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Lunch Box 1 / Paruppu Sadam, Kovakkai Fry

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 8:47:00 PM

This is the first lunch box in our lunch box series and today we will look at the recipe to make paruppu sadam, kovakkai fry and mini uthappam.

Please click here to watch Lunch box recipe in Tamil in Madras Samayal

Serving Size          : 3 people

Preparation Time : 15 min

Cooking Time       : 30 mins


Quantity Ingredients for making Arisi Paruppu Sadam
2 tbsp Oil (Gingelly oil)
1 tbsp Ghee + 1 tbsp Ghee at the end
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds 
1/2 tsp Urad Dal  / Ulunthu
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 spring Curry leaves
3 Green Chilies
4Dry red chilies
5-6  Garlic cloves (10 if small)
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing / perunkaayam
1 Tomato
1 cup   Rice
1/3 cup  Thoor dal /  thuvaram paruppu
2 cup Water

Salt to taste
Quantity Ingredients for making Kovakkai fry
2 tbsp Oil 
300g Kovakkai / Ivy gourd
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1 tsp Chili powder
1 spring Curry leaves

required Salt

Quantity Ingredients for making Uthappam

Dosa Batter
2 tbsp chopped Onion
2 tbsp grated Carrot
1 tbsp Coriander leaves

Oil as required

Quantity Others

Fruits  (Cantaloupe)

Appalam / Fryums

Cooking Method

For Arisi Paruppu Sadam:

Step 1) Wash and soak thoor dal in water for 15 minutes, then add rice to it and rinse well. Keep it aside.

Step 2) Heat oil and ghee in a cooker and temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, cunin seeds, green chilies, red chilies, garlic, shallots and cook for a minute.

Step 3) Then add tomato and cook for few more minutes. Now to this add asafoetida and turmeric powder, mix well.

Step 4) Now add in the rice + dhal, water and required salt. Cook for 1 whistle on medium heat.

Step 5) Melt ghee in a pan and then add some curry leaves and add it to the cooked dal and rice, mix well and is ready to be served.

For Kovakkai Fry:

Step 1) Heat oil in a pan and add kovakkai, cover and half cook the kovakkai.

Step 2) Once it is half done add the masalas - turmeric powder, garam masala, chili powder and salt. Cook until its nicely roasted.

For Uthappam:

Step 1) Heat a pan and add a ladle of dosa batter, sprinkle some onion, carrot and coriander leaves on the top. Finally add some oil, cover and cook until its cooked.

That's it our delicious colorful lunch box is ready to be enjoyed.Happy Cooking !!!

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