Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy 2010 And Plantain Sweet (Amrit sanjeevini ) Havyaka special



Wish you all a very happy and fun filled 2010. What is better than marking beginning the new year with a toast of sweet touch? Amrit sanjeevini is the traditional havyaka mouth watering dessert. A bite or two gives a heavenly feeling :-). go ahead and enjoy


2 raw plantains peeled, cooked,and nicely mashed .
pinch of salt

oil for deep fry

For Syrup
1cup jaggery
1/2 cup water
2tbs sesame seeds
1/2 tsp elaichi powder


1) Take a kadai and put jaggery and water bring it to boil.Then add sesame seeds and elaichi powder to this . Let it cool .
2) Then take mashed plantain,,add pinch of salt to this and mix it well.Then make small,small balls .
3)Take each ball and press it like poori .
4) Heat the oil and deep fry these plantain poori,till it turns golden brown .Put it on the tissue paper that to take off the excess oil.Then sprinkel with 2tbs of jaggery syrup.
Serve hot .Enjoi! :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Panchakajjaya (Havyaka Style)




Panchakajjaya one of the favorite dishes of lord Ganesha is simple sweet dish yet can leave you craving for more if prepared properly. "Pancha" means five in sanskrit and the dish is made out of five basic elements hence the name panchakajjaya. So this may be my last dish before i come back sometime in Dec 09 from my vacation in India. Hope you guys like it and miss me until my next post :). see ya soon.


1cup Black channa/channa dal

2tbs sesame seeds

1 cup jaggery

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp elaichi /cardamom powder

2tbs coconut grated

Method :

1) Heat the heavy bottom pan ,then dry roast the black channa and sesame separately, make coarse powder using coffee grinder.keep it aside.

2) Take another pan put jaggery and water ..bring it to boil,when it turns thread consistency,add black channa ,and sesame powder,elachi powder,and coconut together.Turn of the gas immediately.

3)Let it cool down for some time, you can kind of crush these lumps in to powder by hands .Garnish with dry coconut powder, Serve this dish with littlle bit of ghee on the top and enjoi!:)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Belated Happy Ganesh Chaturti And Easy, Quick Muruku/Chakli



Ingredients :
1cup rice flour
1stick butter
1/2 tsp chilly powder
1tsp ajwain seeds
1tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp jeera /cumin seeds
salt to taste
oil for deep frying


1) Mix all the ingredients with enough water to make the soft dough.
2) Take muruku/chakli maker greece that first, then fill the lump of dough,then pipe it in a circle shape .(I make the circle pattern on the aluminium sheet first ).
3) Heat the oil ,then place the muruku one by one and fry this till it turns golden brown.
4)Remove the muruku from the hot oil then place it on the paper towel .Allow to cool and keep it in a dry container .Enjoi!:P

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Paper Rava Dosa





I had tried Paper rava dosa recently. It was tastying very nice.It tatses perfect when You follow the instuction given by here
"the chef and her kitchen"

Thanks soo much"Prathibha" for this wonderful recipe .:) Try this simple yummy recipe and enjoi !

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Eggplant/Brinjal Chutney/ Hindi/ Bajji / Gojju




I always use this kind of eggplant ..which gives beautiful color and tatses better too .

1 large Brinjal/Eggplant
4-5 green chilies
1large onion nicely chopped
1tsp mustard seeds
1tsp urad dal
1turmeric powder
4-5 curry leaves
1tbs coconut
pinch of hing
2tbs coconut oil
1/22 tsp jaggery(optional)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp amchur powder


1) Grease the eggplant with little bit of oil,then microwave this for 10 minutes .
2) When it is fully cooked ..take off the skin and mash it completely.Add little salt and amchur powder ( I also add little jaggery to this)Keep it aside .
3) Heat a pan ..pour oil,mustard seeds, urad dal, hing, turmeric powder, green chillies, curry leaves and onion nicely chopped .
4) Saute this for 4-5 minutes till onion turns little golden brown .Then add the brinjal and salt if required .Cook this for few more seconds ..Turn of the heat,garnish with coconut and serve hot with White rice ..Enjoi !:D
I am planing to send this to Sangi's "Fall In Love(FIL)-Brinjal".Thanks for hosting :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Entry for click contest bi-color radish flower




This is my first time participation on the Jugalbandi "click" contest with my bi color radish flower for the july 2009 event. I have come up with a simple yet beautiful flower from radish.I chose radish as it has pink skin and light pink flesh which goes well with a flower appearance. Hope you llike it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dry Aloo Mattar/ Potato peas Masala




1cup frozen peas
8-9 small baby potatoes
1tsp jeera /cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of hing/assofotidia
1tsp chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1tsp amchur powder
1tsp dhana jeera powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
2tbs oil
Few ginger pieces for garnishing

Method :

1)Wash and boil the pricked baby potatoes ,when it is half done,take out and spread it on the paper towel and take off the excess water and skin .

2) Heat the oil, add cumin seeds,mustard seeds, hing ,dhana jeera powder,turmeric powder,then add frozen peas and half boiled potatoes ,salt to taste ...Saute this for few minutes .

3)Then add the amchur powder,red chilly powder and garam masala powder .Mix it properly .Garnish with some ginger pieces ,Turn of the gas and serve hot with Roti /Rice ..of your choice !!:D

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Methi Dal




1cup toor dal
1/2 cup frozen methi or fresh
2-3 green chillies
1 onion nicely chopped
1 tomato nicely chopped
1tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1tsp cumin seeds
2tbs lemon juice
2tbs milk (optional)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 pinch of hing
4-5 curry leaves
handfull of coriander leaves

Method :

1) Pressure cook the washed toor dal and methi with 1/2 tsp of turmeric .

2) Heat the pan put oil,cumin seeds, mustard seeds, green chillies chopped, hing,curry leaves,then add the chopped onion,saute this for 3-4 minutes,when it turns golden brown then add chopped tomatoes.

3)Then add the cooked toor dal and methi bring it to boil for 2-3 minutes .Then add the lemon juice,red chillie powder ,milk and chopped coriander leaves .Serve hot with rice or roti .Enjoi!!!:P

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Capsicum Junka




Ingredients :

1 cup capsicum chopped(I have used 3 different color capsicum ) .
4 tbs besan
1/2 tsp chilli powder
3-4 green chillies
1tsp coriander and cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
3-4 curry leaves
Pinch of hing
salt to taste

Method :

1)Heat the oil then add all the seasning ingredients like ..Mustard seeds,cumin seeds,curry leaves and green chillies ..Then add pinch of hing and turmeric powder .

2) Then add chopped bell pepper fry this for 10 minutes till the bell pepper becomes little softer .Then add coriander, cumin powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt to Ur taste .
3)Then sprinkle the besan and fry this for 4-5 minutes ..If required add little oil .

4) When the besan turns little brown ..switch of the gas and serve hot ..with chapathi .:) Enjoi .

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rice Keesaribath



In havyaka community the core ingredient for "Kesaribath" is a special type of rice. It's called as "sannakki" in Kannada which has a unique flavor and taste that is best suited for Kesaribath.
It's a very rich sweet dish usually prepared for grand occasions like wedding or house warming cermonies. With saffron, ghee, cashews, raisins it not only looks beautiful but tastes equally great. Of course since i did not get sannakki here in US, i used the basumati rice.. and it turned out nice as well. hope you like it too.


1 cup basamati rice nicely cooked
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup ghee
1tsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
1.50gm saffron
1tsp milk
raisins and cashews for garnishing


1) Take a small bowl and mix the saffron strands and milk mix well &keep it aside .

2) Take a heavy bottom pan .Put cooked rice and sugar ,and ghee ..Saute this for 2-3 minutes Then add pinch of salt and Saffron milk .

3) Mix this all together in low flame for 15 -20 minutes till the ghee separates from the pan .

4) Serve hot or cold garnish with raisins and cashews on the top . !Enjoi!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gobi Musallam




Ingredient's :

1cup gobi /cauliflower

1large onion

1 cup tomato puree

1/4 cup of milk

1 tsp red chilly powder

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

4-5 cashew nuts

1tsp garam masala powder

1tsp turmeric powder

1tsp panner grated

1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 cinanmon stick

3-4 cloves

2 green chillies


1) In a pan dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garam masala whole (Cinnamon +cloves) & cashew grind the mixture together to make a fine paste.

2) Take cauliflower pieces and bring to boil along with some salt , when it is half done, remove from water and fry the cauliflower pieces till it becomes little brown .Keep it aside .

3)Take a pan , pour oil and ginger garlic paste, masala paste(1) and onion. Fry till oil is separated add turmeric powder, garam masala powder & chilly powder.Then add tomato puree add water if required. Add salt and reduce the flame, keep stirring to get the thick gravy.

4) Then add milk and cauliflower pieces, bring it to boil for 3-4 minutes. Serve hot with Roti/chapati with grated panner and rasins on the top. enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009





Ingredient's :
1 cup lentils
1 cup whole massor dal
1 large onion nicely chopped
2tbs hunt tomato paste
2 green chillies
1tsp red chilly powder
1tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric power
pinch of hing
1tsp lemon juice
2tbs oil
1 tsp any masala powder
salt to taste
1/4 cup milk /Cream
salt to taste
coriander leaves

Method :

1) Take a pressure cooker, pour some oil, when it gets hot add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, hing, slitted green chillies, nicely chopped onion.When it turns golden brown add any masla powder ( i have used 1/2 tsp dal makhani powder ) . Saute this for 3-4 minutes.
2) Then add tomato paste, red chilly powder, washed massor dal, lentils and milk. Add water if required.
3) Cover the lid and let it cook for 3-4 whistles.
4) When dal is cooked nicely, then add salt and lemon juice .
5) Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoi with white Rice or Chapati/Roti of Your choice .!!!:D

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pav Bhaji





Ingredient's :

1 cup boiled potato nicely mashed

1/2 cup sweet peas
1/2 cup carrot boiled
1 /2 capsicum chopped
1/2 cup onion
1 tomato chopped
1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp butter
1tsp lemon juice
2 tbs oil
handful coriander leaves
salt to taste

Masala paste :

1 stick Cinnamon stick

3 cloves

1/2 onion

1 elaichi

3-4 red chillies

Method :

For Bhaji masala

1) Take a pan, dry roast the red chillies, Cinnamon stick, cloves and elaichi ..and keep it aside ..In the same pan add little oil ,then add the chopped onion and fry it till turns golden brown. Let it cool for few seconds and grind to make smooth paste.
2) Take a pan add 2 tbsful of oil when it turns hot add ginger garlic paste,chopped onion. Saute this for few seconds then add capsicum ,peas ,then chopped tomato,when it is half done add ground masala ,boil this for 4-5 minutes .
3) Then add boiled vegetables like ..mashed potatoes and carrots bring it to boil for few seconds Add salt to your taste ..add water if required .
4) Then add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice serve hot with Pav.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hurid Anna


Well, this one is comes to me from my Mom, she makes this with left over rice. It looks like chitranna but i don't think it tastes like that. I don't know why ...bcs of onion? Oh well, try this out and let me know guys :-) it tastes totaly different from chitranna ..believe me! EnjoY. Your hurid anna !!!

Ingredient's :

2cups cooked rice

1 cup chopped onion

1 tsp turmeric powder

5-6 green chillies

1/2 tsp hing

3tbs lemon juice

1tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp urad dal

2 tbs oil

4-5 curry leaves

salt to taste


1) Take a large bowl and put the cooked rice ,lemon juice ,salt to taste and keep it aside .

2)Then take a heavy bottom pan ,pour oil,when it becomes hot, add urad dal , mustard seeds,turmeric powder,hing ,curry leaves,green chillies and onion . saute this for 8-10 minutes .

3)Switch off the gas and let it cool for 10 more minutes .

4) Then add the rice and serve chilled with multi grain chips ...enjoi :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Aloo Matar/ Peas and Potato curry


1 cup potato cubes
1/2 cup frozen peas
1large onion nicely chopped
1/2 cup tomato puree
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp paprika
1tsp kasoor methi
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1tsp coriander powder
1/2 cup milk Low fat
Hand full of coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste

1) Micro oven the potato cubes with some water for 8-10 minutes and when it is half done drain the water and keep it aside .
2) Take a heavy bottom pan ,pour some oil,add hing ,turmaric powder ,cumin seeds,then add chopped onion,and saute this for 4-5minutes .
3) When onion turns little brown add all the masala ingredients (cumin powder,coriander powder,paprika,and garam masala powder) half boiled potatoes,peas ,then add pureed tomato and bring it to boil for 10 minutes.
4) Then add milk and coriander leaves ,add salt to your taste and boil for another 5-10 minutes .
5) Garnish Kasoor methi on top and serve hot with rice /chapati of your choice ! Enjoi !!!:).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spinach /Palak Rice




Ingredient's :

2cups basamati rice
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 tsp garlic minced
1tbs ginger chopped
1tsp jeera
1Cinnamon stick
3-4 cloves
1 large onion chopped
1tomato nicely chopped
1cup fresh spinach
2-3 green chillies
2tbs oil
salt to taste
coriander leaves


Method :

1) Micro oven the spinach and green chillies ,make fine paste using blender and keep it aside .
2) Soak the basamati rice for 1/2 an hour .

3) Pour 2 tbs oil in a pressure cooker, once the oil get's hotter add cumin seeds ,1 cinnamon stick, couple of cloves .
4) Then add chopped ginger , garlic ,onion saute till it turns brown then add sliced tomato, green peas and spinach paste.let it cook for 2-3 minutes .
5) Add the soaked rice to the above mixture and pour a cup of water, put the salt per taste.
6) Close the pressure cooker and put the wight and let it cook well.
7) Once the cooking is all done serve with fresh corinder leves on the top and raitha.Enjoi