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masala dal & bhakri
I saw this in jaya tv’s “Anitha vin samayal”. I found it simple and healthy.I gave a try. It was excellent in taste. We loved it. I have made it thrice so far. Thanks to Mrs.Anitha kuppusamySmile .  She used ghee in the actual recipe but i used oil..Please go through the recipe.
  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Jeera – 1 tsp (OPTIONAL)
  • Ajwain – 1.5 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed.
  • Oil – 2 tsp ( She told to use 2 tbsp of ghee)
  • Take a broad bowl and mix all the ingredients given above.Knead well .
  • Make rotis and cook on tawa drizzling little ghee or oil around it.
  • Enjoy with masala dal or any kurma of ur choice !!
                                                     MASALA DAL
masala dal
  • Toor dal –1/8 cup
  • Masoor dal – 1/8 cup
  • Moong dal – 1/8 cup
  • Channa dal – 1/8 cup
  • Black gram dal – 1/8 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water- as redq
To grind
  • Coriander seeds -  1 tbsp
  • Red chilly -  4 nos ( She told to use kashmiri red chilly for nice color.But i used normal ones)
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – one inch piece
  • Garlic – 7 – 8 cloves or (replace with ginger garlic paste)
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Cloves -  3 nos
  • Pepper – 8 nos
  • Saunf – !/2 tsp (optional)
  • Water – as needed.
To saute
  • Oil – 1tbsp
  • grated onion -  2 nos
  • tomato – 2 nos
Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Pressure cook all the dals together with little turmeric powder and a drop of oil.
  • Grind all the ingredients given under “ To grind” by adding little water to make a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a kadai and  add the items given under saute.Saute till the tomato mushes. Then add the ground paste and saute till the raw smell emanates.
  • Add the cooked and mashed dals and add enough water and salt.
  • Let it boil for sometime. Please keep the medium flame and cover the kadai while it boils otherwise it splashes everywhere.
  • Add water whenever needed. Allow it to boil for 5-10 mins.
  • Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves
Serve hot with rotis /Phulka or paratha !!.
                           KITCHEN CLINIC
Ajowan or Ajwain (scientific name Trachyspermum ammi pronounced aj’o-wen) is from same family as caraway or cumin. Ajowan also known as carom / Ajave/ Ethiopian Cumin or Omam, is common spice in Indian cooking.
Ajowan seeds are often chewed on their own after a meal for medicinal value. Ajowan tastes hot and leave tongue numb for a while. Crushed or cookedajowan leaves strong and distinctive thyme-like aroma. Oil of Ajwain seeds essential contains Thymol. Thymol constitutes more than 50% of Ajowan oil.
Health benefits of Ajowain seeds are known traditionally and it is only because of these health and medicinal benefits of ajowain seeds, it finds its place as home remedies for common ailments. Health benefits of Ajwain seeds and other medicinal uses of Ajwain are summarized below
Health benefits of Ajwain / Ajowan
Indigestion and related disorders: Modern lifestyles and dietary practices tend to increase flatulence in our digestive tracts. Three commonly used spices effective over flatulence are: Ajwain, Fennel seeds and Cumin seeds. In India, Ajwain seeds are used as a home remedy for indigestion. Ajwain stimulates appetite and enhances digestion. It has anti acidic properties. Regular chewing of Ajwain seeds provides relief from stomach upset and gas. Many Ayurvedic medicines use Ajwain seeds for curing indigestion and flatulence.
Antiseptic: Ajwain is used as an antiseptic. It is used for cleaning wounds and treating skin infections. Thymol in Ajwain seeds, is known as a strong germicide, anti-spasmodic and fungicide. Oil of Ajwain is also used in toothpaste and perfumery. Ajwain leaves can be crushed and applied on infections.
Antibacterial: Ajwain seeds is also used in prevention of bad breath. Thymol from Ajwain seeds is also used in various mouth wash. Regularly chewing of Ajowan seeds along with fennel seeds prevents bad breath.
Medicinal use of Ajwain in Cholera: 1-3 drops of Ajwain oil is useful in cholera, diarrhoea. Water boiled with Ajwain seeds is given to check vomiting in early stages of cholera.
Body Aches: Aroma from crushed ajowan seeds provides relief in heavy colds and migraine headaches. The oil of Ajwain is used in eardrops for earaches. Some body massage oil also contains ajwain oil.
Muscle Spasm: Ajowan has anti spasmodic properties, mainly due to presence of thymol, and is used for treating colic and griping pains, asthma, muscle spasms, cramps, rheumatism, arthritis and edema. The seeds are thought to relax the uterus and provide relief from menstrual cramps.
Pain killing abilities: The paste of Ajwain seeds was used over insect bites, as it has pain killing properties.
Kidney and Liver disorders:  Several Ayurvedic medicines have Ajwain as it provides relief in kidney and liver disorders, stomach problems, etc. It is found in some studies that regular chewing of Ajwain can reduce craving of alcohol and effective for people who want to get rid of alcohol.
Respiratory disorder: Ajwain is used for treating respiratory infections, asthma. People suffering from asthama should chew Ajowan regularly followed by drinking warm water early in the morning.
Other less known medicinal uses of Ajwain / Ajowan seeds are given below:
Removal of Pimples: Paste prepared by grinding Ajwain seeds with curd, is found effective over pimples and acne.
Post natal care: Water boiled with Ajwain is given to mothers for a week after delivery. Ajwain water is supposed to have body cleanse action.
Weight loss due to Ajwain: When you search health benefits of Ajwain on internet, you would also find benefits of ajwain for weight loss. However, Ajwain has nothing to do with weight loss. It just aids in digestion and helps to relieve from stomach upset or indigestion.
  • For bronchitis:
    If you have chronic bronchitis and asthma, take the mixture of Ajwain and jaggery, heat it to make a paste and take 2 teaspoonfuls twice a day. However, diabetics should not take this preparation because of the sugar content. It helps to bring out the mucus easily and alleviates chronic bronchitis and asthma to great extent. It also helps in getting relief from chronic cold.
  • For Cough:
    Ajwain is very effective in curing cough. One can drink hot water after chewing little Ajwain to cure cough. You can chew betel leaf with Ajwain at night before sleeping to control and cure dry cough.
  • For nasal congestion:
    A tablespoon of crushed Ajwain tied up in a small cloth bundle can be used for inhalation. It also relieves nasal congestion while sleeping when placed near the pillow.
  • For flu:
    A person suffering from influenza should drink the boiled water with 3gms of Ajwain and 3gms of Cinnamon bark for 3 days, thrice a day. This helps in curing influenza to a great extent.
For Alcoholics:
If people who consume excessive alcohol develop discomfort in the stomach, taking Ajwain twice a day, will be very useful. It will also reduce the craving and desire for alcohol.
For Heart:
Taking one teaspoon of Ajwain with hot water stimulates the heart and relieves heartache.
For Ear ache:
Ajwain oil can help in relieving ear ache with just one or two drops in the ear.
Arthritis Treatment:
Ajwain oil can also be used to massage legs and knees to get relief from pain from arthritis. It is beneficial in treatment of rheumatic and neuralgic pain.
Tooth ache:
The smoke of burning Ajwain seeds is effective in treating toothache. Gargle with lukewarm water prepared by boiling of Ajwain and little salt two to three times a day, it cures tooth pain.
Ajwain Herbal Remedies
Some of the common herbal remedies of ajwain seeds are as follows -
  • During Pregnancy
    - In some regions, ajwain seeds are taken during pregnancy. The seeds are taken with gaud as it is believed that it purifies the blood and reduces lumbago.
  • Venomous insect bite
    – In traditional Vedic medicine, paste of ajwain seeds is mentioned as a remedy for venomous insect bite such as scorpion bite, as it has pain killing properties.
  • Toothache
    – Ajwain fumes are also inhaled to cure toothache, which is caused by decaying tooth.
  • Hiccups
    – To instantly stop hiccups, ajwain seeds are taken with one or two sips water.
    Ajwain Benefits
  • Kidney stone
    Ajwain seeds are taken regularly with vinegar or honey for a week. This remedy removes kidney stone with the urinal flow.
  • Stomach tonic
    Ajwain seeds soaked in water for a night and its water is taken next morning. This helps in stomach diseases as it cures digestion and acute dyspepsia.
  • Acidity
    Dry roast one teaspoon of ajwain seeds and cumin seeds. Add to it one cup of water and bring it to boil and strain it. Add some sugar and take one teaspoon as a remedy for indigestion and acidity.
The ajwain seeds are tiny in size. The seeds can cure certain mouth and heart diseases, vomiting, ascites, piles, abdominal tumor and pain. It should be taken in small doses as in some people, it can cause skin irritation.


  1. yummy recipe dear...rush ur recipes to fruit of the month grapes event .

  2. Thanks shama for the quick comment :)

  3. Yummy recipe.. Looks awesome with masala dal, I love ajwain:-)

  4. Wonderful information !! Simply delicious dish !!

  5. I too prepare this chapathi, looks delicious. Thanks for trying my Sambar, Glad you like it.

  6. Simple and healthy too. Love your recipes.

  7. Awesome combo, must try, she always gives nice recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ajwain paratha is my the most fav one ...nice combo ...looks yum

  9. Nice healthy roti variety dear. Loved the info shared

  10. wow very nice recipe,sure will make this...

  11. Both roti and dal looks super delicious and inviting..

  12. I like ur masala dhal, looks great with roti!

  13. Nice Masala Dal! Liked your health benefits for the dish:-)

  14. really healthy n yummy one.looks nice.tahnx 4 info..

  15. Delicious looking recipe,nice conbo.

  16. Mouthwatering here,


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