Ragi/Finger Millet Porridge for Infants

Babies in most Konkani households begin their solids with this Nanchanya bolu/ ragi porridge. Finger Millet is highly nutritious, as it is rich in iron and vitamins and sprouting it increases the B complex content in it. This was one food that I continued giving both my children for breakfast instead of the usual glass of milk as it is not only nutritious but also very filling. Easier and faster instead of getting them to eat breakfast(which can be packed in the tiffin box) at 6 am in the morning before leaving for school.

Ingredients :

  • 1kg Finger Millet / Nachani/ Ragi
  • 1/2 kg wheat

Method:
Wash both the Ragi and Wheat well and soak in water for a day. Drain out all the water and tie in a cloth. Allow it to sprout. Sprouting time depends on the humidity and temperature. After it has sprouted, dry it in strong sunlight for four days. Store it in an air tight container and powder as required.

To make the Porridge.

  • 1 glass of milk (250ml)
  • 1 tsp powder
  • 1 tbsp jaggery syrup or a small piece of jaggery
  • A pinch of salt

Mix the powder well in milk and only then cook it along with the jaggery and salt on a gentle flame till it bubbles. Allow to cool and serve.

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Star Gooseberry Pickle Recipe

Star Gooseberries are reminiscent of school days, where we gorged on them by dipping them in a mixture of Chilly powder and salt. When a friend sent over some farm fresh Gooseberries, I lost no time in making a pickle which is a family favourite!

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 kg Star Gooseberry
  • 200 gms Everest Kashmiri Lal Chilly powder
  • 100 gms Mustard
  • 150 gms Salt
  • A marble sized piece of Hing/asafoetida
  • Boiled and cooled water.

Method :
Wash and dry the Star Gooseberry thoroughly. Pressure cook it to one whistle in 250ml (One glass of water. ) Allow to cool thoroughly. Grind together the Chilly powder, mustard and Hing to a smooth paste with enough water. Tip it into the cooked Star Gooseberry. Add the salt, mix thoroughly and adjust consistency by adding water as required. (Ideally the gravy of this pickle is a little thin as compared to other pickles. ) Store in refrigerator. Use after a couple of days. The shelf life of this pickle is only about a month under refrigeration as the Gooseberry is cooked.

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Thali Meal – 53

I was left with plenty of boiled potatoes after making a variety of Chaat last evening. Used them up today in a variety of traditional Konkani dishes. Rice, Dalithoy, Methi Leaves Sukkein, Potato Hummanna, Potato and Tomato Gozzu, Masala Buttermilk and Hog Plum and Tender Bamboo Shoot Pickle. Recipe Links to all the dishes are shared below.

Potato Hummanna /Potato in Coconut Gravy Recipe

Methi /Fenugreek Leaves Sukkein Recipe

Potato and Tomato Gozzu Recipe

Dalithoy Recipe

Recipe to make the perfect Rice

Masala Buttermilk Recipe

Hog Plum and Tender Bamboo Shoot Pickle Recipe

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Methi /Fenugreek Leaves Sukkein Recipe

This fragrant Sukkein goes well with almost everything. You can serve it with Rice, Roti, Bread and even with Dosa. In fact I can make a meal of it with plain hot rice.

Ingredients :

  • One medium sized bunch Methi leaves.
  • 2 large onions chopped fine
  • 1 large potato chopped fine
  • 1/2 of a small coconut grated
  • 2 tbsps Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 12 Roasted Byadgi chillies
  • 1tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 2 large fistfuls Dal/Split Pigeon peas pressured cooked and churned
  • 2 tbsps Coconut oil or oil of choice.
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • Salt

Method :

Clean the Methi leaves and wash them well under running water. Chop them roughly and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard and after it splutters add the onions and potatoes. Add salt and roast till the onions are translucent. Drop in the Methi leaves and roast on a gentle flame till they wilt and change colour. Roast the coriander seeds in a tsp of oil to a golden brown. Grind them along with the Coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to a semi coarse paste with as much water as required to run the mixer. Pour this ground paste into the cooked Methi, Onion and potato mixture. Drop in the cooked Dal too. Boil thoroughly till it reaches a semi solid consistency. Serve hot.

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Quick and easy Pilaf Recipe

This is a Pilaf that I usually make when I am in a hurry, or have some Basmathi rice and green chutney leftover. Absolutely easy and simple to make, it’s delicious as well. Accompanied by a Raita it makes for a meal by itself! Recipe links for making the Rice, All Purpose Chutney and the Vegetable Raita are given below.

Recipe to make the perfect Rice

All purpose Chutney, Recipe

Mixed Vegetable Raita Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Basmathi rice cooked and ready
  • 1 large Carrot
  • 1 large potato
  • 50 gms French Beans
  • 3 large onions
  • 1 heaped tsp Garam masala
  • 6 tbsps All Purpose Chutney
  • A fistful of Cashewnuts halved
  • 4 tbsps Ghee/clarified butter
  • 5 tbsps oil
  • 1tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds
  • Salt

Method :

Deskin the potatoes and carrot, wash and chop into bite sized pieces. String the French Beans, wash and chop into one inch size pieces. Cook the vegetables together in two glasses of water with a little salt till done. Slice onions and keep aside. Heat the Ghee and oil mixture. Add the Jeera and after it splutters drop in the Cashews. Toss and add the sliced onions and the All purpose chutney. Roast till the onions are translucent and the raw flavour of the green chutney is gone. Add the Garam masala and roast for a couple of minutes. Drop in the cooked vegetables and Rice. Mix thoroughly. Adjust salt and heat on a gentle flame stirring frequently till well heated. Alternatively you can microwave the Pilaf for ten minutes after adding the vegetables and rice. Serve with a mixed Vegetable Raita.

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Flattened Rice/Poha Usli Recipe – 2

Poha Usli with onions is a cousin of Kande Poha, the difference being it is made sans Turmeric . The addition of coriander leaves and a dash of lime makes it fragrant and the garnish of coconut is simply delish.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms thick poha/flattened rice
  • 3 large onions finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 5 sprigs curry leaves
  • 6 green chillies
  • 3 tbsps ghee
  • 3 tbsps oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 of a large coconut for garnish
  • A small bunch of Coriander leaves finely chopped
  • Juice of one Lime

Method :
Wash the poha and drain it immediately. Squeeze out all the water and place it in a bowl. Add the finely chopped coriander leaves, salt and lemon juice.Chop the green chillies fine. Heat the ghee and oil mixture. Add the mustard. After it crackles add the green chillies and the curry leaves. Toss. Add the onions and roast till translucent. Tip in the poha and mix well. Heat the Poha on a gentle flame. Garnish with grated coconut. Serve immediately.

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Crunchy Pakora Recipe

This is a Pakora which is so delicious that you will keep asking for more. A crunch of peanuts, onions and Curry leaves is absolutely divine!

Ingredients :

  • 4 onions sliced thinly
  • A handful of peanuts halved
  • Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsps Rice flour
  • 1 green chilly minced
  • 2 tsps Chilly powder
  • A big handful of Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds crushed coarsely
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp hot oil
  • Oil to fry the Pakora

Method :

Mix the sliced onions, a sprig of curry leaves, peanuts, green chillies, crushed Coriander seeds, Rice flour, salt and chilly powder. Add in as much much Besan as will hold the mixture together. Pour in the hot oil and mix thoroughly. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in tiny portions of the mixture into the hot oil. Fry till they turn golden brown and crisp. Finish off with the rest of the mixture. Drop the curry leaves into the hot oil. Remove them immediately and toss them over the Pakora. Mix thoroughly and serve with the Alll Purpose Chutney and Tomato ketchup.

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