Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ridge gourd curry

ridge gourd curry(ಹಿರೆಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ )

  1. skinned and diced ridge gourd 2 1/2 cups
  2. soaked moong dal 1/3 cup
  3. peanut powder 2 tbsp
  4. oil 1 tbsp
  5. mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
  6. jeera 1/4 tsp
  7. curry leaves 4-5
  8. red chili powder 1/4 tsp or as per taste
  9. gud 1/4 tsp
  10. salt to taste
  11. goda masala (kaala masala) 1/4 tsp optional
  • heat oil in a pan add mustard and jeera let splutter and add curry leaves and hing
  • add soaked moong dal and cover to cook for some time
  • add the diced ridge gourd and mix well. cover and let cook for some time
  • add red chili powder, masala powder(optional),gud,salt, peanut powder and some water to cook. cook till the ridge gourd is just soft enough.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

udad daal chatni powder

udad daal chutny powder/ಉದ್ದಿನ ಬೇಳೆ ಚಟ್ನಿ ಪುಡಿ


  1. 2 cups udad daal
  2. 1 cup chana daal
  3. 1/2 cup til (sesame seeds)
  4. 1 cup peanuts
  5. 3/4 cup dry coconut grated
  6. 1/2 cup red chili powder.
  7. 2 string curry leaves
  8. 2 tsp tamrind
  9. 1 tsp hing
  10. 1 tbsp gud
  11. 1 tbsp oil to roast all the ingredients
  12. salt to taste


  • in a kadhai roast all the ingredients separately in little oil and let cool.
  • grind coarsely in a mixer.
  • store in a air tight jar

This chutny powder goes very well with idli,curd rice, plain rice with ghee and chakli(murukku)! 
oh ya chakli is dipped in the chutny mixed in plain yogurt. A typical north karnatak style I guess!

my sewing projects

7 cup sweets,seven cup sweet

seven cup sweets

  1. 3 cups sugar
  2. 1 cup grated coconut(fresh coconut)
  3. 1 cup pure ghee/dalda
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 cup besan.

  • in a kadhai mix all the ingredients together and heat on a medium flame stirring continuously.
  • when the mixture starts to leave the bottom of the kadhai spread on a greased thali ( apply some ghee on your hand ,gently touch the mixture... if doesnot stick then ready).when cools cut into diamond shape.

I prepared this sweet for my daughter's birthday party.(the same in pictures was done for my daughter Prachi's  2 nd Birthday party)I thought of something traditional and homemade to share with .This is an alternate to mysorepak as it almost tastes like it.

coconut burfi/kobbari mithai

    kobbarimithai/coconut burfi

  1. 1 cup grated coconut(fresh coconut)

  2. 1 cup sugar

  3. 1/4 cup milk

  4. 1 tsp cardamom powder

  5. 1 tbsp of coarsely ground dry fruits to garnish
  •  mix coconut and milk in a blender and grind to form a smooth paste

  • heat a kadhai and pour in the coconut paste and sugar and keep stirring on medium heat till the mixtures starts to thicken and forms like a ball

  • grease a thali and spread the ground dry fruits and over this pour the cooked mixture and carefully spread it

  • let cool and cut into shapes you like.