Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Independence Day


Green Gram Curry

A simple and healthy dish that goes well with both rice and rotis. We had it with steamed rice and poha mixture..


What you need:

Green grams or pesalu-1cup
Tomato-1 ripe and medium sized
Green chillys-2
Curry leaves-a few
Asafoetida or hing or inguva-1 pinch
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Chilly  powder-1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil-1 tablespoon                                        
  1. Wash and soak the green gram for six hours or over night.
  2. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the cut green chillys, curry leaves, asafoetida and cut tomato.
  3. Fry them on a low flame until they become soft.
  4. Add the soaked green gram, turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt.
  5. Stir it for two minutes and add two cups of water.
  6. Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles and turn off the stove.
  7. Once the cooker stops releasing the pressure, open the lid and mash it. Cook it for one to two minutes on a low flame without the lid.
  8. Turn off the stove and serve it with steamed rice or rotis or chapathis..
Note: You can also add ginger garlic paste and cut onion while adding green chilly and curry leaves. I have already posted the recipe of poha mixture.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Happy Sri Rama Navami :)

When I was working in a school (in Bengaluru), I tasted kosambari and Muskmelon (kharbuja) panaka on Sri Rama Navami Day. I liked them and they are quite different from our Rama Navami dishes. I have already posted what we make in Andhra and Telangana on Sri Rama Navami (vada pappu, panakam and pulihora or mango rice). I asked one of my ex-coleagues how to make kosambari and muskmelon panaka to share with you :)
Let's see how to make them..



What you need:

Skinned green gram (yellow moong dal)-1 cup
Grated carrot-2 tablespoons
Finely chopped green cucumber-2 tablespoons
Grated raw mango-1tablespoon
Grated fresh coconut-1 tablespoon
Finely chopped green chilly-1
Chopped coriander leaves-1 tablespoon
Salt to taste                                                           


  1. Soak the green gram for half an hour in water and drain it.
  2. Take a mixing bowl and add the soaked green gram, grated carrot, chopped cucumber, grated raw mango, chopped chilly and coriander leaves.
  3. Add salt to taste before serving and mix them well.
        The colourful and healthy kosambari is ready to serve now which helps to cool our body in summer.

  Note: You can also add lime juice instead of raw mango. If you want, you can season the salad by   adding a few mustard seeds, skinned black gram, a pinch of hing and a few curry leaves to one teaspoon of hot       oil.

Musk Melon Panakam:

Musk melon is rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin A and C. It improves our immune system and is also good for the skin.


What you need:
Ripe musk melon-1
Grated jaggery-1/4 a cup
Cardamom powder-a pinch
Water-4 cups
 1. Wash and cut the musk melon. Deseed it and squeese the pulp into juice with your palm in a container. 
 2. Add the grated jaggery (remove the impurities if any), cardamom powder and water to the musk melon        and stir it till the jaggery melts.

     The delicious musk melon panaka is ready to serve now :)

Note: You can also add one tablespoon of lime juice to this drink. You can dry the melon seeds and use them in sweets like motichoor laddoo.