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Sabudana vada | Sabakki vada | Sago Poppers


Hi folks, what's cooking this week?

How to make vegan sabudana vada sabakki vada recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Now that Navratri is here, what are your plans? Has that gorgeous "Ghagra-Choli" come out of the wardrobe ? Did you go for Garba or Dandiya?

I'm not sure I'll ever wear a Ghagra-Choli, but dancing the Dandiya is definitely on my bucket list and I wish to cross it off soon. 

You know what I enjoy about festivals in India? The colors. I love to see people dressed up in colorful attire. Colorful flowers in markets and adorning houses. Large "Pandals" where community or sarvajanik celebrations happen. The diyas or lanterns that are lit up outside houses. Beautiful Rangolis everywhere. It sets such a festive mood, you want to celebrate. What is it about festivals that excites you?

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Festivals always bring good food with them. So does Navratri. A lot of people fast during Navratri where they avoid rice, wheat, meat etc. Sabudana Vada is very popular during such "upavaas" or fasting. I don't fast, I've never done so till date and considering the foodie I am, I doubt I'll ever be able to avoid food for too long. But that does not stop me from eating all the yummy snacks like Sabudana Vada. In fact, I make them very often for breakfast or tea time snacks. They disappear quicker than I can cook them. 

Sabudana Vada is a popular Mahastrian snack made by frying balls of sabudana (sago), mashed potato and crushed peanuts. While traditionally, the vadas are deep fried, I pan fry them or shallow fry them. 

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To make the Sabudana Vada, first the sabudana needs to be soaked for around half hour and then drain out the water and leave the sabudana in a box or a covered bowl for 1-2 hours until they fluff up. Then add in the mashed boiled potato, crushed peanuts, curry leaves, chopped green chilli, chopped coriander leaves and salt and mix. Take lemon sized balls of this mixture and flatten them gently and place on a hot greased pan. Spoon in 1 tsp of oil on them and cook until one side browns, then flip and cook until the next side browns. If you are in a hurry, or you don't mind deep fried snacks, then go ahead and deep fry them and enjoy the traditional taste of Sabudana Vada.

Sabudana Vada tastes awesome with chutney or ketchup. I don't bother with either, as no one in my family cares what comes with it, as I said it disappears quicker than it appears. 

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If you liked this, you may also like:

  • Sabudana Khichdi - Another popular Maharastrian fasting meal made with the exact same ingredients as this vada.
  • Sabudana Chana Vada - Sabudana Vada where Potatoes are replaced with Chhole or Chickpeas.
  • Millet Cutlets - Shallow fried cutlets made from foxtail millet and mixed vegetables.
  • Curried Brown Rice and Zucchini Fritters -  Fritters or Tikkis made with mashed Brown Rice and grated Zucchini. Spiced with Garam Masala and pan fried. 


Sabudana Vada / Sabakki Vada/ Sago Poppers

How to make vegan sabudana vada sabakki vada recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comSabudana Vadas are shallow fried vadas or poppers made with Sabudana/Sago, Peanuts and mashed potatoes.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          Indian/ Maharashtrian
Prep Time:     2 hours
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:              Makes 12-15 vadas



Ingredients:


1 cup Sabudana/Sago
2 medium sized Potato
2 finely chopped Green Chilli
8-10 Curry Leaves
0.25 cup Peanuts
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
A pinch Garam Masala (Optional)
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder (Optional)
4-5 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

Method:


Wash the sabudana and drain all the water. Let it rest covered for about 2 hours or until the sabudana have softened.
Boil the potato and peel it.
Roast the peanuts and grind into powder in the mixer.
Mash the potato, add the sabudana, curry leaves,coriander and green chilies. Mix well.
Add salt, red chili powder, garam masala, peanut powder and mix well.
Shape into balls and flatten them gently.
Heat a tava or frying pan and grease it.
Place the sabudana vada hot tava and spoon around 1-1.5 tsp of Oil per vada. You may need more or less oil depending on your liking and the tava you have used. I used a non stick tava.
Flip them when they brown on one side.
Remove from heat once both the sides are browned.
This can be served with chutney or ketchup.


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Maavina Hannu Seekarne or Aamras

aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert


The best thing about summer??? MANGOES. My sweet dreams are made of eating a ripe juicy mango dripping juice all over my hands. I never saw any other reason for the month of May to appear on the Calendar. I mean, May is the HOTTEST month of the year. In school, it marked the end of one month of summer vacations. The only saving grace for the month of May was the mangoes it brought with it.

Every Indian household I know uses mangoes to make either their favorite milkshake, or lassi, or dessert or pickle. There are so many dishes that you can make with Mangoes - both raw and ripe. I've made a few in the past:

Mavinkayee Chitranna or Mango Rice - Flavored rice made with grated raw mangoes and leftover rice.

Hagalkai Mavinkayee Gojju or Bittergourd & Raw Mango Curry - Bitter sweet sour and spicy curry made with bitter gourd and raw mangoes

Sweet and Sour Mango Curry or Saasav or Pashingiri Mango curry made with ripe mangoes and fresh coconut famous along the Konkan coast of India.

Aam Panna or Sweet and Spicy Raw Mango Cooler - A sweet and spicy beverage made using raw mangoes

Mango Cheesecake - Cheesecake made using fresh mangoes, paneer and agar agar.

Raw Mango Gojju - South Indian raw mango curry and coconut curry

Corn and Raw Mango Salsa - A Simple Salsa made with boiled sweet corn and raw mango.


aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert

Don't you just want to grab that bowl of luscious Seekarne and eat it right now?

Maavina hannu Seekane or Aamras is probably the easiest delicacy you can make with Mangoes. All you need are ripe fresh JUICY mangoes. India is the birthplace of Mango and every state has it's own favorite. Alphonso, Kesar, Dasheri, Badami, Mankurad (Being a Goan, I had to list this one), Raspuri etc.There are so many more varieties, I don't even know all the names. 

aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert

Maavinahannu Seekarne or Aamras was my Mom's favorite Mango dish, she made it every summer, without fail. I made this today as a dedication to her. 

Maavinahannu Seekarne can be made in two ways, either by finely chopping the mangoes, like my mom made it or squeezing the mango to get a fine puree, the way my grandmother made it. The only difference in the 2 methods, is the way the mango pulp is treated - chopped or pureed. It is typically flavored with cardamom and almost always has a little milk added to it.


Traditionally, the Maharastrians eat their aamras with deep fried puris and here in Karnataka, it is eaten with chapati - the pan fried wholewheat flatbread. But you can eat it just like that as a dessert. Seekarne tastes best chilled for an hour or two in the fridge. But you can eat it at room temperature as well.


Maavina Hannu Seekarne or Aamras


aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert
Maavina Hannu Seekarne or Aamras is a simple traditional dessert made with mango pulp and milk and flavored with cardamom.

Recipe Type:  Dessert/ Drink
Cuisine:         Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Yield:             2-3 bowls

Ingredients:


2 ripe Mangoes
1/2 cup of Milk
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
1-2 tsp Jaggery Powder or Sugar

Method:


Peel the mangoes and chop the mango cheeks finely. Alternatively, instead of chopping it, you can just puree the mango.
Add cardamom powder and milk. Mix well.
Taste and check if you want it sweeter, then add jaggery or sugar.

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10 minute Plantain Chips | Balekayee Podi | Kelyachi Kapa


Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrian

Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. Coated with fine semolina and coloured yellow by Turmeric. A dash of heat and seasoning. Sounds fancy doesn't it? 
I'm only describing these awesomely EASY to make 10 minute quick Plantain Chips. Yup! that's all it takes to make them. 10 minutes. And did I mention, they are pan fried? YES! They are NOT deep fried. That just made them healthy, did it not? Healthy chips - that's the way we roll....

And the ingredients are even lesser in number than the time- Just 6. And that includes salt and oil. Now isn't that economical.

Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrian

This recipe comes from Goa - the tiny state on the west coast of India is extremely popular for its heavenly beaches and with the beach, comes the amazing seafood (or so I've heard). I'm a vegetarian, so I haven't sampled any of this amazing seafood, but I believe my friends when they say it. On certain days, even the most hard core non vegetarian craves Vegetarian food. On those days, comes out the fish fry substitute - Plantain chips. Sometimes it is made with Potato or Brinjals too. For us vegetarians, this is just daily food.

These chips are a very common side dish / accompaniment to a rice and dal meal. It goes amazingly well with the starchy soft white rice and the mild yellow dal. These chips just add a bit of texture to the meal. They are crisp, they are soft, they are yellow and they are just slightly hot.

Some days I don't even make the rice and dal, I just have them as a snack in the evenings. 

I ate it differently this time. I had my last week's Olive Hummus in the fridge and I baked a few whole wheat pita breads, and instead of stuffing my Pita Pockets with falafels, I stuffed it with my Plantain chips. Soooo QUICK  to make. Did I mention they hardly take 10 minutes? So what are you waiting for? Get set go...

Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrian



10 minute Plantain Chips | Balekayee Podi | Kelyachi Kapa


Quick and easy pan fried semolina coated plantain chips. A famous accompaniment to rice and dal in Goa

Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrianRecipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          Indian / Goan
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     10 minutes
Yield:              20-25

Ingredients:


1 Raw Banana / Plantains
1 tsp of Turmeric Powder
1 tsp of Red Chilli Powder
1/2 cup of fine Semolina / Chiroti Rava
Oil to fry
Salt to taste

Method:


Peel the raw banana and slice into discs. I usually keep them at least 3-4mm in thickness.
Toss the slices with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
Heat up a griddle or a flat bottomed frying pan.
Dip the slices one by one in the fine semolina and place on the hot griddle.
Spoon over oil so that each one is coated in oil.
Once the first side browns a little, flip them and cook until done.
Insert a knife to check if done, if the knife goes in smoothly and there is no resistance, the chips are done.
Serve hot.
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Vegetable Cutlets with Coriander Mint Chutney

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I’m free I’m free… from those hectic schedules to those late night calls. I’m finally free, for a short while, but I know to appreciate the smaller things in life.

So what did I do? Well, I actually went to the mall on a weekday evening. Really!! With no laptop to burden me, I happily went to the happiness sale at Bangalore Central. And then I went to my sister’s house and had her cook me dinner. I know, could I get any lazier? I like laziness :D. And then I actually started reading my library book. Oh my dear books have been neglected this entire time. I issued booked, renewed them and then returned them. But finally, I’ve started on “Gone Girl” and am liking it till now. I even went out and watched Minions. Acche din (Good days).

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I’ve been trying to cram all the good things in these 2-3 weeks I’ll have before the next project and the next grind starts. So Saturday night, I made my childhood favorite – Vegetable Cutlets, to celebrate. It is still my favorite, but I don’t like what I get in Bangalore. I miss my Goan cutlets with little pieces of red beetroot in them. That’s something special to Goa I think, beetroot is added to cutlets and samosa’s there, and believe me, it just makes them extra special. Tasty, yummmm. 

Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney


Cutlets are so easy to make. All you need are mashed vegetables and desire to make something of them. For most non vegetarian cutlets, egg is used as a binding agent to bind the breadcrumbs, but this is a Vegetarian blog, so not eggs here mister. Just use a mixture of milk and flour and dip the cutlets in that before dipping it into semolina or bread crumbs. You can use bread crumbs, but cutlets always have semolina or rava coating on them. If you skip this, the rava coating just disintegrates once it is in the pan and you are left with a shapeless cutlet and oil full of rava. I am speaking from experience here.

Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney

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I decided to go an extra step and I made this nice green chutney to go along with the cutlet. It tastes just as delicious with ketchup or just like that. But then, I am a chutney girl. Always been one. So I made this chutney, bought some Pao, stuffed some sliced onions and tomatoes and made my local burger. Skip all this and enjoy it just as it is, or go full gourmet and add sliced avocado, cheese or anything else you fancy. It  is all upto you and your family’s taste buds.

Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney


Vegetable Cutlets with Coriander Mint Chutney


Shallow fried cutlets made with potato and mix vegetables, served with a coriander and mint chutney.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              7-8 Cutlets

Ingredients:


For the cutlet:


Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney
3 - 4 medium sized Potatoes
1 small Carrot
2 Tbsp Green Peas
7-8 Green Beans
1/2 Beetroot
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
A pinch Garam masala 
1 Tbsp Flour / Maida 
3 Tbsp Milk 
3-4 Tbsp Fine semolina / Chiroti rava
4-5 Tbsp Oil
Salt

For the chutney:


0.5 cup Fresh coriander leaves 
0.5 cup Fresh mint leaves 
1 Green chilli 
1 clove Garlic
Salt
Water

Method:


To make the Cutlet:


Boil the potato until done. Peel and mash them.
Chop carrot, beans and beetroot finely. Boil them along with the peas until done.
Drain and add the vegetables to the potato.
Add all the spices and salt to the potato and mix well.
Shape into cutlets. You can be creative and make fancy shapes.
Mix the flour and milk until there are no lumps.
Heat oil in a pan.
Dip the cutlet in the flour-milk mixture and dip in semolina and place in the pan.
Cook on each side for around 2 mins each.
Serve hot with Ketchup or Chutney

To make the Coriander Mint Chutney:


Grind everything in the mixer/blender with 1 tbsp of water
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Aam Panna [Without Boiling] | Sweet and Spicy Raw Mango Cooler

During these hot summer months in Bangalore, I catch myself day dreaming about summers in Goa. Summer vacations, back then was our right, now just a dream. Off to play by 9am and back home only by 8.30pm managing to squeeze in a lunch only cause my friend was called in for lunch and I would be alone in the sun. It was bliss! Hot & sweaty, all tanned up, we would play everything from lagori to chor police. When the heat got to us, we would take juice breaks. Rasna was an all time favorite among kids back then. Come summer, and all the moms would make a bottle of Rasna and keep it in the fridge for these breaks of ours. It was in times like these, my best friend N introduced me to a more natural homemade drink - Aam Panna. I loved it so much, that she had to bring me some every summer when her mom made it.


Aam Panna is a raw mango cooler. So easy to make and oh so tasty. These days we catch it staring at us from the pages of restaurant menus, but that bright green concoction tastes nothing like the real thing. Firstly, the real thing isn't even bright green :) The recipe I have below is N's mom's. The extra additions I have made to it are all the optional ingredients. You can make it without all the optional ingredients and it will still taste equally good.




Aam Panna | Sweet and Spicy Raw Mango Cooler


Aam PannaA sweet and spicy beverage made using raw mangoes

Recipe Type:  Beverage
Cuisine:          Indian / Maharastrian /Goan
Prep Time:     3 Hours (Includes soaking time)
Cook time:     10 minutes
Yield:              4-5 Glasses / 750 ml

Ingredients:

3 or 500 gms Raw Mangoes
500-750 ml Water
8-10 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Pepper powder
A pinch Salt (Optional)
1/4 tsp Black salt / Kala Namak (Optional)
1/2 tsp Cumin powder / Jeera powder (Optional)

Method:


  • Wash and peel the raw mangoes
  • Take 500ml of water in a large container
  • Grate the mangoes and add them to the water
  • Cover and leave aside for 2-3 hours
  • Drain out the water into another container. Squeeze the pulp to remove any more juice available.
  • Add sugar, pepper powder, salt, black salt and cumin powder and mix well until sugar dissolves.
  • If it is concentrated, add more water and serve it on a hot summer day.


Notes:

1) The above recipe made 750ml of diluted juice for me. If the mangoes are very sour, you can store this as a concentrate and dilute it while serving.
2) The amount of sugar, salt and spices, all depends on the sourness of the mangoes being used. I suggest starting with half the quantity of sugar/salt/spices mentioned above and adding more as required.
3) N suggested this is usually served at room temperature, however I generally serve is slightly cooler.
4) This may not be suitable if you are suffering from throat infections, it may aggravate it. There is a slightly different version you can make if you are suffering from throat troubles, boil the mangoes until then are half cooked and then peel and grate. Follow the rest of the recipe as is. This version apparently does not aggravate throat infections.
5) This stores well in the fridge for 18-20 days. However, I doubt you will ever get the chance to test this :). Mine barely lasted 3.


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Solkadi | Spicy Kokum Drink

Kokum isn't a fruit many are familiar with. It is indigenous to the Konkan coast of India. It isn't generally consumed like other fruits, it is mostly had in the form of the sweet juice or the savoury kadi. The kokum rind is sun dried and is called "Aamsol" in Konkani and used in kadi. It is also used instead of tamarind to add sourness to curries and gravies. Solkadi is a must for every Goan meal. It is made in 2 ways in Goa, one with coconut milk and one without. Solkadi is supposed to aid in digestion. The recipe below is for the one without coconut milk. Although this is eaten with rice in Goa, I prefer it just like a drink along with my meal.





Aamsol or dried kokum rind




The recipe makes 2 big glasses.

Solkadi | Spicy Kokum Drink


Traditional Goan savory beverage made with the dried peel of the kokum fruit.

Recipe Type:  Beverage
Cuisine:          Indian / Goan
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     0 minutes
Yield:              2

Ingredients:

10-12 pieces Aamsol / Dried Kokum Peel
2 glasses Water
2-3 Green chillies
A handful of Coriander leaves(Optional)
1/2 tsp  Sugar(Optional)
Salt

Method:

  • Heat 1/2 a glass of water until it is slightly warm.
  • Add the kokum and allow them to seep.
  • After 10-15 mins, add this seeped liquid along with the kokum to the remaining water
  • Slit the green chillies and add to the water
  • Add salt and sugar. I don't add sugar, I prefer the tartness.
  • If it isn't yet tart/ sour enough for you, allow the kokum to seep longer in the water
  • If you think it is too sour, add more water.
  • While serving, remove the kokum and the green chillies and garnish with finely chopped coriander and serve.


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Matki Usal

Matki or Moth beans are look very similar to moong beans but are brown in colour and are slightly smaller in size. They are a high source of protein and as most beans, very low in calories. I usually use these to make Misal, but on days I have less time, I am content with just the usal. You can make the same recipe with sprouted moong beans too...



Matki Usal


spicy curry made with moth beans and fresh coconutMaharastrian curry made with sprouted moth beans and fresh coconut.

Recipe Type:  Main Course
Cuisine:          Indian / Maharastrian
Prep Time:     15 minutes (Does not include sprouting time)
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:              3-4 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup dried or 2 cups sprouted Matki beans / Moth beans
1 Onion
1 Tomato
2-3 Green chillies
5-6 Curry leaves
A handful of Coriander leaves
3 tbsp desiccated Coconut
3 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt
Water
Method:

  • To sprout the beans yourself, soak in matki beans in 2 cups of water overnight
  • Next morning, drain out the water from the container and cover the container with a steel plate and allow to rest in a warm place for 2 days or until the beans sprout.
  • Alternatively, you can also tie the beans in a muslin cloth and allow them to sprout.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
  • Once they splutter, add the curry leaves, slit green chillies and chopped onions
  • Fry until the onions are done
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they are done
  • Add the sprouts and enough water to cover them
  • Add salt and cover and cook until the beans are done.
  • Keep checking the beans, if it feels dry and the beans aren't done, then add more water and cover and cook longer. If the beans are done, and there is excess water, then remove the lid and cook on high flame until the water evaporates. This can take anywhere between 20-30 mins to cook.
  • Once the beans are done, garnish with desiccated coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with chapati
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Steamed Modaks | Ukadiche Modak | Sihi Kadabu


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Lord Ganesha's birthday aka Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with fervor and grandeur in Goa. People take a nice vacation from their hectic lives and move into their ancestral houses for a week usually. The entire family gets together to welcome Ganesha into their house and hearts. You can see colorful idols of Ganesha everywhere you turn. His throne is decorated with flowers and banana leaf. Everyone is dressed in their festive best.

And when everything is at its best, so is the Food. In India, every festival revolves around Food. Ganesh Chaturthi is no exception. While one may not make as many variety of sweets and snacks as one does for Diwali, there are a few that are made especially for beloved Ganesha only.

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Modaks are considered to be Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet and a must on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Modaks are made in myriad different ways. Some deep fry it while some steam it. Sometimes the filling is of fresh coconut and jaggery, while sometimes it is dry coconut and sugar. I have also seen a recipe where it is filled with chocolate. Sometimes all this is skipped and modaks are just modak shaped pedas.

In our culture, we do not deep fry modaks. My grand mother was totally against deep frying anything on Ganesh chaturthi so we always made the steamed version stuffed with fresh coconut and jaggery. And this is the version I absolutely LOVE.
Steamed Modaks or Ukadiche Modak or Sihi Kadabu have the outer layer made of a rice flour dough and a stuffing of fresh coconut, jaggery (unrefined sugar) and cardamom powder.

To make the outer layer of rice flour, the rice flour is added to boiling water and mixed until it forms a stiff dough. Getting the consistency of the dough right is probably the toughest part of making the Modak. If the dough isn't made properly, there are chances that the modaks will split while steaming, which, believe me isn't really as disastrous as it sounds. They still taste great and means just some more modaks for the Cook. Hurray!!

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The filling is made by cooking together grated fresh coconut and jaggery. In this recipe, the jaggery cannot be replaced with refined sugar, as it just will not live up to the taste and texture of the modak. The mixture is cooked until it the water almost evaporates. Cooking it beyond that will cause the jaggery to crystallize and the filling will become one big hard lump.

These days there are moulds available to shape the modaks after filling them. Unfortunately, as you can see in the pictures, I wasn't aware of it until I'd finished making them, hence very amateurish looking modaks in my house this year. But who is worried about the looks when they tasted SO delicious.

If you are making this for Naivedyam for Lord Ganesha, please do not taste anything and follow the recipe and your instincts and it will turn out great.

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If you liked this, you may also like:
  • Khova Peda - Simple peda made from milk solids and sugar.
  • Kaju Katli - Fudge or Barfi made from cashewnuts and sugar. A favorite in every household.
  • Coconut Laddoo - A simple laddoo made from coconut powder and condensed milk in under 1 hour.
  • Kadle Bele Payasa - Kheer made with rice, chana dal and coconut
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Steamed Modaks | Kadabu | Sweet Dumplings


How to make Ukadiche Modak Recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comModaks are traditional steamed Indian dumpling made from rice flour, coconut and jaggery. Served as an offering to Lord Ganesha in West and South India. 

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     60 minutes
Yield:              9

Ingredients:


0.75 cup Coconut
0.5 cup Jaggery
1 tsp Cardamom
0.75 cup Rice flour
1.5 cups Water
1 tsp Ghee or Oil
0.25 tsp Salt

Method:


In a kadhai, mix the coconut and jaggery and cook on low flame. Keep stirring the mixture to avoid burning. Cook until the mixture is almost dry. Do not overcook as then the jaggery will harden. Add the cardamom powder and keep aside to cool.
In another pan, bring 1 cup of water to a  rolling boil. Add the salt and the ghee and remove it from the heat.
Add rice flour by the spoonful and keep stirring to avoid forming lumps.
Add more water if needed. The dough should be slightly stiff yet malleable.
Keep the pan back on the stove and keep the flame low.
Keep stirring until the whole dough becomes one mass. It will start sticking to the spoon/ spatula. It took me around 5 mins. Take a small marble sized piece of dough and press it using  your thumb and index finger, it should not break into pieces. Nor should it stick to your hand. If the consistency or the texture is not correct, the modaks may split while cooking. If it is your first time, do not fret over a few split ones.
Allow this to cool for some time.
While it is still warm, take a small ball of flour and flatten it. Place a small ball of the filling inside it and use your hands and stretch the flour to cover the filling.
Shape the modaks accordingly.
Steam the modaks in a steamer for around 8-10 mins. I used an idli steamer, you can use a cooker without the whistle.
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Banana blossom and white peas subzi

Banana blossom or banana flower is the maroon tear drop shaped thing we probably see in our vegetable shop. It is found at the end of a banana cluster on the tree. I never knew how to cut it or cook it having never eaten it. But a thai place around my house serves banana blossom cakes and they added lemongrass and all those wonderful thai spices and made an awesome cutlet out of it. I simply loved that. I have not yet tried making that but I'm sure that will be soon on the menu. Meanwhile, I got this recipe from my mom which works out great for me. It is the Goan way of cooking banana blossom. It must be good, coz hubby dearest wants it again soon :)


How to make Poombe Palya Bondi Sukke Banana Flower recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

How to make Poombe Palya Bondi Sukke Banana Flower recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


How to make Poombe Palya Bondi Sukke Banana Flower recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

How to make Poombe Palya Bondi Sukke Banana Flower recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com



How to make Poombe Palya Bondi Sukke Banana Flower recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com







Ingredients:
How to make Poombe Palya Bondi Sukke Banana Flower recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com
Banana blossom - 1
White peas/ Green peas - 1 cup (dried)
Fresh grated coconut - 2 tbsp. (Optional)
Oil - 2-3 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder / Haldi - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt

Method:

The important thing with banana blossom is knowing how to peel it and cut it
Discard the maroon layer and keep the small buds at the bottom of the stem. We only use the buds. Cut the buds into smaller pieces and soak in water to avoid oxidising.
Keep removing the layers until you can. After a point it is difficult to separate these layers.
Once the maroon layers are over, the layers will turn white. These are difficult to separate.
Start cutting the blossom into slices once you cannot remove any more
Soak this in water overnight. You can keep this in the fridge.
Squeeze out the water in the morning and pressure cook for around 2-3 whistles (10-12 mins)
Separately pressure cook the white peas for 1-2 whistles (8-10 mins) until done
Heat oil in a kadhai and add the msutard seeds.
Once they splutter add the cooked banana blossom and the white peas.
Add a cup of the water the peas were boiled in.
Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt
Cook until the water evaporates.
Garnish with coconut and serve

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Brinjal and Potato Kapo/ Chips/ Podi

Kapo or Podi is very common site in Goa. As a kid I thought it is made only of potato or brinjal. It was much later I realised that people make these with almost any vegetable. The popular veggies for making these are potato, brinjal, raw banana and breadfruit (jeegujje / neerphanas) . Infact, I have eaten kapos made of bitter gourd (karela), cauliflower and ridge gourd (heerekai / toorai) and enjoyed it too. Eaten as an accompaniment with rice, it makes even a simple dal rice a yummy experience. I used to think of this as too simple to enter the blog, but somehow my friends in office always got confused on how to make it and asked the recipe each time I carried it for lunch. So the recipe
follows...

Brinjal and Potato kapo

Cut the veggies into thin slices and soak in water

Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt

Coat in rava

Place on a hot greased tava

Spoon oil on them and cook

Flip when one side browns




Ingredients:

Brinjal/ Potato - 1 ( I assure you one is nowhere near enough cause once you start eating it, you wont stop, but I had to put some limitation)
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1-2 tsp (depending on your taste)
Salt
Fine semolina / Fine rava/ Chiroti rava - 1/4 cup (Fine rava tastes better, if you don't have it, you can use any rava or you can use rice flour/ akki hittu instead)
Oil - for frying

Method:

Slice the brinjal/potato into thin slices and immerse in water to avoid browning
When you are ready to make it, heat a tava/griddle and grease it
Drain out the water from the brinjal/potato and add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and mix well
Pour the rava into a small plate and coat each brinjal/potato slice with the rava and place on the tava
Spoon out 1 tsp of oil on each of them and cook until one side browns
Flip them and cook until cooked. Use a knife to see if it pierces the slice easily.
Remove from tava and enjoy it while it's crisp and hot.

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Pao

The Portuguese may have left behind a lot of legacy in Goa, but I'm sure none is as popular as the pao. Once you have eaten the pao in Goa, you have been converted to a pao lover. Pao now is available everywhere across India. What is different is the texture and taste. Goan pao is unique in its crust and crumb. It is not sweet and definitely not crumbly. Goan pao is leaning towards savoury and is stringy with very well developed gluten. You tear a piece of Pao in Goa, not break a piece. After various attempts at making this, since what I usually get in Bangalore resembles a bun more than a pao, I finally succeeded. And I actually got complements from my sister (also my biggest and fussiest critic). If I could convince her it is Pao, it is real pao :). So here goes...

Biga

Pao dough before proofing

After proofing

Before baking

Pao




Ingredients:

Biga:
Flour - 1/2 cup
Active dry yeast - 1/4 tsp
Water - 1/4 cup

Bread:
Biga
Flour - 2 cups
Active dry yeast - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 cup + 2 tbsp
Milk - 1 tbsp

Method:

Biga:
Dissolve yeast in water and mix in flour. Briskly stir for 1 min. Stand at room temperature overnight.

Bread:
Dissolve yeast in water. Scrape in biga and mix. Biga now looks like a bubbly soup. Add salt and flour and mix till incorporated. Allow it to restfor 20-30 minutes.
Using a hand mixer with the dough kneading attachment, knead for 15-20 mins at high. Stop for 1-2 mins in between if the mixer is getting hot. The dough will be watery, do not add more flour.
Cover the dough and allow it to proof for 2-3 hours until tripled. Sprinkle some flour onto a working surface and scrape out the dough onto it. With floured hands shape the dough into paos and place on butter paper or the non stick baking tray. Allow it to rise for another 30-40 mins.
Preheat the oven to 250 deg Celsius, brush the top of the paos with milk.
Bake for 5 mins at 250 degrees. Lower the temperature to 180 deg and bake for another 20-25 mins until done.
Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

Makes 8 paos
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