Collecting cookbooks interests me a lot! after collecting so many book's, i felt that only few book's are worth saving for life-time. now a days i restricted myself in buying cookbook's. only if i desperately long for a book, i buy it. Cooking at home with Pedatha was one book, that i wanted to buy for a long time, when hubby gifted me the book for my last year's birthday, i was so excited a
I have not posted any sweet recipes after diwali. When i was going thru gujarati cuisine, i came across this halwa and also found some sweet potatoes in my kitchen waiting to be cooked. so here you see this easy halwa that i made today in minutes!
Makhani is referred to gravy, which is cooked in ghee and with tomatoes. Never mix up paneer butter masala and paneer makhani. both are different. Paneer makhani gets a little bit of tangy taste from tomatoes and there are whole spices and garam masala in it. You will find the difference, once you try this absolutely delicious paneer gravy!
Never compromise on few ingredients to make th
It's year after year i am complaining, how hot it is in chennai. This year water scarcity joins the club. so you should imagine my state(TN). Let's hope this coming monsoon gives enough rainfall!!
Having a slice of water melon during summer is such a relief. You will feel chill inside on consuming, but you will be standing under the sun!! When i did my college in chi
Very few times, we have the ingredients and mood to prepare a dish, that was just shown on TV. This spinach pie is such one dish, which i saw in TLC, prepared by donna hay. instantly, i tried and served for break-fast!
I bought some spring roll sheets months back, and they were lying in my freezer, the idea of making spinach pie in spring
Vatha kuzhambu is my recent favorite. Making perfect vatha kuzhambu and mor kuzhambu remained as a dream to me before. Now i have a favorite tutor on youtube, from where i learned to make perfect traditional brahmin style vatha kuzhambu. i have prepared vatha kuzhambu with same ingredients, but now i know, the order in which the ingredients should be put to cook. simple tricks! come on
I love shopping online at jabong. When bharathy asked to send entries for her spicy recipe event, i wanted to prepare a recipe with red chilli, just to suit her blog logo! i tried chilli bread sticks, chilli-mint flavored paneer. no dish looked sexy and hot with dry red chilli!
I still do not know, whether bharathy will accept my entry or not, as the deadkine for the submission just
Bhindi is favourite vegetable at home, i prepare sabzi with it quite often. This aloo bhindi sabzi from tasty indian recipes caught my eye and i prepared it today. Both the vegetables made a great combination. sabzi turned out tasty.
This sabzi can be served with chapathi's or phulkha's or with jeera rice, peas pulao etc. Iam yet to make phulkha's for dinner to serve with th
I have tried many recipes from Rak's kitchen. Recently i tried her rava idly last week. gobi manchurian the previous week. every recipe from her blog comes out great! when it comes to diwali preparations, for the past two three years i have been cooking her murukku, seedai, badhusha, kara sev, etc. Her step wise pictures makes the recipes easy all the time. i always wonder, how she m
I sometimes have a guilt feeling, that i am not cooking or blogging healthy food. i wonder how much effort i put on learning to bake and make all those cakes or bread made with maida / plain flour. On comparing, i decided to blog about greens recipes and some least known traditional recipes here after. hope you all will agree with me and look forward for the healthy and good recipes here and the
This stuffed puri is a famous north indian break-fast. Bedmi puri is between kachori and puri, as the stuffing is made with urad dal. I eyed on this puri from tarla dalal's cookbook. even i made it once long back, me and hubby liked these puri's a lot! Who would say no to a healthy puri like this? when i tried out these puri's last saturday, i clicked pictures of these
We love to have keerai at home. even my son, will eat, though i have to tell him, how good is it. that's how i was trained to eat my greens by my grand father. he used to be very informative on dining table, telling me, ponnanganni is good for your eye-sight, sirukeerai is good for your kidney, etc.
We went to kanchipuram for a day trip and on a nearby villiage we found farme
To start the New year with a sweet post, here is the gajar ki kheer. me and hubby love Gajar ka halwa the most. it is always our valentine's day dessert!
This is the first time, iam trying kheer with these delhi carrots and i should say, kheer tasted quite good. there is a real good difference in making kheer with normal orange carrots and with these delhi red carrots. do try, if you
Though i was in idea to prepare traditional christmas plum cake, my Gemini mind as usual took a left turn and here you see is Christmas pudding. This is such a easy recipe and the mixing part takes less than 15 minutes. you can even prepare this pudding without soaking the dry fruits in rum or brandy.
You know that the traditional pudding calls for steaming, i did not have enough
First i need to scream and tell you, that i am doing a work continously?, it is - i am blogging here for the past five years!! Sounds Great right? Things that keeps me hooked in blogging is, mails from my readers who write up after trying recipes from here. it's like drinking some enegy drink when you read your readers mail. i wanted to share a comment which
I love to cook drumstick as often as possible. Wherever i stayed, the home had an drumstick tree. be it my grandparents place or at our village home or at my mom's place or at my boarding hostel and even in the apartment i am in now. It is said that, the drumsticks taste better, when the tree gets good groundwater. unfortunately drumsticks in our apartment do not taste good. we mostly
I hate variety rice to the core, right from my childhood. If my mom packs me any variety rice other than tomato rice and curd rice for lunch, I come home in the evening without even tasting a spoon of it. I am so much adamant on this. Even now, i hate tamarind rice, lemon rice and this coconut rice to the core! Then if you ask me, why i am posting the dish i hate the most, then its bec
Choosing ready made gulab jamun mix and making jamuns are easy now a days. but making gulab jamun from scratch gives great satisfaction and we know how pure and good it is, when we make at home. also the texture and taste should beg with the popular ready made gulab jamun mixes. i have decided early, that this diwali i should be preparing khoya jamun and also i know i will be following cilantr
I longed for it for nearly four years, i prayed for it to come to my hands, i was torturing my friends about how i badly wanted it. whenever i am alone at home, i Google-d and read about it. whenever i saw it on some strangers hand, my eyes looked at curiously. i hear you saying enough..okay, My Hubby and my dear Son gifted(fulfilled) me the Canon Rebel T3i dslr camera. oh, you still
Writing up the first sentence or the first paragraph here always takes time for me. that too after a break, it still gets worse. what to write here, whether to write about my son getting hurt on his tooth and kept me busy or to tell you all, how i have grown lazy in the past days! Yes my kid got hurt on his tooth and lips while he was playing running race downstairs. though now it s
Whenever my sis anu says, she fed her kid paruppu sadam, i used to think it as rice mixed with dal and ghee. When Sharmi blogged arisi paruppu sadam, i liked it much and was telling about it to my sis. then she told thats what she was feeding her kid often. she told the recipe in a flow. i straight went into the kitchen and made in minutes. Now i have prepared this several times. this is such a
First i hate to name this has Appam. we call it as ??????(aappam), in english it may be read / means burp. so without heart i call it appam now! My great grand mom used to make appam with coconut toddy (kallu) for us. the flavor and taste of those appam is just unbeatable. forget the drowsiness after eating appam. and just for the drowsiness, we kids won't be fed appam on school days
This is the recent poriyal craze going on at home. just love this kathirikai podi curry, as it goes well with rasam or sambhar or any variety rice. its simple and easy to prepare.
Kathirikai podi varuval with arisi paruppu sadham
You can prepare it in three di
Me and hubby love pesarattu. whenever we eat out at a andhra hotel, we order this. I love to prepare pesarattu on weekends as it involves less job and extra credits goes for this healthy break-fast. when you have little of last batch of the dosa batter, mix it along with pesarattu batter. that yields good dosa's.
I used to add raw rice for making the batter and have made thi
Tandoori idly, I have eaten
this idly more than dozen times. i have seen it in menu's only in pondicherry hotels. right from my childhood, it is my favorite dish. though I wanted to share the
recipe for tandoori idly years back, the time came just today. Tandoori means marinating with yogurt and
spices, and then cooking in a tandoor oven. so the idly has to be marinated in
curd and t
Rice payasam also known as paal payasam or milk kheer is made with milk and basmati rice as main ingredients. Slow cooking the rice along with milk and sugar for about 1 hour is the traditional way of making the payasam.
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Whenever hubby gets vegetables for the week, he picks bitter gourd, which is my least favorite. i either fry or prepare Pavakkai pitlai with it. This all changed after my sis introduced me this pavakkai kuzhambu. i referred a cook book and modified the recipe & this kuzhambu came out so good. No wonder we wiped out the bowl clean. so if you are fed up with usual bitter gourd recipes, give
These beans in yellow pods is locally called as butter beans. but it is different from lima beans.I cooked these Butter beans and fell in love with it. Thanks to my sis Anu, for giving me this easy butter beans masala recipe.
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Its July, and i want to declare that i failed miserably in my resolutions. one of my resolution was to blog frequently. i don't know, something in me is keeping me away from blogging. probably i should change my mindset, go ahead and fight. coming over to bhindi sabzi.
Bhindi sabzi is one side-dish that i am trying very frequently now a days. this can be prepared quick
Thepla is one of the different types of roti's made in gujarat. these theplas are ideal to have as travel food or to pack for lunch box. Its so easy to make and you need not prepare a separate side-dish for these theplas, as they have the spice and masala in it.
Last month, we went to cochin and munnar for our vaccation. the climate was just perfect for us to enjoy. when we we
My son always keep asking me, why don't you make crisp dosa's like in hotels. when i was able to make good dosa's today, i cant postpone in sharing the recipe with you. so on breaking my month long gap, here i am. I got a Happy News to share with you all. Yes finally my blog got its own domain name. I am proud and happy looking my blog with .com extension. Thanks to my blog readers and b
Summer is at its peak here. Nothing seams to be interesting in this climate than the curd rice for me and my son. this carrot rice is my son's favorite.
2 cup's of Basmati Rice (soaked in water for about 20 minutes)
1 tbsp of oil
1/2 tsp of mustard
1 tsp of split urad dal
1 sprig Curry leaves
Ingredients for Masala powder:
Blogging introduced me a Good friend Sharmilee of Sharmi's Passions. We shared our numbers to speak on oven 3 years back. You can see her baking passion now. Whenever i give a break in blogging, she gives me a call and ask me to blog regularly. you believe it or not, i just go and blog breaking the gap. and the first comment will be from sharmi! That way i am blessed to have a good blogging
I know morning walk gives lot of energy, but i am so so lazy to wake up early. i sometimes drop my son at school and walk back home. on the way, i will be tempted to buy fresh greens and vegetables from the roadside vegetable sellers. one day these sorrel leaves/pulicha keerai/gongura/amarnath leaves caught my eye. so with gongura pappu in mind bought a bunch and came back home.
For the past few months, i have been making biryani regularly during weekend's. its easy to prepare biryani rather than making a meal with sambhar, curry and a poriyal. other than that cleaning becomes easy with this one pot meal. i just clean up, watching the time when the biryani cooks up in the cooker.
This is simple biryani recipe than the previous biryani i post
I took a long break here. We were very much prepared for the water scarcity problem when we moved from bangalore to chennai. luckily we did not face water crisis all these 5 years. but 20 days back, our apartment faced it, may be to give me a chance to face water scarcity. now the problem got solved. Thank God! now i know the value of each drop of water. i just owed, i would never waste water.
Mughalai's introduced us biryani, have you ever wondered, what would our ancestors made for one pot meal before biryani. my grand mom's never prepared biryani. but they prepare delicious kadamba sambhar sadam. it is not at all our tradition to have biryani. slowly now biryani is ruling all over here in tamil nadu. now a days its very difficult to spot kootanchoru or sambhar sadam in h
Sodhi, also known as mapillai sodhi, a speciality kulambu/gravy made in tirunelveli, kanyakumari districts. This sodhi is prepared for the newly married groom by his mother in law, when the groom first visits bride’s home. Lovely occasion isn’t it? Traditionally this sodhi kulambu is served with inji thuvayal/ginger chutney. When I prepared and ate, I felt spicy potato poriyal or roast will go
Mushroom, this is one veggie(?) which cooks so fast and yet you can make super yummy dishes with it. My cook makes this mushroom biryani. mostly on weekends, i ask her to make this mushroom biryani, which she makes super fast and perfect!
Mushrooms should be cooked the day you buy. fresh mushrooms are good to cook. cleaning mushroom is very important. i normally wash each and e
Someday's i would not like to make two or three dishes for lunch and want to come out of kitchen soon with less work. tamarind rice, chitranna, vangi bath, arisi paruppu sadham are all the one's that i make to free me.
well the next day i cant do the same, literally i cant survive without sambhar and poriyal. may be genetically my tummy is trained like that:)
I remember seeing th
Carrot cake, i love this cake, as each piece is full with goodness of carrot. i tried this cake with wheat flour long back and loved it. this time i tried it with all purpose flour(maida). this time the cake was soft and turned out moist and good. but i recommend you to try with wheat flour, which makes the cake super healthy cake.
and i have to ramble about cream cheese frostin
Nankhatai is a cookie, famous in pakistan and in india. Nankhatai is a basic eggless cookie made with clarified butter(ghee). When Bina posted her nankhatai recipe on daily tiffin, i tried it immediately and fell in love with these cookies, but it took too long (2 years) to post here.
whenever we crave for crispier biscuits, i would make nankhatai in minutes. its so easy to make.
I always stock up this podi, while i was in boarding school, which will help to swallow the hard idli's. even at home, our typical breakfast would be two idli's with pottukadalai paruppu podi. We used to have two different podi's at home, one is this mildly spiced pottukadalai podi for the kid and the other is spicy idli milagaai podi for adults. Pottukadalai podi is me and my son's f
Mint / Pudina is my favourite, next to Mint rice i often prepare this thuvayal. mint is best for digestion, when mint clubbed with ginger and made thuvayal, eaten with Rasam, then thats the best combination to please our digestive system and make you feel light. i always prepare this thuvayal the next day of preparing biryani.
Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Urad dal /
Wishing you all Very Happy and Healthy New Year! one of my resolution this year is to blog post frequently. when you have strong passion, you have to do it. My passion for clicking , recipe hunting is on as usual. hope i will improve.
Pasta is loved at home. i prepare tomato pasta quite often. when i spotted basil in a grocery store, i knew i will be preparing this tomato and basil pa
My blog baby turns 4 today. it all started with searching recipe in google for enna kathrikkai kuzhambu, somehow i landed on mahanandi. i explored the site the same day and read few comments and clicked some commenters names and went over their blogs. that was when i discovered blogging. what attracted me towards food blogging was drool worthy pictures. so when i started the
I love to prepare one pot meal. one thing i love about it is, kitchen turns less messy while i prepare one pot meal, especially this easy chana biryani. though named as biryani, not much effort goes in like in biryani. this protein packed biryani is so easy to make and makes a good choice for lunch box. my kid always love this.
serves 2 adults and a child
Soup song, flop song - why this kolaveri kolaveri di??. first i did not understand the meaning of what is soup song, then wiki helped me as it always do. yes kolaveri viral attacked me too. so from soup song to cream of tomato soup...
I already have posted tomato soup recipe, but i got inspired to try out in a new way from a pic that siri posted on her photo blog
I just love this veggie from my childhood. Mostly I prepare
sepankilangu sambhar. I recently spotted these arbi fry on a buffet at Green Park. I loved it most and now i re-created the dish, just as it was. That’s why
I tell you, only a good eater can be a good cook!
Taro root / Arbi -
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Garlic – 2 cloves (fine
I made few changes to Paneer butter masala and got this recipe. its so simple recipe and also it tastes so so good. my words and the pictures may not do justice to the dish. You have to try and find how tasty this gravy turns out.
Oh this time i'am trying out with step by step pictures. i am finding very difficult to handle the camera on one hand and ladle on other. sometimes