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Dec 24, 2008

Karpooravalli Elai Bhajji(Ajwain leaves bhaji)

Karpooravalli leaves bhajia
Karpooravalli elai bhajjia or ajwain ka pattha pakoda
This medicinal plant is good for health. Add in dhal vada. salads and make bhajia.
Ingredients
Karpooravalli leaves..............6
Besan ....................................5tbsp
Rice flour...............................tsp
Chilli powder.........................a pinch
Salt to taste
Asafoetida.............................a pinch
oil to fry
Method
Make a batter with all the ingredients with little water except the oil. Dip each leave in the batter and deep fry in hot oil.Serve hot with chutney. Very tasty and easy to prepare.

Dec 17, 2008

Dahi Pakodi Chat (Yogurt pakoda chat)

Dahi Pakodi Chat

Ingredients

Brown moong dhal.......1/2 cup
Dahi/yogurt................1cup
Ginger...........................1 small piece
Black salt......................1/2 tsp
Salt to Taste
Chili {owder...............1tsp
Chat Masala........................1tsp
Onion............................1
Coriander Leaves........few
Sev...............................1/2 cup
Jeera.............................1tsp
Sugar.............................1tsp

Method

Cut the onion and coriander leaves. Soak the dhal for 5 hours.
Then grind coarsely with ginger and add onion and coriander leaves. 
Make pakodis in hot oil. Mix curd/yogurt ,sugar and salt.
Keep the pakodi broken in a bowl add the curd on it. 
Sprinkle black salt, jeera chat masala chilli powder coriander chutney date chutney and on the top sev. coriander leaves/
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Coriander Chutney

Wash the coriander leaves add jeera tamarind green chillies black salt, salt and grind these ingredients into fine paste.

Date chutney

Soak the date and grind with tamarind, jaggery jeera powder chilli powder and salt

Sep 25, 2008

Mor Appam

Mor Appam
This recipe is not deep frying. Just like dosa making ,pour oil on the sides. Make this appam in non stick appakarai.
Mor appam is my favorite snack.Rainy days my mother prepared with left over dosa batter. Very easy to prepare. Mor appam and coffee is good combination. We never make fried items these days . Rarely I make this appams
Mor Appam is with idli batter and spices
Morappam

Ingredients
  • Rice...................................3 cups
  • Urad dhal..........................1cup
  • Coconut flakes..................2 tbsp
  • Green chilies chopped.......2 tsp
  • Ginger chopped................2 tsp
  • Curry leaves ....................few
  • Asafoetida....................... 1/4 tsp
Method
  • Soak the rice and urad dhal together for 3 hours and grind , add salt and keep for overnight.
  • Next day add green chilli, ginger, asafoetida and curry leaves and coconut pieces. 
  • Heat oil in appakarai ( appam vessel) and pour the batter in each pit( kuzhi). 
  • When it becomes red turn the other side. Remove when they are fully fried.
  • Eat hot and drink hot tea or coffee.
  • You can make these appams in non stick vessel and with left over idly/dosa batter.

Jun 16, 2008

Puttu Kadala Curry (Kerala Dish)

Chickpeas curry with rice puttu

puttu making vessel
ThisPuttu / Kadalaa curry is the popular breakfast of Kerala people


  • Prepare Time............10 min
  • Cook Time..................10
  • Serve............................3.



Ingredients

  • Rice Flour...............1cup
  • Grated Coconut.........1cup
  • Warm Water.............1/2 cup
  • Salt to Taste


Method

  • Roast the rice flour for 5 minutes.Mix rice flour and salt by sprinkling warm water.
  • Keep mixing with hands. The entire flour has to be wet.
  • ( you can get ready made puttu rice flour at Indian stores)
  • Keep water in the bottom of puttu vessel.
  • Take the puttu mould add 1 tsp of coconut first followed by4 tsp of rice flour ,then again 2 tsp of coconut. 
  • Keep layering to fill the mould. Close the lid
  • Steam the mould.. When the water boils the steam goes inside and cook the flour. 
  • Keep up to 4 minutes.Take the vessel in hand . 
  • Use a skewer(it comes with the vessel) and push the dish out of the mould.
  • Serve the puttu hot with kadala curry.


Kadala Curry

Prepare Time.............3 hours
Cook time....................20 min
Serve.............................5


  • Brown Chick Peas.......1 cup
  • Tamarind Paste............1tsp
  • Coconut......................   3tbsp
  • Red Chilli.......................3
  • Coriander Seeds...........2tsp
  • Chana Dhal....................1tsp
  • Turmeric Powder...........1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste.....................
  • Curry Leaves...................few
  • Tomato ...........................1
  • Onion ..............................1


Method


  • Soak the chick peas over night. Chop the tomato and onion. 
  • Fry the chili, coriander seeds and chana dhal. 
  • Grind this with coconut and keep.
  • Cook the chick peas with salt .Add turmeric powder, tamarind paste,tomato and onion. 
  • Let it boil.
  • When everything is cooked add the ground paste and curry leaves,
  • Eat hot puttu with this kadala curry.

Jun 11, 2008

Masala Pori( Spicy Puffed Rice Pori)

ChivdaMasala pori( spicy puffed rice)
Very easy to prepare this chivda with less oil


Ingredients


Pori(Puffed Rice)............4cups
Roasted Groundnuts....1/2 cup
Chilli Powder.............1tsp
Turmeric Powder........1/2 tsp
Curry leaves............... few
Asafoetida....................1tsp
Mustard Seeds..........1tsp
Green Chilli(slitted).....3
Oil............................2tsp
Salt to Taste

Method

Heat pan with oil, add mustard seeds. 
When the mustard seeds crackle, add ground nuts, chilli powder turmeric powder, curry leaves and asafoetida. 
Mix all well. Add pori and salt.Keep in a low flame. 
Mix all ingredients well.
When the pori turns crisp turn off the gas.
Good snack with tea or coffee.

May 19, 2008

Parippu Vadai/Kara Kara Vadai,

Spicy snack fried one
Parippu Vada
Lentils and spices ground and fried like small dumpling
Parippu Vada dough

Kara kara vadai,/Parippu vadai,/ Masala vadai (dhal vada)
It is a famous snack in south Indian homes. We make this vadai with out onion for naivedyam with payasam

Ingredients

Chana. Dhal.......... 2cups

Urad Dhal.............1/4 cup
Tur Dhal..................1/4 cup
Raw Rice................2tsp
Red Chili................4
Asafoetida Powder.....1/4 tsp

Chopped Onion........1/4 cup

Coriander Leaves/ curry leaves....few
Salt to Taste
Oil to fry

Method

Soak the dhal and rice for 2 hours. 
Drain them and grind coarsely in food processor with chilli salt and asafoetida. 
Add chopped onion and coriander leaves/ curry leaves 
Mix well. for making vada use paper towel/ plastic sheet or with palm. of your hand.
Wet your hand,take lemon size of dough
flatten it .
Heat a pan with oil. When the oil is hot slip the vadas.and deep fry them. 
When it is golden brown remove them. 
Serve them hot with coconut chutney,
Soak the left over vadai in hot rasam. Rasam vadai is very tasty

Apr 30, 2008

Upma Kozhakattai

Upma kozhakattai
Prepare Time.................10min
Cook time......................15 min
Serve............................4

This recipe is made up of rice rava. It is a breakfast /snack.Wash the raw rice, remove all the water. Spread in a towel to dry. Grind this rice coarsely like rava.(should not powder the rice) Easy to take this kozhakattai, when you travel.
Using rice rava and coconut (dumbling)

Upma Kozhakattai



Ingredients


  • Rice(Rava.)......................................... 2 cups
  • Green Chili( chopped)..........................3
  • Ginger(Chopped)r..................................1 piece
  • Grated Coconut....................................1/2 cup
  • Oil......................................................2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds.....................................1tsp
  • Chana Dhal..........................................2tsp
  • Red Chilli(broken into 3 pieces)...............1
  • Curry leaves........................................ few
  • Water.................................................4cups
  • Salt to taste

Method


  • Heat a pan with oil , add mustard seeds, chana dhal, chili, curry leaves and ginger.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter add 4 cups of water,coconut and salt.
  • When the water boils add the rice rava and mix well.
  • Keep the flame in simmer till it cooks well.
  • Remove from the gas, let it cool. Make small balls with the dough .
  • Steam these kozhakattai either in idli thattu or vessel with holes.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or mulakai podi.

Mar 13, 2008

Cracked Wheat Upma

Cracked Wheat Upma (South Indian breakfast)
This Upma is very easy to prepare.

Ingredients

Wheat Rava............................................  2 cups
Mixed Vegetables(carrots peas tomato)......2 cups
Chopped Green Chilli................................\ 2tbsp
Ginger.................................................... ...2tbsp
Cashew Nuts (optional)............................ .5
Mustard Seeds..........................................1 tsp
Urad Dhal..................................................2tsp
Chana dhal.............................................. ..2tsp
Salt to Taste
Curry leaves few

Method

Heat a tawa with two tbsp oil. 
When the oil is hot add, mustard seeds, dhals,curry leaves and once they pop up add chilli ginger and vegetables.
Mix them well.When they become tender, add 4 cups of water to boil with salt. 
Add the rava slowly stir with a spoon and cover with a lid. 
Cook them in a low heat.The rava becomes soft, mix and keep for 5 more minutes. 
Serve the Upma hot with chutney.
Rava upma
Fry two cups of rava(suji) till it becomes red. Use the same procedure and prepare rava Upma.

Jan 15, 2008

Salad with beet root, carrot and cucumber

Salad


Salad



  • Carrot.................................. 2
  • Beetroot...............................1
  • Cucumber ............................1
  • Baby Tomato........................1
  • Coriander Leaves ................few
  • Lime Juice............................2tsp
  • Olive Oil..............................2tsp
  • Salt to taste
Method
  • Boil the beetroot in cooker and remove the skin, cut into small pieces
  • Remove the skin of the carrot and cut them in round shape.
  • Cut the cucumber in long pieces. 
  • Take a plate decorate them in your own way. 
  • In a bowl add 2 tsp olive oil, lime juice and 1 tsp salt.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over the decorated salad.