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Baby Idlis/Sambhar Idlis

Baby Idlis/Sambhar Idlis

 These Idlis are so cute and soft,my kids just love them.These Idlis are prepared with the same batter which i use to make Dosas or normal Idlis at my Home.Just by using this Idli Tray with small slots makes the difference in the looks and kids will love them.These Idlis can be served with Sambhar and is easy to eat so called as Sambhar Idlis.

For the batter

Urad Dal/Split black gram/Minappapu – 1 cup

Rice ( I used normal raw rice) – 3 cups

Cooked rice  – 2 tbsps

Baking soda – 1 pinch

Salt to taste


Wash and soak the dal and rice together for atleast 6 hours.

Now drain off the water and wash again,add the cooked rice and little water ,then grind to a smooth paste as for how we do for dosa batter.

Remove into a airtight container and keep for fermentation over night.

The next day, mix the batter well and take the required batter into a bowl and add few spoons of water,a pinch of soda and salt and combine well.

Grease the Idli Tray as this one and pour the batter with a small spoon/tea spoon.

Baby Idli tray and Batter

Place this in the Idli Cooker.I placed this in the steamer basket in the rice cooker and placed the lid and placed the cooker vessel on stove top.But doing this way only 1 tray at a time is done.I did this way to avoid the steam to get around the idlis and which makes them wet somtimes.

Steamer Basket to place the Idli Tray

As the Idlis are small they just cook in 5-7 mins.Check for doneness with your finger,if you touch and nothing sticks to it,it is done.Take care while opening the lid as there is hot steam inside.

Remove when done and cool for 2 mins and remove each idli with a tsp.

Prepared Baby Idlis

Baby Idlis

 Serve them with your fav Chutney or Sambhar.See Recipes For Chutneys or Sambhars in the Categories Filed in my blog.

Baby Idlis Served with Sambhar.

Sambhar Idlis

 Enjoy This dish as breakfast or Lunch or Brunch or Dinner….Any time This becomes  a meal when served with vegetable sambhar/sambar or Pappu charu..An energy boosting dish..Enjoy.


Curried Mince Burger

Curried Mince Burger

 This mince burger is also prepared with the same Mutton Mince Curry .

But to get them into patties  I used just corn flour for dusting and few tsps of oil to shallow fry.

Curried mince patties

 Take a small ball size of minced curry and place on a flour dusted board and slightly press with the knife or spatula and dust some flour over also .Prepare as per the requirement and keep.

Heat a shallow pan and spread little veg oil or cooking spray and gently lift patty with the knife and place on the pan fry both sides till slightly brown and remove.

To prepare pan grilled onions,just heat a griddle or tawa ,when well heated place the thinly sliced or roundels of onions and grill two sides and remove as they turn dark on the edges.

Prepare buns by cutting in the middle and toasting with butter on the cutside and spread tomato ketchup on the bottom and place the patty and few pan grilled onion slices and top with mayonise and finish with the top half of the bun.

The Patties can be prepared in another way too…by taking the washed and drained mince into a mixing bowl,add finely chopped onion,fresh herbs like mint and cilantro(Coriander),Egg whole,Salt and Pepper and mix well make patties and shallow fry till golden brown with oil. These patties are also easy to prepare and tastes good.

Patty burgers

Sloppy Mutton Mince Burger

Sloppy Mutton Mince Burger

 This is a sloppy burger,as you can see I used the Mutton Mince Curry and not a Patty so .. a Sloppy Burger,Great for Packing Kids Lunch or as a Snack or even breakfast if you keep this curry ready in the refrigerator(Keeps good for 1-2 Days).I’ve used small Buns to make it easy for my kids to enjoy and looks Great.

To Prepare this all you need is 

Pre Prepared Mutton Mince Curry – 1 cup ( See Recipe in Mutton-Lamb Category for the mutton Mince Curry)

Caramelized onion – 1 cup

Mayonise – few tbsps

Tomato Ketchup – 1/2 cup

Sliced Tomato

Sliced Cucumber

Burger Buns small – 6-7

Butter – 1 stick

To assemble

First to caramelise the onion,Slice the onions finely and place a pan on heat and add little butter and drop the onions stir on high for 2 mins and reduce to med heat and keep till they get well browned and soft ,stir in between and remove

Cut the buns in to half and toast with little butter  with cut side down and keep.

Small Burger Buns

Now spread 1/2 tsp of ketchup on the bottom side of the bun and place 1 tbsp of mince curry and then the caramelised onion a tsp,a slice of each tomato and cucumber, and a dollop of mayonise and lastly the top of the toasted bun and secure with the picks.

We can add few lettuce,raw onion or Cheddar Cheese slices to make a variation according to our choice and availability and Kids options….These are Tasty,Healthy and Homemade Version of Sloppy Burgers..

Homemade Sloppy Burgers/Kids Meal

 Can be served for Kids Birthday Parties as comfort food.

Instant Rawa (Semolina) Dosa Plain

Instant Plain Rawa Dosa


This is my combination of ingredients to prepare instant rawa dosa,easy and worth trying to get the taste of this dosa.when feeling like eating dosa and if you don’t have that batter in the refrigerator….just go for this recipe…you will not be dissappointed,just serve with your choice of chutney. Can be prepared for breakfast or as an evening Snack.
Rawa/Semolina/Sooji – 1 and 1/2 cups
Plain flour/Maida – 1 cup
Yoghurt/Curd – 3/4 cup
Salt to taste
Baking soda – 1 pinch
Black pepper corns 1/2 tsp crushed well.(Do not Use the fine Readymade Powder)
Cumin – 1/4 tsp
Water – 1-2 cups
Wash rawa and soak for 10 mins
Whisk the curd and add 1 cup of water and add the soaked rawa,plain flour and salt mix well to combine.
Now add the pepper crushed,cumin and baking soda and prepare batter use little more water if needed.
Batter should be  a bit thick and in pouring consistency.
Heat a tawa or griddle and grease with oil or cooking spray and pour a laddle ful of batter and spread into dosas,drizzle a tsp of oil over and cook 3-4 mins and turn to cook the other side and remove.
Serve hot with desired chutney.
See Category of Chutneys and Pickles for more chutney recipes.

Paniyaram (Guntha Ponganalu)

Ponganalu - Savoury dosa batter Snack

 This was and is my favourite snack,this is prepared with dosa batter and adding a few other ingredients enhances the flavour and taste of this dish.I got to see this Pan in the mall and remembered the taste I had when I was a child  and was really  been thinking of this many times……But…there is time for everything…. so now got the pan and prepared this dish..with my own favourite ingredients…this turned out to be soo..tasty…as it was printed Paniyaram Pan on the pan….I searched for the meaning and its the tamil word…Kuzhi Paniyaram chatti…..means the pan with holes to prepare paniyaram .This is prepared either Sweet or Savoury and in different ways…with leftover Idly Batter,semolina ,besan,mix veg cutlet mixture……it goes on and with sweet version can use plain flour with milk,jaggery,banana,coconut……so give it a try….they are so cute and can be served as snack or breakfast….sooo…Go get your Pans Ready…..you’ll regret for not doing it so…all these days….Years….like me..This is called by many names…Paddu,Appe,Gulittu,Pongadalu,Gundponglu,Guliappa…paniyaram…Guntha Ponganalu…in telugu.

Lets do this…all you need is



Dosa Batter  – 1 cup nicely fermented  and slightly thick

Chana dal/Garbanzo – 2 tbsps soaked

Green chilli – 1 deseeded and finely minced

Curry leaves – few finely chopped

Onion – 1 med finely chopped

Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1/4 tsp


Baking soda – a pinch

Oil – for preparation

We need this Paniyaram Pan

Paniyaram Pan


Take the mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients to dosa batter and keep.

Pour 1/4 tsp of oil into each slot and place on the heat,as it gets hot pour the prepared batter with a medium teaspoon into each and keep the flame med to low.

As they brown  they move easily,use a wooden skewer and turn each one slowly to cook the other side drop a few drops of oil through the sides and when browned remove with the skewer by just pressing in and lifting up…they are done.

Ponganalu in the Pan


Make in batches…Serve hot with your fav chutney…See Chutney recipes in the Chutneys and Pickles Category

Savoury Paniyaram

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

This is a colourful and refreshing rice dish.easy to prepare and stays good and fresh  for a longer period of time,hence considered as travel food.The fresh lemon smell is so appetizing to the taste buds.

Fresh Lemons


Cooked rice – 1 big bowl cooled well

Lemon – 1 small or half of a large one


Turmeric powder – 1.4 tsp

Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Peanuts/Groundnuts – a handful

red chillies – 2 slit

Green chillies – 2 sliced

Curry leaves – 1 sprig


Take a big bowl and place rice add salt and squeeze lime juice to the rice bowl and mix gently.

Place a kadai and heat oil fry peanuts and keep aside,mow add mustard and urad dal,chana dal,and fry 2 mins,then add all the other ingredients and fry 2 mins add turmeric and turn off heat.

Add this and peanuts to the lemon rice and combine well.

Lemon Rice garnished with lemon Butterflys

Instant Homemade Vegetable Semolina Dosa

Instant Semolina Dosa


Semolina/Bombay Rawa/Sooji – 1 cup

All purpose flour – 1 cup

Baking soda – 3 pinches

Salt – 1/2tsp

Cumin/Jeera – 1/4 tsp

Pepper – 1/6 tsp

Water – 3 cups

Yoghurt – 1/2 cup


Mix all the above ingredients well and keep for 1/2 hour to get the semolina soaked well.

Add water if necessary and mix well to get the right consistency.

Dosa Batter

For Veg Mix

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Curry leaves – few chop finely

Fresh coriander – a handful – finely chopped

Carrot – finely grated 1/2 cup

Mix all the above well and keep.

mix veg

Heat a griddle or tawa and apply oil or cooking spray and mix the batter again and pour a laddle ful and spread dosa,and sprinkle the prepared vegetable mix,press slightly and  sprinkle oil and let brown.

Turn the dosa and fry the other side also and serve hot with your fav chutney.

Semolina Dosa

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