Vegetable Biryani | Special Lunch Thali ~ Step by Step

>>  Thursday, May 31, 2012

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I thought I must at least make another thali before this month ends, for making it to the Indian Thali Mela. I have really enjoyed making these thalis and the many thalis that so many bloggers have made for me. I have always been so attached to the concept of Thalis. Even when I normally don't order a thali in any restaurant, unless until out of need, I always examine my partner's thali with keen interest and try to understand what's on it.

So when I was thinking what I should select as a theme for my Cooking 4 all Seasons' 5 anniversary, I thought the Thali would be a wonderful theme. I was skeptical if others would be willing to leg out so much efforts in cooking up so many dishes on a day and on top picturing it as such.

The rules were quite clear, I wanted the whole dish to be displayed and clicked in one whole picture. Which means we had to think of plates, bowls and other props. To make things more tough, clicking a thali has always been a challenge for me, with those steel plates, katoris, it always shines and not make the food so very attractive in a homely setup.

So to test waters, I proposed this idea to my BM friends, and I was shocked, surprised and pleased that so many came forward to take it up. Can you believe I got about 98 Thalis for the event.

I am so touched that so many took upon them to recreate state specific thalis, writing so much about histories etc.

So as a last minute whim I cooked up this lunch this weekend and I was so happy with the way dishes turned out. Hubby dear was furious that I worked so much, I was able to pacify him with good food.


Since we are going to be cooking only Vegetarian Food at home for the next 28 days, I thought I should try out some recipes from Krsna Prasadams. This is a No Onion, No Garlic Recipe

I made Vegetable Biryani, Carrot Tomato Salad, Pakoda Curry, Rasam, Store bought Chocolate Ice Cream.

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Vegetable Biryani


Ingredients Needed:

Rice - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups
Ghee or butter - 1/3 cup
Tomato - 1 large
Ginger, minced - 2 tsp.
Green Chillies - 3
Turmeric a pinch

Salt to taste

Spice Powder

Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Cardomon, Clove, Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Asofoetida a pinch

Mint + Green Chillies - 1/2 tsp

Vegetables:

Carrots - 1/2
Fresh Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Beans - 1/4 cup

Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup

How to make Vegetable Biryani

Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins.

Chop and grind the tomato coarsely. 

Grind ginger, mint, green chillies, in 1/4 cup of water.

Heat a heavy bottomed large vessel. Add ghee and heat the oil in medium heat.

Add the ginger, chillies mixture, slit green chilies and saute for about a minute.

Add tomato and cook in medium high heat for 2 minutes. 

Add the green peas, carrots, beans and cook for 2 minutes. Next add turmeric, asofoetida and fennel, cinnamon mixture and cook for another minute. 

Add water and bring to boil. Drain the water from the rice and add the rice and saute for 3 to 5 minutes in medium heat. 

Add coriander and mint leaves, raisins and nuts. 

Reduce the heat to low. Cover the vessel and cook until the rice is cooked (takes about 1/2 hour to 3/4 an hour depending on the rice).



Vegetable Salad with Carrot, Onion and Tomato

Vegetable Salad
Vegetable Salad with Carrot, Tomato and Onions

Ingredients Needed:

Carrot, grated - 2 long
Onions, grated - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
Green chilies - 1 long
Salt to taste

Grate all the vegetables and toss with green chilies, lemon juice and salt.

This is a wonderful salad that my hubby dear's guru shared and we have been making this for a while.

Sending these for my Indian Thali Mela



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BM 1
Vegetable Biryani with Seeraga Samba
Upma with Leftover Idli | Idli Upma
Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Poli to make Poli
How to Make Aloo Matar
Baked Bread Baskets with Jam n Fruits
Savory stuffed Baked Bread Baskets
Quick Cheese Paratha
Weekly Menu for Kids ~ Week 1
Kid's Delight ~ Holiday Special Round up
How to make Chocolate Ice Cream at Home
How to Make Chocolate at Home | Homemade Chocolate
Biscuits with Chocolate Chip
Chocolate Biscuit | Chocolate Cookies
Khandvi  ~ A tempting Snack from Gujarat
Weekly Menu for Kids ~ Week 2
Chocolate Butter Cookies
Chocolate Coconut Burfi
A Pictorial Celebration of Pongal
Announcing Kid's Delight - Street Food
Nutella Banana Pancake ~ A Pictorial
Health Aspects for Vegetarian Diet
Weekly Menu for Kids ~ Week 3
Vegetable Paratha
Rice Tikkis
Chili Cheese Toast
1 Minute Microwave Eggless Chocolate Cake in Mug
Vanilla Short Cake Eggless -  Quick Nirvana!
Eggless Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Chips
Weekly Menu for Kids ~ Week 4
Kid's Delight ~ Chocolate Feast Round up
Healthy Moong Dal Roti

BM 2 - Kid Friendly Dishes
Garlic Pull-Apart Rolls | Paneer Mint Pull-Apart Rolls
Dahi Papdi Chat Recipe
Dahi Samosa Chat Recipe
Alasandalu Carrot Vada | Black Eyed Peas with Carrot
Bombay Grilled Sandwich | Bombay Sandwich
Ragda Patties | Aloo Tikki Chat
Gujarati Dal from Sukham Ayu

BM 3 - Kid Friendly Dishes
Masala Mirchi Bajji | Mirchi Bajji with Masala
Masala Cut Mirchi ~ Street Food
Tawa Aloo Sandwich
Pappula Boorellu - Fried Gram Dumplings
Andhra Dosa - Attulu, Cone Dosa
Kanchipuram Dosa
Navaratna Onion Uttappam


BM 4 - Diabetes Diet/Management Group 1
Oats Rava Idli
Jowar Drink
Jowar Vegetable Soup
Cardiovascular Complications due to Diabetes - Part 1
Cardiovascular Complications due to Diabetes - Part 2
Ragi Drink  | Finger Millet Drink
Whole Green Moong Dal Rice Porridge | Pasipayar Ven Pongal


BM 4 -Condiment Group 2
Pudina Podi | Mint Spice powder
Karivepaku Podi | Spiced Curry Leaf Powder
Watermelon Seeds Spice Powder | Tarbooj Podi
Curry Leaves Pickle | Karivepaku Uragaya
Vatteppam - Vattayappam
Chutney Powder with Curry Leaves, Coriander leave
Sorakaya Thokku Pachadi | Bottle Gourd Peel Chutney


BM 4 - 30 minutes meal Group 3
Cauliflower Peas Pulao Recipe
Potato Broad Bean Sambar
Vegetable Poha for a Quick Meal!
Coriander Rice | Kothamalli Sadam
Dosakaya Pappu
Macroni in Tomato Sauce, Indian Style
Mexcian Rice | Cilantro Rice Mexican Style

BM 5 - Group 1 Seven Days of Indian Sweets
Coconut Groundnut Sesame Balls
Carrot Sago Vermicelli Pudding | Carrot Saggubiyam Payasam
Watermelon Rind Halwa | Tarbooj Tokku Halwa
Microwave Gulabi Phirni | Rose Flavored Rice Pudding
Rice Flour Laddos | Biyam Pindi Laddos
Flattened Rice Pudding with Jaggary | Atukulu Bellam Annam

BM 5 - Group 2 Curry in a Hurry under 30 mins
Cauliflower Potato Curry with Poppy Seed Flavour |
Brinjal Kurma | Vankaya Kurma
Gobi Dum Recipe | Dum Ka Gobi | Cauliflower Dum Curry
Dalcha Recipe | How To Make Dalcha
Karnai Kizhangu Puli Kuzhambu | Kanda Gadda Pulusu
Pindi Miriyam ~ Special from Andhra
Sorakaya Masala Kura | Bottle Gourd Curry in Groun

BM 5 - Group 3 Seven Days of Summer Coolers
How to make Watermelon Granita Step by Step Recipe
How to Make a Chocolate Banana Smoothie
How to make Milk Ice Cream | Pal Ice, Indian Style
Mango Ice Cream Recipe | Homemade Mango Ice-Cream
Chocolate Pudding
Custard with Fruits | Fruit Salad with Custard

BM 6 - Mini Bites for Kids
Bread Roll
Palak Poori | Spinach Puri
Eggless Butterless Banana Chocolate Muffins
Ajwain Mini Samosa with Onion | Mini Samosa
Cheese Toast with Thyme, Red Chili Flakes and Roasted Onions
Eggless Banana Pancake
Onion Tomato Sandwich with Sambar powder


BM 6 - One theme per day
Avarakkai Paruppu Usili
How to make Ragi Malt at Home
Mixed Flour Ribbon Pakoda
Vegetable Biryani Recipe
Mexican Salad | Carrot Raisin Walnut Pineapple Salad
Mini Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Glaze
Eggless Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffin with Flaxseed\

BM 7 - Cooking from the back Pack
Ajwain Ka Paratha - Parathas Flavored with Carom Seeds
Spicy Tomato Macaroni with Cheese | Curried Macaroni
Vermicelli Vegetable Biryani
Vegetable Biryani
Homemade Chocolate Recipe 2
How to make Chhole Masala
Kesar Kulfi

BM 7 - Crunchy Snacks for Kids
Jeera Biscuits | Cumin Cookies
Savory Cheese Crackers | Savory Cookies with Cheese
Onion Crackers Recipe | Baked Savory Onion Crackers
Nankhatai | How to make Nan khatai
Microwave Roasted Spicy Almond
Baked Masala Peanuts
Oven Baked Potato Chips | Homemade Potato Wafers

BM 8 - Cooking without Fire
Hung Curds Sandwich | Sandwich with Hung Curds Dip
How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter | Homemade Peanut Butter
Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream
Banana Delight
Chocolate Marie Biscuit Balls aka Tsunamika Cake
Masala Peanut Chat
Chocolate dipped Fruit Pops | Fake Chocolate Fondue

BM 8 - Combo theme of 3 & 4 posts each (3 day of Microwave Cooking and 4 days of Condiments)
Microwave Tomato Pulao | Tomato Pulav Recipe
Microwave Milagai Podi | Molaga Podi | Dry Chutney Podi
Pudina Chutney | How to make Mint Chutney in Microwave
Baingan Ka Bharta | How to make Baigan Ka Bhartha
Garlic Chutney spread for Masala Dosa
Red Bell Pepper Tomato Chutney
Siru keerai Chutney

BM 9 - Indian Festival Food
Moong Dal Laddu | How to make Pesara Pappu Ladoo
Pesara Karapusa | Moong Dal Ompodi / Sev
Badam Katli | How to make Badam Katli in Microwave
Chum Chum Recipe | How to make Cham Cham
Thattai Recipe | How to make Thattai
Chandrakanthalu Recipe | How to make Chandrakantha
Besan Ki Burfi | How to make Besan Ki Barfi in Microwave

BM 9 - Dressing up Leftovers for Kids
Leftover Idlis with Spice Powder in Microwave
Leftover Rice Pakodas
Leftover Chapati Pizza
Paratha with leftover dal
Leftover Vegetable Cutlet
Sweet Poli with Badam Katli | Cashew Almond Nuts Poli
Shahi Tukra Recipe | How to make Shahi Tukda

BM 10 - Preps and Preserves
How to prep / clean Snakegourd or Pudalankai
How to store Coconut | Ready to use Coconut Paste, Grated Coconut
How to Preserve Amla in Honey | Amla in honey preserve
How to peel Ridge gourd | Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
How to make Chilli Flakes | How to roast peanuts in microwave
How to Store Curry Leaves? | Preserve Curry Leaves
How to Freeze Beans - Fresh Pigeon Pea / Toor Dal

BM 10 - Lunch Box Recipes
Mixed Vegetable Kurma ~ Madras Style | Mixed Vegetable Kurma
Seppankilangu Puli Kulambu | Colocasia Curry in Tamarind Sauce
Soya Vegetable Biryani | Soya Chunks Biryani Rice
Keerai Paruppu Masiyal | Thotakura Pappu
Mutter Paneer Recipe | Matar Paneer Recipe With Tomato Biryani
Pappu Pulusu – Pappu Charu Andhra Style
Vazhakkai Roast Recipe, Paruppu Sambar

BM 11 - Lunch Box Ideas
Cauliflower Dum Biryani | Gobi Dum Biryani Recipe
Cashew Tomato Gravy | Fried Cashews in thick Tomato Sauce
Paruppu Kulambu ~ Paruppu Kuzhambu | Simple Aloo Roast
Simple Aloo Roast
Fresh Toor, Peanut, Mocha Kurma
Chole Recipe | Chole for Bhature
Sprouted Navaratna dal with Paneer Curry
Chayote with Moong Dal | Chow Chow Pesara pappu

BM 11 - Mix n Match (Preps and Preserves with Bihari special dishes)
How to make Rusk
How To Make Bread Crumbs
How to Freeze or Store Pre-cooked food
How to Blanch Tomatoes | Prepping Tomatoes in Different ways
Saffron Vegetable Biryani | Zafrani Sabzi Biryani
Chana Dal Bihari Style | Dal with Chana Dal
Gobi Matar Masala | Gobi Matar Curry

BM 12 - Seven Days of Chocolate
Easy Fudge Recipe in Microwave
Eggless Microwave Brownie with Nutella
Eggless Chocolate Melting Moments
Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies with Yogurt and Brown Sugar
Eggless Chocolate Molten Lava Cake | Molten Lava Cake
Eggless Brownies
Eggless Chocolate Cookies

BM 12 - Something Sweet for Kids
Butter Cookies | Eggless Butter Biscuits
Sajja Pelaalu Laddu | Bajra Laddus
Maida Rolls | Maida Balls with coated Sugar
Nuvullu Kajjikayalu or Nuvulla Karjikayalu
Apple Halwa ~ Two ways!
Homemade Chocolate Recipe 3 | How to make Chocolate at home
Chocolate Kulfi Recipe | How to make Chocolate Kulfi

BM 13 - Easy Lunch Box recipes for Kids - Rice
Capsicum Rice
Chana (Chole) Masala Rice
Pomegranate Rice | Pomegranate Rice Recipe
Aloo Rice ~ Aloo Roast Rice | Potato Rice
Carrot Rice | Spicy Carrot Rice
Sweet Corn Chat Rice | Sweet Corn Fried Rice
Tomato Fried Rice with Paneer

BM 13 - Seven Days of Kabab
Paneer Tikka Kabab | Grilled Paneer Tikka
Mixed Dal Kabab | Indian Lentil Kebab
Rajma and Sweet Corn Kabab | Kidney Beans Sweet Corn Kebabs
Bhutte ke hare Kabab | Corn and Spinach Kabab
Paneer Aloo Sheekh kebab | Paneer Potato Seekh Kabab
Grilled Cauliflower Masala | Grilled Gobi Masala
Green Peas Sheek Kebab | Green Peas Seekh Kabab

BM 14 - Seven Days of Dosas
Maida Coconut Dosa | Instant Maida Dosa with Coconut
Davanagere Benne Dosa | Karnataka Style Masala Dosa
Wheat Flour Urad dal Dosa | Vegan Whole Wheat and Lentil Crepe
Perumal Koil Dosai | Azhaghar Kovil Dosai
Set Dosa Recipe | How to make Set Dosa
Spinach Dosa | Palak Dosa
Neer Dosa - Pan Polo | Coconut Dosa

BM 14 - Kid's Delight - Easy to make Snacks under 30 mins
Caramel Popcorn
Chocolate Brownie | How to make Chocolate Brownie
Grilled Idli Sandwich | Recipe with Leftover Idli batter
Eggless Banana Cake | Eggless Banana Fruits and Nuts Cake
Onion Samosa | Onion Mini Samosa | Ullipaya Samosa
Pasta Pakora | Pakoda with Pasta
Chocolate Cake Paniyaram | Eggless Chocolate Stovetop Cake

BM 15 - Indian Thalis
Andhra Thali ~ Mudda Pappu, Bendakaya Vepudu
Chow Chow Sambar
Oats Upma
Fried Naan | Khameeri Roti
Maida Pakoda | Maida Onion Pakoda
Shahi Matar Capsicum Sabji
Methi Puri - Methi Poori

BM 15 - Recipes from Indian Thalis
Methi Kofta in Spicy Dal | Dal with Methi Kofta/a>Methi Carrot Pulao Recipe
Carrot Kheer | How to make Carrot Payasam
Semiya Saggubiyam Payasam | Semolina Sago Porridge
Paneer Payasam | Paneer Kheer
Raw Banana Fry / Plantain fry / Valakkai Poriyal
Mottikaya Thalimpu | Cluster Beans Dry Saute

BM 16 - Shelf friendly dishes ~ Chutneys, Spice powders
Allam Pachadi (Ginger Chutney) 2
Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi 3 | Rigde Gourd Peel Chutney
Chinna Vengaya Chutney | How to make Spicy Small Onion Chutney
Homemade Mango Chutney
Pappula Podi / Putnala Pappu Podi
Tindora Chutney, Dondakai Pachadi | Dondakaya Chutney
Goddukaram / Goddu Karam ~ Fiery Red Chili Powder

BM 16 - Combo ~ Indian Thali, Condiment  and Show your Breakfast
Mango Rice | Manga Sadam | Maamidikaaya Pulihora
Neyyappam | Nei Appam Recipe
Mulaikeerai Thandu Kootu | Keerai Thandu Kootu
Dosakaya Pachadi | Dosakaya Chutney
Tinda Kootu | Tinda Curry
Beetroot Rasam
Idli, Meddu Vada, Hotel Sambar ~ South Indian Breakfast

BM 17 - Deep Fried Vadas/ Fritters

Mixed Dal Vada | Mixed Dal Masala Vada
Dahi Vada Recipe | Dahi Wada
Mixed Vegetable Pakora Recipe | Mixed Vegetable Pakoda

BM 17 - Cooking with Flowers
Saffron Rice | Saffron Pulao
Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa
Almond Saffron Drink | Kesar Badam Milk

BM 17 - Indian Sweets - Payasam or Halwas
Aval Payasam | Atukula Payasam
Rice Kheer | Annam payasam
How to make Suji Halwa | Sooji Ka Halwa

BM 17 - Cooking with Ready made stuff
Burgers with Ready to Cook Food
Hotel Sambar | Tiffin Sambar
Vangi Bath | Brinjal Rice | Kathrikai Sadam

BM 18 - Indian Basics
How to make Biryani Masala Powder
Homemade Curry Paste 1 | Everyday Indian Curry Paste
Panch Phoran ~ Bengali Spice Mix

BM 18 - Dry Vegetable Sautes
Beans Carrot Poriyal Tamil Style | Carrot Beans Stir Fry
Cabbage Moong Dal Fry | Goes Poriyal
Panch Phoran Aloo | Potatoes tempered with Panch Phoran

BM 18 - Stuffed Dishes
Potato Stuffed Karela Curry | Aloo Stuffed Karela Curry
Stuffed Pepper Pakora | Aloo Stuffed Pepper Pakoda
Stuffed Paneer Kulcha | How to make Paneer Stuffed Kulcha

BM 18 - Biryani/Pulao
How to make Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani
Paneer Biryani | How to make Paneer Dum Biryani
Rajma Biryani | How to make Rajma Biryani

BM 19 - Cooking from BM Blogs (Vaishali's Blog)
Matar Aloo ka Nimona | Peas Potato Gravy in Awadhi Style
Paneer Lajawab
Balti Paneer

BM 19 - Gourmet Gravies
Malai Kofta
Paneer Makhani
Peshawari Chana

BM 19 - Cooking with Greens
Thotakura Undallu | Amaranth Dumplings
Coriander Pulao | Kothamalli Pulao
Methi Aloo Sabji | Methi Aloo Sukha Subzi

BM 19 - 30 Minute Meal
Sabudana Khichdi | Sago Khichdi
Masoor Dal Tadka | Tarka Daal Fry with Masoor Dal
Stuffed Carrot Paratha with Aloo Subji

BM 20 - Delicious Dal
Tomato Venchina Pappu | Fried Dal with Tomatoes
Dal Makhani Recipe 2, Nilgiri Style
Kali Dal

BM 20 - Recipes with Spreads
Mixed Fruit Spread on Toast
Pandu Mirapakaya Karam Dosa
Homemade Pizza Recipe | How to make Pizza from Scratch

BM 20 - Cooking with Onions
Onion Kulchas
Onion Rice | Vengaya Sadam
Onion Rasam | Vengaya Rasam

BM 20 - Low Fat/Low Cal Break fast
Bajra Aloo Roti
Potato Mint Sandwich | Aloo Pudina Sandwich
Instant Dhokla in 3 Minutes | Microwave Dhokla

BM 21  - Combo using Moong Dal
Bermi Parathas
Gujarati Moong Dal Dhokla
Moong Dal Vada

BM 21  - Kid's Delight -  Let's Party Anniversary Special
3 Minute Microwave Nutella Chocolate Brownie
Simple Microwave Chocolate Cake in Microwave
Apple Chocolate Microwave Brownie ~ Vegan Chocolate Brownie

BM 21  - Kid's Delight - Healthy makeover
How to Make Baked Samosas | Baked Samosa Recipe


BM 21  - Navaratri Special
Jaggary Rice Dumpling / Bellam Ponganalu
Yellow Moong Dal Halwa | Pesarapappu Halwa
Pesara Punukulu | Moong Dal Fritters, Perugu Pesara Punukulu

BM 22 - Diwali Special
Cashew Besan Burfi
Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Chocolate Pista Roll

BM 22 - Cooking with Chickpea
Pindi Chana Wrap | Pindi Channa Roll ~ Kid friendl
Stuffed Chana Puffs | Calzone with Indian Style Ch
Katori Chat with Channa | Baked Savory Tarts with

BM 22 - Pakodi Masti
Potato Pakoda Recipe | Aloo Pakoras
Masala Peanuts with Ragi Flour | Verusenaga Ragi Pakodas
Rava Pakoda | Onion Potato Rava Pakodi

BM 22 - Cooking from a TV Drama Show
Aloo Matar Sabji | Potato Peas Curry
Bedmi Poori | How to make Bedmi Poori
Katti Dal, Jeera Rice

BM 23 - Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes & Muffins
Eggless Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Brownie Muffin
Eggless Chocolate Carrot Muffin

BM 23 - Carrots in 3 different ways
Carrot Salad | Carrot and Dates Salad with Peanut
Carrot Dry Fruits Burfi | Carrot Dry Fruits Fudge
Carrot Pickle | Gajar Ka Achar

BM 23 - Christmas Special
Eggless Rose Cookies | Achu Muruku
Gavvalu | Teepi Gavvalu
Pesara Janthikalu | Moong Dal Muruku

BM 23 - Kid's Delight - Desserts
Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake
Eggless Bread Pudding Recipe
Chocolate Splurge | Chocolate Cone with Whipped Cream

BM 24 - Gravies from 3 different states
Mixed Vegetable Korma in Pressure Cooker
Shahi Paneer
Nawabi Dal | Kaali Dal

BM 24 - Kid's Delight - Desserts
Eggless Caramel Custard
Eggless Microwave Chocolate Muffin all in 2 Minute
Microwave Eggless Chocolate Cake

BM 24 - Cooking from a Restaurant Menu
Paneer Achari | Achari Paneer
Aloo Chutney Pulao | Potato with Green Chutney Pulao
Tandoori Aloo Recipe

BM 24 - Cooking with Kitchen Electric appliance
Vegetable Biryani in Rice Cooker

BM 25 - Basics
How to Caramelize Sugar | Caramelized Sugar
How to make Ganache | Easy Chocolate Ganache
Homemade Cream Cheese | How to make Cream Cheese

BM 25 - Kids Lunch Box Recipes
Gajar Matar Pulao | Carrot Peas Rice
Aloo Matar Ka Pulao | Potato Peas Rice
Kabuli Pulao | Channa Pulao

BM 25 - Back to Hostel Food
Peanut Chikki | Kadalai Mittai
Chocolate Toffee | How to make Toffee with Chocolate
Mullu Muruku | Thenzulal 3

BM 25 - BM 25th Silver Jubilee Meet
Blogging Marathon 25th Edition Celebrations ~ Day 1
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Idli, Meddu Vada, Hotel Sambar ~ South Indian Breakfast

>>  Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Today I am going to take full advantage of my own rules and relax with just pictures of what we had for breakfast. It was Idlis with Meddu Vada, Hotel Sambar and chutney, though it was made as well, it's missing in the picture. For a long time, hubby dear has been after me to replace the blog picture with new ones. I have even included that theme in the next BM.

I was surprised that though we make idlis every week, I never thought I should replace them. I am still yet to do it. The basic Idli post has lot of details, tips and discussions with readers. I have been planning to do a step by step post as well, which will be up soon. So then I might come out with the new pictures. This post, however is not about the recipe, rather the memories associated with this wonderful staple to all South Indian families.
South Indian Breakfast
Growing up, I have always professed dislike to this dish, simply to spite my brother. As an eight year old kid, I was bored to death for want of somebody to fight up. I came up with this brilliant idea to pick up a fight with my older brother, who is too sweet and calm for my own good. He was and still is a person, who never raises his voice, unless and until, trust me, is really really provoked to the core. And that happens very rarely too. All my growing up years, I tried my best to do it at every opportunity. If he likes a dish, I made it a point to dislike it, and made things tough for Amma. Plus somehow pick up a fight. To my dismay it never used to happen.

So it was like this, he never touches Idlis, I love it. He likes Ven Pongal and I won't touch it. The list was quite long. For a long time I never tasted Okra stir fry because he loved it. You are reading a person, who had such a dull as a dishwasher childhood, always with imagined fights with siblings. I envied my friends who fought with their siblings and lapped on their stories and wished I had the same.

Of course I grew out of my childhood antics and accepted that I had to live with a brother who was too kind to believe. We miss him whenever we make his favorite dishes, which happens to be almost on everyday basis. He still doesn't like Idlis much, though my sil says he eats because his kids like it.

And my Chinnu has many of his food habits and Amma gushes each time she talks about Chinnu's likes and dislikes and how much he resembles his uncle. The scene is quite comically most times. While Konda, Peddu loves to eat Idlis, Chinnu will not even come close. Same goes to anything to do with breads. He has not even tasted a bit of bread. While first two loves pizzas, burgers, Chinnu will not even touch with a barge! And on top demands that I make something special for him alone as others are having their favorite! That something special always happens to be Maggi.



I always love to eat it mashed and mixed with Amma's Podi this way all crumbled as Upma or completely mashed and mixed with Sambar! You know the quote right, 2 idlis with a bucket Sambar, we keep that true..

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. It's been a while since I rambled and never thought a simple dish like an Idli can get me on so much!

This day next week, Konda will be starting her school. So it's only another week for us to be laid back and enjoying our summer holidays. We will be rushing out to begin a whole new year at school!

That reminds me of my own Summer vacations, how I used to begin each year with loads of Enid Blyton, Famous Five, Nancy Drew books, later to be replaced by Frederick Forsyth, Robin Cook, M&Bs and more serious literary works. I tried my best to get Konda interested in the huge collection I have accumulated over years, she is unable to cross past Tinkle. Of course I can read Tinkle even now, but just saying!

It's been a great fantastic two weeks of Blogging Marathon. And I am left with nostalgic thoughts of ending this session today. We will be beginning a new season of Blogging Marathon next week, which is set to be more exciting as before, if not more!

Recap of BM # 16

Week 1 - Spice powders, Chutneys with Long Shelf life

Allam Pachadi (Ginger Chutney)
Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi 3
Chinna Vengaya Chutney
Homemade Mango Chutney 
Pappula Podi / Putnala Pappu Podi
Tindora Chutney, Dondakai Pachadi
Goddukaram / Goddu Karam

Week 2 - Combo themes with Indian Thalis, Cooking with Colours, Show your Breakfast
Mango Rice | Manga Sadam | Maamidikaaya Pulihora
Neyyappam | Nei Appam Recipe
Mulaikeerai Thandu Kootu
Dosakaya Pachadi | Dosakaya Chutney
Tinda Kootu | Tinda Curry
Beetroot Rasam

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Vegetarian Recipes | Indian Vegetarian Recipes

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How to make Ragi Malt at Home
Almond Saffron Drink | Kesar Badam Milk

Bari - Dried Lentil Dumplings in Oven

Preps and Preserves
How to prep / clean Snakegourd or Pudalankai
How to store Coconut | Ready to use Coconut Paste, Grated Coconut
How to Preserve Amla in Honey | Amla in honey preserve
How to peel Ridge gourd | Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi
How to make Chilli Flakes | How to roast peanuts in microwave
How to Store Curry Leaves? | Preserve Curry Leaves

How to Freeze Beans - Fresh Pigeon Pea / Toor Dal
How to make Rusk
How To Make Bread Crumbs
How to Freeze or Store Pre cooked food
How to Blanch Tomatoes | Prepping Tomatoes in Different ways
How to make Biryani Masala Powder
Homemade Curry Paste 1 | Everyday Indian Curry Paste
Panch Phoran ~ Bengali Spice Mix

Salads
Healthy Snack for Diabetics ~ Chickpea Salad
Pearl Millet Sprouts with Sesame Seeds and Jaggary
Mochai Sundal | Hyacinth Bean or Field bean Salad
Mexican Salad | Carrot Raisin Walnut Pineapple Salad

Soups
Ragi Vegetable Soup | Soup with Finger Millet and Vegetables

Snacks
Chickpea Salad or Sudal
Masala Peanuts
Khaman Dhokla
Jantikalu or Muruku!
Chegodilu / Chekodi
Ribbon Pakoda
Khasta Kachori / Moong Dal Kachori
Sagu Biyyam Muruku / Sago Muruku

Kara Sev
Low Calorie Baked Potato Patty | Easy Aloo Cutlet
Tandoori Paneer Tikka on Stove Top
Khandvi  ~ A tempting Snack from Gujarat
Masala Mirchi Bajji | Mirchi Bajji with Masala
Masala Cut Mirchi ~ Street Food
Bread Pakoda with Aloo Masala Stuffed | Potato Stuffed Bread Pakoda
Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian Dry
Pudachi Wadi | Coriander Rolls

Cholafali ~ Gujarati Farsan Diwali Special dish
Ribbon Pakoda | Ola Pakoda| Nada Kara
Grilled Cauliflower Masala | Grilled Gobi Masala
Sarva Pindi | Ginnappa ~ Andhra Special
Weekend Thali ~ Maida Pakoda | Maida Onion Pakoda
Alasanda Vada Recipe 2 | Bobbarlu Vada
Mixed Dal Vada | Mixed Dal Masala Vada
Dahi Vada Recipe | Dahi Wada
Mixed Vegetable Pakora Recipe | Mixed Vegetable Pakoda
Stuffed Pepper Pakora | Aloo Stuffed Pepper Pakoda

Breakfast
Stuffed Paratha with Greens ~ Diabetic Diet!
Appey or Paniyaram with Jowar Flour/a>Idlis with Wheat Rava / Bansi Rava Idli
Quick and Easy Savory Rava Vermicelli Idli
Pesarattu with Yellow Moong dal
Microwave Grilled Sandwich
Carrot mixed Idlis | Vegetable Idlis
Upma with Leftover Idli | Idli Upma
Andhra Dosa - Attulu
Cone Dosa ~ 101 Dosa Varieti
Appam

Kanchipuram Dosa
Navaratna Onion Uttappam
Gunta Pongadalu - Andhra Style | Paniyaram
Vegetable Poha for a Quick Meal!
Oats Rava Idli | Instant Steamed Cake with Semolina
Whole Green Moong Dal Rice Porridge | Pasipayar Ven Pongal
Bombay Rava Idli | Upma Rava Idli
Bottle Gourd Dosa | Sorakaya dosa
Masala Sweet Corn Chat Open Sandwich
Ragi Dosa | Finger Millet pancake, Indian Style
Lemon Sevai Recipe | Rice Noodles with Lemon
Sarva Pindi | Ginnappa ~ Andhra Special

Maida Coconut Dosa | Instant Maida Dosa with Coconut
Davanagere Benne Dosa | Karnataka Style Masala Dosa
Wheat Flour Urad dal Dosa | Vegan Whole Wheat and Lentil Crepe
Perumal Koil Dosai | Azhaghar Kovil Dosai
Set Dosa Recipe | How to make Set Dosa
Spinach Dosa | Palak Dosa
Neer Dosa - Pan Polo | Coconut Dosa
Grilled Idli Sandwich | Recipe with Leftover Idli batter
Idli, Meddu Vada, Hotel Sambar ~ South Indian Breakfast

Chutney
Quick Tomato Chutney!
Quick Tomato Chutney | Easy Tomato Chutney
Sorakaya Thokku Pachadi | Bottle Gourd Peel Chutne
Pudina Chutney | How to make Mint Chutney in Microwave
Baingan Ka Bharta | How to make Baigan Ka Bhartha
Garlic Chutney spread for Masala Dosa
Red Bell Pepper Tomato Chutney | Roasted Red Capsicum chutney with Tomatoes

Siru keerai Chutney | Tropical Amaranthus Chutney
Garlic Tomato Chutney | Poondu Thakkali chutney
Coconut Mint Chutney Recipe | Pudina Kobbari Pachadi
Mint Coriander Chutney / Pudina Kothamalli Chutney
Allam Pachadi (Ginger Chutney) 2
Beerakaya Thokku Pachadi 3 | Rigde Gourd Peel Chutney
Chinna Vengaya Chutney | How to make Spicy Small Onion Chutney
Homemade Mango Chutney
Tindora Chutney, Dondakai Pachadi | Dondakaya Chutney
Dosakaya Pachadi | Dosakaya Chutney

Spice Powders
Pudina Podi | Mint Spice powder
Karivepaku Podi | Spiced Curry Leaf Powder
Watermelon Seeds Spice Powder | Tarbooj Podi
Chutney Powder with Curry Leaves, Coriander leave
Chinta Chiguru Podi | Spice powder made with Dried
Microwave Milagai Podi | Molaga Podi | Dry Chutney Podi
Usirikaya Podi / Karam | Amla Spice Powder
Pappula Podi / Putnala Pappu Podi
Goddukaram / Goddu Karam ~ Fiery Red Chili Powder

Pickles
Curry Leaves Pickle | Karivepaku Uragaya
Punjabi Mango Pickle

Dry Sautes
Avarakkai Paruppu Usili | Broad Bean with Lentil Dumpling
Vazhakkai Roast Recipe, Paruppu Sambar
Simple Aloo Roast
Raw Banana Fry / Plantain fry / Valakkai Poriyal
Mottikaya Thalimpu | Cluster Beans Dry Saute
Andhra Thali ~ Bendakaya Vepudu
Beans Carrot Poriyal Tamil Style | Carrot Beans Stir Fry
Cabbage Moong Dal Fry | Goes Poriyal
Panch Phoran Aloo | Potatoes tempered with Panch Phoran

Gravies
Punjabi Kadi Pakoras
Kashmiri Dum Aloo – Potato Gravy in Dum
How to Make Aloo Mata
Gujarati Dal
Cauliflower Potato Curry with Poppy Seed Flavour
Brinjal Kurma | Vankaya Kurma
Gobi Dum Recipe | Dum Ka Gobi | Cauliflower Dum Curry

Dalcha Recipe | How To Make Dalcha
Karnai Kizhangu Puli Kuzhambu | Kanda Gadda Pulusu
Pindi Miriyam ~ Special from Andhra
Sorakaya Masala Kura | Bottle Gourd Curry in Ground Masala
How to make Chhole Masala / Channa Masala
Mixed Vegetable Kurma ~ Madras Style | Mixed Vegetable Kurma

Seppankilangu Puli Kulambu | Colocasia Curry in Tamarind Sauce
Mutter Paneer Recipe | Matar Paneer Recipe With Tomato Biryani
Cashew Tomato Gravy | Fried Cashews in thick Tomato Sauce
Fresh Toor, Peanut, Mocha Kurma
Chole Recipe | Chole for Bhature
Sprouted Navaratna dal with Paneer Curry
Gobi Matar Masala | Gobi Matar Curry
Green Papaya Kura | Boppayakaya Kura

Vegetable Saagu Recipe | Mixed Vegetable Saagu for Set Dosa
North Indian Thali ~ Shahi Matar Capsicum Sabji
North Indian Thali ~ Methi Kofta in Spicy Dal | Dal with Methi Kofta/a>Channa Masala | Spicy Chickpea Curry
Beetroot Rasam
Potato Stuffed Karela Curry | Aloo Stuffed Karela Curry

Matar Aloo ka Nimona | Peas Potato Gravy in Awadhi Style
Paneer Lajawab
Balti Paneer
Malai Kofta
Paneer Makhani
Peshawari Chana

Rice Recipes
Quick n Simple Tomato Rice ~ Kids Favorite!
How To Make Ghee Rice in Microwave
Vegetable Biryani with Seeraga Samba
Cauliflower Peas Pulao Recipe
Coriander Rice | Kothamalli Sadam
Mexcian Rice | Cilantro Rice Mexican Style

Vegetable Biryani Recipe
Vegetable Biryani with  Recipe
Microwave Tomato Pulao | Tomato Pulav Recipe
Beetroot Pulao Recipe | Beetroo Pulav
Soya Vegetable Biryani | Soya Chunks Biryani Rice
Cauliflower Dum Biryani | Gobi Dum Biryani Recipe
Saffron Vegetable Biryani | Zafrani Sabzi Biryani
Vegetable Dum Biryani | Soya Chunk Vegetable Dum Biryani
North Indian Thali ~ Methi Carrot Pulao Recipe
Vegetable Biryani
Mango Rice | Manga Sadam | Maamidikaaya Pulihora

Saffron Rice | Saffron Pulao
Vangi Bath | Brinjal Rice | Kathrikai Sadam
How to make Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani
Paneer Biryani | How to make Paneer Dum Biryani
Rajma Biryani | How to make Rajma Biryani
Tomato Biryani | Easy One Pot Tomato Biryani for Kids

Dals
Potato Broad Bean Sambar
Dosakaya Pappu
Moong Dal Sambar | Pasi Paruppu Sambar
Vazhakkai Roast Recipe, Paruppu Sambar
Pappu Pulusu – Pappu Charu Andhra Style
Keerai Paruppu Masiyal | Thotakura Pappu
Paruppu Kulambu ~ Paruppu Kuzhambu | Simple Aloo Roast
Chayote with Moong Dal | Chow Chow Pesara pappu
Chana Dal Bihari Style | Dal with Chana Dal
Mudda Pappu
Chow Chow Sambar
Tinda Kootu | Tinda Curry
Mulaikeerai Thandu Kootu | Keerai Thandu Kootu
Hotel Sambar | Tiffin Sambar

Indian Bread
Multi Grain Paratha with Spinach and Yellow Moong
Healthy Moong Dal Roti
Ajwain Ka Paratha - Parathas Flavored with Carom S
Gobi Paratha | How to make Gobi Paratha
Methi Puri - Methi Poori
Fried Naan | Khameeri Roti
Aloo Anardana Kulcha | How to make Kulcha
Stuffed Paneer Kulcha | How to make Paneer Stuffed Kulcha

Festival Special
Festival Special - Modak, Panchakhadya
Gulab Jamun Recipe 
Ariselu / Aathirasallu
Moong Dal Laddu | How to make Pesara Pappu Ladoo
Badam Katli | How to make Badam Katli in Microwave
Chum Chum Recipe | How to make Cham Cham
Chandrakanthalu Recipe | How to make Chandrakantha

Besan Ki Burfi | How to make Besan Ki Barfi in Microwave
Thattai Recipe | How to make Thattai
Pesara Karapusa | Moong Dal Ompodi / Sev
Thekua ~ Khajur Recipe ~ Bihari Special
Semiya Saggubiyam Payasam | Semolina Sago Porridge
Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa
Aval Payasam | Atukula Payasam
Rice Kheer | Annam payasam
How to make Suji Halwa | Sooji Ka Halwa

Sweets
Gulab Jamun /a>Sunnundalu ~ Urad Dal Laddu!
Banana Halwa
Microwave Besan Ladoo!
Ariselu / Aathirasallu
Ras Malai
Manoharam
Varo – Indian Praline with Mixed Dry fruits
Suruttai Poli - Rolled Poli
Vatteppam - Vattayappam
Godhuma Halwa - Tirunelveli Godhumai Halwa | How to make Godhumai Halwa

Paneer Cake | Eggless Cake with Indian Cottage Cheese
Jalebi Recipe | How to make Jalebi / Jilabi
Sweet Poli with Badam Katli | Cashew Almond Nuts Poli
Shahi Tukra Recipe | How to make Shahi Tukda
Majun ~ Majoon Recipe
Pathir Pheni
Vennai Puttu
Chenna poda / Chhena poda
Sunnundalu with Sugar | Urad Dal Laddu Recipe
Carrot Kheer | How to make Carrot Payasam
Paneer Payasam | Paneer Kheer
Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa
Aval Payasam | Atukula Payasam
Rice Kheer | Annam payasam
How to make Suji Halwa | Sooji Ka Halwa
Patishapta | How to make Pati Shapta

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