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June 29, 2017

Palak Chapathi – Spinach Chapati – Pasalai Keerai Chapathi Recipe

Palak chapathi (Spinach chapati, 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


INGREDIENTS

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

METHOD

  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 !
Note

  • 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.
Palak chapathi recipe
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June 27, 2017

Cauliflower Poriyal Recipe | South Indian Style Gobi Poriyal For Rice

Cauliflower poriyal /South Indian Gobi fry is a tasty side dish for rice. When I was young, my mom used to make a spicy cauliflower poriyal recipe (In tamil nadu style) with mild masala flavor for rasam rice as my dad likes that way. Sometimes she adds boiled peas to make it colorful and healthy.
cauliflower poriyal
I had already shared my mom’s all-rounder cauliflower gravy for chapathi, rice, idli, dosaHappy. So today I thought of sharing my mom’s, South Indian style cauliflower dry curry recipe with you all.  You can make it less spicy if making for kids.Even bachelors can try this recipe as its easy to make & no grinding job as well. It tastes the best with sambar rice and rasam rice. Lets see how to make Tamil nadu style cauliflower poriyal with step by step photos !
cauliflower poriyal

Cauliflower Poriyal Recipe / South Indian Gobi Poriyal Recipe


Cauliflower Poriyal Recipe / South Indian Gobi Poriyal Recipe Cauliflower Poriyal - side dish for sambar & rasam rice
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Poriyal
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Cauliflower florets - 20 nos
  • Water - to parboil cauliflower
  • Salt - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( use 1/2 tsp for less spicy taste)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Coriander leaves - as needed
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp ( optional, I din't add)

METHOD



  1. Take the cauliflower, remove the florets. If the florets are big, chop and make it small. Boil 5 cups of water adding turmeric powder & little salt. When the water starts to roll boil, switch off the flame. Add the cauliflower florets and rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain the excess water and collect the parboiled cauliflower.Set aside.
    South Indian cauliflower poriyal
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin seeds. Add finely chopped onion, ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves. Saute till raw smell goes off.
  3. Add chopped tomato & saute until mushy(It is not shown in the picture) Add turmeric powder, salt & red chilli powder. Mix well for a minute.
  4. Lastly add the parboiled cauliflower florets, 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water. Mix well & simmer the flame. Cover cook for 5 to 10 minutes till cauliflower becomes soft & well cooked.Check for taste, add more salt & chilli powder if needed.
    South Indian cauliflower poriyal
  5. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve with rice, sambar or rasam.
    South Indian cauliflower poriyal
Enjoy !


Note

  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per your taste.
  • You can add garam masala powder along with chilli powder for more masala flavor. You can also have this curry with chapathi if you like.
  • Tomato gives mild tanginess to the poriyal.So don’t skip it.  If you don’t have tomato, you can add lemon juice after switching off the flame.


Try this easy, yummy cauliflower poriyal for rice and enjoy !
South Indian gobi poriyal
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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 Damu. 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


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Semolina / Sooji / Rava - 3/4 cup ( Upma rava)
  • Yellow moong dal - 1/4 cup (roast in 2 tsp ghee)
  • Water - 1.5 cups ( for dal) + 2.5 cups ( for rava)
  • Salt - As needed
To temper
  • Ghee + cooking oil - 3 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

METHOD

  1. In a pressure cooker base, heat 2 tsp of ghee and roast the moong dal till nice aroma comes out. Add 1.5 cups 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 2 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 !


Note
  • 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 20, 2017

How To Do Friday Lakshmi Pooja At Home – Thiruvilakku Pooja Procedure

Mahalakshmi pooja procedure - Thiruvilakku pooja
This post explains a simple method of how to perform Mahalaxmi puja / Thiruvilakku Pooja every Friday at home.I have included Puja vidhi/ pooja procedure, slokas, mantra and songs required in Tamil & English. I have given a simple Lakshmi pooja method for working women and a detailed procedure with 108 potri for housewives.  I have also shared a downloadable PDF format for Lakshmi Pooja slokas, mantras in Tamil.   Please download it by clicking the link.

            In South India - Tamil nadu, most of the housewives do this thiruvilakku poojai regularly at home in a simple way by chanting 108 potri. We worship Goddess Mahalakshmi in the lamp and perform this pooja.When I posted Friday neivedyam recipes, my readers requested me to share our Pooja vidhanam with Ingredients needed, Pre-preparation, Pooja kolam/Rangoli, songs in a detailed manner just like my other festival procedures post. Few readers wanted me to share a simple pooja that helps working women and busy moms. So I have shared the pooja procedure in two ways by referring my Friday pooja book in Tamil.One is a very simple version( Panchopachara pooja) that hardly takes 5 to 10 minutes to do it. It would be ideal for working women to do it either in the morning or evening around 6 pm. Not just on Friday, you can do this pooja everyday. The second one is my family’s traditional way with 108 potri which I learnt from my MIL. Some people make it in an elaborate way by keeping kalasha. If you are looking for the authentic Mahalakshmi pooja vidhanam with shodasha upachara puja, please refer my in-laws blog – Learn kolam. I have shared it in detail.
Basically Lakshmi puja is performed by married women seeking long life for their husband, health, wealth, peace of their family.This pooja gives us immense benefits if done whole heartedly with full faith.In North India, this puja is performed during Diwali in a grand manner.  Today I have shared this post mainly for beginners and newly wedded girls. I have also mentioned the benefits and significance of this pooja. I have shared all the pictures from my pooja room. Hope it would be useful for you all to get some ideas.

When I was young, I have seen Thiruvilakku pooja performed in Amman temples & Murugan temples in Tamil nadu. But I never thought it can be performed at home till my marriage. I came to know about it from my MIL. She used to do this pooja every Friday at home. Initially I was just a listener sitting along with her and watching it. After 5 years of my marriage, I started doing it on my own by following her method while she continues to do it in our Salem house even at this age. After buying our own house, I performed Vaibhava Lakshmi pooja by keeping Kalasam for 11 weeks as advised by my neighbor. Its an elaborate pooja just like Varamahalakshmi festival. So I will share it later.In this post, we will see how to do Friday Mahalakshmi pooja at home in a simple way without keeping kalasam/Kalasha. As usual, this post would be very lengthy as I have given all the sloka in English and Tamil.So please bear with me. If possible. I will try to make a separate post in Telugu and Hindi with the help of my friends and try to make a PDF of them in near future. Thanks for visiting this page. If you find this post helpful, please share a few words in the comment section which will make me happy.

Click THIS LINK to download the PDF format of sloka, mantras in Tamil.
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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


Ingredients

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

Method

  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


Note

  • 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 !!
Bread pizza in oven


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June 13, 2017

Seppankizhangu Poriyal – Arbi Fry - Colocasia / Taro Root Recipes

seppan kizhangu poriyal
This is my MIL’s method of making seppankizhangu poriyal for rice. Sepan kizhangu is known as Colocasia or Taro root in English, Arbi in Hindi, Kesavuna gedde in Kannada, Chamagadda in Telugu.As its a healthy vegetable, we try to include this in our diet very often. Usually I make South Indian style arbi fry with or without coconut or add in gravy/kuzhambu. Today I have shared our version of seppankilangu poriyal with coconut & onion masala.It is a good side dish for sambar & mor kuzhambu. Soon I will share my seppankizhangu roast recipe without coconut. Now lets see how to make this yummy seppang kilangu poriyal with coconut.
Check out my Potato curry, sweet potato curry, small potato curry , Aloo methi
Seppankizhangu poriyal - South Indian arbi fry

Seppankizhangu Poriyal Recipe - Arbi Fry - Colocasia Recipes


Seppankizhangu Poriyal Recipe - Arbi Fry - Colocasia Recipes Seppankizhangu poriyal recipe with coconut & onion masala. Tastes good for sambar & mor kuzhambu rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Poriyal recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Colocasia/Taro root/ Seppan kizhangu - 4 nos
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar Powder - 1 to 1.5 tsp
  • Tamarind - A small piece
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few

METHOD

  1. Wash the arbi, remove the mud if any.Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles adding enough water. Remove and peel the skin. Chop into thick slices. Set aside.
    Seppankizhangu poriyal
  2. In a mixie jar, grind all the ingredients given under “To grind” to a slightly coarse paste without adding water. 
    Seppankizhangu poriyal
  3. Take the sliced arbi in a plate.Add the ground coconut masala, mix well and check for taste. Add more sambar powder or salt if needed.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves.Add the masala coated arbi and mix well. Keep the flame low to medium. Mix till the raw smell of masala goes off.
    Seppankizhangu poriyal
  5. Remove when the arbi gets roasted well with a nice smell. Serve with sambar rice, rasam or mor kuzhambu. Tastes yumm !

     Seppankizhangu poriyal




Note



  • You can use potato or tapioca instead of arbi and make the same way.
  • Tamarind is used to reduce the itchy feeling of this vegetable. U can skip if you wish.
  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste.
  • If you want you can replace sambar powder with 1 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tsp dhania powder.
Easy, yummy seppankizhangu poriyal recipe for rice is ready ! I served with brinjal gravy and vadam Happy
Seppankilangu poriyal recipee

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