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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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March 31, 2010


Yesterday I tried this dal sukka from Mallika badrinath’s Kurma varieties book.It was very nice..We all liked it..My hubby had this with chapathi , My doter savored this with dosa and me with curd rice..This dal tasted best for everything.If u’ve got bored by making the same Veg / Aloo kurmas , I would say this dal sukka is a nice replacement.Healthy and Easy too..Try this and let me know ..

 1 cup - 250ml
  • Moong dal – 1/4 cup
  • Big onion – 2nos (chopped finely)
  • Ginger ,Garlic – A few pieces or u can use G &G paste of 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no (long one) (adjust)
  • Jeera /cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly powder –1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Lemon Juice – A few drops
Method :
  • Grind ginger , garlic and green chilly to a paste and set aside.
  • Take a broad kadai ( i did it in the cooker base directly).Add a tbsp of oil and add  the paste to it.saute for sometime and then add the onion julienne's.
  • Saute till it turns transparent.
  • Then add all the powders and mix well.Do not add water ..All the masala get cooked in the oil itself.A nice aroma wafts around.
  • Now add the moong dal and fry for a minute.
  • Add the water , required salt and close the cooker .
  • Cook till the moong dal gets cooked.I kept for one whistle.
  • Now open the cooker and mash the dal a little with ladle.
  • Roast the jeera in little oil and add it to the cooked dal.
  • Add few drops of lime juice and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with chapathi , curd rice. dosa/idly and ENJOY !!
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December 15, 2009


I always prepare pitlai with bitter gourd. For a change i wanted to try some varieties like bittergourd podi ,curry etc. At last I got the recipe for podi from a blog. Sorry friends ,i dont remember the blog name exactly.The dish was named as “Malathi chandur’s kakarakaya podi “..I did some changes according to our taste buds and tried. My hubby who hates Bittergourd likes to have this podi with plain rice.It doesn’t taste much bitter .Thanks to Mrs .Malathi chandur, a cookery expert & writer of many telugu novels for this yummy recipe.
Bitter gourd powder !!
Here comes the recipe :

Ingredients :
  • Bitter gourd – 1 no
  • Tamarind –a gooseberry size
  • Red chilly – 5-7 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tsp
  • Big onion – 1 no ( small sized, finely chopped )
  • Asafetida /Hing – a pinch.
  • Salt – As needed
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
Method :
  • Chop the bitter gourd into very small pieces ( chop as small as possible ).
  • Add the required salt and mix well.Keep aside  for 30 mins and squeeze the water that comes out from the bitter gourd.(this helps to remove its bitterness. ). For people who like its bitter taste can keep it for just 10 mins and proceed further.
  • Take the tamarind and pinch into very small pieces.In a kadai, dry roast the tamarind pieces till it becomes dry.  Remove in a plate.
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in the same kadai and saute the chopped onion till transparent. Add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame. Grind to a dry coarse powder adding roasted tamarind without adding water. Remove in a plate. 
  • In the same kadai ( no need to add oil), roast urad dal , channa dal , coriander seeds along with red chillies and hing. Cool and powder it fine or coarsely. Keep it seperately. 
  • Add 1.5 tbsp of oil in the kadai and saute the finely chopped bitter gourd pieces till it gets cooked.
  • Once its cooked add the coarse ground powder and the coconut mixture to it. Mix well and check for salt.
Yummy podi is ready to be mixed with plain rice topped by sesame oil.
Bittergourd podi
Note :
Here i have coarse ground everything.If u wish u can grind it to a fine powder.

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November 20, 2009


I don’t remember the source for this recipe but its really an easy to make,delicious rice variety.I usually prepare this for my husband’s lunch box .Tastes great with simple onion raita..So here we go ,

Veg pulao 1

Ingredients :
  • Basmati rice – 1/2 cup
  • Water –  1 cup (Little less than 1 cup for fluffy rice)
  • Carrot , beans , peas and potato – 1 cup (chopped )
  • Green chilly - 2 nos (slit cut )
  • Ginger – 1 inch size (Chopped finely )
  • Garlic – 5 flakes( –do-) OR use ginger. garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Big onion –1 no (-do-)
  • Cinnamon – a small stick
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cardamom – 1 no
  • Bay leaf – A small leaf
  • Jeera – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp 
  • Roasted cashew – to garnish
Method :
  • Wash and chop all the veggies and set aside.
  • Wash and soak the rice in required water.(i soaked for 30 mins)Do not drain the water.
  • In a broad kadai , add oil , jeera and the spices in the same order.
  • Add the ginger , garlic pieces ..saute well and then add the finely chopped onions,  slit green chillies.Saute till it becomes transparent.
  • Finally add the chopped vegetables and the required salt.
  • Mix well and add the rice with soaked water.(the water should be 1 cup )
  • Transfer everything into a cooker and add 2 tsp of ghee to it.
  • Cover and Cook for 1 whistle.
Serve hot with raita !!

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November 13, 2009

Karuveppilai Podi / Curry Leaves Powder Recipe

I learnt this podi recipe from my MIL..She makes the best thogayals and podis . We have this podi with idli/ dosa and  plain rice topped with sesame oil.. Its a healthy and delicious podi variety.

curry leaves podi

Ingredients :
  • Curry leaves – 1 bunch (1 cup)
  • Red chilly – 2-3 nos
  • Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal (round) – 2 tbsp ( or u can add 1 tbsp of urad and  1 tbsp of channa dal )
  • Hing / Asafetida – 2 pinches
  • Salt – to taste
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of oil and add the red chilly, urad dal, pepper corns and hing.
  • Roast till the dal changes to golden brown color.
  • Transfer the roasted ingredients to a plate.switch off the flame.
  • In the same hot kadai , add the curry leaves and toss it well.(fire off!!)
  • Leave it for sometime.. the curry leaves become crispy.
  • Finally grind everything to a fine /a bit coarse powder by adding the required salt. ( i always grind a bit coarse)
Serve with idly / dosa or mix with plain rice by adding sesame oil.

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November 9, 2009

Garlic Rice / Poondu Sadam - Leftover Rice Recipes

I learnt this from my neighbor.Yesterday when i was chatting with her , she told me about this garlic rice/ Poondu sadam . I tried on the same day .It was very tasty .I made it with the leftover rice I made for lunch.Its not necessary that the rice should be separate or grainy..Simple ingredients and can be made in jiffy.

garlic rice 1

Ingredients :
 1cup - 200ml
  • Rice – 1/2 cup
  • Garlic  bulbs -  2 nos (Peel the skin and crush the whole ones just with a ladle)
  • Small Onions – 10 nos (finely chopped ) ( replace with 1 big onion, finely chopped)
  • Green chilly – 2 nos (slit cut)
  • Salt – as needed.
  • Coconut oil or ghee - 1 tbsp
To temper:
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Red chilly – 1 no (pinched into two)
  • Curry leaves – a few.
Method :
  • Pressure cook the rice and set aside.
  • In a kadai , add 2 tbsp of oil and temper with mustard , urad dal and red chilly and curry leaves.
  • Then add the crushed garlic , small onions, green chillies and saute till garlic turne golden brown.
  • Finally add everything to the cooked rice and mix well by adding salt.
  • Add a tbsp of coconut oil / ghee and serve hot !!
No side dish is required.If desired ,have with pickle..

garlic rice 2

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November 2, 2009

Sponge Dosa Recipe Without Urad dal - Fermentation Method

I learnt this  sponge dosa recipe from my neighbor.Whenever I run short of idli rice / Puzhungal arisi or urad dal , I make this sponge dosa without urad dal. The ingredients and the method are a bit different from the usual poha dosa  aval dosai. Usually sponge dosa batter is made using buttermilk and no fermentation is needed. You may also use cooked rice and prepare. But I ferment the batter at least for 8 hours.So you can prepare this dosa only by the next day. Try this soft sponge dosa recipe , Iam sure u will like it.

sponge dosa

Ingredients :
1 cup - 200ml
  • Raw rice – 1 cup (Sona masoori or dosa rice)
  • Poha / Aval – 1/2 cup(heaped)
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed.
  • Cooking soda/ baking soda - 2 pinch (optional)
Method :
  • Wash and soak the rice , poha and methi seeds together for 2 hrs.
  • Grind it to make a smooth batter by adding salt & water.
  • U can grind it using mixie too.Use ice cold water if using mixie
  • Keep the batter for 8 – 10 hrs to ferment.
  • The next day ,  add baking soda if you are using and mix the batter well. Rest for 10 minutes and make dosas.
  • U all know , this dosa is small in size .So do not spread the batter on the tawa. Make it a small circle.
  • Apply oil around the dosa if desired.
  • Then cover cook in medium flame and don’t flip the dosa.
Serve hot with Coconut or Tomato chutney !!
I served with tomato–mint chutney ..

NOTE : Addition of cooking soda is optional.But it helps to make the dosa more porous and soft. If you add cookings soda, rest the batter for 10 minutes before making the dosa. Do not forget.
For variations, you can soak 2 tbsp urad dal along with poha and grind the batter.

Sponge dosa without urad dal

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October 30, 2009

5 Diwali Sweets & Snacks Recipes

In  my chilly idly post , I got a comment from a fellow blogger asking for the recipes of sweets & onion murukku I prepared for diwali. So I am posting this for her & for my future reference. For Kaju katli , I referred some blogs, got some ideas and then followed Mrs. Mallika Badrinath’s method .

For Wheat flour ladoo,  I took the recipe from Vah chef’s site. Home made Gulab Jamun, Khus Khus Halwa & Onion murukku recipes from my friend Shalini. I tried everything for the first time and I was satisfied with the outcome. Though I made some small mistakes, I learnt the technique of making perfect sugar syrup for different sweets and i got the confidence of making all these sweets perfect in future. Everything comes by practice, especially sweets isn’t it. 

diwali sweets


I prepared this sweet within 15 mins.. Very easy and ideal to prepare for surprise guests..
Ingredients :
  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Besan flour – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1/2 cup (slightly less )
  • Sugar – 1/2 - 3/4 cup  ( I used 1/2 cup only.. increase based on your taste buds)
  • Cashew nuts – a few
  • Cardamom seeds – 3 nos
Method :
  • Powder sugar along with cardamom in a mixie
  • Melt ghee, add gram flour. Roast until color changes and leaves a nice aroma.
  • Add the wheat flour and roast on a low flame till aroma spreads and it becomes a bit lumpy. Add the roasted cashew pieces and mix well.
  • Remove from flame, cool it.
  • Mix powdered sugar.
  • Make ladoos by taking small portions of this mixture in your hands..
  • Enjoy !!
Note :
If you are not able to shape the balls, add more melted ghee , mix well and then shape it..

 wheat flour ladoo


Please try this  halwa only if you like the smell of khus khus. Some people hate the flavor of poppy seeds. Actually my frnd told me no need to add nutmeg but I added just to enhance the flavor of halwa.

  • Khus Khus / Poppy seeds – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1.25 cups
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – Little to grind poppy seeds
  • Powdered Nutmeg & cardamom – Little.
Method :
  • Soak poppy seeds in hot water for 4 hours.
  • Drain the excess water and grind to a smooth paste using little milk.
  • Take the paste in a vessel and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Add sugar to the  cooked paste and heat it in a heavy bottomed kadai stirring constantly.
  • When it sticks to the bottom, add the ghee little by little.
  • When complete moisture is absorbed and halwa gets a shine , add the rest of ghee , cardamom& nutmeg powders and remove from fire.

Ingredients :
  • Cashewnuts – 100 gms ( 1/2 cup)
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Rose essence - a few drops (optional)
  • Water – just to cover the sugar.
  • Ghee - a tsp ( to grease)
Method :
  • Dry roast the cashews in a hot kadai without changing the color. Switch off the flame and leave the cashews in the kadai for 10 – 15 mins to make it crispy.
  • Dry grind it in the mixie to make a fine powder . Run the mixie continuously till it becomes a nice powder.Transfer it to a wide bowl .
  • Take the sugar in a bowl and add the water just to cover the sugar.
  • Heat till it reaches **one string consistency. Add the essence to it.mix it well.
  • Add the cashew powder and mix well until it forms a thick mass like chapathi dough ( should be slightly sticky and test it by making small balls).Takes 4-5 minutes.
  • Apply ghee on 2 thick sheets ( butter paper ) and transfer the dough to the sheet. It will harden in few minutes. Cover it with another sheet and roll out like a thin chapathi. (If the dough is too hard , add little milk , knead well and the roll it.)
  • Peel off the top sheet and decorate with silver warq.
Enjoy with ur dear ones :)


  • One more method suggested by mallika badrinath is, instead of adding the cashew powder in the sugar syrup, add sugar syrup to the powder. ie , after the single string is reached, remove the syrup from fire and add the cashew powder little by little like how ou knead chapathi dough. It may not need all the syrup. Make a soft, smooth, non-sticky dough, roll and make shape. I've tried this method too. It will come out well..

kaju katli

  • Sugarless khova– 3/4 cup
  • Maida – 1/3 cup
  • Milk powder – 2 tbsp
  • Cooking soda - A big pinch
  • Water - As needed
For syrup
  • Sugar – 1 cup ( 250 gms)
  • Rose essence – a few drops Or cardamom powder - 4 pods (crushed)
  • Kesar color – a pinch (optional)

Method :
  • Mix all the ingredients given above and bring it to a soft , pliable dough. Add the required water.Keep it aside for 15 minutes..Do not knead the dough much..
  • Make small balls without cracks and deep fry them in a low flame till it becomes soft.(plz dont fry till crispy and the ball should be evenly cooked) . Keep it aside.
  • In  a broad vessel make take the sugar and add equal amount of water. Allow it to dissolve completely by constant stirring in a low flame. Make sure the sugar syrup does not start to boil before it dissolves completely.
  • Once it is dissolved , raise the flame and allow it to boil for  5- 7  mins. Add the kesar color when it boils. Add a few drops of lime juice to retain the consistency.
  • Finally add the rose essence and switch off the flame.Add the jamuns when the syrup is hot.
  • Leave it for an hour and serve !!
Ingredients :
  • Par boiled rice / Idly rice –1 cup
  • Roasted Gram flour / pottukadalai maavu – 1/2 cup
  • Besan flour – 1/2 cup
  • Shallots / sambhar onions – 1/2 cup
  • Red chilly – 6 nos
  • Salt & water – As needed.
  • Oil – to deep fry & 1 tbsp
Method :
  • Soak the rice in water for 2 hrs.
  • Drain the water and grind it along with shallots and red chilli, salt  to make a smooth batter. Add little water to grind.
  • The batter should be thick & smooth.
  • Then add the flours to it and mix well. Knead to make a chapathi dough.
  • Put this in the murukku press with star mould in it.
  • Press it in hot oil to make murukkus.
Note :
  • If you feel the batter is watery, put the batter in a cotton cloth and wrap it and keep it for sometime to absorb the excess water and to bring it to dough consistency.
onion murukku

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October 20, 2009

Keerai Kuzhambu / Spinach Gravy Recipe

Hope u all celebrated diwali very well Smile I too had a nice time at my in-laws house..Coming to the dish ,
This is my mom’s signature dish.I love this kuzhambu a lot..Whenever i visit my mother’s place , she prepare this especially for me.With beetroot poriyal  and papad / Appalam , it tastes divine.Drooling

Ingredients :
  • Amaranthus tricolor/ Arai keerai – 1 bunch (1 kattu)
  • Toor dal – 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size
  • Hing / asafetida –  2 pinches
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Salt & water – As needed.
To grind:
  • Coconut – 1 finger size
  • Small onions – 2 nos
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
To temper:
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Small onions – 5-10 nos (chopped finely)
  • Red chilly – 3 nos
Method :
  • Clean & wash the leaves and chop it finely.
  • Cook the leaves with the required water and Set aside.
  • Pressure cook toor dal for 2 – 3 whistles until it becomes mushy.
  • Soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 mins and extract the juice from it.Grind all the items given under “To grind “ to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • Then heat a kadai and add the mustard seeds , red chilly , urad dal and small onions.
  • Add the tamarind extract , cooked spinach , hing , salt and required water.
  • Allow it to boil till the onion gets cooked.
  • Finally add the cooked toor dal  and the ground coconut paste.
  • Boil again for 5 mins and switch it off ..
  • Serve hot with rice and ghee !!
Papad and any poriyal/curry serves as the best accompaniment for this kuzhambu. My mom usually makes beetroot or carrot poriyal..

Keerai Kuzhambu

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October 8, 2009

Banana Flower / Vazhaipoo Usili Recipe

I tried this usili with vazhaipoo for the first time. It came out very well.I got this recipe from my MIL. I am posting this for my future reference and to share with u all !!

banana flower usili


For usili 
  • Toor dal – A fistful
  • Chana dal – A fistful
  • Red chilly – 2-3 nos
  • Hing /Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Banana flower – 1/2 no
  • Salt & water – As needed
To temper 
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Shallots – a few (finely chopped )
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
Method :
  • Soak the dals for 1 hour and grind it course with red chilly,hing and salt.Add water only if necessary.Set aside..
  • Take the flowers in between the red layers . Apply oil on your hands , remove the stamen (kalan in tamil ) from the  flowers and chop it finely .Soak in buttermilk/ water. (The black colored one is stamen..Hope u all know it )
  • Mix the ground dal mixture and the chopped flowers . Check for salt .Steam it in idly pot by spreading the mixture in idli plate or cooker.( I did in idly pot , it took nearly 15 mins)
  • Remove and let it cool.Crumble the mixture and set aside.
  • Then heat a kadai with oil and do the tempering part.Add onions and saute well.
  • Finally add the cooked usili to it and mix well.  check for salt and add if necessary.
  • If u want u can add grated coconut .( I dont add  )
  • Serve with sambhar / curd rice..We usually mix this in plain rice adding sesame oil..!!
banana flower usili 1

 Catch u all in my next post.. Bye. 

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October 5, 2009

Hotel Style White Chutney & Red Chutney Recipe

hotel style red chutney

I make these hotel style white chutney and red chutney for my guest usually. A very tasty & easy chutney to attract them.I got this recipe from a cook book.Please go through the variations i've given at the end of white chutney before you start doing .


Ingredients :
  • Ripe tomato – 1 no (big )
  • Big onion – 1 no (should be slightly lesser than tomato in size )
  • Red chilly – 3-4 nos (  adjust according to ur taste)
  • Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp or 1/8 cup of grated coconut.
  • Asafetida / Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – To saute
To season :
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal- 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Red chilly – 1 no (whole one ) (i dint use this time)
Method :
  • Heat a tbsp of oil and fry dry red chillies along with chopped onion until translucent.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and cook until it becomes soft and mushy.
  • When done, let cool completely and grind along with asafetida, coconut and salt.
  • Add water only if its necessary or to run the mixie.
  • Heat a tsp of oil and temper using mustard, urad dal, red chili and curry leaves.
  • Serve a spoon drizzled with Gingely / sesame oil with idly or dosa !!
hotel style red chutney


( 1 cup - 250ml)
  • Grated Coconut –  1/2 cup
  • Dhalia / Fried gram dal /Pottu kadalai – 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 4-6 nos (small)
  • Garlic cloves – 2 nos (optional)
  • Small onion/ shallots  – 1 no (optional)
  • Salt & water – As needed.
To temper:
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilly – 1 no
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Grind fresh grated coconut along with dalia, green chillies, garlic , small onion and salt.Add little water for thick chutney (For thin chutney add more water while grinding). In some hotels. they make it plain just by grinding coconut, green chilli, fried gram dal and salt. It comes out super white in color. You can try this way too. 
  • Heat oil, splutter mustard, split urad dal , red chilly and curry leaves..
  • Add this to the chutney and mix.
  • Serve fresh with idli/ dosa !!
coconut chutney white

  1. This chutney can be done by simply grinding coconut , green chillies & a piece of ginger to a smooth paste and temper at the end.
  2. In this method garlic and small onion is very important. U can also add little coriander or mint leaves in this recipe to make hotel green chutney.
  3. To get a nice green color , just wash & saute the leaves in little oil before grinding and add..Soon i'll post another version of green chutney..
  4. I've tried all the methods and everything tastes the best..

    Some DO’s & Don’ts  :
    1. Always use fresh grated coconut, little brown coating of shell skin is ok to use. More coconut less pottukadalai/Fried gram  is also a must for white chutneys.
    2. Less water for Khatti (thick )chutney, add only if its necessary to run your mixie.
    3. Indian mixer mate or small jars are a must. American Oster mixer comes with a small jar attachment which also works well.
    4. Use small green chillies and always use less green chilies for white color chutney and increase the spiciness by tempering with more red chilies. This answers the question "Why my chutney looks green"?
    1. Ready made flakes or desiccated flakes or frozen grated coconut will work but don't expect taste and color. Thaw it before use else chutney will have oily look.Also you should use warm water for grinding.
    2. No microwaving for reheating, just thaw to bring back to room temperature. Reheating makes it release more oil and which results in stinky coconut smell.
    3. Blender will not work for thick chutney and adding more water will make it thin but consistency will be still coarse.
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September 22, 2009

Vada Curry Recipe - Set Dosa Vada curry - Hotel Vadakari Recipe

Vadacurry recipe
In Chennai hotels, Vada curry / Vadacurry is one of the most famous side dish served for idli and set dosa. It is also popular in Chettinad regions. Generally people says vadakari is made out of left over masala vada / Paruppu vadai. Though I have not tasted original vada curry in Chennai, I have tasted in Salem Saravana bhavan hotel. But Sendhil had tasted the actual Madras vadacurry in Saidapet, when he was doing his Engineering in Guindy College. So he had promised me to take there during our next visit to Chennai. But I couldn’t resist trying it in my kitchen even before tasting the original Saidapetta vadacurry. After going through some of the hotel style vada curry recipes in magazines and websites, I prepared it finally. We just loved the vada cooked in tomato masala. Making vadacurry is not so difficult as I thought. I prepared this for dinner as a side dish for idli, dosa. So I dint deep fry the vadas instead I steamed it along with idli. So its your choice of making it. As far as I know, vada curry should be thick in texture. But we always want the side dishes a bit watery & juicy .So I added little more water. Please reduce the amount of water and make it thick based on ur liking. Lets see how to make South Indian Vada curry recipe.

Vada curry recipe


Vada curry recipe

Vada curry recipe Vada curry recipe - Side dish for set dosa - A very popular dish from Chennai !
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for idli, dosa
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 2 Hours
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 2H15 Minutes

1 cup - 250 ml
For masala vada
  • Chana dal/ Kadalai paruppu – 1/2 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli – 2 nos (adjust)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Coriander leaves – a few (finely chopped)
For Gravy
  • Tomato - 2 – 3 nos (finely chopped )
  • Big onion – 1 –2 no (Finely chopped)
  • Chilli powder –   1 to 1.5 tsp (Adjust)
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed.
To temper
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch size
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Bayleaf - 1 no (optional)
  • Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic flakes - 5 nos (finely chopped) Or G&G paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Mint & Coriander leaves – To garnish

  • Wash and Soak the dal for  minimum 2 hours and grind it along with red chillies, fennel seeds & salt to a coarse paste.Then add the finely chopped coriander leaves, mix well. 
  • Pinch small sized pieces of uneven shape out of the ground vada batter and steam it for 15-20 mins by keeping in idli plates OR Deep fry the vadas. Set aside. Alternatively, you can add the leftover masala vada pieces. 
steamed vada curry
  • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of oil, add the ingredients given under “To temper “ in the same order.Saute for a minute. Then add the onions & saute till transparent.
  • Add the finely chopped tomatoes and saute well till it turns mushy. Add the chilly ,coriander & garam masala powders and mix well..Add water and cover cook it for 5 mins.
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  • Crumble the steamed / deep fried vadas and mix it with the gravy and allow it to boil for sometime till gravy thickens. Add water if necessary.
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  • Remove and Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with idli/ dosa topped with sesame oil.Enjoy !

Enjoy this yummy vadacurry recipe with hot idli and dosa !
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August 31, 2009

Easy Veg Sandwich Recipe - How To Make Simple Indian Bread Sandwich

Easy Veg Sandwich Recipe

My neighbor shared this easy veg sandwich recipe to me. Method of preparation and tastes reminds the most popular Bombay sandwich to me. But the recipe of green chutney and sandwich masala is different. I have just used chat masala here. Its a very quick sandwich recipe which I make most often for Sendhil's morning breakfast in weekdays. But I use whole wheat bread and do not apply tomato ketchup as he doesn't like it.The one you watch in the video is made for me. For Raksha, I make the same sandwich by skipping tomato and adding grated cheese.You can even grill or toast it with butter if making for kids. This sandwich can be customized according to our preferences.Its the green chutney that makes everyone eat this sandwich without any complaints ;)Green chutney recipe can be prepared as per your liking by adding more green chillies, skipping ginger etc. Lets see how to make this easy and simple veg sandwich recipe with step by step pictures and video !

Easy Veg Sandwich Recipe Indian
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Easy Veg Sandwich Recipe - Simple Indian bread sandwich

Easy Veg Sandwich Recipe - Simple Indian bread sandwich How to make easy and simple veg sandwich recipe using green chutney, tomato ketchup and vegetables

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sandwich Recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes

For Sandwich
  • White bread – 10 slices
  • Carrot – 1 nos (Grated )
  • Butter or olive oil – 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup /Sauce – 2 tbsp (adjust )
  • Green Chutney - As needed
  • Tomato - 2 to 3 nos
  • Cucumber – 1 - 2 no ( Sliced)
  • Chat Masala – 1 tsp
For Green Chutney
  • Green chilly – 2 nos
  • Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
  • span itemprop="ingredients">Ginger – 1/2 inch
  • Garlic cloves – 2 nos
  • Chat masala – 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Lemon juice – a few drops
  • Sugar – a pinch ( optional)


  • Grind all the ingredients given under “ For Green Chutney”to a smooth paste adding enough water.Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
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  • Take 3 bread slices ( milk bread or whole wheat bread).Trim the edges.
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  • Apply green chutney on one slice, tomato ketchup on the second and butter or olive oil in the third slice.
  • Spread the grated carrot over the chutney slice, sliced cucumber on the ketchup one and tomato, onion on the buttered slice.Sprinkle chat masala powder or red chilli powder over each slice.Cover it by keeping one over the other. Arrange in your desired order. Serve immediately, enjoy !
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  • Enjoy !
Enjoy this easy, yummy sandwich recipe for your breakfast or dinner !
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August 28, 2009

3 Simple Side Dish For Chapathi/ Roti - Potato Capsicum Curry, Tomato Gravy, Sweet Powder

I wanted to send some side dishes something different from I usually make, for our sweet blogger friend Viki’s event.. So I’ve given three distinct side dish recipes namely Potato capsicum curry, tomato gravy and sweet coconut powder with sugar, fried gram dal that goes very well with chapathi/roti. All these 3 side dishes are very easy and simple to make. Do give a shot !

potato capscium curry

I learnt this from my friend Shalini. Normally I dont make dry curries for chapati.My husband likes to have gravies more than dry curries..So I was a little hesitant to do this. But my friend was telling for a long time.. At last I tried yesterday along with an easy tomato gravy for safer side. But we liked it very much. I will make it more often.Thanks to Shalini.. This can be made in a jiffy.. It took just 20 mins to finish including the cutting part.

Ingredients :
  • Potato – 2 nos (Cut into finger size)
  • Capsicum – 1/2 no (-do-)
  • Big onion – 2 nos
  • Channa masala – 1 tsp (I used a local brand )
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp (optional, I used )
  • Salt – as needed.
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – Very little .
Method :
  • Cut the above said veggies and set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and add  mustard seeds.
  • Once it splutters, add the chopped  potato, capsicum & onion.
  • Saute till they are half cooked.
  • Then add the channa masala powder , salt & pepper powder. Mix it well and saute for a minute.
  • Sprinkle little water and cover cook it for 2 mins.
  • Open the lid and mix well (Take care it should not get burnt )
  • Sprinkle some more water if necessary.
  • Cover cook till its done.
Remove & serve hot with chapathi.


This gravy is my own experimentation. I tried with some combinations & it came out very well. This gravy tastes good not only for chapati but also for idli, dosa.. Hope you all will try and leave a note to me :)

  • Ripe Tomato – 3 nos (I used small ones..Finely chopped )
  • Big onion – 1 no (Slice cut )
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Oil – 2 tsp
To grind :
  • Coconut – 1 Pointer finger size piece
  • Fried gram dal /Pottukadalai – 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no (adjust , add more )
  • Cinnamon /Pattai – 1 small stick
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Water – as needed.
To Temper :
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few
To garnish :
  • Coriander leaves – a  few.
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with oil and temper with ingredients given under “to temper “.
  • Then add the onion slices & finely chopped tomato pieces.
  • Saute well till the tomato becomes mushy.
  • Add little water and cover cook till onions get cooked.
  • In the mean time , grind all the ingredients given under “to grind” with water to make it a smooth paste .Set aside
  • Once the onions get cooked , add the ground masala with required water.
  • Add the salt and let the gravy boil for sometime and gets thicken.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot !!


I learnt this from my MIL. I am sure Kids would love this to have with chapathi & poori. I too prepared this for my kid i.e. My husband ;). People with sweet tooth can surely give this a try. I used sugar here. If you wish , you can replace with jaggery. Both tastes good.

  • Fried gram dal /Pottu kadalai – 1 fistful
  • Coconut – 1 finger size piece or 2 tsp of grated coconut
  • Sugar – 2-3 tsp
  • Cardamom – 1 no
Method :
  • In  a mixie, add coconut, cardamom and fried gram.. Run it twice or thrice to make a powder.
  • Finally add the sugar and run it once.
  • Remove & serve !!
Have a nice weekend. Catch you all in my next post.

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August 24, 2009

Oats Kara Kozhukattai Recipe

My Belated Vinayakar chathurthi wishes to all ..Hope u all celebrated well by offering  kozhukattai & sundal Smile..Now coming to the post,
I always make oats dosa for my husband.Last week ,for a change i tried oats kozhukattai ..I got the recipe from a cookbook.I made some changes to the actual recipe and tried for breakfast..It was goodSmile.A good replacement for oats dosa and porridge .I am glad in sending this to EC’s WYF – Break fast event .

oats kozhukattai

For 10 – 12 nos :
Ingredients :
  • Quick Oats – 1/2 cup
  • Red chilly – 2 nos (pinch into two )
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coconut pieces – a few (cut into very small pieces )
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing – 2 –3 pinches
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Oil – 1 tsp
Method :
  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the oats till nice aroma arises.. It may take 3-5 mins..
  • Coarse grind (Run the mixie once r twice )the roasted oats and transfer into a bowl..
  • In the kadai , add 1 tsp of oil and season with mustard seeds , urad dal , red chilly , curry leaves and a pinch of hing.
  • Add the coconut pieces to it and fry for a minute.
  • Mix the seasoned items with the ground oats along with the remaining hing.
  • Add salt & water to knead like a chapatti dough.
  • Then make small balls or ur desired shape to make kozhukattai and steam in idly pot for 8- 10 mins.
Hot & spicy oats kozhukattai is ready to serve !! Tastes the best when hot.
No side dish is required!!If needed , u can serve with coconut chutney !!
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  • Instead of coarse grinding the oats , u can grind it to make a powder and prepare the same .
  • If  u want, u can add equal amount of rice flour to the ground oats and make kozhukattai.

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August 5, 2009

Arachuvitta Vatha Kuzhambu Recipe

We had this arachuvitta vatha kuzhambu in a marriage function / Kalyana veedu. It was excellent. We all had 2 ,3 servings. One of my relatives asked the recipe from the cook and told my MIL. She tried at home and it came out well. Last week I made this for my husband’s lunch box along with chow chow kootu..It was a divinely combination. I stocked it and had for 2 days. Day by Day I found the taste got improved and made me thought, I could have made more quantity. So here comes the flavorful , Kalyana veedu style vatha kuzhambu..I’ve given the recipe for two people. You can increase the quantity based on your needs.

Arachuvitta vatha kuzhambu

  • Tamarind – A big gooseberry size or a small lemon size
  • ***Sambar powder – 1 tsp 
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sundakkai / Dried Turkey berry – 10 nos
  • Garlic – 10 – 12 flakes..
  • Gingely oil – 2 tbsp
  • Jaggery – a small piece
  • Salt & water – as needed.
To Roast & Grind:
  • Sesame oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/8 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chillies - 5 nos
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Toor dal / Thuvaram paruppu – 1.5 tsp 
  • Curry leaves - 1 small sprig ( 5 leaves)
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tsp 
To Saute:
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Small onion- 5 nos (finely chopped)
  • Garlic – 3 flakes (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig (finely chopped)
  • Sesame Oil or cooking oil  – 2 tbsp
  1. Soak tamarind in water for 15 mins and extract the juice from it using 1 cup of water.
  2. Add sambar powder,turmeric powder and salt to it..Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai with 2 tbsp of oil and roast the turkey berries/sundakkai vathal till nice aroma arises. Remove and Set aside.
  4. In the remaining oil roast all the ingredients given under “roast & grind”  in the same order. No need to roast the coconut. (Make sure no ingredient turns black.This will spoil the nice aroma of the gravy). Switch off the flame. Add the coconut, mix well. Cool and grind it to a paste by adding little water.
  5. Now add the roasted turkey berries to the paste and set aside.
  6. Heat the kadai with oil and add mustard seeds, chopped onion, chopped garlic and whole garlic flakes, chopped curry leaves and saute till garlic turns light golden brown with nice aroma. Saute in medium flame.
  7. Then add the tamarind extract and let it boil for sometime. Add the jaggery.
  8. Finally add the ground paste along with turkey berries and allow to boil for sometime. The gravy will become thick and reduce in volume. So add little water. It should neither be too thick nor watery.
  9. Last but not the least, add 2 tsp of gingely oil , mix it and cover for 30 minutes to 1 hour for the taste to infuse well. 
Serve with any kootu and papad!!

It tasted best the next day. So prepare at least two, three hours in advance before serving if you are using on the same day to enjoy its best taste !! I’ve added the turkey berries at the end because I want it a bit crunchy..If u like, you can add with tamarind extract in the beginning.


  • Coriander seeds – 1/4 kg ( 1.25 cup)
  • Red chilly(long ones) – 1/4 kg (1.25 cup)
  • Fenugreek seeds – 50 gms ( 1/4 cup)
  • Toor dal – 50 gms (1/4 cup)
  • Channa dal – 50 gms (1/4 cup)
  • Pepper corns – 50 gms (1/4 cup)
  • Jeera – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 50 gms (1/4 cup)
We usually grind this in flour mill and use it for 3-4 months …We use this powder for Sambar , vathakuzhambu , pitlai , poricha kuzhambu ,Kootu , poriyal and paruppu rasam.This powder plays the major role in our day-to-day cooking..We don’t use red chilly powder at all. This is an all rounder podi for us.

For this kuzhambu , u can use  any brand sambar powder or replace with 1 tsp of coriander powder and 1/2 tsp of red chillI powder.

Bye.Catch u all in my next post.
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July 30, 2009

Energy Rasam - Moong Dal Rasam

I took this recipe from Aval Vikatan magazine under “Paati vaithiyam” section.We (Me & My MIL )call this rasam as ‘Energy Rasam’ .We have this rasam whenever we suffer from fever,cold,mouth and stomach ulcers.U can also have this rasam after recovering from jeopardizing diseases like small pox,chikunguniyaa,typhoid etc.This regains the lost strength to our body..It helps to improve the loss of appetite .The moong dal used here has got the tendency to cure stomach and mouth ulcers and the ginger induces hunger..Jeera/Cumin seeds is good for digestion..Overall it makes our body to work efficientlyThumbs-up

Very easy to prepare and tastes like Ven Pongal (Kaara pongal) when  mixed with plain rice and ghee..

  • Moong dal – 1/2 cup
  • Tomato  - 2 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch size (finely chopped)
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1 –2 tsp
  • Lemon – Half
  • Pepper Powder– 1 tsp (optional)
  • Salt and water - Required
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafetida/Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Heat a kadai and dry roast 2 tsp of jeera and grind it to a fine powder.
  • Pressure cook moong dal along with finely chopped ginger,tomatoes and salt for 1-2 whistles and mash it with a ladle.Add the jeera powder.
  • Now heat a kadai with 1 tsp of ghee and season with mustard and cumin seeds.Add 1/4 tsp of hing,curry leaves.
  • Add this seasoning to the dal mixture and let it boil for sometime.
  • Remove from fire and add the lemon juice(fire off!!).
  • Mix it well and garnish with coriander leaves.

NOTE:If u want it to have spicy,u can add black pepper powder ..But we don’t need it ...I dint have coriander leaves to garnish..

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July 23, 2009

Idli Tikka - Colorful Mini Idli - Kids Lunch Box Recipes

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Yet anotherr unique , interesting dish from my friend Shalini….She just told me the recipe and i named it.. Wink Its a yummy kids friendly recipe…We liked it sooooo muchLove Struck.

  • Mini idlies – 30 nos
  • **Green chutney – 1 /2 cup
  • **Idly milagai podi – 3 – 4 tsp
  • Capsicum – 1/2 no (cube cut )
  • Big onion – 1
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Tooth pick – 10 sticks
**Green chutney:
  • Coriander leaves – 1 handful
  • Big onion – 1 /2 no (less is also ok)
  • Green chilly – 1 – 2 no (adjust )
  • Salt  - as needed
Green chutney for tikka

  1. Steam 30 idlies in mini idly plate..Set aside.
  2. Heat a kadai with oil.Add the capsicum and big onion ..Saute well.. Keep it apart..
  3. Heat the kadai with 1 tsp of oil /ghee and add 10 idlies to it..Sprinkle idly milagai podi over it and toss well..Make sure the idlies dont break.(I just shake the kadai to and fro) Transfer it to a plate..RED colored idly is ready!!
  4. Prepare green chutney with all the ingredients mentioned above and make it to a smooth thick paste..
  5. Take another 10 plain idlies and dip it into the chutney.It will turn into GREEN colored idlies..!!
  6. Take the last 10 white idlies..and arrange everything  with capsicum and onion in between tooth picks as desired..
Quick and yummy idly tikka is ready ;)
Idly tikka

Try and  let me know :)
See u all in my next post Wave
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