Suran Kootu

This is a no heat or cook dish.

Ingredients

Yam – 1 piece

Bedgi chillies-4 to 5

Guntur chilli – 2

Mustard-1/4 spoon

Methi – 6 to 8 seeds

Coriander seeds -1 t spoon

Hing -2-3 pinches

Tamarind – size of a chana.

Coconut -3 table spoons.

Coconut oil -1 small Vati (for frying the suran pieces)

Salt as per taste.

For tempering

Mustard -1/2 spoon

Coconut oil 1 table spoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Method:

Clean the yam and remove the peels.

Now slice it into very thin and small bits

Apply a little salt and keep aside for about 10-15 minutes.

Squeeze out the excess water from the yam and keep aside.

In a small pan heat the oil and fry the suran pieces till golden and crisp.

Drain them on a paper towel.

Now in a spoon of oil roast the mustard, coriander, chillies, methi and Hing until you get a nice aroma.

Now grind all the above roasted ingredients with the grated coconut and tamarind adding about 1/4 glass of water.

Add the ground mixture to the suran and mix well.

You may add salt if needed as the suran has salt.

Mix well and give the tempering of mustard and curry leaves in coconut oil.

Cassava Root/Tapioca Cutlets.

Ingredients:

Cassava root – 4 to 5 Inch piece

(Peel them and then steam them)

Fresh green peas – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Onion sliced – 1 big one

Roasted rava -1 table spoon

Corn flour – 1 table spoon

Green chilli- 2 sliced finely

Amchur powder – less than 1/4 spoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 spoon

Saunf powder -1/2 spoon.

Bread crumbs or suji rava – 1 cup (to roll the cutlets before you tawa fry the cutlets.)

Method:

In a pan heat 2 table spoons of oil and then add the onions, green chilli and amchur powder.

Mix well and then add the fresh peas and salt and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes until the peas are cooked. mash them slightly and mix well.

Now add the mashed Casava root,corn flour, Suji rawa, sauf powder and mix well so that they form a lump.

If it’s sticky add a little oil and a table spoon of bread crumbs.

Now make small balls and flatten them between you palms and roll them on the plate of bread crumbs.

(You may use suji, bread crumbs or even toast crumbs to roll the cutlets.)

Now smear a little oil on a pan and roast the cutlets on both the side turning them gently.

Enjoy with sauce or chutney of your choice.

Bitter Gourd Pickle

Bitter gourd pickle

Bitter gourd – 2 medium size

Mustard – 1.5 to 2 spoons

Methi – 1/2 spoon

Jaggery – size day of 4 chana

Bedgi chillies – 8-10

Spicy chilli – 2

Small piece of fresh haldi -1

Small piece of Tamarind – size of an Amla.

Hing – 1/4 spn

6 table spoons of oil

Salt as per taste.

Clean the bitter gourd and deseed them and slice them thinly.

Wash them in normal water and then strain and add salt and keep aside for about 20 mins.

Now squeeze out the excess water and keep them aside.

In a pan heat oil and add the sliced bitter gourd and fry them till they turn crisp.

Just used a slot spoon or ladle and drain them on a plate.

In a small bowl add 1/4 cup of warm water and allow the tamarind to soak for about 10 mins and then extract the tamarind pulp.

In a t spoon of oil roast the mustard on low heat till they splutter.

Then slowly add Methi, Hing,Haldi and the red chillies till they turn crisp.

Now put all this in a mixer jar along with the salt, jaggery and tamarind pulp to a smooth paste.

Now add the ground mixture to the bitter gourd and mix well.

You may use a little water to remove the remaining ground mixture in the mixer jar and add it to the bitter gourd.

Now use the remaining oil to temper the pickle with mustard and some curry leaves.

Crispy Bhindi, lady finger or Okra

Bhindi is one versatile veggie loved by all. When cooked in the right manner it tastes awesome.

Today I made some crispy Bhindi on a iron pan.

Ingredients:

Bhindi -10-12 Small ones

Turmeric powder-1/4 spoon

Cumin powder-1 t spoon

Coriander powder- 1 t spoon

Saunf or fennel powder – 1/2

t spoon.

Red chilli powder -3/4 spoon

Asafoetida – 3-4 pinches

Cornflour -1.5 table spoon.

Black salt – 2-3 pinches

Amchur or

dry Mango powder -1/4 spoon.

Oil or liquid ghee-2 table spoons.

Lemon juice -1/2 spoon

Coriander leaves -2 sprigs.

Salt as per taste

Method:

Clean and then wipe the Bhindi till they are dry.

Remove the top and the bottoms ends and then make a slit on one side of each Bhindi.

In a bowl add all the above except Bhindi, coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Mix well and keep aside.

Now fill a little of the above mixture into each Bhindi and keep them aside.

Heat a heavy pan preferably iron pan and add a tablespoon of the oil or ghee and spread it with a silicone brush all over the pan.

Place the stuffed Bhindi’s neatly over the pan and on low flame cook them for about 3 to 5 minsNo slowly turn them or flip them and add the remaining ghee and cook for another 4-5 minuts until they turn crisp.

White & Black Sesame Laddoos

Makara Sankranti also known as Maaghi is a festive celebrated on the 14th or at times on the 15th of January when the Sun transits into Capricorn or Makara Rashi.

It is dedicated to the Sun god who never fails to rise.

The sun rises with hope, kites fly in the sky with vigour, and the crops are ready to be harvested – all signifying hope, joy and abundance.

Happy Makar Sankranti to all of you!! May the Sun God bring abundance and fill your lives and home with sunshine and happiness.

Each day is a new beginning…

On this day all over our country, people from different regions celebrate it by revering the Sun god and thanking him for the good harvest and granting each of them good health

The days now start to seem longer and is the beginning of the auspicious month of Uttarayan.

In the Konkan belt we call it Sankranti where women adorn themselves and exchange til or sweets made from Sesame and jaggery and offer salutations to lord Surya and then offer Haldi Kumkum to ladies around the neighbourhood .Children fly kites with the family. Every home Khichidi is cooked which is enjoyed by the whole family. People also donate food and clothing to the needy.

Sweet Appos(Sweet Paniyarams)

Ghee – 1/2 cup

Wheat flour -1 cup

Laayi -1/2 cup

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Grated coconut – 3/4 cup

Ellakki bananas – 3 finely sliced.

Water- 1 cup.

2 to 3 Pinches of salt.

Method:

In a saucepan heat half a cup of water and add in the jaggery and make a syrup (neither too thick nor watery)

Mix a cup of grated coconut to it and allow it to cool.

Once it is warm add the puffed rice and sliced bananas and mix well.

Then add the wheat flour and salt and mix well.

If the mixture is too thick add a little water.

The consistency of the batter should be thicker than idli batter.Allow it to rest for about five minutes and then the batter is ready to make Appos or paniyarams.

Heat the tava and once hot add ghee liberally into the appo slots and then with the help of a spoon put the mixture in it and lower the flame.

Allow two to three minutes to cook and then with help of a knife flip it over to cook till golden.

Adding ghee allows it to come out crisp and golden brown.

Enjoy it hot.