Friday, October 24, 2014

Tomato Rice


Basmathi Rice - 2 Cup
Finely Chopped Tomato - 3cup
Chopped Onion - 1/2cup
Finely Chopped Ginger - 1tsp
Finely Chopped Garlic - 1tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander - 1tbs
Sambar Powder - 1tsp
Butter - 1tbs
Salt to taste

Mustard seeds:1/2 tsp
Cumin / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1tsp
Curry leaves: 6
Oil: 2 tbs


  1. Wash and Soak rice with 3 and 1/2  cups of water for 1 hour and then Pressure cook rice by adding  butter. Then let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes
  2. In a pan heat oil and add Mustard seeds, Jeera, Urad dal. when Mustard seeds starts sputtering add curry leaves, Chopped onion, garlic, ginger and keep frying it for 5 min.
  3. When onion gets little soft add Tomatoes and cook for 5 - 8 minute. when tomatoes gets soft add Chili powder, 1/2 tsp salt, Sambar Powder, keep mixing it for 2 minute and turn off the heat.
  4. Add cooked rice, 1tsp of salt to Tomato mixture, keep mixing rice until its well coated with seasoning.
  5. Garnish with Chopped Coriander Leaves and serve hot with Raitha

Raitha / Yogurt Salad

Curds / Yogurt - 1cup
Grated Carrot - 2tbs
Finely Chopped Onion - 2tbs
Finely Chopped Tomato - 2tbs
Finely Chopped Cucumber - 2tbs
Finely Chopped Coriander - 1tbs
Finely Chopped Green Chili - 1/2tsp(optional)
Salt to taste


Whisk yogurt and add all the vegetables. If the yogurt is store bought one then add half  cup of water.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chakkali/ Muruku

Rice flour – 4 cup
Uraddal flour-1 cup
Roasted Chana Powder – 1cup
Pepper Powder – 1tsp
Jerra Powder – 1tsp
Til – 2tbs
Red chili powder- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deepfry

In a pan dry fry rice flour and urad dal flour separately for 3 to 4 min.
Take a mixing bowl add rice flour, urad dal flour, roasted chana powder, pepper powder, red chili powder, jeera powder, melted butter, salt and hot oil mix it thoroughly with water to the Chapathi dough consistency to make Muruku/Chakkali
Heat oil for deepfrying. 

You need a Muruku mold to make this, There are different attachments comes with a murukku /Chakkalimaker (just like the food processor attachment). I use single star attachment to make this murukku / Chakkali but three star can also be used to make a different shape.
Now take a small amount of dough and put it in the maker and close the maker.
Take an aluminum foil or Ziploc bags with some oil brushed on it, Start pressing the mould and slowly rotate the maker into a circle shape till you form a medium sized spirals.

 When Oil is hot enough to deep fry, add the murukku/ Chakkali one by one( just lift the murukku /Chakkali gently from the foil by using your hand and slowly drop it in the oil.

Deep fry until it becomes golden brown and remove from heat.
Let it cool for few minutes and store it in a air tight container.