Pongal/Huggi is one of the healthiest foods from south indian kitchen. It is the Perfect blend of carbohydrates, proteins, and all important nutrients. Moong dal or split green gram dal is highly nutritious and easily digestible legume. Khara pongal is a one pot healthy dish can be prepared for breakfast, lunch or for dinner. Here is the recipe of khara Pongal with Avarekalu. Adding this papdi lilva enhances the taste of the pongal. If you are not a fan of this beans you can skip.
Aloo Bonda or Potato Bonda used to be very famous street snack in Karnataka. Street vendors used to sell balekayi bajji, masala ambode, alu bonda, mesasina kayi bajji. Now all these snacks are taken over by instant chats. Alugadde bonda brings back the memory of Saraswathi puram bonda stall in Myore near the Saraswathi Shishu vihara field. This stall used to be open from around 6 pm but everything will be over by 8. These snacks were so good, it was worth the money and the waiting . Try this no onion no garlic bonda with a hot coffee or tea. Here is the recipe of popular aloo bonda.
The most popular south indian festival sweet is Kesari bath or sooji halwa. This dessert is perfect for festival days or just to quench the sweet cravings! With the touch of cardamom and natural color and cooling effect from the saffron makes it more festive and delicious sweet.It is common to relish kesari bath with khara bath/uppittu , popularly called chow-chow bath. This combination dish can be prepared in 30 minutes( yes , both sweet and khara), good for sudden unexpected guests. You can put the kesari bath on a greased plate and spread it and cut into desired shapes, it will be semolina cake, best for the parties and get together.
Satyanarayana prasada is rava halwa which is prepared on the Satyanarayana pooje day as a naivedyam / offering to Lord Sri Satyanarayana Swamy. It is also called Sapada Bhakshya. Satyanarayana Puja or vrata performed in many parts of India. It is usually performed on the hunnime or poornima/full moon day, during weddings and housewarming ceremonies as well. It is believed to be very auspicious vratham which can be performed by anyone anytime to get the divine blessings of God Vishnu – for good health, wealth, prosperity and so on…. At the end of the pooja, there is a story about origin of the pooja, benefits of doing this It is very important to listen to this story. In this story it is given the recipe of the prasadam, what is the right quantity of each ingredients. Here in this recipe we have followed the same method. Each ingredients has to be ¼ cup + a whole number or just ¼ cup is also ok. Example.. If you are planning to make prasadam using 1 cup rava, add ¼ to it and make it 1¼ cup..like that all ingredients must be equal quantity… exception is milk( you have to use only the milk, here we modified little with ¼ milk and rest is water)