Monday, August 31, 2015

Aval Laddu

I am back after a long break. I hope to be more regular with my posts. 
The festival season has begun and so I decided to post a simple recipe apt for Gokulashtami. These laddus are really easy and get ready in no time. A beginner's recipe indeed. Also it requires just a couple of ingredients that can be easily found in your kitchens. 
So if you  are person like me who is not very comfortable with deep frying, then this recipe is for you. Do give this a try

Makes 10 to 11 laddu
What you’ll need
  1. Aval /Poha/Beaten Rice Flakes – 1 cup (thick or thin)
  2. Sugar – ½ cup
  3. Ghee/Clarified Butter – ¼ cup, melted
  4. Green Cardamom/Elaichi – 5 to 6
  5. Cashew nut – 5 to 6, broken into small bits

  1. Dry roast the aval on medium heat until it turns crisp, without burning it. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes. Let it cool for a while.
  2. Powder the sugar along with the cardamom.
  3. Also grind the roasted poha, to a fine powder.
  4. Heat a small frying pan, add a spoon of ghee to it and fry the small bits of cashew nuts, until golden brown.
  5. In a wide mixing bowl, add the powdered aval, powdered sugar and elaichi and the fried cashews along with the ghee. Mix well with hands.
  6. Heat the remaining ghee and add it to the above mixture. Mix well.
  7. Shape into small balls, when making the balls, press tightly in the beginning and then give proper shape.

  1. Make sure ghee is hot, else u may not be able to make the balls.
  2. If making in larger quantities, divide the powdered mixture into smaller portions and add ghee and form balls.
  3. Press tight in the beginning while making balls.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Iyengar Bakery Style Khara Bun

I have beautiful memories of my life in Bangalore. I moved to Bangalore after my marriage and the days spent in there are surely one of the best in my life. 
We used to live in Domlur and right outside our house was one of the Iyengar Bakeries. We were frequent visitors to the Bakery. I used love the goodies he kept. Be it the Aloo Bun, Khaara Bun, Nippatu or the Open Toasts and not to forget the Dilkush. 
So this month when Priya suggested Khaara Buns for the Home Baker's Challenge, I didn't want to miss it. Finally I made it yesterday, me and kids loved it as for DH, he just took a bite and was not very interested as bread is never his cup of tea :)
So if you like bread and that too are a fan of savory bakes, don't miss this. It is easy to put together with very easily available ingredients.

What you'll need
Makes 8 buns
  1. All Purpose Flour - 1.5 cup
  2. Instant Yeast - 1/2 tbsp
  3. Salt - 1 tsp
  4. Sugar - 1.5 tsp
  5. Milk - 1/4 cup
  6. Water - 1/2 cup
  7. Melted Butter - 3 tbsp + 1 tbsp for brushing on top
  1. Onion - 1 medium sized, finely chopped
  2. Green Chilies - 3 to 4, finely chopped
  3. Coriander Leaves - 1/3 cup, finely chopped
  4. Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Oil - 1 tsp
  1. Heat a Kadai with oil, temper with cumin seeds. Add the chopped onion and green chilies and saute till the onions turn soft. Add salt and mix well.
  2. Remove from heat. Add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Allow to cool.

  3. In a wide bowl, take 1 cup of  all purpose flour, add salt, sugar and the instant yeast. Mix well with hands.
  4. Microwave the milk and water for 30 secs or until lukewarm. It should not be hot.
  5. Now add the milk and water mixture to the flour and mix well. 
  6. Now slowly add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and knead very well for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the melted butter and knead for another 10 minutes. Add a little more flour if you feel it is very sticky. Knead until you get a soft non sticky dough.
  8. Transfer the dough to a well floured surface and shape it into a rectangle.
  9. Place the onion - green chillies mixture in the middles and cover it from all sides. Now knead well for 5 to 6 minutes or until the onion mixture is well incorporated in the dough. 
  10. Add a little more flour if it is very sticky.
  11. Transfer the kneaded dough to a well greased bowl and keep covered in a warm place for about an hour or until the mixture has doubled in volume.
  12. Punch down the dough and knead again for 3 to 4 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls and shape them into buns.
  13. Place them on a lined baking tray and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  14. Brush the rolls with milk.
  15. Pre-heat the oven at 200C. Reduce the temperature to 180C and bake the buns for 20 to 25 minutes or till done.
  16. Brush with melted butter while bun is still hot to get a nice shine.
Serve warm with a dollop of butter and tea.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Baby Potato Podi Curry

Yet again a Potato Post. Potatoes are a favorite at home and loved by all. But somehow I always keep away from cooking them too ofter. I usually end up making a potato curry only as a last resort, that is when I have no other vegetable. But, now, I have to give in to the demands of H and kids and end up preparing potatoes more often and that's the reason for a flooding of potatoe recipes on the blog. :) 
 This preparation with freshly ground spices is  very flavorful, but is on the spicier side. So adjust the chillies and black pepper according to your taste buds. It goes very well with Sambar rice or with just Rasam and rice. I served it along with Sambar Rice.

What you'll need

  1. Baby Potatoes - 3/4 Kg
  2. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  3. Asafoetida - a generous pinch
  4. Salt to taste

To Roast and Grind

  1. Channa Dal/Kadala Paruppu - 2 tbsp
  2. Coriander Seeds - 1.5 tbsp
  3. Dried Red Chillies - 3 to 4 (Increase or decrease according to your taste and spiciness of the chillies)
  4. Black Pepper - 1/2 tsp
  5. Coconut - 1 tbsp

For Tempering

  1. Oil - 2 tbsp
  2. Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  3. Urad Dal - 1 tsp
  4. Curry Leaves - few


  1. Wash and pressure cook the baby potatoes. Halve them if they are very big. Make sure not to over cook them.
  2. In the meanwhile, heat a small frying pan, dry roast all the ingredients mentioned under "to roast and grind". Take care not to burn the ingredients. You can roast each item separately. Cool and grind along with some salt into a powder.
  3. Once the potatoes have cooled, remove the skin and set aside.
  4. Heat a non stick kadai with oil, temper with mustard seeds, once they start spluttering, add the urad dal and fry till they turn golden. Add the curry leaves and the asafoetida powder.
  5. Also add the potatoes, turmeric powder, and salt to taste. Remember we added salt in the spice powder. So add accordingly.
  6. Fry this for few minutes tossing them once in a while. Fry till the potatoes start turning golden brown.
  7. Now add the the spice powder and saute for a minute. 

Remove from heat and serve hot with Sambar and white rice. 


  1. You can use big potatoes too. pressure cook and cut them into smaller pieces.
  2. Take care not to burn the spices, while roasting, else you will end up having a bitter taste.
  3. Also since we are adding salt in the spice powder, take care while adding salt to the potatoes.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chakka Pradhaman - Vishu Sadya

I am really happy to be sharing my 400th post with you all. My  blogging journey so far has been a very memorable one. It has been almost 4 years now since I started blogging. It wouldn't have been possible without all you wonderful readers, friends and family. So a big Thank you to one and all. A special thanks to the readers who take the time to leave their valuble feedback here. But for the sweet and encouraging words from you readers, I couldn't have come this far.

Now to today's recipe, Chakka Pradhaman is a very delicious and easy payasam that is usually prepared for Vishu Sadhya as Chakka/Jackfruit are in season during this time. You can prepare the Pradhaman using fresh fruit or prepare it with Chakka Varatti or Jackfruit Preserve. Here, I am sharing the recipe of Chakka Pradhaman using Chakka Varatti.

What you'll need
Serves 3 - 4
  1. Chakka Varatti - 1 cup, tightly packed
  2. Jaggery - 1/4 cup, powdered
  3. Thin Coconut Milk - 1.5 cup* (See Notes)
  4. Thick Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup*
  5. Dry Ginger Powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Coconut - 2 tbsp, cut into small pieces
  7. Ghee - 1 tbsp
  1. Dissolve the jaggery in 1/2 cup of water and strain for impurities.
  2. Bring this jaggery syrup to a boil. Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes on medium flame.
  3. Add the chakka varatti to this jaggery syrup and let mix it well, until the varatti dissolves and mixes well with the syrup. 
  4. Now add the thin coconut milk and let everything boil for 6 to 7 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and add the thick coconut milk. Mix well. 
  6. Add the dry ginger powder and mix.
  7. Heat a small frying pan with ghee and fry the coconut pieces till they turn brown.
  8. Add this to the pradhaman.
Delicious Chakka Pradhaman is ready.
Serve warm.

  1. I used readymade canned coconut milk. For the thin coconut milk, I took 1/2 cup of the readymade milk and added 1 cup of water to it, that made 1.5 cup of thin coconut milk.
  2. If you are using refrigerated chakka varatti, keep it outside for 2 to 3 hours before preparing the pradhaman. 
  3. Also, if using store bought varatti, check for fibres from the fruit in the varatti. If you feel that the varatti has fibres, you can add the varatti to the thin coconut milk and squeeze the varatti with your hands and remove the fibres. Then add this varatti and coconut milk mixture to the boiling jaggery syrup.
  4. Add and adjust the quantity of jaggery depending on the sweetness of the varatti.
  5. You can also fry cashewnuts and raisins along with coconut pieces if you like.
  6. Cardamom is usually not added to this Pradhaman as it will overpower the flavor of jackfruit.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Puli Inji

Puli Inji is tangy spicy condiment in which the main ingredients are ginger, green chillies and tamarind. It is one of the main items served in a sadhya along with the pickles. It can be stored for 20 days when refrigerated and handled with care. 

Puli inji is one of my favorite items on the sadhya menu. Though it is a delicacy prepared during a feast, but really, you don't need any special occasion to prepare this. Puli Inji pairs beautifully with molagootal and curd rice. 

The Puli Inji recipe, differs from region to region and family to family. This is the way both my mother and MIL prepare. Do try and let me know. Check out my Sadhya Recipes page for more recipes.

What you'll need
Makes one small cup
  1. Ginger – ¼ cup, very finely chopped
  2. Green Chillies – 8 to 10
  3. Tamarind – a lemon sized ball
  4. Jaggery – same amount as tamarind
  5. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Gingely Oil/Nalla Ennai – 3 tbsp
  8. Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  10. Curry Leaves – few torn

  1. Soak the tamarind in a cup of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Squeeze and extract the juice and keep aside.
  2. Wash and peel the ginger, chop it very finely. Also finely chop the green chillies.
  3. Heat a heavy bottomed kadai with oil, temper with mustard seeds, once it crackles, add the curry leaves.
  4. Now add the chopped ginger, and green chillies, and fry it on medium flame. Keep stirring.
  5. Fry till the ginger turns golden brown. Take care not to burn the ginger else the whole taste will change.
  6. Now add the tamarind juice, turmeric powder, asafetida powder, and salt to taste.
  7. Let this boil for 3 to 4 minutes on medium flame. Now add the jaggery and allow to boil till the oil starts floating on top and the consistency becomes thick and saucy.
  8. Remove from heat and let it cool. Serve as an accompaniment with curd rice.

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