Kuzhi Paniyaaram

Kuzhi Paniyaaram is a round, fluffy, extremely tasty South Indian Snack made of idli / dosa batter.It can be made with left over batter or batter that has turned a bit too sour to make idli or dosa.. Loved by people of all ages, it is easy to make and can substitute as a starter or snack any time of the day.

Ingredients:

Dosa / Idli batter – 3 cups
Besan – 2 tlbs
Onions – 1/4 cup finely chopped
Green Chillies – 3 finely chopped
Ginger – 1 tsp finely chopped
Curry leaves – a few
Oil – To fry,
Appa kaaral or Paniyaara pan made of cast iron or non – stick ware


Method:

Mix all ingredients together to form an even batter . Add a little salt if required.
Place the paniyaara pan [ with 5 or 7 holes as the case may be] on the stove and heat it slightly.
Pour enough oil to fill the holes in the pan.
When the oil is hot spoon the batter into each hole.Keep the heat on low flame to allow even cooking.
When it starts browning turn carefully on to the other side and cook.
Remove with skewers when it golden brown on all sides.
Drain on tissue paper.
Serve hot with chutney or sauce.

Tips: ,
Besan is added only to thicken the batter. If the existing batter is of thick consistency besan can be avoided.
If the batter is of very thin consistency then the paniyaarams will absorb too much oil, which is not healthy.
A little bit of grated coconut and a pinch of asfoetida are optional ingredients.
If you are making it for kids and don’t want it to be spicy for them omit green chillies and ginger,

By Mrs. Mira Balachandran; mira.balachandran@gmail.com

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Magical Mint Juice

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A chilled glass of Mint Juice combined with a dash of lime is heavenly and gives respite from the hot, summer days. Mint juice can also be had with lime, honey and pepper topped with ice for that soothing effect. It is a naturally flavored drink that does wonders to energize a tired body. Lime juice supplies the required amount of Vitamin C

Mint Juice

Ingredients:

Pudina (Mint)  Leaves – 1 Cup [Washed and cleaned]
Sugar – 1 Cup
Water – 1 Cup
Ginger – 25 gms crushed coarsely
Lime juice – as required
Pepper Powder – optional

Method:

Heat Water and Sugar and bring to a boil.
Lower flame and let it boil till sugar completely dissolves.
Remove from stove. Add Pudina leaves and ginger to the sugar syrup.

Keep the container closed for an hour.
Strain through a fine filter. Store in refrigerator.
When required take one part of syrup and mix with two parts of water. Add lime juice as required to give a tangy taste.
Add a pinch of pepper powder if you like.

Tips:
A dash of green food color can be added to give a green tinge to the syrup. Children will love the bright green color.

This syrup should be consumed within a day or two. If you wish to make in large quantities you can add preservatives to make it last longer.