November 9, 2014

Instant Thinai Dosai | Instant Foxtail Millet Dosa



I have started including millets in my diet. Just a step toward a weightloss diet. Millets are powder packed, They have more and more nutrients and minerals. Some millets are also low in glycemic index. Last week, I went to a supermarket and found some millet flours. I bought pearl millet flour and foxtail millet flour. I actually don't have any idea how to use them. For this week, I opened foxtail millet flour or thinai maavu. I ringed my mom for the recipe. She told she had no idea and I ended up in experimenting something with the flour. I added a little of regular dosa mavu to karaitha thinai maava and added some additional ingredients. When I made the dosas, I never expected that it will be tasty. It was amazing. It was tasty and the flavor was amazing. I gave that to my dad and he also gave me a very nice comment. I just wanted to note down the recipe in my blog for my future reference.



Instant Thinai Dosai | Instant Foxtail Millet Dosa

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
6 to 8 dosas
Serving Size: 2 dosas Calories per Serving: 250


Ingredients
  • Thinai Maavu - 1/2 cup
  • Dosa Batter - 1/2 cup
  • Onion - 2 tablespoon finely chopped
  • curry leaves - little, finely chopped
  • green chillies - 1, finely chopped
  • asafoetida - a pinch
  • salt - as per taste
  • gingelly oil - little

Quick Procedure
  • Add water to thinai maavu and mix well.
  • Add dosa batter to this karaisal and mix again.
  • Add finely chopped onions, chilly and curry leaves.
  • Add a pinch of asafoetida and required salt. Mix everything well.
  • The batter should be in rava dosa batter consistency. I mean little watery.
  • Heat a tawa and grease it with oil.
  • When it is hot, pour the batter round the corner first and then fill the gaps.
  • Apply little oil and reduce the flame.
  • Flip it to the next side and cook for a few minutes.
  • Transfer it to a plate and enjoy with your favorite chutney.







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October 24, 2014

Mixed Vegetable Sabji | Side Dish for Rotis



This is one of my favorites. I remember seeing a program by Avasaram Ramji. He is one of the famous television celebrities in 90's. He taught one dish called "Kulfi Parotta". It is nothing but a chapati roll with vegetables stuffed in it. In that dish, he used one kind of stuffing. The stuffing was full of healthy vegetables. The way of cooking is also very easy. only difficult thing here is the time for cutting the vegetables. It should be cut very very finely to get it cooked soon. As we have a number of recipes on various blogs nowadays, I do not feel this recipe as a brand new one. But the taste still lingers in my mouth. As I am on diet nowadays, I need a variety of vegetables in my diet. Regular kurma is very much boring. I have almost started searching for a low calorie and less oil side dish for chapatis. A bell banged and I just called my mom for the recipe of this kulfi parotta aka chapathi roll. She explained me the simple recipe within 2 minutes. I started to make this sabji, immediately. Nowadays, I make it twice or thrice in a week. The amount of vegetables I eat it really more.



Mixed Vegetable Sabji | Side Dish for Rotis

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
2 cups
Serving Size: 1 cup Calories per Serving: 150


Ingredients
  • Shredded Cabbage - 1 cup
  • Carrot - 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Beans - 20g, finely chopped
  • Garlic - 7 to 10 cloves, finely chopped
  • Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
  • cumin seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • chilli powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • curry masala powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves - finely chopped
  • Lemon - a small piece
  • salt and oil - as per taste

Quick Procedure
  • Heat a pan. Add oil. Add cumin seeds and let it sputter.
  • Add onion and saute till it becomes transparent.
  • Add garlic and saute once or twice.
  • Add cabbage, carrot and beans. Add salt. Saute well. Let the raw smell go off.
  • Cover and cook it till the vegetables get cooked soft. Stir it often to avoid anything getting burnt.
  • Finally, add chilli powder, coriander powder and curry masala powder. Saute till the raw smell goes off.
  • Switch off the flame and add chopped coriander leaves.
  • You could squeeze a lemon and serve it with chapathis.
  • You could also roll the chapathis with this vegetable sabji inside. Pack it perfectly and carry at the time of travels.







You could also roll the chapathis with this vegetable sabji inside. Pack it perfectly and carry at the time of travels.
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October 15, 2014

Calories in Fruits | with Glycemic Index | PDF attached

Given below is the chart which details calories in fruits.. Use this chart, while you are on diet.. Consuming fruits with Medium and Low Glycemic Index will help you, while dieting.. I have also attached a PDF of the chart..

Click here to download PDF of  Calories in Fruits Diet Chart

FruitSizeCaloriesGlycemic Index
Apple1 Medium90 Medium
Avocado1 Ripe - Medium150Medium
Banana1 Medium100Medium
Blackberry10 counts10Low
Cherry10 counts25Low
Grape10 counts30High
Grapefruit1 Medium100Low
Guava1 Medium90Medium
Kiwi1 Small45Medium
Lemon1 Small20Low
Mango1 Medium200High
Honeydew1 Medium320Medium to High
Cantaloupe1 Medium250Medium to High 
Orange1 Medium70Medium
Papaya1 cup70Medium to High 
Peach1 Small70Low
Pears1 Small90Low
Pineapple1 Slice60High
Plums 1 Small50Low
Pomegranate1 Large233High
Strawberry10 counts27Low
Dates 1 Pitted16High
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September 7, 2014

How to make soft Chapatis ? Soft Chapatis Recipe

how to make soft chapatis

how to make soft chapatis

Chapatis becomes a very important dish, if it comes to diet. At least once in a day, we need a complete meal. Every weight loss diet breaks if we don't do so. I started learning to make very soft chapatis from my mom. She makes soft chapatis right from my childhood. She keeps on telling that a soft chapati depends on several things. It counts from the brand of flour we use, the amount of water, other ingredients, method we roll, method of dusting to the heat of the tawa. If we are just learn the tips for making a soft chapati, we will never fail in making a soft chapati. First, I will list the tips to make soft chapatis.

Tips for making soft chapatis
  • Use little warm water to make the dough
  • Take 10 minutes to repeatedly punch and knead the dough
  • Use gingelly oil or ghee to knead
  • Let the dough rest for a 20 minutes
  • Don't use too much of flour for dusting
  • Don't make the rotis too thin - it will become crispy
  • Don't make the rotis too thick - it will make the rotis rubbery
  • Maintain a medium to high flame, when you put the rotis on tawa
  • Reduce it to medium, when you flip it to the other side
  • Maintain only a one flip state. It will yield ultra soft rotis.
  • Pour a little oil on the sides to add more taste.
  • Use a nice quality of flour. I use Ganesh brand, Pillsbury or Aashirvaad atta.

Other Chapathi or Roti Recipes from this site,
Carrot Chapathi ro Carrot Roti
Methi Chapathi or Methi Roti or Vendhaya Keerai Chapathi

how to make soft chapatis

how to make soft chapatis

How to make soft Chapatis ? Soft Chapatis Recipe

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
15 chapatis
Serving Size: 3 chapatis Calories per Serving: 200


Ingredients
  • Wheat Flour - 2 cups
  • Warm Water - 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup more
  • Gingelly Oil or Ghee - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - little

Quick Procedure
  • Take wheat flour in a large vessel.
  • Add salt and ghee or gingelly oil. Mix it gently, so that it gets mixed up
  • Add warm water. Gently fold it.
  • Knead the dough. Punch it and continue kneading for 10 minutes. It will be easy if you use a large vessel. You cannot punch and mix well, if a small vessel is used.
  • Let the vessel covered and rest for 20 minutes.
  • Cut the dough and make small equal sized balls. Make them a proper round with both hands.
  • Place it on a board and flatten as a roti. Use only very little flour to dust. Dusting twice is enough.
  • Heat a tawa. Keep it on medium to high flame. Apply little oil.
  • Place the chapati on the tawa and reduce the flame to medium.
  • Once the colour change on top, turn it to the other side. Apply little oil.
  • You can transfer it to a plate, once done.
  • Hot and soft roti will be ready. Fold it to quarter circle to keep it soft for a long time.






Hot and soft roti will be ready. Fold it to quarter circle to keep it soft for a long time.
how to make soft chapatis
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June 5, 2014

Homemade Malted Health Mix | Kids Health

malted health drink mix

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My kiddo is 1 year old. Just now we started giving cow's milk to her. She doesn't like milk without flavor. Same time, it is not good to give coffee or tea to her. Sometimes the flavor of store-bought health drinks is not good.. For her, I have started trying out some homemade mixes.. I usually try different combinations at times.. The one I am going to post now is a very simple recipe.. You can make and store it for weeks.. Just add this mix to a cup of hot milk and stir well.. Feed your kid with this health drink.. It is rich in protein.. If you wish, you can add 1 or 2 spoons in your milk shakes as a protein powder.. 


Homemade Malted Mix
Preparation Time15 minutes
Servings5 (1 Tablespoons)
Calories30 per serving 

Ingredients
Palm Sugar3 Tablespoons
Roasted Gram/ Pottukadalai3 Tablespoons
Cashewnuts3 Tablespoons
Badam/ Almond3 Tablespoons
Cardamom3 to 5

Procedure
Roast Almonds, Cashews and Roasted Gram altogether till they give a nice aroma.. Then allow them to cool down
Take Palm Sugar and Cardamom in a blender and powder it nicely
Add the roasted ingredients and grind it once again.. Repeat this step till you get a fine powder.. Check periodically as the nuts may start releasing oil when ground continuously..
Transfer the contents to a bowl.. Once it cools down, transfer it to a container and store..

Stepwise Pictures:

Take the required ingredients.. Roast Almonds, Cashews and Roasted Gram altogether till they give a nice aroma.. Then allow them to cool down




Take Palm Sugar and Cardamom in a blender and powder it nicely




Add the roasted ingredients and grind it once again.. Repeat this step till you get a fine powder.. Check periodically as the nuts may start releasing oil when ground continuously..




Transfer the contents to a bowl.. Once it cools down, transfer it to a container and store..
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May 22, 2014

Sukku Malli Coffee | Home Remedy for COLD and COUGH

sukku coffee

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Most of the grannies recommend sukku coffee as the medicine or relief for COLD and COUGH. It has all the spices that are meant for treating common cold. Pepper is good in treating throat infection. Dry ginger is good for treating chest congestion. Coriander seeds treat nausea and vomiting sensation. So it is better to take sukku coffee when you have cold or cough. A painless medicine. It is always better to take it along with palm jaggery or karuppatti. Substitute for karuppatti is palm sugar or panankalkandu.

I am giving you my version (usual only) of it. Just as a reference.

sukku coffee

Sukku Malli Coffee | Home Remedy for COLD and COUGH

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
6 cups
Serving Size: 2 cups Calories per Serving: 50


Ingredients
  • Karuppatti or Palm Jaggery - 1 katti or semi-sphere
  • Gry Ginger or Sukku - 1 piece
  • Pepper - 5 to 10 , more will result in ulcer
  • Coriander Seeds - 2 Teaspoons
  • Water - 6 cups

Quick Procedure
  • Coarsely powder dry ginger, pepper and coriander seeds. Powder palm jaggery or karuppatti too.
  • Heat 6 cups of water in a large vessel. Add powdered spices and jaggery.
  • Let everything boil well for 15 minutes. Now the decoction will be formed. let it rest for few minutes.
  • Strain it using a strainer and serve it hot.

Step-wise Pictures

Coarsely powder dry ginger, pepper and coriander seeds. Powder palm jaggery or karuppatti too.
Heat 6 cups of water in a large vessel. Add powdered spices and jaggery.
prep

Let everything boil well for 15 minutes. Now the decoction will be formed. let it rest for few minutes.
prep

Strain it using a strainer and serve it hot.
prep


Tasty and healthy sukku malli coffee will be ready to serve. It is the best medicine for COLD and COUGH. it treat indigestion to some extent too. Don;t add too much of spice. It may harm, if you have ulcer. sukku coffee

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April 10, 2014

Coriander Chutney | Kothamalli Chutney | Chutneys for Millet Dosas


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In Spite of having a good flavor, Coriander Chutney is not liked my most of the people.. Rawness in some chutneys may be the reason.. For those who don't have a very good opinion about Coriander Chutney, this recipe is a better option.. Coriander is rich in Calcium and no other way is better to consume other than Chutneys.. Even if you are not fond of Coriander Chutney, try my recipe one.. I assure, you would love it.. C'mon let us see the recipe.. This will make your millet dosas more interesting..

Try my other chutney recipes,
Carrot Chutney
Madurai Style Onion Tomato Chutney
Tirunelveli Style Tomato Chutney
Ulunthu Chutney or Urid Dhal Chutney
Onion Coconut Chutney
Chilli Onion Chutney
Chow Chow Chutney


Coriander Chutney or Kothamalli Chutney

Recipe SourceMom
Preparation Time20 minutes
Servings4 servings (2 Tablespoons each)
Calories50 per serving

Ingredients
Coriander Leaves1 bundle
Grated Coconut2 Tablespoons
Onion Sliced2 Tablespoons
Red Chilies2/3/2016
Tamarindlittle
Curry Leavesa handful
Urid Dhal1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds½ Teaspoon
Salt & Oilas per taste


Procedure
Heat a pan.. Add Oil.. Once heated, add Urid Dhal and Red Chillies..
Once they are roasted, add Onion..
Saute till Onion turns transparent..
Now switch off the flame and add Coriander leaves, Tamarind and Grated Coconut..
Let everything cool, and then put in a blender..
Add little water and grind it well..
Transfer the chutney to bowl and add seasoning(mustard seeds and curry leaves..


Step-wise Pictures
Take required Ingredients.. Heat a pan.. Add Oil.. Once heated, add Urid Dhal.. Add Red Chillies..Let them get roasted..

Add Onion..Saute till Onion turns transparent..


Now switch off the flame and add Coriander leaves, Tamarind and Grated Coconut..

Saute twice.. Let everything cool, and then put in a blender.. Add little water and grind it well..


Transfer the chutney to bowl and add seasoning(mustard seeds and curry leaves..


Serve this tasty chutney with Dosa or Idlis
Mint Coriander Chutney

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April 9, 2014

Tasty Carrot Chutney | Chutneys for Millet Dosas


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I already told you my love for Chutney.. I usually make a variety of Chutneys to make Millet Dosas interesting.. Most of the chutney recipes are given to me by my sister.. She is really an expert in making chutneys.. She add correct ingredients for each chutney and it highlights the flavor.. She is the one to introduce me carrot chutney, beetroot chutney and malli chutney.. As far as I know, she referred some food blogs and made modifications as per her taste..

Now a few words about his carrot chutney.. If you assume that this chutney will be sweet, your assumption will definitely go wrong.. Because the way we make this chutney and the combination of ingredients make it tangy and hot.. You won't find any difference between tomato chutney and this carrot chutney.. At the same time, you will get the power pack of Vitamin A.. Yes, this is a vitamin rich chutney.. I hope you will include this Tasty Carrot Chutney in you healthy diet as an accomplishment for Dosas and Idlis..


Try my other chutney recipes,
Madurai Style Onion Tomato Chutney
Tirunelveli Style Tomato Chutney
Coriander Chutney or Kothamalli Chutney
Ulunthu Chutney or Urid Dhal Chutney
Onion Coconut Chutney
Chilli Onion Chutney
Chow Chow Chutney






Tasty Carrot Chutney
Recipe Source: My sister
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 (2 Tablespoons each)
Calories: 40 per serving

Ingredients
Carrot2 medium
Onion1/2 medium
Urid Dal2 Teaspoons
Red Chillies2 to 4
Tamarind 2 inches
Asafoetidaa pinch
Salt and Oil as per taste
seasoning
mustard seeds1 teaspoon
urid dal1/2 teaspoon
curry leaveshandful

Quick Procedure
Take required ingredients.. Chop carrot and onions..
Heat a tawa and add little Oil..Add Urid Dal and saute till it becomes golden brown..
Add Onions and saute till it becomes golden brown..
Add red chillies and saute for a while..
Add chopped carrot and saute till they become partially soft.. They should not become too much soft.. It will make the chutney taste more sweeter..
Add asafoetida and switch off the flame..
Transfer these to a plate and let them cool..
Transfer to a blender and add salt..
Add tamarind along with it and grind well to a chutney.. Don;t grind till becomes a puree.. It should be just more than a coarse chutney..
Prepare seasoning with mustard seeds, urid dal and curry leaves and add it to the ground chutney..
Tasty Carrot Chutney is ready to serve with Hot Idlis or Crispy Dosas

Step-wise Pictures
Take required ingredients.. Chop carrot and onions.. Heat a tawa and add little Oil..

Add Urid Dal and saute till it becomes golden brown.. Add Onions and saute till it becomes golden brown.. Add red chillies and saute for a while..

Add chopped carrot and saute till they become partially soft.. They should not become too much soft.. It will make the chutney taste more sweeter..

Add asafoetida and switch off the flame.. Transfer these to a plate and let them cool.. Transfer to a blender and add salt.. 

Add tamarind along with it and grind well to a chutney.. Don;t grind till becomes a puree.. It should be just more than a coarse chutney.. Prepare seasoning with mustard seeds, urid dal and curry leaves and add it to the ground chutney..

Tasty Carrot Chutney is ready to serve with Hot Idlis or Crispy Dosas


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April 8, 2014

Chow Chow Thol Chutney | Chayote Skin Chutney | Chutneys for Millet Dosas

chow chow chutney

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I was staying in a hostel a few years before.. To my luck, food in the hostel was too good.. That was 2 years before and I cannot assure you anything now.. At that time we had a nice cook, Thamarai.. Thamarai was just 18, when she worked in the hostel.. She loved cooking.. Thanks to her passion for cooking, we all had a nice food..

I used to accompany her in free times.. There appeared a holy halo around her head, every time she talked about food and recipes.. I learnt a few Chettinad recipes from her only.. This Chayote Skin Thogayal is one among them.. I never got a chance to meet her after I left the hostel.. But remember her every time I make this Thogayal.. Accompany your millet recipes with this Chutney.. The taste will be too good.. This chutney is a good side dish for the dosas you have in our weight loss menu..Back to our recipe now.. The process is pretty simple and it tastes YUMMMMM..

chow chow chutney

chow chow chutney

Chow Chow Chutney | Chayote Skin Thogaiyal | Chutneys for Millet Dosas

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
1 cup
Serving Size: 1/4 cup Calories per Serving: 30

Ingredients
  • Chow Chow/Chayote Skin - 1 cup
  • Red Chillies - 2 or 3
  • Urid Dhal - 2 Teaspoons
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Tamarind Strip - small
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - ½ Teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - a handful

Quick Procedure
  • Heat a pan.. Add Oil.. Once it is heated, add Urid Dhal and red chillies..
  • Once Urid Dhal turns brown, transfer it to a separate plate
  • Add chow chow and saute till it becomes soft..
  • Switch off the flame and add asafoetida.. Remove it to a plate and let everything cool down.
  • Add tamarind strips and salt.. Grind it well adding little water..
  • Add seasoning with mustard seeds and curry leaves.. You can serve this Thogayal with hot Idlis or Dosas..

Step-wise Pictures




  • Heat a pan.. Add Oil.. Once it is heated, add Urid Dhal and red chillies..
  • Once Urid Dhal turns brown, transfer it to a separate plate
  • Add chow chow and saute till it becomes soft..
  • Switch off the flame and add asafoetida.. Remove it to a plate and let everything cool down.
  • chutney

    Add tamarind strips and salt..
    chutney

    Grind it well adding little water..
    chutney




    Add seasoning with mustard seeds and curry leaves.. You can serve this Thogayal with hot Idlis or Dosas.
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