Valakkai Dry Masala



  • 3 Green Plantain of medium size
  • 3 – 4 teaspoon Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander leaves
  • 1 Onion of medium size
  • 3/4 teaspoon Garlic Paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Sāmbhar Powder
  • 1/2 cup Cooked Toor Dal
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt as required
  • 3 teaspoon water


  1. Peel and cut 1/2 inch cubes of Green Plantain
  2. Ground the onions finely
  3. Keep a wok on flame, add oil to heat.
  4. Add onions that are grounded and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add salt 3/4 teaspoon or to taste.
  6. Add chopped Green Plantain and stir for 3 to 4 minutes. This step is not done until a sample Green Plantain mashes when pressed.
  7. Add Garlic paste and stir for 1/2 minute. Garlic should give good aroma.
  8. Now add Sāmbhar powder and stir for 2 seconds
  9. Add Cooked Dal and Water. Mix well and check for spice. Add Sāmbhar powder to increase spice as desired.
  10. Add salt to taste
  11. After 2 to 3 minutes add Garam Masala. Stir for 1 to 2 seconds
  12. Transfer it to a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves
  13. This side dish goes well with Rice or Chapatis or Pulka

Drumstick Masala Recipe



  • 4 Drumsticks
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 tomato‘s
  • Sāmbhar Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon aniseed (Sompu)
  • 2-3 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Salt as required
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Paste
  • Salt


  1. Wash and cut the Drumsticks to your required size.
  2. Chop a large onion finely.
  3. Cut tomato’s into small pieces. Use tomato which are tangy for better taste.
  4. Keep a wok on flame and add oil in the wok. When oil heats up, add Sompu which is optional.
  5. Stir little and the add the chopped onion
  6. Once onions attains light brown, add garlic paste
  7. Add Sāmbhar powder when the onion and garlic mix give out a nice aroma.
  8. After 50 seconds add cut tomato. Stir well and allow it to cook until it smashes well, which is 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add drumstick to mixture, add salt to taste and stir well.
  10. After few seconds add water. Stir well. Close the Lid on the wok. Cook on slow medium flame.
  11. When cooked, the Sauce in the mix must be thick and drumsticks soft to touch.
  12. Move the content to a serving dish and garnish with Coriander leaves.


  1. This is a side dish and goes well with Rice and Sāmbhar.
  2. This dish is also great with Indian breads like Chapatis

PotLuck#1:Tingling Aftertaste with Mom’s Rasam

Making Of Toor Dal Water



  1. Pressure cook the dal in 4 cup of water (for 3 whistles in pressure cooker).
  2. Add an additional 1/2 cup of water to the cooked dal and liquidise it in a blender.
  3. Strain the cooked dal and serve lukewarm.

Ingredients: Ground Masala Items

  • 1 teaspoon Jeera Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Paste

Ingredients: Seasoning

Ingredients: Base Soup

  • 1 Cup toor dal water
  • 1 Lemon size tamarind
  • 2 small tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Sambar Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric (haldi)


  1. Soak Tamarind in Dal water
  2. Add tomato to Dal water and Grind in Mixer. Add Sambar powder.
  3. Add Oil to a Pan and when Oil is heated
  4. Add Hing Powder, fry until golden brown
  5. Add mustard and wait for it to cracked
  6. Add Jeera Powder, garli Paste and nicely mix for 50 seconds
  7. Wait for Garlic paste to go light brown, add the Dal water from the mixer
  8. Rasam is nearly ready to be cooked, to customize make the broth to your taste based on the Note below.
  9. Add Curry leaves and coriander leaves
  10. Wait for Rasam to boil and then add Milk and sugar.
  11. Serve Rasam hot! with a bowl of cooked Rice.


  • Add extra water until consistency of Rasam(Soup) is achieved
  • Add salt for tanginess if desired
  • Add tamarind for sourness if desired
  • Add Samabar powder for Spice if desired

Why I Blog?

My Name is Madhu Prashanth Kannan, married on 31st August 2012. My wife Hema Vani is cook in making. She is an apprentice to my Mom who is an excellent cook. Over the years my mom has perfected some Recipes that suits our taste buds. Vani tries her Recipe using websites as reference. Sometimes, my friends ask me for Recipe and so decided to blog. Plan to blog all that is food here.

Pot Luck @ HP Bangalore

I am working in HP Software Operations in Bangalore. Our team decided to have a Potluck feast and we agreed to bring home made food on Feb 27th 2013. Mom and wife cooked Rice, Rasam, Sambar and Potato Wedges. Rasam and Potato Wedges were a big hit. So decided to post Recipe .

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