Friday, November 25, 2016


#BeetrootVazhaithanduAvalUpma : #BeatenRice [ #RiceFlakes ] is known as #Aval in Tamil. Soaked paddy is dry roasted in a kadai over high flame for few seconds and pounded immediately when it is still hot using a wooden pestle in a mortar to flatten it. Then husks are removed to get aval. 

That's why it is also called #flattenedRice. Now-a-days heavy pounding machines are used to produce aval. Rice flakes are available in different thicknesses in the market. 
It is rich in iron. It can be consumed as it is or cooking with other vegetables & condiments.
Here I have prepared aval upma with beetroot as it is packed with vital nutrients and full of fiber.

Ingredients :
1 cupThick Aval [ beaten rice ]
1 medium sizeOnion, chop nicely
1/4 cupBeetroot julians [ or grated ]
1 TbspGreen peas cooked
1/4 cupVazhaithandu julians
1 or 2Green chilly
2 pinchTurmeric powder
1/4 TspCumin powder [ jeera powder ]
1/4 TspRed chilly powder [ adjust ]
1/2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
Tempering :
1/2 Tsp cupMustard seeds
1 TspBlack gram split
2 TbspPeanuts [ ground nut ]
1/4 TspAsafoetida powder
2 TspOil
To garnish :
1 TbspCarrot grated
1 TbspCoriander leaf chopped
Method :
Take aval in a wide mouthed vessel.
Wash twice and completely drain the water.
Now add 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 Tsp of salt.
Mix well and set aside.

Heat a kadai with oil on a stove over medium flame.
Crackle mustard seeds and then add black gram split, peanuts & asafoetida.
Keep stirring until peanuts turn golden color.
Add chopped onion, green chilly and curry leaf.
Saute till onion becomes translucent.
Then add beetroot, vazhaithandu, green peas, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt.
Mix well and close with a lid till beetroot becomes soft.
Remove the lid and add aval.
Mix well and adjust salt.
Close with a lid and allow to cook over very low flame for 3 minutes.
Turn off the stove and let it be closed for another five minutes.
Bright beetroot colored tasty spicy aval upma is ready.

Serve hot after topping with grated carrot and chopped coriander leaves.
Relish with tomato sauce or without any side dish.
I have served here with jaggery.

Beetroot vazhaithandu aval upma

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016


#UlunduPooranam #BlackLentilSpicyStuffing : This stuffing is used in the preparation of spicy #modhakam. #BlackGramDal [ #BlackLentil ] is a rich source of protein for vegetarian people. It is also a great source of Vitamin B, iron, folic acid, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It has both soluble and insoluble fiber that helps in digestion and prevents constipation.
We commonly use black lentil to prepare our famous breakfasts like idli, vadai and dosai.
This tasty and spicy stuffing can also be a great accompaniment to rasam or sambar rice.

black lentil stuffing

Ingredients :
1/2 cupBlack gram lentil
1Green chilly [ adjust ]
1/2 inch longGinger
1/2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
2 TspGingelly oil
1/2 TspMustard seed
1/4 TspAsafoetida
10 - 12Curry leaves

Method : 
Wash black gram lentil and soak in water for one hour.
After one hour drain the water completely and put into a blender.
Add green chilly, ginger piece and salt.
Grind coarsely and transfer into a bowl.

Heat idli maker or pressure cooker with two cups of water on a stove over high flame.
Grease the pits of the idli plates with oil and place lentil paste in the pits.
Close and steam cook for 10 minutes or until the lentil paste gets cooked.
If the lentil paste is steam cooked in a pressure cooker do not put weight over nozzle of the lid.

Transfer the steam cooked lentil into a bowl and crumble with hand.
Heat a kadai with 2 Tsp of oil on a stove over medium flame.
Crackle mustard seeds and then add asafoetida powder & torn curry leaves.
Now transfer crumbled lentil into the kadai.
Adjust salt and stir well.
Keep stirring for five minutes and turn off the stove.
Transfer into a bowl and allow to cool down.

Tasty nd spicy urad dal stuffing [ balck lentil stuffing ] is ready.
Make delicious modhakam using this spicy stuffing.
This stuffing goes well with rasam or sambar rice for lunch.

black lentil stuffing

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Venthaya Pachadi

#VenthayaPachadi [ fenugreekPachadi ] : This is a thick gravy type dish prepared using #fenugreeksprouts, dates and dried grapes ( kismis ). It is very very difficult to define the taste of the dish. It has all four tastes namely sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. Fenugreek seeds as well as leaves are extensively used in Indian cooking. Most of the people avoid fenugreek due to its bitterness. If the seeds are soaked and then cooked the bitterness comes down little bit and palatable. The seeds are very good for health and beneficial for most common health problems. The sprouts are very good source of protein.
One tablespoon of fenugreek seeds contains
35.5 calories
6.4 grams carbohydrates
2.5 grams protein
0.7 grams fat
2.7 grams fiber
3.7 mg of iron
0.1 mg of copper and manganese
21 mg of magnesium
32.6 mg of phosphorus
The water soluble fiber present in the seeds are good for digestion, helps reduce constipation and decreases cholesterol.

This is a Rajasthani delicacy and came across the recipe from a cookery show. I have included the things that were available in my kitchen and modified according to my taste.

Venthaya pachadi

Venthaya pachadi

Ingredients :
1/4 cupFenugreek sprouts
2 TbspDried grapes [ kishmish ]
1/2 TspRed chilly powder [ adjust ]
1/2 TspCumin powder
2 TspCoriander powder
1 TspAmchur powder ( Mango powder ) [ adjust ]
1 TspJaggery
2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
1/2 TspMustard seed
1/2 cupCumin seed
8 - 10Curry leaves
3 TspGingelly oil [ sesame / till oil ]

Method :
Soak dried grapes ( kishmish ) in lukewarm water.
Keep aside.

Pressure cook fenugreek sprouts [ Venthayam sprouts ] adding a cup of water for two whistles.
Open the cooker after it ran out of steam.
Set aside.

Heat a kadai with oil on a stove over medium flame.
Crackle mustard seed and cumin seed once oil becomes hot.
Then add cooked fenugreek sprouts with water in which it had been cooked earlier.
Now add red chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
Stir well until its raw smell goes off.
Then add soaked kishmish and salt.
Allow to simmer for a minute.
Then add Amchur powder [ mango powder ], jaggery and adjust salt.
Simmer until the oil starts floating over the surface.
Add torn curry leaves and turn off the stove.

Sweet, sour, bitter and spicy venthaya pachadi is ready.
This dish goes well with paruppu sadham [ lentil mixed rice ], sambar rice and also curd rice.

Note : Dried dates can also be soaked and added along with kishmish.
To make fenugreek sprouts
Soak fenugreek seeds previous day morning after washing two times in a vessel.
After eight hours drain the water completely and close the vessel with a lid.
Keep overnight at a warm place in your kitchen.
Next day morning the fenugreek sprouts can be seen.

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