Cholko means a piece of Plantain leaf in my mother tongue Konkani. Breakfast was usually served on a piece of plantain leaf. In this recipe Cholkya Bhakri translates to Bhakri patted on a Plantain leaf and roasted on either a clay or regular tava/Skillet. The difference in taste when a Plantain leaf is used is very distinct. No oil is use. If it is drizzled with oil then it is called Tella Bhakri.
250 gms raw rice
1/4 of a large coconut grated
2 onions finely chopped
5 green chillies roasted over an open flame
2 tbsps coriander leaves
Wash and soak the rice for four hours. Grind to a coarse paste along with the coconut and roasted green chillies. The mixture should be thick and not runny as the Bhakri is patted on the leaf. Tip the mixture into a bowl. Drop in the finely chopped onions, salt and coriander leaves. Mix well. Heat the tava. Place a plantain leaf on it and pat the mixture neither too thick nor thin on it. Cover it with another piece of Plantain leaf and roast on a slow flame till the leaf turns brown. Flip. Roast on the other side too. Slide the roasted Bhakri on to a plate. Serve hot with pickle, jaggery syrup or butter .
These instant Poha idlies are a life saver when having unexpected guests or when one wants to whip up something instant. Serve them with a coconut chutney or with some Molgapudi.
1 cup thin/Patla poha /Flattened rice
1.5 cups Idli Rava
1 cup thick sour curd
A big pinch of Baking Soda
Water as required
Powder the Poha and tip it into a vessel. Add the curds and one cup of water. Mix well. Add the Idli rava and another cup of water. Add salt and keep aside for five minutes. Check the consistency. Add more water if required and again allow to stand for five minutes. The batter should neither be too thick nor thin.
Keep the steamer with water boiling ready. Grease the idli stand or the katori with oil. Add the soda to the batter, give it a quick whisk and pour it into the stand or katori. Place in the steamer and steam for ten to twelve minutes. A knife inserted inside the idli should come out clean. Remove from the steamer and allow to cool. Gently prise the idlis with the help of a spoon. Serve with Chutney.
Leftover idli roasted to a crisp. This is usually made after the idli has rested for a few hours as they are too soft and fluffy to be sliced and roasted when just made. It is much easier slicing Idli made in a katori than the one made in an Idli stand. The recipe link to the idli is given below.
Slice the idli as shown. Heat a tava/skillet. Drizzle some ghee or oil. Spread it thoroughly. Place the slices of Idli and drizzle again with Ghee. Sprinkle salt and pepper as required. Allow to roast for a couple of minutes. Flip. Roast on the other side as well. Serve hot as is or with tomato ketchup.
I tried the Uthappa with a Molgapudi this time as I was craving for something different. Had some idli batter left over after making idli, so tried making an onion Uthappa with freshly prepared Molgapudi sprinkled on top.
Spread the Idli batter on a hot skillet/tava and sprinkle finely chopped onions and Molgapudi on it. Drizzle with Ghee, cover and cook till the underneath is nicely browned. Serve hot as is. Recipe link to the idli batter and Molgapudi are given below.
I was tempted to try the fresh batch of Molgapudi that I had made last evening with both bread and Dosa. Had a hearty breakfast today of sandwiches made with onions and Molgapudi and Urad and rice Dosa. Recipe links to all the items are given below.
An extremely delicious preparation with Pav (Bun) which doubles up as breakfast or as Supper. You can make the Masala beforehand and store it. Heat it up and ise as required.
7 cloves of garlic
3 tsps Everest Tikhalal chilly powder
2 tbsps oil
1/2 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds
1 heaped tsp Everest Pav bhaji Masala
Slice the Pav keeping one side intact. Butter them on both sides and keep aside. Chop the onions, tomatoes, Capsicum and coriander leaves fine. Set aside. Grind the chilly powder and garlic with a little water to a smooth paste. Heat oil in a pan. Add the jeera and after it splutters add the finely chopped onions and the chilly garlic paste. Saute for about five minutes on a gentle flame till the onions turn transparent and the raw smell of the garlic is gone. Drop in the pav bhaji masala and toss for a minute. Add the finely chopped tomato, salt and capsicum. Saute till the tomatoes are mushy. Add a blob of butter and garnish with the coriander leaves. Keep aside.
Heat the skillet. Place the Pav with the inside of the pav facing the skillet. Allow to roast. Flip. Place two tbsps of the prepared Masala inside the Pav. Roast the pav on both sides. Pour some masala atop and serve hot with some freshly chopped onions and a piece of lemon.
A tasty makeover with leftover Shenvayi /String hoppers. It can be eaten at breakfast or served as a lunch item too.
Left over Shenvayi /Semia
Finely chopped green chillies
A couple of dry red chilly bits
Coriander leaves finely chopped
I have not mentioned the measurements as it all depends on the amount of leftover Semia that you have.
Crumble the Semia. Sprinkle salt, lemon juice and grated coconut. Add the finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and keep aside. Heat the Oil and Ghee mixture. Drop in the mustard and urad dal. After the mustard crackles add the Jeera. Toss. Add the peanuts, the finely chopped green chillies, broken red chilly bits and curry leaves. Toss. Add a large pinch of Haldi and switch off the stove. Drop in the Semia and mix gently but thoroughly . Heat on a gentle flame till gets heated well.
A healthy and delicious option for breakfast these Urad and Moong dal idlis can be eaten as is with a drizzle of Coconut oil, pickle or even with fresh homemade butter as spices are already added to it. I very rarely make a Chutney while making this Idli. You can also make Dosa with the same batter.
200 gms Urad Dal
200 gms Moong Dal
15 green chilles
2 inch sized piece of ginger
A kidney bean sized piece of Hing/Asafoetida
5 sprigs Curry leaves finely chopped
Wash and soak the Urad and Moong Dal together for five hours. Grind it to a fluffy batter in the wet grinder using just enough water to get a batter of dropping consistency. This may take around twenty to thirty minutes. If using the mixer or blender take care to see that you grind in small batches. Tip the batter into a vessel. Grind the green chillies, Hing and ginger coarsely. Droop it into the batter. Add the finely chopped curry leaves and salt. Mix thoroughly. Keep aside for ten minutes. Mix it again and make idlis.
For making Idli :
Keep the idli vessel with enough water boiling. Grease the idli stand or the katori which I have used, with coconut oil or oil of choice. Pour the batter into them and place them in the idli vessel. Cover and steam for ten minutes. A knife when pierced should come out clean. Remove the idli stand or katoris fron the vessel and keep aside. Allow to cool for about ten minutes. Demould. Serve hot.
A change from the usual upma, this Tomato upma is another delicious option for breakfast. The fragrance of Coriander leaves, the tang of tomatoes and the hint of Garam masala make it one of its kind!
250 gms Rava 600 ml boiling water 2 medium sized onions 3 sour tomatoes 3 green chillies 2 tsps Garam masala 3 tbsps Ghee 4 tbsps oil 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp urad dal Coriander leaves chopped fine Salt
Method: Chop the onions, tomatoes, Coriander leaves and green chillies fine. Keep aside. Heat the Ghee and oil mixture in a pan. Drop in the mustard and after it splutters add the urad dal. After it turns golden yellow add the green chilly bits. Toss. Add the onions and roast till translucent. Add the Rava and saute for a couple of minutes. Tip in the Garam masala, toss and drop in the tomatoes. Roast for a couple of minutes. Add salt and pour in the boiling water. Cover and cook till done. Add finely chopped coriander leaves, mix and serve hot.
After the Watermelon Rind Halva, comes the Dosa. Soft, fluffy and porous ones which are accompanied by a Chutney. I like to use Coconut oil to make these dosas as that is how they are traditionally made. You may use oil of your choice.
250 gms Rice
100 gms Urad dal
One fistful Poha/Beaten rice
6 tbsps grated coconut
2 fistfuls Watermelon Rind/ white portion
1/2 tsp Methi/ Fenugreek seeds
Wash and soak the rice and urad dal together for five hours. Soak the Methi separately. Tip the methi, Poha, grated coconut and the watermelon rind and grind to a smooth paste. Add the urad and dal mixture and grind till the batter is smooth and fluffy. Pour it into a container. Add salt, mix and allow to ferment for 10-12 hours. Before making the Dosa, mix thoroughly. Heat a Tava/griddle. Pour a ladleful of the batter and spread it to a four or six inch diameter circle. The Dosa has to be thick and not spread thin. Drizzle a spoon of coconut oil. Cover and cook. These dosas are cooked only on one side. Remove the Dosa gently and serve it hot with a Chutney.