Showing posts with label Lentils and Beans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lentils and Beans. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Spicy Mexican Bean Burritos

Canned beans(kidney beans)- 2 400g tin
Garlic-2 cloves
Olive oil-2tsp
Chilli flakes-1tsp
Salt to taste
To serve:
Sour cream -4 tbsp or as required
Tomato salsa
Heat oil in a pan, add chopped garlic saute until soft then add drained, washed and lightly
mashed beans,seasoned with chilliflakes and salt.

Tomato Salsa
Tomatoes-4big,ripen but firm ones,
Green chilli-1(optional)
Pickled jalapenos-2
Red onion-1 small
Olive oil-2tsp
Lemon juice-1tbsp
Salt to taste
Chop all the vegetables finely and mix everything in a bowl and season according to taste.
To assemble:
Cook the tortillas on the tawa on both sides.Take one tortilla place 2tbsp bean mixture,tomato salsaand sour cream,roll them and cut into two halves,serve with salad.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Soft and Spongy Idli's

Rice Rawa-2cups
Urad dal-1cup
Cooked rice-1cup(leftover or fresh)
Salt to taste
Soda bicarb-1/2tsp
1.Wash and soak urad for 4-6hrs in clean water.grind it to smooth paste using very less water.
2.Soak rawa 1hr before grinding in clean water.squeeze excess water and grind it roughly.
3.Grind the cooked rice into fine paste.
4.Mix urad batter,cooked rice paste,and grinded rawa and mix well with clean hands,don't add water.Leave it to ferment for overnight  or 7- 8hrs.
5.While preparing mix salt and soda  then grease the idli plates and pour tbsp or more batter depending on how deep the cups are..don't overfill.
6.Steam the idlis for 10-15minutes or until  done.Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambhar.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Hurulikaalu Dose/ Horsegram Dosa

Hurulikaalu/horsegram-1 1/2cups
Methi/fenugreek seeds-1tsp

1.wash rice,methi and uraddal and soak for 3-4 hours.Grind it into fine paste,leave to ferment for 6-7hours or overnight.
2.wash and soak huruli for 3-4hours,grind it into fine paste,mix this paste to fermented batter with salt and prepare dose as normal on hot tawa.Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Courgette/Zucchini Dal


Courgette-1 medium sized
Green chillies-2 or 3
Gingergarlic paste-1tsp
Curry leaves-1sprig
Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Juice of half lemon
Coriander for garnishing

1.Wash and cut courgette into thick roundels.
2.Pressure cook the dal in a cooker with pinch turmeric and 3cups of water.
3.Heat a oil in a pan,add mustard,cumin and hing,whenthey begin to splutter
add onions and curry leaves fry until they are golden brown,then add ginger
garlic paste,tomatoes and greenchillies and salt,cook until
tomatoes becomes soft.
4.Add courgette pieces and leave to cook lid closed on a medium flame until
it softens.
5.Now add the cooked dal and and mix well and cook for further 2-3minutes.
6.Remove from the heat,add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
7.Serve hot with rice.

Saturday, 29 January 2011


Hi everybody, its been months since september I havn't posted anything..I  was so busy and been to India,so I am posting now so what better than delicious hearty soup to start :)..ENJOY and keep visiting...
Ingredients:1cup-blackeye beans
1tbsp-olive oil
4garlic pods,chopped
2-3fresh chillies
1tsp-cumin powder
1tsp-turmeric powder
250g canned tomatoes/2-3fresh tomatoes
21/2cups-vegtable stock
Fresh coriander,finely chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pitta bread to serve

1. Cook the blackeye beans in a pressure cooker for 2-3 whistles until the beans are tender,drain and set aside.
2.Heat  the oil in a pan add the onions,garlic and chilliand cook for 5minutes or until onions is soft.Stir in cumin,turmeric,tomatoes,stock,half of the coriander and the beans,simmer for 20-30minutes.Stir in the remaining coriander and the lemon juice.
3.Serve with warm pitta bread.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Mosaru Vade/Dahi Vada

Urad dal/uddinabele-1 1/2 cup
Rice flour-2tbsp
Black pepperpowder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Soda bicarb-pinch
Oil for frying
Crushed ginger-1/2tsp

For Garnish:
Chilli powder
Cumin powder
Chaat masala
Fresh coriander

Clean dal, wash and soak in water for 4 hours. Blend in blender 
using the minimum amount of water required to keep paste
moving freely. In a bowl mix urad paste, rice flour, salt,pepper
and soda mix well. Heat a oil in a kadai.Wet your hands and take
tbsp of batter and drop it in the hot oil Fry until golden brown.
Drop them into water. Let it soak till ready to serve.
Beat yogurt with water. Add ginger and salt according to taste.
Squeeze out water from the vada and add yogurt. Before serving spinkle
chilli powder,chaat masala and garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Channa Batura

Fine rava-1/4cup
Baking powder-1/2tsp
Oil for frying+2tbsp

Heat a oil in a kadai..
In a bowl mix  maida, fine rava,baking powder, sugar,salt and buttermilk and knead a stiff dough,if needed use little water to knead.Smear little oil on the dough and leave it aside for 2hours.Divide the dough into equal portions,roll them into balls.Roll out  bigger poori's and deep fry them on high flame till light brown on both sides.

Channa masala

Chickpeas-1 1/2cups
Onion,finely chopped -1 big
Tomatoes,finely chopped-2
Green chillies,slited-2
Ginger garlic paste
Bay leaf-1
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander for garnish
Lemon juice/Lime juice-2tsp

Wash and rinse chickpeas in a clean water for 6-8 hours or better overnight.
then pressure cook them with pinch of sodabicarb up to 2 to 3 whistles.
drain the liquid and keep it aside,reserve the liquid as well.
Heat a oil in a kadai add all the whole spices when they begin to splutter
add finely chopped onions fry them until they are golden brown in colour.
Now add gingergarlic paste,green chillies and tomatoes and sugar cook until
tomatoes are soften now add turmeric,channa masala and salt cook on a low medium flame until the gravy oozes out oil then add boiled chickpeas and 1 cup of reserved liquid,close the lid and leave it to cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.If need more liquid add more reserved liquid.Turn off the heat add lemon juice and garnish with coriander.Serve hot with batura.

Note:If you want more gravy grind fistful of boiled chickpeas,1/2 onion and 1 tomato into fine paste and add it to above mixture along reserved water.

Thursday, 15 April 2010


This finger licking,flavourful biryani recipe I found from a old magazine long back ago, I am a big magazine Buff:), and I collect the recipes from them.The process is little lengthy but its worth a try...I prepare this biryani often in my house and it has become one of my family favourites.Kale moti  means Black pearl,they look like a black pearls in the dish  truly....In the original recipe potatoes are used along with channa,here I have not used it.If you are fan of potatoes,you can used them...The assemble process makes it very flavourful and aromatic...This can  be done without oven also,assemble in a thick bottom vessel and seal the lid with atta dough(if you have a tight fitting lid,don't worry about sealing)keep on a low flame for 10-15 minutes.Serve this with any raitha or it is amazing on its own...Make sure that channa is nicely cooked...Using ghee makes it very tasty,I have prepared it with oil also but you know you can't beat the ghee....:).Once in a while this is a real treat...

                                       Biryani with a sprinkling of  black channa

Basmati rice-2cups,washed and soaked for30 minutes.
Salt to taste
Lemon juice-1tbsp
For kale moti:
Kalachanna/Kadlekaalu,soaked overnight-1cup
Salt to taste
A pinch of soda bicarb
Gingergarlic paste-2tsp
Chilli powder-1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Whisked yogurt-3/4cup
Green chillies,chopped-2
For garnishing :
Coriander leaves,chopped- 2tbsp
Mint leaves,chopped-2tbsp
Green chillies,slit lenghtwise-2-3
Onions,sliced and fried until crisp-2tbsp
Ginger juliennes-1tsp
whisked yoghurt-1/4cup
Garam masala powder-1tsp
A few strands of safforon  soaked in a little milk

To prepare the kale moti:
Wash the channa,add enough water,salt and soda bicarb and cook in a pressure
cooker until 3-4 whistles.Drain out the water and keep it aside.
Heat ghee in a kadai, add ginger-garlic paste, onions , chilli powder
and turmeric powder,lower the heat and saute for 2 minutes.
Remove the pan from heat,add curd,tomatoes and green chillies.
Return the pan to the heat.Cook till the ghee floats on top. Then add the boiled chana,
adjust the seasoning and stir well.Saute till done and almost dry

To prepare the rice:
Bring 8cups of water to a boil with salt,whole garam masala and lemon juice. Cook till three-fourths done.Drain out the water.

To assemble the biryani:
Transfer the cooked channa to an ovenproof container.
Spread the chopped corinaderleaves,mintleaves,gingerjuliennes,
green chillies,tomatoes fried onions and pour the yogurt over the channa.
Spread the rice evenly over the garnished channa and sprinkle soaked saffron over.
Cover with a lid and secure with a atta dough to seal the container so that it is airtight
and cook in a pre-heated oven for 10 to 12 minutes at 180'C.
Remove when the steam starts seeping from the side.

To serve:
Break the seal,take out the rice from the container.Put the channa
in a serving dish and spread the rice over.
Serve hot with raitha.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Bele Dosa/Dal Dosa/Mixed Lentils Dosa

Rice -1cup
Green chillies/dry red chillies-3-4 or to taste
Jeera/cumin seeds-1tsp
Salt to taste
Soda bicarbonate-1/2tsp

wash and soak rice and dals together for 6-7 hours.
Grind rice and dals with chillies,jeera and ginger to fine paste.
Add salt to taste,soda and sugar mix well and prepare dosa as usual
no need to ferment.You can prepare dosa's immediatly.
For preparing,heat a tava,take a ladleful of batter on tava,spread evenly 
as thin as possible.
Sprinkle little oil on dosa,cook evenly on both sides.
Fold and serve with chutney or any palya.

Note:Sugar gives nice golden colour to dosa.

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. 

Friday, 26 March 2010


Paddu or Gundpongalu or Appe as it is called in Kannada,these are in between version of  dosa and idli',they have a shape of small idli's but  crispy and taste's like dosa.You will forget the count when eating with thick  coconut chutney for sure...:).This  is my mother's recipe,you can also add grated carrots and other veggies to make it more tasty and colourful...ENJOY!


Fenugreek seeds/methi-1tsp
Salt to taste
Soda bicarb-1/2tsp

Onion,finely chopped-1
Green chillies-2 or 3
Coriander,finely chopped
Cumin seeds-1tsp


Wash and soak rice and dal seperately for 5-6 hours,soak avallaki only an hour before grinding.

Grind rice, dal and avallaki seperatley into a fine paste and with hands mix nicely and keep 
the batter in the warm place to ferment for 7-8 hours(overnight is better).

Heat a oil in a pan add mustard seeds and cumin seeds wait until it splutters,add this tempering
to the batter along with chopped onions,green chillies,coriander,soda and salt mix well.

Heat a poddu tawa,smear oil in each holes,pour tbsp of batter into each hole,cook on both sides
until golden brown,add little oil if it is sticking.

serve with coconut chutney.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Hurulikalu Rasam




Tamarind juice-1/4cup


Rasam powder-2tsp

Red chilli powder to taste

Hurulikaalu pudi/Horsegram powder-1tbsp

Jaggery to taste

Salt to taste

Fresh coriander

For tadka:







Dry roast 1/2 cup of hurulikaalu /horsegram in a pan until brown,cool
and dry grind into fine powder.For this recipe i used only 1tbsp,store
rest for next use.

Cook the dal with 1cup of water and turmeric in a pressure cooker and keep it aside.

Heat a oil or ghee in a vessel, add mustard when they begin to pop up,add
red chillies, hing and curryleaves,saute for a minute and add tamarind juice and
cooked dal with 1 or 2cups of water cook until it begin to boil.

Now add salt,hurulikaalu pudi/horsegram powder,rasam powder,chillipowder
and jaggery cook for 2-3minutes,add coriander.

Serve hot with steaming rice and ghee.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Misal/Usal Pav

This is a Maharastrian street chaat .Misal or Usal as it is called locally,made with sprouts of matki or madikekaalu in kannada.I got this recipe from my friend Rajshri,who's from Pune.If you use sev or farsan it is called misal, for usal emit sev.This is easy! , very healthy and very tasty...,whenever i prepare this dish i healthier option swap pav with brown bread.


Mixed Sprouts(moongdal/hesarukaalu and matki/madikekaalu)-1 cup
potato,boiled and cubed -1
cumin seeds (jeera)-1 tsp
asafoetida (hing)-1/4tsp
onion,chopped -1big
tomatoes,chopped -2
ginger garlic paste-1tbsp
turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
chilli powder-1tsp
oil-2 tsp
salt to taste

For serving:
coriander,chopped-2 tbsp
lemon wedges-as required
pav bread-as required
Butter-as required(optional)
Sev as required


1.Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida.

2.Add the onions and sauté till they are translucent,add the tomatoes and saute for another 2 to 3 minutes.

3.Add the ginger garlic paste and cook till the oil separates.

4.Add the sprouts, turmeric,chilli powder and salt and 2cups of water and mix well.

5.Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes till the sprouts are tender.

6.Add boiled potatoes and leave to cook for 2minutes.

7.For serving,in a plate,garnish with the coriander,chopped onions and sev and a small dollop of butter on top of misal.

8.Serve with lemon wedges and pav.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009


Pesarattu is a dosa prepared with whole green gram/haramoong in hindi /hesarukaalu in kannada,which gives it light green colour to dosa."pesaru" means greencolour in telgu.It is a native dish of Andrapradesh.

Whole hara moong/hesarukalu- 1 1/2 cup
Ginger - 2 inch piece
Green chillies - 4
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Salt to taste
Soda bicarbonate-1/2tsp

For Topping

Finely chopped onions -1cup
Finely cut green chillies -2
Finely chopped coriander

Oil for frying


Soak hesarukalu and rice together for 8hours in water.
Grind with cumin, ginger and green chillies into fine paste.
Add salt,soda and sugar,mixwell.No need to ferment.
Heat a tava,pour ladleful of batter on tava, spread evenly as thin as possible.
Sprinkle tbsp of toppings and oil around the dosa.Cook evenly on both sides.
Fold and serve with coconut chutney or chutney pudi.

Masala Dosa

Masala dosa.. is one of the famous dosa variety which has gain more popularity than compared to other dosa's. Because of its unique taste combined with spice potato filling(allugade palya.. as we call in kannada)and red chutney makes it heavenly tasty.The comination of south indian dosa and north indian aloo bhaji made it famous not only in India but throughout the world.I must say masala dosa is a national integration dish...And it is one of my favourite dosa,here i tried it my way..


Urad dal-3/4cup




Plainflour or maida-2tbsp



Salt to taste

Ghee or oil for frying


Wash and soak rice,dals and methi in water for 6-7hours.
Grind the soaked rice and dals into fine paste and
keep the batter to ferment for 7-8hours in warm place.
One hour before preparing dosa mix rava,maida,soda,sugar and salt with hands througly.
Heat a tava pour ladleful of batter over tava and spread it evenly as thin as possible.
Drizzle a tsp of oil or ghee over dosa,apply red chutney on dosa.
No need to turn dosa if it is very thin,when dosa becomes crisp put a tbsp of
alugadde palya and fold the dosa and serve hot with coconut chutney.

Apply red chutney and place a tbsp of alugadde palya..

Fold dosa in hotel style..

Now dosa is ready to serve...........


Red Chutney


Red chillies -10(byadgi menasinakayi or any mild variety)

Puff channa-2tbsp



Tandoori colour-1/4tsp(optional)

Garlic cloves-2

Salt to taste

Pepper corns-10



Fry the chillies,peppercorns,jeera and channa with little oil and
grind along with other ingredients into fine paste adding little water.

NOTE:When applying on dosa's add water and make it thinner.

Coconut Chutney


Coconut,grated -1cup

Greenchillies -3





Salt to taste


Grind all the above ingredients into fine paste.Serve with dosa.

Potato Palya/Alugadde Palya


Potatoes-4,boiled and mashed






Urad dal-1tsp




Salt to taste


Heat oil in a frying pan, add mustard when it splutters add dals and fry until slightly brown.

Add onion, chillies and curry leaves fry until onions become soft.Add salt to taste.

Now add mashed potatoes fry for a minute and sprinkle little water and

close the lid and cook in a low flame for 5-6 minutes.Garnish with fresh coriander.

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.

Avarekaalu uppittu


Rava or sooji- 1cup

Water- 2 cups

Onion- 1big (sliced)

Green chillies-4

dry red chillies-2

Curry leaves-10


Avarekaalu (vaalbeans)-1cup


Mustard seeds-1/2tsp

Cumin seeds-1/2tsp

Channa dal-1tsp

Urad dal-1tsp

Fresh coriander for garnish

Lemon juice-1tbsp

Salt to taste


First fry the rava until slightly brown and aromatic and keep it aside.
In a pressure cooker, cook avarekaalu(vaalbeans) and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan add musturd,cumin seeds when they begin to splutter
add channa and urad dal fry about 2 minutes until light brown now add onion,
curryleaves,green chillies and dry red chillies,fry until onions become soft.
Add boiled avarekaalu,2 cups of water,add salt to taste.
When water begins to boil add rava with continously stirring.
Stir until all the water is gone,Add lemon juice.
Reduce the flame and close the lid for 8 to 10 minutes.
garnish with coriander and serve hot.

Friday, 11 December 2009



1Cup-Dried chickpeas


1-Onion,roughly chopped

1Tsp-Baking soda

1/2Tsp-Chilli powder

1/2Tsp-Pepper powder

1/2Tsp-Cumin powder

1/4Cup-Fresh coriander,finely chopped

1/4Cup-Fresh parsley,finely chopped


Salt to taste

Oil for frying


Soak chickpeas 6-8 hours in water.put soaked chickpeas,onion,garlic,
half of the parsley and coriander in a blender or food processor,blend into rough paste.
Add little water if needed.In a bowl add chickpea paste,leftover parsley and coriander,cumin powder,breadcrumbs,chilli powder,black pepper powder ,salt and baking soda,mix well.Make round lemon sized balls and press them slightly like vada out of the mixture.Heat a oil in a kadai,fry falafel balls in a medium hot oil until brown colour on all the sides.Takeout and drain the excess oil on the paper towel.Serve hot with salad.

NOTE:Falafel can be served stuffed inside pita bread(pocket) along with tahinisauce and salad as a sandwich.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Onion uttapam/ Eruli dose


2Cup- Par boiled rice
2Cup-Raw rice
1/2Cup- Urad dal (uddinabele)
1/2Tsp Methi seeds
1/4Cup-Avalakki(rice flakes)
Salt to taste
1/4 Tsp- Cooking soda

For toppings:

2 Big-onions,finely chopped
1-Tomato,finely chopped
4-Green chillies,finely chopped
1 Sprig-Curryleaves,finely chopped

Oil for cooking as required


Wash and soak rice,dals and methiseeds for 6-8hours in water.

Soak avalakki seperatly for 1hour before grinding.

Grind rice, dals and avalakki into fine paste.Add salt and soda bicarbonate mixwell.

Leave it overnight to ferment in a warm place.

Mix chopped onions,tomato,chillies,jeera and curryleaves in a bowl.

Heat tava,take a ladleful of dosa batter,spread evenly to your desired size,but slightly thicker.

Sprinkle onion mixture over the dosa,drizzle 1tsp oil over dosa.

Turn and cook well on the another side. Serve hot with any chutney or palya.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Chutney Pudi(powder)








Tamarind-small gooseberry size

Jaggery-small gooseberry size




Salt to taste


Dry roast dals and spices seperately,leave to cool.Dry grind the mixture into fine powder,store it in a clean dry jar.

Serve with dosa's,idli's,chappati's or bread.