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.

COOKED RICE CHAKLI


This is an awesome recipe,with cooked rice and

roasted gram dal.

I just tried a small quantity, with my changes

and within minutes the whole bunch of crunch

disappeared.

So do try this easy murukku prepared by left

over rice and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked rice

1/2 cup roasted gram dal

6 dry red chillies /1 tblsp chilli flakes

1/2 tsp cummin powder (I always have roasted

cummin +curry leaves powder separately)

salt to taste.

A few sesame seeds

A pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

First powder the roasted gram dal fine and set

aside ( sieve for fine press).

Next grind the cooked rice to a fine paste, with

chillies.

Mix the rest of the ingredients and knead to a

soft dough. Add little water if needed.

Insert portions of the dough into a murukku

press and make swirls into the oil directly or on

the back of a slotted spoon ,and drop into the

oil.

Fry till the bubbles in the oil slows down and

the chakli is golden brown.

Do try and send in your feedback.

QUICK RAW BANANA VADA


Yesterday I made raw banana Bajji ( valakkai Bajji).

Here’s the proof 🤪

To continue my story of on the spot innovation.

After making the fritters, there were leftover

marinaded banana slices.

I kept it in the fridge ,having an idea to make

some crispies out if it .While tossing the slices,

in the pan I changed my mind , broke in 2 slices

of bread and tossed with the masalas for few

seconds.

Then, I switched off the flame ,and thought for

a while how to make it interesting than a crispy

So let’s get to the recipe to know how…,

INGREDIENTS (makes 6)

1/2 of a raw banana slices marinaded in 1 tsp chilli powder,1/4 tsp turmeric,salt

3 slices bread

1 tsp ghee

1 onion chopped

2 green chillies chopped

A handful of chopped coriander leaves

A little water to moisten bread

1 egg ( vegans can opt out)

2 tblsp wheat flour

1/4 tsp garlic paste

A little oil to shallow fry

A handful of Panko crumbs or breadcrumbs ( optional)

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat the ghee, and toss in the marinaded

banana slices, till brown .

Add the bread and mix in with the banana,and

toss for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from fire.Sprinkle little water, on the

bread . Add the rest of the ingredients and

knead to get the consistency of a vada.

Heat oil in a shallow frying pan and fry these

vadas to a golden brown color.

I served it with South India’s dish ‘ Sambhar

Sadam ,valathandu chutney (banana stem) and

this cutlet. It was excellent!

Do try my innovated recipe , and post in your

comments and suggestions!

WHEAT ENERGY LADOO


This is wonderful energy providing ladoo.With

the richness of nuts,Edible gum ( badam pisin),

Coconut ,honey ….is undoubtedly healthy.

So do try healthy stuff during these times,and

keep your family fit !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup wheat flour

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup cashewnuts

1/2 cup dates ( I used date syrup)

Pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds or any seeds

of your choice

1/2 cup badam pisin ( you can add 1 cup but I

had only 1/2 cup ….effects of lockdown)

1/4 cup powdered sugar/ jaggery

3/4 cup coconut ( coconut chips cut from

fresh coconut and ground coarsely ,

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt.

1/4 -1/2 cup ghee

METHOD

Heat 2-3 tblsp of ghee and roast the gum first.It

should swell to a crunchy stage.Remove from

pan and set aside.

Lightly toss the almond,cashew,raisins for 1

minute in the leftover ghee in the pan.Remove

from pan and set aside.

Add another tblsp of ghee and roast coconut till

light brown. Remove from pan .

Heat the remaining ghee to the pan,and add the

wheat flour,and roast till you get a nice aroma

from the flour ( on medium flame).

Add the remaining ingredients and the roasted

ingredients into a food processor or blender

and pulse for few seconds only .

Make ladoo and store.

If the ladoo is crumbly to shape add ghee.

Note: You could use boora / Tagar sugar if you prefer to use

BOTTLE GOURD +NUTS PAKODA


Pakoda or pakora whatever the variety may be

it’s good for side dishes with variety rice,and

good to be served with tea .

I have posted recipes and variations of this

dish.

https://calinskitchen.com/2016/02/22/crunchy-pakodas-or-pakoras/

Click on the link for the recipe .

Today’s recipe is with grated bottlegourd

(.Sorakkai), sunflower seeds,and pumpkin

seeds.

Tip to fry : First fry till 3/4th done. Remove

from fire and fry again to a golden color .

This way the crisp texture will last longer.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup grated bottle gourd

1 onion chopped

1 -2 green chillies chopped

1-2 cloves garlic crushed

3 tblsp. Sunflower seeds

3 tblsp pumpkin seeds

1 tsp chillie powder

3/4 cup gram flour

2 tblsp rice flour

1 tblsp all purpose flour/ wheat flour

1-2 tblsp melted ghee

Salt to taste

1 tsp saunf

A pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

As the bottlegourd contains water , do not add

water .

Just mix in all the ingredients together.

If you can hold the dough with the tips of your

fingers , do not add water.

Heat oil in a pan, and drop little portions

pinching with the tips of your fingers (shapes

will be rustic).

Do not roll like for cutlets .Fry till 3/4th done .

Remove from oil . After frying all ,refry till

golden brown.

MOONG MOTICHUR LADOO


The story of this recipe began,when besan flour

stock was over in my kitchen,and there was no

way to order online due to lockdown.

I had moong dal flour in the fridge which I use

for cosmetic purposes. If besan,which is also a

lentil can be used why not moong ?So started

to make , the same recipe for Motichoor ladoo.

It worked and no one knew that it was moong

dal flour ,till I revealed the secret .

It’s the same recipe of gram dal flour ladoo.

https://calinskitchen.com/2019/02/09/boondhi-laddu/

Follow this link for the recipe .You can omit mawa .

Try this and send in your comments!

BEETROOT WINE BUNS


This is the recipe of ‘Kimbula banis’ meaning

crocodile buns as it resembles a crocodile in

shape.(Kimbula means crocodile in Sinhala)

This bun is available, in all bakeries of Srilanka

It is crisp on the outside, with a good sprinkle

of sugar on the top , and soft on the inside.

I had made beetroot wine before,and thought

to include this in the preparation!

Trust me the wine , made the dough so

velvety ,it looked smooth as silk . ( I forgot to

take photo of the dough).

Added some pumpkin seeds only for sprinkle .

( you can add seeds and nuts of your choice).

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3-4 cups flour

2 tsp instant yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

50 gm butter/ oil

1/4 -1/2 cup beetroot wine

1/2 tsp salt

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together and knead for

10- 15 minutes in your mixer, or by hand.

Cover and allow to rise double in size.

After the dough has risen . Divide into portions.

Roll out,cut into triangles and roll out like a

croissant , but a little longer,

Place each on a greased tray,apply sugar syrup

and sprinkle some sugar and nuts( your choice)

Bake in a 200C oven for 20-25 minutes!

For the sugar syrup

1/4 cup sugar with a little water ( no need to

heat) just mix till sugar is slightly dissolved .

Note: You can opt out the wine and make the

authentic sugary buns.

SUSIYAM


Susiyam a favourite snack, with green

gram,coconut and jaggery filling is one of my

favourite snack .

This is named, and made in different ways

according to different cuisines.

The dipping batter can be made with all

purpose flour,lentil flour,rice flour….The filling

is made with boiled green gram mashed with

coconut,and jaggery made into ball shapes,

dipped in batter and fried to a golden color.

The twist in today’s recipe is

•I sprouted the green gram , the previous day

and made with sprouts.*

• I used leftover iddli batter for the coating.

To the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sprouted green gram (boiled)

3/4 cup coconut/dessicated coconut

Grated jaggery to your taste.

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder ( optional)

METHOD

Mix all these together on medium heat.

Remove from fire . Mash well and make lemon

sized balls.

Dip in dosa batter,and fry in oil till crisp and

golden .

*Soak moong for a day. Drain the water in the

night, and tie in a muslin cloth and hang .

Following day you can see the sprouting.

For the batter ( options)

1.You can use all purpose flour

2. You can use urad dal flour

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

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.