What sets Indian cuisine apart from a lot of others is the spices. In fact, it is for these spices, the traders from all over the world came to India. Spices is what makes the Indian cuisine special. All the same you just don’t douse the food with spices. Which spice to add and how much is the essence of Indian cooking.
For the poor souls like me who don’t know all the spice proportions or don’t have time to prepare fresh spices every time, there is still hope. Unlike Vasco da Gama or those European traders we don’t have to cross the seven seas. Just go around the corner to the nearby store. In my case I simply had to reply to a review request for spice mixes by Eastern Condiments. And the spices landed at my door step.
Puliyogare/ಪುಳಿಯೋಗರೆ/tamarind rice is a traditional South-Indian recipe. The mixture can be prepared and stored for a long time and mixed with rice while eating. And if you don’t know how to prepare the mixture. Here is a super-quick way to make it.
- Heat about 2 & 1/2 tablespoons of cooking oil.
- Add 4 tablespoons of Eastern Puliogare.
- Stir for about 2 mins.
- Add about 600 gms of rice and mix thoroughly.
You may or may not relish brinjal but Vangi Bhath/Brinjal Rice is surely a dish you will relish. Again the method is simple.
- Fry Brinjal and other vegetables of your choice with a pinch of turmeric in cooking oil and keep aside.
- For the tempering, to heated cooking oil add mustard seeds, gram dal, green chilli, hing and cashew nuts.
- To this add and stir fry about 3 & 1/2 teaspoons of Eastern Vangi Bhath powder, tamarind extract, shredded coconut(optional) , salt and jaggery.
- Add the veggies and brinjal.
- Add uncooked rice and mix them well.
- Now add required amount of water for rice and let the rice cook.
Vangi Bhath/ Brinjal Rice
While neither of these need any side-dishes, you can eat it with some nice hot papad or pickle. My mom prefers it with thin Majjige Saaru and I like it with thin coconut chutney.
Hope you try them out and love the dishes too 🙂 Thanks to Eastern Condiments for the spices. Made my long weekend at home a tasty one!
Banana is a staple in this part of the world. A fruit available for all the 12 months of the year. And even most of our festival rituals include giving away fruits and mostly banana and betel leaves. On numerous such occasions where everyone is buying and giving away bananas one tend to go bananas wondering what to do with them. Here is nice way of including them in your food. This one will be relished by even those who normally don’t like banana.
The fruit has numerous health benefits ranging from providing vital micro-nutrients, aiding digestion, providing energy, improving mood, strengthen your bones, blood, hair,skin etc. Most people avoid it as it is fattening/high in sugar, a fact they conveniently forget while eating sweets and junk food.
Anyway here is the quick & simple recipe for Banana dosa/ಬಾಳೆಹಣ್ಣು ದೋಸೆ without any more ‘gyan’.
- Banana – 4 medium ones(ripe)
- Rice – 1 cup
- Water – for batter
- Oil/Ghee – for frying
- Salt – as per taste
- Soak rice for about an hour
- After it is soaked, grind the rice to make a coarse paste
- Now add the bananas and grind again to make a fine paste
- Once you are done, the batter for banana dosa is ready
- Pour some oil/ghee on a hot flat tawa and spread the batter for delicious dosa.
Spread dosa batter
You can have this with any traditional dosa accompaniments or with some yumm sabzi, chutney and curd like we did.
Banana Dosa/Balehannu dose
Hirekai/ಹೀರೇಕಾಯಿ/Ridge gourd is supposed to contain loads of nutrients. Just like the vegetable, the skin/peel also has its benefits but we throw it away. Not any more. Here is a nice way to utilize that.
Ridge gourd peel
- Hirekai/Ridge gourd peel – I have taken peels from three medium-sized gourds
- Garlic – 2-3 pods(optional)
- Onions – 1/2 small(optional)
- Dry/desiccated coconut powder – a little
- White sesame seeds – 1/2 tbsp
- Jeera – 1/2 tbsp
- Salt – as per taste
- Green Chilli – 1 & 1/2
- Curry leaves
- Oil – 1 tbsp – for frying
- Jaggery/sugar – optional
- Lemon – 1/2 big
- Heat oil in a kadhai. Add the ridge gourd peel, onion, garlic, curry leaves and coriander and sauté for 7-8 minutes on a medium flame.
- Towards the end, add all the other ingredients except salt and lemon and take it off the heat.
- Once the mixture cools down, grind it to a coarse paste along with salt, water and lemon.
- You can add tempering to the chutney to give it more taste. I haven’t in this case.
- Also you can add roasted groundnut powder instead of coconut powder. That works beautifully too.
Tasted best with roti of any kind 🙂
I was done with my morning dose of the Internet and was getting up to prepare breakfast when I saw this comment by GVji on my earlier poha recipe. That reminded me I haven’t been trying out the different poha recipes for a while and started on this. A great breakfast option for the summer.
- Poha/Beaten rice/Avalakki/ಅವಲಕ್ಕಿ – 2 cups (take the medium or thick variety)
- Beaten Curd – 2 cups
- Ginger – finely chopped – 1/4 tsp
- Jeera – for tempering
- Green chilli – 1 large
- Salt – to taste
- Mustard seeds – for tempering
- Asafoetida/Hing – for tempering
- Coriander leaves/Cilantro – finely chopped
- Onion – finely chopped
- Curry leaves – finely chopped
- Sugar – 1/4 tsp
- Oil – for tempering
- Ground nuts – roasted and peeled
- Beat the curd, add salt,sugar and keep it aside.
- Soak the poha and drain it immediately. Using a sieve works out best for this.
- Temper with oil, mustard seeds, jeera, hing, curry leaves, green chilli, ginger.
- Add the poha, tempering mixture and curd. To this add onions, groundnut and coriander and serve.
mosaravalakki / curd poha
Note: Mix the poha and curd only when you are ready to serve else it absorbs all the curd and becomes dry.
ವಗ್ಗರಣೆ ಅವಲಕ್ಕಿ/Avalakki/Poha/beaten rice/flaked rice is a very popular breakfast in North-Karnataka and my all time favorite. I can eat poha all most everyday. It is light, healthy, quick and tasty.
Beaten rice is available in three types here. Thin,Medium and Thick. For this recipe, you will need the medium variety. In case you don’t find it then you can use the thick variety only you will have to wash the poha a little longer. This particular recipe is also called kanda poha(kanda=onions). You can also prepare it with potato which is called aloo poha. You can add fresh seasonal ingredients like green peas, fresh green chickpeas. You can also add tomatoes but we prefer it without them. What I have given is the way it is usually prepared at my home.
Poha/ Beaten rice/ medium variety – 400 grams/ about 3 cups
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Asafoetida/hing – a pinch
Onions(chopped) – 2 small
Curry leaves – a few
Green chillies(chopped) – 2 medium
Peanuts(dry roasted) – 1 tbsp ( non roasted is ok too)
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 5 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Lime juice – 1 1/2 tsp
Fresh Coriander leaves/Cilantro – 2 tbsp
Chopped fresh ingredients
- Wash the poha in a colander. Make sure it is soft and not mushy. Which is why we don’t take the thin variety for this.
Washed Poha in colander
- To this add sugar, salt and lime juice and mix lightly. Keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
- Once the mustard seeds splutter, add hing, curry leaves and sauté. If the peanuts are not roasted add them now.
- Add the onions and sauté for a minute.
- Now add green chillies and roasted peanuts, turmeric powder and sauté till the onions are done.
- Add the poha that was kept aside and mix well. Garnish it with fresh coriander and serve it hot. You can also have it some sev or potato chips or South Indian style with some green coconut chutney.
Happy Friday! 🙂