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.

LADIES FINGER IN CURD


In fact I don’t know to title some dishes

according to authenticity, it’s just what comes

to my mind,I write so please do excuse .

Ladies finger,bhindi,vendakka,okra is one

vegetable you should compulsorily include

during summers.This one has the creamy,spicy

curd taste.Good to serve with rice and curry .

Peanuts or channa dal can be added or even

cooked plain.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

250 gm ladies finger washed and cut

1 tomato

1 onion chopped

2-3 cloves garlic

2 green chillies +2tbsp coconut coarsely ground

1/2 cup slightly beaten curd

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp sugar

For tempering

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp channa dal

Curry leaves

Pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

Heat oil, and add the ingredients for tempering.

Add onions,garlic,tomatoes with salt and

turmeric and sauté for few minutes.

Next add the cut vegetable with the chilli

powder , cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the ground paste , sugar and curd and

cook for further 5 minutes .

Remove from fire .

EGGLESS BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING


This is an awesome dessert which can be made

in minutes.Simple ingredients but exquisite

taste.

Using brown sugar adds more taste and colour

to the pudding .

So do try this dessert and send in your

comments and suggestions !

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp.butter

3/4 -1 cup brown sugar

2.5 cups milk

3 tbsp cornflour mixed in 1/2 cup milk

METHOD

Add the butter and sugar in a thick saucepan,

and heat till the sugar dissolves on medium

flame. Do not stir much .

When it is is bubbling and reaches a nice deep

brown colour , add the milk ( the sugar will

crystallise .Do not get confused it will dissolve

in the milk while heating).At this stage add the

cornflour mixture, and cook till thick.

Pour into moulds and refrigerate for minimum

1 hour .

Can be served with praline .

Check my previous post on another version of butterscotch pudding

https://calinskitchen.com/2016/11/20/butterscotch-pudding/

BOILED TAPIOCA (KAPPA)


This is very simple recipe .Keralites and

Srilankans have this as a meal .

Keralites have it with coconut . Srilankans have

it with ‘Pol sambol ‘or ‘Katta sambol‘.

Trust me ,if only you have, had tasted this

sambol with boiled tapioca,it will be a frequent

meal in your homes .

Street foods in Srilanka sell this in conical leaf

packets .Really inviting !

This recipe is for people who do not know how

to boil this yam.

A good result depends on the quality of the

yam.

You have to create rustic cuts on the yam , and

peel . The peel will come off easily.

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

Tapioca/ cassava / kappa / Maravalli / manioc

1 tsp peppercorns

1/4 tsp turmeric

Salt to taste

METHOD

Add the peeled yam with water enough to

immerse the yam.

Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.

Allow the steam to release on its own,and

strain the water.

Take a little water from the strained liquid ,add

salt , peppercorns , turmeric and the boiled

yam and cook for 2-3 minutes and remove

from fire.

Add coconut and serve with pol sambol or katta

sambol.

https://calinskitchen.com/2019/11/26/pol-sambol-coconut-sambol/

MORINGA RICE FLOUR ROTI


This is another version of the rice flour roti

recipe I have posted before,with moringa

leaves.

This roti can be made using red rice flour too.

Moringa emerging the star of herbs , has to be

included in your diet frequently.As I have a

moringa tree at my hands reach,I pluck

whenever it attracts me with its gleaming coin

like leaves. Nature’s gift to us .

So ..now to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm rice flour

Moringa leaves

2-3 chilli flakes

1 cup grated coconut

1 egg ( optional)

1 tblsp ghee / butter ( optional)

Boiling hot water

Salt to taste

METHOD

Take half of the moringa leaves and pulse it in

a grinder for 1 second and set aside.

Take flour in a bowl, add salt and boiling water

gradually and mix with a spatula till it forms

together . Allow to cool for few minutes and

then add all the ingredients and mix to a soft

dough.

Divide portions and press on oiled sheets or on

the pan itself .No need to add oil . Just smear

the pan with a cloth dipped in oil. If it’s a non

stick pan , you can opt out the smearing.

Cook on both sides . Serve with curries of your

choice !

PAPPADAM FALAFEL ROLLS


This is a good side dish to serve with any meal.

The filling can be anything of your choice.Even

caramelised onions will be a good filling.

Today’s recipe will be with falafel mixture.

Soaked chick peas and spinach ground mix .

With the papadam wrap it tasted more

tastier ,so do try this easy recipe and post in

your comments and views !

INGREDIENTS

Big papadams

1 cup chick peas ( soaked)

1 cup spinach leaves/ coriander leaves

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 tblsp biriyani masala

1 onion chopped

2-3 green chillies chopped

Salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying

METHOD

First grind the chick peas,spinach leaves ,

cummin seeds to the texture of rawa or

semolina.

Mix in with the rest of the ingredients.

Soak the papadums in water till flexible to roll.

A good papadam will require just few

seconds.

Place the filling and roll like a tiny spring roll.

Some papadam don’t require any sealing of

edges , if you want to seal use egg white,or a

little flour mixed in water.

Shallow fry the rolls on a medium flame till

golden brown.

This can be served as a starter with sauces of

your choice .

MYSORE MASALA DOSA


I tasted this for the first time in Coimbatore.It

tasted good and very much different from the

regular masala dosai with the yellow potato

filling .

This masala had the colour from the beetroot

included .The addition of vegetables is different

and the application of iddli podi with the

masala gives you an awesome taste. I have

added beaten egg for my version .

Non vegans will love with the egg.Vegans

please opt out the egg.

To the recipe now ( I will be giving the recipe

for the filling only )

INGREDIENTS

1-2 potatoes peeled and cut

1 drumstick cut

1 carrot chopped

1 small beetroot peeled and cut

1 big onion chopped

1 tomato

2-3 green chillies

1 tsp ginger- garlic paste

1 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp saunf

Coriander leaves for garnishing

1 tblsp ghee

Salt to taste.

1 tsp gram flour mixed in a little water.

METHOD

Heat the ghee in a pressure pan .Add saunf and

onions with salt and sauté till translucent.

Add the tomato and the rest of the ingredients

except gram flour and coriander leaves.

Mix well and cook for 5 minutes in its juices.

Add just 1/2 cup water and pressure cook for 2

whistles, till potato is cooked.

Allow steam to release on its own .

Add the gram flour and cook further till it

well corporates and thick .Garnish with

coriander leaves.

Prepare Dosa crisp ,add beaten egg and remove

from fire.

Smear a little ghee and iddli podi , add 2 tblsp

of the vegetable mixture .

Turn one side of the dosa to cover.

Serve with coconut chutney !

For the dosa batter ( same as iddli with a little addition of water) . Here’s the link to it

https://calinskitchen.com/2014/10/10/iddlis-south-indian-food/

For iddli podi link

https://calinskitchen.com/2017/04/12/iddli-podi-3-types/

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!

ORANGE ‘N’ THUTHUVALAI RASAM


Solanum trilobatum or climbing brinjal in

English is a wonderful herb with many health

benefits, mainly good for respiratory problems

Nature’s blessed me with with this herb in my

culinary patch and I use it to make chutneys

mixed with different combinations.

Oranges in my fruit basket seemed to get the

stale look , so grabbed an orange and made this

beautiful rasam.

I never use rasam powders,because I want the

rasam to have the infused taste of the herbs or

ingredients I use in the making .

Moving on to the recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

A handful of thuthuvalai leaves ( without

thorns)

1 tsp peppercorns

1 tsp.cummin seeds

3-4 cloves of garlic

1/2 tomato

3-4 dry chillies

1/2 tsp turmeric

Juice of 1 orange

Salt to taste

For tempering

1 tblsp oil

1/2 tsp.mustard seeds

2 dry chillies

Curry leaves

A pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

First coarsely pound or grind the the bold

listed ingredients and set aside

Heat oil ,add the mustard seeds and the

ingredients listed for tempering.

Add the leaves and sauté for 2 minutes.

Next add the ground paste with salt and sauté

for 1-2 minutes .

Add 2 cups water and allow to reach boiling

point and switch off the flame .

Add the orange juice . Garnish with coriander

leaves.

Note: Always remember to pour orange ,lemon,gooseberry juices after switching off the flame .

It is believed that the nutrients will be lost if it is allowed to boil .

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