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April 21, 2020

Appala Kulambu – Iyengar Appalam Kuzhambu Recipe

Last week when I was looking for kuzhambu without vegetables, I made this Iyengar style appala  kulambu for the first time. I never thought a vatha kuzhambu adding fried appalam / papad tastes so good. Its so easy to prepare and also stays good for 3 to 4 days in refrigerator. Day by day, its taste and flavor got improved when I reheated and consumed it. I am sure this kuzhambu recipe without vegetable, coconut, onion, garlic would be helpful during this lockdown period. Use sesame oil / gingely oil / nalla ennai and fry the papad in oil for best taste. Ok friends, lets see how to make this no onion, no garlic, no vegetable, no coconut appala kulambu recipe with step by step pictures.

Appala Kulambu Recipe

Kheer / Payasam

Iyengar appala kuzhambu without any vegetables, onion, garlic and coconut.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

To saute in oil ( 1 cup = 240ml)
  • Sesame Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Appalam / Plain Papad - 3 ( small)
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Red chilli - 1 ( pinched into 2)  
  • Hing / Asafetida – a pinch
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1 tbsp ( add more based on taste)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery – 1/2 tsp
  • Rice flour – 1 tsp
  • Water & Salt – as required
  1. Heat sesame oil in a kadai. Tear the papad into small pieces. Fry the papad in oil.
  2. Lower the flame and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, methi seeds, cumin seeds and red chilli.
  3. Once the dal turns golden, lower the flame completely. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt, hing and pinched curry leaves. 
  4. Saute quickly and add 1 cup of tamarind extract immediately.
  5. Add jaggery and boil the kulambu till raw smell leaves.
  6. Mix rice flour in little water without lumps.
  7. Add to the kuzhambu and boil till it becomes thick and oil starts to float on top.
  8. Switch off the flame. Serve with plain rice and enjoy !
  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 15 minutes and take the extract. Take the papad and tear it into small pieces. Heat sesame oil in a kadai and fry the papad pieces. 

  • Lower the flame and add the mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, methi seeds, pinched red chilli, hing and curry leaves.
  • Saute till dal turns golden brown. Lower the flame completely. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder. Mix quickly without burning. 
  • Add 1 cup of tamarind extract. Mix well, add required salt, jaggery. Boil till raw smell of tamarind goes off. If needed, add 1/2 cup more water. Check for taste and add more sambar powder if necessary.
  • Mix 1 tsp of rice flour in 1/4 cup water without lumps. Add to the kuzhambu and boil till it becomes thick and oil starts to float on top. 
  • Switch off the flame. Transfer to a bowl, serve with plain rice with any kootu as side dish.


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste. 
  • You can also fry the papad in oil separately and add to kulambu while boiling at the end.  

Friends, try this easy, yummy appala kulambu for rice and enjoy  !
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April 16, 2020

Masala Khichdi Recipe / Vegetable Dal Khichdi In Pressure Cooker

During this lockdown period, I prefer to make one pot meals for my weekend lunch. Last Sunday I made this masala khichdi with vegetables, rice, moong dal and spices easily in a pressure cooker instead of veg biryani. We all loved it very much. It was a tummy filling, healthy and tasty North Indian style lunch. Usually I make plain moong dal khichdi for Sendhil whenever he suffers from stomach upset problems for easy digestion.

This is the first time I made khichdi with vegetables and masala. Roasted papad, pickle and raita with onion or cucumber serves as the best side dish for this khichdi. So this recipe would be ideal for bachelors and working women as there is no grinding job and can be made easily in a pressure cooker. For variations, you can make this masala khichdi without vegetables, use toor dal instead of moong dal and modify it based on the ingredients available in your kitchen. Also you can adjust the consistency of this khichdi slightly watery or thick as you like. Usually people use rice and water in the ratio of 1:4. You can use the same or add more water to adjust the consistency. Its a healthy wholesome meal for lunch or dinner. Friends, do try this yummy, easy masala vegetable khichdi. You will love it too ! Ok, lets check out this vegetable dal khichdi recipe with step by step pictures.

Vegetable masala khichdi

Masala khichdi Recipe / Vegetable Dal Khichdi Recipe in Pressure Cooker

Masala khichdi Recipe / Vegetable Dal Khichdi Recipe in Pressure Cooker

Vegetable masala khichdi with rice, moong dal, vegetables and biryani spices easily in a pressure cooker.

Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 2 to 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Raw rice or broken basmati rice - 1/2 cup
  • Yellow moong dal - 1/2 cup
  • Cooking oil / ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Pepper corns - 5
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp
  • Big onion - 1
  • Tomato - 2
  • Green chilli – 1 (slit)
  • Red chilli – 1
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Carrot - 1
  • Beans - 10
  • Green peas - a handful
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp ( Add before serving)
  1. Wash the rice, moong dal and set aside. You can soak it for 15 minutes if you wish.
  2. Wash and chop the vegetables into small cubes. Set aside.
  3. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, hing, pepper corns.
  4. Saute red chilli, green chilli and onion till transparent. 
  5. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes off. 
  6. Now add tomato and saute till mushy.
  7. Add turmeric, chilli powder and required salt. Mix well.
  8. Lastly add the chopped vegetables, mix quickly. 
  9. Add garam masala powder. Mix quickly. Add  rice and moong dal.
  10. Mix well. Add 4 to 5 cups of water, chopped coriander leaves.
  11.  Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Open the lid after steam is released.
  12. Mash well. Top it with ghee and serve hot with roasted papad, raita , pickle !
  • Wash the rice and moong dal separately and soak for 15 minutes. In the mean time, chop the vegetables, onion and tomato.

  • Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute cinnamon, cloves. Add cumin seeds, hing, pepper corns and splutter.

  • Add a red chilli, green chilli, chopped onion and saute till onion becomes transparent. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell leaves.

  • Add chopped tomato and saute till mushy. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
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  • Lastly add the chopped vegetables, Mix well. Add garam masala powder and mix well. Add 4 to 5 cups of water,  chopped coriander leaves and mix well.  Check for taste, add more salt or spice powders if required. Close the cooker with lid. Keep the flame high till steam comes out. Put the weight valve and lower the flame completely. Pressure cook in very low flame for one or two whistles.
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  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mash the cooked rice, dal along with vegetables. Add 1/2 to 1 cup more hot water if the khichdi is too thick. Adjust salt accordingly. Top  it with ghee and serve hot with roasted papad, raitha or pickle as side dish. Enjoy !masala khichdi


  • Rice + dal and water ratio is 1:4. But you can add 1:5 based on the consistency you like.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder, dhania powder and chillies as per your taste.
  • You can skip garam masala powder. Its completely optional. But adding it gives a nice flavor.
  • Don’t forget to add ghee at the end before serving. It adds a nice flavor and taste to the khichdi.
  • Temper cumin seeds, hing in 1 tbsp ghee. Switch off the flame. Add 1/4 tsp of red chilli powder in hot ghee and pour over the khichdi. This step is optional. 
Try this easy, yummy one pot masala khichdi and enjoy !
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April 11, 2020

Lockdown Recipes - Indian Vegetarian Recipes For Lockdown

Lockdown recipes list Indian vegetarian with Pdf

In this post, I have shared a list of lockdown recipes for Indian vegetarian breakfast, dinner, lunch and snacks that uses minimal ingredients, vegetables, oil and ghee at home. I have also made a downloadable PDF for easy access. When I shared the collection of upma varieties, some of my readers asked me to post a collection of easy Indian breakfast'/ dinner and lunch recipes using non perishable foods, uses minimum or no vegetables and rice during this lockdown period / home quarantine period.

Not only that, many people working from home find it really difficult to manage kitchen, household works, kids and office work together without house maids.  For those people, I have shared some easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes which can be prepared instantly with less chopping works, minimum vegetables and dry ingredients.

Most of the recipes I shared here are with dry ingredients like pulses, legumes, flours like wheat flour, ragi flour, rice flour, Poha/ pressed rice, sago, rava which can be stored for long time. I have given recipes with basic vegetables like potato, tomato, onion for side dishes.

Lunch recipes given in this list are one pot rice recipes that can be prepared quickly under few minutes in a pressure cooker, few kuzhambu varieties without any vegetables or with a single vegetable like potato, cabbage, cauliflower etc. Most of these recipes can be stored in refrigerator and use it for few days. Infact, they taste more better day by day. Just reheat and serve. You can alter the recipes based on the ingredients in hand.i.e by using chilli powder instead of chillies, using frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones, by using tomato puree instead of chopped tomatoes, desicated coconut etc. Finally I have also shared few snacks and sweets recipes which needs less oil and ghee by getting ideas from my friend Shalini and my sister Radha.

During this pandemic situation, I am trying to include foods that are rich in Vitamin c, anti fungal, anti viral Indian spices to improve and boost immunity. So I am taking pepper, cumin, garlic, ginger, onion, turmeric in the form of rasam, thogayal, pachadi, podi varieties, chutney varieties, turmeric milk, garlic milk. I have added all these recipes in the list. I also consume fruits like mosambi, orange, gooseberry, muskmelon, apple and watermelon in my regular diet to keep up the immunity levels. I will add more recipes using gooseberry in my upcoming post and include them in this list.

I hope this list of lockdown recipes would be helpful to you to decide on what to cook during this home quarantine period. I know I am late in sharing list but its better late than never 😊.  Ok friends, lets check out the list of Indian recipes that can be prepared during this lockdown period with the available ingredients in our pantry/ kitchen. Lets hope and pray God to overcome this pandemic situation and fight Corona !!


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I have shared some easy idli, dosa batter recipes which requires no or less idli rice. Some people may have a stock of ration shop rice. So I have included ration rice idli dosa batter and raw rice idli batter too. I have also given instant dosa varieties, one pot upma varieties, sandwich, paratha, pasta & noodles recipes that can be prepared instantly. Check it out below. 


Instant Idli recipes
Idli dosa batter recipes 
Check out my 15+ idli varieties collection for more ideas !

Instant dosa varieties
Please check this link for 10 poori varieties for more poori ideas.

Upma varieties

I have made a separate post for 40 upma varieties which includes rava, semiya, bread, millets, rice, pasta etc. Please check this link or click the image above.


SIDE DISH RECIPES – Chutney, Sambar, Kurma, Gravies

In this section, I have shared side dish recipes for idli, dosa, chapathi, poori and other tiffin varieties. I have shared all the coconut , tomato, onion , garlic and ginger based side dishes assuming you might be getting any or all these vegetables in your place. Please choose the dishes according to the ingredients in your hand and try them.

Chutney varieties
Check out my 65 chutney recipes collection for more options.

Idli Sambar varieties
Check out my 30 Idli sambar varieties for more ideas !

Kurma Varieties / Gravies for roti
Check out my kurma varieties collection for more ideas !


Check out my 75 Kuzhambu recipes for more ideas !

Check out my 15+ thogayal varieties for more interesting and healthy ideas !

Check out this link for MURUKKU RECIPES.

Check out this link for VADA RECIPES

Check out this link for BAJJI BONDA RECIPES.

Check out this link to see all my snacks recipes collection !

If you are looking for more sweets recipes, please check this link !!


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Friends, do check out the above list. Choose the recipes based on the ingredients in your hands and try them. If you find this list useful, do share with your friends and family members. Do leave a comment in the comment box below. It will make me happy😊 Stay safe and take care !!

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