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Ellu Urundai Recipe / Sesame Balls Recipe / Easy and Healthy recipe / Healthy snacks recipe

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Ellu urundai / Sesame Balls is one among the must to prepare during Vinayagar Chaturthi in all south Indian families. Already I have shared a version of Ellu Urundai or sesame balls – which as soft and melt in mouth version and now the other version which is crunchy and chewy. Also, do check out our video – which has both versions of Ellu Urundai together as a special of Vinayagar Chaturthi. Also it is known as Chimli urundai.

CLICK HERE for more Vinayagar Chaturthi recipes and CLICK HERE for more Diwali/Deepavali recipes.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday#185 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Ellu urundai or Sesame laddo is the combination of both ellu /sesame and jaggery. Ellu urundai / Sesame balls has more health benefits as they lower cholesterol level, protect heart health, improves blood pressure, balances hormones, burns fat and so on. And so, they can be consumed anytime as it takes just 5 mins to prepare. Also, this can be prepared in bulks and store in an air-tight container, as it stays fresh for a week. Let me share the recipe…

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Ellu Urundai / Sesame Balls / Crunchy Ellu Urundai recipe

Ingredients:

  • Ellu / Black Sesame / Til seeds – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – ½ cup
  • Water – ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp

Making of Ellu urundai / Sesame Balls –

Preparation:

  • Dry roast sesame / ellu in a heavy bottomed vessel for 2 mins or until it crackles. Roast only in medium flame else the sesame will be burnt and you give a slight bitter taste.
  • Remove it from flame and transfer it to a plate, spread it and let it rest until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Add jaggery and pour water, bring it boil, make sure it reaches the syrup consistency (once you let a drop of syrup to a bowl of water, it should not dissolve) Check out the consistency in the video as the consistency is very important here.
  • Add the sesame seeds to the jaggery syrup, remove it from fire, keep on stirring once in a while for 2 mins or until it thickens and comes to a rolling consistency.
  • Now take a small portion of sesame/ellu and roll it to a ball, let it rest for mins or until it reaches room temperature.
  • Store it in an air-tight container, and it stays fresh for a week.

 

Murungai Keerai Adai Recipe / Drumstick Leaves Adai / Lentil Moringa Leaves Dosa

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Adai is one among the common breakfast and dinner among all south Indian families of Tamil Nadu. It was after my marriage, got to eat adai very first time at my neighbor Ranjini Akka’s house when we were in Malaysia. My hubby likes adai a lot, and this made me to prepare adai. Adai is usually made thick, but I like to have it thin and crispy, so I use to prepare both the version as my hubby likes the thicker ones.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #182 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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Murungai keerai Adai Recipe / Drumstick leaves Adai / Moringa Leaves Dosa

Adai can be prepared using moringa/drumstick leaves or murungai keerai leaves also, just we need to blanch the leaves and add them to the batter and prepare hot hot adai’s and serve it with chutney, sambar and Idli Podi.

Also, adai has too much of health benefits,due to the protein and Iron in it. It an filling breakfast or dinner recipe that can be prepared in minutes.an filling breakfast or dinner recipe that can be prepared in minutes. This is good for pregnant women, mothers and kids. Batter stays fresh for 4 days, when refrigerated without onions. Let me share the recipe…

Do check out my Plain Adai recipe , Adai from Leftover rice, Banana flower Adai recipe / Vazhaipoo Adai recipe, Egg Adai recipe / Mutta Adai.

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice / Pachaarisi – 1 cup
  • Black gram / Ulundam paruppu / Urad dal – ¼ cup
  • Split pigeon peas / Tuvaram paruppu / Toor dal – ¼ cup
  • Split yellow lentils / Pasiparuppu / moong dal – ¼ cup
  • Split chick peas / Kadala paruppu / Channa dal – ¼ cup
  • Drumstick leaves / Murungai keerai / Moringa Leaves – 1 cup (tightly packed)
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Fennel seeds / Perunjeeragam / Sombu – 1 tsp
  • Red chillies – 3 nos
  • Ginger – 1 “inch stick
  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 4 tbsp

Making of Murungai Keerai Adai / Moringa Leaves Dosa / Drumstick leaves Adai –

Preparation:

  • Soak the rice and lentils all together in water for 4 to 5 hrs.
  • Drain the water, transfer the rice and lentils to mixer and add fennel seeds, red chillies, ginger and garlic.
  • Grind them to a smooth or coarse paste by adding water and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Meanwhile separate the moringa/drumstick leaves from the stalk, wash it and boil it for few mins or until the leaves turn dark green in colour.
  • Drain the water and transfer the leaves to the batter, add salt and mix it well.
  • Heat a tawa or griddle, pour a spoonful of batter at the center of the tawa and gently spread it in a circular motion.
  • Drizzle little oil along the sides of the adai, wait until it gets cooked, flip the side and cook on both sides for few mins or until it turns golden brown in color.
  • Remove it from fire and transfer it to a plate.

Serve hot with Sambar, Chutney or Idli Chilli powder

Curry leaves Powder recipe / Karuvepillai (Karuveppilai) Podi recipe

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Curry leaves is a must in Indian cooking, because of health benefits. Curry leaves is consumed in too many forms, mostly as a tempering ingredient in almost all the south Indian dishes, in chutney’s, may be deep fried as crisps along with deep fry like chicken 65, fish fry and so on. There is one more take on this curry leaves as Curry leaves powder commonly known as KARUVEPPILAI PODI in tamil / Karibevu pudi in Kannada.

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Curry leaves powder recipe / Karuvepillai podi recipe

This curry leaves powder / Karuveppilai Podi can be served along with steamed rice with a tbsp of ghee/gingelly oil, can be served along with idli and dosa with some gingelly oil. This powder can be prepared and stored in an air tight container and it stays fresh for months’ time, so that it will be easy to use.  All it takes just 10 mins to prepare, but a life saver, that can be used for lunch or breakfast or dinner.

For more basic ingredients recipes, CLICK HERE and for more Chutney Recipes CLICK HERE.

Curry leaves has too many medicinal health benefits as it is rich in calcium and vitamin A, the most common among them are our hair growth – this helps in dense hair growth, prevent hair fall and also delays hair greying. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Ulundam paruppu / White lentils / Urad dal – 3 tbsp
  • Tuvaram paruppu / Split pigeon peas / Toor dal – 2 tbsp
  • Kadala paruppu / Split chick pea (gram) / Channa dal – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves / Karuveppilai – 1 ½ cups
  • Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – 1 ½ tsp
  • Black peppercorns / Milagu – 1 ½ tsp
  • Red chillies – 4 nos
  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Wash the curry leaves in running water, drain the water, spread it over a cloth and dry it for almost an hour.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel, add all the lentils (white lentils, split pigeon peas, split chick pea) followed by cumin seeds, pepper corns and red chillies.
  • Cook in medium flame until it turns golden brown in color, remove it from fire and spread it over a plate.
  • Add the curry leaves and garlic to the same vessel, and cook until the leaves turn crispy.
  • Remove it from fire and spread it over a plate.
  • Grind the lentils, spices, red chillies and cumin seeds to a fine powder.
  • Add the curry leaves and garlic to the ground powder and grind it to a fine powder.
  • Transfer it to a plate, spread it and let it rest until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Transfer it to an air tight container.

Stay fresh for months’ time. Serve with idli, dosai or steamed rice topped with gingelly oil or ghee/clarified butter.