VALLARAI /BRAHMI/GOTUKOLA CHUTNEY(for iddli/dosa)


A herb with a title of ‘brain booster’,because it is a powerhouse of valuable alkaloids which are stimulants to good memory.

It is also called the ‘ water hyssop’ ( English).This herb is widely used in Ayurvedic medicines.Capsules and powder of

this herb is available in any stores nowadays.

I have posted many recipes with this wonderherb and today’s recipe is a chutney for South Indian breakfast.

Previous posts related to this herbVALLARAI/GOTUKOLA /BRAHMI HALWA….GREEN KANJI (KOLA KENDA).

I have just given 2 recipes from my previous posts.

Look for more recipes if you are interested Vallarai/brahmi/gotukola an amazing and healthy herb which we should

compulsorily include in our family diets.

To the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

A bunch of the vallarai/brahmi/gotukola leaves

2 tbsp gram dal/urad dal

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp.cummin seeds

2-3 cloves garlic

5-6 peppercorns

3-4 red chillies (you can add more according to your spice levels)

2 -3 fresh amla/gooseberry/nelli (seeds removed)or raw mango or tamarind a small piece

salt to taste

1 tsp jaggery

1 tsp.gingelly oil/sesame oil

METHOD

Heat oil, and saute all ingredients except the leaves and amla.

Saute till the dal changes colour,and add the leaves at this stage and saute for just 1 minute.

Now add all the ingredients into a mixer jar and grind to a paste.

This can be served without tempering as we have tossed all the ingredients in oil already, but if you prefer to temper

you could do so.

As another variant of this chutney you could add a little coconut while grinding the chutney.

BAKED BROCOLLI, CHEESE SANDWICH


A dish to be endorsed as healthy and wholesome. Broccoli and cheese decked on one side ,egg and

home made mayonnaise on the other side, the taste is exemplary.A double decker sandwich!

The vibrant green florets is a visual treat I must say.This is a baked sandwich, easy and quick to make.

As I do not like too much crunch on a sandwich, had the broccoli tossed in a blob of butter before baking.

Mayonnaise and egg to be added after baking.

I used butter only to toss the vegetable as mayonnaise and cheese are used in this sandwich.(Trying to

cut down calories)

To the recipe …

INGREDIENTS

Broccoli florets tossed in a little butter,salt,and a pinch of nutmeg powder

Cheese slices(any cheese of your choice)

Egg (boiled egg slices/scrambled egg/poached egg

Mayonnaise

Bread slices

METHOD

Grease the baking tray with a little butter and arrange the bread slices.

Next the tossed broccoli florets, and cover with cheese slices.

Press on another slice of bread on each and bake in a preheated 200C oven for 10-12 minutes.

Keep the rest of the bread slices and bake with it (the slice to place egg and mayo).

Once baking is complete, add the egg and a drizzle of mayo and top with another baked bread slice.

Cut and serve.

PALAK -SAGO KHICHIDI (TAPIOCA PEARLS)


This dish is another addition to preparations with sago/sabudana/javarisi/tapioca pearls.Another innovation from

my kitchen.

Like any other day was getting ready to make my family’s favourite dish ‘sago with potatoes and peanuts’

SAGO,POTATO,PEANUT KHICHIDI but revised my menu when I saw the palak leaves lying in the kitchen countertop

to be included for lunch.Palak /spinach leaves are highly nutritious,and in this awakened awareness for healthy food

we have to include lots of greens in our diet.

Now to the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sago (washed and soaked overnight )

1 onion chopped fine

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

1 small tomato

2-3 tbsp ghee or oil

salt to taste

2-3 tbsp cheese or paneer grated(optional)

1/2 tsp sugar

Ground to a coarse paste

A handful of spinach leaves

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 green chilli

1-2 cloves garlic

For tempering

1 tsp mustard seeds

1-2 dry red chillies

a pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

Heat oil and temper with listed ingredients .

Next add the onions ,salt and sauce till light brown.

Add chopped tomato and the green paste and sugar (to retain the colour)and saute for about 5 minutes.

Next add the chilli flakes and the soaked sago.

Mix well till well corporated.Cover and cook on a low flame till the pearls look glossy and cooked.Stir once after

covering.

Once it is cooked, add cheese and serve with raita, or chutney.

Note: Another variant of this recipe can be mixed with potatoes,peanuts,and palak. (like the recipe in the link above )

MINI IDDLI SAMBHAR


Mini iddli /coin iddli/14 iddlis….and many more names to this interesting dish.The size of the iddli will be the size

of a coin, and there are special iddli plates for steaming them.

Kid’s favourite dish,and a restaurant style dish.In the restaurants its called ’14 iddlis’ as only 14 mini iddlis are added

to the dish.

These little iddlis are sunk in sambhar and have to be eaten with a spoon only.Can be served with a little chutney.

Some make the same with only ‘iddli podi and ghee.

The sambhar for this dish are mostly preferred with onions and no vegetables .This is a good dish for breakfast or

dinner.Good for lunch boxes too.

Now to the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

For the iddli

2 cups of iddli batter IDDLIS (SOUTH INDIAN FOOD)-link to iddli batter

Steam for few minutes .This cooks faster than the normal iddli steaming time.

Add 14 iddlis in each serving bowl ,pour hot sambhar to the brim and serve with chutney (chutney is optional)

For the sambhar

a handful of red onions chopped or whole/1 chopped onion

2 cloves garlic

2 tomatoes chopped

1 green chilli

1/2-1 tsp chilli powder

1.5 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1 cup tuvar dal /moong dal/masoor dal washed

salt to taste

1-2 tsp ghee

1 tsp jaggery powder

For tempering

1-2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 dry chillies

1/4 tsp asafoetida

curry leaves

METHOD

Heat oil in a pressure pan,add the curry leaves and asafoetida first and the rest of the ingredients listed for tempering.

Next add onions and sauce till it turns pink.

Add tomatoes and the spices with salt and sauce for 2 minutes .

Add washed dhal and stir for 2-3 minutes.

Add 1-2 cups water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.

Allow the steam to release, and mash the mixture with a hand blender or spoon.

Add water is required with jaggery and allow 1 boil.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Pour over steamed iddlis and add ghee on the top.

The sambhar I have posted today is without tamarind.If you like add a little tamarind extract with the dhal.

For few more sambhar varieties 4 TYPES OF SAMBHAR-click on this.

For sambhar powder SAMBHAR POWDER -(if you are adding sambhar powder add 2 tbsp, and omit spices I have

given in today’s recipe

DILL LEAVES ‘N’ EGG WRAP


This is a good recipe for breakfast snack, and a good option for a wholesome lunchbox category.

Dill leaves is a fragrant leaf, with a strong flavour.It has excellent digestive properties,anti-flatulent and anti-diabetic

properties.

This leaf can be cooked with dal ,meat ,added to biriyanis, soups, salads .Even juices are made with this herb as it

prevents excessive acid formation in the digestive system, reduces bloating…..and many more if you search for the

health benefits.

Check for another post with dill leaves CHICKEN DILL LEAVES BIRIYANI

Now today’s recipe is a simple an easy recipe with only few ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

4-5 eggs

1-2 tbsp butter/oil

a little pepper (optional)

1/4 cup milk

1 big onion chopped

salt to taste

Grind to a coarse paste

2-3 green chillies

a small piece of ginger

2-3 cloves garlic

few dill leaves (3 tbsp)

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan, add onion, eggs and scramble .After a minute add the milk and then the ground paste.

Scramble till slightly moist .(do not make it too dry)

Use as a filling in chapathis,or any type of wrap.

Can be used in sandwiches too.

Do try this recipe and post in your suggestions and views.

GOBI-CHEESE PESTO PARATHA


This is a stuffed paratha with grated cauliflower, cheese and basil pesto.Good for a snack or breakfast .

You could make this with finely chopped cabbage too.The blend of the pesto and the cheese makes the

recipe special.You can make any shape you prefer.(Photo shows roll shaped paratha).

Do try this recipe and post in your comments and suggestions!

To the recipe …

INGREDIENTS

For the paratha

2-3 cups wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup curd

1 tsp sugar mixed in 1/2 cup milk

1 tsp salt

oil to soak the dough

METHOD

Mix all to a soft dough with water if needed.Apply a little oil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Divide into portions and dip each portion in a bowl of oil and allow to rest for minimum 1 hour.

Apply oil on the rolling board and spread the dough.

Keep filling in the centre, and roll into any shape you like.The thickness of the rolled dough should be a little more than

a chappathi.

Cook with butter/ghee on both sides.

You can make this dough 1 day ahead and keep in the fridge (after the resting time).

Wrap in cling film tight to retain moisture.

A note about the resting time-The more the resting time the texture will be good.

You could prepare the dough at noon, and keep in the fridge at night if you have planned for breakfast.

Ingredients for the filling

2 cups cauliflower gratings

1/2-1 cup grated cheese (any cheese of your choice)

1 tbsp butter/ghee

1/2 -1 tsp.pepper powder/chilli flakes

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

salt to taste

1/2 cup basil leaves ground coarse

Method

Heat butter in a pan,and saute the cauliflower for 5 minutes.

Add the grated cheese, and switch off the flame.

Next add the rest of the ingredients .

Check salt and use as filling.

CARROT DOSA


Carrot a root vegetable is a very healthy food and a good source of beta carotene with numerous nutrients and antioxidants.

Known to be beneficial for eye health,it also helps in lowering cholesterol levels.The beta carotene contained in it contributes to the

lovely bright orange colour.Carrot juice is one good healthy breakfast drink which takes care of overall health and skin health too.

Cosmetic industry use carrots widely in their produce.

Now coming to today’s recipe …It’s a breakfast recipe with the inclusion of carrot purée in dosa batter.

If you have dosa batter ready,it is just an addition of the purée. I will be giving the recipe for  instant dosa with the addition of wheat

flour also as an ingredient.

I made a variation of egg dosa, and to top it all the chutney served was celery-alma chutney which is more nutritious.

Note:You could add spring onions or leeks cut fine instead of onions.

So,here’s to the healthy colourful recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dhal flour

1 cup rice flour

2 cups wheat flour

1/2 cup curd

Salt to taste

1 cup finely chopped onions/spring onions/

leeks

2-3 finely chopped green chillies

4 carrots puréed

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

METHOD

•Mix all the ingredients with enough water to the consistency of iddli/dosa batter or pancake batter.

Make dosas,pour 1 tsp oil or ghee all around,and cook on both sides .

Serve with chutney .

CELERY-AMLA CHUTNEY

1 cup celery stalks

2-3 amla/ gooseberry ( deseeded)

2 tbsp iddli podi

Salt to taste

1 tsp sesame oil

METHOD

Sauté the celery stalks till raw smell is gone.

•Grind fine with the rest of the ingredients and

serve.

SAGO-TOMATO KHICHIDI


Today breakfast had to be the potato sago/

sabudana/ javarisi khichadi.Even the potatoes

were put to boil.In the spur of the moment I got

the idea to make with tomato.

Served with raita,it was a good breakfast .

https://calinskitchen.com/2020/10/27/sagopotatopeanut-khichidi/

👆🏻The link to the basic sago+ potato khichidi.

Now to today’s recipe.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm sago/ sabudana ( soaked overnight)

3 medium sized tomatoes puréed

2-3 boiled potatoes

1-2 green chillies chopped

1 small piece ginger chopped

A handful of roasted peanuts or cashewnuts

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp cummin powder

A pinch of asafoetida

Few curry leaves

Coriander leaves for garnishing

3 tbsp oil/ ghee

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar or jaggery (I always add sugar to

balance the acid in tomato purée)

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1-2 dry chillies

METHOD

•Heat oil,and add mustard seeds,curry leaves,

dry chillies .

Next add the ginger,green chilies and the

tomato purée,sugar,salt and the spices,and

sauté for 5 minutes.

•Add the soaked sago and cook covered on a

low flame.

• Once the sago pearls are cooked,add the

lightly mashed boiled potatoes,and roasted

nuts.Remove from fire.

• Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with

raita.

You could try the same recipe with lime .

Omitting the tomato purée and chilli

powder.

GREEN GRAM SPROUTS -GREEN PEAS IDDLI


Iddli is one good breakfast containing proteins

and nutrients .Doused with sambhar and

chutney it’s the favourite and oil free breakfast

of South India .

Recent culinary experts have tried their hands

in creating different types and shapes of iddlis

( I too have posted few varieties of iddli).

which is to be appreciated.

Today’s recipe is another recipe I found healthy

and tasty .

The recipe is too simple !

Here’s to the nutritious breakfast recipe!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups iddli batter*

Half cup fresh green peas

Half cup green gram sprouts

1 tsp pepper

1-2 green chillies

1 tsp cummin seeds

METHOD

•Excluding the iddli batter ,grind the rest of the

ingredients to a very coarse paste .

•Mix the ground paste into the batter.

•Mix well,pour into iddli moulds and steam till

done .

Serve with your favourite chutney !

I served with ridgegourd and ivy gourd

chutney ( recipe to follow)

Tip : When you grind the iddli batter,add

coconut water in place of water for grinding.

Use ice water for grinding.

IDDLI / DOSA BATTER*

•1 cup urad dal ( washed and soaked with 1

tsp fenugreek seeds for minimum 2 hours)

•4 cups iddli rice ( parboiled rice)

•A handful of raw rice or basmati rice

•A handful of rice flakes or poha ( soak 10

minutes before starting to grind )

Adding poha is optional

Method

•Wash and soak in separate bowls.

•After 2 hours grind the urad dal first fine .

•Remove the ground urad dal into a

container .

•Next grind both the rice ( do not add much

water).till it looks like fine semolina.

•Remove and mix with the ground urad dal.

Add 2 tsp salt .

•Cover and allow to ferment .

•Pour batter to fill only half of the container,

as the batter will froth and rise and may

spill over after fermentation.

CHICK PEA-EGG MASALA


Chick peas or garbanzo beans is one good

legume,with loads of protein,fibre,and many

other nutrients,and vitamins.

The fibre sourced from this peas is very

beneficial to diabetic patients .

1 cup chick peas =125 gm fibre .

Good to serve at breakfast.It’s best to pre-soak

before cooking. In case you forget to soak,do

not worry ,just add boiling hot water into a

casserole ,add the peas ,close the lid and set

aside for half an hour,and pressure cook .

Now …that’s a tip I have given .😀

Moving to the recipe

INGREDIENT ( serves 4)

1 cup chick peas ( soaked overnight)

1 cup curd /yoghurt

1 tsp chilli flakes

2-3 eggs

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1 -2 tsp butter or oil ( oil can be opted out too)

Salt to taste

Grind to a coarse paste

2 green chillies

4-5 cloves garlic

A small piece ginger

METHOD

•Cook the chick peas with 1/2 cup curd,turmeric

and a little water till soft ( pressure cook )

•Remove from fire ,and add the ground paste.

•Add the rest of the spices.

•Now,add the eggs and keep mixing till it looks

scrambled.

Garnish with coriander leaves .

This dish can be used to make wraps,or served

with chapatis,and bread .

If you need more spice ,you could add more

chilli powder.

Simple recipe but tasty to have it without any

accompaniments.

Do try this healthy dish and post in your

suggestions and comments!

CORN -MAYONNAISE BUNS


This is a bun made with wheat flour and a

handful of white flour .

The bun was baked first,slit in the centre and

the filled with corn filling !

Home made mayonnaise,+simple ingredients

resulted in an elegant,and awesome breakfast.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups wheat flour+1 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp yeast

1 tblsp.sugar ( preferably brown)

2 tblsp milk powder/ milk

1 egg ( optional)

50gm butter

Lukewarm water to bind the dough

METHOD

You can mix all the ingredients together and

bind to a sticky dough.

Allow to rise,knead for 10 minutes on a floured

board (count to 50 turns of dough for best

results).Divide into portions you prefer.

Let it rise for another time .

Brush the tops with egg yolk , and bake in a

200C oven for 20 -30 minutes .

Remove from tray and allow to cool .


For homemade mayonnaise

1 egg

Oil ( 3 times the volume of eggs )

A tsp of lemon juice

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp yellow mustard powder

Method

Blend all together till thick .


For the filling

Corn pellets

Capsicum

Tomato

Salt to taste

Mayonnaise

Method

Boil the corn (2-3 minutes is enough).

Cut capsicum fine .

Add mayonnaise.

Fill in buns,and serve .

A sprinkle of coarsely ground almonds will be an added flavour !

CHILLI -GUAVA FRUIT SMOOTHIE


It’s been long since,I posted a breakfast drink .

After the rains,I went up the terrace to inspect

how my plants were doing.

My black rose plant,gratefully gifts me flowers ,

every day.Bewitched by the fragrance,it spread

unusually (maybe due to rainwater) cut out a

bunch.

Excited,and infused by its fragrance, I wanted

to take a photo at that very instant ,so that’s

how this breakfast drink became a recipe post😀.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 big guava

1 banana

1 apple

A pinch of chilli powder( Kashmiri chilli)

1/4 tsp salt

Honey/ Sugar/to taste

Water to your requirement

METHOD

Blend all in a juicer,and serve .

Serving chilled is your option!

PUMPKIN-CHEESE BREAD


Roasted pumpkin cheese bread,has a texture of

a soft bun.

Pumpkin and cheese combination,is such that

it can be consumed plain.

This was made with fresh pumpkin,toasted in

the oven and puréed . This time I thought to

make a sticky dough,and succeeded to get a

super soft pumpkin bread .While roasting the

pumpkin I didn’t discard the seeds,or the skin.

I made the dough with the seeds .Puréed the

pumpkin with the skin on.The tint of the

pumpkin spread all over the bread seemed

lovely to the eye .

This is my own innovated recipe and

measurements!

Note: As I baked in a silicone bread mould ,I removed the baked bread from the mould and baked again for another 10 mins to get a crunchy crust all around .

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups flour ( all purpose/ bread flour)

1 cup pumpkin purée

1 egg ( optional)

2 tbsp sugar

1.5 tsp yeast( instant )

2 tbsp milk powder

50 gm melted butter / oil

1/2 cup grated cheese ( not mozzarella)

1 tsp salt

Water to knead

METHOD

•Mix all the ingredients,to a sticky dough.

•Cover and set aside to rise double.

•Knead lightly for 5 minutes.

•Transfer the dough to a well greased loaf pan.

•Cover and allow to rise again .

•Bake in a preheated oven ( 200C)for 30

minutes.

•Remove the baked loaf from the pan and bake

again for 10 minutes ,to get a crisp crust on all

sides

CHEESY HERB TWISTED ROLL


This is a good roll for breakfast or for a quick

meal .I have posted many recipes of cheese

buns,and rolls recipes.

This recipe is a little different from the

previous posts ,and the difference is honey

replaced for sugar ( to ferment ),and butter is

added to the milk and warmed.( lukewarm).

Now,to today’s recipe with lots of cheese and

herbs . Why I added as ‘ herbs’ to the title,

without specifying one is,because you could

use any type of herbs to your choice like

parsley,spinach,basil,….or your favourite

combination with cheese .You could choose any

type of cheese.

This roll has to be folded with two pieces of

dough with grated cheese,and herbs in

between.You could also use sun-dried tomatoes

Well,I removed the seeds of the tomato and cut

fine to add with the cheese and parsley .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups flour

1.5 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp honey

50-75 gm butter

1-2 cups milk

1 egg

1 tsp salt

For the cheese filling

1-2 cups grated cheese

Finely cut parsley or herb of your choice

2 tomatoes (finely chopped and seeds

removed )

1 tsp chilli flakes

METHOD

•Warm the butter and milk together.

•Add yeast,honey to the flour and mix well.

•Next add the warmed butter and milk with

salt, and mix to a soft dough .

•Add egg and knead for 5 minutes.

•Cover and allow to rise double .

•After it has risen,knead again on a floured

board for another 5 minutes.

•Cover and allow to rise again .

• Divide the risen dough into equal portions.

• Roll out each into long strips . Use 2 strips for each roll .

•Apply butter before placing the filling.

• Spread the filling .Keep another strip of dough on it .

• Seal the edges lightly,and make another fold ( 4 edges overlapping).

• Slightly twist and place on baking tray .

• Brush with egg yolk on the top .(I brushed

with the remaining butter and milk )

•Sprinkle with nuts if you like .

Do try and please give me your feedback!

BAO BUNS (2 types of fillings)


Bao buns or steamed buns are extracts from

the Chinese cuisine.

Steamed buns can be stuffed with savoury and

sweet fillings .Check link …

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/steamed-buns/?preview=true

This dough recipe is the same as in the link .( click link above for dough recipe )

Just including variations of the filling .This bao

bun has to flattened and shaped like a

semicircle ,steamed with a tiny parchment

paper in between the folds , or cut after

steaming and the filling placed inside .

I love making these buns, for the texture and

taste .

The first variation is a Spiced Paneer Bao

This needs no recipe . Whatever spicy chilli

sauce you have,can be tossed in with the

paneer and used as stuffing,with a little

vegetables of your choice .

2.Used the ‘Caramelised onion and meat

bilimbi pickle for the second variation.

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2020/11/14/caramelised-onionmeat-bilimbi-pickle/?preview=true

Both were awesome !Do try and post in your

valuable feedback!