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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Simple & Quick Egg Rice

Hello friends,
We all usually make egg fried rice, but this is not the egg fried rice. This is the egg rice from chef Dhamodharans book. Though I do not have his book with me, I have been doing this egg rice for years. The only reason is it can be made in no time and one healthy pot of meal. This egg rice is very simple and perfect to make in the morning rush and pack for lunch. Try it and enjoy it guys…

Here’s how to make Egg Rice with step by step photos…

 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Creamy Vegetable Soup

I am not going to give much of an introduction to this yummy, creamy, healthy and delicious soup. Now that my kids are home on holidays, they are having play dates and other kids coming home to play, I made the whole lot a healthy soup. So I thought of sharing it with you all.

Here’s Creamy vegetable soup with step by step photos…

Simple Semiya/Vermicilli Upma

This is a very simple and quick semiya upma which takes about 15 – 20 min to cook. I have added tomatoes because I like the tangy taste of it and my kids also like it this way. You can very well replace tomatoes with lemon juice. This is a very simple version of semiya upma without vegetables, I make it when I am lazy to cut vegetables and when I am in a time crunch. I will post semiya upma with vegetables in my future post.

Here’s how to make Semiya Upma with step by step photos…


Monday, 29 July 2013

Spinach Chapathi/Palak Chapathi/Green Chapathi

Hello Friends,
Here’s a very healthy chapathi made with spinach. It is always hard to get my daughter to eat the greens. Since she loves chapathis I try to make it with spinach or incorporate any other greens and give it to her. The only secret is whatever I make I should never reveal that it has healthy food hidden in it. But that doesn’t matter to me, unless and until they eat the food without wasting them. This spinach chapathi is a very flavourful, colourful and healthy chapathis which your kids will surely love.

Here’s how to make Spinach Chapathi with step by step photos…

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Keerai Vadai [With Ulundhu]/Spinach Vadai with Urad Dal

Keerai vadai is a very common snack in Southern India. This vadai can be made with different combination of dals, but here I was used urad dal. It is a perfect evening snack with hot piping tea or coffee. I have used spinach you can use any other greens that is available. This is totally irresistible keerai vadai and you can never stop eating them. Do check out other Vadai Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Keerai Vadai with step by step photos…


Saturday, 27 July 2013

Grape Juice - Easy Summer Drink

I mostly prefer to make fresh juice at home rather than juice from shops which has the preservatives or from concentrate. Grapes help in treating fatigue, indigestion, constipation, kidney disorders and prevent cataracts. This delectable fruit is rich in vitamins A, C, B6 and folate along with other essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Grapes contain very powerful antioxidants that help in slowing down ageing and reduce the damage caused by free radicals. So make sure to have grapes as such or in the form of juice to lead a healthy and active life.

Here’s how to make grape juice with step by step photos…

Friday, 26 July 2013

Simple & Quick Potato Gravy

This potato gravy is a very simple and quick to make. I usually make this for my kids, they love it because of the coconut milk. I make another version of potato gravy in which I add tamarind extract, but this one can be made in a jiffy to pack for lunch in the morning rush.

Here’s the simple potato gravy with step by step photos…

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Oma Podi/Plain Sev –Easy Diwali Snack

Oma podi/plain sev is always a must during Diwali in our house, the only reason being it is very easy. Oma podi has the unique flavour of omam(carom seeds) perfectly blended with besan flour and ghee to make a crispy snack. Not only for Diwali I make it quite often during school holidays, for tea time snacks and also for chaats. Oma Podi is very very addictive, once you start eating them you will not be able to stop yourself…

Here’s how to make Oma Podi/Plain Sev with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Cinnamon French Toast

French toast is a very easy, quick and healthy breakfast, an all-time favourite among kids. I usually prefer to make French toast on Sundays. This French toast has added flavour of the cinnamon powder, which adds extra kick to regular French toast with added health benefits.

Here's how to make Cinnamon French Toast with step by step photos...




Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Coconut Chutney/Thengai Chutney [for Idlis & dosas]

Coconut chutney is a perfect accompaniment for idlis and dosas and is made in all South Indian homes. We do make different varieties of coconut chutney and this is one among them. I will be updating different types of coconut chutneys in my future post. Click here for other delicious chutney varieties.

So here’ s the typical South Indian coconut chutney…

Monday, 22 July 2013

Masala Rava Kichadi/Semolina Masala Kichadi

We usually make rava upma and sometimes get bored. My mom used to make colourful rava kichadi as an alternative to rava upma. The bright yellow color of the kichidi and mild aroma of the masala gives it a unique flavour. This is a very healthy and filling breakfast made in most of the South Indian homes.

Here’s how to make Masala Rava Kichadi with step by step photos…

Chicken Varattiyathu – Kerala Style/Chicken Fry

This chicken fry is a Kerala special called as chicken varattiyathu. I have come across so many chicken varattiyathu recipes, but I specially fell in love with one of my friend’s recipe, Rani of rani’s gourmet. I made some changes to the original recipe a little here and there. I have been eyeing this recipe for a pretty long time, so tried it and it was totally delectable.

Here’s how to make Kerala Chicken fry with step by step photos…

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Cabbage /Muttai Gose kootu [with channa dal/kadalai paruppu]

We all make different kinds of kootu, this is one among them. This cabbage kootu is my husband’s favourite, usually tomatoes are not added but I prefer adding them. This is a very special South Indian kootu that be made very quickly and taste delectable. Check out other delicious kootu varieties here.

Here’s how to make cabagge kootu with step by step photos…

Vegetable Pasta – Indian Style

This is a very simple Penne pasta cooked with healthy vegetables and delicious Indian spices. The name says it all, so I don’t think it needs much of an introduction.

Here’s  how to make Vegetable Pasta with step by step photos…

Friday, 19 July 2013

Grated Moroccan Carrot Salad

This Grated Carrot Salad is a Moroccan salad, a simple, healthy, sweet and a spicy salad. Carrot is a versatile vegetable loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A, a good source of potassium and contains Vitamin C & B6 along with other minerals. The carrot has a distinctive orange color because it has high level of beta-carotene which is a strong antioxidant. So here is the grated carrot salad for a healthy living…

Here’s how to make Grated Carrot Salad with photos…


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Pottukadalai Urundai/MaaLadoo/Roasted Gram Ladoo

Pottukadalai/Roasted gram ladoo is a very delicious traditional South Indian sweets that can be made very quickly. It needs exactly 5 ingredients and can be made within 15 min and a perfect kids delight. I do make this ladoo on Janmashtami days and when I am really lazy to make any other sweets for my kids.

Here’s Pottukadali Urundai/Roasted Gram Ladoo with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Fish Gravy/Meen Kuzhambu [South Indian Style]

This is my mom’s special meen kuzhambu, there are different versions of meen kuzhambu made in each house hold. But I love my mom’s meen kuzhambu, even now when I visit my mom’s house, the first thing I ask is fish gravy. My MIL makes a different one which I will be posting later. Here comes my all-time favourite and mouth-watering meen kuzhambu.

Here’s how to make fish gravy/meen kuzhambu with step by step photos…


Monday, 15 July 2013

Chicken Xacuti - Goan Curry

Chicken Xacuti is a unique and a famous curry prepared in Goa, India. It has wonderful blend of fresh spices, cooked with coconut milk and tamarind water which results in spicy and flavourful gravy. The actual recipe calls for Kashmiri chillies since I did not get them, I have replaced it with dry red chillies. Though I have been to Goa only once, but I have a special craving for Goan dishes. You can also check my Chicken Vindaloo here.

Here’s how to make Chicken Xacuti with step by step photos…

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Chicken Podimas [Tamil Nadu Special]

This chicken podimas is a very simple and quick dish that taste totally scrumptious. My mom makes this quite often and serves it with Milagai Killi Potta Sambar or simple Tomato Rasam. This chicken podimas and sambar combo will taste as if they are made for each other. Chicken Podimas is special delicacy of Tamil Nadu coming right out of my kitchen to yours…

Here’s how to make Chicken Podimas with step by step photos…


Saturday, 13 July 2013

Bhindi/Okra/Ladies Finger Kurkure [Crispy Okras]

I have two girls who have different preferences, one always has sweet tooth and another prefers savoury. I am always torn apart between these two girls, I know there are lot of moms just like me. So I need to always make something or the other to satisfy these girls. One such savoury, I make often for my girls is this bhindi kurkure. But it always so happens that even when I am frying the kids just finish it off….

Here’s how to make Bhindi Kurkure with step by step photos…


Friday, 12 July 2013

Vatha Kuzhambu (Sundakkai Vatha Kuzhambu)

Vatha kuzhambu is a very traditional and authentic dish made in Tamil Nadu. Here I have used Sundakkai vathal or Turkey berry (dried)/Bhankatiya [Hindi] to make this healthy and mind blowing gravy. I learnt this vatha kuzhambu from my mom after I got married and ever since have been making the same without any changes. Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

Before going in to making of this vatha kuzhambu I surely want to share the importance and the benefits of sundakkai. Sundakkai is called as Turkey berry; it has extraordinary medicinal values which can cure many diseases. Turkey berry is a green colored fruit with bitter taste, it can be used fresh or in dried form as vathal. Turkey berries (sundakkai) have the ability to kill the germs, helps in controlling diabetes, gastric problems and when consumed on daily basis helps in strengthening the bones and nerves.

Now coming back to the recipe here’s how to make Sundakkai Vatha Kuzhambu with step by step photos…


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Aloo Bonda/Potato Bonda/Urulai Kizhangu Bonda

Cook anything with potatoes and we (my family) are there right away. Potato bondas are very addictive evening snack, once you start eating them you will not stop until it is done. The potato is made with wonderful blend of spices, dipped in the batter and then deep fried in oil.

Here’s how to make Aloo Bonda/Potato Bonda with step by step photos…

Strawberry Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

I baked Strawberry Nutella Thumbprint Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies[PBC's] for the third Home Baker’s Challenge(HBC) initiated by Mrs. Priya Suresh of Priya's Versatile and hosted by  Mrs. Viji of Virundhu Unna Vaanga. The main objective of Home Baker’s Challenge is to learn and bake together. Thank you very much Mrs. Priya Suresh and Mrs. Viji for this wonderful and delightful challenge.

This month’s challenge was to bake cookies announced by Mrs. Viji. She gave four different types of cookies and I chose to make two different types of cookies for the challenge and here are the Strawberry Nutella Thumbprint Cookies for HBC.

Here’s how to make Strawberry Nutella Thumbprint Cookies with step by step photos…


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Paneer Bhurji

Paneer Bhurji is a kids delight, ok!!! Now I am wrong it’s not just kids it’s everyone’s favorite. Just make it as stuffing for chapattis and pack it for lunch, they will surely gobble it all. I make paneer bhurji on vegetarian days when I need to replace eggs and still give the kids exact replica of egg bhurji. Paneer bhurji is so yummy and delectable, just give it a shot and you will surely like it…

Here’s how to make Paneer Bhurji with step by step photos…


Peanut Butter Cookies [PBC's]

I happily baked Peanut butter cookies for the third Home Baker’s Challenge(HBC) initiated by Mrs. Priya Suresh of Priya's Versatile Recipe and hosted by  Mrs. Viji of Virundhu Unna Vaanga. The main objective of Home Baker’s Challenge is to learn and bake together. Thank you very much Mrs. Priya Suresh and Mrs. Viji for this wonderful and delightful challenge.

This month’s challenge was to bake cookies announced by Mrs. Viji. She gave four different types of cookies and I chose to make two different types of cookies for the challenge and here is one among them, the peanut butter cookie for HBC.

Here’s how to make Peanut Butter Cookie with step by step photos…


Chicken Pepper Fry

This is my mom’s special chicken pepper fry. As the name says it has black pepper & other masalas ground separately and cooked with the chicken to give a heavenly taste. Just try it out guys and you will surely fall in love  this chicken pepper fry.

So here’s how to make Chicken Pepper Fry with step by step photos…



Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Palak/Spinach Paneer

Palak paneer is a very popular North Indian dish made with spinach and paneer. This is made by puréeing the spinach and infusing it with wonderful aromatic spices to bring out the buttery taste of the spinach and finally adding the paneer to give it a final punch. So friends…

Here’s how to make Palak Paneer with step by step photos….



Tomato/Thakkali Chutney [Side dish for Idlis, dosas, paniyarams etc without coconut]

Hello friends, It's been almost 10 to 15 days after I posted any recipe because my laptop stopped working and I had a very hard time. But friends I did make sure I visited all your pages as much as possible. Now coming to today's recipe I made a delectable tomato chutney.

We make different types of chutneys as side dish for idlis, dosas etc in South Indian homes and the thirst and search of chutneys never end. This is one of the traditional and authentic South Indian chutneys made in many homes and restaurants. When served with idlis and dosas everybody prefers to eat more idlis just for the sake of this chutney. Just try it out friends, the taste will surely keep lingering in your mouth.  Check out other delectable chutneys here.

Heres how to make Tomato/Thakkali chutney with step by step photos…
           



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