Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Broccoli Soup

                                                                      I have not tried many dishes with Broccoli earlier but because of its nutritive value i am trying out a few recipes now.Recently i made this Broccoli soup and it seems to be quiet simple, tasty and nutricious.One must try this soup!!!!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Eggless chocolate Nutella Banana Cake

                                                          Chocolate cakes are one of the favourites in our house.My girls are fond of chocolate flavour be it ice cream or cakes.I wanted to try few cakes for this christmas season and was wondering how to do them without eggs.I just found out from one of the chefs in FoodFood channel that bananas are best replacements for eggs in the cakes so why wait i just tried out this cake and it came out so  soft and yummy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Split Green Moong Dal Recipe

                                                            Split green moong dal is a very simple and easy dal to make and it is very light on the stomac.Usually the north Indians make a Khichidi with this dal and rice when people are unwell and want to eat something light.I usually make the whole moong dal often but this one i am trying for the first time.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kadalai Urundai Recipe/Karthigai Deepam Recipes

                                                          Kadalai Urundai/Nilakadalai Urundai is a favourite sweet of mine because it is healthy and made with Jaggery and not sugar.Whenever i get a sweet craving i pop in one Kadalai mittai, be it squares or rounds.They are crispy,crunchy and tasty.However peanuts have a connection to my childhood.My grandmother used to bring peanuts from her farm when she was visiting us and we used to roast,boil and eat them in all possible ways.And most of all we used to call her "Kadalai Patti" like my children used to call their thatha "Laddu".She used to make these sweets for karthigai.Now a days i buy the Rajaram peanut candies and eat them once in a while.Tomorrow being Karthigai Deepam i thought let me make these urundais today because yesterday i finished making the Nel and Aval pori urundais.I just went to the stores to buy some more pagu vellam,Peanuts( i have used ready roasted ones)and bought some agal vilakkus(few additions this year)....

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Easy Onion and Tomato Chutney

                                                                         This Onion and Tomato chutney is such a easy and common chutney in most of the households.It is finger licking tasty that it can go with any south Indian tiffin or snack like idlis,dosas,rawa idlis,arisi upma and semiya upma.I have already posted the traditional way of(thogayal)making this Onion and Tomato chutney.This one is a variation.You can store it in the refrigerator for few days.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Jeera Podi

                                                   After all the diwali sweets and savouries everyone must be longing for some simple easily digestible food.Yes I made this "Jeera Podi" today which is light on the stomach.This recipe is from my grand mother.She used to eat this podi with hot rice every day.My mother used to make and store it in a glass(horlicks) bottle  for a month because it was needed every day.My grandmom used to offer the first few bites of the hot rice to us as kids every day when we used to sit with her for lunch but we used to enjoy it once in a while.Every one who came to our house and saw my grand mom eating this became a fan of this podi and took some podi with them and took the recipe also with them.
                                                      It has Cumin seeds which makes digestion very easy and pepper which is also very good for health my grandmom said we could have it after delivery and while feeding the baby.Need not say about the goodness of cumin,pepper, etc. so make this podi and enjoy its benefits and taste when you want to feel light and after a feast.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Boondi Ladoo|Diwali Sweet Recipe


                                                    Boondi Ladoo is the most popular Indian sweet made during diwali and weddings.The ladoos are made little different in North and South India.The north Indian ladoo is orange in colour and the boondis are really small and it is called the "Motichur Ladoo".The south Indian ladoo is yellow in colour and the boondis are slightly bigger.We like both the Ladoos and the best of all is the Thirpathi Ladoo any day!!!!!
                                                        I used to get terrified thinking of making these Ladoos and Jangiris for many years!!!!but thanks to the fellow bloggers and their way explaining,which made it easy for me to make these tough ones easily.I hope few people benefit seeing my blog and make their sweets and enjoy.
                                             Ladoos have always had a affinity to our family.My Father in law used to call my kids "Ladoo Kanna"when they were little and when they grew up a little and when they started talking they started calling him "Ladoo thatha"and later on it became "Ladoo" his pet name!!!!
so whenever we think of Ladoos we cannot miss thinking about him!!!!!!(ladoo thatha).

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Kalakand Recipe/Easy Diwali Sweet

                                                               I have been trying these easy diwali sweets now.I just posted Besan ladoo which was also very easy.Kalakand is a very easy sweet made with paneer and condensed milk.There is no ghee,oil or deep fry so it is pretty simple.You can add a little flaour of your own choice at the end like cardamom powder,kesar strings or rose essence etc.I have not added any flavour because no one likes the flavour in this sweet in my house so i just made it plain.I like the milky flavour and taste so just stuck to that one.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Besan Ladoo/Easy Diwali Sweets

                                                           It has been so busy with Navarathiri and Golu that I could not spend much time for the blog.The whole nine days were so hectic with people visiting and we were getting their vetrilai pakku ready and of course we were also visiting people almost every day.I made a Sundal on every single day and made Aval puttu on Friday.I wanted to make some easy sweet during Navrathri and i found this ladoo recipe apt during this season.It is very similar to Rawa ladoo and really easy and quick one to make.Here is the recipe for the ladoo.........

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Karamani Sundal/Sweet and Salt Karamani Sundal

                                                           Karamani or black eyed pea or Lobia is a popular bean made as sundal during Navarathiri.There are two types of Karamani - brown  and white in colour.We usually make sweet sundal with the brown Karamani.I make the sweet sundal also with some salt and red chillies but some people make it only sweet i.e only with jaggery and coconut.You can make it either way.I feel it is more tasty with salt and red chillies so that it is spicy and at the same time sweet.Otherwise it is easy to prepare and does not require a long soaking time.It is enough if you soak it for 3-4 hours and pressure cook it for few whistles.Today being first day of Navarathri I made both the versions of this sundal.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kollu Soup/Horse gram Soup/Weight Loss Recipe

                                           Horse Gram is a superfood.Few health benefits of horse gram is it is very rich in iron,calcium and protein  In fact it has the highest calcium content among pulses and is one of the richest vegetarian sources of protein.It is low in fat and high in carbohydrate content.It is very helpful in treating obesity and diabetis because of its low lipid and sodium content.
                                                       Now  I have been trying out a lot of weight loss recipes.While i was talking to my friends about these recipes my friend (Radha) mentioned to me about this horse gram and she makes soup out of this.I tried this soup first in her house and tried out in my house.It is quiet simple to make except that the dal has to be soaked for 8-10 hours and pressure cooked well.Other than the soaking and pressure cooking  it is easy to prepare.You can alter the ingredients according to your taste and preference.There is no strict rule of ingredients or quantity in this recipe.
I made it this way......

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Milagu Kuzhambu/Pepper Kuzhambu

                                                      Milagu Kuzhambu or Pepper Kuzhambu is a traditional,spicy and tangy kuzhambu which has lot of medicinal values because it is made with lot of black pepper and cumin seeds.It is made mostly on rainy days becuase it can help treat your cold or prevent you from getting a cold.It can be Prepared a little thick and can be stored outside for 2 days and  in the fridge for 10-15days.
                                When i think of this kuzhambu this incident comes to my mind. Once when we went to Banglore we made a sudden visit to one of our relatives house.They wanted us to have dinner and then only leave and that aunty pulled out a bottle which had this pepper kuzhambu in a thick form,she heated up some water and mixed with this paste and made a delicious kuzhambu in just few seconds.She also made a simple mixed vegetable salad and roasted pappad to go with it.We after eating all our meals outside(in restaurants) were really craving for some simple home cooked food and it was so delicious  especially in the Banglore climate eventhough our relatives felt the food was too simple for guests we really enjoyed the Kuzhambu with some hot rice and ghee!!!!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Asoka Halwa

                                                                  I have reached a small milestone  in my blogging so i decided to celebrate myself by making this favourite sweet of mine and posting it too.Asoka Halwa is typically a traditional south Indian sweet made for weddings and during many festivals.It is not very popular or easily available in sweet shops like a Mysore Pa,Wheat Halwa or a Kaju Katli.The north Indian version of Moong Dal Halwa is done differently  and stored for a longer period.I look forward to tasting Ashoka Halwa when i go for a wedding especially in the breakfast menu in a banana leaf Yum Yum!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Curd Millet/Barnyard Millet Curd Bath

                                                          Millets are small cereal grains which are becoming very popular now.Few Millet Varieties that i am familiar with are Kambu,Thinai,Samai,Kuthiraivali and Varagu.Because of its enormous health benefits i have started including those millets in my daily cooking slowly.First i wanted to understand how to cook them and what all dishes i can make and now getting more familiar with them.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Senaikizhangu Pitlai

Senaikizhangu is the large yam that is used in this recipe to make the tasty traditional recipe called "Pitlai".It is very common dish  in our house.We make pitlai with Yam,brinjal and channa,bitterguard but the most popular one being the bitterguard pitlai.It is similar to Araichuvitta Sambhar but in a thicker form with more vegetables.Accompaniment to this dish could be any mild curry like raw banana,beans and cabbage.It is a yummy and flavourfull gravy that goes well with Paruppu sadam and ghee.Try it and you will Love it.!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kola Vadai/Ring Murukku

                                                                Kola Vadai or Ring Murukku is a type of snack prepared during Krishna Jayanthi and Diwali.It is very crispy and yummy when done correctly.You can refer my Uppu seedai post for home made rice flour.This murukku comes out well with home made rice flour.I made only a small quantity.If you are making for the first time try in small quantities.There is a similar snack which the kannada people make called Kodubale and telugu people make chegodilu



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Olan/Kerela Onam Recipe

                                                               We have Onam coming up in a few days and i thought let me post an Onam recipe.It is a very simple dish with coconut milk flavour.Addition of those beans adds a little protein to the dish.You can use either white or red pumpkin or even both but the procedure remains the same.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ragda Patties

                                                    Ragada Patties  is a very popular street food in North India and western parts of India.It is one of my favourites.I am fond of almost all the chaat except a few like dal kachori and dahi puri.Whichever chaat is a little spicy and tasty i just love them.We mostly eat our chaat in Gangotri or Ajnabi these are the two places it is very good and tasty according to me.I always tell them to make mine a little more sweet than the usual(to add more sweet chutney)because i like the sweetness more in them.
                                  Today i made this chaat because i was craving for some chaat and  i really got bored of the usual cooking like sambar,rasam and curry.First i made the two chutneys and kept them ready so that it is easier while serving,then i made the Ragada which is prepared with dried white peas cooked with onions tomatoes and spices.Lastly made the patties with boiled potatoes and spices which is shallow fried.Just before serving all of these are assembled in a interesting way to get a spicy,tangy,sweet dish called "Ragada Patties".


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Vegetable Gotsu/Accompaniment for Idli,Dosa and Pongal

                                                                There are different types of Gotsu and the most popular one is with brinjal,tamarind and 'Gotsu Podi' which i have posted earlier.Vegetable gotsu is a mild gotsu with lot of vegetables and cooked yellow moong dal.It is best when combined with Ven Pongal also goes with Idlis,dosas and Arisi upma.My Chitti makes this often and i learnt this recipe from her .She sometimes adds a little Lemon juice at the end.She even makes it as an accompaniment for chapathis.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Rawa Pongal

                                                         Rawa Pongal is a easy version of the normal Ven Pongal made with rice and dal.In Rawa Pongal instead of Rice we use rawa which cooks easy and faster and little light on the stomac.It goes well with a simple Coconut chutney otherwise you can serve it with Tiffin Sambar which is a great combination and tastes heavely.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Spanish Gazpacho

                                                                    I saw this new recipe in Food Food Channel i found it very intersting and yummy.You can call it a cold soup or a summer drink.It is very popular in the South of Spain.The original Gazpachos are made mainly with tomatoes,peppers,onions,garlic,cucumbers and few other vegetables pureed with vinegar,pepper,salt and chilled,but now there are lot of variations!!when i saw this recipe i liked it because you cannot feel the raw smell of the vegetables and the grapes makes it tasty and naturally sweet.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sprouts Fried Rice

                                                                     Sprouts fried rice is something new to me.While i was looking for some new recipes i came across this recipe.It seemed simple and healthy.My daughter is very fornd of Fried rice so i thought it let me give a try to this one which has proteins also and which will make her eat the sprouts.
To make the sprouts softer i boiled it for few minutes.You can either boil or steam it for few minutes so that is soft at the same time crisp.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ABC Juice/Detox Juice

                                                       
                                                                 I am sure by now everyone has heard about ABC juice or the miracle juice.As the alphabet suggests apples,beetroots and carrots are pureed in to a juice.It has the goodness of two vegeies and one fruit so it becomes enriched with all sorts of vitamins and minerals.
There are enormous benefits of drinking this juice i have mentioned a few below.I have started drinking this juice and hope you will also try and enjoy the enormous health benefits!!!!
  • It helps in loosing weight and improves immune system.
  • It helps in the treatment and prevention of cancer.
  • It protects the heart(protect you from heart attack) and lungs.
  • It helps in maitaining organs like liver,pancreasand the kidneys.
  • It helps to get a flawless skin.
  • It helps in proper digestion and prevents ulcers in the stomac.
  • It sharpens memory and improves brain function.
  • Acts as a cure for menstural pain and cramps.
  • It helps in keeping bad cholestrol and blood pressure under control.
  • It sharpens vision and cures throat infections too.
  • It helps in detoxification and purification of the blood.
  • It helps in treating Anaemia and improves production of red blood cells.



Monday, July 6, 2015

Corn Chaat/Salad

                                                       Corn is one of our favourite snack.I got introduced to butter corn when i used to live in Singapore they used to apply butter on the whole boiled corn and the aroma of corn used to spread throught the supermarket.Later we found butter corn,masala corn and even mexican flavoured corn selling every nook and corner of chennai and sure in most of the cities.
I love the butter corn and i feel it is a healthy snack inspite of a little butter in it.I love all the corn subzis and pulaos and the chinese dishes with corn kernels and the babycorn.
                                                        Coming to this simple corn salad or chaat it is a tasty and easy chaat to make.Even without the chutneys it tastes very good and gives the satisfaction of eating a chaat.I am trying out all these kinds of simple easy and healthy evening snack and this is the perfect one for those who love corn.My daughter really loves this one.....

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kaddu Ki Subzi/Pumpkin subzi

                                                      I have always wondered  if North Indians even  cooked Pumpkin because i have always seen them making subzis with potatoes,cauliflower,peas,radish and capsicum and sometimes the big brinjal.I have noticed the Gujarathis cooking some vegetables like sweet potato,raw banana cluster beans etc.I recently found some recipes with pumkin.
                                                      I have some extra ounce of pumkin from my neighbour's farm so i fisnhed making one round of sambar kootu etc now i thought let me try out something new for chapathis and when i was looking for recipes i found this one.It was simple and easy to make(my style)so immediately tried it out.It is a flavourful subzi with fenugreek seeds and tangy and sweet with jaggery and mango powder.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kerala style Pazham Pori/Banana fritters

                                                              We are tasting a lot of Kerala Dishes these days because my friend is a Keralite and she is a superb cook.We have been trying a lot of dihses but few of them i would like to try out and blog it.One of them is this Banana Fritters or popular "Pazham Pori".It is a famous tea time snack in kerela apparently.
She made this and bought it when we were all going for a movie together in the same car.we were all so hungry and the fritters got over in few seconds.It reminds me of the appam we make with wheat flour,jaggery and banana but this one has its uniquness and taste.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Paneer Subz Shahi Korma/Paneer Vegetable Shahi Korma

                                                         Shahi(means Royal),yes,Shahi korma is a rich nawabi gravy with almonds,cashews and fresh cream.It is a mild and slightly sweet gravy.It goes well with Masala pooris,Nans,Kulchas and any pulao rice.
I am not a big fan of white gravy but when it is combined with a spicy bread or a pulao it is fine.My daughter loves white gravies a lot and whenever we go out for dinner we have a small fight over it becuase other than her no one eats that dish and finally we order a white gravy dish for her.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tomato rasam

Rasam is one of the important and easiest dishes made in South Indian daily menu.Even though you have a number of yummy dishes on the menu no one would skip a tasty rasam.Now a days they have even started serving Rasam like a soup or appetizer in Restaurants.Rasam is made with Tamarind water,tomatoes and with a combination of spices like cumin and Pepper.The cumin and the pepper helps in healing cold and cough, espcially in winters.
Rasam is combined with hot mashed rice and a dash of pure ghee and served like a porridge.Toddlers and old people have rasam rice because it is light and easily digestible.
We make so many different types of Rasam in our house like                                                     Paruppu ,Pepper,Jeera,Poondu,Pineapple Vepam poo etc but the most common are tomato and paruppu rasam which is made every other day.I love (everyone would love this)the rasam rice my mother used to make and feed me when I am sick.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cabbage and peas curry/Cabbage and green peas Poriyal

Cabbage poriyal or curry is a simple vegetable accompaniment for any south Indian gravy like sambar,rasam or vathakozhambu.It is a common poriyal made in all households.It goes well with sambar sadham too.In lot of places when you order sambar sadam(variety rice)cabbage curry would be the accompaniment.
My mother used to make this curry with Sambar and i would always  complain why she didn't make a potato fry with sambar????But now when i am a mom  i want my kids to try out all the vegetables and i am sure she would have also felt the same!!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

puli pongal

                                                         Puli Pongal is very traditional recipe that my grand mom taught me. when my mom used to make it at home my mother used to make it really spicy and with a lot of gingelly oil to compensate the spice.It has become my favourite and my make it all dinner parrties at home.since it is very rare people generally like it.I like anything tangy so this is one of my favourites. Lot.Lot of my friends used to ask me if it was upma with puli !!!!??
Puli menas 'Tamarind' and Pongal is mashed up rice.So it is made with broken  raw rice.Those days they used to pound the rice at home but now a days you get it readmade at the stores which is quiet good.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Masala Chaas

                                                                   Spicy Buttermilk is made in different ways in different parts of India.In south India especially in Tamilnadu we churn it with some chillies,curry leaves,coriander leaves,asafoetida and salt.It is made slightly different way in North India with black salt,cumin powder etc.I have tasted this in Rajdhani restaurant along with the meal.Being summer i thought let me try it at home today.It is a real welcome drink for the summer!!!!!!!!!

Masala Bread/Easy Bread Recipes

                                                                  I am posting some easy and quick recipes for the summer.It gets very hot in the evenings to go in to the kitchen and cook.I have seen this recipe but have not tried it before.I saw Venkatesh Bhat making Masala Toast with egg.He also mentioned the way to make without egg so i just followed the one without egg and made it.It is really simple and easy and a quick fix for anytime snack.HonestlyIt is a real treat to those who eat egg!!!you can even sprinkle some cheese on top!!!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Neer Dosai

                                                              I have not heard of Neer Dosai until recently.I have not tasted it in any restaurant or elsewhere.I tried it myself watching the recipe.Neer Dosai means Water Dosai it means that the batter is so watery that the dosas are really thin and lacy.
It is very popular in Karnataka and more in Manglore.It is easy to prepare and does not need any fermentation.I tried it and it tastes good and flavourful and goes well with sambar,chutney or onion and tomato gotsu.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tomato Onion Gotsu/Chutney

                                         There are so many different types of chutneys and gravies you can make with these two vegetables(Tomato and Onion).The combination is so tasty that it goes well with all the south and North Indian breads and Rice as well.These are  the basic ingredients for making most of the north Indian gravies.However coming to this simple gotsu it is a perfect accompaniment for idlis and Dosas and it is very popular in Karnataka as an accompaniment for Neer Dosai.I watch this cookery show by venkatesh Bhat and he was making these two dishes and i thought of recording and blogging them.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Aloo Methi Paratha

                                                         Aloo Methi Paratha a little healthier version of the Aloo Paratha.I have tasted this Aloo Methi Paratha in Creme Centre Restaurant.It was very tasty and aromatic with the Methi leaves.Whenever i order the Indian platter i would go with this one which is usually served with Dal makhni,raita and pickle.I tried to copy the same menu at home today yes i made Aloo methi paratha,Dal makhni and of course some rice to with it.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hummus/Chick pea Dip Recipe

Hummus is a dish widely consumed in Arabian and Middle Eastern countires. It is a good option especially for vegetarians being a rich source of Iron,Folic Acid and Vitamins B,C.After eating, it leaves you feeling very light. My daughter loved how i made it and couldn't stop eating it the whole day! :P                            
              I have had this Mediterranean chickpea dip "hummus" in a few restaurants here in chennai.They serve with Pita bread and other bread varieties.It reminds me of Nan and chole.It is an intersting and tasty dip which can had with lot of things so i just tried it at home.Being summer i just served it with a lot of fresh vegetables and crackers.I would love to try the pita bread too.

Monday, May 4, 2015

small onion sambar(vengaya sambar)


Small  Onion or shallot sambar is the most favourite and popular sambar in Tamil Homes and restaurants.You can taste this sambar in any small restaurant throughout Tamilnadu.Of course it is made in so many different ways.
My mother was an expert in making this sambar and all of us used to drink it along with our rice and dosas, especially Rawa Dosa.She used to make real big  Rawa Dosa like in restaurants.Rawa Dosa with Vengaya sambar and coconut chutney was a  heavenly combination.When we eat this sambar with Rice we usually add more vegetables like Radish,Capsicum and Drumsticks.Pan roasted baby potatoes are best combination for this sambar along with hot rice and ghee.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thayir Aval/Curd Poha

                                                               Thayir Aval or curd Poha is a quick version of Thayir sadam.It is very easy to make and there is no cooking time required to make this.It comes in handy when you are in a hurry to make any breakfast.It is also a summer recipe!!!!!It is also made on Krishna Jayanthi as prasadam.
                             This is one of my husbands favourite breakfast dish and he has been asking me to make this for quite some time now.My mother used to make it often for him.I fondly remember her while making this!!!!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Honey Chilli Potatoes/Indo Chinese Recipe

                                                   I was thinking on what to make for my next post in the blog as i was flipping through the food channels in TV i watched this recipe it seemed familiar.Yes we have had it few times in cafe coffee day.It is a chinese version of French Fries.It is tasty and simple and easy to make.If you want to wrap up some fast food for your chinese food craving this is it!!!!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boondi Raita

                                                                Raitas are the easiest accompaniments that can be made in a jiffy.It is appropriate for the summer where you don't have to waste too much time in the kitchen plus the dish is also very cooling!!!!One such recipe is "Boondi Raita" which is very popular in north India served with all kinds of Rotis and Pulaos.
I made this raita while I was making palak poori.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Palak Poori/Spinach Poori

I like to try out different recipes with Palak because Palak or Spinach is rich in iron.I have already posted Palak Roti,Dhal Palak,Aloo Palak,Palak Paneer ,Paneer Koftas in Palak Gravy,Vegetables in Palak Gravy,recipes before.I am yet to try the Palak Pulao which i will soon.....
This Palak Poori is a tasty poori with spinach paste and spices combined with the wheat flour for making the poori.It is very popular in North India and it is usually accompanied with curds,raitas or pickles.It tastes yummy and soothing in the summer with raita.I made with Boondi raita and it is a great combo!!!!!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sweet Lassi/Sweet Cardamom Lassi

Lassi is a cooling and refreshing drink for the summer.There are two types of Lassi - sweet and salt.Most of us prefer the sweet one like me, i am sure.It is very soothing in this summer.Lassi is a very popular drink in Punjab and north India where it is served in a tall glass with a scoop of makan or butter on top.
However now a days we cannot eat so much butter and drink such thick lassis, so i have written a moderately thick and tasty lassi with cardamom flvour in it.You can even add rose essence to it.I always prefer sweet lassi with rose or cardamom flavour in it.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Mangai Pachidi/Tamil New Year Recipes

Happy Tamil New Year to All Readers.This is the first festival when the new year begins so it is a special one.Usually my mother makes payasam,vadai and manga pachidi with neem flowers espcially for this occassion and of course special Kolam with Semman or Kavi .The special item in the new year menu is the mangai pachidi.It is made with five different tastes which includes sweetness from the jaggery,salt,chili,sourness from the mango and the bitterness from the neem flowers.
We ask my mother to make the maga pachidi as per rules for the neivedhyam and a lot more for us to eat seperately.My mother would get the perfect(quantity) combination of sweet,sour,salt and chilli and we would have a couple of more servings even after finishing the sapadu or the meal.It is a real finger licking food!!!!(dish)


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vegetable Stew/Kerela Special

                                                                   Vegetable stew is a simple and easy mildly flavoured side dish usually served with appams.The addition of whole spices ginger and fresh coconut milk makes the subzi very aromatic and tasty.It is very popular in Kerela state and often called "Ishtu" is paired with appams and sometimes with Idiappams which makes a wholesome breakfast.
                  I usually don't  make a elaborate breakfast so i make it only for dinner.The stew and appams are very light on the stomach especially at the dinner time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Kiwi Fruit Juice

Kiwi is a perfect fruit for those living in the tropics.Being rich in vitamin c,it helps boost your immunity too. Kiwi juice is very light and refreshing and is the perfect choice to beat the summer heat!Though we are not a big fan of kiwi we wanted to try eating it in different forms.First i tried them in fruit salad and now i tried making the juice.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Potato Bonda/Urulaikizhangu Bonda/Aloo Bonda

Potato Bonda or urulaikizhangu bonda is a popular fried snack in Tamilnadu.I prefer this bonda than the ulundu bonda simply because it has potato stuffing inside and it is more tastier than the other one.Howevery my mom used to like only the mysore bonda or the ulundu bonda for which i will post the recipe soon.I have had this bonda in so many weddings as evening snack but when made it at home it is so tasty!!!!!!If you have boiled potatoes ready you can make it in a jiffy!!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Oreo Milkshake

                                                              Summer has not even started fully and I am already making all those summer drinks for the kids.Oreo milkshake is their favourite one and it is quite easy to make one.You throw a dollop of vanilla ice cream or any other flavour and add some crunchy broken pieces of biscuits in that and it tastes heavely.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Corn and Methi Pulao

This is the first time i am trying a pulao in a pressure pan.I always cook the rice seperatley and mix with the vegetables and masala or put in in the electric rice cooker.But i prefer cooking the rice seperately cooling the rice and then mixing with the masala.When i was looking for this(corn and methi pulao) recipe most of the recipe said only the pressure cooker method so i decided to follow the same.You just have to be careful about the water quantity and the time for cooking.Corn and methi pulao came out very well the whole house was so aromatic with the corn,methi and the butter!!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Masala Sprite/Masala Soda/Shikanji Recipe

                                                                               Shikanji is a popular  Indian Lemonade sold in the streets of  North India and Pakistan..It is so popular in the streets of Delhi that you get Shikanji masala in packets.During summer, you can see a lot of Shikanji stalls in the streets.Sometimes crushed ginger is added to the drink.It is usually made with water.I have tried it with soda or sprite which tastes even more better.It is a perfect party drink in the summer!!!!!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Andhra Pesarattu Dosai

                                                              Pesarattu Dosai is a very popular type of Dosa in Andhra Pradesh.I have had it only once or twice.Actually it is very nutritious because it is made out of Moong dal and not rice.Little bit of rice is added to give crispness to the dosa.It is usually had with Ginger chutney called "allam pachidi" which is also popular in Andhra.You can make the ginger chutney a little watery to go with the dosa.