Cucumber contains 95% water in it.  It is low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss and also high in vitamins and minerals.  Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrient.  It also helps in weight loss, lowers blood sugar level and helps in constipation.   It adds flavor to dishes.

We can make many raw dishes and cooked dishes from cucumber.  Today we shall see how to make Instant Cucumber Dose.



Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food.

Millets are also called Siri Dhanya’s. They contain low phytic acid and are rich in dietary fiber, iron, calcium, and B vitamins. These millets release sugar slowly in the blood and also diminish the glucose absorption. They are gluten free and non-acid forming.  These properties of the minor millets made the present consumers attracted to the consumption of millet.  It is helpful in lowering cholesterol level, BP.  It detoxifies the body.Varieties are cooked by millets porridge, upma, idli, dosa, pongal, kesaribath etc.,

Today let us learn Harka/kodo millet pongal which tastes heavenly, simple, healthy liked by everyone moreover easy to prepare.

Ingredients :

Whole green gram/hesaru kaalu             1 cup

Harka/Kodo millet                                            1 cup

Green Chillies                                                      7-8

Ginger                                                                      1 inch

Jeera                                                                           ½ tsp

Pepper                                                                      ½ tsp

Curry leaves                                                          one fist full

Coriander leaves                                                one fist full

Grated coconut (optional)

For tempering:

Mustard                                                              1 tsp

Chana dal                                                           1 tsp

Urad dal                                                              ½ tsp

Oil /ghee                                                            2 tbsp

Lemon                                                                2 nos. big

Water as required

Salt to taste

Method :

Dry roast whole green gram for 3-5 mins.

Wash Harka/kodo millet.

Keep cooker on high flame.
Take the cooker pan, put roasted green gram, washed Harka (kodo millet), slit green chillies, grated ginger, salt to taste, 1 tsp ghee, add required water (1:2::millet:water) for cooking.

Place in the cooker and cook upto 1 whistle or when it is about to start whislting.

Switch off the flame.
When cooker is cooled, remove the cooked pongal and allow it to cool.  Do not mix when it is hot.

After it is cooled mix gently/light folding.

Meantime, take a small pan put 1 tsp oil/ghee, when it is hot add mustard seeds to splutter, add chana dhal, urad dhal, red chillies, (cashew-optional) and fry till golden colour.

Add this tempering to the pongal, finely cut curry leaves, coriander leaves, jeera-pepper powder, lemon juice and mix.  If you need you can add grated coconut, it’s optional.

Now Millet pongal is ready to serve with a dollop of ghee on it. It is very tasty, healthy/diet food.

Tips :

Dry roast green gram well.  After pongal is cooked, do not mix briskly as it may go to form paste.  Also keep in mind not to mix when it is too hot.


Usually in Jackfruit season special recipes are prepared as the fruit is seasonal.

Jackfruit payasam, Idli, dosa, fritters etc are prepared and savoured.  For off-season pappad, fritters, chips etc., are prepared and stored.

Today let us see the procedure of preparing Jackfruit Fritters/Halasinahannina Mulka



Millets are gluten free grains and is the second most commonly grown species.  These are rich in protein, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, calcium.  They help in  reducing cholesterol level. They are also used as diet food. They can be substituted with rice and consumed by all.

I am talking about Saame, one of the millets, which has fibre content, all minerals, vitamins, calcium etc.,

Today’s recipe Saame-Menthya Dosa, which is very easy to prepare and good for health.



Sandige is a traditional item usually made and stored in South Indian homes.  The best season to prepare is summer.  Sun heat will be more and sandige can be dried easily.  It is used throughout the year till next summer.  In rainy/winter season sandige is fried for lunch/dinner.  It is also custom to fry sandige, papad for lunch in marriages, festivals and other occassions.

Many varieties of sandige is made and stored for future use.  Pheni sandige, aralu sandige, chakli sandige, sabbakki sandige, ragi sandige etc.,

Today let us see how Pheni Sandige is prepared.

Ingredients :

Rice Flour         5 cups

Salt to taste

Method :

Take thick bottomed pan with 4 cups of water.  Bring to boil. Add salt as per your taste.

Bring the heat to low and add rice flour.

Cook for 3-4 mins without disturbing it, you can see water starts boiling covering the flour from all the sides.

At this point of time, take a wooden spatula and start mixing the flour briskly.  Please note heat should be low.

If you follow the above procedure, no lumps will be formed.

When it is done, cover with the lid and cook for 2-3 mins.

Now open the lid and take a small portion of dough on a plate.  Water your hands and press to make a soft dough ball.

Likewise make all dough balls and keep ready.

Meanwhile, spread a clean cloth/plastic sheet.

Fill the mould with the dough and press sandige to the required shape on clean cloth/sheet.

Sun dry it.  After 4-5 hrs turn the sandige upside down and dry till evening.

Keep sandige for drying next day also so that it is completely dried.

Store in a clean container.

You can fry in oil whenever you want.

For frying :

Keep oil in a kadai/pan for heat.  When the oil is hot (check whether oil is hot or no by dropping a small piece of sandige, if it come up immediately oil is ready) slowly drop dried sandige in to it.  You can see the size doubles after frying.  You get hot crispy sandige ready.You can have it with lunch/dinner.  BEST combo with Soppu sambar, Onion-brinjal-potato sambar etc,


Tips :

To avoid lumps some people add little oil before mixing, I will not add  because it may get old oil smell, when it is stored for long.

If sandige is dried well, you can store for years.

You can also keep a cup of hot water ready, if you feel dough is little harder you can add hot water and mix well, before covering the lid and cook.

While frying ensure oil is hot, else your sandige will not be crispy but very hard to eat.


In my earlier recipe Tomato chutney, I have mentioned about Unripe Green Tomatoes are also used to make chutneys, salsa, pickles etc.  Also I had given a small note of Tomato and its benefits.

You can get unripe green tomatoes from market.  I grow tomatoes in my terrace garden.

Now let us see how we can prepare tasty tongue licking Raw  Tomato Chutney. Its taste is unique.

Ingredients :

Unripe Tomatoes                  6-8

Red Chillies                              6-7

Jeera                                             1/4 tsp

Mustard seeds                        1/5 tsp

Urad Dhal                                   1 tsp

Menthi seeds                           1/8 tsp

Hing                                              one pinch

Tamarind                                  1/2 inch (If tomatoes are sour

you can avoid)

Salt to Taste

Jaggery                                         as per taste or half lemon size

Curry Leaves                            4-5

Oil 2 tsp

Mustard Seeds                         1/2 tsp

Method :

Wash thoroughly unripe tomatoes, wipe off the water and cut into pieces.

Take a pan put 1/2 tsp oil, when it is hot add cut unripe tomatoes to it and cook for 5-6 mins.

Cook till water content is evaporated, switch off the flame and allow to cool.

In the meantime dry roast jeera, hing, mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dhal, red chillies, curry leaves and grind to a fine powder.

Add cooked tomatoes along with masala powder and grind into a fine paste. DO NOT ADD WATER AT ANY POINT (Add tamarind while grinding if tomatoes are not sour in taste)

Put 1tsp oil in the same pan, when the oil is hot add mustard seeds and curry leaves to splutter.

Transfer the grounded mixture into the pan, salt to taste, jaggery powder and fry for 5-10 mins to remove further water content in it.

Now Unripe Tomato Chutney is ready to eat.

Store in an air tight container and use whenever necessary.  If stored in refigerator upto 15 days or more shelf life.

You can eat Unripe Tomato Chutney with hot rice with a dallop of ghee/oil, chapati, dosa, idli.


Tips :

You can add more red chillies as per your requirement.  Tamarind is optional you can use when tomatoes are not sour. While in tomato season you can prepare and store in refrigerator.  You can adjust jaggery as per your taste.  I have added to minimize the tangy taste, as it is liked by children.


We get Ginnu/colostrum milk after cow gives birth to a calf.  I  got Ginnu/colostrum milk from a village man, as per his saying, they give the first milk to temple and then distribute among themselves.

Colostrum Mlik, Ginnu haalu in kannada, kharvas in marathi, junnu paalu in telugu.

Ginnu/Colostrum Milk is very rich in proteins, vitamin A, and sodium chloride, but contains lower amounts of carbohydrates, lipids, and potassium than mature milk. The most pertinent bioactive components in colostrum are growth factors and antimicrobial factors. The antibodies in colostrum provide passive immunity, while growth factors stimulate the development of the gut. They are passed to the neonate and provide the first protection against pathogens.  Colostrum is known to contain immune cells and many antibodies.

We can get colostrum milk/powder in stores and I do not know about the quality.  I have not tried.  I prefer fresh milk.

Today I am preparing traditional method of preparing Ginnu/colostrum milk.



As the name says, Mangalore Buns, is popular in Udupi/Mangalore either as breakfast or teatime snack.  Buns are soft, fluffy, sweet puris made using bananas.  So they are also called Banana Pooris.  As it is little sweetish, it is consumed with spicy item like chutney, sambar, pickle.

Traditionally Buns are prepared using Maida/APF but I have shown you the recipe with Atta/Godhi Hittu




Tomato is grown and eaten around the world. It is used in diverse ways, including raw in salads, and processed into ketchup or tomato soup. Unripe green tomatoes can also be breaded and fried, used to make salsa, or pickled. Tomato juice is sold as a drink, and is used in cocktails too.

Tomatoes are acidic, making them especially easy to preserve in home canning whole, in pieces, as tomato sauce or paste. The fruit is also preserved by drying, often in the sun, and sold either in bags or in jars with oil.

Tomato is 95% water, contains 4% carbohydrates and less than 1% each of fat and protein.

When you get Tomato in plenty and much cheaper rate you can make various items and store for future use.  Sauce, Jam, ketchup, chutney, pickle, tomato powder, tomato paste etc.,

Today I am showing you simple way of preparing Tomato Chutney.  Also I have added some cherry tomatoes which I harvested from my garden.



Kadale beeja/Peanuts are very rich in protein.  They have high nutritional values and dietary fibre too.  Some of them experience allergy to peanuts.

Kadale beeja/Peanuts are widely used in many recipes in many forms.  One of them is spicy snack Congress Kadlebeeja.

Congress kadalebeeja/spicy roasted peanuts is a popular Karnataka style spicy roasted peanuts. It is very easy to prepare at home. This is a healthy and mouth watering spicy snacks. Best served with a cup of coffee or tea.  Preparing these spicy peanuts is very easy but you need to have patience while roasting the peanuts.