Simple recipes

Rava Adai


Rava Adai

Ingredients

  • 250 gms. Rava
  • 50 gms. Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp. grated coconut
  • 2 bay leaves, broken into pieces
  • Salt and chilli powder to taste
  • Sour butter milk (or yogurt mixed with water)
  • Ghee as required
  1. Mix rava with all the above ingredients upto chilli powder.
  2. Add enough buttermilk to form a thick batter.
  3. Heat a flat griddle and grease it will ghee
  4. Pour one to two tbsp. of batter and spread it into a thick round.
  5. When the underside turns golden, pour a little ghee around the edges.
  6. When both the sides turn golden and crisp remove from fire and serve immediately.

Delicious with hot cup of coffee or tea at breakfast or tea-time!

Panki


Panki

Pankis are made by cooking batter between banana leaves which imparts a distinct aroma to the pankis. While pankis made with rice flour are more common, they can also be made with moong dal (soaked and ground).

The name Panki is derived from the leaf i.e. paan. As it is cooked between the leaves, it is called Pan-ki. The delicious savoury taste and light but satisfying panki, makes the effort all worthwhile!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • ½ cup sour curds, beaten
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, coarsely ground
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp. green chilli paste
  • 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. melted ghee
  • 4 to 6 banana leaves, washed and wiped clean.

Method

  1. Mix the rice flour with curds, salt and 3 cups warm water in a bowl, to make a medium thick batter of pouring consistency, like lassi.
  2. Cover and keep aside for 3 to 4 hours or overnight to ferment.
  3. Then add the cumin, sugar, ginger green chillie paste and garlic paste and mix well. 
  4. Add ¾ to 1 cup water if required.
  5. Remove the thick center stem and cut the leaves into even sized pieces of desired shape, square, round, oval.
  6. Grease the leaves lightly and lay 3 to 4 leaves on a hot griddle, oiled side up, and spoon 2 to 3 tbsp. of the batter over each leaf, depending on the size of the leaf.
  7. Cover with another leaf and press lightly to help the leaf adhere to the batter.
  8. Cook for a minute or so and turn over.
  9. Press the leaf with the spatula applying some pressure to spread the panki as thin as possible. 
  10. Cook 2 minutes or till light brown spots appear on the leaves and the panki appears to peal off the leaf. 
  11. Repeat with the remaining ingredients till all the batter is used up. 
  12. The leaves can be re-used in case you run short. 
  13. Serve hot with green chutney, if desired.

Dahi Curry


Dahi Curry

Dahi Curry / Yogurt curry / Dahi Kadhi

A delicious, light and satisfying  curry served with simple boiled rice or khichidi for days when you need a quick meal or something light to tide you through the day!

Ingredients

  • 250 ml or 500 ml Thick Butter milk or Laban (undiluted)
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1” pc ginger
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. fenugreek (methi) seeds powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. ghee

Method

  1. Heat a pan, add the ghee, when hot add the mustard seeds, when they pop add the curry leaves, chillies, ginger and saute for a minute. 
  2. Add the turmeric, garam masala and methi powder and saute for a minute. 
  3. Then add the butter milk and salt. 
  4. If using bottled laban (butter milk) rinse the bottle with ¼ cup of water and add to the curry 
  5. Heat the curry, stirring occasionally till the edges show signs of boiling. 
  6. Switch off and serve immediately. 
  7. The curry does not require to be boiled or else it will split/curdle. 
  8. Just heat through and serve immediately as an accompaniment with steamed rice, khichidis, pulaos, etc.

Quick Stir Fried Bhindi


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A Quick Stir fried Bhindi (Lady Fingers, Okra) with tips on cutting down on the slime and making them tender and crunchy and tips on how to retain the vibrant green colour. Cooked with a minimum of spices, both healthy and enjoyable! Watch video on youtube for tips.

Ingredients

  • ½ kg. Lady Fingers, Bhindi, Okra
  • 2 medium onions, cut into larges pieces
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper powder, or to taste
  • ½ tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. vinegar (helps dissipate the sliminess quicker)

Method

  1. Wash bhindis. Dry with a napkin.
  2. Cut off the head and tail and cut into wedges. 
  3. Place in a cooking vessel. 
  4. Add the chopped onions, turmeric, pepper powder, oil, salt and vinegar.
  5. Mix thoroughly and keep aside. 
  6. Cook just before serving. 
  7. To cook, set the vessel on medium high flame and stir fry (keeping the vessel open) till the sliminess in the bhindi disappears.
  8. This happens as soon as the bhindi is cooked and tender. 
  9. Do not over cook and don’t close the vessel while cooking or immediately after as the vegetable will lose its vibrant green color. 
  10. Serve immediately with rotis or as an side with any main meal.

Besan and Jowar flour chilas with Hari Chutney


A good way to add millets to the diet, add some jowar (sorghum) flour to the besan flour for an healthy option. Have for breakfast or as a snack or make a meal of it. For variation, add some finely grated potato and/or zucchini to the batter.

Pancake style – makes 4 to 5 Chilas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour, chickpea flour)
  • ½ cup jowar (sorghum) flour (or maida, oats, ragi, bajra)
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. Ajwain (carom seeds)
  • Small pc ginger, chopped fine
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder (to make the chilas thick & fluffy like pancakes)
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • Oil for greasing the pan

Method

  1. Mix all the above with sufficient water to make a thick batter and keep for 5 to 10 minutes. 
  2. Heat a frying pan, smear the pan with ½ tsp. oil and add ½ cup of batter. 
  3. Cover the pan and allow to cook on medium till underside is light brown. 
  4. Smear the top of the chilla with ½ tsp. oil and turn over to cook the other side to a light brown. 
  5. Remove and serve with Green coriander and mint chutney, Masala Bharwa Mirchi and yogurt.

 To make Hari Chutney (Green Chutney)

Grind to a paste:

  • 1” pc ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • 1 to 2 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp.  lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste

Grind all together to a paste without adding water as far as possible.  Serve with chilas, etc.

Prawn and Cauliflower Caldine


Caldine or Caldinho in Portuguese, is a typical goan curry recipe used to cook, fish, vegetables or shrimp. It’s a light coconut curry and as the consistency is quite thin can easily double up as a spicy soup. It is mildly spiced and considered a “sweet” curry. This combination of shrimp and cauliflower is quite commonly prepared in a caldine and tastes delicious over boiled rice or with some crusty bread or poee or pao used to mop up the runny curry and the juicy morsels devoured with the crunchy cauliflower and luscious shrimp. Keep the shells of the shrimp intact (provided they are fresh) and you will enjoy sucking and relish the juicy caldine that is trapped in the shells!! Make sure the cauliflower has some crunch, so avoid overcooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium to large prawns
  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. Salt, or to taste

Grind to a paste

  • 1 cup fresh coconut or 4 tbsp. coconut powder
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. pepper corns
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 small marble sized ball tamarind

Method

  1. Shell & devein the prawns.  If the prawns are very fresh, keep the shell intact, removing the head and legs.
  2. Wash and drain. 
  3. Apply a pinch of salt and turmeric and set aside. 
  4. Separate the cauliflower florets and cut into large pieces. 
  5. Immerse in salted water for 15 minutes to loosen dirt and kill insects, if any.
  6. Grind the masala to a paste. 
  7. Slice the onion, slit the green chilies and chop the tomato. 
  8. Heat oil in  a vessel,
  9. Add the sliced onion, green chilli and fry till light brown. 
  10. Add the tomato and saute till soft. 
  11. Add the masala paste with the masala water and additional water for the curry as required,
  12. Add 1 tsp. salt and bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. 
  13. Add cauliflower and cook 5 minutes till almost tender. 
  14. Add prawns and cook 10 minutes. 
  15. Adjust seasoning and serve with steamed rice.
  16. Goes well also with Poee, or bread to mop up the delicious gravy
  17. Try it with some crusty bread….. yummy!!

Six Breakfast Sandwiches to kickstart your day


Six Breakfast Sandwiches to kickstart your day!

Quick and Easy with minimum preparation!

Make a meal of these sandwiches, for brunch, lunch, dinner or simply as a quick snack to satiate you.  If you wish to cut down on the carbs, have them as “open sandwiches”, using only one slice of bread. Enjoy these crisp, crunchy sandwiches with various fillings with fresh ingredients that can be adapted to suit your taste. Instead of tomatoes, use cucumbers, jalapenos or gerkins. I am partial to fresh basil and like to use it in everything if I have it on hand. You can substitute basil with parsley or fresh coriander. Feel free to use your preferred sauces like, tomato, mayo, mustard, etc. to suit your taste.

  1. Tapenade and Feta Cheese Sandwich with Zaatar (Wild Thyne or Oregano)

Ingredients – Per Sandwich

2 Slices bread

2 tomato slices

2 tbsp. crumbled Feta cheese

2 to 3 tbsp. Black Olive Tapenade

1 tsp. Zaatar

2 tsp. olive oil

Lettuce, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes for serving

Method

Apply Tapenade to the bread slices.  Put one tbsp. olive oil on a hot pan and place the bread slice tapenade side up.  Spread the crumble feta cheese, sprinkle the zaatar, drizzle some olive oil and top with the tomato slices.  Place the second slice of bread on top of the tomato slices tapenade side down.  Apply olive oil to the top of the bread.  By now the underside of the sandwich should be brown.  Turn over and toast both sides.  Serve crisp olive tapenade and feta cheese sandwich with soft succulent centre, with some iceberg lettuce and fresh basil.

2. Grilled Pepperoni Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients – Per sandwich

2 Slices Bread, of your choice

2 slices cheese

8 slices pepperoni

Butter to coat the bread

Dijon Mustard

Method

Butter one side of the bread and place on a skillet or pan, buttered side down.  Place 1 slice of cheese and 8 slices of pepperoni on the top of the bread.  (You may broil the pepperoni for ½ to 1 minute in the microwave if you wish).  Top the pepperoni with a slice of cheese.  Cover the open-faced sandwich with a lid.  Spread some Dijon mustard on the second slice of bread.  When the underside of the open-faced sandwich is brown, top the sandwich with the other slice of bread, mustard side down.  Butter the upper side of the bread and turn to brown the other side.  The cheese should be melted by now.  Remove and serve immediately when brown and crisp on both sides.

3. Grilled Halloumi Tapenade Sandwich

Ingredients – per sandwich

2 slices Bread

3 slices Halloumi Cheese

2 to 3 slices tomato

Iceberg lettuce (or any lettuce you have at hand)

Some fresh basil

2 tbsp. tapenade

Olive oil to brush the bread

Method

Grill the halloumi slices on a hot pan till brown on both sides. Brush the bread slices with olive oil and spread tapenade on the other side of the bread.  Place the olive oil side on a hot pan with the tapenade facing up.  Top it with the tomato slices, lettuce, basil and halloumi and cover with the second slice of bread, olive oil side facing up.  When brown on the underside, flip the sandwich over and toast till brown.  Serve immediately, crisp and warm on the outside and crunchy, salty and tangy on the inside!

P.S.:  I am partial to fresh basil and use it in everything if I have it at home.  Feel free to use any fresh herbs of your choice.

4. Tuna Melts

Ingredients – for one sandwich

1 small tin Canned Tuna (in sunflower oil)

1 small Onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp. Mayonnaise, or as required

1 green chilli, finely chopped (optional)

1 tsp. Sweet relish (optional)

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard (optional)

2 slices of tomato

Fresh Basil

1 slice cheese

Method

Put the tuna alongwith the oil in a bowl, add the chopped onion and green chilli and mash to a paste.  Mix with mayonnaise and the sweet relish and mustard, if using.  The tuna would taste as good though, without the relish and mustard.  But if you love their complex flavors, you would enjoy these additional flavors.   Butter one side of the bread and place on a heated griddle, buttered side down.  Top with the tuna mayo paste, tomato slices and cheese slice.  Add the fresh basil and cover with the second slice of bread, buttered side up.  Flip the sandwich over when the underside is brown and toasted.  Brown both sides and serve hot and crunchy with the soft juicy delicious tuna filling.  Serve with some crisps or potato chips.

For variation: Add gherkins or jalapenos instead of tomatoes

5. Grilled Egg & Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients – for one sandwich

2 slices bread

2 eggs

Salt and pepper for the eggs

2 tomato slices

Butter to spread on the bread

Method

N.B: You need to use a large skillet for this recipe so you get enough of the egg omlete to fold over the sandwich.

Grease the skillet with a little butter and add the beaten eggs seasoned with salt and pepper and spread evenly over the pan.  Place one slice of bread buttered side up in the centre of the egg omlete.  When the egg browns lightly and sets completely, flip over so that the buttered side of the bread is now touching the pan . Fold the egg over the four sides of the bread. Top with tomato slices and fresh basil (or lettuce or baby spinach) and a slice of cheese. Place the second slice buttered side up on top of the cheese slice and turn the sandwich over the brown both sides.  Serve hot and crisp with some green salad or sprouts salad if you wish to serve it as an express lunch or dinner!

6. Halloumi Lettuce Wrap

Ingredients – for one wrap

1 tortilla wrap

Mayonnaise or mayo Sriracha, etc as desired to spread over the wrap

3 to 4 Tomato slices, grilled

3 to 4 Grilled Halloumi

Lettuce, fresh basil, (or coriander leaves or mint)

Method

Place the tortilla on a warm pan on low heat.  Drizzle mayonnaise as required and place on one end of the tortilla, grilled halloumi slices, tomato slices, lettuce and basil. Fold into half and serve immediately.

Millets Dosa


Millets Dosa

Millets Dosa

(Jowar – Bajra Dosa) (Sorghum – Pearl Millet Dosa)

Ingredients

Makes 8 to 10 Dosas

½ cup Bajra flour (Pearl Millet flour)

½ cup Jowar flour (Sorghum flour)

½ cup Rice flour

¼ cup flaxseeds powder (optional)

1.5 cups thin butter milk (Chaas)

Water as required to make a thin batter

1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

½ tsp. green chilli paste

½” pc ginger finely chopped

½ tsp. pepper powder

1 tsp. Salt or to taste

Ghee as required

Mix the flours and combine well, add salt, cumin, green chilli paste, ginger, pepper and mix with butter milk to a pouring think consistency.  Add additional water if required and adjust consistency.  Cover and set aside for 5 minutes.

Heat a dosa pan to very hot.  Pour a ladle and a half of the batter and cook till brown.  Drizzle ghee in the centre and all around.  After a minute, flip and fry on the underside for a minute.  Remove and serve while crisp and hot with Idli Podi (Gun Powder) or any chutney of your choice. Continue frying the remaining dosas ensuring the batter is thoroughly stirred and mixed before each dosa is put on the pan, as the flours tend to settle to the bottom of the dish.  Leftover batter can be stored in the refrigerator and later or the next day.

P.S.:  To ensure the bajra and jowar flour remains fresh, store in the freezer.

Quick Breakfast Tortilla Wrap


Quick Breakfast Tortilla Wrap

This easy and quick breakfast is ready in minutes! Enjoy as a snack or for dinner or supper.

For variation, use chapatis or phulkas instead of tortillas.

Quick Breakfast Tortilla Wrap

Ingredients

To make one wrap – per person

  • 1 Tortilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices cheese
  • A handful fresh baby spinach
  • 2 or more slices of cold cuts (beef, pork, chicken ham, smoked turkey, mortadella, etc.)
  • A pinch Salt & pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. butter

Method

  1. Break the eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Heat a pan, add butter and pour the beaten eggs into the pan. 
  3. Immediately place the tortilla over the egg and quickly turn the tortilla over (must use your fingers for this) so it is coated with the egg on both sides.
  4. Now fry for a minute till egg on the underside is light brown. 
  5. Flip the tortilla over and place 2 slices of cheese side by side at the end nearer to you. 
  6. When cheese melts slightly, top with spinach and 2 or more slices of cold cuts, as per your taste. 
  7. Carefully transfer the tortilla to a board and form into a compact roll, beginning from the side with the filling. 
  8. Cut diagonally into two halves and serve immediately. 
  9. Ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard sauce may be added as per taste. 
  10. I prefer it plain.

Dal Palak


Dal Palak

The combination of Dal & Palak makes it extremely healthy and nutritious. Split yellow moong dal is rich in vitamins, proteins and essential nutrients and palak (spinach) a rich source of iron.

Tastes delicious with chapatis, puris or any Indian bread. Even goes well with steaming hot rice and a little pickle!!

Enjoy this meal-in-one dish, which is not only delicious and satisfying, but healthy too.

Dal Palak

Ingredients

  • 1 cup moong dal, soaked in water for an hour
  • 1 large bunch spinach, chopped
  • 1 Large tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped roughly
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1” piece ginger
  • 4 green chillies
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. ghee

Method

  1. Grind garlic, ginger, chillies, onion, turmeric and chilli powder to a paste.
  2. Heat ghee and add cumin seeds, saute for 1/2 a minute,
  3. Then add the masala paste and fry till ghee separates.
  4. Add tomatoes and salt.
  5. Cook till tomatoes turn soft.
  6. Add the soaked dal and 2 cups of water.
  7. Bring to a boil, cover and cook till dal is tender.
  8. Add chopped spinach, add a cup or two of water if dal is dry and adjust consistency.
  9. Cook 10 minutes, then add some chopped coriander leaves, save some for garnish.
  10. Remove to a serving dish and serve hot garnished with coriander leaves
  11. Serve with rice or any Indian bread.

Sprouted Moong and Jackfruit Seeds Curry


Sprouted Moong (Green Gram) and Jackfruit Seeds (Bikna) Curry

A super easy, quick, delicious and highly nutritious curry.

When I last prepared the sprouted moong bhaji (check  out  the video recipe) I had saved the excess sprouts in the freezer.  The Biknas I had frozen a large batch of boiled jackfruit seeds.  These proved handy when I had to rustle up a quick nutritious meal before rushing to work!

All you need is some steamed rice or chapatis any bread of your choice, with your favorite pickle (aachar).

For a more elaborate meal, serve with fried fish or fish cutlets!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sprouted moong (green gram)
  • 1 cup boiled jackfruit seeds (Bikna)
  • 1 medium to large Potato (optional), cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 flakes garlic, sliced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp. Bafat masala, or to taste
  • 4 tbsp. coconut powder
  • 1 tbsp. tamarind pulp
  • 1 tsp. Salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Oil

Method

  1. Rinse the sprouts and drain.   
  2. In a vessel add oil, when hot add the mustard seeds, when they splutter, add the curry leaves, garlic and onion and saute till onions are light brown. 
  3. Add the bafat masala and fry for ½  a minute. 
  4. Add the moong and and potatoes, if using, and more water, salt and bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes till potatoes are cooked. 
  5. Add the boiled bikna and tamarind pulp and cook 5 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile dilute the coconut powder with some water and add to the curry, adjust gravy by adding sufficient water. 
  7. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes or till fat suraces. 
  8. Serve hot.

Tambdi Bhaji Tel Piyav


Tambdi Bhaji Tel Piyav (Red Amaranth Vegetable)

Ingredients

  • 4 bunches Tambdi Bhaji
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 red dry chillies
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • ½ tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Clean the tambdi bhaji, discarding the damaged and insect eaten leaves. 
  2. Save only the clean and complete leaves and the tender stalks.  To find out if the stalks are tender, they should snap easily on breaking. 
  3. Immerse in plenty of salted water and leave for 10 to 15 minutes to loosen the dirt and kill insects if any. 
  4. Slice the onion, crush the garlic, break the red chillies into 2 to 3 pieces and transfer to a cooking vessel.
  5. Wash the soaked bhaji well, drain and chop roughly.
  6. Add the vegetable to the vessel, add salt and oil and 1/4 cup water if desired and place on heat and cook 10 minutes till vegetable is tender.  Stir in between.
  7. Add the fresh coconut, mix and cook further 5 minutes. 
  8. Take off the fire and serve hot.

Hot and Sour Sardines Curry


Hot and Sour Sardines Curry

Hot and Sour Sardines Curry

Tarle Amotik curry (Tallyanchi Kodi)

Ingredients

  • 3 large sardines or 8 to 10 small
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 6 kokum petals (dried mangosteen)
  • 10 to 12 Tefla (Indian Prickly Ash)
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Grind to a Paste

  • 8 Kashmiri Chillies
  • 2 tbsp. coconut powder (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 6 flakes garlic
  • A small ball tamarind

Method

  1. Descale the fish, cut off head and tail and remove and discard the intestine, etc. 
  2. Clean and wash well. 
  3. ½ tsp. salt and set aside. 
  4. I have taken 3 large sardines and cut each into half.
  5. Grind the masala to a smooth paste. 
  6. Slice the onion and slit the green chillies. 
  7. Crush the tefla lightly to release the flavor and set aside. 
  8. Take a vessel and add the onion and green chillies.  
  9. No oil is required for this curry. 
  10. Add the masala with the masala water and adjust consistency of the curry (we like it thin). 
  11. Add 1 tsp. salt or to taste.
  12. Place on heat and bring to a boil. 
  13. Add the tefla and kokum pieces.
  14. The tefla add flavor to the curry and not to be consumed.
  15. Reduce flame and simmer 5 minutes. 
  16. Add the fish.  Do not stir to avoid breaking the fish.  Shake the vessel so the fish pieces settle and do not overlap each other. 
  17. Increase flame, bring to a boil, reduce flame and simmer 10 minutes till oil appears on the surface and the curry appears glossy. 
  18. Switch off and serve hot with steamed rice. 

Easy Rice Khandvi


Easy Rice Khandvi

Easy Rice Khandvi

Instant Khandvi with Rice flour and Rawa

Quick and easy to prepare, no need to have practice or learn the art of making khandvi!

Very simple and easy method.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup rawa
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1” pc ginger
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds (optional)
  • 2 cups water

  • Tempering
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • To Garnish Fresh coconut & Fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Method

  1. Grind the green chilies, ginger alongwith the rice flour, rawa, yogurt adding 2 cups water and one tsp. salt till smooth.
  2. Remove to a bowl and add 1 tsp. cumin seed (optional).
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Batter should be of pouring consistency and slightly thin.
  5. Set a steamer with water on heat.
  6. Grease a plate with oil and pour one ladle of batter to form a thin layer.
  7. Place the plate in the steamer and steam 10 minutes.
  8. You can place multiple plates stacked one over the other.
  9. To make sure they don’t slip into each other, place the smaller plates below the larger plates.
  10. The plates should rest over each other.
  11. Alternately use a metal stand to stack the plates and place the stand in the steamer or cooker or a large vessel.
  12. After 10 mintues remove and cut with a knife into 2” strips and roll each strip tightly into a roll.
  13. Set aside.
  14. To colour, add ¼ tsp turmeric to the half the batter and mix well, this would tinge the rice khandvi rolls yellow.
  15. Prepare tempering.
  16. Heat oil and add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add the chillie flakes.
  17. Saute for ½ a minute and pour over the Khandvi.
  18. Garnish with fresh coconut and coriander leaves.
  19. Serve as and instant healthy breakfast or as a snack, starter or appetizer.

Surnali


Surnali or Surnoli

Surnali (Surnoli)

Buttermilk Dosa, Sponge Dosa, Sweet Dosa, Konkani Pancake, Mangalorean Surnoli, Udupi Surnali, Sweet Surnoli, Plain Surnoli

A Soft and fluffy mangalorean pancake you can make in two ways – Sweet & Plain (Savory) which can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or as an accompaniment with your favorite curry for lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Idli or basmati Rice
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 cup poha
  • ¼ tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Soda bicarb

For sweet version

  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ cup jaggery powdered (for half the above quantity of batter)

Method

  1. Wash the rice and fenugreek seeds and soak in buttermilk for atleast 4 hours. 
  2. Soak the poha in water for 15 minutes. 
  3. Grind the rice, poha, coconut to a thick paste. 
  4. As far as possible do not add more water when grinding. 
  5. Add salt to the batter and divide into two. 
  6. To one half, add turmeric powder and jaggery and mix well till jaggery is dissolved.
  7. Leave both the batters to ferment 8 hours or overnight. 
  8. Before frying you may add a pinch or ¼ tsp. soda bicarb to the batter (If the batter has not fermented well) and mix.  This is optional.
  9. You may thin down the batter slightly, if required by adding little water if batter is too thick.
  10. To fry, heat a dosa pan very hot, smear with oil using an onion, put two ladles of batter (3/4 cup), do not spread. 
  11. Cover and cook till it is covered with holes, becomes opaque and light brown on the edges.  (Suruli for holes in Konkani).
  12. Remove and serve the sweet Surnalis with butter
  13. And the plain or savory ones with chutney.
  14. Also enjoy them with your favorite curry for lunch or dinner.

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