Jan 16, 2014

Aloo Methi Subzi

Aloo methi subzi is one of the yummiest recipes which I have tried in recent times. Potato (aloo) and Fenugreek (methi) leaves is such a great combination with roti's. 

In the city where I live, we get Indian fruits and vegetables once a week and during this time, fenugreek leaves sells like hot cakes on first cum first serve basis. Methi leaves is highly nutritive leafy vegetable which is a good source of iron.

The recipe below is my version of aloo-methi. I like to keep it a little spicy with dry gravy made from onion-ginger-garlic paste which  nicely balances with potato. The potatoes tossed with dry ingredients make it toothsome and very delicious, it tastes just like a chat. In the end fried cashew nuts adds a lot of crunch to this great dish.


4 Potatoes 
1 large bunch of Fenugreek leaves (methi leaves), roughly chopped
1 Onion, cubed
4 Garlic cloves
A small piece of Ginger
1/4 cup Roasted cashew nuts (optional)
4 tsp Oil
2 tsp Ghee

For dry masala~
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
2 tsp lemon juice


  • Cut potatoes in half and cook in a large pot of boiling water until fork tender. Cool potatoes in cold water and peel off the skin. Cut into cubes

  • In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients listed under dry masala. Add potato and toss it well

  • Make a paste of ginger, garlic and onions. Heat oil and ghee on a preheated skillet. Add ginger, garlic and onion paste. Saute until it turns golden brown

  • Add fenugreek leaves and saute for a minute

  • Next, add potato and saute in low heat for 10 minutes

  • Garnish with roasted cashew nuts and serve hot with roti

Ragi Mudde | Sankati | Finger Millet Ball

A magnificent  recipe from southern part of Karnataka is a staple diet of rural folk. It was common recipe in urban areas long time back but started to diminish due fast food hotels and trending western foods. But some of the  military hotels and mess still serve ragi mudde. 

Now-a-days ragi mudde has become very popular due to its nutritional benefits. It is a recommended food by doctors due to its rich source of calcium, protein, amino acids ( such as isoleucine, leucine, methionine and phenyl alanine), vitamin B6, folic acid and several others. It is an excellent source for weight loss as it reduces appetite. 

Ragi mudde is prepared with only 3 ingredients- finger millet flour, water and salt. Traditionally it is prepared in mud pots or copper utensils with the help of wooden stick (called as "mudde kolu" in Kannada). I used a simple non-stick pot and a wooden ladle to prepare this recipe. This is an easy version of this recipe.


1 cup Finger Millet flour (ragi)
2 cups of water, divided
Pinch of salt 


  • Boil 1 cup of water in a pot. Add a pinch of salt

  • While water is boiling, mix together ragi flour with 1 cup of water. Slowly pour the ragi mix to the boiling water

  • On low heat, with the help of wooden ladle slowly stir the liquid in one direction to form smooth dough

  • Transfer this dough on a wet wooden slab, wet your hands, divide the dough into equal portions and roll into balls (size of an orange) 

Additional notes-
  • use a wet teaspoon to scrap out all of ragi mudde from the pot

Jan 9, 2014

Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Chow Mein is a Chinese stir fry noodles recipe. It is made with flavorful combination of soy sauce, vinegar and chili sauce. 

A very easy recipe and suits when you just need your mouth to sizzle. The base for this recipe is noodles and different sauces. I used angel hair pasta, but you can prepare it with any kinds of noodles.

Also toss it up with fresh vegetables like carrots, broccoli, onions, bell pepper and a little bit of protein like boneless chicken strips. 


1 pack Angel hair pasta
200 gms Boneless Chicken strips
1 Carrot, thinly sliced
1 Bell pepper, cut into strips
1 onion, sliced lengthwise
Handful of Broccoli florets
1/2 tsp Pepper
6 tsp Oil

For the sauce
1 cup Chicken broth
4 tsp dark Soy sauce
3 tsp Sriracha sauce or hot sauce
4 tsp Rice vinegar
1/2 tsp Aginomotto
1 tsp corn Starch


  • Bring a large port of salted water to boil. Add the angel hair pasta and cook until it is tender. Drain the water and run cold water on pasta. Drain the water again

  • Spread the chicken on a preheated wok. Sprinkle little vegetable oil and season it with salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat until it is tender. Keep it aside

  • Heat remaining oil and on high heat toss in vegetables for 2 min. Give it a little stir

  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients listed under sauce
  • Return pasta and cooked chicken strips to the wok. Pour the sauce on top of noodles. Season it with salt and pepper. Stir on high heat for  2-4 minutes

  • Serve hot

Jan 8, 2014

Koli Saaru | Chicken Curry

A recipe that needs no introduction. Koli Saaru (chicken curry) is a power house delectable and a tantalizing recipe from Karnataka.  

Saaru is essentially made from sambhar powder. Saaru (or the curry) is very soupy  in consistency and the curry itself is prepared with coconut, Khus Khus (poppy seeds), onions which is mildly flavored with cilantro. The chicken cooks in its own broth until it is tender and just falls off the bone. 


1 Kg Bone-in Chicken
1 Onion, finely chopped
5 tsp Oil 

For the masala
1/2 cup of Coconut
3 tsp Sambhar powder
1 tsp Khus Khus (poppy seeds)
1 tsp Roasted Bengal gram
5 Cloves of Garlic
Small piece of Ginger
1 Tomato, cubed
1 Large Onion, cubed
1 small bunch of Cilantro
1 stick of Cinnamon
2 pods of Cardamon
4 Cloves
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 cup  Oil


  • In a large skillet, toast khus khus on medium heat and keep it aside

  • Next, heat oil and saute onions, ginger, garlic and cilantro until it is brown

  • Make a smooth paste of all ingredients -toasted khus khus, fried onion-garlic-ginger-cilantro, and remaining ingredients listed under masala

  • Again heat oil in the skillet, add onions and saute until it is transparent. Now add the chicken and saute for 5 minutes

  • Return the masala to the skillet and saute for another 5 minutes until masala is nicely coated the chicken. Add 4 cups of water, Season it with salt  and cover the vessel. Cook on medium heat for 25-30 minutes until meat is tender

  • Serve hot with idly, ragi ball, akki rotti or rice

Jan 7, 2014

Badanekai Yennegai

"Badanekai Yennegai" is a classic recipe in North Karnataka cuisine. Jowar roti and Badanekai Yennegai is a iconic combination and it is widely popular around this region. 

I learnt this stuffed brinjal recipe from my mom. The shiny looking brinjals are cooked until they are pillowy in texture and coated with peanut-coconut paste.  


500 gms Brinjal (small round ones !!), slit lengthwise with crown intact
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 spring of Curry leaves
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
5 tsp Oil

 For the Masala
4 Green Chilies, roughtly chopped
1 Onion, diced
3 cloves of Garlic
1/2 cup Peanuts
1/2 cup Coconut


  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, roast peanuts and remove the skin. Keep it aside. Then in the same dish, heat a tsp of oil, add green chilies,  onions and garlic. Saute until onions turn brown
  • Make a fine paste of fried ingredients along with coconut. Add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of water
  • Heat 4 tsp oil on a skillet, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, turmeric powder and coriander powder
  • Add brinjals and fry for 5 minutes in medium heat setting

  • Pour the masala  over brinjals . Adjust salt as per taste. Mix well

  •  Next cook on medium heat for 15 minutes until brinjals are completely cooked 

  • Serve hot with chapathi or jowar roti

Additional notes--
  • If brinjals are not available, eggplant can be used
  • There are many variations to this recipe. Red chilies can be substituted instead of green chilies and the amount of chilies can be varied depending on spice level

Jan 6, 2014

White bean chili

Steamy bowl of White bean chili is prepared with winter vegetables is a family's favorite recipe. An excellent chili recipe can satisfy size appetite !!


 11/2 cups of Navy Beans
1 Medium sized Onion, chopped
1 Carrot, chopped
2 stalks of Celery, Chopped
1 clove of Garlic
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder (can be adjusted as per taste)
4 cups of Vegetable Broth
2 tsp Olive oil


  • Wash and soak navy beans in water for 5 hours. Cook soaked navy bean in pressure cooker with 3 cups of water for 10 minutes

  • In a skillet, heat oil. Add garlic, onions, carrot and celery. Saute for 10 minutes. Return the contents to the pressure pan

  • Add oregano, pepper powder and cumin powder. Mix well

  • Add vegetable broth and adjust thickness. Season it with salt and simmer for 20-30 min on medium heat while stirring it occasionally

  • Serve with hot topped with finely chopped red onions, scallions and tortilla chips 

Jan 2, 2014

Carrot- Beans Sambhar | Carrot-Beans Lentil Curry

Carrot and Beans Sambhar is truly a traditional South Indian based lentil curry. Carrot and beans is a classic vegetable combo to prepare dal sambhar.

Each time I make this delectable dish, it tastes better. The secret lies in asafoetida (also called as Hing) and the sambhar powder itself. The aromatic fragrance of LG brand hing and homemade sambhar powder makes this a divine recipe. 

Here'e the tip to newbies who are making sambhar for the first time-
Tip 1 - Always use LG brand asafoetida while tempering
Tip 2 - I always use homemade sambhar powder.  Otherwise you buy from a South Indian brand  based sambhar powder like MTR or GRB. It tastes more authentic than other brands
Tip 3 - Use pearl onions and fresh curry leaves which adds a lot of character and taste to this recipe


1 1/2 cups of Toor Dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
A sprig of Curry Leaves
5 Pearl red onions, peeled and halved
1 Tomato, cubed
2 Carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
200 gms Beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup of tamarind extract
3 tsp Sambhar powder
1 tsp Jaggery (gur)
4 tsp Oil / ghee


  • In a pressure pan, cook toor dal with 5 cups of water for 15 minutes. After the pressure pan cools, mash the dal using Indian curd ladle (or use potato masher)

  • Add oil on a preheated skillet over medium heat, then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When it starts to crackle, add asafoetida, curry leaves, onions. Give it a little toss and add tomatoes, carrots and beans

  • Add tamarind extract  and sambhar powder. When it starts to simmer, return the contents to  pressure pan containing cooked dal

  • Add jaggery and season with salt. Pressure cook for one whistle

  • Serve hot with steamed rice, idli, dosa, chapathi, ragi ball  or pongal

Jan 1, 2014

Sweet Potato hash with Fried Eggs

While there are New year's bashes around the world, I am posting my first recipe to welcome 2014. I had a quiet celebration with a company of family friends, watching videos till late night. Woke up with a fresh feeling as it is the most welcoming day of the year. 

I made a quick new year breakfast- sweet potato hash with fried eggs which took just 10 minutes to make. Hash was crisp flavored with oregano and the fried eggs made a tasy combo.


1 Sweet Potato, peeled and cubed
1 tsp Butter
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/2 cup Chicken Stock
4 Eggs


  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sweet potato to the skillet and saute for 2 minutes. 

  • Add chicken stock and oregano to the skillet. Cook sweet potatoes until fork tender. Saute until chicken stock evaporates and scrape the pan until potatoes are crisp. Season it with salt and pepper

  • In a flat pan over medium heat,  crack the eggs and cover it with a lid. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the eggs white solidifies to white and yolk thickens. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and transfer it to a serving dish

  • Serve crispy sweet potato hash with fried eggs