Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cooking Log _ Dry garlic chutney


We like this better

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cooking Log - New Mexican Green Chile


Roast peppers and tomatillo together. (Broil in high or use roast option)

Broil or cook onions, garlic.

partially puree cilantro and add everything else.simmer.

Made with

Another option to try:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tomato Chutney

This is a very simple chutney to go with Idlies,Dosas,Adais and what not.


Roma tomatoes- 1.5 nos, cut coursely and ground into a paste
Onion-1/2 cubed finely
Green chillies- 4 nos, slit
Mustard seeds, urad dal-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilli powder- 1 to 2 tsp depending on your spice level
Curry leaves and Cilantro- For garnish


  1. Grind the tomatoes into a smooth paste.
  2. In a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, asafoetida(optional) and allow to splatter.
  3. Now add the cubed onions, green chillies till golden brown.
  4. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder,salt and mix well.
  5. Add the tomato paste and cook for 3-4 mins until the color changes to dark red and raw smell goes.
  6. Serve hot with idlies, dosas,adai.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Zucchini Masala-Nivi Style

This dish is a mix of kootu and poriyal but I can assure you that you will absolutely love it.


Zucchini- 3 nos, cubed into small pieces
Urad dal-1 tsp
Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
Green chillies- 1 cut into pieces
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves-1 spring
Coconut powder- 3-4 tbsp
Asafoetida-2 puffs
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilli powder-1/2 tsp(optional)
Salt- To taste
Cilantro- For garnish


  1. In boiling water, add turmeric powder and the cubed zucchini. Allow it to boil for 15 minutes approximately until tender
  2. In a separate pan, add oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds,urad dal, curry leaves,asafoetida and allow it to splatter.
  3. Now add the boiled zucchini and stir fry.Add salt.You can add a pinch of chilli powder if you want.
  4. Grind coconut powder and green chillies into a smooth paste and add it to the zucchini fry and mix until done.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  6. Serve with hot rice along with any curry of your choice.Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vazhakkai Poriyal (Plantain Side dish)

Atlhough,this is a very popular South Indian dish and quite simple too, I still decided to blog this for my friends who are not aware of this dish. This side dish is good with any South Indian Curry with rice.


Vazhakkai(Plantain)- 2 nos
Green Chilies- 3 nos,slit and cut into small pieces
Red Chillies-2 nos
Onion-1/2 a medium,cubed
Curry Leaves
Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
Split Urad dal-1 tsp
Asafoetida-2 puffs
Turmeric powder-1/8 tsp
Sambar Powder-1/2 tsp
Saunf Powder-1 tsp
Salt-To Taste
Grated Coconut-1 to 2 tbsp


  1. Peel the skin of the plantain, cut into small cubes and add in boiling water. Now add a pinch of turmeric powder and chilli powder(optional) in the boiling water and boil for about 10-15 minutes until the plantain cubes are soft to touch.Drain water and keep aside.
  2. In another pan,add a little bit of oil, red chillies, mustard seeds,urad dal,curry leaves,asafoetida and let it splutter. Now add the onions and green chillies and saute until golden brown.
  3. Now add the sambar powder and saunf powder and mix well. Add the boiled plantain cubes and fry until you feel the raw smell of the masala is gone.
  4. Turn off stove and add the grated coconut and mix well. You can add some cilantro for garnish. 
  5. Serve hot with rice and curry. Yum!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pesarattu Recipe

Although I knew pesarattu was really healthy, I never knew it was this easy to make. In Andhra, pesarattu with rava upma is really famous. Its quite filling, so I simply tried the pesarattu with coconut chutney last night and it was really yum. Vig is not a huge fan of Adai but seemed to love pesarattu last night and gobbled them up.


Green gram(Green Moong dal)- 2 cups
Raw rice or Rice flour- 2 tbsp
Ginger-1/8 of an inch
Green Chillies- 5 nos


  1. Soak the green gram with the raw rice for 6 hours or better for a whole night. You can also soak them enough to let them sprout.
  2. In a mixie or blender, add the green moong dal, ginger, green chillies,soaked rice or rice flour, salt to taste and grind to a smoothe paste bringing to a consistency of dosa batter.
  3. Pour on tava and serve hot with rava upma or any chutney/pickle.Enjoy!

Monday, March 19, 2012



Ponni rice-1 cup
Long grain rice-1 cup
Fennel seeds-1/2 tbsp
Urad dal-2 tbsp
Coconut-3 tbsp
Salt to taste


  1. Soak the above ingredients except coconut in water for 4-5 hours.
  2. Grind till smoothe.
  3. Pour in aapam pan and cook till done.
  4. Serve hot with sweetened coconut milk(coconut milk, cardamom powder and sweet) or coconut chutney.