Friday, March 2, 2018

Churmo - Goan Sweet



Churmo is one of the Goan sweet. It is crispy and spicy sweet. Churmo is good combination with tea/chai. I made this sweet as a part of Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge . My Partner Avin S Kohli. Her blog name is TheYellowDaal. She gave me two secret ingredients - Wheat flour and Red chili powder.

For Puri
150 gms wheat flour
1/4 cup Wheat flour for dusting
2 cups Oil for deep frying

For Jaggery syrup
150 gms Jaggery grated
100 ml Water
2 tea spoons Red chilli powder

1 Tablespoon Ghee for plate greasing


For puri :

  1. In a bowl take wheat flour and water. Make the dough.
  2. Take  the oil in a frying pan. Keep it on a high flame.
  3. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Dust each ball of dough and roll as thin as possible.
  4. Check the oil temperature by just dropping in tiny dough in it. If the dough fries and floats up instantly, means the oil is ready.
  5. Gently place the rolled puri into the hot oil. Just press the puri using frying ladle. The puri becomes crispy. You should not burn the puri.
  6. Place the puri on paper napkin to absorb excess oil. Repeat for all puri balls.
  7. Let them cool. After cooling crush the puris with hands.

 For jaggery syrup:

  1. In a pan add jaggery and water. Keep it on a medium heat and allow jaggery to melt. If you strain the jaggery syrup, impurities will go.
  2. Transfer the syrup to the same pan, allow it to boil for 10 mins or until it becomes thick.
  3. For thick syrup test : take a drop of syrup using forefinger, just press the forefinger and thumb. If it is sticking to the finger, the syrup is ready.
  4. Add red chilli powder to the syrup and mix well. Switch of the stove.
  5.  Now add crushed puris to the syrup and mix well.
  6. Let it cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dosa Batter with urad dal, rice and quinoa / Quinoa Dosa

Urad dal/Mina pappu – 1 cup
Rice – 3 cups
Quinoa – ½ cup
Puffed rice – handful
Salt to taste

  1. Soak urad dal, rice, quinoa and water for 7 to 8 hours.
  2. After 7 hours, add small amount of mixture from soaked bowl along with puffed rice.
  3. Make batter using mixi or wet grinder. Ferment this batter for overnight.
  4. Don’t add salt after grinding. Add before fermenting. Next day make dosa.
  5. Serve with Peanut Chutney or dosakaya pachadi or Sambar.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fresh Coconut and Tomato Chutney / Pachi Kobbari Tomato Pachadi

1 full Fresh coconut
4 Tomatoes
1 cup Peanuts
1/4 cup Chana dal
2 Tsp Urad dal
To taste Green chilies 
1  inch piece Ginger
3 Garlic cloves
2 tsp Tamarind thick paste
1 tsp Oil
To taste Salt

For tempering
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 tsp Oil




For tempering
  1. Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies.

For Chutney
  1. In a pan dry roast the peanuts, chana dal, urad dal one by one.
  2. Add oil to the pan and roast the chillies for 1 minute. Transfer it to the dals plate.
  3. Cut the tomatoes into 4 pieces and add it to the pan and cook for 5 minutes.  Switch off the flame.
  4. Add ginger and garlic pieces to the tomato pan and leave it for 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer the dals and chillies to the mixi jar and make a powder.
  6. Now add tomatoes, coconut pieces, tamarind paste, salt and make a paste. Take into a bowl. Transfer it to the chutney. Serve with dosa, rice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boondi Ladoo - Festival Specials

Besan - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Nuts (Raisins, cashew nut) - 5 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil to fry
Ghee for frying nuts
Edible camphor a pinch

  1. Add ghee in a small pan and roast the nuts. Keep it aside.
  2. In a wide bowl add besan and rub with your hands to avoid lumps.
  3. Add water little by little to the besan. The consistency is not too thick or not too watery.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Take boondi ladle, pour batter and spread with your hands.
  5. Fry the boondi until 3/4 done. It should not be crispy. Remove from oil and drain in paper towel.
  6. Repeat the same procedure for remaining batter.
  7. Boil water & sugar until it reaches to one string consistency.
  8. Switch off the flame. Add elachi powder and mix well.
  9. Add fried boondi and nuts and mix well. Close with lid and leave it for 10 mins.
  10. When the mixture is warm, make ladoos. Store in air tight container.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Undrallu / Vinayaka Chaturthi Special

Rice rava – 1 cup
Chana dal – ½ cup
Water – 2 cups
Jeera – 1 tsp
Oil – 3 tsp
Ghee – 2 tsp
Salt to taste


                    Heat oil in a pan, add jeera allow them to splutter. Add water and salt. Let it boil. When boiling starts, add rice rava, chana dal and mix it well. Cook on low medium flame. When it completes, Keep it aside. Add little ghee. Make it as balls.

Paala Talikalu - Vinayaka Chaturthi Special

Wheat flour (atta) – 1 cup
Sago / sabudana – ½ cup
Sugar – 1 cup 
Milk – 1 cup
Ghee – 2 tsp
Chopped dry fruits for garnishing
Elachi powder – ½ tsp


                   Make a dough using water. Divide into small balls. Using hands spread it as talikalu. Add 1 cup of water to a pan. Add sago and cook for 15 then add atta talikalu and cook for 10mins. Add sugar and cook for 10 mins on low medium flame. Add milk and cook for 10mins on medium flame. Add elachi powder & dry fruits.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spinach blackberry Smoothie

For April month ShhhhCooking challenge ingredients given by Shobana. She gave me wonderful ingredients. Thanks to Shobana.


1 cup Baby spinach
2/3 cup black berries
2/3 cup yogurt / hung curd
1 orange
5 mint leaves
½ tsp honey

In a blender add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Eggless Red Velvet Cake with Beetroot

This month my partner is Mayuri of mayurisjikoni  for shhhh cooking challenge. She gave me flour and beetroot. She told to me make something for valentine. I am thinking about that. Finally I got the cake recipe. The heart shape baking plate is in my handy. Thank you Mayuri to give such a wonderful ingredients…


Dry Ingredients
1 ¼ cup All purpose Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 ½ tbsp Cocoa powder
1 tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Baking soda
¼ tsp Salt

Wet Ingredients
1 cup Beetroot puree
1 cup Curd
1/3 cup Oil
1 ½ tsp Vanilla extract


  1. Peel the beetroot and grate it.
  2. Take all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Take another bowl add wet ingredients and whisk well.
  4. Pour this into the bowl with dry ingredients and combine well.
  5. Divide the batter in to tins. Bake for 1800C / 3500F for 20 to 25 mins. Insert a toothpick into the centre.
  6. If it comes out clean, they are done. Cool it completely.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dry Ginger Powder / Sonti podi - Perfect for cold and cough

Dry ginger/ Sonti – 50 gm
Cumin seeds/Jeera – ½ tsp
Chana dal/Senaga pappu – 2 Tbsp
Toor dal/Kandi pappu – 2 Tbsp
Moong dal/Pesara pappu – 2 Tsp
Coriander seeds/Dhaniyalu – 2 Tbsp
Black pepper whole - 1 ½ tsp
Ajwain/ Omu - 1 Tbsp 
Ghee - 2 Tbsp
Salt to taste

  1. Heat ghee in a pan and fry all ingredients one by one except salt. Cool it.
  2. Transfer it to a mixi jar and add salt. Make it as fine powder. Store it in airtight container.
  3. Mix podi with hot rice and ghee.
  4. It is very useful for digestion and in winter seasons.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cabbage Kofta Curry


For koftas
Finely chopped cabbage – 2 cups
Chopped green chillies - 4
Besan – 1 cup
Salt taste

For gravy
Tomato puree – 3
Brown onion paste – 1 cup
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¾ tsp
Coriander powder – 3 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
Dry kasoori methi – ½ tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil – 3 tsp


For Koftas
  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add the besan, green chilli, salt and mix well like pakoda mixture.
  3. Don’t add water. Drop like pakodas using above mixture.
  4. Deep fry until golden brown and crisp on the outside.
  5. Drain on absorbent paper and set aside.

For Gravy
  1. Heat 3 tsp of oil in a pan, add the brown onion paste and saute for 3 mins.
  2. Add ginger, garlic paste and saute for 2 mins.
  3. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder.
  4. Continue to saute on medium heat for 2 mins.
  5. Add tomato puree and continue to saute till the oil floats.
  6. Add 2 cups water and bring to boil.
  7. Add salt and cook for 10 mins.
  8. While serving arrange koftas on the serving plate, pour the gravy over them. 
Other Cabbage recipes
1) Cabbage Dosa
2) Cabbage Pancake
3) Carrot cabbage vada
4) Cabbage rice
5) Cabbage moong dal thoran
6) Bottle gourd cabbage milk curry