September 19, 2007


A rare find of a cookbook about Karnataka cuisine! Phew, took quite a time to find this book!:) It does have some good collection of authentic K'taka dishes written by Rani Kuttaiah,a Coorgi and she writes about dishes from Lingayat, Gowda, Bunt, and Madhwa communities , although it is a tiny book.I chose Kaimasale Rotti, red chilly chutney, Chicken dish and easy Halu Obbattu to make from this book. Menasale and Gojju are my own dishes.Enjoy!:) Kaimasale rotti,Vana Menasinakayi Chutney and Avarekalu palya: Kai in Kannada also means hands, Kairotti means hand patted rottis similar to Thalipeeth. Vana Menasinakai= dry Red chillies chutney is tasty and fiery,goes well with Rottis. Avarekalu is Field beans, which is much loved beans in K'taka.I have linked the Avarekalu palya recipe for you. Enjoy. To make rottis 1. Mix 1 cup each of rice, flour, chick pea flour, ragi flour and maize flour (fine white cornmeal), salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 onion, finely chopped, 3 green chillies, finely chopped, some cilantro, few curry leaves, finely chopped, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/4 cup Fenugreek leaves OR dill leaves, with enough hot water to make a stiff dough. 2. Divide into tennis ball sized portions. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes. 3. Spray non stick spray on a piece of square foil, put one ball and pat it into a six inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. 4. Heat a griddle and cook the rotis on both sides with a little oil until golden. Serve with dry red chilli chutney. Dry red chillies chutney: 1. Soak 12 red dry chillies in hot water for an hour. Drain most of the water and add it to the blender. 2. Add 6 cloves of garlic, 1/4 tsp cumin seeds, 8-10 curry leaves, 1/2 tsp thick tamarind juice, salt to taste and grind all this to a thick, smooth paste. 3. Heat 2 tsp of butter, plus oil, add 1 tsp mustard seeds, when it splutters, add to the chutney. Southekai Menasale`, my maternal ajji's recipe!:) This is a no cooking on stove top kinda gravy my maternal grandmother makes, also called Hasi Gojju, which is best made in Summer usually and served at room temp with plain rice and any beans Usli. My favorite cool dish for hot summer lunch or dinner! :) You need: 3 cups finely cubed fresh cucumber OR 2 cups grated white radish (I used cucumber this time), 2-3 cups fat free thick sour cream or yogurt, well beaten. To roast and grind: Roast 3-4 green chillies, 1 tbsp each of coriander seeds and cumin seeds until reddish and grind these with 1/2 cup coconut, 1 garlic, 1/4 onion, curry leaves and cilantro until a smooth paste. Add yogurt or sour cream in the blender with the masala. Give it a whirl once or twice to make them blend well together. How to make Menasale: 1. Add grated or cubed vegetables in a big bowl, add the ground masala and a cup of water, mix well.Gravy should be thickish,not thin.Add more or less water.Sour cream works well with this gravy. Season: Heat 1 tbsp oil, add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, few curry leaves,2-3 Garlic sliced, 1 red chilly until garlic pieces are golden, let it cool and add to the dish with the Cucumber Menasale`, mix well. Serve with rice, fried dry chillies (Balaka) and Moong Usili on the side. To make Moong Usli: Cook 1 cup whole Green Moong in 4 cups of water in the microwave or cooker until soft but mushy,beans should be whole.Drain completely dry,add 1/2 tsp salt,mix and Keep aside. Heat 2 tsp oil, add 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds, 2 chopped green chillies,1 chopped onion with little salt until onion is reddish.Add some Cilantro and grated coconut,mix. Take off the heat,mix in cooked beans, adjust the salt and serve with any yogurt based gravy to add some nutrition. Hagalkai Gojju, my mom's style: This Bitter Gourd Gojju is my mom's recipe and Arvind's favorite dish too.I can manage to eat about 2 tbsp with Rotti, Bitter gourd is not a easy veggie to like!:D By soaking in salt water and then frying first,you will take out most of the bitterness and tastes great with rotis. This is how I make it: 1. Peel, chop 3-4 bitter gourds into small pieces, soak in salt water for 15 mins, drain well and squeeze all the water until very dry. 2. Heat 2 tbsp oil, add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1-2 broken red chilli, 1/2 onion, finely chopped and fry for a few minutes. 3. Add chopped gourd, fry well until they are reddish in color and wilted, add more oil if necessary.You can add 3 tbsp Tomato sauce at this stage but optional. 4. Add 1/2 tsp of cayenne chilli powder, 2 tsp or more Tamarind juice, 2 tsp or more Jaggery,salt, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/4 tsp clove powder, 1/4 tsp Indian Cinnamon powder and salt. Mix well and saute` until oil shows on top. 5. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice rotis, Parathas or as a side dish with rice. Koli Kayi Saaru: Chicken with spicy coconut gravy. Kayi ususally is a shortcut for Tenginakayi/Coconut. A traditional Gowda community Chicken curry form the above book. It is, she says, is served with Ragi Mudde (Millet four balls) in Karnataka.I served with Cumin rice, it tasted fabulous.Tastes better the next day as the spices get a chance to mingle with the meat. You need: 3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, 2 chicken thighs, all cut into bite-sized pieces, 1 onion, cilantro for garnish, salt and pepper to taste. Grind these to a fine paste: 1/2 cup grated coconut, 1" piece ginger, 1/4 onion, 1 garlic, 1 tsp tamarind juice, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2 cardamoms, 1 green chilli, 1 tsp poppy seeds, 2 tsp raw rice, 2-3 red chillies, 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 4 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 plum tomatoes, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder,1/4 tsp turmeric pd. How to make it: 1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure pan. Add 1 large finely chopped onion, fry until reddish. Add ground masala paste, fry for a few minutes,until you smell the good aroma. 2. When a little bit of oil shows up on top, add chicken, stir well for a few minutes and add 3 cups of water and cover with a lid and cook very gently for 5-8 minutes on medium heat. 3. Open the pressure pan lid, mix well, add salt, cilantro. Simmer until you get a thickish sauce and adjust the salt, tang and heat. 4. Serve hot with sliced boiled Eggs and rice or ragi mudde or parathas. Kayi-halu Obbattu: Another easy dessert I chose from the book, tasted great too.Lot easier than making Holige and Payasa! Here is a instant Holige or Obbattu, soaked in safforny fragrant Coconut milk-Poppy seeds to complete the meal with a sweet touch! Have fun!:) To make Kai-Halu you need: 2 cups grated fresh coconut (or use canned coconut milk), 1 tbsp poppy seeds, 1 tbsp raw rice, 1/2 cup sugar or jaggery, 1 tsp cardamom powder, few toasted Almonds, few strand of Saffron. To make instant plain flour Obbattu: Mix 1 cup of plain flour, a pinch of salt, 2 tbsp sugar powder, mix all this to a stiff dough. Roll out to 6" circles, cut again into 3" circles. Prick the circles with a fork to prevent them from puffing. Fry these until golden, drain, keep aside. To make Kai-Halu Obbatttu: 1. Grind all the above KaiHalu ingredients with coconut to a very smooth paste, heat gently on low heat for about 10 minutes, adjusting the sugar to taste. 2. Take off the heat, cool a minute, then add the fried circles, and push them down for them to soak well. 3. Serve them, warm or chilled, garnished with toasted almonds. That's my last contribution to my beloved home state of Karnataka! JFI next and HUGE Round up posts(Yes, in plural!) of RCI K dishes is coming up after the 30th!! After the round up, I might have to sleep for a week after those marathon posts!:D ***************************************************************************************************************************** Our weekend BBQ in lot of cooler weather, just 82F! :)) Ribs (I chose the skinniest ribs for me! :D) smothered with Cattleman's BBQ sauce, Baked beans, Tomato salad, grilled Peppers and chilled Margarita!!We had a blast!:) Delicious and spicy Tomato-onion Salad: After an hour of marinating,this salad is so deliciously spicy,you can eat as it is or with plain rice too, very flavorful. Hope you try!:) 1. Cube 6-8 Plum Tomatoes,add chopped 1/2 red or white onion,1-2 Garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic pd, chopped cilantro,mix in a bowl with salt to taste.Add little Lemon juice if Tomatoes are too sweet! 2. Heat 1 tsp oil, add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp Urad dal, 1-2 hot green chillies, finely chopped curry leaves, fry and add to the Tomatoes, mix well. 3. Cover and let it rest marinate for an hour before you can eat it. Enjoy! and have a great weekend. I am looking forward to Fall and lot cooler weather in coming weeks!!


Laavanya said...

Another lovely spread of authentic Kannadiga dishes. I love bittergourd and yours looks very nice.. i hope to try this method next time. Is it not cool yet for you... we have been in the 60s all week.

Shionge said...

Sure looks hot Asha....hope all the greenery return ya

Hey I bet you'll never run out of idea with Deepavali coming soon in November ya!

Always so yummy I must have Indian food this weekend :D

Anonymous said...

Asha!come to my house for a vacation and u can enjoy a little more rain than u expect as it rains almost everyday during some part of the day,here in tampa.One of my frnd here,brought this "halu holige" for me saying it was sankashta chaturdi one day.It was very tasty. Chutney with dry red chillies - must try the hot one,for a rainy day.

Anonymous said...

Very nice spread asha. Few of them I had not even heard of. I will have to try these. I love your traditional dish posts, I always loved to eat from my friend's dabba in B'lore, her style of cooking is same as yours. Thanks for posting these.

Mampi said...

Asha, thanks for your comments on my page today.
By Jove, your page gives me a complex, you know why? Bcos I m such a bad cook.
But its wonderful knowing you and your writing.
How are your lasered eyes? enjoying the clarity of vision sans glasses??

Pooja V said...

Lovely spread. I love these authetic dishes. Have tasted very few of karnataka dishes & btw in maharashtra-goa that roti is called thalipeeth.

FH said...

And the last one too Laavanya!!:D
We have come down to 85F and thats a great comfort for us compared 98F!! Man, it was hot!!

Hi Shi,hope so too girl.We NEED rain, almost drought here!! Yeah, Deepavali would be tough now that I have blogged about almost everything!:D

Madhavi, it usually rains a lot here too, don't know what's up with this Summer,hardly got any rain!
Halu Obbattu is great, isn't it? This is the first time I tried it!:))

You are welcome Shilpa.You and I cook such different dishes even though we grew up in K'taka.I love the diversity of different traditions. Enjoy. I love your Sandige series,got to make some next year instead of buying them!:))

Hi Manpreet!:)
Yes M'am, I am enjoying the World with Eagle vision and bummer, I can't read small letters now!!:D
Takes a long time to learn cooking, keep trying!:))

TBC said...

I like your red chilli chutney & Sothekai Menasale. I will make the chutney soon. Thanks for the recipe, Asha:-)

Sia said...

~bows her head~ i donno how u always manage to cook so many dishes and post especially now when u just went under knief :D do i need to say anymore about today's post!!! i love rotties and i have never come across kairotti. will make it on weekend if the chef in me is in mood of cooking;)
we make something similar to southe kai menasale u posted. we call it southe kai sasive and use coconut(dont blame me, i am a mangalorean;) also.
my mom makes hagalakai saaru which is my fav. may be i will post it some day soon...
ashakka, i cant wait to see RCI round up:D already sent jolada rotti pic and links and will be sending u few more very soon:) any hints as how many posts u have got? did u get my mail where i had send the recipes from my archives?
by the way, autumn has started in our part of the world. wind is getting nippier and the temp r dropping rapidly:( cant belive summer is already over... ur cute fella is adorable with his(its he or she?) summer haircut.

Latha Narasimhan said...

What great recipes Asha! I just love bitter gourd! I add sugar and salt to the chopped bitter gourd and after 15 minutes squeeze out the water and cook as you please. Try this asha!
Liked your red chutney very much.

It has been pouring in bangalore for the past few days.Why don't you come over?:))

I you you have a tough job ahead for the round up. I have stayed in Karnataka for 19 years and cannot stop myself from sending many entries. Today Aaruni and I made jolada rotti and Uchellu podi! will be posted tomorrow.You can reserve a separate page for singing chef and yumblog!!:D

Bubbalili said...

Very beautiful presentation. I love the hassi gojju. Haalu holige is new to me, will definitely try that. Thanks for sharing ;)

Richa said...

hey asha, that is such a fantastic array of unique dishes, loved it.
rotti must be real nutritious with all those flours. i make a similar red chutney without tadka & lemon juice instead of tamarind.
the sweet sounds YUM :)
good going......

Pavani said...

Delicious spread of Karnataka cuisine. Love the bittergourd and dessert recipe. Will be trying them soon.
Take good care of your eyes.

Bong Mom said...

The house looks so peaceful. Your lawn will get back to green soon I hope.
Delicious spread, have a very simple dish for you shall post it this week.
My in-laws are visiting and the hubby is travelling, hard pressed for time here

FH said...

You are welcome TBc, menasinakai chutney is HOT!!:D

Sia, dog is a he!:)
Menasale must have coconut, that's the thickener for thin Cucumber gravy.It's still hot here, don't know when it's going to end for us, tired of it all!:P
You missed my Garden post, my beauties!!:))
I will check e mail later today,I have more than 160 so far trying sort and categorize,tough job!!

Latha, rain sounds so good great now,no chance here at least for a week girl!
I must thank Aruni for all her hard work and you and Raaga too.You girls rock and yes,I have LOT of work to do next week!:))
My mom used to Hucchellu chutney,I don't get here at all.Can't wait for that Latha,send it.I am waiting for Hulianna too.
Hope I am not asking for too many things from you Latha, I know you are planning a trip shortly!:))

You are welcome Babbalili. I love Hasi Gojju too, tastes great with Mooli as well!:)

Mishmash ! said...

My comments may seem boring to u coz everytime I come here you amaze me with your passion for cooking and energy in whipping up all these , that too when ur kids prefer the western food....learning a lot these days...we re lucky to have u in the blog world :)


sra said...

Asha, the Kai-Halu Obbattu is totally new to me, wish I'd been there to eat it.

FH said...

Thank you Richa.That little book served me well!:))
Chutney was so hot, I had to take a Antacid!:P

Thank you Pavani. I don't get Bitter Gourd often but whenever I get, I do this Gojju.Enjoy!:))

It is very quite here Sandeepa. Only sound I hear most of the day is my TV!:D
Take your time with the dish. Still got 6 days, no problem. Take care, sounds like busy time there!:))

shn, thank you girl! Never boring to read any comments, I do appreciate each one!:)
Kids don't eat most of these at all.They like North Indian food better like Parathas etc. They make Mac and cheese, Hot Dogs, Noodles etc. for themselves when I cook spicy food for us!:D
Enjoy the recipes, I have LOT of work cut out for me next week!:))

Siri said...

OMG such lovely dishes esp the red chilly chutney... and the pics looks fab as usual..:D
Hey Asha, In NC, do u live in Cary? ; just wondering.. as I know that ppl are not allowed to water their lawns in my county too. ( I live in Cary)..
cya n byee..:)

Anonymous said...

nice spread asha.i loved all of them.we make them differently a little bit.soon u will have rain and the grass grows don't worry.

FH said...

sra,thanks and I wish I could sit you down and let you have it all!!:)))

Siri,I am about 110miles from Cary,near Greensboro.We haven't had rain in more than 2 mnts except a little on last Friday,that's it! It's terrible here. We come to Cary to eat and shop in Indian stores sometimes!:))

Hope so Ramya. They are saying we get some rain next week,fingers crossed!:))
I am looking forward to Fall and Halloween girl,tired of this heat. said...

Looks awesome Asha! As usual, the rotis are really looking superb.

I want an invitation over for dinner!!!!

ps. Crazy drought!

Anu said...

Hi Asha,
Hope ur eyes are fully well now :) You are amazing...gosh what a spread of dishes...Holige is one of my favs and ur halu holige sounds delicious..I have been trying to post some more RCIK dishes..hopefully before 25th

Namratha said...

Fabulous Asha, all these dishes reminded me so much of my granny and mom!! Love the red chilli chutney and of course kai haluu holige, that's what we make for Molake Gowri,the one that comes before the actual Gowri habba! Awesome!! :)

musical said...

Kai rotti and hagalkai gojju is for this weekend! Lovely spread, Ashakka! Each dish looks great! You always leave me spellbound, especially with the traditional recipes. Please pack me some for lunch :-D.

Ooh and your lil' sweetheart pet looks cute :). Hardly any rains in Los Angeles too! They are rpedicting some for tomorrow though!

Latha said...

What a huge spread Ash! The kaimasale roti is so different, i want to try it soon. All the other recipes look delicious and authentic!
Come to Omaha and u can enjoy cooooooooool weather!

Padma said...

Asha I must really say thanks to you, because of you and RCI-Karnatak we came to know so many great dishes of this state. I loved the Kori saaru..will try nex time. Looking fwd to ur round-up. As I told u that I had few more entried to post, but looks like I am out of time, or may be I may most, donno yet...

but you have such wonderful recipes dear!

TheCooker said...

At first I used to bookmark your posts but when I realised that each post is being bookmarked...I gave up :)
Looking forward to the roundup.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Oh my goodness Asha! I want to eat every single thing here!!! Your Sothekai Menasale sounds really good!

Shame about your lawn hopefully it will grow back. Having had so much rain this year all lawns in England are lush and green.

FH said...

HeHe! K, I feel that way to sometimes too when I see Thali around the blog.Jump in there and grab all!;D

Anu, this holige is jiffy one, try it. Still got 6 days, so don't worry,take your time!:))

Namratha, you know most of the dishes I cook, makes me happy!:)
I have this weird combination of Mysore and Hassan cooking, sometimes combined together!:D

Musie, you get all the veggies there, lucky girl.I occasionally get Hagalkai here. Enjoy!:))
That little dog is living in here luxury,lucky mutt!:D (Bichon and Poodle mix)

Kribha said...

Beautiful authentic recipes. Loved the Sothekai Menasale so much. Red chilly chutney looks yummy too.
I was planning to do a bonda for RCI K. Hope I can do it within the next couple of days. Can't wait for the round-up.

Kribha said...

I forgot to ask. How are your eyes dear?
Just saw your comment up and happy to know that you are healing fast. My prayers for you to recover completely. Take care.

Shivapriya said...

WOW Asha, lovely spread. We make bittergourd similar way. We call it pulusu rajesh;s fav tooo. Hope ur feeling better.
Drive to DC for vacation..lil one will keep you entertained and every thing over here is lush n green:). More over its just 4hrs drive or shall I pick u??

FH said...

Latha, wish I could!:))
It probably rain next week here hopefully.Lawn bounces back, grass is hardy but there will be lot of bald patches there!:D
Enjoy the Kairotti,they are like Dharwad Thalipeeth.

Padma, Koli saaru was tasty, the author says it's served with Ragi Mudde like Gowdas do in Mysore. Enjoy.
Still got 6 days,so take your time.You can send me after that too,I will add, don't stress out!:))

TC, don't worry,I will get these and others too in one place in the round up, so you can get all K dishes in one place.Right now, enjoy looking!:))

Amanda, just the thought of green lawn makes me happy right now!:D
We had some on Friday, but that is nothing really.Grass is hardy, they will grow back!:))
Try Menasale, great with rice.

FH said...

Kribha, Menasale is yummy with rice,try it and make it spicy!:)
Still got time for RCI, do it when you can and I have a grand time rounding up 180+ entries! AHH!!!:D
My eyes doing well, I just got my reading glasses,feels good to read now too!:))

LOL! Shivapriya, you are serious,aren't you girl?:D
Once the school starts, we can't go anywhere, very tight schedule until school's over.Your baby is probably too young to go to school, right?:))
Thank you, you are a sweetheart!:))

Anonymous said...

what a lovely spread.
hope u have recovered completely.


Mansi said...

Your house is beautiful Asha, and I'm so sorry for your lawn!! I'll pray that you see some rain soon!

loved your abstract bowl with the chutney! and it was great reading about all the recipes...truly something new for me!

swapna susarla said...

Hi ashaji
Don't say last ...i want some more!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Asha, glad to hear that you are healing well.
You have a cute little dog. Looks like he is busy inspecting something in the picture :)

Take care

Grihini said...

Hi Asha, As usual amazing posts from you. I've just returned and will try to sneak in one or two posts for RCI-karnataka.

Grihini said...

And yeah, good to hear that u are 'healing well' from the Lasik. :)

Shivapriya said...

I just came back to check ur reply and I'm serious. He turned 2 in may and no one is ready to take him as he is too young n i'm not interested in sending him to daycare.:)

bee said...

love the jazz music on your blog, and your doggie. as for those kannada tonguetwisters, they sure are yummy.

Saju said...

Asha, you are the greatest! What a scrumptious spread X 2.
I love the look of every thing, and the Sothekai Menasale...I want some now.
In fact I am seriously thinking of running away to your home. I am just warning you. OK?

Saju said...

ps we have had hardly any summer in England, can we swap?

Sharmi said...

hey I am still in a fix on preparing my thali. I feel your recipes rock and I can try out some thing from here:)

Priya said...

It sure looks hot and all yummy again. Very authentic and looks delicious.
Hope you are doing well.

FH said...

Shalini, takes 3 months to be 100% again but considering 3 weeks, I am doing very well!:)
Thanks girl, enjoy.

Thank you Mansi.Lawn was so green just 3 months and now a disaster! Arvind is very proud of that lawn he personally maintains,he is hurting now!;D
It will be alright once it rains regularly, they are hardy!:))
Enjoy the recipes.

Swpana, once I do the round up, you will BEG me stop with K cuisine! Hahaha!! There are lot of entries this time, lot of work cut out for me!:))

Sowmya,he is always sniffing something or the other anyway!:P
Thanks girl.

Hi Grihini,so glad you are back.Still got 6days,so do send them in!:))
I am doing well, how are you? Enjoyed your trip? See you later.

Cynthia said...

A most delicious spread. I particularly like the dry red chili chutney. Will give it a try.

Anh said...

Asha, another great spread. I just have to save up and visit you some day.

FH said...

Hahaha!! Sounds like he is a great little guy! Shivapriya, let him enjoy his mom and dad girl, he is just a baby still!!When he turns 3, he will be ready to mingle with other kids!:))

Thanks Bee, love Jazz.I have a HUGE collection! Did you see the dog at last.He is a handful too, keeps sneaking thru' the fence and we run around the neighborhood looking for him in cars and bikes etc!:P
My dad's name is Shambhulingappa, say that 3 times fast! Hahaha!!

Yes Saju, we can swap until Fall comes here and then I want to be back here quickly! UK makes me depressed if I stay long!!:D
Enjoy the recipes:)

Sharmi, our recipes are common to many other states too, so Thali shouldn't be hard. Try a small thali!:))

Hi Priya, I am getting there,takes time but not bad at all considering the time.Enjoy the recipes!:))

Tee said...

What a Feast!!!! I wish i was staying close to your place...i would have invited myself over for dinner every day ;)
all the dishes are really mouthwatering!

FH said...

Cynthia, are you sure you want to try that chutney? It's really HOT as in SPICY!!:D
But tastes great with masala rotis though if you can handle the heat with little ghee. Enjoy!:))

Haha!! Anh, you are welcome.I will just feed you hot chutney so you can run back as fast as you can!!;D

Thanks Tee.That little book has great recipes,very homely.Glad I found that!:))
Enjoy and have a great weekend. hugs.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this post - cant wait to try them all (offcourse except the chicken dish). Everything looks too tempting and hot and spicy just the way I like it :-)

Rajitha said...

wow! are on a roll lady!! all the food looks yummy...ur dog looks he fluffy..he looks chubby and cute

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,
Thanks for hosting RCI K and posting so many Kannadigan recipes. I like the dry red chillies chutney. I will give it a try.

indosungod said...

Asha, there you did it again, I just came from a huge dinner but after a glimpse at all the lovely dishes you have i am ready for another round.

We had browny brown grass till a week ago, got rains a few days in a row and the lawn looks green, so all you need is rain a couple of days in a row and they will spring right bacj.

Roopa said...

Hi Asha hope your greenery return soon dear! its great to learn your kids are helping out at such times and you are making so much effort not to of the RCI :) the holige looks yum namma appan oorillani madthare but i haven ttried it so far ... the southekayi sasve/hashi as we call it looks delicious had it yesterday we make slightly diff with coconut ha ha i did make them to post too but saw so many pachadi left it. you made hagalkai gojju... looks delicious We make too with mavinkai/amtekai let see whether i could post it too .i still have some post pending will try to post if possible :) Bye take care :)

deepsat said...

nice spread Asha!!

Hope the greenery returns back soon!!

take care and have a nice weekend!!


Neelam said...

Lovely spread as always Asha! I am goave a ing to try the red chilly chutney and the tomato salad soon.Thanks...

Vcuisine said...

Lovely dishes Asha. So authentic. so ready for the festival foods :) Rain? We hardly see it here. Still the heat is on - upper 40s. Viji

Srivalli said...

Thats a lovely spread Asha....liked all of sure you will have loads of dishes to put up for the round up...has it reached 200??> btw bee and you rock with your sense of humour...i would love to hear bee say your dad's name..hhahha

Keshi said...

Lovely dishes Asha!

ur going into Autumn..and we r in Spring.


Prajusha said...

i liked the dry red chilly chutney and Hagalkai Gojju recipes and iam going to try these two.thanks a lot for these wonderful collection of karnataka cuisine.

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

luv the shape of your wavery dish bowl, asha...not to forget the line of eye-catchy fillings in it!!..luved your bbq platter

Beccy said...

Wow, your grass is so dry...I could send you some rain from here!!!

Lovely recipes, you always make me drool.

Manju said...

wow!!! thats a lovely spread of Karnataka cuisine...i sure am gonna try atleast one of this during the weekend..n wishing for a cooler weather n a greener lawn for ya..

Chef Jeena said...

Asha so many wonderful recipes I owuld not know where to begin! Looks lovely very tasty indeed. :)

Lotus Reads said...

HI, Asha!

That recipe book looks great! Where did you manage to locate it finally?

The chicken curry is making me drool, I will definitely want to try it!

We've had a terribly dry summer too, but the restrictions on watering our lawns have not been too much so we still have nice green turf, but because of insufficient precipitation, we're not going to have great Fall colors this year...what a pity!

Priyanka said...

Thats quite some spread should have lived here in florida...enough to turn you off the rains- rains like crazy everyday.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Asha dear! I am typing Hulianna and Ragi rotti With another gojju from a dear friend before I leave for the short trip! Lakshmi will post in my absence! Anything for you dear! I know this event will be a record breaker in many ways!!:))
We are visiting Nagapattinam, a coastal town. There is a temple for lord Krishna buit by my ancestors. They left the place after Tsunami in 19th century! Though the main destination is Nagai, we will also be visiting a few more places. I am so excited about the trip!

Suma Gandlur said...

That looks like great OUTHANA. Thanks for all the great recipes.
It is still like summer here. We are in 80's this week. Last week, some how we had freezing temps.

FH said...

Abha, it is great post for you then. Enjoy the hot and spicy recipes!:))

Rajitha, thank you. Yeah, dog is little chubby but with curly uncut hair ,he looks like a fur ball!:D
Poodles and Bichons do not shed hair ,so we have to cut it for them to be comfy in Summer.

You are welcome Vijaya.This event would be my first and the last to host!! Phew!!:D

Thanks Indo. It's true, three days of continues rain is all needed for the lawn to bounce back.Our lake has almost dried up too!

FH said...

Roopa, I hope it rains next week too!:))
I think most Brahmin know about Hasi Gojju, tastes great with hot rice.Amtekai gojju sounds yum, post it.I don't get green mangoes here.Still got 5 days, plenty of time! I will take whole next wee after Wednesday for RCI K and then a take a break!:))

I hope so too Satheesh, you too have a great weekend. Waiting for Fall now, getting tired of the heat!

Neelam, great choices to try.You will love the Tomato salad, my favorite!:))

Viji, I bought a book about Tamil festival.I have posted most of the food for RCI TN, got to get creative for you!:)
Your's is after RCI Bihar, I think.We do get lot rain here usually, but this year is weird!

Sri, yes,it's gone over 200 and still coming in! I am adding some of my own too,so it will be 4 posts!!
Yeah me too, hope Bee saw my reply! Hahaha!!

FH said...

Hi Kesh, thank you. I will make Sri Lankan post one day!:))
I am waiting for Fall to fall on us mercifully!;D

You are welcome Prajusha. I tried think really hard to remember all the grandmother's dishes for these posts! Enjoy!:))

Hi KS, BBQ was yum. I love grilled veggies specially. Fortunately, we had one day of milder weather,so enjoyed it fully!:))

Beccy, I know. It's pretty bad this year.It's cloudy today but didn't rain at all so far. Let's see next week, blow some clouds from there!:D

Thank you Ms.Superchef!:)) Hope it rains, keep praying! Enjoy the recipes this weekend:))

FH said...

Jeena, last post about cuisine of mt state,so got to get them all in!:))
Try the Tomato salad Jeena, you will love it!:))

Lotus, I found this in a website called India club.Although book is cheap, shipping costs more!;p
You know, I never thought of Fall color.Don't know what's going to happen because we have most beautiful Fall colors in Oct. and around Ashville Blue Ridge mountains!

Priyanka, I heard that too just like Louisiana! Must be because of the humidity.Hope it rains next week here!:))

Latha, thank you so much. I will take next week after JFI off to organize and post after the 1st.I really apprecite all the goodies you are cooking for me, hugs to you and Lakshmi.
A temple built by your ancestors,that is so great.Take some photos and show us.I love old temples!:))
Have a safe journey and have a great time.I will see you when you come back.

Suma, same here!! 2 days, the temp went down to 55F in the night and then back again 75F at night,strange weather, little scary too!:))
Outhana is correct! :D

Anonymous said...

wish it goes green soon ;)
n the dog is a cutie.
kairotti is good.
we make similar rotis just with plain flour.
dry red chilli chutney is a hottie. i luv it. Sothekai Menasale is a darling too. moong usli...i was hoping to try it from months.
Hagalkai Gojju is my fav. too. i adore bitter gourds...n hey whats indian cinnamon?

Kayi-halu Obbattu is looking great. i wish i can taste right from ur blog. n finally tomato salad...i need to marinate it next time.
so here u go....i did it
and hey rci k dish....hope i can find time for it...beautiful post sis.....

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how much there is to learn about our own state cuisine! So many dishes, so little time... :) The hasi gojju sounds good. Did not know it was called menasale though I think you've mentioned it earlier. I've not attempted hagalakayi gojju though I love the one my mom makes. It is not bitter at all and also the chopped pieces are very, very small. Would love to try your way sometime. Apparently it's great for health too! Nice selection of recipes, Asha.

Kalpana said...


FH said...

Anusha, I saw your post today but had to run to drop my daughter off to school, will check it later!:))
Yeah, you made it this week on time!:D
Indian Cinnamon is Dalchini(Cassia bark), the one we Indians use.US has sweet Cinnamon which we use only for desserts.Thanks for taking time Anu, hugs.Cook for RCI K only if you have time, don't worry if you can't!:))

Vani, you are right! I have never heard of Havyaka people and their food until last week and they are from Shimoga!! I did learn a lot about Konkani food too.It's really is amazing, glad I could do it! Wait until you see the round up! There are 4 posts!:)

Thank you Kalpana!!:D
Enjoy girl and take your time browsing! HeHe!

RML said...

Hello Asha,
Missed your posts from last week.
Was down with severe cold.Kind of better from yesterday.
Wow!lots of mouth watering Karnataka dishes.Have to try all of them.All of them are new to me.
Thanks for sharing.

Jyothi said...

lovely spread of karnataka recipes as usual. Really so much patience you have asha. Great recipes with great work. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Johnson said...

Your BBQ looks so good! I'm glad that your eyes are healing well! Thanks for the update and have a great weekend Asha! ; )

Lissie said...

i liked the salads, chicken curry and the red hot chutney! wish it rains soon...beautiful dog! i too have two lovely dogs.
asha, i have sent a recipe to you as my entry. please check whether you have recieved it or not.

FH said...

Hi Madhoo, hope you are feeling better today, virus has been going around these days!
Thanks, take care yourself first, then you can cook all these!Hugs!:))

You are welcome Jyoti.I Had to make it something special for Karnataka!:)

FH said...

Hi Anali!:))
We had one great weekend last week, lot cooler and breezy, so we thought of BBQing! It was great, love grilled veggies.
I am doing well fortunately.Have a great weekend Anali!:))

Thank you Lissie. I will check my E mail today and reply you!:)
You have two dogs, that is so great. Must be big dogs.I love German Shepards too, grew up with them in India! Have a great weekend!:))

Rohini's kitchen said...

Hey Lovely Post..Always posting a list of dishes. Came to know many authentic Karnataka dishes from ur blog. Will give a try atleast one of ur dishes this weekend.

FH said...

Thank you Rohini, enjoy!:)
This is my last post before 25th for Karnataka, so I thought I will squeeze in more recipes!:D

Siri said...

Dear Ashaji,

I sent three of my entries for RCI event. Hope you got them

Mona said...

Bittergourd dish is awesome. I love krelas! We make the whole, stuffed with onions & achari masala! :D

The chicken dish recipe is very interesting too!

Thanks once again!

You cook all that for your blog! You are awesome!!

FH said...

Hi Siri, I did my mail check yesterday, I will check again today. Thanks girl!:))

Hi Mona, I don't karela often but I love to cook this when I do. Sometimes,I cook just fr the blog but most of the time, just blog what I cook for us.
Enjoy,have a great weekend!:))

Siri said...

Dear Ashaji, Thanks for your lovely comments for all the three entries. I thought u forgot me..:(.. or u didn't get my mail or something.. Glad that u liked my recipes. Can I send u more?.. :D

FH said...

Siri, no, I don't forget anybody but my Laptop is closes at 6pm everyday until 8am next day. If any posts inbetween that time, I will be late in checking them but I WILL CHECK ASAP!:D
Loved all three, send more Chutney pd or dessert(not Kesari bHath,too many of those!) or special dishes.I will be happy tp include!:))

Bindiya said...

lovely things for me to try ,love your chilli chutney and did you go get the lamb for the dahi wala meat i posted??

FH said...

Bindiya, nope,I looked and looked for Lamb yesterday. But they have every kind meat except Lamb. I bought some Turkey and chicken, will use the same recipe and try.I know it might not taste the same!:))
Thanks for posting that B, looks delicious!

Shweta said...

Some awesome stuff you have there! Thanks for the sweet words on my blog. I just added a link to your blog on mine, hope that is okay :) Glad to know about the healing well thumbs up! Take care!

FH said...

Thank you Shweta!:))
Of course it's okay, I have added you to my blog roll too, have fun blogging!

Finla said...

Now i know were to come for finding a authentic karnatke dish.
Lucky you to have such a wonderful weather.
The weekend was good here, but it seems from tommorow onwards it is going to rain

FH said...

HC, wait until the round up , then you really get almost everything Karnataka food here!:))
You know,it's first day fall today and it's blazing hot,we NEED some rain.Lucky you!:))

sallywrites said...

What a fantastic spread as always!

Your front garden is gorgeous, even with brown grass!

ChrisB said...

Glad your eyes continue to make good progress. I should send you over some rain we had a few hours of drizzle today. Our gardens have stayed pretty green this year because we had so much rain over the last few months.

Rajesh &Shankari said...

How do you do this? Just a beautiful spread every single time, your family is blessed !

Keshi said...

hows u Asha?


Meena said...

Hello Ashakka.. Lovely spread as usual. Your house looks gorgeous and the little doggy is soooooooo cute. Adorable.. Hope your lawn springs right back :)

Thanks a lot Ashakka for including the marathon post. It means a lot to me. I should be ever thankful to you for doing this for me. I really do appreciate it :)

Sig said...

Wow, how did I miss this post? :) That chicken curry looks soooo delicious, and the bbq platter with the ribs... YUMMY! BTW cute dog... :)

FH said...

Sally, thank you. My husband maintains the lawn religiously, he is hurting now!:D
Yeah, once it rains,it will be back to green quickly!:))

Chris, our lake ha almost dried up, and the Gesse are all over the backyards of our neighborhood now! It's really terrible.It's the second day of Fall today too but blazing hot!Hopefully it rains next week.

Happy Monday Keshai,nice to see you saying hello to me every Monday!:)
See you later.

FH said...

Oh, thank you Shankari!:))
Got to do something special for my state,so here they are!
It does take time to cook all these and kids don't eat those spicy food but we happily would eat them all!:)
Have a fun week.

You are welcome Meena.That's what sisters are for ,right?:))
I have also donated in your name at the web site in your name, so you are running for me too!;D
Enjoy, and good luck.Hope you raise a lot of money for Indian kids!:))

Hi Sig, how are you this morning? It's still hot here and no rain for us until the end of this week.Hopefully,we will get a little atleast.
Yeah,that dog is a happy camper,don't have to work for living like me and Arvind!! Hahaha!
Enjoy the week.

Prema Sundar said...

Red chilli chutney and bittergourd attracts me from the lovely spread Asha.
Ur dog looks cute...

FH said...

Thank you Prema!:))
That dog is lucky, gets everything free and clear, rain or shine!;D

Swaruchy said...

Wow...Authentic karnataka recipes......I never knew these before.......I especially liked the rotis...look very delectable....:-)
btw.....Ur doggy's fresh summercut looks good :-)

Mallika said...

My bro in law is going in for his lasik tomorrow. You know, I've been having some trouble loading your site. It keeps crashing my computer. Lovely dishes by the way. I knew nothing about Karnataka food until I read this.

FH said...

Thank you Sirisha.I am cooking more of my state's food too because of RCI!:))
Enjoy the recipes.

Hi Mallika, it happened to me too in one of the other blogs I went 2 days ago. Completely crashed my PC and then I had to start all over again! May be the blogger or may be bcos I am loading lot of photos for RCI round up, don't know!
Good luck to your BIL, I am sure he will enjoy the new vision!:))

starry said...

Glad to know that you are recovering well after your lasik surgery. All this yummy food. I love bittergourd and would love to try this recipe.Thanks!

sallywrites said...

That's brilliant news on the eyes Asha!

FH said...

Thanks Lalitha, I am doing well, survived without any problems!:))

Thank you Sally, got lucky!:))

Anonymous said...

Love these spicy dishes, Asha... when I was googling for Karnataka things, I saw that cookbook advertised somewhere. Then time flew away from me so I forget where! But if I see it again, will have to pick it up. All the same, I think my favorite is the "Sothekai Menasale" from your grandmother :)

Raaga said...

I kept trying to leave a message, but my comp kept acting up... and now I see I am among the last.

I love this post... and am going to try as many of these dishes as possible. The Halu Obattu... maybe I can try regular holige instead of coconut? Not sure...

My last post for RCI will be up soon. With a mini round up of entried from my blog.

That's a beautiful house and a very cute dog :-)

FH said...

Linda, thank you! Menasale is an old traditional Summer cold soup at home.I love it with some hot rice.Try it, good any time too!:D
That book is available at India Club, a tiny book but with authentic recipes.
Thanks for the Coorgi dish Linda,loved it and only one Coorgi dish so far at RCI K!:))

Hi Raaga, hope my blog is not giving you trouble.I loaded LOT of photos,hopefully blogger will let me upload all of them and post too,fingers crossed!:))
I got all your Mini RCI dishes!! Phew!!;D
Thank you girl, I appreciate it!:))

Priyanka said...

Hey Asha,is it ok if i send in an entry for RCI by tomorrow?

FH said...

Absolutely! Just send the URL and photo to my e mail, I will check and add it!:))

SeeC said...

I am trying hard to read the names :) Never heard of these.

Would like to try Hagalkai Gojju. I love bitter gourds. Your Rotti also looks very different. Want to try them sometime.

Take care.

Arun Shanbhag said...

Arrey Asha! Where in NC are you? So I can stop by and eat one of these sumptous meals! especially those Kaimasale rottis sound delectable.

And a nice house!
Our lawn is brown too, and not because we have drought here :-))

Looking for the final RCI Karnataka Food spread!

karmic said...

What a delicious looking spread! Sorry about the lack of rain.

FH said...

Yeah, unfamiliar language always seems strange.To me, Malayalamm is the hardest!:)
Rotti is similar to Thalipeeth, just add different flours. Try it.

LOL! Arun, work on your lawn man!
Yeah, we haven;t had rain in 3 mints now, they are saying it might rain tomorrow!
I have put two of your photos in the round up too, looks wonderful! Thanks for those Arun!:))
Have a great week.

Hi Sanjay, so good to see you. Thanks, got to do something special for my state,glad I had the opportunity.
Hopefully, it will rain a little tomorrow, we have water restriction too now!
Have a great weekend!:)

Kalpana said...

hey, wonderful varieties of dishes. I'll atleast try do 1-2 karnataka dishes, this time.

FH said...

Try it Kalpana, bet you will love it!:))

bha said...

that is an authentic kannadiga cuisine....wonderful spread

Kajal said...

Rotis looke very crispy I want it for with my tea my dear.....I love it very much. WOW…this is very soimple to make dry red chillies chutney.....Looks yummy. Also this Hasi Gojju is serve cool is better in hot summer my dear. Nice way of garnish. Moong Usli is healthy and delicious. But in this all I love the Hagalkai Gojju...with your mom’s style. WOW....I like your weekend Dish my dear....I love the Tomato-onion slada and I try it also my dear.

Raaga said...

so you did get this, right?

FH said...

Thank you Bha, hope you try some!:))

Thank you Kajal. Bitter gourd gojju is really simple and tasty.Try it!:))

No I didn't get that! I will take the URL and the photo. Thank you sweet Raaga!:))

Anonymous said...

dear asha,your plantain dishes look wonderful! especially the plantain pakoda is new to me. Same pinch for the karnataka cuisine cookbook, i too have it ,but i am yet to cook from it!:))& congrats on your 100th post( i know i am late but i was away) & the friendly blogger award, you really deserve it:))

FH said...

Hello Paati!:)
So good to see you girl, you have been very busy these days.I was so happy to see your post yesterday!:))
That is the ONLY book I could find on K'taka cuisine, can you believe it?:D
There are few great recipes there.I always add this and that to any recipe from the cookbooks anyway!
Blog more Paati, have a great week. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for just reminding those names of kannada recipes which are long forgotten with passing away of my mum long ago just got nostalgic.
thanks again

FH said...

You are welcome Anon! It's the same with me. I have been away from India for so long, when I get books like these and read, I feel so good and I start to remember the dishes and words too!:))

Anonymous said...

Excellent round-up Asha! I know where to look if i want to whip up a Karnataka meal.


FH said...

Hi Mamatha, good to see you. Long time no see!:))
Yeah, this is the blog for K'taka recipes all in one place!. Enjoy!:))