Showing posts with label Leafy Greens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Leafy Greens. Show all posts

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Ambode / Masala Vade With Sapsige Soppu/Channa dal Vada/ Fritters With Dill Leaves

Ambode or channadal fritters is one of  the famous fried snacks of Karnataka, prepared during festivals and family gatherings.Ambode  prepared with dill leaves gives it  a distinct flavour and taste that you can't stop eating them :-).Generally ambode and gasagase payasa is good combination and they compliment each other as a part of good menu during the special occasions.Here is my family recipe..hope you all like it.

Channa dal/Kadale bele/Split Bengal gram-1 1/2cups
Dill greens/Sapsige soppu,chopped-1/2cup
Onion-1 medium sized,finely chopped
Fresh coconut,chopped into small pieces,1 or 2Tbsp(optional)
Oil for frying

Masala for grinding
Dry red chillies-3
Green chillies-2
Ginger-1 inch piece
Black peppercorn-7-8
Cinammon stick-small piece(optional)
Turmeric- pinch
Rock salt/salt to taste

1.Wash the channadal and soak in a clean water for 30-45 minutes.After soaking drain it in colander.
2.In  a mixie jar add all the masala's  and coarsely grind it ,then add the soaked channadal and grind it roughly with out adding water.
3.In a bowl add the grinded mixture mix well,now add dill greens,coriander,chopped onion,coconut,and curry leaves mix well. 
4.Heat a oil in a kadai,while oil is heating make a small balls of the channadal mixture and keep it on a plate.
5.When the oil is heated, take a ball on your palms and gently press them to give vada shape and slide them into the oil,do the same with the rest of the balls.
6.Cook them on medium heat,evenly on both sides until golden brown and crispy.
7.Take out the vada's when the bubbles stop  from slotted spoon,drain the excess oil and take out on kitchen paper. Serve them hot.It goes well along with Gasagase Payasa.

1.You can add little rice flour to the vada mixture if the mixture is little watery.
2.Don't soak channadal too much otherwise will ends up in watery loose mixture.
3.Don't overload the kadai,fry them in batch of 5-6 according to your kadai size.
4.You can make them thick or thin vada's according to your preference.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Menthiya Soppina Bhath/Methi Bhath With Mixed Beans And Soya Chunks

Mentiya soppina bhath/Methi bhath is a slight variation from vegetable bath.Methi greens go well with any preparation and combination of veggies.The taste of methi when cooked gives nice aromatic flavour with slight bitterness gives a unique taste which goes well with most veggies.If you are methi fan like me its a must try :-)

Rice-2 cups(preferably sona masoori rice)
Onion-1 medium
Green chillies-2
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Ginger garlic paste-2tsp
Vaal beans/Avarekalu-1 1/2cup
Cowpeas/Black eye beans/Alasande kalu-1/2cup
Soya chunks-11/2cups
Methi leaves/Mentiya soppu-1Bunch
Grated fresh coconut-1/2cup
Sambhar Powder/Sarina pudi-11/2tsp
Black pepper powder-1/2tsp
Roasted Jeera powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Grated fresh coconut-1/2cup
Lemon juice-1Tbsp
Coriander for garnish
Salt to taste

1.Pick the fine leaves of methi from the stem and discard the stale,discoloured leaves and stem and wash the picked leaves and wash them thoroughly and chop them roughly.
2.Finely slice the onions,chop the tomatoes,slit the green chillies and keep it aside.
3.Pressure cook the beans(alasande kalu) and Vaal beans and keep it aside.
4.Wash and soak the soya chunks in hot water for 10-15 minutes and squeeze out the water and keep it aside.
5.Wash and soak the rice for 10-15 minutes.
6.Heat a oil in a pressure cooker add mustard and allow them to splutter then add onions,slitted green chillies and curry leaves fry until onions becomes translucent then add chopped tomatoes and ginger garlic paste fry until tomatoes becomes soft and mushy.
7.Now add methi leaves and fry for minute then add cooked beans and soya chunks and saute them for a second.
8.Add all the masala powders, salt and grated coconut fry for minute and add 3 3/4 cup of water and bring it to boil.
9.Drain the water from the soaked rice and add it to the boiling mixture and stir gently and close the cooker lid  and pressure cook for one whistle.Leave it to cool.
10.After the pressure of the cooker is released, remove the lid drizzle and sprinkle lemon juice ,ghee and  chopped coriander leaves,gently mix well.Now bhath  is ready to serve.
11.Serve hot with Mosaru bajji or plain yoghurt.

1.You can prepare this rice dish in electric cooker also,after all tempering, seasoning,adding water and rice transfer everything into electric cooker pot and cook.
2.You can also cook on stove top in a pot  by cooking the rice and vegetables until all the water evaporated.
3.You can use any vegetables and beans like vaal beans(avarekalu),green peas,tuvar(togarikalu) etc.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Methi Malai Paneer

Methi or Fenugreek is a flavourful leafy veg which goes well with any veggies.
Methi Malai Paneer is a popular Punjabi dish which is very common in restaurants menu's but I love dhabha style which is more richer,rustic and full of flavours a with desi ghee or butter...yumm.This is my take on this classic dish.

Methi/Fenugreek leaves-1 small bunch
Fresh cream-4 Tbsp
Jeera/ Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Oil/Butter-1Tbsp( I have used oil)+ extra oil for frying paneer
Salt to taste
Garam masala-1/2tsp

For Grinding:
Onion-1 medium
Green chillies-3-4(according to your taste)
Garlic-4 cloves
Cashewnuts powder-1Tbsp

1.Take quarter cup of cashew nuts and grind them into a fine powder,store it in air tight container.You can use this for thickening gravies.I am using only 1Tbsp of powder for this recipe.
2. Grind all the ingredients into fine paste adding little water at a time.
3.Clean methi by removing only the leaves and discard the stalk,Wash the methi leaves in water,drain and chop them roughly.
4.Heat tsp of  Oil in a pan,add jeera,when it begans to splutter,add turmeric and  chopped methi leaves fry until the rawness of the methi vanishes.
5.Meanwhile cut paneer into bite size pieces  and fry them  lightly with little oil  and keep it aside.
6.Add grinded paste to fried methi fry for 2-3minutes then add 1/2cup of water,salt to taste and sugar close the lid and cook for 5minutes.
7.Now add paneer pieces and garam masala, let it cook for 2 more minutes.
8.Reduce the flame and add cream simmer for minute and take out of the flame.
9.Methi Malai Paneer is ready to can serve hot with any kind of Indian breads.
1.For healthier option you can use milk instead of fresh cream.
2.If you are not a fan of paneer and for healthier option you can 
add fried potatoes or mushroom.
3.If you don't have fresh methi,instead use kasuri methi.
4. Basically It is a mild curry,if you are spice lover you can add more chillies for 
grinding or chillipowder while frying methi.
5.Don't over cook,this will hardens the paneer.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Methi Paratha

Wheat flour/Atta-2cup
Besan/Chickpea flour-1/4cup
Fresh methi leaves/Fenugreek leaves-1 bunch
Chilli powder-2tsp or to taste
Amchur powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Kasoori methi-1tsp
Salt to taste
oil for frying

1.Pluck the methi leaves from the stem,wash the methi leaves and finely chop it and keep it aside.
2.Combine the flours,chopped methi, ghee, cumin seeds, turmeric, all powder masala's and salt into a large mixing bowl.
3.Mix it until crumbles now add yoghurt,mix it well and knead a soft stiff dough using sufficient water.smear the oil and keep
it aside for 30minutes to 1 hour.
4.Divide the dough into golf ball sized portions and roll them between your palms until smooth.
5.Dust the work top or rolling board lightly with flour,Roll out each balls into a circle 7-8" diameter and 4-5 mm thick.
6.Heat a griddle or tava and cook each paratha using little oil on both sides till golden brown spots appears.
Serve hot with any side dish or simply with plain yoghurt and pickle.

Note:1.To prepare it in advance, roll out as many parathas as you like stack them layering between cling film or butter paper with each paratha's,Keep 4-5 parathas  inside the zip-lock bags or box,store them in fridge.They are ready to cook whenever you need them.
2. Suitable for kids lunch box but skip chilli powder or use less.

Mentiyasoppina Chitranna

Sending to Priya's Healthy diet event


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Palak Paneer Pulav

Palak/Spinach-1 bunch
Rice-2 cups
Green chillies-2, slitted
Ginger garlic paste-2tsp
Jeera powder-1tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds-1tsp
Garam masala-1tsp
Chilli powder-1tsp
Salt to taste
Lime /Lemon to serve

1.Wash and chop the palak roughly and keep it aside.Soak the rice for 10 minutes.
2.Cut the paneer into cubes ans shallow fry them with little ghee and keep it aside.
3.In a pan heat ghee,add jeera when it begins to pop,add onions, slitted green chillies and ginger garlic paste,fry until onion becomes translucent.
4.Now add chopped palak and saute until it wilts,then add salt,chilli powder,jeera powder
and garam masala,fry for 2-minutes.
5.Add 4 cups of water and let it boil,when the water begins to boil,add rice and cook until done.
6.Fluff the rice with fork and mix paneer pieces with the rice,serve hot with lemon wedge.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Bele Unde/Habbe Unde/Steamed Dal Vada

 Bele unde or Habbe unde is a healthy and nutritious dish which can be served as breakfast or lunch or snack."Habbe" means steam in Kannada and "Unde" means vada or patties in Kannada.This dish is also called Nuchina unde in some parts of karnataka.This oil free vada's are very delicious to eat with coconut chutney.I have used only dill and coriander,you can also add any veggies of your choice.This ideal for those who are on diet...enjoy....Hope you like it.

Channa dal-1cup
Moong dal-1/4cup
Masoor dal-fistful(optional)
Onion-1 big,finely chopped
Dill/Sapsige soppu-1bunch,finely chopped
Fresh coriander-1/2bunch,finely chopped
Salt to taste

For masala:Dry red chillies-2-3
Green chillies-2-3
Cinnamon-1" stick
Cloves 3-4
Ginger-1" piece


1.Wash and soak all dals in clean water for 2 hours.
2.Drain the water from the dals and grind them roughly along with all the
masala's above(first grind all the masala to fine,then add dals and grind).Don't add
more water only add tbsp or so that the dals move freely.
3.To the grinded thick batter, add chopped onion,dill,coriander and salt to taste
and mix well.
4.Take a fistful of mixture,make a patty shape on palms and place them in idli plates
and steam them as you steam idli'es for 10-15 minutes.
5.Serve hot with thick coconut chutney.....

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Green Lentil and Spinach Soup


Green lentils-1cup
Spinach,chopped -1cup
Garlic cloves-2-3
Cumin powder-1/2tsp
Black pepper powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Olive oil-2tsp
Extra virgin olive oil-2tsp
Reserve 1tbsp of lentils for garnishing


Wash and boil the lentils  in pressure cooker upto 2-3 whistles.
Heat a olive oil in a pan,add chopped  garlic and onions,saute until
onions become  soft.
Add chopped spinach and fry until the raw odour of the spinach is gone.
Add boiled lentils,chilli powder,cumin powder,black pepper and salt to
taste.Allow to cook on a medium flame for 3-4 minutes and leave to cool.
Then blend all the lentils and spinach mixture in a blender until smooth
and creamy.
Before serving drizzle EVOO on top and sprinkle lentils.
Serve with any crusty bread. 

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Menthiya soppina/Methi/Fenugreek leaves Chitranna


Menthiya soppu/Methi/Fenugreek leaves-1bunch
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Juice of 1/2lemon
Salt to taste
Rice-1 2/2cups

For grinding:

Fresh coconut-1cup,grated
CUmin seeds-1/2tsp
Cinnamon stick-1inch
Coriander/dhaniya powder-2tsp


1.Wash and rinse the rice for 30minutes,cook the rice with 3cups of water until nice and fluffy,transfer to large bowl to cool.
2.Wash the mentiya soppu and chop them finely and keep it aside.
3.Grind the above ingredients into fine paste using little water.
4.Heat a oil in a pan add mustard when they begin to popup,add dals fry until
they are golden brown, now add curryleaves and chopped mentiya soppu and fry until all the raw smell of mentiya soppu is gone.
5.Add the grinded paste, salt and little water and allow to cook for 4-5minutes untill the oil oozes out.Squeeze the lemon juice.
6.In a large bowl, mix the gojju and rice with hands nicely,adjust the salt and lemon juice according to taste and serve hot.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Palak soppina thovve






Ginger-1 inch,crushed



Lemonjuice-1 lemon






Cook dal in a pressure cooker with 2cups of water.

In a another vessel cook palak,onion,greenchillies with 1 cup of water.

Mix cooked palak in dal ,add salt cuminpowder and lemon juice cook for 5 minutes.

Heat ghee in a skillet,add mustard when it begains to pop up,add redchillies,crushed ginger

curryleaves and hing,Add this tempering to dal,serve hot with rice.

Friday, 4 September 2009


Bas saaru is a very authentic dish of mandya and mysore. It is very popular in villages.
As I am from mandya district It is a regular dish in my mothers place. It is non oily and very healthy dish to eat,loaded with lot of leaf greens ,pulses,dals and vegetables .it is a good combination to raagi mudde.

The South Karnataka or old Mysore region also known as Bayaluseeme or the plains including the present day Kolara, Bengalooru, Mysooru, Tumakooru, Mandya, Haasana, Chamarajanagara is more often then not synonymous with Karnataka cuisine though culinary traditions else where in Karnataka can be significantly different from this one. Ragi and Rice are the most important staple grains, Jowar and Bajra are also cultivated and consumed in the drier parts of the region. The first meal of the day is the break fast which is quite substantial. Regular meals consists of Ragi mudde or steamed dumpling made from ragi flour,a curry to roll bits of the dumpling often called Saaru, Rice and Yogurt. Optional accompaniments include a salad called Kosambari, vegetable side dish called Palya and assorted pickles.


Hara moong (Hesarukalu)-1cup


Garlic-1 whole big(1/2 for roasting and 1/2required as raw)

Onion-1big(same as above)

Tamarind-lemon size

Coconut freshly grated-1/2cup



For tadka:


Onions finely chopped-2tsp

Garlic cloves-4-5(as many as you wish)



First cook dal and moong in a cooker with sufficiant water for 2 whistles,then leaveit to cool. Now roast 1/2 onion and 1/2 garlic along with skin, in a open flame on a hob with skewers.After roasting remove the skin and chop roughly.Now grind coconut,tamarind,1/2raw onion and garlic,1/2roasted onion and garlic,1tbsp of cooked dal and moong, sarinapudi into a fine paste by adding little water.Separate the water from cooked dal and moong and keep aside.Now put tadka of ghee, mustard, onion ,garlic untill little black, then add grind masala to tadka and fry for 2 minutes, then add curryleaves along with stem(this gives nice aroma to saaru).After 2 minutes add dalwater and allow to boil for 10minutes in sim flame, add salt to taste. Boil for 2minutes(don't over boil)now it is ready to enjoy with ragimudde or rice.

For cooked dal and moong mixture put tadka of oil, mustard, red chillies,little onion and fresh coconut,serve as a side dish to bas saaru.

You can prepare bassaaru with different combinations of vegetables,dals and pulses.

Some are listed below:

1. Cabbage and toordal

2. Hurulikalu(horsegram)only

3. Beans (hurulikayi) and toordal

4. Vaalbeans (avarekalu)

5. leafgreens like dantinasoppu and toordal

6. Dill greens ,beans and toordal

7. Blackeyebeans and toordal

Monday, 4 May 2009

Palak paneer

Palak paneer is one of the favourite dish of my family, it is a authentic Punjabi dish also known as saag paneer.

It has been known for generations that spinach was good for you, but it is really only over recent decades that the proof has mounted up that spinach is packed with benefitical nutrients. According to nutritionists this dark green leafy vegetable, along with others of similar colour, is among the healthiest of all foods. There are not many foods that have such a rich source of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, beta carotene and calcium, as spinach. With such nutrients, spinach is blessed with health benefits that are difficult to ignore.Always cook spinach without closing the lid,because it contains some volatile substances which turns green colour to brown.So it needs to escape.


Paneer cubes-15-20
Onion chopped -1
Gingergarlic paste-1tsp
Salt To taste
Coriander Powder-1tsp
Chillipowder -1tsp
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Cumin Powder-1tsp
Sugar-1/4 tsp
Spinach- 1 bunch

For Garnish:
Fresh Cream-1tbsp


  1. Wash & drain the water from Spinach. Chop them coarsely.
  2. In a pan bring to boil for 8 minutes,Cool & grind them coarsely to Paste.
  3. In the pan heat the oil, fry onions till translucent,add tomatoes,sugar and greenchilli cook until they become soft.
  4. Add Gingergarlicpaste & fry, mix all the spice powders and salt except garam masala & stir.
  5. Fry the paneer cubes in ghee and add the Paneer cubes cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle garam masala and stir gently.
  7. Serve Garnished with Cream on top.