Feb 16, 2014

How to make Rave Idli?

Rave (Sooji) Idli, a quick fix snack which can be had any time of the day. It's filling and a healthy food.

Here's how its made.

~ Rave Idli mix
~ Curds (yogurt)
~ Salt
~ Cooking Soda
~ Green peas (optional)
~ Grated carrot shreds (optional)

curds and mix
Take two cups of rave idli mix in a vessel, add three cups curds and mix until you have a consistent batter. Add extra curds if the batter is too thick. Add salt as required and a pinch of baking soda and mix again. The batter is ready.

Now to the idli plates. Grease them with oil or ghee (this is done so that idli comes out easily). Spoon the batter into the greased plates as shown above. Fresh peas can be mixed into the batter. If you have grated carrot, drop a dozen shreds to the center of the filled plate. Place filled idli plates in the stand.

Either a cooker  or a vessel large enough to accommodate the idli stand. Pour water into the cooker/vessel and place the idli stand in it and close it. Ensure that water level is below the bottom most plate in the stand. Place the cooker/vessel on medium flame and check time. If you are using a cooker no need to place cooker weight on the top. When cooking in a vessel, make sure you have a large enough plate to cover it.

Time for the batter to become idli ranges between 15 minutes and 25 minutes. To check if its cooked well, use a thin spoon and poke one of the idlis; if its done nothing there's no batter sticking to the spoon.

After the flame is turned off, keep the cooker/vessel covered and allow 5 to 8 minutes cooling so that idlis lift off easily. Use the holding end of a thin spoon (apply little ghee) to pry out idlis. Run it along the rim of the idli and cut into four pieces to make lifting easier.

Serve hot idlis with with coconut chatni.

Feb 12, 2014

Crispy Aalu Toast

Crispy Aaloo Toast is very simple and easy to prepare, and tasts too good. Should try once :)

Ingredients - 
1. Bread - 10 slices
2. Boiled potato - 2 (mashed)
3. Coriander leaves - 1 tspn chopped
4. Red chilli powder - 1 tspn
5. Salt - As per taste
6. Jeera Powder - ½ tspn
7. Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tspn
8. Ghee - 2 tspn
9. Tomato ketchup
10. Jeera - ½ tspn
11. Garam Masala - ½ tspn
12. White Sesame Seeds - 2 tspn
13. Lemon Juice - 2 tspn


1} Take 2 boiled potato and mash them.
2} Add red chilli powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, Jeera powder, garam masala, lemon juice, coriander leaves and mix them well.
3} Take a Kadai and heat little oil/ghee, add jeera, and add mixture remaining  ingredients to it. Heat it for 2-3 minutes on low flame.
4} Spread a tablespoon of tomato ketchup over a bread slice, and on that spread aalu mixture. Drop white sesame seeds and press lightly. Cut the slice into equal triangles.
5} Heat a non-stick pan, grease it with little ghee/butter, place the bread on it (3 or 4 at a time), When the base of the bread is golden brown turn the bread slice and cook till the mixture turns crisp and golden brown. Take out when both sides are toasted well.

Serve hot toasts with Pudina Chatni or tomato ketchup.


Feb 7, 2014

ಮೆಂತೆ ಬೇಳೆ ಕಡಬು / Menthe Bele Kadabu

Menthe Bele Kadabu is an easy to make, tasty, filling and healthy North Karnataka dish usually served for supper or dinner.

a. Wheat flour
b. Tur dal
c. Fenugreek leaves
d. Coriander seeds
e. Jeera
f. Onion
g. Green chilly
h. Garlic
i. Dry coconut
j. Oil
k. Salt

1. Cook dal
2. Grind jeera, coriander seeds, garlic and dry coconut
3. Mix wheat floor and water to make soft dough
4. Flatten dough and cut into pieces (see picture 2)

5. Heat oil in thick vessel, add onion and chopped fenugreek leaves and stir lightly
6. Add jeera, coriander seeds, garlic and dry coconut mixture and stir lightly
7. Add cooked dal and salt
8. Add sufficient water

9. When the mixture begins to boil, add 2 tea spoonful of oil + pieces of flattened dough
10. Boil until the dough pieces become soft
11. Garnish with coriander leaves

Serve hot with ghee. Enjoy!!