Jun 282014

Lemon pickle is quite popular in south India.Last week, one of my friend gave me some lemons straight from her vegetable garden.So I made a yummy and spicy pickle with those fresh lemons.This recipe is adapted from Lakshmi Nair’s Magic Oven Pachaka Kala cook book.This goes well with rice or kanji.

Lime Pickle (4)


  1. Lime/Naranga(medium size) – 4
  2. Green Chilly(cut into small round pieces) – 3
  3. Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder – 1 1/2 tbsp
  4. Jaggery(grated) – 1/4 cup
  5. Asafoetida powder/Kaayam podi – 1/2 tsp
  6. Fenugreek powder/uluva podi – 1/2 tsp
  7. Tamarind – size of a gooseberry
  8. Mustard seeds /Kaduku – 1 tsp
  9. Dry Red Chilly – 4
  10. Gingely Oil – 1/4 cup
  11. Salt

Lime Pickle (6)

Lime Pickle (2)


  1. wash lemon and grate the outer thick skin.cut into small pieces.Heat 1/2 portion of oil in a pan.Saute lemon with green chilly on medium flame for 5 minutes.
  2. In another pan, Boil tamarind(soak tamarind in 1 1/2 cup of water) water.once it starts to boil,add red chilly powder,jaggery,asafoetida powder,fenugreek powder and salt. stir well and once it starts to thicken add lime pieces to it and mix well..Let it cook for 2-3 minutes.Remove from fire.
  3. Heat the remaining oil and add mustard seeds to it.once it starts to splutter,add dry red chilly and pour the seasonings to the pickle mix.
  4. Once it is cooled completely, transfer it into a glass jar.
  5. You can refrigerate after one day.
  6. Serve with rice or kanji.
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Nov 142013

Vada kootu curry is quite popular in the capital city of Kerala and this is served during sadhya and marriage feasts.This curry is prepared using fried urad daal vadas soaked in potato and coconut milk gravy.This recipe is adapted from Lakshmi Nair’s Cook book “Magic oven Pachakavidhikal”.This is a must try dish for vegetarians and goes well with rice or roti.

Vada kootu Curry (5)


  1. Potato(cut into cubes) – 2
  2. Onion(cut into medium pieces) – 2
  3. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  4. Red chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  5. Coriander powder – 1tsp
  6. Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Garam Masala powder – 3/4 tsp
  8. Thick Coconut milk(first Extracted) –1/2 cup
  9. Thin Coconut milk(2nd extracted) –1 cup
  10. Urad dal vada(uzhunnu vada) – 12
  11. salt

For seasoning

  1. Oil – 2tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Dry red chilly –4
  4. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

For making vada

  1. Soak 1/2 cup urad dal in water overnight. Grind into a thick paste adding little water.
  2. Add 1 chopped green chilly, 1tsp chopped ginger and salt to it .Mix well and make small balls out of the mix. Grease your palms with oil while making balls.otherwise it will be sticky.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Drop the balls into the oil and fry vadas till golden brown in color.
  4. Drain into a tissue paper and keep aside.

Vada kootu Curry (6)

Vada kootu Curry (2)

For Making Curry

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Saute potatoes and onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder,coriander powder, pepper powder and saute well.
  3. Once it is done, add 2nd extracted coconut milk to it.Cover and cook on medium flame till potatoes are cooked well.
  4. Add thick coconut milk and garam masala powder to it. when it starts to boil, add fried vadas to it.
  5. Remove from fire.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp in a kadai. splutter mustard seeds,dry red chilly,curry leaves and add the seasonings to the curry.
  7. Transfer into a serving bowl. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve with rice or chappathi.


Vada kootu Curry (4)

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Oct 112012

Masala idlis are prepared using left over idlis,onion and tomatoes sautéed with spices.It is delicious and easy to make this evening snack.

Masala Iddly (1)


  1. leftover Iddlis(cut into cubes) – 5
  2. Onion(chopped) –2
  3. Tomato(cut lengthwise) –1
  4. Green Chilly –1
  5. Ginger(chopped) –1 tbsp
  6. Turmeric powder –1/2 tsp
  7. kashmiri Red Chilly powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  8. asafoetida powder – 1/4 tsp
  9. Garam Masala – 3/4 tsp
  10. Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup
  11. Mustard seeds –1/4 tsp
  12. Urad daal(uzhunnu parippu)– 2 tsp
  13. Dry red Chilly –2
  14. Curry leaves
  15. Coriander leaves
  16. salt
  17. Oil

Masala Iddly (3)


  1. Cut iddlis into cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard seeds,urad daal.once it changes color,add dry red chilly,curry leaves,ginger,green chilly,chopped onions and saute.
  3. Once onion turns brown in color,add turmeric powder,red chilly powder,asafoetida powder,chopped tomato and salt. Mix well.
  4. Once tomato turns soft,add garam masala and coconut milk(or you can add 1/2 cup of water).
  5. When it becomes thick,add iddlis and coriander leaves.Mix well and let it cook for 1more minute to get the masala coated evenly.Remove from fire.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  7. Serve  with hot tea as evening snack or you can have it for breakfast.

Recipe Source : Magic Oven by Lakshmi Nair

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