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July 31, 2013



Lemon rice (elumichai sadam in Tamil) is my most favourite among all the variety rice recipes for lunch. Its a very simple and a healthy rice recipe that can be prepared quickly for lunch box. I can have a plateful of lemon rice without any side dish like thogayal or pickle. But my mom makes a thick chutney with coconut and fried gram dal ( pottukadalai) as a side dish for lemon rice. My dad never eats lemon rice without this chutney and a pickle. Once I tried this combo for my husband and he too liked it. Recently we went to Meenakshi amman temple in Bannergatta. We had lemon rice as prasadam and it tasted out of the world. I would say it is the best lemon rice I have ever tasted. It was mild yellow in color & I found they had used raw rice & added some coriander leaves along with dals & chillies.. Usually I use steamed rice for making lemon rice. But after tasting that prasadam , I too started using raw rice and added some coriander leaves.

As aadi 18 festival is nearing , I thought of posting this lemon rice recipe. This is one among the 5 rice varieties ( lemon rice , puliyodharai , coconut rice , sakkarai pongal and curd rice) we offer to God on aadi perukku along with  pepper vada and payasam.. Do try this chutney & lemon rice combo , u will love it..


1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup (Good quality sona masoori) OR (steamed rice , basmati rice)
  • Big sized Lemon –  1   ( adjust based on the size & tanginess of lemon)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Hing / asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal – 1/2 tbsp
  • Peanuts – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp ( to garnish)
Gingely oil – 1 tbsp ( to add while mixing)

  • Pressure cook raw rice adding 1: 2.5 cups of  rice and water ratio. Add a drop of oil before cooking. Cook it separate & fluffy. Spread them in a plate & let it cool down.
  • In a bowl, squeeze the lemon juice by removing the seeds. Add salt , turmeric powder & hing. set aside.
  • In a kadai , heat oil and temper the mustard seeds. After it splutters completely , add the dals & peanuts. Fry till they turn golden brown. Then add the pinched red chillies & slitted green chillies, curry leaves and a pinch of hing.
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  • Saute well , add the lemon juice , switch off the flame immediately & transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tsp of water in the kadai, give a swirl and add to the lemon juice mixture..
  • Add this mixture & gingely oil to the rice , mix well. Check for salt. Garnish with coriander leaves..Initially it tastes more tangy..But all the taste blends well when its rested for 30 mins to 1 hour before serving.
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  • The water quantity may differ based on the quality of rice..If u use basmati rice, use 1:2 cups of water..
  • u can add also add the lemon juice directly in the rice instead of adding to the tadka..
  • Addition of peanuts is optional. I dint use here.  I dint add coriander leaves as it was out of stock. But addition of coriander leaves gives a nice taste..
  • Add gingely oil while mixing the rice.


dalia - chutney

1 cup - 250ml
  • Dalia/fried gram – 1/4 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Salt – As needed
  • Garlic cloves – 2-3 nos

  • Grind all the above ingredients to a thick paste adding less water..Serve !
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July 29, 2013


Poondu kuzhambu bowl
Poondu kulambu / Poondu kuzhambu recipe is an easy to make, flavouful  side dish for rice.I tried this recipe from “ The Hindu ” Food safari magazine. As this garlic kuzhambu recipe was given by a chef, I tried it confidently. It came out very well and was finger-licking good. We all loved it. Bachelors can also try this recipe. U can store it for 2-3 days.The taste improves day-by-day. Sambar powder is not necessary for this kulambu. I have used more Small onion/ Chinna vengayam as given the original recipe. You can adjust it as per your preference. Friends, try this easy poondu kuzhambu recipe without coconut and share your feedback with me.

Poondu kulambu bowl

To make puree
  • Tamarind – Small lemon size
  • Tomato – 1 no
To add in the puree
  • Red chilli powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – As needed
  • Water – 2 cups

To saute in oil
  • Gingely oil – 2 -3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Red chilli – 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Garlic cloves – 1/8 cup ( 20 cloves)
  • Small onion – 10 nos Or 1 big onion ( cube cut)
Grated Jaggery – 1 tsp ( to add in the end)

  • Soak tamarind in little warm water & grind it along with a tomato. Make it a puree. To this puree , add salt , 2 cups of water , red chilli powder & turmeric powder.
  • In a kadai , heat oil and temper all the above said ingredients one by one in the same order. Then saute onions and garlic cloves till they change golden brown and emits a nice smell.
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  • Now add the tamarind puree mixture , stir well and allow it to boil in medium flame till the gravy reduces to half & thickens. Lastly before switching off the flame , add the grated jaggery, add little more salt if necessary..
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  • Switch off the flame, transfer to a serving bowl and close it with a lid.
  • Serve after 30 minutes..Tastes great with plain rice and papad !!
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It thickens to a paste when it cools down.It tastes the best when served the next day. So you can make in large quantity , store in an air tight bottle , refrigerate it and enjoy for a week !

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July 26, 2013


Mangalore bonda recipe is a famous Karnataka tea time snacks. It is also known as Goli baje & Mangalore bajji.  Yesterday I wanted to try an Instant bonda for my daughter’s evening snacks. As I have already tried aloo bonda and mysore bonda , I thought of trying something different and interesting. So I quickly went through my cook books and tried this mangalore bonda recipe given by Mrs.Mallika badrinath. As the name says, Mangalore bonda is a famous tea time snacks recipe popular in Mangalore, udupi and South Canara region. Authentic Mangalore bonda version calls for resting the batter for 3 to 4 hours for proper fermentation. But I made an instant version by adding sour curd to the dough. It was very nice n crispy. Sendhil and Raksha loved it a lot. One thing you should keep in mind while making this bonda is “It should be served hot” to enjoy its actual taste Winking smile..Do try this instant snack in this weekend and let me know how it turned out Smile.

Also check out my Mangalore buns with coconut chutney recipe !



MANGALORE BONDA RECIPE Instant mangalore bonda recipe -Yummy evening snacks recipe.Kids would love it!!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 10 nos
Prep time: 40 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml
  • Maida – 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Rawa/ sooji – 1/2 tbsp
  • Big onion – 1 no (chop finely)
  • Finely chopped green chillies – 1 no
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves , curry leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Thick sour curd – 1/2 cup
  • Cooking soda – A pinch
  • Salt – As needed
  • Water – 1- 2 tbsp ( if needed)

  • Cooking oil - To deep fry

  • Mix all the ingredients given above except cooking soda. Keep it closed for 30 minutes to 1 hour.. ( actual recipe called for 5 to 6 hours of soaking).. Do not add water while making the dough. If needed add 1 tbsp maximum.. Use only the curd to hold the dough..
  • After an hour , add cooking soda & mix well..  Heat oil , take a medium sized ball  from the dough & deep fry them till golden brown..DO NOT OVER FRY, IT MAY CHANGE THE TASTE..

Serve hot with coconut chutney !

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July 24, 2013


Vermicelli - payasam
This is my favourite payasam.I made it yesterday for my birthday Winking smile and i enjoyed every mouth to the coreSmile with tongue out.. Its very easy and can be made in jiffy. Many variations can be made to this payasam recipe by adding finely chopped nuts or badam powder or saffron milk , condensed milk and it tastes more delicious. Its a simple but rich dessert.. I hope most of u have this post in ur blog. I do have this recipe in my Kerala Onam sadya post using milk.. Here i have shared the basic method .Do try n let me know ur feedback..


1 cup - 200ml
  • Vermicelli – 1/2 cup ( roasted or unroasted)
  • Sugar –  1/2 cup
  • Water – 2- 2.5 cups
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Elachi powder/ Rose essence –  1/4 tsp / Few drops
  • Cashewnuts - few
Adjust the quantity of milk from 1/2 to 1 cup based on the consistency u need as this payasam thicken when it cools down..

  • Roast cashews in a tsp of ghee and set aside..Add the remaining 2 tsp ghee in a pan and roast the vermicelli till golden brown. ( I skipped this part as i used MTR Roasted vermicelli)
  • In a wide bowl , take the  water and roasted vermicelli and allow it to cook for 10-15 minutes till it becomes soft to touch and breakable.There should be some water left with the semiya.
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  • Now add the sugar and mix well till sugar dissolves completely.Let it boil in low flame for few seconds. Then add the elachi powder or rose essence and milk.Stir well , Give a boil an switch off the flame.
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Serve hot or cold ( refrigerate it) !!

Yummy payasam is ready !!


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July 19, 2013

Sweet Pongal In Pressure Cooker/ Sakkarai Pongal Recipe

Usually I make aval payasam or moong dal payasam for friday pooja.Today being Aadi velli , i made this sweet pongal ( Chakkara pongal/sakkarai pongal in Tamil) in a pressure cooker easily. I usually make sakkarai pongal for aadi velli , aadi perukku & thai pongal. For the other occasions we make rice payasam mostly. I have already posted an authentic, traditional sakkarai/ sweet pongal about how to make sakkarai pongal in venkala paanai (pot). In this post , i have mentioned our usual method of making sweet pongal using pressure cooker. To make perfect sweet pongal, always use good quality raw rice & dark colored jaggery to get the best results in color & taste.Its very flavourful , tastes similar to Kovil pongal/temple pongal and u’ll love it for sure. Try this & let me know dearies Smile. Check out the video too !

Sweet pongal/Sakkarai pongal - Video !


Sweet Pongal Recipe

Sweet Pongal Recipe Sweet Pongal recipe-Sakkarai pongal -How to make Temple style sweet pongal recipe at home using pressure cooker.
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml
To pressure cook
  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Moong dal – 1.5 tbsp ( add 2.5 tbsp for more dal flavor)
  • Water – 2.5- 3 cups(varies as per the quality of rice)
  • Salt – a pinch
For syrup
  • Jaggery – 3/4 cup ( use 1 cup for more sweetness)
  • Water – 1/2 cup
For Flavor
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Edible camphor – A pinch
  • Jaathikaai – A pinch
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cashewnuts – 5-7 nos
  • Raisins – 5 nos (optional , i dint use)
  • In a kadai , heat 2 tsp of ghee and roast the cashews , raisins, cloves & jaathikai. Powder the jathikkai and set aside.
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  • In the same ghee , roast the moong dal till golden brown with a nice aroma.
  • In a pressure cooker base , take the washed rice & 3 cups of water. Add the roasted moong dal along with a pinch of salt. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles till rice & dal turns mushy.Open the cooker & mash the rice , dal very well with a ladle..
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  • In the meanwhile , prepare jaggery syrup. In a wide bowl , take the jaggery with 1/2 cup of water and allow the jaggery to melt completely. Strain the impurities and again boil the syrup till it becomes frothy. Remove & add this syrup to the cooker.
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  • Mix well and add 2 tsp of ghee to avoid the pongal sticking to the bottom.Stir very well for 4-5 minutes till all the syrup gets mixed.
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  • Pongal will start to thicken and leave the sides of the cooker . At this stage add the remaining 2 tbsp of ghee and the roasted cloves , cardamom powder,edible camphor powder & roasted jaathikai powder..Mix well & switch off the stove. Initially it will look semi solid in consistency. But it will thicken as time proceeds.Before serving u can reheat it adding little milk or water.
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    If your pongal looks dry when warm , add little ghee & milk ,reheat it n serve ! It tastes divine !!Enjoy !


  • Always add more ghee at the end for a nice flavour . It also makes the pongal soft & non sticky.
  • Use good quality ghee & rice for better flavour n taste.Adding jathikkai  & cloves gives a superb smell.Don't skip it
  • Milk can be added if pongal looks dry or hard. But addition of milk reduces the shelf life , color will slightly change and also the sweetness gets reduced.. For the above recipe u can add 1/5 cup of milk to the max..
  • Use dark colored paagu vellam to get a nice color.

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July 17, 2013


Medhu -- vadai

I have already posted urad dal vada with pepper  in mixie. In that post I have mentioned the different methods used to shape vadas.By seeing that post many of my friends mailed & asked me to post a video on how to grind the vada batter using mixie & how to shape vada using a sheet and some easy tips to identify the consistency of batter..I was hesitant in the beginning whether I could do this and i wanted somebody to help me taking the video. Recently my in-laws visited my place and with the help of my MIL i took this video by keeping beginners in mind.The batter yield will not be good when we grind in mixie as compared to grinder.But i am sure u’ll get the taste & crispness equal to grinder batter…Please bear the mistakes in this video as this is my first attempt. I hope I can do it better in future & update here.I am also a beginner and i am still in the learning and experimenting phase.Most of us miss the batter consistency adding more water. So I have tried to give the exact water quantity I used .The quantity of water slightly differs as per the quality of urad dal.So keep this video as reference and adjust the water quantity.I have also given some tips in the “Note” section to adjust the consistency of batter if it is watery.Experts,please excuse and do share ur tips in the comments section.
Recently I had vada for breakfast in AAB. I found jeera , pepper corns , onions and curry leaves . So I too started making in that way as my husband loves pepper more than onions. Here i have mentioned pepper & jeera in the ingredients list. For poojas & festivals we add only pepper.. Add onions alone or both onion & pepper as per ur wish.But remember to add onions just before frying vada else onions will leave water and make the batter watery. Always keep the batter refrigerated till use.No problem if one or two tsp of water goes extra. Batter will thicken if u refrigerate it. If u find the batter too watery , add few tsp of rice flour to make it thick & to make a proper shaped vada . But u should serve it hot . Otherwise vadas won’t be crispy in room temperature.Also if u add less water to grind the batter , vada will be hard. If u add the correct water & grind the batter , vada will stay crispy even after it cools down . Vada won’t drink much of oil if the batter is right. My MIL used to add a tsp of toor dal while soaking urad dal to avoid oil absorption. Beginners can follow this method.Some people soak little raw rice along with urad dal or add a tsp of rice flour to the batter. All these are not necessary if u grind the batter in right consistency..
Ok friends , let me know ur comments if u try this method. Good luck.

Don't forget to check out my latest post with video about medhu vadai recipe using grinder

Do check out my mixed vegetable vada if interested ..

Medhu vadai closeup

1 cup = 250 ml

  • White round urad dal – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece (chopped)
  • Water – 1/3 cup + 1 tsp (adjust as per the quality of urad dal , start with 1/4 cup of water & increase gradually)
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp 
To mix in the batter
  • Small onion/ Big onion – 15 nos / 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida / hing – 2-3 generous pinches
  • Salt - as needed


  • Wash and soak urad dal for 1 hour to 4 hours (maximum) and keep it inside the fridge( refrigerator).After soaking, drain all the water completely and keep in a bowl. Use this water for grinding the batter. Choose a bigger sized mixie jar to hold the urad dal batter.( jar should be double the size of batter).
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  • First grind the green chillies , ginger piece without salt. Grind it coarsely without adding water.
  • Drain the ice water from soaked urad dal. Reserve it for grinding. Then add the urad dal without water and grind for few seconds till it becomes a coarse paste.
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  • Now add 1/3 cup of  ice water and grind for a minute till smooth. Open the jar , wipe the sides & check the batter. .
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  • If it is slightly coarse , add 1 more tsp of water.( Always add in tsp or tbsp further).. Again grind & check the consistency. Batter should be thick, fluffy n smooth. When u drop the batter , it will slide slowly & it will form a stiff peak. One more tip is, drop a small quantity of batter in a bowl of water.It will float on top.Remove the batter to a bowl. Add some water to the jar, run the mixie once. Use this water for dipping your hands while you shape vada.
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  • Refrigerate the batter If you fry later. If making vada immediately, add 1/2 tbsp of rice flour and beat the batter well for 5 minutes. Just before frying vadas , add the finely chopped onions , curry leaves and whole pepper corns & 1/2 tsp of jeera, salt. Mix well. Dip your fingers in the urad dal washed water , shape the vadas . Deep fry on both the sides till onion turns golden brown , remove , drain in a tissue paper & enjoy eating hot as evening snack with coffee !
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Please watch the videos for better understanding .. Hope it is useful.

Don't forget to check out my latest post with video about medhu vadai recipe using grinder


How to grind the vada batter for onion vada using mixie

How to shape the vada using a sheet


  • Do not add salt while grinding the vada batter. Add salt, onion just before frying else it will make the batter watery.
  • 1/4 cup is the minimum quantity of water needed to grind the batter. It differs based on the urad dal. But after adding 1/3 cup , add water in tsp and check the batter every now & then. Please don’t add too much of water.
  • If u add more water,vada will drink more oil.To avoid oil absorption,u can add 1/2 tsp of toor dal along with urad dal while soaking.
  • The quantity of batter may not be more as u get in grinder. In grinder, we get batter for 25 medium sized vadas .In mixie , u can make 12 vadas.
  • Vada will absorb more oil if u deep fry in low heat oil.Heat of the oil should be right. It should not be smoky. If u deep fry when the oil is too hot , vada will brown quickly but the inside portion will not be cooked .
  • For proper cooking , always check the heat of oil by dropping a bit of batter. If it rises immediately , oil is in the correct temperature.
  • Adjust the flame to high and medium high while deep frying.
  • Deep fry in medium low flame for long time to get crispier vadas.For onion vada , u should remove the vada when the onions turn golden brown.For pepper vada , remove it when the sound ceases & turns golden brown.
  • Shaping of vada comes only by practice. Start using a sheet or ladle for shaping. Then u can make it directly using ur hands.
Don't forget to check out my latest post with video about medhu vadai recipe using grinder

Enjoy eating hot with coffee or tea !!

Don't forget to check out my latest post with video about medhu vadai recipe using grinder

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July 15, 2013


kosamalli copy
I tried this brinjal kosumalli recipe from kumudham supplementary book. It is a good side dish for idiyappam , idli & dosa. It is one of the traditional Chettinad recipes. We relished with idli rava idlis. It was very tasty. My husband is not fond of brinjal recipes but he loved this kosamalli a lot.  Smile  . Ok, Lets see how to make Chettinad special Kathirikai Kosumalli recipe with step by step pictures.

  • Brinjal – 4 nos
  • Potato – 1 no
  • Tomato – 2 nos
  • Small onion – 20 nos
  • Tamarind – Berry size
  • Green chillies – 4 - 6 nos
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
To garnish
  • Coriander leaves - few

  • Slit brinjal into 4 pieces & cut the potato into two pieces. Pressure cook brinjal & potato for 2 whistles. Reserve the cooked water. Remove the skin of brinjal & potato and mash them well. Soak tamarind in warm water & take the extract. Set aside.
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  • In a kadai , temper mustard seeds , urad dal , red chillies & curry leaves.Then saute onions , green chillies & tomato pieces. Saute for few minutes. Add the drained water from the vegetables & allow it to boil..
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  • Now add the mashed vegetables & tamarind extract.Allow it to boil for few minutes.This gravy should be slightly watery.Garnish with plenty of coriander leaves.
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