Basic Madras Chutneys

  A satisfying breakfast will not be completed without any one of these chutneys in my hometown Chennai.....

                       In most of the houses in Chennai these raw chutneys are very common. They are very easy and fast to make. They go very well with idly, dosa, pongal, uppma and many more breakfast items. The only secret to make is condiment taste so good is, they must be made with the freshest ingredients available. Since they are made and consumed raw, using the freshest ingredient is important.

I would like to send this post to the event Spicy Fiery Chutneys hosted by Ammu of Ammaji Recipe. All the best for hosting ur first event.

                       Though there are many raw chutneys made in Chennai, these three are commenely made in my house.
                                                               Coconut Chutney

Ingredients for Coconut Chutney :

Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Chutney dal or Daliya - 1/4 cup
Green Chillies - 3
Ginger finely chopped -1/4 teaspoon
Tamarind - Tiny ball
Salt as required

For Tempering
Mustered Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli - 1 small
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 teaspoon

Procedure :

Grind all the chutney ingredients with some water into a semi coarse paste. (If wanted, can be processed into a smooth paste also).

Heat oil in a small pan and add the mustered seeds and let it pop. Now add the red chillies and finally add the curry leaves. Now pour the tempering into the chutney and mix well. If u want a runny chutney add little water and make it runny. (Do check for salt if adding water).

                                                        Coriander Chutney

Ingredients for Coriander Chutney:

Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Fresh coriander leaves with the steam - 2 cup
Green Chillies - 3
Tamarind - Tiny ball
Salt as required

For Tempering
Mustered Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli - 1 small
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 teaspoon

Procedure :

Same as coconut chutney procedure.

                                               Groundnut or Peanut Chutney

Ingredients for Groundnut or Peanut Chutney:

Dry Groundnuts - 1/2 cup(dry roast the ground nut and remove the skins)
Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Red Chillies - 3
Tamarind - Tiny ball
Salt as required

For Tempering
Mustered Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli - 1 small
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 teaspoon

Procedure :

Same as coconut chutney procedure.

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Banana Cinnamon Bread

I don't think an wonderful Brunch party will be completed without an dense and moist banana-cinnamon bread......

This banana-cinnamon bread is one of my favorite baked goodies for many reasons, first it is very easy to pull out. Next they taste great with little effort and it is a satisfying breakfast in my house. This recipe can be customized to our wish. I some time do without cinnamon or it can be turned to be a spiced banana bread by adding cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice powder. In the same way the walnut can be substituted with toasted almonds or any other nuts out our choice.

So my Banana Cinnamon Bread goes for this month's Monthly Mingle - "Brunch"  hosted by Meeta of What's For Lunch, Honey?….

Ingredients :

All purpose flour - 1 1/4 cups
Butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
2 eggs
Mashed ripe bananas - 3/4 cup
Baking soda - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Chopped toasted walnuts - 1/2 cup
Cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Now add the eggs 1 at a time and beat well. Now add the mashed bananas and mix gently.(wet ingredients)

Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon together.(dry ingredients)

Now add the dry ingredients in 3 different batches into the wet ingredients and mix it very slowly till all the flour mixture is incorporated into the wet ingredients. Do not over mix the cake mixture.

Now slowly fold in the chopped walnuts. Transfer the batter into a well greased and floured loaf pan. Bake the banana bread for 1 hour or till the knife inserted comes out clean.

Now remove the bread from the oven and let it cool completely. Then start slicing it.

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Coconut Rice / Thengai Sadam / Kobbari Annam

This is one of the South Indian's favorite Rice delicacy.

Coconut rice is a quick fix mix rice varieties. This can be put together very fast if all the ingredients are ready. Coconut rice is very important rice in all occasions in South India.

I always try to use the fresh coconut for making this rice, It makes a huge difference than making it with the frozen stuff. This is a very nice recipe for left over rice, they taste very good.

Ingredients :

Rice - 1 cup(cooked)
Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tablespoon
Green Chillies - 3
Coriander leaves - few
Curry leaves - few
Salt as required

For tempering:
Mustered seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad Dal - 1 1/2 teaspoon
Channa Dal - 1 1/2 teaspoon
Red chillies - 1
Cashews - few(Optional)

Procedure :

Cook the rice with little salt. Make it to cool completely. Spread it on a sheet pan to separate the grains. Now add the ghee to the rice and mix it well.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the cashews till golden brown and remove and keep it aside. In the rest of the oil add the mustered seeds and let it splutter. Then add the dals and red chillies. Fry them until light golden brown.

Now add the slit green chillies and curry leaves, fry for few seconds. Now add the coconut and add some salt. Fry the coconut only for few seconds. Immediately remove from fire and mix it with the rice. Now add the coriander leaves and fried cashews and toss it with the rice.

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Wish u all a happy and prosperous Diwali!....

(Img Source : Indiaglitz)

This is a very easy and short cut recipe for kalakand. Traditionally kalakand have a very long process to be done. The Chena (fresh home made paneer) have to be prepared separately and a semi solid koya have to prepared from milk, again preparing koya is a long process.

Another short cut method is using store bought paneer. Grate the paneer and then crumble it with the hands to make a soft and smooth chena. Then follow the same procedure given below. If using paneer, the soft chena should be 2 cups for 1 tin of condensed milk.

So kalakand is the Diwali special sweet my house.

I would like to send this Kalakand to Mansi of Fun & Food cafe, she is hosting A Sweet Celebration - Recipe Contest. All the best to u Mansi for hosting the event.

I would also like to send it to Purva Desai of Purva's Daawat. She is hosting Diwali Dhamaka. All the best to u Purva for hosting the event.

This Kalakand also goes to Seericha of Mom's Recipes. She is hosting Sweet Series Event. All the best to u Seericha for hosting the event.

Ingredients :

Condensed milk – 1 tin
Whole milk Ricotta cheese – 1 tub (16 oz tub) or 2 cups fresh homemade paneer crumb
Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon
Saffron – 2 heavy pinches
Yellow food color (optional)
Ghee – 2 tablespoon

Procedure :

In a non stick pan melt half the ghee, add the full container of ricotta cheese and saute the mixture. All the moisture from the ricotta cheese must evaporate completely.

Now add the condensed milk, cardamom powder, saffron and the food color. Keep on stirring the mixture until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan or the whole mixture comes together as a single ball.

Transfer the mixture to the greased pan and let it cool and cut into desired shape.

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Ring Murukku/ Chekodi / Kodubale

This is another crispy snack variety which is great for Diwali time.

This snack is been called in different names in different parts of the places. We call it ring murukku in Chennai. If there is a different and unique name for it please let me know.

As this snack is called in different names in different place, they are flavored differently in each place. In Andhra the Chekodies are flavored with ajwain. In Karnataka the Kodubale are flavored with some black pepper. In Tamil nadu the Ring murukku is flavored with cumin seeds and hing.

Me, in personal like all the three kinds of flavors. This is a perfect tea time snack in our house. I love to have it with a cup of tea in the evening.

Ingredients :

Rice flour – 1 cup
Channa dahlia or Chutney gram powder – ¼ cup (Grind it to a fine powder. Sive the powder and use the finely ground powder)
Butter – 1 tablespoon
Shredded coconut – 2 tablespoon
Chili powder – ½ teaspoon
Hing 1 pinch
Cumin seeds– 1 teaspoon
White sesame seeds – 2 teaspoon
Salt – ¼ teaspoon
Oil for deep frying.

Procedure :

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Add water little by little and mix to form dough. Let the dough set for at least 10 mins.

Pinch a small round of dough and roll it into a small log in between the palms. (Grease the palms with some oil). Attach both the ends forming a ring. Set it aside. Repeat the same with rest of the dough.

Not drop them slowly into the hot oil. Fry them until golden brown or till the bubbles are stopped coming from the murukku. (They turn a bit darker when they are removed from the hot oil and more chilli powder, more dark it becomes)

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Diwali is on its way and what else would be more suitable to celebrate the festival time other than thattai/ chekkalu.

We use to make all kind of snacks and sweets a week before Diwali at my mom’s place, one of my favorite snack was this thattai/ chekkalu. So I thought this is the right time to share this recipe.

These thattai/chekkalu can me flavored in many ways. One on my favorite is the garlic and red chillies. I grind together some garlic pods and red chillies and add them to the dough. It gives a very unique taste and flavor.

Ingredients :

Rice flour – 2 cups
Urad dal flour – ¼ cup (Dry roast the urad dal and cool it completely and grind it to a fine powder. Sive the powder and use the finely ground powder.)
Butter – 2 tablespoon
Channa Dal – 2 tablespoon (Soak for 15 mins in warm water)
Red chillies – 2 or more according to taste
Garlic pods – 2
Sesame seeds – 2 teaspoon
Curry leaves – 1 spring cut into small pieces
Salt as required
Oil for deep frying the thattai.

Procedure :

Grind the red chillies and garlic in a small mixer and add it to the rice flour.

Mix all the other ingredients together. Slowly add some water and make a tight dough. Let the dough rest for 10 mins.

Grease some thick plastic cover (zip lock) with oil. Now form small balls out of the prepared dough.

Place the balls on the greased plastic cover and press it with your greased fingers to make them flat.

Take a fork and prick some holes on the thattai. This will allow the steam to escape and the thattai will not puff up and remains flat.

Repeat the same with rest of the dough.

Not slowly remove the thattai from the greased cover and drop it in hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and transfer it on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Let it cool and store in a air tight container.

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Badham Kheer

This is a cool and refreshing drink suitable for all occasions

I make this quite often as this my family fav. We love to drink it any time on a day. In summers Badham Kheer is a must drink every weekend for ur. I also make this for parties and get-together. Even kids would love this.

Ingredients :

Almonds - 1/4 cup
Pistachios - 10
Cardamom Powder - 1 teaspoon
Saffron - 1 large pinch
Sugar - 1/2 cup or according to taste
Milk - 1 Litter

Procedure :

Soak almonds and pistachios for 2 to 3 hours. Peal the skin. Now grind the nut with some milk. Make it into a smooth paste.

Add the ground mixture into the rest of the milk. Add the saffron and cardamom. Bring this mixture up to boil.

Keep on string to avoid the skin forming on top of milk. Milk should come to a full boil. Finally add sugar and let it cool in the refrigerator or can be served hot also.

This whole process can also be done in the microwave. It would hardly take 7 to 8 minutes in my microwave. But time differs for each microwave. Stir the mixture at regular intervals.

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Cappuccino Mug Cake

This is a very cool looking cake with decadent taste.

Cappuccino mug cake are very cute cake for any occasion. I love to make this cake in the coffee mug, just to give a cappuccino effect.I got this idea from a food magazine. I turned out so good so i thought of sharing this recipe with my bloggers friends.

Ingredients :

1 packet yellow cake mix
Instant Coffee powder - 1/4 cup
Coco Powder - 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

For the icing:

Fresh whipped cream - 1 cup

Cinnamon powder and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Procedure :

Prepare the cake batter as given in the box, Mix instant coffee powder with 2 tablespoon hot water and mix well.

Add the coffee mixture, cinnamon and coco powder to the cake mix batter and mix it well.

Spray the coffee mug with non stick spray(butter flavor) and fill the mug with the batter to almost 3/4 the size of the mug.

Then bake in the 350 degree oven for 20 mins or until the knife inserted some out clean, Pass the knife till the end of the mug.

Let the cake cool completely. Now top the cake with fresh whipped. Dust it with cinnamon powder and insert a cinnamon stick on the side.

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Pistachio & Cranberry Clusters

This is a very easy candy recipe. Made with three ingredients in three easy steps.....

I got this recipe from the back of dried cranberries packet. It sounded simple to me and I had all the ingredients handy, so I tried it and it was really so good. Kids would love it. This can be made from both white and dark chocolate. In the same way the nuts and the dried fruits can also be altered according to ones creativity....

Actually the recipe called for cashew nuts, but I replaced it with pistachio for a colorful look(Red, White, Green). I also loved the combo of toasted almonds and raisins in semi-sweet chocolate.

Ingredients :

White chocolate - 1/2 cup
Dried Cranberries - 1/2 cup
Pistachio - 1/2 cup

Procedure :

Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Stir in dried cranberries and nuts.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Let harden at room temperature or chill in refrigerator.

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Traditional Buttermilk Pancake

As Feb 24 is National Pancake Day, I thought this is a right time to post these classic buttermilk pancake.

This is a very traditional pancake recipe. This is a basic pancake recipe.
Any fruit or any condiment can be added to the batter to make different types of pancake.

Ingredients :

All purpose flour - 1 cup
Baking Powder - 1 teaspoon
Baking Soda - 1/2 teaspoon
Egg - 1
Sugar - 2 tablespoon
Buttermilk - 1 cup
Melted Butter - 2 tablespoon
Salt - 1/4 teaspoon
Vanilla - 1/2 teaspoon
Maple Syrup for drizzling on the pancake

Procedure :

Mix the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl: egg, buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla.

Now mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix well and set aside for 1 hour.

Heat the griddle and rub the butter on it. Then pour a medium ladle full of batter add let still for 1 minute. Then flip the pancake and cook for 1 more minute.

Repeat the steps until needed. In the meanwhile, warm the maple syrup. Stack the pancake and pour the warm syrup and serve hot.

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