Monday, August 10, 2015

Kuthiraivali Dosa | Banyard Millet Crepe | Millet Breakfast Recipe

Kuthiraivali Rice Dosa | Banyard Millet Crepe | Millet Dosa is a healthy, tasty South Indian special dosa using the short grain called kuthiraivali. It is prepared like our regular dosa except for using millet in the recipe in place of  idli rice|raw rice. One could not notice any difference in the taste or texture from the regular dosa but may be the colour shows the difference. That too all because I’ve used semi-polished rice in the recipe. There are also 100% polished millets available in the stores & in that case there will not be much colour difference too.
Recipe for Kuthiraivali Dosa | Banyard Millet Crepe | Millet Breakfast Recipe:

Cuisine : Indian| South Indian
Category: Breakfast|Dinner
Soaking time : 5 Hours
Preparation time : 30 Minutes + 8-12 Hours
Cooking time : 20 Minutes
                          Yields –12 dosas (medium size) 
  • Kuthiraivali Rice| Banyard Millet – 1 ½ cup
  • Urad dhal - ½ cup
  • Fenugreek seeds|Vendhayam – 1 tsp
  • Water – as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Sesame oil | Nallennei – as required

  1. Wash kuthiraivali separately and urad dhal & vendhayam together. Soak them separate in enough water for about 5 hours.
  2. Drain urad dhal & vendhayam and pulse it in a mixer grinder. Add the soaked water little by little to make a fine, fluffy batter. Transfer it to a container.
  3. Add the drained kuthiraivali rice and grind to a fine batter using the soaked water. Transfer it to the same container.
  4. Add enough salt and combine both the batter very well. Add enough water to make like a dosa batter. Cover & allow to ferment for 8 hours or overnight.
  5. To prepare dosa, heat a iron|non-stick dosa pan.
  6. Mix the fermented batter well with a ladle and add water, if required, to bring it to dosa batter consistency.
  7. Take a ladleful of batter and pour on the hot dosa pan and spread the batter in circular pattern.
  8. Drizzle some oil over the dosa, cover with a lid and cook in medium flame.
  9. After 2 minutes, open the lid, check for the doneness and transfer the dosa on to a serving plate.

Healthy, tasty Kuthiraivalli dosa is ready to eat. You can serve this millet dosa with any chutney of your choice. I had it with coriander chutney. 

  • Instead of kuthiraivali, any other millet can be used with the same proportions.
  • Dosa batter stays good for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mutton Kheema Biryani | Minced Meat Biryani | Mutton Kaima Biryani

Mutton Kheema Biryani | Minced Meat Biryani | Mutton Kaima Biryani is a simple biryani recipe compared to other non-veg  biryani recipes yet with full of flavours. I love all types of biryani but coming to keema biryani, I’ve the feeling of each & every grain of rice has got the real taste of mutton, all because the minced meat  with the flavouring masala has got infused in the biryani rice so well.

This biryani  happened to be our weekend lunch those years when my son didn’t like to eat mutton pieces. I used to make this biryani quite often to make him eat goat meat.  After a long time, I’m preparing this biryani and as usual, it turned out awesome.
Recipe for Mutton Kheema Biryani | Minced Meat Biryani | Mutton Kaima Biryani:

Cuisine : Indian
Category: Main Course
Cooking time : 30 Minutes
Serves – 3-4
  •      Seeraga samba rice – 2 cups
  •      Minced Mutton/ Keema (boneless) – 300 gm
  •      Onion (Big) – 2 Nos (chopped lengthwise)
  •      Tomato – 2 Nos.(Medium)(chopped)
  •      Green chilli – 2 Nos.
  •      Fresh Curd – ½ cup
  •      Ginger, garlic paste – 2 tbs
  •      Chilli powder – 2 tsp
  •      Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
  •      Turmeric powder -1 tsp
  •      Coriander leaves (finely chopped) – ¼ cup
  •      Mint leaves (finely chopped) – ½ cup
  •      Salt to taste

For seasoning:
  • Bay leaf – 1 No.
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
  • Kal paasi – 2 Nos
  • Cloves – 2 Nos
  • Cardamom  - 2 Nos.
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Oil -3 tbs
  • Ghee – 1 tsp (optional) 
  1. Wash mutton keema well with water, squeeze out the keema & keep aside.
  2. Take a pressure cooker, pour the oil and wait till the oil gets heated. Add the items given under “seasoning” one by one and wait until all these splutter to get the aroma from the seasoning.
  3. Add onion and Green chilli (just break into 2 or 3) and sauté well until the onion becomes translucent. Then add the ginger garlic  paste and sauté till the raw smell of the masala goes off.
  4. Add finely chopped tomato and add some salt so that the tomato will get cooked easily and sauté till the tomato gets mashed well.
  5. Then add all the masala powders and sauté till the oil oozes  out from the masala. Next, add curd and sauté well until the mixture gets glossy appearance.
  6. Then  add the mutton keema , sauté well,  add half portion of coriander  & mint leaves.
  7. Add required salt  and  a cup of water, close the lid and wait for  4  whistles and switch off.
  8. In the mean time, wash the seeraga samba rice and leave it as such after draining the water. It is sufficient if we do this part before 10 minutes of making biryani.
  9. Now open the pressure cooker, measure the keema gravy, add water so that the gravy+water =4 cups for 2 cups of rice and keep it aside.
  10. Transfer the above measure of gravy & water to a pressure pan & bring it to boil. When it boils add rice along with the balance coriander, mint leaves and  needed salt. You can check for spice also at this stage and you can add if needed. Drizzle ghee on top, if using.
  11. Close the lid and wait for 1 whistle, then simmer the flame for 3 minutes. Open the cooker after releasing the pressure slowly. Then follow the same procedure as we have done for other Biryani Recipes.

Your hot, spicy, tasty  Mutton Kaima Biryani is ready to serve! I have served the mutton biryani with onion raita and Elumbu Thanni Kuzhambu J
Cooking time for mutton keema varies and you should decide the whistles allowed while cooking mutton.
You can prepare this biryani with basmati rice also.
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