October 2011 | South Indian Cooking Recipes
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Boiled Egg Masala Fry

Boiled Egg Masala Fry is a simple and tasty recipe in South India. There are various methods to prepare Egg Masala in India. In our family we use this method  to prepare Egg Masala which is more spicy and tasty.
3 Eggs
1 cup Onion chopped
2 tsp Red chili powder
Salt for taste
Curry leaves
Turmeric powder a pinch
2 tsp Curry powder
3 tsp Oil

  • Boil the Eggs and cut it into small pieces
  • In a fry pan add Oil and curry leaves and finely chopped Onion fry until the onion become transparent
  • Add the curry powder,Turmeric powder and red chilli powder
  • Then add Eggs and salt
  • Fry well for 3 minutes (The Egg yolk should be dissolve).

Monday, October 24, 2011

Plantain Fritters / Valakkai Bajji

Bajji is very popular and tasty snack in South Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Andra and Karnataka. We can prepare Bajji with various vegetables like Plantain, Onion, Potato, Bell Peppers (Capsicum), Eggplant / Brinjal and even with Ladies Finger or Sliced Bread and Papads, only the batter will be same. In Tamil Nadu you can see Bajji varieties in all Tea shops. Let us see how to prepare simple Valakkai Bajji...

Cook Time: 20 Min | Servings: 4 Persons


2 Plantains (Raw Banana or Valakkai)
1 1/2 Chickpea flour/Besan/Kadalai mavu
3 tbsp Rice flour
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 pinch baking soda
1 pinch Asafoetida/Perungayam
Salt to taste
Oil for deep fry


1. Peel off the skin of plantain on corners only.
2. Slice the plantain into thin pieces.
3. In a bowl add Besan, Rice flour, Red chilli powder, Baking soda, Salt and Asafetida.
4. Add water slowly and mix well until there are no lumps.
5. The batter should be thick in consistency
6. Dip a piece of sliced plantain into the batter and immerse it into the hot oil
7. Deep fry on both sides until become golden brown.
8. Serve hot with chutney or sauce.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Horse gram / Kollu chutney a Healthy Recipe

What is Horse gram?

Before going for cooking let's see What is Horse gram?, It may helpful for those who don't know about benefits of Horse gram.
Horse grams are an oval shaped bean that is usually thin and relatively small . It is a leguminous plant, Dolichos biflorus, a native of tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia, extensively cultivated in Southern India as a food-plant. In India, horse grams are called as கொள்ளு (Kollu) in Tamil, മുതിര (Muthira) in Malayalam,  ఉలవలు(Ulavalu) in Telugu, Cowpea in English, Kulti in Hindi, Dou in Chinese, Habbul Kulth in Arabic. 

Health Benefits of Horse gram 

Horse grams can helps in lower the cholesterol levels
It is known to have phenols which help in Weight Loss.
It is an excellent source of protein and contains good levels of the iron and minerals molybdenum.
It is an good source of vitamins and amino acids.
Its use in the diet is good for women as their menstruation is purified.

Horse grams are normally used to feed horses, though it is also commonly used in Tamil dishes, including kollu porial, kollu avial, kollu sambar, and kollu rasam.
Here I am going to explain about the simple and healthy Kollu/Horse Gram Chutney.

1 cup of Kollu (Horse gram)
4 no of Dry red chili
Small amount of Curry leaves
2 no of Garlic
1/4 tsp of Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp of Urad dal (White Lentil)
15 no of Small Onion (chopped)


Wash and boil the Kollu (Horse gram)
In a pan add oil Mustard seeds, Urad dal, Small Onion, Dry red chili and Curry leaves; fry it well
Allow to cool the above ingredients
In a blender add the cooled ingredients, water and garlic pods grind into thick paste
while grinding use  Kollu (Horse gram) boiled water.

Healthy Kollu/Horse Gram Chutney. 

Note: Horse gram is not good for pregnant woman, or a person suffering from plethora or tuberculosis. It also causes the formation of excessive bile.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Banana and Semolina(Rava) Kachayam

Kachayam is a popular and traditional Tamil Nadu sweet which is having the delicious taste. Kachayam is also famous in other South Indian States. While cooking you may feel the aroma of Cardamom and Banana mix. Time less and easy cooking. 

Cooking Time :20 Min. | Servings :5 Persons

1 cup Maida or All purpose flour
1 cup Semolina (white Sooji/Rava)          
3 Bananas
4 Cardamom Pods
1 Cup Sugar
2 tsp grated Coconut (Optional)
1 pinch Baking soda powder
Oil for deep frying

  • In a bowl peel the Bananas and mash them well.
  • Add Maida, Rava, Cardamoms, Grated Coconut, Baking soda and Sugar with the mashed Banana.
  • Add the water with the mixture little by little and make batter like idli/dosa consistency.
  • Heat the Oil in a frying pan.
  • Take a small amount of mixture using small and round shaped ladle.
  • Drop the dough into hot Oil and deep fry until become golden brown on both sides.
  • Now the kachayam is ready to serve.
  • We can serve it Hot or even store this kachayam upto 2 weeks in a cool and dry place.
Note: I am using Coconut it is optional and Instead of sugar and Maida we can use Jaggery and wheat flour which is healthier than this and using this method is called Kodumai Kachayam.

Try this recipe in your home and If you like, leave some comments which may encourage me more.