Saturday, February 12, 2011

Potato gravy(ಬಟಾಟೆ ರಸಪಲ್ಲ್ಯಾ)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
My mom's one of favorite food, which has helped her umpteen number of times when she was in a hurry, when she had unexpected guests or when we were hungry and wanted to have some fast gravy that goes well with chapati or puris.
Batati rasapalya or potato gravy which is watery but tasty.
Mom makes on stove and I tried it in microwave. The taste differs. But both tastes good.

Coming to the recipe,
Potato : 3 big, washed, peeled and cubed
Onion - 1 big, cleaned, chopped finely
Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Tamarind pulp or whole tamarind - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp or 1 tbsp if you like it spicy
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder  a pinch
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Garlic crushed - 1 tsp(optional)

Take oil in a M/w safe dish.
Cook on HIGH for a minute.
Add mustard seeds and again cook for 30 seconds.
Now add onion, garlic, curry leaves. Mix well and cook on HIGH again for few minutes till you see the onion changing the color. 
Open, add the cubed potato and all other ingredients. Mix well. 
Cook on HIGH for a minute.
Open, add 2 big glasses of water, mix and cook it on HIGH for 10 minutes or till the potato is cooked and the masala is mixed well.
Season the taste and garnish with fresh coriander( optional)
Serve with hot chapati or Puris.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bhel or Girmitt

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Home made Bhel!! It is safe and tasty and you can have as much as want to. I love chaat but always get scared of eating outside as I am not sure about the water they use to make the chutneys, the oil to fry the puris, the vegetables used, whether properly cleaned or not!! With so many doubts, I can not enjoy my chaat plate!! Yes!! I will have if the shop looks clean, hygenic!
I was not like this during my college days or when I was working before the marriage. Twice a week I used to go with my friends and collegues to chaat corners on road side to enjoy each bite from all the varieties. Be it Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Dahi Puri, Sev Puri.
But, it all changed after I went to UAE. After staying there for many years, I lost the touch with road side chaat and now I can not have it!!
Now a days, I prefer to prepare chaats at home. My daughter loves Pani puri and Bhel Puri. I get puri from one of my neighbor who makes these at home. And all other things I make at home. 
Today I am giving the recipe of Bhel Puri.
Ingredients we need :
Bhel or kurmura - 1 big bowl or 4 cups
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 chopped finely
Cucumber - 1 cut into fine cubes
Carrot - 1 small, grated(optional)
Fresh coriander - handful, chopped finely
Salt to taste
Raw Mango - 1/4 cut into fine cubes(optional)
Ready Sev or mixture, thick one (you get it in sweet mart)
Fried peanuts - 2 tbsp (optional)
Tamarind chutney - 2 tbsp
Green chutney - 2 tbsp(Pudina, Fresh coriander, green chilly and salt)
Dalia powder - 1 tbsp for each plate.
If you don't have tamarind chutney and green chutney:
skip the tamarind chutney, soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes. Take out the pulp, boil it with little red chilly powder and salt. Use it as a Tamarind chutney.
Instead of Green chutney: take 2 green chilly,fresh coriander,  little salt and cumin seeds, make it into paste.
To make one plate :
  1. Take a round deep vessel,
  2. Go on adding one by one :
  3. green chilly paste 1 tsp
  4. Tamarind chutney 1 tsp
  5. Dalia powder  1 tsp
  6. Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Salt to taste 
  8. Mix well.
  9. Add 1 big cup of bhel, all other ingredients except fried peanuts and ready Sev. Mix well.
  10. Add  the peanuts, Sev. 
  11. Serve immediately .

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