Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Menthya Hittu




"Menthya Hittu" is a spice powder to be eaten with hot rice and ghee.This spice powder is especially good when you have cold/cough and during winters.

Ingredients:
Chana dal- 1/2 cup
Urad dal-1/2 cup
Moong dal- 1 cup
Toor dal-1/2 cup
Wheat(Godhi)/Uppit rava-1/2 cup
Rice-1/2 cup
Jeera-1/4 cup
Pepper-1/4 cup
Ginger powder-3 tbsp
Red chilli powder-/Red chillies-1/4 cup/12-15nos
Cloves-5-6
Turmeric powder-2 tbsp
Dhania-1/4 cup
Curry leaf-1/4 cup or handful
Methi seeds-2 tsp
Hing-1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method:
Dry roast all the ingredients on low flame until golden brown.Let it cool.Grind all the dals first and later the spices.Add salt and Mix well.Store in an airtight container.



Thursday, August 4, 2011

Khara Bhat



'Khara Bhat' and 'Kesari Bhat' together on a plate is called as 'Chow Chow Bhat' in the darshinis and restaurants in Bangalore. I especially love the Chow Chow Bhat in MTR restuarant.
Khara bhat is upma with combination of vegetables and bhat powder (palyada pudi).


Ingredients:
Upma Rava/Semolina- 1 cup
Bhat powder- 2 tsp
Brinjals (cut )-1/2 cup
Coconut gratings-3tbsp
Coriander leaves chopped-2tbsp
Water- 21/2 cups
Lemon juice-1 tbsp

For Seasoning:
Oil- 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
Red chillies-2
Green chilies(Slit)-2-3
Curry leaves-4-5
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Salt to taste
Sugar-1/2 tsp
Cashews-5-6

Method:
Fry the rava with little ghee until you get the aroma.Keep it aside.
In a pan/wok add oil.Add all the seasoning ingredients one by one.Now add chopped brinjals and fry until tender.Add boiled water or add water and bring it to boil.Add coconut gratings,bhat powder, sugar and salt.Slowly add the fried rava to the boiling water and stir it continuously to avoid lumps.Close the lid allow it to cook(10-15 mins).Add lemon juice,coriander leaves and mix well.Serve hot with coconut chutney/pickles.

P.S.You can also use other vegetables such as beans,carrots,peas,bell pepper,tomatoes,avarekai(surti papdi lilva),togarikai etc...









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