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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Vellarikka Varavu / Yellow Cucumber Thoran


2 cups / 1/2 of 1 big yellow cucumber / vellarikka
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 green chillies, slit
1/2-3/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 cup grated coconut
salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp oil

  1. Peel off the skin of vellarikka, remove its seeds and cut it into 1/4 inch cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.
  3. Add chopped vellarikka, crushed garlic, green chilles, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  4. Add grated coconut to this, mix well and cook covered at low flame until done, stirring occasionally. (Sprinkle little water if required).
  5. Then remove the lid and stir well for 1-2 minutes till all the water dries up...Remove from flame and serve as a side dish with rice...

Friday, 27 April 2018

Pottukadala Chutney/ Roasted Gram Chutney


1/2 cup pottukadala / roasted gram
1 cup grated coconut
2 green chillies
1 shallot
small piece ginger
salt to taste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 dried red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tbsp oil

  1. Grind roasted gram, grated coconut, green chillies, ginger, shallot and salt together to a smooth paste adding enough water. Transfer it into a serving bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  3. Pour the seasoning over the chutney,mix well and serve with idli/ dosa.....
  • If the chutney is thick, you can adjust the consistency by adding little water....

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Spinach / Palak Dosa


8-10 ladle of thick dosa batter
1 cup spinach/ palak, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1/2 inch ginger, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste

  1. In a blender, add the chopped spinach, green chillies, ginger and cumin seeds and grind well to a fine paste adding little water.
  2. Transfer this to a bowl and add the dosa batter, stir well and add salt if required.
  3. Heat a dosa tawa/ pan and lightly grease with oil.
  4. Pour a ladle full of  batter in the centre and using the back of the ladle spread as concentric circles.
  5.  Drizzle 1/2 tsp of oil over the dosa and cook till crispy. Turn the other side and cook if required.
  6. Serve hot with chutney or sambar...
  • You can also prepare this dosa by grinding only curry leaves if you do not want spicy dosa...

Recipe adapted from here...
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