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Broccoli Aval

Brocolli Aval Rice


 Healthy and yummy all in one neat little package! 


Ragi aval or any aval – 1 cup (I used normal aval)
Broccoli – 1/2 cup
Chopped onion – 1/2 cup
Chopped carrot – 1 tablespoon
Chopped beans – 1 tablespoon
Chopped ginger (enji) – 1 teaspoon
Green chillies (pacha molaga) – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder (manjal thool) – 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander leaves (kothamalli) – 2 sprigs
Oil – 2 teaspoons
Salt – as desired

To Season

Butter – 1 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds (vendheyam) – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chillies (kanja molaga) – 2 nos.
Mustard seeds (kadugu) – 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida (perungayam) – 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dal (ulutham paruppu) – 1 teaspoon
Channa dal (kadalai paruppu) – 1 teaspoon


1. In a non stick pan, heat butter. Add fenugreek seeds, red chillies, mustard seeds, asafoetida, channa dal, and urad dal in an order. When dal turns light brown in color, add 2 teaspoons of oil followed by carrot and beans.

2. Now, add onion, turmeric powder, aval, and salt. After 3-4 minutes, add green chillies and ginger. Boil well. Finally, add broccoli and cook for three more mins and bring the pan down. Garnish using coriander leaves. Now, the Brocolli and Aval is ready!

Learned this recipe from Chef Bhanumathi Ramesh


1.The 2 teaspoons of oil that you add after frying dals will enhance the flavor.

2. A healthy dish for office goers as well as kids. You can pack this dish in a lunchbox as the aval will not become soft.


Serve. For me, I would have this dish just like that without any sidedish. If you wish, you can have it with Hotel Style Coconut Chutney, Til Chutney


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Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries | Easy Pavakkai Fry | Pavakkai Recipes

Crispy Bittergourd Fries

A simple, easy, and crispy fries!
Bitter Gourd….oh no…it tastes bitter…This is what generally we say. Believe me, this Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries does not have the bitterness at all. Even kids will love it. At times, I use color. Most of the time, when I buy bitter gourd, I do it this way. Some deep fry it. I generally grill it or fry it in dosa pan using 2 tablespoons of oil. For me, since I shallow fry it, is surely a healthy recipe. Try it out and you’ll know how easy, tasty, and crispy it turns out to be!

Preparation Time. 2 minutes
Cook Time. 10 minutes
Recipe Category. Snack
Recipe Cuisine. Indian
Serves. 3


Bitter gourd – 5 to 6 nos.
Rice flour – 4 tablespoons
Corn flour – 2 tablespoons
Sambar powder/Chilli powder – 2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder or Color – 1/4 teaspoon
Salt – as desired
Oil – as desired

Note. The ingredients shown will vary with the original quantity.


1. Cut bitter gourd into thin and round pieces.  In a bowl, put all the ingredients except bitter gourd and add 2 tablespoons water and mix well. If you are using color, mix the color in a teaspoon of water and add it to the remaining ingredients. The consistency of the paste should neither be watery or thick paste.

2. In a frying pan, heat oil. When the oil is hot, add the bitter gourd pieces and fry until they become golden brown. You can also shallow fry bitter gourd pieces in 2 tablespoon of oil in a pan. I have shallow fried them.

Now, Crispy Bitter Gourd Fries are ready!!! You can either have it as snack or as a side dish for rice.

Serve. Hotel Style Coconut ChutneyTil Chutney, Cucumber Kootu, Spring Onion Moong Dal, Cucumber Moru Kootu, Poosanikai Mor Kuzhambu,Paruppu Rasam, Pineapple Rasam, Poondu Rasam (Garlic Rasam), Basil Rice (Thulasi Sadam), Bisi Bele Bath, Kovakkai|Tindora Rice, Raw Mango Rice, Oats Curd Rice, Peanut Rice, Vendekka Sadham/Lady’s Finger Rice/Bhindi Rice,