This is a famous Sri Lankan dish,like a paniyaram mix but baked or made in

the traditional way (will be explaining below).

Well..i baked half the batter in muffin moulds and the rest of the batter as pancakes with

the inclusion of a red banana.My folks loved the banana pancakes,as it was super

awesome.(only few were available for my photo.)

For people who have ovens with the option of top or bottom grill,can use the

top grill after the bottom is cooked.

Now to explain the process,a ladle of the batter is poured in a thick bottomed kadai ,and

closed with a lid to which hot coals are placed on top of the lid to brown the top.

You could make this batter and keep in the fridge, and use whenever you need.This ,is a

good breakfast,lunch box snack for kids,and a tea snack too.Kids will surely love it.So try

and send in your comments….

For the recipe now.


500 gm flour ( wheat or white)

1 egg

650 ml coconut milk (reserve 1 cup to add after fermentation.

50 gm butter

350-400 gm sugar ( preferably brown or jaggery powder)

1/4 tsp yeast

1 tsp.baking soda

a pinch of salt

Few cashewnuts (optional)

For banana version add 1 red banana.


Reserve 1 cup coconut milk,and mix the rest of the ingredients and set aside for 8 hours .

( You can leave overnight too).

After 8 hours mix in the remaining coconut milk .Mix well till the batter is silky

smooth.Pour into moulds and bake in a hot oven 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes or untill

done.(explanation of cooking in summary.)



The coconut or Pol roti as called in Srilanka is an unique dish.I have posted variations of this

coconut roti.( Do check my previous posts).Today I’m going to give you a recipe of the

same ,with a variation of coconut water and Vallarai/gotukola .It was lovely with the onion or

katta sambol compulsorily served with in Sri Lanka.

For the recipe now.


2-3 cups flour

1 cup grated coconut

Coconut water (1 coconut)

1 tsp maldive fish (optional)

2-3 tsp red chillie powder

1 bundle leaves chopped fine

Little coconut oil to apply on griddle.


Bind all the ingredients together to make a light sticky dough.Set aside for 5-10 minutes.

Divide the dough into portions.

Apply coconut oil on the griddle and take each portion and pat on the griddle itself to a nice

thick roti ( not thin as chappathi).Once cooked on one side flip over to the other side and cook

till done.Serve with katta sambol or any spicy curry.

Do send in your comments and suggestions..


I made this roti with a mixture of ragi

(kurakkan flour).

I have made puris by mixing boiled

potatoes to the dough,but this was the

first time I tried with sweet potatoes.It

was soft and tasty too.To dip in.. you

could make any curries of your choice

Well,I made paneer masala to serve

with it.

So now.. let’s move on to the recipe.


1 cup sweet potato mash(boiled or steamed)

2-3 green chillies chopped fine

1 tblsp curd

1 tsp salt

1 tsp.pepper powder

1.5 cups ragi or kurakkan flour

1/2 cup plain flour (maida or wheat)


Add all the ingredients into a mixing

bowl and bind to a soft dough,using

enough water to bind.Set aside for ten


Roll on floured board to make thin

circles of the dough.

Heat a griddle and make rotis.

Smear with ghee or butter and serve.



Today i’m going to share with you 2 types of dosas,well suited for breakfast.The first one

will be with greens,mixed in normal iddli-dosa batter. IDDLIS (SOUTH INDIAN FOOD).

I have used karisalakanni leaves,known as the false daisy or bringaraj .This is a wonder

herb which nature has bestowed us with.To the pointers of health benefits now..

It is good for asthma and cold related ailments.

Best tonic for liver disorders.

Good to improve complexion and hair,teeth,eyesight.

Relief from piles,urinary infections ,cracked heels

Used in treating jaundice,used as a gargle to improve strength of gums.

Well,i have given some of the benefits ,please do explore further.There are 3 types of this

herb, bearing white, yellow and blue flowers.The blue ones are very rare to find.The

yellow and white flowers and leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicines and oils.The

minute i was enlightened by the benefits,it has been added to my herbal garden.!

To move on to the recipe now.


1 Cup leaves

2 green chillies

1 tsp.cummin seeds or 1/2 tsp kalonji or nigella seeds

1 cup dosa batter


Grind the bold listed to a paste,Mix into the batter and make dosas.

Variations to go green…

Spinach leaves,coriander leaves,mint leaves,balloon vine leaves,gotukola or vallarai

basil leaves ,curry leaves…….

To entice your kids ,you could make dosas like pizza,topped with cheese and tomatoes

with these greens.

The next one will be Beetroot dosa or pancakes

This dosa is made with wheat flour.Beetroot is another wonder vegetable packed with

nutrients.Story of discovery made short…had leftover beetroot water gotten after

cooking beetroot for another dish……and so it started.Let’s get into the recipe now.


1 cup beetroot water

1  Cup wheat flour

2 eggs

1 tblsp.curd or yoghurt

salt to taste.


Beat eggs with salt ,add curd and the beetroot water.Gradually add in the flour and make

into a batter like for pancakes.Pour a ladle of the batter and make into shapes you like.

You  could also blend in the puree of beetroot(boiled or raw) .

Those who need to spice up  more could add chilli flakes or chopped green chillies to the





This is a very good recipe,good for lunch 

boxes,and can be served at any meal.This 

is a very famous paratha in India.Not too 

spicy,and can be served with mint chutney

raita,or any plain curry of your choice.Can 

be served plain too.

I have posted recipes of potato filling for 

chappathis and dosai,and also recipe for 

making the wheat chappathis dough.Today

 I will be giving you a different version of 

the dough with left over whey water. (after

 making cheese).Never throw the water 

after you make paneer or cheese.Store the 

water in the fridge and use when you 

make rotis,and puris,as it is a protein rich 

nutrient water.Even if milk curdles do not 

throw you could mash and use the curdled

 milk and the water to make rotis.

So..let’s get into the recipe now.

For the dough

500 gm wheat flour

1/4 cup maida or plain flour

Enough whey water to bind

2 -3 tblsp oil or melted ghee

Salt to taste

Take 1 cup whey water,and add the oil and

 salt to it.Next keep adding the flour 

gradually and mix to a soft dough.Set 


Always add flour to the water.This method 

does not need muscle power to knead.

This way the chappathis turn soft and 

fluffier.10 minutes of resting is more than 

enough to get soft chappathis.

For the filling

4-5 potatoes boiled 

2 tsp.amchur powder(dry mango powder)

1/2 tsp asafoetida

4-5 green chillies chopped fine

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder

1/2 tsp.cummin powder

salt to taste

Mash the potatoes and mix the rest of the 

ingredients and mix well.Bind like for 

cutlets and set aside.

Roll the dough lightly and keep each 

cutlets in each chappathi.Seal and roll into 

a ball.Do like this for the rest of the dough.

Heat a griddle and add a little ghee or 

butter .Roll lightly the prepared dough and

cook on a medium flame till done.Apply 

ghee on top for a richer taste and aroma.
Serve hot with chutney or anything of your choice.Kids will love it.

Note:You could add finely chopped greens to the potato mixture.

Dried methi leaves could be added to the dough.

Do send in your comments and suggestions



This is another version of potato masala which could be served with poori,chappathi,and

masala dosai.Poori and potato masala is a delight in the South Indian platter.This is served at

breakfast,dinner ,and also at tea.The puffed up steaming poori and this masala aroma ,surely

kindles up your taste buds.This is a one pot dish,easy and quick. (Pressure cooker is best)

For the recipe now..


3-4 potatoes peeled and cubed (drop in water to avoid browning)

1 cup cauliflower florets

1 big carrot cut into cubes

2 onions chopped

2-3 green chillies chopped

1 inch piece ginger chopped

1/2 tsp.mustard

2 red chillies

1 small piece cinnamon

1 tomato

2-3 cloves

Curry leaves

1/4 tsp asafoetida (optional)

2 tblsp ghee / oil

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp peppercorns

Curry leaves/mint leaves

1 tblsp.gram dal flour/or wheat flour(atta) mixed in quarter cup of water.

Salt to taste.


Heat oil in a pressure pan.Add mustard,curry leaves,asafoetida ,cinnamon,cloves,and onions.

When the onions are translucent add the ginger and green chillies with turmeric,and tomato.

Sauté for 2 minutes.Next add the vegetables and the peppercorns and cook for another 5

minutes .Add 1 cup water.Cover and cook for 2-3 whistles.

Allow steam to escape on its own.

Mix in the gram flour mixture,and cook on a slow flame till thick (not very thick).Serve hot.

If you want a rich taste ,add a tsp.or more of ghee on top while serving.



This is scrambled egg with coconut ,a good side dish for rice ,and rotis.Good for savoury

pancakes too.

To the recipe right away!


5-6 eggs beaten

1/2 tsp turmeric

3-4 green chillies chopped fine

2 pips garlic chopped fine

Pepper and salt to taste

1/2 -3/4 cup coconut.

1 tblsp.butter

Few curry leaves


Heat butter,add garlic ,green chillies and the beaten egg with turmeric and salt andscramble.

Don’t add coconut when the egg is watery.Allow it to scramble and then add coconut .Add

pepper and remove from fire.



Well,this is nothing but the Sri Lankan Pol roti recipe made with carrot juice.This is a good

way in,for kids who have an aversion to carrots.Carrots,as you know have a rich content of

beta carotene ,which transforms to Vitamin A ,which improves eyesight and treats eye

related ailments.It is also a good source for maintaining your skin,and body .Good for heart,

Cholesterol levels and many more if you list.Good for breakfast and lunch box.

So….now let’s get into the recipe.


2 -3 carrots made into a juice with 1/2 cup water

1-2 cups grated coconut

1 tsp chilli flakes

200 gm flour

Salt to taste.

A little coconut oil to grease


Mix all the above ingredients to make a soft dough.Grease a board or plate with coconut oil

Pat the dough with your hands ,and make into shapes you like.Heat a thick griddle and make

rotis ,only by just smearing with oil or butter.Do not pour oil for making.

Can be served with Katta sambol,Pol sambol (coconut sambol)or any thick gravies you like.

Variations:You can add finely cut green chillies,onions,spring onions ,sesame seeds,flax seeds

for a change.

I have not tried with beetroot juice ,but I think it will be a good combination with

green chillies ,spring onions ,chilli flakes and maldive fish .

Anyway do send in your comments and suggestions!



This is a new addition into the vegetarian list ,and of course a new create.I have posted a

keerai vada before ,but this is a combination of another lentil the kidney bean or rajma.

The dish is protein rich and good to serve with Iddli,Dosai,Pongal,(savoury ) or even pulaos.

This vada is first fried with the keerai in it,and dropped into the korma.You can use any type

of greens ,but this recipe was made with ponnaganni keerai.So let’s get into the recipe.


1 cup Channa dal(Kadala parippu) soaked for minimum 1/2 an hour

1/4 cup rajma soaked overnight

3-4 green chillies

1 tsp.cummin powder

1 inch piece ginger

1/2 tsp.pepper powder/chilli powder

1/2 tsp.coriander powder

1/2 cup keerai

1 -2 tblsp rice flour

1 tsp.garam masala powder

Chopped red onions/small finely chopped

Salt to taste

Oil for frying(deep /shallow)


First coarsely grind the bold listed ingredients .Then add both the lentils and coarsely grind

with minimal water,or no water.Add the keerai and the rest of the ingredients except the

onions and blend for a minute or two.Add the finely cut onions and bind into vadas and fry

in oil till golden brown.Drop into korma.

For the korma


2 tblsp white khus khus

1/4 cup roasted gram dal/10-12 cashewnuts

1/2 cup grated coconut

3-4 green chillies

2 tsp.ginger garlic paste

1/2 cup curd

A few kasuri methi leaves

1 tsp.garam masala

1/2 tsp.saunf

Salt to taste

1 -2 tblsp oil ( remaining fried oil also can be used )*

1 onion chopped


Grind green chillies,khus khus,coconut and the roasted gram dal/cashewnuts to a paste and

set aside.

Heat oil ,add the saunf and onions and sauté till brown.Add the ground pastes with salt,and

sauté for a minute.Add curd and then 1 cup water and allow it to only reach a boil.Add kasuri

methi leaves .Remove from fire .Drop the fried balls.and serve.

*Never reuse the oil you have once fried with.In preparation of dishes like this you can use only if you going to do immediately.Storing oil used to fry other items,even papadam fried oil is not healthy for reuse which is to be noted .



Capsicum  chutney is one chutney I love to make to exploit its nutrients.You can see another

version of capsicum chutney in my previous posts.To point out the benefits of this vegetable-

It is good for arthritis and muscle spasms,menopausal problems,treats diabetic neuropathy,

Hypoglycaemic,improves immunity and many more can be listed as benefits under capsicum.

Some even use the red capsicum paste for relief from arthritis.

Chutneys like this add much color to you platter .You can prepare this with the red peppers or

yellow  peppers.Anyway do try it and let me know your comments and suggestions.

For the recipe now


Mint 1/2 cup

1 capsicum(green)

1/4 cup raw mango

small piece of ginger (optional)


1/4 cup pottukadalai (roasted gram dal)

1/2 tsp lime juice(optional)


Grind all the listed ingredients together and serve with Iddli or Dosai.You could add coconut

If you like for a variation.