Neer Dosa

 

Neer dosa or Neer dose (Tulu : ನೀರ್ ದೋಸೆ) literally meaning Water dosa is a crêpe prepared from rice batter. It is light type of dosa, an Indian dish. Neer dosa is a delicacy from of Tulu nadu region in Karnataka. ‘Neer’ is the word for water in Tulu.

The white,lacy paper thin neer dosas are very popular as they are easy to prepare and no fermentation of the batter is required. The vegetarians can enjoy Neer dosa with tomato chutney or coconut chutney, sambar, vegetable stew or kurma etc.

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 20 min

Makes: 10

Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, konkan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Raw rice (Sona Masuri rice)
  • 1 level tsp salt or /Salt
  • Cooking oil

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak rice over night. Drain the water and grind the rice adding water as required. The batter should be of flowing consistency and must be well ground with a smooth texture.

Step 2.

Add salt and mix well. To test the consistency of batter, dip the spoon in the batter and take out, batter should not form a coating on the back of the spoon. If it does, add more water to the batter.

Step 3.

Take a nonstick pan/ tawa / griddle , grease it and heat it on high flame. To check if the pan/ tawa / griddle is ready to make dosa sprinkle a few drops of water on the hot pan, it should sizzle.

Step 4.

Reduce the flame and pour a ladle full of batter in the center of the pan and swirl it in a circular motion to spread the batter evenly.

Step 5.

Place a lid over the pan and cook on low flame for a minute or so. The dosa remains white. So avoid overcooking it. When neer dosa is ready the dosa leaves sides will leave the pan and the upper layer will appear dry. At this point slowly lift the sides with a spatula, fold in half and again fold it in half to form a triangle.

Remove from pan, place on a serving plate and serve the neer dosa with chutney of your choice, egg curry.

Note:

  1. Use Sona masuri variety of rice for good results.
  2. There is no fermentation required for neer dosa batter. The batter can be used immediately to prepare neer dosa.
  3. If the batter is thick, the dosa will stick to the pan. Keep the batter thin, flowing consistancy.
  4. Each time a fresh neer dosa is cooked, mix the batter well before pouring for the next neer dosa on the pan.
  5. No extra cooking oil is required after pouring the batter on the pan surface, along the sides of neer dosa.
  6. There is no need to flip the neer dosa and cook the other side.
  7. Once one neer dosa is made, place it on a plate. The second neer dosa must be kept next to it and not on top of it as it tends to stick when hot or ideally serve it hot one by one.
  8. Left over batter can be refrigerated and used the next day , but refrigerated batter while reusing, must be used at room temperature and mixed well before preparing the neer dosa. Cold batter will make neer dosa stick to the pan.

 

 

 

Idlis

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Idlis and dosas fall in the fermented food category. The urad dal & fenugreek seeds South Indian cuisine is almost synonymous with idli! idli is not only easy to make but also extremely healthy and easy to digest. In fact, when stranded on a highway with nothing to eat, people wouldn’t hesitate to walk into a roadside hotel and buy a few idlis, as it is steamed, and therefore quite safe to eat anywhere!

Soaking time:  over night

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Fermenting time:  Over night

Cooking Time: 12 minutes per batch

Makes: 16 idlis in one batch

Cuisine: India, South India

Course: Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups par-boiled rice (ukda chawal)
  • 1 cup urad dal husked /split black gram husked
  • 1 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
  • 2/3 tsp or / salt to taste
  • oil for greasing
  • coconut chutney for serving with Idlis
  • sambar for serving with Idlis

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and soak the urad dal with fenugreek seeds and rice separately in sufficient water overnight.

Step 2.

Drain and blend the urad dal and fenugreek seeds in a mixer, adding water slowly as required,till smooth and frothy . Remove it in a big mixing bowl and keep aside.

Step 3.

Drain and blend the rice in the mixer till smooth. Remove and keep aside.

Step 4.

Combine the urad dal and rice paste together in the mixing bowl . Cover and keep aside to ferment overnight.

Step 5.

After the batter is fermented, add salt to the batter and mix well.

Step 6.

Take the Idli mould, fitting in your pressure cooker, ( in five liter capacity pressure cooker, we have an Idli mould for making sixteen Idlis in one batch) . Grease the moulds with oil.

Step 7.

Put spoonfuls of the batter into greased idli moulds. When the mould is filled with batter, place it in the pressure cooker with 3 cups of water.

Step 8.

After closing the pressure cooker lid, place the cooker on a medium high flame, (without the weight) when steam starts coming out , note the time and cook for 12 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 9.

Keep it standing for five minutes. Open the lid and carefully take out the Idli mould from the pressure cooker. Let it cool for 7-8 minutes.

Step 10.

After the Idli mould is outside for five minutes, remove the idlies one by one from the moulds with the tip of kitchen knife in to a serving bowl.

Step 11.

Repeat the process with the remaining batter to make more idlis.

Step 12.

Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar.

 

 

Lentil/Dal Appams

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Hi friends! In all, five assorted husked dals / lentils are used for making these appams.  On fermenting this batter provides very soft appams. Makes a very nutritious and delicious breakfast or healthy snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Black gram dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Moong dal husked
  • 1/4 cup Bengal gram dal /chanadal
  • 1/4 Toor dal
  • 1/4 cup Masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup Raw rice or rice flour
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 2-3 Green chili
  • 4 tbsp curry leaves , finely chopped
  • 1/4 level tsp Asafetida powder
  • 1 tsp level salt / or as per taste salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the dals /lentils,raw rice (if rice powder is being used then no soaking of raw rice required) very well and soak in water together overnight.

Step 2.

Grind soaked dals / lentils and rice, fenugreek seeds and finely chopped curry leaves, green chilies in a grinder, adding water slowly (use a minimum quantity ), to a thick consistency batter.  Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl, add salt mix well. Keep it for fermenting for 2-3 hours.

Step 3.

Take a table spoon of oil in a pan , heat the oil add asafetida wait for a few seconds for it to turn pink, switch of the stove. Add this tempering to the batter. Mix rice flour (if no previously soaked raw rice added), and salt in the dal batter, and mix well. Keep it aside for few minutes.

Step 4.

Place an appam skillet applying  or spraying oil to all the moulds of the skillet.  When heated, fill in all the moulds of the skillet one by one and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 5.

After few minutes check if appams are cooked by inserting in a knife in the appams, if it comes out clean, appams are ready on one side. Flip each appam to cook till golden on the reverse side, spraying or adding a drop of oil to each mold.

Step 6.

Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Health benefits of Lentils / Dals :

Lentils / dals are higher in fiber content, extremely rich in soluble fiber, which helps the digestive system.

Lentils prove to be significant for a healthy heart as they prevent heart coronary problems. It also helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. Besides fiber which contributes to the health of the cardiovascular system, lentils contain folic acid and magnesium, significant for reducing the level of homocysteine, a compound known to be dangerous for the heart and artery walls. Also, lentils promote better blood flow and passage of oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.

Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.

Lentils increase energy levels by replenishing iron reserves in the body.

Ref. http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/lentils-nutrition.php

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Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney NG 1Basic Coconut Chutney

Hi friends! Chutney (also chatney or chatni) is a family of condiments associated with South Asian cuisine made from a highly variable mixture of spices, vegetables, or fruit.As with other condiments such as relish or mustard, chutneys are based on a wide range of recipes and preparation methods, they vary widely by geography, they can range from a wet to dry or coarse to fine and they can be combined with a wide variety of foods or used for dipping.The word “chutney” derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick.

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram dal
  • 1/2 cup fresh Curry leaves
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or as required

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put fresh coconut, roasted chana dal , Curry leaves , green chillies, salt, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Serve the coconut chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams etc.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Health Benefits of Coconuts:

  • Lower cholesterol
    • Improve digestion
    • Ward off wrinkles
    • Stabilize glucose levels
    • Fight off viruses
    • Build cells
    • Regulate hormones
    • Increase thyroid production
    • Lose weight
    • Increase metabolism
    • Fight infections
    • Stave off memory loss
    • Kill bacteria
    • And more!

Ref. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/coconut-health-benefits/

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Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney NG 1

Chutney (also chatney or chatni) is a family of condiments associated with South Asian cuisine made from a highly variable mixture of spices, vegetables, or fruit.As with other condiments such as relish or mustard, chutneys are based on a wide range of recipes and preparation methods, they vary widely by geography, they can range from a wet to dry or coarse to fine and they can be combined with a wide variety of foods or used for dipping.The word “chutney” derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick.

(Coconut curry leaves Chutney)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram dal
  • 1/2 cup fresh Curry leaves
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or as required

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put fresh coconut, roasted chana dal , Curry leaves , green chillies, salt, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Serve the coconut chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams etc.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Coconut Curd Chutney

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Hi friends! learn yet another variety of chutney. This is  super easy chutney which can be made in less than 4-5 minutes

Prep time:5 minutes

Total time:6-7 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • ½ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1/2 cup curd/ yogurt
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram
  • 1 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt / or as required

For seasoning:

  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal (husked Black gram dal)
  • 2 tsp Olive oil

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put fresh coconut, roasted chana dal , green chillies, salt and curd, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a small pan.Put mustard seeds , the curry leaves and urad dal, fry a bit. When mustard crackles, switch off the heat.

Step 3.

Add the seasoning to the chutney.Check the salt and adjust as per your taste.Serve the coconut chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Health Benefits of Coconuts:

  • Lower cholesterol
    • Improve digestion
    • Ward off wrinkles
    • Stabilize glucose levels
    • Fight off viruses
    • Build cells
    • Regulate hormones
    • Increase thyroid production
    • Lose weight
    • Increase metabolism
    • Fight infections
    • Stave off memory loss
    • Kill bacteria
    • And more!

Ref. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/coconut-health-benefits/

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Coconut garlic ginger Chutney

 

Chutney dosa

Coconut,garlic, ginger Chutney with dosa

Hi friends!This one is a simple yet tasty chutney. It is enriched with garlic flavor. This goes very well  with hot idles or dosa.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time:0 minutes

servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

1 cup grated coconut

2 small green chillies , chopped

1 tsp grated ginger / adrak

2,3 cloves of garlic/ lahsoon

1 small marble size tamarind (de seeded)

3 tbsp roasted chana dal (daria)

1/2 tsp salt / or salt to taste

1/2 cup water

For The Tempering:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds (  sarson)

1 red chilli

1 small sprig of cury leaves (kadi patta)

1 tbsp oil

Method:

Step 1.

Put the coconut, green chillies, ginger, garlic, tamarind,  roasted split gram and salt in a blender with 1/2 cup of water and grind to make a fine paste. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Prepare the tempering by heating the oil and adding the mustard seeds, red chili and curry leaves and stirring till the mustard seeds crackle. Pour this tempering over the chutney and mix well.

Step 3.

Serve with dosa, idli and vadas. Refrigerate and use as required

Health Benefits of Coconuts:

  • Lower cholesterol
    • Improve digestion
    • Ward off wrinkles
    • Stabilize glucose levels
    • Fight off viruses
    • Build cells
    • Regulate hormones
    • Increase thyroid production
    • Lose weight
    • Increase metabolism
    • Fight infections
    • Stave off memory loss
    • Kill bacteria
    • And more!

Ref. http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/coconut-health-benefits/

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

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