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Monday, 30 September 2013

Simple & Versatile Vanilla Cake

This is a simple and versatile vanilla cake, very easy to bake. Anybody can bake this soft and fluffy cake can be used for any birthday and party cakes. You can make this vanilla cake and apply butter cream frosting or cream cheese frosting or any kind of frosting. Here I have posted only the vanilla cake will be posting cream cheese frosting in my future post. You can enjoy this vanilla cake without any frosting as well.

Here’s how to make simply & versatile Vanilla Cake with step by step photos…

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Kara Sev/Easy Diwali Snacks

Kara Sev is a traditional South Indian snack prepared during Diwali and also during other times as crispy and crunchy evening snacks. “Kara Sev” means “Spicy Sev”, you can very well adjust the amount of spice according to your taste buds, but the measurements I have given here will suite all age groups. Kara sev is usually made with kara sev karandi (big ladle with holes), but since I don’t have one of those I have used the regular murukku press. Kara sev is made with besan flour, rice flour and other spices perfectly blended together. The addition of freshly ground black pepper corns gives extraordinary taste to these Kara sev.

Here’s how to make Kara sev with step by step photos…

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Kadalai Paruppu Sundal/Chana Dal Sundal [Navarathri Special]

We make different varieties of sundals as neivedhyam during Navarathiri. Each day one type of sundal is prepared and offered to goddess and given as prasad to friends and families. Kadalai paruppu sundal is a very easy and healthy sundal which can be prepared very quickly and offered as neivedhyam or as a healthy evening snack. Do check here for other Varieties of Sundal.

Here’s how to make Kadalai Paruppu Sundal with step by step photos….


Green Bell Pepper Chutney/Capsicum Chutney

Chutneys play a very important part in our day to day food, especially in South Indian cooking. We make variety of chutneys starting from green leaves to all kinds of vegetables. Today I am going to share “Green Bell Pepper/Green Capsicum Chuteny” with you all. I have posted other variety of chutneys before, do check it out here.

Here’s how to make Green Bell Pepper Chutney with step by step photos…


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Avarakkai Poriyal/Broad Beans Stir Fry

I made simple avarakkai poriyal, which is a very common vegetable cooked in all most all the South Indian homes. A very simple and healthy poriyal, a perfect accompaniment for all kinds of rice or can be rolled in chapathi for lunch.

Here’s how to make Avarakkai Poriyal with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Karamani Kara Kuzhambu/Blackeyed Beans Gravy

Today,  Priya’s Virundhu special is authentic and traditional TamilNadu dish -Karamani Kara kuzhambu. “Kara Kuzhambu” means “spicy gravy”, you can adjust the spice level according to your taste. But the measurements I have given will surely suite for everybody. This gravy is my daughter’s favourite, she loves to add 1 tsp of gingelly oil to the hot steaming rice along with this gravy and enjoys it with rice vathal or appalam. Try it out friends you will all surely love it. One delicious, healthy and finger licking karamani kara kuzhumbu right from my kitchen to you all. Check out other delicious South Indian -TamilNadu special Kuzhambu varieties here.

Here’s how to make Karamani Kara Kuzhambu with step by step photos…


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Idli Milagai Podi/Idli Podi [Side dish for idlis, dosas, paniyaram etc]

I have been thinking of posting idli milagai podi for several days, but kept postponing. Idli milagai podi is my life saver, when I am not in a mood to make chutneys. This is my mom’s version of idli milagai podi, which we all love.

Here’s how to make idli milagai podi with step by step photos….


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Kaara Pidi Kozhukattai – 2

Hello friends,
I have already made kaara kozhukattai/Uppu urundai earlier with red chillies and posted before, but now I made the same kaara kozhukattai with green chillies and ginger. This kaara kozhukattai is a wonderful and a healthy evening snacks for kids after school. I made this kaara kozhukattai for Vinayagar chathurthi and I am sharing it with you all.

Here’s how to make Kaara Kozhukattai with step by step photos…



Friday, 20 September 2013

Potato Wedges - A Guest Post for Sapana


My dear friend Sapana  of Cooking With Sapana is a wonderful person and a versatile blogger. I love the way she cooks. With her step by step cooking she always makes us think all the dishes are very easy to cook. I really admire that she can cook all kinds of food from easy to something that is really tedious and hard. I love lot of her recipes but I would like to mention a few Baklava, kesar peda, chole bhature, eggless carrot and almondcake, tandoori paneer tikka and many more. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Blackberry Milkshake

Blackberries are available from the end of July through mid of October in UK. They are very delicate, shiny and purply black coloured berry. Blackberries are packed with antioxidants including vitamin C and ellagic acid, these help in protecting against cancer and other chronic diseases. Blackberries are very good source of fibre because they have a lot of tiny seeds, every 100 gm of blackberries have 5 gm of dietary fibre. Since it was hard to get my girls to eat Blackberries I made them the milkshake which I am sharing with you all. 

Here’s how to make Blackberry milkshake with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Kovakkai Poriyal/Tindora Fry/Ivy Gourd Fry

Kovakkai is a very popular and common vegetable prepared in all most all the houses in South India. It is very versatile vegetable with which you can make different varieties of dishes like stuffed tindora, tindora biryani etc. I make it a lot because it serves dual purpose as side dish for rice and can be rolled in rotis for lunch.

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

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Ellu Urundai/Sesame Seeds Ladoo

 Ellu urundai/Sesame ladoo is a very healthy ladoo made with just two ingredients sesame seeds and jaggery. Sesame seeds have a nutty taste and are delicate yet crunchy. Before the making ladoos I would like to share some of the health benefits of sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, Vitamin E, zinc and dietary fibre. These dietary fibres help in lowering the cholesterol and helps in controlling blood pressure. This ellu urundai I prepared for Ganesha Chathurthi as neivedhyam for Lord Ganesha.

Here’s how to make Ellu Urundai/Sesame Ladoo with step by step photos…

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sago Payasam/Javvarisi Payasam/Sabudana Kheer

Hello Friends,

“Wishing all my lovely friends and wonderful readers a Very Happy Onam, Thiruonam Aashamsakal”

Onam is the most important festival of the state of Kerala, India. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by all the communities throughout Kerala. The festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. Once again I am wishing all you a very very Happy Onam.

I am sorry my friend’s I was not keeping really well for the past 3-4 days, so was not able to visit your pages. But since today is Onam I wanted to post something really sweet and celebrate this Onam with all of you.

Here's how to make Sago/Javvarisi Payasam with step by step photos...

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Idli Fry - South Indian Delight

Hello friends,
Today I have come up with quick, simple and hassle free lunch box item, yes it is idli fry. I think the name says it all, I am not going to say anything more about this recipe. So without any delay…

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

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Ullundhu Kali/Urad Dal Halwa

Ullundhu Kali is an authentic and traditional dish of South India – Tamil Nadu. I am really sure all the girls from Tamil Nadu must be very very familiar with this ullundhu kali. The reason I say it is because this  ullundhu kali is given to girls when they attain puberty and throughout their teen age. Ullundhu kali is a must during this time because it strengthens the pelvic bone of the young girls and helps in strengthening the back. This dish is totally amazing it involves only three ingredients but loaded with proteins (urad dal), Iron & minerals (Jaggery) and vitamin E & Omega 6 (Gingelly oil). Even now the tradition of giving raw eggs and gingelly oil as a first thing in the morning for the first few days for the young girls during their first menstruation cycle continues in many families. They are considered to be very nutritious for the girls as they strengthen the uterus and prepare them for healthy child bearing later on in their adulthood. I still remember those days when I used to cry to eat the raw eggs so my grandma used to give boiled eggs, but I love gingelly oil.

Now coming back to Ullundhu kali, it must be made only with gingelly oil. Gingelly oil/Nalla ennai  is a cold pressed oil  derived from sesame seeds and has numerous health benefits. Cold pressed oils are produced through a combination of grinding and low heat without any addition of chemicals. Ongoing research also indicates that the rich presence of antioxidants and polyunsaturated fats could help to control blood pressure [source:Wikipedia]. Gingelly oil is called as “Nalla ennai” meaning “Good Oil” , so friends try to incorporate it in cooking as much as possible.



Honey Drizzled Semolina Cake/Basbousa

This Honey Drizzled Semolina Cake is for the Home Baker’s Challenge started by Mrs.Priya Suresh and hosted by Mrs. Shama Nagarajan. Thank you very much Mrs. Priya Suresh and Mrs. Shama Nagarajan for this wonderful and exciting challenge.

This month Mrs. Shama had chosen  5 different types of  cakes and muffins. Off all the five recipes I chose to do the Honey drizzled Semolina Cake. This cake is called as Basbousa/Hareesa in Arabic, Revani in Turkish, it is nothing but a sweet cake made with semolina  and soaked in a simple syrup. The basbousa or the honey drizzeld semolina cake is found in the cuisines of Eastern Mediterranean under different names. [Source:Wikipedia]

This cake is very easy to make, it is really soft, moist and spongy. Once you start you can never stop eating them. Try it out guys you will surely fall in love with it. Usually nuts are placed on top of the cake as part of decoration on each piece of cake, which you can do it before serving. My kids were in a hurry for the cake so could not place almonds before the clicks, even my clicks were in a rush.

Here’s how to make Honey Drizzled Semolina Cake with step by step photos…

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Modakam/Kozhukattai –Ganesha Chathurthi Recipes

Slokam for Lord Ganesha/Pillaiyar

Mooshika vaahana modhaka hastha
Chamara karna vilambitha suthra
Vamana rupa maheswara puthra
Vigna vinayaga padha namasthe.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Red Bell Pepper Chutney[Side dish for Idlis, dosas, chapathis and more]

We make different types of chutneys as side dish for idlis and dosas, here is another simple and delectable chutney in that same list. Red bell pepper chutney is very easy and quick to make, just try it out friends you will surely love it.  Check out other delectable chutneys here.

Here’s how to make Red Bell Pepper Chutney with step by step photos…

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Ammini Kozhukattai/Mani Kozhukattai/Ganesha Chathurthi Recipes

The first thing that comes to mind when it is Ganesha/Vinayagar Chathurthi is Modhakam which we prepare as special offering for Lord Ganesha. We also prepare different types of kozhukattai’s like paal kozhukattai, kaara kozhukattai, pidi kozhukattai etc. When we make modhakams or kozhukattai we always tend to have some dough left, this mani kozhukattai is usually prepared with that dough only. But nowadays we all prepare this mani kozhukattai separately as offering to Lord Ganesha. Not only for Ganesha Chathurthi, I make this mani kozhukattai as evening snacks for my kids and they love it because they are cute and tasty.

Here’s how to make Ammini Kozhukattai/Mini Kozhukattai with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Rice Flour Puttu With Idli Cooker

Rice flour puttu is a very traditional puttu made in Southern India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Rice flour for puttu is usually prepared in the house. But now I used the branded rice flour from the shop. Puttu is a very healthy and filling breakfast or as evening snack for kids. I have earlier posted Ragi puttu and Rava/Sooji puttu, check it out for step wise instructions with photos. Similar to Ragi puttu  and Rava/Sooji puttu I have made earlier I have used the Idli cooker to make this Rice puttu, but you can use the puttu maker as well.


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

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry - IFC1

I am happy to be part of IFC – International Food Challenge initiated by Mrs. Saraswathi Tharagaram of Saras yummy bites and Mrs. Shobana Sekar of Kitchensecrets and snippets. The objective of this challenge is to explore the world cuisine, try and taste international recipes and learn about different heritage and food in other parts of the world. Thank you very much Sara and Shobana for this wonderful challenge.


The very first challenge in IFC for this month is the Cantonese Cuisine which is one of the main cuisines of China.

For this challenge I chose to do the Chinese Scallion Pancake and the Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry. It was really exotic  and I am sharing Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry in this post and check out the Chinese Scallion Pancake here.


Here’s how to make Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry with step by step photos…

Event Announcement with A Give Away – Walk Through Memory Lane For Sep 2013

Hello Friends,

I am happy and excited  to announce the very first event I am hosting at my space. It is none other than  Gayathri’s“Walk Through Memory Lane” event [WTML event] at Priya’s Virundhu all through this month. WTML is a wonderful concept organized by Gayathri of Gayathri’scookspot. We all know Gayathri is a lovely lady and a versatile blogger. Do check out her amazing blog with innovative recipes at Gayathriscookspot.

WTML event is to cherish the lovely memories associated with recipes learnt from our loving parents, grandparents, neighbours, relatives and friends. I am sure there are many recipes shared by your loved ones to you, which we are clue less about. Jog your memory and recreate those wonderful recipes and share it with us.


Chinese Scallion Pancakes - IFC 1

I am happy to be part of IFC – International Food Challenge initiated by Mrs. Saraswathi Tharagaram of Saras yummy bites and Mrs. Shobana Sekar of Kitchensecrets and snippets. The objective of this challenge is to explore the world cuisine, try and taste international recipes and learn about different heritage and food in other parts of the world. Thank you very much Sara and Shobana for this wonderful challenge.
The very first challenge in IFC for this month is the Cantonese Cuisine which is one of the main cuisines of China.


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