August 30, 2008

Raw Carrot-Lentil Salad/Carrot Kosambari

Kosambari is a speciality of karnataka. I would call Kosambari, an Indian Salad. Traditionally, Kosambari is a mixture of raw vegetables (Grated/Cubed) and soaked lentils (Channa Dal/Moong Dal) & seasoned with chillies & mustard seeds.
At my place, I make this alteast once a week. I love it some much that I sometimes have it as an evening snack. I have always loved eating Kosambari along with Rice & Rasam. A very yummy combo.
Here is the recipe:

Preparation time: 10 mins - excluding soaking time for lentils.

You will need:
  1. Grated Carrot - 1 cup
  2. Channa Dal - 3/4 cup - soaked in water for 2 - 3 hours
  3. 1 green chilli - chopped
  4. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  5. 2 tsp lemon juice
  6. Salt as per taste
  7. 1 tsp oil


  • In a bowl, Mix together grated carrots & Soaked Channa Dal
  • Temper with mustard seeds & green chillies
  • Add lemon juice & Salt as per taste
  • Mix well & Serve

Enjoi !!

Can also be served with roti/chapati. Goes Best with Rice & Rasam/Sambhar as a Side Dish

Off this goes to Anisheetu's Place for the Event,

August 27, 2008

Rough Lemon Rice

Incase you guys are wondering what a Rough Lemon is, This is how it looks

Rough Lemon is known as Jambhiri in Hindi & in Kannada we call it Heralekayi. It belongs to the citrus family. In India, it is usually available in summers & early monsoon. Rough Lemon resembles an orange in apperance & size. The skin is slightly thicker & rough as compared to lemon, Hence the name Rough Lemon, I guess.

My mother makes this amazing rice dish out of rough lemon. We call it Heralekayi Chitranna in Kannada. Even though the taste is tangy, it tastes different from lemon rice.

Here is the recipe:

Preparation Time: 20-25 mins


  • 1 cup Rice - Cooked
  • 1 Rough Lemon
  • 2 Green Chilles - low/medium spiced - chopped
  • A handful of groundnuts
  • Channa Dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • A few curry leaves
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt as per taste


  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomes pan & add Mustard seeds.
  • Once the seeds pop & splutter, add urad dal, channa dal, Curry leaves & groundnuts
  • Add green chillies & a Pinch of turmeric, to add color
  • Add cooked rice on top
  • Squeeze in rough lemon juice.
  • Add salt according to taste & Mix well & Serve

Enjoi !!

I shall be sending this recipe to Anisheetu's Blog for the event SWC-Karnataka .. Thanks for hosting :)

August 22, 2008

Banana - Mango Smoothie

I somehow thought Smoothie was some kind of a diet drink & was only for calorie concious people & never bothered to try it out.

After my workout at the gym, I tagged along with a friend of mine to the mall for our regular shopping. We noticed a new juice junction & realised how thirsty we were after the workout. My health conscious friend happened to order a Smoothie, while I ordered my regular Chocolate Milkshake with Ice-Cream ( My workout for the day went in vain !! )

My friend insisted that I take a sip of her smoothie, I tasted awesome .. I realised what I was missing all these days .. And now Iam a BIG Smoothie fan.

My favourite is the Banana-Mango smoothie. Smoothies are slightly thicker in consistency than milkshakes. A smoothie is very refreshing on a hot day & after tiring workouts.

Here's my favourite smoothie recipe,

You will need:
  • 1 Banana - cut into chunks

  • 1/2 a slice of Mango - any variety - peeled & cubed

  • 2 tsp - brown sugar
  • 1 cup yogurt

  • 1/4 cup chilled milk

  • Ice cubes


  1. Blend together Banana chunks, Mango cubes, sugar, yogurt & milk until smooth

  2. Pour into tall glassed, Top with ice cubes, serve chilled

Enjoi !!!

I went a step ahead & made my smootie extra healthy by adding low-fat yogurt & skimmed milk. I could'nt afford to drink more of chocolate milkshakw with ice cream & ruin my workouts !! Whenever I go out, I always order a smoothie now.

Smoothie is the BEST :)

Off goes my smoothie to Sangeeth's Event, Eat Healthy - Calcium Rich

Thanks Sangeeth for hosting :)

August 18, 2008

Okra In Soy Sauce

I love Okra in any form. Iam always on the lookout for new recipes when it comes to okra. I happened to come across this recipe in another blog. The moment read it, I knew I was going to prepare this one. Okra & Soy Sauce, both my favourites is a rare combination.
I tweaked the recipe a little, to taste the Indian taste buds. Iam sure, all Okra lovers will enjoy this. Here it is:

Preparation Time: 20 mins

  1. Okra - 1 cup, cut into pieces of 1 inch in length
  2. Soy sauce - 3 tbsp
  3. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Nigella seeds/Kallonji - 1 tsp
  5. Chaat Masala - 1 tsp
  6. 2 -3 Red Chillies - Broken
  7. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  8. Oil


  • Bake Okra in the oven for about 5 minutes at 210 C to reduce the stickiness
  • Heat oil in a heaby bottomed pan, Add cumin, nigella seeds & Red chillies
  • Add okra & saute at regular intervals, till it is completely cooked
  • Add Chaat Masala & Soy Sauce & Salt & cook on low flame for another 2-3 minutes

Serve HOT with Rice/Roti .. Enjoi !!!

Note: I did not add much salt as there is enough salt in chaat masala & soy sauce. You could increase/decrease the amount of soy sauce depending on your taste.

I shall be sending across this recipe to Srivalli's place for her Curry Mela.

Thanks Srivalli, for hosting :)

I shall be sending this recipe to Sia's Place for the event JFI-Soya


Thanks Sia for hosting :)

August 13, 2008

Instant Puliyogare/Instant Tamarind Rice

Puliyogare is one dish which no South Indian can every say No to .. Also, known as Puliyodharai in Tamil & Pulihora in Telugu .. In Kannada, Puliyogare is also known as Huli Anna in some regions of karnataka. Traditionally, Puliyogare is prepared by mixing steamed rice with Puliyogare Gojju & tempering with groundnuts, curry leaves & red chillies. Recipe for the authentic puliyogare gojju will follow later.
I always swear by my mother's & Grandmom's Puliyogare Gojju .. The gojju needs to have the right consistency & takes quite a long time to prepare. It requires standing for long hours in the kitchen & stirring the gojju constantly until the desired consistency is obtained.
These days we are so hard pressed for time, No one ever has the patience to spend such long hours in the kitchen anymore, we all have grown so fond of the "INSTANT" fad.
Whenever, my mom ran out puliyogare gojju, I have seen her make this instant version of puliyogare, which tastes as good as the authentic one. Thats one reason why I still havent learnt to make authentic puliyogare gojju .. I always make the instant version and pass it off :P
Here's the recipe
Preparation Time: 30 mins
  1. Rice - 1 cup
  2. 3 tsp - Rasam Powder/Saarina Pudi
  3. 3 tsp - Dry Tamarind Powder/Aamchur Powder
  4. A meduim sized lump of jaggery
  5. 2 tsp Black Sesame seeds - roasted & ground
  6. 1 tsp - cumin & Blackpepper powder - roasted & ground
  7. A handful of groundnuts
  8. Curry Leaves
  9. 2 - 3 Red chillies
  10. Mustard Seeds/
  11. 2 tbsp oil - preferably groundnut oil ( as it enhances the taste)
  12. Salt as per taste


  1. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan, add rasam powder & tamarind.aamchur powder & saute till the raw smell disappears
  2. Add jaggery & black sesame powder & saute for one minute
  3. Add 3 cups of water & bring it to boil
  4. Add 1 cup rice, close the lid & let it pressure cook
  5. Take out the cooked rice & spread it on a plate & let it cool completely
  6. Once it is completely cooled, add cumin & black pepper powder
  7. Add salt as per taste
  8. Add 1 tbsp oil & temper with mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves & groundnuts

Enjoi !!!!

This is my entry for the event SWC - Karnataka hosted by Anisheetu ...

Thanks for hosting :)

August 2, 2008

Quick Cucumber Poha

Poha is a very common dish in most Indian homes. It is super easy to prepare & is really hard to screw up on. When I was new to cooking, I never could prepare it properly, I would always end up over soaking Poha & it would end up turning out to be very soggy.
I once went over to my cousin's place, and my aunt had prepared this version of Poha which I really liked. She had used the thin variety poha, which meant NO soaking in water. I was really thrilled at this because, now it meant that I too could prepare Poha without worrying about it becoming soggy.
The best part about this snack is very light & since coconut is not used, its good for weight watchers too.
Here it is:

Preparation Time: 15 mins

  1. 2 cups poha - thin variety
  2. 1 onion - finely chopped
  3. 1 tomato - finely chopped
  4. 3 green chillies low/medium spiced - finely chopped
  5. 1 1/2 cups cucumber - finely chopped
  6. Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  7. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  8. A pinch of turmeric
  9. Salt as per taste
  10. A pinch of sugar
  11. Cilantro - finely chopped
  12. Oil


  • Heat oil in a large pan, Add mustard & cumin seeds
  • Once the seeds splutter, add chopped green chillies
  • Add a pinch of turmeric
  • Add onions & saute till it turns transparent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, cucumber & Poha
  • Add a pinch of sugar & salt as per taste
  • Mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro

Enjoi !!!

NOTE: DO NOT add water as there is enough water from cucumber & tomatoes to make it a little soggy