Monday, February 12, 2018

Mooli Paratha / Radish Paratha ( Punjab Special)

Mooli or radish paratha is yummy and delicious Indian flat  bread which is very popular in Punjab, India. This recipe varies from different regions, some stuff the paratha and some mix the grated radish in the dough itself to make it easy to prepare. This is a perfect breakfast dish which is not only healthy but also a filling dish. Perfect to pack for lunch boxes or for a long journey.

In North India, Mooli or Radish is used to make curry, pakoda, salads, pickles or parathas. In Southern part of India, radish is the principal ingredient in making Sambar.  So today for day 3 of Blogging Marathon for the theme " Breakfast dishes from different regions", am here with a yummy dish " Mooli ka Paratha" which is very popular in Punjab. Here goes the recipe..........


Whole wheat flour 2 cups
Grated radish 2 cups
Grated ginger 1/2 spoon
Finely chopped green chili 2 spoons
Finely chopped Cilantro / coriander leaves 4 spoons
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Garam masala 1/4 spoon
Salt to taste


Lets prepare dough first.
Add 1 spoon oil or ghee and salt  to wheat flour.
Add water and make it a nice and smooth dough.
Dough should not be too soft.
Grate radish and set aside.
Squeeze out the excess water from grated radish.
Now add chopped cilantro, green chili, ginger,turmeric powder, garam masala and salt to taste.
Mix it thoroughly.
Take the  dough of 2 equal portions and make them as chapati.
Now add 2-3 spoons of the radish filling on 1 chapati and spread it all over as shown in the below picture.

Now cover that chapati with other rolled chapati and seal the edges.
Roll it again gently.
Heat non stick tawa and cook the paratha on medium flame.
Add some oil on top and cook on both the sides. 
Serve hot with raita or any pickle. 

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Khara Bhath ( Karnataka Special )

Khara Bhath is a famous breakfast dish in Karnataka , India. This dish is loaded with veggies and sambar spices. A great and delicious breakfast made with in no time. This looks similer to our regular sooji upma made in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil nadu or rest of the states in India. Only difference would be addition of Sambar powder in Khara Bhath.

This dish goes to  day 2, under the theme " Famous Breakfast dishes from different places" for Blogging Marathon 85. Here goes the recipe.......


Sooji / semolina 1 cup
Cashew nuts 10
Chopped / sliced onions 1/2 cup
Slit green chilies 4
Curry leaves 10
Green peas 1/4 cup
Chopped green beans 1/4 cup
Chopped tomato 1/2 cup
Chopped cilantro / coriander 1/2 cup
Sambar Masala 2 spoons
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder 1/2 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Chana dal 1 spoon
Udad dal 1/2 spoon
Oil / ghee 4 spoon


Heat a medium size pan and add oil / ghee.
Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chana dal and udad dal.
Saute for few seconds and add curry leaves, onions and slit green chilies.
Fry till onions turn light golden color, now add cashew nuts and veggies.
Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and 1/4 cup water.
Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium flame.
Now add 3 cups water and salt to taste.
Bring the water to boil.
Add sooji and give it a nice stir.
Cover and cook on medium flame for 2 minutes.
Add chopped cilantro / coriander and mix well.
Switch off flame and serve hot with any pickle or chutney.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pesarattu Upma ( Andhra Special )

Pesarattu Upma is a traditional breakfast dish of Andhra Pradesh. ( Pesara -attu) Pesara means whole green gram, attu means dosa. This dosa is healthier than the regular dosa as whole green grams has more nutrients than the other dosa. This dosa is typically served with upma which will be stuffed inside dosa, alongside ginger chutney. Doesn't need any fermentation time, just soak the dal, grind and the batter is ready to make yummy dosa's. It is easy to make , healthy and delicious.

Today we are starting with 2nd week of Blogging Marathon 85, my theme for the week is " Famous Breakfast dishes from different places". For day 1, am here with one of the famous breakfast dish from my place, Andhra Pradesh. Here goes the recipe.......


Pesalu( Whole green gram) 2 cups
Raw rice 1/4 cup
Green chillies 3
Ginger 1/2 inch
Chopped onion
Salt to taste

Ingredients for Upma:

Sooji / Semolina  1 cup
Chopped green chili 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Chana dal 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves 4
Salt to taste
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Oil 4 spoons

Ingredients for Chutney:

Ginger 2 inch
Onion small 1/2
Green chillies 10
Tamarind small ball sized
Jaggery grated 3sps
Salt to taste
Jeera 1/2 sp


Lets prepare upma before making pesarattu ( dosa)
As we are filling the upma inside dosa, lets make it as simple as we can.
No need to add any veggies or masala.
Heat pan and add oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, chana dal and green chili.
Saute for few seconds and add 2 1/2 cups of water.
Now add salt and turmeric powder and bring water to boil.
Once the water is boiling turn the flame to low.
Gently add sooji and simultaneously stirring so that no lumps are formed.
Mix well and cover with lit.
Let cook on medium flame for 4-5 minutes and switch off flame.

Preparting Pesarattu:

Wash and soak rice and dal over night in water.
Grind this dal and rice to fine paste adding some water, green chilies , salt and ginger.
Add salt and the batter is ready for making dosa.
We can immediately make dosas, u need not ferment this batter.
Heat non stick dosa pan and add little batter,  spread it round  and add some chopped onion and jeera on top.
Add little oil on top. 

Let it cook for a  minute or so, now  flip to cook  on other side.
This dosa is not like our regular dosa made of dal and rice.
Little patience is required as it takes  some time to cook,
Now add upma in the middle of the dosa.

Now fold the dosa as shown in the picture.

Preparing Ginger chutney:

Soak tamarind in little water for 15 minutes 
Grind ginger, chilies, jeera, onion,salt, jaggery with tamarind pulp.
If required add little water.
Serve prepared dosas( Pesarattu) with this chutney.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jhal Muri ~~ Spicy Puffed Rice

Jhal Muri is a popular street food in Kolkata and all over India.  Jhal means spices and muri means puffed rice. Food Vendors can be found making this spicy snack near bus stands, railways stations, on the roads , in a local train and many more places. This is one quick snack where kids can also make it. Add spices according to  your taste and add some chopped onion, tomato, cucumber, chili and cilantro. Add puffed rice only when you are ready to serve or else the dish become soft and doesn't taste good.

This popular recipe goes to the 3rd day of Blogging marathon 83 under the theme " Home made street food". Here goes the recipe.........


Puffed rice  2 cups
Chopped onions 4 spoons
Chopped tomato 3 spoons
Chopped cilantro 2 spoons
Chopped cucumber 3 spoons
Chopped green chili 
Lime juice 2 spoons
Chili powder 1/4 spoon
Black salt 1/4 spoon
Salt to taste
Chaat masala 1/2 spoon
Fried bengal gram 2 spoons
Thin Sev 4 spoons
Roasted peanuts  1/4 cup
Mustard / vegetable oil 1 spoon ( optional)
Sweet chutney 2 spoons


In a large mixing bowl add chopped onion, chili,  tomato, cucumber, fried bengal gram, roasted peanuts and chopped cilantro.
Mix everything well and add chili powder, chaat masala, black salt, thin sev and mustard oil.
Give everything a nice stir.
Finally add puffed rice , sweet chutney and lime juice.
Adjust salt to taste and mix thoroughly.
Take a old / new news paper and give it a cone shape.
Fill the cone with the Jhal muri and garnish with chopped cilantro,onion,  peanuts and little bit sev.
Serve immediately.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Punukulu~~ Street food

Punukulu or punugulu is a common street food in the coastal  regions of Andhra Pradesh. These are crispy deep fried snack made of udad dal and rice batter ( dosa batter). These can be served with coconut chutney or tomato chutney. Adding chopped onions, chili and cilantro are optional but they add a great taste tot he snack.

This recipe goes to day 2 of Blogging Marathon 83 under the theme " Home made street food". Here goes the recipe....


Dosa Batter 2 cups
Sooji / semolina  1/4 cup
Chopped onion 1/4 cup
Chopped cilantro 1/4 cup
Chopped green chili 2 spoons
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


In a  mixing bowl add dosa batter. sooji, chopped onion, green chili, cilantro and salt to taste.
Mix everything  well and set aside for 10 minutes.
Heat oil in deep frying pan.
Take little quantity with spoon and drop it in hot oil.
Fry till nice and crisp.
Remove and place them on paper towel.
Serve hot with and chutney.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Vankaya Bajji

Street food are always tasty and delicious. Vankaya bajji is a tasty snack made fresh on a cart and sold while they are hot. Thse bajji's are very popular in Andhra Pradesh. These bajji are made fresh along with onon bajji, chili bajji and many more.

Today we are starting with 2nd week of Blogging Marathon 82. For day 1, am here with a yummy street food Vankaya Bajji under the theme " Make Street food at home". Here goes the recipe.....


Brinjal / Vankaya  3
Gram flour / Besan 1 cup
Rice flour 2 spoons
Chili powder 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Chaat masala ( optional)
Oil for deep frying


Cut brinjal into long thin slices like potato chips.
Add them to  salt water as soon as you cut them.
In a mixing bowl add gram flour, rice flour, salt and chili powder.
Mix everything well, add water to make a smooth paste( not too thin)
Heat oil in deep frying pan.

Once the oil is hot,  dip the slices in batter and drop them in hot oil.
Add few slices at a time.
Fry till nice and crisp.
Remove and place them on paper towel to remove excess oil.
Sprinkle some chaat masala on top and serve immediately.
Can be served with any chutney or ketchup.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potato or potatoes is a dish prepared by boiling potatoes and mashing them. Garlic, bay leaf, fried onions , nutmeg or any other spice can be added according to your taste. Butter, vegetable oil or cream can be added to bring more flavor to the dish.

Mashed potatoes is a very popular dish prepared during Thanksgiving and Christmas in USA. This recipes goes to the 3rd day of Blogging Marathon, week 4 under the theme " Thanksgiving Meals". Here are the ingredients and procedure......


Golden potatoes 6
Garlic cloves 2
Heavy cream 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Unsalted butter 2 spoons
Chopped chives / cilantro to garnish


Wash, peel and cut potatoes into cubes.
Presser cook for 3 whistles. 
Drain the water and let sit for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile heat a non stick pan  and  add butter.
Add minced garlic and saute for few seconds and add heavy  cream.
Cook for 2-3 minutes and switch off flame.  
In a bowl mash the potatoes with a fork or masher ( do not blend)
Add it to cream and garlic mixture.
Also add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix well and garnish with chopped chives or cilantro.

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