Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ginnu | Junnu | Posu | Kharvas | ಗಿಣ್ಣು

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ. 

Mostly people who have a rural base will be familiar with this recipe. Ginnu is a sweet dish prepared from lactating cow's milk or colostrum milk of cow. Normally, first day's milk will be thicker and it can be used to prepare Ginnu. Often its called as 'Posu', 'Junnu' or Kharvas in different languages. In my native place, its called as 'Battalu Ginnu'.
We both are the great fans of Ginnu. Being away from native, we rarely get a chance to enjoy this sweet dish. One of my sister stays Hyderabad. She keeps preparing Ginnu using a powder mixture which they get there. Even I searched, but never found such a mixture in Bangalore. I had tried making Ginnu using normal milk by referring recipes on the net, but the taste was not that great.
Last week, I had a chance to taste Ginnu at my mother's place. Mom prepared it twice and I enjoyed eating :) Preparing Ginnu using colostrum milk is damn easy. Also, won't take much time for you to prepare! Try this recipe when you get colostrum milk of cow and let me know your feedback :)

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Yield: 10 medium size pieces
Difficulty level: Easy

  • Colostrum milk of cow / buffalo - 3 cups (See Tips)
  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • Saffron - 15 strands

  • Combine sugar with milk and mix it till the sugar gets dissolved completely.
  • Fill the pressure cooker base with water and allow to heat.
  • Add saffron strands and transfer the sweetened milk into a steel pan which fits inside the pressure cooker.  
  • Close the lid of pressure cooker and allow it to get cooked. Switch off the flame after 2 whistles.
  • Once the pressure cooker becomes cool, take out the pan and cut the Ginnu into squares.
  • That's all, delicious Ginnu is ready to eat!

  • If its the very first colostrum milk of buffalo, it will be very thick. Just add equal quantity of water and dilute the milk to avoid Ginnu becoming too hard. If its the second time milk, no need to add water. If its cow's colostrum milk, don't add water anytime.
  • Make sure that the sugar is dissolved in the milk completely. Once you put it for cooking, it won't dissolve any more.
  • You can replace saffron strands with cardamom powder or nutmeg to get a different flavor.
  • Sugar can be replaced with jaggery for this recipe (depending on your taste). I prefer adding sugar itself.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sakkare Holige (Obbattu) | ಸಕ್ಕರೆ ಹೋಳಿಗೆ (ಒಬ್ಬಟ್ಟು)

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Just think of a situation where you are expecting some guests and confused what to prepare for them. Ideal condition is that it should be a sweet which is neither too simple nor too difficult and it will be nice if it can be stored for few more days..right? Here is one such recipe which I learnt from my mother. Unlike other varieties of Holige (Obbattu) we prepare, it will not be that soft; its kind of crispy and not too sweetish. Best thing I admire is that it can be stored up to 15 days!
All the credit for this recipe goes to my mother. These days, I am out of my kitchen and busy with my little one. I just clicked some photos and noted down the measurements while my mother was preparing Sakkare Holige (Obbattu). I am thinking of posting some more delicacies from mother's kitchen till I am back to cooking.
Hope to see you all with new recipes soon! Here is the recipe of Sakkare Holige (Obbattu)..

Preparation time: 1 1/2 hour
Time for the dough to get set: 1 hour
Yield - 40 pieces
Difficulty level - Medium

For the filling:
  • Sooji rava (semolina) - 2 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 2 3/4 cup
  • Fresh grated coconut - 10 cups
  • Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 tsp

For the outer covering:
  • Wheat flour - 1 cup
  • All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Water - 1 cup approx.
  • Oil - 1 cup or little more

  • Combine wheat flour, all purpose flour and turmeric powder in a mixing bowl. Take about a cup of water and add salt to it. Pour the flour mixture to the salt water and knead it nicely. Add 3/4th portion of oil and knead the dough without lumps. Finally, pour the remaining oil on the top of the dough and press it gently. Keep the dough closed ith a lid for an hour.
  • Heat the ghee on a heavy bottom pan and roast sooji rava on medium flame for 5 minutes or till you hear a nice aroma. Just after switching off the flame, combine sugar and grated coconut with sooji rava. Also add salt and cardamom powder and mix it well.
  • Now, take the sooji rava - coconut mixture and grind it without adding water. For grinding, you can use mixie jar - small ones or if you are preparing in large quantity, grinder would be the better option. If you can use use the grinding stone, its very convenient to grind this mixture because the mixture becomes bit sticky and sticks to the mixie jar. Do not grind the mixture very finely, it should be in the consistency of sooji rava.
  • Prepare lemon size balls from the ground mixture. Also divide the covering dough into same number of small parts. Apply oil to your hands and place the covering dough on your palm. Place the filling upon that and cover it completely. 
  • Roll the covered balls on a greased plastic sheet or a plantain leaf into circles. Transfer the rolled Holige to the hot tava and cook it on medium flame till you find brownish spots on one side. Turn it and do the same with other side. 
  • Delicious Sakkare Holig is ready to eat now! Enjoy it with ghee or simply you can eat that!

  • This Holige will be moderately sweet. If you add more sugar, mixture becomes too sticky and it will be very difficult to grind it. So, be sure to make proper measurements. 
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kadlemaddi | Hayagreeva | Chana Dal Sweet | ಕಡ್ಲೆಮಡ್ಡಿ | ಹಯಗ್ರೀವ

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Here is one more recipe which I learned from my mother recently. In fact its an old recipe, but never I had got a chance to prepare it :) Kadlemaddi is bit similar to the filling which we prepare for Obbattu. This traditional sweet is also called as 'Hayagreeva'. Below is the recipe of this simple sweet which is liked by most of the sweet lovers!   

Preparation time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Difficulty level: Medium

Split chana dal - 3 cups
Jaggery - 1 3/4 cup (according to sweetness)
Sugar - 1/4 cup or according to taste
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
Fresh grated coconut - 1 1/2 cup (see tips)
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 2
Ghee (optional) - 2 tsp
Cashews (optional) - 10
Raisins (optional) - 15

Soak chana dal for about 30 minutes and pressure cook with enough water till very soft. It will get cooked nicely within 1 - 2 whistles.
Drain off all the excess water and mash the cooked mixture lightly using a ladle or a masher.
Take a heavy bottom pan and combine the mashed dal, jaggery, sugar, salt and grated coconut.
Keep mixing it on medium flame till most of the liquid content is evaporated. Once the mixture becomes thick and won't stick to the ladle any more, add cashew pieces, raisins, powdered cloves and cardamom and switch off the flame.  
Finally, add 2 tsp of ghee to the Kadle Maddi, mix it well and close the lid. Allow to get set for 10 minutes before serving.
Serve it warm with a spoonful of ghee on the top. It tastes nice even without ghee.

  • Kadle Maddi can be prepared using sugar also. Adding of jaggery is not a compulsion here. But adding of jaggery will definitely make a difference in taste.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Marige Gojju | ಮರಿಗೆ ಗೊಜ್ಜು

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

From past couple of months, I am not able to update my blog regularly. That's why, some of the recipe picks I clicked long back are still pending with me. Today I was just glancing at them and got inspired to write this recipe!
Marige Gojju is one of the traditional recipes of Havyakas. The name Marige Gojju is because of a special kind of vessel called as 'Marige' which was used to prepare this recipe. Marige means a wooden vessel which was used to mash and powder the ingredients for this Gojju. These days, nobody is using this kind of vessel in their kitchens. But we can see this 'Marige' in some houses of Malnad.
Here is the recipe of Marige Gojju which I learnt from mom. Try and taste this Gojju for your lunch or dinner..

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Cooking oil - 2 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
5 - 6 dry red chillies 
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
Pinch of asafoetida
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Thick curd - 1 to 1 1/4 cup

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add dry red chillies, urad dal, mustard seeds, asafoetida and sesame seeds and roast them nicely.
Add salt to taste before switching off the flame and allow the mixture to become cool.
Now, mash and powder the whole mixture with the help of a ladle. Make the powder as fine as possible. Small grinding stone may ease your work.
Add curd to this mixture and mix it well. That's all, tasty Marige Gojju is ready to serve!

Finally, I want to make one more addition to this recipe. When I told my Grandma that I wrote this recipe, she asked me what all the ingredients used. After knowing the ingredients which I normally use, she told that adding of 1/2 tsp of crushed garlic to the seasoning will enhance the taste of Gojju! Thanks a lot my dear Ajji for this nice tip :)
If you love the flavor of garlic, try adding crushed garlic to this recipe sometime.

  • Mixie is not recommendable for powdering the ingredients here. Because, mashing the ingredients will enhance the taste of this Gojju. 
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bread Fruit (Beru / Deevi Halasu) Chakke Paladya | ಬೇರು (ದೀವಿ) ಹಲಸಿನ ಚಕ್ಕೆ ಪಳದ್ಯ

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ. 

Bread fruit, which in Kannada is generally known as Beru halasu or Deevi halasu. It is one of the commonly used vegetables in Malnad areas. Sambar (Curry) prepared from this veggie tastes delicious. We can also prepare tasty chips, paapads, bhajjis and podis using Bread fruit. I have tasted varieties of Bread fruit dishes since childhood, but Chakke Paladya using this veggie was new to me. My mom prepared this particular curry sometime back and I liked it a lot. So, here is the recipe of Bread Fruit Chakke Paladya for you..

Preparation time: 35-40 min
Serves: 5 - 6

Bread fruit - 1/2 cut
Lemon - 1 1/2 (according to taste)
Green chillies – 2 to 3 (according to taste)
Water 4 - 5 cups
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Seasoning: 1 tsp oil, 3/4 tsp mustard seeds, pinch of asafoetida, 1 strand of curry leaves.

Peel off the skin and core part of the bread fruit. Make medium sized pieces.
Take a pan and add water, salt, lemon juice, slit green chillies. Once the water starts getting hot, add the bread fruit pieces and cook till soft.
Take out one cup of cooked pieces and allow to cool. Make a fine paste of  the same once its completely cool.
Add the prepared paste to the cooked mixture and bring to boil. Switch off the flame after 5 minutes.
Heat oil for seasoning and add mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Put it into the Chakke Paladya mixture.
Enjoy this tasty curry with hot rice!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cluster Beans Palya (Dry Curry) | ಗೋರಿಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ. 

Cluster beans (gorikaayi / chavalikaayi ) is one of the all season vegetables available in Bengaluru. It's rich in proteins and fiber. It's seeds are dried and powdered and used in preparations of ice-creams,sauce etc..
To be honest, cluster bean is less used in my kitchen! My sister prepares it's curry whenever she buys. This curry is a good combination for rice, roti and chapati.Also it's easy to prepare. Here is the recipe learnt  from my sister.

Cluster beans - 25-30
Tomato - 1 medium size.
Sambar powder - 3/4 tsp or according to taste.
Shredded coconut (optional) - 1/2 cup.
Finely chopped coriander - 2-3 tsp.
Sugar / Jaggerry - 1/4 tsp.
Water - 1 1/2 cups.
Salt to taste.
For seasoning: 2-3 tsp oil, 1tsp urad dal, 1tsp mustard seeds, 1/2tsp jeera, pinch of  turmeric powder and a strand of curry leaves.

Chop cluster beans and tomato into small OR medium pieces.
Heat a fry pan and add the seasoning ingredients one by one.
When mustard seeds splutter, add sambar powder and stir well.
Now add tomato and coriander leaves and stir for 2 minutes.
Add chopped cluster beans, 1 1/2 cups of water and mix well. Let it cook for 10-15 minutes covered in medium flame. Stir twice in between.
When beans are cooked, add salt and cook for 5 more minutes.
Now you can add fresh coconut and cook for 2 minutes.
Tasty cluster beans curry is ready to serve!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jack Fruit Kadubu (Idli) | ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಕಡುಬು (ಇಡ್ಲಿ)

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Normally, the season for Jack fruit starts by the mid or end of summer in rural areas. People will be busy preparing chips, papad and other preserves from raw jack fruit during summer. During rainy days, they will enjoy sweet dishes like Jack fruit Kadubu (Idli). These days, people started preserving jack fruit pulp in refrigerator and use it whenever required.  Even I enjoyed this kind of Kadubu after the jackfruit season this year :)
Sometime back, I had prepared Jack fruit Kadubu in our home. I actually wanted to post the recipe here and clicked some picks too..but couldn't take a picture of the final product that day! Last week, when my mom was preparing Kadubu, I told her the same and she insisted me to continue the recipe by taking some photos here. I did the same thing and now, able to post the recipe finally!
Its the common procedure adopted these days is to prepare the Kadubu using Idli moulds. Traditional way is to cook it using plantain leaf covers. Kadubu cooked in plantain leaf wraps will be tastier than Idli kind of Kadubu.
One more thing I wanted to tell with all my blogger friends.. I am not able to visit any of yours blogs these days. The reason is that I have got shifted to my mom's place now. Usage of internet is very limited and even I am not able to check my mails regularly. This may continue for few more months till I am back to my routine life. But whenever time permits, I will keep posting new recipes.
Here is the recipe of Jack fruit Kadubu for you..

Preparation Time:
Servings: 3 - 4

Jack fruit pulp - 1 1/2 cup
Akki kadi (coarsely powdered rice) - 3/4 cup (See Tips)
Thick jaggery - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder - a big pinch
Cooking oil (preferably coconut oil) - 1 tsp

Combine jack fruit pulp, jaggery, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Once the jaggery is diluted fully, add Akki Kadi and mix it nicely.
Finally add cooking oil and cardamom powder and mix well.
Kadubu batter should be little watery than dosa batter. If the batter looks too thick, you can add some water to dilute it.
You can cook it like either as Idli or as Kadubu. If you want to cook them as Idli, pour the batter in idli moulds and cook it like idli. It takes at-least 30 minutes to cook them in idli cooker. If you are cooking them like Kadubu, it takes a minimum of an hour to cook.
Cook the Idli / Kadubu till it is done nicely. Pour a spoonful of ghee on hot Kadubu and taste it!

Kadubu once prepared will last for 2 - 3 days. Here is one more way to enhance the taste of Kadubu..mash the Kadubu using your hands after its completely cool. To this, add 4 - 5 tsp of fresh ghee, 1 - 2 tsp of sugar and few strands of saffron (purely optional). Heat it on low flame in a heavy bottom pan for around 5 minutes. Serve it hot!

  • Akki Kadi means, coarsely powdered rice. It looks like Idli rava. This can be substituted with Idli Rava also. If using Idli rava, add around 1 to 1 1/4 cup of Idli rava for 1 1/2 cup of jackfruit pulp. Also, its better to roast the Idli rava slightly before mixing with pulp.
  • Adding the oil to the batter makes the Kadubu light. Also, it helps for easy digestion of Kadubu.
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