Chane Usli



This is one of my favorite dish, its easy to prepare and also nutritious. Usli is nothing but a simple stir fry with few ingredients and they are so tasty. They can be eaten as a snack or even served as a side dish. Usli can be prepared using any kind of legumes that includes beans, peas, lentils and are very versatile to cook. Be it soups, stir fries or curries they taste yum. Legumes are low in fat and high in protein, iron and magnesium and they are low in cholesterol and can be a healthy substitute for vegetarians. I like mine a little sweet so I add brown sugar/jaggery, a little hint of sweetness makes it even more tasty.

Ingredients:

1 cup chickpeas/kabuli chana soaked overnight Or use canned ones.(you can use any kind f legumes)
½ tsp mustard seeds
4 to 5 curry leaves
2 green chillies slit
1 red chilli
¼ tsp asafoetida powder
1 tbsp coconut gratings
1 tbsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
1 tsp brown sugar/jaggery(optional)

Method:

1.Wash the chick peas and pressure cook them for about 7 to 8 whistles until they are cooked, drain the water. You can use canned ones too, if using canned ones drain the water and rinse in running water for about a minute.

2.Heat oil in a pan/kadai, when hot add mustard seeds. When they start to splutter add curry leaves, green chillies and red chilli and fry on a medium flame for about a minute.

3.Add the cooked chana/chickpeas and the coconut gratings and mix well. Add little bit of water(less than ½ cup), salt and brown sugar/jaggery and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

4.Add asafoetida and mix well, cover and let it stand for about a minute or two. Turn off the heat.

5.Serve as a side dish or just a snack.

Okra in coconut sauce/Benda Alle piyavu



This is one such vegetable I never cook too often mainly because of the slimy texture it has, which many people dislike. But nevertheless it’s still a popular and much loved by lot a of people. I have used fresh Okra for this particular recipe, you can use frozen ones too. However, fresh ones are great in this recipe. Alle Piyava sagle is a semi dry curry/dish .Alle/Ginger and Piyavu/Onion sauted till soft along with Okra and cooked in a luscious coconut sauce is so aromatic and tasty. The combination of onion and ginger pieces imparts a nice and appetizing aroma and it equally complements with the Okra making it even more pleasing. This dish is made spicy and often served with rice.

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

3 cups of okra cut into 2 cm long
3 green chillies slit
1 tsp chopped ginger pieces
1 medium onion chopped length wise.
Salt to taste
3 to 4 tsp cooking oil

For masala:
¾ cup coconut gratings
5 to 6 fried red chillies
¼ tsp tamarind concentrate

Method:

1. Firstly blend the coconut gratings, red chillies, tamarind to a smooth fine paste with little water.

2.Wash the okra and pat them with a paper towel or clean linen. Cut them into 2 cm long pieces and set aside.

3.Heat oil in a kadai or deep skillet, add the chopped onions, green chillies and chopped ginger pieces. Saute the onions till translucent.

3.Now add the cut Okra pieces and fry for couple minutes. If it releases any slimy juice then add a little lemon juice or tamarind juice, this will reduce the chance of sliminess.

4.Add the ground masala, salt and mix everything well, add little water and cook till the okra is tender. Adjust the consistency by adding little water to make thick gravy.

5.Serve along side rice and Dali toy or rotis.

P.S: Adding good amount of tamarind will also stop the okra from being slimy.


Plagiarism-when does this end?

Hello Blogger friends,

I am not at all happy to come up with a post like this but unfortunately I have to. It is really sad and utterly shocking to see how people lift contents from your website, post it else where without seeking any permission.
I was reading about content lifting, plagiarism all this while and just felt helpless for all those fellow food bloggers whose hard-work and effort were being stolen/lifted. Now I am a victim of it too. Last night I simply tried pasting my blog's URL into Copyscape and was shocked to see this.
Looks like this person 'supriyakrishna' is lifting recipes, description and posting on this public forum. He/She has copied my Egg Pakora/fritter recipe to the 't'. I cannot believe how somebody can do this.So when I started browsing that site it has more recipes and I am sure it is somebody else's hard work and effort.

Thanks,
Anu

Joyful greens:Stir fried Broccoli

This is another easy recipe that is quick and also healthy by all means. Broccoli is packed with all the goodness like essential phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, vitamins etc., which are very good for health. It has a distinct flavor much like cauliflower, cabbage, and they belong to the cabbage family. The vibrant green color is so inviting and when sauteed with garlic and onions it makes it even more tasty. I can eat a bowl of this dish and it makes a meal by itself.



Ingredients:

1 small onion chopped into length wise pieces
4 garlic cloves crushed
3 cups Broccoli florets(cleaned and washed)
4 tsp Olive oil
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper

Method:

1. Heat Olive oil in a non stick pan, when oil is hot add the crushed garlic pieces and fry till they are light golden in color.

2. Now add the onion pieces and fry till they are translucent on a medium heat. Add salt and fry for a minute or two.

3. Add the broccoli florets and the black pepper and stir fry on high flame just until they start turning vibrant green(until they are steamed) may be roughly about 2 to 3 minutes. Cover and turn off the heat and set it aside.

4. Serve hot with rice and rasam/dal or just by itself.

P.S: Do not over fry or cook the broccoli florets because they would loose all the nutritional value.

Undi or Steamed rice balls

I am happy to be back in the blogging world after a long gap. Past few months have been so busy with travels and then getting settled. Also life in general has become busy now. I could hardly check my favorite blogs let alone posting recipes. However its good to be back. Now I make sure to click pictures of every recipe I make so that whenever I find time I can just type in the recipe, do a recipe post and there by make my blog look alive!

Back to the recipe.



Undi is a breakfast dish popular in the Konkani household. Growing up my mom made them quite often and usually served it with either Dalitoy, Mango pickle or Ravo(a thick syrup prepared using jaggery, cloves and black pepper) or any left over spicy dish. This is one such breakfast which is hearty and substantial with the wholesomeness of rice and coconut.It involves little bit of prep work which can be done ahead of time - that is if you plan on making Undi for breakfast or Brunch then prepare the Undi mixture previous night. Also the steamed mixture has to be cool so that you can make small balls (golf ball sized).
It is prepared by coarsely grinding white rice and coconut and then tempered with mustard seeds, few fenugreek seeds, urad dal and curry leaves, then mixed together on a medium heat/flame till the mixture forms into a solid dough. I often prepare this with cream of rice or Rice rava which is readily available in the Stores and use the frozen coconut- just pulse it in the blender for sometime and makes an Instant way of preparing it.

Ingredients:

1 cups cream of rice.
½ cups of desiccated coconut
2 cups water(reserve ½ cup for blending the coconut)

For tempering:

3 tsp cooking oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp urad dal
¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
6 to 7 curry leaves
1 tsp jaggery or sugar
Salt to taste

Method:

1. In a bowl of water soak the cream of rice for about 15 to 25 minutes, and then drain all of the water carefully. Set this aside.

2. In a blender add the coconut with about 1/2 cups of water and pulse it for few times until the coconut releases its milk.

3. Heat oil in a deep pan and when hot add mustard seeds, when they start sputtering add fenugreek seeds, urad dal and fry till its light brown, now add the curry leaves and fry for few more seconds. Be careful not to burn these.

4. Now add the grounded coconut mixture and the reaming 1 ½ cups of water. Add salt and jaggery and mix well until it comings to a rolling boil. You can add little more water if needed.

5. Add the cream of rice in and lower the heat and keep stirring til the water is evaporated and eventually this becomes like solid dough. Turn off the heat.

6. When it's cool enough take a spoonful of the rice mixture and form small golf ball sized balls and steam in a cooker for about 15 to 20 minutes Or if you have a Dhokla steaming vessel then place the Undi inside a pan and steam it.

7. Serve with any spicy dish Or Mango pickle.