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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kollu podi / horse gram podi

Horse gram can best be described as a reddish brown legume which is packed with a number of health benefits. It can help with a number of health problems as it is a grain which contains a good and rich amount of vitamins, proteins, and iron. In addition to weight loss, it helps in reduction of extra fat from the body. Horse gram is rich in B-complex vitamin and proteins. It helps in purifying menstruation and cures and prevents arthritis. The presence of a good amount of dietary fibre in the gram helps balance sugar glucose and blood pressure levels.

Horse gram seeds possess a rich content of polyphenols, flavonoids and proteins, the main anti-oxidants, which are mostly present in fruits. Therefore, a few of the main benefits which are associated with consuming horse gram are:

  • Horse gram can be mixed with asafoetida, dry ginger and a pinch of ‘veed salt’ to help treat stomach pain to provide immediate relief.
  • Incorporating horse gram in diet will help relieve pain from dry piles.
  • For women, intake of horse gram helps in purifying during the menstrual cycle.
  • Horse gram made into a semi-liquid solution will help reduce and prevent gas and flatulence.

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Horse gram is very easy and tasty like our any other legume. I have made kollu I podi which is used to mix in rice and eat along with coconut oil or ghee. Gun powder with horse gram is absolutely flavourful and tasteful. It's healthy too.

Ingredients :

  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Kollu - 1/2 cup
  • Gram dal - 1/2 cup
  • Pepper - 2 tsp
  • Red chilly - 5-6
  • Salt
  • Asafoedit


  • In a pan, dry roast each ingredient separately.
  • Cool them and grind it little coarsely.
  • Store in refrigeration if you are grinding a larger quantity.

Goes well with rice and coconut oil.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cream of mushroom soup

Cream of mushroom soup is a simple type of soup where a basic roux is thinned using cream or milk and then mushroom or mushroom broth is added . It is famous in North America as condensed canned soup. This soup is used for making mushroom gravies. This soup is used as a base ingredient for making casseroles and comfort food.

The weekend I planned to make mushroom soup for my family. I wanted to try the cream of mushroom soup for a Long time. It was really flavourful and yummy. 


Mushroom -4 chopped
Onion - 1/2 chopped
Butter or olive oil - 1 tsp
Garlic -2 cloves chopped
Full cream - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Vegetable broth - 3/4 cup
Mixed herbs -2 tsp
Spring onion - 1 tsp


For the vegetable broth , in a pan, add a glass of water and add chopped carrots, cabbage, beans.
Allow it to boil until it becomes 3/4 th cup.
Heat a pan, add butter or olive oil. Add the chopped garlic, sauté until its fried.
Add the chopped onion, mushroom and spring onion. Sauté it till its fried well.add salt to it.
Add the vegetable broth to this and the full cream and milk. Add the required salt. Close and cook for 5 mins.
Open the lid and add the herbs, allow it to boil once.

Thick delicious soup is ready!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Devanagare benne dosa - Karnataka style

According to wiki, Benne Dosa or Benne Dose  is a type of dosa which traces its origin from the city of Davangere in Karnataka. The term "benne dosa" in English language simply corresponds to Butter Dosa. It is prepared by addition of generous amount of butter while preparing the normal dosa, and accompanied by coconut Chutney. It is similar to masala dosa or set dosa but smaller in size, made out of rice batter and much butter. It is served with liberal helpings of butter sprinkled on it. This makes the dish enticing in both flavour and aroma.

Some of the variants of the benne dosa:

  • Benne khali dosa
  • Benne open dosa
  • Benne masala dosa 

Today, benne dosa is almost synonymous with the city of Davangere and has found its own well-deserved place in the menu cards of all well-known restaurants in Karnataka. It has also found its distinct place in the cuisine of the Indian diaspora abroad. There are also restaurants in Singapore and USA that serve this specialty dish of Davangere.

My Husband being a Bangalore guy wanted to have Karnataka style special recipes. So I make these dishes for him. He just loved it and enjoyed. So let me share the recipe of this benne dosa.


  • Aval - 1 cup
  • Parboiled rice - 1 cup
  • Idly rice - 1 cup
  • Urad dal - 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Water

Method :

  • Soak Aval . Soak idly rice and parboiled rice together.
  • Soak Urad dal and fenugreek seeds separately.
  • Grind Aval, do not add too much of water.Grind rice. 
  • Grind Urad dal,add salt and mix it.
  • Add water accordingly.
  • Leave to ferment overnight.
  • Heat a Tava , add the batter and make regular dosas. This particular dosas must be thin outside and little thick in the corner.
  • Place the benne cube on TOP of the dosa while serving.

For the potato masala :

  • Potato - 250 gms
  • Onion - 2 finely chopped
  • Green chilly - 2 finely chopped
  • Ginger - 1" finely chopped
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil
  • Water

  • Boil potato and smash them well.
  • Heat oil in pan, add mustard seeds .
  • Add curry leaves, green chilly, ginger.
  • Add chopped onions. Saute well.
  • Add turmeric powder, salt.
  • Add the smashed potatoes and little water.
  • Keep it closed and cook well.
  • Turn off when its mushy.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
Coconut chutney for accompaniment


  • Coriander leaves - a bunch
  • Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Roasted gram - 3-4 tsp
  • Ginger - small piece
  • Salt
  • Green chilly - 2
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp


  • Grind all the above ingredients using water. 
  • For the last pulse add the lemon juice and pulse it.
  • A perfect chutney is ready.
  • You can also increase the chillies if you want it more spicy.

Enjoy the hot benne dosas!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

French toast roll ups

Once upon a time, my mom used to make this French toast ,when I used to mouth waterin its smell. One of the tastiest recipe in bread I would say. Love to eat it often as I like sweets. Soft and sweet version of bread who wouldn't like.i hope there are lot of French toast lovers here. This recipe is a twist of the French toast. It's just not French toast. These roll ups can be made with lot of variations. By adding strawberries inside. I have made by adding Nutella inside. Chocolate French toast roll ups, yum isn't it?

Recipe :

Ingredients :

Bread - 6
Milk - 1/2cup
Egg - 1
Sugar - needed
Nutella - 6 spoons

Method :

In a bowl add milk, egg and sugar and whisk everything together.
Take the bread slices one by one. With the rolling pin, press the bread slices once.
I did not cut the sides. If you do not like or to maintain softness crop it off.
Take the Nutella in spoon and apply on the bread. Roll the bread sand it would stick on its own.  
Dip the rolled breads in the egg milk mixture.
Heat a Tawa, place the roll ups and cook on all sides. If necessary add oil on the sides.

Yummy , tasty French toast roll ups ready for your breakie .

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