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Showing posts with label LEFTOVER RECIPES. Show all posts

November 4, 2013


Suzhiyan is Sendhil's most favorite sweet among all the diwali recipes. People call it by different names as suzhiyam, suyyan, susiyam, sweet seeyam, sukhiyan etc. Suzhiyan sweet recipe is very easy to make. Kadalai paruppu pooranam is used for stuffing and maida, rice flour is used for outer covering. 

We usually make it specially on Diwali Day and after ganesh chaturthi with left over channa dal pooranam / kadalai paruppu pooranam made for kozhukattai. I learnt this recipe from my MIL.

My mom & Sister's family makes the same with coconut pooranam. In our house, we call this as suseeyam/sugin/ suyyam. Stuffing is our choice.Some people use idli dosa batter to make the outer covering of suzhiyan. But we use maida & rice flour. So I have shared recipe for outer layer of suzhiyam and our easy method of making stuffing/pooranam.

I have shared a picture of our Diwali breakfast recipes below. Hope you all celebrated Diwali very well.. I had a great Diwali celebration in my in-laws place. I got a new saree from my in-laws and two churidhars from my husband. I was so  happy and busy in burning crackers, eating sweets and snacks(my mil's preparation), wishing friends and relatives and in taking pictures..

We usually make Medhu vadai with pepper , Suzhiyan and adhirasam along with idli, sambar for neivedyam on Diwali morning. Diwali breakfast is like a feast for us. We have all the sweets and snacks made for Diwali along with the above said recipes. We keep munching the savories and sweets the whole day. We don’t even make lunch. Our only job is to watch special programmes in TV , eat and sleep ;).

Ok, enough of my stories lets move on to Suzhiyan recipe with step by step pictures.


Suzhiyan Recipe

Suzhiyan Recipe Suzhiyan is a delicious, deep fried snack stuffed with chana dal pooran. We make this for neivedyam on Diwali and Ganesh chaturthi. 
Cuisine: South Indian Category: Sweet / Snack Yields: 30
Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 40 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
For pooranam
  • Chana dal / Kadalai paruppu – 1/2 cup
  • Grated jaggery –  3/4 cup ( add 1 cup for more sweetness)
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – as needed
For outer layer
  • All purpose flour /Maida – 1 cup
  • Besan flour – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Cooking soda – A pinch
Oil – to deep fry

  • Prepare the stuffing first. For this, pressure cook channa dal adding required water and a tsp of oil. Cook for 2-3 whistles in low flame. After the steam is released , mash the dal well with a whisk or ladle. Set aside.
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  • To this mashed dal , add grated coconut and jaggery. Mix till the mixture thickens and leave the sides of the pan & becomes non-sticky. Add cardamom powder. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool. Make small lemon sized balls after the stuffing becomes warm..
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  • In a wide bowl, take the all purpose flour , besan and rice flour. Add a pinch of salt and cooking soda. Add water to make a batter of bajji batter consistency. Batter should flow like a ribbon. It should coat the stuffing well. Put the stuffing balls in the batter.
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  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated , use a spoon and take a ball dipped in batter. Put 3 to 4 balls in oil and deep fry for few minutes. Keep turning both the sides for even cooking. Remove as soon as the outer cover gets golden brown spots in the center. Drain in a a colander and store in a box after it cools down. It stays good for 2-3 days. 
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Enjoy !
  • While cooking dal, if you add more water, drain the excess water and grind to a smooth paste. Also while adding jaggery and coconut, you don’t have to add water.Coconut and jaggery itself leaves water when it melts.
  • If u want to remove the impurities of jaggery, first heat & melt the jaggery adding little water and allow it to become frothy. When it is frothy, add grated coconut and mashed dal. Mix till mixture thickens and leaves the sides.
  • U can make the batter only using maida. Adding rice flour makes it slightly crispy..
  • Besan flour is completely optional. Make the batter in bajji batter consistency. Do not make it too thin or too thick. The stuffing should be coated well.
  • Suzhiyan stays soft and good for 2-3 days.

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May 17, 2013


idli upma bowl
Idli upma is my most favourite South Indian tiffin recipes.If u ask me, i would say it is the tastiest breakfast/dinner recipe in this world Winking smile . I can have it all through the day.I can live with it. My mom makes it specially for me (by reserving some idlies)in the evenings or the next day morning with left over idlis. I like to have it with less oil , more onions & dals and mildly spiced.I love my mom’s upma very muchSmile..Some people make it yellow in color adding turmeric powder but we make it white.. I should say about my MIL here. She knows i am crazy about this upma.So she used to prepare it for me every alternate days when i was pregnant. She adds coconut oil as her own touch.I am really blessed to have such a caring & loving MIL like my mom(Touchwood Winking smile ).Now after tasting this upma from my mom& mil’s hands, i feel bad to try on my own Eye rolling smile.. But i wanted to post my favourite recipe in my blog. So i prepared it yesterday for breakfast and enjoyed every mouth to the core Open-mouthed smile.Please refer “Note’ for variations..Adding more onions gives a nice taste :)

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  • Left over idli – 5 nos
  • Big onion – 2 nos OR small onion – 20 nos.
  • Green chilli – 1 no (slit)
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli – 1 no (pinched into 2)
  • Crumble the idlies well and set aside.
  • Usually left over Idlies are slightly dry.. For crumbling easily, just dip the idli in water for just 3 seconds and then try. U can easily crumble and it will be soft too..
  • U can also freeze the leftover idlies in an air tight box for easy crumbling.But after crumbling sprinkle some water & add salt to make it soft..
  • One more way is just crumble the idli well ( without freezing) and sprinkle some water over it . It helps to keep it soft... Add salt to it, mix well and set aside. My mom follows this method..
  • In an iron wok, add mustard seeds .Let it splutter completely. Then add the urad & channa dal and saute till golden brown..Now add the pinched red chilli ,finely chopped onions , ginger , slit green chilli and curry leaves.Saute till onion turns transparent.
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  • Lastly add the crumbled idli and mix well. Keep it in low flame for 10 minutes till it forms a burnt layer in the bottom. ( We call it as adai/ porukku).. It tastes very nice and crispy ..But adai/ porukku forms only if u use iron or aluminium kadai not in the non-stick pan..
  • Check for salt and switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves if desired!
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Serve hot !!

  • For variations u can add turmeric powder while sautéing onions.U’ll get a nice yellow colored upma.
  • One of my friends suggested me to sprinkle idli podi for an extra spicy punch.
  • To make it more healthy , add finely chopped or grated carrots , peas , potato etc..
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February 10, 2011


When i was searching for recipes using left over idlies , i came across this kaima idly in sharmilee’s blog. I got attracted by this title & tried it on the same day.It was very nice.Thanku so much sharmilee :). Now i am posting this for my future reference.Sure kids would love this..


  • Left over idlies – 5 nos  ( cube cut )
  • Big onion – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Tomato – 2 nos (-do-)
  • Green chilly - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Capsicum - 1/2 no
  • Red chilly powder– 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt  – As needed.
To temper :
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few
To garnish :
Coriander leaves - few

  • Heat a kadai with 2 tbsp of oil and  shallow fry the cube cut idly pieces.( u can also deep fry)Set aside.
  • In the same kadai, add a tbsp of oil and temper the items given above.
  • Now add the  chopped onion , saute well.Add green chilly ,curry leaves & capsicum pieces.Saute well.
  • Then add tomato pieces and saute till it becomes mushy.
  • Finally add  red chilly powder , turmeric powder , garam masala powder & salt. Mix well.
  • Now add the shallow fried idlies and toss well .
Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy eating hot !!


In the actual recipe, the idlies are deep fried .But for health concern, i shallow fried the idlies.For kids , u can deep dry & do.So its ur choice of making it.
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December 13, 2010

Garlic Kara Pori Recipe - Spicy Murmura Recipe - Spicy Puffed Rice With Garlic - Easy Snacks Recipes


Kara pori / Spicy puffed rice/ spicy murmura with garlic is our family favourite snack recipe which I learnt from my MIL. I usually make this with leftover/soggy puffed rice we buy for Saraswathi pooja. Its a very simple,easy to make,low calorie and tasty snacks recipe which can be eaten all through the day without guilty. Lets see how to make this spicy puffed rice recipe with garlic. Soon I will share a no garlic masala kara pori recipe.
Do check out my Beach style kara pori recipe here Smile.

Kara pori

Kara pori/Spicy puffed rice recipe

Kara pori/Spicy puffed rice recipe Kara pori recipe - Spicy puffed rice recipe with garlic flavor
Cuisine: Indian
Category: snacks
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes
1 cup - 250ml
  • Puffed rice/Murmura/Pori - 2 cups
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Roasted peanuts and fried gram dal - a fistful ( optional)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp  
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Garlic cloves - 7 nos (crushed slightly with skin)
  • Roasted peanuts & fried gram dal - a handful ( optional)

  • Take a wide mouthed kadai and add a tbsp of ghee.Spread it all over the pan.When it becomes hot,add the peanut and dal ( If adding ), Curry leaves, sambar powder,  salt, turmeric powder and slightly crushed garlic flakes ( no need to peel the skin)..Fry everything for a moment in low to medium flame.Do not burn them.Nice aroma arises. Now add the puffed rice, toss it till its coated uniformly and switch off the flame. Mix it well with the fire off and allow the puffed rice to remain in the kadai for sometime to become crispy.( Note: If u try to eat it hot, puffed rice will be soggy & soft.It will become crispy only after it cools down).
  • For variations, you can use 3/4 tsp red chilli powder + 1/8 tsp turmeric powder. You can also use leftover soggy puffed rice. No need to use crispy puffed rice/ murmura.
  • U can store this pori in an air tight box after its cool down completely and enjoy for few days with coffee/Tea.
  • You can skip garlic and make it as a no garlic version. But i feel garlic adds more flavor to this recipe.My husband likes to eat garlic with skin.But I remove the skin while eating.Finally its ur choice!
  • Use ghee for tempering. Do not avoid it. 

Crispy , yummy , delicious kara pori is ready to Enjoy with tea / coffee :)


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