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)
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Moong and cabbage Rice |
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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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.

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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
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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

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

Spicy and Sour Green Tomatoes Chutney

This Spicy and Sour green tomatoes chutney is made from using firm and unripe green tomatoes. These sour green tomatoes are loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin C and anti oxidants.

Every day we hear that the vegetables that we consume are either loaded with harmful pesticides or toxic colours. The look of the vegetables and the rich colours seem to have a better sale value than the health of the population. I guess that’s why slowly lots of people from the cities are looking at growing their own vegetables organically. One such person that i know is my neighbour Karthik. Karthik is very passionate about organic farming and because of his efforts i got to buy really good quality green tomaotes, raddish (mooli), Palak ( greens), amarnath greens etc.

While growing up, green tomatoes was easily available in the market and amma always used to make a kootu variety with it. This time around my help at home Nanjamma, told me about a chutney recipe that they make in their hometown near Kadur. A chutney which is spicy and sour and a little sweet too because of the sauteed onions.

And in the middle of this blog…my daughter also wanted her kitty to be featured in the blog…so here she is 🙂

Kitty and tomatoes

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Spicy and Sour - Green Tomatoes chutney
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a pan, take a tsp of oil, add the chillies and tomoatoes and cook them with some salt.
  2. In a mixie, add the coconut, jeera and garlic and grind to a smooth consistency with some water.
  3. Add the cooked (cooled) tomatoes to the coconut mix and grind it all together.
  4. Once ground, remove the mixture in a serving bowl.
  5. For tempering: Take the rest of the oil, add mustard seeds to the oil. Once it splutters, add the sliced onions and saute them till they are soft and pink in colour.
  6. Add this tempering to the chutney and mix well. (Check if salt is required and adjust according to taste)

Spicy Tangy and Sweet Cabbage Chutney

This Cabbage Chutney can be put together in a jiffy and requires very few ingredients. And, it’s vegan to boot and goes well with a variety of dishes.

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This spicy tangy and sweet cabbage chutney is something I had never made and once I made it, oh yum! Why make the same boring curry when you can try this delicious chutney?

Every one of us has a quirk that we need to do. Some keep cleaning the house, some others keep rearranging items in their house. There are also people who shop. Me, I make lists. Every single day  I make a list.

Making lists generally ensures that I do not forget things to do. So when I decide to go vegetable shopping, what do I do? I make a list of all the vegetables and fruits that I need to buy for the next 3-4 days ( yes I do buy veggies in advance).

But this list of mine generally won’t include cabbage, because according to my husband it tastes like mud. 😉

Why cabbage chutney then?

I buy cabbage because

1) I love to make a very simple coconut based curry

2) I like it but in general I have not made anything other than a curry with it.

So when Priya Satheesh from Priya’s Menu gave me cabbage and green chillies as secret ingredients to make a chutney as part of  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, I was confused.

Spicy Tangy and sweet Cabbage chutney. Not the first thing that comes to one’s mind, when we think of using cabbage isn’t it?

Having never used cabbage for chutney, I decided to go the thokayal way and make a spicy, tangy and sweet cabbage chutney.

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Spicy, tangy and sweet Cabbage Chutney
cabbage chutney
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
cabbage chutney
Instructions
  1. In a kadai heat 1 tbsp of oil.
  2. Add channa dal, udad dal and let them turn golden brown.
  3. Now add the green chillies, garlic, corinander leaves, chopped cabbage, and salt to the kadai and mix well.
  4. Cover and cook the cabbage till it is soft.
  5. Add the tamrind piece and mix well
  6. Once it is mixed well, grind the cabbage mixture in a mixie to smooth paste and remove it in the serving bowl.
  7. In another small kadai, add oil and once the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds.
  8. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves and mix well. Add this to the cabbage ground mixture.
  9. If required one can also add jaggery to the chutney to get a spicy, sweet and tangy taste.
  10. Serve with hot dosas or idlis.
Recipe Notes
  1. Once can substitute cabbage with peerkankai / ridge gourd or green tomatoes.
  2. Red chillies can also be used instead of green chillies and one would get a nice deep red colour.[contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

Arusuvai Season 2 – Spicy Milagai podi

Arusuvai season 2 is here…when i got a mail from Sayantani some time back..it felt really nice to be back in the blog world and be part of an event and most of all the Arusuvai Friendshipchain. It is always fun and nice to share the cooking passion with other bloggers…yay!!!

So as a part of the friendship chain….Hema sent me some very beautiful things…Peach Apricot tea, a beautiful letter, black till and a lovely Ganesha key chain. Thank you Hema…

The moment i saw black till, i knew what i had to make…. spicy milagai podi with black till…milagai podi (powder) is usually eaten with idlis or dosais and makes the whole breakfast experience greeeat!

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Arusuvai Season 2 - Spicy Milagai podi
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Instructions
  1. Dry roast the dals and till separately and set aside (do ensure that the dals do not become burnt while roasting)
  2. Heat (moderately) oil in a kadai and add the hing to it.
  3. Now add the red chillies and roast them.
  4. Once the red chillies are roasted, switch of the gas and add the curry leaves to it and mix well.
  5. Let all the ingredients cool down.
  6. In a mixer grinder, grind the chillies, then add the dals & till and set aside...add salt according to taste.
  7. Serve with hot idlis or dosais...njoy!!

Khandvi (Arusuvai Friendship Chain)

The Arusuvai Friendship Chain has been inspired by the Amish Friendship Bread starter chain doing the rounds outside of India. This chain is all about sending along a a surprise gift to your friends for them to prepare something tasty with it, share the recipe and pass on the surprise ingredient to other people..

arusuvai_white1.gifAs a gift, Kajal sent across to me a packet of Besan or Gram Flour…there were so many things that i could have made with besan, but i decided to make something which i have never tried before..one of my favourite Gujarati snack..” Khandvi”

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Khandvi (Arusuvai Friendship Chain)
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For tempering
Instructions
  1. Mix besan, buttermilk and salt in a bowl and Micro Med for 4 mins.
  2. Add turmeric powder, ginger - chilli paste and Micro High for 5 mins.
  3. Remove from the microwave and spread immediately on a greased surface in a thin layer ( i used the back of a big plate, greased it and spread the besan mixture on it).
  4. When set cut into strips and roll. Arrange the rolls in a serving dish.
  5. Place all the ingredients for tempering in a bowl, Micro High for 1.5 mins and pour over the khandvi.
  6. Garnish with chopped corriander and grated coconut...
Recipe Notes

As a part of continuing this chain.. i will be sending across a secret ingredient to Archana