Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kale Dosa and Asparagus Chutney\Spread


You catch a glimpse of this green almost every time you are at the market,but still haven't made the move to embraced it ,despite learning its health benefits.Why? Remember, when its comes to cooking with Kale ,it is as versatile as spinach.Its not bitter,mild tasting and if you can cook with spinach, then why not with kale,unless its unavailable.The recipes posted should give you the confidence to make the move for the good.

Kale's fixed in this recipe with good old pancakes from the land of spices,other wise known as Dosa.Not everyday,but at least once every weekend we feast on dosa.And trying a new medley each week,by mixing and matching the proportion of lentils,greens,herbs and grains,is exciting for me and nourishing for a family meal.

Recipe :Kale Dosa
Makes a dozen large dosas
Ingredients
4-5 medium Kale leaves with stalks,roughly chopped
2 cups lentils and grains(any combination of Green or Yellow Mung,White Urad or Barley)
1 inch ginger root ,peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoon Canola Oil for smearing on the dosa

Method

Soak the chosen lentils and grains in ample water overnight.
Drain all the water.Grind the lentils ,grains,ginger and kale leaves with 1 cup(more or less) of water to a smooth consistency.Add another cup 1/2 cup of water through the grinding process just until the batter is a as thick as the pan cake batter.Season with salt,stir well to combine.
Heat the non stick pan on medium high. Pour one ladle of batter right in the middle. Promptly make swirls using the back of the ladle. let cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip and let cook for another minute.Sprinkle some finely chopped onions and serve warm with any chutney or lentil soups.


Kale is a member of Cabbage family,with botanical name Cruciferous.Health Nut Challenge 5 is focusing on these crucial vegetables.Please find the details of the challenge and link up your creations on the announcement page before April 30th.

Asparagus Chutney\Spread

Who would have though of chutney with asparagus,other than a spice nut.I whipped up this chutney when asparagus was in full bloom in the markets, couple of weeks back.If you had enough of the sautes then give this chutney a chance.

Recipe : Asparagus Chutney\Spread
Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
8-10 Asparagus,rinsed and ends snapped
1 big clove garlic,peeled and crushed
1/2 cup fresh Parsley(or used cilantro or mint)
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 a lemon
2-4 dried red chillies(or use any kind of hot chili peppers dry or fresh)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil


Method
Heat oil in large pan on medium heat,saute the garlic,red chillies and asparagus for 4-5 minutes until asparagus is tender.
Transfer in a blender or food processor along with lemon juice,fresh parsley and salt,cover and run the machine until mixture is finely ground.Store in clean air tight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.Perfect on sandwiches,burgers , dosa or with Brown rice.

42 comments:

Organic said...

A very interesting combination of ingredients in the pancakes.I'm good at only the western kind.

Ingredients of a Woman said...

It looks very healthy and tasty.

Alba H. Rodriguez

Silpa said...

very innovative.love the clr of dosas

will try ths weekend

Nithya said...

The dosas look so perfect in shape and lovely color. Makes me think of a cricket ground on your pan ;)

Fresh Local and Best said...

Kale is packed with nutrients, and I think can be easy to embrace. Great idea to add it to dosa.

Happy Cook said...

Such a beautiful colour for the dosa and i would have never thought of making the chutney with asperagus, so so clever...

Kiran said...

This dosa and chutney look very colorful,delicious and out of the world.What a wonder ful combination.Very innovative and healthy recipes from you Yasmeen.

I am sending one more entry for the Cruciferous challenge.Please accept it.....

http://kiranjay.blogspot.com/2010/04/kale-cranberry-drumstick-carrot-kootu.html

Gulmohar said...

So interesting...loved the green hue on dosas...beautiful

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those are two incredibly original recipes! So healthy and spring-like!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ann said...

Yummy! looks so perfect and vibrant!

Priya said...

Woww Kale DOsa and Asparagus Chutney, where u get this innovative ideas, looks delicious and catchy..

Priya said...

Woww Kale DOsa and Asparagus Chutney, where u get this innovative ideas, looks delicious and catchy..

simply.food said...

Dosas have afantastic vibrant green colour and the chutney is very creative.You have showed such innovation with these ingredients.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Yummy Yum! Very healthy dosa and spread!

Gita Jaishankar said...

Very innovative Yasmeen...what a delicious way to use Kale...I will try the same combination soon and let you know :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yasmeen, this is very very creative and such a healthy dish. I am "definitely" going to try it out.

Joanne said...

I love the green of this whole dish! It looks delicious.

Rumana Sushil Rawat said...

Very interesting Dosa.. i have never seen in my life, i have eaten only rice dosa, there are so many version of dosa i was not knowing after i saw in ur blog. I belived that dosa can be cooked in different forms... Ur recipe's looks Delicious...:-)

Rumana Rawat said...

Lovely...:-)

Pavithra said...

ooh wow this is really fantastic idea of using kale in dosa... really superb with beautiful vibrant green.

Fathima said...

I love the color of the dosa... looks yummy... and healthy too

harini-jaya said...

very interesting and healthy!

Cherine said...

Very interesting and very beautiful!

notyet100 said...

so creative,..

sayantani said...

the pictures in this post look like paintings. they look so bright, lush and almost like lace works on griddle. lovely picture and great recipe.

sowmya's creative saga said...

wow..thats something so new..love the colour of the dosa..

Curry Leaf said...

New recipe.Never tried kale in a dosa or asparagus in a spread.Exotic.I am yet to find a good recipe for the challenge.Keep the good work up.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Dosa looks fresh in green....healthy twist!

Suja Sugathan said...

Great recipe!!green color!!
I have seen this many times in Indian stores but actually did not know what to do with them..next time i will grab them..very innovative
Thanks for sharing..

Priti said...

Wow such a greeny combo...ohh I meant health, delicious combo....lovely recipes

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the color of those pancakes!

Cham said...

Pleasing to the palate and eyes too Yasmin!

Richa said...

You are such an inspiration. I was born a carnivore, recent convert to eggetarian and I am sure I was really fussy as a kid. I still hesitate to try new veggies, unless they are in some very known and tasty dishes!. And you keep putting up these amazing ideas on how to try these new greens and veggies. Keep blogging!

Superchef said...

I would say that is fusion at its best!!!

Kiran said...

Yasmeen I have some awards to share with you please accept them from my blog.

http://kiranjay.blogspot.com/2010/04/drumstickmunagakaya-curryhealthy-and.html

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Both are fabulous ideas,and the photography is too too good!

Seena said...

Assalam alaikkum Yasmeen,
what a healthy food you prepare! :)
great!

shahana said...

Sounds really healthy as well as tasty !

Indhu said...

you are so creative yasmeen :)
love the collection of recipes you have!

Sarah said...

So much healthy greens in the meal.I'm sold =)

meeso said...

This is so interesting, and an amazing color, too!

shl said...

Hey Yasmeen,
I made this twice both times i found that it tasted bitter...first time i had forgotten to add the salt and after adding salt bitterness mellowed down a little......i used the ingredients and quantity exactly as given by you....i used it with urad dal and moong dal...any other seasoning that can be added to reduce the bitterness? I have my dough ready for tonight's dinner....hoping to experiment with seasonings...

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