Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sambarpalli Thambli/Country Borage Cold Soup

This is a very simple yet very healthy and tasty accompaniment to go with rice,and i bet you will have to cook a little extra rice than usual as it is quite appetizing and delicious.Thambli or thambali/thambuli is a cold dish prepared by roasting spices,herb(in this case) and coconut and blending like a chutney then mixing up with buttermilk/curd tempered with oil or few varieties where nothing is roasted except red chillies and then drizzling with coconut oil on top.There are umpteen varieties of thamblis available accross coastal karnataka and this is one such kind.I have already posted a kadi recipe using this herb before in this blog.

Sambarpalli leaves                              10-12
Green chilli                                             1  
Fresh grated coconut                         1/2 cup
Jeera/Cumin seeds                              1tsp
Black peppercorns                              1/2- 3/4tsp
Oil(for roasting)                                   1tsp
Salt                                                            to taste
Water                                                       as required for blending
Curd/Buttermilk                                  1/2 cup(apprx)or more or as required 

For tempering:
Oil                                                              1tsp
Ghee/clarified butter                        1tsp
Mustard seeds                                      1tsp
Curry leaves                                         8-10

  • Wash the leaves and dab it with a washcloth.
  • In a small pan heat a tsp of oil and on medium heat roast peppercorns,once they begin popping up add jeera and roast it till a nice aroma is felt.
  • Now add the green chilli and saute for 30 seconds followed by the leaves(just tear it into pieces) and roast till it wilts.
  • Add the fresh coconut and saute for about a minute,add salt and switch off the heat.
  • When it is cool,transfer into a blending jar and grind it to form a smooth paste, adding required amount of water.Thambli is almost ready.
  • Transfer into a bowl .
  • Prepare the tempering in a small pan and pour it over the thambli.
  • Mix well beaten curds or buttermilk whichever is available(say about 1/2 cup) to the thambli to get the desired consistency.
  • If you like it sour then use sour curds/buttermilk.I have used moderate one.

Since this dish is not boiled later consume it immediately,and leftover if any may be refrigerated.
If you like it more spicy increase the amount of chilli and peppercorns

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ashgourd peel subzi

The name tag of this dish may sound weird as it is made with peels of ashgourd which otherwise would have gone into trash.The only care to be taken here while using it is to scrape the white ash like substance present on the peel as it has a pungent flavour and a shell like texture.If ashgourd chunks are used to prepare sasam(refer this blog for kuvale Sasam)then this subzi can be paired to form a complete meal!!!

To be pressure cooked:
Ashgourd peels Chopped(into tiny pieces)             2 cups
Red chilli powder                                                              1/4 tsp
Salt                                                                                         3/4 tsp
Jaggery                                                                                1/2 tsp(or as per taste)
Turmeric powder                                                            1/4tsp
Tamarind                                                                           size of a chickpea
Water                                                                                   3/4 cup

For Masala:
Red chilli(byadagi variety)                                       1
Fresh grated coconut                                                   2tbsp
Mustard seeds                                                                1/4 tsp

For Tempering:
Oil                                                                                         2-3tsp
Mustard seeds                                                                 3/4 tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds                                                        1/4tsp
Urad daal                                                                          1/2 tsp
Curry leaves                                                                     5-6


  • While chopping pumpkin for any curry cut the peel part into thicker ones.
  • Scrape the peel with rubbing knife on it so that the ash like substance gets off.Try to scrape off as much as possible.
  • Then chop them into tiny bits,rinse in water.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add all the mentioned ingredients above and cook for 3 whistles.
  • Once cooled down drain the cooked contents in a colander and reserve water.
  • in a blending jar prepare a coarse masala adding little reserved water if necessary.
  • Heat a kadai with oil then add mustard seeds, once the crackling stops add jeera followed by urad daal,roast till golden,toss in the curry leaves.
  • Add the prepared masala and saute for 3-4 minutes sauteeing continuously till the raw flavour fades away.
  • Add the cooked peels and mix till it incorporates with the masala.
  • Check the taste and add salt,jaggery if needed .
  • Add very little water(reserved) and cook covering with a lid for about 5-7 minutes.
  • The texture should be absolutely dry.
 Below is the collage in the making of this dish

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Cabbage Sanna Idlies-Spicy steamed cabbage cakes

This is one of my favourite spicy idli  recipe using cabbage and and after so many trials I have achieved good results.The use of sona masoori rice instead of dosa rice would be the key!!.The batter should be perfectly blended and it should be on the coarser side.These idlies can be enjoyed as a snack too,but beware as the spice levels may take toll of your tummy.Traditionally they were made weaving tiny baskets made of jackfruit leaves and called 'sanna khotto'.The baskets should be carefully weaved with no gaps as it results in loss of moisture in form of dripping.I prefer making idlies over khottos due to availability of leaves and foolproof weaving.Here you go with the instructions below.

Rice(sona masoori)               1cup
Tuvar daal                                 2/3 cup
Red chillies(roasted)             7-8
Tamarind                                   cherry sized(soak in warm water and make pulp)
Salt                                                to taste
Fresh/frozen coconut            1/2 cup or little more
Cabbage Shreddings             1cup
Onion(chopped fine)             1 large
Oil                                                 just to grease the idli plates/moulds
  • Wash and soak rice and daal for atleast 2-3 hours.
  • Take a blending jar add the roasted chillies,salt,coconut and tamarind.
  • Pulse it to make a coarse paste.
  • Add drained rice+daal and blend to form a coarse paste adding little water as required.
  • The texture should be like rava idli batter.
  • Transfer into a mixing bowl.
  • Add cabbage and onion and give a nice stir.
  • Rest it for 30 minutes as both cabbage and onion wilt and also give out some moisture.
  • Prepare the idli steamer filled with required amount of water and heat it up and grease the idli plates/moulds with oil of your choice.
  • Pour a ladleful of batter into the greased plate and steam for 15-20 minutes.
  • Tastes heavenly when served hot drizzled with coconut oil(thats a must) with rice and dali thoy or rasam or even any sarupkaris(refer this blog for variants)

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Eggless Fruit Cake

This is one of the yummiest eggless fruit cake that I ever made.Since most of the ingredients are usually available in the kitchen counter except for condensed milk which is easily available in any supermarket in the neighbourhood.Moreover it calls for only 1/4 cup which means a can of condensed milk results in couple of batches of this recipe(i'm sure one would try out again) .I have tried this couple of times and each time it turned out perfect.I got to know this from a food group that I follow and the credit goes to Ms.Asha R Shenoy whose posts are always awesome!!!.
So here you go with the instructions.
All purpose flour/Maida                1 1/3 cups+1tbsp(for dusting)
Baking powder                                  1tsp
Baking soda                                        1/2tsp
Sugar                                                     1/2 cup
Oil                                                           1/2cup
Condensed Milk                                1/4cup
Milk                                                       1/2cup
Vanilla essence                                 1tsp
Tutti frutti                                          1cup
  • Preheat oven @180 degreesC.
  • Sieve flour,baking soda and baking powder 2-3 times.
  • Prepare a 8 " cake tin by greasing it generously using butter or oil and dust a little flour too.
  • In a small bowl mix tutti frutti with flour mentioned for dusting.
  • In a mixing bowl using a electric blender beat sugar and oil for 2-3 minutes on high.
  • Add condensed milk and beat well.
  • Add vanilla then followed by sifted flour in batches.
  • Gently fold the batter using a spatula and add milk to get the consistency.
  • Finally add tutti frutti and mix well.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and tap the tin a couple of times.
  • Bake  in a pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the tester comes out clean.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Karachi Fruit Biscuits

Who does not like to munch cookies and there are a hundred varieties to try out.We had come across Hyderabadi karachi biscuits in stores here that are simply out of the world.It tempted me to try out baking it at home and this is a fantastic recipe of karachi fruit biscuits that i came accross while surfing the net.This was tried out long time back and was lying in my draft folder.I have tried both fruit and nut variety.Will post the nut variety soon!!.The credit goes to cafeGarima and really appreciate for the wonderful recipe with ingredients that are usually available in kitchen pantry.

All purpose flour/Maida                      1 cup+1tbsp
Butter                                                           1/2 cup
Powdered sugar                                      1/2 cup
Tutti Frutti                                                 1/3cup
Cardamom(elaichi) powder               1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence                                        1/2tsp


  • Sift the flour.
  • Let the butter come to room temperature(if refrigerated)
  • In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until well combined using a wire whisk or electric beater which is actually faster and less laborious.
  • Add tutti frutti,vanilla and mix using a spatula.
  • Now add sifted flour in batches gently mixing the dough till all flour gets consumed.
  • Gently combine everything but dont knead the dough.
  • Now your cookie dough is ready to shape.
  • Make small balls of even size and slightly flatten else to get the above shape follow the notes below.
  • Place them on a baking tray giving atleast an inch of space between cookies as they tend to expand while baking.
  • Bake in a preheated oven @180 degrees centigrade for 13-15 minutes
  • The cookies will be brown at the bottom but the center will be a little soft which is fine.
  • They get crunchier as they cool down.
  • Store in a jar and consume.


  • As per the original recipe rose extract is used which i have replaced with vanilla as i like the flavour.You can try any flavour of your choice.
  • The shape of the cookies here is square.
  • To get it i have just taken an empty carton of aluminium foil and lined it with a plastic sheet or cling film.
  • Then spread the dough evenly to fit in it.
  • Use hands to evenly spread the dough in the entire carton .
  • Gently fold the plastic sheet and close the carton.
  • Tie the box and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Open the plastic wrap and slice the dough into 1 inch thickness.
  • Bake in a preheated oven.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Black beans Spicy Daal/Kaali chawli sarupkari

This is a variety of bean popular in Udupi district.When cooked it gives a blackish colour and also little thick texture to the dish.Locally it is known as Kaali chawli(Konkani) which means black beans.The beans resemble urad/black gram but are slightly bigger in size.So far i have posted sarupkari's of horsegram,green gram,rajma and here is one more addition to the list which is simple to prepare and tasty too!!.This particular sarupkari is made adding jackfruit seeds which definitely enhances the taste.

Black chawli
(black beans)              1/2 cup
Jackfruit seeds             8-10

For tempering:
Garlic flakes                  6-8
Red chillies                    3-4
Oil                                     1tbsp
Other ingredients:
Water                             for pressure cooking(about 2-2.5cups)
salt                                  to taste


  • Soak the beans for 8-10 hours
  • Crush the jackfruit seeds and remove the thin peel
  • Rinse the soaked beans well as it may have sand or mud particles and transfer into a pressure cooker along with the crushed jackfruit seeds.
  • Add about 2-2.5 cups of water and bring it to a boil adding the weight(whistle) to the cooker
  • When the first whistle is about to start turn the flame to sim and cook for 20 minutes(dont count the blowing whistles)
  • After 20 minutes switch off the flame.
  • When the pressure is completely gone transfer the contents into a soup pot(beans should be soft)
  • Add salt to taste and bring to boil.
  • Add water if it is too thick and continue boiling.
  • Crush the garlic flakes and break chillies into 2-3 pieces.
  • Meanwhile prepare the seasoning by heating up oil in a small pan.
  • Add the crushed garlic and roast on medium flame till light golden and now add the broken chillies and roast further til both turn golden
  • Pour this over the boiling beans.
  • Boil another 1-2 minutes
  • Tastes good  with white or brown rice.
Jackfruit seeds are optional as they are seasonal and not available everywhere.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Doodh Paak/Rice Pudding

This is a very simple and tasty dessert that can be prepared in minutes.It can be used as offering during festivites.It tastes good if served warm or cold.Here i have not used any food colour.If desired can be added too.I have used basmathi rice here as it is aroamtic by itself.Even jeera rice is a good option and in case of unavailability in pantry any other variety of rice(white) may be used.
Basmati rice                                  2-3 fistful
Milk                                                   3-4 cups
Water                                               1/2cup
Sugar                                               1/4-1/2cup

(cardamom) powder                  1/2tsp
Cashew nuts                                   1tbsp
Raisins                                             8-10
Ghee                                                  2tsp
Saffron strands a few(soaked in warm milk)


  • Soak raisins with little water in a bowl.
  • In a heavy bottom pan add a cup of milk and bring to boil
  • Wash rice and add when the milk begins to boil.
  • Cook till soft stirring at intervals adding additional water/milk if it becomes too dry.
  • When rice becomes soft add sugar and saffron
  • Cook for a further few minutes.
  • Add elaichi and give a nice stir.
  • In a small seasoning pan heat ghee and roast cashewnuts to golden and add the raisins(drain and dab with a paper towel or a washcloth)saute gently and switch off.
  • Add this to the kheer,mix well and switch off.
Alternate method:
  • The rice can be pressure cooked adding the said quantity of water and 2 cups of milk.
  • Once the first whistle is about to start simmer the flame and cook for 5-8minutes and switch off.
  • once the pressure releases add the remaining milk then add sugar and continue cooking using above method.
  • Add more milk if the texture becomes solid.

A fistful of sago pearls can also be added along with rice.It tastes great.