Simple Cucumber raita/Curd side dish

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Recipe card of cucumber raita

Prep time: 5 mins Serves – 2

Ingredients

1 cup curd
1 lebanese cucumber finely chopped(or any cucumber)
1 tsp Pepper powder
1 tsp chaat masala
Salt to taste
Method
  1. In a mixing bowl add cucumber,salt,pepper powder,chaatmasala and mix well.
  2. Add curd to this mixture and mix it properly.
Cucumber raita is ready to serve with pulav or any rice item.
Step by step procedure
  1. In a mixing bowl add cucumber,salt,pepper powder,chaatmasala and mix well.

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2. Add curd to this mixture and mix it properly.

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Cucumber raita is ready to serve with pulav or any rice item.

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Brinjal (eggplant)Curry/badhnekai ennagai

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This is a famous dish in north karnataka (In India) as it is must for Jowar(Sorghum) roti. You can serve this with Chapati,Rotis,pulkas,parotas,bread,rice as this goes well with all most everything except pooris.

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Recipe card for Brinjal curry/badhnekai ennagai

Prep time 20 mins Serves 4

Ingredients:

6 small brinjal/pickle or purple brinjal

3 tbsp Grated fresh coconut

5 tbsp roasted peanuts/Groundnut

1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Mustard seeds
5-6 Curry leaves
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp Sambar powder
2 tsp Tamarind Juice
little jaggery
Salt to taste
1 onion sliced
1 tsp ginger paste
2 strings Coriander/cilantro leaves
2 tsp oil
1 tsp asafoetida
  1. In a mixer (blender) jar put groundnuts/peanuts,coconut,onion,ginger paste,chilli powder,sambar powder, jaggery,salt, coriander leaves and grind it add little water and grind it to a smooth paste.
  2. Slit the brinjal in 4 parts leaving gap at the end so that brinjal will not cut into slices let the brinjal stays whole.
  3. In a pressure cooker put oil, mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and once these splutters add brinjal and saute for a minute and add grinded paste and tamarind juice and add little water if required and close the lid and let it whistle once then turn off the gas and let the pressure cools down then open the lid and mix it properly its ready to serve.
Step by step procedure
  1. In a mixer (blender) jar put groundnuts/peanuts,coconut,onion,ginger paste,chilli powder,sambar powder, jaggery,salt, coriander leaves and grind it add little water and grind it to a smooth paste.
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2. Slit the brinjal in 4 parts leaving gap at the end so that brinjal will not cut into slices let the brinjal stays whole.

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3. In a pressure cooker put oil, mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and let these splutters.

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4. Add brinjal and saute for a minute

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5. Add grinded paste and stir for sometime.

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6. Add tamarind juice and add little water if required

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7. And close the lid and let it whistle once then turn off the gas and let the pressure cools down then open the lid.

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And mix it properly its ready to serve with Jowar roti or Chapathi,Pulka,Rice, Dosa anything…. Even it goes well with Bread.

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Spicy puffed rice/mandakki oggarane/marmara masala

This recipe is super quick and tastes very good .. kids will love this as it’s a puffed rice masala .. This is Karnataka’s famous dish called mandakki oggarane or puri husli. This simple dish is famous in north Karnataka as they serve this with mirchi bajji (chillies dipped in chickpea flour batter with spices in it and deep fried in oil ). You can have this as breakfast,dinner or as a evening snacks.Let’s start making this

Spicy puffed rice/mandakki oggarane
Spicy puffed rice/mandakki oggarane

Recipe card for Mandakki oggarane/spicy puffed rice/ puri husli

Prep time 15 mins serves 2
Ingredients 
4 cups puffed rice / Marmara, mandakki, puri.
1 big onion chopped
2-3 dry red chillies/you can add green chillies.
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
1 tsp Urad dal
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp peanuts
1 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
2 tsp oil
pinch of asafoetida/hing
Salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
4-5 curry leaves
1 tsp chopped coriander
2 tsp grated fresh coconut
1 tsp lime juice.
Method:
  1. Soak the puffed rice in water for some time, Meanwhile we will start with the seasoning. Switch on the stove and put a pan on it and add oil,mustard,cumin, chana dal,urad dal once it splutters add peanuts,redchilli,gingerpaste, asafoetida once peanuts gets fried add onions,curry leaves and fry till onion becomes translucent  add turmeric, salt and mix it .
  2. Now squeeze puffed rice and remove excess water from it by pressing it and add it to the above mix it and stir for a minute and add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and turn off the gas and add lemon juice and sugar and mix it nicely. The puffed rice masala is ready to serve.

Step by step procedure with photos

  1. Soak the puffed rice in water for some time
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2. Switch on the stove and put a pan on it and add oil,mustard,cumin, chana dal,urad dal.
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3. once it splutters add peanuts,redchilli,gingerpaste, asafoetida.
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4. once peanuts gets fried add onions,curry leaves and fry.
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5. Once onion becomes translucent  add turmeric, salt and mix it .
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6. Now squeeze puffed rice and remove excess water from it by pressing it.
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7. Add it to the mixture and stir for a minute.
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8. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and turn off the gas and add lemon juice and sugar and mix it nicely.
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Mint/Pudina Chutney

This chutney can be had with dosa, chapatis, idli, snacks like tikkas, cutlet , pakoras or simply you can have it as side dish for lunch or dinner.

Mint Chutney
Mint Chutney

Recipe card for mint chutney

Prep time 5 mins, serves  4
Ingredients
1 cup roasted peanuts r groundnut
1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
10 -15 mint leaves
5 -6 coriander leaves (optional)
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds/ jeera
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 dry red chillies
3-4 curry leaves
Pinch of asefotida
Salt for taste
1 tsp oil

Method

  1. In a mixy jar put peanuts, coconut, mint and coriander leaves, 1 tsp jeera, red chilli powder, ginger paste, salt , sesame seeds, lemon juice ,add little water and grind it and make a paste and pour it to bowl.
  2. In a small pan heat oil add mustard, remaining jeera, asefatoda, chana dal, urad dal , curry leaves and break the dry red chillies and add and mix it and put this seasoning to the mixture that we prepared our chutney is ready to serve.
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Oats pancake/dosa/chilla

This is a quick and healthy breakfast even you can keep this to kids lunch box. You can prepare this dosa or pancake with minimum ingredients but it taste so good and am sure everyone loves it as it will be soft, kids and elders  can have easily ….

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Recipe card for Oats pancake/dosa/chilla

Prep time 15 mins, serves – 2
Ingredients 
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Method :
  1. Dry roast oats in pan and grind it in a mixer and make a powder to this add salt, garam masala, chilli powder, ginger paste and buttermilk and grind it and pour it in a bowl.
  2. The mixture should be of dosa batter consistency it means it should be little thick when you take out a spoon.
  3. To this mixture add sugar and chopped coriander leaves and mix it.
  4. Heat the flat pan (tava or griddle) and put some butter and pour a spoonful of batter on it and cover the lid and let it cook for some time then flip and cook the other side too.
  5. Now oats dosa r pancake is ready to serve with chutney (please check chutney section in this blog to pick and prepare the chutney of your choice). But it tastes good with mint/ pudina chutney ..

Step by step procedure with photos

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  2. Grind it in a mixer and make a powderimg_2243.jpg
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  4. Add buttermilk and grind it.
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5. The mixture should be of dosa batter consistency it means it should be little thick when you take out a spoon.To this mixture add sugar and chopped coriander leaves and mix it.

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6. Heat the flat pan (tava or griddle) and put some butter and pour a spoonful of batter on it.

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7. cover the lid and let it cook for some time then flip and cook the other side too.

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Now the pancake is ready to serve.

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Serve hot with chutney.

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Pani Puri

Pani Puri
Pani puri

Who in the world doesn’t like chats… specially pani puri… loved by Kids to elders, so come and check how i make this mouth watering recipie…

Recipe card for Pani puri

Prep time 20 mis Serves 5

Ingredients

1 potato

1 cup green gram/ Mung beans

1 carrot grated

1 bunch mint leaves

1/2 small bunch coriander leaves

1tsp ginger paste

5-6 peppercorns

2tsp chat masala

4tsp pani puri masala

2tsp Amchoor/ dry mango powder

4tsp tamarind paste

2tsp jaggery powder

1tsp red chilli powder

Salt and black salt for taste

Sev and boondi for garnishing

Puris. (ready puris or fryumm’s which you can fry at home or homemade small puris)

Method:

  1. In a pressure cooker put mung beans, potato, water and pinch of salt and let it whistle 3 to 4 times and let it cool down.
  2. meanwhile we will prepare pani, in a mixer jar put mint leaves, coriander leaves,ginger paste, peppercorns and grind it (add little water while grinding)then strain it and put jaggery powder, black salt, tamarind paste, panipuri masala, amchoor powder, chat masala and mix it add water if required and add boondi to this so pani is ready.
  3. Now mash the potato that we have already boiled and mix mung beans, potato, grated carrots,red chilli powder,salt,chat masala and now stuffing is ready.
  4. Take puris and make a hole and fill the puris with above stuffing and sprinkle sev and serve with pani.

Simple and mouth watering pani puri is ready to serve do try this simple no onion, garlic and green chillies recipes and let us know how it was…

Custard Halwa

Custard halwa is a super quick recipe, which can be made using ingredients which are easily available at home.If you have sudden guest at hone then no worries you can make this yummy sweet in no time even while talking to them. So why to wait lets get started…..

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Recipe card for custard halwa

Prep time : 15 mins, Serves : 6 people

Ingredients

1 cup custard powder

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

2 cups milk(you can use 3 cups milk and 1 cup water, the more the milk is the better the taste is)

2 tsp Ghee/ clarified butter

1 tsp cardamom/elaichi powder

For garnishing

1tsp grated dry coconut or desiccated coconut

1tsp poppy seeds.

Method:

  1. Grease the tray with little ghee and keep it aside.
  2. Take a hard bottomed vessel or pan (you can take cooker pan too) and put custard powder,sugar,milk,water and mix till the sugar dissolves or till no lumps formed(if you wish you can strain this to get rid of dust from sugar if any).
  3. Then switch on the stove and put this pan on a medium flame and keep on stirring without stopping till it gets thick, then add ghee and cardamom powder and mix it once it becomes thick you can pour it to the already greased tray and level it using spatula and sprinkle grated dry coconut or desiccated coconut and poppy seeds once it sets you can cut in to desired shape(either diamond or square) and serve.

Isn’t it very easy recipe, Usually making sweet takes time but this is quick and you can serve immediately or even you can chill and serve.If you wish you can add slightly roasted cashew,almond,drygrapes are sulthanas.