Monday, December 29, 2014

Almond Basundhi

                                                                   Almond Basundhi is a new sweet i discovered from Tarla Dala's Website.I wanted to make some Indian sweet with half a can of Condensed milk so i was searching for the recipe and i found this interesting.It is very very simple to make and rich in taste also.HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!
 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Nutella Truffles

                                                                 I wanted to make a dessert for Christmas, that's easy and fast to make and at the same time my kids should like it.My neighbor, a french lady, brought us some homemade Macaroons and Chocolate Truffles for Christmas. That gave me an idea to try truffles and I looked for recipes and found a easy one. Here it is.....

Monday, December 22, 2014

Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake

                                                                I have been trying out baking recipes slowly one by one.I thought i will make Plum cake for christmas but this tutti frutti cake is a long pending one and my kids preferred this one so i thought let me do this.I did a little bit of running around for tutti frutti in the morning it was not available in most of the stores(may be christmas time)finally i found it in nuts and spices.It was a good experience baking after a long time!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jeera Aloo

                                                                    Jeera is nothing but Cumin seeds and Aloo is potato.This Jeera aloo subzi is a very popular north Indian subzi with Potatoes Tossed with Cumin seeds and few other spices.People usually make it during fasting period during festival and pooja times becuase this has no onion or garlic and potatoes are filling and cumin seeds are very good digestive.
I am making this subzi along with some dal for roti and rice.Since the subzi is dry it is always accompanied with some kind of Dal.You can drizzle some lemon juice and have it (as a starter) with some sliced onions it tastes heavenly!!!



Monday, December 15, 2014

Thin Crust Veggie Pizza

                                                                      Thin Crust pizzas are the 'in thing' now.Even my kids prefer it to a thick and cheesy pizza.We have taken to it after trying it out in restaurants like "Little Italy" and "Tuscana". I'm a fan of pizzas with Pineapple on it. Of course you can try whatever topping you want but the base recipe remains the same.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Parangikkai Kootu/Tender Pumpkin Kootu

                                                             I can call this kootu as my "family dish" yes my kids love this kootu especially when my MIL makes it.Itseems my husband used to love it when he was a kid and she used to say the same story to my kids and they also started loving it.So it is a compulsory dish that she has to make whenever she visits us.
It tastes best when the Pumpkin is tender.I got this Tender pumpkin from my neighbor from his farm and i am trying different recipes like Thogayal,Gothsu etc out of that.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Carrot Rice/Spicy Carrot Rice

                                                                              Carrot rice is not something that everyone makes often!! I do not make it often either, but when you need a variety or something for your lunch box this rice recipe comes out. My recipe for carrot rice is a little spicy version, but you can make it mild without grinding the masalas for a party with many dishes.If you are making it as a single dish might as well make it spicy and tasty and have it with raita and chips.
                                     
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Karthigai Adai Recipe/Vella Adai/Uppu Adai

                                                                     Apart from making Nel Pori Urundai and Aval Pori Urundai, we make Appam and Adai in the evening when we light the lamps on Karthigai.I have already posted Pori urundai and appam recipes before and Adai was the only one left.
We make this adai with raw rice(pacha arisi) because it is for neivedhyam (we do not use boiled rice for neivedhyam) and we make two types of adais - one is sweet with jaggery and the normal adai with salt and chillies.
I have made the dough common for both,divided it and added ingredients for sweet and salt adai.You can judge according to your requirement and divide.Usually sweet adai does not sell much in my house so I have just used one fourth of the dough for it.



Monday, December 1, 2014

Vegetable Podi Dosai

                                                                                  I had this vegetable podi dosai yesterday in a restaurant i liked it so much that i immediately tried it at home today.I always had this habit of trying the dish at home what i like the most in the restaurant.Acutally this vegetable podi dosai is nothing new just masala dosai with few vegetables in the masala and dosai milagai podi sprinkled over it.The way it was done attracted me so much and here is how i did it.....


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pindi Chole/Pindi Channa

                                                               I have tasted this Pindi chole when i was little and i used to wonder why this channa is so different in colour and where the colour came from????Later when i started cooking i learnt from my North Indian friends that they put Tea leaves or Tea bags while boiling the channa.
Anyway it used to be very different from the normal channa i did not even realise it is made differently and callled different.Now i have started making with Bhaturas!!!!!
I like the tangy taste in this channa and it is best suitable for Bhaturas!!!It is a little dry so it can be had like a snack or a sundal along with some chopped onions and lemon juice.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chili Bajji/Stuffed Mirchi Bajji


                                                        Mirchi or Chilli Bajji is a popular  Indian Fried snack. It is an ideal snack on a rainy day with a cup of Masala Chai(Tea).I have tried this Bajji with a stuffing of potato and a little bit of Paneer. You can create stuffing as per your taste and liking. It came out good and tasted great.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Banana Milkshake


                                                                There is no better or  tastier way to make the kids eat Bananas.Especially when it is really ripe, no one will touch it in my house. I will just chop and put them in a mixer and make a tasty milkshake with a dollop of ice cream in it and a few decorations on top and even before you realize, the bananas are over. A healthy and effective start to the day !



Monday, November 17, 2014

Garlic Rasam/Poondu Rasam

                                                            Garlic rasam is one of my favourite rasam.My mother used to make it once a week especially on Sundays when everyone is at home more for its medicinal values.
It helps in digestion,cough cold etc.sometimes she just used to add some boiled garlic to the normal paruppu rasam.My aunt(athai) is a specialist in making this  Garlic rasam.She used to make it with two other spices "kandathippili" and "Arisithippili".She used to make it really spicy and mix it with some mashed rice and ghee and make us drink in our empty stomach so that we feel really hungry for  sunday feast!!!!!



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thakkali Vathakozhambu/Tomato Vathakozhambu

                                                              Now it is plenty of Red Tomatoes everywhere i wanted to make this kozhambu.All of us in our family, my aunts and uncles are fond of Tomatoes and we have an extra doze of tomatoes in all the dishes.My aunt makes this vathakozhambu with tomatoes.It brings down the spice of the vathakozhambu and it is very tasty.It is a variation from the normal vathakozhambu and a treat to those who love tomatoes.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Indian Style Subway Sandwich


                                                                  "Sub" my way yes this sandwich is truly my imagination.I always like a little spice and Indian taste in my sandwiches.I got this bread in spencers stores and tried this sub.It tasted yummy especially with the tasty "paneer tikka"so i thought i should click and post it if you also like it pls try it out it is so yummy!!!!!!!
I have not mentioned the amount of ingredients because it is up to our taste and depends on how many sandwiches you are going to make.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gobi Kaju Masala/Cauliflower and cashewnut Masala


                                                                   Cauliflower is one of our favourite vegetable.Now because of its availability it is very fresh and good.It is a very good choice for making north Indian gravies and subzis to go with all types of Indian breads.I am sure the north Indians make a hell lot of them.I have tried a few and few south Indian gravies and subzis and Cauliflower "Sadam".
I have eaten this subzi in a restuarant it was called gobi kaju mawa curry.Cauliflower and cashewnuts in a rich cahew gravy and mawa or milk fat added to to it.I have tried to make a simpler version of that.You can add some creme or mawa to the gravy at the stage when you add curd.





Monday, November 3, 2014

Instant Ragi Dosa Recipe

                                                                  I have always included ragi flour in my chapathi flour(wheat flour)to make chapthis daily and tried the ragi kanji sometimes but i have not tried any other recipe.I have just started making  dosas with ragi flour.Considering its health benefits i include ragi in my dishes and make things out of ragi flour.
Ragi dosa is a easy to make and it tastes best when eaten hot.It takes a little longer to cook than the normal dosa.You can add a few tbs of ragi flour to our normal dosa dough and make dosa too.Include ragi flour in your dosa and chapathi dough and enjoy its helath benefits.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ennai kathirikkai Kozhambu

                                              One more favourite dish of my family.My grand mom used to call it "nellore kozhambu"don't know why??I think it resembles  Andhra food and it is a little "spicy".If you keep the ingredients ready it is quiet simple and fast to make.We used to pester my mom to make this kozhambu with  more kootu and some curry.
You can adjust the spice level according to your taste reduce or increase the number of chillies and adjust the consistency if you want it thick or little watery.




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ginger Juice/Ingi sorasam


                   After all the sweets and savouries for diwali now i think it is time to have some digestive which will get our system back to normal.Yes  Ginger juice or "Ingi sorasam"as my mother used to call it is more a digestive than a juice.It is very popular in Thanjavur district.
My mom used to make it every month and we used to have it in a empty stomach..It is  a cure for  indigestion too.I love ginger and lemon.Those who love ginger will definitely like it. 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Adhirasam Recipe

                                                                Adhirasam is a very traditional sweet made during diwali and south Indian weddings only.It is a long process so it is not made very often at home.We occassionally buy a small pkt of adhirasam from grand snacks and satisfy the craving.
                         This time i thought let me try making this myself and post it.I did everything totally relaxed.The dough has 24 hours standing time so it was actually litte easy.
                        Two things are important for this recipe one is home made rice flour which i have shown in so many recipes and the other is pagu vellam which you can buy in stores.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kara Sev/Poondu Kara Sev/Garlic Kara sev

                                                          Kara Sev is a easy snack prepared during diwali time and not only diwali time almost all round the year.It is a perfect munchy snack any time of the year and day.I remember when we went on a tour abroad one family who traveled with us bought huge packets of Kara sev fried in coconut oil and the aroma used to spread throughout the bus.They used to share with all of us and we all of us enjoyed it through out the tour.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Badam Burfi/Cake|Almond fudge

                                                     Badam cake or burfi is a very common sweet in the Tamil household or south indian household during diwali time.My grandmom used to call it as cake and she used to make it when we used to visit her during holidays.From that time i was fond of this sweet.
          This is an all time favourite sweet in my house.I make this burfi or Badam kheer often since my daughters do not eat any nuts especially "badam".It is quiet simple to make.You just have to get the right consistency to pour in to the plate to make in to burfi's.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Mullu Murukku/Mullu Thenkuzhal

                                                       During festival time my house used to be so busy the maid used to go to the flour mill everyday to grind some murukku mavu for my mom.Now a days there are lots of things conveniently available in the stores.I made this easy Mullu Murukku version.It is one of my favourite murukkus because it is a little spicy than the normal thenkuzhal.It is a easy murukku made during diwali time and of course it is a perfect snack at tea time.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gulab Jamun Recipe

                                                    Gulab jamun is most peoples favourite sweet that is why it is so common in all the parties and  festivities.It is  easy to make that is another reason for it to part of any  menu.My kids love it and i often make it with the MTR gulab jamun mix which makes it even more simple.I feel it is very light and soft so we all love it.
Today i have tried it with khoya because it is festival time and not to use the ready made mix.It came out pretty well.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Kara Boondhi Recipe|diwali snacks

                                                             I just finished packing my dolls and putting them in their respective places and of course the godrej(steel) steps that had to dismantled. I am here with some diwali recipes. Kara Boondhi is a simple savoury (tea time snack) and easy to make.It is really
 thrilling to see the perfect little rounds coming out fried. Little care here and there, and I think you will get decent boondhis. I always refer to Meenkashi ammals cook book for traditional recipes and of course did the same for this recipe too.




Thursday, October 2, 2014

Black Channa Sundal/Navarathri Recipes/Saraswathi poojai sundal

                                                             Black channa Sundal or Karuppu Kondakadalai sundal is what you make mostly on Saraswathi poojai,you can make white channa sundal also.This channa sundal is very easy to make and very nutricious.I made this sundal,paruppu payasam and medhu vadai for neivedhayam today.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Keerai Molagootal Recipe/Palakkad special

                                                            I have been making Keerai on Sundays when the kids are at home,otherwise they don't get  to eat greens other than palak(palak paneer or corn and palak) which i make for chapathis.Usually i make keerai masiyal or keerai kootu or morkeerai this time i thought i will try this keerai molagootal which is a palakkad recipe.My husband is fond of palakkad food since he grew up in Bombay and he had lot of Palakkad friends.This keerai Molagootal can be the main dish or gravy goes along with rice as well as chapathis if you don't mind the south Indian flavour.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

MochaKottai Sundal/Navrathri Sundal Recipes

                                                      Today being first day of Navrathri I decided to make Mochakottai or Mochai paruppu Sundal.I didn't know the order in which sundal has to be made which day which sundal but coincidentally first day of Navrathri you make Mochai paruppu sundal.Sundal recipes are very easy to make if you only you plan it a little earlier.I soaked the mochai paruppu the previous night itself and then pressure cooked it and prepared the Sundal for neivedhyam.



Monday, September 22, 2014

Badam Kheer/Almond Kheer

Badam Kheer is a very easy and  rich payasam or kheer made with almond paste and milk.I make this often especially during navrathri. i make a lot to give people when they come home.
My mother also used to make it in bulk and store in the refrigerator during navrathri(i do the same).It is one of the tasty payasam that i like.I like it cold and hot, it tastes very good both ways.It is perfect drink to offer during festivals.




Friday, September 19, 2014

Mixed Vegetable Soup

                                                             I have been making this soup quiet often now for two reasons one is all of us like to have a soup and second is i am trying all ways possible to improve my Hemoglobin so trying to include all kinds of food that will improve my hemoglobin.
My husbands Aunt(athai) advised me to have this soup regularly and she gave me this recipe too.I have included the main vegetables you can add some vegetables of your choice and taste.It does not have to always healthy right!!!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rawa idli/Rava Idli/Rave Idli


Rawa Idli is a variation of the normal idlis.They are  made with rawa or sooji.It originated from the MTR restaurant in Banglore.It is popular dish in Karnataka and served in all the udipi restaurants.It is served with Potato Sagu and Coriander and coconut chutney.

Even today it is popular in Banglore and rest of Karnataka.I always make a visit to the MTR restaurant whenever i go to Banglore.My kids also love Rawa idli and we have it once in a while for dinner.I sometimes buy the ready made mix from MTR and make rawa idlis.But any day the idlis made at home are very soft and tasty.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Bhatura or Bhature Recipe

                                                        Bhatura or Bhature is a deep fried Indian bread very popular in north India and especially in Punjab.It is very similar to poori which is made with wheat flour but the bhaturas are made with Maida(refined fllour).
It is usually served with Channa masala or Chole,some Sliced onions and lemon wedges.It is a very tasty dish and Most kids would love it.In restaurants they make a plate size Large Poori but at home people make half the size of it.
When we were in college chole bhatura used to be our first choice of order in the canteen and i am making this after a very long time so hoping to enjoy the bhatures with chole this evening.....


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tawa Pulao/Mumbai street food

                                                      Tawa Pulao is a popular street food in Mumbai(Bombay).As the name suggests it is made on the tawa used to make Pav Bhaji.Tawa pulao is usually made with Left over rice.Left over rice is tossed with few vegetables and masalas and made in to a very tasty masala rice.
you can either use leftover rice or use Basmati rice if you are making with fresh rice.I have been wanting to make this rice for sometime now and was looking through a lot of recipes and all of them have the same basic recipe with slight variations.Here is my version of it......



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pineapple Pachidi/Onam Recipes

                                                                     I have a very close Malayali friend who has invited us for Onam tomorrow.I have to make this pachidi for her so learnt how to make the pachidi from her and here is the recipe.I am not a big fan of Kerala food but we are all celebrating Onam together so that enthusiasm made me try this pachidi and post it too...
It is a sweet and sour tangy pachidi with the pineapple flavour and chunky pieces of Pineapple.I love pineapple and those who love the flavour will really enjoy the pachidi..


Friday, September 5, 2014

Sweet Mango Pickle/Gujarathi Pickles

                                                                    This sweet mango pickle is a very tasty sweet and sour pickle made with small chunky pieces of mango.I got introduced to this kind of sweet pickle through my Gujarathi friend from school days.She used to bring these sweet and sour pickle to school along with her Teplas and i used to take my sambar sadam  with   vegetable,invariably we used to grab each others tiffin box and enjoy the food!!!!
My kids are also fond of these sweet and sour pickle, so i make it often and enjoy it with some hot methi teplas and palak rotis.




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Arisi upma(rice upma)

                                                                            Arisi upma or Rice upma is made with raw rice brokens, tur dhal and spices.It is a traditional dish i learnt from my mother.Once in a while we like to have this upma for dinner as chappathis get boring.I have done it in the traditional way but now a days you get these raw rice brokens which also works fine and it is much faster than this procedure.Finally you add a tsp of coconut oil on top which makes it very aromatic.My mother used to add a handfull of peanuts to the upma which makes it tastier.Anyway the upma does not have much proteins so adding a few peanuts is really good and tasty.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Samosa Recipe

                                                              Samosa needs no introduction these days as it is world famous.It is a very popular north Indian(especially Punjabi) fried snack which has a spicy potato and peas filling.It is very popular now and i love samosas especially in my teen years i used to love them very much.Now because it if deep fried i don't eat it that often.But It is a yummy fried snack for tea time especially in winters and you can make your own filling according to your taste and liking when you are making at home.Once in a while you need to indulge in such things right!!!.....



Monday, August 25, 2014

Doodhi Halwa/Milk Gourd Halwa/Sorrakkai Halwa

                                                                            Doodhi Halwa is a north Indian sweet very similar to Carrot,Beet root or Pumpkin Halwa.People usually make it in winter in the north.There are few ways of making this  halwa you can either reduce milk and cook the doodhi in it and make the halwa which takes a little time otherwise you can use mawa(khoya)or condensed milk which reduces time and gives a good texture.I have used condensed milk and made the halwa.
Add a Extra Spoon of Ghee and enjoy the Halwa!!!!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pink Guava Juice

                                                                           It is Guava Season now and you get both Pink and white Guavas in plenty.Pink Guavas are very aromatic.It can be eaten as a whole fruit or made in to juice,jams and jellies.Guavas are low in calories and fats but contain several vital vitamins,minerals and antioxidant polyphenollic and flavonoid compounds that play a pivotal role in prevention of cancers,anti aging,immune boosters.So what are you waiting for just juice up some Guavas every day and boost up your immunity this season.......




Friday, August 15, 2014

Cocktail idlis Independence day special

                                                                  Happy Independence Day


I just tried these flavoured idlis for fun it looked very cute and i thought let me post it for Independence day!I have already posted Podi idli or Chilly idli which you make with Dosai milagai podi.You can make the green colour flavour by either using Karuvepillai podi or Green Chutney.I used Green chutney only.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kesar Peda/Milk Kesar Peda

                                              Milk peda or dhoodh peda is a very famous milk sweet in Northern India.
Traditionally it is made condensing milk and then adding sugar and then softening them in to pedas.But now a days with the availability of milk products it is made easier.There are few methods of making it and i adopted this method..


Monday, August 11, 2014

Thattai/Gokulashtami snacks/Crispy fried Snacks

                                                               Thattai is a flat crspy fried snack made during Gokulashtami festival.I remember my mom used to prepare the rice flour at home few days before the gokulashtami by soaking the rice then drying it under the fan in a large white veshti and then powdering it in the flour mill to make the seedai,murukku and thattais.That is the traditional way of making rice flour.I have used the store bought one and it came out pretty good.I am sure the traditional way has its own taste.You can check out this recipe for home made rice flourUppu seedai

Friday, August 8, 2014

ARISI THENGAI PAYASAM/AADI VELLI SPECIAL

                                                                           I decided to make a simple vella payasam today for Aadi vellikizhamai since vella payasam is(amman) ambal's favourite neivedhyam.My mother used to make this payasam during aadi vellikizhamai and during navrathri also.Let us see how i made it.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vazhakkai Podi/Raw Banana Podi

                                                              Vazhakkai Podi is a rare and traditional recipe my grandmom used to make.It is slightly different from curry and the regular podis.It can be had with sambar rice as an accompaniment, as vegetable and of course had as a podi with hot rice and gingelly oil or ghee and last but not the least it is a great accompaniment for curd rice.It is a very rare recipe so i thought i will record it.




Sunday, August 3, 2014

Aadi 18 Menu

                                                This is the 18thday of Aadi masam you make 4 types of rice variety and it is a neivedhyam for Cauvery amman.People used to  pack all this and go to the river banks of Cauvery pray to nature and enjoy the food.This is just for your quick reference....


The menu usually has a


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vegetable Seekh Kebab/Kabab

                                                               Seekh Kababs or Kebabs are usually made with minced meat and spices but this is a vegetarian Kebab made with mashed vegetables,spices and cashew nut powder and cooked in the similar way.If you have a Tandoor you can surely make it in that,otherwise you can bake it in the oven or grill it or you can simple toast it on a hot tawa.It is served with sliced onions lime juice and mint chutney with curd.All of us love Vegetable seekh Kebab and whenever we go out for dinner to a North Indian restaurant or Kebab place this kebab is our first choice!!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

kathrikai kothsu/Kathrikkai puli Gothsu

                                                         Kathrikkai(brinjal)Gothsu is a simple tangy(gravy) accompaniment for dosas,idlis and upmas.It is done in all the Tamil homes especially Brahmin homes.It is very easy to make with simple ingredients at home.It is an alternate to a sambar for idlis and dosas.I love anything tangy and i love all kinds of gothsu be it Tomato,Kathrikkai , sutta Kathrikkai or pasi paruppu gothsu with all the vegetables
(the recipe will come soon)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kulfi Ice Cream

                                                               Kulfi is Indian form of ice cream.It is  my husbands favourite dessert.Whenever we go for a ice cream or dinner his choice would be kulfi.Yesterday being his birthday i thought i would make some.There are a few varieties of kulfi like mango kulfi,kesar kulfi and matka kulfi i have tried the normal one and it came out pretty good.Here is the recipe......