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Friday, 28 June 2013

CauliflowerVaruval/Poriyal/Gobi Masala

This is a very simple and a delicious cauliflower varuval, whenever I make this it gets over in no time and I end up with only one or two pieces. It is a perfect accompaniment with curd rice or sambar rice or even with rotis. This cauliflower varuval can be made in no time. So here it is guys…

Here’s how to make cauliflower varuval with step by step photos…
                     

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu/Lentil balls Gravy

I have been cooking all vegetarian for the past two weeks which is very unusual of me. I was so worn out and tired because of a very hectic week end but did not want to make sambar. So I decided to make paruppu urudai kuzhambu because it’s been so many days after I made it. Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

So here’s Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu with step by step photos…


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Apple Halwa

Today I am so happy and excited because this is my 200th post, this is all possible because of all of your encouragement. Exactly this day five months back I started blogging and I have made lot of nice friends, learnt a lot of new things and I am having a wonderful experience. For the 200th post I wanted to do something special and delicious because this is my special dedication to all of you.

Here’s Apple Halwa with step by step photos…


MY SPECIAL DEDICATION TO ALL MY READER’S ….


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Paruppu Thakkali/Thakkali Paruppu/Tomato Dal

Paruppu Thakkali is a very healthy and yummy dal that can be prepared very fast and served with white rice & ghee or idlis, chapathis and rotis. In this dal we do not use tamarind instead the tomatoes give the sour taste and balance the taste of dal.

Here’s how to make Paruppu Thakkali with step by step photos...



Honeydew Melon Milkshake

Before starting off with the milkshake, I wanted to share a few things about honeydew melon. Honeydew melon belongs to the same family of cantaloupe (melon family), except that honeydew melon has a green flesh and is the sweetest of all the melons. Honey dew melon is a good source of Vitamin C and a perfect cooler for summer. This milkshake serves a perfect breakfast, it’s very filling and keeps you fresh all day…

Here’s Honeydew Melon milkshake…


Monday, 17 June 2013

Quick & Fast Potato Fry

Given ‘potato’ as an ingredient to cook, we can make n number of dishes, this quick potato fry is one among them. This is my mom’s special potato fry, I make this very often because it can be done in a jiffy and packed for lunch. My girl is crazy about this potato fry, she can finish one whole box of this potato fry.

Here’s how to make Quick Potato Fry with step by step photos…


Mysore Bonda/Urad dal Bonda

Our families all time favorite is my mom’s special Mysore Bonda. My little girl is crazy about Mysore Bondas. Even if I plan to make Urad dal Vadai, I will always set aside one portion of batter just to make bondas for her. So this special Mysore Bonda is for all fathers out there, Wishing all Fathers a Happy Father’s Day…

So here’s Mysore Bonda with step by step photos…


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Mushroom Do Piaza

I have had Do Piaza several times in Indian restaurants, but never ventured in to making one. Do Piaza mean “two onions”, it gets its name because onions appear twice in the cooking process (Google). I came across many recipes, but after all the experiments I settled with the one below from yummy food for tummy. Since I am on fasting for this week and the coming week I am posting all vegetarian dishes and here’s mushroom do piazza, you can very well replace the mushrooms with chicken or mutton.

So here’s how to make Mushroom Do Piaza with step by step photos…



Friday, 14 June 2013

Gobi 65/Cauliflower 65 Restaurant Style

Gobi 65/Cauliflower 65 is a perfect evening snacks for kids, my kids just finish the whole batch after they come back from school. Usually I don’t add these many ingredients to make Gobi 65, it used to be very simple just corn flour, chilli power and yogurt. But recently I came across Gobi 65 –restaurant style in Aval vikatan which was quite interesting. But I made a few alterations by adding rice flour, ginger & garlic paste, black pepper powder to add more taste to it. It was just fantastic bursting with flavors, so I thought I will share it with you all.

So here’s Gobi 65/Cauliflower 65 with step by step photos…


Thursday, 13 June 2013

Milagai Killi Potta Sambar – without sambar powder

Killi potta sambar is a very simple and quick sambar that can be made within minutes. Killi potta sambar means you just add redchillies and make sambar. My mom makes this sambar very often and serves with potato roast, this combo just tastes heavenly. The best part of this sambar is, it does not need lot of ingredients but still tastes great. We do not use sambar powder for this sambar, but it gets its taste from the dry red chillies and the green chillies. So friends here it is…

Here's how to make Killi Potta Sambar with step by step photos…


Tomato Rasam/Thakkali Rasam

It can be a hot day or a cold day, thakkali rasam is a perfect way to complete your meal. In my house rasam is a must every day, it can be paruppu rasam, pepper rasam, tomato rasam or any rasam that does not matter. But each and every rasam has a unique taste and also can be had as an appetizer. Sometimes when I am very tired and lazy I just make tomato rasam and pappadam, believe it or not the whole pot of rasam gets over in my house in no time. Check out my other  Rasam Varieties here...

Here’s how to Tomato Rasam with step by step photos…


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Kezhvaragu Koozh/Ragi Koozh/Finger Millet Porridge

Kezhvaragu Koozh is a traditional Tamil Nadu dish which is an excellent cooler and nutritious one pot meal. This koozh is especially prepared in the month of “Aadi” for Amman and distributed to everybody in all the Amman temples and houses. In my mother’s house we prepare rice kanji for Amman, but in my in-laws it has been a tradition to prepare koozh for Amman. My MIL prepares koozh, mochai kottai kara kuzhambu, drumsticks leaves poriyal, Pidi kozhukkatai  and offer it to Amman in the month of “Aadi” and we all do special prayers and distribute it to everybody. Though I was not used to koozh, but after my marriage I have fallen in love with this healthy koozh. So this is my MIL’ s special Amman Koozh...

And also do check my other Ragi Dishes here

Here’s how to make Kezhvaragu Koozh with step by step photos…


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Mango Chocolate Marble Cake [Egg less & Butter less]

This Mango Chocolate Marble Cake is for the second Home Baker’s Challenge started by Mrs. Priya Suresh and hosted by Mrs. Sangee Vijay. Thank you very much Mrs. Priya Suresh and Mrs. Sangee Vijay for this wonderful and exciting challenge.

This month challenge was to bake mango and chocolate cake announced by Mrs. Sangee Vijay. Though she gave both egg and the eggless version, I chose to do the eggless and the butter less version which was simply superb and yummy.

Here’s how to make Mango Chocolate Marble Cake with step by step photos…


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Chicken Salna/Thattukadai Chicken Salna

Chicken Salna is a perfect combo with parota available in almost all the street food shops (Thattukadais). When we  stroll along the streets of Chennai or any other town in Tamil Nadu we can find this chicken salna very commonly. The masala which we grind to make this Salna makes it very special because it is cooked very slowly with chicken to infuse together to give a magical taste. You can very well replace chicken with mutton and serve it with hot parotta or even make a vegetarian version with just vegetables…

Here’s how to make chicken salna with step by step photos…


Kathirikai Poriyal/Brinjal Poriyal

This is a simple kathirikai poriyal found in most of the South Indian homes but made differently in each house hold. This is my mom’s version of brinjal poriyal which has the tangy taste of tomatoes infused together with all the spices which taste awesome and stunning.

Here’s how to make kathrikai poriyal with step by step photos…


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Arai Keerai Poriyal/Greens Stir Fry/Keerai Poriyal

This is a simple and healthy keerai poriyal made in South Indian homes. It tastes delectable and serves perfect side dish for any rice varieties. We get lots of different types of keerai’s in South India when compared to other places, in most of the houses it is made at least 3 – 4 days a week. One keerai variety included everyday in our food is one healthy choice of living.

Here’s how to make Arai keerai poriyal with step by step photos…


Paruppu Thogaiyal/Thoor Dal Thogaiyal

Paruppu thogaiyal is a traditional South Indian dish. It is very simple, quick and healthy thogaiyal made within 15 min. I still remember the days when my mom is sick, my dad makes this simple thogaiyal and serves it with rasam and white rice.   Check out other delectable chutneys here.

Here’s how to make paruppu thogaiyal with photos…


Thursday, 6 June 2013

Apple Kheer/Payasam

I was actually craving for sweet this evening, now that I had lot of apples. I thought I will make apple payasam so that my kids also can enjoy it as an evening snack.

Here’s how to make apple payasam with step by step photos…


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Shrimp & Drumsticks Gravy/Eral Murungakkai Kuzhambu

This shrimp gravy has a wonderful tangy taste with the flavors of drumsticks and eral combined together with light touch of coconut which is totally stunning and awesome. Rather than consuming the gravy immediately after cooking, it should be made to sit for at least two hours. The juice of the shrimp and drumsticks infuse really well by that time and it is lip smacking. Ok guys…

Here’s Eral murungakkai kuzhambu with step by step photos…


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Badam Kheer/Badam Milk/Almond Milk with Saffron

Badam Milk is my all time favorite, I used to drink this in the evenings after coming back from school. But my mom used to make it with readymade mix available from the shops. It is a very healthy drink made in Northern part of India especially during special occasions and festivals. The recipe actually calls for sugar but sometimes I replace sugar with “panangkalkandu” as a healthy alternative.

So here’s how to make Badam Milk with step by step photos…

Monday, 3 June 2013

Thakkali Sadam/Tomato Rice

This is a very simple South Indian Style Thakkali sadam, which can be made very fast and quick. In South India during valaikappu or baby shower usually it is a tradition to make 5, 7, or 9 different types of variety rice, and thakkali sadam also plays one major role in it. I am planning to post all the different types of rice varieties in the future one by one. Thakkali sadam is not only made during valaikappu but also is a perfect lunch box meal. For now…

Here’s the Thakkali sadam with step by step photos…

Mulai Keerai Poondu Masiyal/Amaranth & Garlic Masiyal

Mulai keerai poondu masiyal is one of my favorite dishes, it is very healthy and very easy to make. My mom makes it atleast 2 to 3 times a week.  It needs very less ingredients  and very less time to prepare, but has a wonderful buttery taste. This masiyal is one easy way to feed the small kids the greens. My amma makes this masiyal in "kal chatti" and "matthu" which is exactly the traditional way to make this masiyal. But since I don't have them with me now, I made it in a regular sauce pan.

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


Blog Anniversary Giveaway At Nivedhanams...

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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Kanchipuram Idli

The moment we all hear the word Kanchipuram, things that come to our mind are the historical temples like the Vardharaja Perumal temple, Ekambareswarar temple, Kamakshi amman temple and the world famous, beautiful, hand-woven silk sarees. Talking about food, the Kanchipuram idlis also called as Kudalai idlis are very authentic and famous in this district. Originally these idlis are steamed in “Dhonnai” or in “Mandharai ilai”, these in fact add an unique taste to the idlis which is totally unbeatable and heavenly. But if you don’t get them in the place you live or do not have them in hand, just steam them in the regular idli plates. 

So here’s how to make Kanchipuram idlis with step by step photos…


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