Recycle Rani’s heir apparent and WBB#15 : Starring Pesarattu and Coconut Chutney

pesarattu and spicy coocnut chutney


As children, my brother and I had nicknamed amma “recycle rani” ……….of course we didn’t appreciate the fact that she became a staunch practitioner of recycling everything much before it became fashionable and environmentally necessary….all this owing to the fact that she grew up at a time when everything from clothes to food wasn’t in such abundant supply and it was a government controlled market and hardly the consumerist society that it is today….she’d save mithai boxes to pack food for when we traveled by train…each one had their own meal packed in a box, complete with a paper napkin and cut fruit…….packing paper to reuse either for gift-wrapping or to line cupboard shelves, scraps of fabric for making baby clothes, market bags and other stuff, infact I still have a cover for the mixer –grinder made from such scraps of fabric…..and food…..she put the refrigerator to good use since she was a working woman, with portioned precooked food, boiled dal, gravies etc would be stocked in the freezer, and food was never thrown away if she could help it……if there was vegetable upma for breakfast, I could be pretty sure it was leftovers from the previous night’s dinner…..excess food cooked for festivals or other occasions would be frozen, given a makeover and one wouldn’t be the wiser as to its origins!!

So imagine my happiness when I realized that I hadn’t yet missed the deadline for Nandita’s event?? It’s a cause after my own heart and being the true claimant of my mother’s title, I couldn’t let this one pass up!! So here is a makeover that started off with 3 day old idly batter, quantity that’s not enough for a meal and yet too much to allow your conscience to throw it down the drain….and some Kobbari kaaram podi that wasn’t enough to go around…….they ended up as pesarattu and spicy chutney……my entry for WBB#15 the brainchild of Nandita

Pesarattu ~Quick Fix Recipe (Makes 12-14 pesarattu)

2 cups idly / dosa batter

1 cup whole moong dal, soaked in hot water for a couple of hours and ground to a thick batter with ½ cup water

1 Tablespoon finely chopped ginger

1 green chilly, ground with the moong dal

1 teaspoon whole cumin

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Add the batter of the whole moong and green chilly to the leftover idly batter, add the chopped ginger, whole cumin, salt and a little water to make a dosa like batter. Heat a tava, spoon some batter onto the tava, spread evenly like a dosa, roast till golden brown on both sides, adding a few drops of oil to the ends if required, serve hot with chutney / podi

Spicy coconut chutney (Makes 1 cup)

2 Tablespoons Kobbari Kaaram podi

4 tablespoons grated fresh coconut

1 tablespoon putnala pappu ( roasted chana dal)

1 green chilly

½ inch piece of fresh ginger

Salt to taste

Combine all of the above in a mixer, add about 2 tablespoons of water and pulse to make a smooth paste. Check for salt, adjust and serve with or without tempering

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Came here thru Nandita’s round up. The world sure could use more recycle ranis! Nice twist there on the idly batter!

    hey roopa, welcome to escapades…. 🙂 thanks for the kind words….

  2. sunita says:

    Loved the ‘recycle rani’ bit…and also the dosa 🙂

    🙂 ……

  3. Suganya says:

    Yr mom would so be so proud 🙂

    i sure hope she is!!

  4. Puspha says:

    Hats off to ur mom.

    hi pushpa, welcome to escapades…..thanks so much…..:)

  5. bee says:

    ‘recycle rani’ just cracks me up.

    bee….it would crack me up too in my younger days…albeit in a different way….my brother would look at anything suspicious on the table and enquire “shelf date??” she also swears (among other things…) that old t’s and pj’s make the best kitchen cloths….she’ll cut them up into nice squares and stack them up… 🙂

  6. Tee says:

    what a neat idea! Moms are always so awesome when it comes to recycling things…my mom is also like that 🙂

    oh yes they are….much before it became fashionable to say “i recycle”……. its like we cant appreciate a quality when it comes unannounced….”ghar ki murgi dal barabar!!”

  7. timepass says:

    Lovely recipe

    thanks….. 🙂

  8. Pooja V says:

    wow….this is great !! I too am very conscious about not throwing food.

    hi pooja…welcome to escapades….the best thing about blogging has been meeting like minded people………… 🙂

  9. wow…ring Pesarettu…never heard this before…recipe is pretty interesting 🙂

    hi sirisha, welcome to escapades….err…. i meant starring…pesarattu….

  10. Asha says:

    So clever you mum!:))
    Adding ground Moong to dosa batter is a great idea!:))

    yeah like she says “a whole lot more nutritious and makes it go around too!!”

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