Am here with a simple breakfast/snack recipe called Ponganlu or Guntha Ponganalu. This dish is dumpling made with urad dal and rice batter but can also use with leftover idli-dosa batter. Ponganalu can be made sweet or spicy version and today i am presenting chettinad stlye ponganlu hope you like it and try it out 🙂

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Ponganalu can be handy recipe when we want to use leftover idli-dosa batter to use or when the batter starts to become sour. I would prefer to make normally with last bit of idli batter mostly as snack along with evening coffee than as breakfast.

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If you don’t have much patience and in a hurry then skip the onion frying part and add all the below list of ingredients with batter and make ponganalu. It tastes good with nice onion crunch. Also you can skip coconut if want to try a different version with the same recipe. 🙂

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Just to mention that this snack recipe has various names like paddu, appe, guliappa, gulittu, gundponglu, ponganalu, and gunta pongadalu in various language but as they say what’s there in name.  After so much talk let’s check out the recipe 😀

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Ingredients needed —

Idli Batter – 2 Cups

Onion – 1 Medium

Green Chilies – 2

Curry Leaves – few

Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp

Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Freshly Crushed Peppercorns – 1/4 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp + To cook ponganalu

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Split Urad Dal – 1 tsp

Grated Ginger – 1/2 tsp

Grated Coconut – 1/4 Cup

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Preparation Method —

Finely chop onion, green chilli, curry leaves.

Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok or pan add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add urad dal, curry leaves, green chili, onion saute until onion becomes soft.

Add fried onion, coconut, salt (if required) with idli batter and mix well.

Heat the pan; add a few drops of oil.  Pour spoonful of the batter or until 3/4 of the ponganlu mould or pan

Cover the pan and allow the batter to cook for 2-3 minutes on a low or medium flame, turn each ponganam with a wooden skewer or spoon and cook until crisp, turn once or twice for even cooking if required.  Repeat same for rest of batter.

Serve warm with chutney and/or sambar along with tea or coffee 🙂


Peanut Sugar Treats

Peanut Sugar Treats are my updated version of traditional Andhra sweet shells (gavvalu) My mother is considered an expert in making these sweet shells and each batch would last no longer than a few days!  All through our summer holiday months.. I remember munching on these as evening snacks with our cup of coffee 🙂 Seriously addictive, it is very hard to stop with just a few! 🙂 i just updated my moms sweet shells to peanut sugar treat shells just by changing the main ingredients all purpose flour with chex cereal and sugar syrup with semi sweet choco chips and powdered sugar, vanilla (adopted muddies desi style) 😀

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Ingredients you need for this recipe —


Chex Cereal – 9 cups

Semi – sweet chocolate chips – 1 cup

Peanut butter – 1/2 cup

Butter – 1/4 cup

Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon full

Powdered sugar – 1+1/2 cup

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How I make —


Take a large bowl and pour chex cereal – set aside.

In a microwave bowl combine the left over ingredients – chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter. Microwave these with 100 percent power for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes or until it gets smooth, stirring after 1 minute.

Add vanilla extract and again stir. Now pour this chocolate sauce slowly over cereal, stirring to coat evenly.

Pour cereal into large plastic bag, add powdered sugar and secure. Shake to coat well. Spread on waxed paper to cool.

Cool a bit and store in an airtight container.

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These will stay good for few weeks and are a great holiday gift (when packed in mason jars) for your foodie friends 🙂

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Summer demands for LEMON flavored anything! Seeing as how my sister is a lemon flavor fanatic & I’m a cookie fanatic I decided to combine our interests & here you have lemon sugar cookies. SO DELISH. 🙂 I have adopted this easy recipe from a website. Every time I ready these delicious cookies they came out very well. They just melt in your mouth & the flavor is light & sweet.


Lemon desserts are always the perfect amount of sweet with a refreshing flavor. This recipe is an easy recipe for soft, delicious cookies everyone will love. Simply mix together the ingredients, drop on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes.

Ingredients Needed —

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Zest of one large lemon, finely minced

4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies


Preparation Method —

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Keep them an aside.

Now using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.

Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon tiny peels.

Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

Roll rounded teaspoonful of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1-1/2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they get lightly browned.

Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.


This lemon sugar cookies are ready in no time, and is perfect no matter what time of year. Pass them out!

Enjoy delicious cookies! 🙂