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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Raagi Roti(Indian Flat Bread) with Awards and Tag:-)

Ragi Roti(Kezhvaragu/Finger Millet/Madua/Elusine Indica) - Indian Flat Bread is very healthy breakfast or tiffin. Its a very famous breakfast/tiffin in Karnataka, India. In my village we grow Ragi grains my granny sends grains to us. We clean, dry and make flour.

The whole grain in nutritrional terms is very rich in proteins, providing highest levels of calcium and high levels of dietary fibre. It helps in control of blood glucose levels in diabetics.

In Karnataka its also consumed in many forms like Ragi balls (Ragi Mudde) dipped in sambar, Malt and Koozhu. Ragi Seri can be fed for infants above 6 months since its high in calcium. Whenever we are preparing the flour at home have to be very careful since it contains small muddy particles or stones. When you buy Ragi flour from supermarkets its better to seive 2 to 3 times and then use it.

Here is a simple and easy recipe for Ragi Roti which is high in nutrition and healthy food.

Ingredients
Ragi flour - 4 cups
Onion - 2 nos chopped
Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Green chilli - 2nos chopped (As per your taste)
Curry leaves - few chopped
Oil
Hot water
Salt

Preparation Method
In a wide bowl, put all the ingredients and mix it like chapathi dough in hot water.
Take small balls and spread it thinly in round shape on a plastic sheet or directly in the kadai or pan.
Put 1 tspn oil and cook both sides.
Continue same process for left over dough.

Ragi Roti is ready to eat...This is good to eat as it is or with these Pickle/Jaggery/Coconut chutney.


This recipe is going for WFC Breakfast by EC and State Specials by Shanthi.

My other entries for breakfast are

Pesarattu

Adai

Bread Upma

Awards Time









Thanks to Ramya and Sanghi for Scrumptious Awards and Rekha for Kreative, Scrumptious and Fabulous Awards. I thank from my bottom of the heart for passing on these wonderful awards to me. I feel very happy and encouraged at the end of the day seeing my blog with awards.

My dear friend Rekha has tagged me..thanks dear!

The Rules:

1. Link the person who tagged you.

2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Share the ABCs of you.

4. Tag 4 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.

5. Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.

The Tag:

1. A – Available/Single? Married
2. B – Best friend? Rashmi
3. C – Cake or Pie? Cake
4. D – Drink of choice? Coffee
5. E – Essential item you use every day? Internet
6. F – Favorite color? Blue
7. G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? -
8. H – Hometown? Bangalore
9. I – Indulgence? Salted potato chips of India
10. J – January or February? January for New Year
11. K – Kids & their names? 1 Son named Siddarth
12. L – Life is incomplete without? Family
13. M – Marriage date? 24th Aug 2006
14. N – Number of siblings? one elder bro
15. O – Oranges or Apples? both
16. P – Phobias/Fears? Fears
17. Q – Quote for today? Be Cool and patient
18. R – Reason to smile? My son
19. S – Season? Winter
20. T – Tag 4 People?
21. U – Unknown fact about me?unknown
22. V – Vegetable you don't like? mostly i like all thinking....
23. W – Worst habit? loose temper rarely and shout
24. X – X-rays you've had? for tooth
25. Y – Your favorite food? Bisibelebath, gobi manchurian, akki roti, fried rice, many more
26. Z – Zodiac sign? libra
I have tagged 4 blogger friends

Rajeshwari of Raks Kitchen
Jyothi of Panch Pakwan
Deepti of Dipskitchen
Smitha of Saffron Apron

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Entries to State Specials




I am sending these recipes to State Specials hosted by
Shanthi .

Karnataka, India


Main Course -

Bisibelebath-Huli Anna

Salad

Kosambari

Snack

Maddur Vade

Kerala/TamilNadu, India

Gravy

Aviyal

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sweets and Savouries Event Announcement!!!

Dear Friends,

I am very excited in hosting my first Event. The theme is Sweets and Savouries, since festive season is lined up am sure everyone will be preparing these. You can make any kind of sweet and savouries. Also can send me sweets or savouries like with low fat milk, sweets for diabeties, kids favourite, etc... pls mention in the subject.

Inviting you all to participate in this event and make it success.

LOGO
RULES

1. Use the logo and the link in your post.
2. Post a recipe for Sweets and Savouries between Aug 25th - Sept 30th. You can also make a combo if possible.
3. Email me at simplysara07@gmail.com with the Subject Sweets and Savouries and with following details.
- Your Name
- Blog name
- Recipe Name
- Recipe URL
- Picture with size 300 x 300 pixels

4. Archived entries should be reposted with the logo and event linked back.

5. Non-bloggers too can participate in this event, send in your recipe by email to me with a photograph.

6. Multiple entries are accepted.

7. Round up will be posted in October.

Feel free to leave your comment. Hope you enjoy the participation @ Sara's Corner.
Looking forward for your support and participation.
Cheers,
Saraswathi Iyer

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Vinayaga(Ganesh) Chathurthi!!!

Wishing you all a very Happy Vinayagar (Ganesh) Chathurthi. This festival is very popular in India. Lord Ganesh is elephant faced Hindu God. In Karnataka its celebrated with Goddess Gowri mother of Lord Ganesh. Idol of Gowri on the previous day and puja is performed. They also do mangala Gowri vratham on every tuesday before this festival and invite ladies for kumkum. Its called Gowri-Ganesha Habba (Festival) in Karnataka.



Clay idol or coloured idol is kept at home and puja is performed offering prasadams like Kara Kozhakattai/Modakam(Urad dal and spices covered with Rice flour),Vella Kozhakattai(Jaggery and coconut stuffing covered with Rice flour), Sundal(Dish prepared with white or black skinned chickpea), fruits and flowers with decorations. The idol is immersed in water at the end of the day after performing the puja with curd rice and sundal.

Its celebrated very grand in Maharashtra, India. Idol is kept for a 1day or 5days or 11 days daily puja is performed by the Hindu Pandits and prasadams is distributed. Sometimes they will celebrate any day in the whole month too...
In Bangalore I have seen Big idols of Lord Ganesh is kept on streets competitions are conducted music orchestra is also performed. Children take Akshata(Rice mixed with turmeric and water or ghee) and visit as many houses to see different kinds of idols and puja. Also enjoy the prasadams.
Hope this festival gives good health, peace, wealth and prosperity to everyone.
I am sharing simple and quick recipe for Kondakadalai(Chickpea/Garbanzo) Sundal
 

Ingredients
Kondakadalai - 2 cups
Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Dry Red chilli - 2 nos (As per your taste)
Asafotida/Hing/Peringayam - a pinch
Oil - 2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves - few
Salt
Method
If you are using dry Kondakadalai, soak it overnite in water and boil with salt in pressure cooker next morning for about 4-5 whistles. If you soak it for longer hours (advisable) make sure its not over--cooked. Remove excess water and can drink as it is.
You can also use Kondakadalai available in Can which is preboiled and ready to use.
Heat a kadai, add oil mustard wait till it splutters. Then add curry leaves and Asafotida. Saute once.
Add dry red chilli and saute till its dark brown black in colour.
Now add cooked kondakadalai. Saute for few mins.
Turn Off the stove and add fresh grated coconut. Mix well.
Kondakadalai Sundal is ready. Its also done as prasadam for Navarathri too...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Veg Pulav - Ver 2

Veg Pulav is a very tasty rice. Its cooked with rice and vegetables.



Ingredients
Basmati Rice - 2 cups (Normal rice can also be used)

Chopped length wise
Beans - 1 cup
Carrot - 1/2 cup
Potato - 1 cup
Baby corn - 6 nos sliced(Optional)
Onion - 1 no big
Tomato - 1 no big
Green peas - 1 cup (I used frozen peas) Remove from the freezer and soak it in water before you cook
Ginger - chopped or grated - 1 tspn
Garlic - Optional(I have not used) or can use ginger garlic paste

Pudina(Mint leaves ) - 1 cup
Coriander(Cilantro) - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 2 nos (As per your taste)
Grind pudina, coriander and green chilli in mixie and make a fine paste.

Cooking oil - 4 tspns
Ghee or butter - 1tspn
Spices - Cinamon, Cloves, Cardamom, Black cardamom (few pieces)
Salt



This is pressure cooker method

Preparation Method
Wash and soak basmati rice in water.
Heat a pressure cooker, put oil and ghee, when its hot put all spices and wait till they splutter. Then add onion, a pinch of salt saute till its transperant. Then add ginger and tomato. Saute till its soft.
Now add all vegetables and saute. Add the green mixture. Cook for few mins.
Add Basmati rice and saute for sometime. Add water 1:1 or if you want the rice to be little soft 1:1.5 and salt. Mix well.
Pressure cook upto 2 whistles.


Vegetable Pulav is ready to serve. You can enjoy this as it is or with Raitha.

This Tasty and Yummy Veg Pulav is participating in Chaitra's Rice-Feast.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Javarsi(Sabudana) Payasam

Ingredients
Javarsi(Sabudana) - 1 cup
Milk - 2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tspn
Cashew & Raisins - few

Preparation Method
Soak Javarsi in water for half n hour.
In a thick bottom vessel put Javarsi and water. Cook till its half boiled.
Then add milk and boil well. Keep in low flame to avoid overflowing. Stir occasionally.
When Javarsi is fully cooked add sugar and boil for few mins till the milk is thick in consistency.
In a pan, heat ghee, add cashews and raisins. Fry till its brown and mix with the payasam.

Javarsi Payasam is ready to serve.
I am treating this payasam for my hubby for his Birthday(Star wise) today. He liked it and just thought of sending it to your Milk event.

This recipe is going to FIL Milk event by Sanghi.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Independence Day



HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
to all Indians around the world

Friday, August 14, 2009

Gokulashtami | Krishna Janmashtami Festival and Recipes

Gokulashtami/Krishna Jayanthi/Krishna Janmashtami is a festival celebrated in India. Its a day on which Lord Krishna was born. Meaning of Krishna is Happniness. People go to temples Krishnan temples. Many people fast on this day. Tradition is by putting kolam and footprints to welcome Lord Krishna.

When we were in Panama we had been to ISKCON temple and celebrated this day. It was very joyful by singing and dancing.
We celebrated the festival yesterday at my home. Traditional prasadams Milk, curds and butter, Thenguzal, Murukku, Kara Seedai, Vella Seedai, Uppu Aval, Vella Aval and Thayir Aval were prepared and offered to God. On this day onion and garlic is generally not used in cooking.

Few snaps attached.






Click on the names for full recipes.
Traditional prasadams Milk, curds and butter,

Appam
Thenguzal
Murukku
Vella Aval
Paal Aval
Thayir Aval

Monday, August 10, 2009

Veg. Sandwich Toast

Veg Sandwich Toast is very easy and simple to prepare. It can be good for kids snack box.

Ingredients
Bread slice - 4nos
Carrot - 1no (Grated)
Potato - 1 no(Grated)
Onion - 1no (chopped length wise)
Cabbage - 1/2 cup (chopped length wise)
Green Chilli - 1 no (chopped)
Curry leaves - few (chopped)
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tspns
For Patti
Kadala Maav(Besan/Chickpea flour) - 2 tspns
Preparation Method
In a Kadai, heat oil, add onion, green chilli, curry leaves and a pinch of salt. Saute till its transperant.
Add Carrot, cabbage and 2 tspns of grated potatoes. Saute till it cooks.
Stuffing is ready
For Patti
In a bowl add grated potatoes, kadala maav and little salt. Mix well make small balls in hand press and cook both sides on tawa with little oil.
Toast the bread with butter on both sides.
Spread the veggi mix over the toasted bread slice and top it with pattis and cover this with another slice of toasted bread. There you go with the simple yet tasy sandwich.

Veg Sandwich Toast is going for Show me your Sandwich event hosted by Divya and EC's WFC Breakfast.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Awards and Tag:-)

My Dearest friend Rekha of Rekha's Recipes has passed me Kreative Blog AWARD: One Lovely Blog AWARD: I love your blog Award, and Tag...

Thank you so much Rekha for tag and awards... :)

I am thrilled to receive the awards. Hope you enjoyed my lunch today.

You have made my day:-)






1. What is your current obsession?

Blogging

2. What are you wearing today?

Skirt and tops

3. What’s for dinner?

Ghos Kootu(Cabbage Kootu), Rasam Curd with rice and Pickle

4. What’s the last thing you bought?

Spectacle

5. What are you listening to right now?

Title song of a Tele-serial (Anbe Vaa in Vijay TV Channel)

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?

Nice and kind person to be with. My best friend in Singapore.

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

Bangalore

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?

Plenty of water and fresh fruit juices, Sunscreen lotion

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

India, home sweet home

10. Which language do you want to learn?

Spanish and French
11. Who do you want to meet right now?

My Parents

12. What is your favourite colour?

Black and Blue
13. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?

Jeans, Saree

14. What is your dream job?

HR Manager

15. What’s your favourite magazine?

16. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?

Shop for my 15 months old baby

17. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

Wearing minis and exposing

18. Who are your style icons?

Many
19. Describe your personal style?

Simple

20. What are you going to do after this?

Play with my baby

21. What are your favourite movies?

Comedy movies

22. What inspires you?

Music

23. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

Be Natural and simple/ Open Hair/ Sunglasses

24. Coffee or tea?

Coffee

25. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?

Listen to music, Go to temple, Play with my baby.

26. What is the meaning of your name?

Goddess of Knowledge and wisdom

27. Which other blogs you love visiting?

All Vege blogs

28. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

Rasmalai, Theratipaal, Sandesh, etc....all sweets

29. Favourite Food???

The rules are: Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.

Now I would like to share this awards and tag with my fellow bloggers.


Nandini of UshaNandinirecipes

Deepa of Simple Home cooking

Kamala of Kamalascorner

Mangala after seeing your blog I really loved the photos. So editing my post and giving it to you also.
Mangala Bhat of Recipes 24x7

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Avani Avittam - Upakarma

Today is Avani Avittam celebrated by all Brahmins in South India and also in Orissa as Shravan Poornima. For more info on this from wikipedia click here.Mostly Rakhi and Avani Avittam falls on the same day. Its also called Upakarma. Early morning traditional food is prepared without onion and garlic. All men at home will change the sacred thread and perform rituals. Tomorrow thats next day they will read Gayathri mantra 1008 times.

Back at home remembering my brothers usually will tie Rakhi once they finish this puja. So treating them with these dishes from my kitchen.



My Menu for the day was.

Breakfast with Yummy soft Idlis.

Paal Payasam(Rice Milk Payasam)

Avarakkai Poriyal(Broad Beans Curry)


Paruppu (Seasoned Dal)

Vendakka Sambar (Lady's finger/Okra sambar)

Plain Rice


Rasam


Paruppu Vadai(Dal Vadas)


Ingi Pachadi (Ginger/Adrak Raitha)

Thayar(Plain curds/Yogurt)

Papad

Will be posting these recipes soon...

Leave me comments or vote which recipe you want me to post first.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mizhagu Rasam Podi(Powder) -1

Rasam is famous in South India. Heres recipe for the podi which is very handy if stored.

Everytime I think of posting the recipe of the podi somehow missing it. So today when I made the podi thought definitely I should post it.

This can be used to prepare Mizhagu Rasam. Can also add little of this for flavour to other Dal rasams. if you like... This podi is different from usual mizhagu jeeragam podi which we use in Mizhagu/Pepper Rasam.


Ingredients

Mizhagu (Black Pepper) - 2 tspns

Jeeragam (Cumin seeds) - 3 tspns

Thavaram Paruppu (Toor Dal) - 3 tspns

Dry Red chilli - 4 nos (Optional)

Method

Dry Roast for sometime all in a Kadai without oil and grind in mixie to fine powder when its cool.

Note -
- This can be prepared in large quantities and stored in air tight container. I prepare for about 15days and store.

- You can change measurements of ingredients, if you like spicy can add more black pepper and drop out dry red chilli.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Happy Friendship Day!!!

Dear Friends,

I wish all my dearest friends a very Happy Friendship Day!!!

Hope you have a great day....







I dedicate these bunch of flowers to my gang of friends in Bangalore.



Cheers,
Saraswathi

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