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July 17, 2017

Masala Idli Recipe – How To Make Masala Idli – Leftover Idli Recipes

Masala idli is an easy, kids friendly recipe that can be made using leftover idli.We can prepare this idli fry with fresh mini idli too. It can be served as breakfast, dinner or as an evening snack for kids. Usually I make South Indian, Tamilnadu style masala idli fry. This time I prepared it in North Indian style adding Pav bhaji masala powder.Actually speaking, recipe of masala idli varies from place to place.It can also be prepared in a simple way adding garam masala powder or fennel powder.
masala idli recipe
As this is my first attempt in North Indian style, I followed this recipe from Spice up the curry & Red Chilly and tried for our breakfast. I adjusted the spice level as per my family’s taste. It came out really well.  Sendhil & myself loved it a lot. I hope Raksha will like it too. If making for kids, you can try the same with deep fried idli pieces. This recipe is a great way to use the leftover idli. You can also add vegetables like finely chopped carrot, cooked peas along with capsicum  to make this dish more healthy and colorful ! Now lets see how to make Indian style masala idli at home using leftover idli with step by step photos & video.
Do check out my other leftover idli recipes like Chilli Idi, Idli manchurian, South Indian style masala idli, Pepper idli and Idli upma recipe.

How to make masala idli

Masala idli - How to make masala idli - Leftover Idli recipes

Masala idli / how to make masala idli

How to make masala idli recipe using leftover idli




Ingredients  (1 cup = 250ml)

  • Idli – 5 nos
  • Big onion - 1 no (Finely chopped)
  • Capsicum - 1/4 no (Finely chopped)
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp (-do-)
  • Garlic - 1/2 tsp (-do-)
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala powder - 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Lemon juice - If needed
  • Sugar - a pinch (optional)
  • Ghee - 2 tsp

How to make the recipe

  1. Chop the leftover idli into big cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper cumin seeds. Saute onion, ginger, garlic and tomato.
  3. Add all the spice powders, salt and mix well.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of water to the masala and boil for a minute.
  5. Lastly add the idli cubes, mix gently to coat the masala.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves. Sprinkle ghee & lemon juice if needed.Serve hot !

Masala idli recipe - How to make masala idli fry - Step by step pictures

  • Take the leftover idli and chop into big cubes. You can chop each idli into 8 or 9 pieces.Set aside.
    Masala idli recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter cumin seeds. Saute onion, capsicum, garlic and ginger pieces. After onion becomes transparent,add tomato and saute for a minute.
    Masala idli recipe
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala powder, sugar and mix well. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Add 1/4 cup of water and boil for 2 minutes till masala becomes semi dry.
    masala idli recipe
  • Lastly add the idli cubes, mix gently without breaking.Coat the idli with masala. If masala has more water content, idli will break. So make sure masala is almost dry. Mix idli & cook for a minute.Switch off the flame. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, few tsp of ghee and sprinkle some lemon juice. Mix well and serve hot!
    Masala idli recipe
  • Mash few banana pieces and cook for 2 minutes in low flame. Switch off the flame, sprinkle lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves if desired.I did not add it.Remove and serve with rice.


  • Adjust the quantity of pav bhaji masala powder as per your spice level.
  • Make sure the tomato masala mixture is semi dry before adding idli pieces.

Try this easy, kids friendly recipe at home and enjoy :)
Masala idli recipe

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June 29, 2017

Palak Chapati – Spinach Chapathi – Pasalai Keerai Chapathi Recipe

Palak chapati (Spinach chapathi, Pasalai keerai chapathi in Tamil) is an easy, healthy paratha recipe that can be served with onion raitha or boondi raita and pickle as the side dish.
Palak chapati recipe

I make this easy palak chapathi for our dinner usually. I followed my soft chapati recipe and added masala powders to make this spinach chapathi flavorful and soft. Curd & oil is the major ingredient that helps to make it soft. You can roll it thin or thick and pack it for lunch box if you like. You should eat it hot to enjoy its best taste. For variations, you can add finely chopped palak leaves and add it to make the job easier. Lets see how to make easy palak chapati with step by step photos !
Spinach chapathi

Palak Chapati / spinach chapathi recipe

Palak Chapati / spinach chapathi recipe Easy , healthy palak chapathi / Spinach chapathi recipe with step by step photos - Easy, instant dinner recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dinner Recipes
Serves: Serves 14 nos
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Wheat flour / atta - 2 cups
  • Palak leaves - 2 cups
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Green chilli - 1 no
  • Curd - 1 tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Ajwain/ Carom seeds OR cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed


  1. Wash and clean the palak leaves. Grind the leaves, green chilli and ginger to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.
    Palak chapati/ spinach chapathi
  2. In a wide plate or bowl, take the whole wheat flour, ajwain, ground palak, curd, cooking oil, salt, garam masala powder and mix well.
    palak chapati recipe
  3. Add little water only if needed. Make a smooth dough.Knead for 5 minutes. Grease with oil. Cover & rest for 30 minutes.
    palak chapati recipe
  4. After 30 minutes, make ball sized dough and dust in wheat flour.Roll it thin or thick as you like. I rolled it medium thick.
    palak chapati recipe
    palak chapati recipe
  5. Heat a dosa pan. Put the chapati and cook in low to medium flame. When bubbles start to appear, flip the chapati and cook the other side. Apply oil on both the sides by flipping the chapathi.
    palak chapati recipe
  6. Remove and serve hot with onion raita or boondi raita.
    Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of masala powder as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can add finely chopped palak leaves, grated ginger & green chilli instead of grinding them.
  • You can use cumin seeds instead of ajwain.

Easy, healthy palak chapathi is ready to relish with boondi raita & pickle.
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June 24, 2017

Rava Pongal Recipe – Sooji Pongal– How To Make Rava Pongal

Rava Pongal is one of the easy to make South Indian breakfast recipes. It is very popular in Tamil nadu. Rava khara pongal recipe ( sooji pongal) is prepared with  roasted semolina ( Sooji in Hindi) and  pressure cooked yellow moong dal as major ingredients. Its cooking method is very similar to our Ven pongal recipe/Ghee pongal but semolina is used instead of rava.
Rava pongal recipe
Even though rava pongal is not widely available in Tamil nadu hotels, this must be a favorite breakfast recipe to many of us. In my home, Sendhil loves rava recipes a lot more than me & Raksha. So I try to make rava upma, rava dosa or this rava pongal at least once in a week. I started making this recipe after watching a cookery show by our beloved Chef DamuHappy. After making it several times, I started preparing in my own comfortable way. I have shared the same in this post. Quantity of water, little oil and more ghee is the key for soft pongal. If you have cooked moong dal in hand, rava pongal can be prepared quickly and easily. Bachelors and working women can try this for breakfast. Ok, lets see how to make sooji pongal/ Tamil nadu style rava pongal with step by step photos and a video ( Video is under editing). I will try to share it soon.
How to make rava pongal

Rava Pongal Recipe - Sooji Pongal

Rava Pongal Recipe - Sooji Pongal How to make rava pongal recipe - Easy, yummy South Indian breakfast recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Semolina / Sooji / Rava - 3/4 cup ( Upma rava)
  • Yellow moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 cups ( for dal) + 2.5 cups ( for rava)
  • Salt - As needed
To temper
  • Ghee + cooking oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Pepper corns - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - 5 nos ( break into two)
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece ( chopped finely)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Asafetida/ Hing - A pinch


  1. In a pressure cooker base, heat 1 tsp of ghee and roast the moong dal till nice aroma comes out. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker once its done and mash the dal.
    How to make rava pongal
  2. Heat a kadai and dry roast the rava in medium flame for 5 minutes. Take care, Rava should not burn. Transfer it to a plate.
    How to make rava pongal
  3. In the same kadai, heat 1 tbsp ghee + 1 tbsp oil and add pepper corns.When the pepper corns starts to splutter, add finely chopped ginger, cashews and curry leaves. When the cashews start to turn golden, add cumin seeds and hing.
    How to make rava pongal
  4. Mix well and add water 2.5 cups of  water immediately ( I used 1:3 ratio of rava & water). Add the required salt, cooked moong dal in the water.

  5. When the water starts to roll boil, simmer the flame completely or switch off the flame if you are a beginner. Add the roasted rava slowly in one hand while mixing the water in other hand. This is most important to avoid lump formation.
    How to make rava pongal
  6. After the rava is mixed well with water, it becomes thick. Cover & cook for 5 minutes in low flame. Open the lid and mix it once. Again cover cook for 2 minutes till rava becomes soft and well cooked.
     How to make rava pongal
  7. Add 1tbsp of ghee at the end, mix well and switch off the stove. Initially, when the pongal is hot, it looks mushy. But it will become non-sticky and stay soft when it becomes warm. Serve with your favorite side dish like coconut chutney or gosthu.
How to make rava pongal
Enjoy !

  • Do not reduce the quantity of ghee mentioned in the recipe. U can always add more if you want. Oil helps to keep the pongal non-sticky.
  • You can add more water for cooking rava. 1:4 ratio of rava & water is also fine.
  • Use upma rava/coarse sooji not chiroti/fine rava.

Enjoy this easy, yummy South Indian breakfast Rava pongal at home !
Rava pongal - How to make rava pongal
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June 15, 2017

Bread Pizza Recipe On Tawa,Oven, Microwave With Video

Bread pizza recipe on tawa, oven, microwave(with video)
Vegetable Bread Pizza is an easy and quick breakfast and snack recipes for kids.It tastes good with or without cheese.Actually Bread pizza can be made in 3 ways.It can be made without oven ie. in dosa tawa ( Stove top) or it can be baked in convection oven or microwave if you have at home. All are easy to make and tastes good in its own way.Its a great idea to use the leftover bread slices. I feel tawa and microwave options are easier as it takes less time to cook than baking in convection oven. But we should do it carefully as the chances of burning is more.This morning I prepared bread pizza recipe on stove top, oven and microwave just to make this post. I have shared all of the 3 methods below with a short video. Choose & try whichever is convenient to youHappy. I have used store bought pizza sauce and pizza seasoning/ spice mix. You can make it  just by using tomato ketchup & pepper powder. To make a pucca Indian version, sprinkle some garam masala powder or tandoori masala powder, marinated paneer cubes if you have in hand. You can top with lots of cheese for kids & without cheese if making for you & your husband ( If you are calorie conscious)Winking.Adding grated mozzarella cheese is just for attracting kids because taste of this pizza comes from the sauce, mixed vegetables and spice mix.Just play around with your favorite veg and non-veg toppings and enjoy it. Now lets see how to make this easy and simple recipe for vegetable bread pizza without oven( on tawa), microwave and convection methods with step by step photos and video.

Bread pizza on tawa

How to make bread pizza on tawa, oven and microwave

How to make bread pizza on tawa, oven and microwave Easy, yummy, kids friendly bread pizza recipe on tawa/stove top, convection oven and microwave methods
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Kids Recipes Indian
Serves: 5
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Bread slices - 5 nos
  • Grated Cheese - 1/2 cup to 1 cup ( I used Amul Mozzarella cheese)
  • Capsicum - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Black Olives - 5 nos ( sliced)
  • Boiled Sweet corn - 1/4 cup ( optional)
  • Pizza sauce or paste sauce or schezwan chutney - as needed ( I used pizza sauce around 3-4 tbsp)
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Chilli flakes - 1 tsp ( optional)
  • Oregano mix or pizza seasoning mix - 1 tsp

  • Butter - to grease the tawa & bread


  1. To make bread pizza, wash and chop all the vegetables finely. Grate the cheese and keep aside.Take a bread slice and apply butter on both the sides.Keep in a plate.
    Bread pizza recipe without oven
  2. In a wide bowl, mix all the finely chopped vegetables, pepper powder, salt and pizza seasoning mix.Keep it ready.
    Take the bread slice and apply the pizza sauce on one side.Spread the mixed vegetables. Top with grated cheese. You can either cook them on tawa/pan, microwave or bake in convection oven.
    Bread pizza recipe without oven
  3. Bread pizza in tawa : Heat a dosa tawa and apply some butter. Keep the loaded bread slice.Cover cook in very low flame for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese melts.Remove in a plate and serve hot. Cover cook is very important. If you don’t cover cook, cheese won’t melt and bottom of bread slice may burn.
    Bread pizza on tawa / Bread pizza without oven
  4. Bread pizza in microwave : Place the bread slice in microwave and cook in high power( mine is 800w) for 1 minute or until cheese melts.If the power is less, it may take 1.5 to 2 minutes. If power is more, it can be done under 1 minute.So keep an eye.
    Bread pizza in microwave
    Bread pizza without oven
  5. Bread pizza in convection oven : Preheat convection oven in 180c. Keep the bread pizza in a baking tray. Bake it for 5 minutes at 180c. Cheese melts and the sides of bread slice turns slightly crispy. Remove and enjoy !
    Bread pizza baked in oven


  • The quantity of chilli flakes, pizza mix and pepper powder depends on our taste.
  • You can add any number of toppings like paneer, mushroom, jalapeno, sweet corn etc..
  • Do not cook the pizza on open tawa, it takes long time for the cheese to melt.
  • Microwave bread pizza takes very less time to cook.If you keep for more time, pizza would burn.
Enjoy this easy, yummy bread pizza at home ! Kids would love it for sure !!
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June 6, 2017

Lemon Sevai Recipe – Instant Rice Sevai Recipes

Lemon sevai recipe
Lemon sevai is our family favorite breakfast recipe. Sevai also known as Idiyappam sevai is one of the popular South Indian breakfast. Making soft idiyappam at home needs some practice and expertise. So to ease our job, readymade rice vermicelli ( Rice sevai or rice idiyappam in Tamil, Rice vermicelli in English) is available in the market.Though there are many brands, I have tried Anil rice vermicelli and Concord rice sevai. Basically rice sevai is cooked by soaking in hot water for 15 minutes and made instantly just like noodles. Once we know how to cook the rice sevai properly, we can make varieties of sevai recipes by adding different flavors and prepare lemon sevai, tamarind sevai, tomato sevai, coconut sevai, masala vegetable sevai and even sweet sevai by adding sugar or jaggery. Usually I make lemon sevai and sweet sevai as both are our family favorite. I make this dish mostly for breakfast during busy weekday mornings as it saves lot of time when compared to our traditional idiyappam. So today I have shared this post on how to cook the instant rice sevai and make this flavorful, yummy lemon sevai with it. Lets move on with step by step photos !
Do check my homemade basic idiyappam recipe, lemon idiyappam recipes, side dish for idiyappam.
Instant Lemon sevai recipe

Lemon sevai recipe - Instant lemon sevai using rice vermicelli

Lemon sevai recipe - Instant lemon sevai using rice vermicelli How to make lemon sevai using instant rice vermicelli/rice noodles for easy breakfast or dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Rice vermicelli - 200gms packet ( I used Anil rice vermicelli)
  • Water - approx. 4 cups
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking oil - Few drops
To prepare lemon sevai
  • Cooking oil or gingely oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Peanuts - 2 tbsp ( optional)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chilli - 1 no ( Pinched )
  • Green chilli - 2 nos ( slit)
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tbsp or as needed
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 1 tbsp to add in lemon juice
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish ( optional )


  • Roll boil 4 cups of water adding few drops of cooking oil. In the mean time, squeeze two small lemon and take the juice.Discard the seeds. Add 1to 2 tbsp water to it. Mix well and keep aside.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Take the vermicelli in a wide bowl and add the boiled water. Level of water should be 1 inch above the vermicelli. Cover & soak it for 20 minutes.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • After soaking, drain the excess water completely using a colander and keep the cooked rice vermicelli ready. It should be fluffy and separate.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai,splutter mustard, urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, red chilli, green chilli and curry leaves.Saute till dals become golden. Add the turmeric powder, required salt, lemon juice.Mix well and switch off the flame.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Add the cooked rice vermicelli to it. Mix gently using a fork like ladle. Check for taste and add more lemon juice if needed. If the vermicelli looks too wet, cook in very low flame for 2 minutes till all the moisture goes off. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot for best taste !
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Enjoy !


  • The quantity of lemon juice and chilli varies as per the sourness of lemon.
  • If you want, you can use a part of cooked vermicelli to make sweet sevai adding sugar or jaggery syrup, grated coconut and cardamom powder.
  • Do not add more water to soak the vermicelli because it may become mushy.
  • Make sure, you drain all the excess water completely without even a single drop left out. It helps to keep the vermicelli soft and looks fluffy too.
Enjoy this easy, instant lemon sevai using rice vermicelli for your breakfast or dinner.
Instant lemon sevai - Rice sevai recipes

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