Posted in Breakfast Ideas, Easy Snacks/ Dinner, No onion no garlic foods, No onion no garlic side dish

Adai

A very famous South Indian rather Palakkad delicacy is Adai. We love this food. Healthy and nutritious as the batter is made using dals and rice. Fermentation not necessary. And tastes heavenly when paired with Avial/ chutney/ jaggery/ podi.

Do try this. Its easy to make and filling too.

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Ingredients:

Boiled Rice: 1 cup

Dosa Rice : 1 cup

Urad dal   : 1/4 cup (I used Black split one)

Chana dal: 1/4 cup

Tuvar dal and Moong dal: a fistful each

Red chilies: 6-8 (see notes)

Pepper: 1 tsp

Curry Leaves: 20

Salt to taste

Method:

1.Wash and soak all the rice and dals, chilies, pepper together for a couple of hours.

2. Grind coarsely with curry leaves and salt.

3. Keep aside for sometime to ferment or use immediately. Fermented ones will give a nice tangy taste.

4. Heat tava, wipe it with oil and then spread the batter in a thick round with medium flame.

5. Drizzle lots of gingelly or sunflower oil and cook for 3-4 minutes on low flame. Turn the adai and cook for same 3-4 minutes for crisp ones.

6. Serve Hot.

7. Use up the batter or refrigerate .Stays good for 3-4 days.

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Notes:

Red chilies, i used half bedgi and half spicy ones. The color ones give nice red color. You can reduce the spicy ones and increase pepper too.

Posted in Easy Sabzis, No onion no garlic foods, No onion no garlic side dish, South style poriyal, Vishu/ Onam Sadya Recipes

Podalangai Poriyal

Poriyals form a very important part of South Indian meals. Can be made using variety of veggies. Today im sharing one such recipe of Parwal also called Podalangai poriyal. Simple, full of taste this makes a great side dish for sambars/rasam/ Mor kozumbu or even chapatis.

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Ingredients:

Podalangai: 2 cups chopped

Curry Leaves: a spring.

Fresh grated coconut:1/2 cup

Green chillies: 1-2 (depending on the spice required)

To temper:

Coconut oil/sunflower oil: 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds: 1 tsp

Urad dal: 1 tsp

Hing: a pinch

Turmeric powder: 1 tsp

Salt as needed

Method:

 1.Heat a pan,add oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves.As they crackle add the hing.

2.Add the chopped parwal, turmeric powder, salt and water 2 cups and close the lid and allow cooking.

3.Grind the coconut shavings and green chili. Keep aside.

4.As the water dries up in the curry ass the ground coconut paste and mix well.

5.Serve hot.

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Note:

Sunflower oil works fine but coconut oil adds more flavor to the poriyal.

Posted in Accompaniments, No onion no garlic foods, No onion no garlic side dish, South style poriyal, Vishu/ Onam Sadya Recipes

Cabbage Poriyal

One more simple poriyal that goes well with Sambhar/ Rasam. This one is served in almost all weddings. I haven’t seen much wedding without this. One of my favorites and mostly paired with sambhar, this one is a must try. Although, very simple the coconut oil and the curry leaves make it more flavorful.

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Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

Serves 4

Cabbage: 1 cup

Carrots, beans, peas ( all mixed) : 1 cup

To grind:

Grated coconut: 1/2 cup

Green chili: 2-3 (Adjust as per spice level)

To temper:

Coconut oil: 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal : 1 tsp each

Curry leaves: a spring

Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste.

Method:

  1. Chop all the veggies. Wash, drain n keep aside.
  2. Make coconut and green chili paste.
  3.  Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan , add “to temper” items.
  4. Add the veggies, turmeric powder and salt.
  5. Mix well, add little water and cook in medium low flame for 20 minutes.
  6. When the veggies are cooked, add the coconut paste, mix well .
  7. Serve hot with sambhar/rasam and appalam.

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Tip: You can slit the green chili and add to tadka and add the coconut shavings for garnish. Tastes good either ways.

Posted in Accompaniments, Chutneys, No onion no garlic foods, No onion no garlic side dish, Side dish

Instant Tomato Thokku

Everything instant these days catch our attention. 😛 .I keep looking for easy side dishes/ recipes for breakfast and paranthas. Since tomatoes are cheap and the nice red ones looks tempting i thought of making this pickle. This is one such side dish. Can be made in advance and goes well with dosa/idli/upma etc.

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Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

Tomatoes: 8- 10 Medium sized ones

Tamarind: 2-3 small pieces

Red Chili powder (Kashmiri): 2 tbsp

Red chili powder (for spice) : 2 tbsp (adjust as needed)

Salt to taste

To temper:

Oil: 3 tbsp

Mustard seeds: 1 tsp

Hing a pinch

 

 

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  1. Chop the tomatoes finely.
  2. In a wide pan, add a tbsp of oil add the tomatoes,tamarind pieces, salt and cook for around 10 minutes on low flames till the tomatoes turn mushy.
  3. Allow it to cool and then grind them for a few seconds.
  4.  Heat the same pan, add oil and “To temper” Items and the grind tomatoes and spices.
  5. Cook well n low flame till oil separates.
  6.  Store in a glass container and use a dry spoon to serve.
  7. Refrigerate. Stays good for a fortnight.

 

 

Posted in Accompaniments, Greens, No onion no garlic foods, No onion no garlic side dish, Side dish, Vishu/ Onam Sadya Recipes

Keerai Masiyal

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Wishing you all a Happy and prosperous 2017. Hope you all had a great time partying and celebrating with near and dear ones. Today I am sharing a very easy recipe to beat the Monday blues. Requires minimal ingredients and when paired up with rice and ghee makes a heavenly combination. Even a roasted appalam makes a great side dish to this. Although many people make this as a side dish for Mor Kozumbu, this is also a complete dish when eaten with rice.

Ingredients:

Spinach: 1 bunch

To temper:

Oil: 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds: 1 tsp

Urad Dal: 1 tsp

Red Chilli : 1

A pinch of Hing

Method:

  1. Clean the spinach and wash thoroughly under water till water runs clean.
  2. Blanch this spinach for a couple of minutes in hot water with a pinch if turmeric and salt. This helps remove the impurities.
  3. Remove from the hot water and run under cold water immediately. This will help spinach retain its green color.
  4. Puree in a mixer.
  5. Transfer the puree in a bowl, adjust water (add only little) , add salt and bring it to boil.
  6. Temper with “to temper” items and serve hot with rice and ghee,alongside appalam.

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Notes:

If it becomes watery, add rice flour mixed with water and adjust the consistency.

Posted in Accompaniments, No onion no garlic side dish, South style poriyal, Vishu/ Onam Sadya Recipes

Cluster beans poriyal

Another no onion no garlic side dish for sambhar,rasam,mor kozumbu. This one is also made as the other poriyals. Just that the veggie changes. In South India lot of veggies are made with the same style. These beans can also be made without coconut like Usili, that i would share some other time.

Here goes the recipe:

Serves: 3

Ingredients:

Avrakkai (Cluster Beans): 2 cups chopped

To Grind:

Coconut (scraped or slices): 3 tbsp

Green Chilies: 1-2

To temper:

Oil:  1 tsp

Mustard seeds: 1 tsp

Chana dal: 1 tsp

Urad dal: 1 tsp

Turmeric powder: 1 tsp

Salt: to taste

Curry Leaves: 4-5

Water:  1 1/2 cups

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Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add “to temper” items.
  2.  Add curry leaves, and the cluster beans and turmeric powder.
  3. Add  1 1/2 cups water and cook till done.
  4. As the water dries, add the coconut chili paste and mix well.
  5. Serve.

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Notes:

Using coconut oil will help enhance the flavors.



Posted in Accompaniments, evening snacks, No onion no garlic foods, No onion no garlic side dish, Sundals

Chana Dal Sundal

There are many variations of sundal that  can be made.For Navratri almost all South Indian homes make sundal, Pongal variations. They can  be made in a jiffy, offered to goddess and distributed as prasadam.

This sundal is made using Chana Dal. Yes the one used for tadka or making podi. Dal fry using this is also made and they taste awesome. Any dal u use adds its own unique taste to the recipe. Hope you like this and shall try. Another sundal recipe shared here

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Ingredients

Chana Dal : 1 cup

Coconut grated: 2 tbsp

Green chili :1-2

Hing a pinch

Turmeric powder: 1 tsp

Salt as per taste

To temper :

Oil : 1 tbsp

Urad dal: 1tsp

Mustard seeds: 1tsp

Curry Leaves: a spring

Procedure:

  1. Take chana dal in a bowl ,add water and soak for 30-45  mins. Alternatively, if you are pressed for time you can skip the soaking and directly pressure cook for 1-whistle with a pinch of turmeric and salt. Grind the coconut plus green chili and keep aside.
  2. Heat a pan add ” To temper”, turmeric powder  and then the chana dal and fry for a minute.
  3. Add the coconut, chili paste, check for salt.
  4.  Serve hot. Alternatively you can add the slit green chilies in the tempering and garnish with coconut shavings.

Notes:

Soaking the chana dal for 30 minutes will help it cook faster.

Don’t pressure cook for more than a whistle it will become soggy. It has to be cooked and crunchy. Another option to cook is heat water, add the dal and cook till al dente ( may take around 20 minutes or so). Drain the excess water and proceed with the recipe.

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