Semolina / Suji Rava Oondi

I love Oondi’s which just crumble when you touch them. Normally they are made with rice soaked and ground along with coconut and salt.

They are then seasoned and Steamed

It’s mostly prepared by the Konkani community in Mangalore which is my hometown.

The Oondi’s here are made from roasted suji/Semolina, a change from the normal rice Oondi.

They can be savoured on days when one is having a fast or vrat.

Ingredients:

Semolina/Suji – 1.5 cups

Roasted on low flame for about 5 to 6 mins.

Red Chillies – 2 cut into bits

Mustard -1/2 spoon

Curry leaves-2 sprigs broken into bits

Fenugreek seeds-1/4 spoon

Grated Coconut -1/2 cup

Oil – 2 table spoons (Preferably Coconut oil)

Salt as per taste.

Method:

In a pan heat the oil and add in the mustard,fenugreek seeds,bits of red chillies and curry leaves until they splatter and give a nice aroma.

Now add the Suji rava, Grated coconut and salt.

Mix well and then slowly add in 2.5 cups of warm water mixing them until it thickens and is cooked.

You may add another spoon of oil if you wish.

Put off the flame and let the mixture cool a bit.

Now take a table spoon of the cooked mixture on your wet palms and make small balls or laddus of them and then with the help of the index finger make a slight depression on the Oondi.

Transfer the Oondi to an utensil and steam them in a steamer or pressure cooker(without the vessel) for about 15 to twenty minutes.

The Oondi’s are now ready.

Now in a steamer or a pressure cooker place

This helps the Oondi to cook evenly and also gives a look to the delicacy which is enjoyed with chutney.

Red chutney for the Oondi’s:

Ingredients:

For the chutney:

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Red chillies – 4. ( you may take 2 each of Guntur and bedgi chillies, the former gives the required spice and the latter gives the lovely colour).

Tamarind – pea sized

Oil – 1 table spoon(preferably coconut oil)

Asafoetida – 2 to 3 pinches.

Water – 1/2 cup

Salt per taste

For the seasoning or tadka:

Mustard seeds – 1/4 spoon

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Oil – 1 table spoon(preferably coconut oil)

Method:

In a moxie jar grind the ingredients mentioned above for the chutney. Transfer it to the bowl and then season the ground chutney with the above mentioned seasoning.

Mix well before serving and Enjoy the delicacy with the red chutney.

Stuffed Brinjals ( Barli Vangi )

Barli Vangi/ Stuffed Brinjals

Thin slender brinjals are very much in season and it’s time to make best use of this lovely coloured veggie which is awesome when cooked on its own or when mixed with other veggies.it compliments and blends well with most of the veggies.

Barli Vangi is a dish which can be prepared in a jiffy as long as you have all the ingredients to prepare them.

Ingredients:

Purple thin and slender brinjals – 10.

Onions -2

Tomato – 1

Tamarind pulp – 2 spoons

For the dry masala:

Peanut powder – 4 table spoons (which is roasted and coarse in texture ).

Cumin powder – 2 spoons

Coriander seeds – 4 table spoons (freshly ground and coarse in texture)

Asafoetida – 1/4 t spoon

Turmeric – 1/4 t spoon

Red chilli powder – 2 tea spoons

Jaggery – 2 spoons grated

Salt as per taste.

Mix all of the above dry masala and keep aside for another 10 mins.

Wash the brinjals and dry them with a cloth.

Now make a slit into the brinjals and fill each one with the masala and also rub some of the above mixture on the brinjals.

For the seasoning or tadka:

Oil – 3 table spoons

Mustard – 1/2 t spoon

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs.

Method:

Chop the onions and tomatoes and keep aside.

Now take some oil in a pan and heat the pan. Add in the mustard seeds, curry leaves and when it begins to splatter add in the chopped onions and sauté until golden pink.

Now add in the chopped tomatoes and sauté on low flame.

Now slowly one by one put the masala filled brinjals into the sautéed masala and cook them on low flame until done for about 15 minutes.

The dish is now ready to be served.

Enjoy with Roti or phulkas.

Matti Gulla talasani


Garlic cloves-5 to 6 crushed2 matti gullas chopped into big pieces.

Oil-1 spoon

Mustard-1/4 spn

Red chillies chopped-3

Green chillies-1 slit

Take oil in a kadai and add mustard, slit green chillies, chopped red chillies and when it splatters add in chopped matti gullas and on a covered lid cook for about 10 mins. Add salt, mix well and cook for two more minutes and the dish is ready.

Kokum Saaru

Had some fresh kokum peels and so soaked them and cooked them and made devastana saaru or burri jevan saaru what we Amchis call it.

I have just replaced the tomatoes with kokum.

Tastes so yumm.

Ingredients:

Chana dal-1 spn

Kokum peels-5-6

Water -2 cups

Grated coconut-1 table spn

Cumin-1/2 spn

Coriander seeds-1 .5 t spn

Pepper corns-6 to 8

Urad dal-1/2 spn

Red chillies-3

Hing- big as a pea

Oil-2 table spoons

Salt as per taste

Coriander leaves chopped-1 handful

Method :

Jaggery grated-1 table spoon

Curry leaves-1 sprig

Mustard-1/2 Tspn

Method:

1.Heat a spoon of coconut oil and roast the chana dal followed by urad dal, methi seeds,cumin, coriander seeds, pepper corns,red chillies, kokum peels and grated coconut.

2.Now grind it to paste along with Hing and water.

3.Add a little water and the ground mixture to the kokum water and salt to taste and jaggery.

4.Give a proper boil and temper it with mustard seeds and curry leaves in a spoonful of coconut oil.

5.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Banana suji rava tawa fry

Nendra bananas which are a speciality of Kerala is normally used for this rava fry.

Ingredients:

Chilli pdr-1 table spoon.

1/2 spn coriander seeds powder(coarse)

1/4 spn jeera pdr(coarse)

Salt to taste.

1/2 spn lemon juice

1 table spoon rice flour.

Method:

1.Slice the ripe bananas.

2.Take all the above ingredients and mix well.

Marinate the banana slices with the above mixture

and keep it aside for about 30 mins.

3.Roll them in suji rava and shallow fry on a tawa(Preferably a iron tawa)

4.Add a little ghee instead of oil around the fritters and roast them on low flame till they turn golden.

Red Bell Pepper & Onion Gojju

Red pepper and Onion gojju

Ingredients:

1 Red Bell pepper

1 Onion

Tamarind-size of two peas

Salt to taste

Coconut oil-1/4 spn

Hot Water- 2 table spoons

Red chilli-1

Coriander leaves- for garnishing.

Method:

Soak the tamarind in hot water and with the help of your fingers squeeze the pulp.

Add salt and chop the onions and add to it.

Slice the bell pepper into half and apply a little oil on both sides and roast the pepper on the gas flame.

Cut it into small bits and mix it in the bowl of chopped onion.

Now roast a red chilli over the gas flame and squeeze it into the above mixture.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.