south indian recipes

Maggi Cheese Dosa

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Dosa is a perfect healthy and filling breakfast or even as a snacks.You can always keep some dosa batter ready and handy in a refrigerator,so whenever required you can some quick dosa or idlis for your family.Normally,my kids don’t like idli’s, they like dosa.But I was quiet fed up of making same dosa for them like oats ,bread and plain dosa.So today, I thought of giving a twist to our normal dosa and made dosa by adding some maggi masala noodles filling loaded with full cheese. This Maggi cheesy dosa is delicious and has an amazing aroma.
It really turned out good and yummy , they just couldn’t stop eating. I was quiet happy with my experiments as i also tried making cheesy sandwich dosa and aloo masala cheese dosa.
Check out this recipe , video shared on you tube.

Preparation time : 10 mins
cooking time : 5 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients

1 bowl dosa batter / rice /rava/oats/any dosa batter
1 small packet of maggi masala noodles
1/2 cup boiled corn
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
¼ cup grated cheese, like cheddar or any other melting cheese
oil as required
salt as required

Directions || How to make Maggi cheese dosa

Take a pan and make Maggi masala noodles,keep it aside once done.
Add dosa to the set dosa batter and mix well.
Heat griddle or dosa pan/tava , sprinkle some water and wipe it off gently using a tissue(this helps to remove dosa quicklyavoiding to stick)
Pour a ladleful of the batter on griddle and spread the batter gently in circular motion.
Spread some butter over it , allow it to melt over dosa
Now spread prepared maggie noodles all over the dosa.
Top it with some boiled sweet corn
also spread tomato ketchup all over and spread it evenly,
now sprinkle some pepper powder.
sprinkle shredded cheese all over the dosa.
Lastly fold the dosa and slightly press uniformly so that it gets sticked.
Flip the other side and cook for a minute so that cheese melts.
Maggie cheese dosa is ready to be served , You can also serve by cutting into triangle shape.
Serve hot with any peanut or coconut or tomato chutney or even ketchup.

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Aloo masala Cheese Dosa

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Dosa is a perfect healthy and filling breakfast or even as a snacks.You can always keep some dosa batter ready and handy in a refigerator,so whenever required you can some quick dosa or idlis for your family.Normally,my kids don’t like idli’s, they like dosa.But I was quiet fed up of making same dosa for them like oats ,bread and plain dosa.So today, I thought of giving a twist to our normal dosa and tried this aloo masala dosa loaded with full cheese. It really turned out good and yummy , they just couldn’t stop eating.
I was quiet happy with my experiments as i also tried making cheesy sandwich dosa and maggie cheese dosa.
Do check the other two dosa varieties and share me your feedback.
Check out this recipe , video shared on you tube.

Preparation time : 10 mins
cooking time : 5 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients

For Aloo bhaji/Sabzi:

2 tsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp jeera / cumin
pinch of hing / asafoetida
½ onion, finely chopped
1 inch ginger, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
½ tsp turmeric / haldi
salt to taste
2 potato, boiled & peeled
¼ cup water, adjust consistency
2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice

For Aloo masala dosa

1 bowl dosa batter / rice /rava/oats/any dosa batter
prepared aloo bhaji/sabzi
2 tsp green chutney / mint chutney / sandwich chutney
¼ cup grated cheese, like cheddar or any other melting cheese
oil as required
salt as required

Directions || How to make Aloo masala cheese Dosa

Take a pan and prepare aloo bhaji or sabzi using your method.
Add dosa to the set dosa batter and mix well.
Heat griddle or dosa pan/tava , sprinkle some water and wipe it off gently using a tissue(this helps to remove dosa quicklyavoiding to stick)
Pour a ladleful of the batter on griddle and spread the batter gently in circular motion.
Spread some butter over it , allow it to melt over dosa
Now spread prepared aloo masala all over the dosa.
Spread green chutney on top of the masala and spred it evenly.
now sprinkle some pepper powder.
sprinkle shredded cheese all over the dosa.
Lastly roll the dosa and slightly press uniformly so that it gets sticked.
Flip the other side and cook for a minute so that cheese melts.
Serve hot with any peanut or coconut or tomato chutney or even ketchup.

Cheese Sandwich Dosa

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Dosa is a perfect healthy and filling breakfast or even as a snacks.You can always keep some dosa batter ready and handy in a refrigerator,so whenever required you can some quick dosa or idlis for your family.Normally,my kids don’t like idli’s, the like dosa. But I was quiet fed up of making same dosa for them like oats ,bread and plain dosa. So today, I thought of giving a twist to our normal dosa and made a sandwich by adding some potato and tomato filling just like sandwich style and loaded with cheese. It really turned out good and yummy , they just couldn’t stop eating. I was quiet happy with my experiments as i also tried making cheesy maggie dosa and aloo masala cheese dosa.
Check out this recipe , video shared on you tube.

Preparation time : 10 mins
cooking time : 5 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients

1 bowl dosa batter / rice /rava/oats/any dosa batter
1 tsp butter
1 small potato , boiled and thinly sliced
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp green chutney / mint chutney / sandwich chutney
¼ cup grated cheese, like cheddar or any other melting cheese
oil as required
salt as required

Directions || How to make Cheesy Sandwich dosa

Add salt to the set dosa batter and mix well.
Heat griddle or dosa pan/tava , sprinkle some water and wipe it off gently using a tissue(this helps to remove dosa quicklyavoiding to stick)
Pour a ladleful of the batter on griddle and spread the batter gently in circular motion.
Spread some butter over it , allow it to melt over dosa
Now place sliced potato and sliced tomato on half of the dosa
On the other half of dosa, apply green chutney and spread it out.
also spread tomato ketchup all over and spread it evenly,
now sprinkle some pepper powder.
sprinkle shredded cheese all over the dosa.
Lastly fold the dosa and slightly press uniformly so that it gets sticked.
Flip the other side and cook for a minute so that cheese melts.
cheesy dosa sandwich is ready to be served , You can also serve by cutting into triangle shape.
Serve hot with any peanut or coconut or tomato chutney or even ketchup.

Spongy and fluffy Idli (home made batter)

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Idli(steamed rice cakes) is the traditional south India cuisine. I am sharing you the full proof step by step recipe of how to make idli batter at home.Trust me its very easy and there is no rocket science behind it, if you follow the steps correctly ,you will definately land up making a spongy fluffy idli’s at home.This recipe is a very basic recipe which uses only three ingredients namely Urad dal, Idly rice and Salt.
Idli’s goes perfect with sambar , chutneys and even with ketchup 🙂 yes my kids sometimes prefer having it with ketchup.
Watch this step by step recipe and do let me know if it help you to get the spongy , fluffy idlis at home. All the best!!!


Preparation time : 3 to 4 hours soak time, 8-10 hours fermentation ,Total : 11-14 hours
Cooking time : 10 mins
Serving 15-20 idlis

Ingredients

1 cup Idli Rice
3/4 cup Urad Dal
water as required
Salt as required

Directions || How to make idli batter

Wash rice and urad dal several times and soak them in enough water for 4 hours.
Even soaking overnight is also ok, but 4 hours is more than enough.
After 4 hours drain the water and add the soaked rice and urad dal in the grinder.
Do not discard the water,you can use it for grinding.
Grind this into a smooth batter adding water in regular intervals.
The consistency after grinding should not be so thick. Add salt and mix it well with the batter.
Keep it in a air tight container and allow it to ferment for 8 to 10 hours.
If its a cold weather, you can ferment it for additional 4 hours.
If the batter is thick you can even add water after fermentation to make it into a right consistency.
You can prepare idlis using stove idli makers or even use microoven idli’s maker as per your choice.
I don’t have traditional idli maker at home , so I always make a microwave idlis but they come out fluffy too.
I set the idlis to 2 minutes and 30 secs , you can try the same ,but if you thick that the idlis are still not well cooked you can adjust the timings accordingly.
f you have any doubts feel free to ask me on my comment box , I am here to help you out.
Enjoy the idlis with any chutneys or sambar 🙂

Restaurant style Sambar

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Sambar, also spelt sambhar, is a lentil-based stew, it is either prepared with one of these vegetables
or a combination of them – drumstick, carrot, radish, pumpkin, white radish, potatoes, tomatoes,
brinjal (eggplant) and whole or halved shallots or onions.Initially I always prepared Sambhar the way my mom used to prepare
maharashtrian style but later discover that using tamarind in sambar gives a perfect taste of tangy flavor to this recipe.
The trial and error was successful and succeeded preparing this restaurant style south indian Sambar.This sambhar I prepared
it to have with Idli but you can also try it with rice as well as dosa.
Do watch the video and follow step by step to get the same taste and flavor.

Preparation Time : 20 mins
Cook time : 30-35 mins
Serves: 5-6

Ingredients

1½ cups of toor dal/yellow lentils
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
5 – 6 curry leaves
2 medium sized onions thickly sliced
2 medium sized potatoes cut into cubes
3 drumsticks cut into long pieces
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp tamarind paste (or you can use tamarind extracted pulp)
salt to taste
1 tbsp sambar powder
1 tbsp oil

For tempering

3 red chillies
4-5 curry leaves
a pinch of asafoetida
a pinch of salt

For garnishing

few coriander leaves

Directions || How to prepare Sambar restaurant style.

Washed the toor thoroughly and add the dal in the pressure cooker
Add a pinch of turmeric, 2 cups of water and pressure cook the dal well, mash the dal well and rest it aside.
In a cooking pot, add oil and heat it, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds and curry leaves and allow it to crackle.
Add the chopped onions, potato cubes ,drumstick pieces into it and mix well.
Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix and cook for about 2 minutes on a low flame.
Add 1 tbsp of tamarind paste to the curry , add 1 cup of water and cook the drumsticks for about five to ten minutes.
Add the mashed dal into the curry and mix.
Next add water as per requirement if the sambar is thick.
Add sambar powder and salt according to the taste and let the sambar boil for 5-10 mins.
In a small pan , heat oil and add curry leaves , red chillies , asafoetida and salt.
Fry till red chillies turns color.
Pour the whole tempering in the steaming hot sambar , add coriander leaves and close the lid.
Allow it to cook for few minutes.
Serve hot with idli or rice !!!

Coconut chutney

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When it comes to south Indian cuisine , the first thing comes in mind is dosa idli and chutney.
Preparing coconut chutney is very simple and each region as its own way of making this chutney.
But the chutney prepared in south region is simply mind blowing especially using bengal gram i.e. chana dal
adds a good aroma to this chutney and indeed it tastes just the way its served in restaurant.
Watch this step by step south Indian restaurant style coconut chutney.

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
1 tbsp dry roasted chana dal(bengal gram)
1/2 tsp jeera(cumin)
2 green chillies
1/2 inch ginger
1 tsp salt
water as required.

For tadka/seasoning

1 tbsp oil
1/4 mustard seeds
1/4 cup urad dal
Pinch of hing
1 sprig curry leaves
1 broken red chilli

Direction || How to prepare Coconut chutney

Blend all the ingredients together with very little water to make a thick paste.
Add salt and blend again.
Heat a pan on a low flame , add oil , mustard seeds , curry leaves ,urad dal
and saute till dal turns golden brown. Make sure that dal should not turn black.
Add hing and salt and saute for 1 minute.
Pour chutney over it and let it cook on a low flame for 1-2 mins.
This chutney keeps good for two day when refrigerated.
Serve chill or room temperatute with idli or dosa,vada, sandwiches or even with plain rice along with sambhar.