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Monday, 5 May 2014

Beerakaya / Heerekayi / Ridge Gourd thokku pachadi


Beerakaya/Heerekayi/Ridge gourd is a very good vegetable among all where each and every part of it is good for health and can be used in any form and in many dishes. And I don't want to waste even the skin of the ridge gourd as it is very good and tasty too. So this is the instant recipe with  the Beerakaya / Heerekayi / Ridge gourd thokku (skin).


Ingredients for Beerakaya/Heerekayi/Ridge Gourd thokku pachadi :

Thokku of 2 Beerakaya
Beerakaya Pieces 1/4 cup
Tamarind - small (usirikaya size)
Oil - 3tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds - 1tsp
Hing - 2pinch (optional)
Chnna dal 1/2 tbsp
Urad dal  1/2 tbsp
Green chillis - 6
curry leaves -  2 stem
Garlic cloves - 5 to 6
Salt to taste

To prepare Beerakaya/Heerekayi/Ridge Gourd thokku pachadi :

1. Heat oil in a pan add jeera, hing/cumin seeds, channa dal, urad dal, green chillis, garlic cloves and curry leaves fry for sometime.  
2. Now add the Beerakaya and thokku, salt, tamarind and fry till the Beerakaya and thokku turns little brown switch off the stove and bring the mixture to room temperature.
3. Grind the mix by adding little water and serve it.
4. It will be good when taken along with hot rice and sesame oil or used as any chutney with tiffins like idly or dosa.

Tips / Notes:

·        U can add groundnuts and coriander seeds to enhance the flavour.
·        If required put tampering with oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies. 


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Dry fruit/Nut laddu with Dates and Fig fruits or Dink Laddu or Antinunde


A recipe which includes the goodness of all the nuts and natural sweetness of dates and figs. For those who will want to eat the dry fruits everyday but forgets the same thing everyday. A small laddu includes 2-3 nuts of all kinds. This is also very good for pregnant women who will have to eat a handful of all kinds of nuts every day. On the top of it this is made with dates which is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, natural revitalizer and doesn't include any sugar. Also a best way to treat your kids with a healthy something. This is also a Confinement food given for new mother after 15days of delivery in the morning and evening with warm milk.





Ingredients for Dry fruit/Nut laddu with Dates and Fig fruits

Almonds       1 cup
Cashews        1 cup
Pistachios      1 cup
Walnuts         1 cup
Dry coconut   1 cup
Eadable gond / Dink / Antu  1/4 cup
Dates seedless 500gm
Fig fruits 250gm

To prepare Dry fruit/Nut laddu with Dates and Fig fruits :

1. Grind the Dates and Fig fruits finely in mixture and keep it aside.
2. Chop all the nuts Roughly.(You can chop them with a knife or in a chopper. Nuts are hard....be careful.)
3. Dry roast the nuts and dry coconut one by one on a slow flame. They should be roasted but should not change the color.
4. Microwave the Eadable gond / Dink / Antu for 1 to 2 min (it will puff) then make powder using mixi
5. Mix fried nuts, dry coconut, Eadable gond / Dink / Antu powder with Dates and Fig fruits paste and make the laddus.

Tips / Notes:

·        You can also add pecans, raisins and any dry fruits of your choice.
·        U can add honey or sugar and Ghee for an extra taste.
·        You can also add the saffron strands.
·        You can roll the laddus in dry coconut powder for different taste and the laddus will not stick on to your hands.
·        You can increase dates or figs according to your taste. 
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