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Mar 9, 2018

506: Hotel Style Sambhar Version 2

Sambar is the signature dish of South India.  Hotel Sambhar is slightly different from Home made Sambhar. Though I already posted few Sāmbhar recipes, I want to post one more  Hotel Sāmbhar recipe.
Take a look at this special Hotel  style sambar recipe and give it a try.

Preparation time:      10 minutes
Cooking time:            20 minutes
Cuisine                       South Indian
Recipe Category        Kuzhambhu and Sambhar
Serves                       4

Moong Dal                         1 cup
Tovar Dal                           ½  Cup
Carrot                               1/2 cup (Any vegetable at your choice)
Green Capsicum                 1 no.  (Chopped)
Tomatoes                           3 (Medium)
Green Chilies                     3 nos. (Slit)
Tamarind                           Small Gooseberry Size
Kashmiri Red chili Powder   ½ teaspoon (For Color)
Turmeric powder                1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves,               4 stalks (chopped)
Ghee                                 1 tablespoon
Salt                                   To Taste
Jaggery                             1 Tablespoon

For Sambar Masala
 Oil                                   1 Tablespoon
Coriander Seeds                 2 Teaspoons
Fenugreek seeds                1/8 Teaspoon
Chenna dhal                       1 ½ Tablespoon
Urdh dal                             1 Teaspoon
Red Chillies                         4 no.
Asafetida Powder                ¼ Teaspoon
Fresh Coconut                     3 Tablespoon

For Tempering

 Gingelly oil (Sesame oil)      1 teaspoon
black mustard seeds             ½ teaspoon
Dry Red Chillies                    2 no.
Curry leaves                         2 sprigs


  • Pressure cook daal adding turmeric powder, asafetida and 2 cups of water.. Take at least 5-6 whistles, and once done smash and keep aside.
  •  Cut the tomatoes, vegetables, chillies, curry leaves and keep aside.
  • Soak the tamarind in the hot water and extract the juice. Keep aside.

For Sambar Masala

  • Heat oil in a pan and Roast all the Sambhar spices one after the other. Remove from heat.
  • Grind the mixture with half a cup of water to a paste. Let the paste be very slightly coarse. Set aside

For the Sambar
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan ,Place all the vegetables and tomatoes. Add Tamarind  Juice and let them cook partially.
  • Now add the ground Sambhar Masala and salt . mix it very well. Let it boil for  2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the cooked dal in it let it continue to boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add Jaggery to the Sambhar while boiling then stir well.

 For Tempering/ Tadka

  • In a separate saucepan, heat oil. Add the tempering ingredients. As they sizzle, drizzled the tempered oil over sambar. Now add the Kashmiri Chilli Powder  and Hing and immediate pour it on the Sambhar.
  • Cover with the lid. Switch off the gas.
  • Serve hot sambar with Idli and Dosas.
Hotel Sambhar 

MY OTher Hotel Sambhar Recipe  Here You Go

Mar 1, 2018

505: Sukku Malli Coffee| Sonti Kaapi/ சுக்கு காபி / Dry ginger Coffee

Sukku Malli Coffee is an excellent home remedy for indigestion. If you give young children Sukku coffee, they will not suffer from anemia as it is made with palm jaggery which is rich in iron and they will also develop a taste for traditional drinks instead of drinking harmful cola drinks. Sukku  Coffee is very good For Cold: This coffee is very comforting to drink when we have cold and it also helps if we suffer from chest congestion. It is an amazing health drink with the goodness of Dry ginger, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom, whole black peppercorns with jaggery/palm sugar/palm jaggery for sweetness.

Prep Time:          5 Mins
Cook Time:         5 Mins  
Category:            Herbal Juices , Beverages

Ingredients for Sukku Malli Coffee Powder(Makes 4 tbsp):

Dry Ginger Powder/ 2’’ in Sukku             2 Tablespoon
Coriander Seeds                                    1 Tablespoon
Whole Black Peppercorns                       ¾ Teaspoon
Cardamom                                            1 no.
Cloves                                                  2 no
Ingredients for Black  Sukku Coffee

Palm Sugar/ Karuppatti                           2-3 Tablespoons
Water                                                    2 Cups
Sukku Malli Coffee Powder                      2 Tablespoon

With Milk Sukku Coffee

Warm Milk          ¼ cup


Dry roast the coriander seeds, black pepper in pan.

To Make Sukku Malli Coffee powder
  • Take the roasted pepper and coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle with Dry Ginger Powder, Cloves and Cardamom and make a Crushed powder. This is called as Sukku Malli Coffee powder. 
  • You can store it in an air tight container for long term storage.

To make Black Sukku Malli Coffee

  • Take the palm jaggery powder /Broken Palm Jaggery ,Water and pounded 1 tablespoon of  Sukku Coffee powder into a bowl.
  • Boil everything together till the raw smell of coriander seeds leaves and the water reduces.
  • Filter the Sukku Malli Coffee and serve it hot. No other drink can comfort you so much when you have sore throat.

Sukku Malli Coffee With Milk
  •  Add ¼ of warm milk with ¾ cup of Black Sukku Malli Coffee.

  • If you don't get palm jaggery, substitute with regular jaggery.
  • Don't pound the spices too finely.
  • For Fever and Heavy cough, when you boil the  coffee add few leaves of Tulsi and Oma Valli Thayai.

Feb 1, 2018

504: Medhu Vadai / Ulundu Vadai

The word Medhu Vadai makes many of us drool and crave for it. Also, it is a festival snack in many households. Urad dal/Husked Black gram is soaked in water for a couple of hours, drained and ground to fluffy consistency. Frying the Vadai when the oil is of the right temperature ensures that it absorbs very less oil. It is easy to make and tasty too.  You can make these Vadai even as evening tea time snack .

Soaking time:      45 Mins
Cooking time:     20 minutes
Category    :        Snack
Serves-               3 to 4


Urad dal                -        1 cup
Rice                      -        1 tbsp.
Reva                     -        1 Teaspoon
Green chillies         -        5 Nos.
Ginger                  -         1/2 inch
Curry leaves                    1 Sprig
Refined Oil           -           For Deep Frying
Salt                                To Taste.


  • Soak Urad dal and rice in water for 1/2 hour. 

  • Chop roughly, green chillies , Ginger and curry leaves and keep it aside.
  • Drain the water, add it to a mixer / grinder. Grind the urad dal using 2-3 tbsp. of water alone. Do not add more water.

  • Blend to a smooth, sticky batter. (Takes around 15 minutes in my grinder). Transfer to a bowl.

  • Add roughly chopped curry leaves, Chopped Ginger, Chopped Green chillies, Rava and Salt.

  • Mix it well, until it gives out bubbles. This mixing makes the batter fluffy (When you place about 1/2 tsp of batter in a bowl of water it should float on top and not sink.)
  • Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
 Making Vadais
  •  Heat a kadai with oil.
  • Keep water in a bowl and wet your hand.
  • Then take little batter with the wet hand and flatten it. Drop a hole at the center.Again, wet your hands and shape the sides evenly.

  • Slowly drop it in oil. Keep the flame medium to low while frying.
  • Once a side become golden brown turn the other side and wait until it turns into light golden brown.
  • Fry Vadai in batches over moderate heat turning frequently till the Vadai is golden and crisp.

  • Drain and place on kitchen towel.
  • Serve with chutney or sambar.

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