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Plain Alasande Kalu Dosa (Black eyed beans pancake)

IMG_2602This dish is one of the most tasty and healthy breakfast. Black eyed beans are known as alasande kalu is kannada (official language of Karnataka state in India) and pancakes are called dosas. Normally these beans are used in preparing Sambar, veggies and curries, where as I am using them as main ingredient in preparing breakfast. I tried this recipe last week, believe me it came out very tasty and aromatic as well.  You don’t need to wait for it’s fermentation, you can start making dosas instantly. We all know that beans, including black eyed beans, are high in protein and low in fat. Eating legumes regularly may help in loosing weight. They are rich in dietary fibre which helps to promote regular bowel movements and improve the health of the entire body, especially the digestive system. Surprisingly they are high in Vitamin A which is very good for eyes. We can add black eyed beans in our regular diet for protecting our eyes and skin as well. Knowing all these health benefits, I am trying to use these beans in our regular diet in different ways. This recipe is one of them. I made it very simple, if you try it, you would love to do it again. It would be better if you use dried black eyed beans which give better flavour, taste and texture than canned one. You can use canned beans in case you don’t get dried one. Let’s see how to prepare alasande kalu dosa.

INGREDIENTS

  • Alasande kalu/Black eyed beans – 200 grams (around 1 cup)
  • Ground nuts – 1 Table spoon
  • Raw rice – 1 Table spoon
  • Fenugreek seeds/Methi seeds – 1/4 tea spoon
  • Salt – 1 Tea spoon (very the measurement according to your taste)
  • Cooking oil – 1 Table spoon

You can add green or red chillies if you like spicy one.

PREPARATION

  • Clean all the ingredients. Take a big bowl and pour all the ingredients – alasande kalu, groundnuts, rice and methi seeds to it. Wash them three to four times thoroughly and soak them in one litre of warm water for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, you can check whether all ingredients especially alasande kalu, are fully soaked or not. Take a soaked bean in hand and press it by two fingers, if it is fully soaked, it will break into small pieces otherwise it will be hard to break. You can start the next process once you confirm that they are fully ready.
  • Pour soaked ingredients to a mixer jar. Add salt and half cup of water to it and grind it to a fine paste. Add green or red chillies while grinding if you want the dish spicy. While grinding, if required, you can add some more water to it. consistency of the batter should be thicker than that of dosa (pancake) batter.
  • Place a pan (tawa) on medium heat and wait for 2 minutes. Once pan gets heated start the process of making dosas (pancakes). Pour one big spoon of batter over pan and spread it uniformly by moving the hand in circular motion. Sprinkle few drops of oil over it or you can use oil brush for greasing and allow it to cook for 1 minute. Turn dosa (pancake) upside down with the help of a ladle. Grease the other side of dosa (pancake) with few drops of oil, allow it to cook for 1 minute. Take it out, place it in a plate and serve it with chutney of your choice.
  • You have to repeat the process for the remaining batter.
  • Healthy and tasty alasande kalu dosa is ready to serve. Isn’t it easy!
  • Enjoy cooking…….

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Nippattu (Spicy Rice Flour Crackers)

IMG_2237Here comes yet another delicious and mouth watering dish from Karnataka (India). Nippattu is one of the most popular savoury dishes of Karnataka (India). Nippattu is popular in all most all southern states of India and of course it is known by different names in different states. Nipattu is basically savoury and crispy round shaped snack made from rice flour and some spices which are good for health. Rice flour offers a lot of benefits, it is highly consumed in southern states of India, in fact, it is consumed in most of Asian Countries. Rice flour has versatile uses, its importance and inclusion in the regular diet, may be, because of its gluten free characteristics. At the same time, rice flour is easy to digest and it provides crispy and light texture to the snacks. I learnt it from my aunt and I modified little bit to make it easier for the beginners. If you try it once, you will love to do it again. Let’s see how to prepare “Nippattu”.   Continue reading →

Huggi (Pongal/Khichadi/Spicy Split Green Gram Rice)

IMG_2183After sweet dish for Makara Sankranti, here comes another dish, especially, prepared one day before the festival, we call that day as “Bhogi”. Huggi is a typical south Indian recipe. Huggi recipe is similar to pongal and Khichadi. This recipe is very popular in southern part of India. Huggi is prepared using rice, split green gram and some spices. There is no such hard and fast rule that this recipe is prepared, particularly, on Bhogi, you can prepare it whenever you feel of eating it. Huggi is very good child friendly food which is very easy to digest and is very tasty and healthy as well. You can try it for your younger one. Huggi with “Hasi Huli” is an excellent combination. Hasi Huli is similar to rasam or saaru. I prepare this dish often as it consumes very less time. Whenever you are tired or you have very less time to prepare food, you can prepare this dish and serve it. You can serve it for breakfast, you can serve it as main course for lunch and you can prepare it for dinner as well. It is a boon for working women. Let’s see the preparation of Huggi.   Continue reading →