Here is a wonderful thirst quencher for this hot summer - TOMATO JUICE. I wanted to try a little spicy version this time to make a difference. It tasted really good. Here we go for the simple juice variety.
Juicy Ripe Tomatoes - 4 No.s
Chat masala - 1/2 Teaspoon
Lemon juice - 1 Table Spoon
Pepper Powder - 1 Teaspoon
Salt - 1 Teaspoon
Sugar - 1 Table Spoon
Here is a easy to make punjabi dessert Gajar ka Halwa recipe. Though there are many ways to prepare gajar halwa, I found this method to be easy and less time consuming. The same method can be used to prepare beetroot halwa too, just replace the carrot with beetroot. Here we go for the recipe...
Grated Carrots - 1 & 1/2 Cups
Milk - 1 Cup
Sugar - 1/2 to 3/4 Cup
Here is a easy to make yet a very healthy rice variety for you all to try. This can be made in no time, just an achar as an accompaniment will do. Though the main ingredients are similar to Pongal / Kichidi, this tastes really different. I learnt this recipe from my MIL. Here you go for the recipe.....
Rice - 1 Cup ( Any variety will do )
Moong dal - 1/4 Cup
Looking for a healthy and simple side dish for Dosa / Idly ? Bored of the usual tomato chutney or Onion Chutney ? If yes then try this carrot chutney which is easy to make and very healthy too.
Here you go for the recipe...
Grated Carrot - 1/2 Cup
Grated Coconut - 2 Table Spoon
Red chilies -3 or 4 ( Adjust according to spice level )
I love poori / Puri than roti / Chappati. I normally make poori with wheat flour and never tried any variotions. This time I wanted to try different poori and came up with this. The taste and softness of the puri was really good. Here we go for the easy to make kaddu ( Pumkin ) Puri.
Grated Ripe Red Pumpkin - 500 grams ( Grated 3 Cups )
Wheat Flour - 350 grams ( 1 &a
Here is a easy and healthy dip. I learnt this recipe from the cookery show by mallika badrinath. What I really liked about this dip is that is very easy and quick to make, more over very healthy too. A great accompaniment for tortillas or any other chips. I have tried it as a spread on my bread toast too, tastes so good. Here you go for the guacamole recipe.....
Here is a simple yet flavorful, tasty & easy to make tomato dosa recipe. The best part is it doesn't need any fermentation. This can be made immediately after grinding the batter. I am sure everyone will love its tangy taste. Here you go for the easy dosa recipe.
Raw Rice - 1 Cup
Sour Tomato - 2 Big Size
Red chilies - 4 or 5 ( According to the Spiciness )
Here is a simple yet a very delicious dessert to satisfy our sweet tooth. Verrine is a confection, orginally from france, made by layering ingredients in a small glass, it can be either sweet or savory, making a dessert or snack. If you have planned for a party or gathering, and have less time to prepare dessert, this dish comes in handy. Here you go for the recipe.....
Appam is a traditional southindian sweet recipe. This can be made in several ways and methods using different flour combination. Here is one such recipe which is very tasty at the same time easy to prepare also. It is also called unni appam in kerala. Here we go for the crispy and tasty Ghee Appam ( Nei Appam - Nei stands for Ghee in tamil ) recipe.
When you think of street food in India, the first thing comes to your mind is Samosa. Samosas ( Its a deep fried pastry with savory filling) are the most popular Indian appetizer. This crispy tea time snack is the all time favorite of mine, be it a plain onion filling or potato filling.
Here you go for the Indian Crispy Samosa recipe which can be made easily at home.....
I had some left over roti's / chapathi's, and wanted to try a different recipe out of it. This Chapati noodles idea came up on my mind, and tried it immediately. It came out very tasty :-P so thought of sharing the recipe with you all. Do try this easy n healthy recipe I'm sure your kids will definitely love this.
Chapatti / Roti - 6 No's ( Cut
Here is a easy and tasty sweet pongal ( Kichdi ) recipe for you all to try for this Pongal / Makarasankrathi / Lohri festival. A good alternative for sakkarai pongal ( made with rice and jaggery )
Raw rice - 1 Cup
Rock candy / Sugar Candy/ Kalkandu - 1 Cup
Milk - 1/2 Cup
Ghee - 5 Table Spoon
Cardamom ( Elachi ) Powder - 1 Teaspoon
Cashews - 10 No.
As a paneer lover, I usually experiment a lot of dishes with it. When I wanted to try a tasty paneer recipe as a side dish for roti, I came across this one, in a tamil magazine. Tried it immediately as its very easy and quick to prepare. So if your looking for a tasty and easy to prepare paneer side dish then Shahi paneer is a good choice. Here you go for the recipe......
Vegetable Sandwich is my all time favorite be it toasted or plain. I generally make lot of variations in the stuffing, by using different vegetables and the spice powder. Here is one such stuffing, which is very tasty and easy to make. I avoid butter for toasting, instead used olive oil, as it gives the same crispiness to the bread. So here you go for the special sandwich recipe.....
First of all many thanks to my dear friend Aarthi ( Durga ) ( Husband's Cousin ) for sharing this recipe. She is a very good baker. When I asked her for a Easy chocolate cake recipe, immediately she shared this recipe with me. I tried this and it turned out well. So sharing this great recipe with you all. You all will be very surprised to know the ingredients used in this c
Black eyed beans / Lobia is called Karamani in tamil. During the navaratri festival we prepare this sundal, and offer to god. It is a simple, healthy and Protein packed dish. This can be a ideal evening snack. Here is the recipe..
Black Eyed Beans / Lobia / Karamani - 1 Cup
Salt - As per taste
To Temper :
Mustard Seeds - 1 Teaspoon
Dry Red chili - 2 or 3 N
Navaratri / Navratri means nine nights in Sanskrit Language, Nava means nine and Ratri means night. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Hindu Goddess are worshipped. Navratri is a very famous festival in india. In south india, it is customary to display Golu ( Exhibition of Various dolls and figurines in odd numbered tires ( Shelves ). When people come to visit a person's
Ammini Kozhukattai / Mini Kozhukattai is a spicy version of Modak without any stuffing. Normally the left over outer covering dough, (which is used to prepare modak) is made in to cute small balls by adding spices , which is then steamed and tempered. This is an ideal evening snack, which will be loved by all.
Here is my spicy and flavorful version.
For Outer Cover : Dough Pre
Me and my hubby both love paneer. So I keep experimenting with lot of paneer recipes. Paneer pakora being the all time favorite :-) So if you are looking for a simple, easy evening snack to go well with Tea / Coffee, then pakora is the right snack. So lets go the recipe...
Paneer - 1 Cup ( Small Cubes)
Gram Flour ( Besan) - 1/2 Cup
Rice Flour - 1/4 Cup
Eggplant / Aubergine / Brinjal is called Baingan in hindi, and Bharta translates to any kind of mash. It's a very popular accompaniment for Roti / Naan / Flat breads. The smoky smell of eggplant is the highlight in this dish.
In traditional way the eggplant is charred in the heat from burning coal or wood, that way the taste of the dish is more authentic and divine. But I have charred the
Me and my hubby both love Italian cuisine, so I keep experimenting new dishes with pasta and macaroni. I have tried the baked version Cheesy Veggie Pasta, but wanted to try stove top method. So tried this Penne in white sauce, which came out really well, and liked it so much. This is an ideal dish for those who love pasta and cheese. I Wanted to try pasta for breakfast so made i
ULUNDU KOZHUKATTAI is the savory version of MODAK. Urad dal is called Ulundu in tamil. This modak is very tasty, flavorful and very healthy. Do try making this Urad dal Modak for Ganesh chathurthi.
Here you go for the recipe. The outer covering is same like Modak ( Sweet version ) / Vella Kozhukattai only the stuffing is different.
Here goes the recipe......
Ganesh ( Vinayaka ) Chathurthi is a famous festival in India. On this festive day we prepare & offer variety of food for our mangal murthi (Lord Ganesha ) to celebrate and take his blessings. Modak / Mothagam / Kozhukattai is the favorite amongst them to our 'Ganpathi Bappa'. Down south besides Vinayagar chathurthi we prepare kozhukattai during Varalakshmi Vratham (a festival
Palak Paneer is an all time favorite Indian side dish. It is also popularly known as Saag Paneer.
Paneer - Indian Cottage cheese is cooked with aromatic, creamy Spinach Puree ( Palak ) / Greens.
Palak Paneer (Indian cottage cheese in curried spinach gravy) is omnipresent in almost every menu of the indian restaurants. Normally served as an accompaniment for Naan /
Here is a crispy & different snack, for you all to try. I am sure if you make this at home, it will be a instant hit. I wanted to try something different out of bread, I got reminded of the recipe which I read in Nita Mehta's Cook book. I Tried and it came out really well. I just loved the crispy outside texture and the juicy corn stuffing inside, with a nutty (Sesame seeds) feeling. I
Dosa is a world famous South indian dish. I am pretty sure its every one's favorite. You can make Crispy Dosa with the Idly Batter itself. This batter is perfect for making Soft Idli, Crispy Dosa, Kuzhipaniyaram. No need to grind separately for Dosai or Kuzhipaniyaram.
Idli Batter - Required Amount.
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Idly / Idli the most healthiest breakfast, and a popular South Indian dish. Though preparing the batter is a long process, but once done, it makes life easy. Can be stored in fridge for 5 to 6 days. I normally grind it in huge volume and refrigerate. It is a multi purpose batter, which can be used to make different dishes like Idli, Dosa, Uthappam, Kuzhipaniyaram, even bonda's etc. This ba
Me and my hubby love badam / Almonds. I generally use badam in most gravies / sabzi's instead of coconut. I wanted to try some sweet recipe, the first thing that came to my mind is badam halwa :-) I referred few sites to get an idea, and came up with my version. It came out perfect and tasted really really yum. My hubby said it said so good :-) So give it a try once, you will for sur
Here is an easy Eggless cake recipe, which can be made in just 2 minutes. I used a microwave safe coffee mug to prepare this recipe. It's very simple and mess free. So here is the recipe of chocolaty, soft, spongy Microwave Mug cake...
All Purpose flour ( Maida) - 3 Table Spoon
Powdered Sugar - 3 Table Spoon
Cooking Oil - 3 Table Spoon
Phirni / Rice Pudding is an rich creamy dessert, and a very popular north indian sweet. It taste pretty much same like Kheer or Payasam, but the difference is of texture and cooking time. Here is the recipe...
Milk - 3 & 1/4 Cup
Basmathi Rice - 3 Table Spoon
Cardamom Powder - 3/4 Teaspoon
Sweetened Condense milk (Milk Maid) - 2 Table Spoon
Sugar - 1/2 Cup
Here is an easy and tasty sambar recipe, I Learnt this recipe from my sister. I happen to taste this sambar, when I visited my sister (Srimathi) in chennai a year back. She made Pongal and this sambhar as side dish. I was totally in love with that sambar, and got the recipe from her, then tried it with idly. My hubby liked it so much to the extent naming this sambar as Srimathi Sambhar
I am sure dosa, is everyone's favorite. No Wonder Masala Dosa is among, the top 10 dishes to try before you die :-) So here is a cripsy dosa recipe, for you all to try. I made kuzhipaniyaram ( pan fried fritters) the other day, and had left over batter. So tried making dosai out of the left over batter of kuzhipaniyaram, and it came very thin and crisp. Exactly like pape
I always wanted to try different recipes out of oats, as its very healthy and filling too. So it makes it ideal to have oats in any form for breakfast. I have tried OATS DOSA, OATS IDLY which came out well, and tasty too, So this time I wanted to try out a combination of Oats and vegetables, which is at the same time easy to prepare too. Here goes the recipe of Oats vegetable kozhukatt
We prepare Ulundu vadai / Vada for most of the Indian festivals. It is very easy to prepare, just that some tips has to be followed to make it very crispy. Here is goes the recipe of Crispy Ulundu vadai / Medhu vada / Vada..Ingredients :Whole Urad dal /Black gram - 1 CupGreen chilies - 4 Nos (Medium size)Asafoetida - A Generous pinchGinger - A Small pieceWater - As required.Salt - As per tasteCurr
We prepare Ulundu vadai / Vada for most of the Indian festivals. It is very easy to prepare, just that some tips has to be followed to make it very crispy. Here is goes the recipe of Crispy Ulundu vadai / Medhu vada / Vada.....
Whole Urad dal /Black gram - 1 Cup
Green chilies - 4 Nos (Medium size)
Asafoetida - A Generous pinch
Ginger - A Small piece
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Gobi Manchurian is a juicy and crispy dish made out of cauliflower. It is an excellent side dish for Fried rice. Here goes my version of Crispy Gobi Manchurian dry recipe which is an excellent starter.Ingredients :Cauliflower - 1 No Maida / All purpose flour - 1/2 CupRice Flour - 1/2 CupCorn Flour - 1/4 CupGreen chilies - 3 to 4 No's (Very Finely chopped)Ginger - 1 Table Spoon (Very finely ch
Gobi Manchurian is a juicy and crispy dish made out of cauliflower. It is an excellent side dish for Fried rice. Here goes my version of Crispy Gobi Manchurian dry recipe which is an excellent starter......
Cauliflower - 1 No
Maida / All purpose flour - 1/2 Cup
Rice Flour - 1/2 Cup
Corn Flour - 1/4 Cup
Green chilies - 3 to 4 No's (Very Finely chopped)
Normally we make keerai masiyal or keerai sambhar or keerai poriyal, I wanted to try something different at the same time healthy and tasty too, so tried this recipe and it came out very well. In this recipe I have used Mulai keerai / Amaranth Leaves , you can use any type of Keerai/greens. Here is the recipe of Mulai keerai rice / Amaranth leaves rice.....
Normally we make keerai masiyal or keerai sambhar or keerai poriyal, I wanted to try something different at the same time healthy and tasty too, so tried this recipe and it came out very well. In this recipe I have used Mulai keerai / Amaranth Leaves , you can use any type of Keerai/greens. Here is the recipe of Mulai keerai rice / Amaranth leaves rice.....Ingredients :Cooked rice / Left ove
I usually make rava dosa often at home, as me & my hubby like it very much. I have tried oats rava idly (which was a hit :-) ) with instant oats, so wanted to try out dosa, without any compromise in taste and crispiness like rava dosai. This version of dosai came out crispy, tasty and also easy, quick, and healthy. So thought of sharing the recipe with you all.Ingredients :Oats - 3/4
I usually make rava dosa often at home, as me & my hubby like it very much. I have tried oats rava idly (which was a hit :-) ) with instant oats, so wanted to try out dosa, without any compromise in taste and crispiness like rava dosai. This version of dosai came out crispy, tasty and also easy, quick, and healthy. So thought of sharing the recipe with you all......
I Usual make Idly Upma with left over idlies. I wanted to try fried idly for change, but didn't want to deep fry it, as idlies will consume lot of oil. So tried baking the idlies in oven. It turned out super crisp, and tasted similar like deep frying it. We all liked this version of masala idly, so thought of sharing the recipe with you all. Here goes the recipe....
I Usual make Idly Upma with left over idlies. I wanted to try fried idly for change, but didn't want to deep fry it, as idlies will consume lot of oil. So tried baking the idlies in oven. It turned out super crisp, and tasted similar like deep frying it. We all liked this version of masala idly, so thought of sharing the recipe with you all. Here goes the recipe.Ingredients :Left over Idly's - 3 o
I learnt this mexican recipe from my sis in law, who is in US. At first I was skeptical, in adding yellow squash/parangikkai with greens, but believe me its an awesome combination. It tasted so good, so try this Veggie bean quesadilla (pronounced as 'kay-sah-DEE-yah')Ingredients:For Filling :Yellow Squash/Parangikkai - 1 Cup (Chopped in to small Cubes)Onion - 1/4 CupAny type of Greens/Keerai - 1 C
I learnt this mexican recipe from my sis in law, who is in US. At first I was skeptical, in adding yellow squash/parangikkai with greens, but believe me its an awesome combination. It tasted so good, so try this Veggie bean quesadilla (pronounced as 'kay-sah-DEE-yah') Here goes the recipe.....
For Filling :
Yellow Squash/Parangikkai - 1 Cup (Chopped in to sm
Potato pepper fry is a very easy to make yet tasty side dish. It goes well with sambhar sadam or any variety rice. But I always have this along with dal bhat aka paruppu sadam. I love that combination :-)
so here goes the recipe for the simple aloo pepper curry.......
Boiled Potatoes - 4 Nos.
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Table Spoon
Roasted n Gro
Potato pepper fry is a very easy to make yet tasty side dish. It goes well with sambhar sadam or any variety rice. But I always have this along with dal bhat aka paruppu sadam. I love that combination :-) so here goes the recipe for the simple aloo pepper curry. Ingredients:Boiled Potatoes - 4 Nos.Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Table SpoonRoasted n Ground Pepper - 2 TeaspoonTurmeric Powder
Here is a recipe which is mildly spiced and good for health. Dal / lentil is rich in protein. So here goes my version of paruppu sadam aka dal bhat ......Ingredients :Rice - 1 CupYellow pigeon peas/Thoor Dal/Thuvaram paruppu - 1/2 CupGarlic - 10 clovesTurmeric Powder - 1/4 TeaspoonCumin Seeds - 1/2 TeaspoonGreen Chilies - 3 Nos.Ghee - 1 & 1/2 Table SpoonCurry Leaves - Few LeavesCoriander