Moolangi Polo/ Radish Dosa

Sanna Polo is a specialty in Konkani (predominantly South Kanara) cooking. It is used as side dish and made predominantly of coconut and lentils and I make it often. When I saw an easy variation of this recipe (with radish) on Lakshmi Canteen blog I knew I had to try it. What makes this appealing is that unlike the regular “Sanna Polo”, no grinding or soaking is required to prepare the batter. All that is required is to grate the radish add the flour season and prepare the dough.

Even though it is called Dosa, it is not the usual Dosa that we have for breakfast and also it is not the dosa with urad daal, rice combination that we are used to. Instead this is eaten as a side dish along with daal rice, yogurt rice for lunch/dinner. The good thing is that there is no to prepare another subzi/curry, as the taste of this is predominant and forms a good accompaniment with yogurt or daal rice.

For somebody trying this for the first time here is a word of advice. I would say that this is an acquired taste and you might have to taste it couple of times to get accustomed to the taste.

Recipe Adapted: Lakshmi Canteen

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups radish (grated)
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup idli rice
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (increase if you like it spicy)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • Oil (shallow fry)
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • In a big plate, mix the grated radish, rice flour and idli rice along with salt, red chili powder. Grated radish already has moisture, so there is no need to add extra water.
  • However if you are unable to mix well then sprinkle some water and make a dough.
  • Add the chopped onions to the mixture and mix well. The mixture/dough will be thick and coarse so there is no need to add extra water.
  • Heat a dosa/chapathi tava/flat pan. Take lemon sized ball of mixture and place it on the hot tava. Pat it using the tip of hands and make it into small circle.
  • Proceed with the step above and place as many dosas possible on the Tava.
  • Add oil to each one of them on sides and cover that tava with a lid. The dosas cook up very fast and also brown fast. Keep a close watch.
  • After they are browned on one side, let it cook on another side.
  • Note: It is best to use up all the batter/mixture in one go. If kept for a long time, the raw onions in the mixture begin to smell. The dosa can be made in batches and ahead of time. They store well when kept covered and in cool place. 

Simple Noodles with vegetables

The other day a friend of mine asked me as to why I have not been posting Kids’ recipes often. She said it is helpful for moms like her with picky eaters to get some ideas for lunch boxes or otherwise. Well, I agreed and told her that I have not been posting as I intended, which was once a month but it is just not happening.

 It is not that I don’t try some new stuff on the kiddo, but it is just the lack of time to post the recipes. Juggling between work, kiddos activities, his homework, household stuff sometimes I feel there is just not enough time. Thankfully it is not the lack of enthusiasm to post or cook so I am pretty sure that once I find time I will be posting often.

Noodles are an all time favorite of the kids and so I prepare it often. I don’t add any type of sauce in this; it is just noodles tossed with toasted garlic and vegetables. You can add or subtract vegetables of your choice

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups noodles (cooked, it is hard to give this measurement, so this is approximate)
  • ½ cup broccoli + ½ cup capsicum (any veggies of choice)
  • 2-3 spring onion finely chopped (top and white part discarded)
  • 1 small onion (chopped lengthwise)
  • 2 tsp ginger + garlic paste
  • A pinch of red chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp Crushed black pepper/pepper powder
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • salt to taste

Method: 

  • Boil the noodles (as per the instructions on the package) along with salt. Add 1-2 drops of oil while boiling.
  • Toward the end I add the broccoli florets and let it cook for a minute. Drain the water and keep aside.
  •  Take a big heavy bottom pan, and add oil on medium to high heat, put in the ginger garlic paste and cook until brown.
  • Start adding the vegetables, onion first sauté and then add the chopped capsicum and cook.
  •  Add the cooked noodles (along with broccoli) and mix well with the vegetables. Drizzle little oil if necessary.
  • Add the chopped spring onion. Finally add the crushed/freshly milled white or black pepper and red chilli flakes. 

Appe Huli /Raw Mango Rasam

For those in the United States hope you had a wonderful long Easter weekend. We had a relaxing three days, giving us a break from the hectic and sometimes crazy weekdays. The weather was perfect; not too hot or cold, accompanied with a beautiful sunshine that lifted the spirits up.

 For most part I stayed away from the kitchen; surviving many times on Maggi or takeout food. But on days when I cooked, I made something quick and delicious reminiscent of the carefree days of the past. 

Appe Huli is speciality of the Havyakas residing in the Yellapur, Sirsi, Sagar /Malnad regions of Karnataka. Think of this as a raw mango soup which has the flavour combination of spicy, sweet and sour. Serves well as side dish with plain hot rice, or with spicy pongal. In fact I would not mind eating this as a side dish for Rotis/Cahapathis.
Ingredients:

  • 1 Raw Mango
  • 1 tsp urad daal
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chilies (broken into pieces)
  • 1-2 green chillies (slit)
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • a pinch of Hing/Asafetida
  • A pinch turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Jaggery (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Oil 

Method

  • Wash the mango and chop the raw mango into cubes (along with the skin).
  • In a sauce pan boil some water, add the chopped mango, salt and slit green chillies and continue until it is cooked.
  •  Let this cool. Do not throw the cooked water. Now remove the skin from the cooked mango pieces and mash the flesh well. (Note: I remove the green chillies and pulse it one time in a blender).
  • Transfer this back to the cooked water and over the stove on medium heat. Add little more water turmeric, jaggery salt to bring to rasam consistency and boil.
  • In a separate pan prepare a seasoning. Heat oil then add mustard seeds, urad daal, curry leaves, hing, and dried red chillies.
  • Note: You could use few garlic pods for seasoning instead of the hing. This gives a different flavor to the dish.
  • Add the seasoning to the boiled mango water. Switch off the heat and cover with lid.
  • Serve hot with rice.