quick idli bites


Idli Bites-Super soft and spongy idlis coated in spicy and tasty masala and tempered with mustard and curry leaves coated with few spices and it really tastes yum.

do check my recipe on how to make Soft Idli and serve with Green Coconut Chutney or Peanut Chutney or coconut chutney.

Here in the United States, no one discards leftover food so I always do make something new recipe with my leftover food and even my husband told me I can develop a new recipe with any leftover food either its a snack or desserts.

Normally in South India, they use chutney podi and leftover idlis to make the podi idli or masala coated idlis but tweak the recipe and use the simple basic spices, onion slices and just little bit red chilli powder and tomato chilli ketchup for some tanginess and trust me it really taste yummy.

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ingredients

15-16 idlis

2-3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or ghee

1 tsp red chilli powder(to taste)

1 tbsp tomato chilli ketchup

1 tsp mustard seeds

few curry leaves

1 sliced onion

salt to taste

Method

Cut the idlis into four, six or eight equal parts depending upon the size of your idlis. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves let it crackle .add sliced onion and saute till it becomes translucent add red chilli powder, ketchup and salt to taste. Add the sliced idlis into the pan and mix gently to coat the idlis in the masala.

Remove from heat and serve with your favourite chutney

NOTES

Adjust the spices as per your taste and preferences.

 

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Plain Dosa


Dosa is a kind of crepe made from a fermented batter. Its main ingredients are rice and black gram(urad dal). It is a typical  South Indian diet and popular all over the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, Dosa is served hot along with sambarchutney

This traditional South Indian dish usually ate for breakfast or dinner  They can either be made plain or stuffed.A Lot of variation of dosa can be prepared using a batter like a masala dosa,Onion dosa, Butter dosa, Masala dosa, Mysore masala dosa.one can check other south Indian delicacies on my blog Soft Idli Medu Vada Mini Plain Uttapam

I am sharing my recipe of Plain dosa ,this crepe has to be crusty and crisp.

Ingredients

make 10-12 dosa

Plain rice 1/2 cup

Parboiled rice 1/2 cup

Flattened Rice 2 tbsp

Black Gram(urad dal) 1/4 cup

Fenugreek (methi)seeds 1/4 tsp

Ghee or oil for cooking as preferred

Water or as required for grinding

Salt to taste

Method

Wash & Soak Rice and Black Gram together.In a separate bowl soak Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice .Allow to soak for 7-8   hours or overnight.Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.Grind to a paste adding Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice ,like grains should be felt in the batter or smooth consistency.now take the batter in a large bowl or pan.add salt. mix very well. cover and allow to ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more. time of fermentation will vary depending on the temperature conditions. lightly stir the batter before you begin to make dosa.

Heat the iron griddle or non-stick Tawa well.Pour a spoonful of batter in the center, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round.Pour a tsp of ghee or oil over and cooked  for a very short time with oil or ghee until golden brown. The dosa may then be folded in half and served or rolled as in a wrap.Remove from Griddle & Serve hot with chutney & sambar.

Tips

1)proper fermentation will double up the volume of the batter and one can see tiny air pockets in the batter with a light sour aroma.

2)cook till the base is nicely golden and crisp. the base will leave the pan when its gets cooked.

Mini Plain Uttapam


Mini Uttapam is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter or just a sprinkle red chilli powder.batter is made of a urad dal and rice .The dal and rice are  ground and fermented. The outer surface is crisp and the inner layers are like Soft Idli.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney & Peanut Chutney

Ingredients

2 cups  Rice

1/2 cup  Urad Dal (Split black lentils)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 tsp salt

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp (optional)

Method:

Wash & rinse rice and dal soak rice & dal along with fenugreek seeds.Grind to a smooth batter adding water gradually add salt and mix well using your hands.Allow the batter to ferment Overnight.

To prepare Uttapams:
Mix the batter well. If it is thick, add a little water.Heat a griddle.When it is hot, grease it with oil.take a ladle full of batter.Pour it in the centre.Do not spread it.Drizzle oil around the corners.After a minute, sprinkle red chilli powder & flipped it and cook the other side.Serve hot with chutney.

Tips :-If using non-stick pan no need to grease the pan. Tawa/griddle has to be hot. while making uttapams adjust the flame from low to high.before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.Cook on medium flame.

Baked Sattu Kachori


Kachori is a snack popular in India and other parts of South Asia.It is usually a round flattened ball made of Refined flour or whole wheat  flour filled with a stuffing such as Gram flour,different types of Lentils, salt and other spices.it is deep fried or baked.Variations of  Kachori prepared in India such as Onion Kachori,Sweet Kachori , Dal Kachori etc.Served with a chutney made from Tamarind , Mint & Coriander Chutney

I am sharing Baked Kachori Filled with Sattu & Indian Spices.Served with Peanut Chutney.

Ingredients

Whole wheat soft Dough (adding salt & oil)2 cup

For Stuffing
Sattu (Roasted channa dal) 1 cup

Onion Finely chopped -1 medium

Green Chilli finely chopped 1-2

Mustard oil -2 tsp

Salt to taste

Lemon juice 1-2 tsp (adjust per taste)

Nigella seeds(kalonji )1/2 tsp

Carom seeds(Ajwain)1/2 tsp

Grated ginger1 tbsp

Chopped garlic 1/2 tbsp

Chopped Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp

Add little bit water (it will help fillings to mix properly)

Method

In a bowl add Sattu then all stuffing  ingredients & mixed properly.Adjust ingredients as requirements.preheat oven 180 c/350f.now divide dough then roll  & put fillings as we do normally for kachori.,close properly .with help of a rolling pin or Palm flatten it .now put that kachori on a baking tray and baked turning both sides in between till it cooked properly.to make it crisp (apply little bit oil both side). put on broil mode for 2-3 min turning both sides.Serve with choice of chutney(mint-coriander/tamarind//peanut) with onion (optional)

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Inside Oven

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In process of Baking

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Broil Mode

Stuffed Dal Kachori


Dal Kachori is a spicy snack popular in India and other parts of South Asia.It is usually a round flattened ball made of Refined flour or whole wheat  flour filled with a stuffing such as Gram flour,different types of Lentils, salt and other spices.it is deep fried or baked.Variations of  Kachori prepared in India such as Onion Kachori,Sweet Kachori ,Dal     Kachoris etc.Served with a chutney made from Tamarind , Mint & Coriander Chutney .Some of  a kachori are served with a curry made with Potatoes Aloo Rassedar.

I am sharing Stuffed Lentil Kachori served as appetizer or snacks

Ingredients for stuffing
Bengal Gram(Channa Dal) 1 cup
(Soaked & Grind)
Ginger-chilli paste 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 2 tsp
Coriander 4 tsp
Asafoetida( Hing) a pinch
Garam masala powder 1/4 tsp
Black salt to taste(optional)
Dry Mango powder(amchur) 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Green coriander leaves finely chopped
Oil 2 tsp for cooking
Oil for deep frying
for Dough
Whole wheat flour 2 cup
Oil 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water for kneading
Make a dough using above mentioned ingredients ,Cover with wet towel . neither too soft nor too hard & keep aside
Method
For stuffing
Grind dal in a mixer -grinder.Take a pan heat oil add asafoetida,ginger-chilli paste & cook till raw aroma goes.now add all dry spices except salt,garam masala.cook on a med-low heat to prevent burning.saute 2-3 min.add grind channa dal & cook on med- low flame .once it started leaving side & become like a dough.turn off heat add salt,garam masala & green coriander leaves.mix properly adjust spices as per own taste bud.
Heat oil in a deep pan for frying.Divide atta dough stuff channa dal .close properly.now flatten between palm or using rolling pin.depp fry all stuffed Kachoris
Serve with Green Chutney & tamarind Chutney .

 

 

 

 

Peanut Chutney


Peanut chutney is a delicious an accompaniment to many South Indian dishes such as Idli,dosa,medu vada.

ingredients

1 Cup peanuts

1 Tbsp oil

2 1/2 Tbsp ginger finely chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

2 1/2 Tbsp tamarind pulp

1 tsp mustard seeds

10-12 curry leaves

Urad dal 1 tsp

Bengal gram (channa dal) 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Water as required

Method

Soak urad dal & channa dal.Dry roast peanut in a pan & keep aside.using same pan add 2 tsp of oil adding dry red chilies ,soaked urad dal,channa dal & ginger saute on a med flame till it cook nice & brown.In a grinder jar adding roasted peanut,sauteed dry red chillies ,urad dal ,channa dal ,ginger & tamarind pulp.Adding little by little  water to make a coarse /smooth chutney as per liking. Take out Ground paste in a bowl.add salt & check seasoning .Heat remaining oil & prepare mustard seed and curry leaf tempering & pour on top of  Chutney .Mix properly !!Peanut Chutney  is ready.

Tips:-After roasting de-skin of  peanut is an individual choice.Increase or decrease  red chilli quantity as per own taste buds.

 

Mint & Coriander Chutney


Green Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) & Mint  Grind & seasoned.

Ingredients

Handful of mint & cilantro(Coriander leaves)

Garlic 1-2

Yogurt 1 or 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Mustard oil few drops (optional)

Grind all ingredients except oil & salt.take in a bowl add salt & oil .
Serve  chutney with samosa & pakoras & enjoy !!!

 

Raw Mango Sweet & Spicy Chutney


Raw Mango cooked in Sugar syrup & seasoned with Indian spices.its an accompaniment to an Indian meal.Serve with Rice,dal or Chapati & paratha

ingredients

Raw mango 1 diced
Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Dry red chillies 1
Red chilli powder 1/4 tsp
Salt a pinch
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
water 1/2 cup
method
Peel & diced raw mango in cubes.Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds once it crackled add dry red chilli.add diced mango & saute.
Add turmeric ,red chilli powder,a pinch of salt .sugar & water .give a boil turn heat to med -low .till mango cooked properly & keep sugar syrup as desired consistency.
Turn off heat and allow Raw Mango Chutney to cool.store in refrigerator until ready to serve !!