Friday, 31 January 2020

Phaanu - Uttarakhand popular recipe prepared using horse gram

Phannu- Today's special recipe is from Uttarakhand cuisine's garhwali recipe - Phaanu prepared using horse gram.It is also known as Gahat dal which is popular dal recipe from kumaon regions of Uttarakhand.  Phaanu is very delicious, creamy, tasty and healthy dish prepared using horse gram. This is very nutritious recipe which gives lots of energy to stay fit in cool climates of hill stations. Horse gram is very healthy lentil having it regularly cures kidney stones, heart diseases and diabetes.  Horse gram in telugu known as uluvalu, in Hindi it is known as kulthi dal, in Tamil it is kollu, hurali kalu in Kannada. Ulava charu is popular recipe that is prepared in Andhra. This is very simple recipe and can also prepare easily. We have to soak horse gram overnight or 8 - 10 hrs, later we grind it and prepare thick pancake / dosa with half batter and remaining we use it for gravy, isn't it easy ;) . I felt it as pesarattu mukkala pulusu with some variations. We can also prepare this dal with toor dal, green moong dal too.

Taking this super healthy, regional and tasty Uttarakhand cuisine - Phaanu to Shhhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge fb group started by Priya of Priyas Versatile Recipes and taken further till date by Mayuri she blogs at Mayuris jikoni.  Here admins will select one Indian state in alphabetical order. And they pick pairs for theme, pairs will share 2 ingredients, using that ingredients we will prepare recipe and post it in group album. Other group members will guess the secret ingredient. This month we choose Uttarakhand, i am paired with "Sujata Roy di"  who blogs at batterupwithsujata. Sujata di gave me hing and ginger as secret ingredients, in return i gave turmeric powder and cumin seeds. She prepared yummy and tasty aloo ke gutke recipe . Coming to Sujata di she is very talented chef who shares many traditional (Bengali cuisine) and authentic recipes. I can surely call her as "Sandesh Queen" as she prepare many sandesh varieties like sugar free pineapple sandeshhazelnut chocolate sandesh which i am planning to prepare. Do checkout her space.. I got this recipe from here.

Lets start recipe..


                            UttaraKhand - Phaanu

Soak Time: 8 - 10 hrs
Preparation time : 10 min
Cook Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
Category : Curries / Regional
Recipe Cuisine: Uttarakhand
Main ingredient: Horse gram 
Author : Aruna SarasChandra



To grind

Horse gram -1 cup
ginger - 1 inch
garlic - 2 pods
green chilli -2

For curry

Oil - 3 tsp
ghee - 1 tsp
onion - 2
Tomato - 1 
red chilli powder - 1 tsp
coriander powder -1 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp
cumin seeds -1 tsp
red chilli - 2
coriander leaves - 1 tsp
salt as per taste


1) Clean horse gram and soak overnight, later drain water and rub it skin. Skin will goes out easily i did not rubbed much.

2) Drain water completely and grind it coarsely by adding ginger, garlic and green chilli without adding any water. Take it into bowl add turmeric powder and salt mix it well.

3) Divide batter in two halves,one to prepare dosa / pan cakes and other for gravy. 

4) Heat tawa spread thick pan cake with coarsely grinded batter. Fry both sides till cook well. Prepare other pan cake and keep it aside.

5) Add 3 cups of water in remaining batter, heat a pan with oil and ghee. Add cumin seeds, jeera and red chillies, hing fry well then add finely chopped onion when starts changing color add tomatoes fry well.


6) Now add salt, red chilli powder and coriander powder mix well then add remaining grinded paste.

7) Cook the above well and low to medium flames for 10 minutes. If you feel gravy is very thick add some more water and cook for a minute.

8) Cut pancakes into pieces and add it in above gravy and cook it 5 minutes low to medium flames and then garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves.

That's it Uttarakhand popular garhwali recipe - Phaanu is ready to serve. Serve it with hot steamed rice with dollop of ghee.


** Soaking horse gram for minimum 8 hrs is must.

** Do not grind dal too smooth, grind it coarsely smooth paste.

** You can prepare pancakes or even fritters too.

** Adjust water accordingly, as gravy becomes thick quickly.

Also check other popular recipes from different regions that i shared in my blog, by just clicking the link below pic..

                                                      Baingan ke lonje

                                Tripura - Mosdeng serma
                    Tamil Nadu - Sundakkai vatha kuzhambu

                                     Punjabi Kadi
                                          Hyderabadi veg dum biryani

                                            Rajasthani - Moong dal halwa

                                           Nagaland - Pumpkin Oambal

                 gummadikaya majjiga pulusu/ pumpkin curd gravy


                 Hyderabadi Mirchi ka salan

                         Punjabi Dum aloo

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Monday, 27 January 2020

Kakarakaya karam podi, bitter gourd spicy powder, diabetic friendly bitter gourd karam podi

Kakarakaya karam podi - Bitter gourd spicy powder with step by step pics and tips. Kakarakaya karam podi is spicy, less bitter, super tasty and very aromatic. Karakaya in telugu is also called as pavakkai in Tamil, karela in Hindi and hagalakayi in Kannada. Many of us hate bitter gourd to the core i am also one in that once , but you know i changed long back after eating my katsu doddamma bitter gourd curry. This bitter gourd karam podi is for them who hates it, as it is not bitter like curries, so you can have it happily. Taste of this karam podi depends on two things, 1- quantity of ingredients, 2 - how you are frying, so take care of these things.  If you take less quantity of bitter gourd and add other ingredients more (viceversa) then you do not get the perfect taste. This podi is tastes spicy and makes your house very aromatic with its flavors. Trust me this is the best way to start eating bitter gourd. As bitter gourd is very helpful for diabetic patients, boots immune system, lowers bad cholesterol levels. I just love to have this hot steamed rice with dollop of ghee, it also goes well with idli, dosa, upma and other breakfast too. This   stuffed bitter gourd curry is also very tasty check it out.

Taking this healthy kakarakaya karam podi recipe to FoodieMondayBloghop fb groups #231CondimentsMagic theme. Today's theme was suggested by Renu who  blogs at "cookwithrenu". She suggested us to share condiment recipes that lesser known. So i decided to share this recipe, because kids and many of us d't like eating bitter gourd because of its bitter taste. I bookmarked Renu's sprouted wheat flour bread , paush bada recipes to try it soon.Do check her space, you will love it.                                                                              

           Kakarakaya Karam Podi / Bitter Gourd spicy powder 

Preparation time - 10 minutes
cook Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 1 cake
Category : Podi
Recipe Cuisine: Indian 
Main ingredients : Bitter Gourd
Author : Aruna SarasChandra



bitter gourd - 250 gms
coriander seeds - 2 tsp
urad dal - 2 tsp
chana dal - 2 tsp
mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
cumin seeds / jeera - 1 tsp
fried groundnut seeds - 1 tsp
sesame seeds - 1 tsp(i did not added)
garlic pods - 12
red chillies - 12 adjust
tamarind - small amla size
curry leaves - 1 sprig
jaggery powder - 1/2 tsp
salt as per taste


1) Clean bitter gourd under water and tap it with kitchen towel and grate it using grater. Do not peel its skin and do not discard seeds. (**check tips)

2) Add 2 pinches of salt to the grated bitter gourd and keep it aside for 30 minutes and start frying other ingredients.

3) Take a wide and heavy bottomed pan first fry coriander seeds on medium flames when it starts changing color add mustard and cumin seeds fry a second and take it into plate.

4) Now fry urad and chana dal on medium flames till they changes color and take into above plate. If you do not have fried groundnut seeds fry here, if you want to add sesame seeds then fry here.

5) Add some oil in the same pan and fry red chillies, garlic and curry leaves and take it into plate, add fried groundnut seeds and tamarind and let it cool.

6) Now squeeze water from bitter gourd, add 2 tsp of oil in the same pan and fry grated and squeezed bitter gourd on low to medium flames till it changes green to brown color. (** check tips)

7) Let the above cool, grind other fried ingredients coarsely by adding salt. Do not add all red chillies at once, until unless you know about its spicy.

8) Now add fried bitter gourd and jaggery powder and grind it corasley. 

9) After grinding spread podi in plate for some time and store it in airtight container.

That's it very aromatic, healthy, spicy, tasty and diabetic friendly kakarakaya karam podi is ready to serve. Surely try this karam podi at home and make your family healthy.


** Adjust quantity of ingredients depends on the quantity of bitter gourd you are using.

** Fry all the ingredients in low to medium flames.

** Instead of grating bitter gourd you can also chop it into fine pieces and fry it, but grating bitter gourd will fry evenly and gives good taste.

** Make sure that you fried bitter gourd without any moist, then only we can store it for long time.

** I did not added sesame seeds/ nuvvulu / til you can fry it while frying dals.

** You can skip adding jaggery.

** Instead of garlic you can add hing.

** Keep powder out for some time and then store it in airtight container.

Also check other bitter gourd and other podi recipes by just clicking the link below pic..


                                                         stuffed bitter gourd


                                                    sanna kakaraya kaya kura

                                    Milagai Podi / Idli Dosa podi

       Peanut / ground nut powder

              Curry leaf powder

                   Andhra kobbari karam podi

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