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.
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:
To make this version healthy, you use cooked broken wheat or brown rice.
I have added peanuts, but to make it luxurious, use cashew nuts and walnuts.
I have also added capsicum and carrots to it to make it colourful, you could add green onions, potatoes, peas etc
Masalas : anything that you have on hand, a bit of garam masala at the end and the aroma is fabulous.
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.
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.
Heat oil in a kadhai and add mustard, jeera and curry leaves to it.
Once the mustard splutters, add garlic, onions and saute well
Now add the tomatoes and all the masala powder mentioned above.
Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the carrots,soaked moong and sliced capsicum
Stir them briefly and add the cabbage and mix well
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)
Once the cabbage sabzi is completely cooked, add rice and mix well
Close the rice pot with a lid and let it cook on low flame
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with raita or plain curd
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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 🙂
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.
Add channa dal, udad dal and let them turn golden brown.
Now add the green chillies, garlic, corinander leaves, chopped cabbage, and salt to the kadai and mix well.
Cover and cook the cabbage till it is soft.
Add the tamrind piece and mix well
Once it is mixed well, grind the cabbage mixture in a mixie to smooth paste and remove it in the serving bowl.
In another small kadai, add oil and once the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds.
Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves and mix well. Add this to the cabbage ground mixture.
If required one can also add jaggery to the chutney to get a spicy, sweet and tangy taste.
Serve with hot dosas or idlis.
Once can substitute cabbage with peerkankai / ridge gourd or green tomatoes.
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]
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but every now and then, I wish for a recipe which is healthy, made easily and is not time consuming. This dosa was made by adding things already available in my pantry and voila we had a healthy instant Ragi Oats dosa recipe.
My family (which is quite small and includes hubby and daughter), love having a heavy breakfast. Most days we have bread and omelette or some kind of dosa. Dosa in any form is a big hit in our house. Masala dosa, plain dosa, adai, vegetable dosas. As you can see, we are big freaks when it comes to dosa.
Recently we went to my cousin’s place for the weekend; by the time we came back home it was too late in the night and I could not really decide on what I would make for breakfast.
Morning came and I just opened my pantry and fridge and decided to make something instant but homemade but healthy…well that’s quite a challenge when you don’t have time on hand and you have a cranky 4 year old who wants to eat cheese right at that moment !
Anyway, long story short, this dosa was literally made using items in my pantry on a Monday morning and in a hurry. So it is easy and it is simple to make – A healthy Instant Ragi and Oats Dosa.
Why Healthy Instant Ragi Oats Dosa ?
Having been in Karnataka for more than 12 years, Ragi is a staple in our food. Ragi or Ragi flour is very good for our health – it helps control diabetes, helps with weight loss. It is also loaded with calcium, but more than anything , it makes up for a very versatile ingredient.
Oats on the other hand just like ragi flour is gluten free and loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Bringing these two together in one recipe is an ideal way to get loads of goodness in our diet
This Healthy Instant Ragi and Oats Dosa can be paired with any spicy chutney or podi of your choice.
One of my favourite greens is Basale soppu or Malabar spinach. Like many greens it is good source of iron. Over and above that, it is also high in Vitamin A & C and also in iron and calcium. Knowing all of this, aren’t you keen to make this spinach raita recipe at home?
Here is a recipe that my friend Mangalam shared. It has two ingredients which I absolutely lov: curd and garlic. Yum!
1. Wash the leaves thoroughly and chop it finely.
2. Cook / blanch the leaves and set aside.
3. Grind coconut, jeera and chillies to a fine paste.
4. In a vessel take oil, add the garlic and saute till it the garlic is cooked and it has a light golden colour.
5. In a serving bowl, mix the cooked leaves, salt, coconut mixture and curd.
6. Add the tempering and mix well.
7. This raita goes well with rice and rotis.
Our friends Anu and Jaimon have a small farm, where they grow vegetables like brinjal, pumpkin, beans, green tomatoes and more….. such fresh vegetables…i think i could eat them raw :-)….so when i visited them last week, i plucked green tomatoes and brinjal… (never thought i would pluck vegetables in a city 🙂 )
So here goes…. Green tomato kootu with coconut and dhal