What are the dishes that can be
from ragi / finger millet, which is said to give excellent health
Ragi mudde, ragi roti / rotti, ragi halbhai (a sweet dish), ragi malt,
ragi idli, ragi dosa, ragi upma, ragi vada, ragi kodabale, ragi
vegetable soup and ragi thambittu are some of the cuisines that can be
prepared from ragi.
What is the key ingredient for soft chapatis?
Add milk to the wheat flour to prepare a dough for soft
chapathis. Please refer to soft
I mostly buy vegetables once a week and store them in the
refrigerator. Is using these vegetables for cooking a good
You should try to use vegetables, as much as possible, that are not
more than 2-3 days old. Remember, the fresher the vegetables the better
the cooking and better the benefits for your health.
What is the significance of curry leaves in seasoning?
First, curry leaves add a distinct dimension to the food. Second, these leaves offer many health benefits.
I have seen some people remove, unfortunately, the curry leaves from
the food they are eating. I, however, think these should be
eaten, as these wonder leaves have medicinal values.
Curry leaves are rich in antioxidants. These leaves also have
vitamin A, which is necessary for eye health. Further, curry
leaves are a source of iron, calcium and vitamin C.
From maintaining eye health to stimulating hair growth, increasing
digestive abilities to treating nausea, curries leaves can play a great
role in our day-to-day life. Make sure these leaves are a
part of your everyday cooking.
How to make onions tasty?
Onions, sometimes, have a bland taste. To make these taste better, add
a pinch of sugar while frying.
How to prevent the overflowing of water when cooking dal?
Water may overflow while cooking dal. To prevent this
smear oil / ghee to the inside of the rim of the utensil before cooking.
How to cook the dal soft and fast?
Add about half-a-teaspoon of oil / ghee to the dal before
How to cook tomatoes fast while frying?
Add a pinch of salt.
What vegetables are rich in calcium?
What is red rice flour?
Here are a few of the vegetables rich
- Fenugreek Leaves / Methi
Source: Meyer Vitabiotics leaflet.
Please give a solution for kayi holige I am not able to get
thin kayi holige as available in the stores & in the picture
shown by u, I get a thick holige, but the taste is good, I used the
proportion given by u, I do the holige on a plastic sheet &
sometimes I use banana leaf, as I stay in Muscat I do not get butter
Red rice flour is made from red rice.
of rice is usually available in super stores and in stores
that sell only rice and other grains.
Using a banana leaf for rolling-out the holige is fine. You can also
use the glossy-side of the brown paper used for book binding.
The possible reasons you are getting thick kayi holiges are:
1. The dough / kanaka shoud be very soft. Otherwise, you cannot roll
2. Coconut & jaggery should be a fine paste.
3. You may be using less quantity of dough.
IMPORTANT: Roll out the hoorana-filled dough in such a way that the
hoorana shows through the kanaka layer.
How to add oil to a dish that's already cooking in a pan?
oil slowly at the edges of the pan. By the time it reaches the food,
the oil will be heated. Cook the food for some more time.
How long should I soak the vegetables like cauliflower and
broccoli before using them?
the vegetables, such as the above, in cold salt water for at least
fifteen minutes so any chemicals present in the vegetables are
When frying items like maddur vada, how to make sure the oil
is hot enough?
Drop a dal-size portion of the vada batter into the oil. If the
batter sizzles and moves toward the surface, then you can proceed with
frying. Or, dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If you see
bubbles around the spoon, it means the oil is hot.
How to store idli and dosa batter for more time?
not add salt to the batter. Transfer the fermented batter to an
air-tight container and store it in the fridge. The batter remains in a
good condition for about a week. In this period, if you want to use
only a portion of the batter, transfer that portion to a utensil and
store the remaining immediately in the fridge.
Is it necessary to use rice flour for masala vada? Can I
substitute besan or gram flour for rice flour?
Rice flour is not necessary, but it helps to retain the
crispiness of the masala vada for more time.
Besan or gram flour or rice flour, however, can be used, in Step 4, to
thicken the mixture if it becomes watery.
Can I use wheat flour instead of maida, for holige,because my
husband is not allowing me to use maida as it is not good for the
You can use wheat flour in place of maida. However,
the taste of the holige would not be as good as that made from maida.
Further, it would not be possible to roll-out the top-layer of the
holiges thinly. The other option is to use a mix of wheat and maida
flours and chiroti rava. Try with equal quantities of the three
ingredients. Again, the taste may not be the same as maida-chiroti rava
For making kajjaya, can we use just rice flour, why soak the
rice and grind it?
You cannot use rice flour to make kajjaya, because store-bought
rice flour will be usually made from un-washed rice. Home-made rice
flour is also prepared by not soaking the rice. Kajjayas prepared from
such rice flour will be hard.
To make soft kajjayas, you have to soak the rice in water.
For ragi malt, can I add pista?
can add pista to the ragi malt. In Step 2 of How to make Ragi Malt? dry
fry the pista along with the other items like almonds, and grind. Or,
you can dry fry the pista alone and grind. In either case, add the
ground pista in Step 5.
How to add coconut powder to sambar powder and how long will it last?
To add the coconut powder to sambar powder:
- Dry fry the coconut powder till it becomes hot.
- Wait till the coconut powder cools.
- Mix the coconut powder with the sambar powder.
The sambar powder may remain in good condition for 3-4 weeks.