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.
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”.
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.
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.
Couple of other posts that you might like to read:
1) Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe: South Indian style
2) Dantin Soppu (Greens with coconut)
Ragi Mudde with Bassaru
Making the dal
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
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
Heat some oil in a kadhai and add jeera, garlic, oinions and little salt. Saute on low flame.
Add sambar powder, jeera powder, coriander powder and chiili powder and mix gently
To this add cinnamon, cloves, half of the coconut and tamarind paste and mix well
Add corinader leaves to this mixture and remove from flame / gas and let the mixture cool
Once cooled, grind the mixture into a smooth paste
Portion into 3/4th and 1/4th quantities in two separate bowls
Heat oil in a kadhai, add mustard seeds and let it splutter
To this, add jeera, garlic, hing, curry leaves, dried red chillies, onions and sautee till the onions turn pink and soft.
Remove from flame / gas and let this cool
Divide this into two portions
Making the Bassaaru
To the liquid portion of the dal which we have separated, add one portion of the tempering and mix well
To this liquid dal mix add 3/4th of the coconut groun mixture and bring the entire concoction to a boil
Simmer for a couple of minutes and transfer to the serving bowl
Making the dill leaves dry dal
In a kadhai, to the remaining tempering add the 1/4th ground mixture and mix well
To the above mixture add the dry dill leaves and undercooked dal and mix well. Garnish with the remaining grated coconut
.Check the salt in both the dry and the liquid dal and then serve as below
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
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
Sunday….what is the first thing that comes to ones mind…for me it is leisure, good food and rich food…This sunday D (my lil sis) decided to make Malai Kofta…a very north indian preparation, rich with cheese, cottage cheese and cream…she put lot of effort and the end product was just awesome…well me, i was in charge of making chappatis….so here we go, the recipe of malai kofta (Stuffed cottage cheese dumplings in a creamy tomato gravy).
To make the kofta
Mash the boiled potato and add all the other masala ingredients, salt and the maida and keep aside.
To make the cottage cheese dumplings, mash the cottage cheese and cheese nicely.
To this mixture add the other ingredients and roll them into small balls.
Fill the cottage cheese dumplings inside the mashed potato mixture and make bigger dumplings.
For the gravy
Soak the cashew and poppy seeds seperately in water for 1/2 an hour.
Drain the water from the poppy seeds and grind it with the onion to a paste.(Add a little water to help in grinding)
Grind the cashew into a smooth paste and set aside. (Add little water to help in grinding)
Take in a kadai and once the oil is heated, add jeera, once the jeera starts spluttering, add the ginger garlic paste and saute
Add the onion mixture and the ground masala to it and saute till the whole mixture is light brown in colour.
Add the tomato puree and cook for 5 mins. Add all the masala powder,salt and cook.
Add the cashew paste and let it cook till the time that the cashew paste looks cooked.
Add water (1 cup)and let it simmer for some time...
Add the cream and lots of corriander and bring the whole gravey to a boil.
To make the whole preparation...add one tsp of ghee / clarified butter
Place the kofta in a serving bowl and add the gravy to it and serve hot with chappatis..