Sunday, January 25, 2009

Udupi Dhania Sambhar with Chutney Palya

This is a very delicious and a simple vegetable udupi sambhar. When you need something comforting & are bored of using your regular sambhar powders, this is a sweet surprise.
Chutney palya is a very easy and nutritious palya which can be prepared in a few minutes. This goes well with sambhar and rice..
For Dhania Udupi Sambhar:
2 cups mixed vegetables
1 cup toor dal
To grind
2tsp regular sambhar powder (use whatever u have on hand, I have used MTR sambhar powder)
2tbsp coriender seeds ( do not roast)
1tbsp fresh grated coconut
1/4tsp hing
Grind everything to a paste using water.

2tsp tamarind paste ( or 1tsp tamarind date chutney)
optional: 1tsp of coconut oil
Pressure cook dal with vegetables adding a pinch of turmeric with3cups water. In a kadai, add seasoning using a tsp of oil, 1tsp mustard seeds, a pinch of hing and a sprig of curry leaves. To this add the cooked vegetable dal mixture and mix well. Now add the ground paste, salt and a tsp of tamarind date chutney. I have used this since I like the sambhar a little sweet. This is entirely opitional. Bring it to a boil..Switch off the stove. Now add a tsp of coconut oil and mix well..
Enjoy this Udupi sambhar with steaming rice..

Chutney Palya
This is an extremely simple palya loaded with nutrition and a 2minute affair..To make this you need..
1package --cole slaw mix ( you can also shred cabbage, radish and carrot separately and mix them for this)
1tsp chutney powder ( you may use rasam powder if u like)
1/2 tsp dhania powder
In a kadai, heat a tsp of oil. Add mustard seeds, 1tsp urad dal and a tsp of channa dal. Fry till they turn red. In a boil take 1/4cup of water and mix the chutney powder and coriender powder to this. Now add this paste to the seasoning and mix well. Add salt and mix. Now add the shredded veggies and mix well till it is well coated.
Cover the kadai with a lid and in a medium flame cook for 3mins. Remove the lid, add fresh grated coconut and mix well..
This goes well with rice or chapati..

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fire Roasted Yam/Sweet Potato

Fire roasted Sweet Potato/Yam:
This is one of the most delicious cold wintery snack that is very healthy and equally filling...
For roasting directly under fire, you can use your fire place if you have one..This is a great way to enhance the flavour in your sweet potato. Another way of roasting is using charcoal. Place the sweet potato on heated coal for 15 minutes, toss it every 3-4 minutes to make sure the skin is getting charred and its heating equally on all sides..

To serve:
remove the charred skin which comes of very easily. Once fully done, the potato cuts like butter and yet retains its shape without breaking down. I generally serve this with rock salt and pepper or with honey..
Tip: You can mash this and use it for making raita, its an excellent accompaniment with any dish..