ALOO PARATHA


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
Method

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 

aside.

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

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CAULIFLOWER,CARROT,POTATO MASALA


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..

INGREDIENTS

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.

METHOD

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.

EGG PITTU/PORIYAL


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

pancakes too.

To the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

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

METHOD

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.

CARROT COCONUT ROTI


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.

INGREDIENTS

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

METHOD

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!

CHANNA ‘N’ RAJMA KEERAI VADA KORMA


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.

INGREDIENTS

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)

METHOD

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

INGREDIENTS

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

METHOD

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 .

MINT ‘N’CAPSICUM CHUTNEY


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

INGREDIENTS

Mint 1/2 cup

1 capsicum(green)

1/4 cup raw mango

small piece of ginger (optional)

Salt

1/4 cup pottukadalai (roasted gram dal)

1/2 tsp lime juice(optional)

METHOD

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

If you like for a variation.

BREAKFAST SEENI SAMBOL’N’CHEESE MUFFINS


Breakfast the first meal of the day is very important but some skip breakfast due to lack of time

This is for people with busy schedule ,and also for lunch boxes. This can be prepared ahead ,

and kept in the refrigerator and baked or steamed for a few seconds when needed.

Let’s get into the recipe right away.

INGREDIENTS 

2.5cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

4eggs

1/4 cup green chillies

3-4 tblsp seeni sambol(caramelised,spicy onions)

Handful of any nuts or seeds like flax,pumpkin,

1 cup cheese 

1 cup water / milk

1/2 cup curd 

1 tsp salt

1.5 cups oil

METHOD

Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately .Pour in the mixed wet ingredients 

into the dry ingredients.Scoop into muffin mounds and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 

oven(180 degrees).You could serve with extra cheese on top .

Variations

Minced mutton ,chicken,prawns,or crab meat could be added substituting cheese.

Instead of seeni sambol leeks or spring onions may be used .So try these and please do drop in 

your comments and valuable suggestions.

SAGO KHICHIDI


Sago/sabudana/sauvarisi/sau is widely used in making kheer or payasam a delight for all,no 

doubt.Not only payasam Halwas,biscuits,and vadam are made with this pearly substance 

sourced from tapioca.

This is not a low calorie food.It is high in calories and high in providing energy.Not much of 

nutrient contents,but still loved by all ,even those who love to lose weight .Anyway,let me get 

into the savoury dish I would like to share.This breakfast listed dish can be eaten without any

accompaniments.Those who love the extra dish can opt for raita or coconut chutney.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sago washed and soaked overnight 

3-4 green chillies finely chopped

1 big onion finely chopped

1 inch ginger chopped

Few curry leaves

1/4 cup peanuts (to add a little protein)

1 tblsp.lime juice

1/2 tsp cummin powder

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper (optional as green chilli will add the spice )

1/2 tsp.mustard seeds

2 dry chillies

1/4 tsp turmeric

3-4 tblsp ghee +oil

salt to taste.

METHOD

Wash the sago again once (do not drain fully,let some moisture be there).

Heat oil in a tawa,and add mustard,dry chillies,onion,green chillies curry leaves and ginger 

and sauté till onion looks translucent. Add salt and turmeric.Add the peanuts and then the sago 

(Do not add water as the moisture in it is enough to cook.)Mix well cover and cook for 1 minute

Mix again,add lime juice and cover.Cook for another 2-3 minutes or till the pearls are gleaming 

and soft.

Remove from fire and serve hot or warm.

BANANA STEM ‘N’GINGER LASSI


Banana stem also known as a Valathandu in Tamil,has ample amounts of benefits which some 

are ignorant of ,and consider it to be a waste.

This banana stem is amassed with fiber ,and can prevent constipation and ulcer.The potassium 

and vitaminB6 contained nutrients ,help to increase production of haemoglobin and insulin,

thus beneficial to anaemic and diabetic patients.Though not a miracle cure for weight loss,it 

gradually helps in weight loss.It is a miracle drink for those suffering from kidney stones.So 

that’s the information for now.

For the recipe 

INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4)

2 cups of diced banana stem

a small piece ginger

1 cup curd or yoghurt

salt to taste

1/2 tsp cummin powder

METHOD

When you clean the banana stem ,remove all the thick linings.Finally when you can 

no more remove it is the part you have to use.

Blend all the ingredients in a juice extractor.If you like serve chilled.

It is considered to be the best ,when taken in an empty stomach,after a workout,in the morning

VENDHAYA IDDLI (FENUGREEK IDDLI)


This is a very healthy dish,and good for diabetic patients mostly.

Venthiam/fenugreek/methi is normally included when grinding batter for the basic

Iddli,but in this recipe it is used more.I got this recipe from a health program,and as

usual made my changes and it really turned out soft and tasty.In fact,this Iddli is very

light on you,easily digestible.As the present trend,is high towards Iddli which is South

Indian ,I can very well endorse that this vendhaya Iddli is  too excellent.

It is advisable to use whole lentils with skin on.(for the extra nutrients ).Convenient food

is never convenient on you.So it’s best to include lot of grains and millets in your diet.

For the recipe now.
INGREDIENTS

1 measure /cup black whole urad dal(ulundu)

1 measure/cup Iddli rice (parboiled rice)

1 measure/cup corn or horse gram

1 measure /cup pearl millet (kambu /bajra )or any available millet.

1/4 measure/cup venthiam/methi/fenugreek

Salt to taste

Coconut water(optional)

METHOD

Soak all these in different bowls for 3-4 hours.Wash the urad dal till most of the skin comes out.

Grind the urad dal finely with the fenugreek seeds.Next add all the other 3 ingredients

together and grind fine with coconut water or water.Mix the batters together with

salt,and allow to ferment for a minimum of 4-5 hours.Mix well,add water if necessary

.Pour into Iddli moulds and steam till done.Serve with sambhar and chutney.

Note:The same batter may be used to make vendhaya dosai .To make dosai you have to add a little more water.

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