Humble Kitchdi

Easiest, yummy food :)

Washed rice - 3/4 cup
Washed moong dhal - 1/4 cup
Potato - 1, skinned and cubed
Onion - 1, sliced
Green chilli - 1, split into two
Garlic - 1 pod, smashed
Jeera - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Water - 4 cups
Turmeric powder, Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp each
Salt - to taste
Ghee - 2 tsp

Heat the oil in a cooker. Add jeera. As they splutter, add the garlic, chilli and onion. Saute for a min. Add the potatoes, rice, moong dhal and fry for another 2 mins. Add turmeric and chilli powder. Add salt to taste. Add water and mix well. Pressure cook till the rice is finely done (about 15 mins). Open the cooker, once all the pressure is down and mash the rice mix well. Serve hot topped with ghee :)

Masala Dosa

The famous traditional South Indian food. Crepe filled with awesome potato masala !!!

Ingredients: Serves 6- 8 dosas
For masala:
Boiled and mashed potatoes without skin - 2 large
Onion - 1 medium chopped
Green chilli - 2 split
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Salt as required
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Channa dhal - 1 tsp
Coriander/Curry leaves - 1 tsp

For Dosa:
Dosa batter - as required (salt added)
Oil - as required

Preparation: Masala:
Mash the potatoes well and give a kneading if required. Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadai. Saute the mustard seeds, urad dhal, channa dhal and green chilis. Add onions and fry well. Add turmeric and chili powder. Stir for a minute. Add the mashed potato and enough salt. Mix well adding little water if the moisture gets dry. Keep mixing in low flame for 5 mins. Garnish with coriander leaves and keep aside.

Masala Dosa:

Heat a skillet. Spread the dosa batter in a thin layer as for a regular dosa with some oil along the edge. Keep the f…

Apple for Breakfast

I'd say it is simple yet crunchy :) I had this today for my breakfast. I made it in 10 mins max !! And, there is no cooking time. I have sent this to Divya'sShow me your salad. And you can view the round up here.

Ingredients: Peeled and cut apple - 1 (I prefer a cold one from the fridge !!)
Whipped cream - a little generous
Honey - as you like
Chopped walnuts & sliced almonds - less than a handful

Method: Place the cut apples in the serving bowl. Top with whipped cream, followed by honey. Garnish with walnuts - almonds and serve immediately !

Minty potatoes and Garlicky Long beans - A dinner combo

This is for the ones who like to try something new "always" like me !! This combo has got the carbs as well as proteins. So, it is filling , nutritious, yummy, spicy and tasty!!


For minty potatoes:
Peeled potatoes (With skin tastes even better !!) - 1 large, cut into wedges or any chunky size that u like !
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Mint leaves - 10 -15
Oil - 2 tsp
Water as required
Salt as required

For Garlicky Long beans:
Long beans - Ends cut and cut into 4 inch long pieces
Garlic - 2 pods cut roughly into bits
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Water as required
Salt as required


Basically both recipes are similar.

Minty Potatoes:
Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. Add the potaotes. Fry for a min. Add salt, turmeric powder and water, cover with a lid. When the potatoes are cooked well (firm and not mashed), make sure all water is absorbed. If not drain the rest of water. Now, add 1 1/2 tsp of oil, mint l…

Lemon-Chilli Pickle

I got too many ripe lemons from my garden. To use them I thought of a pickle recipe. The inspiration for this recipe comes from two people. My grand pa - actually gave the base recipe. My roommate - likes this a lot. The shelf life of this pickle is about 2-3 weeks when kept in a warm place.

I've sent this recipe to House of Annie'sGrow Your Own blogging event !!! It is an event featuring recipes made using home grown ingredients  :) And here it is : Grow Your Own roundup #38 - Thanks a lot, Nathan.

Ingredients: Lemon - 10 (small size)
Ginger - 5 one inch pieces (Skin peeled)
Green chillies - 10
Salt - 10 tsp

For thadka:
Red chilli flakes - 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Mustard oil - 7-10 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder - 1 tsp

Wash the lemons, ginger pieces and chillies. Allow them to dry completely. These and 1 1/2 tsp of salt should be arranged in layers in a sterilized dry glass jar. I used a tall and narrow jar. But, a wide one h…

Tangy Strawberry jam

Well, this idea sudddenly dawned on me when i was brainstorming to use the left over strawberries. I made a very small batch and it turned out great !! My strawberries are a bit tangy,  so I made them real tangy :)


Strawberries - cut into small chunks - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Lemon juice - a min of 1 tsp upto the tanginess you desire.


Simple ! Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil in medium flame. Remove the foam that forms on top now and them. Keep stiring and mashing the pulp with a spoon. It is ready when the pulp is all jammy and quite sticky. Store in a sterilized dry glass jar with lid. Shelf life is a week. Never use water during the process.

Green Chutney

Ingredients: Serves 2

Curry leaves, Mint leaves, Coriander leaves - equal part of each making 100 gm
Shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Green chilli - 1
Split roasted gram - 1 tsp
Salt - as required
Oil - 1 tsp


Heat the oil in a pan. Saute the mustard seeds. Add the rest of the ingredients and fry on a medium flame till the greens begin to get tender. Switch off the heat and grind this to a fine paste in the blender using required water. Serve hot with idli / dosa.