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Beetroot Sukka

A easy and tasty side dish to go with rice or chapathi.
Course:side dish  Cuisine:karnataka, south indian Servings :4 portion

Method: Get all the ingredients listed under "For frying" ready. Heat a pan, and dry fry* coriander seeds, whole pepper, fenugreek, fennel seeds, cumin seeds. When they are almost fried, add the dry red chillies. Remove it from flame. In same pan add a little oil, garlic and half of the sliced onions. Fry till the onions start turning brown. Switch off and let the mixture cool down. Add ¼ th  grated coconut, tamarind, and grind the mixture to a semi smooth paste in a blender. Meanwhile wash, peel and chop the beetroot into bite size pieces. Heat some oil in a deep pan, and fry the remaining onions to golden brown. To this add chopped beetroots curry leaves, salt and fry on a high flame for another 2 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add the ground paste, stir well, reduce to a low flame. Add ½ cup water Cook with the lid closed for 10 minutes. Open the lid If the co…

Purple Cabbage and Feta Salad

During Summers we feel like eating something light! And if it’s a salad we are the most happiest people on earth. Today I am posting a purple cabbage and feta cheese salad its very easy to make.
Ingredients : 3 cups purple cabbage shredded thinly. ½ cup onions finely sliced 3 tbsp crumble feta cheese 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley Dressing- ¼ th cup greek yogurt½ tsp apple cider vinegar½  tsp vinegar1 tsp sugarSalt and pepper, to taste
In a large bowl add in the shredded cabbage, sliced onions chopped parsley. In a small bowl mix all the items mentioned in dressing and add it to the shredded cabbage. Now mix it well and add in the crumbled feta cheese and serve immediately. 

Happy Cooking, Aps

Beetroot Soup - with coconut milk

Now that winter has begun here you will get to see some winter recipes in Aps Kitchen. Today we will make Beetroot Soup. I generally make Tomato and Beetroot soup but this time I combined beetroot with coconut milk which is classy. Let’s get making!

1 tablespoon olive oil1 large yellow onion, diced3 cloves garlic, finely chopped1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger3 large red beets, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces5 cups vegetable stock, divided1 cup thin coconut milk1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperParsley (optional)Crusty bread/croutons to serve (optional)  Method:
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes.  Add beets and 4 cups stock; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until beets are fork-tender, 20 minutes. With an immersion or regular blender, puree soup, adding remaining 1 cup stock as needed to reach desired consistency.  Stir in coconut milk, salt an…

Stuffed Paav/ Stuffed bun

Kids wanted me to bake something new and savory so this one was made for them. I wish to replace flour with wheatflour maybe soon ill try!
Recipe for Stuffed Paav Ingredients for Paav Plain Flour / Maida - 1 Cup Milk - ⅓ Cup + 1½ TBSP Sugar - ½ Tbsp Instant Yeast - 1 Tsp Salt - ½ Tsp Milk Powder - 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil - 1 Tbsp More Flour for dusting. Sesame Seeds - As required to sprinkle on top Milk & Butter -For Brushing
Ingredients for bhaji/stuffing 1 Tablespoon oil 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 6 dried curry leaves 2 green chilies, chopped into fine pieces 3 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed 1 large onion, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder juice from ¼ lime 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped salt, to taste INSTRUCTIONS

Lets get making Paav Buns: Start by proofing the yeast, to do so In a mixing bowl add the Warm Milk, followed by sugar. Mix really well, then add the Instant Yeast. Stir and keep aside for 10 mins in a warm spot like a turned off microwave or oven. Add the flour, sa…

Bread Croutons - Baked

Winter has arrived and making soups have started in my house. Tomato soup is one of the family favorite soups. Adding croutons and enjoying them gives a extra taste to the soup and when croutons are homemade and Baked it makes the soup yet more healthy isn’t it? I use this croutons for soups/salads and even pulao. So let’s learn how to make croutons.

INGREDIENTS: 4 heaping cups cubed brown/multi grain or any choice of your bread( i have used brown bread) 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4th  teaspoon sea salt
DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine the bread and salt. Drizzle olive oil over bread while stirring. Stir well until bread is coated by all ingredients and olive oil is absorbed. Spread the bread cubes into an even layer on a sheet pan. Don’t crowd the pan. Bake for 10 minutes on both sides for 180 deg celcius or until golden brown and crisp. Enjoy with accompaniment of your choice. 

Notes:  If you’re using fresh bread, they’ll take a little longe…

Alsande beeyye saarupkari

Alsande beeye saarupkari is a  pot side dish which is easy to prepare and comfort food. Saaru meaning rasam and upkari means sabzi/side dish. Lets learn to make this easy recipe.

2 cups black eyed beans/lobhiya/ alsadne bee
2 tomatoes finely chopped
2 pods crushed garlic
2 slit green chillies
6-8 red chillies broken into pieces
Salt to taste
2 tsp coconut oil(you can use any oil of your choice)


PROCEDURE: Wash  and pressure cook alsande bee along with tomatoes  in 2 cups water for 4-5 whistles.Transfer it in a vessel, add salt to taste,slit green chillies and boil it for 5- 10 minsOnce it is boiled, remove from the flameIn a small pan take oil,add crushed garlic, and fry till garlic becomes brown colour, now add red chillies broken and roast it for a few seconds.Add this tempering to the cooked beans and mix wellServe hot with hot rice!

Here My thali consists of typical mangalorean food which has Surna(elephant foot) kismuri,Surna koot, saarupkari, rice and papad. I will upd…

Purple Cabbage and Feta Salad

During Summers we feel like eating something light! And if it’s a salad we are the most happiest people on earth. Today I am posting a purple cabbage and feta chese salad its very easy to make.

Ingredients : 3 cups purple cabbage shredded thinly. ½ cup onions finely sliced 3 tbsp crumble feta cheese 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley Dressing- ¼ th cup greek yogurt½ tsp apple cider vinegar½  tsp vinegar1 tsp sugarSalt and pepper, to taste
In a large bowl add in the shredded cabbage, sliced onions chopped parsley. In a small bowl mix all the items mentioned in dressing and add it to the shredded cabbage. Now mix it well and add in the crumbled feta cheese and serve immediately. 
Happy Cooking,

Khasta Namak Paare/Namak paare

Khasta Namak paare is pastry like crunchy snack lightly seasoned with carom seed. This is great snack with cup of tea. Perfect snack for Diwali so do try and let us know.

 2 cups All purpose flour (plain flour or maida) +some to sprinkle 2 tbsp sooji  ¾  teaspoon Salt  ¼ teaspoon Carom seeds (ajwain)  2 -3 tablespoon oil About 1/3 cup water as needed  Oil to deep  fry + oil to roll on the sheets
 1.  Mix flour, sooji, salt, carom seeds, and oil, and mix it with fingertips to get consistency of breadcrumb. 2.  Add water as needed to make firm but smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and set aside at least for ten minutes. 3.  Knead the dough for another minute and divide in two equal parts. 4.  Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape. 5.   Spread 1 tsp oil over the rolled sheet. Sprinkle some dry refined flour over this rolled sheet and spread evenly using a spoon. After this, fold the sheet. For this, fold the sheet from one side bringing it to the half. Now sim…

Vaali Bajo/Malabar Spinach Pakoda

A easy pakoda recipe which can be made on a rainy day.
Ingredients: Vaali /Malabar spinach or any spinach leaves – 20 leaves
Oil for deep frying

For Batter: Gram Flour / Kadalehittu / Besan – 1 cup
Rice Flour / akki hittu – 2 tblspn
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Asafoetida / Hing– a pinch
Carom Seeds / Ajwain / Carom Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Water as needed

Method: Wash the leaves really well and dry them. Mix all the ingredients for batter in a bowl to a smooth batter. Dip each leaf in the batter and fry in hot oil till golden. Drain and serve hot with sweet and spicy chutney or even tomato ketchup.
Aps Note:
If you do not find malabar spinach then you can use any spinach leaves you find. But make sure they are fresh and crispy!
Happy Cooking !

Butter Chakli/Butter Chakkuli

I tried a few chakli recipes last year but couldn’t post them due to some reasons. Today I am posting Butter chakkuli/chakli which can be prepared during Diwali. Lets get cooking!
Ingredients: 2 cups rice flour½ cup besan / gram flour2 tbsp roasted chana dal / roasted bengal gram / putani kaalu 1 tsp jeera / cumin seeds1 tsp white or black sesame seedspinch of hing / asafoetidasalt to taste1-2 tbsp butterWater as required to knead into a soft doughOil for deep frying

Method: In a large mixing bowl take rice flour, besan and powdered roasted chana dal.Add cumin seeds, sesame seeds,hing and salt.Lastly add butter and crumble well with flour.Now slowly add water as required and start kneading.Knead to smooth and soft dough a little harder than chapathi dough.Furthermore, take star mold and fix to the chakli/chakkuli maker.Also grease the chakli maker with some oil.Now make a cylindrical shape out of dough and place the dough inside chakli/chak…

Pav/Indian soft buns

I always wanted to try homemade pav(soft Indian bun) but was hesitant about the texture but all thanks to cooking shooking video it helped me a lot. It came just perfect, along with it I even made some masala buns which were yum!
Recipe Courtesy : Cooking Shooking Yields around 20 small sized pav
Here is recipe for Laadi Pav/Paav. Plain Flour / Maida - 2 CupsMilk - ¾ Cup + 1½ TbspSalt - 1 TspButter - 4 Tsp Milk Powder - 1½ Tbsp Instant Yeast - 2 TspSugar - 1 TbspMilk & Sugar - For BrushingFlour - for dustingOil - for greasing

Warm the milk, Add the sugar, yeast. Mix well and keep aside for 10 minutes.Add the dry ingredients i.e  maida, salt and milk powder on your kitchen platform mix well and make a well like shape with this.After 10 minutes yeast mixture should look frothy, Add this mix to the dry ingredients well and knead it to a dough. This mixture will be sticky but that’s how it has to be says the recipe and I agree with it.Now add the butter to the sticky paste and st…

Potato Murukku/Batate Chakkuli

Potato Murukku is a easy snack which I learnt from a very nice group in FB. Thanks to Mrs Shobha shenoi for the recipe. Here I am passing it to you lovely readers to try it at yourself.   This is a perfect snack for Diwali. Lets Get Cooking ! Ingredients:
Rice flour-1 cup (i used store brought one with name Idiyappam flour)
Potato-1,medium sized
Ajwan seeds/Oma kaalu- 1 tsp
Hing powder-1/2 tsp or Hing water(i.e diluted solid hing water) -1/2 tsp
Chilli powder-1/2 tsp
White or black sesame seeds/Til -1/2 tsp(i've used white)
Butter/oil-1 tbsp
Salt to taste
oil to fry ( I use coconut oil for known reasons)

Method: Pressure cook/ boil the potato well. Cool peel the skin and grind it in to a paste in the mixer grinder/mixie. In a mixing bowl add flour,ground potato paste,ajwan seeds,hing,salt and butter/oil and mix it well. Then slowly add very little water and knead to a non sticky dough. Grease the murukku press with oil and fill the dough. Press it gently and drop it in hot oil. Fry them well. Repeat t…

Goli Bajo/Goli Baje/Mysore bonda

Goli Bajo or Goli Baje is a popular snack in Mangalore. It’s requires no grinding and can be made easily. Goli means tiny ball sized. These can be served with chutney of your choice  and in another picture with ginger chutney
Picture Updated :17/5/2020
Let’s get Cooking! Ingredients:
All purpose flour- 2 cups
Bengal gram flour/besan- ½  cup
Buttermilk- ½  cup (if using curd then 1/4 th cup curd +1/4th cup water)*check notes
Water- ½  cup
Sugar-2-3 tsp
Green chillies-4,finely chopped
Salt- to taste
Cooking soda/Baking Soda-1 tsp
Oil- to deep fry
Water-to dip your hands if it gets too sticky

Method: In a bowl add salt,sugar, cooking soda ,minced green chillies ,buttermilk and water.Add maida, gram flour/besan  and prepare the batter to a thick consistency by mixing it with your hands or a hand whipper.Ferment this batter  for an hour.The batter turns to be too rubbery/ looks chewy and that is how it has to be.Heat oil,dip your fingers  in water and take a lime sized batter with your four fin…

Nanchane Duddali / Ragi Manni/Finger Millet Halwa

I have already posted Kuve Pitta(in konkani)/Arrowroot powder/Indh Hudi(in tulu) Duddali, now I am posting Nanchane Duddali. This is made of Finger Millet/Ragi and is very healthy and cool for the body. 

Lets get cooking!

Ingredients: ·Ragi*/ Finger millet- 250 gms ·Milk – 1 cup ·Jaggery (adjust accordingly)- ½ cup ·Cardamom pods-4-5 ·Clarified butter/Ghee- 1 tsp Method:

Wash ragi and then grind it to get a very fine paste. Add water as required. Then strain it to get the thick milk from ragi. Then transfer the remains of ragi from the strainer to a bowl and add little water and again strain this mixture again in the bowl which contains the thick ragi milk. Repeat this process two more times, so ground ragi milk is extracted completely. When the is done lastly take a clean muslin/cotton cloth and strain all the milk so that no residues of the ragi remains in the milk. By doing this you get a clean ragi milk.Now in a deep pan / kadai add the ragi milk , milk (the fresh milk that we get in stor…

Custard Kulfi

Custard kulfi is one easy kulfi recipe if you have prepared custard before hand, for custard recipe please follow my recipe Here. Yields : 6 kulfis  Ingredients :
Freshly prepared custard -1 ½  cup 1 tsp powdered sugar Popsicle moulds
Take the prepared custard in a bowl add sugar and mix well. Now take the kulfi/popsicle mould and add the mixture in the mould till it fills in. Now cover the moulds and place it in the freezer for 5-6 hours or overnight.

 Remove from the moulds and serve immediately. Aps Notes: There is no need to add sugar but if you add it helps in retaining the sweetness after freezing. You can even add some tutti frutti if you wish. Do try this easy recipe and let me know :).
Happy Cooking, Aps 

Fruit Custard

Custard is one simple dessert that can be whipped up with limited ingredients.  It can be served at room temperature or chilled.
INGREDIENTS 1/4th  cup vanilla custard powder2  ½ cups (625ml) milk2 tablespoons caster sugar Fruits of your choice ( here I have used apples,grapes,strawberries, pomegranate seeds)Nuts (slivered pistachios and almonds) METHOD Step 1Combine custard powder and 1/4 cup of the milk in a bowl. Stir until smooth.
Step 2Place custard mixture, sugar and add remaining milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stir constantly until custard comes to the boil and thickens. Simmer, stirring for 5 minutes.Add this prepared custard in a large bowl and place it in the refrigerator to cool completely. Step3Chop apples and strawberries into bite sized pieces.Cut the grapes into halves. Just peel the pomegranate to separate the arils.  Keep in the fridge to cool. ·Step 4
Once the custard has completely cooled down add in the fruits and nuts and Serve chill…

Cornflakes Laddoo

In Mangalore we a company  called Pon Pon sells only laddoos. They make different variety of laddoos from Ashtami Laddoo to Bombay laddoo. One unique laddoo I tried from them was Cornflakes laddoo. Yes you heard me right! It is made of the puffed cornflakes we use for chivda. It is crunchy and tasty and my daughter manya loved the taste. We even got some back here and they got empty in a jiffy. She asked me to make it but I was like after all we have to fry it! But yes I love to experiment so I thought of making it with Kellogs Cornflakes and yes it did turn out to be a real Hit! Manya was happy about it and so was I for creating a healthy Dessert/Snack.  Why buy the unhealthy bars when we can make healthy ones at home. Next time I am going to make these as chikkis as it is easy to bite than laddoo(my teeth aren’t strong enough you see ;) ). This is perfect treat for kids Snack box and even a good treat for Diwali. Here is the recipe for Cornflakes Laddoo Preparation Time : 15 mins