Monday, September 15, 2008

Mooga Daali Usli - Chocolate Chip Cookies and Bowl made of Ice

This simple and healthy Konkani breakfast with Moong Daal is as per my mother's style of cooking. There are variations and different techniques implied as well, but I would love it this way.

Mooga Daali Usli (Moong Daal Upma)

Ingredients :
1 cup moong daal
2 1/2 cups water
2 red byadgi chilies
2 green chilies
1/2 tsp rai
1 tbspn freshly grated coconut

Method :
In a heavy bottom kadhai, heat oil, crackle rai add the red and green chilies. Add the water and add salt to taste and the grated coconut- bring to boil. Wash the moong daal in the meanwhile. Once the water boils, reduce flame and add the daal. Keep stirring for 5 minutes.
Cover and cook for another 10 mins or until cooked. Uncover the lid, keep stirring till all the water is evaporated.
Serve hot. (Serves 2)
( A sprig of curry leaves during tempering and half tsp grated fresh ginger is added as well, I didnot add it though. Tastes heavenly if coconut oil is used.)

Tip : Water should be little more than double the volume of daal.

Here is another angle of Pookalam for you - AMMA.


This calls for baking, you lovvvve cakes, but this time its Cookies!!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients :
1 1/4 cup maida
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar (tightly packed) Muscavado
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 large egg
1 stick butter (100 gms) at room temperature
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (Hershey's)

Method :
Preheat oven for 10 minutes @ 350F or 170 C. Line a tray with waxed paper or parchment.

1. In a bowl sift together - maida, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. Beat the softened butter with white and brown sugars , add vanilla. Combine egg and beat till creamy.
3. Add the flour mix in parts and allow to mix in well. Stop beater and add the choco chips and mix it uniformly with a spatula.
4. Drop the cookie batter with a spoon - 2 inches apart from each other as they spread while baking.
5. Bake for 12-13 minutes or till top and sides are browned.
(Bake no more than this, it may appear mushy in the center, but after cooling attains crispiness. Leave it on baking tray for two minutes, since they are delicate to be handled at this point of time. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. Enjoy till it lasts. :D)

I loved this easy food art when I first saw it at Mishmash!-Shn's Beeeeeeeaaaaaaaautiful blog!

I googled few days ago and found a less complicated Floral Ice Bowl and made it as per Shn and instructions here. Recipezaar too has gorgeous ones, but I loveeee Shn's Orange Ice Bowl!! Though finesse is absolutely missing in this Ice Bowl that I made, I used Karkady petals and Chamomile for this.

I would call it Brim-challenged Bowl- as it lacks perfect brim half side. :D
Yet staring at it makes me feel good that I attempted it! :))

Amma take it as your virtual GIFT! :D


jayasree said...

moong dal usli will make a good snack with tea too. Cookies look perfect. Good attempt on the ice bowl. Except for the brim, it has come well.
Pass on my B'day wishes to ur mom.

Vij said...

Hi yah
This is my first time here... you have a lovely blog...
The cookies look so yummy!!
Popped in to say a big hi!

sunita said...

Happy birthday to your Amma...she must be so happy with your what if they're virtual :-)

Sangeeth said...

great recipes...luv the cookies!

Shilpa said...

Many many happy returns of the day for your amma. What a beautiful bowl that is.

Mishmash ! said...

Purnima....your bowl looks pretty for sure...especially that deep is beautiful.....:) for smooth brims, use a tape next time....

SriLekha said...

pookolams are really looking great!
happy onam! hope u enjoyed well!
come and join in the chicken event going in my blog!

chocolate chip cookies is my all time favorite and ur cookies looking so perfect!

sra said...

At least you tried! And your pookalam looks nice!

Purnima said...

Jay --> Mom's side, its alws been 4 brkfast wt coffee, surely can b had as snack too! Tks 4 ur wishes!

Vij --> Welcome to my space! Tks n a big HI to u as well...keep visiting :D

Sunita --> :D how consoling that feels despite the imperfection! :) TKS!

Sangeeth --> Tks Gal!

Shilpa --> That compliment coming from you, my BLOGURU- I swell wt pride !! :)

Shn --> Urs inspired me a ton! I did use a cling wrap, the prob was the uneven surface tilted the bowl by a small angle, causing the other half to b uneven! :( but wd attempt again! TKS for ur nice n sweet words!

Sri --> Tks!!! Well I shall cook it someday this week, would surely blog over it n send over the entry to you! :D Tks for ur invite! Pls help urself for da cookies! :D

Vani said...

You mooga dali usli looks great! I have posted my mil's version on my blog. Do take a look when you get a chance. The pookalam looks relly nice.

Vani said...

Forgot to add- the bowl is really pretty too! Happy birthday to your mom :)

Meera said...

Happy birthday to your Amma.
Mooga Daali Usli looks awesome. Gujaratis make it too and call it Mag ni Daal.

Aparna said...

You have been cooking up a lot of very nice food. I liked the moong dal usli.
Birthday wishes to your mother. That is a lovely pookalam.
Thanks for visiting.

Maya said...

Happy Birthday to Such lovely mom..Such lovely things you have created for her..I liked the flower decoration and the bowl a lot, looks great..

Purnima said...

Vani --> Tks, despite the imperfections, glad that u liked it! :) Tks for your lovely words.

Meera --> Wonderful! U are by now a highly experienced cook! SO much have I learnt from you abt the cuisines in n around Maharashtra n Karnataka, I m awed!! Tks for being here!

Aparna --> Thankyou, you have a lovely blog and have bookmarked few recipes! Tks to you for sharing as well!

Maya --> Tks for your heartening words! Feels good to read that you can overlook my flaws in creativity! :)

Tks frm Amma to all of you as well for your warm wishes!


Moong dal usili is new to me and the bowl looks awesome poornima!

Pravs said...

Hi purnima. How are you ? Nice attempt on the ice bowl. Moong dal seems so simple yet a tasty dish to try. Love the look of the cookies :)

Sireesha said...

Happy birthday to your Amma.....
You mooga dali usli looks yummy! Pookolams are really looking gr8!

notyet100 said...

hi,..ya sure u can send ,..nd i will be glad if u send pookolampivc too,..

Usha said...

Hi This is my first visit to your blog...your moong dhal usli sounds healthy and nutritious...the cookies look perfect and your pookolam looks beautiful...