Garlic and Pepper Rasam

Garlic and Pepper Rasam

I am a fan of watery yet flavourful rasams, typically prepared at temple. We prepare tomato rasam frequently at home. But when I want to have something different or there is a gloomy weather or I want to fix digestion, I instantly think of this rasam. Its a easy and quick recipe.

The ingredients required are-

  1. Pepper – 1/2 tsp
  2. Cumin (jeera) – 1/2 tsp
  3. Garlic – 8-10 pods
  4. Red chilly- 3
  5. Turmeric – 1/4tsp
  6. Hing – a pinch
  7. Oil – 2tsp
  8. Mustard- 1/2tsp
  9. Curry leaves – 1 strand
  10. Tamarind- small lemon sized
  11. Tomato- 1
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Jaggery – 2tsp
  14. Coriander leaves

Method of preparation-

  • Soak the tamarind in a small bowl of hot water.
  • Finely chop the tomato into pieces
  • Take a pan and dry roast the pepper, cumin, red chilly and garlic pods
  • Once cooled grind them to a coarse powder
  • Take a pan, add 2tsp oil, mustard and curry leaves
  • Once mustard is spluttered add the turmeric and hing.
  • Now add the ground mixture and mix well.
  • Add the tamarind extract and tomato and mix well till it starts boiling and tomato turns mushy.
  • Now add required amount of water as per the consistency required. 2-3 glass water should be fine.
  • Now add salt to taste and jaggery and cook well.
  • Finally add coriander leaves.
Breakfast Lunch OnePot

Rice and Moong Dal Chitranna

Rice and Moongdal Chitranna

Tired of adding masalas to your rice preparation? Want a easy dish which can be #breakfast as well as #lunchbox ready? Give a try, this simple yet flavourful rice preparation is less known but surely going to impress you!

There are a number of ways in which #chitranna is made. Usually people hate it as it is most commonly made. But this one my mom makes and there are no haters so far at #home 🙂

Ingredients –

  1. Rice -1/2 cup
  2. Moong Dal – 1/2 cup
  3. Oil – 3tsp
  4. Mustard – 1/2tsp
  5. Jeera – 1/4tsp
  6. Curry Leaves – 1strand
  7. Ginger – small piece
  8. Green chilly -3
  9. Turmeric – 1/2tsp
  10. Salt
  11. Freshly Grated coconut- about 5tsp
  12. Lemon

Method of preparation –

  1. Wash 1/2 cup rice(I used sona masuri) and half cup moong dal.
  2. Take a pan add 3tsp oil. Add mustard seeds and 1/4tsp jeera. Once spluttered and curry leaves, a small piece of finely chopped ginger and 3 finely cut green chilli. Add 1/2tsp turmeric.
  3. Then add rice and dal. Mix everything well.
  4. Add sufficient water to cook the mixture(3/4th of the pan). It will take 15-20min to cook. Keep the gas on medium flame and also add salt to taste. Once it is cooked completely top it with freshly grated coconut.
  5. While serving add lemon juice and enjoy.

Lunch Side Dish

Gulla(brinjal) Puddi Sagle

Gulla Puddi Sagle

A powdered(puddi) masala is filled in whole(sagle) brinjal. Hence the name. It is usually prepared using mattu gulla(a famous variety of Brinjal available in coastal Karnataka region). Now it is not in the season so we prepared using purple brinjal.

Ingredients –

1. Brinjal – 6-8
2. Urad Dal – 2tsp + 1tsp
3. Coriander seeds – 2tsp
4. Coconut – half
5. Tamarind – gooseberry sized piece
6. Red chilly -6-7
7. Salt – to taste
8. Jaggery – lemon sized piece
9. Oil – 3tsp
10. Mustard seeds – 1tsp
11. curry leaves
12. Water – as required

Steps to prepare are as below-

  •  Make horizontal and vertical cuts in the brinjal to make cavities to fill the masala. Keep them in water for sometime.
  •  Meanwhile roast 2tsp urad dal and 2tsp coriander seeds with little oil till aromatic.
  •  Next grind them with grated coconut(half), small piece of tamarind and red chilly(6-7). Add salt to taste and a piece of jaggery. Grind with minimum water.
  •  Now remove brinjal from water. Fill this masala in the cavities.
  •  In the pan take 3tsp oil. Add urad dal, mustard seeds and curry leaves to prepare a tampering.
  •  Keep these stuffed brinjal in the pan. Can add little water from cleaning mixie. This is optional. Since brinjal is kept in water, it will cook even without adding water.

Chanadal Panchakajjaya

Chanadal Panchakajjaya

This is prepared as Naivedya during Ganesha chaturthi and Krishna Janmashtami in our house and now my mom prepares it for Sankashti every month. Panchakajjaya is supposed to have 5 ingredients and here they are chanadal, jaggery, Coconut, black sesme, ghee.

Ingredients –
1. Chana Dal 250grms
2. Black Sesme – 1tsp
3. Coconut – 1
4. Jaggery – 400grms
5. Ghee – 2tsp

1. To prepare this Panchakajjaya, take a kadai and dry roast 250grms chana dal till aromatic.
2. Cool it completely and make a coarse powder.
3. Also dry roast about 1tsp of black sesme (teelu in konkani, ಕಪ್ಪು ಎಳ್ಳು).
4. Now grate 1 big Coconut, this has to be fresh one.
5. Also grate about 400grms jaggery.
6. Take a bowl add Coconut n jaggery and mix well to prepare choorna.
7. Now add chana dal powder and black sesme.
8. Mix well and finally add 2tsp ghee. This can be kept for about a week.

#panchakajjaya #konkani #gsb #vegrecipe

Lunch Side Dish

Gulla bajji

Gulla Bajji / Brinjal Gojju

There are a number of ways in which we cook food – boiling, steaming, frying etc. In this recipe we directly fry the brinjal on gas. If we have wood fire the taste will be still enhanced. This is a simple yet lip smacking recipe if you like fire roasted veggies.

1. big brinjal
2. Tamarind – lemon sized
3. Grated coconut – about 5tsp
4. Green Chilly -4-5
5. Salt
6. Coconut oil – 2tsp

  •  Take one big brinjal and roast it directly on flame. Keep turning it so that it is cooked evenly from all the sides.
  •  Cool it and remove outer skin which will be charred.
  •  Now have a look at inner content for any spoilt spots or worms. Once done mash it well with hands.
  •  Now take a small lemon sized tamarind and prepare its extract by adding water.
  •  To mashed brinjal add about 5tsp grated coconut, 4-5 crushed green chilly (depending on spice level). If you have birds eye chilly use them.
  •  Add salt to taste, tamarind extract and mixed everything well with hands.
  •  Finally add 2tsp of Coconut oil and mix.

This goes well with pej/ಗಂಜಿ or dali toy.