Indian Snacks and Tiffin Varieties
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For cover:
1 cup plain flour (maida)
2 tbsp. warm oil
water to knead dough

For filling:
2 potatoes large boiled, peeled, mashed
1 onion finely chopped
2 green chillies crushed
1/2 tsp. ginger crushed
1/2 tsp. garlic crushed
1 tbsp. coriander finely chopped
1/2 lemon juice extracted
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. coriander seeds crushed
1 tsp. red chilli powder
salt to taste
oil to deep fry


For dough:
Make well in the flour.
Add oil, salt and little water.Mix well till crumbly.
Add more water little by little, kneading into soft pliable dough.
Cover with moist cloth, keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
Beat dough on worksurface and knead again. Re-cover.

For filling:
Heat 3 tbsp. oil, add ginger, green chilli, garlic, coriander seeds.
Stir fry for a minute, add onion, saute till light brown.
Add coriander, lemon, turmeric, salt, red chilli, garam masala.
Stir fry for 2 minutes, add potatoes. Stir further 2 minutes.
Cool. Keep aside.

To proceed:
Make a thin 5" diam. round with some dough.
Cut into two halves. Run a moist finger along diameter.
Join and press together to make a cone.
Place a tbsp. of filling in the cone and seal third side as above.
Make five to six. Put in hot oil, deep fry on low to medium till light brown.
Do not fry on high, or the samosas will turn out oily and soggy.
Drain on rack or kitchen paper.
Serve hot with green and tamarind chutneys (refer chutneys), or tomato sauce.

Making time: 45 minutes
Makes: 20 pieces (approx.)
Shelflife: Bestfresh

Masala Vada


1 cup yellow gram (chana) dak
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
1/2 cup coriander finely chopped
1/2 cup dill leaves finely chopped
3-4 green chillies finely chopped
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
oil o deep fry


Wash and soak dal for 3-4 hours.
Keep 2 tbsp. dal aside, grind the rest,coarsely.
Mix all other ingredients, including whole dal.
Add 2-3 tbsp. hot oil to the mixture.
Heat oil, make pattie shaped rounds with moist palm.
Let carefully into the hot oil.
Fry first one side then the other till golden brown.
Serve hot with green chutney, tamarind chutney, or ketchup

Making time: 20 minutes (excluding soaking time)
Makes: 15 vadas (approx.)
Shelflife: Best fresh

Hot Kachori


For cover:
1 1/2 cup plain flour
3 tbsp. oil
salt to taste
cold water to knead dough

For filling:
1 cup yellow moong dal washed and soaked for 1/2 hour
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. dhania (coriander) powder
1/2 tsp. coriander seeds crushed coarsely
1/2 tsp. fennel (saunf) seeds crushed coarsely
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
salt to taste
2-3 pinches asafoetida
1 tbsp. oil
oil to deep fry
1 tbsp. plain flour for patching


For cover:
Mix flour, salt and oil, knead into soft pliable dough.
Keep aside for 30 minutes.

For filling:
Put plenty of water to boil. Add dal.
Boil dal for 5 minutes, drain.
Cool a little. Heat oil in a heavy pan.
Add all seeds whole and crushed allow to splutter.
Add asafoetida, mix. Add all other ingredients.
Mix well. Do not smash the dal fully.
But enough to make the mixture hold well.
Remove from fire, cool.
Divide into 15 portions.
Shape into balls with greased palms.
Keep aside.

To proceed:
Make a paste with water, of flour for patching.
Keep aside.
Take a pingpong ball sized portion of dough.
Knead into round. Roll into 4" diam. round.
Place one ball of filling at centre.
Pick up round and wrap ball into it like a pouch.
Break off excess dough carefully.
Do not allow cover to tear.
Press the ball with palm, making it flattish and round.
Repeat for 4-5 kachories.
Deep fry in hot oil, on low flame only.
If the kachori get a hole anywhere, apply some paste.
Return to oil and finish frying.
Turn and repeat for other side.
Fry till golden and crisp. Small bubbles must appear over kachori.
Drain and serve hot with green and tamarind chutneys.

Making time: 1 hour (excluding soaking and cooling times)
Makes: 10-12 pieces
Shelf life: 2-3 days

Note: Take care to fry on low. Hurried frying will result in soggy and oily kachories.

Spicy Sev


2 cups gram flour (besan)
1/2 tsp. ajwain (omam) seeds
1 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
1 tbsp. oil
salt to taste
2-3 pinches asafoetida
water to make dough
oil to deep fry


1.Mix the chilli, oil, salt and seeds into the flour.
2.Add enough water to make a dough which is quite gooey.
3.It should not be pliable but sticky.
4.Grease the inside of a Sev-press, fill with the dough.
5.Press into hot oil, and fry lightly on both sides.
6.Drain well and cool before storing.


You may adjust the chillies as per taste.
You may omit chillies to make bland sev.
You may add finely crushed dried herbs (eg. mint) for add flavour.

Note: A sevpress is similar to a vermicelli press, but it should be small enough to handle over hot oil.

Making time: 15-20 minutes
Makes: 250 grams approx.

Pear and Mango Chutney


250 gms. raw firm mango
250 gms. pears.
500 gms. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tbsp. marshmelon (kharbooja) seeds.
1 tbsp. raisins.
2 cloves powdered
8 each almonds and cashews chopped finely.


Peel and mash and pear.
Put 1 tbsp. sugar in a heavy saucepan.
Heat on a low flame, stirring and cooking till it turns brown.
Add 500 ml. water and boil.
When the sugar has fully dissolved in the water add remaining sugar.
When it begins to boil again add the mashed fruit, cashew, raisins, seeds, chilli and salt.
Boil till a thick jam consistency is obtained. Stir occasionally.
Add the clove powder and garam masala.
Cool a bit and transfer to clean airtight jar.

Making time: 1 hour
Shelf life: 1 month
Makes 1.5 kgs. chutney.

Green All-Purpose Chutney


15 green chillies
1/2 cup coriander
1/2 lemon
1 tbsp. sev or potato wafers crushed
1/2 tsp. jaggery
salt to taste
1 tsp. oil
1 clovette garlic


Put all the ingredients , except oil and asafoetida , in a small mixie.
Heat the oil and add the asafoetida and put in the mixie.
Run the mixie till a smooth chutney is obtained.
Try using no water or as little as possible to make the chutney keep longer.
Add water as and when required.
Store in a clean glass bottle.

Note: Sev is a fried Indian snack made of gramflour.

Makes 1/2 cup chutney
Making time: 5 minutes
Shelf life: 1 week (refrigerated)

Ulundu vada

urad dhaal
hari mirch

Soak dhaal in water over night. Grind dhaal in little water.
Then make vada shape and deep fry in oil.

Dhaal vada

urad dhaal -
chana dhaal -
red chillis -

Following is the thread test (tar) to check required consistency of syrup (chashni). If no thread is formed, but there is stickiness in the syrup when tested, then it is 3/4 tar (thread). This consistency is generally used in dipping sweets like, gulabjamoon, boondi, jalebi, imarti, etc. Boil some more and when 1 tar forms, it is used in soaking pancake pancakes like malpua. On further boiling two tars are obtained and this is used in sweets like burfis, mohanthal, etc. At this stage a drop of syrup dropped on a plate will form a soft ball when cooled. After this stage do no stir briskly and continuously or the sugar will recrystallise. Still further boiling will form 2 1/2 to 3 tars and this syrup is used to get a white coating of sugar on sweets like balushahi, surti ghari, etc. At this stage when the syrup is dropped in a plate it will form a hard ball when cooled. Following are the steps shown to make sugar syrup (chashni) in the right way.

a.Take sugar and water in the ratio of 2 : 1 1/2 unless other wise mentioned.
b.Put both in a deep saucepan to boil, stirring occasionally.
c.When the mixture comes to a boil, add 1/2 cup milk.
d.When a thick scum is formed on the surface of syrup, it is time to strain.
e.Always use a metal strainer or moist cloth to strain the hot syrup, never plastic.
f.Put back to boil, checking the consistency required as above.
g.Check frequently, because once the first thread forms, it proceeds to thicken to the next stages very quickly.
h.Use as required in the recipe. Make syrup side by side of making the recipe, reheating the syrup too many times will alter the texture of the resulting sweet dish. To save time, prepare the syrup on a second burner, while making the rest of the recipe. This will avoid excess wastage of time and unnecessary cooling off, of the fried flours, etc. as the recipe demands.


Rice - ½ cup
urad dhaal - ¼ cup
chana dhaal - ¼ cup
thoor dhaal - ¼ cup
yellow moong dhaal - ¼ cup
red chillis

Soak everything in water over night. Grind with little water.

Spicy Khaja


2 cups gram flour
1/2 cup plain flour
2 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. omam seeds (ajwain)
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. coriander very finely chopped
1 tbsp. oil
salt to taste
oil to deep fry


1.Mix both flours together.
2.Make a well in the centre, add all other ingredients, except oil to deep fry.
3.Mix them well in the flour.
4.Add enough water to make a soft pliable dough.
5.Divide dough to make small (4" diameter) thin rounds.
6.Prick on both sides with a fork.
7.Allow to dry on a clean cloth for 25-30 minutes.
8.Deep fry in hot oil till a light browning appears.
9.Do not over fry.
10.Drain and cool completely before storing.

Making time: 30 minutes
Makes: 25-30 pieces

Sada (Plain) Dosa


1 cup plain rice
1 cup parboiled rice
1/4 cup white udad dal
1/2 tsp. methi (fenugreek) seeds
1 /2 tsp soda bi carbonate
1/2 cup curds
10-12 tsps. ghee or oil as preferred
water for grinding


Wash the rices and dal together.
Add plenty of water and methi seeds.
Allow to soak for 7-8 hours or overnight.
Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.
Grind to a paste. Rawa-like grains should be felt in the batter. Add soda bicarb and salt and mix well.
Keep aside in a warm place for 8-10 hours.
Beat the curds well.
Add to the batter, add more water if required.
The consistency of the batter should be thick enough to thickly coat on a spoon when dipped.
Heat the iron griddle or non-stick tawa well.
Pour a spoonful of batter in the centre, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round.
Pour a tsp. of ghee or oil over it.
Remove with spatula when crisp.
Serve hot with chutney and / or sambar.

Rava Dosa


1 cup fine soji (semolina)
1/2 cup rice flour or plain flour
1 tbsp. oil
1/8 tsp. soda bicarb
2-2 ½ cups buttermilk
1 tsp. coriander chopped fine
2 green chillies chopped fine


Blend all the ingredients together.
Add more buttermilk if necessary.
ginger grated Roll the dosa in a three-fold cylinder.
oil to shallow fry Serve hot with onion and/or coconut chutneys.

The batter should be relatively thin. salt to taste Keep aside for 20 - 30 minutes.
Heat griddle and pour 1 large spoon of batter on it.
Spread by gently rotating the griddle.
Put some oil (1/2 tsp.) over dosa.
Lift with a spatula as for basic dosa.

Makes: 10 - 12 thin dosas
Shelflife: Fresh only.
Texture: Thin with polka sized holes, not too crisp, foldable.

Mixed Dal Dosas


1 cup rice
1/3 cup each yellow moong, channa, udad dal
2 tbsp. curds
1/2 tsp. soda bicsarb
2 tbsp. oil
salt to taste
oil to shallow fry


Wash rice separately and dals toghether.
Soak in plenty of water and keep aside for 5-6 hours.
Wet grind the rice till semolina type grain can be felt
Wet grind rice till fine.Mix both batters.
Add the curds, salt, soda and oil.
Mix well till fluffy and light.
Keep aside for 3-4 hours before making dosas.
Heat griddle, pour batter and make as for plain dosas.
Serve hot with chutney.
Make thin or thick as desired.

Makes: 8-10 medium sized dosas
Shelflife: 1 day refrigerated.
Texture: Light and thin, foldable but crisp.

Masala Dosa


1 cup plain rice.
1 cup parboiled rice.
1/4 cup white udad dal.
1/2 tsp. methi (fenugreek) seeds
1 /2 tsp soda bi carbonate
1/2 cup curds the batter.
10-12 tsps. ghee or oil as preferred
water for grinding


Wash the rices and dal together.
Add plenty of water and methi seeds.
Allow to soak for 7-8 hours or overnight.
Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.
Grind to a paste. Rawa-like grains should be felt in
Add soda bicarb and salt and mix well.
Keep aside in a warm place for 8-10 hours. Beat the curds well.
Add to the batter, add more water if required.
The consistency of the batter should be
enough to thickly coat on a spoon when dipped.
Heat the iron griddle or non-stick tawa well.
Pour a spoonful of batter in the centre, spread
with the back of the spoon to a thin round.
Pour a tsp. of ghee or oil over it.
Spread chutney spread over dosa.
Place a tbsp. masala in the centre.
Fold into triangle to cover masala.
Remove with spatula when crisp.
Serve hot with chutney and/or sambar.

For masala:


2 large onions in vertical slices
2 large potatoes boiled and peedled
4-5 green chillies
1 tbsp. chopped coriander
8-10 cashews halved
1/2 tsp. each udad dal, cumin & mustard seeds
2 tbsp. oil
1/4 tsp. turmeric
salt to taste

Chop potatoes coarsely. Chop green chillies.
Heat oil, add cashews and brown lightly.
Add dal, seeds and splutter.
Add chillies and onions. Fry till tender.
Add turmeric, salt, potatoes, coriander.
Mix well.

Chutney spread:

1/2 cup grated coconut 4 red chillies or 1 tsp. red chilli powder
1 long bean tamarind
2 flakes garlic
1 tbsp. groundnuts
salt to taste
Grind all ingredients together to form a firm chutney. Use very little water.

Channa Bhatura

For Channa

1 cup kabuli channa soaked overnight
1 large tomato
2 large onions
1 1/2 tbsp. chopped coriander
1 tsp. ginger grated
1 tsp. garlic crushed
1 lemon (juice extracted)
2 tbsp. oil, 1 tbsp. ghee
1 tsp. tea leaves (tied into a pouch in a
small piece of clean muslin cloth)
4 green chillies slit
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cumin seeds

Dry masalas :-
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. each cinnamon - clove powder,
turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. each garam masala, pepper
salt to taste

For Bhatura

2 cups plain flour (maida) 2 tbsp. curds
2 tbsp. butter or oil
1/2 tsp. soda bicarb
salt to taste
Milk to knead dough
oil to deep fry


Sieve together flour, salt and soda.
Add and mix in curds and oil.
Add enough milk to knead into a soft pliable dough.
Cover with a wet cloth.
Keep aside for 5-6 hours. Make sure the cloth does not dry up, or wet again.

Knead dough again. Take fistful of dough. Roll into 1/4" thick 5" diameter round. Fry in hot oil.
Turning only once. Till very light golden in colour. Repeat for all. Serve hot with hot channa and slices of onions and lemon.

Method for Channa

Put the soaked, washed channa in a cooked with enough water, teapouch and bay leaves.
Pressure cook till done. (approx. 6-7 whistles).
Cool about 5 tbsp. channa for grinding.
In a mixie, blend together 1/2 tomato, 1 onion, cooled channa and 1/2 tbsp. coriander. Keep aside.

Chop remaining tomatoes and onions fine.
Heat oil in a large skillet.
Add cumin seeds to splutter.
Add ginger-garlic and fry for a minute.
Add chopped tomatoes, onion and fry till tender.
Add channa-paste, fry further 3-4 minutes.
Add all dry masala except cinnamon-clove powder.

Stir and fry till oil separates. Add drained channa and 2 cup water which was drained from channa.
Stir and bring to boil.
Simmer for 7-8 minutes till gravy thickens.
Take in serving dish.
Heat ghee in a small sauce pan.
Add the chillies and cinnamon-clove powder.
Add chopped coriander and pour hot over the channa.
Squeeze lemon over channa.
Stir in seasoning gently.

Making time :- 30 mins (excluding pressure cooking)
Serves - 5

Pav Bhaji


8 pavs (squarish soft buns about 4" x 5" size)
butter to shallow fry.

For Bhaji

1 capsicum chopped fine
2 onions chopped fine
2 tomatoes chopped fine
2 1/2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (beans, carrots, cauliflower, potota, beans, bottle gourds, etc.) 1/2 cup shelled peas
2 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. pavbhaji masala
1 1/2 tsp. chilli powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. sugar
salt to taste
1 cup water (in which vegetables were boiled)
1/2 tsp. each ginger grated, garlic crushed
juice of 1/2 lemon.

To Garnish

1 tbsp. coriander chopped
1 onion chopped
small pieces of lemon


Pressure cook mixed vegetables and peas till well done.
Mash them coarsely after draining.
Heat butter in a pan.
Add ginger-garlice, capsicum, onion, tomatoes.
Fry for 2-3 minutes till very soft.
Add pavbhaji masala, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, sugar and fry further 2-3 minutes.
Bring to boil.
Simmer till gravy is thick, stirring and mashing pieces with masala, in between.
Add lemon juice, stir.
Garnish with chopped coriander and a block of butter.

For Pavs

Slit pavs horizontally leaving one edge attached. (To open like a book).
Apply butter (as desired) and roast open on a griddle till hot and soft with the surface crisp on both sides.

Serve hot with bhaji, a piece of lemon and chopped onion.

Making time : 30 mins. (excl. pressure cooking time)
Serve : 4 (2 pavs each)

Vegetable Pie


2 cups plain flour (maida)
100 gms. chilled butter
1/2 tsp. salt
chilled water

For Filling

2 cups Chopped vegetables of choice (eg. potatoes, peas, beans, carrot, spinach, cauliflower etc, All or any)
2 onions
1 tomato
2 green chillies
1/2" piece ginger
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. curry masala (or garam masala)
1 tbsp. cream
1 tsp. corn flour
salt to taste


Sieve together flour and salt.
Add chilled butter. Mix with fork till mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle chilled water over it.
Quickly, with light hand mix the dough into a lump.
Do not over knead.
Chill dough for 15 mins. in a plastic bag.
Roll dough into 4" thick round.
Place over a greased pie plate.
Prick with a fork all over.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 12 mins., or till light brown. Keep aside.


Grate tomato, onion, ginger.
Finely chop green chillies.
Chope and boil other vegetables.
Heat oil in a skillet, add the grated vegetables and chillies.
Cook for 4-5 mins. Stirring occasionally.
Add all other ingredients except cream.
Cook till the water evaporates and curry is thick.
Sprinkle a little cornflour over the crust.
Pour and spread the filling in the shell.
Pour cream all over.
Bake for 8-10 mins. in pre-heated oven.
Slice and serve warm.


1 cup beaten rice (poha)
1/4 cup crushed groundnuts
1/4 cup grated or scraped coconut
1/4 cup coriander leaves
1 stalk curryleaves chopped
1/4 tsp sugar
salt to taste
5-6 green chillies
1 tsp lime juice
1 1/2 tbsp oil
2 onions chopped
1 small potato chopped
1/2 tsp each cumin & mustard seeds.

Wash poha till clean. Drain water sprinkle a handful of clear water and keep aside.

After 15 minutes loosen the poha gently, and break lumps with fingers. In a heavy saucepan, heat oil, add seeds and then potatoes. Stir for
2-3 minutes. Add onion, chillies and curry leaves. Stir and fry onions till tender. Take off fire.

Add poha and all other ingredients. Save some coconut and coriander leaves for garnishing. Mix very well. Adjust salt and lime as per taste.
Return to low flame till hot. Stir gently every now and then. Transfer to serving dish and garnish with coriander and coconut. Serve hot with
freshly brewed coffee.

Making time: 15 mins (excluding soaking time)
Serves: 3
Shelflife: best fresh


1 1/2 cups puffed rice
1 onion
1 tomato
1 small boiled peeled potato
1/2 tbsp coriander leaves
1/2 cup fine sev
1/4 cup parboiled moong sprouts — optional
1 tsp roasted peanuts — optional
1 tsp hot green chutney
1 1/2 tsp tamarind chutney
salt to taste
1/4 lime juice
10-12 puries (used for bhel or panipuri optional) crushed


Just before serving. In a large mixing bowl, add puffed rice, and all ingredients except 1/4 the coriander and sev. Mix well. Sprinkle a few
drops water if too dry. Adjust taste and salt. Spoon into individual bowls. Sprinkle some sev and coriander to garnish. Serve immediately.

Making time: 15 minutes (excl chutney making time)
makes: 3 servings
Shelf life: best fresh.

Tandoori Roti (without Tandoor)


2 cups slightly coarse wheat flour
1/4 cups maida
2 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp curd
salt to taste.

Knead slightly stiff dough cover and keep for 2 hours.
Take naan sized dough and make a ball.
Roll to a thickish roti (4-5 mm thick).
Heat griddle (tawa) place on tawa and dry one side.
Wet upper side with water and invert.

Invert griddle and roast over gas flame (or if available a barb- que coalfire). It will fall off when done.

Serve hot with desired vegetables.


3 cups self-raising flour (maida)
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup curds fresh
salt to taste
1/2 tsp baking soda (soda - bicarb)
warm milk for kneading.


Sieve together dry ingredients into a large rimmed plate. Add butter curds, oil and crumble with fingers. When does is like course crumbs, add
milk a little at a time, till a soft pliable dough is formed. Cover with wet muslin cloth. Cover with another plate and keep aside for 5 - 6 hours.

Knead dough lightly. Break of piece, the size of a medium potato and roll into a thick triangle, using dry dough if required.

Place on a pre-warmed griddle (tawa). Apply water on the top part with hands Invert naan and stick to griddle. Invert griddle and roast over
the gas flame direct (or nothing like toasting over bar-b-que coals). Serve hot with a blob of butter on it.

Spicy Roti

1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1/2 cups gram flour
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste
1/2 turmeric powder
2-3 pinches asafaetida
1/2 tsp each cummin / oregano seeds
finely chopped coriander
1 tbsp water


Knead a slightly stiff dough, adding all above ingredients, cover with wet cloth. Break off bits and make small potato sized balls. Roll to 3-4
mm thickness. Roast on griddle (tawa) as for phulka. Or after brown spots appear place direct on gas flame and puff, with help of tongs.
Phulka also may be done similarly if puffing with cloth, feels difficult. Apply ghee or butter and serve hot with sweetened mango preserve
(chunda) or curds or jam.

Baked Bread Rolls


6 slices soft bread fresh
1 tbsp. butter softened
2 flakes garlic crushed
1/2 tsp. crushed red chilli
salt to taste
1 tbsp. grated cheese


1.Roll the bread flat with the help of a rolling pin.
2.Mix the salt, chilli, garlic in the butter.
3.Apply on all slices generously.
4.Roll one slice tightly from end to end.
5.Brush all over with a bit of butter.
6.Coat the roll with grated cheese by rolling in it.
7.Repeat for all slices. Cover rolls with a moist cloth.
8.Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
9.Bake in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes or till golden brown and crisp.
10.Serve hot with ketchup.

Note: If you have trouble keep the rolls in place when raw, secure them with toothpicks before placing in the fridge. Remove toothpicks
before baking.

Making time: 10 minutes (excluding chilling and baking time)
Makes: 6 rolls

Bread Besan Bajji


4 Slices of bread
1 cup of channa dal
1 spoon chilli powder
1/4 spoon corriander powder
salt to taste.
Oil for frying.


1.If you prefer onions you can put 1/2 onion cut into small pieces.
2.Make the paste of channa dal by adding some water and mix salt,
chilli, corriander powder and some corriander leaves for taste.
3.Cut the bread into four pieces and dip them in channa dal paste and
deep fry them in the oil till golden brown.
4.Serve them with some hot sauce or ketchep.

Vegetable Cutlet


1 medium size carrot
1 medium size potato
1 medium size beet root (optional)
4-5 Beans
Peas (optional)

To Grind
garlic 1 small piece
Fennel seeds 2-3
Green chili 2-3
Coriander leaves little bit
One medium sizes onion finely cut & keep.

To dip
2-3 tablespoon of Maida & add little bit of water and mix them well (it
should be pouring like idli flour)

Take 3-4 slices of bread & powder them. (you can use either breads


1.Finely cut all the above said vegetables.
2.Wash & Pressure-cook with little bit of water, turmeric powder &
3.Smash them & keep it aside (if there is any excess waterin the cooked
vegetables just drain).
4.Heat one tablespoon of oil.
5.Fry onions till it turns into brown & add the grounded paste. Just fry
for few seconds.
6.Then add the smashed vegetables & fry till it gets thickened. Wait to
7.Then make them into small balls and dip it in the above said Maida
consistency & immediately smear them in the above said powder and
spread them in the plate or paper to dry.
8.Once everything over just do deep-fry or roast both the sides of them
by adding little bit of oil till it turns into brown in the wok or thava.

Servings: 12-15 (depends upon the balls you are making)
Side Dish: Ketchup, Chilly chutney

Paruppu Thogaiyal

toor dal - 1
gram dal - 1
whole red peppers ,asafoetida
Fry the above ingredients in alittle ghee, add salt and grated
coconut and grind.

Vella Appam (PK John)

2 cups of white rice
Half a coconut
1 table spoon of yeast
2 table spoon of partially ground, cooked rice

Soak the washed rice for 3 to 4 hours.Wash and drain. Grind the soaked rice in a blender with just enough water so
that the ground material will be thick. In the early stages of grinding take out about two table spoon of the partially
ground rice and keep it apart for cooking and later mixing.(This will be called KURUKKU).
Mix separately 1 teaspoonful of yeast , quarter cup of luke warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar and allow the
mixture to rise. Grind the coconut to a milky emulsion. Mix your ground rice, 'Kurukku'(cook the partially ground
rice saved earlier like a thick porridge) the yeast mixture and ground coconut
Allow the mixture to ferment for about 6 hours. Add sugar and salt as your taste dictates.You can add a little
coconut milk to adjust the consistency.(You can add one beaten up egg at this stage if you fear appams sticking
to the pan.- Alternately you can wrap a half fried egg in cloth and use it to rub the frying area of your pan.)
Now put the mixture in a warm oven for 2 hours just before you make the Appams
After it rises DO NOT STIR.
Use a cast iron pan and use the same technique that one uses for pancakes.

Tamarind pickle (Pulikkachal)

coriander seeds (Dhaniya), fenugreek seeds, sesame seeds - each 1 spoon
asafoetida - 1/4 spoon
Slightly roast the above without oil and grind into fine powder. Pour 3 spoons of oil
in a fry pan and add some gram dal and whole red peppers and fry slightly.
Add tamarind juice to this and bring it to boil.Add salt and heat with constant
stirring until the mixture becomes thick. Now add the ground powder and stir
constantly with heating until it becomes a non-sticky paste.Store in refrigerator.


Mix rice and moong dal in the ratio 1:1.Add 3 times water and steam until it is
overcooked.Cut green chillies and ginger into fine pieces.Take some ghee in a fry
pan and add whole black peppers, and cumun seeds.When the peppers burst add
chillie and ginger pieces and a pinch of turmeric powder.Add some cashewnuts and
remove the pan when the cashews are roasted and begin to smell.Add this to
cooked dal-rice.Add salt, curry leaves and mix well.Add some ghee while serving.

Lime pickle

Fresh lime(large size, thin skin, ripe) - 6
Cut into medium pieces.(Preseve the juice while cutting).Add salt- 4 spoons,red
chilli powder - 4 spoons, asafoetida - 1/2 spoon and mix well.
Next day add 1/4 cup of sesame oil and leave it aside.
Next day, add mustard seeds to 4 spoons of oil and when it splatters add
fenugreek seeds and asafoetida.Add this to the poickle and mix.Store in

Ginger Pickle

Grate ginger finely.Take oil and add mustard seeds.When it splatters, add
fenugreek seed powder an asafoetida.Add grated ginger and fry well till the
moisture is gone and it becomes a non-sticky paste.

Coriander-tomato chutney

Fresh coriander leaves(cilantro/parsley) - 1 cup
Tomato - 1 large
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
green chillies - 2
tamarind - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Wash fresh coriander leaves and pick the leaves from the stem.Cut the tomato
into medium sized pieces.Add the other ingredients and grind it in the blender into
a thick paste.
Heat 3 spoons oil in a fry pan, add mustard seeds.When it splatters, add urud
dal.Add the ground paste and fry till the raw smell dissappears.

Paruppu podi

gram dal - 1
toor dal or Pottu kadalai - 1
whole red peppers - 5
Roast the above without oil, add salt and asafoetida and grind into a very fine

Curd Vadai

Grind some grated coconut and green chillies into a thick paste.Add thnis to thick
curd and keep it aside.
Rinse the required amount of urud dal(black gram) for about 1 1/2 hours.Grind into
a thick paste. Add salt, coconut pieces, black whole peppers, and asafoetida.Take
a small piece of plantain leaf or plastic sheet of paper and tap the flour on the
sheet into a round flat shape Make a small hole in the middle so that it gets fried
uniformly.Drop this carefuly into boiling oil and fry till it turns golden brown.
Put the vadai immediately in a vessel of water and after about 2 minutes add it to
the curd mixtue.Add fresh coriander leaves, boondi.Splatter with mustard and

Vegetable Cutlet

Vegetables-Potato,Beans, Carrots,green peas,Beet Root(if preferred)
Steam the vegetables in a pressure cooker or a food steamer and mash them into
a tight paste. Add grated onions, salt, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and
ground cinnamon(a pinch).Knead the mixture tightly.
Take some rice flour and add water to make it into a slightly watery juice.Make
the vegetable mixture into evenly sized balls and roll over the rice flour and then
cover it with rawa.Deep fry the balls until they turn golden brown.
Side dish : Tomato ketchup

Bonda with mashed potato


1 medium Onion
2 cups Potato buds
1 1/2 cup Peas and carrots
2 big ones Green chilies
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
1 cup Gram flour
1/2 tsp Mustard seed
pinch Turmeric
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4" piece Ginger
1 small bunch Coriander leaves
2 tsp Salt


The filling is prepared as follows:

Mix potato buds and 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of hot water.
Finely chop ginger, chilies, coriander leaves, and onion. Heat oil
(about 5 Tbsp) and add mustard seeds. Add chopped ingredients and fry
until onions are brown. Add carrots, peas, turmeric and 1 tsp of salt
and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes. Add potato (now mashed) and
fry for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and let cool.

The batter is prepared as follows:

Combine gram flour, 3 Tbsp of oil, 3/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp salt, the
baking powder and mix thoroughly

After the batter is prepared, make small balls out of the filling and
roll them in the batter. Next fry it in hot oil. You will get about
20-30 small bondas.

Dahi Vada (Savory Balls In Yogurt)


1/2 c Urad dal
1/2 Moong dal
1 c Yogurt
Spice to taste (cumin and paprika)
Oil for frying
1/4 c Milk


Clean dal, wash and soak in water for 4 hours. Blend in blender at
medium speed using the minimum amount of water required to keep paste
moving freely. Add salt and start heating oil.

Drop spoonfuls of batter in the hot oil using a large tablespoon. Fry
until golden brown. Drop in water. Let it soak till ready to serve.

Beat yogurt with milk. Add spice according to taste. Squeeze out water
from the vada and add yogurt. Serve.

Tomato Chutney

2 medium tomatoes, choppped
1/2 tsp hing(asoefetida)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp methi(fenugreek) seeds
1 tablespoon coconut, shredded
3 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp dhania (coriander) powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 very small ball of tamarind , de-seeded
1 small onion, minced finely
2 clovettes of garlic, minced finely
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil for frying

Heat 1/2 the amount of oil and add the methi.
Fry for a minute and then add the tomatoes.
Fry till the tomatoes turn soft.
Blend this into a smooth paste, along with the tamarind and the coconut.
Set aside.
Heat the rest of the oil and add the chopped garlic and onion.
Fry till the onion turns translucent and the garlic browns.
Now add the spices(red chilli, turmeric and dhania) and fry for half a minute.
Add the blended paste, salt and hing and heat through.
Goes very well with plain rice or chapati.

Mint Chutney

1 bunch mint leaves, washed and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small piece ginger, sliced
4-5 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp coconut(optional), shredded
2-3 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin seeds or powder
1 tsp urad dhal
1 tsp channa dal
Salt to taste

Fry all these in a little oil, one by one.
Blend to a smooth paste using a little water.

Coconut Chutney

2 cups of fresh coconut, shredded
10 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
A large pinch of hing (asoefetida)
1/2 tsp methi(fenugreek) seeds
2 tsp udad dhal
2 tsp channa dhal
1 small tomato
Salt to taste

Heat some oil and add the dhals, curry leaves, hing, methi and red chillies.
Fry till done.
Add this to the coconut and tomato and blend into a smooth paste.
Add salt to taste.
Goes well with dosas, idli and plain rice.

Coriander Chutney

1 bunch coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp coconut
2 green chillies
2-3 dry red chillies, roasted
A small piece ginger
2-3 garlic flakes
1 small onion
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt to taste

Blend all the above to a smooth paste
adding a little water.
Can be refrigerated for about 1-2 days.

Moolangi Chutney

1 1/2 cups of grated white radish
5-6 tbsp scraped fresh coconut
3 green chillies
1 tsp dalia (Hurugadle)
5-6 garlic flakes, crushed
3-4 peppercorns
1 small piece ginger
1 tsp tamarind juice
Salt to taste
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves

Blend together the coconut, tamarind, peppercorns,
dalia, green chillies and the ginger.
When it's almost smooth in texture, add the garlic,
salt to taste and the grated radish.
Run the blender for about 3-4 secs.
The radish and garlic should be about a qarter
mashed up.
Remove from the blender and season with
mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Sweet Mango Chutney

3 large mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
(Use slightly ripened ones)
2 tsp sugar or jaggery
1 tsp lime juice
5 large dates, pitted
1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted
1/2 tsp coriander seeds, roasted
Salt to taste
2 tsp cooking oil

Peel the mango and cut it into small chunks.
Heat about 2 tsp oil in a pan and fry the chunks
till they turn mushy.
Drain, mash well and set aside to cool.
Blend together the rest of the ingredients with
the mango without adding any water, to a smooth
Adjust salt if needed.
Remove from blender and store in an
airtight container.
This chutney keeps well for over a week
when properly stored in the fridge.

Hot Mango Chutney

3 large sweet mangoes, slightly ripened
1 tsp lemon rind, minced finely
1 tsp lemon juice
10 green chillies
1/2" piece ginger, minced finely
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp saunf (fennel) seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/4 tsp methi (fenugreek) seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of hing (asoefetida)
Salt to taste
6 tsp cooking oil

Peel the mango and cut it into small chunks.
Heat about 2 tsp oil in a pan and fry the chunks
till they turn mushy.
Drain, mash well and set aside.
Roast the methi, saunf, cumin and coriander
seeds and crush coarsely using a mortar and pestle.
This is how powders are traditionally made.
But if you are of the impatient kind, go ahead
and use the coffee grinder but make sure
that the powder is a little coarse.
Set aside.
Heat the remaining oil and add the hing and mustard.
When the mustard crackles, add the ginger and
green chillies and fry for about 1-2 minutes.
Add the mango, powdered masala, salt to
taste, lime rinds and lime juice.
Bring to a boil on a low flame.
Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Store in an airtight container.
If boiled and cooled well, since no water is used in
making this dish, it should keep well for more than a
Store it in airtight containers in the fridge.

Puli Inji

2" piece of ginger
2 large balls of tamarind
12 cloves of garlic
3 red chillies
3 green chillies
1/2 tsp methi (fenugreek) seeds, roasted finely
1 tsp mustard seeds, for seasoning
1 tsp cumin seeds
A small piece of jaggery
Salt to taste

Roast the cumin seeds lightly and powder to a fine paste
with the red chillies and half the fenugreek and garlic.
Chop the ginger, green chillies and remaining garlic.
Soak the tamarind in some hot water and extract the juice.
Put in the chopped ingredients and continue boiling.
In a pan, heat 3 tsp oil and add the mustard seeds and the
remaining fenugreek seeds.
When the mustard crackles, add the ground masala and fry
till the masala turns color.
Put in the chopped ingredients, jaggery, salt to taste and tamarind juice.
Bring to a boil and boil till the juice is thick.
Bottle when cool.
Should keep for about a week.


Gram flour 200gms.
Curd (yogurt) 1 cup
Chopped green chili 1 tbsp.
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp.
Mustard seeds 1 tsp.
Chopped ginger 1 tbsp.
Soda bi-carb 1 tsp.
Chopped green coriander 1 tbsp.
Fresh grated coconut ½ cup
Lemon 1 no.
Oil 2 tbsp.
Salt As per taste

1.Take gram flour in a bowl. Add beaten Yogurt and warm water. Whisk
well to remove all lumps. The mixture should have a thick consistency. Add
salt and cover it and leave it to ferment for 3-4 hours.

2. Make a paste of ginger and green chilies.

3. Add this paste to the fermented mixture. Add turmeric powder and
correct seasoning.

4. Keep the steamer ready on the flame.

5. Grease a dhokla mold or a shallow cake tin with a little oil. In a small
bowl take one teaspoon of soda bi-carb, 1 teaspoon oil and juice of 1
lemon. Mix well and add this to the Gram flour mixture.

6. Pour the batter into the greased mold and steam for 10-12 minutes.

7. Cool for sometime. Cut into squares and arrange in a serving

8. Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to
crackle, remove and pour over the dhoklas.

9. Serve garnished with chopped green coriander leaves and grated

Medu Vada

White urad dal 1 Cup
Crushed black peppercorn 1 tsp.
Asafetida ¼ cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp.
Curry leaves 8-10 nos.
Oil for deep frying - Salt

1. Wash and soak urad dal for 6 hours.

2. Grind into a fine paste.

3. Add salt, asafetida, curry leaves, cumin seeds and crushed peppercorns
to the batter and mix well.

4. Heat oil in a Kadhai.

5. Wet your palms and take batter into the palms. Shape into a ball and
make a hole with the thumb in the center like a doughnut. This is now
called a vada.

6. Deep fry the vadas in medium hot oil until golden brown and crisp.

7. Serve hot with Sambhar and Coconut chutney.

Tomato Soup

Tomatoes 600 gms.
Chopped ginger 1 tbsp.
Chopped garlic 1 tbsp.
Whole garam masala 1 tbsp.
Bay leaf 2 no.
Chopped green coriander 1 tbsp.
Cumin seeds 1 tsp.
Sugar (optional) 1 tbsp.
Oil 1 tbsp.
Green chili 2 no.
Salt As per taste

1. Wash and cut tomatoes into quarters

2. Cook tomatoes with chopped ginger, garlic, green chilies cut into two and Whole Garam masala. Add 5 cups of water and bayleaf. Bring to a boil.

3. Simmer for twenty minutes on a slow flame until tomatoes are mashed completely.

4. Strain the mixture with a soup strainer.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, let them crackle. Add strained tomato liquid and season with salt.

6. Bring it to a boil, add sugar if it is very sour.

7. Serve hot, garnished with chopped green coriander leaves.

Ribbon Murukku

Gram flour - 300 g
Rice flour - 200 g
red chillie powder - 1 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
sesame seeds, cumin seeds - 2 tsps
Ghee - 2 tsp
asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Mix all the ingredients into a thick paste and make murukku as in curd murukku.


Soak omam for 1/2 hour and grind into a very smooth paste.Drain the water
completely. Mix gram flour 500g, rice flour - 3 tsp, omam paste 2 tsp, salt, 2 tsp
ghee and 1/2 tsp asafoetida and mix well. Use this flour and omappodi achu(very
small holes) and squeeze out the flour in boiling oil and turn over until fully cooked
and crisp.


rice flour-500g, grated coconut - 1 cup, red chillie powder - 1 tsp, urud flour - 4 tsp,
salt - 1 tsp, sesame seeds - 4 tsp, ghee-2 tsp, asafoetida - 1/2 tsp,.
Slightly heat the rice flour in a dry pan. Add other ingredients and mix well. Add
little water so that the mixture becomes a solid paste. Make very small balls using
this flour and deep fry in oil.


Soak 4 tsp of gram dal for one hour.
Slightly dry roast 500 g of rice flour. Add 1 cup grated coconut, 2 tsp red chilli
powder, 2 tsp ghee, 1/2 tsp asafoetida, 1 tsp salt, 4 tsp sesame seeds, to the rice
flour and mix well.Add the soaked dal and minimum water to this and make into a
thick paste. Take a ball of this paste and pat it on a plastic sheet of paper . Make it
thin. Deep fry these in boiling oil. Turn over until it is fully cooked and crisp.


Rice flour - 250g, urud powder - 4 tsp, cumin seeds, sesame seeds - each 1 tsp
Mix the ingredients first with a tsp of ghee and then with minimum water into a
thick paste. Then place a large ball of this in thenkuzhal achu(medium sized round
holes) and squeeze in boiling oil as in curd murukku .

Urud powder

Dry roast urud dal and grind into a very nice powder.

Masala Vada

Cooking time: 30 minutes (with soaking time of 1.5 hours)

Serves 4-5

Required ingredients:

Split Bengal Gram (channa dal) — 1 cup

Split Green Gram (moong dal) — 1/4 cup

Cinnamon — half inch stick

Cloves — 3

Coriander Seeds Powder (dhaniya powder) — 1 tsp.

Ginger Paste — 1 tsp.

Garlic — 1 tsp.

Nutmeg Powder — 1/4 tsp.

Chopped Onion — 1/2 cup

Chopped Green Chili — 1 tsp.

Salt to taste

Oil to deep fry

Mix the two dals and soak for 1.5 hours.

Drain water from the soaked soal. Add salt to taste and put it in a mixture and grind into a semi-soft paste (do not
make too soft; do not add any water).

Crush cinnamon stick and cloves into powder and add to the paste. Add coriander seeds powder, nutmeg powder,
onion, garlic, ginger and green chili. Mix well. Make this dough into small balls (roughly half the size of a golf ball)
and keep aside.

In a deep skillet warm oil and deep fry the balls on low heat until brown.

Ravva Dosa

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Required Ingredients:

Yoghurt (preferably sour) — 1 cup

Rice flour — 1/2 cup

Moida — 1/4 cup

Semolina (Bombay Ravva) — 1 cup

Chopped Ginger — 1 inch piece

Chopped Coriander — fistful

Crushed Cashew nuts — 15

Finely Chopped Green Chilies — 2 (about 1.5 tsp)

Chopped Fresh Coconut — 2 tbsp (very small pieces)

Cumin Seeds — 1 tsp

Oil for cooking

Salt to taste

Mix everything except oil. Add enough amount of water and mix well such

that when you pour batter on the frying pan, all you have to do is tilt the frying

pan for the batter to spread out thinly and evenly. You shouldn't use an

implement to spread the batter. It should spread on its own.

It is a great snack. Allam Pacchadi (ginger pickle) goes well with this dish

Bhakar Wadi

(Spicy gram flour snack)

Serves: Four
Time required: One hour
240 g. gram flour
120 g. wheat flour
salt to taste
a pinch of asafoetida
oil for deep frying
100 g. grated coconut
60 g. sesame seeds
60 g. poppy seeds
a pinch of sugar
salt and chilli powder to taste
100 g. coriander leaves, chopped fine
a marble sized ball of tamarind, soaked in a little water
black masala powder (branded curry powder) to taste

MIX together gram flour and wheat flour. Add salt, asafoetida, 60 ml. hot oil and
enough water. Knead to a stiff dough. Keep it aside.

Roast the grated coconut, sesame seeds and poppy seeds and grind to a powder.
Add sugar, salt, chilli powder and coriander leaves to the masala powder to
prepare the filling for bhakar wadi. Add tamarind pulp and black masala powder
and mix well. Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a thin
rectangular shaped chappati. Spread the filling all over the chappati and roll up the
dough with the filling into a tight cylindrical shape. Seal the edges with a little water.
Cut into three cm. long pieces and deep fry in hot oil till brown and crisp. Remove
from oil and store in an airtight container.

Green Onion Bhurji

4 small bunches of green onions (onion bulbs with the leaves on)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
Clean the green onions and cut the onion bulbs from the green leaves and chop the bulbs finely. Keep aside
Chop the leaves finely.
Take oil in a wide mouthed pan and saute the chopped onion bulbs for some time till they become soft.
Add the chopped leaves and mix well.
Close with a tight fitting lid. Decrease flame and let it cook till the leaves become soft.
After the leaves get cooked thoroughly , add chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix well.
Beat the eggs and add to the pan. Mix the whole mixture well till the eggs get cooked and the mixture is dry.
Add salt to taste . Serve piping hot.
Note : Do not add any water to the onion leaves. They should cook in their own juice.

Mysore Bonda

1 cup All purpose flour
2 Green chilies (finely chopped)
1 small onion ( finely chopped)
1 big spoon full of rice flour
Sour curd ( to make the batter)
Salt to taste
A pinch of baking soda
Chopped coriander leaves (optional)
Mix all the above ingredients using the curd to a bajji dough consistency. Keep this aside for 3 hrs.
Heat some oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot enough, drop the batter in oil and deep fry them till golden brown.
Serve hot with green chutney or ketchup.
Make sure the curd is sour enough. These bondas are very crispy and tasty too.

Dahi Wada

For the wadas
Udad dal (Black gram dal) 1 cup
Mung dal (Green gram dal) 1/4 cup Salt to taste
Method for Wadas
Soak the two dals for 7-8 hours or overnight.
Grind it to a smooth paste.
Add salt to taste.
Heat oil for deep frying in a kadahi and add spoonfuls of dal batter and fry until the wadas are golden brown.
Drop the hot wads in a bowl of cold water and leave for about 3-4 minutes.
Take each wada out from water, squeeze the water out and set aside.
For the Dahi (yogurt)
Dahi (yogurt) 5 cups
(You can use homemade yogurt or low-fat yogurt from the market)
Green chillies, chopped 1 tsp
Ginger grated 1/2 tsp
curry leaves 7-8
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida pinch
Salt to taste
Sugar 4 tsps (yogurt should taste little sweet)
Method for making dahi
Blend the yogurt with little water until it is smooth.
Add sugar, salt, green chillies and ginger.
Make a tarka (seasoning) of mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves and add to yogurt.
Keep the yogurt in refrigerator until it is chilled.
Serving the wadas
Arrange the squeezed wadas in a deep dish. Pour the yogurt on the wadas such that all the wads are covered well by the yogurt. Sprinle red chiili powder, roasted jeera powder and black salt (sanchal).Serve with sweet tamarind(imli) chutney.


Makes: 15 pieces
Shelflife: Refrigerator fresh 2-3 days.
4 Measuring cup milk for chenna (2% milk)
3 measuring cup milk for Ras
4 - 4 1/2 tbsp. sugar for Ras
1 cup sugar
3 cups of water
safforn, cardomom, pista, almonds
lemon juice
First keep the 3 cups of milk for ras to boil until it reamins 1 3/4 cup.
Bring 4 cups of milk to boil. Now to curdle the milk add lemonjuice to it stirring continously.
Then drain it in athin muslin cloth or handkerchief.
Hold it covered with cloth in the running water.Drain the excess water by pressing the cloth there must not be water remaining.
In a pressure cooker take 3 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar.
Take the chenna out of the cloth in a dish , mash it and make around 15 small size of balls out of it
Toss that balls in the pressure cooker and bring two whistle.
In the mean time see the milk for ras may be ready.
Add the sugar for ras to it and add cardomon, pista, almond and safforn to it.Let it cool aside
As the pressure cooker is warm now open it take out the balls of chenna with the spoon ina dish and let the water drain by pressing it little and let it cook.
When the milk is cool add chenna balls to it .
Refrigerate it.
And it is ready to serve. Isn't it quick and easy

  • while putting chenna balls inthe pressure cooker do not put one onthe other. Depending on the size of the pressure cooker I put 12 pieces at a time

Instant Dhokla

1 small bowl Besan
1 small bowl Water
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon Lemonjuice
1 tablespoon Oil
1 tablespoon Eno Fruit Salt
1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds (rai)
2 Sliced Green Chillies
A few Curry Leaves
2 Tablespoon Sugar
2 tablespoon Lemon juice
1/4 cup Water
1 tablespoon Oil
2tablespoon Chopped Corinder
1 table spoon Grated Coconut
Mix togather besan, salt, oil, lemonjuice and water.
In a pressure cooker or big vassle put 1 glass water and keep a mesh upside down. (so that water should not touch the dhokla pan)
Grease a baking dish (it should fit in the vassle or cooker)
Now add Eno and mix well and pour this mixture right away in the greased pan.
Steam it for 20 minutes.
Prepare the tampring adding rai, greenchillies and curryleaves in hot oil.
Mix togather water,sugar and lemonjuice and pour into tempring. boil it.
Take out dhokla and cut into pieces. Pour the tapering mixture over it.
Garnish with grated coconut and Coriander.


3 cup rice flour
1 cup basan
1 stick butter (half cup)liquify
5,6 green chillies finely chopped
2 tsp coriander &cumin seed powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp curd
1 tsp suger
salt to taste
Chakali utensil which is common for shev-papdi
Mix rice flour & basan with all above interdients.add a
little bit warm water and make a soft dough. (dough should be softer than the chapati dough.)
Grease the chakali utensil make chakali.
Deep fry in oilon midimum flame till golden brown in colour.
Let it soak on paper.
serve with curd or butter.

Hara Nariel Ka Shorba

Coriander and coconut make a tasty combination.
Preparation time : 20 minutes. Cooking time : 10 minutes. Serves 6.

2 coconuts
6 teaspoons cornflour
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons ghee
2 curry leaves
To be ground into a paste
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
2 small green chillies
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Grate the coconut. Add 6 cups of warm water and blend in a blender. Strain to obtain coconut milk.
2. Heat the ghee and fry the cumin seeds for 1 minute. Add the paste and curry leaves and fry again for 1 minute.
3. Mix the cornflour and coconut milk, add to the paste and boil for a few minutes.



Moong Daal 1/2 cup
Urad Daal 1/2 cup
Onion 1
Coriander 2 tsp.
Green Chili 1
Chili powder 1/2 tsp.
Salt 1 tsp.
Ginger 1 tsp.
Baking Soda 1/4 tsp.
· Soak urad daal and moong daal for 2-3 hours.
· Grind daals into a coarse paste.
· Add finely chopped onion, salt, coriander powder, chili powder OR green chili, ginger and soda. Mix well and set aside for 4-5 minutes.
· Fry small spoonfuls of the mixture in hot oil.

Didir Onion Rava Dosa


one cup semolina/rava
one cup maida
1/2 cup rice flour
4-5 green chillies finely chopped
3/4 inch ginger chopped fine
1 1/2 tspn jeera slightly crushed (enough to bring out its flavor)
salt to taste
good pinch asafoetida
2-3 chopped onions
a bunch cashews
oil to make dosas
· Mix rava, maida, rice flour together into a thick batter adding little water at a time so no lumps are formed. Mixing by hand is a good idea if you don't have a whisk or electric mixer. Add salt, crushed cumin asafoetida and leave in a warm spot for six to seven hours at least.
· When ready to eat, spray a non-stick pan lightly with oil and warm.
· Thin out the batter to the consistency where it can be drizzled onto the pan with a spoon. Drop chopped green chillies and ginger into batter.
· Sprinkle some of the cut onions and cashews onto the pan and now continuing on low-medium heat, drizzle the batter such that there is a latice work effect. A lot of holes is just the thing. Dribble a bit bit of oil around it and when the edges start turning brown coax it off the pan with a flat, wide spatula and flip it over. Remove in a few minutes and make more.
· For the plain rava dosa leave out the onions.

Didir Dosa


3 measures of rice flour
1 measure of urad flour
Mix well so no lumps are formed. Salt to taste. Leave covered in a large pot overnight. Make thin crepes, preferably in non-stick pan.



Rice 1 1/2 cups
Urad Daal 1/2 cup
Salt 2 tsp.
· Soak the rice and daal separately in slightly warm water for 2 - 8 hours.
· Grind separately to a smooth paste and mix in a large vessel with salt. Mix thoroughly (use blender if possible).
· Ferment for 12 hours.


1 cup cream of wheat (Sooji/Rawa, you can find that in the cereal section of the store)2 cups of water1 cup sugar1/2 cup unsalted butter or gheesome raisins and cashewsHeat up the butter at medium heat and add the cream of wheat to it. Let the c of w become golden pink and then add the water. Stir the whole thing quickly so that no lumps are formed. When the water more or less evaporates,add the sugar and the dry fruits. Once the consistency is right just eat it up. The whole thing should at most take you 15 minutes and it never fails -comes out perfect each time.

Toll House Pan Cookie

2 /14 cup all-purpose flour
1 measuring teaspoon baking soda
1 measuring teaspoon salt
1 cup butter softened
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 measuring teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
One 12-oz pkg. (2 cups) Nestle Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 F. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, bron sugar and vanilla extract; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in chocolate morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake: at 375 F.
Time: 8-10 minutes.
Makes: 100-2” cookies

Maida Bonda

Maida or All-purpose-flour -2cups, Rice flour - Half cup, Finely chopped onions - 2 onions, Chillies - 2 nos, Cumin seeds - 1 spoon, Sour curd - 1 cup
Method: Mix all the above ingredients and soak for about one hour.Then take some oil in a pan, put small portions of it in oil,fry them intil they are golden brown.This is good for appetizer.

Rava Bonda

Rava - 3 Cups, Rice Flour - 1 Cup, Curd : 1 Cup, Cashew Bits, Green Chilly 3pcs,Salt to suit taste, Oil for frying.
Mix roasted Rava, Rice flour, Curd, salt , Cashews and Green Chillies to get a semi solid batter. Take small balls and deep fry it in Oil. If needed, coconut shreddings can be added to the batter. Remove from the frying pan after the balls become golden in colour. Serve it with Coconut Chutney. Recipe from Vanitha Thyagu.

Rava dosai

Slightly roast rawa in a dry pan. Mix roasted rawa and rice flour in the ratio 3:1 and make to a thin consistency. Add chopped green chillies, chopped onions, curry leaves, cumin seeds and make dosas.

Maida dosai

Mix maida:rice four in the ratio 2:1. Add about 2 tsp of rava.Add water and mix. Let it be more thin than normal dosai.To this add chopped green chillies, few cumin seeds, salt to taste(about 1 tsp). Add ome splattered mustard seeds. Make dosas, but make the dosas more thick.
The same procedure can be followed with wheat flour instead of maida


Par boiled rice - 4 cups, Urud dal -1/2 cup, fenugreek seeds - 2 tsp
Soak the above in water for about 4 - 5 hours and grind into a fine flour. Leave it for about 8 hours to become sour.
Heat a dosa tawa and spread a tsp of oil over it. When it becomes hot enough, place a laddle of flour and spread on it(it should be thick than a normal dosa). When it is cokked on one side, turn over, add a tsp of oil all over its edge and remove when fully cooked.
Side dish - curd.

Curd Vadai

Grind some grated coconut and green chillies into a thick paste.Add this to thick curd and keep it aside.
Rinse the required amount of urud dal(black gram) for about 1 1/2 hours.Grind into a thick paste. Add salt, coconut pieces, black whole peppers, and asafoetida.Take a small piece of plantain leaf or plastic sheet of paper and tap the flour on the sheet into a round flat shape Make a small hole in the middle so that it gets fried uniformly.Drop this carefuly into boiling oil and fry till it turns golden brown.

Cabbage Vadai

Soak 1 cup of urul dal for 1 hour and grind into a thick fine paste.
To 1 volume of this add I volume of finely cut cabbage pieces ,add salt - 3/4 spoon and mix well
Take a plastic sheet of paper and put even sized balls of this and flatten it. Deep fry this in boining oil. Turn over until golden brown in colour and it is fully cooked…

Urud Vadai (Medhu vadai)

Soak 1 cup urud dal in sufficient amt of water for 1 hour and grind into a thick fine flour. Add 1 tsp salt, 2-3 chopped green chillies, 1 tsp whole black peppers, a bunch of curry leaves and mix well. On a plastic piece of paper place a ball of this and flatten it by hand. Deep fry this in oil and turn over until the vada turns golden brown.

Dal Vadai (Aama vadai)

Soak 200 g of gram dal, 200 g of toor dal, 6-8 tsp of urud dal for an hour.Grind 3 green chillies, 3 whole red peppers and salt in a blender.Add the soaked dal to this mixture and grind coarsely. Take a ball of this mixture and place it on a plastic sheet of paper and pat it to flatten it a little. Then drop them in boiling oil. Turn over both sides until fully cooked.

Mangalore bonda

Mix 2 cups maida and 1 cup rice flour. To this add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 3 hot green chillies(chopped), and salt - 1/2 tsp. Add buttermilk to this so that the mix becomes a thick paste(thicker than that for bajji). Deep fry in oil.

Rawa Kichadi

Vegetables - Beans, carrots, onions
Cut the vegetables into fine pieces. Take 1 cup of rawa and lightly roast without oil to make it crisp. Pour 3 teaspoons of oil in a fry pan and add mustard seeds.When it splatters, add 1 tsp urud dal, 1 teaspoon gram dal, and roast lightly.Add a pinch of asafoetida. Now add 3 cups of water and when it begins to boil add rawa and keep stirring till all the water is absorbed and it becomes thick (fully cooked).

Rice Uppuma

Rice rawa - 1 cup, water - 3 cups ,
In a pan, heat 6 tsp of oil and add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp urud dal, 1 tsp gram dal, 3 red chillies, a pich of asafoetida. Then add 6 tsp grated coconut and fry lightly.Now add 3 cups water and when it comes to boil, add 1 cup of rice rawa and stir well until it becomes somewhat powdery and soft. Add a bunch of curry leaves. Add 2 tsp of ghee while serving.

Aval uppuma

Soak 200 g of aval in water for 1/2 hour.Heat 4 tsp of oil in a pan, add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds. When it pops, add 1 tsp urud dal, 1/2 tsp whole black peppers, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/4 tsp salt. Drain the water from the aval and add it to the pan and fry. You can mix curd with soaked aval if you like.


Mix rice and moong dal in the ratio 1:1.Add 3 times water and steam until it is overcooked.Cut green chillies and ginger into fine pieces.Take some ghee in a fry pan and add whole black peppers, and cumun eeds.When the peppers burst add chillie and ginger pieces and a pinch of turmeric powder.Add some cashewnuts and remove the pan when the cashews are roasted and begin to smell.Add this to cooked dal-rice.Add salt, curry leaves and mix well.Add some ghee while serving.

Sevai (Idiyappam)

Heat 4 cups of water in a vessel and bring it to boil. To this add 2 cups of rice flour(you may mix some sago with rice and powder in a flour mill) and stir well so that it becomes thick paste. Add a pinch of salt and stir well. Using this flour in omappodi achu, squeeze into the form of long threads on a plate. (you can use idli plates for this) and steam it in a large vessel or a pressure cooker.
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rice flour - 1 cup, water - 2 cups, sour curd or buttermilk - 1 cup
Mix the above well. Heat 2 tsp of oil add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add 2 curd chillies(alternatively, use red whole peppers), 1/4 tsp asafoetida, . Now add the liquid to this and stir well until it becomes thick and non-sticky.


Roast 200 g of raw rice and powder it into a nice rava.Dry roast 2 tsp of cowgram. In a thick vessel, heat water to boil, and add the roasted cowgram , coconut pieces(cut into very small pieces) and 1/2 tsp salt.When they are cooked, add the rawa and stir into a paste. Flatten this flour ino round shape (the size of urud vadai), place in idli plates and cook.

Masala Dosai

Par Boiled rice - 2
Raw rice - 2
Urud Dal - 1/2
Fenugreek seeds - little
Rinse the above ingredients in water for about 2-3 hours.Then grind in a blender (with adding water in steps) into a very fine flour.Add salt and keep it aside (to get sour)for 12 hours.
Heat the pan and spread a drop of oil on it.When the pan is fully heated, take some flour and spread it on the pan into a round shape.Turn it over so that both sides are cooked well.When it is almost cooked spread a teaspoon of chutney over it.Place some potato curry and roll the dosai on both sides and move it to a plate.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

¾ cup sifted flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup softened margarine
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup walnuts
1 tbsp orange rind
1 ½ cup quick cooking oatmeal

Grease cookie sheet, sift together dry ingredients. Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour mixture until well moistened. Stir in oatmeal, nuts and rind. Drop by tsp fuls 2” apart. Bake at 350 F for 8 min.


Ingredients: Thuvar Dhall 1/2 cupChanna Dhall 1 cupUrad Dhall 1/4 cupRice 1/2 cupDried Red Chilles 5Green Chilles 3Salt 1 t.spoonHing a small pinchGinger chopped finelyCurry Leaves a fewCilantro a small bunch washed and finely choppedCooking oil for frying
Method: Soak thuvar dhall, channa dhall, urad dhall, and rice in water for one hour. Wet grind the above mix with chilles, and salt coarsely. Add hing, ginger, curry leaves, and cilantro. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.

Cashew Kunuku

Ingredients:Rava (Cream of Wheat) 1 cupRice flour 1 cupAll purpose flour 1 cupCashew 10-15 choppedGreen chilles 5-6Coconut 1 spoon Salt 3/4 t.spoonCooking Oil for frying
MethodGrind cashew, chilles, coconut, salt finely with water, and mix this with the flours. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.

Vermicilli Masala Vadai

Vermicilli 1 cup
Yougurt 1 cup
Red chillies 8
Ginger a small piece grated
Garlic 2-4 flakes finely chopped
Cloves 4
Salt 1/2 t.spoon
Onions chopped
Curry leaves a few
Cilantro a small bunch washed and finely chopped
Cooking Oil for frying

Soak vermicilli in yougut for one hour. Grind ginger, garlic, red chillies, cloves, and salt finely. Mix this with the soakedvermicilli. Add chopped onions, curry leaves, and cilantro to this. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.

Medhu Vadai

IngredientsUrad dhall 1 cupRice flour 1 cupRava (cream of wheat) 1 cupGreen chilles 6Ginger a small piece gratedPepper 1 t.spoon Hing a small pinchSalt 3/4 t.spoonCurry leaves a fewChopped OnionsCooking Oil for frying
MethodSoak urad dhall for 15 minutes in water. Grind ginger, green chilles, hing, and urad dhall finely. Add pepper, salt and grind it along with the urad dhall paste. Mix this with rice flour, rava, chopped onions, and curry leaves. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.

Madhur Vadai

IngredientsAll purpose flour 1 cupWheat flour 1 cupRice Flour 1 cupBesan 1 cupChilli powder 2 spoonChopped onionsGreen chilles 2Hing a small pinchSalt 3/4 t.spoonGinger a small piece gratedCurry leaves a fewCilantro a small bunch washed and finely choppedCooking Oil for frying
MethodMix all the above ingredients with little water, make small balls and deep fry in oil.

Spinach Vadai

IngredientsMoong dhall 2 cupsChanna dhall 1 cupRice 1/2 cupSpinach 1 bunch finely choppedGinger a small piece gratedGreen Chilles 3-4Hing a small pinchSalt 1 t.spoonCooking Oil for frying
MethodSoak the dhalls for 1 hour in water. Grind ginger, green chilles, hing, salt and the soaked dhall coarsely. Add chopped spinach and makes small balls and deep fry in oil.

Kara Vadai

IngredientsAll purpose flour (Maida) 1 cupRice flour 1/4 cupOnions 2 small finely choppedGreen chilles 4 finely choppedCurry leaves a few Mint (Optional) a small bunch washed and finely choppedSalt 1/2 t.spoonCooking oil for frying
MethodMix all the above ingredients and make small balls and deep fryin oil.

Potato Bhonda

IngredientsPotatoes 6 Channa flour (besan) 1 cupRice flour 1/4 cupGreen chilles 6Ginger a small piece gratedCurry leaves a few Cilantro a small bunch washed and finely choppedLemon 1Turmeric 1/4 t.spoon Mustard 1/2 t.spoonUrad dhall 1 t.spoonChanna dhall 1/2 t.spoonCashew 1/2 cup choppedSalt 1 t.spoonCooking Oil for frying
Method Boil potatoes with turmeric, and salt. Peel skin and mash thepotatoes and keep them aside. Fry in little oil, mustard, uraddhall, channa dhall, cashew, green chilles, curry leaves and ginger. Mix this well with the mashed potatoes, and add fresh lemon juice. Roll small balls and keep them aside. Make a batter with channa flour and little salt. Coat the balls in thisbatter, and deep fry in oil.


IngredientsUrad dhall 2 cupsPepper 1 t.spoonGreen chillies 2 Coconut 2 t.spoon finely choppedCurry leaves a fewHing a small pinchSalt 3/4 t.spoonCooking Oil for frying
MethodSoak urad dhall in water for half an hour. Wet grind urad dhall,green chilles, and salt finely. Add pepper, hing , coconut, and curry leaves to this. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.


IngredientsUrad dhall 2 cupsPepper 1 t.spoonGreen chillies 2 Coconut 2 t.spoon finely choppedCurry leaves a fewHing a small pinchSalt 3/4 t.spoonCooking Oil for frying
MethodSoak urad dhall in water for half an hour. Wet grind urad dhall,green chilles, and salt finely. Add pepper, hing , coconut, and curry leaves to this. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.


IngredientsAll purpose flour (Maida) 2 cupsChilli powder 1/2 t.spoonHing a small pinchSalt 1 t.spoonButter 2 t.spoonCooking oil for frying
MethodMix maida, chilli powder, hing, salt, and butter with little water, and make a nice dough similar to Chappati dough.Make small balls, and roll them similar to chappati/puri's andcut them into small squares/dimonds. Deep fry these small squares in oil.


IngredientsPar boiled rice 3 cupsUrad dhall 1 cupSalt 2 t.spoon
MethodRnse and soak rice and urad dhall seperately in water for 2 hours. Grind the two seperately, and mix them together with salt.Keep it overnight, before making idlis.

Kanjeepuram Idli

IngredientsPar boiled 3 cupsUrad dhall 1.5 cupsDry ginger powder 1 t.spoonPepper 1/2 t.spoonCumin seeds 1/2 t.spoonHing 1/4 t.spoon Curry leaves Cooking Oil 6 t.spoonsGhee 2 t.spoonsSalt 1.5 t.spoons
Method Rinse and soak par boiled rice and urad dhall in water for 2 hours. Grind the above coarsley and add hing and salt to this.Keep it overnight so that this will ferment.Fry pepper, cumin seeds, and curry leaves in oil and ghee. Addthis to the flour. Add dried ginger powder and mix everythingtogether. Coat a flat vessal with oil, and pour the idli flour into thisand pressure cook for 45 minutes in low heat without pressurecooker weight.

Aval Dosai

IngredientsRice 2 cupsAval 3/4 cupsUrad dhall 1/2 cupSalt 1.5 t.spoonsCooking Oil for making dosas
MethodRinse and soak rice, aval and urad dhall in water for 1 hour.Wet grind the above with salt into a nice batter. Keep at roomtemperature for 12 hours.Method to make Aval Dosai: Spread a big spoon full of the above batter on a hot non-stick pan, and put 1 t.spoon of oil around it. Close the dosa with acover and let it cook for a few minutes. Do not turn the dosa.Serve it hot with chutney.

Vella (Jaggery) Dosai

Ingredients Wheat flour 1 cupRice flour 1/4 cupAll purpose flour (Maida) 1/4 cupCream of Rice (Rava) 3 t.spoonsCoconut 1/4 cup finely choppedJaggery 1 cupCardamom 2 powderedGhee 1-2 t.spoons per dosai
MethodMelt jaggery in 2 cups of boiling water and let it cool.Mix wheat flour, rice flour, rava, maida, cardamon, and coconut with the melted jaggery, and make a fine batter.Method to make Vella Dosai:(Similar to making dosai's/Pan cakes)Spread a big spoon full of the above batter on a hot non-stick pan, and put 1 t.spoon of ghee around it. Let it cook on this side for a few minutes, and then turn over to the other side, andput 1 t.spoon of ghee around it. Wait till the dosai turns brown.

Rava Dosai

IngredientsCream of Wheat (Rava) 1 cupRice flour 1 cupAll purpose flour (Maida) 1 cupPepper 1 t.spoonCumin seeds 1 t.spoonGreen chilles 6-8 finely choppedGinger 1 small piece finely choppedCurry leaves finely choppedCilantro finely choppedSalt 1.5 t.spoonsCooking Oil 1-2 t.spoon per dosai
MethodMix rava, maida, and rice flour in water to make slightly watery batter.Add all the other ingredients except oil, to the above batter.Keep this batter in room temperature for atleast 20 minutes before making dosas.

Ordinary Adai

IngredientsThuvar dhall 2 cupsChanna dhall 1 cupUrad dhall 1/2 cupMoong dhall 4 t.spoonsCream of Rice 1.5 cupsRed chillies 8Green chillies 4Hing 1/4 t.spoonSalt 1.5 t.spoonCooking oil for making addai
Method Rinse and soak thuvar dhall, channa dhall, urad dhall, moong dhall, and cream of rice together in 6 cups of water.Grind the above coarsely with salt, hing and red chillies.Method to make Addai: (Similar to making dosai's/Pan cakes)Spread a big spoon full of the above batter on a hot non-stick pan, and put 1 t.spoon of oil around it. Let it cook on this side for a few minutes, and then turn over to the other side, andput 1 t.spoon of oil around it. Wait till the addai turns brown.Serve it hot with any chutney, or with some jaggery.

Thaval Adai

IngredientsRice 2 cupsChanna dhall 3/4 cupThuvar dhall 3/4 cupUrad dhall 1/2 cupRed chillies 6Cumin seeds 1/2 t.spoonPepper 1/2 t.spoonHing a small pinchSalt 1 t.spoonCurry leavesOil 2 t.spoonsGhee 2 t.spoons
MethodRinse and soak rice, channa dhall, thuvar dhall, and urad dhallin water for 1 hour. Wet grind the above coarsley with redchillies and salt.Heat oil and ghee in a pan, and add cumin seeds, pepper, hing, and curry leaves, and mix it with the batter.Make them similar to addai's.


IngredientsWhole Moong dhall 2 cupsRice 4 t.spoonsOnions 3 finely choppedGreen chillies 6 finely choppedRed chillies 2Ginger small piece Cumin seeds 1/2 t.spoonCilantro 1 bunch finely choppedSalt 1.5 t.spoonsCooking Oil for making peseret
MethodRinse and soak whole moong dhall and rice in water for 4 hours.Grind the above with green chilles, red chillies, ginger, cumin seeds, salt and little onion.Fry the remaining onions in oil and keep them aside.Make the peserat like dosas, and put a spoon full of onions onthe dosa and fold the dosa before serving. Serve with corrianderchutney or onion chutney.

Tamarind Uppma

IngredientsCream of rice 2 cupsTamarind paste 1 t.spoonMustard 1/4 t.spoonUrad dhall 1 t.spoonChanna dhall 1 t.spoonMethi 1/2 t.spoonHing a small pinchRed chillies 6Turmeric 1/4 t.spoonCurry leavesCooking Oil 4 t.spoonsSalt 1 t.spoon
MethodDry roast methi, and grind it into a powder and keep it aside.Fry mustard, urad dhall, channa dhall, hing, red chillies, andcurry leaves in oil. Add 6 cups of water to the above and let it cook for sometime, and now add turmeric, salt and tamarind paste, and let it cook for sometime. Now add cream of rice and keep stiring until cream of rice gets cooked. Finally add the ground methi powder.

Moor Kali

IngredientsRice flour 1 cupButter milk 2 cupsHing a small pinchUrad dhall 1/2 t.spoonMustard 1/4 t.spoonGreen Chilles 6-8Curry leaves a small bunchVetha Mulaka (dried red chilles in buttermilk) Optional Cooking oil 2 t.spoonSalt 3/4 t.spoon
MethodMake a batter with rice flour, butter milk, and salt.Fry mustard in oil and wait till it splatters, then add urad dhall, hing, curry leaves, vetha mulaka, and green chilles, andwait for a few minutes, and then add the rice flour batter. Keepstirring until the rice flour gets cooked, usually takes about10 minutes.

Venn Pongal

IngredientsRice 2 cupsMoong dhall 1/2 cupHing a small pinchCurry leavesCashewsPepper 1/2 t.spoonCumin seeds 1/2 t.spoonGinger a small piece finely choppedGhee 1/2 t.spoonSalt 1 t.spoon
MethodCook rice, moong dhall and turmeric powder with extra water andkeep it aside.Fry pepper, cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves, and ginger in 2 t.spoons ghee, and add this to the above pongal.Fry cashews in 1 t.spoon ghee and add to the above.Add salt and remaining ghee and mix everything well.

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