KAKARAKAYA FRY

INGREDIENTS

Kakarakaya 1/2 kg

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder- 1 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

TALIMPU

Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Broken red chilli pieces – 6

Mashed garlic cloves – 4

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Peel the bitter gourds. Nip the ends.
  2. Cut into thin round slices and remove the seeds and pith.
  3. Heat oil in a wide pan and add all the talimpu ingredients one by one and let them fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add bitter gourd pieces, turmeric and salt. Mix well.
  5. Cook on medium flame until bitter gourd pieces are roasted well.
  6. Keep stirring in between to prevent browning.
  7. Lastly add red chilli powder and fry for one more minute.
  8. To make the bitter gourd pieces crisp while cooking, use a bit more oil.
  9. Serve with rice and ghee.

SET DOSA

INGREDIENTS

Rice – 2 cups

Atukulu – 1 cup [ poha]

Urad dal – 1/2 cup

Fenugreek seeds – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil and ghee – Mix 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp ghee and keep it aside

METHOD

  1. Set dosa is known for its softness and sponginess.
  2. Wash and soak rice, urad dal and fenugreek seeds for 5 hours.
  3. Wash and soak atukulu for 1 hour.
  4. Drain off the water from rice and urad dal mixture and atukulu.
  5. Transfer all items to the mixi or wet grinder with 1/4 cup of water.
  6. Grind to a smooth paste using water. Transfer it to a bowl . Add salt and mix well.
  7. Ferment in a warm place for 8 hours. After 8 hours, mix gently and keep it aside.
  8. In case the batter looks too thick, add some more water. Heat an iron tawa and spread some oil lightly.
  9. The tawa has to be medium hot. Pour ladle full of batter and spread out in a circular motion slightly thicker than regular dosa.
  10. Pour 1/2 tsp oil and ghee mixture around the edges. Cover and roast the dosa till it turns golden brown from the bottom and completely cooked from the top.
  11. Serve with coconut chutney and chicken pulusu.

SUGGESTION

If you want ragi set dosa, mix 3 tbsp ragi flour and 2 tbsp of water to 1 cup of batter.

P0TLAKAYA KOBBARI KURA

INGREDIENTS

Potlakaya – 1 medium size [ 2 to 2 1/2 cups]

Finely chopped onions – 2 medium size

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt to taste

Green chillies – 2 slit

TALIMPU

Oil – 2 tbsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Mashed garlic – 3 cloves

Broken red chillies- 6 pieces

Curry leaves- few

METHOD

  1. Potlakaya (snake gourd) has a natural whitish layer coated over them. This has to be scraped off with a knife first.
  2. Cut the snake gourd to 2 to 3 pieces and cut them vertically. Discard the seeds and the pith or the white pulp.
  3. Cut it into small pieces. Wash and boil in water for 5 to 6 minutes till it softens. Strain in a colander and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a wide pan. Add urad dal and fry for 10 seconds, then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and mashed garlic. Mix well.
  5. Then add broken red chillies and curry leaves and fry for 10 more seconds. Add onions and green chillies.
  6. Add salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Cook on medium flame till the onions turn soft.
  7. Add boiled snake gourd pieces and cook on high flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Then cook on medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes.
  8. Add freshly grated coconut and fry for another 6 to 7 minutes. Switch off the flame. Serve with rice.

MASALA PEANUTS

INGREDIENTS

Peanuts- 1 cup

Besan flour – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

Water – 2 to 3 tbsp

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Rinse peanuts under running water. Drain them in a colander.
  2. Take a bowl and add peanuts. Then, add all the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle little water and mix well until each peanut is coated well with masala.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Gently drop the peanuts. Do not add them in lumps.
  5. Do not disturb for a minute, then stir and fry on low to medium flame.
  6. Fry till the foam in the oil disappears completely and peanuts turn golden brown and crisp.
  7. Drain the fried peanuts onto a kitchen paper. In the same oil, fry curry leaves and add it to the fried peanuts.
  8. Cool them completely and store in a air tight jar.

CORN ON THE COB

INGREDIENTS

Sweet corn cobs – 3

FOR SPREAD

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp

Roasted cumin seeds powder- 3/4 tsp

Lemon juice- 1 tsp

Melted butter – 2 to 3 tbsp

Mashed garlic cloves – 2 optional

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

METHOD

  1. Clean the cobs and trim the stems. Take small bowl and mix all the ingredients for the spread.
  2. Mix well and keep it aside. Roast the cobs over charcoal or an electric barbeque or on gas stove till they are cooked.
  3. Brush the flavored butter on the cobs.
  4. Serve hot.

PANDUMIRAPA MAMIDIKAYA PACHADI

INGREDIENTS

Pandumirapa paste- 2 cups [for recipe, check out my previous posts]

Raw mango pieces – 1 cup peeled and cut into cubes

TALIMPU

Oil – 1 cup

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 10 cloves mashed

Broken red chillies – 1/3 cup

Curry leaves – 1/3 cup loosely packed

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

METHOD

  1. In a bowl, mix peeled mango pieces and pandumirapa paste. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  3. Mix throughly. Add mashed garlic, broken red chilli pieces, curry leaves and asafoetida powder and fry for 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Lastly, add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  5. Pour it over pandumirapakaya paste and mix well . Check out seasonings.
  6. Goes well with rice, idly and dosa.

CHILAGADA DUMPALA PULUSU

INGREDIENTS

Chilagada dumpalu- 4 medium size

Drum sticks – 8 pieces

Finely chopped onions – 3 cups

Green chillies – 3 slited

Tamarind paste- 2 tbsp

Grated jaggery – 1/3 cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Red chilli powder- 2 tbsp

Water -2 1/2 cups

TALIMPU

Oil- 1/4 cup

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1/8 tsp

Garlic – 4 cloves mashed

Broken red chillies – 5 pieces

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  1. Wash and peel chilagada dumpalu. Cut dumpalu into big circles and add it into a bowl filled with water.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds, let them splutter. Then add all talimpu ingredients one by one. Fry for 30 seconds. Add finely chopped onions and green chillies.
  3. Mix well and add salt and turmeric powder. Cover and cook on low flame till onions turns into light pink colour.
  4. Add chilakada dumpalu. Mix and cover and cook on low flame for 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Add red chilli powder. Mix throughly. Add jaggery and tamarind paste.
  6. Cover and cook on low flame till jaggery melts. Add drum stick pieces and water .
  7. Bring it to a boil. At this stage check out salt, sweet and sourness. Close lid and pressure cook on high flame till the first whistle.
  8. Cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Switch off the flame. Allow the pressure to release on its own and then open the cooker. Mix well and serve with mudda pappu and rice.

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