Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kadle Bele Payasa / Channa Daal Kheer


I take this opportunity to wish all my friends and family to wish them a happy and safe deepavali the festival of light and happiness. This is a festival which is celebrated by all no matter which ever religion they follow. Everyone get together and celebrate it as a single caste that is human. Well its celebrated by people in different ways depending on the region they belong to. I belong to southern part of India. That is from a city called Mangalore which is located in southern part of Karnataka.Its celebrated all three days with equal importance. First one is called the naraka chathurdashi.On this day we get up early in the morning .Everybody take a oil bath ,from head to toe people smear oil,then light some patakas, light up some diyas, them take a hot water bath,pray to god then start their day with lots of sweet and savory dishes. All 3 days we light up diyas in front of our door and decorate the entire house with diyas.We exchange sweets with our near and dear ones,friends and family and so here am i to do the same with all of you.

Channa daal - 1 cup
coconut milk - 12 oz can or fresh ly prepared 1.5 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup [powdered and packed]
Elachi powder[cardamom] - 1/2 tsp
cashews ,raisins - 1 tsp each
ghee - 1 tsp
water - 1/2 cup
kesar - 1/4 tsp
salt - 1 pinch

1.Pressure cook channa daal until just done and keep aside.

2.In a another vessel take water and add crushed jaggery and bring to a boil . Then add cooked daal,coconut milk.and simmer and cook for 2 mins.

3.In a small pan add the ghee,then add cashew and raisins and roasted them till they turn slightly brown.

4.Add cashews and raisins to the daal mixture. Then add cardamom powder and cover the keep and put of the heat.

5.You can serve it hot,warm ,room temp or even cold.enjoy....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ghee Rice

sonamasoori rice - 3 cups
clove - 3-4count
cumin/jeera - 1 tsp
cardamom - 3-4 count
cinnamon stick -1 inch piece broken into pieces
black pepper corns- 5-6 count
cashew ,raisins - 6-8 whole each
onion - 1 large [diced]
mixed vegetables - 2 cups
pepper powder - 1.5 tsp
chilly powder - 1 tsp
salt - as per taste
olive oil - 1/4 cup
ghee - 1/4 cup
water - 6 cups

1. Take a nonstick pan add about 1 tbsp of olive oil.On a medium heat add jeera and wait for a min. Add clove,cardamom,cinnamon, pepper corns and fry for about 2-3 mins until the aroma fills up the room.
2. Now add washed and drained rice to the pan and add 1 tsp of ghee and mix it with the spices and fry for about 3-5 mins .Now add the water ,salt,chilly powder,2tsp of oil , ghee and pepper powder and cook it in rice cooker.
3.Now in a pan fry the onions until they turn transparent.add the vegetables and saute for another 3 mins.
4.Just when the rice is almost done add the vegetable and mix well .Cover and cook for5 mins until its done perfectly.
5.In a pan add 1tsp of ghee and add cashews and raisins fry them till it turn a bit brown.
6. Add it to the rice and serve when its still hot.Enjoy....