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

Avial- mixed vegetables in coconut chilli base

Avial is an assortment of vegetables cooked in a coconut base. It is very simple and easy to cook. This is a very popular dish originating from Kerala in India.Festivals like Onam and Vishu are generally celebrated with a sadhya or feast in which Avial takes a prominent part of the menu. 

Hope you enjoy making this recipe. It goes great with steamed rice. 

Ingredients:

1. Assorted vegetables: used carrot,beans,drumstick, pumpkin. Usually yam and snake gourd are also added. ~ 1/4 cup each

2. Coconut – 1/4 cup

3. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

4. Salt as needed

5. Green chilli – 3 or 4

6. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

7. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

8. Curry leaves – few

9. Coconut oil (preferred) – 1 tbsp

10. Yogurt/curd- 1/4 cup
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Murungai Keerai Kolambu (Drumstick leaves with Dal curry)

I miss eating so many native vegetables of India and Murungai keerai (drumstick leaves) is one of them. I was so happy to get hold of fresh drumstick leaves here in Melbourne. This keerai kozhambu is one of my favourite curry to have with steamed rice.

It is super healthy and rich in nutrition. If you are low on Iron, this is usually the recommended vegetable. It is rich in protein, vitamins and calcium.
Please find the recipe below:

Murungai Keerai Kolambu

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  1. Drumstick leaves – 1 cup
  2. Moong dal – 1/4 cup
  3. Toor dal – 1/4 cup ( you can also choose 1/2 cup toor dal and skip the moong dal)
  4. Shallots – 5 or Onion -1
  5. Tomato – 1
  6. Curry leaves – little
  7. Channa dal – 1tsp
  8. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Oil and salt as needed

Ingredients to grind into powder

Channa dal – 2 tbsp and Coconut – 2 tbsp

Please watch video for the method: