Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Red Chillies – 2 [depending on spice levels]
Salt – To taste
Tamarind – A small piece
Urad Dal – 1 1/2 tablespoons
Mustard – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 2 tsp
Heat oil in a pan. Add urad dal + red chillies and fry well till the urad dal turns golden brown. Drain & keep aside.Allow to cool.
In the left over oil add mustard and switch off the stove when it splutters.
Add grated coconut , salt, tamarind, salt along with the fried dal and chillies and grind to a smooth paste in a mixer, adding little water. The consistency should be semi – solid.
Add mustard as seasoning.
Thengai Thogayal can be mixed with plain rice or had as a side dish too.
Coconut is the main ingredient of this thogayal. Hence the tamarind or chilly flavors should not be over powering.
A little bit of the fried urad dal [ about 1/2 tsp] can be retained and used along with the mustard as seasoning.
A pinch of asafoetida may also be added while grinding to give that extra flavor.
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.
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tired of the usual coconut and tomato chutneys? Running out of ideas? Time to innovate.
Small Onions – 100 gms Capsicum – 1 medium Tomato – 1 big Grated Radish – 1/3 cup Garlic – 5 cloves Red chilies – 2 Green chilies – 2 Tamarind – Small piece Urad Dal – 1 tlbsp Mustard – ½ tsp Oil – 2 tlbsp Salt to taste
Heat oil in a pan and add urad dal and the chilies and fry till the dal is brown and roasted.
Add onions + garlic and fry till it is translucent or light brown in color in low heat.
Add capsicum and radish and sauté for two minutes. Add tomatoes and fry for a minute. Keep aside to cool.
Add the fried ingredients to a mixer jar and add tamarind + salt. Grind to a smooth paste.
Heat little bit of oil and add mustard. When it splutters switch off the stove and pour this over the ground chutney.
Tips: Add or reduce chilies according to your spice requirement You can add any other vegetable that may be available. But ensure that they blend well in terms of flavor In case you have raw mango on hand you can substitute it for tamarind. Grate and sauté it with the vegetables
By: Mrs. Mira Balachandran; email@example.com