INSTANT DONDAKAYA PICKLE

INGREDIENTS

Finely cut dondakayalu- 1/2 cup

Red chilli powder – 2 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Oil – 1/4 cup [ 2 to 3 tbsp]

Lemon juice – 6 tsp

Mashed garlic – 6 cloves

This recipe was passed onto me by my grandmother.

METHOD

  1. Wash dondakayalu and pat dry them. Trim the edges and cut into small bite size pieces.
  2. Take a bowl. Add dondakaya pieces and all the remaning ingredients. Mix well and adjust seasoning .
  3. Store in refrigerator. The shelf life of this pickle is one week.
  4. Goes well with idly and rice.
  5. Make sure the dondakayalu are firm.

aloo roti

INGREDIENTS

Maida – 1 cup+ 3 tbsp

Boiled potatoes – 3 peeled and grated [ it should make 1 cup]

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

Medium sized onion -1 finely chopped

Oil – 1 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1tsp

Red chilli flakes – 1tsp

Salt to taste

Oil and ghee for frying rotis

METHOD

  1. Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a pan.
  2. Now add onions and salt. Let it fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Then add finely chopped coriander leaves and let it fry for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and keep it aside.
  4. Take a bowl and add the following :- grated potato, coriander powder, chilli flakes, previously made onion fry and maida.
  5. Knead the dough properly and don’t add water at all.
  6. Make medium size balls of the dough, dust the balls with some flour and start rolling the roti.
  7. Heat a tawa and place the roti on it. Wait for few seconds and flip the roti as soon as you notice few tiny bubbles on the surface of the roti.
  8. Heat the other side of the roti for a few seconds then apply oil and flip it again.
  9. Cook it by pressing it very gently using spatula. Cook until it turns golden brown by applying some ghee and oil on both sides.
  10. Serve hot with any curries.

PEANUT CHUTNEY

INGREDIENTS

Peanuts – 1/2 cup

Oil – 2 tsp

Medium size onion – 1 chopped into cubes

Garlic – 3 cloves

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Dry red chillies – 4 to 6 according to your spice level

Tamarind – small lemon size

TALIMPU

Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Broken red chillies – 3 pieces

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Heat 1 tsp of oil. Add peanuts and fry on medium flame till it becomes brown.
  2. Cool it and transfer it into a grinder jar. Heat another teaspoon of oil in the same pan. Add onions and garlic.
  3. Fry onions for 3 to 4 minutes then, add cumin seeds, tamarind and red chilli.
  4. Fry for another 2 to 3 minutes. Switch off the flame.
  5. Transfer it to grinder jar and add salt. Grind it with 1/2 to 1 cup of water.
  6. For talimpu, heat 1tsp of oil. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter .
  7. Add broken red chillies and curry leaves. Fry for some time and pour it over the grinded chutney. Serve with dosa or idli.

COCONUT CHUTNEY

INGREDIENTS

Oil – 1tbsp

Peanuts – 1 tbsp

Green chillies – 10 to 12

Chana dal – 1 1/2 tbsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Roasted chana dal – 1 1/2 tbsp

Broken red chillies – 3 pieces

Curry leaves – few

Garlic – 3 mashed

Freshly grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Yogurt – 1 /2 cup to 1 cup

Salt to taste

TALIMPU

Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Broken red chillies – 2 pieces

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Fry peanuts for 2 minutes. Add green chillies and fry for 3 minutes. Then, add chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and broken red chillies .
  2. Fry on low flame till they become light golden colour. Add roasted chana dal and fry for 2 more minutes. Add mashed garlic and curry leaves mix well. Switch off the flame and cool it.
  3. Put all the fried ingredients in a grinder jar. Add salt and grind it to a coarse powder.
  4. Then add freshly grated coconut and curd and grind it to a paste. Lastly add coriander leaves and grind one more time.
  5. Empty it into a bowl. Heat oil in a small kadai and add mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add red chillies and curry leaves. Fry for a second and pour it over chutney.
  6. Mix well. Serve with dosa. Adjust spice level according to your taste.

SENAGAPINDI CHUTNEY

INGREDIENTS

Senaga pindi [besan] – 4 tbsp

Butter milk – 2 cups

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – a pinch

TALIMPU

Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Mashed garlic – 4 cloves

Broken red chillies- 4 pieces

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add all the remaning ingredients one by one and fry for a minute. Add senaga pindi.
  2. Mix well. Fry on low flame till the raw smell fades. Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  3. Mix well. Add butter milk and keep strring continuously, until the mixture combines well and thickens slightly.
  4. Add salt, lemon juice and finely chopped coriander leaves.
  5. Goes well with idli.

SUGGESTIONS

Instead of senaga pindi you can use kandi podi.

ATUKULA MIXTURE

INGREDIENTS

Atukulu – 1 cup

Pea nuts – 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Red chilli powder – 1tbsp

Curry leaves – 2 springs

Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

METHOD

  1. Heat some oil in a deep kadai.
  2. When the oil is hot enough, add atukulu in small batches .
  3. As and when they are puffed, remove the atukulu using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a colander.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 depending on your required quantity.
  5. Add salt and red chilli powder to the fried atukulu and mix well.
  6. Fry some cashew nuts, peanuts and curry leaves separately in the same oil.
  7. Add the fried cashew nuts, peanuts and curry leaves to the atukulu.
  8. Mix everything until it is well coated with the spices.
  9. Store the mixture in a glass jar or air tight container.
  10. The mixture stays good for about 10 to 15 days.