May 27, 2011

Tricolor Chapati

I was just bored of regular of making regular chapatis. And luckily came across this different recipe and tried it out. It looks colourful, tastes good and serves healthy too. I used carrots for the orange color, coriander and mint leaves for the green color. You can try other veggies like beetroot, broccoli etc., for different colors.


Chapati flour - 3 cups
carrots -2 (steam and grind to a thick paste)
Coriander and mint leaves - 1 cup (grind with little water to a smooth and thick paste)


1. Add water and salt to 1st cup of flour and make a soft chapati dough. This is the usual brown dough

2. Add grinded carrot paste and salt to 2nd cup of flour and make a soft chapati dough. Add water if needed. You'll get a orange dough

3. Add grinded coriander and mint paste and salt to 3rd cup of flour and make a soft chapati dough. Add water if needed. This serves for the green dough

4. Flatten each dough separately using hand or rolling pin to the size of a roti. Arrange the flattened doughs one on top of other ie., keep brown down on top of it keep orange and then green.

5. Now roll it together cylindrically and cut to the size of a chapati ball using knife. Don't make the ball as this blends the color and you maynot be able to the unique colors

6. Take each piece and roll the colorful chapati and cook over tawa as usual

7. Colorful Chapatis are ready for serving

May 24, 2011

Mani Kozhukattai

These are smaller versions of regular kozhukattai. And these are then stirred with cooked and crumbled urad dal which gives a different and great taste. I got the recipe from chefinyou but definitely could not beat her picture. The only difficulty in this is to make the small balls as it takes quite time compared to the regular ones.


Steamed Rice flour/Idiyappam flour - 1 cup
warm water as required
Mustard seeds
Red chili -1
curry leaves
urad dal - 1 tsp

Coarse grind
Urad dal - 1/2 cup(soak for1/2 hr)
Red chili - 1
curry leaves
fennel seeds


Coarsely grind the soaked urad dal with chili, curry leaves, fennel seeds and salt and steam them like idly

After cooling down crumble the steamed urad dal. This makes the spicy pooranam

Knead the flour with warm water and salt to a soft dough. Alternatively you can grind rice to a smooth paste and cook it over stove to form a soft dough (pls check the kozhukattai recipe for details)

Apply oil on ur hand and make it to small balls and steam them for 10 minutes

Now heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. After they crack, add urad dal, red chili, curry leaves and saute the spicy pooranam.

To this mix the steamed kozhukattais and serve hot
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