Summer is the only season we can mangoes and that is the only best part about summer !!So lets make something special when the sun shines.
A mousse in french means foam and is a prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture. This mango mousse it a soft,light, fluffy and creamy delicious treat which will simply melt in your mouth.
If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack with a preparation time less than ten minutes !! then this would be the perfect recipe. I had made stir fry earlier with oyster mushrooms too and that has made me a big fan of mushroom stir fry.
1 cup slided button mushroom
1 tbsp freshly chopped celery
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/4 tsp oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Many people do not like eggplant and there is a mystery how to use them to make flavorfull curries. The wonder of indian spices is a vegetable like eggplant can become a exotic dish.
This dish is tradionally known as Kalonji Barvan Baingan. Kalonji/Nigella is a dark and mysterious spice that adds flavorful surprise to this dish that will make eggplants taste superb.
The recipe courte
Baking this cake can make a delightful family treat.It is soft, moist and infused with a beautifull blend of flavors that will simply burst their tastebuds asking for more.The advantage of this cake is there is no need to use eggs considering the moistness and texture of this cake.
2 cups All purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Its summertime and the last place you want to be is the kitchen, kids are always demanding in these moments for a snack and there can be no better option to delight them with this light and crispy popular snack mixture.
Using microwave is a healthier option to prepare this snack without compromising on the taste
2 cups superfine rice flakes/chivda/atukalu/aval
I have watching food food channel lately and it is so inspiring to watch Rakesh Sethi cook some wonderful recipes.Its been a long time I baked some cookies and this happens to be one of my favorite. These cookies have a mild crunch and would melt in your mouth.
1/2 cup cooking butter
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1/4 cup maida / all purpose flour
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanil
This authentic dish is prepared in the northeast part of India. It is traditionally cooked with 5 spices, panchpuran simply means "five spices" in Bengali. In Bengali cuisine mustard oil is extensively used, the aroma of mustard oil complements the other flavors of this gravy really well .
2 cups diced radish(approx 5 to 6 medium size)
1 cup diced potatoes(approx
Waffle is directly derived from the Dutch ’wafel’and with ancient origin tracing back to the neolithic age. A waffle is a batter-based or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression.
Waffles are eaten throughout the world, particularly in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and the United States.My first experienc
With the summer just around the corner in south india, it thought it would be a great idea to introduce you folks one of my favorite mocktails and provides a perfect balance of flavors that will refresh your body and mind. The original recipe was adopted from sanjeev kapoor.
I however provided a twist to the recipe and instead of using regular pineapple juice I used pine
Patra is a popular snack in the western region of India. It is known as Aluchya Vadya in Marathi, Patra in Gujarati and Patrode in the Konkan region of India.It is similar to a japanese sushi but made with taro leaves and filled with delicious chickpea stuffing.This recipe was prepared by my SIL when I visited her recently. It was a lovely snack and got to pack some of these for my hubby bac
This simple and delicious recipe was shared by my SIL. It is a perfect appetizer. There is a interesting ingredient added to this dish that brings out a lot flavor, aroma and freshness ... fennel seeds or commonly known as saunf is the secret ingredient.
I am sure you would enjoy trying out this recipeIngredients
1/2 kg baby potatos
1/4tsp cumin seeds(jeera)
1/4 tsp fennel seeds(saun
I tend to make stuffed parathas very frequently as they are tasty and filling. This time I used soya granules for stuffing. It is tasty, filling and very healthy too.
I adopted this recipe from sanjeev kapoor. Hope you would enjoy it too
Ingredients for Stuffing
1 cup soya granules
1 small boiled potato
3 chopped green chillies
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tbsp milk
My mother survived cancer a couple of years back and it was very a painful experience for her and the family. Recently when I was at a local vegetable fruit store "Kovai Pazhamudhir Nilayam" Anna Nagar Shanti Colony, I was amazed to see the soursop fruit being sold as a natural cancer fighting fruit. It was expensive sold at 350 rs per kg but having known what cancer can do to the human spir
I have been using artificial sweeteners as a substitute for sugar as it is advertised as a healthy alternative for weight watchers and for diabetics.
My MIL is diabetic so we switched to a popular brand but after having a conversation with a doctor he mentioned artificial sweeteners are not healthy and using honey or palm jaggery has no benefit as it too breaks down
Contrary to it name it is one of the most heavenly cakes I have tasted.The crumb is tender, the filling and frosting luscious. It is dark, rich and yet not so sweet. And it is butter free so you enjoy it with a guilt free spirit : )
I bookmarked this recipe recently when I saw on Sangeeta's Spicy Treat blog. It is the perfect cake to prepare for this occasion of my in-laws 50th marriage
The most favorite south indian breakfast is undoubtedly the idli.A Idli is the perfect combination of carbohydrates and proteins. And because it's steamed, it uses no oil.It is considered the top 10 healthiest breakfast as per nutrition experts.This version of idli has been made flavorfull with carrot, cashews and healthier with oats which ups the fiber content.Give it a try and be amazed ..
Happy Sankranti to my fellow bloggers. No celebration is complete in south india without a sweet and rice preparation and a muggu/kolam/rangoli :) . My cousin sister who studies near chennai dropped by to celebrate pongal and made a beautifull rangoli for us !!
Today I took the opportunity to prepare a biyyam parvanam / rice kheer with a little twist to bring some magic to the flavo
Sesame seeds have a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible crunch. It is also considered a super seed as it has some amazing health benefits.This recipe was shared by my mom and you would love it as provides a excellant flavorfull side dish to have with rice. Ingredients
6 med size capsicums
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tbsp grated coconut
2 green chillies
1 tbsp oil
1/8 tsp mustard
Recently I saw some lovely fresh delhi carrots and prepared this dessert which is one of my favorite dessert recipes which is quick and easy to prepare with a exotic flavor and I am sure it is the same for all of you.
3 cups grated carrot
1 cup milk
2 tbsp condensed milk - amul milkmaid (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cardamom crushed
2 tbsp ghee(clarified butter)
1 tbsp chop
This is the season of green peas and it is time to think like a ant.And we always tend to buy frozen green peas at super markets and they do cost a lot.
A year back I bought 10 kg of green pea pods and freezed them and used for a whole year without any compromise in use for many of my dishes. I want to share this lovely technique of storing green peas with you all.
The credit goes to
It is one of the best-tasting Chinese food that you should encounter..while dim sum literally means touch the heart. It was originally not a main meal, only a snack traditionally served with chinese tea.Recently I dined at the chinese restaurant Cascade and had some lovely dim sum however it was expensive to order again and that challenged me to try it at home. I innovated the filling with s
It is the cauliflower season now and this chutney is prepared as a accompaniment with rice. Normally I used to use only the cauliflower part and discard the stems but today my mother shared this recipe. It was very tasty and simple to prepare too.Ingredients
1 cup chopped cauliflower stem with leaves
2 tbsp urad dal
4 red chillies
1 tsp jeera/cummin seds
pinch of fenugreek seeds
I am celebrating a wonderful moment today as it is my marraige anniversary ... One of the best things in life is seeing a smile on my hubby’s face and this cupcake with its wonderful frosting brought this magic to the moment. The recipe was adopted from hereIngredients
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp pista powder
1/2 cup powder sugar or confectionary sugar
1 1/2 ts
Preparing this pasta has always been a delight. The combination of jumbo pasta shells with a vegetable pasta broth sauce and fresh italian herbs makes it a steamy hot treat for your loved onces. This is the perfect pasta dish with a mild saucy feel and flavors that will burst your taste buds. It tastes wonderful when served warm and fresh.
3 cup jumbo shell pasta
This month of kartik is a special month and generally cooking with onions and garlic is avoided, it is very difficult to explain this to other people but you can get a clue from chef kurma das a devout vaishnava. And with my mom who has come to visit me it becomes more special to treat her different varieties of food as she restricts her diet during this month without onions and garlic. This
Recently I picked some fresh basil leaves from star bazaar and I got inspired to make these pull-apart pesto rolls, baked bread fresh out of the oven is a heavenly experience and with the addition of pesto has made these rolls so delightful. These pesto rolls have a intense flavour and a fresh fragrant aroma.
These pesto rolls taste awesome, each time I had these pesto rolls I would
Recently I was watching a tv show where aamir khan was being interviewed and considering his healthy glow he was asked how did he maintain this glow. His answer surprised me as he mentioned he gave first preference to a healthy diet, second to a 8 hr sleep and last to exercise.I think his reply would resonate well with all food bloggers. Oats is considered as a perfect heart healthy grain bu
A great little vegetarian snack, a quesadilla is basically a mexican-style stuffed pancake, like a toasted sandwich, made with two tortillas sandwiched together with cheese and vegetarian filling. Ingredients:
6 tortillas home made or store bought
To make tortillas
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp vegetable shorting/dalda
a pinch of salt
Procedure:Mix all th
Fresh oyster mushrooms are hard to find in chennai, I accidentally came across a shop which was selling fresh oyster mushrooms. I was excited to see oyster mushrooms as they look so beautiful Known to have many health benefits to fight cholesterol and cancer I think they deserve to be included in our diet at a regular basis.
The sandwich was very delightful to have with
This White pumpkin /winter melon/ ash gourd is commonly available in south indian markets and recently I was gifted this ash gourd from my neighbors garden. My mom used to prepare this halwa in my childhood so I got inspired to prepare it again after many years.You would also be surprised to know the famous agra petha is also prepared with this ash gourd, this halwa has a similar texture how
This flavorful tongue tingling baby potato curry prepared with fresh cilantro/coriander with a blend of indian spices makes it a perfect accompaniment for rice and rotis.
1/2 kg baby potatoes
1 cup tightly packed coriander/cilantro
2 green chillies
2 red chillies
1/4 tsp cummin seeds
1/4 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
1/4 tsp urad dal/black gram without skin
If there is one sweet that is famous in orissa as a signature dessert it would be chenna poda. This exotic baked cottage cheese cake is traditionally baked in oven or earthen fire. The burnt smell is awesome and good to taste.The literal meaning of chena poda is burnt cheese; chena is cottage cheese and poda means burnt.Without wasting a moment try out the recipe and enjoy a mouthwater
Wishing all my blog friends a very happy diwali, a festive moment is never complete with this simple recipe my mother taught me. This soft and delicious indian sweet is prepared in every indian home on festive occasions.Ingredients
1 big coconut grated
200 gms jaggery grated
2-3 crushed elaichi/cardamom
ProcedureIn a heavy bottom pan, mix the coconut and jaggery and cook it i
With a moist creamy texture and a enticing flavor of chocolate this cake would be the perfect weekend treat or potluck take-along and maybe a perfect treat for a deepavali get together as it is eggless !! .Its very light on the stomach and you can enjoy every soft bite. So here is it ...
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cocoa
I am always excited to pick parwal from the star bazaar in chennai.This authentic dish is prepared in the northeast part of India. It is traditionally cooked with mustard oil, the aroma of mustard oil complements the other flavors of this gravy really well . So here is the authentic oriya style recipe that will make your family and guests asking for more ...Ingredients
12 to 15 parwal
With dewali just around the corner I prepared one of my favorite snacks today, a traditional savory andhra snack whose main ingredients are curd and sago. Its crunchy and tangy flavor and the little pearls that burst out at the end give it a very unique appearance.Ingredients
4 cups homemade rice flour
1 cup Saggubeeyam (Sago/Sabudana/Tapioca)
This tangy and aromatic podi/powder is a age old recipe of south indian households which is served as a condiment with a spoonful of oil for breakfast with idli and dosa . It also tastes awesome when it is served with peppy hot steamed rice topped with a dash of ghee.Ingredients
2 cups coriander seeds
1 cup urad dal/black gram lentil skinned
1/4 cup cummin seeds
1 cup tightly packed cu
Wishing all my blog friends a very happy dasara. On this festive occasion I would like to share a authentic south indian andhra sweet prepared with lentils.This delicacy has a crispy exterior and a soft sweet stuffing and tastes best when eaten warm with a dash of ghee/clarified butter as a dip. It is traditionally served with tamarind rice .Ingredients
1 cup urad dal / black g
Lifestyle has become fast paced with little time for nutrition, salads can be healthy, satisfying meals on their own or perfect accompaniments to main dishes.This salad is a combination of fresh chrunchy veggies,fruits,nuts and feta cheese tossed with a yummy dressing.Ingredients:
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted olives
1/4 cup feta ch
Ammini Kozhukattai a variation of the telugu dish undrallu, it is a festive food which is prepared in southern part of India during Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a healthy option for breakfast as these rice balls are steamed and sauteed with minimum oil. And the tomato chutney/dip is the perfect accompaniment for these lovely cuties. So surprise your family ...
1 cup rice flour(
I love peanut butter and chocolate so when I suddenly came across a recipe with a combination I couldnt stop myself to try this out. I used small paper cups to have small heavenly bites. I adopted the recipe from here. So here is the recipeIngredients
1 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar or superf
The American culture is synonymous with fast food. Burgers are easy to pack and carry along on short trips filling you up with energy. Children would love it and this burger has a healthy twist
Burger bun preparationIngredients
2 cups wholewheat flour
1 tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
4 tbsp warm milk
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
1 cup warm water
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp dry oregano
I was looking for different flavored pulao and came across a sanjeev kapoors mushroom paneer pulao. It sounded very interesting as it didnt any khada masala. The key ingredient is crushed coriander seeds and kasuri methi. I skipped the mushrooms as it wasnt available.One addition I gave to this dish was adding shah jeera.With the blend of all these spices with a soft undertone of paneer make
Baking bread is always a delightful experience , I still recollect my first attempt when I would faithfully watch the yeast proof,lift the towel on the dough bowl to see if it is ready to punch down and the joyfull aroma of bread fill the kitchen while baking.My heart would pound with excitement when I pull the bread out from the oven.I relive these lovely moments whenever I bake any typ
A simple delicious chutney is a great way to start a meal in andhra.It is a common practise to have this chutney as a accompaniment with rice. However this goes well with rotis too. Here is the recipe.Ingredients
250 gms ridge gourd
1 1/2 tbsp urad dal
4 red chillies
1 tsp jeera/cummin seds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of fenugreek seeds
2 tsp oil
It is very common to find this pasta discs nowdays and cooking pasta with cooker was new to me, and it was one of my little surprises when I cooked it.The basic recipe was shared on the pack but I added my own dimension. The pasta is quick to prepare and feels more filling as it is easy to pick with your spoon and a lot of pasta sauce gets embeded within its curls
Vada pav the king of mumbai street food.Pav was introduced to india by the portugese and the combination of vada with pav a invention of maharashtra.The fusion of cultures in your little palm that can be relished with a hot cup of tea.There are many other street foods like pav bhaji, masal pav but vada pav beats them all by its sheer size and prize that can fill you up in a wink.
Are you looking for a new side dish that is healthy but also quick to prepare ?
I learned this dish from one of my best friend mom who visits chennai occasionally.The secret of this recipe is the unique blend of spices simmered with amaranth leaves and veggies.This dish is a flavorful accompaniment for rice and even rotis. So here is the recipeIngredients
1 cup tightly packed
This is my first cake recipe without eggs and believe me you won’t miss the eggs! With it unique blend of ingredients you can still make a eggless cake that can rock a party.The original recipe was adopted from Jayshris Kitchen who inspired me to try this recipe. I changed it a bit to suit my taste-buds. It came out very well soft, moist with a tender flavor of bananas. Here is the recipe
Potato and spinach simmered in milk with some traditional indian spices which make this gravy have a heavenly flavor .If you have some guests at home and want to make something easy,delightful and healthy this would be the ideal choice. It is the perfect accompaniment for roti and rice. So here is the recipe
1 cup diced potato
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 bunch palak/spinach