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How to make soft idli using microwave

Idli is a steamed rice pancake and is best served with coconut chutney or sambar. It is an excellent breakfast recipe, Make soft idli using microwave and in very simple and easy method. We get the same authentic taste and well as soft idlis.


  • 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. Batter is now ready to make idli.
  9. In a microwave idli steamer, pour the idli batter, close it with a lid and microwave it on high power for 6 minutes.
  10. Take it out of the microwave and check if the idli is cooked on the inside by pricking it with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, the idli is cooked on the inside.
  11. Delicious soft idli is now ready to be served with coconut chutney or sambar.


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How to make soft vattappam using microwave

Vattappam is a sweet rice cake steamed. It is an excellent snack/ breakfast dish. It is an authentic dish originated from the state of Kerala. I have used microwave to make this dish. However, the recipe and the taste remains the same.



  • Rice(1 cup)
  • Freshly grated Coconut(1/2 cup)
  • Yeast(1 tsp)
  • Boiled rice(2 tbsp)
  • Sugar(1 tsp for yeast)
  • Sugar (4 tbsp for appam)
  • Salt (1 tbsp) or as per taste


Soak rice in water for 5 to 6 hours. Drain away the the water.

In a mixer grinder, add the soaked rice, coconut,water and blend well till a smooth batter is formed.

In a bowl, add yeast, water (1 tbsp), sugar(1 tsp) and mix well. Keep it aside till the bubble starts to form and the yeast is active.

In a large mixing bowl, add the rice batter, and yeast and mix well. Keep it overnight to ferment or(6 to 7 hours)

Next day, the batter will rise, hence mix carefully till the batter settles.

Add the salt, sugar(4 tbsp) and mix again. Our batter is now ready to make vattappam.

In a microwave safe small dish, pour the batter till it reaches half way.

In a microwave steamer, place the dish with batter and microwave in on high power for 6 minutes.

After 6 minutes, take it out of the microwave and check if the vattappam is cooked on the inside. For this prick it with a toothpick  and if it comes out clean, means the vattappam is cooked on the inside.

Soft vattappam is now ready to be served.


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Microwave Avial for onam festival

Microwave Avial for onam festival is a quick and delicious method of preparing Avial for the Onam feast


  • Drumstick (1, logn cut)
  • Carrot (1/2 cup, long cut)
  • Beans (1/2 cup, long cut)
  • Plantain/raw banana (1/2 cup, long cut)
  • Curry leaves(1 twig)
  • Freshly grated coconut(1 cup)
  • Garlic (1 tsp, chopped)
  • Onion(1 small size, cut)
  • Cumin seeds (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water
  • Yogurt (3 tbsp)


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add drumstick, carrot, beans, plantain, water (1 cup), turmeric powder, salt and mix well.
  2. Cover it and microwave on high power for 8 minutes or till the drumstick cooks. Stir once after 4 minutes.
  3. In a mixer blender, add cumin seeds, garlic, curry leaves, grated coconut, water(1/2 cup) and blend it well to make a coarse paste.
  4. Add this coconut paste in the cooked vegetable and mix well.
  5. Microwave it uncovered for 1 minute so that excess water is evaporated and we get a semi-dry Avial.
  6. In a bowl, add yogurt and whisk well.
  7. Add this whisked yogurt into the Avial and mix well. Check for salt at this time and adjust it as per your taste.

Delicious and quick Avial for Onam festival is now ready to be served. Enjoy Onam feast.


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Unniappam recipe

Unniappam is a dessert recipe made in Kerala during the Onam festival. It is a popular offering to gods and is very easy to make.


  • Rice (1 cup)
  • Yellow Banana ripe (2, skin pealed)
  • Jaggery (1 cup)
  • Oil to deep fry


  1. Wash and soak it in water for 2 hours.
  2. Drain away the water and add the rice in a mixer grinder. Add water (1/2 cup) and grind the rice to make very fine batter.
  3. Once the rice becomes a smooth batter, add jaggetry, yello bananas & Continue to grind the batter till jaggery and banana blends into the batter.
  4. The batter is now ready to make unniappam.   To make unniappam, a special pan is used. This pan has many small holes in it. It is avaible in speciality indian stores or in Amazon. It is called kulipaniyaram pan.
  5. Fill the pan with oil 1 inch below the top.
  6. Be careful not the pour till the top as it will overflow when you pour the batter.
  7. Once the oil is hot add a teaspoon of batter in each of the hole. Allow to cook in a medium flame. Once the sides start to turn golden brown,turn the side so that the top starts to cook.
  8. Once the unniappam cooks on both sides, remove it from the oil onto a tissue paper.

Tasty snacks Unniappam is ready to be served. Enjoy!


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Appam recipe

Appam is a popular breakfast recipe from Kerala.



  • Rice (3 cups)
  • Grated coconut ( 1 cup)
  • Boiled rice( 1/4 th cup)
  • Salt( 1 teaspoon)
  • Milk( 1/4th cup)


  1. Wash the rice and drain. Soak the rice overnight with fresh water.
  2. Drain away the water and grind with one and a half cup of water to make a smooth batter.
  3. Grind the grated coconut and the boiled rice to get a smooth paste.
  4. Add this to the rice batter along with a one teaspoon of salt, mix nicely and leave to ferment overnight.
  5. Once the batter is fermented, it will become thick. Add the milk and mix well.
  6. Heat the appam kadai on a flame and pour some batter and spread the mixture. Cover with a lid and cook on high flame for 15 seconds and then on a slow flame till the center gets cooked.

Serve with chicken curry.


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Ari pathiri recipe

Patiri is a traditional flat bread made in Kerala



  • Roasted rice flour (2 cups)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp)
  • Water (3 cups)



  1. In a pan, add water,and bring it to a boil. Once the water starts to boil, add roasted rice flour into the hot water and mix well.Switch off the flame, mix well & allow the mixture to cool.
  2. Once the dough becomes cool enough to handle, transfer it to a mixing bowl and knead it well with your hands till the mixture develops slight shine.
  3. Once the dough is ready, divide it into small lemon size balls.
  4. Roll the dough out on a flat wooden surface. Dust some rice flour so that the dough does not stick while rolling. Take the dough ball and flatten it into 6 inch discs.
  5. Heat the griddle and cook the bread on both sides. Make sure that the colour remains white. Cook it till it is done and remove the patri out of the griddle.

Enjoy this patri with some kerala chicken curry or fish curry.

This bread can also be enjoyed by people who are allergic to gluten as it is only made with rice.


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Ela ada

Ela ada is an authentic recipe of Kerala . It is steamed in banana leaf and has a wonderful flavor.



For filling
Water (1/4 cup)
Jaggery(1/2 cup)
Cardamom (4, powdered)
Coconut(1/2 freshly grated)

For dough
Rice flour (1 cup, roasted)
Salt(1/2 tsp)
Water to make smooth dough (about 3/4 cup)

For assembling

Banana leaves(2 large)


To make the filling for ada,

  1. In a pan, add water & jaggery. Mix it well and allow the jaggery to melt.
  2. Once the jaggery starts to melt, add the cardamom powder . Slow the flame.
  3. Add freshly grated coconut, mix well, till the mixture becomes dry.
  4. Our filling is now ready. Switch off the flame and keep it aside and allow it to cool.

Preparing the banana leaf

  1. Take a banana leaf, Remove its stem and cut them into small size.
  2. When we fold the banana leaf, sometimes, it will tear off. Also we want the oily texture of the banana leaf to come out. For this, place it over the flame and move it gently so that it will fold very easily.
  3. Do the same for rest of the banana leaves & keep them aside.

To make the dough,

  1. Take a mixing bowl, to it add roasted rice flour salt & mix well.
  2. Add little by little water to make a smooth dough. I have added about 3/4 cup of water to it.

Assembling & cooking

  1. Take 1 banana leaf, take small portion of the dough, place is at the center and spread it by pressing it gently.
  2. Once done, take 2 tbsp of the coconut & jaggery filling and place it at the center.
  3. Fold from the other side, leaf to leaf, and press it gently from its sides to seal it.
  4. Our Ada leaf is ready, do the same with rest as well. Steam the ela ada in a steamer. I have used an idli steamer. you can use any steamer for steaming. Place the ada in the steamer. Close is with a lid and steam is for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, check if the ela ada is cooked. It is done by pricking it with a fork and if the fork comes out clean, then the ada is cooked well and nice. Switch off the flame & allow it to cool.

Ela ada is now ready to be served warm. Enjoy it as evening snacks or after meals as dessert.