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November 25, 2022

Ash gourd Stir Fry | Vellai Poosanikai Poriyal | White pumpkin Poriyal

Vellai poosanikai poriyal

Ash gourd also known as white pumpkin in English (Vella poosanikai in Tamil, Boodhu kumbalakai in Kannada, Kumbalanga in Malayalam, Petha in Hindi ) is a super healthy vegetable that is a rich source of Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Pottasium, Zinc and Vitamin C. It is used to treat obesity and helps to maintain the PH ratio in our body.

Ash gourd rasavangi is our family favourite recipe. Apart from this, I add ash gourd in more kuzhambu which gives a hotel taste and flavor. Recently I tried this white pumpkin stir fry / Vellai poosanaikai poriyal as side dish for sambar rice. Its preparation is so simple and takes very less cooking time as ash gourd is a watery vegetable.

Friends, do try this ash gourd stir fry / Vellai poosanikai poriyal for rice and roti. Enjoy.

Vellai poosanikai poriyal

Ash gourd stir fry | Vellai poosanikai poriyal recipe


Ash gourd stir fry | Vellai poosanikai poriyal recipe

Ash gourd stir fry | Vellai poosanikai poriyal recipe for rice, roti.


 
Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS

  • Ash gourd / Vellai poosanikai - 1/2
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Hing / Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
HOW TO MAKE WHITE PUMPKIN STIR FRY / VELLAI POOSANIKAI PORIYAL
  1. Wash and peel the skin of Ash gourd. Remove the seeds and flush part in the middle. Chop into cubes. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves and hing. 
  3. Lower the flame and add the turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt.
  4. Add the chopped ash gourd pieces and mix well in low flame.
  5. Cover cook in low flame till ash gourd is cooked soft. Switch off the flame.
  6. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves. Mix gently and serve with rice or roti.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and peel the skin of Ash gourd. Remove the seeds and flush part in the middle. Chop into cubes and set aside.
  • Vellai poosanikai poriyal
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves and hing.

  • Lower the flame completely. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt. Mix quickly without burning.
  • Vellai poosanikai poriyal
  • Add the chopped ash gourd pieces. Mix quickly to coat the masala in low flame. Cover cook with lid till ash gourd is cooked soft but make sure it retains its shape.
  • Vellai poosanikai poriyal
  • Switch off the flame. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and serve with sambar rice, curd rice, mix with plain rice and roti. 
  • Vellai poosanikai poriyal

Note

  • You can use the same method and make poriyal with chow chow, knol khol, yellow pumpkin.
  • For variations, you can use plain red chilli powder instead of sambar powder.
  • Use coconut oil for nice flavour.

Healthy and easy Ash gourd poriyal is ready to serve with rice.

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November 14, 2022

Ridge gourd skin chutney for rice | Peerkangai Thol Thogayal Recipe | Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney

 Ridge gourd peel chutney

I learnt this ridge gourd skin chutney recipe for rice from my friend Shalini. We call it as Peerkangai thol thogayal in Tamil. Its a very simple and healthy recipe. Usually we discard the skin of ridge gourd. But it has so many health benefits. So we can make this yummy and healthy thogayal recipe with its skin and enjoy mixing with plain rice adding few drops of sesame oil or ghee. 

I love to pair it with appalam/ papad.  Hot rice mixed with this thogayal and appalam in its side tastes divine. Though this chutney is mainly served with rice, it tastes good with idli, dosa as well. 

Friends, do try this recipe and enjoy ! You will love it for sure. Lets see how to make Ridge gourd peel chutney / Peerkangai thol thogayal for rice with step by step pictures.

 Ridge gourd skin chutney


Ridge gourd skin chutney - Peerkangai thol thogayal recipe


Ridge gourd peel chutney - Peerkangai thol thogayal recipe

Ridge gourd peel chutney / Ridge gourd skin chutney - Peerkangai thol thogayal recipe for rice


 
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 1
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS

  • Ridge gourd - 1 ( Peel the skin and use it)
  • Big onion - 1
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Red chilli - 2 to 3
  • Tamarind - Small Berry size
  • Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  • Grated coconut 2 tbsp
  • Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing - a pinch
HOW TO MAKE RIDGE GOURD PEEL CHUTNEY
  1. Wash and peel the ridges of ridge gourd. Peel the skin, chop and set aside.
  2. You can use the flesh to make poriyal/ curry with it.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. Roast urad dal, red chilli and add saute onion, garlic till golden in color. Add the ridge gourd peels/ skin and saute till it shrinks in size.
  4. Grind everything to a thick, smooth paste adding coconut, salt, tamarind, jaggery and little water.
  5. Lastly temper the chutney with mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing. Mix well
  6. Mix with plain rice adding sesame oil or ghee and enjoy.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES 
  • Wash and peel the ridges and remove it. Peel the skin and chop it. Set aside. You can use the flesh to make poriyal / kootu with it.

  • Heat oil in a kadai. Roast urad dal, red chilli, hing for a minute. Add onions, garlic and saute till its transparent. Add the chopped ridge gourd peel and saute till it shrinks in quantity. Switch off the flame. Add salt, tamarind, jaggery, coconut and mix well. Cool down.
  • Ridge gourd peel chutney
  • Grind everything to a smooth and thick chutney. Heat oil and temper mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing and add to chutney. Mix well.
  • Ridge gourd peel chutneyRidge gourd peel chutney
  • Serve with plain rice adding ghee or sesame oil. Enjoy with papad / Appalam.

Note

  • You can skip onion but it adds a great taste and flavor to the chutney.
  • Adding coconut is optional.
  • For bright green color, add a pinch of turmeric powder. 

 

Try this easy, healthy Ridge gourd peel chutney for rice, idli, dosa. You will love it.

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November 8, 2022

Kalyana Veetu Vazhakkai Varuval Recipe – Marriage style Raw banana fry

 Kalyana veetu vazhakkai varuval

I have bookmarked so many Kalyana veetu recipes to try. As the list is going long, I wanted to start with this easy and flavourful Kalyana veetu vazhakkai varuval recipe / Kalyana veetu vazhakkai poriyal. I love this Tamil nadu marriage style vazhaikai varuval a lot since my childhood. Some people call it as vazhakkai chops too.

Every time I taste this in a marriage banquet, I have tried to guess the ingredients that goes into it. I was able to spot the fennel seeds alone. I have also made a Yam chops recipe in my blog years ago. Now I am happy to try this perfect Kalyana veetu style vazhakkai curry with a strong masala flavor which is my kind.

The ingredients used for grinding the masala is the highlight in this recipe. So please do not skip any. Actually I referred this recipe in many YouTube channels and tweaked it slightly to make an easy version. It came out so well. We all loved it.

Friends, do try this Tamil nadu Kalyana veetu style Vazhakkai varuval recipe. You will love it for sure. It tastes great with sambar, rasam and curd rice. Check out the video below



 Kalyana veetu vazhakkai varuval

Kalyana veetu vazhakkai varuval recipe


Kalyana veetu vazhakkai varuval recipe

Kalyana veetu vazhakkai varuval recipe | Marriage style raw banana fry recipe for rice


 
Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS
To roast in oil
  • Raw banana - 2
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
To grind masala
  • Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
  • Cinnamon - 2 pieces
  • Cloves - 2
  • Garlic cloves - 4
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Small onion - 6
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Tomato - 1
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 ( chopped)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
HOW TO MAKE KALAYANA VEETU VAZHAKKAI RECIPE
  1. Wash and peel the skin of raw banana. Chop into big cubes and set aside.
  2. Steam in an idli pot or in a cooker. Raw banana should be soft but firm in shape.
  3. Remove and cool down. Heat oil and shallow fry the raw banana till golden in color. Collect in a plate.
  4. Grind all the ingredients given under “ To grind masala” to a coarse paste without adding water. Set aside.
  5. In the remaining oil, splutter mustard seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves.
  6. Saute onions and add the ground masala, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well. Add little water and Saute till raw smell goes off.
  7. Lastly add the roasted raw banana pieces. Mix to coat well in low flame.
  8. Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  9. Serve with plain rice, sambar, rasam and curd rice. Enjoy !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and peel the skin of Raw banana. Chop into big cubes. Keep in water till use.
  • Take the chopped raw banana cubes and steam if for 5 minutes in an idli pot or keep it in a vessel inside a pressure cooker. Steam cook for one whistle in high flame. Make sure raw banana pieces turns soft but firm in shape. This step is completely optional. But I did it as I wanted my raw banana pieces to be cooked well to avoid Gas trouble and stomach irritation.  
  • Kalyana veetu vazhakkai vauval
  • Take the steamed raw banana pieces. Heat 3 tbsp oil and drop few banana pieces. Shallow fry both the sides till golden and slightly crispy.
  • Kalyana veetu vazhakkai vauval
  • Remove in a plate. Repeat the same in batches. Fry all the raw banana pieces and set aside.

  • Grind the ingredients given under “For masala” to a coarse paste without adding water. Set aside.
  • Kalyana veetu vazhakkai vauval
  • Heat the remaining oil the kadai after shallow frying. Splutter mustard seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves. Add finely chopped onion and saute till transparent.
    • Kalyana veetu vazhakkai vauval
  • Add the ground masala and mix well. Add little water and boil in low flame till thick. Masala boils and leaves the raw smell too. It becomes thick and starts to leave oil in the sides.
  • Kalyana veetu vazhakkai vauval
  • Lastly add the fried raw banana pieces and mix gently to coat well. Roast in low flame for few minutes. Switch off the flame once the poriyal starts to leave nice smell. Garnish with coriander leaves.
    • Kalyana veetu vazhakkai vauval
  • Serve hot with rice, sambar, rasam and curd rice.


  • Enjoy !

Note

  • To make it more spicy, add one finely chopped green chilli along with onion and saute it.
  • Adjust the quantity of oil. You can also fry the raw banana pieces in little oil in dosa tawa.
  • Do not skip fennel seeds.


Try this yummy Kalyana veetu style Vazhakkai varuval recipe and enjoy !

 Kalyana veetu vazhakkai varuval


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November 1, 2022

Spinach Chutney | Palak Keerai Kadayal Without Dal | Pasalai Keerai Masiyal Recipe

Pasalai keerai kadayal

Palak keerai kadayal or masiyal is a simple, healthy and yummy side dish for rice, idli and dosa. I am happy to add this to my Palak keerai recipes list in my regular cooking. Its procedure is simple but it tastes so good. Usually palak keerai kadayal is prepared with toor dal or moong dal. But this pasalai keerai kadaiyal is without dal. It tastes more like chutney or thogayal.

Friends, do try this palak keerai masiyal / kadayal without dal in this way. You will love it with plain rice, idli and dosa. For variations, you can make the same using arai keerai or mulai keerai.

Keerai kadayal




Palak keerai kadayal / Keerai Masiyal recipe


Palak keerai kadayal / Masiyal recipe

Pasalai keerai kadayal / Masiyal without dal for rice, idli, dosa.


 
Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: side dish
Serves: 1 cup
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS

  • Spinach - 1 bunch (medium)
  • Tomato - 1
  • Onion - 1
  • Green chilli - 1 or 2
  • Garlic cloves – 3
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Cooking oil -1 tbsp
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Vengaya vadagam - 1 piece or 2 tsp (optional)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chilli - 1 ( pinched into two)
 
HOW TO MAKE PALAK KEERAI KADAYAL / KEERAI MASIYAL
  1. Wash the keerai several times. Chop roughly and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Saute cumin, onion, green chilli, garlic and tomato till mushy.
  3. Add the washed palak, turmeric powder, sugar and saute till it shrinks in quantity.
  4. Switch off the flame and let it cool down. Add salt and grind to a smooth paste.
  5. Temper mustard seeds, vadagam, curry leaves, red chilli and add to ground palak leaves.
  6. Mix well and serve with plain rice adding ghee.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash the palak leaves and chop roughly. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a kadai. Saute  cumin seeds, onion, green chilli, garlic and tomato. Saute till tomato turns mushy.
  • Keerai kadayal
      Keerai kadayal


      • Now add the washed palak leaves, turmeric powder, a pinch of sugar and saute till it shrinks in quantity. Switch off the flame and let it cool down.
      • Keerai kadayal
      • Grind to a smooth paste adding required water and salt. Temper mustard seeds, vadagam (optional), curry leaves, red chilli and hing.
      • Keerai kadayal
      • Add to the masiyal and mix well. Serve with hot rice adding ghee. Enjoy.

      Note

      • You can use arai keerai  mulai keerai / Amaranthus instead of palak leaves.
      • For variations, use red chilli instead of green chilli.
      • Addition of turmeric powder and sugar helps to get bright green color. 
      • Tempering vadagam is optional but it gives a nice flavor and taste to this kadayal. If you don't have vadagam, you can saute finely chopped small onion till golden and add to it.

      Try this healthy Palak Keerai masiyal recipe and enjoy !
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      October 5, 2022

      Chow Chow Kuzhambu Recipe – Chayote Gravy For Rice, Chapathi, Dosa

      chow chow kuzhambu


      Usually I make Chow chow kootu and poriyal as side dish for rice Or I make sambar for rice adding chow chow. As I bored of making the same recipes with chow chow, I was looking for a change from these usual stuffs. I found this interesting chow chow kuzhambu and tried it for our lunch. It tastes more like kurma kuzhambu as it has spices like cinnamon and cloves. I loved its flavor. I mixed with plain rice adding a dash of ghee and enjoyed it.

      Not only for rice, this chow chow kuzhambu tastes great for chapathi, idli, dosa as well. Just adjust the consistency of this kuzhambu, make it thick or thin and serve with the main dish accordingly.

      Friends, do try this easy, yummy Chow chow kulambu easily in a pressure cooker as shown in this recipe. Even bachelors and office goers can try this gravy for your lunch box and dinner. I am sure you will love it with rice, idli dosa and chapathi.

      chow chow kuzhambu

      Chow chow kuzhambu recipe


      Chow chow kuzhambu recipe

      Chow chow kuzhambu recipe for rice, idli, dosa and chapathi


       
      Cuisine: South Indian
      Category: Side dish
      Serves: Serves 3
      Prep time: 10 Minutes
      Cook time: 20 Minutes
      Total time: 30 Minutes
       


      INGREDIENTS

      • Chow chow / Chayote - 2 ( small ones)
      • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
      • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
      • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
      • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
      • Curry leaves - few
      • Asafoetida / Hing - a pinch
      • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
      • Salt and water - as needed
      • Coriander leaves - to garnish
      To dry roast and grind
      • Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
      • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
      • Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
      • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
      • Cloves - 2
      • Red chilli - 2
      • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
      • Tomato - 1 big or 2 small
      HOW TO MAKE CHOW CHOW KUZHAMBU
      1. Wash and peel the skin of chow chow and chop into cubes.
      2. In a kadai, dry roast the coriander seeds, red chilli, cumin seeds, pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Remove and grind to a coarse powder adding grated coconut.
      3. Lastly add one chopped tomato and grind to a smooth paste. Set aside.
      4. Heat oil in a cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves and hing.
      5. Add onion and saute for few minutes. Add the chopped chow chow pieces, turmeric powder, salt and saute well.
      6. Add the ground tomato masala paste and saute for a minute. Add required water. Mix well, check for taste and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
      7. Remove after the pressure is released naturally. Oil floating chow chow kuzhambu will be ready.
      8. Check for consistency and boil more if watery.
      9. Lastly garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with plain rice, idli, dosa and chapathi. Enjoy !
      METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
      • Wash and peel the skin of chayote/ chow chow and chop into cubes. Set aside.

      • In a kadai, dry roast coriander seeds, red chilli, cumin seeds, pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Remove and grind to a coarse powder adding grated coconut. Add chopped tomato and grind to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.

      chow chow kuzhambu chow chow kuzhambu
      • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal , hing, curry leaves. Add finely chopped onion and saute till transparent.

      chow chow kuzhambu
      • Add chopped chow chow pieces. Saute for a minute. Add the ground masala paste and saute for few minutes. Add required water, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and check for taste. If required, add salt and red chilli powder.

      chow chow kuzhambu

      • Close the lid and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Switch off the flame. Open the cooker once the pressure releases naturally.

      • Once you open the cooker, you can see a layer of oil floating on top. Check for consistency. Add water if its too thick. If its watery, boil for few minutes till you get desired consistency. Lastly garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve with rice. If you are serving for chapathi, make this kuzhambu thick like kurma and serve it.
      • chow chow kuzhambu
        Enjoy !

      Note

                    
      • Add more red chillies while roasting for spicy taste.
      • Adjust the consistency of this gravy as per your requirement. If you are serving for rice, idli, dosa, make it semi thick. If its for chapathi, make it thick.

      chow chow kuzhambu
      Try this easy, yummy Chow chow kuzhambu and enjoy !

      chow chow kuzhambu recipe
       

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      September 5, 2022

      Murungai keerai podi–Drumstick Leaves Chutney Powder For Rice, Idli , Dosa

      moringa powder recipe

      Recent days I am trying to include drumstick leaves /Moringa leaves in my cooking at least once in a week as its a super food. Drumstick leaves tree is a miracle tree. It has amazing health benefits. It is one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, K, Anti-oxidants and vital minerals like Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Zinc. The leaves, pods, seeds, gums, bark and flowers of Moringa are useful to treat mineral and vitamin deficiencies, support  a healthy cardiovascular system, promotes normal blood-glucose levels, neutralise free radicals, provide excellent support of the body's anti-inflammatory  mechanisms, enrich anaemic blood and support the immune system. It is also known to improve eyesight, mental alertness and bone strength. It has potential benefit in malnutrition, general weakness, lactating mothers, menopause, depression and osteoporosis.  
      Source : https://www.healthaid.co.uk/blogs/news/wonders-moringa

      Usually I make drumstick leaves soup or poriyal with it. For a change, I tried Murungai keerai podi for rice, idli and dosa so that I can pack it for Raksha’s lunch box as well. I asked my MIL for the recipe and tried it for the first time. It came out so well. This drumstick leaves chutney powder tastes yummy when mixed with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.

      Friends, do try this Murungai keerai podi / Drumstick leaves powder for rice, Idli, dosa and enjoy. This podi stays good without refrigeration for a month. Lets see how to make Murungai keerai podi with step by step pictures.

      How to use this powder :  Take a tsp of this powder, mix with plain rice adding a tsp of ghee and enjoy it. You can also add a tsp of this powder in rice varieties like tomato rice, lemon rice, curry leaves rice or any vegetable rice.  You can also have this powder as side dish for idli, dosa like our usual chutney powder. But use in moderation. Mix with ghee or sesame oil and enjoy with idli, dosa. Alternatively, you can sprinkle this powder over the dosa and enjoy it like podi uthappam. You can add this powder while making sambar or vathakulambu and enjoy its benefits. Tastes different and flavorful too. 

       Murungai keerai podi

      Murungai keerai podi / Drumstick leaves powder recipe for rice


      Murungai keerai podi / Drumstick leaves powder recipe for rice

      Murungai keerai podi / Drumstick leaves powder recipe for rice, idli, dosa


       
      Cuisine: Indian
      Category: Side dish
      Serves: 1 cup
      Prep time: 10 Minutes
      Cook time: 20 Minutes
      Total time: 30 Minutes
       


      INGREDIENTS

      • Drumstick leaves / Murungai keerai - 1 bunch / 3 cups Or Readymade moringa powder - 2 tbsp
      • Black gram dal / Black Urad dal - 1/4 cup
      • Chana dal – 2 tbsp
      • Red chilli - 5 
      • Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
      • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
      • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
      • Curry leaves - Few
      • Asafoetida / Hing - 1/4 tsp
      • Black or White sesame seeds – 1 tbsp
      • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp ( to get bright green color)
      • Salt - as needed
      • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
      HOW TO MAKE MURUNGAI KEERAI PODI
      1. Take out the leaves from the stem and discard the yellow and wilted ones.
      2. Remove the small stalks and stems from the leaves and discard them.
      3. Wash them and spread the leaves in a cotton towel. Let the leaves dry in shade for 2 days.
      4. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a kadai. Roast urad dal till golden in color. Transfer to a plate.
      5. Add 1/2 tsp oil in the kadai and roast chana dal till golden in color. Transfer to the plate.
      6. Again add oil and roast the red chilli, curry leaves, pepper corns, cumin seeds till crispy. Do everything in low to medium flame patiently.
      7. Add the roasted chillies to the plate. Lastly add the black sesame seeds and dry roast till it splutters. Add the coriander seeds and roast for a minute.
      8. Switch off the flame and add the hing. For variations, you can roast all the above ingredients together in low to medium flame patiently and grind it.
      9. Firstly grind the chillies and salt till coarse powder. Then add the roasted dals, pepper and cumin seeds. Grind to a smooth powder.
      10. Lastly add the dried moringa leaves along with turmeric powder, salt and grind to a smooth powder.
      11. Transfer to a box and store it. It stays good up to a month.
      12. Enjoy mixing with plain rice adding ghee. Tastes great with idli, dosa too.
      METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
      • Take the drumstick leaves bunch and seperate the leaves from the stalk.
      • Discard the yellow and wilted leaves. Remove the small stalks as well.
      • murungai keerai podi for rice
      • Now wash the leaves and drain the water completely. Spread the leaves in a cotton cloth and leave it dry under the shade for 2 days. For instant version, dry it for 2 hours and then dry roast in hot kadai for few minutes till it turns crispy. Switch off the flame and let the leaves be in hot kadai for sometime.

      • Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a kadai. Roast urad dal till golden with nice flavour. Transfer to a plate. Similarly roast the chana dal till nice and crispy. Transfer to the dal plate. 
        • murungai keerai podi for rice
      • Now add 1/2 tsp oil and roast the red chilli till crispy. Remove and transfer to the plate.
      • murungai keerai podi for rice
      • Dry roast sesame seeds and coriander seeds till sesame seeds splutters. Add to the plate. Let everything cool down. 
      • murungai keerai podi for ricemurungai keerai podi for rice
      • Firstly grind the red chilli, salt to a coarse powder and then grind the dals and seeds. It gives a nice color to the podi. Lastly add the moringa leaves and turmeric powder, grind it smooth. Transfer to a box and store it. Use up to a month.
      • murungai keerai podi
        Enjoy !

      Note

      • Adjust the quantity of moringa leaves as per your taste.
      • Alter the quantity of red chilli as per your taste.
      • For variations, you can roast all the above ingredients together in low to medium flame patiently and grind it. But do it patiently without burning any. 

        
        Enjoy this healthy Moringa podi with rice, idli and dosa.

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