A tasty and delicious dal made with ridgegourd and tur dal. Heerekai or ridgegourd dal tastes good with rice as well as rotis too. Ridgegourd is commonly known as turai in India. It is low in fat and high in fiber and has blood purifying properties and also has a cooling effect on the body. Heerekai tove recipe is very easy to make and can be done in a jiffy.
Uppittu or upma is a very common and popular South Indian breakfast dish. Vegetable upma is prepared by dry roasting semolina and seasoned with spices and vegetables. It is served with coconut chutney or sambar. Vegetables like, carrot, peas, cabbage, tomatoes, onion are added to make it more nutritious and enhance its taste. Vegetable upma is a very healthy and delicious breakfast option and very easy to make too.
Menthya soppu huli recipe is very popular in Karnataka and easy to make too. Menthya soppu huli or methi sambar is also called as vendhaya keerai sambar in Tamil Nadu. It is made with fenugreek leaves, tur dal, tamarind and jaggery and best served with rice and little ghee. It also makes an excellent side dish for rotis. Fenugreek leaves are rich in iron, calcium and potassium and it helps in digestion.
Hagalkai or karela gojju is a traditional and simple curry recipe from Karnataka. This curry is served with hot rice and little ghee and it makes a sumptuous meal. Hagalkai gojju has a combination of sweet, spicy and tangy taste which goes well with both rice and rotis.
A complete meal by itself, sweet corn pulao is a very healthy and delicious rice dish. Corn is low in fat and has lot of vitamins including vitamin C and it is also high in fiber. Corn pulao is made with rice, corn and mixed with spices. It can be had on its own or served with raita or papads. Corn pulao recipe is easy to make and healthy too.
Ridgegourd or heerekai bajji is very traditional and popular snack especially in South India. It is made with ridgegourd vegetable, gram flour and spices and deep fried. A perfect tea time snack during monsoons,
Hagalkai kootu or bittergourd curry is traditional south indian curry made from bittergourd, tamarind and tur dal. Bittergourd curry is very delicious and healthy too. It is best served with steamed rice.
Nippattu is a very popular snack from Karnataka especially from Mysore and Bangalore. Nippattu is usually deep fried but can also be baked. It is a crispy and spicy snack which is perfect for tea time munching. This recipe is contributed by my close friend, Mrs. Usha Nayaka who also happens to be a Mysorean.
Capsicum paneer paratha is a delicious North Indian recipe which is a healthy combination of capsicum and cottage cheese. It is best served with butter or pickles or curd.
Palak paneer is a popular North Indian dish made with spinach and cottage cheese. A good combination of rich and healthy food and perfect accompaniment for rotis, naans and pulao.