Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hotel Sambar-Hotel Idli-Dosa Sambar Recipe-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

 I have posted many sambar recipes for both tiffin and rice, this idli sambar is another addition to it. This delicious hotel sambar goes well with idli, dosas and pongal. It is also easy to make and tastes awesome. Today we will learn how to make hotel style tiffin sambar following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Hotel Sambar-Hotel Idli Sambar-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

Hotel Sambar-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

Hotel Sambar-Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish for Idli-Dosa-Pongal
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Tur dal/thuvaram paruppu - 1/4 cup
   Moong dal/pasi paruppu - 1/4 cup
   Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
   Tamarind - small piece/small gooseberry sized ball
   Onion - 1
   Tomato - 1
   Salt needed

   For the Masala Paste

   Oil - 1 1/2 tsp
   Coriander seeds/malli - 1 1/2 tsp
   Bengal gram/chana dal/kadalai paruppu - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds/vendhyam - 1/8 tsp
   Whole black peppercorns/milagu - 1/4 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeeragam - 1/2 tsp
   Red Chillies - 3
   Coconut - 2 tbsp

   Onion - 1
   Tomato - 1

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparation 

Pressure cook dal with 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder for 3 whistles or until soft. Mash it well and keep it aside. Dal* - You can use 1/2 cup tur dal or 1/2 cup moong dal or a mix of both dals (1/4 cup tur dal + 1/4 cup moong dal) as I have done.

Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of hot water for 15-20 minutes. Extract its juice and keep it aside.

Finely chop 1 onion and 1 tomato finely and keep it aside.

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and saute coriander seeds, bengal gram, pepper, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and red chillies.

When dal turns golden brown, add the grated coconut and switch off the heat. Saute the coconut in the heat of the pan. Leave it to cool.

arachuvitta hotel sambar

Heat another tsp of oil and saute 1 onion (chopped) until transparent. Then add 1 chopped tomato and saute until tomatoes turn mushy. Leave it to cool.

sauteing onion and tomato

Now grind the coconut mixture and the onion tomato mixture together to a fine paste. This is the masala paste for this hotel sambar.

preparation of masala for hotel sambar

Method 

Chopped onion and tomatoes, cooked dal, masala paste, tamarind extract are all kept ready below. Now we will proceed to make the hotel style sambar.

Heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing and curry leaves. Add onions and saute until it turns transparent.

Restaurant Style Tiffin Sambar

Add chopped tomatoes and saute until tomatoes become soft.

Add the masala paste, 2-3 tbsp of water and saute until it thickens and oil separates.

hotel idli sambar

Then add tamarind extract, salt needed and cook until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.

how to make hotel style tiffin sambar

Then add the cooked dal, needed water, mix well and boil it. The consistency of the sambar should be a little watery, so add water accordingly.

idli sambar recipe

When it starts to boil, simmer and cook for a few minutes, stirring in between.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with idli, dosa or ven pongal.

tiffin sambar

Check out more Sambar Recipes and more side dishes for idli and dosa.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Quinoa Idli Recipe-Healthy Breakfast-Dinner Recipes

Those who are following Padhuskitchen regularly will be knowing very well about Quinoa (pronounced as "KEEN-wah"). Quinoa is gluten free seed and is a rich source of protein and fiber. Quinoa is one of the few plant sources of complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins and many beneficial antioxidants. What I love about quinoa is that, it is not only delicious but also versatile. As I am a big fan of idli, dosa and adai, I love trying it with various food grains. Today we will learn how to make Quinoa idli following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Quinoa Idli
Spongy Quinoa Idli with Coconut chutney and Idly Podi/Idli milagai podi

Quinoa Idli

 Prep Time : 20 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 20 Idlis
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner-Quinoa
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Quinoa - 1 cup
   Whole Skinned Urad dal - 1/2 cup
   Rice* - 1 cup
   Fenugeek seeds/vendhyam - 1/2 tsp
   Salt as needed


Preparation 

Wash and soak urad dal for 5-6 hours.

Wash and soak quinoa, rice and fenugreek seeds together for 5-6 hours. Rice* - You can use raw rice, par boiled rice, brown rice or traditional rice varieties. I have used traditional Khichli samba rice.

Grind urad dal adding water (chilled water), little at a time to a smooth batter. I added approximately 1/2 cup of water for grinding. Do not add all the water at one go. Add little at a time. Do not operate the mixer grinder/mixie at a stretch.  Once it is ground to a smooth paste, use the whip mode/whipper button and grind it for a few more minutes to get fluffy batter.  Remove the batter into a bowl and keep it aside.

Urad dal and urad dal batter

Grind quinoa, rice and fenugreek to a slightly coarse paste (next stage to rava consistency) adding water little at a time. Grind it in two batches. Remove the batter into a bowl.

how to make quinoa idli

Mix both the batter together and add salt needed. Taste a little batter to check for salt. The consistency of the batter should not be too thick nor too thin. It should be similar to our regular idli batter.

Leave it overnight or for 6 hours to ferment.

Once the batter has fermented, you can make idlis from the batter.

quinoa idly recipe
Quinoa Idli batter - Before and after fermentation 
How to make Quinoa Idlis

To make idlis, you need a steamer or kadai or a pressure pan and an idli mould.

Grease the idli plates/moulds with a little oil and keep it ready.

Bring enough water to boil in a steamer/kadai/pressure pan. Once water starts boiling, place the idli mold on the steamer. (If using pressure pan, do not put the weight/whistle.)

Mix the batter well and pour a ladle of batter on each mould. Cook covered on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the idli comes out clean.

Once done, allow it to cool for 5 minutes and then remove the idlis. Repeat the same for the rest of the batter.

Enjoy soft and spongy quinoa idlis with any chutney or sambar. Check out more side dish for idli.

Storage and shelf life - Leftover batter can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can make idlis only on the first and second day. Make dosas on the third day. When making dosas, keep the heat on medium low for this dosa as it tends to get burnt quickly. Also do not spread it too thin.

To get soft idlis, check out my secrets to soft idlis. The same rule applies for quinoa idli also.

Check out more Quinoa Recipes from Padhuskitchen.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Egg Bhurji Sandwich Recipe-How to make Egg Sandwich-Indian Style

Egg Bhurji sandwich is easy to make, delicious and is perfect for breakfast, light lunch or as a snack. Egg bhurji is not only a great side dish for rice and rotis but also makes an excellent stuffing for sandwiches. Today we will learn how to make egg bhurji sandwich following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Egg Bhurji Sandwich

Egg Bhurji Sandwich

Egg Bhurji Sandwich

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 5 mins 
 Serves: 1-2
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Eggs-Bread
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Bread Slices - 6
   Egg Bhurji
   Butter as needed


Preparation

As I have already done a detailed post on how to make egg bhurji, I do not want to explain all that again here.

Prepare egg bhurji as given in the link below or click the picture below to take you to that page.

Egg Bhurji Recipe

Make egg bhurji and keep it ready. We will make the egg bhurji sandwich now.

Method

Take 2 bread slices and apply melted butter or ghee on both sides of the bread and toast it slightly.

How to make Egg Bhurji Sandwich

Place 2 heaped tbsp of egg bhurji on one bread slice and and close it with the other bread slice.

Press it well using a spatula and toast both sides of the sandwich until golden brown.

Cut it diagonally and enjoy it warm with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

Egg Bhurji Sandwich recipe

Repeat the same process for the rest of the bread slices.

Note - You can use the sandwich toaster for making the sandwich. If you do have one, you can toast it on tava as I have done.

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Egg Recipes 

Bread Recipes

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Aval Cutlet-Poha Tikki Recipe-Easy Poha Recipes

Poha Cutlets (Flattened rice cutlet) are easy to make and very delicious. It can be made with ingredients easily available at home. I love making cutlets as a tea time snack or as a side dish for variety rice as it is much healthier than deep fried snacks. These delicious aval/poha cutlets can be served as a tea time snack or as an after schools snack for kids.You can even pack in their snack box. Today let us learn how to make Poha Vegetable cutlets following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Aval Cutlet-Poha Tikki-Poha cutlets

Aval Cutlet-Poha Tikki

Aval Cutlet-Poha Tikki

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 6 Poha Cutlets
 Recipe CategorySnacks-Poha
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Poha/aval - 1 cup
   Potatoes - 1/2 cup boiled and grated
   Carrot - 1 medium size
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Thick Curd/plain yogurt - 1 tbsp
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
   Garam Masala Powder - 1/4 tsp

   Oil for shallow frying


Preparation

Rinse poha  twice and drain the water completely. Keep it aside. I used thin white poha.

Wash, peel the skin and grate carrot finely. Boil, peel the skin and grate potatoes.

Poha cutlet recipe

Method 

In a bowl, combine together soaked poha, grated potato, grated carrot, chillies and coriander leaves.

poha tikki

Add all the spice powder, salt needed and thick curd/plain yogurt. Mix well.

easy cutlet recipe

Divide the mixture equally and make smooth balls from it. Then flatten it to form patties.

aval vegetable cutlet

Heat a tawa, place the prepared patties and drizzle 1-2 tsp of oil around the patties. 

Cook both sides until golden brown on low heat. It will take time. If you prefer, you can even deep fry.

how to make poha cutlet

Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

Variation - You may add grated beetroot instead of carrot. You can add chaat masala or any herbs of your choice.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Oats Khichdi Recipe-Lunch Recipes with Oats

Oats Khichdi is very nutritious, healthy, delicious and easy to prepare. Oats is great for weight loss as it is rich in fiber,  keeps you full and satisfied longer.  Oatmeal is also said to lower the risk of certain types of cancer.  Khichdi is my comfort food and I make khichdi with most of the grains. Today we will learn how to make Oats Khichdi following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Oats Khichdi
Oats Khichdi-Ladiesfinger pachadi-raw tomatoes

Oats Khichdi

Oats Khichdi

 Prep Time : 5 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves1
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Oats-Weight Loss
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Rolled Oats - 1/2 cup
   Moong Dal - 3 tbsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed

   Onion - 1 medium size
   Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped
   Green Chilli - 1 slit
   Garlic - 2 cloves finely chopped
   Tomato - 1 small
   Carrot - 1
   Beans - 5-6

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Ghee - 2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Whole black pepper - 1/2 tsp
   Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Ghee - 1 tsp
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparation

Finely chop all the vegetables. You can use vegetables like brinjal, cauliflower, potato, bell pepper etc.

Wash and soak moong dal for 30 minutes in hot water. After 30 minutes, drain the water and keep it ready.

Method

Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker/pan, add cumin seeds, whole black pepper, hing and curry leaves.

When cumin seed sizzles, add finely chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chilli and curry leaves.

Lunch recipes with oats-Oats khichdi

Saute until onions turn transparent.  Add chopped carrot, beans, tomato, soaked moong dal, turmeric powder and salt needed.

Oats vegetable khichdi

Add oats and 2 cups of water and mix well. Taste the water to check for salt. Add if needed.

Easy Oats Khichdi Recipe

Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, add a tsp of ghee and mix well.

Oats Khichdi Recipe

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita, pickle or papads.

For Weight Loss - Avoid using ghee.

For Toddlers and Kids - Avoid adding chilli and start with very less quantity.

Note - If you cannot get rolled oats, you can use instant oats.

You might like my other Oats Recipes and my Khichdi Recipes

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Keerai Thandu Podi Sambar Recipe-Keerai Thandu Sambar with Instant Sambar Podi

Amaranth or thandu keerai is a rich source of fiber and many nutrients. According to Wikipedia- Amaranth grain is particularly high in lysine, an amino acid found in low quantities in other grains. Whenever I buy thandu keerai, I use the leaves to make keerai poriyal and reserve the stems to make either South Indian style keerai thandu kootu or this sambar or gravy for chapati.  I have made this sambar using  keerai thandu and instant sambar podi. If you run out of sambar podi and do not want to buy ready made ones, you can make this podi and use it to make any sambar. There is not much difference in the taste of the sambar. Today we will learn how to make keerai thandu podi sambar following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Keerai thandu sambar with instant sambar podi

Keerai Thandu Sambar with Instant Sambar Podi

Keerai Thandu Sambar with Instant Sambar Podi

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Sambar
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Tender keerai thandu (stems) -2 cups
   Tur Dal - 1/3 cup
   Tamarind -Gooseberry sized ball
   Pearl onion -5-6
   Tomato - 1
   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Salt needed

   For Instant Sambar Podi

   Oil - 1/2 tsp
   Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
   Dry Red Chillies - 3

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Asafoetida/hing - a pinch
   Red Chilli - 1
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparation

Peel the skin and chop pearl onion into 2-3 pieces.

Wash and pressure cook tur dal with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder for 3 whistles or until mushy. Mash it well and keep it aside. Refer how to cook dal  if you are new to cooking dal.

Soak tamarind in a cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Extract its juice adding water if needed and discard the pulp. We need 1 cup of tamarind extract.

preparations for sambar

Choose tender stems. I have used amaranth (mulai keerai/thandu keerai) stems. Break and scrap/peel the fibrous part of the stem. Then cut it into 2 inch pieces and keep it aside (refer picture below).

Instant sambar podi 

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and fry coriander seeds and red chillies on medium heat. Leave it to cool. Then powder it finely. This is the instant sambar podi, we are going to use for this keerai thandu sambar.

ingredients for keerai thandu sambar

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it sputters, add fenugreek seeds, hing, red chilli and curry leaves.

Add pearl onions and saute until it turns transparent.

Then add chopped tomatoes and saute for a few more minutes.

sauteing shallots and tomato

Add keerai thandu, 1/4 cup of water and cook on medium heat.

Then add salt needed, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and the instant sambar podi.

Keerai Thandu Sambar with Instant Sambar Podi

Mix well and add tamarind extract. Cook until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes. It may take 10 minutes on medium heat.

Keerai Thandu Podi Sambar

Once the raw flavor of the tamarind goes, add cooked dal, 1/2 cup of water and cook on low heat stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until the sambar thickens slightly.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice. Nutritious, delicious and fiber rich keerai thandu sambar is ready.

Keerai thandu sambar recipe

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Keerai thandu sambar-Vazhaithandu curry-Curd-Rice
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Samba Godhumai Rava Adai-Broken Wheat Adai-Dalia Adai Recipe-Healthy Breakfast-Dinner Recipes

Cracked Wheat/Broken wheat  is known as "samba godhumai ravai" in Tamil, "dalia" in Hindi. It is also known as Lapsi rava. It is low in calories and loaded with nutrients. It is a good  source of fiber. Its high fiber content, makes you feel fuller on less food, so it can help you loose weight or even belly fat. As it has low glycemic index, it is good for diabetics also. This broken wheat adai-daliya adai with loads of vegetables makes a very tasty and delicious meal. Today we will learn how to make samba godhumai adai following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Samba Godhumai adai-cracked wheat adai

Samba Godhumai Rava Adai-Broken Wheat-Dalia Adai

Samba Godhumai Rava Adai-Broken Wheat Adai-Dalia Adai

 Prep Time : 15 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 5 mins (less than 5 mins per adai)
 Yields:10 Adais
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Healthy
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Cracked wheat (samba godhumai rava) - 1 cup
   Bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) - 1/4 cup
   Tur dal - 1/4 cup
   Urad dal - 1/4 cup
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Red Chillies - 2-3
   Hing - generous pinch
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Salt needed
   Carrot - 1
   Cabbage - 1/3 - 1/2 cup
   Onion - 1/2 cup
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   Oil for making adais (sesame seed oil preferable)


Preparation 

Finely chop onion, cabbage and coriander leaves. Wash, peel the skin and grate carrot. Keep it aside. Peel and finely chop ginger.

Soak cracked wheat for 5 hours in 1 1/2 cups of water.

Wash and soak all the dals (tur dal (tuvaram paruppu), chana dal (kadalai paruppu), urad dal (ulutham paurppu) together for 4 hours.

Grind the dal together with red chillies, cumin, ginger, hing and salt needed. Remove it in a bowl and keep it aside. Grind soaked dalia just for a few seconds.

Mix dalia and dal batter together to get adai batter consistency.

daliya adai batter-how to make samba godhumai rava adai

The batter should neither be too thick nor thin. So you can adjust it by adding water accordingly. Add water only if necessary. No fermentation required.

Now add all the vegetables, curry leaves, coriander leaves to the batter and mix well. You can add even finely chopped capsicum, grated coconut, grated beetroot etc.

dalia adai batter with vegetables

Heat a tawa and  pour a ladle of batter in the center of the tawa and spread it using the back of the ladle in a circle.

Make 3-4 holes in the adai using a spoon. Drizzle a tsp of oil around the adai and inside the holes.

Dalia Adai with vegetables

Cook covered on medium heat. Once the corners start lifting up, flip it over to the other side, drizzle another 1/2 tsp of oil and cook until done.

Broken Wheat Adai-Dalia Adai Recipe

Remove from heat and serve hot with any chutney of your choice. Even idli podi with sesame seed oil, butter, cream (malai) and jaggery goes well with adai.

Storage - You can store the plain batter for a day in the refrigerator. So add vegetables only to needed batter. You can also grind the previous day, refrigerate it and make adai for breakfast the next day. 

Check out more Dosa Adai Recipes.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

20 Easy Mushroom Recipes-Mushrooms For Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Mushrooms have lot of nutrients that are beneficial for our health. It is full of protein and vitamins and is low in fats and calories. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti fungal properties. No wonder they are so popular.  Find below few ways to include mushrooms in your diet.

Appetizer/ Starter with Mushrooms

Mushroom Snacks-Mushroom recipes for snacks-starters

Mushroom Cutlets

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Stuffed Mushrooms (Indian style)

Mushroom Bruschetta

Lunch/Dinner Recipes with Mushroom 

Mushroom for Lunch-Mushroom recipes for lunch

Mushroom Paneer Biryani

Couscous with Mushroom and Peas

Mushroom Pulao

Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom Fried Rice

Quinoa Mushroom Stuffed Bell Peppers

Mushroom Frittata

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Mushroom Omelet 

Side Dish Recipes with Mushrooms

Mushroom recipes for side dishes-Mushroom side dish recipes

Mushroom Cabbage Curry

Mushroom Matar Paneer Gravy

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Kurma

Mushroom Kuzhambu

Mushroom Masala

Mushroom Palak (with spinach)

Kadai Mushroom

For More Mushroom Recipes, you can check the link below

Mushroom Recipes 

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