Nullippittu

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                 Nullipittu is a special type of snack prepared especially by the ‘Chetti’castes of Wayanad district in Kerala. It is prepared using rice flour and ripe banana. (Rice flour used for making ‘puttu’. i.e.; the rice flour should not be very fine. It should be roasted at least for 5 minutes.) But I use to prepare ‘nullippittu’ by adding jaggery and grated coconut, in addition to banana and rice flour. The presence of jaggery and coconut gives a special taste to the ‘nullippittu’.

Ingredients

8 teaspoons of rice flour

Jaggery syrup prepared from 2 lumps of jaggery

4 teaspoons of grated coconut

1 ripe banana (Palayankodan, Mysore poovan or Poovan)

Coconut oil for frying

Method

Take rice flour in a bowl. Add grated coconut to it. Peel the banana and squeeze it with your hands. Ten mix it with the flour. Pour the…

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Plantain Shoot Stir Fry

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            When the stem of the plantain is cut after harvesting and the layers are peeled like that of an onion, we can see a cylindrical shaped white soft shoot. We call it as vaazhappindi, unnithandu, unnippindi etc.

Plantain shoot is rich in fibre and is a good remedy for avoiding constipation. It regulates bowel movement. The juice of plantain shoot is good for people having high blood pressure and those suffering from kidney stone (It is considered by the locals as a sure cure for blood pressure and kidney stone)

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Ingredients

2 cups chopped plantain shoot

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 sprig curry leaf

1 teaspoon rice

2 dried red chillies cut into small pieces

1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Salt to taste

Method

  •  Remove the outer thick shells covering the tender plantain shoot and discard them. Wash the shoot.
  •  Cut the plantain shoot into…

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Bitter gourd stir fry

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Bitter gourd stir fry is a side dish for rice. Here I have used small bitter gourd or the wild variety of bitter gourd. It has medicinal value also.

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Bitter gourd Stir fry

Ingredients

4 bitter gourds

3 small green chillies

1 sprig curry leaf

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

A pinch of turmeric powder

1 teaspoon rice bran oil

Salt to taste

Water

Method

  • Wash the bitter gourd
  • Cut them, remove the seeds, and cut them into small pieces.
  • Keep a pan over the flame, add oil and mustard seeds. Let them pop in the oil.
  • Add curry leaves and bitter gourd.
  • Add salt and mustard seeds.
  • Stir well.
  • Sprinkle enough water and cover with a lid.
  • After 5 minutes open the lid and stir well. Remove the pan from the stove.

Mixed leaf stir fry

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Mixed leaf stirfry

Mixed leaf stirfry is very nutritious side dish for rice, chappathi  and biriyani. Here I have used pumpkin leaves, moringa leaves and thazhuthama leaves. (Scientific name: Boerhavia diffusa)  

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Ingredients

5 pumpkin leaves

A handful of thazhuthama leaves

1 cup of moringa leaves

5 small green chillies

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon of mustard leaves

1teaspoon rice bran oil

1 sprig curry leaf

2 garlic pods

2 shallots

A pinch of turmeric powder

Method

  • Wash all the leaves. Tear each pumpkin leaves into 3 or 4 pieces and then cut it into small pieces.
  • Remove thazhuthama leaves from its stem.Cut the leaves into small pieces.
  • Separate the moringa leaflets. Do not cut them.
  • Remove the scales of shallots and garlic.
  • Wash shallots, garlic and green chilli. Put them ina mixi jar and minse them.
  • Keep a pan on the flame, add ricebran oil.
  • When the oil is hot add mustard seeds. Let it pop in the oil.
  • Add curry leaves and the mixture of shallots, garlic and chilli and stir for 3 minutes.
  • Add all the leaves.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder and stir well.
  • Sprinkle enough water. Close it with a lid.
  • Stir after 3 minutes. If it is not cooked properly, sprinkle some more water and close it with the lid. Cook for some time.

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Millet Upma

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Millets are a group of small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as or grains for both human food and fodder. Millets are important crops in Asia and Africa.

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Ingredients

1 glass of millet

1 teaspoon coconut oil

½ teaspoon ghee

1 sprig curry leaf

2 green chillies chopped

1 onion chopped

½ teaspoon mustard seeds

3 teaspoons grated coconut

Salt to taste

2 cups of boiled water

Method

• Wash the millet thoroughly 3 to 4 times to remove the impurities.

• Keep a pan over the low flame.

• Pour coconut oil and ghee into the pan.

• Add mustard seeds. Let it pop in the oil

. • Add chopped onion, chopped chilli, and curry leaves to the pan. Sauté them. (You can add chopped vegetables like carrot, beans etc.)

• When they become light brown, add washed millet to the pan and stir it for…

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Mango jam(Mango Jelly)

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All of us like jam..Children always like different types of jams. But always having jam is not good for health because they contain different types of preservatives and artificial colouring agents. So let’s try to prepare jam which do not cause any harm to our health, especially that of children. Today I would like to share you the recipe of mango jam which is very tasty and of course you can please your kids as well. Even the mangoes which are very sour can be used for this purpose. You can have it along with bread, chappathi etc. or even as such.

 

Ingredients

2 ripe mango fruits

3 lumps of jiggery

Water

1 teaspoon ghee

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Method

Peel the mangoes and cut into pieces and keep them in abowl. Take jiggery in a bowl and add water to it. Keep it over the flame and make a syrup.It should not be very thick. Remove the bowl from the stove. Keep a non-stick pan over the flame.Pour the syrup into the pan through a sieve to remove impurities. Add mango to the syrup. Stir it gently. When the mango is cooked properly, add ghee and stir well. The jam should not be too watery or too thick. When it has the reached the proper consistency, remove it from the flame , add cardamom powder and stir well. Serve it with bread and chappathi. You can spread the jam on chappathis and roll it. It is a good snack for your children or husband and makes them feel that you care for their health.

 

Bitter gourd fry

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                          There are many people who doesn’t like the ‘bitterness’ of bitter gourd. this problem can be solved by preparing bitter gourd fry. My grandmother used to fry different things such as bitter gourd, pea, skin of ash gourd, green chilli. lady’s finger and so on. These are fried after drying them in the sun. It can be stored for months. 

Ingredients

2 bitter gourds cut into fine round pieces

Salt to taste

1/2 cup loose curd

Coconut oil required to fry 

 

Method

         Before cutting the bitter gourd into thin round pieces, it should be immersed in salt solution for 3 to 4 hours. If possible clean it using a scrub which would help to remove…

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