METHI ROTI

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INGRIDENTS

Wheat flour – 2 cups

Methi leaves – 1 cup tightly packed fresh methi leaves

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Curd – 2 tbsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Finely chopped Garlic cloves – 6-7

Finely chopped green chillies -2

Salt to taste

Oil or ghee as required for frying

METHOD

  1. Rinse the methi leaves well. Drain them completely. Chop the methi leaves finely and keep it aside.
  2. Mash green chillies and garlic to a fine paste in a motor pestle. Take a bowl, add methi leaves and green chilli and garlic paste along with rest of the ingredients.
  3. Give it to a good mix. Add water little by little and keep kneading to make the dough soft.
  4. Cover with a damp cloth and rest it for half an hour.
  5. Make medium size balls of the dough. Dust the dough ball with some flour and then start rolling the paratha.
  6. Heat a tawa and place the roti on it .
  7. Wait for few seconds, you will notice few tiny bubbles on the surface. Flip the paratha.
  8. Cook the other side 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 brown.
  10. Serve methi paratha hot with pickle and curd.

METHI RICE

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Basmathi rice  – 1 cup

Cloves – 3

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1

Garlic cloves – 8

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Finely chopped methi leaves – 1/2 cup

Finely chopped mint leaves – 1/4 cup

Finely chopped coriander leaves  – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 1 1/2 tbsp

Water – 2  1/2 cups

METHOD

  • Wash basmati rice and soak in water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.
  • Wash all the finely chopped leafy vegetables and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil and 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan. Add garlic cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and star anise.
  • Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, add ginger garlic paste. Fry till the raw smell fades away.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of water and salt. Let it boil. Add finely chopped methi leaves, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Mix well and let it boil again.
  • Add drained basmati rice. Mix well. Cook on medium flame. Make sure the rice is fully cooked.  Once cooked, keep it covered for 5-6 minutes.
  • Lastly, add the remaining ghee. Mix throughly and serve hot with any type of gravy curries.

SUGGESTIONS

Adjust the water quantity according to your wish.

 

GHEE RICE

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Basmathi rice – 1 cup

Water – 2cups

Cloves – 10

Cardamom – 6

Cinnamon – 2 inch piece

Bay leaves – 4

Thinly sliced onions – 1 medium size

Green chillies – 5 (slit)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Oil – 1 tsp

METHOD

  • Wash basmathi rice 2 to 3 times in water to remove excess starch. Soak them for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, drain all the water. Heat ghee and oil in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves and saute for few seconds.
  • Add sliced onions and green chillies and saute till they become transparent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute on medium flame till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add salt and 2 cups of water. Stir well. When the water starts boiling, add drained rice and mix well. Taste the water. It must be slightly salty.
  • Cook on low flame until the water is absorbed. Switch off the flame.
  • After 5 to 6 minutes, open the lid and mix it slowly. Serve hot.

SUGGESTIONS

Ghee rice can be served along with gravy type curries.

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.

KORRA BIYYAM PAYASAM (FOXTAIL MILLET)

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This recipe has been given to me by my sister.

INGREDIENTS

Korra biyyam – 1 cup

Water- 2 cups

Milk – 2 cups

Jaggery – 1 1/2 cups (grated)

Ghee – 3 tbsp (1tsp for frying nuts)

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp (optional )

Cashew nuts – few

Raisins – few (optional)

METHOD

  • Wash korralu two to three times. Pressure cook it with two cups of water on medium or low flame for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Korralu can also be cooked in a pan until the water is absorbed and is cooked thoroughly. (If cooking in a pan, you might have to add a little more water.)
  • Meanwhile, take a pan and add one tsp of ghee and fry the nuts and raisins until they turn golden. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once the pressure subsides on the cooker, open the lid and add milk. Mix well.
  • Add cardamom powder. Cook on low flame for 4 to 5 minutes. Add more milk if you want the payasam to be thin.
  • Turn off the heat and add jaggery, ghee, nuts and raisins. Mix well. Adjust seasoning.
  • Serve hot.

PODI PAPPU

Ingredients

Toor dal – 3/4 cup

Water – 3 cups

Talimpu

Ghee – 1 tsp

Oil – 1tsp

Crushed garlic – 8

Cumin seeds -1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1tsp

Curry leaves – few

Onions chopped – 1 medium size

Green chilles – 5 [ sliced ]

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Method

Wash the toor dal under running water.Pour 3 cups of water and boil toor dal until just cooked.

Make sure toor dal is  soft but still holding its shape. Strain the cooked dal and keep aside.

Heat oil and ghee in a pan , add talimpu ingredients in order and fry for 1 to 2 minutes. After this add onions , green chilles, turemeric and salt and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes till onions are cooked properly.

Add cooked toor dal fry for 5 to 6 minutes on medium flame till dal is completely dry .Make sure dal is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions-  This dal goes well with majjiga pulusu, rasam and steamed rice with a dollop of ghee.Image