Navane Dosa (Foxtail Millet Pancake)

IMG_20190813_140223Navane dosa is a very healthy and delicious dish. Navane (foxtail) is one of the seven important millets which are proved to be very beneficial to health. It is advantageous to add foxtail in our regular diet, it is rich in vitamins and minerals. A gluten-free diet is naturally good for health as it helps in improving digestion and increases energy level. Navane dosa is served as morning breakfast. It is commonly used in Southern part of India. In earlier days, millet was cooked as porridge for breakfast. There are many other ways to incorporate millets in our regular diet. As such there is no hard and fast rule in reworking with foxtail millets recipe. Now a days, regular rice dosa is replaced with navane dosa. You will be happy to know that it is very easy to prepare. Let us see the preparation of Navane dosa.  Continue reading →

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Raajageeri Palya (Amaranth leaves Veggie)

IMG_20190527_145052Rajageeri Palya is a very healthy dish prepared in North Karnataka region (India). Raajagiri (Amaranth leaf) is known as Dantina soppu in other parts of Karnataka and is known by different names in other parts of India. This is one of most healthy dishes served as side dish. It can be served with Jawar roti, chapati or rice. We preferably serve it with jawar roti which is our staple food. Raajagiri leaves are easily available in all parts of Karnataka (India) especially in northern part of Karnataka. It is an excellent gluten free diet and it helps in improving digestion. It has got plenty of vitamins and minerals especially it is rich in Vitamin C and iron. Other than these it has got plenty of health benefits. This dish takes very less time to prepare. I learnt it from my mother, she used to prepare it on regular basis. Let’s see how to prepare healthy and delicious  raajageeri playa.  Continue reading →

Kadale Bele Halwa (Chana Dal Halwa/Bengal Gram Pudding)

IMG_20190502_112914Here comes yet another delicious sweet dish. Name “Halwa” itself is a mouthwatering word. Bengal gram is a major ingredient in the Indian vegetarian cooking. Especially in South Indian cuisine, it is essentially used in making curries, salad (Kosambari – Kannada word), sweet dishes like payasam, holige, laddoos and so many dishes as it offers a variety of health benefits such as improving digestion, helps in weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases. It’s nutty taste and grainy texture pairs well with several other ingredients. Today, I tried making this dish on the basis of other halwa making procedure with some new idea. Trust me it came out very delicious and tasty, procedure is very simple and easy. You can try it once at home. Let’s see how to make Kadale bele Halwa.  Continue reading →

Rave Nippattu ( Spicy Semolina Crackers)

 

IMG_2887Here comes yet another crunchy and crispy snack from Karnataka (India). Nippattu is basically a savoury, crispy and crunchy snack made from rice flour along with some herbs and ingredients. I tried making nippattu differently with other ingredients along with rice flour, I used little bit of maida and rava (sooji) along with rice flour. Believe me it came out very crispy, light and delicious. In my beginning days of cooking, I tried making nippattu many times at home and I failed. Finally I succeeded. That is the reason I always try to make dishes easier for beginners. You can try it without any hesitation, it won’t spoil and will come out successfully. If you try it once, you would love to do it again and again. Please try it for a smaller quantity for the first time. Once you will be successful, you can make it for larger quantity. That is the reason I am giving you smaller quantity measurement. Let’s see how to prepare Rave Nippattu.  Continue reading →

Banana Jam

img_2883The name “Banana Jam” itself is mouthwatering for banana lovers, isn’t it. This dish is the most delicious and tempting one. Recently I tried to make banana jam in a natural way without using any preservatives and without loosing its natural flavour. Believe me, it came out very delicious at once and surprisingly, it took very little time to prepare it. You all know bananas have got incredible health benefits. They are rich in fibre, easy to digest, high in potassium and the most importantly it helps to control blood pressure. There are good reasons to include banana in our daily diet. This dish is one of the ways to include banana in daily diet for kids. Let’s get started to prepare banana jam.  Continue reading →

Raajageeri Soppina Dal ( Amaranth Leaves Stew )

RaajagiriRaajageeri soppu is a very commonly available green leaf vegetable in Northern part of Karnataka (India). Raajageeri soppu (Amaranth leave) is also known as Dantina soppu in Karnataka and is known by different names in other parts of India. This dish is a side dish which can be served with Jawar roti, chapati and rice. We preferably serve it with jawar roti which is our staple food. Raajageeri leaves are excellent gluten free diet and help in improving digestion. It has got plenty of vitamins and minerals especially it is rich in Vitamin C and iron. Other than these it has got plenty of health benefits. More over we are preparing this dish along with lentils (Dal/bele) which are again full of nutritions. This dish takes very less time to prepare. Let’s see how to prepare raajageeri soppina dal.  Continue reading →

SoutheKayi Chutney (Cucumber Chutney)

IMG_2870Chutney is an integral part of our regular diet. We, Indians, make a large variety of chutneys. You can make chutney of your own taste. Southekayi is the Kannada word (Karnataka, India) used for cucumber. It looks like english cucumber. Cucumbers have got plenty of health benefits. There is no vegetable as delightful and cooling as cucumber. They are rich in water content which helps in hydrating the body. Apart from these qualities, they are highly nutritious and contains antioxidants. Cucumbers are oftenly eaten raw, they can be enjoyed in many ways with just a bit of creativity. It will give wonderful benefits if we include it in our regular diet. Recently, I tried to make this dish in a different way using some natural herbs. You may not believe, it came out very tasty. Normally we saute the ingredients while preparing chutneys. Here, I tried to make it little bit healthier. Let’s see the preparation of Southekayi chutney.   Continue reading →

Bhakri ( Jowar Roti/Sorghum Flat Bread )

IMG_2259Bhakri is a flat bread made from Jolada hittu (Jowar atta/sorghum flour) which is unleavened (bread made without using yeast or any other raising agents). This dish is the most authentic and regular diet consumed in northern part of Karnataka (India). It is called “Bhakri” in our North Karnataka region and it is popularly known as “Jolada Rotti” in other parts of Karnataka. In fact it is our staple food which constitutes a dominant portion of standard diet supplying a large fraction of energy and a significant proportion of the intake of other nutrients as well. One more thing I want to share with you that Jola (Jowar or Sorghum) is gluten free, rich in fibre, contains high protein, it controls blood sugar level and it is packed with vitamins, minerals and it has so many countless health benefits. This dish has got only one ingredient that is Jolada Hittu (Sorghum flour). Preparing bhakri with hands is an art and you need lot of experience.  You should know the technique of patting it. If you don’t know how to pat it, here is the alternative method which I am going to tell you now. I will tell you both the methods so that you can try traditional one once you get experience in it. Let’s see the preparation of Bhakri.   Continue reading →

Antina Unde (Edible Gum and Jaggery Roundels)

IMG_2850 copyI am bringing yet another authentic and good old sweet dish for you. This is a traditional Indian dish which is very much nutritious and tasty as well. Antu is a kannada word used for edible gum and unde is a Kannada word used for roundels Or ladoo in Hindi. The main ingredient of this recipe is edible gum. It is very helpful in gaining the strength of the body and strengthening the immune system as well. It also helps in increasing the body ability. It has got wonderful medicinal values and health benefits. It contains anti ageing property and large quantity of proteins. Apart from edible gum, we are using other ingredients which are very nutritious and healthy. This dish is offered to Lord Krishna on the occasion of “Sri Krishna Janmastami”. In North Karnataka region, in earlier days, this dish was the most important diet given as post delivery diet to mothers (at least for a month) and I think, even now, this diet is given as post delivery diet cum tonic. I learnt it from my mother and modified it a little bit for beginners. You can try it once without hesitancy because it won’t get spoiled in any condition. You can include it in your kid’s daily diet which helps them grow stronger and healthy. If you have all the ingredients in your kitchen, then it will take very less time to prepare it. Let’s see the preparation of Antina Unde. Continue reading →

HagalaKayi RasaPalya (Bitter gourd Stew)

HagalakaiWhenever we think of bitter gourd, we feel bitterness in taste of the dish, whereas this dish tastes awesome with a little bit bitterness and wonderful flavour of bitter gourd. Hagala kayi is a kannada (Karnataka, India) word used for bitter gourd and RasaPalya is a Kannada word used for sweat & sour stew. Bitter gourd has got plenty of medicinal and healthy values. It helps a lot to improve our health if we include it in our regular diet. We can prepare varieties of recipes from bitter gourd, this is one of them. My mother used to prepare this dish regularly. You can serve it as main side dish with roti, chapati or rice. You will be happy to know that it takes hardly 10 – 15 minutes to prepare and believe me it is very delicious. You can try it at home once, you would love to do it again after tasting it. Let’s see how to prepare HagalaKayi RasaPalya.   Continue reading →