Friday 6 February 2015

Hariyali Wheat Ravva Upma

Godhuma Ravva Upma  or  Wheat Ravva Upma is one of the most common  recipes in south India.This Upma turns out really nutritious by adding the leafy vegetables a great way to incorporate greens into our daily cooking.A Healthy twist to a reguar wheat ravva upma.

Hariyali Wheat Ravva  upma is a simple,  healthy and easily digestible , that can be made either for breakfast or dinner as a one pot fully satisfying meal.


Wheat Rava - 2 cups
Water - 5 cups
Chopped onions -1/4cup
Chopped Tomatoes - 1/4 cup
Carrot - 1/4cup
Green Peas- 2tbsp
Green chillies - 3
Spinach -1/4 cup finely chopped
Methi Leaves - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Amaranth Leaves  ( Thota Koora) - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Mint leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Oil -2 table spoons
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1tsp
Urda dal - 1tsp
Hing - A pinch
Red chilli - 1
Curry leaves - A few

Hariyali Wheat Ravva Upma
Hariyali Wheat Ravva Upma


1.Heat a  heavy bottomed kadai with 2 table spoons of oil. Saute it with mustard seeds, urad dhal, channadal  and once they splutter add red chilli and hing and fry for few seconds.

2. Now add Choped onions and  green chillies fry for 2 minutes,add tomatoes ,carrot and green peas fry for another 3 minutes.

3. Now add Spinach, Methi Leaves, Amaranth leaves (Thotakoora) and fry till the raw smell goes.

4.Now add the wheat ravva and fry well for 2 minutes in medium flame.

5.Add required salt and 5 cups of water. Mix well and close the pan with a lid. Keep the stove in low flame for 20 minutes or until the all the water gets absorbed. If the water is absorbed fully and the upma is well cooked switch off the stove.

6. Serve hot with cup of curd.

Similar Recipes:
Cracked Wheat Upma

Thursday 5 February 2015

Sesame Laddu (Nuvvula Laddu)

A quick and easy sesame seed  laddu,  South Indian dessert made for special occasions. Laddoo is the Indian word for any ball-shaped sweet. Laddoo is made with all sorts of ingredients like grains and legumes! This particular dessert is especially popular during winter months as sesame as thought to have heating properties.

1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup jaggery
3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder

Sesame Laddu (Nuvvula Laddu)
Sesame Laddu (Nuvvula Laddu)

1.Dry roast the sesame seeds in a flat pan on medium heat. Do this till they turn pale golden color and aromatic.

2. In a mixer add roasted sesame seeds and grind to a coarse powder.

3.Now add 1 cup of jaggery to  the powder and grind well .

4.Take out the mixture in to a bowl and add 3tbsps ghee and cardamom powder .Mix well.

5.Grease your palms ,take enough mixture in your hand to form a golf ball-sized lump.

6.Roll between your palms till smooth.

7.Store for up to 10-15 days in an air-tight container.

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Rice Pongal ( Ven Pongal)

You can serve a rice dish with any meal at any time of the day. This non - messy ,easy to pack and simple to make rice dish make tasty and nutritious
packed lunch.. Or to have it as a breakfast.


Rice - 1cup
Moong dal (split) - 1/2 cup
turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Ghee- 6tbsp
Raw cashew nuts - 2tbsp
Black Peppercons  - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Water - 4 1/2 cups
Oil - 2tbsp
Ginger - 1 inch grated
Curry leaves - a few
Salt - to taste
Grated coconut- 2tbsp

Rice Pongal ( Ven Pongal)
Rice Pongal - Ven Pongal


1.Place cumin seeds and black peppercons in an electric blender or mixer. Blend into a  coarse powder.

2.Split the cashews in half. Saute in 2 tbsp of ghee until golden colour. Set both aside.

3.In a heavy sauce pan, dry roast the rice and  moong dal separately , about  5 mins each.

4.Wash both rice and moong dal  well. Mix together and place in a Pressure cooker.

5.Add ground turmeric and 4 1/2 cups water. Pressure cook for 4 whistles. reduce the heat .Simmer for 5  min until soft.

6.Switch off the flame and set aside.

7.Heat the remaining  ghee and oil in a heavy frying pan or skillet.

8.Add cumin seeds and peppercons ,powder, grated ginger and a few curry leaves. Saute for  1 minute.

9.Add pressure cooked rice and dal, salt to taste and  grated coconut. Mix well. If necessary, add 1/2 cup water.

10.Garnish with sauted cashews. Serve hot with any coconut chuney or Onion Sambar.

Note: Pearl Onion Sambar recipe


Pearl Onion Sambar

Thick and fiery, sambars are the first course in any South Indian meal. Serve them steaming hot with plain cooked rice, vegetable accompaniments and pappadams, either fried or roasted. A dollop of bubbling ghee adds a flavour of its own.

Pigeon Peas /Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Water - 2cups
Tamarind - Lemon sized
Hot water - 1 1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1/2tsp
Salt - to taste
Pearl Onions -250gms
Coriander leaves - 1/2cup finely chopped

Ingredients for Sambar Masala Paste:
Oil - 2tbsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 6
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Coriander seeds - 3tbsp
channa dal - 1 1/2 tbsp
Poppyseeds - 2tsp
Freshly grated coconut - 4tbsp

For Tempering:
Oil- 2tbsp
Mustard seeds -1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds -1/4tsp
Red chilli - 1
Curry leaves - A few

For Masala Paste:

1.Heat 2 teaspoons oil in  a heavy frying pan or skillet.
2.Add fenugreek seeds,6 red chillies, hing, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, channa dal and poppy seeds.
3.Saute for 2-3 minutes. Blend to a fine paste in a mixer  along with grated coconut adding very little water.

Pearl Onion Sambar
Pearl Onion Sambar

1.Rinse toor dal well.
2.In a pressure cooker add 2 cups of water, turmeric  and dal  cook it for 3 whistles.
3.Set the cooked dall aside.
4.Soak the tamarind in 11/2 cups of hot water for  15 min. Strain tamarind  water  into another bowl squeezing as much liquid as possible out od the
help. Set aside.
5.Heat 2 tbsp oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, halved red chilli, and few curry leaves.
6.When the mustard seeds splutter, Add pearl onions. Saute over a low heat about 5 minutes.
7.Add tamarind Juice, ground turmeric and salt to taste.
8.Cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes until the raw smell of tamarind disappears.
9.Add cooked dal and masala paste. Cook for another 5 minutes until thoroughly blended.
10.If the sambar is too thick, adjust the water and bring to the boil.
11. Garnish with  Finely chopped coriander and serve with steamed rice ,pongal ,Idli or Dosa.


Sunday 1 February 2015

Barley Lentil Soup

There is nothing like a steaming pot of hot soup to warm you up on a cold winter's day and this one does the trick. Deceptively simple ingredients cook into a robust vegetarian soup.

Barley may be an even better breakfast choice than oats for persons with Type 2 diabetes.
Barley is relatively low in calories, high in fiber and packed with vitamins and nutrients. Barley is nutrient rich and makes a satisfactory meal. It is packed with fiber and essential minerals.


Pearl Barley - 1/2 cup
Masoor dal - 1/2 cup
Carrots - 1/2 cup diced
Tomato - 1 medium sliced
Onion - 1 small thinly sliced
Greeen peas - 1/4 cup
Dried oregano - 1tsp
Salt - to taste
Blackpepper powder - to taste
Cumin Powder - 1/2tsp
Coriander powder -1/2 tsp
Corainder leaves - to garnish

Barley Lentil Soup
Barley Lentil Soup

1.Wash and  Soak the Barley in hot water for an hour.

2.Add soaked barley ,masoordal, onions,greenpeas, tomatoes,caroots and salt to a pressure cooker or to a pot and let it cook.

3.If using a pressure cooker, just add enough water to cover the vegetables, and pressure cook for 10 minutes for up to 2 whistles. 

4.When cooking in a pot, add  all the ingredients to the pot and 3 cups of water, bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat and cook the soup at low-to-medium heat for 20 minutes until the barley and lentils are cooked and the soup reaches the desired consistency.

5.Now add corainder powder ,black pepperpowder,cumin powder and boil the soup for 5 more minutes.Adjust salt.

6.Serve hot.

Berry Banana Delight

Try out this quick and easy recipe for a healthy and delicious sweet smoothie made with banana, strawberries and Blueberries.Berry smoothie recipes are probably the most favourite ones because of their tasty flavor and ability to mix with other fruits.


Fresh Strawberries -1 cup
Ripe Banana -1 No
Blue Berries- 1/2 cup
Honey - 2 tbsp
Ice Cubes - 7-8

Berry Banana Delight
Berry Banana Delight

1.In a blender or mixer, combine all the ingredients. Blend until  smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

Related Recipe:
Strawberry Banana Smoothie