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Adai recipe

Adai is a very healthy pancake made from lentil and rice. It is popular in TamilNadu and can be enjoyed by all. It is completely gluten free as well.


    • Idli rice (1/3 cup)
    • Red gram dal (Tur dal)
    • Bengal gram dal(1/2 cup)
    • Black gram dal (urad dal) (1/4 cup)
    • Green gram dal (mung dal)(1 tbsp)
    • Dried red chillies(4)
    • Freshly grated coconut(3 tbsp)
    • Water(1 cup)
    • Regular rice(sona masoori)(1/3 cup)

Method: In a bowl, wash and soak raw rice like sona masoori and idli rice for 1 hour. In another bowl wash and soak the lentils like red gram dal(tur dal), bengal gram dal(chana dal), black gram dal(urad dal), green gram dal(moong dal) for 1 hour. Drain water from the rice and lentils. Add both the rice and lentils in a mixer grinder. Add the dried red chillies, freshly grated coconut and little by little water to make a thick coarse batter. I have added 1 cup of water and grind them together. Pour the batter in a bowl and will make pancakes of it. For that, heat a pan, add 2 tbsp of batter and spread it evenly. Add few drops of cooking oil on its sides and cook it on medium flame for 2 minutes. Once one side is cooked, turn the other side and cook for another couple of minutes. Once both sides are cooked take it off the flame. Serve hot addai along with coconut chutney. ADAI

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Chole Paneer recipe

Chole paneer is a classic Indian dish made of Indian cottage cheese, chick peas and Makhni gravy. This dish is very popular in Northern part of India.




  1. Heat a pan, add butter, oil, cumin seeds and allow the cumin seeds to crackle.
  2. Add onion and saute till it turns light golden brown in color.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the aroma of ginger and garlic spreads.
  4. Add Makhni gravy into it and mix well.
  5. Check the seasoning and adjust the salt. I have added 1/2 tsp of salt after adding the makhni gravy.
  6. Once the gravy comes to a boil, add the cooked chick peas and mix well.
  7. Add the paneer and mix well so as to allow the masalas to coat all over the paneer.
  8. Finally sprinkle an pinch of coriander leaves, garam masala and mix well.
  9. Chole paneer is now ready to be served.

Serve it along with your favourite bread such as chapati, roti plain or butter naan.

To cook the chickpeas or channa, soak 1/4 cup of channa in water overnight.
In the morning, drain off the water and cook the chickpeas or channa along with water and 1/2 tsp of salt in a preasure cooker or a
large vessel.
Cook the the chick peas become soft and tender.

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Carrot and lentil soup

Carrot is good for eyes, liver & teeth.  Lentil has protein & also a good source of iron.

Carrot and Lentil soup is an easy way to add vegetables to your child’s diet. Beside being nutritious, it is simple to make as well. brings to you a step by step recipe breakdown to make it easy for you to cook this at home.



  • Carrot (1, sliced)
  • Lentils/ Broken Green gram dal/broken moong daal(1/2 cup, Half cooked)
  • Clarified Butter/Ghee(1 tsp)
  • Onion(1/2 chopped)
  • Garlic (3 cloves, chopped)
  • Vegetable stock/Lentil stock (3 cups)
  • Salt(1 tsp or as per taste)


  1. In a pan add clarified butter. After it is hot add onion, garlic , carrot and saute it for a while.
  2. Add the half cooked lentils to the carrot.
  3. Add around 3 cups of stock. As I am making a broth, you can add a bit more of the stock if you want. Add seasoning as per your taste or if you want to skip adding salt for your kids meals, you may avoid salt completely.
  4. Allow the lentils and carrot to cook and once it is cooked and tender to touch.
  5. Switch off the flame. If you want you may add some herbs to enhance the flavour , but kids dont understand complex flavours and might stop eating the soup completely. So best is to keep it simple and slowly introduce various tastes to the meals.

Carrot & lentil soup is now ready. Serve it in a bowl and allow to cool a bit before serving.

carrot and lentil soup

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Kanda poha (Poha upma)


  • Rice flakes (1 tbsp)
  • Cooking oil (1 tbsp)
  • Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Cumin seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Asafoetida powder(a pinch)
  • Split black gram daal(1 tsp)
  • Curry leaves (few)
  • Onion(1 medium size, chopped)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Green chilly (1, chopped)
  • Turmeric powder (a pinch)
  • Roasted Peanuts or masala peanuts (1 tbsp)
  • Sugar (1 tsp)
  • Lime juice (of half a lime)


  1. Soak rice flakes in water. After 2 minutes drain out the excess water and cover the rice flakes. Keep this aside for 10 minutes so that the rice flakes absorb the water and becomes soft.
  2. Heat a pan, add cooking oil, mustard and allow it to splutter.
  3. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida powder or hing powder, split black lentils and saute them well in a slow fire till the lentil becomes golden brown color.
  4. Add a few curry leaves into it, After 15 seconds add one medium chopped onion and saute.
  5. Add salt, green chilly and saute till the onion starts to turn light golden in color.
  6. Add turmeric powder, masala peanuts/roasted peanuts, mix well.
  7. Add the soaked rice flakes and mix well.
  8. Close the lid and let it cook for a minute on very slow flame. After a minute, add a teaspoon of sugar into it and juice of half a lime.

Delicious kanda poha is now ready to be served for breakfast. Enjoy!


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Kadala Curry (Whole Bengal gram daal Kerala curry)

Kadala curry (Whole Bengal gram daal Kerala curry) is very tasty vegetarian preparation of Kerala made in coconut and spices.


  • Black bengal gram daal (1 & 1/2 cups)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coconut oil/Cooking oil (2 tbsp)
  • Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Curry leaves (2 stems)
  • Green Chilly (2, split)
  • Ginger (1 inch, chopped)
  • Onion (2 medium size, chopped)
  • Coconut (of 1/2 shell, grated)
  • Cumin seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Water (enough to cook the black gram daal)
  • Chilly powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder(1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander powder (1 tbsp)


  1. Soak whole black gram daal in water overnight.
  2. Add salt, water, whole black gram daal and cook till they turn tender.  Keep it aside.
  3. In a wok, add coconut and roast till it turns light golden brown in color in slow flame. Grind the roasted coconut, cumin seeds, water (1/2 cup) to get a smooth paste.  Keep it aside.
  4. In a pan, add coconut oil, mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  5. Add curry leaves, green chilly, onion, ginger, and saute till onion turns light golden brown in color.
  6. Add chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, mix well till the aroma of coriander spreads.
  7. Add stock or water (3/4 cup), cooked black gram daal, water (1/2 cup) and bring it to a boil.
  8. Add coconut paste, mix well in slow flame.  Bring it to boil. Check for salt and switch off the flame.

Delicious Kadala curry is read to be served with Puttu or steamed rice. Enjoy!

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How to make Idli & Dosa

Idli and Dosa a the popular South Indian breakfast dishes.



For making Idli

  1. In an Idli cooker or steamer, pour the batter as show in the video demonstration.
  2. Steam it for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Prick the idli with a stick to check if the inner part of idli is cooked well.
  4. Switch off the flame and allow the idli to cool.
  5. Scoope the idli with a spoon on a plate.
  6. Serve it hot with powdered chutney or other chuteny.

For making Dosa 

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add 2 large spoons of Idli dosa batter.
  2. Spread it over the pan to form a pancake shape.
  3. When one side starts to leave the pan, turn the other side and cook the dosa.
  4. Serve hot dosa with onion chuteny or other chutney 


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How to make Idli Dosa batter

This recipe demonstrates how to make the batter for the famous idli and dosa. An all time favourite breakfast item can usually be difficult to make. But this recipe aims to make this simple


  • Rice (3 cups)
  • Black gram dal/Urad dal (Broken or whole) – 1 cup
  • Salt (1 tsp)
  • Boiled rice(1/2 cup)


  1. Soak rice & Black gram dal/Urad dal seperately in water for 8 hours.
  2. Drain away the water of Black gram dal/Urad dal and grind it in a grinder/mixer by adding water(1/2 cup) to make a smooth batter.
  3. Pour the batter in a vessel and keep it aside.
  4. Drain away the water from the rice and grind it in the same grinder/mixer by adding water(1 cup) or till the rice immerses into the water to make a smooth batter.
  5. Pour this batter in the same vessel.
  6. Add salt and mix for about 5 minutes.
  7. Keep it overnight to ferment.
  8. In the morning, mix the batter again for 5 minutes.
  9. To make idli, this batter consistency is perfect.
  10. To make dosa, add very little water(about 1/2 cup) into the batter to make the batter loose.

Now the batter is ready to make Idli & Dosa.