UGADI PACHADI

INGREDIENTS:

Tamarind – 100 grams makes one cup of thick paste

Water – 1 1/4 cup

Jaggery – 2 1/2 cups

Finely chopped sugarcane – 2 tbsp

Finely chopped coconut – 2 tbsp

Finely chopped banana – 1/2 cup

Finely chopped mango – 1 tbsp

Neem leaves – 1/2 tbsp

Salt, red chilli powder, black pepper powder – 1 pinch each

Each home has their own way of preparing ugadi pachadi.

METHOD:

  • Soak the tamarind in 1 1/2 cups of water for 1-2 hours and extract the pulp.
  • Grate the jaggery or you can powder it in a mixer.
  • Separate the neem flowers from the springs. Then gently rub the neem flowers between your two palms to separate the petals and put them in a plate. Use only petals for this process.
  • Keep finely chopped coconut, finely chopped bananas, finely chopped sugarcane and finely chopped peeled mangoes to a side.
  • Take a wide bowl. Add tamarind extract and 2 1/2 cups of grated jaggery. Mix well using your hand till the jaggery melts.
  • Then add the finely chopped ingredients mentioned in step four and mix well.
  • Lastly add neem petals, salt, red chilli powder, black pepper powder. Mix well.
  • Offer ugadi pachadi as naivedyam (offerings to god during the festival of ugadi).

SUGGESTIONS:

Ugadi pachadi should be like a sauce. Do not taste it if you intend to offer it to god. The recipe for ugadi pachadi may vary according to family beliefs and customs. All the ingredients in this pachadi recipe can be adjusted to suite your taste. Ugadhi pachadi goes well with curd rice.

CHALIMIDI

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Rice flour – 1 cup

Grated Jaggery – 1/2 cup

Freshly grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Ghee – 1 tsp

METHOD

  • Grind jaggery in a mixer to a fine paste or powder.
  • Take a bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix well and roll it into a small round shaped ball. Repeat the same with the rest of the mixture.
  • Chalimidi is ready to be offered as naivedhyam to the diety.

SUGGESTIONS

To make home made rice flour, soak 1 cup of rice grains in water over night. Next day, drain water and dry the rice on a cloth for 20 to 30 minutes. Grind the rice to a fine powder. Use whenever required.

MASALA PONGANALU

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Dosa batter – 1 cup

Finely chopped onions – 1 1/2 tbsp

Freshly grated coconut  – 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1/3 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Baking soda – a pinch

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Oil for frying

Salt to taste

METHOD

  • Take a bowl, add dosa batter and add all the remaning ingredients except oil. Mix throughly.
  • Heat ponganalu pan and add 3 to 4 drops of oil in each mould of the pan.
  • Once the ponganalu pan is hot, pour the batter into each mould to 2/3  and cover with lid.
  • Add some more oil on the top and close the lid and cook on low-medium heat.
  • When the base turns golden, flip them and cook them until done. Serve with chutney of your choice.

SUGGESTIONS

Cook on low medium heat, if not you will end up having raw batter in the middle .

You can add finely chopped vegetables like carrot, capsicum, cabbage and tomatoes.

KORRALA KOBBARI ANNAM ( FOXTAIL MILLET)

This recipe was given to me by my sister who is an amazing cook as well.

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Korralu – 1/2 cup (foxtail millet)

Water – 2 to 2  1/2 cups

Oil – 2 to 3 drops

TALIMPU

Ghee – 1 1/2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cashew nuts – 8

Urad dal – 1/3 tsp

Broken red chillies – 6

Curry leaves – few

Freshly grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Finely chopped ginger – 1 1/2 tsp

Finely chopped green chillies – 2 ts9

Finely chopped coriander – 1 tbsp

METHOD

  • Wash and soak korralu for 2 hours. Boil with 2 cups of water and 2 drops of oil. Cool it on a wide plate.
  • In a mortar pestle, crush ginger and green chillies to a paste.
  • Heat ghee in a large pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add urad dal and cashew nuts. Fry till it becomes light golden colour. Then add red chillies and curry leaves and fry for 2 to 3 seconds.
  • Add ginger and green chillies paste. Fry till the raw smell goes out. Add freshly grated coconut and salt and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked korralu and mix well. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve .

SUGGESTIONS

Foxtail millet may be replaced with kodo millet (arikalu), little millet (saamalu), barnyard millet (oodalu) and proso millet (varigalu).

Adjust grated coconut according to your taste.

KUDUMULU (VINAYAKA CHAVITHI PRASADAM )

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Rice rava – 1 cup

Chana dal2 tbsp (senaga pappu)

Grated fresh coconut3 tbsp

Water – 2 cups

Salt to taste

METHOD

  • Wash and soak chana dal in water for 30 minutes. Take a pan and add water. Add chana dal and bring it to a boil.
  • Boil for 2-3 minutes. Add freshly grated coconut and salt. Mix well. 
  • Reduce the heat, add rava slowly into the boiling water, mixing well with another hand to prevent lumps.
  • Cover the pan with a lid until the water evaporates completely. Make sure it doesn’t burn. Swicth off the flame.
  • Leave it covered for about 15 minutes. Transfer this to a wide plate and cool.
  • After 15 minutes, wet ur hands and make small balls. Sprinkle some water if rava is too hard.
  • Use an idli steaming stand or any perforted plate to steam these rice balls. Place rice balls on the plate.
  • Place the stand in a pressure cooker with little water to steam. Cover the pressure cooker and steam for 6-8 minutes. (Whistle not required)

SUGGESTIONS

Adjust water according to the rice rava you are using. If you have any doubt, add an extra  half cup of water.

EASY COCONUT CHUTNEY

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Fresh grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green chilles – 6 [finely chopped]

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1  tbsp

Curd [ yogurt ] – 1/3 cup

TALIMPU

Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal [minapa pappu] – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Crushed garlic pods – 3

Broken red chillies – 4

Curry leaves – few

METHOD

  • Take a small grinder jar. Put grated coconut, green chillies, coriander leaves, salt and curd.
  • Grind to a coarse paste. Check out the seasoning. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add garlic, urad dal and cumin seeds.
  • Fry till the urad dal becomes golden brown. Then add red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Fry till the curry leaves become crisp. Swicth off the flame and immediately pour the talimpu on the coconut chutney.
  • Goes well with idli and dosa.