Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Drumstick Leaves Dal/ Nuggesoppu tovve

Drumstick is a favorite vegetable and most of us make Sambar,Avial etc...But the leaves of Drumstick are not so popular amongst us.Recently, I read that the leaves are highly nutritious, being a significant source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, protein, iron, and potassium.Therefore,I bought the leaves from the Indian grocery store this week and tried this Dal recipe.It came out very tasty,henceforth this vegetable will be added to my vegetable list :)


MoongDal- 1 cup
Drumstick leaves(cut and cleaned)-1/2 cup
Coconut gratings- 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice- 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

For seasoning:

Ghee- 1 tsp
Mustard- 1/2 tsp
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies- 4-5
Red Chillies- 2-3
Curry leaves-4-5
Ginger(grated)- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder-1/4 tsp


Warm up Moong Dal(dry roast until it becomes just hot to touch). Pressure cook with 2 cups of water(3 whistles).Cook the cut Drumstick leaves in a vessel.(just 1-2 minute is enough.Do not over cook)
In a small pan add ghee and make the seasoning adding all the seasoning ingredients.
After the moong dal is cooked,add to the cooked drumstick leaves.Add Coconut gratings,salt.Mix well.Add little water according to the consistency you like.Add the seasoning.Boil the contents on medium heat.Finally turn off the heat and add Lemon juice and mix well.
This Dal can be served with hot Rice or Chapatis.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Nippatu is one of the most popular snacks in Karnataka. Although there are different recipes to make Nippatu, all use Rice Flour. You can add some masalas according to your taste.You can either use green chillies( this kind is available in Bakeries in Bangalore)or Red Chilli powder.


Rice flour- 1 cup
Split peas powder/Hurikadale - 1/4 cup
Red Chilli powder/ Green chilli( cut finely)- 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
Whole split peas/Hurikadale- 1 tsp
Peanuts- 10-12 coarsely crushed
Coriander finely chopped - 1tsp
Curry leaves (chopped)-6-8
Oil/Ghee-2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add very little water to make a dough.Take a banana leaf/plastic sheet and place a small size of dough on it and flatten.Remove it carefully without breaking and deep fry in hot oil until it turns golden.Repeat with the remaining dough.
You can store in an air tight container for a week and enjoy Nippatu every afternoon with Tea or Coffee...
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