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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.

Thick Coconut-Green Chilli Chutney for idly/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Green chilli – 3 no
  • Small onions – 3 no
  • Ginger – nail size
  • 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.
  3. Add coriander leaves while grinding to have another variant of this chutney.

Fresh Lime-Mint Juice

Ingredients: ( to make 6 servings – 120 ml each)

  • Lemon – 1
  • Mint leaves – 25
  • sugar – 100g

Procedure:

  1. Grind mint leaves with a little water in a mixer and filter the juice
  2. Extract the juice of lemon and mix with mint juice
  3. Add required amount of sugar and water to the juice mix to suit your taste
  4. Add ice cubes and serve in a high glass with a slice of lemon/leaf of mint

Vegetable Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • Bread – 2 slices
  • Egg 1
  • Cucumber – 4 to 5 slices
  • Tomato – 4 to 5 slices
  • Onions – sliced
  • Bell peppers (Capsicum) – sliced
  • Potato chips (I like Lays Plain)
  • Ketchup (I love Maggi Hot & Sweet)
  • Mayonnaise

Procedure:

  1. Toast the bread slices with a little butter
  2. Make a omelet (omelette) with the egg; add salt and crushed black peppers according to your taste
  3. Take one slice of toast and spread mayonnaise on it
  4. Start adding layers of the different vegetables, chips, and omelet
  5. Spread the ketchup on the other slice of bread and put it on the top
  6. Then apply pressure on the top to crush the chips and reduce the sandwich thickness so that it fits the mouth
  7. Here is how I make mine:
    • Bread (top)
    • Ketchup
    • Chips
    • Cucumbers
    • Omelet
    • Onions
    • Bell peppers
    • Mayo
    • Bread (bottom)

Pongal Sambar

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin (Parangi), Ash gourd (Poosani), Sweet Potato (sarkarai vallikkilangu), Potato, Beans, Brinjal, Raw banana (valaikkai), Broad/Fresh beans (avaraikkai/mochaikkai), Carrot, Colocasia (Seppankilangu), Green peas (pattani) –  each 50 g for four servimgs
  • Small onions – 100 g
  • Tomato 50 g
  • Green chillies – 4 no
  • Coriander leaves -finely chopped – half cup
  • Curry leaves – half cup
  • Toor gram dhal (Tuar dhal-thuvaram paruppu) – 100 g
  • Asafoedita Powder (Hing – Perungayam) – half tsp
  • Red chillies powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder one & half tsp
  • Turmeric powder – half tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Broken black gram (Urad dhal) – 1 tsp
  • Oil & ghee – each 2  tsp
  1. Clean and cut all vegetables (1″ square wherever possible)
  2. Wash and slit green chillies
  3. Wash and drain toor gram dhal and soak in water for 10m
  4. Pour 6 cups of water in a pressure cooker and bring to boil
  5. Add toor dhal and turmeric powder and boil for 10 m in the open
  6. Add red chillies powder, coriander powder, , half tsp asafoedita, salt, close the lid
  7. Cover the cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles and reduce heat to  sim mode for 3 m
  8. Remove from heat, release the pressure and open the cooker
  9. Heat 3 tsp oil in a kadai, add urad dhal, mustard seeds, curry leaves and half tsp asafoedita. When mustard seeds splutter, add the  sambar and continue to boil for 3 m. If needed add water for required consistency
  10. Add 2 tsp ghee and chopped coriander leaves

Rava Dosa

Ingrdients:

  • Rava – 2 cups
  • Rice Flour – 1.5 cup
  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Big Onion – 1 -cut into thin 1″ slices
  • Green Chillies -2 -cut into thin round pieces
  • Ginger – 1″ – cut into tiny pieces
  • Pepper – 2 tsp – crushed coarsely
  • Jeera (cumin seeds) – 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 10 – cut into pieces
  • Coriander leaves cut into pieces – 2 tsp
  • Ghee / sesame oil

Procedure:

  1. Take Rava, rice flour, maida, curd, red chilli powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add water to the above, mix throughly and keep aside for 1 hour.
  3. Add onion, green chillies, ginger, pepper, cumin seeds, curry leaves and coriander leaves to the above batter and, if needed, add more water to have a thin consistency so that the batter will flow freely in a hot tava.
  4. When tava is hot, stir the batterwith a ladle and spread a thin layer starting from the outer edge to the centre. Do not press the batter with the ladle. Add a few drops ghee / sesame oil to the dosa. Remove when dosa is crispy and fully roasted. In case the dosa is thick add more water to the batter.
  5. Seve hot with coconut chutney and sambar.

Potato Curry

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes – 250 grams (1/2 lb), diced
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Corriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
  • Salt
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp, crushed
  • Onions or Pearl onions- 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes – 1/4 cup, finely chopped
  • Curry leaves
  • Cilantro
  • Oil – 3 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut – 3tsp
  • Fennel – 1 sp

Method:

  1. Grind the coconut and fennel into paste and keep aside
  2. Cook the potatoes.
  3. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, and 2 cups of water to the cooked potatoes and keep aside
  4. In a pan add 3 tsp oil. Add the mustard seeds, onions and fry till the onions brown
  5. Add tomatoes and curry leaves and cook till the curry leaves brown
  6. Add the potatoes and cook in slow fire till the gravy thickens and the turn off the stove
  7. Garnish with cilantro

Note:

  • Keep stirring so that the potatoes don’t burn
  • Add oil if needed to keep the potatoes from burning

Potato Curry (Simple version)

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes – 250 grams (1/2 lb), diced
  • Red chili powder – 3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
  • Salt
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp, crushed
  • Onions – 1 cup, finely chopped

Method:

  1. Cook the potatoes.
  2. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, and 2 cups of water to the cooked potatoes and keep aside
  3. In a pan add 3 tsp oil. Add the fennel, onions and fry till the onions brown
  4. Add the potatoes and cook in slow fire till the gravy thickens and the turn off the stove

Vegetables Kootu/Gravy

Ingredients:

  • One of the following vegetables – 500 grams (1 lb)
    • Cabbage
    • Cluster Beans (Avarakkai)
    • Green Beans
    • Black Eyed Beans (Karamani)
  • Green Chilies or Red Chilies- 2
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin (Jeera) – 1 tsp
  • Moong Dhal (Pasi Paruppu) or Toor Dhal – 1 cup

Method:

  1. Cook the vegetable with salt and a pinch of turmeric and keep aside
  2. Cook the dhal and keep aside
  3. Grind the coconut, cumin, chilies and keep side
  4. In a pan add 2 tsp of oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, and fry them
  5. Add the onions and fry till they start to brown
  6. Add the cooked vegetables and fry for two minutes
  7. Add the coconut paste from step 3 and the cooked dhal from step 2, stir for 2 minutes and turn off the stove

Note:

  • If cooking cabbage then add 2 tsp finely chopped ginger stir just before turning off the stove

Vegetable Poriyal

Ingredients:

  • One of the following vegetables – 500 grams (1 lb)
    • Cabbage
    • Cluster Beans (Avarakkai)
    • Green Beans
    • Black Eyed Beans (Karamani)
  • Onions – 2 tsp, finely chopped
  • Green Chilies – 1, finely chopped
  • Red chilies – 1, cut in two
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut – 2 tsp, grated
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. Cook the vegetable with salt and a pinch of turmeric and keep aside
  2. In a pan add 2 tsp of oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, and fry them
  3. Add the green chilies, red chilies, onions and fry till they start to brown
  4. Add the cooked vegetables and fry for two minutes
  5. Add the grated coconut, stir and turn off the stove.

Note:

  • If cooking cabbage then add 2 tsp finely chopped ginger stir just before turning off the stove
  • Add a handful of  Moong Dhal (Pasi Paruppu)  to the vegetables & cook