Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Daal Roti

This daal roti can be made from any daal(Moong,Toovar,Chanadaal) or from any left over daal/tovve.This is a wholesome roti with carbohydrates and protein all in one.


Cooked dal or leftover dal- 1 cup
Whole wheat flour- 2 cups
Besan flour - 1/2 cup
Onion- 1/2 finely chopped
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)- 1 tbsp
Dhania powder-1 tsp
Jeera powder-1/2 tsp
Ajwain-1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Green chillies-(finely chopped)-1/2 tsp
Oil or ghee - 2 tbsp


Take a medium sized bowl and add cooked daal and all other masala ingredients and mix well(including oil or ghee).Mix whole wheat flour and besan flour.Now add this mixture to the daal slowly and mix it well till the dough becomes firm and soft.Smear little oil on the dough and set it aside for an hour or so.Knead the dough and divide the dough into small mini ball size.Roll it out like chapati and place it on a hot tawa.Smear with oil or ghee.Brown both the sides.
You can eat this roti with curd,pickle or any other curries.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Masala Milk Powder

Perfect recipe to get rid of your cold and cough this winter !!!!


Ginger powder - 2 tbsp
Elaichi- 10-14
Cloves - 10
Pepper- 1 tsp
Brown Sugar - 2 tbsp
Saffron - 1 tsp (Optional)
Badam (powdered)- 4 tbsp (Optional)


Fry Badam,Elaichi,Cloves and Pepper in a drop of ghee and grind it finely.Mix Ginger powder,Brown Sugar and Saffron.Add half tsp of this powder to the milk and boil it on low flame.Serve it hot.This drink is very helpful if taken in the night before going to bed.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Besan Ladoo/Laddu

Want to have a high calorie and high cholesterol diet? If so, go for this simple recipe....


Besan- 2 cups
Sugar(powdered)-2 cups
Semolina-1/2 cup
Ghee- 3/4 cup
Elaichi - 6-7
Raisins,Cashews,Badam(cut into pieces)-1/2 cup

Method :

Take a heavy bottom pan and fry Besan and Semolina with 1 tsp of ghee on medium fire till golden brown.You will get a nice aroma.(Approx.it takes 15-20 mins)
Turn off the heat.Add to this sugar,ghee,raisins,cashews,badam and elaichi.(Fry Raisins,cashews and badam in a teaspoon of ghee).Mix well.Leave the mixture for 5-10 mins.When its still warm, shape into round ladoos.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Avarekai Usali / Surti Papdi Lilva Usal

The season for fresh Avarekai starts in December in India. However, here in US we get frozen Avarekai called 'Surti Papdi Lilva'.There are many dishes made from Avarekai and this is one of my favorites. Preparing this dish brings out the abundant flavor of the Avarekai.This can be eaten with rice and also as a snack with tea or coffee.


Avarekai - 2 cups
Coconut - 2 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1/4 tsp
Lemon Juice-1/2 tsp

For Seasoning:

Oil- 2 Tbsp
Mustard-1/4 tsp
Pepper powder-1/4 tsp
Green chillies-4-5 nos
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Hing- a pinch
Curry Leaves- 4-5
Coriander leaves(chopped)-1 tbsp


Cook 2 cups of Avarekai in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water(3 whistles).
Drain the water after its cooked.Take a pan, pour oil and put all the seasoning ingredients one by one.Now add cooked Avarekai,coconut,salt and sugar.Close the lid of the pan and simmer for 10-15 mins.Add Lemon juice, coriander and mix well.
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