Monday, January 31, 2011

Semia Adai


Semia or Vermicilli 1 cup
curd one cup or little more
curry leaf
red chilly powder one spoon.
coriander leaves


dry roast the semia and add the same in the curd and make it to a dosai batter consistency. Keep it for half an hour

Then add salt and the other ingredients

Heat the tawa and pour the batter and add little oil.

Semia dosai is ready.

instead of the long thin semia, small broken semia is the best.

Friday, January 21, 2011

train chutney

This is one of the easiest and tastiest chutnies. This can be kept for a longer duration. Once people used to take this during their journey. So it is called train chutney.


Urad dal 1 cup
Red chilly 2
hing a pinch
tamarind a small marble size
salt according to taste


dry roast all the ingredients and grind it with water in a mixie. It tastes good.

(courtesy Chef Damodiran)

Thursday, January 20, 2011



Vazhaikai (raw banana)1
Senai 200 gms
Moong dal 100 gms

mustard 1 tsp
channa dal 1 tsp
curry leaves 1 sprig
pepper 2 tsp
hing 1/2 spoon
oil 1 tsp
coconut 1 cup
green chilli 1


dice the vegetables and along with moong dal with little turmeric powder boil it well.

dry roast the pepper and powder it

grind coconut and green chilli together nicely and make a paste of it.

pour one tsp coconut oil in a kadai and fry mustard, channa dal, hing, curry leaf, and add the boiled vegetables with the moong dal and enough water and allow it to boil for a few minutes. now add the paste add salt and pepper powder and allow it to boil and kootan is ready.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pepper cumin powder.

If you have some podis - powders in home that comes in handy, when you are busy or when you need a different taste. Many homes have paruppu podi, thengai podi, poondu podi.
But the most easiest and of course the tastiest one is milagu zeeraka podi. It is very easy and very tasty.


pepper half a cup
cumin one cup


dry roast pepper, cumin one by one.. mix with salt and powder it nicely in a mixie
mix with rice and ghee or little oil and it makes a wonderful combo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Keerai Masiyal.


Manathakali keerai 2 cups
toor dal 1/2 cup
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
green chilli 1
tomato 1
tamarind a pinch or 5 gm

for tempering
oil 2 tsp
jeera 1 tsp
mustard 1/2 tsp
urad dal 1/2 tsp
red chillies 2
hing 1 tsp


clean the leaves. remove the stems and wash thoroughly. If the leaves are big enough cut it to a smaller size.

boil toor dal and mash it nicely. place the leaves in a pan with chopped tomato, turmeric powder and slit green chilly and boil till they are soft. Mix the cooked dal and leaves.

heat oil in a frying pan add mustard jeera, urad dal, hing and red chillies . Once the dal turns golden brown add the tempering to the mixture. Serve with steamed rice.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Rava Idli.


Rava 250 gms
Refined oil 2 tbs
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Ginger chopped 1 tsp
green chillies chopped 1 tsp
curry leaves a sprig
cashew nuts 4 or 5 broken
gram dal 2 tsp
curd two cups
coriander leaves 3 tsp
salt to taste

In a kadai heat the 2tbs oil and add mustard seeds, gram dal, cashew nuts, green chillies, ginger, and curry leaves in this order.

fry for a few minutes and add the rava and toss till the ingredients are finely mixed.continue till the rava changes the colour and emits a light roasted aroma.

remove and allow it to cool

add curd, salt and coriander leaves and mix to a batter consistency without any lumps.
fill the idly moulds and cook the idlis in an idli cooker for 10 minutes.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Green Chutney

This is one of the healthiest chutnies. It tastes very good as a main dish with rice and also as an accompaniment for curd rice.


Two cups of coriander leaves
One cup of diced radish(white or red)
Two cups of onion sliced
one spoon of pepper powder
One sp. salt
one green chilly.


Put everything in a mixie and grind it nicely.You can add little water if needed.
Put the chutney in a glass bowl and microwave for three minutes till the raw smell goes.
Chutney is ready.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Godhumai dosa

Godhumai flour one cup
Water two cups

Cumin seeds 2 sp
Green chillier 1
Curry leaf one sprig

Mix flour and water to a batter consistency without lumps mix all
Other items
Heat the tawa and make dose