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Sweet mango pachadi

Ingredients:

  • Raw mango 300g
  • Jaggery 100g
  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom 2 no powdered (optional)
  • Red chilli 1 no, broken into two pieces
  • Curry leaves 10 no
  • Mustard seed 1 tsp
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Coconut grated 1/4 cup

Procedure:

1 Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and let it splutter

2 Add chilli pieces and curry leaves

3 Add water and bring it boil

4 Add mango pieces, cover it with a lid and simmer for 7m or till the gravy thickens

5 Add jaggery and continue cooking for 3m more or till gravy thickens

6 Remove from heat, add ghee, coconut and cardamom. Mix well and serve

Kothsu (Kumbakonam)

Ingredients:

  1. Moong dhal 100g
  2. Chana deal 2 Tsp
  3. Urad dhal 1tsp
  4. Coriander seed 1 Tsp
  5. Red chilli 6 no
  6. Jeera half tsp
  7. Cuscus 1tsp
  8. Asafodita 1tsp
  9. Curry leaves 12 no
  10. Coriander leaves for garnishing
  11. Mustard a1 Tsp
  12. Big onion cut into big pieces or small whole onion 100g
  13. Brinjal 200g- cut into 1” squares
  14. Red chilli. Powder 1tsp
  15. Turmeric powder. Half tsp
  16. Jaggery. 2 Tsp
  17. Coconut oil. 1Tsp
  18. Cooking oil 1Tsp
  19. Gingelly oil 1Tsp
  20. Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Boil 100g moong dhal with adequate water. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Heat 1 Tsp coconut oil in a kadai, add 1 Tsp channa dhal, 1 Tsp coriander seed, 4 red chilli, half tsp jeera, 1 tsp cuscus, 1 tsp asafodita, ten curry leaves and roast till golden brown. Allow it to cool and powder it.
  3. Heat 1 Tsp oil & 1Tsp gingelly oil in a kadai, add 1 Tsp mustard and when it splutters, add pieces of onion, brinjal, 1tsp salt and cook for 5m. Add 1tsp red chilli powder, half tsp turmeric powder and mix well. Add 250ml water and boil for 5m till brinjal gets cooked. Add boiled moong dhal. Remove from heat and keep aside.
  4. Heat 2Tsp oil in a kadai, add 1Tsp channa dhal, 1 tsp urad dhal, 2 broken red chillies, 3 curry leaves. Add the gravy in step 3, 2Tsp jaggery and boil for 2 m. Add masala powder from step2. Stir well, remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves. Check for salt level and correct it.

Tomato Thin Chutney

Ingredients:

  • Tomato – 4 no
  • Big Onion – 1 no – sliced 1″ pieces
  • Garlic – 8 cloves diced nicely
  • Ginger – 1 cm – diced nicely
  • Green chillies – 2 no – diced nicely
  • Chilli powder – half tsp
  • Coriander Powder – half tsp
  • turmeric powder – 1 pinch
  • Oil – 4 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1″
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – half tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Slice tomatoes and grind into a nice paste, add 5 cups of water and keep aside
  2. Heat oil in a kadai, when hot, add cinnamon and mustard. When they splutter, add Urad dal and after 10 sec, add green chillies, garlic, curry leaves and onion. Saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat, add turmeric, chilli and coriander powder and roast for 5 sec
  4. Add tomato paste and salt. Stir well, cover with a lid  and cook in medium heat for 15-20 min, stirring now and then.
  5. When fully cooked and raw smell disappears, add coriander leaves and serve.

Note: Suits well with idly, dosa and toasted bread. You can even serve as soup /appetizer

Kolukkattai, Sukiyam

Ingredients:

  • Rice Flour – 2 cup
  • Salt half tsp
  • Oil 1 tsp
  • Water 3 cups

Procedure:

  1. Heat water in a pan with salt and oil till it starts to boil
  2. Add hot water in small quantities to the rice flour, continuously stirring with a ladle,  till it becomes a thick paste
  3. Roll into a ball, cover it with a damp cloth, cover it with a lid and allow it to stand for 5 min
  4. Make small balls and roll it into a round and thick sheet of flour- Traditionally, we place flour ball on suitably cut plantain leaves and press it with fingers or roller to get flour sheets.  Or place cut plantain leaves on the bottom side of the press and put the flour ball in the middle. Place butter paper/oiled plastic sheet over it and lightly press to get a thick sheet of flour. Remove the butter paper/plastic sheet
  5. Put a spoonful of sweet or chutney mix ( Refer to Kolukkattai Pooranam) at the center and fold into a semicircle and pinch the edges to close it to get the dumplings.
  6. Steam the dumplings on a idly cooker for 3 to 4 min.

Cabbage-Moong Dhal Gravy

Ingredients:

  • Pasiparuppu (Moong Dhal/broken green-gram dhal)-1 cup-wash in water and drain
  • Cabbage-200g-finely chopped
  • Green chilli 5 no/ more or less according to taste -1″ long & longitudinally split
  • Big Onion 1 no – cut into small pieces
  • Tomato – 1 no – cut into small pieces
  • Cumin (Jeera) seeds – 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • oil – 3 tsp
  • curry leaves 10
  • turmeric powder half tsp
  • salt to taste

Method:

  1. Heat 5 cups of water in a pan till it starts boiling
  2. Add the moong dhal and cook in open pan for 5 min
  3. Add onion, tomato, green chilli and cook for 10 min
  4. Add cabbage, turmeric powder, salt and cook for 5 min with the pan covered with a lid
  5. Heat oil in a small kadai add mustard seeds, while it splutters add cumin seeds and as it splutters add curry leaves
  6. Add the above to the Cabbage gravy and cook till done
  7. Remove from heat, add chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice, chappathi, or dosa
  • Tips: While cooking the gravy add boiling water at any stage for desired consistency

Thin Coconut-Red Chilli Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Red chillies – 5 no
  • Oil – 1 tbs
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Split Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  • Asafoedita – 1 pinch
  • Curry leaves – 5 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind coconut, red chillies and salt into a thick paste.
  2. Add a little water and grind again to get a smooth paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water to make a thin chutney.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and urad dhal.
  5. When they splutter add asafoedita and curry leaves. Mix it well with the chutney.

To have another variant of this chutney try the following:

6. Cut 4 small onions into thin slices and saute in oil till they turn golden brown and add it to chutney.

Thin Coconut-Green Chilli Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5 no
  • Ginger – nail size
  • Oil – 1 tbs
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Split Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  • Asafoedita – 1 pinch
  • Curry leaves – 5 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind coconut, green chillies, ginger and salt into a thick paste.
  2. Add a little water and grind again to get a smooth paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water to make a thin chutney.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and urad dhal.
  5. When they splutter add asafoedita and curry leaves. Mix it well with the chutney.

To have another variant of this chutney try the following:

6. Cut 4 small onions into thin slices and saute in oil till they turn golden brown and add it to chutney.

Thick Red Chiili-Garlic Paste for Idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Red chilli – 10 no
  • Garlic gloves – 4 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind all the ingredients into thick paste. Add a little water to make a smooth paste.
  2. Before serving add one tbs gingelly/sesame oil to enhance the taste.

Roasted Red Chilli-Garlic Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Red chillies – 10 no
  • Garlic gloves – 4 no
  • Gingelly/sesame oil – 2 tbs
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoedita – one pinch
  • Curry leaves – 5 no
  • Salt to taste

Procodure:

  1. Heat one tsp gingelly oil in a kadai.
  2. Saute red chilli and garlic till they turn golden brown. Allow it to cool and add salt.
  3. Grind all the ingredients into thick paste. Add a little water to make a thin, smooth paste.
  4. Heat one tsp gigelly oil in a kadai, add half tsp mustard seeds. When it splutters, add a pinch of asafoedita and five curry leaves.
  5. Mix it well with the chutney.

Thick Coconut-Red Chilli Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Red chilli – 3 no
  • Small onions – 3 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind all the ingredients into a thick paste. Add a little water and grind again to make a smooth paste.
  2. Before serving add one tbs of gingelly/sesame oil to the chutney to enhance its taste.