Friday, December 30, 2011

Peas Pulao

                                                               This is the most simplest pulao i have made.I bet it is a Favourite dish in any party menu. This is the season where you get lot of fresh green peas so decided to make it today.I added a little mint leaves for additional flavour.You can have it with any kind of Dal.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Strawberry & Banana smoothie

                                                             The best way to make the kids eat fruits especially banana is to make it in to a smoothie.I make this smoothie quite often for the kids because they make a lot of fuss eating fruits.It is quite filling and very nutritious and of course very colourful because of the strawberries!!!It is a real after School-drink for instant energy!!!!You can top it up with a scoop of ice cream if you are at home.



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Moong Dhal Sambar/Tiffin Sambar


This moong dhal sambhar is made as an accompaniment for idlis,dosas and pongal.They make it mostly in the south Indian weddings.I love it when they serve hot idlis and this sambhar is banana leaf.It tastes heavenly!!!That is why my chittappa usually calls it "Kalyana gothsu".It is a little different from the usual sambar.I think it is in between gothsu and sambar.


 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mango Thokku

                                                                 I have already posted one recipe for Mango thokku.This is another way of making it.I keep making this often in our house.It is an all time favourite and all of us love it. we eat it with bread,dosa and of course with curd rice.



Friday, November 11, 2011

Sprouts Salad

                                                     I like to include sprouts in a lot of dishes because it is"very healthy".This salad is a simple one and it becomes part of our menu at least few times a week.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Diwali Legiyam|Marundu|Diwali Recipes

                                                     We have seen so many sweet and savoury recipes for Diwali now it is time to make this yummy medicinal legiyam.In our house we use to call it Marundu which means medicine in Tamil.After all the sweets our stomach should not go for a Toss so that is why this was invented i guess.
                                                      It is quite simple with most of the ingredients at home except the Knadathipilli and sukku(dry ginger)which you get in Nattu marundu kadai.There is one famous Dabba chetty kadai in kutchery road mylapore or Salam stores in Pondy bazar.You even get the powder ready made in these shops.



Monday, October 17, 2011

Ellu Sadam/Sesame Seeds Rice

                                                                Sesame Seeds is what we call Ellu in Tamil.There are two types of Sesame seeds one in black and other in white.My mother used to use lot of black seeds in making ellu sadam or ellu urundai or in idli(dosai) chilli powder.
My mother used to make this rice on Saturdays of Tamil month(purattasi(sept15th-oct 15th)).It is a speciality neivedhayam for lord balaji(venkatajalapathy)along with paruppu payasam and ulundu vadai.
This rice is made when you fry the sesame seeds in some sesame oil along with red chillies,urad dal and channa dal.Then you powder it and mix it with cooked rice.When you fry the seeds you can hear a crackling noise!!!!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Bread Paneer Rolls

This is another after school snack i tried from sharmee's blog.It sounded and looked interesting to me.Just making bread more interesting and tasty.I already made it quiet a few times and the kids loved it.


 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beet Root Halwa

All of us love beet root in our family starting from my grandfather to my daughters and nieces.We enjoy beet root in any form curry,sambar,kootu,salad and of course beet root halwa.This is my nieces favourite sweet every time she comes in summer for holidays my mother always used to make it for her.It is quiet similar to carrot halwa preparation but i have not added milk in this for a change.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Dhokla

                                                                   Few of my friends requested me to post some after school snack recipes for children so i thought let me give it a try and this is the first one.Dhokla is a Gujarati snack somewhat like the south Indian idly.It is quiet simple and healthy because it is steamed.Have a look!!




Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sweet and Sour Vegetables


This is quiet an easy and simple Chinese vegetable.You have it with Noodles or rice.I have used my own choice of vegetables you can choose yours and if you like pineapple you can add!it gives a little sweet and sour taste to the dish.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Arisi Vella Puttu/Navarathri (Friday)Recipes

                                                        This is a very traditional recipe made especially on fridays of the navrathri.It is quiet a difficult  and a long process one.There aren't many recipes for puttu(made this way)on the net too.My aunt is too good at this and i took the recipe from her and of course brushed up with Meenakshi ammal's books.


Carrot Poli

Carrot Poli is a new kind of poli i tasted in Savera hotel (restaurant )when i went for a party.I have not tried or tasted it before that.I tried to figure out the recipe and tried it at home.It is something new and very different and tasty.I really liked it so i thought i will make it and post it for all the readers and for my record.You can make it smaller or bigger as you like and as per the occassion.If there are too many items in your menu that day you can really make them small but if you are making only this poli you can make it a little bigger along with some vadas which would make a delicious snack for you and for your guests.!!!!!!!!!
 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Curry Leaves Thogayal/Chutney

                                                                    Once in a while i like to make a gravy or a chutney with curry or mint leaves.Today i decided to make curry leaves thogayal(which is my daughter's favourite).My mom always used to say it was very good for health(hair especially) and it has lot of iron.
It is quiet simple to make and we usually have it with steaming hot rice and with a spoon of ghee or oil on top of it with some fried pappads.Traditionally they use to grind it in the Ammi(Indian grinding stone) but i ground it  in the mixer.I saw this ammi(in the picture)in a shop.I loved it so much!!!! i  just bought it to crush garlic or ginger!!!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Aloo Palak/Spiced Potatoes in Spinach Puree

                                                                          I think i have already posted few palak recipes and that is how health freak i am.yes this is another subzi or gravy (accompaniment)for rotis(Indian breads).Basically you boil the potatoes,dice and saute them with all the spices and simmer in palak or spinach puree.



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chidambaram Gothsu/Sutta kathirikkai Gothsu

                                                                This is also another traditional recipe from Chidambaram.There are quiet a few versions to it.but my mother used to make it in this way so i just follow it.Even though my kids are not a big fan of brinjal they eat it and my hubby loves it with "arisi upma".


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vella Aval/Sweetened Rice flakes

                                           .My mother used to make this when we were small...Later when we grew up our taste buds changed and kind of forgotten these (traditional)simple recipes.Now  I want to record these kind of traditional recipes here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kadalai paruppu Sundal/Navrathri Recipes

                                                         Navrathri is approaching  I thought let me post some Sundal Recipes.I have already posted two other varieties of making sundal(sweet and masala).This type is quiet easy and simple and does not require too much time.You can make almost all the pulses in the same way except that the soaking and cooking time varies according to the dal.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Paneer Makhani

                                                                          I have been wanting try this Recipe in a long time since i knew how to make only paneer butter masala with paneer.I found this recipe in the following link.And i have posted it today (Tuesday ) to submit for bookmarked Recipes of US masala.
This is quiet simple and fast if you have paneer and creme at home.



Monday, September 12, 2011

Paruppu Urundai Mor kozhambu

               
                                                     Paruppu urundai morkozhambu is a speciality dish.It is made in two different gravies my mom makes it in mor kozhambu gravy and my mil makes it in tamarind gravy( i will soon post the other one too).I made the mor kozhambu simple because of the paruupu urundai's in them they are quiet heavy.Some people use tur dhal and some make it with channa dal(kadalai paruppu)to make the urudais.You can even use both.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Semiya Payasam/Kheer/Vermicelli milk pudding

                                                                  This Payasam or kheer or pudding  is the most simple,fast and easiest one to make.Now that you get Roasted Vermicelli in the stores it becomes even more easier.



Friday, September 9, 2011

Calzone

                                                                            Calzone originates from Italy.It is made of Ingredients similar to pizza folded over and shaped like a crescent.Usually these are stuffed with Tomatoes and mozzarella but i just modified according to my kids taste.
My daughter wanted to have Pizza today so i thought being Friday  let me try out something new and that tastes like pizza and while i was browsing found this recipe (I tried from US masala blog)gave it a try and made it little more healthy by adding a lot of wheat flour.My kids were extremely thrilled to see such a new recipe and that tasted like Pizza which they love anyways!!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ada Pradaman/Onam Recipes

                                                                Pradaman is payasam in Malayalam.Tomorrow being Onam I thought let me try out this recipe.I bought the ready made Ada that is available in stores and boiled it and mixed with jaggery and coconut milk and garnished with cardamom powder and edible camphor.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Idiyappam

                                                                       Idiyappams are rice noodles which are very soft on the stomach(considered safe food) even when you have a fever.I bought the Idiyappam flour in the store and made it at home.let us see how i made it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Spicy peanut sundal/Navrathri Recipes

                                                                   My mother used to make this sundal slightly different than the usual. It is usually tempered with mustard seeds and coconut but she used to add this curry powder which used to make it different,spicy and more tasty.so everyone who came to my house for kolu used to love this!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Murukku

                                                                         After seeing all the posts for krishna jayanthy i got too tempted to make Murukku.I saw this ready made flour in the shop so just got it and made it immediately.Let us see how i made it.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Kadalai paruppu payasam

                                                                          This payasam is made with Channa Dal(kadalai paruppu)and jaggery.It is made on all auspicious days and functions.It is quiet simple and easy to make.You can make this on Navratri days,Ganesh chathurthi,Krishna jayanthi and many other .

Monday, August 29, 2011

Manglore Bonda(karnataka special)

                                                              Manglore Bonda is a karnataka style tea time Fried Snack.It is quiet simple and easy to make with simple ingredients available at home.It is a special one in Woodlands restaurant in Chennai.My father used to buy it whenever he drops in and it is one of his favourite too!!!




Thursday, August 25, 2011

APPALAM KOZHAMBU/THIRUNELVELI STYLE

                                                                This is a kind of Vathakozhambu or some call it the Venthaya kozhambu with appalam.I had never heard about it until i got married.Instead of the vegetable we use broken appalam fried in gingelly oil along with mustard seeds,tur dhal and red chillies and most importantly some fenugreek seeds and then cooked in tamarind water and the powders.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pal khoa/Thirattipal/Gokulashtami Recipes

                                                         This Gokulashtami(lord krishna's birthday) i decided to make some milk sweet that is Krishna's favourite and it happened to be my hubby's favourite too!!!Let us see how i made it.




Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dhal fry and Vegetable Kohlapuri

                                                         I decided to try something different today so looked for recipes in Tarla dala's book and looked at Maharashtrian Recipes and decided on Vegetable kohlapuri.The ingredients were different slightly so decided to make a dhal fry along with it in case the kids do not like it(it was a back up).Let me give you the Recipe for both.


Friday, August 12, 2011

GOTHUMA RAWA UPMA

                                                                This upma is a welcome change for south Indians eating rotis everyday for health reasons.It is quiet similar to rawa upma (except that you don't need to roast the rawa in the begining)just that it  has lot of vegetables and it is very  helathy!!!!!!You can refer to rawa upma for stpewise pictures


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vegetable au gratin

                                                               Once in a while i try different recipes like this.Au gratin is a french dish.Of course i have modified it a little.I have combined vegetables with macaroni in white sauce and baked it with cheese.It is a side dish usually served with garlic bread.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

STUFFED TOMATOES

                                                               This is one of my favourite subzi's.whenever we go to a restaurant we order since it is not very simple one to make often at home.But once in a while you need to cook such exoticdishes too so i decided to make it today.




Sunday, July 31, 2011

KANDATHIPILLI RASAM

                                                                 This is one more rare type of rasam in the sense it is not made regularly.You can even call it a medicinal rasam.It is made in south Indian homes when you have body ache,sore throat and a common cold.In this rasam we fry two different types of herbs Kandathipilli and Arisithipili along with pepper and red chillies and boil in tamarind water.


You will Need

  • Big marble sized ball of Tamarind
  • 3/4tsp of Black Pepper
  • 2-4 Red chillies
  • One tbs of Channa Dal
  • One tsp of Coriander seeds
  • One tsp of Cumin seeds
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Four sticks of Kandathippilli
  • Four sticks of Arisithippilli
  • Two cups of Tur Dal water
  • Salt to Taste
  • Ghee for tempering
How To
  1. Soak Tamarind in hot water for half an hour and extract juice three times and keep aside.
  2. In a pan heat a tsp of ghee and roast pepper,chillies,coriander seeds and two thippilllis.
  3. Cool the roasted ingredients and grind it along with cumin seeds and curry leaves in to a smooth paste or powder.
  4. In a pan heat ghee again and crackle mustard seeds and add tamarind water.
  5. When the raw smell of the tamarind goes add the ground paste and salt.
  6. Add some Dal water to subside the spice in the rasam.
Variation
  • You can make this with garlic also.When you crackle mustard seeds add peeled garlic and fry.
  • Allow it to boil along with tamarind water and later add the ground paste.
  • In this case you may not add Dal water.You can use one tomato if you like.
  • I did use otherwise it would become too medicinal.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

ONION PICKLE/VENGAYA THOKKU


This yummy thokku is all time favourite in my house.It goes well with hot rice,chapatti,idlis,dosas and bread too.It can be stored in the refrigerator for a month.

You will Need

  • 250gms of sambar onions
  • 10 to 12 Red chillies
  • Marble sized ball of Tamarind
  • Half a cup of Gingelly oil
  • One tsp of Mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste
How To
  1. Heat one tbs of of oil in a thick pan and saute the onions(peeled).
  2. Cool it.Grind it along with the chillies,tamarind and salt into a paste.
  3. Heat the rest of the oil in the same pan crackle mustard seeds.
  4. Add the ground paste and heat it till oil separates stirring on and off.
Tips
  • The more you cook it stays longer.
  • Adjust chillies according to your taste.
  • It stays for one month if refrigerated.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

MASALA FRITTERS(BAJJI) WITH MANGO SAUCE


Bajji or fritters is a very popular south indian fried snack.It is made with a mixture of Bengal gram flour,rice flour,salt chilli powder etc mixed with water.Sliced vegetables and dipped in the batter and deep fried.
This is a variation from the normal one just to make it more yummy and aromatic.


You will Need(for the bajji)
  • One cup gram flour
  • Two tbs of rice flour
  • Salt to taste
Masala ground into fine paste
  • Two green chillies
  • One tsp of fennel seeds
  • Handful of Coriander leaves
  • One small piece of ginger
  • Two pods of garlic
How to
  1. Mix gram flour,rice flour salt and the ground masala in a wide bowl and make a batter adding a little more water.
    2.Slice the vegetables of your choice like carrots,potatoes,onions dip it in the batter and deep fry.
For the Mango sauce you will Need
  • One Small Raw mango
  • One green chilli
  • Two cloves
  • One cardamom
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
How to
   1.In a white cloth tie green chilli,cloves,cardamom,cinnamon stick.Slice the mangoes in to big pieces without the skin.Boil it along with the tied masalas.

  2.Take out the tied masalas and throw it away.Once the mango is cooked mash it into a thick pulp,add sugar and salt and heat it up further to make it thick sauce.

Tips
  • You can adjust the amount of chillies in both the sauce and the bajji according to your taste.
I am pleased to send this Recipe to this event.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

KOTHAMALLI SADAM

                                                                   This is one way of making kothamalli sadam.I saw this recipe in jaya TV by revathy shanmugam.I like her recipes and the way she cooks.I thought i will make kothamalli sadam for kids lunch box.It came out pretty well.I usually cook the rice separately and mix the paste but in this Revathy shanmugam has used coconut milk which adds a rich taste and flavour to the rice.


You will Need
  • One cup of Basmati Rice
  • One  small bunch of Coriander leaves
  • Tow onions chopped lenghtwise
  • One cup of Coconut milk
  • Few tsp of Oil
  • About four cloves
  • Four cardamom
  • Two pieces of cinnamon sticks
  • One small piece of Ginger
  • Two pods of Garlic
  • Two green chillies
  • Salt to taste.


How To
1.Grind the coconut adding  little water.
 2.Extract the milk.Repeat it three times and keep the milk aside.
3.Gather the ingredients for grinding in to a mixer.Add a little water.
 4.Grind in to smooth paste.
 5.Heat oil in a pan crackle saunf,cardamom,cloves and cinnamon.
 6.Add chopped onion and fry till it becomes light brown.
 7.Add the ground paste and fry for two minutes
 8.Add two cups water,salt and allow it to boil.
 9.Add the washed rice and mix well.
 10.Let it be on high flame till the water evaporates.Lower the flame and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
 11.Once the rice is cooked add few tsp of ghee if you prefer check for salt.




Notes
  • You can add some more ghee to make it more rich.
  • You can add some fried cashew nuts.
  • You can soak the rice for half an hour before cooking.
  • cook basmati rice in 1:13/4 or maximum 2 cups water.