Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Soupy Tomato and Lentil Rasam - Tomato and Lentil Indian Soup

 It is appetizing and soothing. Fights colds, fever and sore throats. The best comfort food for one and all. Best food for babies and convalescents. An ambrosia one can survive on forever.The elixir of life! Yes! It is Rasam ! The mildly spicy and tangy broth that no South Indian can live without !  A flavoursome Rasam mashed with soft mushy rice into a porridge like consistency, topped with a spoon of ghee is THE magic food for all Rasam lovers. Soupy Tomato and Lentil Rasam prepared using Tomatoes and Green gram dal serves as an appetizing starter. It tastes delicious when mixed with rice and can be relished as a second course in a South Indian meal. A glass of Rasam acts as a digestive after a heavy meal.

Tomatoes - 5 ( Chopped)
Green gram dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Rasam powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Curry leaves - a few
Pepper and Cumin seeds ( Powdered coarsely) - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 1/4 tsp
1. Take washed green gram dal in a vessel and add turmeric powder and 11/2 cups of water.
2. Add chopped tomatoes and Rasam powder in another bowl and add little water.
3. Place the vessels one on top of the other and pressure cook them together until three whistles.

4. When the cooker cools down remove the cooked rasam powder - tomato mixture and blend it in a mixer.
5. Mash the cooked dal and add asafoetida, salt and curry leaves and set it on the stove.
6. Add the blended tomatoes and allow it to boil for two minutes.

7. Pour two glasses of water in a slow stream as it is cooking. ( Add less water if you prefer a thick Soupy Rasam)
8. Top the Rasam with coarsely powdered pepper and cumin seeds.
9. Cook on low flame till the Rasam becomes foamy and switch off flame as soon as it is about to boil over.

Soupy Tomato and Lentil Rasam is ready to be served as a starter.

Mustard seeds spluttered in ghee and chopped coriander leaves can be added as a garnish if you want to serve the Soupy Tomato and Lentil Rasam with rice.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mosaru Kodubale - Curd and Flour Savoury Rings

Thunder showers have been lashing the city after Bengaluru suffered extreme hot weather conditions. Watching the cool showers and the rain drenched trees munching on Kodubales is a joyful experience enjoyed by every Bengalurean  at one time or another. Mosaru Kodubale is a variation of the usual Kodubales . These Kodubales  which are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside taste good when eaten fresh. A perfect snack for a rainy day. 


Rice flour - 2 cups
1 cup curd + 1 cup water blended together
Fresh coconut gratings - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Green chilly ( 2 numbers) and coriander ( one tuft ) paste - 1 tbsp 
Oil for frying
1. Add coconut gratings, cumin seeds, salt and chilly paste to the blended curd and set it on the stove.

2. When the mixture starts to boil stir in the rice flour .

3. Stir and cook till it comes together into a ball of dough.

4. Add two table spoons of oil and knead the dough till it is soft and pliable.
5. Pinch a small ball of dough and roll it on a board using your palm and shape it like a rod. 
6. Bring the edges together and firmly bind them together so that you get a bangle shaped Kodubale.

7. Make 6 Kodubales at a time and keep the rest of the dough covered with a wet cloth till the first batch is done.
8. Heat oil and gently slide the Kodubales one by one and fry them on both sides till they are done. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Enjoy the fresh Mosaru Kodubales with a spicy green chilly and coriander chutney.
This recipe along with my three other recipes were published in Aval Kitchen magazine dated 1st June 2018. The pictures were clicked by my nephew Pranav Calapatti.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Godumai Uthappam - Instant Whear Flour Savoury Pancakes - A Traditional Fast Food

Godumai Uthappam can be termed as traditional Fast Food which can be prepared in a jiffy. There are times when I am immersed in other interesting activities forgetting to plan for the next meal. This 'Dideer' (instant) Uthappam is a real saviour during such emergencies. Nutritious and tasty Wheat Flour Uthappams can be prepared and served straight from the griddle while the family is already seated for a meal.

Wheat flour - 4 cups
Rice flour - 4 tbsps
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Finely chopped onion - 1 cup
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsps
Grated ginger - 1 tbsp
Sesame oil for cooking
1. Mix all ingredients excepting Sesame oil in a bowl.
2. Add water little by little and blend into a dosa batter consistency.

3. Beat the batter well and keep aside.
4. Heat a greased griddle and rub it with the cut side of half onion. This will make it non sticky.
5. Pour a ladle of batter on the hot griddle and lightly spread it into a thick Uthappam.

6. Dribble oil all around and cook till small holes appear on top.
7. Wait till the rawness disappears on top and then flip the Uthappam and cook for two more minutes.

8. Remove the hot and flavoursome Godumai Uthappam on to a plate.

Enjoy with Podi and a chutney of your choice.