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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

Instant Poha Idli Recipe / Instant Aval Idli Recipe

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Usually idlies consumes time due to fermentation, but there are few varieties of instant Idlies, that can be prepared without fermentation. I have already shared Instant Rava Idli / Instant Semolina Idly which is very easy and quick to prepare, but in this Instant poha idli / Aval Idli, we don’t need to ferment but here comes the 2 hrs of soaking time. I came across this recipe, through one of my foodie friend – Meenakshi Ramesh, much thanks to her, we all liked the idli to the core.

Instant Poha Idli / Instant Aval Idli is a common breakfast among all south Indian families which is served with chutney, sambar and podi. This idli can be consumed for dinner also, a best for babies below 12 months and above 7 months.

Instant Poha Idli / Instant Avali idli is easy and simple to prepare, also it is very soft, fluffy and spongy and so this can be served for anyone from a 7 months old baby till an elder person. I have paired this idli with Kara Chutney / spicy Chutney and Idli milgai podi. Let me share the recipe …

Making of Instant Poha Idli / Instant Aval Idli –

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Ingredients:

  • Poha / Aval / Flattened Rice – 1 cup
  • Idly Rava / Rice Rava / Rice in the form of semolina – 1 ½ cups
  • Sour curd / Yogurt – ¾ cup
  • Eno / Cooking soda / Soda uppu – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Soak the idly rava for 4 hours, I have soaked for just 2 hrs.
  • Wash the aval/poha and soak it for 2 hrs.
  • Drain the water from the idly rava and aval/poha, mash the soaked poha with the backside of your spoon.
  • Mix both the idly rava and aval/poha, pour in the sour curd followed by eno/cooking soda and salt.
  • Mix it well, let it rest until you ready the idli steamer.
  • Pour water in the idli steamer, cover and bring it to boil.
  • Scoop the batter to the idli mould, place it in the steamer, cover and cook until the idli is steamed. (insert a spoon in the center of the idli, if the spoon comes out clean the idli is perfectly steamed).
  • Remove it from the idli mould and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot with any chutney. I have serve it with Spicy chutney / Kara Chutney.