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Friday, September 18, 2009

'Everyday Cooking'- Moong Dal+Rava Uttapa

Moong Dal+ Rava Uttapa
Amongst my favorite cuisines, I would rank 'South Indian' food in the top places.Growing up in multicultural Pune (Maharashtra,India),south indian food was on the menu of most of the restaurants. Though the variety was limited to idlies, dosas, uttapas and vadas. Even at home, idlies and dosas were made quite frequently.After coming to USA, amongst the many things I miss about India, are, the udipi restaurants and their paper thin,crisp dosas served with steaming hot sambar and spicy coconut chutney.'M' and I sometimes visit New Jersey for 1 reason....eat authentic south indian food! Yeah..it sounds crazy..that we drive 3-4 hrs from here down to NJ...but it is worth it! Even the temple in Bridgewater,NJ has a very good cafeteria with good south indian food.
My mom used to make these fluffy moong dal uttapas at home in Pune.I make them a bit differently.She made them with moong dal alone.I prefer to add rava.I don't even know, whether there is 'really' this particular kind of uttapa in south indian cooking (My South Indian friends..can help me here),but let me tell you, it is delicious and nutritious. Even 'E' loved it! Actually today, when he got back from his pre-school,first thing he said was' mummm mumm' i.e food.He was starving,he probably did not eat any snacks they gave him at school.So, as soon as I gave him the uttapa with chutney and sambar,he finished it right away!
1 cup yellow split moong dal
1&1/2 cups rava
1/2 cup sour yogurt
1 green chili
2 cloves garlic
1 onion finely chopped
1 green chili finely chopped
1 tomato cut into thin rounds
2tsp cilantro finely chopped
1/2tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
1)Soak the yellow moong dal overnight
2) Grind with 1 green chili,and garlic into a smooth paste.
3) Add the rava,yogurt,and water to make thick batter.
4) Put in a warm place for 4-5 hrs.
5) Add cumin seeds, salt, mix the batter.Thin out with water if needed.
6) Heat a nonstick pan on medium heat.Rub the surface with oil, and spread 1 tbsp batter into a thick circle.
7) Top with tomato,onion,cilantro and green chillies.Dab little oil on the edges.
8) Cover with lid and cook for about 2 mins.Flip the uttapa and cook again for 2-3 mins until golden brown and crisp.
9) Serve with spicy Coconut-cilantro-mint chutney and steaming hot sambar.

Coconut Cilantro Mint Chutney
1/2 cup grated coconut (fresh or dried)
1 tbsp dalia (i.e yellow 'pandharpuri' dal added to chivdas)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2tsp chopped mint
1 green chili
1 clove garlic
salt,sugar to taste
1tsp oil, 1/4tsp cumin,mustard seeds for 'tadaka'
1) Grind together coconut,cilantro,mint,green chillies,dalia,garlic with salt and sugar.Grind into smooth paste.
2) Heat 1tsp oil and mustard seeds,cumin. Once they crackle, add to the chutney.

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