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Chettambado/Chettambade/Masala Vada

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Sometimes cravings come all of a sudden, and it happened to my hubby one such time (it happens many a times :P) where he wanted to eat Chettambado/Chettambade/Masala Vada when he saw them in Lulu but I told him lets make it home and he can enjoy as many as he wants and so can our little girl. I am not a big fan these ambades but My daughter Hubby love it.

Here is what we need :
1 and half cup chana dal (yellow split peas)1 or 2 long mild red chillies (kashmiri)3 - 5 whole peppercorns1 green chilli chopped finely( I used only one according to our spice level and I have ground it finely as the little girl of mine would also enjoy it without asking me to remove the chillies in between)1 sprig of curry leaves,chopped roughlySalt to tasteCoconut pieces cut thinly into small pieces or Grated coconut -2 tbspOil to deep Fry (we use coconut oil)




Method:

Soak the dal in enough water for atleast 3-4 hours. Then drain the dal well and grind coarsely with the red chilli, peppercorns, without adding wa…

Rajma Masala / Rajma Chawal

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Rajma/Kidney beans is such a bean which has a different kind of taste. Adding just salt and chilli powder can also make rajma curry interesting. I love our typical Konkani dish Rajma Bendi first when it comes to this bean, then comes saarupkari and later adds the north Indian variety.
Most of the time I make our amchi dish with this bean as it’s the preferred variety at our place. I love it more than hubby (he is not so fond of it) so it was not cooked regularly here. Now that little M loves the bean I have got a company to eat it J so the Not Cooked Regularly statement has changed: D. This time its Rajma Chawal one of the best and well known combo by every Indian.
This dish is very simple and yummy. 

Here is the recipe for all of you:
Ingredients
1 cup Rajma/Red Kidney Beans (soaked overnight/8 hours) 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 onion finely chopped  4 cloves garlic minced 2 slit green chillies 2 tomatoes chopped finely (u can even puree it if you wish) 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon ro…

Cheese Paratha - Lunch box recipes

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Remember my post about Paneer paratha which I had posted 2 weeks back??? We all loved it at home and I made Cheese Paratha.
My little one loves cheese and she loved this paratha too and now on I have added this to my cooking menuJ.



How to make Cheese Paratha Ingredients: For the dough: 2 cups whole wheat flour/atta Water Salt to taste For the Cheese stuffing: 200 Gms Cheese 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped * refer note 1 tsp chat masala powder 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves *refer note Salt or rock salt as required (add less salt as cheese does not hold much salt)
Butter or oil for frying the paratha



Instructions Preparing the dough: Make smooth dough with the whole wheat flour and enough water. Cover and keep aside. Preparing the stuffing: Add in the Cheese in a bowl. Mix the chat masala powder, green chilies and salt with the Cheese. Keep aside.


Filling is now Ready to be stuffed into the dough

Preparing the parathas: Take a ball from the dough
Roll them into small rounds about 2 to 3 inches in …

Pudina Chutney - For Sandwiches, Tikka or Kebab

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Sandwiches are the most easy Junks to make in a Jiffy if you have things handy. Especially if you have this chutney ready you can make it within half the time than what it takes.
I normally make Veg sandwich at home which all the three of us love to. My daughter loves chutney cheese sandwich in which she parts the bread slices eats the cheese first and then the bread :D. I make this chutney less spicy as little girl also eats it along with us and Mint also has its own spice.

Here is a simple recipe for Mint Chutney which can be used for Sandwiches, or sides for Tikka’s or kebabs. Fresh Coriander leaves 1/2 cups
Fresh mint leaves 1 cup
Grated fresh coconut 1tbsp.( optional, i did not use)
Green chilies 2 or more
Salt as per taste
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Garlic pod 1 peeled

Wash the leaves and transfer them in mixer/blender and blend all ingredients (adding lemon juice not only gives a tangyness but also keeps the green color in tact)to a fine paste.


U can reverse the mint and corriander proport…

Palak Tambli

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Rice being a staple food for us South Indians we need a side to go along with rice. Most of the time I make rasam, dalitoy sarupkari, khadi’s , Sambhar the list goes on yet I feel we have a short list, And decides to make something new which I had seen in many kannadiga’s blogs but not yet tried  and it is  tambli. So today i am posting Palak Tambli.  Tambli is normally made of a paste with coconut and yogurt and tempered with ghee, mustard seeds and chillies but you can skip coconut if you do not wish to eat coconut that day but the taste totally differs.  So today is a version without coconut and just yogurt/curds.

Ingredients:
1 cup spinach
1 cup thick yogurt
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
4-5 black peppers
2 green chillies
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
Ghee/oil
Salt Method:
Heat oil and add cumin seeds, pepper, green chillies, spinach, salt. Cook for 5-6mins. Cool to room temperature. Grind it to a smooth paste.
Mix yogurt and water (to bring to gravy consistency). Mix very well.
Heat ghe…

Karmbi Nonche /Brined raw mango pickle

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Pickle is such a thing which can always make me salivate for more! Any kinds of pickles can make the same to me. I still remember Amma making bottles of them and me being the first one to check if its ready to use. Even after hundreds of no I couldn’t stop from checking it.  Especially the Raw mango pickles and the ivy gourd ones, even if the pickle was not ready I used to dig in a spoonful of it and wash the r.mango or ivy gourd and eat them (you call me insane I never mind :D ).
Just like Amma used to make them and I used to relish it now my daughter does it… Yes the same washing  raw mangoes or tendli/ivy gourd business. But the only difference is I do it for her ;). She too loves pickles raw mangoes and tendli the way I we do. I feel so happy when I make pickles at home thinking that I am not the category who crib on such lengthy procedures and then continue on the pickle making thing.
After lot of talking and praising myself I am posting a Version of Raw mango pickle which in Ko…

Kesar Rabri

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A simple meal or a maharaja meal can be special by a yummy dessert. Now that Ganesh Chathurthi is coming day after so I am posting one such dessert which can be made on special occasions or even on such days when you  just feel like eating something yummy and sweet.

Here is what we need: Milk 4 cups Sugar     -2 tablespoons Saffron/ Kesar a few strands Green cardamom powder-1 teaspoon Sliced Almonds a few
Sliced Pistachios a few
Method: Blanch the almonds and pistachios, peel and slice them thinly. Dissolve the saffron strands in 1 tbsp hot milk. Bring the milk to the boil then cook slowly, stir frequently and let the cream thicken at the edge of the pan. Now add the dissolved saffron and sugar, cardamom powder in it and switch of the flame once the sugar is dissolved and done. Garnish with almonds and pistachios.
Allow it to cool down completely then Serve.

Note: Make sure you keep stirring the milk as it has chances of getting stuck  in the bottom of the pan if yu don’t do so. The whole process t…

Gobi Urval

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Blogging has made me A bit tension free sometimes, reason being less thinking of what to cook when I don’t have any Idea as to what I should prepare. Most of the time it leaves me salivating or just thinking about the dish ;). Same did this dish do to me when I first saw it in Sai’s Blog. She had posted a lovely recipe of Paneer Urval and I kept on thinking to make it.  One fine day when I thought of making it I realized that I am short with paneer/ cottage cheese so I made it with Gobi/Cauliflower.
So here is my recipe for Gobi Urval. Ingredients to be marinated:
Gobi – 200 gms (around 2 cup florets cleaned and washed)
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp Salt – to taste
Ingredients to be ground: Fried long chillies(kashmiri will do)-5-6 Garlic-5 flakes Ginger-2” pc Tamarind-a small peanut sized ball
Ingredients to be fried: Long red chillies-5-6 no s Cashewnuts-10-15 cut into bits Curry leaves-20 -25 leaves Oil-2 tsp
Other ingredients: Onions- 2-3 chopped Tomato -2 pureed Oil-2- 3 tspT…

God Layi Povu along with the significance of Choodi Pooja

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As a kid I grew up eating all kind of naivedya items and learnt to make the easy ones soon. This is one such Panchakadayi or panchakajjaya which I learnt to make from my school days. I enjoyed eating it after pooja but my favorite was the sugar based ones. Today being the last day of Choodi I thought I must not delay in posting this so I am posting the Jaggery (called as God )based panchakadayi/panchakajjaya which I made for Chudi Pooja. Choodi Pooja, is performed during shravan month of every year on Fridays and Sundays by married ladies.A newly married woman performs her first Choodi Pooja in the presence of many elderly women, separately in her husband’s home and her parents' home. 'Choodi'  which means a tied bundle. The story behind Choodi pooja goes like this, It is woven around the demon king Jalandhara. His wife Vrinda devi was an embodiment of chastity and fidelity her qualities had prevented the protector of the worlds Maha Vishnu from vanquishing the demon king Ja…