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Friday, 22 March 2013

Going on Vacation

Hai Friends,

I am going on my dream vacation to Paris - France, will be missing you all. But will be back soon. I am going to miss my baby(blog) as well, do keep visiting.

Thank you and see you soon.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Raspberry & Banana Smoothie

Are you looking for a healthy break fast or a drink, here it is. Raspberry & banana smoothie, it is very filling and refreshing.



Simple & Quick Moong Dhal Dosa

Moong Dhal dosa is very simple and delicious dosa. It is so easy just soak and grind and make dosas, no fermentation needed. It is very healthy and can be made within minutes. I served my moong dhal dosa with cilantro chutney.

Here’s how to make it…


Rajma Masala/Rajma Curry

Rajma Masala/ Rajma Curry is a healthy and easy masala to make, it is a one pot dish with no hassles. It is a perfect side dish for rotis and can also be had with rice. It is rich in proteins and fibres.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Moong Dhal Sambar/ Paasi Paruppu Sambar/ Tiffin sambar[Side dish for Idlis & Dosas]

Moong dhal sambar/Paasi paruppu sambar/Tiffin sambar is a very easy and quick sambar to be made. It is an excellent combo with idlis and dosas.

Here’s how to make Moongdal Sambar with step by step photos…


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

My Second Liebster Award

I am so excited to announce that I recieved my second Liebster Award from Chitz of Indulge, and I am happily passing it on to 11 new fellow bloggers. To know more about it click here


Thank you all for the continuous support and encouragement.

Paruppu Keerai Masiyal/Spinach With Dhal

Paruppu Keerai masiyal is a very healthy, simple and easy dish to prepare. It can be prepared with any other keerai, but here I have used spinach(pasalai keerai). Since most of us living abroad do not get other varieties of keerai’s.

Here’s how to make paruppu keerai masiyal with step by step photos…



Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Pineapple pancakes/Hawaiian Pancakes

Pineapple pancakes/Hawaiian Pancakes. Whenever we think about pineapples, the first thing that comes to all of us is the sandy beach and hot tropical climate. Here’s a cool pineapple pancake for a hot breakfast that gives the same tropical feel.
If you are in a holiday mood, thinking of Hawaii, then have these pancakes. They make your day a holiday.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos ...

I made small bunny rabbits with cookie cutter in these pancakes, you can as well make it for Easter and give it to kids.



Pineapple Salad

 Hi everybody, here is a very yummy and easy pineapple salad.



Sutta Kathirkai Chutney/Brinjal Chutney/ Egg Plant chutney[Side dish for Idlis & Dosas]

Sutta Kathrikai Chutney/Brinjal Chutney/Eggplant chutney, is a very special chutney and excellent side dish for idlis and dosa. It has the wonderful smokey flavor which makes it very unique.  Check out other delectable chutneys here.

Here's how to make it with step by step photos...


Kothamalli Chutney/Cilantro chutney/Coriander leaves chutney[Side dish for Idlis & Dosas-Multipurpose chutney]

Kothamalli Chutney/Cilantro chutney/Coriander leaves chutney. This is a very healthy chutney, with loads of fiber, iron, vitamins and minerals. You want to make a perfect green chutney, then here it is.  Check out other delectable chutneys here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Monday, 18 March 2013

Pav Bhaji Mumbai Style

Pav Bhaji is a Maharashtrian fast food dish that originated in Mumbai. This dish was originally created by a vendor for the mill workers who had very little time to have their lunch. Pav in Marathi means a small loaf of bread and Bhaji means a vegetable dish. I am very lucky to have a Maharashtrian friend who made this bhaji for a get together. I fell in so much love with it, the first thing I did was to get the recipe from her and tried it and the bhaji came out fabulous.

It is a healthy one pot meal, which nobody should miss. Here’s the Mumbai style bhaji with step by step photos…


So why do you have to wait, just enjoy…

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Murungaikai Sambar/Drumsticks Sambar

Almost all parts of Murungai/Drumsticks tree have  extraordinary nutritional and medicinal values. It is grown in most of the houses in Southern India, and we do have one in our backyard in Chennai. Drumsticks is used in curries, soups, gravies etc. Drumstick leaves are rich in calcium, iron and numerous amounts of vitamins and minerals. The drumstick leaves and pods, prevents vitamin A deficiency and improves eye health. Since it is rich in iron, it prevents iron deficiency and boosts immunity. Let us all eat healthy food and lead a healthy life with all that is available in our own back yards. Check out other South Indian Sambar and Dal varieties here.

Here I am sharing with you all a simple and healthy murungaikai sambar, with step by step photos…

Pudalangai Poriyal/Snake Gourd Poriyal

Pudalangai /Snake Gourd has numerous nutritional benefits less known to most of us. It comprises of protein, carbohydrate and soluble fiber also in rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin etc. It acts as an excellent anti inflammatory. Due to its high water and low calorie content, snake gourd is treated as an excellent remedy for diabetes, it acts as a coolent. The rich fiber content makes digestion easy and wards off constipation. The benefits of snake gourd is numerous, to learn more about it visit medindia.net.

Though I love snake gourd before starting this blog, I knew very little about it, but now I have learnt a lot, hope this helps all of you as well.

Now let’s see how to make pudalangai poriyal…


Karamani Sundal/Black Eyed Bean Sundal

When I think about a healthy snack, the first thing that occurs to me is the sundal. It can be any time of sundal because they are rich in protein and fiber. Here’s one such sundal “karamani sundal”.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Surrakkai Kootu/Bottle Gourd Kootu

Surrakkai Kootu/Bottle Gourd Kootu is a very simple and easy dish to prepare. Bottle gourd has high water content makes it very cooling, calming, diuretic and easy to digest. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, when cooked with dhal it is a total package with proteins. Check out other delicious kootu varieties here.

Now let’s see how to make surrakkai kootu with step by step photos…


Friday, 15 March 2013

Paruppu Rasam/Thoor Dal Rasam/Thuvaram Paruppu Rasam/Dal Rasam

Rasam is one important addition to white rice in the South Indian Cuisine. No feast is complete without rasam. Rasam is basically a tamarind soup with all spices, this helps in digesting the food faster. There are different types of rasam, paruppu rasam is one among them with added proteins. Check out my other  Rasam Varieties here...


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Quick Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani

“Simple & Quick Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani”, everybody loves biryani. There are different ways to make biryani. But if you are really running out of time and still want to make chicken biryani, this is it, just make it in a cooker it will be a one pot meal with no hassles.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

My First Liebster Award

Check out my first Liebster Award  here

Coffee & Walnut Cake For Birthday's

I wanted to make something special for my girl’s birthday. It has always been a vanilla or chocolate cake, so this time for a change I made Coffee & Walnut cake. I have baked simple cakes but this is my first walnut cake with icing. It just came out great and it was a hit. My girl is celebrating her birthday in London (school trip). So I made this cake at home before she left to the trip and we had a great time together.

Here's how to make it with step by step photo's ...


Monday, 11 March 2013

Moong Dhal Payasam/Pasi Paruppu Payasam

Moong Dhal Payasam/Pasi Paruppu Payasam is a very healthy and easy payasam to make. My mom makes it during special pooja days like Tamil new years day, Ekadasi etc. Since it is made of jaggery and dhal, it is totally packed with iron and proteins. In addition to it, the milk and coconut milk also provides calcium and vitamins. It is a very yummy payasam which the kids will also love.

Here’s how to make it ...


Qucik & Simple Vegetable Pulav in 3 steps

“Simple, easy and quick Vegetable Pulav” is another one pot meal, hassle free and can be made within  30 mins. It is one balanced meal with all nutrients and minerals packed in one pot. Make this pulav in 3 simple steps.

Here’s how to make simple vegetable pulav in 3 simple steps with photos...




Potato,Peas & Capsicum curry/Aloo, Peas &Capsicum Curry

Potato, Peas & Capsicum curry is a one pot curry which is very easy to make and a very healthy dish.
Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Pineapple Kadhi

Ok guys, now that I had some pineapple left, I wanted to do something new. That is when I came across Pineapple Kadhi by Vahchef. I found it quite interesting because usually kadhi’s are made with yogurt, but here alternatively coconut milk is used. So I gave it a shot and it came out wonderful. It is one striking combination of coconut milk, with spices and pineapple making it a very big hit.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Arachu Vitta Sambar

Arachu vitta sambar is a typical South Indian sambar found in Iyer & Iyengar restaurants and homes. They have a wonderful aroma and taste because, the spices are ground and added to the dhal freshly each and every time.  I have tried different recipes, but finally settled with, one of my friend’s recipe, and since then I have been making the same. Check out other South Indian Sambar and Dal varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…




Saturday, 9 March 2013

Nutella & Banana Sandwich

This is one easy treat for kids after school. It's the nutella & banana sandwich fried in butter, enriched with almonds.



Friday, 8 March 2013

Banana & Pineapple Smoothie

Hi everybody, first of all “Wishing you all a very Happy Women’s Day”. To make it special here’s a healthy and filling smoothie – Banana & Pineapple Smoothie. It is one healthy breakfast, all natural and no extra sugar added.

Have a slurp of Banana & Pineapple Smoothie and enjoy your day…


Mangalore Bonda

Mangalore Bonda is very yummy and crispy evening snacks which can be made with in minutes. If you have unexpected guest, this bonda can surely come handy.

Here's how to make it with step by step photo's...


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Potato Fry/Varuval

I will be more than happy, if I have just yogurt rice and potato fry. It is a very comforting food and any one new to cooking also can make it. There are different versions of potato fry, but this is my family's all time favorite. My kids just love them. You can just layer it between bread slices, place it in the sandwich maker and have it hot. It will be heavenly...

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…



Bisibelabath/Sambar Sadham

Bisibelabath is a one pot meal in which lentils and vegetables are cooked together and served hot. Bisibelabath/ sambar sadham is originally from Karnataka. Jaggery is usually added to it, but I have not added it. Bisibelabath mix is available in shops, but you can make it at home and store it for later. It is one nutritious meal which is simple and easy to make. Please check out other rice varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Aloo Tikki/ Potato Cutlet

Aloo Tikki’s means potato cutlet, it is a very healthy food for kids and adults. It requires very little oil and can be made in very little time.

So here's aloo tikki, just dig in to it...


Potato Sandwich

Potato sandwich is a very easy, quick and healthy sandwich that we can make. If you have just potatoes and some spices it is more than enough. Here I have used cheese and tomatoes which is totally optional.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Adai- Tamil Nadu Special

Adai is a protein packed South Indian breakfast, especially Tamil Nadu. Adai is a very filling and a satisfying dish which keeps your day going. Adai tastes very good all by itself, but when you have it with aviyal it is heavenly. Adai can be had with chutney or even just a piece of jaggery(vellam). For Aviyal recipe Click here



Monday, 4 March 2013

Guacamole Sandwich

A very healthy sandwich with guacamole. Try it you will surely like it. I have posted the guacamole recipe in my previous post. Click here for Guacamole recipe




Guacamole "Avocado Sauce"

Guacamole literally means “Avocado Sauce” and originated in Mexico. Avocado is a fruit, which matures on the tree and ripens afterwards. It is fleshy and has buttery taste. It can be eaten as such, it is loaded with 20 vitamins and minerals and has lots of health benefits. It is packed with antioxidants and fiber and helps to lower cholesterol.

Now a days we get avocado in India in shops like Nilgiris, do try this fruit you will surely love the taste and enjoy the benefits of it. 

Here’s how to make “Guacamole” with step by step photos…


Simple & Easy Chicken Kurma

This is a very simple, easy and a very tasty South Indian kurma. Chicken kurma is a delightful dish and a excellent combo for puri’s and chapattis.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Pudalangai Kootu/Snake Gourd Kootu

Kootu is a simple and healthy dish. Kootu means vegetables added with lentils and is a side dish in a tamil feast. It can be mixed in rice and given to kids so they get the proteins from dhals and the vegetables at the same time. It is generally made either with Thoor dhal or Moong dhal or Bengal gram dhal. This pudalangai(snake gourd) kootu is made with moong dhal. Check out other delicious kootu varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…


Paneer Butter Masala - Restaurant Style

Paneer butter masala is a very rich and a delightful dish. It is so fascinating that nobody can say no to it. Paneer is a fresh cheese that can be made at home. Unlike other cheeses it is unaged and made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice.

Here’s how to make paneer butter masala with step by step photos…


Saturday, 2 March 2013

Evening Buns

Evening Buns are very yummy, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. It is great for breakfast, tea or lunch.

Ingredients

All purpose flour
4 ½ cup
Butter
1 tbsp melted
Milk
1 cup
Sugar
1 tsp
Salt
1 tsp
Yeast
1  tsp
Egg
1 beaten(Optional)
Sesame seeds
1 tbsp
Tea Towel
1
Egg (optional)
1 beaten with 2 tbsp of water for brushing.


Friday, 1 March 2013

Simple & Quick Chicken Pulav

 Chicken Pulav is a one pot meal. It is very simple and quick to make. I am a great fan of Chef Dhamodharan. I have learnt and cooked lots of his recipes and this is one among them.

The main difference between Chicken pulav and Chicken biryani is pulav remains white and the taste is from the green chillies and coconut milk. Pulav is comparatively milder than biryani.

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