Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cracked-Wheat Idlies (Steamed Cakes)

Cracked wheat or broken wheat known as Godhi thari in Kannada. I use them regularly in my kitchen for making upma/porridge and Kheer/payasa most often. Last week I tried making idlies with cracked wheat and it really came out very soft with nice texture.

For making Idlies I have used the basic Idly recipe of 1:2 ratio of Urad Dal to rice here instead of rice I have used Cracked wheat. One thing I noticed with these idlies was, wheat fills you up and doesn't make you hungry for several hours. A healthy way to start the day.

Ingredients :

  • Urad dal /Uddinabele- 1 cup
  • Cracked wheat/Godhi thari - 2 cups
  1. Wash and soak urad dal and cracked wheat in a 2 separate bowls for at least for 4-5 hours.
  2. Then drain all the water from the urad dal and grind in mixer or blender. Add water little by little to make the batter smooth and fluffy. Takes about 15 mins. Batter should be bit thick in consistency.
  3. Now drain water from soaked cracked wheat, and mix them with ground batter. Mix well to combine.
  4. Cover and let it ferment (i use micro oven) for 7-8 hours or overnight.
  5. After it ferments or doubled its volume. Add little salt and mix gently.
  6. Bring water to boil, lightly grease the Idly mould. Pour the batter and steam for 15- 20 mins. Switch off and let it cool for 10 more mins.
  7. Once cooled Idlies comes off easily from the mould. Serve with chutney or sambar on the side.

Previously posted Dessert recipe using cracked wheat.
Cracked-Wheat Pudding (Godhi Payasa/Kheer).

Off this goes to JFI-Wheat hosted by Roma of Roma's Space which was originally started by Indira of Mahanandi.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ugadi Wishes

Ugadi (festival) marks begining for Spring and start of the New year.
Happy and Healthy Ugadi wishes to all my readers.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Hello all,
I was taking a few weeks break from blogging. My daughter turned 4 last week so we were in Disneyland to celebrate it. Missed so many recipes from fellow bloggers,but feels good to be back and blogging again.

Yogurt or curds(Mosaru as we call in Kannada) is very staple in our daily diet, we usually eat them at end of every meal. Be it a curd rice, raitha/pachadi or a simple snack like this strawberry-yogurt, like them all.

My little one is not a big fan of curd rice but likes fruit flavored yogurt very much, so these days i have started making them at home. Here is a simple, easy and delicious yogurt recipe .

Ingredients for single serving.
Yogurt/curds - 1cup ( I have used 1% milk for making yogurt at home, store brought will be good as well)
Strawberries - about 1/2 cup washed and chopped (Substitute with frozen berries or fruits) Sugar/Honey - about a teaspoon or more according to desired sweetness
Nuts- 1tsp chopped ( i have used almonds)

  1. Wash and chop strawberries, add in sugar and cup of yogurt mix well to combine . Keep them in fridge for at least 1/2 an hour.
  2. When ready to eat, take them out from the fridge garnish with chopped nuts and some more fresh fruit if desired.

Enjoy !

This recipe goes to Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes for this months FIC-Pink.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Click - Wood

Rolling pin and a Board my very first kitchen gadget, purchased as soon as I landed here in US. I have been using it to make flat breads (chapathis) ever since. This is my very essential kitchen tool.

I am sending this to Click-Wood hosted by Jai & Bee of Jugalbandi.