepper Ghee Roast Masala

Ingredients:

250 Gms Boiled baby potatoes

4 big Onions finely chopped

4 Tomatoes Pureed

½ Tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds

1 Tsp Red Chilli powder

1.5 Tsp Ghee Roast Masala powder

¼ Tsp Amchur Powder/Dry Mango Powder

½ Tsp Ginger Paste

½ Tsp Garlic Paste

1 Green chilli slit for garnishing

Handful of fresh coriander finely chopped

Ginger Julienned for garnishing

Salt to taste

1 Tbsp Ghee

2 Tsp Roasted Flax seeds for garnishing

Heat the Ghee in a pan. Add Jeera/Cumin ,red chilli powder,ginger paste and garlic paste and saute for 10 secs. Add the chopped onions and roast till golden brown. Add the boiled potatoes and chopped coriander and roast till the potatoes turn golden brown. Add the tomato puree. Let it simmer for 4 mins. Add the ghee roast masala and amchur powder and salt. Mix well and keep it on low flame for 4 mins. Mix well. Garnish with roasted flax seeds, slit green chillies and Julienned ginger and server hot with Phulkas/ Naan/Rotis/Rice.

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Baby Potato Masala

Baby Potato Masala

Boil 10 to 12 baby potatoes.Marinate with 1 tsp rasam powder,1 tsp garam masala and 1/2 tsp chaat masala for 30 mins.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan.Add jeera ,haldi and chilli powder and saute for 2 seconds.Add the marinated potatoes and roast for 15 mins.Add salt to taste and chopped corriander.Mix well and switch off the stove.
Serve hot with Roti or phulkas.Goes well with Rice too.

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Baby Potato Masala
Baby Potato Masala