Aug 31, 2010



Split chickpea (chana dal) -- 1 cup
Jaggery -- 1 cup or to taste (grated)
Coconut -- 1/2 cup (freshly grated)
Cardamom -- 3-4 (powdered)
Clove -- 1 (optional)(powdered)

Soak chana dal 2-3 hours. Pressure cook it until overcooked and very soft.

Heat jaggery and coconut gratings in a thick bottomed pan. When the jaggery melts and starts bubbling on the sides add the cooked chana dal.(It works best if the dal is still hot)

Keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from burning. Slowly the mixture will become thick and the dal is dissolved with the jaggery.

When the spoon starts falling very slowly, when left erect in the maddi, add cardamom (and clove). Give it a couple of minutes stir on a slow flame to blend the aroma of the cardamom. Turn off the heat.

Serve it with a spoonful of ghee.

Aug 27, 2010


Pasta, any shape (i have used tofe)-- 1 cup
Cream -- 1/2 cup
Dill -- 1/4 cup chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Tomato paste(optional) -- 1/4 cup

Cook pasta till tender but firm. Add a teaspoon oil and keep it aside.

Heat cream over low flame.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add tomato paste for the tangy taste. Mix the pasta to this sauce.

Stir in the dill at the end and serve.

Aug 20, 2010


Rice -- 1 cup
Peanut -- 1/2 cup -- (soaked in water for 2 hours)(optional)
Brinjal (eggplant)(purple) -- 8-10 (small) (cubed)
for Masala

Coconut oil -- 1 teaspoon
Split chickpea(Chana dal) -- 1 tablespoon
Split black gram (urad dal) -- 1 tablespoon
Fenugreek seeds -- 1/8 teaspoon
Coriander seeds -- 2 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds -- 3/4 teaspoon
Red chillies -- 8-10 (according to taste)
Clove -- 3
Cinnamon -- 1 cm piece
Poppy seeds -- 1 1/2 teaspoons
Sesame seeds -- 1/2 teaspoon
Coconut -- 1 cup (grated)
Tamarind pulp -- 2-3 tablespoons

for tempering

Oil -- 4-5 tablespoons
Split chickpea(Chana dal) -- 1/2 teaspoon
Split black gram (urad dal) -- 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder -- 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida -- 1/8 teaspoon
Curry leaves -- few
Mustard seeds -- 1 teaspoon
Red chilli -- 2-3 broken
Cashew nuts -- few (optional)

salt to taste
Jaggery -- 1 teaspoon

Pressure cook rice and peanuts separately. Keep it aside.

Heat the oil and roast all the ingredients for the masala together. The ingredients should go into the frying pan in the same order as they are listed above. Fry both dals till they are brownish. (Fry all the spices for minimum 1/2 minute on low flame.)
Powder these masala.(not a fine powder)

For tempering heat oil in a vessel. Add the both dals and fry til they are brownish.
Add cashew nuts and stir for a minute.

Put in turmeric powder , asafoetida ,red chilli , curry leaves and mustard seeds. Once the mustard starts crackling add the chopped brinjal. cover and cook on low flame until brinjal is cooked. (make sure that it is firm, and not over cooked.)

Now put in the ground masala powder, coconut and tamarind paste and sautee for 2-3 minutes.

Now add the rice salt and jaggery. Mix it up nicely and sautee it for another 3-4 minutes to blend in the flavours.

Ready to serve.

Aug 17, 2010


Peanut -- 2 cups

Chickpea flour -- 1/2 cup
Asafoetida -- 1/2 teaspoon
Carom seeds -- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt -- 1/8 teaspoon
Chilli powder -- 1/2 teaspoon

Oil for deep frying

Mix chilli powder, salt, asafoetida and carom seeds in a little water (around 2-3 tablespoons).

Add the peanut to this and coat them with the mixed masala.
Sprinkle chick pea flour on the top and coat the peanuts uniformly with the flour.(add more water if required. peanuts coating shouldn't become dry.)

Now deep fry them in hot oil.

Ready to munch on.


Colocasia roots (Arbi) -- 7-8

Oil -- 3-4 tablespoons
Carom seeds -- 1/2 teaspoon
mustard seeds -- 1/2 taspoon
Coriander powder -- 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder -- 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli flakes -- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala powder (optional) -- 1/4 teaspoon
Dry mango powder (amchur) -- 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Peel arbi and cut it into wedges.

(It is better not to use the arbi fresh out of the earth. It tends to irritate the tongue and throat. Store it for a week before using it for cooking. while cooking make sure that it is cooked properly)

Heat oil in a thick pan and add carom and mustard seeds. when the mustard crackles add the arbi and fry it on low flame until it is cooked.
When fried like this arbi is soft inside and crispy outside.

Once cooked add all the powders and salt and fry fr a couple of minutes more to coat all the pieces with the spice, and to blend the aroma.

Ready to serve.


Black eyed beans -- 2 cups(soaked)

Oil -- 2-3 tablespoons
Split Black gram (Urad dal) -- 1 teaspoon
Green chilies -- 3 (slit)
Mustard seeds -- 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder -- 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leave -- few

Sugar -- 1/4 teaspoons
salt to taste
Coconut -- 1/3 cup (grated)
Lemon juice -- 1 tablespoon

Cook the beans until soft but firm.

Heat oil in a pan and add urad dal.
When the dal is little brownish add mustard seeds and let them crackle.

Add green chilies, curry leaves, turmeric powder.
Stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the cooked beans and keep it covered and cook for 5 minutes on low flame. Now sprinke coconut, lemon juice, sugar and salt on the corn. Mix all the ingredients nicely and leave it on low flame for a couple of minutes.

Serve hot.


Chickpea flour (besan)-- 1 cup
Rice flour -- 1/4 cup
Red chilli powder -- 1-2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder --1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Hot oil 2-3 tablespoons

Oil for deep frying

Sieve chickpea flour,rice flour in a bowl.

Add salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder to it. Pour the hot oil on the flour.

Now add a little water to make the dough.(The dough might be a little sticky if you add more water. but usually works fine. Grease your hands with oil if it is very sticky.)

Now grease the sev press and fill the dough in it.

Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot press the sev into the oil directly in circular motion.

Fry it until it turns golden and crispy on both sides.
Remove on a paper towel.
Cool it and store it in a airtight container.


Milk --1/2 liter (2 cups)
Custard powder -- 2 tablespoon
Sugar -- 1/4 cup

Mixed chopped fruits -- a big bowl

Add a little milk to the custard powder and make a paste. (without lumps)

Boil the rest of the milk. once it is boiling add the custard and cook until it becomes thick. Keep stirring the mixture to avoid burning. Add sugar, stir for a couple of minutes until the sugar is dissolves.

Cool the custard and chill it in the fridge. Add fresh chopped fruits like apple, pear, banana, kiwi, orange, grape, pomegranate etc. to this custard and enjoy.