January 24, 2023

Set Dosa | Set Dose (variation 2)

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 Set dosa is one of the most loved breakfast in Karnataka.  Though the basic ingredients remain the same,there are some mild variations used by various restaurants that make them a speciality .

My mom had learnt a recipe from one restaurant cook and I have been following that primarily all these years to make Set Dosas at home . To check out my Mom's variant click here

Recently, my cousin Kalyani who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds posted a Millet Set Dosa which prompted me to look up her recipe of The Regular Set Dosa and I found that it was slightly different from my recipe and  I went ahead and made Set Dosas with her proportion and needless to say everyone at home liked it. They were just spongy and so soft that it was a melt in mouth experience. I have followed her recipe to the 'T' and no changes at all . 

I served these cotton soft set dosas with Aloo Sagoo and Coconut Chutney the way it is served in most restaurants here in Bangalore . Chutney Pudi is of course our family favorite and we cannot imagine having our Dosas without Molagapudi.  Click on the recipe names above for detailed method of preparation. 


2 cups idli rice 
1 cup whole udad dhall (udad dal gota)
1/4 cup beaten rice /Poha 
1/4 sabudana /jawwarsi 
 2 tsp channa dal
1 tsp methi seeds 
salt to taste 


  • Wash the idli rice and udad dal 3 or 4 times until the water is clear .
  • Sift the beaten rice once and wash it thoroughly under the colander .
  • Soak the idli rice , udad dhall, beaten rice, Sabudana ,methi seeds in sufficient water for 3 to 4 hours .
  • After the soaking Time,  grind the ingredients in a wet grinder or blender until you get a smooth batter . Batter must have the consistency of Dosa batter, neither too thick nor too runny . I prefer the wet grinder as the yield is more compared to  the blender method .
  • Add salt, beat it well once with your hands . The warmth from our hands induces good aeration and helps the batter to ferment well.
  • Allow the batter to ferment in a warm place for 8 to 10 hrs .

  • To prepare the dosas ,heat the tawa , drop a ladle of the batter and donot spread too much. The set  Dosa has to be slightly thick .
  • The moment you pour the batter on the hot tawa ,you can see lot of pores /holes developing on it.This means your batter is perfect. Just drizzle a few drops of oil and cook covered for 1min.
  • Slowly flip over and cook on the other side for just 10 sec . 
  • If the batter is well fermented, then absolutely no oil is required to cook the dosa.
  • Serve hot with accompaniment of your choice.

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January 19, 2023

Sukku Kaapi | Dry Ginger Herbal drink | Sukku Malli Kaapi

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 Sukku Kaapi is a spicy herbal concoction made from a powder that is prepared by roasting corriander seeds ,pepper ,ajwain (thyme) and some dry ginger or as an alternative dry ginger powder can also be used. 

Sukku Kaapi is also known as Sukku Malli Kaapi in Tamil Nadu . In Tamil, Sukku is Dry Ginger, Malli is Corriander seeds and Coffee is colloquially referred to as Kaapi .

We can store this powder in an airtight container and use it as and when needed .One has to add a spoonful of this powder to boiling water ,simmer for a few mins and   have it warm .

Sukku Kaapi is a mild and soothing drink to keep us warm during chill winters as well as during monsoon . We can sip some sukku kaapi to get relief from sore throat,  mild fever and cold . 

Some more home made wellness drink on my blog

Tulsi Kashayam (Basil Tea)

Herbal Tea


Oma Kashayam (carom tea)

Inji Kashayam (Ginger Tea) 

One can add a little bit of jaggery powder or some honey to give a mild sweetness and this also makes it really palatable . Alternatively panam kalkandu (Palm jaggery) also can be added . In my recipe I have used ginger powder as it was easily available in my pantry .

Preparation time - 5 mins

Cooking Time - 3 to 5 mins

Complexity - Simple 


To make Sukku Kaapi Powder

1/2 cup ginger powder 

1/4 cup corriander seeds

2 tsp pepper

1 tsp ajwain /carom seeds

To make sukku kaapi

1 cup water

2 tsp sukku Kaapi powder

Jaggery or palm candy or honey as per taste 


  • Dry roast the corriander seeds until it feels warm and crisp . In same pan ,roast the pepper and carom seeds .
  • Let it cool for a few mins and then grind into a fine powder in a blender. 
  • Mix the dry ginger powder along with the above spice mix and pass it through a sieve to get fone powder . Store this fine powder in a air tight bottle in the fridge .
  • Shelf life - stays fresh for almost 2 to 3 months is used properly with a dry spoon .

To make sukku Kaapi 

  • Boil a cup of water and add 2 spoonfuls of sukku kaapi powder to it.
  • Simmer for 2 mins
  • Mix jaggery or palm candy sugar and sip it while its warm 
  • If you want to add honey,donot add while the water is boiling. Let it cool down a bit before adding honey .

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January 07, 2023

Paruppu Urundai Mor Kuzhambu/ Lentil balls in spicy yogurt gravy

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Paruppu Urundai Mor Kuzhambu is an authentic and traditional recipe made in most Tamil homes . It is a festive dish and relished by all .  

The lentil dumplings are made by soaking and grinding thoor dhall along with red chillies ,curry leaves and some salt . This ground mixture is then shaped as balls and steamed to be further simmered along with the yogurt gravy until the flavors are absorbed into the urundais.

 Some use a combination of lentils /paruppu to make the urundais while some use just thoor dhall . This time I have used just thoor dhall and a handful of udad dhall to get the softness.  Pair this delicious paruppu urundai more kulambu with a simple vegetable stir fry with coconut gratings and mix along with piping hot rice to have a wholesome and delicious lunch . 

You may also want to try Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu which is a tamarind based gravy for another gastronomic feast .

Onset of January brings about a lot of festivals in India and the best way to enjoy them is by cooking and eating a delicious feast.This month on our food bloggers' group Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge , we are celebrating a festive theme suggested by me . I was partnered with the versatile and fantastic food blogger ,Mayuri ji who has prepared a Holi special Thandai Flavored Rava cake 

Some more lipsmacking and tasty Mor Kuzhambu variations on my blog

Pooshnikaai (ash gourd) Mor Kuzhambu 

Kumbalkkai (ash gourd )Majjige Huli 

Pooshnikaai (ash gourd) Mor Kootu 

Vendakkai (ladies finger)Mor Kuzhambu 

Bonda Mor Kuzhambu 


For the Paruppu Urundais

1/2 cup thoor dhall /split pigeon peas
2 tbsp udad dhall
2 to 3 green chillies 
Few curry leaves 
Salt as needed
Generous pinch of asafoetida

For the Mor Kuzhambu 

250ml thick yogurt 
100 ml water 
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard 
2 to 3 dry red chillies 
fresh curry leaves 
pinch of turmeric 
Pinch of asafoetida 
To grind
 6 to 7 tbsp  fresh grated coconut 
1/2 tsp jeera/cumin 
3 to 4 green chillies 
1 tsp channa dhall /bengal gram
2 tsp dhaniya /corriander seeds
Small piece ginger 


To make the Paruppu Urundais 

  • Wash and soak the lentils in sufficient water for 2 to 3 hrs .
  • Drain the water and grind the lentils along with  chillies ,curry leaves, salt and asafoetida to a fine paste .
  • Make small lemon sized balls out of these and steam it until it is half done . Don't steam until the lentils become hard ,else they won't absorb the flavor of gravy into them . Keeping them half cooked helps it remain soft and easy to eat .

To make the Mor Kuzhambu 

  • Soak all the ingredients under the "to grind" section in water for 10 to 15 mins and grind into a fine paste.
  • Whisk the yogurt until is creamy and smooth. 
  • Add in the ground spice paste to the whisked yogurt along with salt and turmeric powder and mix well with water mentioned . Donot add too much water , else the mor kuzhambu will be runny and will split on boiling.
  • Add the steamed lentil dumplings to the mor kuzhmabu as soon as it starts frothing up.Simmer for a few mins and turn it off. 
  • Prepare a tempering of mustard seeds, dry red chillies and fresh curry leaves in oil and pour it over the mor kuzhambu.