Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tasty Biscuits

Bambino rava – 1 Cup
Maida – 2 Cups
Wheat Flour – 2 Cups
Sugar – 5 Cups
Chopped Coconut – 3 Cups
Kova – ½ Cup
Ghee – According to the need

Preparation of Biscuits:
1.     1. Fry Bambino Rava in ghee.
2.    2. Fry wheat flour and maida separately.
3.    3. Now take a wide bowl and add sugar, coconut, bombai rava, wheat flour, kova and maida flour.
4.   4.  Knead them finely.
5.   5.Now mold this mixture as biscuits.
6.   6.  Then roll these biscuits in coconut and sugar.
7.    7.  Then fry them in ghee.
8.    8. Therefore, Biscuits are ready.

Types of Sprouts (Molakalu) molakethinchutaku ginjalu

English  Telugu
Black Beans Nalla Pessarlu
Alpha Alpha
Cowpeas Bobarlu
chick peas senagalu
Millet Ragulu
Bajra  sajjalu

horse grams Ulavalu
sorghum jonnalu
sesame seeds nuvvulu
Peanuts pallilu 



chick peas


Sesame seeds




Horse Grams

How to Sprout The Sprouting process

Take the bean that you are sprouting, wash well and soak it in water for 6 hours, then drain the beans from water, store it in a vessel or a muslin cloth. The sprouts starts coming out overnight.

If you are planning to make mixed bean or berry sprouts, then you got to know how long each one takes to sprout . It also depends on the climatic conditions of the place you reside. I am giving details based on our climatic conditions.

After sprouting Moong dal and enjoying it over months, we have now moved to sprouting other beans like Chick pea, Peas, Black Eye Pea, Wheat Berries.

We either eat them as such raw, or par boil it for few minutes and make a salad. You can even stir fry it to make it more edible. But my catch you, if you eat this regularly you will get used to it.

Sprouting time for Moong Dal, Peas, Black Eye Pea,

All these beans take about the same time to sprout. All these have to be sprouted separately. Wash the beans and soak in water for 6-8 hours. Then drain the water from the beans. Store these separately for about 6 hrs or overnight. By morning, you will find the sprouts, Store these in fridge to prevent further sprouting. When you store in fridge, the sprouting speed is reduced but not stopped.

Chick pea.

Follow the same process as above, but this takes few more hours extra for sprouting to start.

Wheat Berry

Wheat berries take the longest time to germinate. Soak the Wheat berries for 6 hours, then drain in and store in a vessel overnight, Next day you can again wash in water and drain and store for another 6 hrs.Totally it takes about 2 days for a Wheat Berry to sprout.

When you have all the beans sprouted, you can make a mixed sprout salad with or without adding vegetables. Since Moong dal, Peas and Black Eye pea are soft, they can be consumed raw. But you can parboil the chick pea and Wheat berries before eating them.

Also since these sprouts are rich in enzymes and mineral, its advisable to consume in small quantities.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bobbatlu (Puran poli, Obbatu)

Bobbatlu (Andhra), Obbatu (Karnataka) or Puran poli (Maharashtra), whatever the name is, this is one divine sweet which no one can resist. It is very popular during festivals and weddings or as a matter of fact at any kind of functions.
I always felt (even now I feel the same) that it needs a bit of tack tick and patience to make this sweet.The key point is to make sure the purnam filling doesn’t come out of the dough when we are rolling it.
In Andhra and Maharashtra bobbatlu are made with Chanadal, but in Karnataka it is made with Toor dal. I am not sure if everyone in Karnataka makes it that way, but my husband’s family does it with toor dal. For me taste wise, I don’t see much difference. But Venkatesh likes it with toor dal. So, I make mine with that.
Well that’s enough talking, let’s get cooking…
Ingredients you need:
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Makes about 18 med sized bobbatlu.
For Purnam (Toor dal filling):
• Toor dal (Kandi pappu)/chana dal (pacchi chanaga pappu)- 1 1/2 cups
• Jaggery- 1 1/2 cups
• Fresh grated coconut- 1/2 cup (I used frozen coconut, just thawed it in the microwave)
• Cardamom- 3
Cook the Toor dal, till its soft but still holding its shape. (See the picture above). It’s important not to over cook the dal. Drain all the water (make sure there is absolutely no water in the dal) and let the dal cool down for few minutes.
Now transfer the dal to a food processor with the grated jaggery, coconut and cardamom powder. Pulse or grind the whole mixture till smooth. Taste it, if you feel you need more sweet add little more jaggery to it. The purnam mixture is ready.
In case the purnam becomes too soft, that you cannot make round balls out of it- transfer the purnam to a pan and cook on stove in very low medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove and let it sit for few minutes, the purnam tends to get dry and firm. Whenever my purnam becomes soft, I transfer my mixture to a microwaveable bowl and cook in the microwave for about 5 minutes with out lid. This makes the purnam dry and easy to roll as round balls.
Maida Dough:
• All purpose flour (Maida)- 2cups
• Oil- 4 tsps
• 2 pinches of salt
Mix all the above ingredients with some water. The consistency of the dough should be little bit softer than chapathi dough. When you pull the dough, it should stretch easily. Cover the dough and leave it for an hour or two.
Make round balls of the purnam and keep a side.
Now take the maida dough which has been resting for atleast an hour.
How much of dough needed for the purnam?
I take dough which is about 1/3rd the size of my purnam ball. The whole idea is that the dough should be less than the purnam.
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Now take an aluminium foil, (I used a plastic banana leaf) put some oil/ghee on it. Take the maida dough spread it little bit, then put the purnam ball and close it as shown in the picture.
Now at this point you can roll it like a chapathi using a rolling pin or you can just use your hand (Dip some oil in your hands while rolling the bobbatu) and spread it slowly.
What I have done is, instead of using my hands or a rolling pin; I put one more banana leaf on top of the purnam and slowly pressed it down till it formed like a chapathi. I think this is definitely a much easier way of rolling.
Now on pan, put some oil/ghee and cook the bobbatlu on a very low heat.
Right before serving apply some more Ghee to it and enjoy the bobbatlu with your loved once.