RAGI-WHEAT STUFFED PARATHA


Ragi or finger millet mixed with wheat flour

tastes much better than using the millet flour

alone in recipes like this .So here’s to another

version of stuffed radish, carrot,and cheese.

Today I made a slight variation by using

roasted curry powder to the fresh and raw

vegetables .No sauté. The addition of vegetables

can be your choice.

The mixture of flour is different in this recipe ,

so do try this healthy recipe, and post your

comments if you have made it .

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

2 cups ragi or finger millet flour

2 cups wheat flour

1 egg

3/4 cup curd

Salt

50 gm butter

METHOD

•Add sufficient water to a bowl ( add 1 cup

first )

•Add the curd,egg,salt to the water,and mix

well.

•Next add the flours,with required water to get

a soft dough .

•Apply butter on the dough and set aside for 10

minutes .

•Now knead again well.

•Divide into portions,roll out thinly,place

stuffing .

•Seal the edges and cook on a griddle on both

sides with a tsp of butter for each paratha.

•If you love more you could add as per your

taste .

For the filling

3 radish peeled and grated

1 carrot grated

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp roasted curry powder

Grated cheese

Salt to taste

METHOD

•Squeeze out the water from the radish after

washing .

•Add grated carrots cheese and the rest of the

ingredients and mix well.

•Use as stuffing .

Serve with mint chutney or raita !

2 TYPES OF CHUTNEYS WITH 2 ROOT VEGETABLES


Today’s recipe is tomato chutney for iddli/ dosa

with variations !

Both are healthy vegetables to be included .

All love carrot,but not radish ( because of the

pungent smell ) . So when you cut radish , put

into buttermilk / lime water for few minutes

and then sauté.

To the recipes now


1.TOMATO -CARROT CHUTNEY

Ingredients

3-4 tomatoes

1 carrot peeled

2 onions

3 cloves garlic

A tiny piece ginger

1-2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

Salt to taste

A tsp sugar / jaggery

For tempering

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

Few curry leaves

A pinch of asafoetida

Method

•Cut 1 onion fine , and grind the other 1 coarse.

•Purée the tomato and carrot together coarsely.

•Now heat the oil,and add the ingredients for

tempering with the chopped onion.

•Once the onion turns brown, add the coarse

onion with salt,and sauté for few seconds.

•Next add the rest of the ingredients and cook

till thick without adding water.

•Add required water depending on the

consistency you need and cook for 2-3 minutes

•Serve !


2.TOMATO -RADISH CHUTNEY

Ingredients

34 tomatoes

1 small radish,peeled and soaked in buttermilk

3-4 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

7-8 dry chillies

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

2 tbsp Tuvar dal / channa dal

Curry leaves

A little tamarind / kokum peels ( not kokum )

Salt to taste

A tsp of jaggery

2 tbsp oil

METHOD

•Dry roast the bold listed ,and set aside.

•Heat oil, and add the radish,tomatoes,turmeric

and salt and sauté till tomatoes are soft .

•Add tamarind or kokum peels .

•Remove from fire .

•Next grind the dry roasted ingredients coarse.

•Add the cooked vegetable mixture and the rest

of the ingredients,and grind to a paste .

•You can serve like this itself , but those who

love to temper can opt for it .

2 RECIPES WITH AMARANTH LEAVES


These recipes are with Amaranth leaves also

known as ‘ Arai keerai ‘ in Tamil.

I have tried this with other greens , but this

particular green gives an unique flavour with

rice .

Carrot with amaranth was a try today, and

served with fish curry it was finger -licking .

Amaranth with potato, with egg , with peanuts

are some of the combinations you could try .

Do try and post your comments!

To the recipes , first to the rice recipe

KEERAI RICE

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups cooked rice

1 cup greens chopped fine

2-3 cloves garlic crushed with peel

Ghee or oil

1/2 tsp mustard

2-3 dry chillies

2 tsp spice powder *

1/2 tsp turmeric

A pinch of asafoetida

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil add mustard seeds, dry chillies ,garlic

and asafoetida .

Next add the greens ,turmeric and sauté till the

greens are 3/4th cooked .

Add rice and mix well

Lastly add the spice powder ,mix well for a

minute and remove from fire .

Keep covered for few minutes and serve with

raita, papads and potato masala .

Good vegan meal !


Now to the spice powder recipe .You could use this for any variety rice , and has to be added at the end only

2 tbsp gram dal ( kadala parippu)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

Few curry leaves

1 tsp coriander seeds

Dry roast for few minutes ( Do not allow the

fenugreek seeds to brown) , and powder .


KEERAI – CARROT PORIYAL

INGREDIENTS

1 cup keerai chopped

3 carrots chopped

1 onion

2 crushed cloves garlic

1 green chilli chopped

1-2 tsp red chilli flakes

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 small tomato

1 red capsicum ( optional)

Powder 1 tsp cummin seeds and 1/4 coconut

together coarsely

1/2 lemon juice

1 tbsp coconut oil

METHOD

Heat oil ,add onions garlic and sauté till

translucent .

Add tomato with turmeric and salt and cook for

2-3 minutes

Next add carrot, greens , chilli flakes and cook

on a low flame covered till carrots are cooked .

Next add coconut mixture and mix . Remove

from fire after a minute,and add lemon juice.

PALAK CURD VADA


Vada in curd ‘known to be ‘Thayir Vada’ in

South Indian cuisine, is like comfort food

during hot summer days.

As urad dal is protein rich and curd is a

probiotic ,calcium rich healthy food ,having

this combination for breakfast contributes to

healthy living.

This combination of food is also considered to

be an alkalising agent.

I make this dish for breakfast at least once a

week,and today I thought to make it ‘green‘ by

adding spinach leaves .The addition of spinach

made the vadas super soft and tasty .

Let me share this recipe with you !

INGREDIENTS

200 gm urad dal

A small piece ginger

2-3 green chillies

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

A pinch of asafoetida

A handful or more spinach leaves

1 tsp all purpose flour

A pinch of baking soda

Salt to taste.

Oil for frying

For the curd mix

Enough curd to immerse the vadas

A little sugar

Salt to taste

Beat curd lightly with sugar and salt.

METHOD

Soak the urad dal for minimum 30 minutes -1

hour.

Grind the urad dal first to a coarse paste, and

then add all the ingredients and grind to a fine

paste.

Heat oil and fry the vadas on medium flame ,

till golden brown.

Dip the fried vadas in water ,squeeze out the

water lightly ,and add to prepared curd.

Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika,or Kashmiri

chilli powder,and coriander leaves.

ROASTED GARLIC ,BRINJAL IN CURD


Simple and elegant dish!Tastes amazing,and a

finger-licking dish.

The flavour of roasted garlic and the blend,of

curd,may look simple,but the taste is exquisite!

A fit to any cuisine !

Let’s get into the recipe …

INGREDIENTS

3-4 brinjal sliced thin and marinaded in 1 tsp

chilli powder and salt.

2-3 green chillies cut thin

5-6 peeled whole garlic

1 tsp chilli flakes

Chives cut

1 cup beaten curd

Salt to taste

3-4 tbsp for grilling

METHOD

Heat oil in a shallow pan.

Add the sliced brinjal and whole garlic and fry

on both sides till golden brown.Remove from

fire and set aside .

Add the beaten curd to a bowl , with the rest of

the ingredients except chilli flakes.

Sprinkle the chilli flakes and serve !

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/

KOVAKKAI FRY (IVY GOURD)


Ivy gourd ,kovakkai ,coccinea is a vegetable

which resembles a tiny watermelon. It contains

many health benefits. Good for diabetic,heart,

pressure related problems …,and many more to

find .

This vegetable can be sliced fine ,and made into

a salad, cooked with coconut milk , cooked with

tomatoes and chilli flakes and well suited for

rice or rotis.

Well,today’s recipe is a fry , with sambhar

masala. The easiest and tastiest .

To the recipe….

INGREDIENTS

250 gm kovakkai ( washed and cut into strips)

2 tblsp sambhar masala powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

salt to taste

Oil/ ghee

1 tblsp lime juice / 1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp besan flour ( gram dal flour)

METHOD

First cook the vegetable with turmeric salt and

water( 1/2 cup water).Once the water is starting

to dry up , add the sambhar masala,besan flour

and oil .

Cook till the masala is well blended with the

vegetable.

Remove from fire . Serve with rice or rotis!

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.

POHA-SEMOLINA IDDLI


Healthy , low calorie,healthy iddli . Fermenting

time is just 20- 30 minutes.No need to use fruit

salt.

I tried using a pinch of baking powder in a

tsp of vinegar ,after soaking to create the

fizz ,and it worked.

Grind the poha (rice flakes /Aval in Tamil)

coarsely, without adding it whole.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coarsely ground poha ( rice flakes/AVAL)

1/2 cup semolina ( rawa)

1 cup curd

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp.pepper corns coarsely ground

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

Few coriander leaves chopped

A small piece ginger chopped

1 green chilli chopped

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together ,cover and set

aside for 20-30 minutes.

After 30 minutes , add a little water to get the

consistency of iddli batter.

Pour into iddli moulds and steam for 10

minutes.

Serve hot with chutneys of your choice.

The same can be mixed and kept overnight for

the next morning breakfast.

So , do try and post in your comments and

suggestions!

RADISH & CARROT PORIYAL


This a lovely side dish with rice and rotis.

Everyone knows the benefits of carrot and

radish,and I think I needn’t get into the topic.

Well, both are highly nutritious and I thought

to mix both root vegetables.The combination

was indeed lovely.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 radish peeled and chopped

2 carrots ( I used the red carrots )

I onion chopped

1 chopped garlic

1/2 tsp mustard

1/2 split urad dal/ gram dal

2 red chillies

1/4 tsp.turmeric

1 tblsp.oil

Curry leaves

1/2 coconut,2 green chillies,1/2 tsp cummin seeds ( dry ground)

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil,add mustard,dry chillies,urad dal and

curry leaves.

Next add the chopped vegetables with turmeric

and salt and cook with a little water on a slow

flame.

Once the vegetables are cooked add the ground

coconut and mix well.

Remove from fire.Serve with rice .