Sunday, November 18, 2007

Pesarattu-Upma with Ginger Chutney and Ginger Tea

Ginger, the underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. Ginger is used in a lot of dishes because of its medicinal value. Too much ginger can cause heartburns.

Ginger Chutney with Green Chillies

This is my submission for Think Spice-Ginger hosted by Sunita of



Ingredients :

Sooji or bombai ravva-1 cup
Chopped onion-1
Chopped green chillies-2
Ginger-small piece
Dry red chilly-1
Curry leaves-few
For seasoning : Gram dal-1/4 tesson, urad dal ;-1/4 teaspoon, Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoon, Mustard seeds-1/4 teaspoon and Salt to taste
Oiil-2 tablespoons

Method :

1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the red dry chilly pieces, gram dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them splutter.

2. Add the chopped pieces of ginger, green chilli and chopped onion and fry them until they become soft.

3. Add 3 cups of water and salt and boil it on medium flame.

4. Lower the flame and add the ravva with continuous stirring. If the ravva is dry roasted for three to four minutes, the upma tastes very nice.

5. Cook it for five minutes and turn off the stove.


Ingredients :

Green grams or pesalu-2 cups
Fenugreek seeds or menthulu-1/4 teaspoon
Rice-1/4 cup
Ginger-1 inch piece
Cumin seeds or jeera-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil-4 tablespoons


1. Soak the green grams overnight along with the rice and fenugreek seeds.

2. Wash and grind them with cumin seeds, salt, water and ginger into dosa batter consistency.

3. Heat a non stick pan and pour the batter with a laddle and spread it into a circle.

4. Add one teaspoon of oil at the edges of the circle. Let it cook on medium flame.

5. Flip it over and add a laddle of upma and fold it. Serve on a plate. If you do not want to add upma, you can add chopped onions green chillies and fold the pesarattu.

Ginger Chutney

Ingredients :

Ginger-50 grams
Green chillies-5
Grated jaggery-2 spoons
Tamarind-small berry sized
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Jeera-1 teaspoon
Garlic cloves-2
Oil-2 tablespoons
For Seasoning : ¼ teaspoon gram dal, ¼ teaspoon urad dal, ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds, few curry leaves and 4pieces of red dry chilly


1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the green chilli, turmeric powder and cumin seeds on low flame.

2. Before turning off the stove add the tamarind and garlic cloves and fry them for one minute.

3. Peel off the ginger and cut it into small pieces and fry until they turn brown. Grind all the fried ingredients along with the salt and jaggery.

4. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the red dry chilly pieces, gram dal, urad dal, mustard seeds and curry leaves.

5. Turn off the stove and add it to the grinded chutney. It will keep for 4-5 days.

Ginger Tea

Ingredients :

Milk- ¾ cup
Water-1/4 cup
Red Lable tea powder or any other brand-1 tablespoon
Sugar-1 tablespoon
Ginger-1 inch piece


1. Heat the milk and water in a vessel on medium flame and add the tea powder.

2. After boiling for three minutes add the crushed ginger and lower the flame.

3. Add sugar and let it boil for three more minutes.

4. Turn off the stove and filter the tea into a cup using the filter.

5. Drink it hot.


Asha said...

OH MY!! Vijaya, whole post is fabulous. I am drooling here!:)

sunita said...

Vijaya, that's a lovely the gingery entries.

sagari said...

umpa pesarattu with giger chutney mmmmmmmmm HEAVAN those pesarattus look sooo yummy

Daily Meals said...

Hi Asha! Thank you. I too like the pesarattu with ginger chutney.

Hi Sunita! Thanks for hosting this event.

Hi Sagari! Thank you.

Happy cook said...

O would love to have the whole lot. Delicious

Menu Today said...

Hi Vijaya,

Gingery Post!!!! All dishes looks nice. I like that ginger chutney recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Daily Meals said...

Thank you Happy Cook!

Thank you Menu Today!

Latha Narasimhan said...

In this cold weather ginger tea is most welcome! Love the pesarattu! :)

Seena said...

I also have drafted one upma recipe like this. chutney and tea looks great.Loved the dal preparation also..all good recipes!

Daily Meals said...

Hi Latha! I do not drink tea but my husband loves tea. I sometimes make ginger tea for him.

Hi Seena! Ginger chutney goes well with idlies too. I love this chutney.

Paula from Only Cookware said...

That ginger tea is a great idea. I am going to try that, although I am not into milk and sugar with my tea so might try it without it. I think it would still taste good.

Latha Narasimhan said...

You are tagged vijaya! See my meme post! :)

Daily Meals said...

Hi Paula from only cookware! It definitely tastes good even without milk and sugar.


I have seen this pesartu stuffed with upma in some other blog ...but I didn't knew its a combination...Looks good and nice entry:))