May 14, 2014

Kanchipuram Idli

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Saw this recipe here . As I did not have proper vessel , so made it just like normal idli. 

Ingredients needed:

  • Idli rice - 1 cup
  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Urid dhal - 3/4 cup
  • Methi seeds - little
  • Salt
To temper :
  • Ghee
  • Mustard seeds
  • Jeera 
  • Black pepper
  • Cashews
  • Ginger
  • Green chili
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Hing powder

Method :

                    In a vessel soak Urid dhal and methi seeds together. And in a separate vessel soak idli rice + raw rice together for 6 to 8 hours. Grind bit coarsely soaked urid + methi first and keep it in a vessel and then grind rice this add salt and mix it well and allow it to ferment well. (You can grind it in grinder or mixie. I have used mixie). 

Before preparing idli , clean and chop ginger , green chili , curry leaves, coriander leaves and set aside... Take a kadai add ghee and once hot add mustard seeds , allow it to splutter then add black pepper + jeera + cashews + hing powder + chopped ginger , green chili , curry leaves, coriander leaves and then add it to the batter and mix it ..

Take idli plates and grease it with oil and then pour batter in each hole and then allow it to steam till done like normal idlis .

serve hot with chutney and sambhar. 

May 7, 2014

Paneer Butter Masala

This is going to be one of those easy yet yummy Paneer butter masala recipes. You should try it to know how delicious it tastes. It is for sure a super duper hit with the kids....what else would a mommy want :)


Butter - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 medium
Turmeric pdr - a pinch
Salt - as req
Coriander pdr - 1 tsp
Chili pdr - 1.5 tsp
Kitchen king masala (opt) - 1 tsp
Kasthuri methi - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1.5 cups
Paneer - 1 packet

Tomato paste -- 2 large tomatoes + green chilies (4nos) + Ginger (a tbsp)


In a pan, add some a tbsp of butter. When it becomes hot, add in cumin seeds and one large onion finely chopped. Saute it adding a lil salt and turmeric to it. Once it becomes slightly brown add the tomato puree already prepared. Allow it to leave oil at the sides and then add coriander pdr + chili pdr + adjust salt. I usually add a tsp of kitchen king masala, but it is purely optional. When the raw smell from the masala leaves from the curry, add in the paneer pieces. Add very lil water if need be. Cook for 2 mins and then simmer the flame. Now add 1.5 cups of milk (you can adjust this as per the consistency you need for the curry). Crush some kasturi methi and sprinkle it over the curry. Yummy delicious Paneer butter masala is ready to taste.

May 6, 2014

Mango Rice

Ingredients needed:

  • Cooked rice 
  • Raw Mango - 1
  • Groundnut - little
  • Cashew - little (Optional)
  • Potato - 1 (Optional)
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Mustard seeds
  • Urid dhal
  • Jeera
  • Green chili - 1
  • Dried red chili - 1
  • Hing powder
  • Salt
  • Turmeric powder
  • Oil


                      Pressure Cook rice, once done spread the cooked rice in plate and allow it to cool ... Grate mango and set aside . Clean and chop potato and boil it till done . Heat a kadai and a tsp. of oil and add mustard seeds when it starts to splutter add urid dhal + jeera + groundnuts + cashews+ curry leaves + hing powder + grated mango + green chili + dried red chili +  salt + turmeric powder and fry for few mins. to this add boiled potato and cook it for few mins. to this add the cooked rice + coriander leaves and mix it gently ..then switch off the flame. Serve it with papad  or chips.

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