Starters

Madras Filter Coffee

Traditional Filter coffee is what starts the day for most of the people living in South India. The aroma and richness in this style of coffee is just unbeatable. It is one of the simplest way to make one of the best coffee around the world at your very own home.

A manual filter is used to make this coffee which has two compartments ( top and bottom) and a filter press. It is easy to handle, clean and maintain.

Leo coffee powder is one of the best and popular coffee powder available in Chennai.

This recipe uses that powder but feel free to use the coffee powder which is available to you. Don’t use the instant coffee powder for this method.

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All you need is ground and roasted coffee powder, hot water, boiling milk, sugar. Enjoy!

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Mains, Side dish

Vengaya (onion) chutney for Dosa/Idli

A tasty and delicious chutney made using shallots and dry red chillies. The method shown here gets its unique taste as it is grinded into a paste or chutney using the traditional Ammikal or Indian stone grinder.

It is entirely worth the exercise in creating this chutney as the taste is unbeatable. So lucky that this method is still followed at my mom’s place in creating that magical taste.

An amazing chutney which goes great with dosas and idlis.

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Mains

Ven Pongal – South Indian breakfast

Ven Pongal is a very popular savoury breakfast of South India made using raw rice and moong dal. The aroma of ghee will fill the air in this delicious recipe. It is a nutritious meal and is generally had along with coconut chutney.

This meal is both heart filling and stomach filling. So make sure you have a nice relaxed day after this meal.

Enjoy the recipe!

It will serve around 2 people.

Ingredients

  1. Raw rice – 1 cup
  2. Moong dal- 1/4 cup
  3. Water – 2 – 2.5 cup
  4. Milk- 1 cup
  5. Peppercorns- 1 tsp
  6. Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  7. Curry leaves- few
  8. Salt as required
  9. Ghee – 1-2 tsp
  10. For tempering: Little cumin seeds, 1 tsp ghee, Chopped cashews- 5-6, few curry leaves.

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Mains

Sabudana Khichidi- Sago Upma

Sabudana Khichidi is a very popular dish in Maharashtra, Orissa and western India. It is generally made during fasting days like navaratri and Shivaratri. It’s a great substitute breakfast idea to the usual Rava upma. It is a great snack idea too.

This recipe is made using Tapioca pearls (sago), javvu arisi in Tamil. Make sure the sago pearls are soaked long enough to enable it to cook quicker. Resting the drained sago for a couple of hours ensures it does not become mushy. It needs to turn translucent while cooking, so please adjust the cooking time accordingly. Enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients: serves 2-3

1. Sago or Tapioca pearls (Javvarisi in Tamil)( small variety)- 1 cup

2. Onion- 1/2

3. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

4. Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

5. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

6. Green chilli- 2-3

7. Channa Dal (Bengal gram dal) – 1 tsp

8. Curry leaves- few

9. Kashmiri chilli powder (optional)- 1/2 tsp

10. Salt to taste

11. Peanuts – roasted- 25 gms

12. Oil- 3-4 tbsp

13. Baby peas- 40 gms

14. Carrot- 1/2

15. Ginger sliced – little

16. Lemon juice- 1 tsp

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Mains

Neer Dosa- 2 ingredient recipe 

Neer Dosa is a popular Mangalorean dish which is very simple and easy to make. I first heard of it while watching Samayal Samayal show in Vijay TV. Since then wanted to try it out. This recipe shows the addition of coconut to the rice before grinding which is optional. 

Neer means water. As this dosa is made by adding water to the rice batter it is named so. And also this batter needs no fermentation which makes it even more easy. It is so light and fluffy crepes that it will be very silky.

It is usually had for breakfast or tiffin along with chicken curry or it can also be enjoyed with any tasty chutney like coconut chutney, coriander chutney or kurma.
Ingredients (makes ~15 dosas)

1. Any white rice- 1 cup( preferably raw or Sona Masoori)

2. Grated coconut- 1/2 cup

3. Salt to taste 
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Mains

Adai- South Indian breakfast 

Adai is a very popular South Indian breakfast dish made using a batter of rice and various dals. This is a wholesome nutritious dish and can be had for breakfast, tiffin or even dinner. It is protien packed and can add grated carrot or drumstick leaves to the batter before making the Adai to bring in variety.

Enjoy along with Avial or coconut chutney!

INGREDIENTS (makes ~13 adai)
1. Raw rice- 1 cup

2. Idly rice- 1 cup

3. Channa dal- 1/2 cup

4. Toor dal – 1/4 cup

5. Urid dal- 3 tbsp

6. Moong dal – 3 tbsp (optional)

7. Dry red chilli – 10 nos ( also can add chilli powder)

8. Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp

9. Onions 1-2

10. Curry leaves- few

11. Coriander leaves- few

12. Gingelly oil preferred – 2-3 tbsp for each adai

13. Salt as required
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Mains

Easy Homemade Granola

A great tasting and healthy breakfast idea. The best part of making homemade granola is that you can control and choose what needs to be added in the granola. And it is also so simple and easy to put together when you have the ingredients. The measure of the dried fruits and seeds need not be accurate and is only an approximation.

The cooled granola can also be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
Hope you enjoy the recipe!
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Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Rolled Oats( not instant) – 2 cups
2. Mixed dry fruits like dates, apricots ~1/4 cup
3. Mixed seeds of choice- sunflower seeds etc – 1/4 cup
4. Mixed nuts of choice- almonds, walnuts etc – 1/4 cup
5. Honey( used manuka)- 1 tbsp
6. Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
7. Salt- a pinch
8. Coconut oil( used organic virgin coconut oil) – 2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150° C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients listed in a bowl.
  3. Spread the mixture on to a baking tray lined with baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven for 10 mins.
  5. Remove and allow to cool.
  6. Tasty and delicious granola is ready.
  7. Serve it with yogurt and fruits of your choice.

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