WYF: Breakfast event announcement

The theme for August is Breakfast-the first and most important meal of the day..Share your favourite breakfast recipe all this month and win prizes.

Simple Indian Food completes 2 years of blogging next month and on that happy occassion we will be giving away cookery books to 3 participants..Of all the entries, we will select 10 best recipes on the basis of how healthy is the breakfast, the simplicity and time involved in preparation and presentation of the dish. Then we will have voting done by all of you to choose the 3 best entries...Presently we will be mailing the prizes only in India. In case you reside outside India, we can mail the prize to your relations here

All the best

Please note that

1) After posting your recipe on your blog, please link it back to this announcement and add the logo if possible. In case you wish to send some dish that you have posted earlier, please repost it with the link to the event and the logo. Please restrict the number of entries to three.

2) Please post only vegetarian recipes for the event since this is a 100% Vegetarian blog. No eggs please. If you are a non-blogger, mail me the recipe and the picture.

3) Mail me the following details -

Subject: WYF:Breakfast,

Your name:
Dish name:
Link to the post:
For archived entries, the reposted link:

to easycrafts@gmail.com by 31st Aug '09. I will pick up the picture from your blog...you neednt send it. The roundup would be published during the first week of September.

Looking forward to your participation in the event.

Poha/Aval vadai


2 cups poha/beaten rice/aval
2 green chillies chopped finely
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 onion chopped
Oil to fry

Wash the poha and drain out the water. Keep covered for 10 minutes to make it soft. Mash it well and add the rest of the ingredients except oil and mix well. Make balls of it, flatten them and fry in hot oil till crispy and golden brown on both sides.

Serve hot with chutney/sambar of your choice.

Tommorrow is the last day for the WYF:Fried Snack event..So pls rush in your entries
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Paneer pakora curry


1 cup paneer cut into cubes
1 cup gram flour/besan
1/4 cup rice flour
Pinch of cooking soda
Salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chilli powder
Oil to fry
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 big tomato pureed
1 onion pureed
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 tbsp cream
1/2 tsp ginger paste
Coriander leaves to garnish

Make a thick paste of gram flour, rice flour, salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder and cooking soda. Dip the paneer pieces in it and fry them till golden brown like pakoras. To drain excess oil spread the paneer on a tissue paper.

Heat 2 tsp oil, add cumin seeds. When it splutters, add onion paste, ginger paste, tomato puree, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and mix well. Allow it cook for five minutes. Add little water to get gravy and boil for 2 mins. Add cream and mix well.

Add the fried paneer pieces to the gravy just before serving. Serve hot with rotis/pulav
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Oats ladoo


1 cup roasted and powdered oats
1 cup roasted fine rava
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp cardamom powder
Few roasted nuts and raisins
Ghee as required (1/4 to 1/2 cup)

Mix all the ingredients and add ghee as required to make ladoos.

Healthy and tasty ladoos ready.

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Mattar Paneer Samosa


For filling-

1 cup crumbled paneer
1/2 cup cooked peas
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Few raisins

For outer cover

2 cups all purpose flour/maida
Salt to taste
Bit of ajwain/thymol seeds
2 tsp oil

Oil to fry

Mix all the ingredients for outer cover and use water to make a stiff dough. Keep covered under a wet cloth for atleast 1/2 hour.

Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing and keep ready.

Divide the dough into medium sized balls and roll out one of them. Cut in the center to get two pieces. Make cones from the pieces using few drops of water to seal the corners. Stuff the paneer filling and press the corners to seal the samosa. Repeat for rest of the dough and stuffing.

Heat oil and deep fry the samosa on medium flame till golden brown and crisp. Drain the excess oil on a tissue paper and serve hot with sweet chutney or sauce.

This is my final entry to the WYF:Fried snack event..Just four more days for the event to end. .Rush in your favourite fried snack entry

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Appalam/Papad Bajji

When vegetables suitable for making bajji are not available, papad/appalam can be used to make bajji/bajjiya


1 cup gram flour
1/4 cup rice flour
Salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
Pinch of cooking soda
Oil to fry

Make a thick batter of gram flour, rice flour, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and cooking soda. Cut the papad/appalam into four or half as required. Dip them in the batter and fry in hot oil till golden brown and crisp.

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Stuffed Karela

Recipe source: Prathibha from The Chef and her kitchen


5 medium bittergourd cut into rounds
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp tamarind paste
1 tbsp grated jaggery
Oil as required

For stuffing-

1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves
2 red chillies
1 tbsp coriander seeds
5-6 pepper
1 tbsp blackgram dal
2 tbsp bengalgram dal
2 tbsp gram flour
Small piece of cinnamon
Salt to taste

Remove the seeds from the bittergourd and cook them with water, turmeric, salt, jaggery and tamarind paste till soft. Use just enough water so that you dont have to drain out the excess water. Keep aside.

Heat a drop of oil and roast the ingredients for filling except salt and gram flour. Cool and grind with salt to a coarse powder. Dry roast the gram flour seperately and add to the masala powder. Add a little oil to make the masala wet. Stuff these in the bittergourds.

Heat about 2 tsps of oil and fry these bittergourd pieces till crisp and done.

Serve with rice.
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Cucumber coriander raita

Recipe source: Renuka from Fusion blog


1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup thick beaten curds
Salt to taste
Bit of asafoetida
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp blackgram dal
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
1 green chilli

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Rava payasam


1 cup roasted rava
1 1/2 cups sugar (add more if you want)
1 tsp cardamom powder
Cashews and raisins
4 cups milk
2 tsp ghee

Heat ghee, add cashews and raisins. Roast and keep aside. Heat 2 cups of water and add the rava slowly. Stir till it gets cooked. Add the sugar and mix till it melts. Add milk, cardamom powder and mix well.

Garnish with cashews and raisins. Serve hot or chill as you like
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Vegetable Breadizza

After Potato breadizza, its time for a simple vegetable breadizza..


Slices of capsicum, onion, tomato
Bit of oregano powder
Salt to taste
Pepper powder
Bread slices
Grated cheese
Tomato sauce

Spread tomato sauce on bread slices. Arrange the vegetable slices over it. Sprinkle, salt and pepper over it.

Add grated cheese and sprinkle oregano powder.

Cook in microwave till cheese melts or in a sandwich toaster or tava.

Serve hot with sauce. This recipe can also be made as a closed sandwich

Sending over to Divya for her "Show me your sandwich" event and Priya for her Sunday snacks: Snacks with bread event
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Carrot cheese kofta curry


4 carrots cooked and mashed
1 bread slice
1 boiled and mashed potato
Salt to taste
2 tsp red chilli
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp garam masala powder
4 tbsp grated cheese
2 tbsp oil
1/4 cup cream

To grind into paste

1 onion
Bit of ginger
1 tomato
1 tsp cumin seeds

Mix mashed potato, carrots, salt, half of the dry powders (garam masala powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder)and bread (dipped in water and completely squeezed out) well. If the mixture is not thick like dough, add a little cornflour to it. Make balls and press in the center to make a small hole. Stuff it with grated cheese and cover again with the same mixture to get balls.

These can be deep fried also, but to reduce the fat and calories, it is ideal to use the paniyaram pan with just 1 tsp oil for the whole lot.

Cook till the balls are golden brown. These balls can be served as a snack for evening tea or as a starter also.

For the gravy- Heat the remaining oil, add the paste and cook till oil seperates. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, water as required and cream. Cook for five more minutes.

Add the koftas to the gravy just before serving. Serve hot with rotis/pulav.
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Tiranga/Tricolour Biriyani


2 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup mixed vegetables (carrot, peas, beans, cauliflower)
3 tbsp oil
1 onion chopped lengthwise
Few cashews
1 potato chopped lengthwise
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
3 cloves
Piece of cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup beaten curd
1 tsp garam masala powder

To grind to paste

1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
2 green chillies
Piece of ginger
2 tbsp grated coconut
1 chopped onion

Wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes. Add salt, cinnamon, bayleaf, cloves, 1 tsp oil and cook the rice till soft. Divide into three portions.

Heat the 2 tbsp oil, add onion, potato, cashews and fry till onions start getting brown. Add turmeric and one portion of the rice. Mix well.

Grind the masala paste and heat with 2 tsp oil..Add the curd, garam masala and keep stirring till it starts leaving oil and gets thick. Add a little salt and then add the second portion of rice and mix without breaking the rice.

Add cooked vegetables to the third portion and keep ready.

Take a kadai, spread some fried onions in the base. Next spread a layer of the rice with yellow colour. Then spread the plain rice with vegetables as the second layer. Finally spread the third portion of rice with masala paste. Press well and cook covered on low flame for 5-10 minutes.

Serve hot with raita of your choice.
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Kadai sabzi


2 cups mixed vegetables (beans, carrot, cauliflower, peas)
1 small capsicum
1 tomato chopped
1 onion chopped
2 tsp oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp dhania-jeera powder
Paste of 2 small red chillies
1 green chilli (optional)
1/2 tsp ginger paste
Coriander leaves to garnish

Heat oil, add onion and fry for 2 mins. Add ginger paste, green chilli, red chilli paste, tomato, capsicum and mixed vegetables. Add little water and cook covered till soft. Add turmeric powder, dhania-jeera powder, salt and garam masala powder and mix well. Cook till the sabzi gets dry.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis.
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Atte ka halwa


1 cup wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of food colour
3 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder
Roasted nuts and raisins

Heat ghee and add the wheat flour. Keep roasting it till nice aroma comes and colour starts changing. Add 3 cups of hot water to it and mix well without lumps.

Add cardamom powder, food colour and sugar to it and keep stirring till it gets thick and starts leaving the sides. At this stage more ghee can be added if required.

Garnish with nuts and raisins.

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Vazhakaai (raw banana) Bajji


1 cup gram flour
1/4 cup rice flour
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Pinch of cooking soda
1 Raw banana
Oil to fry

Make a thick batter of gram flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and cooking soda. Peel the skin of the raw banana and cut it into thin slices lengthwise.

Dip the slices in the gram flour batter and fry them in hot oil till golden brown. Use a tissue paper to drain out excess oil and serve hot with chutney of your choice.

This is my second entry to WYF:Fried snack event..

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Potato Breadizza

Breadizza is the name decided upon for bread based pizza..Some more versions of this type of pizza will appear on the blog soon..


Bread slices
Mozarella cheese as required
Pepper powder
Oregano powder
Onion slices
Tomato ketchup
Potato sabzi (boiled potatoes cut lengthwise and tempered with cumin seeds, turmeric, red chilli powder and salt)

Spread ketchup on the bread slices. Arrange potato slices and onion rings over it.

Spread grated cheese over it and sprinkle pepper powder and oregano powder over it.

Grill in the microwave till the cheese melts. Alternatively you can use the bread toaster without putting up another slice over the bread to let the cheese melt.

To make closed sandwiches, just cover the breadizza with another slice of bread before putting it in the toaster.
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Interview on NaariSakhi

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Avalakki Bisibela bhath

This Karnataka special dish is made of beaten rice/poha instead of normal rice.


1 cup poha (washed in soaked in just enough water for 15 mins)
1/3 cup Redgram dal (Tur dal)
Tamarind- a small lemon size
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Bengalgram dal
1 tsp Blackgram dal
Groundnuts- few
Curry leaves- few
Carrot- 1
1/4 cup Peas
Beans- 10
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
Jaggery- little
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Oil

For masala paste
1 1/2 tsp Bengalgram dal
1 tsp Blackgram dal
1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
2 Red chilli
Cinnamon stick- a small piece
2 Cloves
2 Cardamom
3 tsps Coconut powder

Cut the carrot and beans into long pieces. Pressure cook the vegetables and dal seperately till soft.

Soak the tamarind in some warm water and extract the juice. Roast the masala ingredients and grind it to a paste.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, bengalgram dal, blackgram dal. When it starts spluttering, add the curry leaves, groundnuts, turmeric powder and finally the extracted tamarind juice. Add the masala paste, salt, cooked dal, vegetables and jaggery. Let it cook for some time.

Finally add the soaked poha and mix well. Let it cook for five minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and some ghee. Serve hot with raita of your choice and chips.

Sending over to Margot's Wholesome Lunchbox event
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Sabudana vada

This recipe is adapted from Asha's version at Foodies hope specially for the T&T event guest hosted this month by Ashwini. No changes have been made to the original recipe


1 cup sabudana (also called sago)
1 small boiled and mashed potato
3/4 cup maida/all purpose flour
1/2 cup rice flour
Salt to taste
1 small onion chopped
1/2 cup curds
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp white sesame seeds
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1/2 tsp green chilli paste
Few curry leaves
A bit of baking soda
Oil to fry

Soak sago in a mixture of curd and water for 2-3 hours till soft. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Make medium sized balls, flatten them and fry in hot oil till crisp and well cooked. The oil shouldnt be extremely hot as it will make the outer layer dark but inner portion of the vada will stay uncooked.

Serve hot with chutney/sauce.

This is also my first entry to WYF:Fried snack event hosted at this blog all this month

Waiting to see what is your favourite fried snack !!!!!!
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Cut the corners of the bread slices. Apply a little water to one side of a bread slice and press another slice over it. Repeat for one more slice to get a long slice of bread.

Spread jam over it leaving a little space in the corners. Now roll it tightly and ensure that the ends dont open up. Tie it tightly in a cloth and keep for 15 minutes. Now cut it into rounds without breaking it.

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Carrot poli

This recipe was requested by Chitra of Ratatouille-Anyone can cook blog ..


4 carrots-peeled and boiled
3 tsp sugar (adjust as per taste)
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup maida/all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 tsp oil

Make a dough of maida, salt and water. Add the oil and mix well to the dough. Keep aside covered with wet cloth for 1/2 hour.

Grind the carrots along with sugar without adding water. Now heat 1 tsp ghee and add this carrot paste and cook well till it gets thick and forms a big lump. Add cardamom powder and keep aside till it cools down. Make small balls of it.
Make balls of the maida dough and pat it to small and thick rounds using little oil. Use a greased plastic sheet for this. Keep the carrot balls in the center.

Cover it with the dough from all sides and dust it with little maida. Roll it slowly into thick chapati trying that the carrot mixture doesnt come out much.

Cook this on a hot tava on low flame with little ghee till brown spots come on both sides.

Onion cheese paratha


1 cup wheat flour
Salt to taste
2 onions chopped finely
1/2 cup grated cheese
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1 green chilli finely chopped

Make a soft dough of wheat flour, salt and water and keep covered under a wet cloth for 1/2 hour. Make medium sized balls of it.

Mix the onions, cheese, bit of salt, green chillies and coriander leaves.
Roll out the dough into a thick chapati. Place the filling of onion and cheese in it and fold it from sides like a square.

Now dust it with some flour and roll out slowly into a square paratha.

Cook on hot tava with some oil or ghee till done on both sides and brown spots appear.

Serve hot with pickle/curds.

It would be divine to have hot cheesy parathas on a rainy/cold day..Sending these over to Shanthi for her Lovely winter recipes event..

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Potato halwa


4 Boiled and mashed potatoes
100 grams Sugar
4 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder
Few roasted nuts and raisins
Pinch of any food colour

Heat ghee and add the potatoes. Fry them for 2-3 minutes till the ghee starts seperating. Add sugar, cardamom powder, food colour and mix well till it gets thick and forms into a big lump. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with nuts.

# Optional: You can even add some milk along with the sugar and cook to get a thinner consistency

Sending over this halwa to Nithya for the FIC:Express your mood event, a series started by Sunshinemom.

Reposting the following entries for events

Special ghee roast dosa for Padma's Dosa corner event

Peanut masala bhath for Pavani's JFI:Peanuts event started by Indira

Black eyed pea cutlet for Sunshinemom's MLLA-13, an event started by Susan

Crispy paneer stuffing dosa goes to Solkadi for the Dosa feast

Katrikaai(Brinjal) kootu is for Sanghi's FIL:Brinjal event

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