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Today I am posting simple chapathi meal with four sidedishes which I make once in a while. This is one complete whole meal in which everything is there dhal, subzi, salad, roasted curry. We really enjoy having this kind of meal sometimes instead of making one gravy or side dish. So here is the visual treat for you to enjoy...and also I will be posting more meal soon.

The dishes are so simple and no so much of spices and masalas.

1. Chapathi
2.Ridgegourd/Beerakaya Subzi
3. Simple Dhal(Moong)
4. Radish and Carrot salad
5.Roasted potato

Ingredients for Ridge gourd Subzi :

Ridge gourd - peeled and cubed 2 cups
Onion- 1/2 chopped finely
Tomato - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Cummin Seeds - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Cummin Powder - 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - as required
Coriander for garnishing
Oil and salt

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan and splutter the cummin seeds.
2. Add onion saute for few minutes and followed by tomato.
3. Add all the spice powder and ridge gourd.
4. Add little water and once the vegetable is cooked and reached desired consistency.
5.Check for salt and garnish with coriander.

Note :

You can substitute Ridge gourd with bottle gourd, Potato, Cauliflower and peas, Paneer also tastes so good.


Ingredients for Moong dhal :

Moong dhal - cooked 1 cup
Cummin seeds - 2 tsp
Onion - 1/4 cup chopped
Tomato - 1/4 cup chopped
Chilli powder - 1/8 tsp
Garam masala - 1/8 tsp

For grinding:

Garlic - 2
Green chilli - 2
Make paste out of garlic and green chilli.

Coriander for garnishing
Salt and oil

Method :

1. Pressure cook dhal or in pan with little turmeric.
2. Heat oil in the kadai and splutter cummin.
3. Add onion saute followed by the ground paste.
4. Add tomato once it is mashed and cooked add the dhal, salt and chilli powder.
5. Add some water and cook for some time.
6. Garnish with coriander.


This is so so yummy dhal which is so simple and really you feel very light with chapathi.
This can also be served with rice too.
Some time I mix the leftover dhal for making dhal masala paratha too. Tastes so good.

Ingredients for Salad :

Radish- 1 cup
Carrot - 1 cup
Green chillies - 4 or 5
Mustard - 1 tsp
Lemon - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method :

1. Mix the radish, carrot in bowl with chillies.
2. Heat 1/4 tsp of oil splutter Mustard switch of the flame and add the turmeric in hot oil.
3.Immediately add to the veggies. Add the salt and lemon juice mix well and garnish with coriander.

Note :

If you have beets You can combine with this.
The mustard and Turmeric gives nice flavour to the salad.

Ingredients for Roasted Potato :

Potato - Boiled 2 cups
Chilli powder - as required
Turmeric - few
Saunf powder - 2 tsp
Curry leaves

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan, add the chopped potato and the spice powders , curry leaves.
2. Add salt and fry till roasted.

Dolly Sharma  – (December 21, 2009 at 1:48 PM)  

Wow looks awesome and inviting. Pls Send me one Chapathi meal please..I'm really impressed with you. Chapathi with not one not two but 4 side dishes. A Complete Meal. Beautiful Clicks.

indhu  – (December 21, 2009 at 2:32 PM)  

I love such meals - nutrition packed, yummy and simple to prepare :)

- Indhu (

Priya Suresh  – (December 21, 2009 at 3:03 PM)  

Wow delicious and healthy platter..;tempting spread Pavithra..

Perspectivemedley  – (December 21, 2009 at 3:47 PM)  

very very niceeee Pavithra :).. healthy too!!

Unknown  – (December 21, 2009 at 3:54 PM)  

Delicious, healthy & lovely spread.

Unknown  – (December 21, 2009 at 4:42 PM)  

Real Inviting recipe's,packed with Nutriment and Delightment...

Poornima Nair  – (December 21, 2009 at 5:04 PM)  

Thats a wonderful and nutritious meal.

chakhlere  – (December 21, 2009 at 6:12 PM)  

I want that platter right now. Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. all are my fav dishes.

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (December 21, 2009 at 7:01 PM)  

What a awesome spread on the platter for the tummy..yummy yum yum:)

Gita Jaishankar  – (December 21, 2009 at 7:10 PM)  

What a healthy and wholesome meal...everything looks so tasty :)

Nithya  – (December 21, 2009 at 7:33 PM)  

Everything looks delicious anni.. cute presentation as ever. :) We 3 at home have rotis every night these days.. so this will surely come in handy for me to make the side dishes. :)

Cham  – (December 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM)  

Look like a feast! Lovely presentation too :)

Sarah Naveen  – (December 21, 2009 at 8:53 PM)  

Wow!! thats a great meal dea..!!!looks so tempting ..nice clicks too

Padma  – (December 21, 2009 at 9:28 PM)  

Nice healthy meal Pavithra...

SE  – (December 21, 2009 at 9:46 PM)  

Awesome !! looks very inviting ..perfect balanced meal..

Nandinis food  – (December 21, 2009 at 9:56 PM)  

Wow! Healthy array of dishes. Beautiful pics in this weather :)

chef and her kitchen  – (December 21, 2009 at 9:58 PM)  

lovely spread dear..atleast twice or thrice we will have similar meal to this...
and for every serving we even need achaar and masala dahi...
I love these kind of simple meals...
ridge gourd is somewat which i dont use much at home as hubby does not like it...but I dont mind eating it..everything looks gr8 dear

Raks  – (December 21, 2009 at 10:37 PM)  

Even I love spreads Pavithra,I really enjoy meals if some one comes home,as I cook something different from the usual,this is such a yummy meal,all the sides makes me hungry now :)

Ash  – (December 21, 2009 at 11:38 PM)  

What a healthy spread that is & simple too......Very light on tummy.......too.....And u have captured it well too...


priya  – (December 22, 2009 at 12:16 AM)  

Hi dear,

Please accept the award from my blog!

Unknown  – (December 22, 2009 at 12:38 AM)  

Wow! I am so much impressed with this wholesome meal. Will have to try this menu sometime.

Rekha shoban  – (December 22, 2009 at 1:55 AM)  

wow!four different side dishes for chapthi really healthy dishes and nice presentation

jayasree  – (December 22, 2009 at 2:57 AM)  

Delicious and healthy platter. I love this kind of meal. Your pics are tempting me to cook one such soon.

my kitchen  – (December 22, 2009 at 3:12 AM)  

Delicious & healthy meal,Looks great
Do visit my blog when u find time

Aruna Manikandan  – (December 22, 2009 at 7:30 AM)  

Looks wonderful to eyes...
A Healthy meal with lovely delicious side dishes

Latha  – (December 22, 2009 at 8:03 AM)  

wow!!!!real inviting.....a lovely platter.

Vikis Kitchen  – (December 22, 2009 at 8:06 AM)  

Truly its a treat to my eyes and makes me hungry:)
Happy holidays dear!
Wish you and family a
Prosperous New year filled with joy and happiness by the grace of God.

Usha  – (December 22, 2009 at 8:56 AM)  

What a lovely spread, everything looks inviting !

Aps Kitchen  – (December 22, 2009 at 9:23 AM)  

I tried commenting thrice but cudn tht time...uh finally I m here.... I loved the nutricious spread.... :)...will try the gourd curry for sure :)

Unknown  – (December 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM)  

very delicious and comfort meal looks great

Parita  – (December 22, 2009 at 11:29 AM)  

Hey dear i must say your clicks have improved hell lot..have you brought a new SLR? Gorgeous pictures!!!

Pavithra Elangovan  – (December 22, 2009 at 12:19 PM)  

No pari still using the same old digital Canon Powershot.

lata raja  – (December 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM)  

Pavithra looks like you've settled down well. The meal tells me so. All four side dishes are just excellent.

Siddhi Shirsat  – (December 22, 2009 at 12:58 PM)  

hey pavitra nice tasty and healthy meal...who ever will have this vl realy njoy it...very filling n tasty dishes...nice clicks 2.

Anonymous –   – (December 22, 2009 at 2:55 PM)  

very very appetising.who wud say a no this wholesome meal? bring it on

San!!!  – (December 22, 2009 at 3:47 PM)  

Healthy treat for the taste buds,neat presentation and it's cute as well.Awesome pics.

Chef Jeena  – (December 22, 2009 at 5:39 PM)  

What a fantastic selection of dishes, I love the colours and textures and I bet the taste and aroma is scrumptious.

Merry Christmas. :-)

Anu  – (December 23, 2009 at 12:34 AM)  

Wow awesome looks delicious and inviting... A complete meal... Nice click..

Angie's Recipes  – (December 23, 2009 at 2:34 AM)  

What a great selection of dishes! I wish I could just grab some of them!

Cooking Foodie  – (December 23, 2009 at 4:18 AM)  

Good looking blog Pavithra... nice recipes too... will have to try some soon...

Nithya Praveen  – (December 23, 2009 at 9:14 AM)  

Awesome...great spread.Lovely clicks too:)

Nithya Praveen

Spice  – (December 23, 2009 at 9:36 AM)  

I can eat that meal anytime...No doubt, this meal is one satisfying my place every other day it's this kind.....but pickle is also part of it...

Malar Gandhi  – (December 23, 2009 at 11:32 AM)  

Aaah Pavithra, now I call that dinner...wish lived somewhere close to you, he he...just kidding.

The spread looks divine...who wouldnt be delightful to have 4-5 side dishes.

Thats very kind of you (to suggest your non-veg friends to browse my blog)! Thank you so really means lot to me:)

Happy Holidays...

Namitha  – (December 23, 2009 at 3:16 PM)  

What a yummy platter..A complete meal :-)

Mythreyi Dilip  – (December 23, 2009 at 4:49 PM)  

Excellent spread of veggie sides dear, love to have all with soft chapatis!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays:)

Aruna Manikandan  – (December 24, 2009 at 1:15 AM)  


Love to share an award with u. Kindly accept it

radha  – (December 24, 2009 at 6:09 AM)  

What a wholesome meal. And healthy too.

Shri  – (December 26, 2009 at 9:02 PM)  

Looks delicious,Pavithra!Happy Holidays!

Anupama  – (December 28, 2009 at 4:53 PM)  

Wow wow wow! What a great chapathi meal... very well balanced too!

Mangala Bhat  – (December 30, 2009 at 11:16 AM)  

wow! Looks Awesome! Happy New year!

Princy Vinoth  – (May 2, 2012 at 1:43 AM)  

i love this chapati thaali!beautiful and light!

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