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November 28, 2012

Coriander Leaves Chutney - Kothamalli Chutney Tamilnadu Style

Tamil nadu hotel style coriander chutney( Kothamalli Chutney) is a popular side dish for idli, dosa. This green chutney can be prepared with coriander leaves or mint leaves( pudina). I have already posted a green chutney similar to restaurant style. This is my second version. I usually make this for idli. I use mint leaves or coriander leaves and sometimes with both. You can call this as kothamalli pudina chutney. It tastes great in all the way..I got this recipe from a restaurant style recipes book..U’ll get a nice green color and i am sure u’ll like this a lot..

1 cup - 250ml

  • Grated coconut  - 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies –   3-4 nos ( add more if u want spicy)
  • Tamarind  - A small piece ( Half seed )
  • Coriander leaves or Mint leaves – 1/2 – 1 cup ( 1 small bunch)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking oil – 1.5 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
To temper:
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1  no (optional)


  • Heat oil in a kadai and saute the green chillies  and coriander/ mint leaves. Add turmeric powder , salt , tamarind and saute for a minute.
green chutney 1
  • Finally add the grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame.Grind to a smooth paste after it cools down..
green chutney 2
  • Temper with the above said ingredients..Serve with hot idli /dosa !!

  • This chutney can be made with mint leaves alone or with the combination of both the leaves in equal ratio..It can be made without seasoning too.
  • Turmeric powder gives the green color..Dont forget to add it..

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November 26, 2012

Aval Pori Urundai, Sweet Appam Recipe | Karthigai Deepam Recipes

Aval pori urundai

Pori urundai and sweet appam are prepared for karthigai deepam in every house.I learnt both these recipes from my MIL. In bangalore, we don’t get aval pori or nel pori . So we used to dry roast the thick aval and make pori urundai.This urundai can also be made using the ordinary puffed rice. It tastes great with both. Recipe & method are almost the same. The ratio of aval pori and jaggery is 8:1.Some people used to add the puffed rice to the jaggery syrup and some do the reverse. My MIL usually adds the jaggery syrup to the roasted poha. Sometimes we keep it as such without making balls ( pori kilari vaipathu).
Sweet appam can be made in many ways.It can be made using rice & coconut OR maida & rava OR wheat flour and rice flour. Here i’ve given the recipe using wheat flour and rice flour which makes the job easier and healthy too.Actually appam has to be deep fried but i make in paniyaram pan due to calorie consciousness ;). It stays soft for long time.
Update: This year I bought aval pori from Gandhi bazaar,Bangalore and made pori urundai. U can find that picture above.

Do try these recipe and share ur thoughts. Happy karthigai deepam :)

Aval pori urundai recipe

Aval pori urundai recipe Pori urundai using aval/poha for karthigai deepam
Cuisine: Indian Category: Sweet Yields: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes
1 cup - 200ml
  • Aval pori –  3.5 cups
  • Grated jaggery - 3/4 cup
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom – 2 seeds ( powdered)
  • Black sesame seeds – 1.5 tsp
  • Fried gram dal – 1.5 tsp
  • Dry Coconut bits – 1 tbsp
  • Dry ginger powder – A pinch ( optional)
  • Rice flour/ghee - for greasing ur hands
  • In a heavy bottomed kadai , dry roast the fried gram dal , sesame seeds .Roast coconut pieces in a tsp of ghee..If u are using poha/aval,dry roast thick poha in low flame carefully without changing the color.It may take around 10-15 mins. I roasted it in two batches ( 1/4 cup in each batch)..Roasting in batches helps uniform roasting. Aval will puff up and becomes crispy./Remove and keep it in a broad plate.\
  • If u are using ready made aval pori , u don't have to roast it. Roast coconut bits in a tsp of ghee and set aside.
pori urundai step by step
  • Now put the grated jaggery & the water in the bowl and after the jaggery is melted , strain it to remove the impurities.. Boil the jaggery syrup till it reaches the soft ball consistency. U should be able to make a soft ball out the syrup..Please be careful and dont miss this consistency.(suppose if u miss this stage,just add little water to syrup and boil again.wait for right consistency and Proceed)Switch off the flame immediately. Add cardamom powder & dry ginger powder to it.Mix well.

  • Now in a broad kadai, take the roasted poha, sesame seeds & fried gram dal & coconut bits. Add the syrup to this mixture and mix well. When the mixture is warm, grease ur hands withe ghee or rice flour and make balls.Roll it tightly to make a perfect round.Give a setting time of 30 minutes.

  • Crispy aval pori urundai is ready , Enjoy !!

  • For making pori urundai with puffed rice , follow the same procedure. If ur puffed rice is soggy , Heat a kadai and then put the soggy puffed rice , mix well and switch off the flame. Allow the puffed rice to remain in the kadai and mix it in regular intervals. Puffed rice will become crispy..
  • Jaggery syrup consistency is very important here. Soft ball should be made out of jaggery..syrup will be frothy & thick to look.
  • Adjust the amount of jaggery as per the sweetness u require..The color of the pori urundai depends on the color of jaggery and the amount of jaggery u use.

Appam recipe

Appam recipe Appam using wheat flour and jaggery for karthigai deepam
Cuisine: Indian Category: Sweet Yields: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • Wheat flour – 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Powdered jaggery – 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup ( the ratio of wheat flour & jaggery should be 1:3/4)
  • Banana – 1 no ( small)
  • Cardamom powder – 2 pinches
  • Cooking soda – 1 big pinch
  • Water – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
  • Grind the banana to a smooth paste adding little water in a mixie.
  • In a bowl take the flour , powdered jaggery , cardamom powder , ground banana and mix well. Add water to make a smooth batter. Finally before making the appam add the cooking soda , mix well.
karthigai appam recipe
  • Place the paniyaram pan  , add little oil/ghee and pour the batter. Cover & cook for sometime. flip it and again cook for sometime.I wanted mine to be brown in color and i kept in high flame for few seconds before removing it..
    appam step by step
  • Remove and serve.. Hot n soft appam is ready!!

  1. Adding mashed banana gives the softness to the appam
  2. If desired coconut gratings can also be added.
  3. Ghee  can used to make this appam to make it more rich n flavourful.
  4. U can also deep fry this appam instead of making in paniyaram pan ..
  5. For getting nice round shape, use less oil while u deep fry and make it one by one…

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November 21, 2012


Health mix powder may not be new to u. Everybody will have their own recipe with the combo of grains and nuts. I  make it very simple with just 5 ingredients. I got this recipe from my friend swarna. I make porridge using this powder with salt & curd for my daughter. She loves this a lot.Even I too have this porridge at the time of fasting. My daughter was very lean and she was getting infected by cold and cough very often. My friend suggested me to give this porridge to gain weight & immunity.Now my daughter is feeling better and she has gained weight considerably.I started giving this porridge to her at the age of 2. My friend told this can be given for 10 months baby too but in small amount. I use 2 tbsp of this powder to make porridge for my daughter’s breakfast which is very filling for her..If u r planning to make for infants/ kids , do try with small amount say 1 tsp , make it watery first , then slowly increase the quantity and thickness.In the initial stages, i used to add more dal and rice compared to other ingredients. Nowadays i am using this proportion to make the powder in large quantity and store in an air tight box for 3 months.Click here for my version of sathu maavu dosa for adults if u r interested..



  • Dry roast all the ingredients in a kadai one by one in medium flame till nice aroma arises..
  • No need to roast the fried gram dal, just add it to the other hot , roasted ingredients , mix well and allow it to cool..
  • Allow it to cool and grind in mill. After the powder cools down , store it in an air tight box.
  • Transfer the required amount of powder in a small box for daily use .Handle with a clean spoon..It stays good for months.

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  • For infants , dry roast rice and dal alone in 2:1 ratio , powder it in small quantity and make porridge using 1 tsp of this powder with salt or sugar by adding lots of water or milk.. When it suits ur kid , start to increase the amount gradually..
  • Slowly introduce ragi & wheat to the powder and practice them..
  • At the age of 2 u can follow the above said measurements…

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November 18, 2012

Brown Rice Idli Recipe - How To Make Soft Idli, Dosa With Brown Rice

Brown rice idli

Brown rice idli is a healthy idli variety which I started making at home recently. We all know the amazing health benefits of brown rice but we don’t use it in our regular cooking. So I wanted to start with idli. There is no much difference between this idli and our usual white rice idli. Colour of this idli will be slightly yellow..Do try this recipe , you’ll love for its softness..I also made dosa the next day which tasted good. The only thing which I feel bad is that the batter becomes sour very soon even refrigerated. So we have to make in lesser quantities & keep it for one day. Try the quantity I mentioned here. This will be enough for three to four people . U can make idli for breakfast & dinner the same day and dosa the next morning. I used poha to reduce the quantity of urad dal..U can make this idli more healthy by adding oats along with the other ingredients. Brown rice has lot of health benefits. Do try this idli recipe. If u r interested, have a look at this oats barley idly recipe as well..Lets see how to make this healthy brown rice idli dosa recipe.

Brown rice

Brown rice idli recipe

Brown rice idli recipe Brown rice idli - Healthy breakfast recipe to kick start ur day :)
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 4 hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 4h20m

  1 cup = 250ml
  • Brown rice - 2.5 cups
  • Urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Aval/poha-1/4 cup
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed 
    • Wash the brown rice 2-3 times to remove the debris.Soak rice, urad dal,methi seeds,poha together for 4 to 5 hours .
    • Now drain the water and grind them in the grinder adding salt & water. Add water in regular intervals. This takes nearly 20-25 minutes for grinding. It too 2.5 – 3 cups of water ..Remove the batter and allow it to ferment for 8 hours or overnight.
    brown rice idli tile1
    • The next day, batter would have raised well.Mix the batter and make idlis..It takes around 15-18 mins to cook. Check with the spoon or wet your finger and make a hole in the center of the idli , if your finger comes out clean , idli is cooked..Serve hot with chutney or sambar !!
    brown rice idli tile2

    • Please wash the rice 2-3 times. Otherwise the color of idlis will be brown ..
    • If you are planning to use mixie to grind the batter , use ice cold water. But the idli softness may be less..
    • Do not make the batter too thick or too thin. The consistency should be like our usual idli batter.
    • For making dosas, add little water ,  dilute the batter to get crispy dosas.

brown rice idli recipe

A picture of dosa I made with this batter
Brown rice dosa

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November 16, 2012


I learnt both keerai sambar & raw banana curry recipes from my MIL. Its a nice combination. I usually make this sambar once in a week as its healthy. We love this combo. My MIL says , keerai sambar needs less tamarind and more dal. This sambar should be little bit thicker than our usual sambar. I used Arai keerai ( Amaranthus) here.U can try Mulai keerai & siru keerai , karisilankanni keerai too..If u r using siru keerai or karisilankanni keerai  add little more tamarind as those leaves tastes slighlty bitter..
  • Arai keerai (Amaranthus) – 1 cup
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Toor dal – 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Sambar powder – 2 tsp
  • Sambar onions – 12 nos ( use whole onions, no need to chop)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Hing – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed
To temper:
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds –3/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli – 1 no ( pinch & add) 
  • Wash & chop the keerai ( use the stem too ) roughly.Pressure cook toor dal along with greens , 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder & a drop of oil till the dal is nicely mashed and set aside. You can also pressure cook dal & keerai separately. 
  • Extract the juice from the tamarind and set aside.
  • Now in a kadai ,heat oil and all the tempering items one by one  in the same order. Add the sambar onions & green chillies and saute till it turns transparent.
  • Now add the tamarind extract , 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder ,sambar powder , salt & hing. Let it boil well for few minutes with a nice aroma. Then add the mashed dal & greens mixture.Add little water if the sambar is too thick. Boil for 3 –4 minutes and serve hot.

NOTE: Greens can be cooked in the tamarind extract instead of  cooking with dal. But I follow this  method to reduce the cooking time.Sometimes my MIL adds only red chillies .
Adding sambar onions is a must for this sambar. This gives a great smell & taste. If u dont have sambar onions in hand, u can use roughly chopped big onions too..


  • Raw banana – 1 no ( big)  OR 2 nos ( if very small)
  • Sambar powder – 1 – 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind – Berry sized ( less than small gooseberry size)
  • Salt – as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
To temper
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Wash , peel the skin and chop the raw banana in circles and soak in water. ( to avoid color change)
  • In a vessel, cover cook the raw banana along with salt , a piece of tamarind, sambar powder , turmeric powder , salt with required water.Cook for 5 mins & check the banana is done.Do not over cook them..
  • Now drain the excess water & set aside.Grind the coconut in a mixie, then add the big onion & jeera and run the mixie once or twice to crush the onions.( Onion pieces will be visible)
  • In a kadai , temper all the items given above and add the cooked raw banana pieces & the coarsely ground coconut- onion mixture..Saute in a low flame till u get nice aroma and the golden brown layer forms at the bottom.Add oil if needed..
  • While sauting make sure u don’t break the banana pieces and becomes mushy.
  • Serve with sambar rice !

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November 9, 2012


Kaju lotus/ Kaju flower recipe with step by step. Whenever I go to restaurants, I never forget to look at the sweets section. Some sweets would be really eye-catchy. One such sweet which caught my attention is kaju lotus.I wanted to try this for long time but I dint have any clue about it. Last year, during diwali we bought aval vikatan magazine and i got Menu rani chellam’s diwali sweet recipes as supplementary..She had given the recipes of most popular sweets which had the recipe of kaju lotus too.If u are able to make kaju katli ,u can easily try this sweet. Its the same procedure with slight variations in the end.Do watch my video (A small attempt Smile) for making this shape .U can try making kaju mango,kaju apple,kaju strawberry like in sweet stalls using the same dough.Hope mine looks like kaju lotus.Try to make 6 petals as given in the original recipe. I had cut around 8..I guess I’ll get the perfect shape in future.I am happy with the result as this is my second attempt. I’ve given the tips to overcome the problems u get while making this sweet. Hope this post would be useful.. Do try and let me know friends..Surprise ur family with this  colorful sweet for diwali Smile

Kaju lotus/Kaju flower recipe

Kaju lotus/Kaju flower recipe Colorful Kaju lotus/Kaju flower recipe - A welcome change from usual kaju katli !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 7 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Cashewnuts - 1/2 cup
  • Food color - Red & Green ( a pinch)
  • Ghee - 1 tsp ( to grease the plate)
  • Milk - 1 tsp ( optional,to troubleshoot)
For syrup
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Water – 2.5 tbsp

  • Powder the cashews at room temperature by stopping the mixie at regular intervals.Wipe the sides & bottom of jar every time while grinding.Use pulse option if needed. ( I felt this as easy.One more way is,run the mixie continuously till u get a fine powder,follow any based on your wish.But do not grind it for long time.Cashews will become a sticky paste)
  • Keep the food color and the ghee greased plate ready. ( I dint have liquid food color , so i added a pinch of food color in 1/2 tsp water and used a few drops)
  • In a vessel,add sugar and cover with water. Heat till it reaches ONE STRING Take a drop of syrup from the back of ladle.Keep it between your thumb & forefinger.When u release you finger,it will form a thin string of 1 inch.This is called one string consistency.

  • Now add the cashew powder immediately,keep the flame low and stir continuously till it leaves the sides and becomes a thick,non-sticky dough.After adding the powder,it takes just 3-4 mins in low flame to reach this stage.Be alert.( This is the procedure for kaju katli. U can knead the dough, roll it to make shape )Stop here if u r making kaju katli .Proceed for kaju lotus..

  • Now put the cashew dough in the greased plate and divide the dough into two parts using a spoon. Add few drops of red & green food color in each dough , mix it with spoon for uniform distribution.No problem even if it dint mix properly.We are going to knead it .. Leave it for 5 mins. Let it become warm.If u remove the mixture( a few secs before) when it is like slightly sticky chapathi dough, u dont have to add milk. The dough will harden in few mins.If u miss this stage , no worries. If u feel the mixture is dry & crumbly , add 1/2 tsp milk in each half of the dough along with food color(I added 1/2 tsp milk in each dough before kneading.)
    • After it is warm , apply ghee in ur hands & start kneading the dough to make it soft & non-sticky.Do the same for the other dough and start making the shape. Cover the dough while u make the shape to avoid drying.
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  • Make a big gooseberry sized ball with green dough and make it flat by pressing with ur palm.Take a ball of red dough and keep it in the center of green dough. Bring all the corners together and close it to make a ball.( Use the procedure of stuffing kozhukattai & paratha) ( while doing this u may get cracks,  dont panic. If u roll tightly , it will become smooth OR Add little more milk and knead the dough. But 1/2 tsp would be enough )
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  • Make all the balls , cover it and give a setting time of 30 minutes.Now,Using a sharp Knife cut the ball to make a flower shape. While u make the shape , the mixture may leave oil. No problem ( hope this video helps for better understanding) I have given two videos .. Use whichever is convenient.. Adjust the number of petals as u like..As per the original book, the number of petals is 6. I made 7- 8.Use silver warq while rolling the balls if necessary..kaju lotus tile6
Enjoy !


    • The consistency of sugar syrup is very important here. One string should be compulsory.
    • After adding cashew powder , keep on stirring till the cashew gets cooked and makes a dough .. To know the correct consistency , u can check by making a small ball which will be non-sticky.Dough will slide from the pan without sticking..
    • Try to knead the dough when it is warm.  If u feel the dough is dry and crumbly , add little milk.
    • If the dough is correct , u may not need milk. U can directly start kneading and rolling..Adding milk may reduce the shelf life of the sweet, flatten the balls &u may not get the exact shape too..
    • Setting time of 30 mins is necessary for the balls. If u have added more milk to knead the dough , the milk will settle in the bottom of the ball after the setting time. No problem , just wipe it with a tissue and start cutting the shape.
    • This sweet will come out well for sure if u have practice in making kaju katli. Beginners can also dare to give a try because if i make it,anyone can Winking smile
    • Try making the balls slighlty oval in shape to get the exact shape of kaju lotus as in sweet stalls..


Try this sweet and make this diwali a colorful one :)

Try this sweet stall style Kaju lotus and make this diwali a colorful one Smile
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November 5, 2012

Nei Urundai - Pasi Paruppu Ladoo - Payatham Maavu Urundai

Nei urundai / Payatham maavu urundai ( Moong dal ladoo in English) is the one & only sweet my aachi (grandma) & mom makes for every diwali.This is one of the easiest & healthy sweets..We call this as “Nei vilanga “ . People from tirunelveli may know this name. But the common name is Payatha maavu urundai.Maa ladu is also similar to this. But Fried gram dal(pottukadalai) is used in maaladu whereas moong dal is used here. Else the same procedure. It can be made in ten minutes. Include this easy, healthy, South Indian laddu in your diwali sweets menu. Try n let me know how it turned out. Do check out my Maa ladoo recipe too !

Yields 10 medium sized laddu.
1 cup - 200ml
  • Yellow Moong dal / Paasi paruppu – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup 
  • Fried cashew nuts – few

  • Dry roast moong dal in low flame till u get a nice smell. Powder it nicely. Sieve the flour.U’ll get 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp powder.Fry cashews in little ghee ( say a tsp ) and set aside.
  • Now powder the sugar. u’ll get around 3/4 cup ..The ratio of powdered moong & sugar should be 1:1.5. If u like mild sweetness , u can add 1:1 too..
  • Mix  & add the fried cashews.Melt 1/4 cup of ghee and add to the mixture.Make balls tightly when it is warm.. Enjoy!!
  • Store in a box and u can have it for 10 days.
  • U can adjust the sugar quantity as per ur taste buds.But 1:1.5 would be enough..If u like very mild sweet , 1:1 will be enough.
  • Always add melted hot/ warm ghee..Initially mix with a ladle and when it is warm use ur hands to mix well..
  • Add the mentioned quantity of ghee. If u want to increase u can add 1- 2 tbsp more. Adding more ghee reduces the sweetness..Add ghee little by little until u r able to make the ball..If the mixture is too dry , u cant shape the balls.U'll get cracks too. In that case , add little more hot ghee and proceed..
  • Do not use cardamom powder.
  • After adding ghee , the color of laddu will be changed.This shows the correct form.
For Maa ladu : 

Powdered Roasted gram dal / pottu kadalai - 1 cup
Powdered sugar - 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 1/3 cup ( takes less than this quantity)
Cardamom seeds - 3 nos ( powdered)
Fried cashews - few

Dry roasting the dal is optional. I don't roast it. Powder the dal first and then sugar.. Mix them well. Add hot melted ghee little by little .Spare some ghee. Once warm , mix with ur hands and make balls. If u r not able to shape it or if u get cracks , add little more ghee..

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