Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Poosanikkai More kootu

                                                             More Kootu is a coconut and yogurt based gravy with a vegetable.It is an accompaniment to all the south Indian gravies like sambar,vathakozhambu and milagu kozhambu.You can make it with vegetables like white pumpkin(poosanikkai or pooshnikkai),chow chow,cabbage,cauliflower and the most popular banana stem(vazhai thandu).

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Paneer Sandwich

                                                              ' Paneer' ! You name it and kids  would love it. I made this easy paneer sandwich today.It is an easy, simple and kids-friendly recipe. Perfect for lunch boxes too.You can  add a few more vegetables like capsicum or corn to this recipe and use the filling.With the same filling you  can make chapathi rolls also. I have used a grilling sandwich toaster here. You can easily do it on a tawa on a gas stove. So what are you waiting for ??

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Aloo Matar

                                                                     The green peas season will soon come to an end and  i thought let me make and post one matar recipe before that.Aloo matar is a common subzi made in north India.It can be made easily and quickly.It is also the most comforting food you can say.When we were travelling in europe i remeber having this aloo matar with pulao packed for us specially from a restaurant.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mexican Rice

                                                                     Mexican rice is a simple tomato and lemon flavored rice with kidney beans.sometimes it is also called Spanish rice in which they use saffron for colour instead of tomatoes fully.I have tried to make it with the best ingredients available in my house.You can either use tomato puree made at home or the canned tomato puree which makes it easier and faster to cook!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sakkarai Pongal/Sweet Pongal

Wish you a 'Happy Pongal'(Jan 14)

                                                      Pongal is an important festival in Tamilnadu.It is one of my favourite festivals.when we were growing up my uncles,aunts,cousins gather in my house and we all used to celebrate together for three,four days.Food was an important part in any festival especially Pongal.The celebration goes on for three days in my house,the second day is sankranti or pongal day on which we make sakkarai pongal or the sweet pongal.

My mother used to make Sakkarai Pongal in a traditional patram called 'Vengala Panai'decorated with Manjal kothu.Along with Sakkarai pongal she used to make Special kozhambu with all vegetables and five different vegetables(curry).Sweet Pumpkin curry used to be a special one on pongal or sankranti day.There are two three ways of making this sweet pongal.I have made it after making a thick syrup of jaggery called "pagu"which gives more shelf life to the pongal.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Dahi Puri/Dahi Batata Puri

                                                          Dahi puri is a Chaat recipe made with soothing curd. It is one of our favorite chaat items, because there is sweet curd in it, which gives a soothing taste.Yes, sometimes the spice in other chaats becomes too much, so we prefer to eat Dahi puri. If you have the chutneys and a packet of puris and  ready it is easy to make.You have to eat it immediately, otherwise the moisture in the chutneys and the curd will make the puris soggy.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Paneer Pakoras

                                                         Paneer is my daughters favourite!!She loves it in any form Paneer butter masala,Muttar paneer,paneer makhani or any other dish.Most of all she loves fried pakoras and when it is paneer pakoras you don't have to ask.Today her friend is coming over for lunch to our house so i made these pakoras as starters.