Wada (urad dal)

Urad dal wada are tasty and loved by all. It is usually served along  with idli in restaurants.

Shaped like doughnuts, these have always been my favourite. With or without chutney, I love these fried dumplings. Today, a sneak and peek at this one.


  • urad dal 2 cups
  • green chilly 3
  • coriander leaves
  • curry leaves
  • salt
  • water
  • oil for frying
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  • Soak urad dal in water for two hours.
  • Grind it to a fine batter with little water.
  • In another jar, grind green chilly and coriander and mix with it. Throw in a few roughly cut curry leaves and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan , when done, beat and take some batter, make a hole with the thumb, and slowly release it into the oil. The making of this wada really needs some practice. 
  • In the beginning, one may not be able to make them and needs to be satisfied with the usual round balls.
  • Fry until brown on medium flame, remove and put them on a tissue paper. 
  • Serve with coconut chutney.

Other variations : 

Serve it immersed in yoghurt with a dressing. It is heaven or serve it immersed in sambar for a hotter version.

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vegetable sandwich

Every morning it is a dilemma what has to be served for the kids, before they leave for school. The time is quite early to have a heavy breakfast nor can they be sent with just a glass of milk. This sandwich can be easily made and served.


  • bread slices 12
  • butter 2tbsp
  • salt
  • pepper powder 1/4 tsp
  • carrot 1
  • cucumber 1
  • tomato 1
  • onion 1
  • fresh coconut 1 small bowl
  • green chilly 2
  • coriander leaves 1/2 bowl
  • mint leaves 1/2 bowl

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  • Mix butter, a pinch of salt and pepper powder together in a bowl.
  • Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, fresh coconut, green chilly and salt together . Avoid making it too hot.
  • Wash and cut veggies into round circles and keep aside.
  • Onions need to be cut into fine thin circles.
  • Now, take two slices of bread and smear the butter paste with a knife. Then apply  some mint chutney on both the slices.
  • Keep veggies on one slice and close with the other.
  • Cut diagonally.
  • Serve with tomato ketchup.


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Rajbhog milkshake

Milkshakes are an all time favourite of kids.  I find it a good remedy for stubborn kids who refuse to drink milk. They are ideal for working men as it is healthy and filling. It is an ideal breakfast menu.

It was during the summer holidays, we visited a new restaurant and this caught my attention. It was simply  amazing and the kids loved it. One  day I thought I should give it a try and it not only turned out well but awaited !

Ingredients  :

  • Milk 2 glasses
  • ice cream 2 scoops
  • dates 6
  • almonds 4
  • cashews 6
  • banana 2
  • sugar 1tsp ( optional)
  • vanilla essence a few drops
  • ice cream for topping

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Method :

Soak dates, almonds and cashews in half a cup of hot milk for half an hour. Grind them together. Now add bananas,ice cream  and milk and blend together. Add sugar if needed .  Chill and serve with a topping of ice cream.

Handy hints:

Freeze the bananas before hand. It gives a good texture.




Chennai Idli

Idli are an all time favourite for many of us. I love making this one, as they are soft and supple. There may be a variation in other recipe as this is modified by me.They make an ideal breakfast with sambar and chutney. Why is this named as “Chennai Idli” ? Chennai is a place in South India,it is the capital city of the state of Tamilnadu. It is here, they were first made  and  was very famous for these soft and supple idlis. Hence the name as “Chennai Idli”

Ingredients :

  • salem rice 2 cups
  • urad dal 1 cup
  • semolina (idli ) 1 cup 
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ideal breakfast

Procedure :

  • Soak the rice in hot water for 4 hours.
  • Soak urad dal seperately  in cold water for two hours.
  • Grind both of them seperately with adequate quantity of water. Later ,mix both together.
  • Now, rinse the semolina in water for sometime. Mix into the ground batter.
  • Keep in a warm place to ferment for 8 hours.
  • Add salt and make idlis the usual way, in a steamer.
  • Serve with coconut chutney and sambar and a dollop of butter if you wish !

Just a note :

Salem rice is a different kind of rice, which is used in making idlis and dosas. It is partially brown and  smaller in size.

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Coconut chutney, yet another kind

With morning breakfast as idli or dosa, chutney seems to be a necessity. I love to give a twist to the usual routine and this one is another kind.

Ingredients :

  • Coconut  2 bowl
  • ginger 1 inch
  • green chilly 4
  • curry leaves a few
  •  cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
  • coriander 1 tsp
  • groundnut roasted 1 tbsp
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  • salt to taste
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different kind

Method :

Roast groundnuts and keep aside. Roast greenchilly with curry leaves in a little oil. When cool, grind all ingredients together with water.

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Mango smoothie

Mango smoothie is healthy and makes an excellent breakfast for kids. It is packed with the goodness of mango,yoghurt and milk.Serve with cherries or wafers.


mango 2 

cold milk  1 glass

yoghurt 200ml

a few cherries


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Cut mango into chunks. Put it in a liquidiser with yoghurt and milk. Serve garnished with cherries and wafers.



Banana and Dates Milkshake

 Bananas being a store house of energy and available all round the year, one need to serve more of this wonderful fruit . Here is a different blend of ingredients. Its healthy and makes an ideal drink for breakfast.


bananas 3

dates 8 seedless

milk 1/2 litre

sugar 2tsp (optional)

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Healthy drink



Soak dates in warm milk in a small bowl for fifteen minutes. Blend it in a mixer, then add the bananas and a little milk and blend together. Add sugar if necessary. Serve chilled or with a cube of ice