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

Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe: South Indian style

Sambar Powder | A Homemade sambar podi is the quintessential ingredient found in every south indian household – each having their own mix forming the homemade sambar podi recipe

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Homemade sambar powder is the quintessential ingredient found in every south Indian household – each having their own mix forming the homemade sambar podi recipe.

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

The Samabar does not require any introduction, it is what we South indian families eat almost every day. It is present during breakfast, lunch and sometimes even during dinners. Today I would like to share a little story on how to make Sambar Powder at home. This  recipe is very easy to make and gives the sambar a fragrance that is unbelievable.

It was the year 2003, I was a new bride and had some knowledge in the kitchen area. Having helped my mother in the kitchen, I was not a total failure but the one thing I wanted was to learn making Sambar Powder at home.

My Sudha chithi (aunt) is an amazing cook and I love her sambar. That colour, that bright orange Sambar powder used by her to make Sambar….there have been so many instances in those early days that i would call her up and check with her whenever i had a confusion with regards to a recipe or ingredients to use in a specific dish.

During one of those days, i asked for her recipe of sambar powder and that homemade sambar powder recipe is something i still use and follow. This recipe never fails…its simple and easy to make and best of all it has got passed on to me from my chithi (aunt)

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

Here it is from my kitchen to yours, a vibrant and lovely orange homemade sambar powder recipe !!!

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
The mill near our house

In this recipe, we have used two varieties of dried chilli – salem and byadegi. The salem variety are spicy and the skin of these chilli’s are smooth to touch. The Byadegi variety are less spicy and have a very wrinkled texture.

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

The mixture (recipe shared below) can be powdered in small quantities at home…if one has larger quantities, then a mill is the way to go. I have one near my house and is my go to place to get Sambar Powder ready…

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Sambar Powder | Homemade sambar podi recipe
Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 mins
Servings
kilo
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 mins
Servings
kilo
Ingredients
Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
Instructions
  1. Dry roast each ingredient separately in a wok or kadhai (alternatively you can also let the ingredients sun dry for a couple of days)
    Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
  2. Place the mix on paper or on a plate to cool down
  3. Grind to a smooth powder ( I get the entire mix ground at a traditional mill)
  4. Place the powder in a large wide mouthed vessel and let it cool down completely.
    Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
  5. Store in an airtight and use this Sambar Powder for making yummy sambar !!!

Traditional Gujarati Dudhi Handvo – A Savoury cake with Bottle Gourd

For this round of cooking as part of   Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, i was paired with Avin S Kohli. Avin gave me Dudhi / bottle gourd and ginger as my secret ingredients. The only thing that came to my mind was my favourite savoury recipe from the land of Gujarat: Traditional Gujarati Dudhi Handvo – A savoury cake with bottle gourd. The handvo can either be made in a traditional handvo vessel or can be made in a pan…one can also bake it. For this recipe i am using a traditional handvo vessel.

The handvo vessel is made up of two parts, the bigger vessel in which the batter is poured and the smaller portion in which the sand is added. The hole through middle of the vessel lets the heat from the gas to the batter and lets the batter cook and the sand indirectly heats the batter.

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Gujarati Doodhi Handvo - A savoury cake with bottle gourd
traditional dudhi handvo
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
traditional dudhi handvo
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients (include 50 gms til and 1 tbsp of oil) and soak for 4 -5 hours.
  2. Grease the handva vessel with oil from the inside and pour the batter into it. Add the remaining til and oil on top of the batter...
  3. Pour dry sand in the smaller/lower part of the vessel and keep aside...
  4. Keep the the vessel with sand on low flame and then put the bigger vessel on top of the smaller vessel and close the lid and let it cook for a couple of hours or till the batter is cooked.
  5. To check whether the handwa is cooked or not, take a clean knife and dip into the handwa...if the batter does not stick to the knife then it means that the handwa is cooked and ready...
  6. To remove the handwa, slowly slice it into big pieces (after it cools a little bit) and lay it on a plate and serve with chutney...
  7. Serve with green chutney or have it as it is...
Recipe Notes

It might sound a bit complicated but the end product is really delicious to eat...

Happy Deepawali to everbody...Hope everybody has a a happy and safe diwali..