Veg Uttapam


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 like Plain Dosa and the inner layers are like Soft Idli.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney & Peanut Chutney .check one more plain mini uttapam recipe

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)

Vegetable Toppings

Onion finely chopped 2 tbsp

Tomatoes chopped 1-2

Green chilli finely chopped 1-2

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 & vegetable toppings 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.

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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.

Jumbo Shrimp Curry


Shrimps are an excellent source of low-fat and low-cal protein and are abundant in Vitamins.It’s a great source of Omega3 fatty acids and an excellent way include a protein. It’s also high in iron, zinc and vitamin E but low in saturated fat.Shrimps is a delicate seafood next to fish. It blends well other flavours and is fast to cook.Shrimps come in a varied range of size and colours.Shrimps can be cooked in various ways Pan  fried Stir fried & deep fried. Curry or made into fritters. They can be served for starters, side dish or as a main course.For Seafood & Fish variations check my other recipes

Mustard Flavored Shrimp Curry  PanFriedTilapia  Crispy Fried Fish   Fish-curry

I am sharing my way of Shrimp Curry South Indian Flavour with Tweaks.

Ingredients

For Marination

Jumbo Prawns 2 lb /1 kg (peel & deveined)

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt to taste

For gravy

Garlic & Ginger Paste 1 tbsp

Turmeric Powder 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Garam masala 1 tsp

Coriander Powder 1tbsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Cooking oil 2 tbsp

Green chilli 1-2

Onion Chopped 1 medium sized

Tomatoes 2 medium sized chopped

Salt to taste

Green coriander leaves chopped optional

Water as required.

Method

Marinate above mentioned ingredients keep aside for 20-30 minutes.Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan cook prawns for 2-3 min  on a med heat .Keep aside on a paper towel.Using a cooking pan add more oil add cumin seeds once it crackled add green chilli & Curry leaves once get nice aroma add Chopped onion & saute till it became translucent in colour.add garlic ginger paste & cook till raw aroma goes off Add tomatoes & dry powder cook till it started leaving oil ,add cooked Shrimp & salt check seasoning  give a good stir so that it coated by masala.Add water give a boil then turn heat to med-low flame cook for 5 minutes more .Turn off heat Garnish with Green coriander leaves. Serve with Rice or Indian flat bread.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Mirch Ka Salan


Salan means Curry & Mirch means Chilli .It’s an authentic & traditional spicy dish of  Hyderabad,India .It’s  prepared with green chillies and relished along with Biryani recipes.Mirchi ka salan, or curried chilli peppers, is a popular dish made with a variety of long & spicy  chillies, spices  with flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds.Serve with Biryani /rice /pulao.I am sharing my version of Mirch ka salan as my family like this curry along with biryani .Originally 15-20 Chilli are added in this Curry.

Ingredients

Green Chilli 4-5

Sesame seeds 2 tbsp

Peanuts 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut 1/3 cup

Onion 1(sliced)

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Dry red chillies 3

Garlic 5-6

Ginger 1″

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tbsp

Green Coriander leaves(chopped) 1 tbsp

Tamarind pulp 1tbsp

Oil 4 tbsp

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Salt to taste

Water 3 cups

Method

Make a cut in green chillies then  heat oil in a deep pan and  fry for 3-4 minutes. Drain on tissue paper. Dry roast cumin seeds, Peanuts, sesame seeds & desiccated coconut in a pan.Grind together red chillies, peanuts, cumin seeds, Desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, garlic and ginger with enough water into a paste. Take  1 tbsp of the leftover oil in another pan and heat. Add mustard seeds and once it crackled  add curry leaves and onion. Mix well and sauté till the onion becomes translucent  after that add a ground paste and mix well.then  Add turmeric powder & coriander powder cook mixture stir continuously till it started leaving oil then and 3-4 cups of water. Stir and cook for a 2 to 3 minutes. Add the fried green chillies, salt and tamarind pulp. Mix well and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Tips :-one can add more green chilli as per requirement.

Check this Link  for Biryani

https://aayushimanish.wordpress.com/category/rice-biryanipulao/

Soft Idli


It is made of soaking ,grinding  & fermented rice ,lentil then Steamed. Serve with sambar & chutneys.

Ingredients
(Make 25-30 idlis )

Idly rice 2 cup

Urad dal 1/2 cup

Flattened rice  thick 1/3 cup

Fenugreek seeds 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Method
Wash & Soak rice & Flattened rice together for min 4 hrs.
(for grinding use water used for soaking)In a different bowl soak urad dal & fenugreek seeds.Grind separately.Mix both mixture using hands.add salt & cover.Let it ferment overnight.In cold places ,it may take longer time.Steam idli & serve with sambar & chutneys

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Medu Vada


It is made with spiced urad dal batter and fried in donut shape dumplings. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are served with Sambar or Coconut Chutney.

ingredients

1 cup urad dal
3 green chillies , roughly chopped
3 to 4 peppercorns 
8 to 10 curry leaves
1 tsp ginger
salt to taste
Method
Clean, wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for at least 2 hours.Drain, add the green chillies, black pepper, curry leaves ,and ginger and blend in a mixer to a smooth batter, adding a little water.
Add the salt and mix well and divide the mixture into equal portions. Keep aside.Wet your hand.Take a portion of the mixture in your hand.Make a hole in the center with your thumb.Heat oil in a kadhai(temp Med-hi) up turn your hand and drop the vada in oil.Deep fry the vada till both sides turn golden brown in color.Repeat with the remaining batter to make more medu vadas.Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar

Sambar


Split yellow pigeon pea cooked with vegetables ,tamarind & seasoned.a lentil based soup or stew which is served with idli ,vada or rice .A Famous dish from south India.

ingredients
2 Cup -Split pigeon peas(Toor Dal)
water- to cook dal
1/2 tsp- Turmeric optional
3 Red Chillies (to taste)
1-2 tbsp Sambar powder
2 tsp Mustard seeds
Tamarind paste-(as much sour taste u like )
1-2 cups Vegetables washed & chopped (choice of u r fav veg)
Green Chillies to taste
Few Curry Leaves
Salt to taste
Cooking Oil
Method
Pressure Cook Toor dal with turmeric ,salt and water and keep aside.Cook the vegetables in water enough to soften them and add Turmeric and salt.When vegetables are cooked add tamarind paste.Heat some oil in a pan, splutter mustard, add red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, and sambhar powder and keep stir for few minutes.Add this to the boiling vegetables.Add Cooked Split pigeon peas and let it cook for a few more minutes.
Sambar is ready.Serve with rice,idli,dosa .

 

Green Coconut Chutney


Fresh Grated coconut & Green coriander leaves grind ,seasoned & tempered.its an accompaniment for south Indian dishes like idli,dosa & vada

ingredients

Fresh Coconut Grated 1 cup

Green coriander leaves(chopped) 1Cup

Green chilies 2-3 /as per taste bud

Bengal gram(channa dal) 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Ginger grated 1″

For tempering

mustard seeds- 1 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Curry leaves 4-5

Dry Red chilies 1-2

Bengal gram(channa dal)  1 tbsp

Method

Boil a little water in a pan blanched coriander leaves for 20-30 sec.In another pan add 1 tsp oil add channa dal & saute.add green chilies & ginger then coconut fry for few sec.Transfer to grinder jar adding coriander leaves & rest of sauteed ingredients.without adding water pulse it.Later add little water & grind.For tempering add oil in a pan add mustard seeds channa dal then red chilies & finally curry leaves.then turn off a flame.take out chutney in a bowl add salt ..pour tempering on chutney & mix properly.Check seasoning.

 Tips :-Adjust chili as per your own taste buds. If using frozen coconut then thaw it.

Chicken Bezule


Deep fried Mangalorean chicken.

ingredients
1/2 kg Chicken, cut into small bite/ur choice size pieces
To grind:
{ Coriander leaves- a handful
15 -curry leaves
3 green chillies
1″ piece ginger
4 cloves garlic }

1 1/2- 2 tsp Chilly powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Few drops of red food color(optional)
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Curd
Oil to deep fry
Salt to taste
Method
Grind the ingredients listed under to grind into a coarse paste.
To the ground paste add all the ingredients. Marinate for a minimum of four hours or better overnight.Fry in hot oil.Serve hot.
Tips
Adjust chilli powder or green chillies as per taste,originally its Spicy one