Monday, August 16, 2010

Healthy Oats Idli

I like idly so much..the very soft ones which my mom prepares at home.But tried to prepare something different.tats how I set my hands on Rava Idly. My mom and husband loves it so much. I have been trying to make Idly with many other stuffs trying to make it more and more healthy.While surfing through some blog,i saw the recipe of Oats Idly and thought i will give it a try.I have made changes to the recipe and tried it home.I was really surprised by the way it turned out..It was so soft, that it literally melt in ur mouth...


Qick cooking Oats: 1 cup
Rava/Semolina :1/2 cup
Green Chillies: 5 - 6 finely cut
Channa Dal: 1 tspn
Urad Dal : 1 tspn
Mustard : 1/2 tspn
Salt : To Taste
Curry Leaves: 3 -4
Dry Red chilly : 2
Curd : 2 cup
Cilantro leaves : handful finely cut


Dry roast the one minute oats in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat stirring continuously until it turns creamy/light brown. Keep aside to cool for a few minutes.

In the meanwhile dry roast the semolina on medium heat for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously, then remove from heat and keep aside to cool.

When the oats is cooler, grind it coarsely.The oats should be coarsely grinded and not finely.

Mix the cooled semolina and coarsely ground oats together.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds to it, when mustard seeds begin to splutter add red chiilies,curry leaves, chana dal and urad dal and saute for a few seconds.

When the lentil begin to turn brownish, add cut green chillies to it and saute for about a minute until the green chillies start to change color.

Pour this oil + lentil + green chillies mixture on the dry mixture of oats and semolina. Mix very well.

Add Curd ,cilantro leaves and required salt to this mixture and mix well. Keep it aside for 15 minutes

Grease idli moulds and place spoonfuls of this mixture into each mould and steam for about 6 to 7 minutes.

Remove from heat, cool for about a minute, remove each idli and serve with sambar or chutney of choice.

For about 1 1/2 cups of this mixture the yield was approximately 12 medium sized idly'

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thotakura (Spinach) Fry

Thotakura is an easily available leafy vegetable.Owing to its nutritional value,I always try to include some dish prepared with this green vegetable once in a week. Thotakura fry is one my favorite dish. Even though its named as Spinach fry ,the amount of  oil used is very very less.I love most of the dishes made of green leaves and this one has a very special place as i have read that Thotakura (Spinach) is an efficient medicine for curing vitiligo.This dish is also very good for patients having high blood pressure and diabetes also.As I have mentioned, I always try to prepare low fat dishes.Sending this to Umm's Iftar Moments also


Thotakura (Spinach) : 2cups (chopped)    
Cumin Seeds : 1/2 tspn
Garlic : 3 florets
Chilli powder : 1 tspn
Grated Coconut : 1/2 cup
Oil : 1tspn


Heat oil in a non stick kadai .Add the chopped spinach .
Keep in low flame and stir for nearly 5 minutes
Sprinkle water on the leaves only if u feel it is too dry or it may get burnt.Otherwise water is not required
Close the kadai and allow the leaves to get cooked in low flame
Grind Cumin seeds,Garlic ,Chilli powder and Coconut.Make sure that they are just coarsely grinded and not a fine paste
Add the grinded mixture to the cooked leaves and mix well.
Allow it to cook for 2 mins and remove from the flame.
Can be served with Rice and Sambar/Rasam

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rava Kesari (Kesari Bath)

Its been a long time i have posted any recipes  on my blog..i just got busy with my work. Even though I started the blog and I am trying out new recipes every day, I couldn't post most of them.
Now i make sure i post every new recipe i try out without fail. I have tried many dishes,but never had the confidence to try out sweets. I always thought that they are never my cup of tea. But once i saw many recipes on sweets,i decided to give a try. Thought of making a sweet today. So started with Rava Kesari (Kesari bath).The A2B Restaurants in Bangalore serves Kesari bath and i have seen most of my friends having them early morning.Even my husband likes this sweet.Tried for the first time and I should say it came out very good..My entire family liked and shared with one of our friend also. Thanks to UshaNandini for such a good recipe.Sending this to Nivedita's "CELEBRATE SWEETS~HALWA" event. Hope I am not too late for the event

Rava Kesari 


Sooji Rava : 1 Cup
Sugar : 1-1.5 cup (If  u want it to be very sweet,use 1.5 cups ,I used a little more than 1 cup and it came out be very sweet)
Hot Water : 2.5 cups
Warm milk : 1/4 cup
Ghee : 1.5 tspn for frying +2.5 tbspn
Green Cardamom : 2 ( grounded)
Cashewnuts : 10
Raisins : 10
Saffron food color: 2-3 pinches


Add 1/2 tspn ghee and fry cashew nuts and Raisins.Keep separate

Heat 1 tspn ghee in a non stick kadai and add the Rava.

Fry the Rava in low flame for 4-5 minutes. Make sure the color of Rava doesn't change to brown

Mix the food color in hot water and pour the hot water  to the roasted  Rava.

Stir well and make sure that no lumps are found.Keep stirring and make sure the Rava is cooked.Do not over cook else it will turn out to be Upma

Add the sugar and stir.Once the sugar is completely dissolved Add the ghee and mix well.

Now add the warm milk with ground cardamom, roasted cashew,raisins and mix well

When the Kesari starts leaving the edges of the Kadai,remove the heat.

Apply 1/2 tspn ghee to a flat vessel and transfer the contents to it and allow it to cool.

Once its cool,cut it into the required shape.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aloo Methi Dry

Aloo Methi Dry is an easy and delicious dish.It is a low fat dish also..It is one of the amazing northie dish and my friends loved it wen i cooked it!!!


For two persons:

3 Potatoes ,boiled and cut into small cubes

1 bunch of fenugreek leaves/methi leaves cleaned

1 Onion freshly chopped

1 tomato finely cut

2 tbspn oil

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon jeera seeds

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

salt to taste

2 Dried Red chillies


1.Heat the pan and pour 1 tablespoon of oil.

2.Add the mustard seeds, jeera seeds and red chillies and fry them for 10 seconds till they are completely sputtered

3.Add the finely cut onion and fry the onion till they are light brown

4.After this add the finely cut tomatoes .Dont add tomato puree as this may spoil the dish

5.Fry this in medium flame till the tomatoes are soft.

6.Add the cooked potato cubes to this and fry.You may add the remaining oil when frying the potato

7.Once the potatoes are light brown,add the fenugreek leaves.

8.Now its time to add the masala's.Add the turmeric powder,chilli powder and dhania/coriander powder

9.Add salt and mix the curry very well.Make sure the potatoes are not smashed.

10.Now add little water and cover the curry with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.

11.Open the lid and garnish with coriander leaves and Red Chillies..

Yummy Yummy Aloo Methi Dry is infront of you!!!

Can be served with hot Rotis or Rice..

Hi Everyone

Hi All,
This is my first step into the blogging world.The recipes I am posting here are the ones I have cooked,found out to be successful and u guys can just simply try them out!!! So here I go and Guys support me!!!!