Spongy Kuzhi Paniyarams

Now, what else can be made with the wonder batter called ‘idli/dosa batter’? Idli on the first day, dosa when it becomes more sour, uthappam of different varieties (recipes shortly) and this time it is Kuzhi Paniyaram. Although there is a separate combination and ratio for exclusive kuzhi paniyaram.. kuzhi paniyaram can be made from the…

Adai Dosai/Dosa

When there is information about sudden guests and you want to give them a quick dosai, this is a perfect recipe. It is also a healthy dosai because of the types of lentils that go into it. This can be spread thin to make it crispy but is generally made thick.  Adais are always consumed…

Idly/Dosa for two!

This batter would be just enough for two persons. I also tried making the batter in a mixer/blender. These are some details about Parboiled Rice.  Parboiled rice is produced through the process of parboiling or partially boiling. Harvested paddy or rice with husk is hydrated and then steamed, before drying them. Once dried, the husk of…

Baking Cakes Healthy! – Oats and Apple Cake

Passion for traditional food has always been there within me. But, when I was young and started trying my hands in cooking, I would attempt only exotic recipes from cookery books. Biriyanis, Pulavs, North Indian Specialities, and especially Cakes and other baked items used to be favourites. There was always amma and aachi to make the Tamilnadu…

Carrot-Muttaikose Thuvayal/Carrot-Cabbage Chutney

This is a non-coconut base chutney. Healthy, vegetable base and a colourful one, suits well with idlis, dosais and sometimes to mix with plain rice too.  I have learnt most of the vegetable chutneys from my mother-in-law (athai as I call her). Thanks to her, she taught me many more healthier ways of cooking apart…

Muttaikose-Carrot Poriyal/Cabbage-Carrot Dry Vegetable Curry

This is a variation to Cabbage poriyal. This has grated carrots added to finely chopped cabbage. The procedure is the same as cabbage poriyal. Muttaikose-Carrot poriyal/Cabbage-Carrot dry vegetable curry (serves 4)  poriyal in kadai   Ingredients cabbage – medium size – 1 no. carrots – 2 onion – medium – 1 no. green chillies – 2 nos…

Cabbage Poriyal/Cabbage Dry Vegetable Curry

One more poriyal – dry vegetable curry – with very little oil and very easy to prepare too. Cabbage poriyal can be made just with cabbage alone or sometimes mixed with carrots. This is plain cabbage poriyal. Cabbage poriyal – Cabbage dry vegetable curry (serves 2) Ingredients cabbage –  medium size – 1 no. onion – …

Varutha Milagai Thuvayal/ Roasted Chilly Coconut Chutney

This is a special travel chutney. Whenever we travel by train, either to our grandparent’s place or back to chennai after vacation time, gingelly oil glazed idlis packed in banana leaves with varutha milagai thuvayal used to be a regular affair. The chutney would come back home from the train journey and still stay good for the next day breakfast. Even…

Thengai Chutney – Coconut Chutney

Chutneys are the best accompaniments for most of the south indian food items. Idlis, Dosais, Uppumas, Paniyarams, Vadais and many more breakfast and dinner dishes are always had with various kinds of chutneys. Even rice varieties are had with special chutneys. The breakfast platter would definitely have the white coconut chutney. The general coconut chutney popular in all restaurants…