March 20, 2017

Simple Bitter Gourd Masala !!

This is one of my mom's recipe.  I like to have bitter gourd in this way as it taste less bitter from usual.  Addition of sugar and tamarind pulp reduces the bitterness and makes it kids friendly.  Healthy side dish for rice.

Ingredients :

  1. Bitter gourd - 2 medium sized
  2. Oil - 1 tbsp
  3. Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Cinnamon stick - 1" inch
  5. Onion - 2 nos, finely chopped
  6. Tomato puree - from 2 tomatoes
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  8. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  9. Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  10. Sugar - 1 tsp
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp 

Method :

1.   Cut the bitter gourd into desired sizes ( I removed the seeds inside).  Heat the water along with turmeric powder, tamarind pulp (1tbsp), salt and add the bitter gourd and cook them for 10 mins or until it becomes tender.

2.   Heat oil in the pan, add fennel seeds and cinnamon stick.

3.   Add finely chopped onions and saute.

4.   Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, salt and sugar.  Mix well.

5.   Add tomato puree and mix well.

6.   Add enough water and cook them.

7.   Add bitter gourd and cook them over low flame for 10 mins.

Serve them hot.

March 17, 2017

Ragi Idiyappam / Finger Millet String Hoppers !!!

This is one of my favourite millet variety idiyappam and I personally like the sweet version.  We can use 100% ragi flour for this preparation but addition of rice flour makes this dish really tasty.  Perfect healthy breakfast / snacks for kids.

Ingredients :

  1. Ragi flour - 1/2 cup
  2. Rice flour - 1/4 cup
  3. A pinch of salt
  4. Water - 3/4 cup
  5. Oil - 1 tsp

Method :

1.   Dry roast the ragi flour and rice flour together.  Keep aside.

2.   Boil the water with a pinch of salt and oil.  Switch off the flame.

3.   Add the roasted flour to the hot water and keep stirring (using wooden ladle) until you get a smooth dough. 

4.   Grease the idiyappam mould with oil and stuff the dough into the press.

5.   Press it as idiyappam in the idly moulds and steam it for 10 - 15 mins or until done.

Serve them either as sweet or savoury.

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