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Rava Dosa

Rava Dosa

Rava is a wheat product in the form of semolina also called Bombay Rawa. It is used in South Indian Cuisine for preparing spicy and sweet dishes.

Upma/Upittu is a welknown and common dish prepared by using Rava. Rava Idli, Kichidis and many more dishes are prepared. Kesaribath, Halwa, Payasa, Ladoo etc., are sweet dishes out of Rava.

One famous instant South Indian breakfast out of Rava is Rava Dosa. It is very easy and tasty breakfast to prepare when you are in a hurry or you have not got prepared to do any breakfast.

Today let us see how fast and easily Rava Dosa can be prepared.



Broken Rice-Nucchakki Upma

Broken Rice-Nucchakki Upma

Nucchu – Nucchakki in kannada or Beaten Rice upma is very tasty. It is easy to prepare unlike rava upma. It is one of Karnataka special authentic dish. Nucchakki/Broken Rice is easily available in all provision stores or rice shops.

Try out this recipe and give your feedback.



Cucumber Oats Idli

Cucumber Oats Idli

Cucumber Idli is very tasty and good for health. Cucumber helps in digestion. It contains many vitamins, anti oxidants and very rich in potassium. It is helpful in hair growth. It acts as coolant, for skin, black cirlces around eyes. It helps in maintaining Blood Pressure.

As already we have learnt about Oats which is healthier I tried Cucumber Oats Idli. Everybody at home liked and it has been added in the list of breakfast.

Let us learn how to make Instant Cucumber Oats Idli. It is very easy to prepare and tasty also.

Ingredients :

Medium Rava                                 1 ½ cup

Oats                                                    1 ½ cup

Cucumber (grated)                      2 cups

Green chillies                                 4-5

Ginger paste                                   ½ tsp

Curry leaves                                   6-7

Coriander leaves                          4-5 strands

Cashew                                             for garnishing

Oil                                                      2 tsp

Mustard seeds                               ½ tsp

Curds                                                 1 cup

Eno fruit salt                                   ½ tsp

Water as required

Salt to taste

Method :

In a mixie grind half the quantity of grated cucumber, green chillies, grated cconut(optional), half the quantity of curry and coriander leaves to a coarse paste.

In a pan put oil when it is hot put mustard seeds to splutter.

In the same pan add Oats, rava, grounded mixture, ginger paste, other quantity of grated cucumber, finely chopped curry and coriander leaves, salt, curds and mix well.

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Do not add water at this point of time. Cucumber leaves water so check the necessity and add water to mix.

Keep for 20 mins.

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Meantime, keep the cooker on stove in high flame.

Now add Eno fruit salt to the batter and mix gently. If necessary you can add more water to get the right consistency.

In a pan roast cashew with little ghee and place in the Idli moulds.

Put spoonful of batter on Idli moulds and place in cooker and cook for 8-10 mins.

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Allow the cooker to cool for 3-4 mins.

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Remove Cucumber Oats Idli with the help of a spoon.

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Now Cucumber Oats Idli is ready to eat. It is served with Sambar and any chutney of your choice.

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Tips :

Batter should be appropriate to get fluffier Idli. No need to roast Oats.


Cucumber Rava Idli

Cucumber Rava Idli

Cucumber Idli is very tasty and good for health. Cucumber helps in digestion. It contains many vitamins, anti oxidants and very rich in potassium. It is helpful in hair growth. It acts as coolant, for skin, black cirlces around eyes. It helps in maintaining Blood Pressure.

Today let us learn how to make Instant Cucumber Rava Idli. It is very easy to prepare and tasty also.



Shavige Vegetable Bath

Shavige Vegetable Bath

In earlier days, Shavige/vermicelli were made at home and was very tedious job. I remember when we used to go to grandmother’s place, it was a feast day to prepare Shavige which was eaten with Kai Haalu, Kobbari-Bella, Ellu Pidu, Payasa.

Now we get packed shavige/vermicelli so that we can instantly prepare by cooking with water. Shavige / vermicelli is readily available at all stores. We get in different forms like rice shavige, wheat shavige, ragi shavige.

Today let us learn how to prepare instantly Vegetable Shavige Bath, one of the famous and common breakfast item.

Ingredients :

Shavige /vermicelli                                          2 cups

Vegetables – diced as per your choice     2 cups

Green chillies                                                       6-7

Coconut-grated                                                  ½ cup

Onion (optional)                                                 3 tsp (chopped)

Ginger paste                                                         ¼ tsp

Curry leaves                                                         5-6 strands 1 tsp

Urad dal                                                                 ½ tsp

Mustard seeds                                                     ½ tsp

Cashew                                                                    7-8

Lemon juice                                                          3 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil                                                                             4-5 tsp

Method :

Cook all the vegetables with little salt. Do not strain the excess water in it. (I don’t prefer pressure cooker for this as vegetables should not be overcooked)

In a pan put oil and keep on medium flame.

When oil is hot enough add mustard seeds. When it splutters add cashew and fry till half golden brown.

Add chana, urad dal, cut green chillies, chopped curry leaves, chopped onion (optional) and fry.

Add shavige/vermicelli and fry till golden brown.

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Lower the flame and allow to cook. Let shavige/vermicelli cook with vegetable stalk only. It will take 5-10 mins to cook, as we are cooking in low flame.

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You will be the better judge to finalise whether you need more water for cooking shavige. Check whether shavige is cooked well. If not, sprinkle required water and close the lid for cooking.

There is one more method :

You can pre-cook shavige.

Put roasted shavige in hot water along with little oil and salt.

Close the lid for 2-3 mins.

When shavige is cooked, run cool, drain it and keep ready.

You can add cooked shavige/vermicelli and cooked vegetables and

mix well.

Add grated coconut, lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves and mix gently.

Switch off the flame and keep on the stove for 3-4 mins.

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It is served along with coconut chutney.

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Tips :                                                                                                                               

You can add any vegetables of your choice. You should be careful while following the second method, as pre-cooked shavige needs more care while mixing, it may become paste. As I do not want to waste vegetable stalk, I prefer first method to make use of nutrients, vitamins in it.



Instant Ragi Dosa

Instant Ragi Dosa

Ragi is the common name of Finger Millet in Southern part of India. The state of Karnataka is the largest producer of ragi in India. This is one of the most nutritious food and one of the easy one to digest. It is rich in calcium and protein and also have good amount of iron and other minerals. It is low in fat most of which are unsaturated fats. It is rich in protein and fiber. It has the least amount of fat in them.

Ragi is a great source of iron making it is beneficial for individuals with low hemoglobin levels. Ragi is helpful for development of bones in children. It is also a diabetic food as they contain higher amounts of fiber over other cereals and millets. Diets based on whole finger millet have a lower glycemic response i.e. lower ability to increase blood sugar level. It helps in lowering the cholesterol levels.

Ragi is normally consumed in the form of flour-based foods such as roti (unleavened pancake), mudde(stiff porridge/dumpling) and ambli (thin porridge). Ragi can be used to make porridge, upma, cakes, and biscuits. Ragi flour is used to make various Indian preparations like dosas, idlis and ladoos. One famous and tasty recipe of Karnataka is Ragi Malt or Hurihittu.

Today let us learn how to make tasty Instant Ragi Dosa. You can try out my other recipes in Ragi like Ragi Dosa, Hurihittu, Ragi Laddoo.

Ingredients :

Ragi Flour                             2 cups

Wheat/rice flour                1 cup

Curds                                      1 cup

Salt to taste

Oil as required


Method :

In a bowl mix ragi flour, wheat/rice flour, curds and salt. Add water to get the consistency of dosa batter.

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Now mix the batter well and add water if necessary.

Heat the griddle put some oil.

Take one ladleful batter, put on the griddle. You can make dosa to your thickness.

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Flip and cook for 30 seconds.

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I have served with Onion Gojju today.  You can serve with any chutney of your flavour and sambar.


Tips :

Ragi Dosa is very nutritious and healthy. It can be consumed as diet food. If you are making Instant Ragi Dosa for a diabetic, then you can avoid Rice Flour.


Oats Rava Idli

Oats Rava Idli

The common Oat (Avena Sativa) is a species of cereal grain for its seed, which is known by the same name (usually in the plural, unlike other grains). While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats, one of the most common uses is as livestock feed

Oats have numerous uses in foods; most commonly, they are rolled or crushed into oatmeal, or ground into fine oat flour. Oatmeal is chiefly eaten as porridge, but may also be used in a variety of baked goods, such as oatcakes, oatmeal cookies and oat bread.

The reports of research find that dietary oats can help lower cholesterol . They are the significant sources of dietary fiber. Oats have a higher concentration of well-balanced protein than other cereals. Oats contain phytochemicals (plant chemicals) which have been associated with protection from chronic disease such as cancer. Oats are a good source of essential vitamins, amino acids. According to a new study, it was discovered that beta glucan can enhance the ability of certain human immune cells to navigate to the site of a bacterial infection, resulting in faster healing. So don’t delay and start eating more oats today !

Today let us learn how to make Instant Oats Rava Idli. It is very easy to prepare and tasty also.  You can give surprise to the family members and guests by making such a delicious dish with a short time…..and get appreciation….!!