Friday, December 3, 2010

Cornflakes Chat

This is an easy and tasty snack which i often tend to make. Its with cornflakes which is usually consumed with milk as a breakfast. This chat is yummy and a good substitute for Bhel Poori. Check out!

Chopped onions
Diced Tomatoes
Shredded Carrots
Boiled potatoes
Chat masala
Green Chutney
Sweet Chutney
Boondi (if desired)
Coriander chopped finely

How to make:
1) In a large bowl, throw in the onions, tomatoes, carrots and mash potatoes roughly.
2) Then add boondi, chutneys, cornflakes and chat masala.
3) Mix well all the ingrdients and garnish with chopped coriander and sev.

NOTE: This is to consumed immediately after mixing because, the juice from tomatoes makes the cornflakes soggy.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pani Poori

I am crazy of chat items and fond of trying out them at home. If i go to a restaurant my first order would be a Chat item and my soul is then fulfilled...After long time i am trying some chats in my kitchen and luv this rain for setting up the mood..!!!

For making poori's

1/4 cup maida
1 1/2 cups ravai or sooji
1 tbsp oil or ghee
salt to taste
water for kneading
oil for deep frying

For making Pani/ sauces:
Katta pani

6-7 cups cold water
Cluster of pudina leaves and coriander leaves
1 green chilli
small piece ginger
1 tbsp amchur pwd/ Dry mango powder
1/2 tsp chaat masala pwd
1/4 tsp cumin pwd
pinch of black salt (optional)
fresh coriander leaves for garnish
salt to taste

How to make:
1) Make a paste of mint leaves, green chilli and ginger and keep aside .
2) Take a vessel, add the cold water in it, followed by the green paste and combine well.
3) Add cumin pwd, chaat masala pwd, amchur pwd, black salt, salt to taste. Garnish with coriander leaves. 4) Chill in refrigerator till use.

Meeta Pani:

Tamarind 1/2 cup (deseeded. You can also use tamarind paste)
Dates 3/4 cup (deseeded, also called “pitted dates”. Get them at desi or mediterranean store)
Gud / Jaggery/ Mollases (can use sugar instead) - 1 cup, add to taste
Red chilli powder
Cumin seeds

1) Boil 4-5 cups water. When water boils, add tamarind, dates and gud/sugar. Boil themfor 5 minutes.
2)  Let the mixture cool down slightly.Blend them in mixie.
3)  Strain this to get thick liquid.
4) Dry roast cumin seeds and let them crackle.
5) Add the strained mixture to this and add red chilly powder.

Broccoli Masala- Healing Foods Event

I am posting this recipe to 'Treat your Tongue'- Sayali's 'Healing Food Event'. Usually Broccoli is a rare vegetable in my kitchen and i made this masala dish long before and had posted in my blog previously.. Am re-posting this recipe in my blog for the event and sharing with my friends.

100gms broccoli florets
1 cup mixed vegetables ( mashed potato, carrots cut into cubes, peas, corn)
3 slit green chillies
3 onions
1 inch sized ginger
1 unripen tomato
3 cloves
Half handful cashewnuts
1 tbspn curd
1 tbspn garam masala
1 tbspn red chilli powder
1 tbspn dhania powder
Coriander leaves
Fresh cream for garnishing
Salt for taste

How to make:

To grind:
Onions, green chillies, ginger, tomato, cashews to a smooth paste.

1) Boil all mentioned vegetables with li'll turmeric and a pinch of salt.
2) Heat oil in a pan and saute the onions.
3) Add the ground paste to the onions and garam masala, chilli powder, coriander powder.
4) Add boiled vegetables and mashed potato to it.
5) Add required salt, curd and let it cook for few minutes.
6) After it becomes a thick gravy remove from the flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fresh cream.
This Broccoli Masala goes to Healing Foods Event- by Sayali and also to Siri's Corner

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vegetable Fritters or Bajji

Its raining and i wanted to make something hot, spicy to nibble. Bajji's is an apt snack in raining season!! Here goes........

Besan or Kadalai Flour -1 cup
Rice or Arisi flour- 1/2 cup
Chilli powder- 1 spn
Hing- a pinch
Salt- to taste
Food colour- orange (a pinch)
Oil- for deep frying

Vegetables i used: Potatoes, Raw Banana, Baby corn, Carrots. All sliced thinly.

How to Make:
1) Mix all the above mentioned ingredients with water and mix well without lumps.
2) The batter should not be watery. should have the consistency of idly batter.
3) Dip the veges one by one in the batter inorder to coat the batter.
4) Deep fry in the oil and serve hot with pudina chutney or ketchup.

Kondakadalai Sundal


Black kondakadalai or Channa- 1cup
Coconut Scrapes - 1 tbspn
Mustard Seeds- 1spn
Urad - 1spn
Oil- 1tbsp
Redchillies- 2nos
Salt- to taste

How to make:
1) Wash and soak the channa for 8 hrs. Pressure cook the channa with little salt and pinch of turmeric powder. Drain the water.
2) In a pan, heat oil and splutter some mustard seeds and fry urad dal, redchillies.
3) Then add channa to the pan and mix well.
4) Add coconut scrapes and salt to taste.

Note: If you want it to be spicy, coarsely grind coconut and greenchillies. OR, roast 1tsp dania, 1sp urad dal, redchillies 2nos. sesame seed 1/2spn in oil and powder it coarsely. This powder can be added to the sundal with little hing. Gives a different taste.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Onion Garlic Karakuzhambu

This is a chettinad style karakuzhambu and i make this for my husband whenever i travel. This can be stored more than 5days under refrigeration and ideal for rice, idly and dosas. I got this recipe from internet and i have excluded some ingredients to our liking.

Tamarind- lemon sized
Garlic Pods- 25gms
Small onions- 25gms
Coriander Powder- 1tbsp
Kumbhu powder- 1 tbsp
Redchilli powder- 1/2 tbsp
Mustard- 1tsp
Gingely Oil- 3tbsp

How to make:

1)Soak tamarind with hot water for about 1/2 hr and extract the pulp. Do not add extract watery.
2) In a pan, heat oil and saute the garlic and onion until its done and pour the tamarind pulp to it.
3) Once the raw smell is gone, add sambar powder, chilli powder and dhania powder.
4)Let the all cook until the tamarind pulp gives a thick consistency.
5)Add salt. Hheat oil and spluttur mustard seeds and fry the redchillies and add to the gravy.
6) Season with gingely oil and garnish with curry leaves.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bittergourd Masala Rings

I am a great fan of bittergaurd, however, i am bored to eat this as an usual sidedish. I tried this in a different method which turned out well and even my husband, a bittergourd hater, liked it.

Here goes the recipe,

Bittergourd: 4nos.
Kadalai maav- 3tbspn
Rice flour- 2tbspn
Chilli powder- 1 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste- 1spoon
Sesame seeds- 1 spoom
Salt- to taste
Oil- for deep frying

How to make:

1) Cut the bittergourd into rings and remove the seeds.
2) After washing, add water, a pinch of turmeric powder and boil it for 5mins till it becomes little soften.
3)Strain the water and wash in running cold water.
4) Add besan flour, rice flour, sesame seeds, salt, chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, Sesame seeds and mix well and water to be sprinkled. Do not make it batter.
5) Keep it in refrigerator for 1/2 hr.
6) Heat oil in a pan, and deep fry the rings until it turns golden brown.

Note: The boiling and draining is done to reduce the bitterness. If one likes to have it bitter, can avoid this step.

It goes with rice, side snack with tomato ketchup etc.,

Tomato Rice


Tomatoes : 250gms
Basmati rice : 1 cup
Coconut milk : 1 cup
Ginger : 2” piece
Garlic : 4 pods
Green chillies : 2 or 3
Cloves : 2
Cinnamon : 1” stick
Bay leaves : 1 or 2
Dhania powder : 1 tbsp.
Chilli powder : 1 or 2 tsp (as per taste)
Turmeric powder : 1 tsp.
Salt to taste
Ghee or oil : 2 tbsp.
Cashew nuts : for garnishing.
Curry leaves and coriander leaves for garnishing.

How to make:

1)Blanch the tomatoes by dipping in boiling water and immediately dipping in cold water. Remove the skin and make a puree of the tomatoes.

2)Pepare coconut milk or use ready made coconut milk. Slit the green chillies.

3)Wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and fry the cashew nut to a golden brown color. Remove and keep aside for garnishing.   Into the same ghee, add the whole garam masalas (cloves, cinnamon and cardamom) and bay leaf. When they stop spluttering, add the slit green chillies and saute for a minute.  Add the tomato puree and coconut milk, ginger and garlic paste. As the tomato puree is quite thick it provides only half its measure of water for the rice to cook.  If quantity of coconut milk used is 1 cup and tomato puree is 1 cup, we need to add an additional half cup of water to the rice for cooking. Add the dhania powder, chilli powder (or the sambar powder), turmeric powder and salt. Close the pressure cooker and cook the rice with the weight valve on. When done, garnish with curry leaves, coriander leaves and cahsew nuts.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Aloo Peas Pulav

Basmati rice- 2cup
Potato- 4nos
Green Peas- 1 small cup
Garlic&Ginger paste- 1tbsp
Bay leaves- 1
Red Chilli powder

To Powder
Cinamom-1 small piece
Cloves- 3nos
Fennel seeds- 1spoon

How to make:
1)Wash and soak the basmati rice for 10mins before the preparation.
2) Peel and dice the potatoes.
3) Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaves, ginger&garlic paste and saute well.
4)Then add the potatoes and peas to it.
5)Add the masala powder and mix well.
6) Then add the basmati rice, salt and stir them well.
7) Add 3cups of water and pressure for 2whistles.
Serve with raita or any vegetable gravy.

Mor Appam or Kuzhi Paniyaram


Idly Rice- 3cups
Urad Dal- 1 cup
Rava- 1tbsp
Green Chillies- 4 chopped
Onions-  1big size, chopped
Mustard- 1sp
Urad dal- 1 sp
Channa dal- 1sp

How to make:
1) Soak rice for 1 hr and urad dal for 1/2 hr and grind like dosa batter and allow to ferment for a day.
2) The next day, for take one bowl of the batter and add rava, finely chopped onions, green chillies and salt.
3) Splutter some mustard seeds and add urad and channa dal and fry it until golden brown and add to the batter.
4)Add curry leaves to it.
5) Once the batter is ready, heat oil in appam karal or kal.
6) Pour in each cups and fry it until golden brown by tossing it both the sides.
7) A tasty evening snack which can be accompanied with a hot tomato chutney.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chow Chow skin Thogaiyal

This is very tasty and healthy traditional thogaiyal made from the skin of chow chow or Chayote. The skin of chow chow has high fibres and shall be utilised for cooking without wasting!!!

Skin of Chayote - 1cup
Urad Dal - 2tbspn
Redchillies- 2nos.
Hing- a small piece
Coconut scrapes- 2 spoon
Tamarind - a small piece

How to make:
1)Heat oil in a pan and fry hing, Urad dal and redchillied one by one.
2)Then add the skin of chayote, tamarind, coconut scrapes.
3) Allow the roasted ingrdients to cool.
4) Add salt and grind the ingrdients to fine paste.
Suitable to mix with rice or as a side dish for any kuzhambu dish.

Idly Podi

Urad Dal- 2 tbsp
Red Chillies-4 nos.
Hing- 1 small piece
Black Sesame- 1tsp
How to make:
 1) Heat 1 spoon oil in a pan and roast the ingredients one by one until golden brown.
 2) Then grind them to coarse powder and add salt before powdering.
 3) Good combination for Idly, Dosai, Adai etc.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tangy Tom' Pasta


Tomato puree-1 cup
Butter -1tbspn
Extra virgin olive oil - 1tbspn
Parmesan Cheese - 1tspn
Garlic- 5pods
Onion- 1 medium size, diced
Chilli flakes
Dried Oregano and Herbs

To make tomato puree:

1) Blanch (immerse the tomatoes in boiling water until it becomes soft) 2 tomatoes and peel of the skin. scoop of the seeds inside and cut the flesh into small bits. 
2) Grind the tomatoes, Dried Oregano and herbs (readily available in supermarkets) garlic and olive oil into a smoot paste.
3) This Paste can be store for a week under refrigeration and can be used in making pasta, noodle or even as bread spread.

How to make Pasta:

1) You may buy the different shapes of pastas available in the market. Each one is known by a different name by its shaps, For eg, Sphagetti ( flat noodle shape), Fusilli ( Spiral or twisted shape) Penne (Tubes with ridges) Shells and Pipes etc.,
      I have made this dish with Fusili.

2) Boil water and add little salt and oil.Then add this fusili and allow it to cook till it becomes soft.
3) Strain the water and immediately wash with cold water. This will avoid the fusilis without breaking.
4) In a wok, add butter and saute the onions and some garlic.
5) Add fusilis and toss it well, then to it add the tomato puree, salt and chilli flakes.
6) Toss it well and slow cook for 5mins and garnish with parmesan cheese.

Paruppu Podi (Dhal powder)

I had been a great fan of Paruppu podi all times. I generally used to buy from the famous store 'Ambika Appalam Depot'whenever i go to chennai. This time i was running out of stock and tried to get here locally and failed. I browsed through the net and found from various websites the 'secret ingredients' of it. Here i present it with slight modifications.


Pottu Kadalai (Dhalia)- 1/2 cup
Kadalai Paruppu (Channa Dal)- 1cup
Red chillies- 5nos.
Ghee- 1tbspn

How to make:
1) Heat ghee in a pan and roast kadalai paruppu and pottukadalai, one after the other in a low flame.
2) Add red chillies to it and roast.
3) Let it cool for sometime and grind it powder.
4) If u like, temper it with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
5) Optional- may also add garlic after roasting with other ingredients.

Garden Salad

This is a very simple and easy welcoming appetizer for guests! I did this one of my friend came for dinner.


Any preferred quantity of;
Lemon Juice -1/2 lemon
Sugar- a pinch
Salt- to taste
Black pepper powder- a pinch

How to make:
1) Dice all vegetables and pineapple.
2) To the mixing bowl squeeze the lemon, add salt and sugar and mix well.
3) Put in all vegetable and toss well.
4) Sprinkle pepper powder and refrigrate for few minutes before serving.

You may even add vegetables of your own choice. I added pineapple inorder to give a tangy flavour which i liked.

Kathirikai Thogaiyal

I tried this Brinjal Thogaiyal which my grandma used to do with Vathakuzhambu, any of the type. Its a wonderful accompaniment with any spicy kuzhambu varieties.


1 big size Brinjal
Urad Dal- 3tbsp
Redchillies- 4nos.
Asafoetida- 1small piece
Coconut scrapes- 1 tspn
Sesame Oil- 1tbspn
Salt- to taste

How to make:

1) Wash the brinjal and char burn it on the gas top.
2) When the brinjal is burnt completely, remove from the flame and allow it to cool.
3) Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and fry urad dal, chillies, asafoetida  and coconut scrapes.
4) After the brinjal becomes cool, peel of the burnt skin and the inner seeds by scraping out with a spoon.
5) Then grind all the ingredients and add salt to taste.
6) Temper with Mustard and urad dal if preferred.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Simply Dhal (Andhra Style Pappu)

I tried this simple andhra stlye pappu (Paruppu) for rice and i liked it. It is an easy recipe and time consuming too..Just escaping from same old Sambars, Rasams and kootus this one is a must try..


Toor Dal (Thuvaram paruppu)- 1cup
(Optional )Any vegetable (i use because to make it more nutritious)- 1 cup
Tomato - 2
Garlic- 4cloves
Tamarind paste- 1tbsp
Chilli Powder- 1tbsp
Green Chillies- 2nos.
Turmeric powder- a small pinch
Cumin seeds (jeera)- 1tsp
Urad dal- 1tsp
Coriander- chopped finely
Salt- to taste

How to make:

1)Wash dal, to it add cut tomatoes, slit green chillies, crushed garlic pods and vegetables.
2) Add water, tamarind paste, cumin seeds, chilli powder, turmeric powder and pressure cook until dal is done.
3) Mash them well and in a pan with 1tbsp ghee, temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds and urad dal.
4) Pour this mashed dal to the temper and garnish with chopped fresh coriander.

Cabbage Kofta Curry

This is an easy and simple side dish which can be done within half an hour if all the ingredients are handy in our kitchen. This can serve as a sidedish for Rice or Roti's and for party menu too....


To make Koftas:

Cabbage Shredded- 2 cups
Besan flour (Kadalai maav) - 1 cup
Rice flour( Arisi maav)- 1tbsp
Chilli Powder- 1tbsp
Salt- to taste

For Gravy:
Onion 1 + Tomato1+ Greenchillis2+ Cashews-4nos.]- Grind to paste

For Sauteing:
Onion small- cut into small pieces- around 1 cup
Ginger and Garlic- Cut into tiny bits
Fennel seeds- 1tsp
Cinnamon- 1 pc

How to Make:

1) Mix cabbage, besan flou, rice flour, chilli powder and little salt with water and make little koftas.
2) Deep fry in oil until brown and remove excess of oil by patting with a paper towel.
3) Grind the mentioned ingredients.
4)In a pan, pour 2 tbsp of oil and saute cinnamon, fennel seeds, onions, ginger and garlic one by one until brown.
5) Once its done, pour the ground paste and add chilli powder, salt.
6) Let it cook for 5mins and when the oil seperates out put in the fried cabbage koftas into it.
7) Do not mix hard as the koftas will break and disfigure in shape.
8) Gently toss for every two minutes and when its done remove from flame and garnish with chopped coriander leaves or curry leaves.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pudalankai Puli kootu (Snake Guard kootu)

Hi all,

After 1.5 yrs i am back with my recipe posting. Hope you all will find interesting with my coming up recipes.


Pudalankai (Snake Guard)- 1 Cup
Paasi paruppu (Moong Dal) -1/2 Cup
Tamarind Paste- 2Tbl spoon

To Grind:
Coconut scrapes- 1/4 cup
Coriander Seeds- 1 Tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Redchillies- 4 nos.

To Temper:
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds-1tsp
Urad dal- 1tbsp
Redchillies- 2nos.
Curry Leaves

How to make:

1) Cook Pudalankai and moong dal together in a pressure cooker until they become tender.
2) Grind the above mentioned ingredients.
3) Transfer the cooked vegetable and dal to a pan, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pour tamarind paste, let it boil. Then add the ground paste and leave it to cook.
5) Add salt to taste.
4) Once the cooked content gives a semisolid consistency temper it with above ingredient and garnish with curry leaves.

Usually for kootu we do not use tamarind, however this is differnt type and tastes good. Can also try with Winter melon( Poosanikai, Chayote, and Vazhathandu) A Must Try!!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm Back!!!

Hi Friends, I'm back again for blogging after 1 1/2 years with new recipes and new shape to my blog. I had a long gap due to pre and post delivary busy schedule. Now i hope i can spend some time posting my cooking as well as my handicraft experience.Please support me with your comments on my positives and negatives.
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