Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thatte Idly

Thatte Idly is a breakfast dish from Karnataka. It is also called as Plate Idly (thatte means plate in Kannada). Generally they are served along with chutney, sambar or potato or mixed veg palya {palya means curry). I had thatte idly with sambar and chutney in an occation. I liked it a lot and wanted to give it a try at home. So I bought a thatte idly stand which is also useful for making idiyappam and dhokla.
Let's see how to make them :)

What you need:

Idly rice (par boiled rice or uppudu biyyam)-4 cups
Skinned and split black gram (minapa pappu)-2 cups
Fenugreek seeds (menthulu)-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Ghee or oil for greasing the plates

  1. Soak the rice, skinned black gram and fenugreek seeds in water for 4-5 hours.
  2. Wash and grind them into a thick batter by adding salt. It took me thirty minutes to grind it in wet grinder.
  3. Allow it to ferment overnight or ten to twelve hours.
  4. Grease the plates with the ghee and fill them with the batter.
  5. Leave some space in the plates for the batter to rise while steaming.
  6. Steam them in the pressure cooker for 12 minutes without using the weight on the lid.
  7. Once the cooker has cooled down, remove the thatte idlys from the plates by using a knife.
  8. Spread some butter on the top and serve them hot with chutney or sambar. Enjoy the soft idlys..
Note: If you want, you can add half a cup of cooked rice while grinding the rice and dal for extra softness.

For the chutney, I ground skinned and roasted ground nuts and fried gram dal (putnalu) in equal quantity along with garlic, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, tamarind and salt. I seasoned it with broken dry chilly, mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves which were tempered in a tablespoon of oil.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Atukula Mixture or Poha Chivda

In my childhood, my mother used to make atukula mixture quite often as an evening snack and we enjoyed it a lot. It's nice to munch on them while drinking a hot cup of tea or coffee and it's raining outside.
Let's see how to make this simple and easy snack :)


What we need:

Thin atukulu or thin flattened rice-3 cups
Pallilu or veru sanaga gundlu or ground nuts-1/4 a cup
Putnalu or roasted chana dal-1/4 a cup
Curry leaves-a sprig
Chilly powder-1/4 teaspoon 
Dry red chilly-2
Cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon 
Salt to taste
Oil-1/4 a cup


 How to prepare:

  1. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan and add the ground nuts. Fry them for a minute on a low flame and add the roasted chana dal, cumin seeds,  broken dry chilly and curry leaves. Fry them for a few seconds.
  2. Transfer them into a bowl and add the remaining oil to the same pan. Add the flattened rice and fry them on a medium flame.
  3. Once the flattened rice puffs up, add turmeric powder, salt and fried ground nut mixture to the pan. Stir the contents well and turn off the stove.
  4. After they cool down, store them in an air tight container.

 Note: You can also add azwine, cashew nuts and golden raisins to this mixture. And you can also deep fry the flattened rice.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tomato Rice

Tomato rice is a simple, one pot meal dish which goes well with papad and onion raita. It is easy to prepare and also easy to carry as a lunch box meal for school going children or office going adults. Tomatoes contain lycopene (antioxident), vitamin A and vitamin C and are low in calories.
Let's see how to make tomato rice :)


What you need:

Rice-4 cups (I used sona masuri rice)
Tomatoes-4 big sized
Chopped onion-1 medium sized
Green chillys-5
Chopped coriander leaves-1 cup
Cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
Cinnamon stick-1
Ginger garlic paste-1 teaspoon
Bay leaves-2
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Chilly powder-1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Ghee-2 tablespoons
Oil-2 tablespoons


1. Wash and soak the rice for ten minutes. Chop the tomatoes and green chilly into small pieces. 
2. Heat the ghee and oil in a cooker and add bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and cumin seeds. After a few seconds, add the chopped onions and the cut chilly and fry for two minutes on a medium flame. 
3. Now add tomato pieces and ginger garlic paste. Saute them for two minutes and add chopped coriander, turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder and salt. 
4. Mix them well and add the soaked rice. Fry them for a minute and add eight cups of water. Close the lid and pressure cook it for three whistles.
5. Once the pressure go off, open the lid and mix the rice carefully without mashing it.

Serve it hot with papad and onion raita.

Note: You can also add cashew nuts and increase the quantity of turmeric powder and chilly powder (reduce the green chilly) to make it look more colourful.