Rava Bhakri/Semolina Pancakes Recipe

Rava Bhakri is a typically Mangalorean breakfast eat which is best enjoyed with fresh home made butter. There are two variations to the same. One is with a drizzle of asafoetida and the other with ginger. Today I have posted the former version. You will find this amazingly simple and quick to make breakfast simply delicious!!

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Rava/Semolina
  • 7 green chillies
  • 1/4 coconut grated
  • 6 tsps sugar
  • Salt
  • Chickpea sized piece of Hing/asafoetida
  • 4 sprigs curry leaves
  • Water
  • Mixture of ghee/clarified butter and oil to roast the Bhakri.

Method :

Grind the coconut, green chillies, salt, sugar and hing to a fine paste with a little water. Tip it into a large bowl. Chop the curry leaves fine. Drop them into the bowl along with the Rava. Add enough water to get a batter of dropping consistency. Keep aside for five minutes. The Rava would have absorbed all the water. Add more water to get a batter wherein you can take a portion of it and pat it on to the tava/skillet. Mix the batter thoroughly. Heat the tava. Pat small portions of the mixture on to it. Drizzle the ghee and oil mixture. Roast. Flip and roast on the other side too by drizzling again with the ghee and oil mixture. Serve hot with butter.

Note: This measure yields 12 bhakris, three inches in diameter.

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Bread Upma Recipe

An easy quick and delicious preparation which can be a breakfast eat or can be made as an evening snack, the Bread Upma is also a life saviour when one has unexpected guests. The fragrance of the sautéed onions and fresh coriander leaves will leave your guests asking for more!!!

Ingredients :

  • One loaf of Bread (20slices)
  • 8 green chillies
  • 5 sprigs curry leaves
  • 3 medium sized onions
  • 3 tbsps ghee /clarified butter
  • 5 tbsps oil
  • 1 heaped tsp mustard
  • 1 heaped tsp urad dal/ black gram dal
  • A small bunch of coriander leaves
  • Half of a small coconut grated
  • Salt
  • Hing/ asafoetida as per taste
  • 150 ml water

Method :

Cut the slices into tiny cubes. Dissolve hing and salt in the water. Sprinkle the water on the bread. Chop the coriander leaves fine. Mince the green chillies. Slice the onions. Heat the mixture of ghee and oil. Drop in the mustard. After it splutters add the urad dal. After the urad dal has turned a golden yellow add the curry leaves and green chillies. Toss., drop in the sliced onions and roast on a high flame till translucent. Add the bread, coriander leaves and the grated coconut. Mix thoroughly and heat well. Serve hot.

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Akki Rotti / Rice Pancake Recipe

Akki Rotti or Pancakes made of rice are very popular in Karnataka. Enjoyed with fresh home made butter or with a korma, they are best eaten right off the stove. One can add hyacinth Beans, chopped bell pepper or even fresh corn to the dough. I like mine best with a dollop of butter.

Ingredients

  • One bowl cooked rice
    250 gms idli rava/ rice powdered to a semolina like consistency
    125 gms rice flour
    10 green chillies
    1 small bowl coconut grated fine
    2 large onions chopped fine
    Coriander leaves.
    Salt

Method :
Mash the rice well. Crush the green chillies. Add the rice flour, idli Rava, salt, chopped onions, grated coconut, coriander leaves and water together. Allow to stand for ten minutes. If the mixture is dry, add some water and adjust the consistency. Pat the Akki Rotti on the tava and drizzle with oil. Roast on both sides and serve with home made butter.

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Potatoes and Peas Grilled Sandwich Recipe

A favourite with the family, this potato and peas sandwich doubles up not only as a snack but as a meal as well. You can add cheese too if you like it, but it tastes good as it is!!!

Ingredients :

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 3 large onions
  • 100 gms shelled peas
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 10 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 3 tbsps oil
  • Butter
  • A loaf of Bread

Method :

Pressure cook the potatoes. Deskin and mash them well. Boil the peas in salted water till done. Chop the onions and green chillies fine. Grate the ginger. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard. After it splutters add the ginger, green chillies and the onions. Tip in salt and roast till the onions turn translucent. Add the Garam masala and toss for a couple of minutes. Add the mashed potato and mix well. Drop in the cooked peas and heat thoroughly. Add the chopped coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly and keep aside. Butter the slices of bread on one side each. Place the buttered side towards the toaster. Pile a tbsp of the potato and peas stuffing and spread it evenly over the slice. Cover it with another slice of bread, with the unbuttered side facing the stuffing. Clamp the toaster shut and roast over a medium flame till golden brown and crisp. Serve with chutney or tomato ketchup.

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Methi/ Fenugreek leaves Poori Recipe

Come winter and it brings along Methi leaves in abundance. Fresh,big bunches of beautiful looking leaves with tender stems. I had made some Methi Theplas, the recipe of which can be found in this website too. I was left with some dough and decided to make pooris. Added a little rice flour to the dough to make the pooris crisp.

Ingredients :

  • 1 bunch methi leaves
  • 1/2 kg wheat flour
  • 7 tbsps besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 4 tbsps rice flour
  • 4 tsps oil
  • 8 green chillies
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 2 tsp til
  • 1 level tsp ajwain
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 3 tsps dhania/ coriander powder
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin powder
  • A pinch of haldi/turmeric
  • 5 tsps sugar
  • A few sprigs of Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying.

Method :

Grind the ginger, green chillies and garlic to a smooth paste. Take it in a bowl and add finely chopped methi leaves, chopped coriander leaves, and all the remaining masalas , sugar, salt, til, ajwain and the oil. Add the Besan, rice flour and the wheat flour. Bind a dough as soft as for chapati. Divide the dough into four equal portions. Roll out one portion into a big chapati. Apply a tsp of oil on it. Roll it tightly into a log. . Cut small portions of the log into pellets. Dust them with flour and with a gentle hand roll them into two inch sized pooris. Heat oil. Deep fry them to a golden brown.

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Biscuit Rotti Recipe

The name is very deceptive as Biscuit Rotti is a far cry from anything Biscuit. It is a typically Mangalorean preparation and can be relished with or without a chutney. My mother in law made one of the best Biscuit Rotti and I am really happy that it has turned out exactly how she made it!!

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Maida/All purpose flour
  • 50 gms rice flour
  • A pinch of chilly powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 100 gms urad dal/ black gram dal
  • 6 green chillies
  • A pea sized piece of hing/asafoetida powdered fine
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 tbsps Parachute Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsps grated coconut
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying the Biscuit Rotti

Method :

Wash and soak the urad dal for two hours. Drain and grind to a coarse paste. Chop the green chillies and curry leaves fine. Heat the oil and drop in a tsp of mustard and after it splutters add the chopped chilly bits, hing and curry leaves. Toss. Add the ground urad dal, coconut and salt. Heat on a gentle flame for a few minutes. Keep aside. This forms the filling.

Mix the Maida, rice flour, chilly powder, salt and oil. Bind a dough as for pooris that is neither too hard nor soft. Pinch balls of the dough and make around 21 balls. Roll out the balls into a two inch diameter disc. Place the filling in the centre of the disc and bring all the ends of the dough together. Flatten it and roll it out into a neither too thick nor too thin poori of 3 inch diameter. Make around five such rottis at a time. Heat oil. Gently slide in the rotti and deep fry to a crisp golden brown. Serve with chutney.

Note:

The recipe for the chutney can be found in the Chutney catagory of this website.

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Sweet Buns/ Bubus Recipe

Sweet Buns or Bubus Roti as they are called by the Mangalorean community can be made either with Maida or with Wheat flour. I personally prefer the ones made with Maida as they turn out super fluffy and melt in the mouth. They are best eaten as is, though people do prefer eating them with Dal or with chutney.

Ingredients :

  • 400 gms maida/All purpose flour
  • 50gms Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 elaichi banana
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 tsps sugar
  • A pinch of soda bicarb
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • Yoghurt
  • Oil for fying the Buns

Method:

Take the Maida, besan, soda bicarbonate, pepper powder, oil and the salt in a bowl. Powder the sugar. Chop the banana and grind it along with the powdered sugar. Tip the mixture into the bowl. Add a little yoghurt at a time to bind the mixture into a semi soft dough. Knead well and allow to ferment overnight or for a minimum of 8 hours. Knead again for a couple of minutes. Pinch tiny balls of the dough. Roll out into neither too thick nor thin circles. Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry the Buns to a rich golden brown. Serve hot.

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Instant Bread Uthappa

A quick and easy snack if bored of eating sandwiches. Use the bread to make instant Uthappa which can be enjoyed with chutney, sambhar or with butter.

Ingredients :

  • 8 slices of bread
  • 250 gms semolina
  • 100 gms rice flour
  • 2 glasses of sour buttermilk
  • 8 green chillies
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 onions
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil for roasting the Uthappa

Method :

Remove the crust and crumble the slices of bread. Add the semolina, rice flour and butter milk. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Grind it to a smooth batter. Grate the carrots, crush the ginger and green chillies coarsely and add it to the batter along with salt. Mix thoroughly. Chop the onions and coriander leaves fine. Keep aside. Heat the tava/ skillet. Pour a ladleful of batter on the hot tava. Do not spread. It has to be as thick as, a pancake. Sprinkle the coriander leaves and finely chopped onions. Drizzle a tsp of oil. Cover and cook till it is roasted. Flip. Drizzle oil and roast the other side too. Serve hot with accompaniment of your choice.

Note:

The recipes for chutney and sambhar can be found under the category Chutneys and Pulsating Pulses of this website.

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Instant Dahi vada Recipe

This instant Dahi vada Recipe makes use of the hard butter biscuit which is available at the bakers. Popularly known as Benne Butter in Mangalore, it is sold as kadak pav in Mumbai. When short of time, or having unexpected guests, this comes in handy.

Ingredients :

  • 6 kadak pav
  • 400 gms yoghurt
  • 2 green chillies
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped
  • Carrot grated
  • Boondi

Method :

Heat water. Dip the kadak pav in it. Leave it in for a minute and then gently press and drain the water. Finish off similarly with the other pav. Arrange in a bowl. Crush the green chillies coarsely. Blend yoghurt with sugar and salt and add the crushed green chilly mixture to it. Pour it on to the kadak pav. Garnish with grated carrot, coriander leaves and Boondi. Serve chilled.

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Thalipeet Recipe

I had some batter leftover after making the Cabbage Pakora. Decided to make a Thalipeet by adding some multi grain flour to it. It was simply delicious!!

Ingredients :

  • 3 onions finely chopped
  • Cabbage the same quantity as that of the chopped onions
  • 1 potato deskinned and grated
  • 3 green chillies
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 100 gms of Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 100 gms of rice flour
  • 100 gms of multi grain flour
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ajwain /Carom seeds
  • Salt

Method :

Make a paste of the ginger and green chillies. Add the chopped coriander leaves, chilly and turmeric powder, ajwain, salt and the chopped cabbage, onions and potato. Keep aside for ten minutes. The onions release water. Add the Besan, rice flour and the multigrain flour. Sprinkle a little water to make it a patable dough. Heat the skillet/tava. Take a portion of the dough and pat it on to the hot skillet to a six inch diameter and 2mm thick Thalipeet. Drizzle oil. Roast. Flip and roast on the other side too. Serve as is or with chutney.

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