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Gosale Sheere Chutney - Best out of Waste!

How many of you love or like ridge gourd? How many of you peel it and throw the skin? If you do it… from today stop throwing the skin and use it in making this Yummy Chutney! So what are we waiting for lets proceed with the chutney recipe.
Ingredients: Skin of 2 large ridge gourds, wash and peel the skin1-2 dry red chillies ½ cup coconut fresh or frozen 1 tsp cumin seeds(optional) Very small lemon sized tamarind 1 tsp oil Salt to taste

How to prepare chutney:
Heat a tsp of oil in a cooking vessel, add cumin seeds and red chillies and stir fry for a few seconds.
 In the same vessel, add the ridge gourd peels (chop them into small pieces) and fry on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Add the tamarind to it and leave aside to cool.
 Once cool, grind the cumin-red chillies, coconut the rest of the sauteed ingredients along with tamarind and salt and grind to a smooth chutney consistency.
Isn't this easy?? From today do not throw the peels instead make this and tingle your taste buds!

You can even add …

Experimental Rasam - Turned to be Yumm!!

When Watermelons are not so sweet what do u do? Make juice out of it? Make fruit chat? I too used to do the same until this came into my mind…. Rasam.. yes watermelon rasam… I had a piece of watermelon lying in the fridge which was not so sweet to relish.. i was wondering what to make with it… juice or chat? But then I had finished of with both just 2 days back so this is what came to my Cooking mind…. How about rasam I thought… If it tastes yum I will post it in my blog orelse we will just manage it silently is what my blogger mind thought. But to my luck it was not only yummy but my Hubby did not even come to know that there were no tomatoes in the rasam…. And he enjoyed it just like he does for other kind of rasams.
So here is the recipe for you guys too.. If bored with regular rasam then try this!
Makes: Around 2 Cup of Watermelon Rasam. Ingredients: Seedless Watermelon 1 cup (use it for rasam only if it is not too sweet) Tamarind Extract 1/2 tsp Rasam Powder – 2 tsp Green Chilly 1 Salt …

Homemade Rasam Powder

What is comfort food according to you?? For me us its simple rasam rice and a upkari or dal and upkari. Being brought up in a typical Konkani family I love rasam of any kind. And amma being a lovely cook used does make most (apart from the baked goodies) of the dishes at home. From spice powders to curries to desserts… and rasam powder is one such spice powder which is the best. I never bothered to even see what was the proportion of ingredients she added into making of this fragrant powder. And once I got married I started buying readymade powder for some years but then soon started feeling if amma always made it at home I can atleast give a try and mind me from that day onwards I never buy rasam powder. I make my OwnJ.

So here is what we need for Rasam Powder :
Coriander seeds - 1 cupCumin (jeera) seeds - 1/2 cupFenugreek (methi) seeds - 2 tablespoonsUrad dal/Black gram dal – 1 tspByadagi red chillies - 10 to 15 (according to taste)Pepper- 10A pinch …

Dry Fruit Laddoo

Dry fruits are rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Lets keep the cholesterol and fat part aside sometimes… what say? I make these laddoo to give my little girl all the essential and natural vitamins every month or once one batch is empty. She enjoys it just like a toffee and so do we J. I make a small batch of around 25 laddoos at a time so that they stay fresh. Its guilt free as you don’t have sugar included in it.
Adding dates(rich in iron) to these also makes it taste yummy… but till now as it was summer I avoided dates in these.

We need:
Anjeer/ Dried Fig – 3/4th cup Badam Chopped – 1/4th cup Pista Chopped – 1/4th cup Cashew Pieces – 1/4th cup Walnut pieces – 2-3 tbsp
1 tsp+ 1/2 tsp ghee (optional)

Method : 1.       Chop Anjeer into small pcs and blend it in a mixer coarsely. 2.       Take a pan with 1 tsp of ghee and roast all the dry fruits in it. 3.       Take another pan with ½ tsp of ghee and add anjeer mixture and heat for 3 mins on a medium flame with a spatula till the moist…

Uppara Vada

Being grown in a temple surrounding and my dad being there most of the time we knew about the prasadams distributed in and around temple.
This is such a recipe which was sold in the temple only during Navaratri times and now being one of the days in Navaratri I wished to post this recipe for all of u J.
It tastes yummy and a perfect tea time snack too J

We need:
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Roasted urad dal 1/4th cup(hurnu)
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp of jeera/cumin seeds
salt to taste
Coconut oil for frying ( you can use oil of your choice)

Mash ripe bananas well and add the flours to it then add cumin seeds and salt and mix well add very little water(as required) and knead it into a soft dough (like the vada or thattai consistency)
Now take a small ball of it (just like u take for puri) and pat it over a plastic cover or butter sheet and make small puri's out of it.
Once done with flattening all the dough.
Fry it in oil (on medium heat) till it changes brown in color and gets crisp.


Chettambado/Chettambade/Masala Vada

Sometimes cravings come all of a sudden, and it happened to my hubby one such time (it happens many a times :P) where he wanted to eat Chettambado/Chettambade/Masala Vada when he saw them in Lulu but I told him lets make it home and he can enjoy as many as he wants and so can our little girl. I am not a big fan these ambades but My daughter Hubby love it.

Here is what we need :
1 and half cup chana dal (yellow split peas)1 or 2 long mild red chillies (kashmiri)3 - 5 whole peppercorns1 green chilli chopped finely( I used only one according to our spice level and I have ground it finely as the little girl of mine would also enjoy it without asking me to remove the chillies in between)1 sprig of curry leaves,chopped roughlySalt to tasteCoconut pieces cut thinly into small pieces or Grated coconut -2 tbspOil to deep Fry (we use coconut oil)


Soak the dal in enough water for atleast 3-4 hours. Then drain the dal well and grind coarsely with the red chilli, peppercorns, without adding wa…

Rajma Masala / Rajma Chawal

Rajma/Kidney beans is such a bean which has a different kind of taste. Adding just salt and chilli powder can also make rajma curry interesting. I love our typical Konkani dish Rajma Bendi first when it comes to this bean, then comes saarupkari and later adds the north Indian variety.
Most of the time I make our amchi dish with this bean as it’s the preferred variety at our place. I love it more than hubby (he is not so fond of it) so it was not cooked regularly here. Now that little M loves the bean I have got a company to eat it J so the Not Cooked Regularly statement has changed: D. This time its Rajma Chawal one of the best and well known combo by every Indian.
This dish is very simple and yummy. 

Here is the recipe for all of you:
1 cup Rajma/Red Kidney Beans (soaked overnight/8 hours) 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 onion finely chopped  4 cloves garlic minced 2 slit green chillies 2 tomatoes chopped finely (u can even puree it if you wish) 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon ro…

Cheese Paratha - Lunch box recipes

Remember my post about Paneer paratha which I had posted 2 weeks back??? We all loved it at home and I made Cheese Paratha.
My little one loves cheese and she loved this paratha too and now on I have added this to my cooking menuJ.

How to make Cheese Paratha Ingredients: For the dough: 2 cups whole wheat flour/atta Water Salt to taste For the Cheese stuffing: 200 Gms Cheese 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped * refer note 1 tsp chat masala powder 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves *refer note Salt or rock salt as required (add less salt as cheese does not hold much salt)
Butter or oil for frying the paratha

Instructions Preparing the dough: Make smooth dough with the whole wheat flour and enough water. Cover and keep aside. Preparing the stuffing: Add in the Cheese in a bowl. Mix the chat masala powder, green chilies and salt with the Cheese. Keep aside.

Filling is now Ready to be stuffed into the dough

Preparing the parathas: Take a ball from the dough
Roll them into small rounds about 2 to 3 inches in …

Pudina Chutney - For Sandwiches, Tikka or Kebab

Sandwiches are the most easy Junks to make in a Jiffy if you have things handy. Especially if you have this chutney ready you can make it within half the time than what it takes.
I normally make Veg sandwich at home which all the three of us love to. My daughter loves chutney cheese sandwich in which she parts the bread slices eats the cheese first and then the bread :D. I make this chutney less spicy as little girl also eats it along with us and Mint also has its own spice.

Here is a simple recipe for Mint Chutney which can be used for Sandwiches, or sides for Tikka’s or kebabs. Fresh Coriander leaves 1/2 cups
Fresh mint leaves 1 cup
Grated fresh coconut 1tbsp.( optional, i did not use)
Green chilies 2 or more
Salt as per taste
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Garlic pod 1 peeled

Wash the leaves and transfer them in mixer/blender and blend all ingredients (adding lemon juice not only gives a tangyness but also keeps the green color in tact)to a fine paste.

U can reverse the mint and corriander proport…

Palak Tambli

Rice being a staple food for us South Indians we need a side to go along with rice. Most of the time I make rasam, dalitoy sarupkari, khadi’s , Sambhar the list goes on yet I feel we have a short list, And decides to make something new which I had seen in many kannadiga’s blogs but not yet tried  and it is  tambli. So today i am posting Palak Tambli.  Tambli is normally made of a paste with coconut and yogurt and tempered with ghee, mustard seeds and chillies but you can skip coconut if you do not wish to eat coconut that day but the taste totally differs.  So today is a version without coconut and just yogurt/curds.

1 cup spinach
1 cup thick yogurt
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
4-5 black peppers
2 green chillies
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
Salt Method:
Heat oil and add cumin seeds, pepper, green chillies, spinach, salt. Cook for 5-6mins. Cool to room temperature. Grind it to a smooth paste.
Mix yogurt and water (to bring to gravy consistency). Mix very well.
Heat ghe…

Karmbi Nonche /Brined raw mango pickle

Pickle is such a thing which can always make me salivate for more! Any kinds of pickles can make the same to me. I still remember Amma making bottles of them and me being the first one to check if its ready to use. Even after hundreds of no I couldn’t stop from checking it.  Especially the Raw mango pickles and the ivy gourd ones, even if the pickle was not ready I used to dig in a spoonful of it and wash the or ivy gourd and eat them (you call me insane I never mind :D ). picture updated:16-6-2020 Just like Amma used to make them and I used to relish it now my daughter does it… Yes the same washing  raw mangoes or tendli/ivy gourd business. But the only difference is I do it for her ;). She too loves pickles raw mangoes and tendli the way I we do. I feel so happy when I make pickles at home thinking that I am not the category who crib on such lengthy procedures and then continue on the pickle making thing.
After lot of talking and praising myself I am posting a Version of Raw…

Kesar Rabri

A simple meal or a maharaja meal can be special by a yummy dessert. Now that Ganesh Chathurthi is coming day after so I am posting one such dessert which can be made on special occasions or even on such days when you  just feel like eating something yummy and sweet.

Here is what we need: Milk 4 cups Sugar     -2 tablespoons Saffron/ Kesar a few strands Green cardamom powder-1 teaspoon Sliced Almonds a few
Sliced Pistachios a few
Method: Blanch the almonds and pistachios, peel and slice them thinly. Dissolve the saffron strands in 1 tbsp hot milk. Bring the milk to the boil then cook slowly, stir frequently and let the cream thicken at the edge of the pan. Now add the dissolved saffron and sugar, cardamom powder in it and switch of the flame once the sugar is dissolved and done. Garnish with almonds and pistachios.
Allow it to cool down completely then Serve.

Note: Make sure you keep stirring the milk as it has chances of getting stuck  in the bottom of the pan if yu don’t do so. The whole process t…