Sunday, September 13, 2015

Murukku / Chakkili


Tea times are the time when we search for something crunchy to munch... Murukku / Chakili is one of the famous south indian snack item. This is the first time i am trying my hands on this south speciality...

When i shared the pictures of these with my friends... one of them said it was a tea time torture... its you Juby :)

My mom and dad were so surprised about the outcome as they didn't expect such a perfect looking murukku from a first timer like me.... But belive me it is easy.

If i am able to make it so well then for sure you too can...

Give it a try for sure...

Murukku / Chakkili


2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup Urad dal (dry roasted and powdered)
Cumin 2 tbsp
Asafotedia 1/2 tsp
Butter 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


Dry roast the urad dal and powder it in a blender.

Mix all the ingredients except the oil and make a smooth dough.

Heat the oil for deep frying.

Stuff the dough into the Murukku maker (i used Anjali Idiyappam Maker which i got in india) and start piping the Murukku on a plastic sheet or on a flat laddle. Make 4 - 5 at a time and add them to the hot oil slowly without breaking the shape.

Deep fry till they turn golden brown and crispy and no more bubbles seen.  Drain them and keep on a plate. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Stays crunchy for a long time... Tastes great at anytime... Specially with tea or coffee...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Buckwheat & Egg Spring Salad


Hello everyone, it has been 2 months since i posted something here... the reason was my vacation. Right before my vacations i went on a trip to Armenia and just loved the place and food... If you follow my Facebook Page you will find the Armenian Foodie posts there.

Ok let me get to the subject Grechka means nothing but Buckwheat in armenian. they consume alot of this and i got around 10 kgs while coming back and as iam back from my vacation i planned to play with this new ingredient in my kitchen.

My first recipe was an awesome success with a very picky child who said it was very tasty... 
Not only tasty but the buckwheat is one of the highly healthy ingredient that contains of high nutritional values...

Lets enjoy the healthy and tasty dish...
Here goes the recipe.


2 cups cooked buckwheat
½ cup walnuts, toasted (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 zucchini, sliced
1 cup corn,
4 - 5 basil leaves, sliced (optional, if on hand)
2 boiled eggs, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper


Soak the buckwheat for 4 hours then cook with salt and water till the required consistency is achieved, strain the excess water and set aside.

Dry roast the walnuts if using. They add an extra crunch to the dish.

Add olive oil to a pan and sauté the garlic without changing color then add the zucchini and cook for approx 3 min.

Add the corn and sauté for 2 mins then add the cooked buckwheat, basil leaves, chopped eggs and pepper, check for salt.

Sprinkle the lemon juice and
Toss everything together till combined.