Sanna Polo | Konkani style Cabbage Dosa

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This is one of my favorite dishes for this month. This is a quick breakfast dish from the Konkani cuisine. Though it is a part of Maharashtra, Konkani cuisine has its own distinct flavours and style making it unique in itself. This is another cuisine, like Karnataka, which has many dosa style dishes, each tastier than the last.

This dosa is a simple rice and vegetable dosa. It can be made with cabbage, drumsticks, colcoasia leaves, drumstick leaves, etc. This is not a breakfast dish in Konkan but a dish that is served for lunch or dinner with dalithoy which is a Konkani dal. But if you ask me it is so flavorful that you can eat it as is. The husband and I did just that while my daughter had it with curds which is mostly because she just needs a reason to have curds. I have made these sanna polo a little larger than usual but they are usually a little over half of this size. Also I replaced half of the rice with millets because I wanted to try a healthier version. You can use either rice or a mix of millets and rice.

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Recipe adapted from here

Makes 6 large Sanna Polo

WHAT WE NEED

1/2 cup Raw rice

1/2 cup Millets (any type would do)

3 tbsp Grated coconut

2-3 Dried red chillies

1 small piece of tamarind

3/4 cup Shredded / finely chopped cabbage

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp Fresh coriander, finely chopped

Salt

Water

Oil

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Soak the rice and millets in warm water for 30-45 minutes
  • Drain the water and set aside
  • Add the rice, millets, coconut, red chillies, tamarind and salt to a blender jar
  • Blend until it is an almost smooth batter
  • Transfer the mixture to a vessel and add the cabbage, onion and fresh coriander
  • Heat a tava and drizzle some oil on it
  • Pour a ladle full of batter on the tava and spread it around gently to an almost circular shape
  • Drizzle some oil around the edges of the dosa
  • Let it cook on high flame for a minute or so till the top looks cooked
  • You can cover it with a lid to quicken the process
  • Disengage the dosa from the tava with a steel spatula and turn it over
  • Let it cook on high flame for 30 seconds to a minute till small brown spots began appearing on it
  • Take it off the heat and repeat the procedure with the rest of the batter
  • Serve warm with dal or curds
  • Enjoy!

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Eerulli Dose | Onion Utthapam

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I was quite worried about what dish I would get for alphabets like E but thankfully not only did I get a dish, I got one of the easiest and tastiest dishes. Eerulli dose is nothing but the popular onion utthapam as it is known in Karnataka. The humble onion utthapam is so simple yet delicious meal as a breakfast or a light dinner. The utthapam can be made with the regular dosa batter or set dosa batter or the benne dose batter. It works out amazing with any one of them, My favorite version is making them when the batter 3 days old and gets a mild tangy taste in it. I usually add a few tomato pieces to my onion utthapam because the daughter loves it but tomatoes can be easily omitted.

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Makes 4-5 Utthapams

WHAT WE NEED

4 cups Idli batter / Benne Dose batter / Set Dose batter

1 Onion, medium

1 Tomato, small

Coriander leaves

1-2 Green chillies

Salt

Oil

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Finely chop the onions, coriander leaves and green chillies
  • Deseed and finely chop the tomato
  • Mix all of them together and add a little salt
  • Heat a tava
  • Once it is hot, pour a ladle full of batter and spread it to a thick circle
  • Sprinkle the onion mixture on the batter
  • Drizzle some oil on the side of the utthapam
  • Once the edges start getting brown, use a steel spatula to disengage the utthapam from the tava and turn it over
  • Let it cook for a minute and then take it off the tava
  • Repeat the process for the remaining batter
  • Serve warm with coconut chutney and vegetable sagu
  • Enjoy!

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Oven roasted carrot soup

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If you want to make anything delicious, I suggest you roast it in the oven. Tomatoes, yes…onions, yes….carrots, yes….sweet potato, yes….garlic ,yes. I think I have made my case. Roasting in the oven gives the dish a lovely aroma and an explosion of flavours that are otherwise not unearthed. I know I have two more carrot soups on my blog (here and here) but do you really believe there is a finite number of carrot soups in the world? Like I said before, carrots are able to marry any other vegetable easily and so the flavours to be explored multiply exponentially. Carrot’s natural sweetness can be balanced with any spicy flavouring and result in a magical soup. So try this one too and raise your glass to the humble carrot.

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Recipe adapted from here

Serves 3

WHAT WE NEED

3 medium to large carrots

1 medium sized onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp ground cumin

2 tomatoes

2 tbsp curds / yogurt

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Peel and roughly chop the carrots
  • Roughly chop the onion
  • Add the garlic, olive oil, cumin, pepper and some salt and mix well
  • Place on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes till they start turning brown
  • Turn the tray once during the roasting to ensure equal roasting on all sides
  • Take out the baking tray and cool slightly
  • In the meanwhile, soak the tomatoes in hot water for 10-15 minutes
  • Peel the skin, deseed the tomatoes and purée it
  • Add the roasted vegetables to a mixer / food processor and blend to a smooth mix
  • Add the purred vegetables and the tomato purée to a pot and mix well
  • Stir in the yogurt and adjust for salt
  • Let it simmer for 10 minutes or so till it is hot
  • Serve hot
  • Enjoy!

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Mixed Vegetable Sagu – Karnataka Special Meals

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I am back to Blogging after what seems like ages though it’s actually been just a month. This week I will be posting three different thalis or combo menus. When Valli announced this theme, she was benevolent to allow us to post one recipe from our previous thali menus. So when I checked on the few thalis I posted, I realised I had not posted this awesome recipe of the mixed vegetable sagu from the Karnataka special meals I posted a while ago. The amazing thing about this sagu is that it has quite a few vegetables, is delicious, quite easy to make and best of all it goes with poori, dosa, rotis and rice. So what I do is make a big batch of it for a Saturday / Sunday and have it for breakfast with dosa, for lunch with rice / poori and for dinner with rotis. The meals seem different but involve less effort from my end and I can enjoy the weekend too. Yay!

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The Sagu is not very spicy and so works well with kids too. If your kid loves coconut like mine does, it is a perfect way to sneak the vegetables in. Sagu is a also made with potatoes only but I love the mixed vegetable option better because I eat way too many potatoes as is. So here goes –

Serves 4-5

Recipe adapted from here

WHAT WE NEED

2-3 Carrots, medium size

4-5 Cauliflower florets

1 Potato, big

8-10 French beans

1/4 cup green peas

1 Onion, big

1 Tomato, big

1 tbsp Oil

1/4 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp Urad dal, split and skinless

1 sprig Curry leaves

Salt

To grind

1/2 cup Grated coconut, loosely packed

1″ Ginger, skinned and finely chopped

3-4 Garlic cloves, chopped

1 tsp Cumin seeds

1 tsp Coriander seeds

2 tbsp Roasted gram

1 tsp Poppy seeds

2 Green chillies, chopped

1″ Cinnamon

2-3 Cloves

1 Cardamom, green

2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped

WHAT TO DO

  • Chop the carrots, potato, beans and cauliflower florets
  • Add salt and steam them for 12-15 minutes or and set aside
  • Take all the ingredients specified under ‘to grind’ above and grind them to a fine paste with little water and set aside
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds
  • Once it splutters, add the Urad dal and curry leaves
  • Chop the onion and add it to the pan
  • Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped tomato and let it cook till the tomato is soft
  • Add the cooked vegetables and ground paste
  • Add a little water if necessary. The Sagu needs to be at a thick gravy consistency
  • Adjust for salt and let it come to a boil, around 7-10 Minutes
  • Simmer 2-3 minutes and turn off the gas
  • Serve hot with rice, roti, poori or set dosa
  • Enjoy!

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Kadala Thel Dala | Stir fried Chickpeas

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The second dish for the Sri Lankan cuisine theme is a popular snack called Kadala Thel Dala which is quite similar to the sundal prepared in Tamil cuisine. One main difference is the addition of onion to this dish which is not usually added to sundal but which makes this a simple yet delicious bowl of snack.

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Serves 2

Recipe adapted from here

WHAT WE NEED

1 cup boiled chickpeas
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp chilly powder
1 tsp vegetable oil

WHAT TO DO

  • Heat the oil in a pan
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin.
  • Once the mustard seeds pop, add the curry leaves and onion and fry for 3-4 minutes or till the onion turns golden brown
  • Add the chickpeas, salt and chilly powder
  • Fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

NOTES

  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in sufficient water and pressure cook for 3 whistles and then use in this recipe
  2. The onion will cook faster if sliced very thinly

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Bansi Rava Upma

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When the husband heard about this week’s theme and my first two dishes, he was pretty upset. He felt that by documenting those elaborate breakfasts alone, I was not being completely honest. Though I do make elaborate breakfasts for the weekend, it is not quite as often as he would like it to be. So, in the interest of transparency and honesty is this breakfast which also makes a regular appearance during weekend. I make this when we plan a lunch out. I make enough so that this doubles up as dinner too and I have that rare break from the kitchen.

The husband loves rava upma but I am not a huge fan because it is not so healthy. I came across this post on bansi rava upma and it fit with what we both wanted. So I modified it significantly to suit the husband’s taste and now we are all happy. Bansi rava is hugely popular in Karnataka and easily available across all stores. From what I understand, bansi rava is brown and coarser as compared to sooji which is white and very fine but it is not as coarse as semba rava / daliya. The nice part of making this upma is that we can roast the bansi rava along with the vegetables in the pan before adding hot water.

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Serves 3

WHAT WE NEED

Bansi Rava                                  1 cup

Onion, medium                         1

Green peas, shelled                  1/3 cup

Oil                                                2-3 tsp

Mustard seeds                           1 tsp

Curry leaves                              2 sprigs

Green chillies                            1-2

Chana dal                                   2 tsp

Urad dal                                      1 tsp

Ginger                                         1″

Grated coconut (optional)       2 tbsp

Water                                           3 cups

Salt

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the chana dal and urad dal
  • Once the dal starts browning, add the chopped curry leaves, green chillies and grated ginger
  • Then add the onions and fry till they turn translucent
  • In another vessel, boil the water
  • Then add the peas and fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the bansi rava and fry for 5-6 minutes
  • Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add it to the pan and mix it with the rava
  • Add salt and stir the mixture well
  • Simmer and close the pan for 1-2 minutes
  • Open it and stir it frequently till it absorbs all the water, for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the grated coconut and mix well
  • Serve hot with pickle or chutney of your choice
  • Enjoy!

I usually add coconut oil for this upma and it adds a lovely flavor.

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Yang PaBbang

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We are almost at the end of our baking mega marathon. I was quite worried at the beginning because I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been and the strategy was to bake almost everyday. But surprisingly I enjoyed this month immensely. My routine would be to finish the day’s cooking by 7 in the morning and then start with kneading the dough. I would leave it for the first rise and get my daughter ready for school. Once I dropped her off, I would return and shape the dough for the second rise and then bake the bread and click the photos before the natural light went away. Then I would write the blog post for the day and edit the pictures. I am so used to this routine, to this extremely thereupetic alone time simply kneading the dough and feeling the wet shaggy mixture turn into a soft pliant dough, to watch in awe every time the dough rises and chew my nails nervously every time it doesn’t rise as fast, to hover around the oven till the nicely golden brown is reached and grab it out before it runs a risk of turning black. I have a feeling I am going to miss all of this. I hopefully will continue baking breads, just not so many at a time.

Today’s bread is a delightful Korean bread which is both stuffed and topped with vegetables. It also takes lesser time than other breads because it needs only one rise and is baked soon after which makes it perfect for a faster bake. The original is not vegetarian but Varada posted a vegetarian version of it. I followed the recipe except I used half all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour and I changed the vegetables. I did not have capsicum and so I replaced that with some corn and olives and the result was some absolutely yummy bread which I had for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Country – Korea

Makes one 12″ loaf

Recipe adapted from here

WHAT WE NEED

For the dough

All purpose flour               1 cup

Whole wheat flour            1 cup

Instant yeast                       1 tsp

Olive oil                               2 tbsp

Salt                                       1/2 tsp

Lukewarm milk                 1 cup

For the filling & topping

Mozzarella                          1/4 cup

Onion, small, chopped      1

Olives, pitted & chopped   2-3 tbsp

American corn,  cooked     1/4 cup

Cayenne pepper                   1/2 tsp

Salt & pepper
WHAT TO DO

  • Mix all the ingredients for the dough and knead well for 5 minutes till the dough is soft and pliant
  • Cover and set it aside in a greased bowl for it to double in volume, around an hour or so
  • Mix all the ingredients for the filling and set aside
  • Preheat the oven to 190C
  • Grease a 10″ loaf pan
  • Roll out the dough into a rectangle of 12″ breadth
  • Place 3/4 of the filling in the middle and close it lengthwise to seal the ends of the dough
  • Transfer the dough to the loaf pan
  • Top the balance ingredients on the dough
  • Bake for 45 minutes or till it is nicely brown and leave it in the oven for another 15 minutes
  • Take out and let cool 
  • Enjoy!

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Clear Onion Soup

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I am not a huge fan of clear soups. Therefore the logical conclusion is that the husband is. He does not understand why soups need to be creamy, rich purees as against light soups with lots of flavour and I fail to comprehend why I need such clear soups when water will do the trick. Plus I don’t like straining out all the veggies. I feel super guilty about wasting them. Chalk and cheese!

Since he was travelling most of the month, I indulged myself with all the creamy soups to my liking. He returned and has been cribbing for the past three days about not having clear soup. So today’s soup is for the husband.

Serves 2

Recipe adapted from here.

WHAT WE NEED

Olive oil                                    1 tbsp

Onion, medium                      1

Garlic cloves                            2

Carrot, medium                      1

Soy sauce                                  1-2 tsp

Chilly sauce                             1/2 tsp

Vegetable stock                      3 cups

Salt & Pepper

Button mushroom                1

Spring onion, chopped        2 tsp

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Dice the onion, garlic and carrot
  • Heat oil and add the onion and garlic
  • Once the onion starts browning, add the carrot and fry for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the soy sauce and chilly sauce and mix well
  • Add the vegetable stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 12-15 minutes
  • Turn off the heat and strain the vegetables
  • Thinly slice the mushroom
  • Add mushroom slices and spring onion and serve hot
  • Enjoy!

 

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Onion Coriander Soup #MonsoonMojo

   

I totally hate the end slices of store bought bread. My brother and I always traded favours so that the other person would have the end slice. It sounds silly to me today but I still try to pass those slices to the husband (who thankfully doesn’t mind).

So when my mom found this recipe in a Tamil magazine and told me, I jumped at it. It was just the perfect way for me to have those end bread slices.

To top it all this  is an easy and yummy soup. I used to make it all the time when the husband was out travelling and all I had to cook was for myself. I used to make a large bowl of this soup and dinner was done in ten minutes flat. Those were the days……

WHAT WE NEED

Water                     3 cups

Onion, medium    1

Bread slices.          2

Butter/ Oil.             2 tsp

Coriander leaves.    Lots

WHAT TO DO

  • Put the water to boil
  • Cut the onion finely, very finely

  

  • Powder the bread slices in a mixer or blender
  • Wash and cut the coriander leaves finely
  • Heat the oil
  • Add the onions and fry till they are translucent 
  • The water should be boiling by now. Pour it on the onions
  • Add the bread slices and mix so that no lumps are formed

  

  

  • Add the salt and mix well
  • Add the coriander leaves and switch off the gas

 

  • Enjoy your soup with some bread or just like that!

    

  

NOTES

  1.  The original recipe calls for frying the onion in butter which is what I usually do. I tried olive oil this time and it was quite tasty too!


   
This is my entry for Cooking from Cookbook Challenge hosted by Srivalli. 

  
This is my entry for MonsoonMojo hosted by Kalyani