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March 31, 2010


Yesterday i tried this dal sukka from Mallika badrinath’s Kurma varieties book.It was very nice..We all liked it..My hubby had this with chapathi , My doter savored this with dosa and me with curd rice..This dal tasted best for everything.If u’ve got bored by making the same Veg / Aloo kurmas , i would say this dal sukka is a nice replacement.Healthy & Easy too..Try this and let me know ..
  • Moong dal – 1/4 cup
  • Big onion – 2nos (chopped finely)
  • Ginger ,Garlic – A few pieces or u can use G &G paste of 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no (long one) (adjust)
  • Jeera /cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly powder –1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Lemon Juice – A few drops
Method :
  • Grind ginger , garlic and green chilly to a paste and set aside.
  • Take a broad kadai ( i did it in the cooker base directly).Add a tbsp of oil and add  the paste to it.saute for sometime and then add the onion julienne's.
  • Saute till it turns transparent.
  • Then add all the powders and mix well.Do not add water ..All the masala get cooked in the oil itself.A nice aroma wafts around.
  • Now add the moong dal and fry for a minute.
  • Add the water , required salt and close the cooker .
  • Cook till the moong dal gets cooked.I kept for one whistle.
  • Now open the cooker and mash the dal a little with ladle.
  • Roast the jeera in little oil and add it to the cooked dal.
  • Add few drops of lime juice and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with chapatti , curd rice. dosa/idly and NJOY !!
Moong dal :
A tiny, round dried bean (about 1/8 inch in diameter) with a thick outer skin that may be green, brown or black in colour. When peeled, the inside of the bean provides a golden yellow or mustard-coloured, soft-textured meat that is somewhat sweet in flavour, tender when cooked and easily digested. Originating in India, the bean is referred to as Yellow Moong, Yellow Split Mung or Moong Dal, where it is often used to make curries and a food dish referred to as "Dal." making batters for pancakes and fritters.
How to select:
whole moong dal or green gram, are small, oval and olive green in colour. When split, they are small, flattish and yellow.
Moong beans are prepared as whole, peeled, or split for use in pilafs, soups, stews, and bean dishes. They are also ground for use in flours and as an ingredient for various food mixtures. When made into flour, the starch in the ground bean enables it to be used to make very thin noodle known as bean-threads or cellophane noodles. The flour also is used to make breads and sweets. Another common use for this bean is to produce transparent bean sprouts, which become a crunchy and flavourful ingredient for salads, egg dishes, stir-fried dishes, and sandwiches. Moong dal is popularly cooked with generous amount of clarified butter or ghee, sugar, nuts and spices to make the delicious sweet "Moong Dal Halwa". It is also used in Spiced rice and moong dal is one of the most complete and quick meals you can make.
How to store:
The bean can be easily sprouted in approximately 2 days by dampening cheesecloth and placing the beans between the layers of the cloth, kept in a darkened room or area. After sprouting, place the bean sprouts in a plastic bag, refrigerate and use soon after being grown. If not using them soon after sprouting, blanche the sprouts for 30 to 45 seconds in boiling water, then place the sprouts in ice water, refrigerate, and keep immersed in water. They can then be kept refrigerated for approximately 1 week.
Health benefits:
Whole yellow lentils are split to obtain moong dal. They are extremely easy to cook, need little soaking and are easy to digest. Its low in fat & cholesterol, high in dietary fiber & rich in protein, making it an excellent heart healthy food choice with established health benefits.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy - 1,452 kJ (347 kcal)
Carbohydrates -62.62 g
Sugars -6.60 g
Dietary fiber - 16.3 g
Fat - 1.15 g
Protein - 23.86 g
Vitamin C - 4.8 mg (8%)
Calcium - 132 mg (13%)
Magnesium - 189 mg (51%)
Phosphorus - 367 mg (52%)
Potassium - 1246 mg (27%)
Sodium - 15 mg (1%)

I tried this mutter paneer for chapathi last month .Sorry for delayed posting. It was very nice , yummy and we enjoyed it.I rarely buy &  make side dishes with paneer and we are not very much fond of it too..But this gravy was really good and if i make any paneer dishes in future i will surely keep this kurma as first choice.Thanks a lot VKN :)
Mattar paneer
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March 27, 2010


I am a big fan of samosa.Whenever  i go to chat shops /Bakeries or theatres , i surely have a samosa without fail.I really wanted to try triangular shaped cripsy  samosas for a long time. After seeing this post ,I got the confidence to prepare samosa .Thanks a lot sailu for giving clear step by step pics.I tried my own by making slight changes in the actual recipe..It came out very well.I just relished it with tomato sauce.I am posting this delectable samosa for u all and for my future reference ..


Ingredients :

For dough :

  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Rava / Semolina – 1 tsp
  • Ice cold water – As required
  • Salt – As needed.
  • Baking soda – a pinch (optional)
  • Jeera – 1/2 tsp

For stuffing :

  • Potato – 4 nos (Boiled and mashed)
  • Green peas – 1/2 cup (cooked)
  • Big onion – 2 nos (finely chopped)
  • Ginger & garlic paste -  1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – a few (chopped )
  • Lemon juice – a few drops
  • Salt – As required.
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

Method :

  • Knead the dough with the above said ingredients and keep it closed with a wet cloth for 20 mins.
  • Prepare the stuffing by keeping  a kadai with oil.
  • Add the onions, G& G paste and saute well till raw smell disappears.
  • Then add the spices given in the same order and mix well.
  • Finally add the crumbled potato pieces and green peas.
  • Add the required salt and mix well to become a whole mass.
  • Add water if necessary.Switch off the flame and add the lemon juice & coriander leaves.Remove the stuffing and set aside.
  • Take the dough and make small balls of equal size.
  • Shape it as given here and fill the stuffing.
  • Make the samosas and deep fry both sides till golden brown.

Enjoy with tomato ketchup / sauce.



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Health and nutrition

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Cooking with oils

Heating an oil changes its characteristics. Oils that are healthy at room temperature can become unhealthy when heated above certain temperatures. When choosing a cooking oil, it is important to match the oil's heat tolerance with the cooking method.

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Unrefined oils should not be used for frying, but are safe for simmering.

Storing and keeping oil

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All oils should be kept in the refrigerator or a cool, dry place. Oils may thicken, they will soon return to liquid if they stand at room temperature. To prevent negative effects of heat and light, oils should be removed from cold storage just long enough for use. Refined oils high in monounsaturated fats keep up to a year (olive oil will keep up to a few years), while those high in polyunsaturated fats keep about six months. Extra-virgin and virgin olive oils keep at least 9 months after opening. Other monounsaturated oils keep well up to eight months, while unrefined polyunsaturated oils will keep only about half as long.

In contrast, saturated oils, such as coconut oil and palm oil, have much longer shelf lives and can be safely stored at room temperature. Their lack of polyunsaturated content causes them to be more stable.

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March 19, 2010


(pics updated)
Hello everybody ,
How r u all ? Sorry for absconding these days .I had an unexpected trip to my native and i was there for the past one week.Some of my readers have asked me why i am not regular in my posts .Actually  i felt happy that there are some friends who visit my blog regularly and care for me..plz be around and encourage me.Hope I’ll try to be in par & will come out with nice recipes..
Now coming to this post , every friday i do vilakku pooja at home and i usually make AVAL or  RICE payasam .Today for a change, i tried javvarisi payasam with jaggery.I learnt this from my MIL.. It came out very well and tasted yum.. But i forgot to add cashews &  cloves..   ;)

  • SAGO / JAVVARISI ( I used white ones ie..maavu javvarisi ) – 1/4 cup
  • Powdered jaggery – 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom – 2-3 nos (powdered)
  • Cashew – 2 nos (fried in ghee)
  • Cloves – 1 - 2 no ( fried in ghee)
  • Ghee – 1tsp
  • Coconut milk – 1/4 cup
  • Milk & water – As needed
  • Take a kadai and add a tsp of ghee..Fry the cashews and cloves.set aside.
  • In the remaining ghee , fry the sabudana for 5-7 minutes in low flame till it puffs up slightly ..(  the size of the sabudana gets bigger and becomes crispy) .Do it in medium flame.Please make sure u don’t burn it..
  • Now cook the roasted sabudana with water till it turns transparent..Make sure the sabudana is not over cooked and turns mushy instead it should be visible & separate.U should not see white color in the sago. It should be completely transparent
  • Then in a wide mouthed bowl take the powdered jaggery and add water to cover it.Melt the jaggery to make a syrup and allow it to boil till the raw smell disappears.
  • Add this syrup to the cooked sabudana and mix well.Let it boil for sometime..If u feel this mixture is very thick , add some water and boil it.Don’t add Milk at this point becoz it will curdle.Always Milk should be added after removing from the flame.Then add the roasted cashews, cloves and cardamom powder.
  • Remove from fire and add the coconut milk.Add some boiled milk to make it watery / thin.
Enjoy !!

  • If u think, u have added more jaggery and if it is very sweetish , add milk to reduce the sweetness.. Coconut milk gives  a nice  flavor & texture to this payasam , so dont forget to add it at the end.
  • Please add milk or coconut milk only after switching off the flame otherwise payasam gives  a curdled look.

Sago flour (from Metroxylon) is nearly pure carbohydrate and has very little protein, vitamins, or minerals. However, as sago palms are typically found in areas unsuited for other forms of agriculture, sago cultivation is often the most ecologically appropriate form of land-use, and the nutritional deficiencies of the food can often be compensated for with other readily available foods.
One hundred grams of dry sago yields 355 calories, including an average of 94 grams of carbohydrate, 0.2 grams of protein, 0.5 grams of dietary fiber, 10 mg of calcium, 1.2 mg of iron, and negligible amounts of fat, carotene, thiamine, and ascorbic acid.
Sago can be stored for weeks or months, although it is generally eaten soon after it is processed.

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March 8, 2010

Sweet Puttu Recipe / Arisi Vella Puttu – Maha Shivaratri Prasadam


We prepare this sweet puttu recipe mainly on ‘Maha shivaratri’ as prasadam.So we call this as Shivaratri puttu . Some people prepare this arisi Vella puttu/Arisi puttu during Navaratri days.This is made out of rice flour and jaggery. My mil makes home made rice flour to make this puttu.U can try with good quality store bought puttu flour/puttu maavu too.Here I have cooked the rice mixture twice to make soft puttu.Try this method & let me know how it turned out for you :)


Sweet puttu recipe

 Sweet puttu recipe for Maha Shivratri
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 140 Minutes

To soak in water
  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu - 1/4 cup
For jaggery syrup
  • Grated jaggery - 1.25 cups
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Water - as needed
  • Salt - A pinch

  • Soak the raw rice/Maavu arisi in water for 2 hrs . Soak the chana dal in water for 2 hours.Drain the water and spread the rice on a news paper / cloth for 10 mins so that the excess water gets absorbed.
  • Grind the rice in a mixie or processer to make powder..(rice should be little moist ) .Sieve and again grind it to make a fine powder.
  • **If u use store bought rice flour ,use puttu maavu for best results.If  u use that,u can start from the next step..But u should add little water mixed with salt to make the flour a bit wet.
  • Grease the idli plate with oil and spread the finely ground rice flour .Steam it for 10 to 15 mins..
  • In the mean time take the soaked channa dal and pressure cook till it blossoms. Do not over cook the channa dal.Usually what we do is , we keep the channa dal in a bowl with water inside the idli pot and allow it to cook along with the rice flour..By the time the rice flour gets ready , the channa dal will also get cooked and blossomed..
  • After 15 minutes,remove the flour and  break the lumps by spreading in a plate.Sprinkle salted water.The quantity of water should be such that u should be able to make a ball with the flour.(Maavu pidikira padham varanum).Sieve it using puttu sieve (jalladai).This is called Puttu maavu.Again spread the flour in idli plate and steam it for 10 minutes.Grind it once in mixie to break the lumps.Mix the cooked channa dal. 
  • Take the jaggery in a wide mouthed bowl and add little water just to cover it. Melt the jaggery and strain the impurities if any.Allow the jaggery to boil till it becomes frothy and thick. Add cardamom powder,mix well.
  • Now mix the jaggery syrup to rice flour mixture .Mix well and  enjoy by adding a tsp of ghee !!


  • Please keep in mind,u should steam the flour twice to get soft puttu.For storing puttu maavu,  steam the ground rice flour for 15 minutes,Remove and grind it.Seive it and dry in sun and store in a box.Whenever u need puttu,u can steam it and proceed as given above.
  • The color of puttu depends on the color of jaggery.U can see the difference in color in my old & new picturesSmile..Add more jaggery if u have sweet tooth.
  • Make sure u break all the lumps after u steam the rice flour.For safer side,Grind the flour and sieve once.Then add chana dal and proceed.
  • The consistency of jaggery syrup should be thick else puttu will become a sticky paste.
  • Some people roast the rice flour before steaming.But we don’t do it.We steam the flour directly.
  • Add a tsp of ghee before serving,It adds a nice flavor !

Hey folks, do you know that a single chunk of jaggery is rich in number of nutrients.
It is popularly known as gur to all of us. Believe me, it is a wonderful tablet that can cure you from niggling health problems like cough, asthma, indigestion, fatigue, migraine
etc. so never ever think twice for eating this nutritious food.
You will be glad to read that a single small piece of jaggery helps in purifying your blood prevents mood swings. It helps in regulating one’s liver functions and preventing rheumatic afflictions. Always remember that regular intake of small chunk of jaggery in your diet helps in regulating your blood pressure and also helps in getting rid of the body toxins. So don’t think, just include this rich food in your diet for gaining all its benefits!
All in all for maintaining the optimum health, including jaggery in your diet especially in winters can be the best thing that you can do. Nutritionally, jaggery is a storehouse of nutrients like proteins, minerals, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, vitamins, potassium etc, which are very much required for the
normal functioning of your body systems.
you will  be glad to read that consuming jaggery in winters helps in generating enough heat in the body, thus keeping you warm inside and warding off the cold temperature at the same time. In winter, there is a drop in our body temperature, and as a result we have to try harder to keep ourselves warm.
Consuming jaggery not only provides you with much-needed energy but also keeps you warm. Great! Isn’t it?
So what more are you thinking now, just gorge on chikki made of jaggery and nuts or small chunk of jaggery itself and enjoy this chilly cold weatherwithout getting affected from seasonal ailments.
Take care , catch u all in my next post Smile

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March 1, 2010


I tried this pulao from Mrs.Mallika badrinath’s “Rice delights” cook book.I wanted to try this pulao after tasting in a restaurant.I wont say this one tasted exactly as i had in restaurant.But it was good and tasted unique.. we all liked it.

kashmiri pulao

A note to weight watchers :  Though this pulao is healthy with all fruits,veggies and nuts , its highly calorific!!! U can try this by avoiding paneer , butter & fresh cream.Replace fresh cream with condensed milk ..

This would be suitable for kids and slim people like me Tongue outWink!!

Ingredients :

  • Basmati rice – 1 cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Cooked Carrot – 2 nos (diced)
  • Cooked Peas – 1/4 cup
  • Pine apple  , Apple – 1 cup (diced )
  • Capsicum –1 no (diced )
  • Paneer  cubes – a few
  • Saffron threads – a few (soak in warm milk )
  • Big onions – 2 nos (sliced )
  • Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Sugar – 2 tsp ( if u want u can reduce the sugar by half)
  • Salt – as required
  • Rose water – 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cloves & cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp (to get 1/4 tsp grind 3 cardamom seeds & 4 cloves together to make a powder )
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Cashews, Almond and pista – 1 handful.
  • Dry grapes – 1 fistful

Method :

  • Cook the diced carrot and peas in a cooker and set aside.Take care they dont get over cooked.
  • Wash and soak  the rice in 2 cups of water for 30 mins.(if u want u can fry the rice in ghee before soaking ). Pressure cook the rice by adding a tsp of ghee and salt. Rice should be separate and grainy.
  • In a wide mouthed kadai , fry the onions till brown & crisp.Keep it aside.
  • Also deep fry the paneer cubes and keep it in hot water .
  • In a broad kadai take a tbsp of oil and add the bay leaf and cumin seeds.
  • Then add capsicum pieces and saute till it becomes soft.
  • Add the cooked peas , carrot , boiled rice , fresh cream , dry fruits , nuts ,sugar , saffron milk and required salt .
  • Toss it well..Before  switching off the flame add the rose water , fruit pieces , paneer cubes , cardamom & clove powder and butter.
  • Mix well and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with raita or any kurma of ur choice..

After a looooooooooong time i am participating in an event..Wink

I prepared this pulao for my hubby’s lunch i am sending this entry to Radhika Vasant’s lunchbox event.Hope she would accept this :) ..


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