Appetizers/Snacks

Ambode

Ambode is a fried snack prepared for all festivals in Karnataka. It can be prepared with many ingredients like mint leaves, onions, groundnuts/peanuts, moong dal and so on, but the main ingredient is channa dal (split yellow peas). I prepared it with mint leaves this time.

During festivals they prepare this and also add it into the beLesaaru and serve it with rice, it’s a favorite of many!

Ingredients:

Channa dal- 1 cup

Fresh coconut- 1/4 cup

Mint leaves- 1 small bunch

Rice flour- 1 tbsp

Curry leaves- 5 to 6

Green chillies/ jalapeño – 6 to 7( or according to your spice level)

Asafetida – ¼ tsp

Salt – to taste

Oil – for frying

Preparation:

Soak channa dal for 2 hours. Chop mint leaves, green chillies and curry leaves.

Grind all the above ingredients (except oil, salt, rice flour and asafetida) with soaked channa dal coarsely without adding water. Add salt, asafetida and mix well. Take a big lemon size mixture in your hand and make small patties out of it.

Deep fry the patties on medium low flame for 6-7 minutes each side or until golden brown. Enjoy the hot crispy ambodes!

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Main Course

MeNasina saaru (Pepper Curry)

As soon as my mom hears me saying I made meNasina saaru today for lunch/dinner, she asks if we are doing okay or if any one of us is sick. We usually prepare this when we have a sore throat or a bad cold. Its a very powerful remedy. But I like to have this anytime especially when I am back from work on a  rainy day or in winter. Having meNasina saaru with hot rice on a rainy day is heaven for me and its a very easy recipe too.

Ingredients:

Split urad dhal- ¾ Tbsp

Pepper corns- ½-¾ Tsp

Shredded coconut- ½ cup

Curry leaves- 3 to 4

Jaggery-¼ Tsp

Ghee- 2 Tsp

Seasoning- Mustard seeds or cumin seeds, asafetida

Salt – To taste

Preparation:

Dry roast urad dal and pepper corns till they turn golden brown.  Grind shredded coconut, urad dal and pepper corns to fine paste. Bring this paste to boil adding sufficient amount of water, add curry leaves, jaggery and salt.  Allow it to boil for a few more minutes.

Heat ghee in a seasoning pan, add mustard seeds or cumin seeds, allow it to sputter. Then add asafetida and mix this seasoning to the curry before serving with rice.

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