Saturday, July 26, 2008



Puri- 1 packet
Soaked channa- 100 gms
Whole Moong- 100 gms
Potato- 2 medium
Cardamom- 2
Cinnamon-1/2 inch
Garlic- 2-3 pods
Mint and coriander- a handful each
ghee- 1 tsp
Tamarind- gooseberry sized ball
Jaggery- 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Pani puri masala powder- 3 tsp ( Everest or Badshah brand)


Extract tamarind juice. Heat the ghee and lightly roast the spices including garlic. Powder in a mixer together with mint and coriander. Add to tamarind juice, add salt, jaggery and pani puri masala powder. Add more water to make about 1 litre of ‘pani’.

Boil the soaked channa with salt, moong with salt and water and potatoes (whole) in a pressure cooker. When pressure has abated, open the cooker, drain the excess water from the channa and moong and mix well. Peel and dice the potatoes. Sprinkle a little salt and mix well.

Chutneys:Green Chutney: Grind together 1 cup chopped coriander, 2 tbsp grated coconut, 2 green chillies, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp sugar and salt to taste. Add a little water if required for grinding.

Sweet Chutney:Wash and soak 100 gms dates (deseeded) and a gooseberry sized ball of tamarind in hot water for about an hour. Cook for 5 minutes. Cool and grind in a mixer and strain and remove fibres if any. Lightly roast 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. Pound them and add to pulp. Add 1/2 tsp chilli powder and salt to taste. Mix well

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Venn Pongal


60 ml rice
30 ml moong dal
100 ml milk
a pinch of asafoetida powder
ghee 3-4 tbsp
pepper corns- 1 tsp
cumin seed- 1 tsp
curry leaves- 10
ginger root- peeled and grated.
Cashew for garnishing.

Lightly dry roast the dal and rice in a pan. Transfer to a dish, add the milk, salt, Asafoetida powder and 150 ml water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles until soft. Roast the cashew in a little and ghee and set aside. Heat ghee in a pan, add the pepper, cumin and when it crackles, add curry leaves and ginger, saute for half a minute and then add the mashed dal/rice mixture and all the ghee. Mix well and remove from fire. Garnish with cashew

Chakkara Pongal

60 ml rice
30 ml moong dal
1 tbsp channa dal
100 ml milk
jaggery about 150 gms
ghee 3-4 tbsp
cardamom, cashew and raisins for garnishing.

Lightly dry roast the dals and rice in a pan. Transfer to a dish, add the milk and 150 ml water and cook in the pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles until soft. Roast the cashew and raisins in a little ghee and keep aside. Powder the jaggery, add about 50 ml water and keep in a wide thick bottomed pan. Heat until it froths and forms a single thread. Add the mashed rice/dal mixture and the ghee and mix well. Remove when well blended. Add the cardamom powder. Optionally you can add some roasted grated coconut. Pongal will set when it cools and so make sure that it is not too dry or thick. Garnish with cashew and raisins.