Monday, May 28, 2007

Adai !

Adai is the favorite dish for everybody in my family. Nothing can beat the taste of adai! Give it a try !


Toor dhall - 1½ cups
Uncooked rice - 1½ cups
Red dry chillies - 4 or 5
Garlic - 8 to 10 pods
Cumin seeds – 2 to 3 tsps
Salt - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Onion - 2 finely chopped
Curry leaves

Soak uncooked rice , toor dhal together for 2 hours . grind the rice and toor dhall .while grinding put the red chillies, cumin seeds, garlic pods, turmeric powder and salt. Grind a bit coarsely. Do not grind too smoothly.
Sauté onion and curry leaves. Mix the sautéed onion in the batter.
Heat the tawa and pour a ladle full of batter in it and make adai. Pour oil in the edges of the adai. Wait till it turns golden brown. Turn the adai and again wait till it gets cooked.

Tasty adai is ready to eat .
You can eat it as it is or with chutney ,tomato ketchup.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Don't Add Salt at the beginning!!!

Do not add salt while cooking vegetables in microwave at the beginning because it will never get cooked.(it will take all the water content from vegetables and the vegetables will become dry.)

Monday, May 21, 2007

For chat items!!

Use white onions for bhel puri and chat items since its not as hot as other onions.and also remove the inside pulp of tomatoes for the same items because chat items will become watery if tomatoes are used as it is.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Rava Idli

Tired of making ordinary idlis ?????? try this rava idli... its easy to make once you have all the ingredients together.

Rava -4 cups
Curd -2 cups
Milk - ½ cup
Green chillies-3
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Black pepper-1 tsp
Ginger 1 inch piece cut into small pieces
Urad dhall 2 tsp
Cashew nuts broked
Curry leaves
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Salt 2 tsp
Oil –for tempering

Roast rava in a pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Let it cool. Heat oil in a pan ,add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dhall, green chillies, ginger, cashew nuts , turmeric powder . fry these things in oil till urad dhall ,cashew nuts become brown in color.Keep it aside.

Mix the rava and the fried things together. Add salt. Let it cool.
Add curd and mix. if the batter is dry ,add milk and some water. Do not add too much water. The batter should be like idli flour consistency.if the curd is sour too much you can add another ½ cup of milk. So it wont be sour.

Pour the batter in the idli plates and cook for 25 to 30 minutes in idli cooker.
Serve hot with coconut or pudina chutney.
P.S you can add grated carrot at the top of the batter in idli will look great!

This is my entry for Nupur’s A-Z of Indian Vegetables

Monday, May 14, 2007

Peel garlic in a jiffy!

Soak garlics in water for 15 to 20 minutes and you can peel the garlics easily!