Vegetarian

Tendli Miryapito


Tendli Miryapito

A traditional mangalorean style of cooking tendlis. Makes a nice addition to a festive or celebratory meal!

Tendli Miryapito – Tendli Jeere Meerem (Ivy Gourd/Tindoras)

Ingredients

  • ¼ Kg. Tendlis
  • 2 onions
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1/2 “ ginger (optional)
  • ½ cup cashewnuts (Moi) (soaked in water)
  • 1 tsp. Jeere Meerem powder
  • OR (jnstead of jeere Meerem powder)
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. coconut or olive oil
  • ½ tsp. vinegar (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Soak the tendlis in water and wash well. 
  2. Cut off the head and tail and smash the tendlis with a pestle with a light hand lest they get completely smashed. 
  3. Add the salt, masala powders, oil and mix well. 
  4. At this stage you can pre-prepare and keep aside till ready to cook or even keep in the refrigerator overnight. 
  5. Then add the chopped garlic, ginger (if using), sliced onion, add ½ cup water and cook till tender. 
  6. When cooked half way, add the cashewnuts and  mix. 
  7. Before taking off the fire add the vinegar and sugar and cook 5 minutes till water is almost absorbed. 
  8. If water dries up too quickly, add some more hot water and continue cooking. 
  9. Serve hot.

Vegetable Korma


Vegetable Korma

Vegetable Korma turns out delicious and even if you are not a great fan of veggies, you will enjoy this korma. Although these are the basic vegetables for this dish, you may skip one or the other if not available. So don’t limit yourselves and feel free to cook this amazing vegetable korma with any vegetable you may have on hand and enjoy with some warm Indian bread of your choice!!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup green peas
  • ½ of medium cauliflower
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Grind to a paste
  • 1” pc ginger
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds (substitute with sesame seeds or cashewnuts)

Method

  1. Clean wash and chop the carrots and potatoes into small cubes. 
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and soak in warm salted water for 10 minutes.
  3. Shell the peas if using fresh
  4. Grind the ginger, garlic, with the chilli powder, turmeric and poppy seeds to a paste with ¼ to ½ cup water.  I have used sesame seeds as poppy seeds are not available here.  Can be substituted with cashewnuts. 
  5. Chop the onion fine. 
  6. Wash and chop coriander leaves. 
  7. Heat the ghee in a vessel or cooker. 
  8. Fry the chopped onion till light brown. 
  9. Add the masala and salt and saute for a minute. 
  10. Add the masala water and cook till most of the water evaporates, stirring occasionally. 
  11. Add the vegetables and fry 2 to 3 minutes. 
  12. Add 2 cups water, mix well, cover and cook 10 minutes.  In cooker for 3 minutes.
  13. Open the lid, stir and add half the coriander leaves and cook for 2 minutes. 
  14. Check seasoning and if potatoes are cooked. 
  15. Remove to a dish, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with phulkas, rotis, parathas, pooris or any bread of your choice.

Lemon Masoor Dal


Lemon Masoor Dal

This light satisfying meal will certainly be relished after the festive season after spending days feasting on sorpatel, vindaloo, roasts and heavy festive food. Dal rice is invariably our go to meal when we just need to slow down on our cooking to give our digestive system a bit of rest. Having said that, dal rice is one meal that is welcome anytime.

This Lemon Masoor Dal is cooked without tomatoes and includes lemon to add a bit of tang. Make it thick to eat with rotis or pooris or a bit runny to pour over your rice and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups masoor dal
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1” pc. Ginger shredded
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 2” pc cinnamon
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. oil or ghee
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  1. Clean and rinse the dal, add 4 cups water, alongwith the onion, ginger, cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil. 
  2. Reduce flame and cook 10 minutes.  Add the red chilli powder, juice of the lemon (discard the seeds) and add the peels to the dal. 
  3. Bring to a boil and cook 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally till soft. 
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onion, garlic, green chilli and bay leaves and fry till onions are brown. 
  5. Add to the dal. 
  6. Remove the bay leaves and the lemon skins and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 
  7. Serve hot.

Mixed Vegetable Pulao


Mixed Vegetable Pulao

Using frozen mixed vegetables

Ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 stock cubes (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2to 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 cardamoms
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Wash rice and soak in water for atleast 15 mns. 
  2. Heat a pot, add ghee and fry the onion, on medium flame. 
  3. Add the whole cinnamom, cardamom & cloves and saute till onion turns light brown. 
  4. Add the stock cubes and stir until it dissolves, add the frozen vegetable and saute for 2 minutes. 
  5. Add the drained rice and gently mix till the rice grains are coated with ghee and fluff up a bit. 
  6. Add the hot water, turmeric powder, optional if you want to leave the pulao white.
  7. Add salt to taste, it will already have some salt due to the stock cubes. Stir, bring to a boil. 
  8. Cover and reduce flame and cook. 
  9. Stir once in between to mix.
  10. Cook till water is completely absorbed. 
  11. Serve hot with raita, yogurt, pickle, dahi curry or at any festive meal.

Mooli Rotis


Mooli Ki roti

These are not the usual Mooli Parathas but more like theplas, usually served at mealtimes but can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a teatime snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated raddish
  • 4 cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. ajwain
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Ghee for smearing the rotis

Method

  1. Peel, clean and wash the mooli (raddish).
  2. Mix all the above and and knead to a soft dough. 
  3. Divide into equal portions (about 15 to 18) and roll into a circle as thin as possible dusting some flour to prevent it sticking.
  4. Cook the roti to a golden brown on a hot griddle (tava) on both sides applying some ghee on both sides. 
  5. Serve hot with lunch or dinner or for breakfast with yogurt, pickle.

Cooking with drumstick leaves


Enjoy healthy and nutritious drumstick leaves, popularly known as ‘Moringa leaves’ which are a powerhouse of nutrition. There are several ways to cook drumstick leaves some of which are herebelow. We used to have plenty of the drumstick trees around our houses and don’t think our mothers ever had to purchase drumsticks or the leaves for cooking.

As they are currently available in the market decided to make a few dishes and post recipes.

  1. Drumstick Leaves Adai
Drumstick Leaves Adai

2. Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

3. Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Ponsa Muddo


These cakes are usually steamed in teak leaves, which impart a unique fragrance and reddish color to the cake. In the absence of teak leaves here, I have used banana leaves but would surely use teak leaves whenever I can get some and re-post the pictures. Canned jackfruit has been used in this recipe.

Ponsache Patoleo – Jackfruit cakes steamed in banana leaves (Pelakai da ghatti in Tulu)

Ponsa Muddo

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Average
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  • 2 cups Jackfruit, chopped
  • 2 cups  white rice (or rice rava)
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • Jaggery 1/4 cup, or as required (may be omitted if jackfruit is extra sweet)
  • Salt to taste.
  • 8 Teak leaves (or 5 to 6 banana leaves cut into  medium sized pieces)
  1. Wash and soak rice for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Grind along with jackfruit, coconut and jaggery to a very thick paste using very little water. Add salt.
  3. If using rice rava, soak for 15 minutes. Grind the jackfruit, coconut, jaggery to a paste and mix  with the rava.
  4. Place 2 ladles (or more depending on the size of the leaf) and fold into  a packet and place in steamer, seam side down and steam for 30 minutes.  Cooking time would vary according to size and thickness of the jackfruit cake.
  5. Remove and cut into pieces, if cakes are large.
  6. Serve for breakfast or as tea-time snack.  Also goes well with curries on festival menus.

Sheera


Sheera – Sooji Halwa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rawa
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • Few drops yellow color
  • 1/4 cup Almonds and pistas (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp. Raisins
  • 1/4 tsp.Cardamom powder (optional)
  1. Slice the almonds and pistas. Clean the raisins, removing stems if any.
  2. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the raisins till they swell.  Remove and set aside. Fry the cashewnuts lightly and remove.
  3. Add the rawa to the kadai and fry on medium low flame till it turns light brown and you get a nice aroma. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes. You can fry it longer if you prefer it nice and brown. Do not fry on high flame or the rawa will get burnt ruining the sheera.
  4. Add the hot water and stir quickly to avoid lumps being formed.
  5. Add the saffron and stir and mix well. When the rawa thickens add the sugar and mix till dissolved.
  6. Then add the nuts and raisins. Keep stirring till it begins to leave the sides of the kadai and forms a ball.
  7. Put into bowls and press lightly and turn out onto a serving plate. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
  8. Avoided saffron (kesar), but intend to make kesari baath soon, going all out with the ghee and sugar in equal quantities to the rava!!

And the Kesari Baath is now published do check it out!

Panchmel Dal


Panchrattan Pakwan

Punj Rattani Dal –

Dal made with a combination of five lentils and tempering with combination of five spices and condiments. Also referred to as “Panch Rattan Pakwan”.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Moong (whole)
  • 2 tbsp. Masoor (Whole)
  • 2 tbsp. Urad dal (preferably whole)
  • 2 tbsp. Chana dal
  • 2 tbsp. Tur dal
  • 2” sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tbs. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp. cream (optional)

Tempering #1

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1″ pc ginger, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • ½ tsp garam masala

Tempering #2

  • 1 tsp oil or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp. each black cumin, kalonji (onion seeds), methi (fenugreek), saunf (fennel), mustard seeds
  • 2 red chillies

Method

  1. Wash lentils and soak in water for one hour. 
  2. Chop onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves.
  3. Cook the lentils with 8 cups water & 2 sticks cinnamon.   
  4. Bring to a boil, remove scum if any, reduce flame. 
  5. Add coriander, cumin, red chilli and turmeric powders and salt. 
  6. Cover and simmer till cooked and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  7. Mash the dals lightly again the sides of the vessel with a wooden spoon. 
  8. Tempering  #1 : Heat a pan and add butter, onions, ginger, tomatoes, yogurt and garam masala, stir over medium heat till fat leaves the mixture.  Pour over the dal and mix well. Cook 5 mns.
  9. Tempering #2 : Heat ghee, add all the five seeds, break the red chillies and saute till they crackle and add to the dal.
  10. Stir in malai. 
  11. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves with rotis, phulkas or steamed rice.

Brinjal Pakoras


Brinjal Pakoras

Brinjals or aubergines or eggplants as they are called are a very versatile vegetable and a universal favorite, available roundthe year. They are delicious fried as pakoras, bhajias, stuffed with mince or green chutney masala (these recipes are in the book Mai’s recipes). The brinjal bharta and brinjal pickle are famous and so is the turkish recipe Imam Bayildi

Ingredients

  • 6 medium brinjals (or two large)
  • 1 ½ cups besan (gram flour)
  • ¼ tsp. soda bircarb (optional)
  • 1 tsp. carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp. amchur (dry mango powder) or pomegranate seeds powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Oil for shallow frying

Method

  1. Slice the medium brinjals horizontally.  If large cut into round slices.
  2. Mix the gram flour, soda bicarb, ajwain, chilli powder, amchur, salt to taste and make a batter with 1 cup water.
  3. Add some more water if batter is too thick. 
  4. Batter should coat the brinjals without dripping. 
  5. At the same time the coating should not be too thick. 
  6. Shallow fry to golden brown on both sides in hot oil. 
  7. Serve hot with ketchup, mint sauce, chilli garlic sauce or any sauce of your choice. 
  8. Make into sandwiches with bread or pita bread or rolled into a chapati for breakfast, packed lunch or a snack.

Cluster Beans in yogurt gravy


Cluster Beans in Yogurt gravy

Gavar or Cluster beans have only limited ways of preparation and are usually cooked by us with prawns and potatoes as the vegetable by itself is quite bland and sometimes has a bitter after taste. Hence it is usually cooked with a lot of spices to make the vegetable more tasty and palatable. This recipe with yogurt and spice powders makes it quiet tangy and savoury and goes well with rotis. If you wish to use over steamed rice, add a little more water to make the gravy lighter.

An excellent vegetable, the more tender the better as the mature beans render thick stems on either side of the bean which must be removed before cooking.

Gavar dahi sabji

Ingredients

  • ½ kg. Cluster Beans (Gavar)
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder
  • 2 tsp. gram flour (Bengal gram flour)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Remove head and tail and string the cluster beans. 
  2. Instead of cutting the beans, break into pieces with your hands while stringing the pieces. 
  3. Boil the beans for 10 to 15 minutes, with ½ tsp. salt till cooked. 
  4. Drain the water and keep aside. 
  5. Mix the yogurt with the coriander powder, chillie powder, gram flour and ½ tsp salt and beat well. 
  6. Heat a vessel, add 2 tbsp. oil, add mustard, cumin and fennel seeds, asafoetida. 
  7. When the seeds crackle, add the yogurt masala mixture and cook till oil separates. 
  8. Add the curry leaves and mix, cook for a minute, add ¼ cup water, mix and bring to a boil. 
  9. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring at intervals. 
  10. Add the cooked beans, mix and simmer 5 minutes. 
  11. Check seasoning. 
  12. Serve hot with any Indian bread.

Radish Vegetable


Raddish Vegetable

Radish is in season in winters and an excellent way to add fibre and nutrients to your diet. Radish also helps in fighting cough and cold. Have your tried eating fresh radish marinated in vinegar? If you have a blocked nose, it provides instant relief. East Indians make a lamb curry with radish called Lonvas using east indian bottle masala. Turns out delicious. Mooli parathas a North Indian speciality are famous all over. So enjoy the goodness of radish this winter.

Radish Vegetable (Moolo Bhaji)

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch radishes with leaves
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 red chillies
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method

  1. Clean the radish by discarding the yellow and stained leaves and reserve the tender and unblemished leaves.
  2. Peel the radish
  3. Place everything in salted water for 10 minutes. 
  4. Drain an rinse well. 
  5. Chop the leaves and slice the radish into thin slices.
  6. Heat the oil in a pan, add the crushed garlic, and red chillies broken into half. Saute a few seconds. 
  7. Add the sliced onion and toss, then add the vegetable, salt, cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes. 
  8. Not necessary to add water as the vegetable releases water. 
  9. However, half way through cooking if the water has dried up, add a quarter cup of water, cover and cook till the radish is tender. 
  10. Add the coconut, mix and cook further 2 minutes. 
  11. Remove and serve hot as accompaniment with Rice curry or serve with rotis. 
  12. Makes a light and healthy dinner with just chapatis (rotis) and moolo bhaji.

Valchi Bhaji Tel Piyav


Valchi Bhaji Tel Piyav

Valchi Bhaji (Malabar Spinach or Buffalo Spinach)

Always a delight to lay hands on fresh and tender valchi bhaji in this part of the world. In India it is grown in home gardens and easily available. A very simple and easy way to cook is just steaming it with oil, garlic, chillies and onion and garnished with fresh coconut and hence referred to as “Tel Piyav”. Other variations of cooking this spinach is a curry with shrimp or with tur dal or black-eyed beans for a vegetarian version.

Thoroughly enjoyed the vegetable with a meal of steamed rice, raw mango curry and lady fish fry!!

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Bunch Valchi Bhaji about 1 kg.
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Method

  1. Clean the valchi bhaji.  Separate the leaves from the thick stems, the tender stems keep with the leaves.
  2. Cut stems into large pieces, keep the leaves whole  and soak in salted water for 10 minutes to loosen dirt & kill insects if any. 
  3. Drain, rinse in clean water and drain again. 
  4. Chop the thick stems, tender stems and leaves into 1” pieces. 
  5. Transfer the vegetable to a cooking pot.
  6. Slice the onion, slit the green chillies and crush the garlic and add to the vegetable alongwith the salt and oil. 
  7. Keep on medium flame and cook 10 minutes until stems are tender.
  8. Not necessary to add water as the vegetable will leave water while cooking. 
  9. Add the fresh coconut and cook 3 to 5 minutes. 
  10. Serve hot. 
  11. Makes a very healthy and satisfying addition to any main meal.
Valchi Bhaji Tel Piyav

Rava Upma


Rava Upma

Rava Upma

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Quick Savoury Breakfasts

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Rava (Semolina)
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • ½” piece ginger
  • 1 tsp. urad dal
  • 1 tsp. gram dal
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 small bay leaves
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp. ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups water

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp. ghee in a kadai and roast the rava on low heat
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion, green chillies and ginger. 
  3. When the rava turns light brown, remove and set aside. 
  4. Add 2 tbsp. ghee to the kadai and fry the cashewnuts till they change color. Remove. 
  5. Add the mustard seeds, when they splutter add the urad and gram dal and saute. 
  6. Add the curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, and saute few seconds.
  7. Then add the onion and bay leaves and fry till onions turn soft. 
  8. Add the yogurt and salt and stir to mix well. 
  9. Add 4 cups water, stir and bring to a boil. 
  10. When it comes to a rolling boil, reduce heat and add the Rava. 
  11. Mix well to dissolve lumps if any. 
  12. Stir and cook covered till all the water is absorbed. 
  13. Open, stir and cook till mixture turns dry and thick and leaves the side of the kadai. 
  14. Add the cashewnuts, mix and turn off the heat. 
  15. Serve hot plain or with chutney for breakfast or tea-time snack.

Traditional Cucumber Karam


Traditional Cucumber Karam

Traditional Cucumber Karam

  • Servings: 6-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Traditional Karam Cucumber Coconut Salad – Thousyache Karam

Ingredients

  • 2 Large cucumbers
  • 2 medium onions
  • Salt to taste
  • Grind to a paste
  • 1 cup fresh coconut
  • 2 green chillies or to taste
  • ½” piece ginger
  • 3 to 4 pieces of tamarind
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp salt, if required.

Method

  1. Cucumbers used for this recipe are the local cucumbers (we call it gaunti toushe).
  2. Wash, peel and remove the seeds of the cucumbers. 
  3. Cut into thick slices. 
  4. Add a tsp of salt, mix and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  5. The cucumbers will release water.
  6. Squeeze out the water and transfer to a serving bowl. 
  7. Slice the onion horizontally into thick slices and mix with the cucumber. 
  8. Grind the coconut, green chillies, ginger, tamarind and mustard seeds to a coarse paste with a little water. 
  9. Add ½ tsp salt if required. 
  10. Mix the ground paste with the cucumber onion mixture and combine well with your hands. 
  11. Serve cold. 

This is a traditional Mangalorean salad, served on all festive and celebratory occasions.  A must item for the “Novem Jevon” which is celebrated on 8th September, to celebrate the nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary and the blessing of the new harvest i.e. the grains of paddy.

Wishing one & all a Happy Feast!

Here are other dishes that make up the “Novem Jevon” menu:

  1. Sannas
  2. Chana Bhaji
  3. Alun Dento
  4. Karatein Sukhe (Karela vegetable)
  5. Raw Banana Bhaji
  6. Moong Sukha
  7. Kaane Fish curry
  8. Pathrode
  9. Vorn

The dishes can be any variety and any number but must be in odd number. Sannas, Alun Dento, Karatein Sukhe, Chana Bhaji, Vorn are commonly prepared. Understand Udupi and Kundapur side, fish curry alongwith veg dishes are prepared, but proper Managalore side it is only vegetarian preparations.

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