Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coconut Chutney and Idly faces

This recipe is so common and is prepared in almost all South Indian homes at least once in a week. But I still wanted to post this, mainly for the sake of the new ones to the kitchen. But to make this boring chutney post more interesting, I have given suggestions and tips on getting children to eat healthy foods. Kindly let me know if you all liked this, so that I can rake my brains and come up with more such posts.

Coconut chutney with coriander flavor

Creative Ways to serve idli for kids

Some creative ways to make kids eat healthy food. Do you know that idli is one of the best breakfast in the world. It is healthy as it is fermented and steam cooked.

You can make different shapes, faces out of idles as I have done above. Use edible stuffs to decorate the idli like raisins, almonds, cashews, chocolate chips, grated carrot or beetroot for hair, tomato for mouth etc. It is all left to your imagination. Let your little one also lend a hand in decorating it.

You can mix tomato chutney in a little idli batter and make red/pink idlis.

Mix green chutney to a little batter ( mint,coriander chutney) to make green idlys. Kids love anything colorful and different.

 Try the tips above and I am sure you will not have any trouble in getting your kids eat healthy food.

Coming to the Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney with coriander flavor

Ingredients needed

Coconut - 3/4 cup (grated)
Green Chillies - 3-4
Fried Gram -1 tbsp (also known as pottukadalai)
Ginger - 1 small bit
Tamarind - small bit
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped (optional)
Salt to taste

For the seasoning

Mustard -1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - a little

Method 

Grind coconut, green chillies, fried gram, ginger, tamarind and coriander leaves together with needed water and salt. Then you can rinse the mixie and add little more water.

Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal.

When dal turns golden brown, add curry leaves and pour it over the chutney.

Serve it with idly, dosa, vadai, ven pongal or adai.

Refer more Side Dish for idli dosa 

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39 comments:

  1. Great Ideas! Idlis look wonderful.. Even we grown-ups like to have such varieties for a change. I am sure it'll be a hit with kids!
    Chutney looks delicious..

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  2. Very well presented...kids would really love it.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

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  3. Looks soooooooooooo cute.. very creative idlys. :)

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  4. Idlies looks beautiful, kids will definitely love this..Chutney looks wonderful, my all time fav!

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  5. lovely idli faces,very creative..kids will surely have this if they make it really interesting for them...good idea..and chutney recipe is also very nice,i do it the same way but dont add tamarind to it..will do ur version as well

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  6. Hello,
    You've got great blog too :D Will stop by often and follow your site.

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  7. funny idli faces..looks gr8 for kids

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  8. Pretty much decorative and it yields the attention of even the adults why not the kids?

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  9. Beautiful presentation padma,Kids will love these idlies.

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  10. It is indeed a wonderful way to attract kids as well as adults :-). Great presentation!

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  11. Delicious chutney and idli's look really cute... kids will surely love them :)

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  12. I love both Coconut and Coriander chutney, they are always perfect combo for hot idlys.

    I love the way u decorated idlys, looks cute:)

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  13. That's so cute & wonderful presentation....

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  14. Coconut chutney looks yummy and creative idili are so cute...Keep going padhu.

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  15. Mmm.. lovely technique to make kids eat idlis..!!

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  16. Nice presentation, chutney looks good too.

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  17. Thank you all very much for your wonderful comments:)

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  18. cute idli faces and delicious coconut chutney. Perfect combination.

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  19. Decorations look superb. I have only seen nithya with such decorations before.

    Yes you said it right, it is common and prepared in all south Indian houses.

    Your version of chutney looks good.

    Thanks for visiting my space. I have one more foodies teacher :)

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  20. Cute and colorful idlis....cutney sounds yumm :-)

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  21. Hahaha, I love those idli's! Recipe looks wonderful!

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  22. cute picture..looking forward to more of such posts :)

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  23. wow kids will love this style

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  24. hi Padhu Congrats for such a great site. all ur ideas r excellent. it motivates to cook. Pl may include the instant receipes n new food from old food.

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  25. ur ideas are great n excellent. it encourages ladies to cook with interest. pl include recipes how to use wasted food

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  26. presentation of idly is nice & decoration is lovely.idea is very good & great.kids like presentation of idly having various shapes like using capsicum,tamotoo,carrot,cucumber&tamotoo sauce,etc. I loves idly too much.

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  27. I love your web page! I'm born Eastern European and I discovered South Indian cuisine some 15 years ago, since then I always wanted to learn how to make all these wonderful dishes on my own. This is a first web page where I can find all I like in nicely organized, and well presented manner. Excellent job! Thank you for creating this culinary gem!

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  28. Hai padhu....once again great pic yar....i will also decorate the idli in my next serving to my kid....

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  29. Sooo nice and thanku for ur chetni and pongal respy which my husban likes verry much thanks for it

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  30. Its an headache to make my 8 yr old to eat idlis...ur idea to make idlis colourful sounds interesting....will try very soon....good site and good job !

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  31. Its so simple and very easy to understand. ..

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  32. Lovely decorative idli's...am gonna copy that Padhu as my daughter just loves when food is presented in such a cute presentable manner

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