Friday, March 15, 2013

Green Moong daal Crepe with Tomato Onion Chutney

(From Banu's Cookbook)

Green Whole Moong Daal Crepe
1 Cup of Whole Green Moong Daal (Soaked Overnight)
1 inch piece of Ginger
4-6 Garlic Cloves
3-4 Green Chillies (or per taste)
1/4 cup of Finely Chopped Onion
2 Tbsp of Finely Chopped Cilantro
Mustard Seeds and Hing for Seasoning
Salt to Taste
Oil to Cook

1. Grind the Soaked Moong daal with ginger, garlic and Green Chillies. Do not add too much water. The batter should be fairly thick.
2. To the ground batter, add the salt, chopped Onion and Cilantro. Add seasoning of mustard seeds and Hing.
3. Heat a flat pan and pour the batter and spread the best you can (it is kind of hard with the chopped onion on it).
4. Cook it both sides with some oil.
5. Moong Daal Crepe is ready to be eaten with some chutney.

Tomato Onion Chutney
1 Medium Onion Chopped
2 Roma Tomatoes Chopped
3-4 Red Chillies
1/2 Tsp of Cumin Seeds

1. Roast the Onion with some oil until it starts browning.
2. Add the red chillies and roast some more.
3. Add the tomatoes and saute until tomatoes become soft.
4. Let this mixture come to room temperature. Then Blend this into a paste with Salt and Cumin Seeds.
5. Tomato Onion Chutney is ready :)

Notes: Optionally you can add garlic cloves along with red chillies and you can add Tamarind paste or Lemon Juice while grinding it to a paste.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dalia Upma

(From Banu's Cookbook)

1 Cup of Dalia (Broken Wheat)
3 Cups of Water (To cook Dalia)
1 Medium Onion Chopped Finely
1/2 of Medium Green Bell pepper chopped finally
1/4 inch of Ginger Root Chopped Finely
5-6 Curry leaves
2-3 Green Chillies Chopped
3-4 tbsp of Oil for Sauteeing
Mustard Seeds for Seasoning
1/4 Cup of Finely chopped Cilantro for Garnishing

1) Heat 1 Tbsp of Oil in pressure cooker, add the Dalia, Roast it for 5-7 minutes and then add 3 cups of hot water and pressure cook it for 3 Whistles. If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can cook the Dalia on stove top in a regular pan as well.
2)  In a separate pan, heat 3 tbsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. And as soon as the mustard seeds splutter, add ginger, green chillies and curry leaves. After a few seconds of frying these, add the chopped onion and bell pepper and saute them for 5-7 minutes until you see the onion turning brown.
3) Add the cooked Dalia and salt and mix it well and cook it for a few minutes on slow fire. You can add the Cilantro for garnishing.
4) Eat it Hot with some Curds or Achaar.

1) You can also add Tomatoes in this. Add it after Onion has been fried. Add Dalia after Tomatoes become a bit soft.
2) You can also add some lemon juice for garnishing if you are not adding tomatoes and want some sourness to the dish.
3)You can also add other vegetables like Peas, carrots and Potatoes. I wanted to keep it low carb and low sugar, so I did not add these vegetables.