May 13, 2009

Moongdal Brinjal Sambhar, Pesarattu.

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:45 pm by kalpana

Only when typing the recipe i realised this meal has too much moong dal :).If you think so too, try moong-dal sambhar with rice and pesarattu with coconut or ginger chutney.




  1. Whole green moong dal – 2 cups
  2. Rice – 1/2 cup
  3. Green chillies – 4 to 5
  4. Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
  5. Curry leaves – 2 springs
  6. Cilantro – few
  7. Salt.
  8. oil.


  • Soak the moong dal and rice overnight.
  • Grind all the ingredients with little water except cumin seeds to a dosa like batter.
  • Add the cumin seeds and mix well.
  • Heat a pan. ladle some batter on to the pan and spread all over the pan using the back of the ladle.
  • Add some more oil around the edges of the pesarattu and cook on both sides for 3- 4 minutes.

Moong dal – brinjal sambhar


  1. Moong dal – 1 cup
  2. Indian eggplants (brinjal) – 6 to 7
  3. Tomatoes – 3
  4. Red Chillies – 3
  5. Sambhar Powder- 1 tablespoon.
  6. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  7. Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. urad dal – 3/4 teaspoon
  9. onion – 1 small
  10. Garlic cloves – 3
  11. oil – 3 tablespoons
  12. Salt to taste
  13. cilantro to garnish
  14. Tamarind pulp – 3 tablespoons.


  • Pressure cook the moong dal with little salt and water.
  • Heat oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds, urad dal,curry leaves,garlic,red chillies and fry them for a minute.
  • Add the finely chopped onion and saute till until they turn light brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook them for few minutes.
  • Cut the eggplant to small pieces.The idea is to infuse the eggplant flavor in the may not get that flavor when you use big pieces of eggplant.
  • Add the eggplant and 2 to 3 pinches of salt .Cook them till the eggplants are done.dont overcook the veggies.
  • Add the dal,sambhar powder,turmeric powder,salt and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and cook for two more minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro.

I’ll be not be posting any recipes for few weeks as i am planning on  my india trip.Until i see you  again, all you wonderful people who visit my blog  ,take good care of yourselves and eachother 🙂 .


April 7, 2009

Mickey Dosa,fruit kabobs with yogurt dipping sauce

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:11 am by kalpana


This is a method than a can do many variations with it.

Mickey dosa

  1. All purpose flour – 1cup
  2. Ragi (Finger millet) flour – 1/4 cup
  3. Whole wheat flour – 1/4 cup
  4. Finely Grated carrot – 1/2 cup
  5. Ginger -garlic paste – 1/4 teaspoon
  6. Egg – 1
  7. Salt to taste
  8. pepper to taste
  9. Butter


  • Heat little butter in a pan.Add the carrots,ginger-garlic paste, salt and pepper .Saute them till the carrots are cooked.Let it cool.
  • In a bowl,add all the above ingredients ,little water ,carrots and mix well.The batter should have pancake batter consistency.
  • To make dosa,heat butter in a pan.Take a ladle full of batter ,pour it on to the pan to make round shaped  face.Pour  a very small spoonful of batter to make little ears.
  • Cook on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve it with ketchup or chutney.

Other variations

  1. You can add mashed potatoes,grated cheese,grated cabbage .
  2. You can use milk in the place of water while making batter.
  3. If you want soft and fluffy dosa, add little baking powder and baking soda.
  4. If you want crispy dosa ,you can add rava or corn meal.

Fruit kabobs and yogurt dipping sauce


  • Cut the fruits to  1 inch  pieces.Skewer them on to the wooden skewers.
  • Mix yogurt with a little bit of honey and few drops of vanilla essence.
  • Serve the fruit kebobs with the dippin sauce.


This goes to the Monthly mingle 31~ kids lunches, event hosted by srivalli and started by Meeta

March 18, 2009

Chicken masala, birthday party and a thing of beauty.. :)

Posted in chicken, Indian Lunch, Non Vegetarian, sides, Uncategorized at 11:40 am by kalpana


my son has  turned one! yayyy! 🙂

It was so tempting to see the left over  Cake lay on the kitchen island . Since i am on diet 😦 , i didnt want the temptation to win over me.. so i quickly packed the leftover cake and stored it in the refrigerator (No.. i am not going to eat it ever 🙂 ).I heard someone say this -‘ A minute on the lip ,forever on the hip ‘ :).  And now this has become my slogan 🙂  . As i said, since iam on diet i am cutting back on rice. I try to make flavorful and spicy meals so that i dont miss rice that much.The following recipe is my mother’s chicken recipe.My mother though  a strict vegetarian, makes the best chicken masala  without even tasting can use chicken breasts,thighs or even drumsticks  for this  recipe.

Chicken masala


  • Chicken cut into 1 inch pieces – 1/2 pound
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1  1/4  tablespoons
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Whole pepper corns – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon ,cloves,bayleaf – 1 stick,4,1 respectively
  • onion finely chopped – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 4
  • Chilly powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Dhania powder (coriander seeds) – 3 teaspoons
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Tamarind paste –  2 teaspoons (can be adjusted to taste)
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • oil – 3 tablespoons


  1. Heat oil in  a pan.Add the fennel seeds,Bay leaf,cloves,cinnamon sticks,curry leaves and pepper corns.fry them on medium flame.Pepper corns may burst .watch out for it and stay away 🙂
  2. Add the finely chopped onions and cook it till it turns golden brown.
  3. Add the ginger- garlic paste and saute them until you get rid of raw smell .
  4. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook till they are well done.
  5. Add the chilli powder,turmeric powder,salt,dhania powder and cook them for a min.
  6. Add the chicken pieces and a little water to it.Mix well,cover it with lid and cook well on medium flame until the chicken is well done.Add the tamarind paste and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve it with rice.


My hubby surprised me with a chocolate fondue on valentine’s day.It tasted scrumptiousssssss  though he scorched it  a little bit :).I made the strawberry hearts for him.These two looked too pretty to eat….so we just left it and had the rest :).