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Chakki Ki Sabzi | Madhya Pradesh style Wholewheat flour dumplings in sauce

This Chakki Ki Sabzi, made from whole wheat dumplings in a tangy sauce is a meal by itself.  Apart from being a meal, this spicy and tangy sabzi also goes well with rice.

Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.

This month, us bloggers from  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to the land known as the “heart of India” also known as Madhya Pradesh.

Here are some of the famous things to see in Madhya Pradesh

  1. Sculptures of Khajuraho
  2. Wildlife at Bandhavgarh
  3. Kanha National park
  4. Temples at Ujjain
  5. The historical city of Gwalior
  6. Buddhist stupas at Sanchi

Apart from the historical sites and national parks, Madhya Pradesh is also known for vegetarian food such as poha, bhutta ka khees, palak pooris, malpua and mawa bati.

This month my partner Shobaji from Shobasfoodmazaa gave me two very simple ingredients to use and make a dish representing Madhya Pradesh. She gave me whole wheat flour and cumin seeds. The obvious thing for me to make was Chakki Ki Sabzi.

A few things to know about this recipe:

  1. The chakki / whole wheat flour dough used in this recipe is first steamed, then fried and then in gravy.
  2. Make nice and small pieces of the dough ( once it is steamed it does become big).
Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Dough in an oiled utensil before steaming
Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Dough dollops after steaming
Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Fried dough

3. It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

4. Don’t go overboard with the spices, subtle flavours make this sabzi delicious.

It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

This recipe is similar to Gatte ki Sabzi which is a popular recipe from Rajasthan. Here whole wheat flour is used instead of gram flour (besan). The main difference is seen in the way that the Gatte and chakki are cooked. Gatte are cooked like a pasta in boiling water whereas chakki cubes are steamed, fried and then added to gravy.

It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

Some of the other recipes using whole wheat flour / atta ingredients are:

  1. Mattar ke parathe
  2. Instant healthy dosa
  3. Sattu ka paratha
  4. Burger Buns
Print Recipe
Chakki Ki Sabzi | Whole wheat dumplings in tangy sauce
It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the dough
For the gravy
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the dough
For the gravy
It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the ingredients of the dough and knead well. (the dough should be sticky and soft).
  2. After kneading, let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes.
  3. After 15 minutes, knead for some more time till the dough does not stick to your hands and becomes soft
  4. Now form small dollops of the dough and steam them in a pressure cooker ( on an oiled plate.)
  5. Once the dough dollops are steamed, set aside and let them cool
  6. Once cooled, fry them in hot oil and drain on tissue paper.
  7. In a kadhai / wok, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add the cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste.
  8. Saute till the paste is cooked on a low flame.
  9. Add the onion paste and cook for some time
  10. Add the masala powders and mix well
  11. Increase the flame, add curd and cook the curd on high flame (high flame ensures that the curd does not split)
  12. Once the curd is cooked, add the tomato paste and cook well.
  13. Now add the fried dough dollops and cook them for a couple of minutes at a very low flame.
  14. Garnish with coriander leaves and cook for another couple of minutes
  15. Srve hot with some jeera rice or have it as is in a bowl

Moong and cabbage Rice | A Simple one pot rice recipe

Sometimes i just want to throw all things together in a pot and get something nice to eat. This Moong and cabbage rice is exactly that, a one pot recipe filled with deliciousness. 

This moong and cabbage rice is easy and simple to make. This delicious, easy and simple to make rice can be made in one pot.

 

These days whenever we have friends over for dinner or lunch, i make this moong and cabbage rice instead of a pulao. It is easy, simple and one pot 🙂

The secret to this recipe you ask?? nothing..every time i cook this, i use whatever ingredients i have on my hand on that day or what my stomach fancies !!! Its that versatile a recipe, and makes a humble vegetable like cabbage tasty.

I have used left over rice (from previous night) in this recipe, but one can easily use freshly cooked rice for this recipe. Also this recipe can be tweaked in many ways, depending on what ingredients are available at home.

Different ways to make it more tasty and healthy:

  1. To make this version healthy, you use cooked broken wheat or brown rice.
  2. I have added peanuts, but to make it luxurious, use cashew nuts and walnuts.
  3. I have also added capsicum and carrots to it to make it colourful, you could add green onions, potatoes, peas etc
  4. Masalas : anything that you have on hand, a bit of garam masala at the end and the aroma is fabulous.
  5. Protein: I have added cooked moong , you can use kabuli channa or black channa or even cooked rajma. Another intersting idea would be to add mixed sprouts as garnish to add texture to the rice.

This moong and cabbage rice is easy and simple to make. This delicious, easy and simple to make rice can be made in one pot.

If you are in a mood for some thing simple, serve this with cucumber raita or plain curd else serve this with channa masala or rajma or even kali dal.

Here are some more rice recipes to make :

  1. Mango Rice
  2. Capsicum Rice (with mint)
  3. Sasve Kai Chitranna ( Rice with mustard and coconut)
Print Recipe
Moong and cabbage Rice |
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a kadhai and add mustard, jeera and curry leaves to it.
  2. Once the mustard splutters, add garlic, onions and saute well
  3. Now add the tomatoes and all the masala powder mentioned above.
  4. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the carrots,soaked moong and sliced capsicum
  5. Stir them briefly and add the cabbage and mix well
  6. Add the required amount of salt to this mixture, stir and close the lid of the kadhai and let the mix cook for about 10 -15 minutes (stir once every couple of minutes so that the sabzi does not stick to the kadhai)
  7. Once the cabbage sabzi is completely cooked, add rice and mix well
  8. Close the rice pot with a lid and let it cook on low flame
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with raita or plain curd
Recipe Notes

Note:

1. While using broken wheat or red rice, try and cook them al dente or the mix would go soggy.

2. Addition of butter, cashew nuts and green chillies would make this luxurious.

3. Mint leaves also can be added to give this recipe an interesting twist.

4. Grated coconut also can be added at the end to give the recipe a slight sweet hint.

Vazhakka Thoran | Kerala Style Raw Banana Stir Fry

Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or rotis.

Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti

In the last few months, the state of Kerala has been in the news because of floods and devastation across the state. Many people have lost their near and dear ones. In the middle of all this devastation, news channels also  showed us resilience and positive vibe that the people of Kerala have.

As an ode to the state of Kerala and its people, for this month’s Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, us food bloggers are cooking recipes from Kerala.

This month i was paired with Anu Kollon from Ente Thattukada and she gave me coconut and raw banana as my secret ingredients. This gave me the perfect opportunity to make the traditional Vazhakka Thoran.

shhh-secretly-challenge-image

My quest to make a very traditional dish using coconut and raw banana led me to my neighbour’s (Aruni’s) house. After chatting with her on various recipes like kallan or erissery, i decided to make a simple dry raw banana preparation to go with rice last week.

Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti

Did you know this about Banana??

Did you know the banana plant might be the only plant where almost all parts of the plant get used and nothing goes waste?? Let me write how 🙂

  • Banana plant Stem / trunk – Also known as Vazhai thandu in tamil, this part of the plant is used in south indian cuisine to make a raita or a dry sabzi.
  • Banana leaves – The leaves which are large and water proof, are very commonly used as plates to serve food in marriages or family functions. It is also used to make eco-friendly containers in India.
  • Banana flower – In south India this part of the plant is used as a vegetable to make dry sabzis or even tasty vadas (fried lentil fritters).
  • Raw banana – Raw banana is very versatile and can be used in curries / sabzis as a vegetable or gets used to make some yummy chips.
  • Ripe banana – What can i say, that you dont know, in Banana cake, in fried bananas or had just as a fruit, so many options to eat these.

Coming back to the recipe, I made the Vazhakka Thoran as an accompaniment to sambar/rasam rice for lunch, but it can also be served with mixed rice varieties or rotis.

More recipes using Raw Banana / Vazhakka:

  1.  Gujarati Undhiyu
  2. Vazhapoo Parappu Usili ( Banana flower and coconut dry sabzi)

Mixed rice varieties:

  1. Mango Rice
  2. Mustard & Coconut Mixed Rice
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Vazhakka Thoran | Kerala style raw banana stir fry
Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
To saute
To grind
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
To saute
To grind
Vazhakka Thoran is an easy and classic dish made with Raw banana and coconut. This version of stir fry can be easily served with rice or roti
Instructions
  1. Remove the skin from raw banana and chop them into small cubes (add them to a bowl of water so that they don't oxidize and turn black)
  2. Heat 1.5 cups of water in a medium sized wok / kadhai and add the chopped bananas to it
  3. Add some salt and turmeric powder and cover it for 5 - 7 minutes
  4. Once the raw bananas is par cooked ( almost 90% cooked), remove from heat, drain the water and set aside the cooked bananas in a plate
  5. Grind / pulse the ingredients given to a rough paste and set aside
  6. Heat oil in a kadhai / wok, add mustard leaves, curry leaves.
  7. Once the mustard splutters, add the ground mixture and raw bananas and mix well
  8. Cook for a couple of minutes and remove form heat
  9. Serve with hot rice and rasam or with rotis

Dragon Food Festival at Inzia Restaurant at Sheraton Bengaluru

This Thursday, a few of us bloggers got to sample the menu created by Jr Sous Chef Shishir Rai as part of the Dragon Food Festival at Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre.

This Thursday, a few of us bloggers got to sample the menu created by Jr Sous Chef Shishir Rai as part of the Dragon Food Festival at Sheraton Bengaluru.
Jr Sous Chef – Shishir Rai

Chef de Cusine Rungtiwa Sorlae and Chef Shishir Rai, gave us a preview of the menu served at InAzia as part of the on-going Dragon Food Festival. The festival is on till the 30th September, 2018 and will showcase the menu specially curated by Chef Shishir Rai.

This Thursday, a few of us bloggers got to sample the menu created by Jr Sous Chef Shishir Rai as part of the Dragon Food Festival at Sheraton Bengaluru
Chef de Cuisine – Rungtiwa Sorlae

The menu has a good spread for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Here is a sample of what we had during the meet: ( I have mentioned only the vegetarian side of the menu )

Dim Sum

Vegetables Sichuan Style Pan fried Dimsum – These pan fried dimsums were stuffed with celery, carrot and asparagus and they were seasoned with garlic oil. I loved these, they had the right blend of spice and were perfectly seared.

This Thursday, a few of us bloggers got to sample the menu created by Jr Sous Chef Shishir Rai as part of the Dragon Food Festival at Sheraton Bengaluru
Assorted Mushrooms Truffle Blast

Assorted Mushrooms Truffle Blast – A melange of honshimeji enokitake and shitake mushrooms.

Small Bite

This Thursday, a few of us bloggers got to sample the menu created by Jr Sous Chef Shishir Rai as part of the Dragon Food Festival at Sheraton Bengaluru

Wok tossed Tofu Sichuan Style – Here the silken tofu was marinated, fried and then tossed in Sichuan chilli paste. Give me tofu and I am a very happy person. These were silken tofu, which were crispy on the outside and beautifully soft on the inside.

Soup

Cucumber and Cilantro Soup – A thick, shredded cucumber and cilantro soup. This soup was a little underwhelming and bland on a night where each dish was bursting with flavour.

Main Course

Tofu Asparagus and Water Chestnut Malak Paste – A side dish with silken tofu, asparagus, water chestnut and green onion with sesame and chilli paste. Another beautifully made tofu dish. The tofu was simply melt in the mouth.

Rice and Noodles

Traditional Moon Faan (Veg) – 5 spices flavored steamed rice topped with sesame flavored soy sauce

Dry Cooked Hoo Fun Noodles Vegetable – Napa cabbage and sweet pepper rice with flat rice noodles, bean sprouts. This dish was flavoured with sesame oil and seasoned with fermented bean sauce.

Deserts

Chilled mango Pudding – Though I loved the cream and fresh mangoes (yumm!!), I felt this chilled jelly pudding had a tad bit more of agar agar.

A big thanks to Melvin and Saravanan for having us.

Details on the Dragon Food Festival @ InAzia

Date: 19th – 30th September 2018

Time: 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Venue: InAzia, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds, a simple and family friendly pasta to have on a relaxed weekend. It has  the goodness of vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red bell peppers and my little twist of roasted seeds. 

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

We as a family love pasta and are always looking at interesting recipes to try out. During one of my searches, i landed on Donna Hay’s page and there i saw crumb pasta video. The recipe was interesting, very new to me and very simple to make.

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

I knew i had to make it and gave my own twist to it. I added some roasted veggies and some roasted seeds and voila a very yummy pasta recipe.

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

What do you need to make the Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables

  • Pasta of your choice: Since this pasta is a little dry and needs to hold shape – Penne, spaghetti, farfelle or elbow would be a good choice for this recipe.
  • Vegetables : I have used zucchini, tomatoes, red bell peppers and mushroom. One could also use mushrooms, eggplant, yellow bell peppers or even jalapenos.
  • Seeds: This is completely optional, one can also use nuts such as almonds or walnuts. The seeds give a nice crunch to this recipe. Every mouthful has an explosion of flavour.
  • The main ingredient which brings together this entire recipe is bread crumbs.  You can buy panko crumbs or any other brand from the market or make one yourself. The breadcrumbs with a lovely basil give this crumb pasta with roasted vegetables an oomph that needs to be tasted right away.

 

This crumb pasta with roasted vegetables tastes good as a warm dish as well as a cold salad. Oh by the way, another cool thing that i tried later was to add some ketchup and put the pasta on some toast, you wouldn’t believe how yumm that turned out 🙂

Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds

For other recipes similar to Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds –  visit my other pages to get recipes using similar ingredients:

  1. Nutty and Minty Pasta
  2. Pasta with creamy sauce and vegetables
  3. Roasted Tomatoes & Red Bell Pepper Soup
Print Recipe
Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables
Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 -25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 -25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Crumb pasta with roasted vegetables and seeds is a very simple kid friendly pasta recipe. The recipe has the goodness of vegetables and seeds
Instructions
  1. On a baking tray, scatter all the vegetables and drizzle some oil on top of it.
  2. Add some salt and pepper and mix them all
  3. In a preheated oven @ 200 deg C, roast the vegetables for 15 - 20 minutes or till the vegetables get a nice brown colour on them ( keep a watch, i have charred some veggies in my life)
  4. Meanwhile boil the pasta al dente and set aside
  5. Once the veggies are roasted, remove from the oven and set it to aside
  6. In the same tray, after removing the veggies, scatter the seeds and roasted them for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Heat some butter or oil in a pan and add the bread crumbs. Toss till they get a nice dry texture and gets a nutty smell
  8. Add the oregano, chopped basil, salt and chilli flakes and mix well. Once this is done, remove and set aside in a bowl to cool
  9. To assemble : add pasta to a bowl,then the roasted vegetables, seeds and then sprinkle the bread crumbs on top of pasta
  10. Mix well, adjust salt and pepper according to taste
  11. To finish : add some grated cheese on top

Dessert class at Academy of Pastry Arts | Vanilla Berry Gateuax

This sunday we learnt to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore. The entire session was very well organised and the chef taught and explained every step with great enthusiasm.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

The Academy of Pastry Arts, Bangalore this sunday hosted a special desert class and showed us step by step on making a Vanilla Berry Gateaux. Chef Kimberly very patiently took us through each recipe and each ingredient of the process while making the desert. As a home baker, while i am aware of the efforts that is need to make a baked goody, this dessert was at another level.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

There were multiple recipes to be followed and each recipe had multiple steps to be followed. The Chef with her expertise, very nicely showed us each step and also gave us valuable insights / things that one should know while making any dessert. Some of the important points were:

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

1) Always use good quality and fresh ingredients.
2) Measuring the temperature is very critical and a good thermometer goes a long way in making a perfect desert.
3) Always add bloomed gelatin to a warm misture so that it can mix and melt easily.
4) Make the glaze ahaead of time and do not over heat the glaze before pulsing it.
5) While heating items such as marzipan, always cling wrap it to avoid it getting dry in the microwave.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Some of the items which we made before constructing or assembling the desert were Chocolate Almond sponge, Berry Jelly, Rich red glaze and Vanilla Mousse. Let me give you a teaser – The recipe Vanilla mousse, which was the center of this dessert :

Ingredients – ( in grams)

Milk – 150
Whipping cream – 120
Vanilla pod – 1/2 stick
Egg yolk – 120
Sugar – 90
Gelatin – 8
Italian meringue – 120
Cold water – 40
Whipping cream – 135
Procedure

– Dissolve gelatin with cold water.
– Bring cream,milk and vanilla pod to boil.
– Mix egg yolk and sugar and gradually add into hot mixture.
– Continue to bain-marie until 83 degree centigrade with spatula. Add in gelatin, wait until slightly cool down,strain and fold in Italian meringue.
– Lastly fold in whipped cream.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Now that i have made you curious about the institute, here are some more details about The Academy of Pastry Arts.
The Academy of Pastry Arts has three branches in India, Bangalore, Delhi NCR and Gurgaon. Other than India, they are also present internationally in Malaysia and Philippines as well. They provide to students, both short term and long term courses in Culinary and pastry arts.

Step by step details were given by Chef Kimberly to make Vanilla Berry Gateuax at the Academy of Pastry Arts in Bangalore.

Some of their course details are as below:

Their are many course available at the Academy and you can choose the one you want, few listed below –

CULINARY DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 6 Months

CULINARY ADVANCED DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 9 Months

CULINARY PART TIME PROGRAM
Duration: 12 Week session

PASTRY DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 6 Months

PASTRY ADVANCED DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Duration: 9 Months

PASTRY PART TIME PROGRAM
Duration: 12 Week session

One can reach out to them at the following address:

Bangalore Center
9, 1ST BLOCK SARJAPUR MAIN ROAD,
JAKKASANDRA,
KORAMANGALA,
BANGALORE
+91-8095719222
+91-8095442277
+91-8025505222
info@academyofpastryartsindia.com

Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen, Bangalore (Malleswaram)

Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Thali

My introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. There is always a first time for tasting food isnt it??

Sai bhaji is the best thing to make if you want to get greens and vegetables into kids said Vandana aunty. She said the Sai means “green” and the Bhaji is traditionally made with 2 greens, 7 veggies and tomatoes. Also the Sai Bhaji is made during auspicious days to bring in prosperity to the household.  This ladies and gentlemen was my introduction to Sindhi food.

Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.

This Sunday for lunch, a few of us bloggers were invited to Sindh Kitchen (Malleswaram ) to sample the Sindhi cuisine offered by them.

Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Lime Mint Cooler Shot

Sindhi cuisine refers to food which originated from Sindh, Pakistan. The Sindhi cuisine also shows influences from states such as Gujarat and Rajasthan, which was very evident in the papdi chaat which was served as an appetizer on Sunday.

The Menu

Starters and chaats

After the lime and mint cooler shot, we got a chance to sample the papdi chaat and the palak pathe ki chaat. The Palak pathe chaat was my favourite thing to eat during the lunch. Palak (batter fried), served with a some imli chutney, curd, sev and pomegranate seeds was amazing. The papdi chaat with a dash of lime was also quite tasty.

The starters consisted of Dal pakwan and aloo tuk. The dal pakwan served with imli chutney and hari chutney was a meal by itself.

Aloo Tuk is potato mashed and double fried, what could be wrong with that?? Nothing, it was absolutely delicious when served with masalas on top ..

Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Papdi shot
Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Palak Pathe ki Chaat
Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Aloo Tuk

Mains

Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Koki Roti

The mains consisted for Sindhi kadhi, white rice and meethi boondi, this was a combination that I had never heard of. Every mouthful had a bit of savoury and sweet, totally different from what I am used to. The kadhi unlike the Gujarati version does not have curd but has dal, tomatoes and kokam to flavour it.

Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Vandana aunty talking to us about Sai Bhaji
Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Sai Bhaji

We also had Sai bhaji with Bhuga chawal ( onion flavoured rice with cardamom and cinnamon). The Sai Bhaji with greens, tomatoes and dal was just amazing with rice and rotis.

The rotis consisted of Koki (onion and spices flavoured flat bread),  Khameri (ajwain flavoured tandoori roti) and parathas.

Deserts

Introduction to Sindhi Cuisine at Sindh Kitchen in Bangalore. From Sai Bhaji to dal pakwan and from palak pathe chaat to pragree, the food was yum.
Pragree with Rabree

Last but not the least, the deserts, we had Pragree with rabree and Gulab Jamun. Pragree is a flaky, crispy, multi layered sweet (like a puff pastry) and is traditionally filled with khoya.

Thank you Caroline and Akshay for introducing me to Sindhi cuisine.

Sindh Kitchen has two outlets in Bangalore, in Indranagar and Malleswaram. If you are newbie like me and love to try out new cuisines, Sindh Kitchen should feature in your list.

Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya | Dill leaves and lentil curry

This traditional and authentic Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya from Karnataka, was taught to me by my help. This recipe calls for multiple steps but the end result is so tasty and highly nutritious.

Step by step instruction on making Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya. This Karnataka style sambar / rasam is best served with Ragi mudde

Life with Ragi

I got married in 2003 and have been in Bangalore ever since. Before i write about anything else let me give you some details of the land : Karnataka that i call home. Karnataka formerly known as Mysore state was formed on November 1, 1956. The state has something for every person. It has a rich culture, has beaches, dense forests, hills and exciting cities. Other than rice, the staple for the people of Karnataka includes Ragi (finger millet). Ragi is also used in making ragi mudde, ragi kunji, laddoos and even cakes these days

Ragi kunji was a staple while growing up, but ragi mudde was a totally new food concept for me. I mean, one is supposed to gulp the ragi mudde with saaru and not bite into it?? How is that possible?? Having said that it is all about practice and we are getting there. For the past few years, our saturday lunch has been more or less the same, Ragi mudde with Saaru, many a times we have also switched the saaru with tamil style sambar or even dal. My help Nanjamma always says “ragi thin beku sakthi barum”, which translates to “eating ragi gives one strength”.

Step by step instruction on making Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya. This Karnataka style sambar / rasam is best served with Ragi mudde

Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya – how to make it ??

Recently my help showed us a very different variation of saaru, Bassaru. Bassaaru also roughly translates to “drained saaru” or “drained sambar or rasam”. This saaru is the perfect accompaniment to Ragi Mudde (finger millet flour balls). Bassaaru can be made with dill leaves, spinach leaves and averekkai also. For this recipe i have made Bassaaru with dill leaves and toor dal. This recipe has a series of steps and within those steps there is a lot of interlinking steps..sounds confusing isnt it but the end product is so good that the effort is all worth it.

Step by step instruction on making Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya. This Karnataka style sambar / rasam is best served with Ragi mudde

For this month’s Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, us food bloggers are cooking recipes from Karnataka. This month i was paired with Amrita Iyer from The Food Samaritan and she gave me dill leaves and toor dal as my secret ingredients. This gave me the perfect opportunity to make Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya.

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Couple of other posts that you might like to read:

1) Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe: South Indian style
2) Dantin Soppu (Greens with coconut)

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Ragi Mudde with Bassaru
Step by step instruction on making Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya. This Karnataka style sambar / rasam is best served with Ragi mudde
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Step by step instruction on making Bassaaru and sabakki soppu pallaya. This Karnataka style sambar / rasam is best served with Ragi mudde
Instructions
Making the dal
  1. In a pressure cooker, add dill leaves, salt, some green chillies with 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles (here we ensure that the dal / lentil is just cooked and does not get mashed completely
  2. Once the pressure is released, drain just the liquid part of the dal mix into a different utensil and let it cool. Remove the dry dill leaves & undercooked dal into another vessel
Making the ground mixture
  1. Heat some oil in a kadhai and add jeera, garlic, oinions and little salt. Saute on low flame.
  2. Add sambar powder, jeera powder, coriander powder and chiili powder and mix gently
  3. To this add cinnamon, cloves, half of the coconut and tamarind paste and mix well
  4. Add corinader leaves to this mixture and remove from flame / gas and let the mixture cool
  5. Once cooled, grind the mixture into a smooth paste
  6. Portion into 3/4th and 1/4th quantities in two separate bowls
For tempering
  1. Heat oil in a kadhai, add mustard seeds and let it splutter
  2. To this, add jeera, garlic, hing, curry leaves, dried red chillies, onions and sautee till the onions turn pink and soft.
  3. Remove from flame / gas and let this cool
  4. Divide this into two portions
Making the Bassaaru
  1. To the liquid portion of the dal which we have separated, add one portion of the tempering and mix well
  2. To this liquid dal mix add 3/4th of the coconut groun mixture and bring the entire concoction to a boil
  3. Simmer for a couple of minutes and transfer to the serving bowl
Making the dill leaves dry dal
  1. In a kadhai, to the remaining tempering add the 1/4th ground mixture and mix well
  2. To the above mixture add the dry dill leaves and undercooked dal and mix well. Garnish with the remaining grated coconut
To serve
  1. .Check the salt in both the dry and the liquid dal and then serve as below
  2. In a plate, keep the ragi mudde in the centre, serve the liquid dal on one side and add the dry dill leaves - dall mix to another side
  3. Take a piece of the soft ragi mudde, dip it into the bassaaru ( liquid dal), take a small portion of dry dal mix and eat