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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mavina Hannu Rasayana / Mango Rasayana

2 large Mangoes / Mavina Hannu
1 cup grated Jaggary / Bella
1/2 cup Sugar
1.5 cup Coconut Milk
2 Cardamom / Elakki / Elachi
2 tsp Sesame seeds / Ellu (optional)
2-3 tsp grated Coconut (optional)
Pinch of Salt

Peel the mangoes and chop them into small pieces as shown in the picture below.

Put this chopped mangoes in a bowl, add sugar, jaggary, pinch of salt, mix them well and keep them aside for about 30 mins.

Remove the outer cover of cardamom and mash the seeds into smooth powder using any hard material. Add this cardamom powder to the vessel containing chopped mangoes. Add coconut milk and mix well.(For Coconut milk: Grind 2 cups of fresh grated coconut into smooth paste by adding little amount of water. Squeeze the ground coconut, by placing it in a clean cotton cloth.)

Refrigerate and serve chilled.
Put 2 tsp of sesame seeds in a pan and fry in medium flame. Once it starts spluttering, add 2-3 tsp of finely grated coconut in low flame until they turn light golden in color. Add this to Rasayana before refrigerating.

Spring Dosa


Small piece of Capsicum

1/4 medium sized Carrot

5-6 strands of Coriander leaves

Small piece of Cabbage

1 tsp grated Coconut

Potato Masala / Bhaji

Dosa Batter

Pinch of salt



Prepare the dosa batter and potato masala as specified in Masala Dosa and Bhaji recipes respectively.
Chop capsicum, carrot, cabbage and coriander leaves into small pieces as shown in the picture below.
Put this chopped ingredients and grated coconut in a bowl. Add pinch of salt and mix them well.

Heat the Tava and pour a spoonful of batter at the centre, spread it with the back of the spoon to a thin round. Add 1 tsp of oil/ghee on top of dosa, cover it in a lid and cook it in medium flame until the dosa turns light golden color. 

Take little amount of prepared potato masala and spread it over the dosa as shown in the picture below.

Sprinkle little amount of prepared vegetable mix over the dosa as shown in the picture below.

Roll and cut the dosa into three equal pieces as shown in the picture below.

Serve hot along with coconut chutney and sambar. The ingredients mentioned above will serve 3 Spring Dosas.

Pepper Rasam


Ingredients for Masala:

4 tsp Black gram seeds / Uddina Bele

4 tsp Coriander seeds / Kottambari

4 tsp Pepper / Kaalu Menasu

2 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeerige

30-35 Curry leaves

1/8 tsp Asafetida powder

1 tsp grated dry Coconut

Ingredients for Rasam:

1 large Tomato

1/4 small sized Onion

2 Green Chillies

1.5 tsp prepared Pepper Rasam powder

Grape sized Jaggary

Grape sized Tamarind

Pinch of Turmeric powder

7-8 strands of Coriander leaves

1- 1.5 cup cooked Yellow Lentils / Toor dal / Thogari bele

Salt to taste

8-10 Curry leaves

3/4 tsp Ginger Garlic paste

Big pinch of Asafetida powder

1 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

2 tsp Oil


Dry roast all the masala ingredients except asafetida powder till they give nice aroma. Add asafetida powder and fry them for about 20-30 seconds. Cool them to room temperature.

Grind the above fried ingredients into smooth powder. (If refrigerated in an airtight container, can be preserved for longer period.)

Put tamarind and 1/4 cup of water in a bowl, mash, squeeze it properly and keep it aside.

Chop tomato into thin longer pieces as shown in the picture below. Chop onion into small pieces and cut the green chillies into two pieces as shown in the picture below.

Put mustard seeds, cumin seeds and oil in a thick bottomed vessel/pan. Once it starts spluttering, add ginger garlic paste and fry them for about 1 min in medium flame. Add curry leaves, green chillies, asafetida powder, chopped onion and turmeric powder. Fry them for about 3-4 mins in medium flame until onion becomes light golden in color. Add chopped tomato and fry them for about 1 min.

Add tamarind juice, salt, jaggary, 1.5 tsp of prepared rasam powder, 2-3 cups of water in a vessel and cook them well well by covering a lid for about 20-30 mins. Add cooked yellow lentils and bring them to boil. (Cook the yellow lentils in a pressure cooker (3-4 whistles)by adding sufficient amount of water. The cooked yellow lentils can preserved in refrigerator for about 8-10 days.) Add salt, tamarind juice, water if required. Keep the rasam in low flame for about 5 mins. Add chopped coriander leaves, mix them well and cover the lid. It goes well with rice.