Monday, March 30, 2009

Chow Chow Bhath

Chow Chow bhath is a famous Kannadiga breakfast. It is actually a combination of khara bhath and kesari bhath. Kesari Bhath in Bangalore is actually made out of rava and not out of rice as in Mangalore. After Idli sambar this is the most popular combi breakfast in Bangalore. I made Pineapple sheera for Ugadi. The next morning being a weekend I was too lazy to make something elaborate so made upma and served it with sheera to make it look special :D
Pineapple sheera is also known as pineapple pudding in Mangalore. This is one of my fav sweet. I have always had this at weddings but it would be dripping with ghee. When I made this at home I reduced the amount of ghee but still it came out very tasty. I forgot to add cashews and raisins this time but it tastes definitely better if added.

Here is how I made Pineapple sheera:
1 cup Semolina/Sooji
2 tbsp Ghee
1/2 cup chopped Pineapple
1 cup Sugar ( reduce depending on the sweetness of the sugar or taste)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp Pineapple essence
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
saffron strands 6-7 or yellow food colour
Cashews and Raisins to garnish
1) Heat a tbsp of ghee and fry cashews till golden brown. Remove it and add raisins to the same and fry until it turns fluffy. Remove it and keep it aside. microwave or boil the pineapple until soft.
2) Heat the remaining ghee in the same pan and fry until rava turns golden. Add 2 cups of boiled water to it and mix well. Make sure that there are no lumps. 
3) Keep stirring once the mixture turns dry add in the sugar and boiled pineapple pieces. Add
Kesar mixed in warm milk or yellow food colour and pineapple essence. Cook until dry and add in the cashews and raisins along with cardamom powder. Serve hot.

Upma: Upma is one of those breakfast items that I am not very fond of. I make it once in a while as it happens to be my hubby's fav. I cannot have plain upma. I like the one with veggies or with onion and tomato. I made this simple version of upma with tomato and onions.
What's needed:
1 cup Rava/Semolina
2 cups Water
1 medium onion and tomato chopped
2 Green chilli's sliced
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Urad dal
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves chopped for garnishing
1) Dry roast rava until slightly golden and aromatic.
2) Heat oil and add in mustard seeds. When they splutter add in the urad dal and fry until pink.  Add green chillis fry for a min.Add in the onions and fry until golden.
3) Add chopped tomato and cook until soft. Add turmeric powder and rava. Mix well and add in boiling water and salt to taste. Cook until dry.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot!


Finla said...

Looks yumm.

FH said...

Double YUM! I made Avarekalu Uppittu and posted it at Aroma, should have made some Kesarbhath too, looks so good!:)

Trupti said...

Ujwal, Both looks mouthwatering said...

My hubby loves sheera. Especially being born and brought up in Gujarat, waht else can you expect?
Nice recipes.

Deepthi Shankar said...

I love chow chow Bath , Uj esp at a popular restaurant in B'lore .. urs reminds me of that

UjjU said...

I love sheera too. At the moment unable to eat pineapples. But surely will try your recipe one day. Thanks for sharing it :)

Usha said...

Both of these look amazing !

Unknown said...

Love pinapple kesaribath, both looking yummy.

Ashwini said...

Love this combination. I am more a Khara person but my hubby and daughter love the sheera.. very yummy.

Gita Jaishankar said...

Lovley combination! I should try the pineapple sheera this weekend, it looks so delicious :)

Cham said...

All Bang guys will definetly love chow chow bath, yum!

Varsha Vipins said...

This must have been yum..Flavorful with all the pineapple..:)
Saw ur cute pics..Hope u r settled now..:)

A_and_N said...

Oh this reminds me of Darshinis in Bangalore!

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Both looks fantastic. Yummy.

Raks said...

I was looking for this pineapple kesari recipe! Urs looks nice:)Thanks for the recipe,will sure try!

Divya Kudua said...

I've heard so much about Chow-chow bath,but never made it myself!!Looks yum..I made a sheera too for Ugadi!!

Vani said...

I've never had chow-chow bhath before, eventhough I lived in Mysore & BLR for the longest time! Both look great, Uj! I used to hate uppittu as a kid but now I really like it.

AnuSriram said...

Lovely combo! Looks gr8!

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Both looks yummy.Will try this soon:).

lubnakarim06 said...

Kesar bath is my all time favourite.....Love the recipes....