Fiber and Protein packed Chickpeas Idli and Plum Thokku (Pickle)

April 17th, 2009 Madhuram Posted in From Other Blogs, Idli/Dosa/Adai, Pickles/Chutneys, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan Side Dishes 25 Comments »

Chickpeas Idly

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I don’t remember exactly how I got this idea of including mashed chickpeas in the idli batter. I guess I was inspired by Red Chillies’ soy bean dosa or my chickpeas poori. I decided to grind one can of chickpeas (15.5oz) into a smooth paste and mix it with the regular idli batter. A can of chickpeas has approximately 23-25 grams protein and fiber each. That’s a lot of nutrition. I do agree that to get the entire benefit one has to consume about 40 idlis which is not possible. But I believe that healthy additions like this even in small quantities if done on a daily basis would help us in achieving overall well being. Another bonus if you have kids who don’t eat their legumes this is a nice trick. My son couldn’t tell any difference and he ate more than usual. Read the rest of this entry »


Colorful Cocktail Idlis

April 3rd, 2009 Madhuram Posted in Food Blog Events, Idli/Dosa/Adai, Light Meals/Tiffin, Pickles/Chutneys, Vegan Main Dishes, Vegan Snacks/Appetizers 51 Comments »

Color Idlis

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I have had this idea of mixing chutney with the idli batter for long time now, especially when we pack idlis while going on a tour/picnic. I used to think that doing so, it’s easy clean up and no need to carry extra utensils, but never got to do that until recently. When SunshineMom announced that she is hosting this month’s Recipes for the rest of us – Starters event, I decided to try the idli idea. I also got the idea of trying it with different color chutneys.

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Fire Roasted Tomato Chutney – Jhiva For Love

April 25th, 2008 Madhuram Posted in Food Blog Events, Pickles/Chutneys, Vegan Side Dishes 32 Comments »

fire roasted tomato chutney

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When I first came to know about the Jhiva for Love event, I couldn’t think of anybody other than my mother and grandmother.  Amma I love you very much, but I’m going to write about avva (grandmother) here.  She is my father’s mother.  She passed away last June at the age of 79.  Last year this time, I was happily describing to her about the spring blossoms here, my son’s mischiefs and she was also eagerly listening to me as always.  I still can’t believe that she is no more. It aches to write about her in past tense. Read the rest of this entry »


Easy Garlic Pickle

March 21st, 2008 Madhuram Posted in Food Blog Events, Pickles/Chutneys, Vegan Side Dishes 9 Comments »

It’s 6 days since I have started this blog and I’m slowly learning the blogging do’s and dont’s.

Garlic Pickle Even though my original intent for this blog was to create an online diary of eggless baking recipes, I also want to share some of my family favorites now and then. That in mind and with my mother in law visiting us I wanted to record her recipe for a very easy and tasty garlic pickle, before she leaves for India in April. So I was pleasantly surprised to know that this month’s JFI was Garlic. So this has given me a nudge to do it immediately without procrastinating. Thanks Mathy.  Read the rest of this entry »