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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Carrot Milkshake

Today in Priyas Virundhu it is a simple and healthy milkshake. Do you want to start your day healthy and are you looking for quick breakfast, all you need is just a cup of milk and a carrot blended with sugar. Addition of sugar to the milkshake is optional, you can very well replace it with honey.

Here’s how to make  Carrot Milkshake…

Methi Paratha/Fenugreek Leaves Paratha/Vendhaya Keerai Paratha

Methi Paratha is a healthy, filling and delicious paratha very commonly made in North India. Methi leaves have a strong aroma and slight bitter taste. Methi seeds and leaves are very commonly used in South Indian cooking, in day to day gravies and have numerous medicinal properties. Methi leaves are rich in protein, fibre, vitamin C, iron etc. Methi leaves are a must for nursing moms. The intake of methi increases milk production in nursing mothers. Methi/fenugreek is very beneficial for people with diabetes. The soluble fibre present in methi slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood and also helps in production of insulin. Having said some of the benefits of methi/fenugreek, let’s move on to the recipe.

Here’s how to make Methi Paratha with step by step photos…

Friday, 29 November 2013

Carrot Pachadi/Carrot Raita [Kerala Style]

Carrot Pachadi/Carrot Raita is a very traditional and authentic dish prepared during Onam Sadya in the State of Kerala-India. I have special attraction and love towards this pachadi, to start with, it is super-duper easy, very healthy packed with vitamins and minerals, beautiful colour and a perfect cooler for the hot summer days. My kids love carrots to the core, they will eat it in any form cooked or uncooked. This raita is one of their favourite carrot dishes as well. So try it friends you will surely love it. Check out beetroot raita and cucumber raita as well.

Here’s how to make Carrot Pachadi/Carrot Raita with step by step photos…

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Aloo Methi Sabzi – Rajasthani Delight

Today I am posting Aloo Methi which I made a few days back. Though I have some of recipes left behind, I hardly find time to do the post. Next week we are planning to go to India after about 1 ½ years, I am all excited. I am kind of busy shopping and packing things. Anyway now moving on to the post, Aloo Methi is a Rajasthani delight. It is a very healthy, flavourful, spicy and yummy side dish which goes perfectly with rotis, rice etc.

Here’s how to make Aloo Methi Sabzi with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Carrot & Tomato Kootu [No grinding]

This carrot & tomato kootu is the easiest kootu to make especially in the morning rush when you need to pack lunch. The best part of it is you don’t need to grind anything, yes I can lot of smiles in all of your face. I make this kootu when I am totally tired and when I don’t want to cook, but still have to cook. It is so easy, just add everything to the cooker, pressure cook it and then finally temper it. See how easy it is? Still a very healthy and hevenly tasting kootu. Now let’s move on to the recipe.

Here’s how to make Carrot & Tomato Kootu with step by step photos…

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Vegetable Stew/Vegetable Ishtu/Potato & Carrot Stew – Kerala Special

Vegetable Ishtu is a traditional and authentic dish of Kerala, called as Vegetable stew in English. Ishtu/Stew is usually prepared just with potatoes or combination of vegetables. This stew is very easy to make, with mild spices and enriched with coconut milk. Ishtu is usually served as accompaniment with appam, idiappam, dosa etc for breakfast. I still remember having this stew at restaurants when I was a small girl, when we used to visit temples in Kerala. I love the creamy and the rich texture of this vegetable stew. Ok, now let’s move on to the recipe.

Here’s how to make Vegetable Stew/Vegetable Ishtu with step by step photos…

Friday, 22 November 2013

Sweet Corn Pakoda

Today in Priya’s Virundhu is an easy and quick flavourful corn pakoda. The weather is really cold ,so I made crispy tea snacks for my kids and incorporate as much vegetables as possible.

Here’s how to make Corn Pakoda with step by step photos…

Instant Green chilli pickle

This instant green chilli pickle is very quick and easy one to make. You can choose a very spicy chilli or a very mild one of your choice. The original recipe uses the Bhavangari chillies which are long thick green chillies, but I used the bhaji chillies the big and light green ones. You can also choose the small green chillies which we use in our everyday cooking.

Here’s how to make Instant Green Chilli Pickle with step by step photos…

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Paruppu Kuzhambu/Dal Gravy/Dal stew

Paruppu Kuzhambu/Dal gravy is a very traditional and authentic kuzhambu prepared in all most all the houses in Tamil Nadu. This paruppu kuzhambu is my grandmas recipe, who was from Nagapattinam, which my mom makes quite often. Paruppu kuzhambu is different from sambar, because it is made without using sambar powder or chilli powders. It is very flavourful and thick in consistency because of the garlic and ground coconut paste or coconut milk. This same paruppu kuzhambu is prepared differently in each district of Tamil Nadu with slight changes in the recipe.

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

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Mysore Rasam

Rasam is nothing but a South Indian soup with different names like Chaaru in Andra Pradesh, Rasam in Tamil Nadu, Saaru in Karnataka. Rasam is prepared with tamarind juice along with tomatoes and spices like black pepper corns, cumin seeds etc. Rasam has thin consistency and helps in digestion and has other medicinal values as well. There are different types of rasam like tomato rasam 1 , pepperrasam, paruppu rasam, lemon rasam, pineapple rasam, tomato rasam  2 etc. It is really astonishing that though all the rasams have the same base, but each of them have distinct taste, the main reason for that is adding the right ingredients at the right time at right proportion. Do check out other rasam varieties here.

Here’s how to make Mysore Rasam with step by step photos….

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Fish Cutlets/Fish Patties/Fish Cakes

We are always looking to make some snacks for the kids especially after school. To satisfy their taste buds and give them something interesting is always a challenge. Today I was running out of many groceries in my kitchen and was really lazy to go shopping. It is really cold and windy, most of the days I just don’t want to step out of the door. I just had some potatoes and tuna fish [cans], so ended up making cutlets. I have previously made fish cutlets from fresh fish. This is my first time using tuna fish from a can, I never buy canned fish. But I have so many friends using canned tuna, so I just wanted to try it once. We all liked it a lot, it was awesome.

Here’s how to make Fish Cutlets with step by step photos….

Monday, 18 November 2013

Beetroot Pachadi/Beetroot Raita [Kerala Style]

This week I have made a couple of pink dishes and I am going along with the pink theme. With the left over beetroots I made a very authentic, traditional Kerala dish – “Beetroot Pachadi/Beetroot Raita”. This beetroot pachadi is usually prepared during Onam Sadya along with other Sadya recipes.

Here’s Beetroot Pachadi/Beetroot Raita with step by steps photos….

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Raspberry Muffin

I had a box of raspberries left in my freezer, so wanted to make some muffins with them. I had bookmarked this raspberry muffin recipe long time ago, so made it this weekend and the kids loved it. Just try out this pink and colourful muffins, you will surely love it.

Here’s how to make Raspberry Muffins with step by step photos….


Saturday, 16 November 2013

Beetroot Poori/Pink Puri

Earlier this week I posted beetroot kootu. Now I have come up with another attractive, addictive and vibrant dish none other than Beetroot Poori. Since I bought a big bag of beetroots I have other beetroot recipes as well coming up this week for you guys. Whenever I make these colourful pooris my girls go really crazy because to two things, one is that, it is pink and another it’s their favourite “poori”. This surely is a short cut to get your kids to eat their vegetables, so friends do check it out.

Here’s how to make Beetroot Poori/Pink Poori with step by step photos….

Friday, 15 November 2013

Capsicum Besan Sabji/Capsicum Fry with Chickpea Flour/Tri Colour Capsicum Fry

I am seriously fond of capsicums I thinks it’s because of its mild flavour, vibrant colour and so many more reasons. Botanically capsicums/bell peppers are fruits as they have seeds. But as they are widely used for cooking, so they are accepted as vegetables.  Capsicums have different names around the world, they are called as chilli peppers in Britain. In USA and Canada they are called as Bell peppers. In Australia and Asia they are known as Capsicums. The capsicums come in different colours like green, red, yellow, orange and even purple, though I am yet to see a purple one. I was really astonished when I read about purple capsicums. The stronger the color of capsicums, the higher the level of anti-oxidants in them. They have high content of vitamin A, C, B complex , E along with other important minerals needed for our body. Let’s all eat healthy and lead a healthy life. Please check out other Capsicum dishes here.

Here’s how to make Capsicum Besan Sabji with step by step photos….

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta Bake

As we all know that Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine. Pasta is made from durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked and served in different forms and varieties. As far as the pasta bake is concerned the amount of pasta sauce added is more and slight twist is given by adding a layer of cheese on top and baked just before serving. Another twist that can be given to the pasta bake is you can add any leftover steamed or grilled vegetables, sauces etc.

Here is how to make Tomato & Mozzarella Cheese Pasta Bake with step by step photos.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Aloo Paratha/Potato Paratha

Aloo Paratha is a famous and common paratha made in North India. It is very filling and best served with yogurt or pickle. This aloo paratha is my kid’s favourite lunch box item. Potatoes is everyone’s favourite and totally irresistible and when stuffed and made in to parathas they taste heavenly.

Here’s how to make Aloo Paratha with step by step photos….

Thalicha Dosa [With left over Dosa batter]

This thalicha dosa is my mom’s special. It is very easy, delicious and a filling dosa. Thalich dosa has to be made with sour and old dosa batter, but after adding the tempering with onions you will not taste the sourness. The best part of all is thalicha dosa does not need any side dish, but can be served with idli milagai podi or sambar. Check out this thalich dosa and you will surely love it.

Here’s how to make Thalicha Dosa with step by step photos…

Monday, 11 November 2013

Vegetable Puffs with Potato Filling

Vegetable puffs is a very popular and a common evening snack in India and is sold in all the bakeries. It is an all-time favorite among all the age groups especially kids. Not only just an evening snack it is a perfect party snack and also is a great hit in all the birthday parties. As far as the filling is concerned the potato & peas filling is very common, you can make filling with any other vegetables of your choice as well. There are a variety of puffs available in bakeries like chicken puffs, meat puffs, egg puffs etc.

Here is how to make Vegetable Puffs with step by step photos….

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Beetroot Kootu with Chana Dal/Kadalai Paruppu

Beetroot kootu is a very nutritious and healthy dish that can be served with either white rice or with rotis or any Indian bread. Kootu is a very traditional food served in Tamil Nadu as a part of lunch menu and no feast (virundhu) is complete without kootu. Kootu is nothing but cooking vegetables and dals together and finally tempering them. Kootu can be done with different combination of vegetables and dals. Beetroot kootu is mostly done with moong dal, here I have done it with chana dal just like my mom. Check out the other kootu varieties here.

Here’s how to make Beetroot Kootu with step by step photos…

Friday, 8 November 2013

Lemon Couscous – Indian Style

Couscous is a traditional Berber [kind of food eaten in North Africa] dish of semolina which is cooked by steaming. It is traditionally served with meat or vegetables. Couscous is a staple food throughout the North African cuisines of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya. The process of manufacturing couscous is labour-intensive. The semolina is sprinkled with water and rolled with the water and rolled with hands to form small pellets, sprinkled with dry flour to keep them separate and then sieved. Any pellets which are too small to be finished granules of couscous and fall through the sieve are again rolled and sprinkled with dry semolina and rolled into pellets. [Info source: Wikipedia]. These pellets are packed and sold in the shop as couscous. Here I have prepared the same couscous with Indian spices and lemon juice. This lemon couscous can be had for lunch with any vegetable stir fry or for dinner with just pickles.

Here’s how to make Lemon Couscous with step by step photos…

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Chilli Paneer Dry/Easy Paneer Recipes

There is one big problem I am coming across every day, it is definitely not cooking, it is not teaching lessons for kids, it is not the household work, it is not shopping but it is writing an introduction for the recipes. I write a few things, delete it, then rewrite and then somehow settle with a few lines and then move ahead. Coming to today’s recipe I made chilli paneer dry version, which is yet another delectable paneer dish found in all the restaurant menus. This is another simple and quick paneer dish made with onions, capsicums, blended with sauces and Indian spices. Check out other Paneer dishes like Paneer BhurjiPalak PannerPaneer ButterMasala and Kadai Paneer in the corresponding links.

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

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Chettinad Egg Curry – TamilNadu Special

Today in Priya’s Virundhu it is a very authentic, traditional and easy recipe of South India, it is the Chettinad Egg curry. This egg curry is a perfect blend of Indian spices, roasted and ground freshly and used immediately to make the gravy. The fresh and aromatic spices infused together with rest of the ingredients and give a perfect coating for the boiled eggs. Check it out friends you will surely love it, no one can surely resist this spicy and delicious curry.

Here’s how to make Chettinad Egg Curry with step by step photos….

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs?

Making hard boiled eggs is a very basic and essential part of cooking for everyone. My husband is crazy about eggs; the only thing he says is you need not cook anything. Just give me some eggs, rice and yogurt. He can survive with it for days. Having said that I am moving on to share with you all how to make these hard boiled eggs. I know you all should be experts in making hard boiled eggs but still I am sharing it for those who are new to cooking.

Here’s how to make Hard Boiled Eggs with step by step photos…

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Kadai Paneer/Paneer Recipes

Since I was born and brought up in South India, paneer was not cooked at home when I was a small kid, we used to have paneer dishes at restaurants and at special occasions. But later on things started to change, we started to make paneer at home and incorporate in many recipes. Now it is so common and my kids also love paneer  I make several paneer dishes referring to books and recipes from friends. This kadai paneer is a very famous and common dish found in almost all the Indian restaurants and my husband’s favourite. Check out other paneer recipes like Paneer Bhurji, Palak Panner, Paneer ButterMasala in the corresponding links.

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


Monday, 4 November 2013

Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes & Mozzarella

For this month’s IFC challenge we are exploring the Campania cuisine of Italy chosen by Priya Suresh. Campania is a highly populated region in the Southern Italy, located on the Italian Peninsula with the Mediterranean Sea to the West.

Campania’s exuberant cuisine relies on sun-kissed vegetables and herbs, salty capers, dried pasta and fresh farmhouse cheeses, chief among them water buffalo’s Mozzarella. Campania is home to over 80% of Italy’s water buffaloes, so the Campani produce a number of delicious water buffalo’s milk cheeses. For this month’s IFC challenge I chose to do the Corstini with cherry tomatoes & mozzarella. Thanks a lot Mrs. Priya for the wonderful challenge.

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

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Pasiparuppu Murukku/Moong Dal Murukku - Easy Diwali Snacks

Wishing all my friends, readers a very Happy Diwali and a year filled with happiness, success and prosperity. Have a safe and wonderful Diwali….

Having said that the past couple of days I was so busy with shopping, cooking, meeting friends, prayers etc. could not find time to blog. I made lot of snacks and sweets of which I am going to share Pasiparuppu Murukku/Moong dal Murukku with you all. A very crispy, quick and easy murukku when you are really pressed on time.

Here’s how to make Pasiparuppu Murukku/Moongdal Murukku with step by step photos…

Moongdal Murukku/Pasi paruppu murukku

Friday, 1 November 2013

CWS Event – Cooking With Seeds - Wheat

Happy to announce that I am hosting Priya’s –CWS [Cooking With Seeds] event at my space. Priya akka is a versatile blogger and a great inspiration to all the other blogger. Do check out her innovative  recipes at Priya’s Versatile Recipes. Thanks a lot Priya akka for letting me host your wonderful event and for designing the beautiful logo for the event.


A little about “Wheat” – Wheat is a cereal grain originally from the East and Ethiopian Highlands, but now cultivated worldwide. Raw wheat can be ground into flour or using hard durum wheat can be ground into semolina, it is germinated and dried creating malt, crushed or cut into cracked wheat, parboiled, dried, crushed and de-branned into bulgur. Wheat plays a vital role and also a major ingredient in food such as bread, rotis, porridge, crackers, biscuits, pies, cakes etc. So what are you waiting for friends, cook anything with wheat and link it in the linky tool.

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