Cutlets or bread balls, are my favorite anytime, be it vegetable balls or meat balls. These make great tea time snack or even a party crowd pleaser. You can make these either with leftover bread or fresh bread. But leftover bread works better, as you can easily crumble them for use. But do not use the spoiled ones. Here I have used just potatoes, baby potatoes to
Vendakkai Puli kootu is a tangy, spicy side-dish that can be served as sides with rice. This dish can be prepared in a very few minutes and is fuss free too, you do not need any extra masalas, just some ingredients from your pantry will do hence will best suit a normal day menu. You can opt for making it either dry or saucy according to your wish. The flavors of cumin, gi
Orange and milk together? That is a very rare and almost an unusual combo. Citruses tend to curdle milk easily in no seconds and you'll be definitely wondering about how this combo will work. Trust me when the milk is cold, really cold, it definitely works. Yes chilled milk and orange makes a very good combo and indeed this orange milkshake is another drink I make pretty often
Minced meat has always been my favorite, specially minced mutton and I love trying variations with it. Very often I make kothukari kulambu / minced mutton curry, it tastes too good and is such an authentic recipe that you sure must not miss (Click here for the recipe). Another staple recipe at our home is kothukari cabbage masala and it is personally my most favorite sides with dal
How about a simple and easy to make pulao or a one pot meal with delectable flavors? How often are you encountered with a 'no veggies/meat' at hand situation? I have come across it many times, but still it might be a special day, or you might crave for something tasty, or you might have some surprise guests. There might also be so called 'lazy to cook days' when you feel like not cooking any
Hello all, am back to blogging quite after a long time, silly but 6 days seems to be a long gap for me. Recently I have purchased a new and own domain for my blog and as it was in the transition period I thought of giving a short break to blogging. That's the reason for my disappearance, also my net was and is still completely down am not even able to load any pages properly, I have be
Hello friends am so glad and enthused to inform you that my blog "You Too Can Cook" has got its new home..........!!
Yay!!! Yes my blog has moved to its new and own domain http://www.youtoocancook.net/
Thank you friends and readers for being so supportive, hope and wish to see the same support from all of you in future too.
My blog is on transi
When planning of side-dishes for any curry, I always prefer using French beans, as it it easier to cook, does not need much time and it always tastes good as side-dish with rice. I either make this simple poriyal, Carrot beans poriyal or Beans chilli coconut fry, the latter one is the most common side-dish I make more often at home to accompany sambars and rice. Poriyal is the Tamil
Mutton Rasam is such a super flavored, tangy and spicy watery, delicious South Indian soup. You can also serve it along with cooked rice, it will be a very delightful platter too. The spices added here makes the recipe super flavorful and taste excellent. I love the punchy flavors here and every mouth or sip of it just tickles your taste buds. Some use bony mutton pieces to get the bes
Nothing is as comforting as a simple South Indian platter with rasam, rice, vegetable stir-fry (poriyal) and some papad or appalam. Paruppu rasam is an authentic South Indian preparation that is mildly spiced, tangy (not very tangy) and watery. Toor dal / Thuvaram paruppu is cooked and used in making this rasam, as we have added dal water here it makes the rasam taste too good. I love to ser
Hello dear friends, am so excited today as I have done a guest
post for one of my best friend and most popular blogger Priya Suresh akka and it is already up at her space. She is such a humble, down to earth person and a very consistent blogger who blogs at Priya's Versatile recipes. Am so lucky to have known her and also to have her as my friend. This is my 9th guest post and I enjoye
Am not a big fan of Tofu, but I do pick up tofu while grocery shopping thinking of trying something new, coz I know that these are way healthier. I use them in soups and in preparation of appetizers but whatever you do to tofu it always remain bland, bland and still blander. One fine day I planned to coat tofu in a flavorful coating and then use it in preparations. I knew that an extra layer
Many of us are very often encountered with surprise guests and hungry tummies, and I know the pain of preparing something delicious with no special ingredients at hand. Such a situation can make you go nuts but I promise that some humble ingredients from your kitchen pantry can make wonders and even gain you praises. Just some wheat flour is enough to make wheat flour
Mangoes are one of the delicacies that summer offers and am sure no one would purposely miss tasting even a slice of it. The only worry is, it is a seasonal fruit and definitely one has to wait for its grand arrival. And the wait is worth it. Summer has arrived already in India and has been penalizing everyone with its scorching heat. Who wouldn't love a fresh and chilled pul
Sambar is a staple lentil curry that you can find in any South Indian homes specially in all vegan homes, it is such a flavorful dish that can be accompanied with idli, dosa and rice. No one from the south would have missed making or tasting this Indian lentil stew. I love making sambar very often too with different veggies, you can check some here and some are yet to be poste
How about a flavored simple to make fish curry for dinner or lunch? Recently I have been posting a lot of Fish-y recipes and here is another treat for sea-food lovers. This pepper cumin fish curry or masala has lots of flavors in it but uses very few handy ingredients found in any kitchen pantry. This is a no coconut fish curry that uses very few ingredients but the e
Hello friends, my today's post is way away from recipes, but is a very useful post for sure. Obviously you would have guessed about it on reading my post title, yes its about a book that I enjoyed and also a brief intro to a portal that can make your shopping less expensive and more fun read to know more.
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Am a fan of super hot masalas and if its NV I'll be in the queue. You can always find me making some spicy hot masalas in my kitchen to accompany my dishes. One such staple spicy food found very often in my menu is this maasi masala. I stock up packets of maasi/dry pounded fish masala in my pantry as they are very rarely available in markets and they are so handy that you can make dish
Hello friends, sorry for the delay in posting the SNC results. Hope I did not delay it too long. I have spiced up the result announcement with some new shields instead of the old trophies hope ya'll like it.
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Brownies are my favorite be it sweet or bitter-y sweet I always love them, and who wouldn't love it with some ice-cream topping specially with a scoop of vanilla and some choco chips? Yummm!! After craving for some brownies, I decided to make some brownies at home and made these wheat flour nutella brownies. As I was looking out for the ingredients in my pantry I got hold of my
Craving for some Chinese at home and have no sauces or special ingredients at hand? Then try this hot chilli fish that looks Chinese but is Indian, I've used very common spices and ingredients that any Indian kitchen pantry would have and the best thing is, it does need any sauces or Chinese spices. It definitely looks and tastes Chinese moreover the capsicum added gives a ver
Podalangai / Snake gourd is one of my favorite veggies and I love any dish specially side-dishes made with it. One among-st my favorite side dish is this Thengai paal kootu, where the snake gourd pieces are deliciously cooked in coconut milk. It can be accompanied with rasam, parupu or any gravy and rice. It tastes so creamy, has a lig
Hello friends wish you all a very
May the Risen Lord Bless all of you and may His grace be with one and all.
Today's is a special yet simple post, as it is Easter the day to celebrate and remember the never-ceasing, everlasting love and wonderful works of the risen Lord. Praise and Glory to him for all the wonderful works
Mutton Dalcha is a very famous mutton curry from Hyderabad with appetizing flavors and aroma that is very often accompanied with either biryani or brinji. Mutton is cooked along with toor dal and flavored with spices, ginger and garlic, it is a royal treat to the taste-buds and makes good sides with rice. I was searching for a good recipe and finally found it in one of my favorit
Who doesn't love the chocolaty nutella? I haven't come across anyone who hates it. Spread it, use as a ingredient or lick it off all way it is a delight, you can never go wrong with nutella. Then how about some delicious, soft and chocolaty, nutella pancakes? Its so easy to make and its too delicious and you cannot stop just eating one, I bet!!! Just some flour, milk and nutell
Hi friends, happy to share with you all my 9th guest post..!!
Please do check it out @ Sreevalli's space.
When Sreevalli, asked me to do a for a guest post I was not able to send her one immediately, but she was kind and patient enough and gave me enough time to send her a post. Though I was ready with the recipe, I had my spec
Have you tasted the south Indian macaroons, most commonly called the Thoothukudi macaroons? If not you are definitely missing something really sweet and special. These are cone shaped, light, airy, crunchy and nutty and what not.., every bite makes you sink into a nutty world full of flavors, the crisp texture turns spongy after a bite and just melts away in a jif
How about a healthy, no ghee biryani using normal cooking rice? Sounds comfy and way more healthier right? Then try this easy to make, ghee-less, sprouts Biryani and enjoy. You don't need vegetables or some meat to make biryani just some sprouted peas like green gram (moong/paasi payaru) and black eyed peas (vellai karamani) sprouts will make a de
Hello friends I feel so glad in sharing with you my 8th guest post that I have made for a lovely friend and blogger Princy Vinoth.
Please do check it out here.
Before I get into the recipe I would love to thank Princy Vinoth for the opportunity to guest post at her space. She is a very kind, down to earth, email-friend &n
Looking for a sweetener that is healthy and natural that can replace sugar? then I insist you strongly to use palm jaggery (karupatti) it has so much nutrition packed in it and benefits our health in so many ways. I have seen many worried about the extra calories sugar can give and moreover about how it harms our health in so many ways, which I have already
Chettinad cuisine is one of the most famous cuisine all over India. It has the most flavorful dishes and you will be awed to know about the spices they use. Am so glad I have a neighbor from that region who cooks delicacies and passes some to me. Every time she gives me some dish it tastes unique and aromatic with new flavors. I have learnt some dishes from
Chana dal or kadalai paruppu (split bengal gram) is a lentil type that can be used to make tasty curries or dal, sides with vegetables, spice powders, snacks like paruppu vada, desserts like halwa, and are even used to temper certain recipes. Usually we tend to make dal or paruppu with either Toor dal (Thuvaram paruppu), but if you haven't tried with chana dal I
Strawberries are a delight and a perfect fruit for flavoring any recipe, be it desserts or any smoothies they top the favorite list. I love smoothies as replacements for breakfast and so try playing with fruits, and on one certain day, by chance or luck I had some leftover strawberries and pomegranate and decided to blend it together, and when I did, I got this beautiful pink s
Greens are the best source of nutrition for kids and adults equally, but we almost tend to quit eating them. I was a totally fussy when coming to veggies when I was a kid, and I even remember saying that greens and grasses are for cows and not for human; well, that does not sound weird as many of us do have some absurd reasons to avoid being forced into eating greens. But aft
MY BLOG'S FIRST ANNIVERSARY
WITH A RICH DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE"
Hello friends am so happy to share with you that today my blog baby turned 1 year old and is successfully stepping into the second year. Sorry pals am gonna write much longer today as its my blog's birthday, and obviously am overwhelmed about it, so please be patient with me. Let me
Hello Friends, here comes the results for February month's SNC Event. I hope all of you must be aware about this challenge and hope think an explanation is not needed. But still if you want to know more about the event click here!!
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Hello friends today am so very excited and so enthused to share with you a lovely guest post from Sangee Vijay, another special friend and a sweet akka of mine. She definitely does not need any intro as most of the bloggers will have known her definitely, for she is such a famous and lovely blogger. She is another virtual sister I have gained through blogging after Priya
Fish Manchurian is a saucy delicacy from the most Favorited Indo-Chinese cuisine. Fish pieces are coated with batter, deep fried and cooked in manchurian sauce and served delectably It is not at all spicy, but is sweet and has succulent and juicy soft fish pieces in it. Kids and grown ups equally love this recipe. Today am gonna discuss about a semi-dry versi
Poli/Puran Poli, is a very delicious Indian flat bread with some sweet stuffing, often with lentils. Today am gonna discuss with you about the same kind, but with a little twist, I have used beetroots instead of lentils here for the stuffing. For the lentil/dal stuffed wheat polis click here. One particular day, I had some dough leftover after m
Jigardhanda, is such a delightful drink available all throughout Tamil Nadu and is a specialty in Madurai. Am sure almost everyone from South India must have relished this drink atleast once in his or her life-time. There are various versions of this Jigardhanda but the easiest one that can be made at home is what I have discussed today. The main ingre
Hello dear friends am so glad to do this guest post for Arthy, who writes at Sumanarthy's Kitchen.
This is my 7th guest post and am glad to share this with her space, I took a lot of time to send her this recipe as I did not much time to blog, sorry and thanks for the patience Arthy and thanks for the opportunity too. Its my pleasure to do a guest post for you.
Medu vadas are my all time favorite, just love it anytime with some coconut chutney. It is a very famous South Indian snack that can be seen in every street corners. Though I make it very often, I haven't posted it until now because the moment I make them, it will be all over or as it would be evening time I would get busy with household things that I don
Pongal, is a festival celebrated at the end of harvest in Tamil Nadu and can also be termed Indian thanksgiving festival. Sweet pongal recipe is prepared during this festival time in every Hindu Tamilian homes. It is a sweet rice pudding kinda recipe which is prepared with jaggery and raw rice and flavored with cardamom and ghee. It is so tasty that even a person who doesn't
Hello all, sorry for not posting regularly, got sick and down with high fever and cold, but still I will not disappoint you, will come up with more of your favorite recipes as soon as I get well. I have somehow managed myself to post this recipe, did not want to abandon my blog J. Thanks for all the mails inquiring about my health, glad to have such wonderful people around
Looking for a perfect tea time snack? Then I suggest you bondas, but what if you don't have besan flour? there is nothing to be worried of, try the same with dosa batter. It tastes excellent and the masala is spicy and perfect enough to accompany your sweet tea. Potato bonda is a famous South Indian snack and is also found in north India as Batata vada,
Hello friends, I feel so delighted to share with you all an interesting guest post from my dear blogger friend +Preeti Tamilarasan who blogs at Indian Kitchen. When I asked her for a guest post someday she immediately accepted without a second thought and sent the recipe within few days, I should really thank her for this. Thanks a lot dear!! Please do read more to know more abo
Meat balls curry is a very delicious and simple yet flavorful preparation, it is prepared with minced meat also known as kheema. Shafeeka a reader of mine has sent this recipe to be published at my space, special thanks to her as she has contributed 3 recipes totally to participate in the "60 days to Christmas event" conducted by me and Priya. The first two recipes were Egg rasam and Mixed veg
Hello Friends, here comes the long awaited results for December month's SNC Event. I received more mails inquiring about the result, people were so interested and so was I. Last month more number of participants had participated even though it was a festive season and all were in holiday mood. Thanks to all participants and the hosts. I hope all of you must be aware about this
Fruit Salad is a very simple but filling snack or dessert that can just delight us in every scoop. In a single serving you get all the required vitamins and essentials, the more colorful the fruit salad is the more better will its health benefits be. The custard fruit salad is the most simple yet heavenly delight and has the most votes. It is an easy way of feeding