Friday, October 2, 2009

Vada Curry


Vada :
  1. Channa Dal - 200 gms
  2. Onion - 3 tsp
  3. Garlic - 1
  4. Ginger - 1/4 tsp(chopped)
  5. Green chilli - 1
  6. Cinnamon - a piece
  7. Clove - 1
  8. asafoetida - a pinch
  9. Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  10. Fennel Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  11. Curry leaves - as needed (chopped)
  12. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  1. Clove - 2
  2. Bay leaf - 1
  3. Cinnamon - 1 stick(small)
  4. Onion - 1(chopped)
  5. Tomato - 2(chopped)
  6. Green chillies - 3
  7. Ginger - 1/4 tsp
  8. Garlic - 2
  9. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  10. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  11. Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  12. Salt - as needed
  13. Curry leaves - as needed
  14. Seasoning items
  15. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  16. Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp

  1. Grind the vada mixture coarsely
  2. Make small balls of the grinded mixture and spread it in idli pan
  3. Heat the mixture in idli pan for 10 mts
  4. Heat oil in a pan and add seasoning items
  5. Add clove, cinnamon, bay leaf and saute for 2-3 mts
  6. Add onions and saute the mixture in medium flame till the onion glazes at you
  7. Add turmeric and salt to the mixture and boil for 2-3 mts
  8. Add the chopped tomatoes and wait till the tomato gets pureed.
  9. Scramble the vada mixture in idli pan
  10. Remove the heated mixture from idli pan and scramble the vada balls on the boiling mixtuer..
  11. Boil till the mixture becomes thick

Vada curry goes very well with south Indian dishes like Idli, Dosa, Aapam, Pongal curry fits for all

Friday, September 25, 2009

Masala vada

As festival time is approaching, rolling up the sleeves to try on new recipes. Masala vada is the first snack which made us to say 'Wowww!!!, can we make these ones at home too" when one of our good friends prepared this snack for us...As we are from temple city, masala vada is one among the common snack in roadside stalls and people buy these snacks from stores in a minute. So nobody would think of spending time in preparing these snacks there...But US life gives us an opportunity to explore new ideas in all areas including culinary....Way to go...:)

  1. Channa Dal - 1 cup(200g)
  2. Red chilli - 2
  3. Green chilli - 2
  4. Onion(chopped) - 1
  5. Ginger - optional
  6. Curry/Coriander leaves - To garnish
  7. Salt - as needed

  1. Soak channa dal in water for atleast 2 hrs
  2. Except 2 tbsp of dal, grind the soaked dal with no water(grinded mixture should be coarse)
  3. Mix onions, chillies, curry/coriander leaves, salt and the remaining channa dal
  4. Fry oil in a pan and when its ready, make small balls of the channa dal mixture(pat it gently to get round shape) and fry it in oil for 3-4 mts...(in simmer for the inner mixture to fry properly)
  5. Hot and spicy vadas are ready for a perfect evening snack ...Coconut chutney goes well with this one...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tomato Rice Sevai

This is one of the 'easy-to-prepare' but yet 'good-to-taste' dinner. You can think of this dish when you are tired of making dinner but looking for something tasty.

No of people - 4

Rice Sevai - 4 cups
Green chilli - 1
Onion(big) - 3/4
Tomato(medium) - 3
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Seasoning items
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - some
Salt - to taste
Lemon - 1/4 tsp


1. Boil water and immerse rice sevai when the water bubbles up
2. Cover the lid and set it aside for 5 mts
3. Spread the rice sevai in a big plate to cool.
4. Heat oil in a big pan and add seasoning items
5. Saute green chillies and onion.
6. Add salt to taste, turmeric powder and wait for onions to become transparent
6. Add tomatoes to the mixture and saute till it gets smashed and mixed well.
7. Mix cumin, coriander, pepper powder and finally add lemon juice
8. Add the mixture to the cooling sevai and mix thoroughly

sevai is ready to serve. Note : In spite of spending hours of preparation on other dishes to satisfy elders, this is the only dish for which we got a 'good' certificate from parents.....and its very easy to make ...good going...catch you soon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Soya Curry

It has been very long since we pen down. Life has become so busy in tackling kids and balancing work with family (especially when the kids are picky eaters). We would like to prepare and offer him different dishes to increase his appetite..But somehow our boy is a sweet boy who eats only sweety sweety items and nothing else..Amidst of running behind/begging/praying to feed him, somehow we found little time to prepare this dish. Soya is protein rich and it would contain the daily protein content in one serving. Thanks to Maheswari(publishtoday.blogspot) who is the owner of this recipe. It has been in mind since she posted the recipe, but was hesitant since she had mentioned it tastes like mutton/beef. Finally, its here.


Soya - 50 g( 1-2 cups)
Shredded Coconut - 4-5 tbsp
Coconut slices - 10
Coriander powder - 3 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder - 0.25 tsp
vinegar - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - as needed
Coriander leaves - as needed
Black pepper - 1 tsp
Ginger - 1/2 tsp (chopped)
Garlic - 1 (chopped)
Salt - as needed
Onion - 1(small, chopped)
Seasoning items
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp


1. Soak soya in water for 15-20 mts
2. Squeeze the water in soya and cut into halves
3. Marinate soya with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 3/4 garam masala powder, 1 1/2 coriander powder, vinegar and salt and leave it aside for 30 mts
4. Boil soya with 1 cup of water in cooker for a whistle
5. Grind shredded coconut, curry leaves, coriander leaves, 3/4 garam masala powder, 1 1/2 coriander powder, black pepper
6. Heat oil in a pan and add seasoning items, ginger and garlic
7. Saute the onions for 5 mts and add the grinded mixture.
8. Add the boiled soya and boil it till the water drains out and the mixture comes together.

Enjoy the healthy/tasty recipe with rice/roti

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Spicy Kuzhipaniyaram

It has been months since we blogged..Life has become so busy these days with a kid...wondering how people managing with twins and triplets....Amidst of enjoying the precious time with Adharsh, prepared this tasty receipe today....


1. Idli Rice - 2 cup
2. Raw rice - 2 cup
3. Urad dal - 1 cup
4. Fenugreek seeds - 10-12

1. Grind all together till it becomes thick texture and keep it aside
2. Mix salt, Green chilles, Onion, Pepper powder, Coriander leaves(according to taste)
3. Heat Kuzhipaniyaram pan and pour oil in all the holes
4. Pour flour on the pan and close it with a lid for a couple of mts.
5. Turn upside and wait till it gets cooked.
6. Serve hot with coriander chutney or hot sauce....

Serve hot