Banana Stem Sabji | VazhaiThandu Poriyal

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In my childhood days, I remember my mother make this Banana Stem SabjiVazhaithandu Poriyal back home. So far I was thinking, it is too tedious to clean and chop the stem and it needs to remove lots of fiber. So I rarely lay my hand on this healthy stem. Moreover it was not available easily in the Indian grocery store here. But, this time when I saw this native veggie I was so happy to try… and I learned cleaning and chopping is not at all big challenge to skip this awesome medicinal value vegetable. So I determined whenever I see Vazhai thandu in store, I am going try all types of recipes from this vegetable. Here is one such simple sabji/ poriyal in step by step photo recipe and how to clean and cut Vazhaithandu/Banana Stem.

Vazhai Thandu Poriyal

Ingredients:
Banana Stem / Vazhai Thandu – 1 medium Length
Pasi Paruppu/ Moong Dal/ Green Gram split Lentil - ¼ cup
Turmeric Powder - ¼ tsp
Salt to Taste
Oil for tempering – 1 tbsp
Grated Coconut for Garnishing – 1 tbsp (optional)

For Seasoning:
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urud Dal / White Lentil – ¼ tsp
Red Chili or Green Chili – 2 nos.
Curry Leaves – Few
Hing /Asafoetida – a pinch


Preparation:

How to clean and cut Vazhaithandu/Banana Stem


Remove the outer layer from the stem with knife or peeler. 










Till you found the inside shiny stem.  See the picture for reference.


Chop the stem as round size disk pieces and remove the fiber from each disk from your finger.


Immerse the disks pieces in water immediately to avoid the discoloration. If you are cooking immediately then no need to add the buttermilk to the water.








Chop the disk pieces in to long size pieces or small size pieces and immediately immerse them in to water again to avoid the change in color
Method:

Soak the moong dal in water for about 1/2 to 1 hour










Heat the pan with tablespoon of oil and once the oil is heat enough add the seasoning seeds and allow them to splutter and then add red chili or green chili, curry leaves, turmeric powder,  hing and salt and saute them for a minute. Add the moong dal and fry for 2 minutes.


Add the chopped vazhai thandu /Banana stem pieces, mix it well with lentils and cook them for about 3 to 4 minutes. Garnish with grated coconut.

Serving: Serve Vazhaithandu poriyal / sabji with Sambar rice and papad.

Banana Stem Sabji


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RAGI SEVAI / RAGI SEMIYA | FINGER MILLET VERMICELLI UPMA - INSTANT !!

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This is yet another stunning recipe from Finger millet/ Ragi. As you all aware,  
We can prepare from Ragi all kinds of dishes like Dosa, Idli, Rotti, Porridge, Cake, Puddings, Laddu and Cookies. Here is one such super healthy breakfast - Ragi Sevai/ Ragi semiya upma which you can prepare quick and easy and comforting. Apt for diabetic and calcium deficient people. This dish can be served as breakfast or light dinner. I have used brand - Anil semiya/Instant vermicelli. 

Ragi Semiya
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Ingredients:
Ragi semiya  - 2 cup
Onion – 1 Medium
Green Chili – 1 no.
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to Taste

Seasoning:
Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
Urud Dal/ White lentils – ½ tsp
Curry Leaves –Few

For Garnish:
Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
Fresh coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

Method:

Add one cup of water in a pan and bring water to boil









Add the ragi semiya and cook for just one minute. And switch off the gas. Don’t cook more than one minute. It will be mushy and will turn as paste. The timing may vary from brand to brand so please check the package for instruction. 






Strain the semiya and wash with cold water once. Leave them in strainer for 3 to 4 minutes, to ensure complete drying.









Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan in medium flame. Add seasoning seeds and allow them to crack then add onions, green chili, curry leaves, salt and fry till onion turns to slight pink







Add cooked ragi semia and mix it gently and make sure evenly coated with onion mixture and turn off the gas








Garnish with coconut grated and coriander leaves.

Ragi Semiya

Check out our other recipes on Ragi/ Finger millet/ Nachini.


You can also prepare from rice vermicelli in many flavours like Lemon semiya, Tamarind Semiya, Spicy coconut semiya. Will post the recipes soon.

Lemon Semiya

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Bisi Bele Bath | Hot Lentil Rice |Authentic Karnataka Cuisine

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Bisi Bele Bath, an authentic dish from Karnataka cuisine is delicious rice prepared with dal/lentils and vegetables are nicely cooked with masala powder. The specially prepared Masala powder has many flavorful and rich tastes which make this dish so special. And, in the end adding the tempering makes this dish super special.  In this recipe, I have used the instant/ready bisi bele bath Masala powder.

Bisi Bele Bath recipe

Try this easy method of Bisi Bele Bath recipe and turn dinner into a special occasion with its mouth-watering aroma and richness. Learn how to make Authentic Karnataka style Bisi Bele Bath dish by following the given step by step recipe.

In Kannada language “Bisi” means Hot “Bele” means dal/lentils and “Bath” means rice. i.e Hot Lentil Rice. 

Bisi Bele Bath recipe


Ingredients:
Rice – 1 cup
Toor Dal /  Split yellow gram - ½ cup

Vegetables:
Onion – ½ cup chopped
Tomato – 1/2 cup chopped
String Beans – ¼ cup chopped
Carrot – ¼ cup chopped
Baby Limo Beans – ¼ cup

Masala Powders:
Bisi Bele Bath Powder – 3 tbsp (Available in Indian Grocery Store)
Red chili Powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Salt to Taste
Tamarind Juice – 1 tbsp

Seasoning:
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urud Dal /White Lentils – 1 tsp
Whole Red Chili – 2 nos.
Curry leaves – Few
Hing/ Asafoetida – a Pinch
Ground nuts – ¼ cup
Cashews/ Kaju – few (Optional)
Oil/butter for seasoning

Preparation:
Cook the rice nicely. Rice should be mushy for this recipe. Add more water while cooking. In case, if you forgot to add more water not to worry… I found a simple solution - Take a big mixer jar add cooked rice and cup of water and just run it once…  this makes rice mushy and bit watery. (do this process in batch wise)

Cook the dal/lentils in a pressure cooker and allow them to cool and blend it nicely adding ½ cup of water

Cook all vegetables in pressure cooker. Here I am using simple to fry vegetables, so I am directly cooking in a pan.
                                                 
Easy tip:  In a pressure cooker set the rice , dal and vegetables in a separate utensil and cook. It saves lots of time.

Method:

Heat oil in a pan in medium flame, once oil is hot enough add the onion and saute them till it turns to pink color.  Then add the chopped strings beans and carrot saute them for 1 or 2 minutes or till the vegetables slightly cooked


Add the baby lima beans and tomato and cook them for 2 more minutes or till all vegetables are cooked nicely. (Lima beans give extra taste to this dish.)







Add blended dal mixture, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, bisi bele bath powder, tamarind juice and 2 cups of water





Mix it nicely and cook them till all raw masala powder smell disappears









Add the cooked rice in batch wise and mix the rice with gravy. 






Gravy rice should be little bit watery consistent not as dry rice.  Adjust the salt, spicy and tanginess and water in this step.





Heat a butter for seasoning, add the mustard seeds and urad dal/white lentils and allow them to crack, add curry leaves, hing, and red chili and fry for 1 minute and add the roasted ground nuts and mix it nicely with seasoning oil and dunk this tempering on top of gravy rice mixture.




Serving: Serve with onion tomato raita and roasted papad. Enjoy this simple divine dinner.



Note
For this recipe, rice should be nicely cooked in a mushy way. This gives nice smooth and soft texture to bisi bele bath

You can add vegetables other than above are like green peas, capsicum (green), chayote squash (chow chow), cauliflower florets and  turnips.

If you are using raw groundnuts then cook them with rice.

If you are good at pressure cooker handling, you can do all above steps in cooker itself. Just make sure not to burn the rice mixture.


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Rava Kesari | Semolina Pudding | Indian Dessert

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This is one of the easy, quick and simplest Indian dessert made with rava or sooji i.e. semolina. In southern part of India, it is called as Kesari and in northern part of India called as Sheera or Sooji ka Halwa. This Rava Kesari is irresistible when it’s homemade; there are no artificial flavors and colors used in this recipe. To learn this amazing drooling and delightful sweet dish check out our step by step photo recipe.

Rava Kesari

In south Indian languages the color orange called as "Kesari" and this dish mostly looks like orange tone due to food coloring. I hope, that is the reason kesari name stuck to this dish!. 

As I remember, this sweet dish is a must in special occasions like, the very first function in the wedding i.e. after the horoscopes matches, the bride groom visit the bride house, and the girl family serves this wonderful remarkable sweet dish to the guests. In Tamil this function called as “Ponnu Pakkura Function”. 

Here is the recipe!!

Ingredients:

Semolina/ Rava – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 ¼ cups
Water – 1 ½ cups
Milk – ½ cups
Condensed Milk – ¼ cup (Optional)
Almond/ Badam – 1 tbsp
Cashews Nuts / Kaju – 1 tbsp
Raisins/ Kismis – 1 tbsp
Salt – a Pinch
Clarified Butter/ Ghee – 2 tbsp

Method:

Put a heavy bottom pan on the range and heat clarified butter. Fry the cashews, almond and raisins.







once they are start turning slight dark color; add the rava/semolina and roast them nicely till you get nice aroma or till rava turns to faint pink color. Stir it continuously or else rava stick to the bottom of the pan very quickly and it will burn.






 
Add the sugar and mix it nicely









Add the water, milk, pinch of salt and stir continuously and cook the rava mixture. This will take 3 to 4 minutes. 








Reduce the flame to medium and stir the mixture slowly. Add 1 tbsp of clarified butter and mix it nicely. This improves taste and also helps to leave the mixture from the pan fast.

When the mixture starts to leave and not sticking to sides of the pan means it is done. Switch off the gas.





Notes:

If you are using condensed milk then reduce the quantity of sugar
Water is very much necessary otherwise the kesari will be hardens on cooing  
If you like to give color to the kesari, then add the food color in 4th step


Rava Kesari


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Mor Kuzhu | Buttermilk Porridge

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Mor Kuzhu is very quick and easy to prepare. Authentic south India, Tamil Nadu dish served as breakfast or as snack . You can prepare this dish in just 15 minutes (including preparation time). This dish also called as Mor kali. In Tamil language Mor means buttermilk and kuzhu means porridge. Seasoning with dried marinated chilli /mor milaga gives amazing taste to this dish. This recipe is simple, healthy, delicious, tangy, and spicy in taste.  Cut them in to pieces and give any shape of your choice and turn them as interesting snack. Kids will love this snack, when they come back after school or even you back from office. Sometime you should know the quickest recipes too when your stomach begins to growl. Check out our step by step photo recipe to learn.



Ingredients:
Rice Flour – 1 cup
Sour Butter Milk – 1 ½ cup
Salt  - 1 tsp
Water – 2 cups

Seasoning:
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urad Dal/White lentils – 2 tsp
Chana Dal/Bengal Gram split – 2 tsp
Curry Leaves – Few
Hing/Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
Oil  - 1 tbsp
Mor Molaga/ Dried marinated chili  – 3 to 4 nos

Method:

In a bowl add rice flour, butter milk, salt and 2 cups of water and whisk it nicely and prepare it as batter.








Put a reasonable size heavy bottom pan on the range and heat oil. Fry the mor molaga/dried marinated chili, once they are start turning to dark brown color remove them from oil and transfer it plate and allow them to cool.






In the same oil, temper the seeds. Once they start popping add curry leaves, Hing, and stir for 1 or 2 mins. If you don't have the marinated chili, then add chopped green chilies in this step.







Add the rice flour mixture and 1/2 cup sour butter milk for extra tart ness and mix it nicely. You can skip butter milk as per your family preference.








crush some mor molaga and mix it nicely. 










Reduce the flame to medium and stir the mixture slowly. Add 1 tbsp of oil and mix it gently. This improves taste and also helps to leave the mixture from the pan fast







When the mixture starts to leave and not sticking to sides of the pan and bottom of the mixtures changes to light golden color means it is done. Switch off the gas.







We like the crust in the bottom of the mixture, so I keep little longer time. We sisters, always fight to get the crust from our mom.:) 

Serving: Serve extra mor molaga for more spiciness.


 Note:

1. Use the sour curd/ butter milk to get the traditional taste.
2. You can use green chili instead of dried marinated chilli
3. If you are using dried chili, then reduce the salt in batter mixture. Dried chili by default has lot of salts in it.
4. Generously use of oil gives nice taste to the dish
5. Grease the plate and pour the mixture and allow them to cool and cut them in to pieces and give any shape of your choice turn them as interesting snack!

Mor Khuzhu



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