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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paper Rava Dosai!

Rava Dosa is my kids favourite, at home or at restaurant they usually orders this. But he doesn't like curry leaves in it. So I do not add them first once they finish eating then I add curry leaves as I love it in dosa. Try this delicious dosa.

Rava/Semolina/Sooji - 2 cups(chiroti/fine)
Rice flour - 1 cup(fine)
Wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Jeera - 2 tablespoons
Green chilli - 1no(As per your spice level)
Black pepper -1 tspn
Hing/Asafotida - 1/4 tspn
Water as required
Curry leaves few
Green chilli - 2nos(chopped)
Coriander leaves - 1 tspn(finely chopped)

Preparation Method
Mix all the ingredients in a vessel to butter milk consistency. Leave it for 1 hour.
Heat a non stick tawa/skillet, slowly pour the batter from side on hot tawa, you may not be able to spread like normal dosa.
You can add 1 tspn, gingelly or olive oil and cook. Turnover and cook both sides.(You can cook without oil also)

Paper Rava Dosa is ready to serve.

Serve hot with any choice of chutney.

Notes -
- You need pour batter in cup or ladle and not spread like normal dosa
- Dosa Kal/Tawa should be very hot then only you will get holes in rava dosai and crispy dosa
- You can mix night and keep the batter in fridge for morning breakfast or mix morning for making for afternoon tiffin.
- Instant also can make dosa but advise batter prepared in advance to get delicious dosa.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vinayagar | Ganesh chathurthi Recipes in one place.

Ganesh | Vinayagar Chathurthi recipes here

Oats Jaggery Kozhakattai
Recipe here

Ullandu Kozhakattai -

Modakam - step by step

Aminni Kozhakattai payasam -

Ellu Urundai -

Karjikai -

Sundal -

More Sundal recipes here

Menu for the festival -

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Tags - Vinayagar, Ganesh Chathurthi, Festival Recipes, Homemade, Indian, vegetarian

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sweet Potato Capsicum Curry | Sidedish

This is a simple and easy curry. I prepared this I had a leftover sweet potato, H loves sweet potato he always ensures its in our market list. I left it for long time and it started growing too, I showed my son how plants grow. But this potato is not from India its available in local shops just like potatoes but bigger in size with different colour. After we cook it almost looks like carrot.

I have tried to give something different. Usually I prepare homemade sweet potato chips. checkout the recipe here it may interest you to try.

Now to the recipe. 
Sweet Potato - 1no(large)
Capsicum - 1no
Red chilli powder - 1 tspn(As per your taste)
Turmeric - 2 pinches

Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Hing/Asafotida - 2 pinches
Curry leaves - few

Preparation Method

Wash, remove skin and chop sweet potato into small cubes. Put in water and keep.
Wash and cut capsicum into small pieces.
Heat a wok/kadai, add oil, add mustard, wait till it splutters.
Add hing and curry leaves. Saute it.
Add red chilli powder and turmeric. saute it. 
Add capsicum and fry for 2 mins.
Now add sweet potato, sprinkle some water, salt close with lid in medium flame. Cook till its soft with occasional stirs.
Once done off the stove.
Serve hot with rasam, sambar or curd rice.

Notes - You can also add daniya powder for flavour.
You can add or reduce chilli powder. I have added more as potato is sweet.
You can add more oil and roast it too.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Idli Upma with Leftover Idlis | Breakfast Specials!

Idli Upma is very delicious and quick breakfast recipe. You can make it with fresh idlis or leftover idlis or even sometimes when the batter is not fermented fully you end up hard idlis. If you make this Upma no one will know your idlis were hard:-)

Do checkout my other Idli varieties here.

Idlis - 10 nos (I have used previous night leftovers)
Onion - 1 no(big)
Tomato - 1/2 no
Curry leaves - few
Sambar powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tspn (As per your taste)
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn
Ginger garlic (optional) I have not used.
Coriander leaves - 2 tablspns for garnish

Nalla Yennai/Gingely Oil - 2 to 3 tblspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Urad dal - 1/2 tspn

Preparation Method
Chop onions and tomatoes finely.
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard and wait till it pops out. Then add urad dal and saute till brown.
Add onion, curry leaves and a pinch of salt. saute till raw smell goes.
Add tomato and saute till its soft. Add all masala powders above.
Take each idli and mash it with hands and add it.
Sprinkle salt and close for 10 mins until the masala is coated. Mix well.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Mix and cook for 5 mins.

Off the stove.

Serve as it is or with pickle or chutney.

This recipe is going to Sowmya's Breakfast event cookcookandcook and thoushaltcook

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pavakkai Pitla | Bittergourd Gravy - Type 1 | Diabetic Recipe!

Pavakkai Pitla is very tasty sambar, I never knew this pitla until my mother in law told and taught me when she was here. I will be posting the traditional one, but this one I have changed a bit. I don't do anything for the bitterness as I just love the bitter taste in this. I had packed this for lunch to my hubby to office and everyone loved it.

Pavakkai - 4 nos
Black Channa /Karuppu Kadale - 1 cup
Soya bean - 1/2 cup
Tamarind water - 1 cup
Tomato - 1no
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup

For grinding masala
Onion - 1 no
Whole Dhaniya seeds - 2 tablespoon
Channa Dal/Kadale paruppu - 1 tablespoon
Urad dal - 1 tspn
Dry red chili - 3 nos(As per your spice levels)
Few curry leaves

Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves few

Preparation Method
Soak the dals overnite, pressure cook them with toor dal  separately upto 4 to 5 whistles.
Cut Pavakkai/Bittergourd into small pieces.
Heat a vessel, add bittergourd, tamarind water, tomato, a pinch of salt, turmeric and boil it.
In kadai, put 1/2 tspn oil, and fry all the ingredients under Masala grinding till slight brown.
Allow it to cool.
Grind to a fine paste with little water. Mash or whisk the toor dal with water.
Once the bittergourd is soft and cook, add the steamed dals, ground mixture, dal and allow it to boil well.

Season/Talipu with the above ingredients under seasoning.

Serve hot with steamed plain rice.

This recipe is going to Only South Indian event by Pari and Cooking with Love Granddad guest hosted by Shama started by Saraswathi Iyer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thakali Rasam | Tomato Soup!

Thakali Rasam is a soothing rasam when you are down with cold and cough. This doesn't have dal, so you can drink as soup or mix with rice.

Tomato - 3 nos(Ripe N Red)
Garlic - 4 nos
Whole Black Pepper - 1 tblspn(As per your taste)
Dry Red Chilli - 2 nos
Jeera - 2 tspns
Curry leaves few

Oil /ghee - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Asafotida - a pinch

Salt as required

Preparation Method
In a blender, put chopped tomatoes, garlic, jeera, pepper, dry red chilli and curry leaves. Grind it to fine paste. Add little water if required.
Heat a vessel, add the blended mixture with water, salt to watery consistency and allow it to boil.(you will know by it colour)
Once the raw smell is gone. off the stove and season it with above ingredients.

Thakali Rasam / Tomato Soup is ready to serve. Enjoy hot or warm.

Notes - If you dont wish to season, you can skip the step and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
You can also deseed and remove skin of tomato if you wish.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Upma | Uppittu Restuarant Style!!!

From yesterday Mahalaya Paksham is starting for the next 15days and cooking is done without Onion and Garlic. For Dinner it will be only tiffin. So I prepared this for my in laws and it was yummmmy... I know many of you dont like. But I like it anytime of the day and love it cold or leftover.

Semolina/Rava/Sooji - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups + 1/2 cup if required
Cashewnuts -  5 nos slit or broken
Ginger - 2 tspns chopped
Any cooking Oil - 5 tspns or 1/4 cup
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Jeera - 1/4 tspn
Channa Dal - 2 tspns
Hing/Asafotida - 1/4 tspn
Curry leaves - few
Coriander - 2 tspns chopped
Green chilli - 1 no slit 

Preparation Method
Dry roast the Rava in a kadai until slightly brown and smells good. Transfer it to a plate and let it cool.
In a same kadai, add oil, mustard, wait till it pops, then add jeera, channa dal, wait till its brown, add curry leaves, green chilli, cashews and ginger. Saute till cashews are slightly brown. Add water, chopped coriander and salt. Allow it to boil. Check for salt. you can add a drop of oil here also.
Once its boiled, reduce the flame and add rava, stir continuously and not forming lumps. Mix well evenly.
Close the lid and wait for 5 to 10mins for rava to cook.

Upma | Uppittu is ready to serve. You can serve this with Coconut chutney /Sugar/Sambar.

Notes/Tip -
If salt is slightly more, add 1 tspn of ghee and mix well and garnish fresh grated coconut.

This recipe is going to Vrat Ka Khana Event by Kalyani.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Curry Podi/Powder!!!

As one of my blog reader has asked me for the recipes of podis. Am sharing the recipes.

Curry Podi/Powder is a very handy homemade masala powder. This can be used for any vegetable curry's. Its very flavourful. I make in small quantities and use it. This recipe is from my mother in law.

Dhaniya/Coriander seeds - 1 cup
Kadala Paruppu /Channa Dal- 1/2 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 1/2 cup or 10nos(As per your spice level increase or decrease)
Peringayam/Asafotida -  a small piece or 1/4tspn

Preparation Method
Dry roast all the ingredients one by one with a 1/2 tspn oil till its slightly brown.
Cool and grind it to a coarse powder.

Store it in an air tight container and for later use.

Notes - You can dry roast without oil for long use and if you are preparing in large quantity.

This multipurpose podi can be used in rice, sundal and curries. 
Check my recipes using this here. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Soft Idli | Breakfast Recipes!

Idli is a popular breakfast/tiffin in South India. I know I am too late in posting this, I thought I had already posted this plain idli. But I have posted previously Masala IdliThalicha Idli, Chillied Idli and Rava Idli.

These Idlis are soft, you can also say Mallipoo Idli.

Idli Rice/ இட்லி அரசி - 5 cups(see notes)
Whole Urad dal/ முழு உளுத்தம்  பருப்பு- 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds/வெந்தயம் - 1- 2 tspns
Salt/ உப்பு

Preparation Method
Soak all the ingredients except salt for 6-8 hours in water. You can also soak rice separately and dals separately.
Grind it to coarse or fine paste with water in a mixer/grinder.
If you soaking separately, grind urad dal first to fine paste and then grind rice. Add salt and mix well by laddle or hand.
Leave it outside overnite for fermentation.
Grease idli plates with நல்ல எண்ணை/ Gingely Oil. Pour the batter and close the lid. Steam it for 12-15 mins. Check with a spoon or fork. If it comes out clean. Off the stove.
Allow it to cool a bit and then remove from the plates.

Delicious Soft Idlis are ready to Serve. Enjoy it with Sambar or Chutney.

1. You can keep only required amount of batter outside for fermentation and balance in fridge. Can use the same batter for Dosas too.
2. You can also use the ratio 4:1.
3. Idli rice - it is available in all indian stores and mustafa.
4. For Dosa and idli fermentation is vimportant.
5. I have grinded in Mixie, so add ice water so mixie is not hot.

Saturday, March 12, 2011



Green chilli - 2 nos



If you are grinding in mixie do not prepare vadas immediately after grinding. Allow  for 1 to 2 hrs and then prepare it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thalicha Idli/Seasoned Idli

Idli is a famous and popular breakfast in South India. Its also good when you are unwell with delicious sambar or chutney.

Idli Batter -  6 Karandi/laddles(Click here for batter recipe)
Salt as required

For seasoning
Oil - 1/2 tspn
Kadugu/Mustard - a pinch
Kadalai Paruppu/Channa Dal - 1/2 tspn
Peringayam/Hing/Asafotida- a pinch
Grated Carrot - 2 tspns
Chopped Kothamalli/Cilantro - 1 tspn(Optional)

Preparation Method
Heat a pan, add oil and season all the ingredients except carrot and mix in the Idli batter.
In the Idli plate, grease it with little Nalla Yennai/gingely oil. Pour little batter and fill carrot and again pour little batter on it.
Make another plate same as above.
You can steam it with Idli cooker or fill 2 cups water in a kadai, keep this two plates and close it with a lid.
Steam it for 12-15mins.
Makes around 8 idlis.
Serves - 1 or 2 pax.

Fluffy Seasoned Idlis are ready. Serve it with Tomato or coconut chutney or sambar or just sugar.

This recipe is going out for Twist the traditional Idli by Satya.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Murungakai Vatha Kuzhambu/Kolambu

Murungakai Vatha Kozhambu is a gravy prepared with tamarind and spice. This is popular in South India.

Murungakai/Drumstick - 2 nos
Chinna Vengayam/Small onions - 10 nos
Nalla Yennai/Gingely Oil - 4 tspns
Kadag/Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves - few
Toor Dal - 1/2 tspn
Methi seeds - a pinch
Sambar Powder - 2 tspns(As per your taste)
Dhaniya Powder - 1/2 tspn
Vellam/Jaggery - a small piece
Manjal/Karuvepillai - few
Tamarind water - 3 cups

Preparation Method
In a Kadai, heat oil, add mustard wait till it splutters. Then add toor dal, methi seeds and curry leaves.
Add onion and fry till its brown and transparent.
Add Drumsticks and tamarind water.
Add salt, turmeric and boil well till the raw smell goes.
Add masala powders and boil well.
It has to condense a bit and become thick.
Finally add jaggery and boil for 5 mins.

Serve hot with steamed rice and chapathi.

Tip - If it becomes too watery,mix 1tspn of rice flour in 1/4 cup water, make a paste and add. This will make the dish slightly thick. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Aadi 18/Aadi Perukku Recipes!

This is a month of Aadi maasam is 4th month in Tamill Calendar. Its also called Ashada Maasa in Karnataka. Mostly for Kannadigas it will finish earlier then Tamilians. This month is inauspicious for most of us. In this month, many will not perform auspicious events. But nowadays you can see Aadi offer in many shops for clothes and gold.

Today is Aadi 18, we prepare mixed rice like Tamarind rice, Lemon Rice, Pongal and Coconut Rice. Pooja is performed and offered to god as prasadam. 

It also has some important days like

Aadi Amavasai,(9th Aug) - No moon day.
Aadi Pooram (12th Aug) - This day is for Andal Goddess.
Aadi Perukku( 3rd Aug) - This day is 18th day of Aadi dedicated to Kaveri River and falls.
Aadi Karthigai(4th Aug) - This day is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Kavadi is taken on this day in temples.
Aadi Velli (Fridays) - All Fridays in this month is considered auspicious and ladies exchange kumkum and sweets. Sweets are prepared and offered to God with prayers.

This month also has Varalakshmi Vratham.

Now over to the Recipes.

I prepared Kalanda Sadam - Puli Sadam/Puliyogare, Thenga Sadam/Coconut Rice, Elamichai Sadam/ Lemon Rice and Sweet Pongal/Jaggery Rice.

My Recipe for Coconut Rice. This is one of my hubby's favourite rice.

Steamed Rice - 2 cups(as required)
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Green chilli - 2nos (chopped)
Oil - 2 tspns(Coconut oil or any cooking oil)
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Hing/Asafotida - a pinch
Urad dal/Channa Dal - 1 tspn
Cashews - chopped
Curry leaves - few chopped

Preparation Method
In a Kadai, heat oil add mustard and wait till it splutters. Then add hing, dals and saute till its brown. Add green chilles and curry leaves.
Now add cashews and roast it brown.
Add grated coconut and fry till brown.
Then add salt and rice mix well.

Serve hot with fried papadams and vadams.

Recipe for Puli Sadam/Puliyogare.

Puliyogare dry mix - 3 tspns(My mom made the powder)
Steamed Rice - 2 cups
Gingely Oil - 2 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves - few
Ural Dal/Channa Dal - 1 tspn

Preparation Method
In a Kadai, heat oil add mustard and wait till it splutters. Then add hing, dals and saute till its brown. Add curry leaves and saute til it splutters. Now add the Puliyogare powder and off the stove. Serve hot with fried papadams and vadams.
Add salt and rice mix well.
Once cooled add rice and mix well.

You can see another version of this Coconut rice here. Lemon Rice and Pongal here.

These recipes are perfect for lunch box.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Thenga Sevai - Coconut Semia Upma

Thenga Sevai is a traditional South Indian Dish. I usually make Thenga Chadam thats Coconut rice which is very tasty to eat. So tried to make Thenga Sevai this time.

This is usually done on many occasions for Tiffin. You can use home made sevai or rice vermicilli.

Home made Sevai or cooked Semia (Rice vermicilli) - 2 cups
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Bengal gram - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1 tspn
Aasafotida - 1 pinch
Curry leaves - few
Coconut Oil - 4 tspns
Green chilli - 2 nos
Coriander leaves - 1 tspn chopped
Cashews - few chopped

Preparation Method
In a kadai, add oil, mustard, asafotida and wait till it spulters.
Add bengal gram and wait till its brown. Add cashews, curry leaves and green chilli and saute.
Add Grated coconut and saute for sometime.
Now add cooked semia and little salt.
Mix well and cook for few mins and off the stove.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Thenga Sevai is ready to eat. You can enjoy this as it is or with vadams or chutney.

Thenga Sevai is going for Let's Go nuts event hosted by Padmaja of Seduce ur taste buds blog.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chilled Idlis

Idli is one of the famous and popular dish in India and abroad. Many people's favourite and not favourite for some too...

Its different and with little variation to eat Idlis soaked in fresh thick yogurt...

Idlis - 10nos (It can be homemade or ready to eat)
I have used mini idlis which I made for my son and was leftover.
Thick Yogurt(Thair/Curds) - 1 cup

For tempering/seasoning
Cooking oil - 2 tspns
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Bengal Gram/Urad Dal - 1/2 tspn
Jeera(Cumin seeds)- 1 tspn
Curry leaves - few
Asafotida(Hing) - a pinch
Chopped Green chilli - 1no(optional)
Salt to taste

Preparation Method
Cut Idlis in 2 (mini idlis) or 6 (normal idlis) as desired.
In a kadai, put oil mustard wait till it splutters. Then add asafotida and dals. Wait till its brown. Now add jeera, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for a minute.
Slowly add yogurt and keep stirring. After a minute add chopped idlis and salt mix well. Remove from the stove.

Allow it to cool and keep in fridge for 1 to 2 hours. If you do not want to refrigerate you can keep for about half n hour so the yogurt is absorbed and serve.

Remove from the fridge stir once, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and Serve.
Chilled Idlis are ready to eat. This can be done with leftover idlis too. Bachelor's you can try this easy and simple recipe.
This recipe is going for Show me your Breakfast by Divya Vikram.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Masala Dosa with Batter recipe!

Dosa (Lenthil and Rice Crepes) is very famous Breakfast/tiffin in South India. Its popular not only among Indians but also liked by many foreigners too... When I was in Panama this was one of the favourite of Panamanians they love to eat Indian food... This is my favourite too and I love making dosas.....

Dosa Rice or Boiled Rice - 3 cups
Urad Dal - 1 cup
Bengal Gram(Channa Dal) - 1/4 cup
Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Rice flakes(Aval/Poha) - 2 tblspns
Fenugreek seeds(Venthayam/Methi seeds) - 1/2 tspn

Preparation Method
Wash and soak the above ingredients for about 5-6 hours in water and then grind to a fine paste.
Dosa Batter (Dosa Maav) has to be fermented for overnite or for about 4-5 hours.
While grinding do not add more water. Consistency should not be very thick and not very thin. It should be medium so its easy to spread on skillet(tawa/dosa kal)
Then Heat a pan either non stick or normal one.
Heat the pan in medium or low flame and spread batter slowly thick and thin. Put one tspn oil and close with a lid.
Check whether its well cooked thats it will be brown and crisp on the thin spread and dull white on think spread.

Masala dosa is always cooked one side (sometimes I slightly cook on the other side) Reduce flame. Place Aloo masala in the centre and close the dosa. (checkout the photos below)
You can even spread onion, garlic and red chilli chutney and put aloo masala.

Masala Dosa is ready to serve. It can be served with Coconut chtney / Sambar.

This Masala Dosa recipe is going for Dosa Corner Event hosted by Padma's Recipes and Show me your Breakfast by Divya Vikram.

Tips -
Heat the pan always in medium or low flame spread batter and then increase flame.
You can rub the pan with sliced onion.
Always make first dosa very small and then later dosas can be made big. Sometimes batter will stick.
When kept in fridge, keep the batter outside about 1/2 hour before making dosas, If the batter is chill then also you cannot spread the batter easily.
If you do not have so much time in grinding batter at home you can also buy ready to make wet dosa batter which is easily available in super markets.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cabbage Green Peas Curry

Cabbage means Muttai Ghos and Green Peas means Patani in Tamil. This is a simple and easy poriyal(curry) a side dish. Its good for lunch or dinner. Its done in most of the weddings in South India.

Cabbage - 1 no small
Green Peas - 1 cup (I used frozen peas. Just soak peas in water for few minutes then add)
Fresh Grated coconut - 1 cup
Green chillies - 2nos (as per your taste)
Curry Leaves - few

For Seasoning
Oil - 4 tspns
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Asafotida(Hing/Peringayam) - 1 pinch
Bengal Gram(Kadala Parappu/Channa dal) - 1 tspn
Urad dal - 1/4 tspn (Optional)

Preparation Method
Chop cabbage to small pieces. Wash thoroughly.
Heat a wide kadai, put all the ingredients for seasoning. thats oil, mustard wait till it splutters, then add asafotida, urad dal, bengal gram wait till it turns brown then add curry leaves and green chillies. Saute for few minutes.

Now add chopped cabbage, green peas and mix well. Add a pinch of turmeric and salt. Mix well and allow it to cook well. Add little water to cook the vegetable.

Once its done, like you can see the colour is changed and the quantity is reduce. Then add grated coconut. Check for salt if required you can add. Fry for few minutes till its dry.

Cabbage Green Peas Curry is ready to serve. Enjoy the tasty curry with rasam rice or mix with plain white rice.

Pictures coutesy - My husband

Notes - You can add chopped onions too.


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