PUDINA RICE

INGREDIENTS

Basmathi rice – 1 cup washed and soaked for 30 minutes

Pudina leaves – 1 1/2 cup

Oil -1 tsp for frying pudina

Green chillies- 5

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Ghee – 1tbsp

Oil – 1tbsp

Sahjeera – 1/4 tsp

Bay leaf – 1

Ginger garlic paste – 1tbsp

Finely sliced onion – 1 big size

Water – 1 1/2 cups

METHOD

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add green chillies. Fry for a few seconds and then add washed pudina leaves.
  2. Fry for 2 minutes and add ginger pieces. Cook for another 2 minutes on high flame and switch off the flame.
  3. Add 1 tsp lemon juice and grind it to a fine paste.
  4. Heat oil and ghee in a pan. Add sahjeera and bay leaves. Fry for few seconds. Add finely chopped onions.
  5. Fry till the onions becomes light brown and then add ginger garlic paste.
  6. Fry on medium flame till the raw smell fades out. Then add grinded pudina paste.
  7. Fry on medium flame till the raw smell fades away. Add salt and water.
  8. Bring it to boil. Add strained rice and mix well. Keep covered and cook on low flame till the water evaporates. Goes well with chicken curry.

SENAGAPAPPU PULUSU

INGREDIENTS

Senagapappu [chana dal]- 1/2 cup (soak for 1/2 an hour and cook with 2 cups of water.)

Onion – 2 medium size cut into 2 pieces

Green chillies – 4 slit

Finely chopped ginger – 1 1/2 tsp [mashed]

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 2 tsp

Jaggery – 1/3 cup [ adjust according to your taste ]

Tamarind juice – 3 to 4 tbsp [semi thick juice]

Water – 2 cups

Salt – 1 1/2 tsp

TALIMPU

Oil – 2tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Dry red chilli pieces – 4

Garlic – 4 mashed

Curry leaves – few

*This recipe was handed over to me by my Mother-in-Law.

METHOD

  1. Boil the soaked senagapappu with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 8 minutes.
  2. When the pressure releases mash it to a coarse paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, onions, green chillies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, mashed ginger, salt, tamarind juice and jaggery.
  4. Mix well and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter and add all the remaning ingredients one by one.
  6. Fry for few seconds and add the cooked pulusu over the talimpu.
  7. Mix well and bring it to boil. Adjust the seasoning and cook on medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes.

ROASTED CHANA DAL POWDER

INGREDIENTS

Roasted chana dal – 2cups

peanuts – 1 cup

Cumin seeds -1 1/2 tbsp

Garlic – 15 cloves with out skin

Salt – to taste

TALIMPU

Oil -1tbsp

Curry leaves – 1/4 cup

Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp

A cousin of mine has shared this recipe with me.

METHOD

  1. In a wide pan, add peanuts and fry in medium flame for 2 minutes.
  2. Then add roasted chana dal and cumin seeds and fry on low flame for 5 minutes.
  3. Cool it and transfer to mixer jar along with required salt and garlic cloves.
  4. Transfer to a plate and spread it to cool down.
  5. Heat oil in another pan. Add curry leaves and fry for few seconds and switch off the flame.
  6. Add red chilli powder and mix well. Keep it aside and cool it.
  7. Pour the oil masala over the peanut chana dal powder.
  8. Mix well using two hands. Make sure there are no lumps.
  9. Transfer it to a glass jar. You can also spread it on dosa and idly.
  10. You can mix it with water and serve with idly .

DIBBA ROTTI

INGREDIENTS

Split urad dal – 1cup [ with skin or with out skin]

Rice rawa – 2 cups

Salt to taste

Small coconut pieces – 1/4 cup optional

Ghee and oil for frying

Water – 1to 2 cups

METHOD

  1. Wash and soak urad dal and rice rawa separately for 6 hours. Just before grinding wash again.
  2. When washing urad dal, the skin will separate. It’s upto you if you want to retain the skin or not.
  3. Grind urad dal with 1 to 11/2 cup of water to a smooth batter like idly batter.
  4. Add rice rava to the urad dal batter after squeezing out the water. Add salt and mix well.
  5. If you like coconut, you can add small coconut pieces and mix well. Keep it aside for 1 hour.
  6. Heat 3 to 4 tsp of oil and ghee in a kadai. When oil is hot, reduce heat to low and add a bowl full of batter.
  7. Cook covered on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Once it starts leaving the sides of the kadai, flip it over to the other side.
  8. Cook for another 5 to 6 minutes without covering the pan. Once done, remove from the pan.
  9. Cut into wedges, and serve hot with cheruku panakam.

ANABAKAYA PAPPU [BOTTLE GOURD]

INGREDIENTS

Moong dal – 1/2 cup [pesara pappu]

Onion – 1 medium size cut into cubes

Green chilli – 2 slit

Water – 2 cups+ 1cup

Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

Anabakaya mukkalu – 1 cup [peel and remove pith. Cut into small cubes]

Dry red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Talimpu

Oil – 1tbsp

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Dry red chilli pieces – 4

Mashed garlic – 4

Curry leaves – few

THIS RECIPE WAS PASSED ON TO ME BY MY MOTHER.

METHOD

  1. Wash moong dal and keep it aside. Boil moong dal in a kadai with onion cubes, green chillies and 2 cups of water.
  2. Cover and boil till the dal is 3/4 done. Then add anabakaya mukkalu.
  3. Don’t mix. Keep covered and on low flame till the anabakaya mukkalu are cooked.
  4. Remove the lid and add turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder.
  5. Add 1 cup of water and mix well and boil for 2 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, heat ghee and oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then, add all the remaning ingredients one by one.
  7. Fry for few seconds and pour the cooked dal over talimpu.
  8. Mix well and boil for 2 minutes . Adjust seasonings. Dal should be semi liquid. If dal is too thick, add some more water.

MUTTON KEEMA

INGREDIENTS

Mix well the below ingredients and cook in pressure cooker till the mutton is cooked. It takes about 3 to 4 whistles.

Mutton keema- 1kg

Red chilli powder – 3 to 5 tbsp according to your spice level

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 2 tsp

Pulav masala – 2 tsp [check out my previous posts]

Clove powder – 1/4 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 2tbsp

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Oil – 1 tbsp

TALIMPU

Oil – 1/4 cup

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Mashed garlic cloves – 10

Dry red chillies – 15 pieces

Curry leaves – generous amount

Pulav masala – 1/2 tsp

Finely sliced onions – 4medium size

Green chillies – 4 slit

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

METHOD

  1. Pressure cook mutton keema with all the ingredients till the mutton is cooked.
  2. Allow the pressure to release. Heat oil in a kadai and add cumin seeds let them splutter.
  3. Add garlic, dry red chilli pieces and curry leaves. Fry for few seconds and add pulav masala. Mix well.
  4. Immediately add finely sliced onions and mix well. Add green chillies, salt and turmeric powder,
  5. Mix well and cover and cook on low flame till onions becomes light brown. Mix in intervals.
  6. Then add cooked keema. Mix well and cook on medium flame till the water in the cooked keema evaporates.
  7. Fry keema for another 3 to 4 minutes. Check out the seasonings.
  8. Serve with rice or roti .