Some mornings can be lazy driven when you just want to schedule out the breakfast with a quick fix. Dosa being a popular South Indian crepe is mostly made with fermented rice and lentils. Today I am sharing a variation of our traditional dosa recipe. The Instant Carrot Dosa is an ideal way to start your day.
Looking for a fuss-free breakfast idea? The Instant Carrot Dosa is an ideal way to start your day. This dosa is colorful, healthy, and needs no overnight preparation. Made with carrots and rice, this dosa is delicious and will be a delight for your tastebuds.
1 cup of cooked rice
1 cup of raw rice
1 cup of grated carrots
3 tbsp of sugar
Half a cup of thick coconut milk
Half a cup of water
Salt to taste
Wash the rice and soak for 10 mins.
Add cooked rice and grind with water.
Let the mixture grind into a smooth paste.
Add grated carrots, sugar, coconut milk, and salt.
Mix all the ingredients well into a batter of pouring consistency.
Heat a Tawa and pour batter on it.
Cook dosas with ghee.
Serve hot with any chutney.
I relish this dosa with chutney podi mixed with sesame oil. You can also serve them with Sambar and coconut chutney. If you wish to learn to make the gunpowder chutney or chutney podi click below on the link .
Do try this at home and please leave your comments and suggestions in the comments section below.
Have a yummy pomegranate milkshake on #worldmilkday today.
20 years ago, World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. This fresh pomegranate milkshake is a must-have delight on a hot summer afternoon.
For the past couple of days, it had been pretty sunny and I was planning on using up the pomegranates. Having picky eaters for pomegranate at home this is what they would love having. Do try freezing the milkshakes into popsicles. They are super yum!
2 medium-sized Pomegranates (deseeded)
2 cups of chilled milk
1/4 cup of sugar (can use honey as well )
2 mint leaves (optional)
Deseed the pomegranate and put it in the mixer.
Add sugar and some chilled milk.
Blend for a few minutes. Add in mint leaves (Make sure you don’t overdo the mint flavor.)
Pour the remaining milk and mix well.
Strain the milkshake and discard the seeds and pour it into serving glasses.
In this phase 4 of the lockdown that we are undergoing, hoping that all are safe at home. Be it any festivity ..there’s always a special craving for a dessert. Add a nutty sweetness to your Eid festivities tomorrow with this delicious badam kheer. A rich delicacy like this is a perfect way to celebrate the end of Ramzan. It is very healthy and extremely easy to make.
Follow this step-by-step recipe to enjoy badam kheer this Eid-ul-Fitr.
6 tbsp of semolina
100 gm of sugar
700 ml of milk
20 gm of badam
6 pistas (chopped)
4 cherries (chopped)
Boil and peel the almonds.
Grind them into a paste.
Boil milk and sugar in a pan on low flame.
Add semolina and stir well.
Pour the badam paste into the mixture and stir.
Once the mixture thickens, remove it from the stove.
Pour the kheer halfway into a glass.
Add a layer of chopped pistas.
Now, fill up the rest of the glass with kheer.
Garnish with chopped badam, pistas, and cherries.
Serve warm 🙂
Chutney Podi is known by many names-gun powder, idli podi and pappula podi. This dry powder is a staple in South Indian homes and is not only easy to make but also filled with protein, fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals. This is something that you can always store in cupboards in batches in airtight containers.
This versatile chutney podi can be enjoyed with idlis, dosas, hot rice, chapati or even parathas. In this simple video, I teach you to step by step, how to make this delicious powder at home. Do try this recipe at home and share your videos and pictures with me on Instagram(@nimisrecipes). In case of any queries or doubts, DM me, I would love to help you.
1 TSP of oil
2 cups of chickpea lentils
1 cup of black gram lentils (without skin)
1/2 cup of curry leaves
10 Kashmiri dry chillies
2 TSP of asafoetida powder
1 & 1/2 TSP of salt
Heat oil in a pan .Toast chickpea lentils and black gram lentils.
Put in the curry leaves and mix well.
As the lentils start changing color, add the Kashmiri dry chilies.
Once the lentils start turning golden, add the asafoetida powder and stir well.
Blend all the ingredients until you have a coarse mixture.
Lastly, add salt to taste. Store in airtight containers. When serving , mix the chutney podi with oil(sesame or coconut oil) to make it into a paste and serve with dosas or idlis.
Hoping all of you are at home and safe with your loved ones. At times like these, we must unite in our fight against Covid_19 and maintain social distancing….take up these moments to spend more time with your family. I am back to my blogging after a pretty long gap. Things have moved on in the past few months. We might be locked up in our homes but there’s no harm in utilizing these days to strengthen up bonds. Here’s a bread that I had baked today for my family. I am so thankful to Orly Ziv for her wonderful recipe from her award-winning cookbook. We met each other at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2014 and have been friends since then.
Diwali or Deepavali the festive spirit always symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. This was not a festival that caught a lot of attention in Kerala. But after marriage and relocating myself to Munnar the festive spirits have caught up. For the past many years have been making out a set of Indian sweets. This festive season I thought of sharing with you this quick sheera recipe.
- 1 Cup of Pineapple Puree
- 1 Cup of Semolina
- 1 Cup of Milk
- 3 TBSP of Ghee
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- A pinch of Saffron
- 2 Cups of Water
- A few Cardamoms
- Pour the Pineapple puree into a pan.
- Add 1 TBSP of sugar.
- Mix well and let it simmer for 4-5 mins.
- Keep this aside and heat some ghee into a pan.
- Add the semolina and saute for 5-7 mins.
- Now, keep this pan aside as well.
- Heat some water into a separate pan.
- Add one cup of milk and the sugar.
- Add the saffron and the crushed cardamoms.
- Add the sauted semolina next and mix well.
- Infact, keep mixing, till the mixture becomes thick.
- Next, add the pineapple puree and mix well.
- Transfer into a bowl greased with ghee and mould it on to a plate and garnish with
- pineapple pieces.
Waffles have always been on my to-do list when I started getting involved in cooking. But it took a few years till I got hold of a waffle iron. Here’s a waffle recipe that I normally whip up when I have leftover oats at home. And as my whole family has a craving for peanut butter …I normally don’t miss adding it to my waffle recipe.
- 2 cups of oats
- 1 cup of milk
- 11/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 small bananas
- 1tsp baking powder
- 3tbsp of peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 2tsps of sugar (optional)
- Butter for greasing
- Preheat waffle iron , puree bananas and keep aside .
- In a bowl add in oats. milk eggs, banana puree , baking powder , peanut butter and sugar .
- Blend all ingredients till it becomes a smooth batter .If the batter seems to be too thick add in around 2-3 tbsps of milk.
- Grease the preheated waffle iron with butter .
- Ladle out the mix on to the hot waffle iron .
- Cook until golden brown .
- Serve hot with dusted powdered sugar and maple syrup .
- Sugar mentioned is optional .I prefer to skip the sugar bit ..but if you would like to have an extra bit of sweetness..you can add the ingredient .
Have you ever had that instance where you have run out of the store-bought batch of maple syrup and you are in a fix of how to recreate the syrup? Heres a quick and simple method of making maple syrup at home.
Homemade Maple Syrup
A quick fix syrup that goes well with pancakes, toasts, and waffles.
¼ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup of boiling water
½ tbsp of butter
1/2tsp of vanilla extract or maple extract
Spread out sugar in a flat pan or skillet evenly and start heating on medium heat till all the sugar starts caramelizing.
On caramelizing keep aside.
In a saucepan add brown sugar, pour boiling water and vanilla or maple extract and cook till the sugar dissolves.
Add in the caramelized syrup and continue simmering till it is of thicker consistency.
Take it off the heat and whisk in butter.
Store in airtight containers once cool.
Best served with pancakes, waffles, and toasts.
A harvest festival that is celebrated all over Kerala..a celebration that brings many hearts together .Its that time of the year again when the festive spirit is on. A festival that has no caste, creed or religion is Onam . A festival that is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali.Each day of Onam has its own significance.
My childhood memories take me to those joyful moments when I used to come to my ancestral home and get together with my cousins trying to pick flowers and decorate flower carpets. On the day of Thiruvonam is when the Sadya is laid out . But we all used to help out with the preps for the big day.
Payasam or the dessert is an inevitable part of the Sadya(the meal on the banana leaf). I am always a huge fan of the jaggery based puddings that is served after the meal. Thought of sharing a recipe that I learned from my mother. The traditional Parippu Payasam or Parippu Prathaman. This is basically made from the green gram split lentils or moong dal .
- 1 Cup of Moong Dal
- ⅛ Cup of Sago (Sabudana)
- 2 Cups of Jaggery Syrup
- 2 Cups of Thin Coconut Milk
- 1 Cup of Thick Coconut Milk
- 2-3 Cardamom (Crushed)
- 4 TBSP of Ghee
- 3 Cups of Water
- ¼ Cup of Coconut Chips
- 1 TBSP of Raisins
- Start by soaking moong dal for half an hour.
- Heat ghee in a pan.
- Fry the moong dal in the pan for 10 mins.
- Now, add water to the lentils.
- Cook until lentils are soft and add the jaggery syrup.
- Cook for some time till the mixture thickens.
- Next, add the thin coconut milk.
- Add the crushed cardamom and let the mixture simmer.
- Wash, boil and strain the sago (Sabudana)
- Add the sago to the pan and mix well.
- Simmer until mixture thickens.
- Next, add the thick coconut milk.
- Turn the flame off once the payasam starts simmering.
- Next, take ghee in a pan for tempering.
- Fry the coconut chips and add the raisins too.
- Once they start puffing, take them off the flame.
- Now, pour this on top of the payasam and mix well.
- Serve this warm !
Singing the traditional onam song ,
“Maveli Nadu Vaneedum Kaalam
Amodhathode Vasikkum Kalam
Kallavum Illa Chathiyumilla
Maveli Nadu Vaneedum Kaalam
Manusharellarum Onnupole “
Wishing you all a wonderful Onam !!!!
This month had quite a few surprises in store. Really overwhelmed, humbled & honored to share that I received the “Best Show Kitchen Award ” representing India during this year’s “Gourmand Awards 2019” held in Macao, China. I was selected for the show kitchen that I had showcased during the Gourmand world summit in March 2019. in Paris.
The Gourmand Awards are unique in the Food and Drink sector and is quoted out as the Oscars of Gastronomy. They are in fact the most international book awards for any kind of books, Only the Olympics can compare in scope. This competition for 2018 had Food and Drink Culture entries from 216 countries.
It was an honor to have been cooked Indian flavors at the Chef’s Kitchen at the Macao International Bookfair and to be among one among the best. It was truly lovely to have a wonderful crowd to whom I could cater out our flavors.
An added experience was to have cooked with World Food Programme team, helping children worldwide in the fight against hunger. It was a delight to cook Indian flavors of the provided Armenian ingredients. Thankyou Alessandro & his team for roping me in.
My effort has always been to bring the authentic flavors of our country to the outside world. My second cookbook “Lip-Smacking dishes of Kerala ” won me the title of “3rd Best local cuisine book in the world” for 2013-14 and later on my third cookbook “4 o’clock temptations of Kerala” went on to win the “Best Indian cookbook in the world” for the year 2015-16. This is the third time that I have had a chance to witness the awards but the most exciting part was to be acknowledged. I am thankful to the Gourmand team for finding me worthy of it.
My sincere thanks also go out to my friends, family, and well-wishers for all the encouragement and support even when the tides were rough to keep my dreams alive. Thankyou Masterchef Cyril Roquet for hosting the show.
In March it was an honor to have my cookbook “4 o’clock temptations of Kerala” (Winner of the Best Indian cookbook in the World 2015-16) represented India at the UNESCO headquarters during the Gourmand World Summit in Paris, France from 20-22nd of March. The summit was a huge network of food culture professionals, around a big exhibition of 2000 books from 170 countries. It was the opportunity to see what is done and written around the world, by alphabetical order, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. So many topics, styles, layouts, formats, angles, traditions, fusions, and research are there to be discovered and shared. So many talented authors and creative publishers to be met. VIPs including ambassadors, chefs, distributors, agents, photographers, food and tourism journalists, bloggers, publishers, authors, and designers attend the Summit.
It was even more exciting to have had the opportunity to be one among the 25 chefs from different countries representing their cuisine during the “Village International de la Gastronomie”.I did a live show kitchen cooking up some of the authentic flavors of Kerala, representing the regional cooking from India in show kitchen facing the Eiffel Tower during the “Village international de la gastronomie” on 24th of March 2019. The four days of the event was mesmerizing representing culture and flavors from different parts of the world.
A huge thanks to Gourmand team and Anne Laure Descombin creator of Village International de la Gastronomie for the huge support. Denis Nidon and Virginie Petorin, thank you so much for capturing and sharing with me the moments from the events.
This festive season with the start of the new year I am launching the ebooks of my award-winning cookbooks “Lip Smacking Dishes of Kerala” (3rd Best Local Cuisine book in the world for Gourmand awards 2013-14) and “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala” (Best Indian cookbook in the world for Gourmand Awards 2015-16).
I will be giving away 10 ebooks ..make sure to grab your copies by entering the giveaway. If you would like to celebrate the regional flavor of Indian cooking through Kerala cuisine or would like to gift your friend or loved one…
The results will be announced on the 2oth of January 2019
If you would like to get the paperback copies of the books, you can order them here.
Wishing you all the very best!!
Let’s welcome the year which is fresh
Let’s welcome the year which is new,
Let’s cherish each moment it beholds,
Let’s celebrate this blissful new year.