Coriander leaves stem Rasam Recipe

The stems of any of the leaves used in seasoning impart a fragrance which is unmistakable. Be it curry leaves or coriander, when added to a pot of boiling Rasam or Sambhar, add to it’s taste. Here I have used the stems of Coriander leaves to make a delicious Rasam. The other reason is, the price of Coriander leaves has sky rocketed because of the Lock down. Making the best use of whatever available.

Ingredients :

Stems of a medium sized bunch of Coriander leaves

1 tsp Tamarind paste

1 tsp pepper powder

10 garlic flakes crushed

1 tsp Jeera/ Cumin seeds

1 tbsp oil

1 dry red chilly

A big pinch of Haldi/ Turmeric powder

1/4 tsp Hing/Asafoetida

2 sprigs curry leaves

2 sprigs of Coriander leaves


Method :

Wash the stems well. Drop them into a pan along with a litre of water. Add the tamarind paste, salt, pepper powder and the crushed garlic. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the Jeera and after it splutters add the Hing, red chilly and the curry leaves. Toss. Drop in the Haldi and immediately pour the seasoning into the boiling Rasam. Boil till it is reduced to three fourth of a litre. Switch off. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or, as an appetizer.

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Dry Gobi Manchurian Recipe

Gobi/Cauliflower Manchurian is a very popular starter in India. Though it is from the Chinese Cuisine, Indians have adapted it to suit their plate. It can be made dry and served as a starter or the one with gravy is usually an accompaniment to Vegetable fried rice.

Ingredients :

20 bite sized florets of Cauliflower

200 gms Maida/APF

5 tbsps Corn flour

6 tbsps Dark Soya Sauce

6 tbsps Tomato ketchup

2 inch piece of Ginger grated

15 cloves of Garlic grated

9 green chillies slit into two

2 onions sliced

1/2 tsp pepper powder

Finely chopped coriander leaves


Oil to fry the florets


Wash the florets well. Make a batter of pouring consistency of the Maida, cornflour and a pinch of salt. Heat oil in a pan. Dip the florets into the batter and fry them till they are done. Keep aside. Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a pan. Add the sliced onions, ginger, garlic and slit green chillies. Roast till the onions turn translucent. Add the soya sauce and tomato ketchup. Drop in the pepper powder and saute well. Add the finely chopped coriander. Tip in the florets and mix thoroughly. Saute for a couple of minutes and serve hot.

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Cheesy Jalepeno and Garlic squares Recipe

These are truly divine when you feel like a quick snack. Just need a few cheese singles, bread, butter and a dash of Paprika and pepper. Ingredients : 4 slices of Bread 4 Cheese singles ( I had the Jalepeno and garlic ones) Unsalted butter Paprika, oregano and pepper according to taste Method: Butter the slices on both sides. Heat the skillet/tava and place all four on it. Toast to a nice golden brown. Flip. Place the cheese singles, sprinkle some paprika, oregano and pepper and allow the slice to brown on the other side too. Serve as is or with Tomato ketchup. Copyright © 2020 by Vinaya Prabhu. All rights reserved.


Sandwich Dhokla Recipe

I had a couple of Gits instant Dhokla packets which I had picked up as an after thought before lock down. One was a Khaman Dhokla mix and the other a Khatta Dhokla. Decided to make some sandwich Dhokla by steaming both together separated by a layer of all purpose Chutney. Ingredients : 1 Packet of Instant Khaman Dhokla mix 2 Packet of Instant Khatta Dhokla mix 2 tbsps of all purpose Chutney Oil to grease the plate Method: Copyright © 2020 by Vinaya Prabhu. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2020 by Vinaya Prabhu. All rights reserved. Keep a pan with water boiling ready. Grease a large plate with a tbsp of oil and place it over a trivet in the pan. Open the Gits Khaman Dhokla mix and follow instructions on the packet. Pour the batter into the plate. Cover and steam for twelve minutes. Pierce with a tooth pick to check if its done. If done, apply a thick layer of All Purpose Chutney on the steamed Dhokla. Open the Khatta Dhokla Mix and again follow the instructions on the packet. Pour the batter over the layer of chutney very gently so that it is evenly spread all over the steamed Khaman Dhokla. Cover and steam for five minutes. Open, and sprinkle with some chilly and pepper powder , cover and steam for another seven minutes. Again check to see if done. Remove from flame . Set aside. Allow to cool for a while. Cut into pieces of desired size. Serve with all purpose Chutney. Copyright © 2020 by Vinaya Prabhu. All rights reserved.

Veg Lollipop Recipe

These vegetarian Lollipops are very popular as starters or when the children are hungry. Easy to make and in goes a large dose of vegetables for children who are fussy eaters. These can be baked too, but of course the real taste lies in frying them!


  • 3 large potatoes pressure cooked
  • 1 carrot grated
  • A fistful of cooked peas
  • 10 French beans minced
  • 6 slices of bread
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 6 green chillies
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 tsps finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera/ Cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsps bread crumbs
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying.


Peel and mash the potatoes well. Drop in the grated carrot, minced French Beans and the cooked peas. Gently mash everything together. Grind the ginger,green chillies and garlic to a coarse paste. Add it to the mashed vegetables along with the lemon juice, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and coriander powder. Mix thoroughly. Finally add the salt. Mix and mould them into desired shape. Roll the lollipops into the bread crumbs and refrigerate for about 15 mnts. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the lollipops two or three at a time and fry them on a medium flame to a golden brown. Serve with tomato ketchup and mint Chutney.

You can use tooth picks to hold the lollipops or can serve them as is.

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Schezwan Idli Dry Recipe

Previous day’s Idlis always turned into an Upma or were roasted with Molgapudi. Today with the advent of fast food and leanings towards Chinese Cuisine, children always look for a change. So here are yesterday’s Idlis in their new Avatar of Shezwan Idli Dry.

Ingredients :

  • 4 Leftover Idlis
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps Shezwan sauce
  • 2 tbsps Tomato ketchup
  • 12 tsp Kashmiri Chilly powder
  • 9 flakes of garlic
  • 2 medium sized spring onions
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 Capsicum
  • 2 tbsps oil.
  • 1 tsp finely chopped spring onion greens for garnish.

Method :

Cut the Idli into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle Corn flour, pepper powder and salt and mix well. Heat one tbsp oil and roast them to a crisp. Slice the onion and spring onions along with the leaves. Slice the Capsicum lengthwise. Grate the ginger. Heat the remaining one tbsp oil in a pan. Tip in the grated garlic and roast for a minute. Add the sliced onions along with the leaves and sauté on a high flame continuously till the onions turn translucent. Add the Shezwan sauce, Tomato ketchup and Kashmiri chilly powder. Toss well. Drop in the roasted Idli pieces and mix thoroughly. Garnish with finely chopped spring onion leaves and serve immediately.

Note: Leftover Idlis work best for this recipe as the fresh ones are too soft and may break apart when being roasted.

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Carrot and Sesame Salad Recipe

This is a recipe shared by my dear friend Renu Kulkarni. Easy to make and absolutely delicious. Children who don’t like carrots will finish them off in a jiffy!

Ingredients :

  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp coriander leaves
  • Salt

Method :

Scrape the carrots. Wash and slice them thinly into long strips. Dry roast the Sesame seeds till they splutter. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the carrots and stir fry them on a high flame for a couple of minutes. Add sugar and salt. Toss well. Tip it into a platter, drizzle with Lemon juice and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and toasted sesame seeds.

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Tikklet Recipe

After making the Stuffed Snake gourd and the Sweet potato fritters, the filling of the Stuffed Snake gourd and the batter of the Sweet potato fritters was left over. I was just thinking what to do with the little of each which was left, when a thought struck me. Why not combine both and make it into a tikki or cutlet? Well… It was neither a tikki nor a cutlet so called it Tikklet. 😁

Ingredients :

The ingredients are the left overs of both the recipes, links to which are given below.

Stuffed Snake Gourd Fritters Recipe

Sweet Potato Fritters Recipe – 2

Method :

Combine the ingredients of both the above mentioned recipes and mix thoroughly. Add some finely chopped Coriander leaves and onions, pat them into shape and deep fried them to a golden brown. Serve with Tomato ketchup or a mint chutney.
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Bhindi Kurkure/ Okra Fry Recipe

Bhindi Kurkure can be enjoyed as a snack or as an accompaniment. Thin slivers of Okra sprinkled with spices and deep fried to a crisp are amazingly delicious and crunchy!

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Bhindi/Okra
  • 1 tbsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp Haldi /Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Jeera /Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Hing/asafoetida (Optional)
  • Juice of half a Lemon
  • 2 tbsps Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsps Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying the Okra.

Method :

Wash and thoroughly pat dry the Okra. Snip off both ends. Slice it in the centre vertically into two. Remove the seeds and slice the Okra into long strips. Tip it into a bowl. Drop in the Lemon juice and mix well. This prevents stickiness. Sprinkle the Chilly, Turmeric, Coriander and Cumin powders. Tip in the Asafoetida and the chopped coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly. Add the Besan and Rice flour and see to it that the Okra strips are coated well. Keep aside for a couple of minutes. Divide into three to four portions. Meanwhile heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add salt to one portion of the Okra, mix and sprinkle it into the hot oil. Fry on a high flame till it turns golden yellow and then lower heat and fry till crisp. Finish off similarly with the remaining portions of the Okra. Deep fry the curry leaves, gently crush them with your fingers and mix them well with the fried Okra. Drain on a Paper towel and serve hot.

Note: The salt is added to the Okra and spice mixture just before frying to prevent it from releasing water.

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Chutney Sandwich Recipe

Chutney sandwiches are a favourite with children and elderly alike. They can be served as appetizers, packed in the children’s lunch box or make for a quick snack. You can also pile in some vegetables and cheese and make a meal of it! The Recipe Link to the All purpose Chutney is given below.

All purpose Chutney, Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 1 Loaf of Bread
  • Butter
  • All purpose Chutney

Method :

Trim the crust of the slices of bread. Butter them thinly with either home made or store bought butter. Apply a thin layer of All purpose Chutney. Place the slices together and cut into triangles. Serve with Tomato Ketchup.
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