June 02, 2010

Mysore Masala Bonda with Dal Powder-Tomato Sambhar, Egg Theeyal Kootu, Spicy Masala Eggs

Hello everyone! It's that time of the week again and so soon too! I always think "once a week with multiple dishes" post is easy for me but every week I am huffing and puffing to catch up like a last person running in a Marathon! Haha!
Memorial weekend was so busy and fun too that I didn't have anything written for my post today. I just had these photos posted and haven't typed a word until yesterday afternoon! Anyway glad I caught up at last and here are some of the dishes I had cooked. Yes!! I deep fried again after those Baturas, enjoyed these Bondas after more than a year. That's some will power for a compulsive craver of savory snacks like me, let me tell ya ! ;D

Mysore Masala Bondas:
Most of you Indian foodies know about these Bondas of course. Some get confused between Mangalore Bondas/Bajjis (Goli Baje) which are made of Plain flour with these Mysore Bondas which are made with thick Urad dal batter. Mysore Bondas are the same as doughnut shaped Urad dal Vadas or Medhu vadas, only made of or rather batter dropped to oil in round balls without making the shapes, definitely much easier than making shaped ones if you ask me!
You can make these plain without adding any onion masala to the batter to make Mosaru Vade or Dahi Vadas soaked in spiced Yogurt or add masala to have them with spicy coconut chutney or dunked in spicy Sambhar.

Perfect timing to send some of these to two events which are just announced with Onions and Peppercorns too! I am sending Mysore Masala Bondas, Dal Sambhar and Egg Theeyal Kootu to Priya's and Siri's "Healing Foods-Onions" event and also to Padma who is hosting "Cooking with seeds-Peppercorns" which is started by Priya. Thanks to both of you! :)

To Make Mysore Bondas:

1. Soak 1 cup Urad dal in water for 4 hrs. Wash and drain water. Grind dal as thick as possible in a grinder to a smooth batter until fluffy (should float if a small amount dropped in water) with adding as less water as possible. Since we are dropping the batter in balls, it's okay if you have to make the batter little thinner than the Doughnut shaped Vadas but still keep the batter as thick as possible to make rounds.
Heat oil to 375F to deep fry. Get a big strainer, line it up with paper towels to place fried Bondas to keep them crisp draining as much oil as possible.
2. Take out the thick batter in a bowl, add the following masala to it, mix well.
Masala to add: 1/4 cup finely chopped Onions, 1 tsp Cumin seeds, 1 tsp grated Ginger, finely chopped 2 green chillies, 1 tsp crushed Peppercorns, chopped Cilantro, chopped Curry leaves, 2 tbsp Grated or slivers of fresh or dry Coconut, pinch of Hing,adding enough salt to taste and 1/4 tsp baking soda last, just before frying.
3. Drop round balls to hot oil, keep moving the Bondas in oil so they cook evenly until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towel and serve with chutney or dunk them in thin spicy Sambhar.

Dal Powder and Tomato Sambhar:

As some of you know, I have a gazillion cookbooks of all kinds in my collection and bought more Kannada cookbooks from Bangalore last year when I was there. I found this unique Sambhar recipe made of powdered Dals in one of the books, decided to try and LOVED it. Simple, spicy, thinner gravy than the usual Sambhar and delicious to serve with these Bondas or even with Dill Vadas or Chana Dal Masala Vadas.

To make, fry/Roast dals and spices first:
Dal Powder:
Heat 1 tsp in a pan on a medium heat. Add 1 tbsp each of Tuar dal, Channa dal and Moong dal together or separately and fry/roast these until they are reddish, raw smell of dals disappear and completely cooked from inside out. Do not burn the dals. Take your time with this frying/roasting process, otherwise Sambhar will smell like raw dals. Cool completely and powder finely. Mix well with 1/4 cup water to avoid lumps and keep aside.
Spice powder:
Heat a pan without oil, add 1 1/2 tbsp Coriander seeds, 1 tsp Peppercorns and 2 or more dry red chillies, cool and powder separately, keep aside.
To make Sambhar:
1. Heat 2 tsp oil and 1 tsp Ghee. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds, few curry leaves, 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds, pinch of Hing and 1 dry red chillies.
2. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onions, 1/4 tsp Turmeric, pinch of salt, saute until soft. Add 1/4 cup Tomato sauce, boil and then turn the heat down to simmer until thick.
3. Add 3-4 cups water, 1 tsp sugar or Jaggery to reduce the acidity of Tomato, powdered spices, salt and simmer for 10mins.
4. Add dal powder mixed with water to the Sambhar, mix well, simmer for 2 mins. If Sambhar is too thick, add more water. But once you add dals, don't boil too much.
5. Garnish with 2 tbsp finely chopped Cilantro and serve. Tastes even better the next day.

Egg Theeyal Kootu:
As I have said before, first dish I make whenever we come home from vacation is some spicy Pearl Onion Theeyal! I get very desperate to have some of this after eating bland food for a week or so! :D
Well..this time I made the smooth onion Theeyal gravy/Kootu style and added few hard boiled Eggs, kids loved it. This recipe may not have authentic Theeyal ingredients but tastes great, I must have written down from a magazine some years ago, don't really remember. You have to serve this some plain white rice, some ghee and a yogurt cucumber raita on the side for a perfect meal!

To make:
Hard boil 6 Eggs, shell them and slit the Eggs half way but don't split them in half, keep them whole. Set aside.
Ground masala: Fry each of these separately in few tsps of oil, cool them and make a smooth paste of these:
1 cup of Shallots, 2-3 Garlic, 1" Ginger, 2 tbsp Coriander seeds, 2 cloves and 1" Cinnamon, 2-3 red chillies, 1/4 cup fresh coconut and 1/2 to 1 tsp Peppercorns.
To make Theeyal:
1. Heat 2 tsp ghee and 1 tsp oil. Add 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, few curry leaves.
2. Turn down the heat, add ground coconut masala paste, 1/4 tsp Turmeric, 1/4 tsp thick Tamarind pulp, 1 cup or more water depending on the thickness you want, simmer gently for 10mins. Add chopped Cilantro.
3. Add Eggs. Tastes so much better the next day.


Spicy (Chana Masala) Eggs:

Want some yummy spicy Eggs to snack on, or to top a cool salad or for quick Sandwich stuffers for lunch? Here they are! I just hard boiled about 6-7 Eggs, shelled and cooled them, sliced each into half, and sauteed them with my own Chana masala powder I made last week, you can add any masala you have.

To make these:
1. Heat a wide mouthed non-stick pan, add 1 tbsp butter to coat the pan. Place halved Eggs in single layer, sprinkle salt, homemade Chana Masala or any masala powder you like, and fresh Pepper powder or red chilli powder.
2. Gently roast the Eggs on medium heat. Don't let the masala burn. When they are golden, flip them and sprinkle more masala and more Butter if you like until they are well roasted and coated with masala.
3. Serve on a salad or make Sandwiches or serve these just as snacks/appetizers. YUM!!

Movies:
We went to "Prince of Persia" on Memorial day Monday, loved it. This movie is based on a Video game, so I wasn't that thrilled to go but Jake Gyllenhaal is one of fave actor. He definitely didn't disappoint me, movie very well made and he is so charming just like a (a street urchin really!) Prince Dastan should be and a perfect looking Princess called Tamina to boot! Movie is very entertaining, non-stop action, visually beautiful. As bonus, got to see a super Obese (from Hindu Kush region, now Afghanistan) Maharaja riding an Elephant, munching on Walnuts and few giggling Indian Princesses too! :D

On DVD, kids and I watched "Alice in Wonderland", new one with Johnny Depp. Weirdly funny movie but again, it was supposed to be that way, different than normal, so it was enjoyable and entertaining, waited to see this movie on DVD though.
Another very talented actor, we love Johnny Depp's movies like "Sweeney Todd" and "Pirates of The Caribbean" movies, but not so much his kiddie movies like this one and as "Willie Wonka....". I bet younger kids will enjoy these kid movies in theaters better, of course Johnny Depp is always great in any movie, loved him as Sweeney Todd!

That's all for now, enjoy the short week and the weekend! :)

112 comments:

Happy Cook said...

Again deepfried I can see that as both the kids are there your are enjoying making yummy things for them. Love that masala bonda looks so so good.
Does the urid dal has to be mixed to a very fine paste or to grainy texture.
I ove egg curry too,
S want to go for Prince of persai movie too but i done't think we will go as it is almost exams for her. And i am sure taking that Alice in Wonderlan in DVD too on the weekend.

Anh said...

yum! I really like the egg dish!

Linda said...

Hi Asha, happy to hear you had a nice long weekend! I am back to work, sadly, today after an extra-long break :(

I know how good your theeyals are, so the egg version is a must-try for me. And bondas, please send me a plate for b'fast and that will help me on the road to work! :):)

As usual, yummy all around!

Purnima said...

Asha, surely looks delicious..shall try masala-eggs sometime! Happy June n njoi wt kids!

Umm Mymoonah said...

The bondas,sambhar,eggs and theeyal looks yummy and so tempting, Oh My! feel like having some now

jayasree said...

Amma usually makes urad dal vadas in ball shape, when it is for dahi vada. As you said its lot easier to make than the doughnut shape.

That sambhar recipe is interesting. The thinner gravy suits as a dip for tiffin.

Apu said...

The andas look super, Asha!! Great looking bondas too. I'll wait for some rain to fry up a few:)

Asha said...

Thanks girls. Yes! I am deep frying more now! Also keeping my calorie down and exercising, so I should be okay, fingers crossed! ;D

Finla, I always grind the urad batter smooth and until fluffy. If you add a bit to water, it should float. Some books say we should grind into coarse paste but it won't get fluffy if I stop early. So smooth batter is okay! :)

Aps said...

I love the bonda in dahior can say dahi vada more :) ..... All back home love them just like this nd i was the one who had lozza fuss...... I love even goli bajje they r my all time fav...... nd yeh my weekend was gr8 vth Shrek Forever After :)

rekhas kitchen said...

Nice review about the movie
asha Like that bonda and sambar looks yumm and even egg recipe sounds delicious yummmmmm.

Priya said...

Bonda and Sambhar recipe looks so yummy. Love it.

notyet100 said...

wow everythin looks so delicious,..thnks for the info on bonda

Divya Kudua said...

I absolutely loooooove Mysore Bondas.Always order it when we go to a restaurant called Sangeetha,here in Chennai.If I make them at home,I am sure it wouldn't taste as good and to top it,we would finish the whole batch at one go,safe to order one plate each and be content!!

Eggs theeyal is a great idea and whoever could have thought pairing boiled eggs with Channa masala-fantastic!!

DEESHA said...

loved those bondas & I love it with sambar. Bangalore Darshinis call it Bonda Soup .. yummm

Anonymous said...

Loved all the dishes.You come up with something new always.

Shalini

Pari said...

Hi. Even I want to watch Prince of Persia, let's c when...
I liked the egg kootu and the egg snack, good way to add more eggs in diet.

Pavani said...

Sambar with dal powder definitely sounds interesting. Much quicker than the regular, will give it a try. Both egg recipes look awesome. Its going to rain off and on for the next FIVE days here (bahhh). Enjoy rest of your week and have a wonderful weekend.

AshKuku said...

Bonda da ottige idda sambhar omme nodi, Bengaloorina Bonda Soup andu konde..... I savored lots of them with my colleague at work... I miss everything now....

I loved the Egg masala.... Looks very enticingly yummy!!!!! I would love to copy it sometime sooner....

I wanted to watch Prince of Persia since the day I heard it was going to be made..... I love Tomb Raider, but this game is my brother's favorite... Though me & mom would not be interested in watching him play it, he would persuade us to the extent & once we sat, we would get involved in it... I love the way it is made, the action & everything about it.... & Now that a movie, must be awesomely interesting..... I am sure the movie would not disappoint, when the game itself could keep u held...... Lemme see when would I be able to watch it.... Lucky you!!!! U already did..... Hugs ))))

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Lovely post...bonda looks yum!!

Anisheetu said...

wow thats a wonder bonda and egg masala and the egg curry also looks yummy..... i m going to try those bondas for sure.... :)

lata raja said...

Agree Asha, they usually confuse the namesand sometimes these Urad dhal bondas are listed under mangalore bondas!
The sambhar is very intersting, what lovely colour :)

Padma said...

Bonda with sambar looks yummy Asha and specially love that egg fry. Thanks for sending it to my event. Have just updated my post that entries sent to my event can be sent to other events.

Bong Mom said...

Hi Asha

The masala bondas are making me drool. The masala eggs will be made soon as I love everything about eggs.

When does the kids summer break begin ? Will Trisha be home or is she taking summer classes

Usha said...

Mysore bondas are one of my favorites and yours have turned out beautifully !
I loved the sound of the dal powder sambar too, so unique, I am surely going to try it!

Asha said...

Thanks everyone, enjoy the Bondas and Eggs.

Never heard of Bonda Soup before, very interesting. Next time when I go to Indian, I should try, love the name! :)

Sandeepa, Trisha had 21 college credits before she started Freshman, so she is on schedule, no Summer classes this year. She came home on May 6th, will be here until August 21st. We will plan for Summer vacation somewhere soon, waiting for Tushar to get off the school next week.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Loved all ur recipes... Especially the Spicy egg masala is so mouthwatering. YUM!

Sandhya said...

Oh I love bondas but never made them with urad dal batter......Will try it soon! and the sambar looks simple enough, good for dunking!

Sreelu said...

Asha, I am always looking out for egg recipes, egg masala looks very good, bookmarked will give it a try.

indosungod said...

Lovely and very tasty dishes Asha. The bonda floating in the sambhar has been wishing for some. As for the roasted eggs yummy.

aquadaze said...

That is a very novel way of making sambhar, I simply love the colour!

Love those masala coated eggs, I really have to make that chana masala powder!

sharada said...

Egg theeyal kootu looks mouthwatering...yummy!!As usual everything seems delicious.

Subhie Arun said...

wow...lovely dish...such mouthwatering..nev atried egg theeyal before..looks v yummy...n i lov d masala bonda

Swathi said...

Asha,

I haven't tried mysore bonda yet. Masala bonda with dal powder looks perfect. I like the name of theeyal kootu, eventhough theyal and this differs very much and last love your chana masala spicy eggs.

Sushma Mallya said...

Loved all of them esp the spicy masala eggs, just cant wait to try these yummy dishes..beautiful clicks too asha

Vrinda said...

Drooling over the pics,everything looks mouthwatering..

Rachana Kothari said...

The masala bondas look so delicious and the sambar is making me drool :-)

Pavithra said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm lovely masala bondas making me drool and the masala egg fry is yumm too. I badly want that bondas right away..

Sumi said...

lovely recipes as usual..its been a long time since I had those bondas, its time to try them out

sra said...

I read a book called Immigrant by Manju Kapoor (didn't hold my attention much and only enjoyed it in parts) and now reading Half of a Yellow Sun - set in Nigeria, v nice. Your egg theeyal sounds good!

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

All the dishes making me drool here..never had vada and sambar..got to try one day..waiting my daughters exams, when they'll finish we will have to watch lots of movies..

Cham said...

Haha u re in deep frying mood :) Hope u had a funfilled long weekend. Such a long time, I made the mysore bonda! I like the theeyal should try this new version of egg!

Varsha Vipins said...

Am not much a fan of Bonda's..my fav here today is that simple egg fry..Chana masala must have made it super good..my mom used to batter fry boiled eggs pieces and serveon tooth picks as starter..sigh..wana have it..but I dont EVER deep fry..:D
We were plannign to go for PoP,but then Rottentomatoes said its not all grt and we saw SATC-2..was not bad either..:)

Asha said...

Thanks girls, enjoy. I will be deep frying more of course and eat lot less! ;D

sra, second book sounds great, will try to look for it here.

TheCooker said...

Good looking bondas!
Loved the idea of the masala andas.

Meera said...

I loved that picture of bondas floating in tomato sambhar. Yum!

Sailaja said...

What can I say other than wow.. Mysore bonda with sambar what a combination..
I cannot say more than this I just love your blog. The way you detail out every single thing. I just cannot imagine your patience and passion to food and blogging.

If i get a chance I would like to meet you in person.

Mallugirl said...

bonda with sambhar!! amazing. have to try all the curries. hope u had a wonderful weekend. the theeyal also looks so rich!

arthi said...

OMG!!!Asha, pls send those bondas with sambar to me.mouth watering and those egg dishes are new to me.sure gonna try for my husband.he loves eggs!!

GayathriRaj said...

Hey thats really a great treat dear....loved the colour and the look of all of them...i liked the eggs a lot....big fan for eggs...need to try for sure...delicious one...

Divya Vikram said...

Asha kka, the bondas look lovely. Bookmarked them to try!

Nehal said...

The Vadas and Sambhar look yummy.

Nithu Bala said...

Mysore Bonda is too yummy..loved the sambar too..perfect entry for those two events..I sent my dosa batter bonda to those two events..all the pictures are so cute..

Nostalgia said...

All of them look great! I could have some of those vadas soaked in sambar right now.

BangaloreBaker said...

I am from Mysore you know. I liked your space. Bondas look inviting.

Rajee said...

Yummy recipes. Deep fried anything will taste real good, imho :-) Am drooling looking at these pictures.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Mysore masala bonda dunked in tomato sambhar!! Makes me hungry..sure this weekend I have to make :)

Jaya Wagle said...

Asha, the theeyal masala is similar to what my mom makes for amti sambhar maharashtrian style. Instead of eggs she adds sprouted matki/ moth beans.
Love the vadas though I hardly ever deep fry. In fact today was the first time in probably a year I did that with some left over idli batter (appam) and he didn't really care for them, so that is on hold for another year I guess.
Love Depp too. He is brilliant. Have been meaning to watch AiW and PoP. Thanks for a thumbs up. :)

Red Chillies said...

Good to know about your memorial day break, Asha. Our Memorial day was indeed fun, it was a break after a long time. Loved that mysore masala bonda recipe, will give it a try soo.

Nags said...

lovely idea for spicy eggs!

Nandini said...

Love all of the spicy snacks and dishes! I especially love the eggcellent dishes! I'd like to heat up my tongue!

Priti said...

Wow ..love the both the egg dish and the bonda...yummy yum

Priya said...

Wow feel like inviting myself to ur place Akka, all those deepfried beauties looks irresistible and tempting..

Thanks for sending ur beautiful entries..

Shyam said...

I always think your multiple-recipes-in-one-post requires a HELL of a lot of will-power to do, Asha :) A lot of hard work there!

Love your egg theeyal recipe.

And Johnny Depp is my all-time favourite modern actor :) He was just 100% pitch perfect as Cap'n Jack Sparrow - drunk just so, camp just so, slurring just so, cartoon-like just so. Absolutely perfect! :) Havent seen Prince of Persia or Alice in Wonderland yet.

Kannada Cuisine said...

Aha! Bonda-soup!!! looks so great :)

suma said...

Boy oh boy!! U sure have some lip smacking stuff here, looks seriously yummy!!

My kitchen skills said...

Mysore vada looks yummy Asha..
And Spicy masala eggs are simply awesome...i can't stop myself making for my beloved hubby today...

Pavithra Kodical said...

Mouthwatering Mysore masala bonda..It tastes great with hot sambhar on top..Yum :)

Soma said...

Just a week back A was talking about the dal batter bonda that he would have in a restaurant in Kolkata. I have never had those and he convinced me to give it try at home, saying those are the best ever. All the more reason for me to try now. All my doubts have disappeared ;-)

did not make egg curry in a long time. urging to have some of this with some hot white rice.

Roopa said...

that bonda looks crispy and perfect with a cup of tea :) i wish I could make it in paniyaram pan.
though i am not a great fan of hard boiled eggs in curries, the marinated eggs rock ! i feel like having just those marinated eggs :)

shankari said...

Amma wanted to make bondas last night and I said no, today she says we have leaft over adai batter, let's deep fry that:)

That egg dish looks like something I will like

Leena said...

Lovely spread of dishes!very tempting!!

Pravs said...

love to try all these dishes...looks wonderful.

Srivalli said...

Another array of tempting dishes!..wonderful Asha..bondas are my fav whichever dough you make it with..:)..I was hoping you would make some cool dish for the thanda mela..:(..

Asha said...

Sri, I haven't been cooking for any event particularly these days after I came back to blogging, may be I will start when I come back from my Summer break. I just sent these to events because I already had the dishes made with onions and peppercorns for this week! :)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Masala bonda is perfectly shaped and seems crispy as well as tasty...I am drooling now:) That sambar recipe seems much easier, newer and notable . Egg theeyal after a vacation..huh! tell me about it dear. Love that combo you described:)I can munch on these Masal eggs at any time....simply superb eggs. Sounds like a beautiful weekend with these yummy delicacies and nice movies. We went to Camden aquarium (Southern Jersey) and the heat is unbearable here. Swimming and travel make me tan (!) and tired. So just taking rest:) Besides, its a lovely weekend. Love these kind of short weeks..hi..hi! Happy weekend dear.

Nithu said...

All the three dishes looks so good. Specially the spicy masala eggs is mouth watering. When you have time, check our Sizzling Summer Contest in ST and we would be happy to see your participation. you could win one of two $50 prize.

Yasmeen said...

Yum bondas.We have lot of appetite for eggs,kids mostly love scrambled,but I love to spice up ,just like these 2 dishes :D

Asha said...

Thanks friends, glad you enjoyed theses dishes. Have a wonderful weekend, I will see you all again on Monday! :)

Sayantani said...

am drooling at those spicy eggs. never knew eggs could be made like this. gonna make it soon.

Asha said...

Try it S, they are yummy. Take care not to saute on high heat though, that's all! :))

ವನಿತಾ / Vanitha said...

Yummy..Tempting dishes:)..
I'm very late.busy with my lil one..You too enjoy n have a fun filled summer..

Malar Gandhi said...

Love that egg theeyal recipe a lot, delicious one:)

starry said...

OMG! my favorite is mysore bonda and I love the egg theeyal.You make me feel hungry , the pictures are so real that I feel like just helping myself to a serving.Have a good weekend Asha.

bindiya said...

Asha I love the spicy eggs, will be making these very soon!

M D said...

Your children are lucky to be enjoying these treats! The Mysore Masala Bondas look so good, especially dipped in that Sambhar. I am bookmarking this recipe to be tried! Have great weekend.

Parita said...

Masala bondas look delicious!!

Asha said...

Thanks everyone, have a wonderful weekend. It's too hot for us here, 94F and humid, so probably stay inside the mall! :)

Fathima said...

All the dishes look yum... the masala eggs really made me drool...!

Sharmila said...

I love the powders that you make Asha. The monsoons are approaching ... so those bondas are in line. Love the look of those spicy eggs too. :-)

knk said...

great post i like food i love to eat egg

Dershana said...

that bonda platter sure looks tempting but i'm staying miles away from deep fried stuff ;-(


Love that egg theeyal!

knk said...

hi asha good morning , i so hapy to see your comment

have a great monday

Padhu said...

Nice and tempting mysore bondas and I like that spicy masala eggs also

Rajani said...

wow all recipes are looking delicious Asha! i am especially drooling over the egg with chana masala!

Swapna said...

Tempting bondas and masala eggs Asha!!!

elra said...

Delicious dishes you made here Asha. I can never get enough of Indian food. Luckily my family love it too.

Faiza Ali said...

The maysore bonda looks yummm and the spicy eggs are my fav even I make them very often.

srikars kitchen said...

I love masala bonda.. looks fabulous..

Babli said...

What a lovely array of delicious dishes. Egg looks so nice that I am feeling hungry. Bondas also looks yummy and mouth watering.

Asha said...

Thanks everyone. Glad you enjoyed my dishes, hope you try few of these. Have a wonderful Tuesday, Friday is only few days away, enjoy! :)

Sarah Naveen said...

this looks absolutely delicious...masala eggs are my all time fav...

Cynthia said...

Ummmm, I want to try some of that masala bonda!

Rekha said...

Mysore bondas look ymmm, its cloudy over here right now and all i need is a plate of bondas and sambhar.

Miri said...

The egg theeyal looks divine!!

lissie said...

nice click of masala bonda in tomato sambar! those spicy masala eggs sound so interesting as a snack... yummy!

jayasri said...

wow, had I missed it, the clicks are so drooling.., reminding me of Bangalore, I do it sometimes like this!!, everything looks so gorgeous...

Asha said...

Thanks everyone, enjoy and have a great week! :)

Sheeba Asariah said...

yummyyyyyyyyyyyy love it :)

Purnima said...

Hi ..was reading ur last post here. How are u doing? Been long time! The post was too good..loved all the dishes, especially the wadas!
Asha, just got a tip - when food is being made in MW, especially pizzas n cakes, chef asked to spray a small amt-just a layer frm distance, of water+oil combi(1 cup water and a tsp of oil in a spraying bottle) to retain moisture and to obtain better results. U may already know abt it :D Have a great month!

Asha said...

Hope you try Sheeba, thanks! :)

Hi Purni, how are you sweetheart? I am doing okay, just taking a break since it's holiday time, busy with kids.
Great tip girl, water+oil combo spray sounds great. I just sprinkle some water on whenever I reheat the leftovers or MWing idlis. Otherwise they get too dry. Will try oil and water combo. Hugs for the great tip, always welcome!:))

Sharm said...

Hi there, your sambhar recipe looks fascinating! Is it really tomato sauce you use? Like Maggie Tomato sauce?

Asha said...

Tomato sauce from a can is what I use. I don't know about Maggie sauce but if sauce is made of only tomatoes, not added with any other flavors or spices, it's okay to add. Or you can grind the fresh tomatoes too to use it. Enjoy.