Thursday, December 18, 2008

Adai in three ways

Adai,One of the healthiest breakfast item.We prefer having it on weekends.I make these yum adai extra special by adding shredded carrots or cabbage to the it.So here goes the recipe for making simple adai,carrot adai and cabbage adai.

Simple Adai


Rice - 1 1/2 cups
Whole red chillies - 10
Hing/Perumgayam - a pinch
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Channa dal - 1/2 cup
Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Salt - as needed
Water - as needed


Soak rice and red chillies together and rest of the dals together for about 2 1/2 hours.Grind them separately and coarsely in a mixer with just enough water.Mix both rice mix and dal mix together and add hing and salt to the batter.The batter should be thicker than the normal Dosa batter.If like, you can add chopped onion to the batter.Heat a tawa, and when it is hot enough start making adai dosas.Pour enough oil around the corners to get crispy edges.My mom used make three slits in the center of the adai(after it is turned over) and pour oil there also.Serve hot with Coconut chutney or avial.

For carrot adai,

Add shredded carrots (as needed) to the batter and mix well.Make Adai as mentioned above.Note : Don't add too much of carrots as it tends to sweeten the batter.

For Cabbage adai,

Add shredded cabbage ( as needed) to the batter and mix well.Make adai as mentioned above.


Carrot Adai

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Varuthuaracha Muttai Kuzhambu/Egg in fried coconut gravy


Egg - 5 (boiled and shelled)
Onion - 1 (big, chopped fine)
Tomatoes - 2 (medium,chopped)
Ginger garlic paste - 2tsp
Coconut - 4tbsp
Pepper corns - 1tsp
Red chilli powder - 2tsp
Coriander powder - 1tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Perumjeeragam/sounf - 1/2tsp
Cardamamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Cloves - 3
Curry leaves - a few
Oil - 6tbsp
Salt - as needed

Boil and shell 5 eggs and keep aside.In a pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry perumjeeragm,cardamom,cloves,cinnamon,curry leaves and then coconut.Fry till coconut is almost golden brown.Grind this into a smooth paste.In a heavy bottomed, heat 2 tbsp oil and fry onion till they are golden brown (if you want smooth paste, you can grind onion at this point).Add gg paste to this and fry till raw smell goes.Now add turmeric,red chilli and coriander powder.Fry well till raw smell goes away and then add chopped tomatoes.After tomatoes are cooked enough, add grounded coconut paste.At this point add abt 1/2 cup of water,salt and let it boil for some time.When the desired consistency is reached, lower the heat to medium low.Cut boiled eggs into halves and add these into the kuzhambu.Let the kuzhambu stay in heat for another 2-3 minutes (do not let the kuzhambu boil at this point) and switch off.Serve hot with rice.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


AFAM December is Hosted by Siri of Siri's Corner.You can see the announcement here.Another request to all of you, anybody interested in hosting AFAM in the future , please let me know.Thanks