May 5, 2008

Leafy Paratha roti/oil roti and Kanji with Cherupayar!


Leafy Paratha roti/Oil roti is my contribution to "Tried and Tasted", a new event which is launched by Zlamushka from "Zlamushka's spicy kitchen" blog. This month we are scouting Cynthia of Tastes Like Home blog looking for her recipes. Thanks for hosting Z, it was fun cooking these rotis from her blog. Thanks to you too Cynthia, great recipe! :)


Tried and Tasted is an event which is just launched by Zlamushka. It's similar to our own Coffee's "Monthly Blog Patrolling", except Z chooses a blog each month for us to scout and cook dishes from. I chose Caribbean style Leafy Paratha roti from beautiful and multi-talented Cynthia, who is also a journalist and writes articles related to food and others as well. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe Cynthia, we enjoyed it with spicy dry peas masala!:)
Please check out her colorful and always very informative blog about Caribbean traditions and food along with the recipe for leafy paratha roti as well, by clicking on the link below.
I always wanted to try Paratha roti or "Buss up shut" (Busted up shirt, by the way these rotis look after cooking!), so this event was a great opportunity for me to try these. Similar Malaysian Roti Canai I made before is here and Kari Ayam, a chicken curry which goes well with these rotis is here.

Leafy Paratha rotis, from Cynthia's blog:


Another look:

Enjoy!:)

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I have chosen Kanji with Cherupayar from shn of "Mishmash" blog, as my entries to Raaga of "The Singing Chef", who is hosting MBP this month. This event is the brain child of Coffee of "The Spice Cafe" blog. Raaga's "Monthly blog patrolling" include a theme of "Salads and Soups" this month. Thanks for hosting Raaga and my thanks to you shn for these yummy treats! :)

I patrolled shn's blog for a unique but very traditional Kerala combo of soup and salad/stir-fry from Kerala of Kanji and Cherupayar for my entires and thoroughly enjoyed eating them both for lunch. That was one comforting food!
Can these be called soup and salad? Absolutely!! Sambhar is Lentil soup for non-Indians, Risotto is another dish comparable to this rice gruel, with no veggies added and lot thinner of course but topped with spicy Moong, Rasam has the similar texture and concept of a French onion soup, aren't they? Salad can be made with Lentils as well like here!

Kanji with Cherupayar Mezhukkupuratti(Rice soup with seasoned Moong salad):

Kanji is nothing but a delicious soup, made with Rose matta or any rice of your choice, cooked in lots of water (or stock, skip the salt if you use stock) salt until it looks like a thin gruel like soup. Cherupayar is a spicy, (seasoned with onion, chillies etc) soft cooked and drained Moong (Green gram) stir fry which is my absolute favorite to have on the side with plain yogurt and rice or any yogurt Kadhi style gravies. Here is my red chori stir-fry, another variations of beans to use in the same salad.
Although Kanji or Ganji as we call it in Kannada is routinely eaten in some parts of South Canara region of Karnataka, I had never tasted the Kanji before at all, so it was my first try! I loved the simplicity and the taste, great with spicy pickle. I added a pinch of cumin pd and crushed peppercorns to rice which made it tastier and always optional. If you want to make it for lunch, you could add some chicken and veggies to rice but traditional Kanji is always eaten plain.
Please click on the link above to check out the original recipes, read the tradition of kanji in Kerala and other very entertaining, fascinating and colorful with photos of Kerala posts about her formative years spent there in her blog, which I always enjoy reading. Thanks again for everything shn, hugs to you!:)

A closer shot! :)


Cherupayar Mezhukkupuratti or seasoned green Moong salad:

Another dish I tried and loved from shn's blog is "Potato stew or Kerala Eshtu", will link at FH later with a photo.See you all later! :)

67 comments:

ANJALI J. said...

wow, Parathas look delicious.. should try this.i loved the rice soup & salad too.

krystyna said...

Thank you Asha!
You are doing a wonderful job - keep up the great work!

Peace to you; and many blessings and success!

Nandita said...

Amazed at your enthu to try out new cuisines all the time....saw that huge collage of all the tried recipes from bloggers - it was a lovely spread :)

sowmya said...

great entries...very different!!!

bee said...

i mad the kanji with cherupayar the same day she posted it. loved it. busted up shirt???

how many busted up shirts have you seen, ash? do you have some spicy secrets?

kamala said...

Kanji looks delicious Ashaji.Leafy paratha is very tempting too.

Asha said...

Anjali, do try, except the addition of baking powder,it's just like our Kerala Parota!:)

Hi Krys, wish you all the best in life too.Do blog once in a while just to let us know how you are.Hugs to you sweetie, take care!:))

Asha said...

Thank you Ms.N! I enjoy them all and will continue to haunt every blog including your's! Hahaha!

They are Sowmya, I loved it. New taste for me too, specially the Kanji!:))

TBC said...

Z just announced the event and here you are with an entry!
There are way too many events these days but you always have something for most of them. :)

easycrafts said...

the parathas looks superb....

Kalai said...

Parathas look wonderful, Ashakka! Kanji is such a comfort to me, especially when I'm feeling sick and can't tolerate normal food. Thanks for bringing up warm memories! :)

Asha said...

LOL! Bee, haven't busted any shuts except this so far but am ready and willing to bust a "anonymous" blouse after seeing her nasty comment yet again. She signed as "youknowwhoIam" this time!;P
Kanji was really simple and delicious!:)

Thanks Kamala, both were great, enjoyed them!:)

Asha said...

tbc, it was the easiest recipe and yummiest paratha I wanted to try from Cynthia's. Y'day I made a spicy masala for Sunday special lunch, so these were perfect. Two birds in one stone! :D

Thanks EC, were very layery too. Baking powder does the trick and Cynthia's step by step photos help as well!:)

Purnima said...

Asha, loved parathas,gr8 pics! U had Kanji for first time?? Can't believe! It looks perfect wt cheru-payar.
Loved ur way of turning it to soup n cp to salad! :D Popularity has its toll, pls ignore anon! U recieve 100+ comments doesn't mean u know all! Hey belated wishes to 17 n 13..those were cute snaps!Hv a gr8 day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,
kanji and cherupayar looks delicious.

Shalini

Asha said...

Kalai, Kanji sounds great when you are sick or cold. My mom used to make some kind of thin porridge/payasa like with sugar or salt with roasted Rava when we had flu etc!:)

Purni, when I was in Bantwal, I used to hear about Ganji all the time. Kids used to say they had Ganji with fish curry etc in the morning for breakfast before coming school! My mom never made Ganji it at home, but my ajji used to make Ragi Ganji for my toothless Thatha in Mysore!:D
You are right, I just deleted it this morning. Who cares what she thinks anyway, whether I know her or not! Jealousy is not a virtue at all!:)

Asha said...

Makes a great light lunch Shalini, perfect balance of Carb and protein with this combo, try it! I added bit of ghee to the rice. SHHH..!! Don't tell anybody!:D

ranji said...

lovely yummy entries..i especially loved the second one with kanji and payyar as kanji is my fav and i love it with anything...

Uma said...

really great parathas, asha! Kanji looks great too. Love your presentation.

Cham said...

Hi Asha,
The parotha looks wonderful... The kanji is my favourite with some spicy pickle! Lovely with some "Chirupayar"

Asha said...

Thank you Ranji, Uma and Cham!:)

Kanji and payar seems to be every Keralite's fave food combo.Great taste together too.Enjoy, will be making more Kerala food from you all!:D

bee said...

hey ash, why don't you put up her IP so that we all know who she is?

Jyothsna said...

Oh yes, Cynthia does have a lovely collection of recipes. And kanji and cherupayar is making me so hungry!!

Asha said...

I spent 20mins looking for her IP in the morning at site meter, couldn't find it. She has left that comment on Sunday, tried to find her last time too. There are somany who come and go in both blogs, just couldn't locate it.
Believe, I will catch her one day and publish. I had read the same kind of comment in your blog too, I think it's the same person! One day..Bee..one day!
If I know her or if she is one of the bloggers I know, I will be very disappointed and very sad too!!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Asha

This is new paratha recipe to me. Looks good. Will try it. Kanji dish looks tasty.

Srivalli said...

Great looking rotis...you can send them to my roti mela?..no?

Srivalli said...

and that kanji looks great

Arundathi said...

you are a one-woman blog patrol! :) its amazing that you entered Z's so soon! Good for you. I'm still browsing all the recipes!

Madhavi said...

Paratha looks delicious asha !!!

bhags said...

the parathas look nice and soft and so does the kanji.....well what are you reading now a days

Mishmash ! said...

Awww u made my day!! just brightened up my otherwise boring afternoon with this post of urs :) HUGS and really glad that u enjoyed the dishes.....infact u made the right choices :)thanks a lot for showing confidence in my recipes :)

Shn

Asha said...

J, yes, she does, only that you have to email her to get the yummy recipes, got to try her cheese and Broccoli biscuits one day!:)
I will be making something from you too, watch out for me!:D

Mala, adding baking pd makes the paratha puff a little like bread,really good, try!:)

Sri, this roti is her's and recipe is at her blog too, so I better not send it to you!
I will make one for you, don't worry and a mini roti showroom too! Haha! Still plenty of time, thanks for giving me lot of time to cook which is very imp. with somany events going on now!:)

Asha said...

Hi Arundathi, Y'day I was planning to make Bhaturas for lunch and then I saw her fluffy Parathas. Thought why fry when you can bake the puffy parathas for chole, so there they were by lunch time!:D

Hope you try Madhavi!:)

Asha said...

Thanks Bha! :)
Check out my sidebar at FH, posted the photo of the book but still reading it. Got to find time to sit down in one place which is hard for me to do!:D

shn, thank YOU! They both were wonderful and more than these, I LOVED the Eshtu. It was so fragrant and mouthwatering! By the white color, you wouldn't realize how fab it tastes,we loved it. I will post it next Wed. at FH!
Have a great day and wonderful evening too! I will be surfing for more traditional Kerala recipes!:D

Maya said...

Asha, I have to run to keep up with ur posts now LOL....Since you cook so much, do u ever repeat a recipe, I wonder!!! If your blog gets a nasty comment, I wonder about us poor souls, hehehehe. On a serious note, good you hit the delete button. So, not only cooking, but I have a lot more to learn from you :)..Ahh, now, great looking Parathas and Kanji...I came back looking for your latest MIcrowave Cake, will try it now :)..

Richa said...

those parathas look so good, yum! love parathas for breakfast...if someone makes it for me....lol

Divya Vikram said...

Hi Asha..both the parathas and the kanji look awesome..

Asha said...

Maya, I blog only 3 days now, so hard to catch me tomorrow until Wednesday of course! :D
Yeah, people have LOT of time to think badly of others, what can you do? :)

Richa, you are right. Parathas are really take time to roll, cut and layer etc. Plain flour keeps shrinking.I think we should add some wheat flour too, would be easier to roll!:)

Hey DK, I loved them all!:)
My post for your AWED is almost ready, will post on Wednesday.

Meera said...

Asha:
Parathas look awesome. I loved kanji & stir fry too. Lovely spread, as always.

Pravs said...

I think i have tried these paratha in a caribbean restaurant..but forgot how it tastes now. I think like kerala porotta. So you liked kanji and payar. Simple food at its best. Lovely pics.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Asha...
Kanji looks Delish!.... Would be great on a winter evening.... Parathas looks nice....

Red Chillies said...

Loved the flaky look of the paratha, it seems like it will simply ,melt in my mouth.
Same here with Kanji, even though I know so much about it, I cannot get to eat it. Maybe as you said with right seasonings, pickle and the moong palya it should be great!

sra said...

I was looking for the leaves in the roti, LOL! Till I went to Cynthia's post, of course. Busy days at work and lazy days at home for me here!

Jaya said...

Paratha looks so yum and , last pic for mong Dal salad is making me mouth watering cherupayar ( ya it will be so tasty as it has "pyar"( love) in it ......
you have such a vibrant energy , any new event in blogoworld and here u are ready with the recipes ....
hugs and smiles
jaya

chemcookit said...

Amazing food! I'm in love with all of it, not sure what to try first! I guess I'll go check the blog on patrol :)
Also: Asha, I tagged you for a meme! 6 random things about yourself. I hope you have fun writing your post!

Asha said...

Thanks Meera. Taking a break today so I can cook more! :D

Pravs, just like Kerala Parotta except baking pd, tastes the same too!:)

Thanks, Su! Trying to cook everybody's food these days and loving it!:)

Asha said...

You are right, RC. If we are not familiar with certain food habit, it's hard to come around it but we can always try the new tastes atleast once, you never know!:)
I LOVED shn's Eshtu, hope you try that. Even my son liked it and ate it with toast!:))

sra, leafy probably should be layery!:D It's exactly like Kerala parota with a twist.
Lazy days sounds good to me! Must be very hot there too, we are having early Summer heat too but sometimes it rains, feels good when it does! Have fun there and be cool!:)

Asha said...

Hi Jaya, I try my best girl! :D
For me, it's exciting to know the ingredients and see what I can make with it. But I do need to cut down few events a month, so I can have some time to read! :)

Hi Marta, thanks friend, I appreciate it. Thanks for tagging me too, I have already done that MeMe or similar, check my sidebar and click on MeMes at FH!:))

Siri said...

Dear Ashaji,

Guess what, I was unaware of both the events.. thanks to ur post.. :DD..the roti looks so yummy and flaky.. and kanji is new to me too.. gotta try!

Siri

Daily Meals said...

Parathas look so soft, Asha! I love kanji (ganji in Telugu). I tasted it in my childhood in my grandma's place. It's very healthy.

Asha said...

HeHe!! Now you know Siri. Enjoyed both of them, try it!:))

Hi Vijaya, Telugu and Kannada had lot of similarities in language! Ganji was new to me although my ajji made Ragi Ganji, I never tasted it before!:)

Srivalli said...

sad to know abt the nasty comment asha...any help needed, will be glad to dig in...heard few other bloggers are also getting such nasty comments ...not good!

Sig said...

You made kanji and payar... awesome... :) That is the best comfort food for me... Hope you liked it... Parathas look great!!!!

Raaga said...

Thanks Ashakka... this is a nice wholesome, yet light, meal!!

Asha said...

Sri, doesn't bother me much but love to find out who it is and when I do, I will expose her IP address. Yes, she is bothering lot of bloggers too, must be a very sad person!:D

Sig, until we try other's regional home cooked dishes, we will never know the new taste just by looking at the photos in the blogs.Shn's stew was so good, it even surprised me, loved it!:))

You are welcome Raaga, glad you liked then both, we certainly enjoyed it!:)

Roopa said...

thats my favorite !! Its so comforting during a cold climate or be it warm, I love to add pappad and dry coconut chutney to accompany kanji-payar:) mmmm....lovely entry:)

Asha said...

Ooh! Roopa, coconut chutney with Kanji sounds great, never thought of that combo, girl!:)

Suganya said...

You make a simple dish like kanji look exotic :)

priya said...

Moong Salad looks very healthy Asha.

Asha said...

HeHe! Suganya, Kanji combo is exotic for many of us, glad I tried the new taste. I would never have made it otherwise! :)

Moong palya/salad is yummy, easy and healthy with lot of nutrients and lot less fat.Hope you try Priya!:)

zlamushka said...

Asha, thanx for your wonderful contribution. The roti looks so soft and airy...
Kanji looks also great. I used to eat that with salty pickles or sugar every day for breakfast while I lived in China. Your Indian version of this looks tasty.

Asha said...

You are welcome Z, glad I could find my fave bread there at Cynthia's.
They eat Kanji or similar in China too? Interesting and good to know that lot of Asian countries share many things!:))
Have a great weekend.

Raaga said...

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Asha said...

Hi Raaga, I will check it out. Good news is always welcome, specially on Mother's day. Hugs to you!:)

Seema said...

Asha - Liked Dosti Parathas! What a cute name... Never heard of that!! Stuffing Channa dhal & Dill a totally new thing for me...Kanji & Moogh photo looks great!

Cynthia said...

Asha darling! I am totally bowled over by your making of this roti. I thank you humbly and sincerely. I feel so honoured that you made something from my blog.

Love and hugs!

Asha said...

Thank you Seema. Loved both dishes, hope you try!:))

Cynthia, I thoroughly enjoyed making the leafy parathas. We do have a similar Kerala Parotta but I never made it at home before.
Glad I chose this. Thank YOU for posting it!:)