Main Course

Majjige HuLi

Majjige HuLi is most favorite to people of Bengaluru/ Mysoru. It is very tasty, simple, easy to prepare dish made of single vegetable with yogurt and gravy. It goes really well with rice, muddhe or nuchinunde. We can prepare this dish with a variety of vegetables, like bendekai/ okra, seemebadhnekai/Chayote, boodhkumbaLakai /Ash gourd,  dantina soppu/Amaranthus , thondekai/Tindora. Today I prepared it with dantina soppu/Amaranthus.

Ingredients:

Yogurt/majjige- 1 1/2 to 2 cups

Channa dal– 2 Tbsp( soaked in water for an hour)

Shredded coconut- 1 cup

Green chilliesJalapenos -5 to 6 depending on your spice level

Coriander/ Cilantro– 4 to 5 strands

Ginger- 1″ peice

Mustard seeds– 1/4 tsp +1/2 tsp for seasoning

Cumin seeds– 3/4  tsp

Curry leaves– 2 strands

Turmeric- 1/4 tsp

Dantina soppu/ Amarathus- 1 bunch (chopped)

Oil- for seasoning

Salt- to taste

Preparation:

In a vessel,  heat  a glass of water and add the chopped leaves, let it cook for few minutes until tender (add little salt while the leaves are cooking). Meanwhile grind coconut, green chillies, coriander, ginger, turmeric, cumin seeds , 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds and channa dal with little water. Grind to a fine paste. Add the ground mixture to the cooked leaves. Cook till the raw smell goes away (approximately for 8- 10 minutes). Add the yogurt/majjige at the end and mix well.  Add more salt if needed.

For seasoning- Heat 2 tbsp of oil, add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and curry leaves. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter.  Add the seasoning on top the majjige huLi and its ready to serve.

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Side dish

Mixed vegetable Saagu

Ahh  saagu!!! Saagu is a side dish either made of potato and onions or with mixed vegetables. It can be served with pooris, chapatis, dose or anything else that needs a side dish. I just love the way my mom makes it, so this recipe is her’s.

Ingredients:

Beans- 3 handful, chopped

Carrot-2 medium size chopped

Potato-2 medium size chopped

Onion-1 medium size coarsely chopped

Green chillies/ jalapenos- 6 to 8 depending on taste required

Groundnut- ¼cup

Coconut-½ cup

Ginger-½ inch piece

Cloves-3

Cinnamon- 1 inch piece

Cardamom- 2

Cilantro/ coriander-5 to 6 strands

Oil- 5 Tsp

Mustard seeds-½ Tsp

Preparation:

Excluding vegetables, groundnut and oil, grind the remaining ingredients and onion with water into a fine paste.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustards seeds, allow it to splutter. Now add the chopped vegetables, groundnut and little water and steam cook until they are half tender. Add salt while the vegetables are cooking.

Mix the ground paste to the vegetables. Cook until vegetables are just tender. Turn off the heat and serve with pooris or chapatis.

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Breakfast

Akki rotti

Akki rotti is made from rice flour (akki means rice in Kannada) and is a popular breakfast dish in karnataka. It is not as glamorous as idlis, dosa and vadas, but is a good, hearty breakfast.

Ingredients:

Rice flour- 3 cups

Onion- 1 finely chopped

Green chillies (jalapenos) – 6 to 7 chopped

Coriander (cilantro) – 3 to 4 strands chopped

Cumin-¾ Tbsp

Salt- to taste

Oil

Preparation:

Mix rice flour, onions, green chillies, coriander, cumin and salt, with water. Add sufficient amount of water until all the ingredients come together and form a lump. You can always sprinkle extra water while spreading on the skillet if the mixture is too dry.

Spread 1 tsp of oil on skillet, take a handful of dough and spread it on the skillet tapping with your fingers clockwise. Spread it to 1/4th inch thickness or even less if you want it to be crispy. Add a little oil on the sides and cook on medium heat. Make sure you cover it with a lid so it gets cooked well. Flip it on the other side and cook until golden brown or crispy.

Serve it with chutney. I personally like to have it with yogurt and mango pickle.

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