Karnataka Breakfast Thali

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After a sumptuous Karnataka lunch yesterday, today is the turn of its amazing breakfast. I am a breakfast person, i.e. I can eat breakfast for lunch and dinner too. This breakfast is one of the most amazing things you can ever taste. Each dish is a full fledged breakfast dish in itself and put it together and you have a king’s feast.

Unfortunately I don’t get the authentic breakfast in the area I stay because (in the husband’s words) ‘We stay in the Delhi part of Bangalore’. It is easier to find golgappas here as compared to an Iyengar Bakery. To find the awesome dishes Bangalore dishes, I have to travel to the other end of the city which is near impossible thanks to the traffic. Tragic, right?

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So, though I haven’t eaten this breakfast combo anywhere in the city, this blog post serves as a plea to the restaurants in Bangalore to make a combo like this and have it as an all day meal for poor craving souls like me.

This Thali contains –

Thatte Idli – It is the softest, spongiest and melt in your mouth level delicious idli. Made with rice and urad dal, it is a feast in itself

Benne Dose – The butter dosa Bangalore is most famous for. Eat it and do not go near a weighing machine for a week, mostly for your own peace of mind

Khara Bath – I know I will be trolled for this but it is the tastier version of upma. I cannot stand upma but I can have khara bath every day of the week

Kesari Bath – Again, it is the easier tastier version of the regular boring kesari. Bathed in ghee, it can’t get better than this.

Sambhar & Chutney

Filter Coffee – Like a breakfast is complete without it!

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Here is a quick recipe for Thatte Idli. It can be made easily if you have the idli batter ready. Do try it and thank me later!

Makes 2 Idlis

WHAT WE NEED

1 1/2 cups   Idli Batter

1/8 tsp Baking soda

Pinch of Sugar

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix the idli batter with baking soda and sugar and set aside for 15 minutes
  • You can use the thatte idli plate if you have. Else, grease any flat plate (with walls) or the lid of any stainless steel box
  • Heat a larger pan or cooker with water of around 1″ deep
  • Place the plate in the pan / cooker
  • Pour in the idli batter on the plate and steam for 10-12 minutes
  • Turn it off and let it remain as is for another 5 minutes
  • Take the plate out and unmould it
  • Serve hot with sambhar and chutney
  • Enjoy!

 

NOTES 

  1. I have tried this with home made as well as store bought idli batter. It works well in both cases
  2. Instead of greasing the plate and pouring the batter, you can place a piece of banana leaf on the plate and then pour the batter. This makes the unmoulding easier

 

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Thalis’.

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Orange Coffee

   
My mother used to make orange tea. She would save all the peels from the oranges we are and then proceed to brew tea with it.

When I picked coffee as a theme for this week’s blogging marathon, I thought I could try coffee with orange.

Then I found this recipe and went ahead with it.

So here goes –

For 2 glasses

WHAT WE NEED

Instant coffee              2 tsp

Brown sugar                 1-2 tbsp

Orange zest                  2-3 tsp

Ground all spice          1/4 tsp

Ground cinnamon      a pinch

Water                              2 1/2 cups

WHAT TO DO

  • Boil the water
  • Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl
  • Pour the water into the bowl and mix well
  • Stir until all the ingredients are dissolved
  • Taste and adjust for sugar, if needed
  • Chill for a couple of hours
  • Enjoy!

 

This is my entry for the Blogging Marathon under the theme – Drinks three way.

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Cappuccino 

   

It’s probably the most popular version of coffee. When you are not sure what to order, it’s usually a cup of cappuccino. It’s really easy to make and can be sipped in the luxury of your favorite chair.

So here goes –

Serves 2

Recipe source here.

WHAT WE NEED

Warm brewed coffee                        1 cup

Milk                                                       1 cup    

Cinnamon stick                                 1

Sugar                                                      1 tbsp


WHAT TO DO

  • Heat the milk and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan.
  • Once it comes to boil, simmer and let it remain for ten minutes and switch off the gas.
  • Pour the coffee in a cup and add sugar.
  • Pour the milk from a reasonable height so that the coffee can froth.
  • Else, you can blend all the ingredients till it froths
  • Enjoy

   

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Mocha

   

As a typical Tamilian, I know only one kind of coffee and that is, of course, The filter coffee. Once you are used to that, it’s almost impossible to like anything else. So I find it hard to enjoy any coffee in the innumerable cafes and coffee chains. So my usual rule is to have coffee at home and tea outside.

When the drinks theme came up in Blogging Marathon, I thought I should try making these coffee varieties at home and maybe I will like them better. Well, I did like them better but filter coffee still rules.

So here is the recipe for Mocha with milk and cocoa, from here.

For 1 cup of coffee

WHAT WE NEED

Hot brewed coffee                               3/4 cup

Unsweetened cocoa powder             1 tbsp

Sugar                                                        1 tbsp

Milk                                                          3 tbsp
WHAT TO DO

  • Pour the hot coffee into a mug.
  • Add the cocoa, sugar and milk.
  • Stir well till the sugar is dissolved.
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. The sugar and milk can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you are reducing sugar, then also reduce cocoa powder accordingly.


 

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I woke up today with a longing for a coffee flavored cake. Numerous attempts at Google-ing did not yield any satisfactory result and I was on the verge of giving up when I came across this recipe. Voila! My taste buds were going to get exactly what they wanted. Hurrah!
The best part of the recipe was that it was given for one cup of flour. Usually recipes are for bigger cakes. The flour quantity required is 2 or 3 cups. That works out to be too large for my husband and me and more importantly it does not let me bake as frequently as I want. Usually I am using all my arithmetic knowledge to divide the rest of the ingredients with regard to one cup flour and that is one of the reasons my cakes or breads don’t turn out exactly the way it should. There are few errors and they are few notches short of perfection.
So the one cup of flour in the ingredients was all it took for me to rush into the kitchen and pull put my mixing bowl. This recipe is easy and very tasty.
I did not make too many changes to it except that I added half a tsp of cinnamon. I am not putting down the recipe here since it is exactly the one I used with the addition of cinnamon. Plus that blogpost has a more elaborate recipe with pictures and I am sure that would be easier to follow. So here is the picture of my yummy cinnamon coffee cake! The husband could not wait till I clicked a picture…so it’s only half the cake. I know it has sunk…that was because I left it on for a longer time when I was preheating my oven. Silly mistake! But that has no impact on the taste 🙂

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Notes:
1. The cinnamon I added (which was not part of the original recipe) worked well with the coffee flavor
2. It took 45-50 minutes for my cake to be done
3. I did not have 60 gms of butter available. So I used 52 gms of butter and 10 gms of sunflower oil.

Happy Baking!