IDDLI WITH IDDLI RAWA


This iddli has to be made with iddli rawa

( broken rice sold specially for iddli called iddli

rawa ).

The texture and the taste was very good .

Working busy moms could try this .Those stuck

to some hobby till late, and then confuse what

to do for the next morning,can try this recipe .

The recipe instructions were to soak urad dal

for 2 hours,but I minimised the time to 30

minutes,and the outcome didn’t make any

difference,so do try this during your busy

times /days.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal washed and soaked for 30-45

minutes

2.5 cups iddli rawa washed and soaked .

2 tsp salt

METHOD

•After the soaking time,grind the dal fine .

•Mix in with the rawa, salt and allow to

ferment overnight.

•Next morning mix well,pour into iddli moulds

and steam till done .

Note : Iddli rawa is different from normal rawa ( semolina )

GUACAMOLE,MANGO TACOS


Guacamole in any food is a favourite in my

home ,and I have posted recipes on it .Today it’s

a Mexican dish in my style ,everything made

from scratch even the taco shells is homemade

(lockdown is training our hands ).This is the

first time I have made at home ,and in the

process learnt a method of storing the shells.

(pre-made) .I found this recipe in my old books.

This tacos can be made with countless fillings,

Vegan or non vegan ,with various sauces,salsa ,

and good to be served as a snack or a meal with

decked up healthy fillings .I served this for

breakfast with guacamole and mango with

cheesy mustard sauce.Made few in conical

shapes and the basic tacos shape.

It was a crunchy delicious breakfast !

Now to the recipe

First to the tacos shell recipe

INGREDIENTS

200 gm cornflour

250 gm all purpose flour

25 gm gram flour ( optional)

1 tsp oil

salt

Lukewarm water to knead

METHOD

Mix all together to make a soft dough .

Allow to rest till you make the filling.

After 15 minutes ,divide into portions.

Roll out into thin circles.

Use your fingers and lightly make impressions

( To avoid the bubbles)

Heat a flat griddle and only warm each circle .

Do not allow to cook

( photo-after heating)

At this stage you can wrap in foil or cling wrap

and store in fridge .

Bring to room temperature before use .

Now preheat the oven to 200 C.

Lay each shell on a grill ( like in the photo)

If you want conical shapes -Make cone shapes

and insert into muffin tins and bake.

Bake for 15 -2O minutes .


For the basic guacomole 

1 -2 ripe avacado/butterfruit

1 cup chopped cilantro/palak

1 onion chopped fine

2-3 green chillies

2 tomatoes chopped

pepper powder (depending on your taste)

salt

juice of 2 limes

a little nutmeg powder (optional)

Method

Remove the pulp and mash lightly.Add the rest

of the ingredients and mix well.

Add semi-ripe mango cubes .


For the cheese-mustard sauce

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1 cup cheese

1/2 cup water / milk ( I used water)

1 tsp mustard powder( yellow )

Method

Heat butter.When it melts add flour and mix

well.

Add water and then the cheese .

After the cheese melts add mustard and

remove from fire ,and use .

CURRIED NOODLES(with leftover curry)


This is made with left over mutton curry ,and

the taste was amazing .You have to pick the

remaining pieces of meat ,fry in butter and add

in the making of noodles with a little curry

( like kothu).

The same process may be followed in the

making of ‘ kothu parota’+or string hopper

kothu.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

400 -500 gm noodles

1-2 carrots

Few beans cut

A small piece of cabbage

Few spring onions/ leeks

1 cup leftover curry

Leftover meat fried in a little butter separately.

2-3tbsp butter

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp chilli powder/ pepper powder

( optional )

3-4 eggs scrambled separately

METHOD

Cook the noodles ( directions in the packet you

are using ) , drain and set aside .

Heat butter in a wok,and add the vegetables

with salt.

Toss for 5 minutes ,add the fried meat and the

curry .Once it reaches a boil ,add in the cooked

noodles and mix well.

Add scrambled eggs and serve hot .

( I made this with the mutton curry in my previous post😋)

THENGA,MANGA,PATTANI SUNDAL


The title is what you hear ,when you stroll the

beaches in Chennai.

These are prepared hygienically,and sold in

paper cones.This is one dish, we don’t think

hard when at the beach to buy and pop in your

mouth while you walk, or while the waves

caress your legs.

Mostly the people who sit and analyse,or stare

at the waves will have this in their hands.

This is like comfort food ,addictive,a pop in the

mouth it’s non stop .

Healthy and tasty dish .

Now let me take the opportunity to translate

the title for those who do not know Tamil.

Thenga-Coconut

Manga -Mango

Pattani-Peas / gram

Sundal -is the mixture altogether

The beach Sundal is mostly made with white

chick peas .Today I have the recipe with brown

chickpea which is considered more nutritious.

There are many types of chickpeas ,the white,

brown, black ,green .

You can make this with any peas of your choice

To name a few – cowpea,soya bean,boiled

corn,green gram….

So let’s get into the simple recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chick peas soaked overnight

1 raw mango grated

1/2 cup coconut

Few strips green chillies

For tempering

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2 dry chillies

Few curry leaves

Tiny cut pieces of coconut

A pinch of asafoetida

1/4 tsp chilli powder ( optional)

METHOD

Cook the soaked peas till soft , and strain the

water

Heat oil ,add mustard , asafoetida,curry leaves,

dry chillies.

When the mustard starts to splitter add the

peas and the rest of the ingredients,and toss

well.Remove from fire .

(1 second after tempering is enough)

POHA SAMOSA


These type of samosas originated from Iranian

cuisine.

The poha stuffing needs no cooking,minutes to

make if you have the samosa sheets ready

beforehand .

So let me get into the recipe now

For the dough

INGREDIENTS

1 cup wheat flour

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp hot oil

Oil for frying the samosas

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients to make a firm

dough,and set aside for 10-15 minutes,or till

you make the filling.

After the resting time,divide the dough into 4-5

portions.

Roll out thinly .Heat the pan and place the

rolled dough till it gets the heat only,not

cooked( only on one side )

Sprinkle a little flour in between when placing

the heated sheet.

Cut strips according to the size you desire.Make

cones . Seal the edges with a little flour mixed

in water. You can prick a clove on the end to

get a nice aroma.

Now to the filling

INGREDIENTS

1 cup poha

1 cup finely chopped onions ( I used half spring onions)

1 tsp cummin powder

1 tsp amchur powder or lime juice

1 tsp chilli powder

2-3 chopped green chillies

Coriander leaves

Salt to taste

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together well .Sprinkle 1

tsp water , mix and use as stuffing.

The method of frying for the extra crunch-

First fry the stuffed samosas till light brown

( or half fried ) remove .After you have fried all

like this,start frying again to a golden brown

colour.

RADISH CHEESE PARATHA


Radish paratha is always a favourite of my

family.

I have posted recipes of stuffed radish before

with variations . Do check the link https://

calinskitchen.com/2014/10/17/radish-parathas/

Today’s recipe will radish with cheese and

scrambled egg. Those who love mayonnaise

can substitute for cheese.

The mixture of the dough was different…made

with whey,ajwain and kalonji seeds.

Served with a lovely ginger,sweet and sour

chutney ,dinner was awesome!

Children will love the taste,so do try and send

in your valued comments and appreciates!

As the link to the previous post has explanation

of health benefits I’m going to the recipe right

away !

INGREDIENTS ( dough)

3-4 cups wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ajwain seeds

1/2 tsp kalonji seeds

1 tsp sugar

Enough whey water to bind ( optional)

2 tblsp oil.

METHOD

Bind all these to a soft dough.

Apply oil on the dough and allow to rest for

minimum 15-20 minutes.

For the radish stuffing

Ingredients

3 radish peeled and grated

2 tsp chilli flakes

3 -4 eggs beaten

1 tblsp coriander-cummin powder

Salt to taste

1 tblsp butter or oil

1/2 tsp pepper powder

3-4 tblsp cheese ( your choice of cheese)

Method

Squeeze out the water from the grated radish.

Heat the oil,add the radish and the rest of the

ingredients, except the eggs and pepper, and

roast for a minute.

Shove the radish to one side of the pan,and add

eggs and pepper and scramble.

As the eggs start to scramble,mix the radish

and remove from fire.

Add cheese and mix well.

Divide portions of the dough . Roll out each

portion.

Place a tblsp . of the stuffing and roll into

shapes you like.

Heat a pan and cook the roti on both sides with

1 tsp oil for each portion.

Smear with ghee after you remove from fir and

serve with chutney.

You can serve with mint chutney/ raita too.

For the ginger -coriander sweet chutney

A small piece ginger

A handful of coriander leaves

1 tblsp date syrup

3-4 kokum peels

1 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste

Blend all these ingredients to a fine paste .

Serve with roti.

MODAKS /KOLUKATTAI


Today I’m going to share with you 2 varieties of

kolukatai.

One which I had planned to do , the other came

up when the filling was over.

As there is a saying “Necessity is the mother of

invention “-this chocolate and coconut had the

taste of biting into a bounty piece of chocolate.

Just little squares of Amul chocolate and a little

dessicated coconut did the trick .

So let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rice flour / kolukattai flour

2 -3 tblsp ghee

2-3 cups hot boiling water

Salt to taste

A little tender coconut water – ( optional)

For the filling

2 cups grated coconut

Jaggery powder/country sugar to your taste

2 tblsp gram dal flour( besan)

1 tblsp rawa ( semolina)

1 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt

2-3 tblsp ghee

METHOD

Mix ghee into the flour with salt.

Pour boiling water and bind to a soft dough.

Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes knead the dough well .

If the dough looks dry, add a little ghee and

knead to get a soft texture.

Divide into portions and keep a spoon of the

filling . Seal the edges firmly and steam for 7-10

minutes

Method for filling

Heat ghee and add the besan flour and roast

for a minute.Next add rawa , nuts. and the rest

of the ingredients, and remove from fire.

Chocolate filling method

Insert a square of chocolate with dessicated

coconut . Seal the edges and steam .

You will get a steamed chocolate lava effect

when you cut into.

My kids loved it and they said it was the best

taste in kolukattai . So do try and send in your

comments .

Note: Using moulds like this is very easy , so do

try your favourite shapes

CRAB FRIED RICE


This is a different type of fried rice ,with

pineapple ,corn pellets and crab meat and a

sprinkle of spring onions.No addition of sauces,

just few ingredients and a yummy rice bowl.

To the recipe now…

Tip : I added washed Crab claws into the

cooking rice . Extra flavour seeps into the

rice.

Strain when the rice is 3/4th done. Save 1/2

cup of the strained liquid .Remove the crab

claws and extract the meat.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basmati rice

3-4 crab claw meat

Few corn pellets

1 capsicum chopped or 2-3 green chillies

chopped

2-3 pineapple pieces chopped

1/2 tsp pepper powder

Few spring onions/ leeks chopped

1 tsp chopped ginger and garlic

2 eggs

2 tblsp. butter

METHOD

Heat butter in a wok on high heat , add the

chopped ginger-garlic,add vegetables except

the pineapple pieces.

Shove the vegetables to a side in the pan and

break in the eggs and scramble.

Add pepper pineapple, rice and a little of the

drained stock.

Cover and cook for 5 minutes .Remove from

fire.

Note: You can add white pepper in place of

black pepper

BREAD ‘N’CHEESE BAKE


This is the easiest and yummiest breakfast .

Cheesy , creamy , and healthy too.

Well, the previous day I had baked wheat bread

and half of the loaf was remaining .

Thought to make sandwiches,but that seemed a

little more work on one of my lazy mornings,so

plan diverts ,took to another successful dish .

Just one touch of the mixer, and there you are

relishing a healthy breakfast.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1/2 loaf bread

1 cup goat cheese/ any cheese you prefer

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

Few spinach leaves/ leeks

2 sliced green chillies

Pepper to taste

1 tblsp butter

Salt ( if using goat cheese ,please check for salt)

1/4 tsp nutmeg grated

slices of capsicum

METHOD

Break the eggs into the mixer directly.

Add cheese,milk and run the mixer , for 2-3

seconds.

Next add the spinach( Palak leaves) and again

blend for another second.

Add the green chillies,nutmeg,pepper powder.

Arrange the bread on a greased dish . Crumble

it slightly and pour the egg mixture over it .

Top it with slices of capsicum and bake in a

moderate ( 180C) oven for 25 minutes.

Serve warm / hot.

KEERAI ULUNDHU VADA


Is it a rule that keerai should be added to

masala vada ( split gram dal).?

Today,I tried adding keerai to ulundhu vada

mixture and it was very tasty.

I make this vada with variations like adding

flour,rice flour or only the lentil itself.

This time I made with the inclusion of a roasted

gram dal and ponnanganni keerai (dwarf

copper leaf ). As I liked the taste ,I immersed

some in curd (thayir vada,curd vada). You can

make sambhar vada or rasam vada with this

recipe.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal ( ulundhu) soaked for minimum

20-25 minutes.

a handful of roasted gram dal

2 green chillies

Few peppercorns

A pinch of asafoetida

A pinch of baking soda

a small piece of ginger

Curry leaves

1 onion chopped

A handful of keerai (spinach, or your favourite

keerai can be addded)

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Wash the dal and grind to a paste with all the

ingredients except the onions and curryleaves.

Add the onions and curry leaves after you have

ground the dal.

Divide into portions, deep fry, or shallow fry to

a golden brown color.

Curd vada variation

Add the fried vadas to a bowl of hot water

for 5 minutes.Squeeze out the water lightly

and add to prepared curd.

To prepare curd

Beat the thick curd with salt, a little ginger-

garlic paste,a little sugar.

Garnish with sliced green chillies and

coriander leaves.

Sambhar vada ,and rasam vada can be made

with the same method.