Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rava Idli and Saagu

This is a karnataka special dish. Rava idli is always served with saagu only in karnataka. This dish is so popular in bangalore. You should get to taste the rava idli at MTR a famous restaurant in bangalore, they are so awesome ans taste so good ,no wonder they are the creator of this famous rava idli.
This Rava idli recipe is pure home made , though many ready mix easily available in the store but nothing like home made one. This is very tasty and goes very well with saagu. If you does not wanat to prepare saagu you can very well have with coconut chutney and it would taste equally good. Here goes the recipe for rava idli and saagu.

Rava Idli:
Sooji rava - 1 cup
Vermicelli - 1 cup ( you can use 1/2 cup if don't like the vermicelli taste)
Onion chopped - 1 small
Channa daal - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2tsp
Cashew broken small pieces - 2 tsp
Cilantro Finely chopped - 1 cup
Cooking Soda - 1 tsp
Yogurt - 1 cup
oil - 2 tbsp

In a big kadai add oil,when its hot season with mustard and channa daal. Add cashews and fry for a min. Now add onion and keep frying for 5 mins.Reduce the flame to medium and add salt , sooji rava and vermicelli and fry until rava and vermicelli turns light burn.Add the cilantro. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Mix yogurt, water and cooking soda and mix well and set aside for 10 mins. The mixture should not be too thick or too watery. Add water to the mixture accordingly. Grease idli plate with oil and spoon the mixture and steam cook. Serve hot with Saagu or coconut chutney.


Potato cubed - 1 small
Peas ,carrot,any vegetable of your choice - 1 cup

To grind:
Green chilies - 2 slit
Garlic - 3 cloves
Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 1"
Fried Gram - 3 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Cilantro - 1 cup
For seasoning:
Curry leaves
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt as required


Boil the vegetables in microwave in high power for 4 mins and set aside. Heat oil in a pan and season it with mustard and curry leaves. Add the grinded paste and mix for couple of mins. Now add the boiled vegetables and salt and mix. Cook covered in low flame until the raw smell is gone. Serve with rava idli.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chicken Biryani

This is my way of preparing this delicious chicken biryani. I used to cook this way for quite a long time. Everyone in my family and even my friends love this biryani. My brother used to call me as "biryani master" just b'coz of this biryani . I usually prepare this dish quite fast and preparing briyani has always been easy to me. When ever I decide to quit eating non-veg ,just the thought of this biryani does not allow me to. I am a very great lover of biryanis so atleast once in two weeks I would prepare this dish. Here is the recipe of the delicious chicken biryani . I am drooling now.

To marinate (for half an hour)
Whole cut Chicken - 1lb
Yogurt - 1 cup
Chili Powder - 1tsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Cilantro Chopped - 1/2 cup
Mint Chopped - 1/2 Cup
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Salt - little
Other Ingredients:
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Onion Chopped - 1 big
Tomato chopped - 2 medium
Green Chilies Slit - 3
Bay Leaves -3
Cardamom - 2
Clove - 3
Cinnamon - 1/2''
Oil - 5 tsp
Salt as required
To Grind:
Garlic - 10 cloves
Ginger - 2"
Clove - 5
Cinnamon - 1''
Onion chopped - 1/2

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 10 mins. In a cooker heat oil and add the bay leaf,Cinnamon,cardamom and clove. When you get the nice fragrance add the onion and green chilies and saute for 5 mins. Add the the grinded paste and saute well. Add the tomatoes and mix for 3 mins. Now add the marinated chicken and give a good mix. Add salt Cook in slow flame until the oil seprates. Add water, for 1 cup rice I added 1&1/2 cup of water. When the water boils add rice and close the cooker and cook for 10 mins. Serve with onion raita and chicken gravy.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sabudana Upma / Sago Upma

This sahudana upma or called javvarisi upma in tamil is not so famous dish . First time my hubby had this dish when he was in college and again when I made it. I got this recipe from my sister. This is a different to the one they usually make with potatoes, this dish is made with moong daal. I would consider this one as a snack rather than a full meal. This is very good for evening snack and can be made quickly provided you have soaked the sabudana is advance . Try this upma and you would really enjoy this snack.

Sago/sabudana/javvarisi - 1 cup
Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Yellow Moong daal - 1/4 cup
Ginger chopped - 1 tsp
Green Chili - 2 slit
Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 5
Salt as required
Oil - 2tsp
Soak sago in yogurt and little water for nearly 4 to 5 hrs and drain the excess water. Boil the moong daal ,make sure its cooked but not over cooked not mushy. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and season it with mustard and curry leaves. Add green chilies and ginger and fry for a min. Add the soaked sago and keep mixing it until it turns transparent ,now add cooked moong daal and salt and give a good mix. Garnish with cilantro. This tastes yummy by itself. Enjoy!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Crispy Okra fry/Bhindi fry

This is a delicious crispy deep fried okra. It is sooo yummy even kids who hates okra would love it. This is a great dish on its own but tastes very good together with sambar rice or plain daal especially. This very simple recipe,only deep frying okra consumes time. Try this recipe and you would love it. Sorry the picture didnt come out good.

Okra or Bhindi - 1lb
Besan or gram flour - 4 tsp
Rice flour - 2tsp
Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Salt as required
Oil for deep frying
Wash okra well and pat dry them. Cut of the crown and tail part and cut to small pieces length wise. Mix with gram flour, rice flour, asafoetida, chili powder and salt , no need to add water. Heat oil in a pan , when it is hot deep fry the okra little at a time until crisp and drain on a paper towel.Serve with daal rice or sambar rice.Enjoy!!!

Spicy Egg Curry

This is an absolute delight and simple dish to prepare. This is an great dish it goes with anything you name it like rice, parota, appam and even as a side dish for briyani. I made this dish for kerala parota and it was a great treat. I opted to prepare this dish as I was lazy and this sure was a easy and quick. I served this dish with frozen kerala parota and it turned out to be a wonderful dinner. Here is the recipe for egg curry.

Egg - 4
Onion Chopped - 1 medium
Tomato chopped - 1
Green Chilies - 3 slit
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seed - 1tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1&1/2 tsp
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Oil - 3 tsp
Salt as required

Boil the egg and peel , make sure you peel it when it is still hot otherwise it would be hard to peel. Make 2 to 3 shallow slits on the egg so the egg can absorb the masala and set aside. Grind the coconut and keep aside. In a pan heat oil and add the cumin seed, when it splutters add onion and fry for 5 mins. Add ginger garlic paste and mix well. Add tomato and green chilies and cook till the tomato is well done. Now add all the masala powders one by one and fry well by sprinkling little water. Close and cook until the raw smell of the masala is gone. Add the egg and give a good mix and last add the coconut and close and cook for 5 mins, add water according to the consistency you need. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with parota, rice or chapati.